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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

mrflash818 M$ is still around, too (275 comments)

M$ is still around, so I failed on that prediction *rueful sigh*

3 days ago

A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

mrflash818 I Forgot My Phone (180 comments)

Hopefully people will use them only when face-to-face isn't available.

I Forgot My Phone

about two weeks ago

Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

mrflash818 Mutagens (558 comments)

I suspect, what will be discovered by science and research, is that our civilization has created mutagens, that have helped accelerate the rate at which members of the population have these conditions.

Romans with lead.

Recent history with things like DDT.

History shows us that we often do not know the downside of some of our choices. For example, we only found out about lead poisoning, and removing lead from automotive fuel and residential paints, in one generation.

So my guess is, like we have discovered that some substances are carcinogens, that some things we are exposed to routinely today, will be classified as mutagens, and restricted or banned.

For those that already express the condition, I fear there is no solution. A mutation in the current science, unlike the movie Gattaca, doesn't seem fixable.

about three weeks ago

Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

mrflash818 One of my children (558 comments)

One of my children is a 'special needs' kid.

Takes them an hour to do 25 elementary school math problems. Not because they are 'slow', but cannot stay on task, internally and externally distracted, all the time.

We feel pressured to always have them on meds, different meds if they don't seem to be behaving 'better', drugs roulette, so they can seem more Acceptable to Others.

IEPs. Basically years of adversarial polite conflict with the elementary school, the principal of the elementary school, to accomodate the child's special needs. The principal trying to say the child has a displine problem, and would not provide all the services called out in my child's IEP, until we escalated over the principal's head to the district itself.

My child, that I love, I worry about, contantly. I worry about them beeing bullied, teased, made to feel bad for them just being themselves, in a world that likes to be xenophobic for those that Dont Seem To Fit In.

For me, I feel a sense of resignated acceptance. I already expect for my child to always be living with me, even when I am retired. I torture myself with worry how they will do in this world, once I am no longer alive to help them.

For me, I feel a cosmic finger has pointed at me, and has judged my existance will be a bit more biblical Job than those whose kids are Normals.

For me, I will be happy to be proved wrong, and that my special needs child grows up okay, but so far, I do not see any hope of that yet.

about three weeks ago

NSA Infiltrated RSA Deeper Than Imagined

mrflash818 Thank goodness for open-source alternatives (168 comments)

So those that know how, can test and verify open-source alternatives are cryptographically secure, not back-doored, and safe for people to use.

about three weeks ago

Transformer-Style Scooter Lets You Ride Your Briefcase To Work

mrflash818 Just telecommute instead (102 comments)

Cool, but I'd rather see more companies just issue workers a cell phone and laptop, so they can telecommute from home.

about a month ago

EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

mrflash818 Oringal v1 USB port size, please (358 comments)

If it was up to me, they would all have to use the orginal v1 USB port size (rectangular, about 1cm wide, maybe 0.3cm tall).

Tired of all these different [censored] mini-USB shapes, and the minis are all too fragile!

about a month ago

The NSA Has an Advice Columnist

mrflash818 Dear NSA_Abby, (77 comments)

"You keep stalking me and all my fellow citizens, everywhere and all the time.

You have been caught trying to sabotage secure relationships.

Why can't you accept boundaries? Why can't you focus your efforts solely on targeted efforts?"

-- Signed, Publius ; )

about a month ago

California District Launches Country's First All-Electric School Bus

mrflash818 Add a range-extender engine, perhaps PV too (94 comments)

Since buses are so big, seems they are a good candidate to add an on-board range extender engine, for those trips that might exceed battery range.

Also, seems they also have lots of roof surface area where PV could be installed, to also help with range, or running accessories, or charging when just parked in fleet parking lots, or at destinations.

about a month ago

Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

mrflash818 GNU/Hurd (480 comments)

Please share your vision for where you would like to see GNU/Hurd, and GNU software over the next 25 years, and what people would be doing with it.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft Said To Cut Windows Price 70% For Low Cost Devices

mrflash818 One Ring to rule them All (178 comments)

In my opinion, they _so_badly_ want to be the One Ring.

I hope I live to see the day they are just a historical Wikipedia entry.

about 2 months ago

Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp

mrflash818 Would have to use a proprietary Apple envelope (184 comments)

You would have to use a proprietary Apple envelope, or the stamp wouldn't stick.

The Apple envelope would be prettier than a regular envelope, but cost twice as much, too.

about 2 months ago

Schneier: Break Up the NSA

mrflash818 Free Open Psudo-random generators and encryption (324 comments)

The third is the deliberate sabotaging of security. The primary example we have of this is the NSA's BULLRUN program, which tries to "insert vulnerabilities into commercial encryption systems, IT systems, networks and endpoint communication devices."

This is where the Free and Open source community can assist.

1. By having free (as in GPL licensed) cryptographically secure psudorandom number generators that all can use to help secure their communications.

2. Also having Free and Open source encryption algorithms (like twofish) get both global deployments and acceptance will help.

3. Lastly, and this is the hardest part, having Users become comfortable with securing their communications by using the above 1 and 2 on all their sensitive communications, including phones.

about 2 months ago

Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

mrflash818 tags (237 comments)

For the beta, I miss being able to tag articles and user entries when doing metamod, that I can do in the regular site.

about 2 months ago

Plan 9 From Bell Labs Operating System Now Available Under GPLv2

mrflash818 Coolest thing is learning sharing incorporating (223 comments)

For me, the coolest thing about any software becoming GPL, or released GPL from the outset, is the immediate learning and sharing possible with anyone that reads it.

Sometimes it allows other projects to say, "excellent idea, let's incorporate that, and give credit to them", which to my thinking, means all other GPL project(s) can potentially benefit each other synergistic-ly.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Crowd Funding the Future of Sci-Fi?

mrflash818 Audience size (116 comments)

I think the trouble with getting Science Fiction shows broadcast has nothing to do with the costs of making the show.

I think the trouble is that the audience size for sci-fi show(s), no matter how excellent they are, is a fraction of a mainstream drama, police show, etc.

So the money that a broadcaster makes, based on selling advertizing (commercials) to that small audience, never allows them to make enough money.

Maybe, just maybe a streaming service like Netflix could do it, as I will guess a larger fraction of their audience are into sci-fi, but actual numbers and statistics are hard to find that are publically available.

about 2 months ago

New England Burns Jet Fuel To Keep Lights On

mrflash818 If sunny, perhaps more solar power (230 comments)

If it is sunny and cold, perhaps the state can install more solar power plants. That might help save fuel during the day, for power generation at night.

According to wikipedia, for 2012, they had only 207MW of grid-connected PV in Massachusetts. Seems might be nice to scale that up to 1GW when they can.

about 3 months ago


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timediff c program - gpl

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Wrote a little c program to do command line calculation of the number of days between two dates, and respecting Gregorian calendar leap-year.

Hope others might find it useful as I do.



SGVLUG meeting 2010-03-11

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Interesting presentation on data ownership, and the usual general discussions.

Enjoyed hanging out, and the 'after party' at burger continental.


shell script to distribute files from 1 dir to many dirs

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Just a shell script I wrote to be able to distribute files in one file to many directories.
Created it because my one directory of digital images was getting too big, such that it was slowing down image viewer startup.

#! /bin/bash

# distribte (by using mv)files from a source directory
# to collection of target directories (by using a for loop)
# distributeFiles.sh ...
if [ "$#" -lt "3" ]
    echo "distributeFiles.sh ... "

ARG_ARRAY=( "$@" )

unset ARG_ARRAY[0]
#for i in "${ARG_ARRAY[@]}"
# echo $i


# Get list of files to distribute
for i in $(ls $SOURCE_DIR)
    if [ -d "$SOURCE_DIR/$i" ]
    #distribute to the distination directories
    #echo "mv \"${SOURCE_DIR}/$i\" ${ARG_ARRAY[$AAL]}/."
    mv ${SOURCE_DIR}/$i ${ARG_ARRAY[$AAL]}/.
    AAL=$((AAL + 1))
    if [ $AAL -gt $ARG_ARRAY_LENGTH ]


sgvlug - january 2008 meeting - was great fun

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Went to the SGVLUG general meeting last night.

Had a great presentation on WINE, the windows compatibility softare, running on a recent Ubuntu.

Then went to Burger Continental to pig out. Had a garlic chicken pita, salad bar, and chocolate cake with cherry ice cream and a Dr.Pepper.

3000 calorie nirvana.

Was great fun.


Debian PC back up after hardware failure

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Yay to my fellow members of the sgvlug.

The power supply on my Debian PC failed a few months ago.

A sgvlug member donated a 400w ATX power supply this weekend. Installed it, and now my little workstation is back!

yayness - karma feels good sometimes.


Proud Slashdot 10 year anniversary T-shirt owner

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Proud Slashdot 10 year anniversary T-shirt owner.

My LUG, SGVLUG (sgvlug.org) hosted one of the Slashdot anniversary parties. I attended.

Got one of the very nice T-shirts!

Congrats to Slashdot on their anniversary, and look forward to celebrating the 20 and 25 year ones, too!

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