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BT, Sky, and Virgin Enforce UK Porn Blocks By Hijacking Browsers

mrflash818 Use HTTPS (290 comments)

Use HTTPS. The article mentions:

ISPs cannot intercept requests for encrypted websites in the same way.

3 days ago
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South Korean Power Plants To Conduct Cyber-Attack Drills Following Hack

mrflash818 airgap (39 comments)

Now would be a good time to institude a national airgap policy for critical infrastructure, if not already in place.

4 days ago
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Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'

mrflash818 insurance companies should require airgap (212 comments)

If compananies want their business insured, perhaps the insurance companies can make having an 'airgap' a requirement of having coverage.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Resources For Kids Who Want To Make Games?

mrflash818 open source games (120 comments)

Look at the source code of open-source games.

Fun way to learn.

nethack
quake
doom

etc

about a week ago
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What Will Microsoft's "Embrace" of Open Source Actually Achieve?

mrflash818 Embrace. Extend. Extinguish. (217 comments)

"Embrace, extend, and extinguish",[1] also known as "Embrace, extend, and exterminate",[2] is a phrase that the U.S. Department of Justice found[3] and was used internally by Microsoft[4] to describe its strategy for entering product categories involving widely used standards, extending those standards with proprietary capabilities, and then using those differences to disadvantage its competitors.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

about two weeks ago
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Proposed Theme Park Would Put BBC Shows On Display

mrflash818 Race the Stig ride (80 comments)

"Race the Stig" ride? ...please please please.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Drops Bing Search Results

mrflash818 Bing marketshare (33 comments)

It is my guess that this dropping of Bing by Facebook will erode Bing's search marketshare, which was only ~18%, according to a 2013 article.

Bing’s market share stayed at 17.9%, the same as it was in June. However, it is worth noting that Bing is up more than 2% from this time last year when they had 15.7% market share.

http://www.searchenginejournal...

about two weeks ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

mrflash818 Evolution (1051 comments)

If those that do not get vaccinated die off, then those that get vaccinated, or have strong enough immunity, get to survive.

Evolution, correct?

about two weeks ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

mrflash818 Love it (233 comments)

Love seeing M$ lose another one.

I hope to see M$ finally no longer exist as a company, in my lifetime *fingers crossed*.

about two weeks ago
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NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

mrflash818 It's maddening and addictive (186 comments)

I've played it on and off, for years. Have never won, not once, even in X (explore) mode.

Try playing it with one of the 2d graphical overlays (like XNetHack), too.

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

mrflash818 almost all sci-fi is a warning (368 comments)

Almost all sci-fi is a warning about how things can go wrong, in the times the author wrote the story.

In a future 100,000years from now, what would the warnings be that the author's of today could pen?

I think probably the best example, written in 1895, is "The Time Machine", giving the technocopian/distopian example that, if we're not careful, humans would split into cattle (Eloi) and those that eat them (Morlock). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

As someone that is a computer programmer, I see that warning today, $((2014 - 1895)) = 119 years later: How many of society just 'use' technology vs those few "the technological one percent?" that create/engineer/produce it?

about three weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

mrflash818 great read (368 comments)

...thanks for sharing it.

about three weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

mrflash818 Agree. District 9, for example (368 comments)

Agreed. Although not a book, I'd say "District 9" a good example: sci-fi critique on apartheid.

about three weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

mrflash818 6. Profit, too (368 comments)

I imagine that, if a book portrays a future too different, the reader may not find it enjoyable, relate-able, or worth recommending to their other sci-fi reading acquaintances

So, unless the author has other revenue streams, they are dis-incentivized to write something 'too far out.'

about three weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

mrflash818 um, true (545 comments)

: )

about three weeks ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

mrflash818 any salary at or under 100k/yr should get OT (545 comments)

In my opionion any salary, IT or not, at or under, US$100k/yr should be paid overtime for over 40hrs/wk.

It should be inflation-adjusted each year, as well.

about three weeks ago

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NASA - Eleven trillion gallons needed to end California drought

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  about two weeks ago

mrflash818 (226638) writes "It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers) — around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir — to recover from California's continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.

http://science.nasa.gov/scienc..."

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timediff c program - gpl

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  more than 3 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.

http://mrflash818.geophile.net/php/clang/index.php

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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.

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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.

distributeFiles.sh
***
#! /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" ]
then
    echo "distributeFiles.sh ... "
    exit
fi

ARG_ARRAY=( "$@" )
SOURCE_DIR=${ARG_ARRAY[0]}
#echo "SOURCE_DIR[$SOURCE_DIR]"

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

ARG_ARRAY_LENGTH=${#ARG_ARRAY[@]}
#echo "ARG_ARRAY LENGTH is $ARG_ARRAY_LENGTH"

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

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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.

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Debian PC back up after hardware failure

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  more than 7 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.

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Proud Slashdot 10 year anniversary T-shirt owner

mrflash818 mrflash818 writes  |  more than 7 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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