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Can NASA Warm Cold Fusion?

l0b0 Re:Answer, in brief: (556 comments)

Your boned what? Your boned (Minecraft slang) plants will sprout? Your bone daemon will tell you when you're out of bones? Come on, don't keep us waiting!

more than 2 years ago

NASA Launches Open Source Portal

l0b0 Modern VCS (33 comments)

GitHub repos? Looks like somebody over there has a clue.

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu 11.10 ('Oneiric Ocelot') Released

l0b0 The Golden Years (455 comments)

Wow, I'm glad I started using Ubuntu in 2007 - Finally painless display setup. 2008 brought painless stereo audio setup, and 2009 painless 5.1 sound via S/PDIF: Glory be! 2010 brought ... Unity?! I usually love experimenting with new interfaces, but this clearly had not been tested by real humans on real hardware.

more than 2 years ago

Help Shape the Future of Slashdot

l0b0 Re:Moderation system (763 comments)

This could go on forever. CmdrTaco, you're needed!

more than 2 years ago

The Great JavaScript Debate: Improve It Or Kill It

l0b0 Re:How about neither? (482 comments)

Seems to me this is why real OSes have a repository of third-party software, to be downloaded about as quickly as you can find the page within a government web site. What am I saying - Quicker.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You File Paper Documents At Home?

l0b0 Digital + physical folders (371 comments)

Anything really important (ownership documents, job contracts) is scanned + distributed to all my machines with Git, and a physical copy is kept in a small folder dedicated to that theme (one for each insurance, each bank, warranties, diplomas, etc.). Less important documents are just scanned (or retrieved electronically, when possible) and the physical copy discarded. A well organized digital library is great when you don't want to shuffle through a huge stack all the time.

more than 3 years ago

Why Google Should Buy the Music Industry

l0b0 Re:Great idea... (472 comments)

Whoah, that's a great idea! Let's see... Profit is divided among the musicians on perhaps a monthly basis calculated from sales metrics. Prices and salaries would be decided by a board of directors or some such, containing plenty of active musicians (anyone who's on tour could partake via webcam) on a round-robin basis to make sure both the high and low earners get a say. Some sort of bonus scheme would probably be in order for the employees to encourage both the finding of new music and the proliferation and freeing of old music.

The organization would have to plan for rapid growth, with the administration overhead that would generate. For example, round-robin meeting participation would be laughable if the members would have to wait years between attending. Maybe a sort of member voting system would be in order on top of the board, a bit like the Swiss political system.

more than 3 years ago

France Outlaws Hashed Passwords

l0b0 Re:plain-text OS? (433 comments)

Hmm, why not store it in one of the many ways available in which the method of recovery is known but prohibitively long? Or are the companies mandated to provide the passwords before the heat-death of the universe?

more than 3 years ago

The Vatican Lauds Hackers

l0b0 Re:Just a thought. (375 comments)

First, to the best of my knowledge, nobody has ever killed anybody else in the so-called "religious wars" we techies tend to get into. And your thinly veiled attempt to divert attention to "worse" religions completely ignores the fact that science seems to have thrived much better under other religions than christianity (look up the history of mathematics some time). And if your argument is about scientific progress today, consider that the western world is more secular than ever.

more than 3 years ago

35,000 Linux Benchmarks In a Week

l0b0 Ubuntu 10.10 (65 comments)

Here's what it has to say about that:

Lenovo ubuntu 10.10 is a motherboard. This product is available from Lenovo. The Lenovo ubuntu 10.10 has been tested via the Phoronix Test Suite in the configurations listed below.

Let me know when they've sanitized their DB.

more than 3 years ago

Minecraft Reaches Beta Status, Price Goes Up

l0b0 Re:Preorder now! (279 comments)

I just tested in mian (disclaimer: shameless self-promotion), and it looks like the distribution is identical: Sharp rise in the first five blocks from the bottom of the map, then flat until about 50, and tapering off to zero around 70.

more than 3 years ago

Yahoo! To Close Delicious

l0b0 Browsing the Delicious backup file (311 comments)

If you've made a backup of all your files, you can browse/filter them with filterous (disclaimer: I made it). It's a shell tool, but it's a lot faster than ever was, and can do some searches that Delicious never could. With >13,000 bookmarks, Delicious+filterous have been my most useful knowledge management tools in the last five years.

Now how to get as much as possible of the Flickr metadata out?

more than 2 years ago

Pentagon Papers Ellsberg Supports Wikileaks

l0b0 Re:You can't have it both ways (464 comments)

Unfortunately, those who have the power to suspend the law are rarely the ones who have to be worried of it turning against them. At least until and unless there's a political takeover by the people.

more than 3 years ago

Google Wants To Take Away Your Capslock Key

l0b0 Re:Use of Caps Lock key (968 comments)

I hope they didn't patent that, because I've been doing that ever since I realized it was the only sane use of Caps Lock. Not that anyone thinks I'm sane to use Dvorak, but hey...

more than 3 years ago

Do You Really Need a Discrete Sound Card?

l0b0 Re:Discrete sound card? (520 comments)

Analog of course. They've got this new qbits that can have literally any value between 0 and 1!

more than 3 years ago

An Illustrated Version Control Timeline

l0b0 Re:Source control is so political (244 comments)

Show, don't tell. git-gui, TortoiseSVN, gitk, Trac+Git plugin, git interactive rebase. Then demonstrate the awesome speed of a DVCS to someone who does hundreds of commands per day - It'll blow their minds.

more than 2 years ago

Which Language To Learn?

l0b0 For home projects... (897 comments)

the most useful languages I've learned are Bash and Python. Bash for anything shuffling files around a lot, changing access rights, running Git commands in several repositories, and creating symlinks. Python was the first language where implementing ideas outside of Bash's scope (vCard validator, Delicious filtering) didn't feel like a chore. List and text handling is especially beautiful, as long as you don't have to deal with Unicode (I did, and it took quite a while to get reasonable unit tests that didn't fail). 3.0 should fix that though. In short, Python is the most fun language I've ever used.

more than 3 years ago

New VP8 Codec SDK Release Improves Performance

l0b0 Re:Googlewin? My attempt at a nuanced opinion. (168 comments)

Google has indeed shown us that reinventing the wheel can be innovation, if done properly. As someone who is only occasionally uncomfortable with their handling of privacy, it is for now a small price to pay - Especially when their innovations are not tied to advertising, such as this.

more than 3 years ago



Reporting companies which leak email addresses to

l0b0 l0b0 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

l0b0 (803611) writes "In December I sent an email to a Spanish company to arrange a visit at an astronomic observatory, which was subsequently completed. Recently I have received a lot of Spanish spam messages. While this is probably not court-admissible evidence, I have a very strong suspicion that spammers have got access to their customer emails. I have tried notifying them about the situation:

After sending an email to [redacted] in December, I have suddenly started receiving a *lot* of Spanish spam email. You might want to review who has access to your customers' email addresses.

This was completely misunderstood:

we sent you a email on the 14th of December and no one answer, The next visit began on April.

I have tried to clarify the situation in another reply, but unless and until they do something about it, anyone else who contacts them is probably at risk. What is the most effective way to warn others that they should not contact this company directly, and to revert this statement once the company has got its act together?"


BioWare forums hacked

l0b0 l0b0 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

l0b0 (803611) writes "Early this morning (CET), BioWare informed their forum users by email that they "recently learned that hackers gained unauthorized access to the decade-old BioWare server system supporting the Neverwinter Nights forums." Their FAQ has more information, one of the important bits being that "no credit card data was compromised.""
Link to Original Source

Phishing, DOS using inline CSS

l0b0 l0b0 writes  |  about 7 years ago

l0b0 (803611) writes "Cross site image overlaying (XSIO) could easily be used for phishing, denial of service, or defamation, according to a recent paper. Countermeasures should be simple to implement, but how will exploitable sites like MySpace handle it?"
Link to Original Source

l0b0 l0b0 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

l0b0 (803611) writes "A new clause is being worked on for the GPLv3, which would make "a promise not to sue, such as the one given by Microsoft, [...] applicable to everyone." Interesting idea, but can it be pulled off?"

l0b0 l0b0 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

l0b0 writes "In the abstract of "A Polynomial Time Algorithm for The Traveling Salesman Problem", Sergey Gubin states that "[the e]xistence of these algorithms constructively solves The Millennium P vs NP Problem: P = NP." Can any mathematicians step up to check if has really been solved?"


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