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Why the Fax Machine Refuses To Die

lullabud Mod parent up. (835 comments)

Thanks for writing all of that out so I didn't have to. Fax is way less secure than e-mail.

about 3 years ago

Steam Success Holding Up Half-Life Development?

lullabud So much for episodic content speeding releases (235 comments)

I remember when HL2:E1 was released one of the reasons they said they were moving to episodic content was to speed up releases. Clearly that is not the case.

more than 3 years ago

Convicted Terrorist Relied On Single-Letter Cipher

lullabud Their decrypted message: (254 comments)

"Be sure to drink your Ovaltine"

more than 3 years ago

Why Mac OS X Is Unsuitable For Web Development

lullabud It's funny, but true, and there is a solution (831 comments)

Obviously that's a joke, but it's also a serious problem in some instances. If you have a case-insensitive filesystem filling your whole disk partition and need to test case-sensitive applications, you can create a case-sensitive disk image using Disk Utility or hdiutil, then test your app on that. I had to do this in Subversion recently while troubleshooting a problem that had all the symptoms of a case-insensitivity problem.

more than 3 years ago

India To Ban .xxx Domain

lullabud Umm... isn't this a good thing? (257 comments)

No porn sites that exist currently use .xxx. Any who choose to use .xxx for marketing, SEO, etc. may do so, and they don't have to forfeit their current domains to do it. On top of that, any porn sites that choose to abide by any and all filtering that is desired by corporations or governments can now do so easily by only hosting on .xxx.

Nobody says you HAVE to host porn on .xxx. It's an *option*.

Options are good, right? I mean, it's not like we're losing redtube or whatever.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Huge Digital Media Libraries

lullabud locate isn't a good solution (361 comments)

I'm a big fan of locate if only because of its speed compared to other tools, but unless you have all of your metadata stored in the folders and filenames it's not going to be much help. With any elegant solution to this problem, you couldn't "locate -i 'Bruce Willis'" and find a list of media that he was involved with.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Huge Digital Media Libraries

lullabud Totally sucks about WinFS (361 comments)

I was really looking forward to WinFS. Having abandoned windows for my personal needs but still having to support it, I was really looking forward to having a database layer on the filesystem. Sure sucks that they gave it up, along with several other key features in Vista. *Hopefully* they get around to it some day though, because the indexing service sucks serious balls, and that whole framework is pretty inferior.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?

lullabud Don't forget consoles! (1200 comments)

Gamecube, Wii, Playstation, PS2, PS3, PSP and Xbox 360 are RISC too.

more than 3 years ago

GNOME To Lose Minimize, Maximize Buttons

lullabud Minimize vs Hide (797 comments)

As a linux user who long since gave up the GUI and switched to Mac OS X for those things, I have found that the minimize function is far less useful than the "hide application" function built into OS X. I rarely minimize anything, but I hide things frequently.

OS X features aside, I don't agree with taking away the option to minimize. Just because you have a bad ass hammer doesn't mean you'll never need a screwdriver.

more than 3 years ago

Timezone Maintainer Retiring

lullabud Right?? (198 comments)

I did the same thing... "I am not a... huh??"

more than 3 years ago

Confidential Data Not Safe On Solid State Disks

lullabud Amended platter removal terms (376 comments)

They later amended the platter removal terms with the following text, but still nobody accepted it.

If the challenger is an established data recovery business located in the United States of America (We would need to see Articles of Incorporation, a current business license and one other form of business identification in order to determine that they are indeed a professional, for-profit, established data recovery business) or a National government law enforcement or intelligence agency (NSA, CIA, FBI), then we will allow these type of organizations to disassemble the drive and to keep the drive for thirty (30) consecutive days.

more than 2 years ago

Last Available IPv4 Blocks Allocated

lullabud O M G (312 comments)

How many times do we have to read this fucking headline?

more than 3 years ago

Egypt Shuts Off All Internet Access

lullabud Malaysia? (840 comments)

I'm not well versed in Malaysian law, but I found Malaysia to be pretty forgiving to non-Malaysians in regards to Sharia law. IIRC they judge their muslim citizens by Sharia law, but expats are allowed more freedoms. I personally loved Malaysia and felt no oppression when I was there, and was amazed to find that it was so Islamic when my plane landed.

Malaysia is over 60% muslim, which is coincidental because 60% of the world's muslim population lives in Asia, whereas only 20% is in the middle east.

more than 3 years ago

Third of Content On Popular BT Portals Are Fake

lullabud Hoarders and ratio (255 comments)

Do they not open the damn files as they come down? If only for a cursory glance to confirm.

I had a room mate who was obsessed with downloading everything and burning it to DVD. He literally had hundreds of burned DVDs in his closet on spindles. There's absolutely no way he had time to consume that much media, but he seeded it back while he slept and worked before burning it to dvd. Even if he opened the archive to look at the filenames, who's to say he actually watched and or listened to each file to verify?

Also, with ratio sites a lot of people download high demand files (which are obviously the highest priority targets for fakes) even if they have no intention of consuming that media. They just want the ratio. They may not even open the files, or even keep track of them at all. They just dump some high demand torrents onto a seedbox and forget about it.

On a side note, I think that when the internet goes to metered pricing we will see much better curation of torrent sites, because people don't want to pay by the megabyte for fakes.

more than 3 years ago

Congresswoman and Staff Gunned Down

lullabud Re:Shit son, you really ARE fucked... (2166 comments)

And if only we could trust the people who protect us like the Chinese people do... Oh wait, they don't, and sometimes people just disappear.

more than 3 years ago

Congresswoman and Staff Gunned Down

lullabud Fish in a barrel (2166 comments)

If you ban guns in America then the people doing the daily killings in Juarez Mexico will spill over into New Mexico and nearby Arizona and start killing and robbing people like fish in a barrel, helpless to defend themselves.

Sure, guns can create violence if used in violent ways, and bad people do just that, but don't be so naive as to think that if we throw down our guns the rest of the world will follow suit.

more than 3 years ago

Swiss Bank Has 43-Page Dress Code

lullabud 'don'ts' ? (212 comments)

What an apostrophical disaster. It's the apostrocalypse!

more than 3 years ago

Netflix Touts Open Source, Ignores Linux

lullabud Nothing wrong with that... (481 comments)

I agree completely. There's nothing wrong with Netflix running Linux servers while not supporting Linux desktops. For all we know they're not even using or any GUI whatsoever. The list of projects they contribute to does not have any GUI apps in it. (Hudson, Hadoop, Hive, Honu, Apache, Tomcat, Ant, Ivy, Cassandra, HBase)

more than 3 years ago


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