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Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

larry bagina Don't use DNS (349 comments)

Especially Comcast DNS. But Don't use DNS at all. The fact is you can skip DNS and use a /etc/hosts file. This isn't 1982 anymore, disks are huge and it only takes a couple hundred megabytes to host it. With a cron job to rsync it every hour you no longer need to worry about manually updating it either. (It's simple enough to pass the grandmother test!) For those rare cases where a name isn't in my hosts file, I just request the page using an email-to-web service.

about a month ago
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Interviews: ESR Answers Your Questions

larry bagina Re:Serious question. (117 comments)

No, he has a wife. Thing is, they're into the swinger scene, so she fucks other guys and, well, so does he. Seriously I don't know or particularly care if he's gay, bi, curious, whatever. He claims to get a lot of pussy (due to being a linux celebrity and an alpha male).

about a month ago
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Hackers Allege Mt. Gox Still Controls "Stolen" Bitcoins

larry bagina Re:Stills seems like it has to be an inside job (228 comments)

uhh, actually it does. The "startup" definition varies but it generally boils down to not having a viable business plan. It means throwing feces against the wall and hoping it looks like art. Why would a competent programmer work for a high risk company without a viable business plan?

Yeah, I'm pulling a No True Startup and saying if they have competent programmers, they're not a startup.

about a month ago
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Krita 2.8 Released

larry bagina Re: HR ? (75 comments)

If you've ever seen Pulp Fiction, visited San Francisco, or been to a LUG or LinuxCon, you've probably seen a leather-clad gay sex slave, aka gimp.

about a month and a half ago
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Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

larry bagina What will it take? (290 comments)

It seems like every time you turn around, another bitcoin exchange is hacked or some startup social network for dogs is secretly uploading all your phone contacts over clear text or a retailer is storing unencrypted cc numbers and passwords. Some of the worst offenders are brogrammers. Is there anything we can do?

about a month and a half ago
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Steve Ballmer Blew Up At the Microsoft Board Before Retiring

larry bagina I'm confused... (248 comments)

So Microsoft avoids buying a failed phone co and Balmmer rage quits. What's the downside? It's like killing two turds with one flush!

about a month and a half ago
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MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

larry bagina Re:Get some popcorn (465 comments)

How do you think courts restructure debts when a grain elevator goes bankrupt? There is literally nothing new here. This is shit that Hammurabi figured out.

about 2 months ago
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WV Senator Calls For Ban On All Unregulated Cryptocurrencies

larry bagina Re:But ... FREEDOM! (240 comments)

Now that MtGox is dead, Coinbase will assume their mantle. Not as the pre-eminent exchange, but as the most fucked up exchange. They'll gladly lock up your money, cancel trades weeks after the fact, and make trades at prices you didn't agree to. I expect regulators will shut them down at some point this year (criminal charges are also possible) -- I hope your money isn't anywhere near them when it happens.

about 2 months ago
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GCHQ Intercepted Webcam Images of Millions of Yahoo Users

larry bagina Re:I hope they got mine! (137 comments)

... or covered in shit.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

larry bagina begging the question! (631 comments)

Do you still trust bitcoin? Do you still beat your wife? Bitcoin is just like 7 Up. Never had it, never will. I prefer the Real Thing.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

larry bagina Re:Why? (2219 comments)

#fuckbeta What they need are some macro buttons for posts. I mean, 50-75% of comments are unoriginal garbage, so why not have buttons to autopost "hot grits", "micro$soft $sucks", "netcraft confirms it", "/etc/hosts troll", etc posts. Fuck it, I'll create a greasemonkey extension if they don't.

Also, there's a problem with one of their css rules that causes weird font issues in some posts ("font: Helvetica, san serif" is missing the comma so it can't find the "Helvetica san serif" font and drops back to the default serif font. d'oh)

about 2 months ago
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Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost

larry bagina Re:Classic Slashdot (463 comments)

I've been coming here less and less because the stories are no longer interesting. A shitty redesign might be the final nail in the coffin. Pick a couple subreddits you like and enjoy.

about 2 months ago
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Gnome 3.12 Delayed To Sync With Wayland Release

larry bagina Re:I'm sorry I'm an idiot (204 comments)

100% agreement. For example, RCS works perfectly fine. Why anyone wasted their time developing svn, hg, or git is a mystery to me.

about 2 months ago
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Google's Motorola Adventure: Stinging Defeat, Or Semi-Victory?

larry bagina Re:Peanuts to Google (139 comments)

How can Kim Kardashian's ass be 100 times more popular than Rosie O'Donnell's ass?

about 3 months ago
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Google's Motorola Adventure: Stinging Defeat, Or Semi-Victory?

larry bagina Re:Wait is youtube that profitable? (139 comments)

All your numbers are revenue and there's not one mention of the bandwidth expenses.

about 3 months ago
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Google's Motorola Adventure: Stinging Defeat, Or Semi-Victory?

larry bagina Re:The numbers (139 comments)

Google bought Motorola Mobility. Motorola Mobility is not Motorola. Google also sold off some parts of Motorola Mobility. Lenevo gets the cell phone business. Full stop.

about 3 months ago
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Slashdot PT Cruiser Spotted In the Wild

larry bagina Re:link? (94 comments)

I think trollaxor has the full story on his site. the short version is, Bendover.net (or maybe it was VA Lunix?) were going to have a contest and gave away the /. PT Cruiser. There was an incident at the geek compound, the car was impounded, the contest was canceled. For a while, anyone posted about it was hit with bitchslap.pl.

about 3 months ago
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Slashdot PT Cruiser Spotted In the Wild

larry bagina Re:Pre-Teen cruiser.. (94 comments)

Pre-Teen? I thought it was Potty Trained. Though, when I interned at the geek compound, piss/shit play seemed to be pretty popular.

about 3 months ago
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Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

larry bagina Re:Great news! (343 comments)

lol. The committe members later admitted they had jungle fever and only gave it to him so he would visit.

about 3 months ago

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Amazon auto-rip

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  about a year ago

larry bagina (561269) writes "Amazon let one rip. But you'll probably enjoy the smell! (unless you're still observing that amazon boycott...). Anyhow, you wouldn't know it from slashdot, but the biggest news of the day (perhaps even the week given what a waste CES is): Amazon Cloud player now includes MP3s of CDs you bought going back to 1998. Wow. (Not all CDs and tracks are available, yet). And since many CDs are cheaper than digital downloads, you can buy the CD+MP3s for less than just the MP3s. Wrap your head around that one."
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Amazon profit drops

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 2 years ago

larry bagina (561269) writes "The Kindle Fire was supposed to be an iPad killer. Turns out, all it killed was Amazon's bottom line. Apple sold 15.4 million iPads last quarter, Amazon sold ... well, they won't say how many they sold, but it's up 177% over some other number that they won't disclose. Estimates are 6 million Kindle Fires at a $10-$20 loss per tablet, though those numbers alone wouldn't account for the $239 million drop in profit from last year — and that's ignoring the 35% in sales."
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Motorola announces 4th quarter earnings

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 2 years ago

larry bagina (561269) writes "Look out, Apple! Motorola sold^Hshipped 5.3 million Android phones and 200,000 Xooms last quarter. Numbers like that are probably why Google is paying $12 billion to buy them up. It's also why Apple should probably throw in the towel in iOS and focus on Macs."
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Microsoft to pay $10-$15 bribe per Windows phone s

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 2 years ago

larry bagina (561269) writes "Unofficial Microsoft PR mouthpiece Paul Thurrott reports that Microsoft/Nokia are planning to spend $200 million (or more) to push Windows Mobile. "Included in the plan are sales incentives for retail workers, aimed at getting them to finally start recommending Windows Phone as an alternative to Android and iPhone. The amount of payments are $10 to $15 per handset sold, depending on the number sold, for some handset models."

The mac blogger cabal shit a brick over his revelation that he saw internal Microsoft documents and didn't immediately report on them."

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Google now paying Mozilla $300 million/year

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 2 years ago

larry bagina (561269) writes "No need to wait for the annual reports to find out how much the new Google/Mozilla deal was worth — sources reveal it was in the neighborhood of $1 billion for three years. You'll probably remember from previous slashdot speculation that Microsoft might make a bid (they did, as did yahoo ) or that Google would get a better price (ha!) as Chrome became more popular than FireFox."
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FileZilla becomes Sourceforge Top Download

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 2 years ago

larry bagina (561269) writes "Filezilla has become the 4th most popular source forge top download, edging out 5th place PortableApps.com: Portable Software/USB. This, of course, raises (not begs, thank you) the question: Why the fuck is there a "sourceforge top downloads" box on the front page and why can't it be disabled?"
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Adobe ends development of Flash on mobile browsers

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 2 years ago

larry bagina (561269) writes "Jason Perlow of ZDNet is reporting that Adobe will stop developing Flash for mobile browsers and focus on AIR and HTML5 tools. I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if 750 voices screamed out in terror and were laid off. But that noise was overshadowed by everybody else celebrating."
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Sad News - Andy Rooney Dead ay 92

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 2 years ago

larry bagina (561269) writes "I just heard some sad news on cbsnews.com — cranky old guy Andy Rooney was found dead in his New York City hospital bed last night. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him — even if you didn't ignore his work, there is no denying he was on a tv show you didn't watch. Truly an American icon."
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Death and Rich Internet Applications

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 2 years ago Remember Rich Internet Applications (RIA -- not to be confused with RIAA)? Three years ago, they were the new hotness, with frameworks like Cappuccino, SproutCore, and (less buzz, but just as interesting) GWT getting their fair share of virtual ink. They promised desktop-quality applications in the browser with better development methodologies. GWT let you develop and debug your web app in java and then compile to javascript. Cappuccino (from a group of former Apple employees) re-implemented the Cocoa/OpenStep libraries and even the objective C language in javascript. And SproutCore copied Cocoa ideas, but with javascript/ruby sensibilities. Apple liked SproutCore enough to hire the developers and used it instead of Web Objects for iWork, iCloud, et cetera.

But then what?

GWT is still around and developed, but they've moved on to the next big thing, i.e., dart.

280 North, the Cappuccino developers, was bought up by Motorola a year ago for $20 million.

Strobe, the primary developers of SproutCore, were bought up by Facebook a couple weeks ago.

Since these projects are all under Free (MIT, Apache, and LGPL) licenses, they won't disappear (in fact, they're still receiving minor updates). But when their primary (or only) developers get bored or cash out, it's safe to say they'll soon stagnate, which is a shame, really.

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Eric Raymond: GPL no longer needed

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  about 5 years ago

Eric Raymond, gasbag and/or Open Source leader, recently claimed the GPL is no longer needed. "if the market punished people for taking open source closed, then why do our licenses need to punish people for taking open source closed? That is why I don't think you really need GPL or a reciprocal licenses anymore. It is attempting to prevent the behavior that the market punishes anyway.".

He has a point. If Open Source is truly a better development model, then it will beat closed source on its own merits and doesn't need viral clauses.

Flame on!

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Software I purchased in 2008

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Here's the (Macintosh) software I purchased in 2008:

1) Adobe CS3 Master Collection. (I bought this with the educational discount). I was originally going to buy just the web developer pack, but decided I might as well spend a little more and get everything. Big waste of money. Soundbooth (soemthing I was interested in) has almost no features. Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Photoshop are the only apps I've used (primarily Fireworks). The UI is slow, painful, and non-standard -- not entirely their fault -- these are basically applications designed before OS X. On second thought, if you're charging $2500 or more, it is your fault. Adobe: you suck. Shit or get off the can.

2) Coda. Coda looks and feels like Apple's take on Dreamweaver. It lacks some of the features, but not enough for me to stop using Dreamweaver completely. If they did a Fireworks-type app I'd never use Adobe again.

3) SubEthaEdit. A nice little text editor (used by Coda). It's designed for real-time collaborative editing over the internet, though I haven't tried that. For some reason, it feels a little bit nicer than TextWrangler, though I don't know why.

4) Versions. A subversion browser. It's a little pricey (IMO), and yes, I know all the cool kids have switched to git. However, I still use svn for my repositories. Using a gui is easier (and more accurate) than typing out full pathnames, for tagging, etc.

5) Tax Cut 2007. Almost forgot about that, since I use it for a week and hopefully never again.

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Should Google Reiser YouTube?

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 5 years ago Don Reisinger opines on his cnet blog that Google should consider killing youtube.. Why? They overpaid, it costs a lot to run, produces virtually no revenue, attracts lawsuits, and the eyeballs/content can't be converted to cash. Google hasn't put a whole lot of effort to improving youtube, either.

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Hans Resiser admits?

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 5 years ago Wired is reporting that Linux programmer/convicted murderer Hans Reiser may now admit to murdering (and revealing her location) his wife in exchange for a second degree murder charge, which would make him eligible for parole in 2023 or so. I wonder if they'd overlook his perjury.

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Your favorite keyboard?

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Keyboards seem to be the sort of thing many slashdotters are over emotional about (and why not? You do spend a significant amount of time using one). I'm in the market for a new keyboard (for a Mac, but I can scrape off the window key). On the mac side, the best keyboard seems to be either a Apple Extended Keyboard (or II) plus an ADB/USB adapter or a Matias tactile pro.

On the other side, Unicomp makes buckling spring (IBM Model M) USB keyboards, and Das Keyboard is supposed to be fairly high quality (I like markings for rarely used keys, however). There seem to be a lot of people still using old IBM Model Ms with a PS/2-USB adapter.

Are there any other keyboards that aren't lowest common denominator material?

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It's official: Dumbledore is gay

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 6 years ago

What do Albus Dumbledore and slashdotters have in common?

Homosexuality, so says J.K. Rowling. There were no details on whether he tops or bottoms, but I hope we can all provide support and encouragement during this difficult time.

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Intel in the embedded market

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 5 years ago

With plans for low power x86 cpus to be used in mobile internet devices (their vision of awkwardly large internet capable cell phones), Intel may be trying to dethrone ARM. As someone who appreciates the elegance of the ARM instruction set, (and someone afraid of an intel heater anywhere near my nads), I was a little troubled by this announcement, but let the best processor win.

Intel has in interesting history with ARM: they received DEC's StrongARM as part of a lawsuit settlement, which was later replaced with the XScale. XScale was sold to Marvell last year, but intel still manufacturers their chips.

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Introducing Logic Studio

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 6 years ago Earlier today, Apple announced an upgrade (and price cut) for Logic Studio nee Logic Pro. Logic Express has also been updated. Although it doesn't get nearly the attention of the iPod, the new release of Logic should be welcome news for professional and semi-pro musicians.

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Apple's side of the NBC pissing match

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Apple, Inc. issued a press release with their side of the iTunes/NBC disagreement.

In short: iTunes will not sell any episodes for this season (they could sell new episodes through the end of the year). Additionally, NBC wanted $4.99 per episode, rather than the current $1.99. That's more than twice as expensive as buying a season on DVD.

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Open Source Tattoos?

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I've decided to get a tattoo. I'd like for it to be open source, or as close to that as possible. I'm using a modified version of Tux (He'll be grabbing his crotch with one hand and flipping the bird with the other) and the banner "Don't fuck wid da penguin!" above him. Are there any open source directions for giving yourself a tattoo?

Also, I work in a windows shop (gotta pay the bills). Will this adversely affect my career potential?

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GCC 4.2.1 Released

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 6 years ago GCC 4.2.1 was released 4 days ago. Although this minor update would otherwise be insignificant, it will be the final GPL v2 release; all future releases will be GPL v3. Some key contributors are grumbling over this change and have privately discussed a fork to stay as GPL v2. The last time GCC forked (EGCS), the FSF conceded defeat. How will the FSF/GNU handle the GPL 3 revolt?

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a new GNU kernel

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Like many GNU/Linux users, I value my freedom. That's why it is important than GNU/Linux users only use GPL v3 licensed code to prevent companies from denying us our fundamental rights. Unfortunately, Linux Torvadles does not believe in this fundamental right. He has refusedt o relicense the Linux kernel with the GPL v3. Our only recourse is to create a new GPL v3 licensed kernel.

Current contenders are HURD and OpenSolaris. Both have drawbacks; HURD is, for all intents and purposes, vaporware. OpenSolaris is licensed under the CDDL, a non-GNU license. Sun has suggested they might relicense it as GPL v3, though this is not a given.

I have a better suggestion: Fork a copy of the FreeBSD kernel. This would give access to cool features like jail and ZFS which are not supported in linux.

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The Death of the iTunes Music Store?

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 6 years ago The Drudge Report is reporting that Universal Music Group (the largest record company) will not be renewing their contract with iTMS. Universal, you may remember, is being paid a license fee for every Zune sold and was widely rumored to be demanding the same concession from Apple.

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Non x86 computers?

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 6 years ago Assume you'd like a reasonably modern, reasonably fast, reasonably priced non x86 computer (for use with *BSD, linux, etc). Maybe you're a contrarian. Maybe you're sick of the errata. Maybe your job at intel got outsourced and your just a little resentful. What are the options? There are inexpensive used Sun Sparc machines. PPC macintoshes are still available, and the XBox 360/PS3 are a possibility. Are there any general purpose ARM computers which don't include the word "dev board" in their title? Any others?

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Is the internet killing pornography?

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 6 years ago Just like FOSS (Free Open Source Software) is killing proprietary software, the internet and amateur porn is affecting commercial pornography sales. From 2005 to 2006, DVD/video sales/rentals dropped from $4.3 billion to $3.6 billion. Amazingly, the article doesn't even mention loss of sales from p2p file sharing.

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Global Warming Makes Jennifer Garner Cry

larry bagina larry bagina writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The Post Chronicle is reporting that Jennifer Garner cried when she thinks about global warming. I cry when I think about Ben Affleck leaving a cream pie in her stinky pink.

Correction: it's actually more like vomit.

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