Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?
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.
Does Anyone Make a Photo De-Duplicator For Linux? Something That Reads EXIF?
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!
How Google Is Remapping Public Transportation
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.
No Pardon For Turing
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.
10 Years of Windows XP
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.
Leonardo DiCaprio To Play Alan Turing?
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.
Ask Slashdot: Does Being 'Loyal' Pay As a Developer?
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.
The Looming Video Codec Fight
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.
Neuromancer Movie Deal Moving Forward
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!
100 P2P Users Upload 75% of Content
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.
Using Classical Music As a Form of Social Control
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.
The Technology of Neuromancer After 25 Years
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.
EC To Pursue Antitrust Despite Microsoft's IE Move
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.
An Australian Space Agency At Last?
The Tidbinbilla Tracking Station (now known as CDSCC) was opened in 1965 and is the only NASA tracking station in Australia still in operation. During the Apollo program, Tidbinbilla was used for tracking the Apollo Lunar Module.
So Pooh 2 u all ye doubters of the Northern Hemisphere!
The Manga Guide to Databases
Anyone want to review this?
"Hackett and Bankwell is an educational comic/cartoon manual designed to teach the finer points of the GNU Linux platform using Ubuntu."
Free downloads as .pdf e-book (issues 1 & 2).
The Manga Guide to Databases
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.
VLC 0.9.9, The Best Media Player Just Got Better
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.
Obama Stimulus Pours Millions Into Cyber Security
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).
Obama Stimulus Pours Millions Into Cyber Security
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!
Gouge Found on Shuttle Endeavour's Underside
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.
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