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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

micronicos No mention of Roboform? (445 comments)

I have been using Roboform for over 5 years. Currently I have 600 sites/passwords, all different, stored on my laptop & password-protected. The beauty of Roboform is that it will fill in passwords for Windows programs like SSH & SFTP & VNC as well as logging you in to sites automatically.

Off my laptop I store Roboform2Go in a Truecrypt volume on a thumb drive.

In the cloud I use SpiderOak to store the password-protected passwords.

I'd like to know any reasons why this is not safe? It is most convenient & runs on my Linux box too.

I do NOT use Roboform online sync, only locally.

about a year ago

Does Anyone Make a Photo De-Duplicator For Linux? Something That Reads EXIF?

micronicos Visipics is excellent. (243 comments)

I use VisiPics for Windows. It's a free software that actually analyses the content of images to find duplicates. This works very well because images may not have exif data or the same image may be different file sizes or formats.
I don't know if it will work under Wine, but it's worth a try.

Visipics is the only tool I have ever found that will reliably use image matching to dedupe; it is Windows only but I have used it on my own collections & it works very well indeed: http://www.visipics.info/

Now (v1.31) understands .raw as well as all other main image formats & can handle rotated images; brilliant little program!

1 year,8 days

How Google Is Remapping Public Transportation

micronicos Transport in (for) London. (187 comments)

There has been a quiet revolution in real-time public transport information in London (UK) also.

Transport for London has equipped all buses with real-time GPS and this info is available via web and SMS.

Apparently they are looking for third-party developers to use their APIs but I've not seen anything yet.

Here's how to find when the next bus is coming:

Since most ticketing is now electronic (the Oyster card system) there is also live info an nearly all the millions of passengers; at the Transport Museum they have some displays showing this off.

more than 2 years ago

No Pardon For Turing

micronicos Re:Not exactly. (728 comments)

Thank you Kupfernigk, spot right on!

Sadly we now have a government composed of these aristo thugs. Americans can understand the class system intellectually but you have to have grown up in it to really appreciate its demonic force & antiquity. The 'old boy network' (and it is boys not girls) is alive & well and still runs post-imperial Britain with the same self-centred blinkers & mealy-mouthed hypocracies.

The sad thing about the Turing criminal case is that it was he who volunteered the information that he had a gay relationship to the police; this was in the course of reporting a burglary at his home; he was such an innocent, lovely man.

more than 2 years ago

10 Years of Windows XP

micronicos Re:"XP" - Love it. (471 comments)

I run a fully updated XP Pro on an 8 year old IBM T41 & it's stable as a rock. I have my cellphone connected via bluetooth & a bluetooth earpiece on another bluetooth connection for Skype or music. VPN tunnelling through a USB dongle internet connection. It just works.

I once 'fixed' an XP Pro machine (an old Dell) by pulling one of the two 64MB RAM cards which was bad. XP Pro booted into 64MB of RAM with no difficulty, though it did thrash pagefile.sys. It ran Word and connected to the internet no problems.

Like to see Windows 7 do that.

more than 3 years ago

Leonardo DiCaprio To Play Alan Turing?

micronicos Re:Lots of interesting angles (269 comments)

A story on Turing could exploits a lot of interesting angles. He's an important figure in computer science AND in cryptography. His most prestigious work was done with WWII in the backdrop, and helped the allies tremendously. Finally, he has the total romantic yet misunderstood hero story - his contribution was a war secret, he was condemned for his homosexuality by the state he helped so much, and died a Plato death.

There's a kickass script to be made out of that.

Oh and DiCaprio is a fine choice. Great actor, versatile enough to pull it out and to let the character be the story.

Spot on, plus the Cambridge (England) angle, work in some spies, I think it's a fine project. Robert Harris did an excellent job with "Enigma". Tried to mod up the post above but don't know how.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Being 'Loyal' Pay As a Developer?

micronicos Research the business. (735 comments)

My experience is that if the market you are working in is expanding rapidly, then changing companies is the way to go. I quadrupled my salary in three years changing companies four times, OK, this was computer field trouble-shooting in the oilfield in the Far East, in the boom times of the 1970s (HP & DEC minis). These were US companies & I actually returned to one after leaving them, there were no hard feelings, they knew they were lucky to get me back.

Much later I had to re-enter the same business during a fairly static period, things weren't going down, they were just not expanding. I felt I was lucky to get the job I was offered & stuck with it for four years until I had a consultancy offer, which I took, the consultancy business in that field was expanding & starting to use personal computers... was a good move then.

My point is you have to look at what is happening in the market/business you have your core skill set in. If the new company needs you to bird-dog a project & that project sells but not that well, as last in you might be first out. Let alone if that project bombs.

Don't generalise & do your research.

more than 3 years ago

The Looming Video Codec Fight

micronicos Just make both available! (235 comments)

Videopress, the video hosting arm of Wordpress, offers main video encoding in h.264 & also an Ogg Theora view or download option, both are available.

If you have a free Wordpress.com blog, you can buy Videopress & once you've uploaded your video to the Wordpress Blog, play the stream in any other web site with a Flash player. Gets around the Youtube 15 minute limitation as well.

more than 3 years ago

Neuromancer Movie Deal Moving Forward

micronicos Anime Sprawl Trilogy Series + Beeb Radioplay. (334 comments)

I'd go for a 26 episode anime "Sprawl Trilogy" series made by someone like Gainax under the supervision of someone like Shirow Masamune ... my final fantasy.

There is an excellent two part Radio adaption of Neuromancer made by the BBC in 2003, it's been updated to have email which jarred when I heard it, but is a faithful & well-written & produced radio adaptation.

If you like audio books you'll love it "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel." Oh yeah, best first line of a scifi novel EVER!


more than 3 years ago

100 P2P Users Upload 75% of Content

micronicos Re:Sounds a little low, but... (269 comments)

I'd be willing to bet that there is a 'core' of people on tpb and others that represent a bulk of the trusted content. I, like many others, tend to download off of tpb from the 'trusted' uploaders most of the time. Coincidentally, those also tend to the the torrents with the most seeders and leechers. When you factor in the fact that many of the big torrent sites mirror to the same torrents, this really doesn't sound too far fetched. Again, I think the 100 number is a little low, though...

I assume most of these "trusted uploaders" (like eztv on tpb for example) aren't individuals but a loose-knit group of people who know each other through the internet. Good luck taking a group like that down, it might be spread over a dozen countries or more.

Yes indeed - and they (the groups) largely communicate by irc, which as well as being a text channel can also offer downloads, surprisingly fast, though popular items tend to have a queue of waiting clients for the file.

One wonders .... they certainly could have usefully monitored several other sites & there are some massive private trackers.

And in my opinion the main revenue source for torrent sites (not uploaders) is Paypal donations, but since I use Adblock I never see the ads anyway.

about 4 years ago

Using Classical Music As a Form of Social Control

micronicos Tooting Bec, London, UK. (721 comments)

Tooting Bec is my local underground station in South London and they have been playing classical music in the foyer / ticket hall for several years.

The sound quality is good. The volume level is reasonable.

I asked one of the staff whether he enjoyed the music and he said 'some of it' & he also said that it kept young people from loitering.

Next time I will try and find out more on London Underground (a part of Transport for London) policies on noise and social exclusion.

Personally I enjoy the few seconds of classical music I hear as I stroll down to the escalators.

more than 4 years ago

The Technology of Neuromancer After 25 Years

micronicos Re:You have missed the point (203 comments)

The whole Sprawl Trilogy was well plotted & characterised & embedded with quotable phrases & invented meanings. I still read Gibson but struggled a little with his latest. There is a good BBC radio dramatisation of Neuromancer and also an interesting graphic novel version, unfinished.

more than 5 years ago

EC To Pursue Antitrust Despite Microsoft's IE Move

micronicos Re:Okay, enough already (484 comments)

Total nonsense! The EU is doing what the USA should have done a decade ago. If the US regulators hadn't been spineless & in bed with big business.

You Americans talk so big - when someone else shows cohones you can only scream & stamp your little feet.

I'm proud of Europe & the EU here. We'll get Windows bundled with Opera & Firefox yet.

more than 5 years ago

The Manga Guide to Databases

micronicos Slashdotting at its Worst. (236 comments)

No - not the article, which was excellent.

No - nor on the book - which is merely continuing a tradition of excellence in graphical education quite usual in Japan but sadly lacking elsewhere.

No - this is the /. contingent of commentators being 'funny' about foreign(er) ideas - because WE invented the internet and Cobb was an American and no darn .....

Well - you get the gist.

VERY disappointed, makes me wonder whether to stop /. watching - there are many other good tech sites with a lot less bias and a lot less jingoism to wade through.

more than 5 years ago

VLC 0.9.9, The Best Media Player Just Got Better

micronicos Re:The Best? (488 comments)

I watch a lot of fansubbed anime & find I prefer Zoomplayer http://inmatrix.com/

I also am using a 6 year old IBM laptop that isn't too powerful & I find Zoom uses less memory & less processing power. Therefore less lag & better rendering.

I believe this is due to the fact that the actual Zoom player is a sort of framework and all the codecs are external.

It used to be a beast to set-up the codecs but now it has an excellent codec installer which downloads the latest needed codecs (you have control over which) and installs them, usually perfectly.

The only thing I found recently was that I couldn't get it to play Flash .flv although I had Flash installed. Turned out I had Flash installed on Firefox & Zoomplayer needed the IE OCX control - once I fired up IE and installed Flash it worked fine.

Zoom is well-tuned for speed & accuracy and handles subtitles beautifully with complete positioning & display options including font selection.

There is even an U3 version that runs from a USB stick http://software.u3.com/Product_Details.aspx?ProductId=114

It is of course a paid Windows application so I guess everyone here is going to put it down.

more than 5 years ago

Obama Stimulus Pours Millions Into Cyber Security

micronicos Re:The mission, the people... (156 comments)

A1 - you got there while I was still dithering how to say it. I could add some personal worries like how HUAWEI software's in every darn internet cellphone dongle in the UK (and it's really good too).

more than 5 years ago

Obama Stimulus Pours Millions Into Cyber Security

micronicos PC? (156 comments)

No-one's mentioned the Chinese governments vast expenditure on active (read - aggressive) cybersecurity - is it not PC anymore to say this?

I'm in London UK & all for your US nerds defending our cyber frontiers 'cos we certainly can't! BO rocks!

more than 5 years ago

Gouge Found on Shuttle Endeavour's Underside

micronicos Possible rocket debris? (151 comments)

I was up too darn late watching the Nasa TV press conference. Questions were asked about maybe the debris source being space junk from an old rocket;

"NASA also revealed that Endeavour came within a mile of a piece of floating space junk during the launch. The garbage was an old Delta rocket body that has been orbiting for years, NASA said".

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la- sci-shuttle11aug11,1,1712330.story?coll=la-headlin es-nation&ctrack=2&cset=true

Tracked back to a '70s launch apparently, though I can't confirm this apart from what I heard.

more than 7 years ago



China's global cyber-espionage network.

micronicos micronicos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

micronicos writes "China's global cyber-espionage network GhostNet 'penetrates embassies across 100 countries' .... Office of the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, contacted experts to investigate if it was being bugged ...... it was: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/5071124/Chinas-global-cyber-espionage-network-GhostNet-penetrates-embassies-across-100-countries.html Original report page seems now to be down, attacked by Ghostnet? http://www.infowar-monitor.net/"
Link to Original Source

micronicos micronicos writes  |  more than 7 years ago

micronicos (344307) writes ""With Semapedia ( http://www.semapedia.org/ ) you can hyperlink your physical world with knowledge that matters. To do this you create small Semapedia Tags consisting of a cell-phone readable 2D Barcode that will link others to the content you provide." Although Semapedia is Wikipedia-specific .... Semacode images can be generated for ANY URL ( http://semacode.org/tag/ ) allowing bar-code-enabled mobile phones to photograph your flyer/poster & be taken to your URL .... neat system!"

micronicos micronicos writes  |  more than 7 years ago

micronicos writes "An article in the TimesOnlineUK http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and _americas/article1438060.ece led me to WorldMapper http://www.worldmapper.org/ "The might of the US is vividly illustrated by a new cartogram showing how the world would look if each country took on the size of its military spending". "Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. 366 maps and PDF posters will be finished by February 2007". Any other applications suggested?"

micronicos micronicos writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Nico M writes "NY Times ( http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/10/science/10prince ton.html ), on the imminent closure of one of the most controversial ivy league research units ... "Over almost three decades, a small laboratory at Princeton University managed to embarrass university administrators, outrage Nobel laureates, entice the support of philanthropists and make headlines around the world with its efforts to prove that thoughts can alter the course of events. The laboratory has conducted studies on extrasensory perception and telekinesis from its cramped quarters in the basement of the university's engineering building since 1979. Its equipment is aging, its finances dwindling. "For 28 years, we've done what we wanted to do, and there's no reason to stay and generate more of the same data," said the laboratory's founder, Robert G. Jahn, 76, former dean of Princeton's engineering school and an emeritus professor. "If people don't believe us after all the results we've produced, then they never will."". We note that Professor Jahn is also a Vice President of The Society for Scientific Exploration and appropriately this page ( http://www.scientificexploration.org/council.php ) was updated on Monday, December 18, 2007!"

micronicos micronicos writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Nico M writes "The highly-publiced UK murder hunt for the serial killer(s) of five young sex workers in Suffolk is using Skype to ask for information. BBC News is embedding freephone Skype links to both the police incident room & Crimestoppers UK — http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6171469.stm Is it the first time Skype has been used like this?"


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