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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

multimediavt Re:Based on your link to examples (187 comments)

Oops, just saw the binocular recommendations. [face palm] Of course that would be a much better choice and be useful for more than just star gazing. Might get them interested in optics in general, photography, etc. I'd go with a nice pair of $35-$65 10x50 binocs and a good app.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

multimediavt Based on your link to examples (187 comments)

I'd go with the Orion SpaceProbe 3 Altazimuth Reflector Telescope. It's a more modernized version of the one I first used as a youngster. I think I still have it somewhere but will have to look. Aiming the thing is probably the hardest to learn with any telescope and I'd stress that to the children you are going to give this to. That's the number one thing that turns children off to telescopes is trying to find the desired object in the sky. It takes a lot of patience and practice and if the child doesn't have the personality characteristics they will lose interest quickly. Sky watching can be amazing good fun, especially now that there are good apps that can help you find things in the sky easily. That might be another thing you spring for, a good app (desktop or mobile) for them to use to help them find things to look at.

about two weeks ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

multimediavt Shenanigans! (371 comments)

'snydeq' isn't a member of the community, he's a paid writer. Go look at his submissions v. comments. This whole site is a sham anymore. This will be my last logged in post. Complete troll bait anymore. Have fun being cogs in a money making scheme. Like Facebook they're done making money off me.

about three weeks ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

multimediavt Re:Seriously?!?! (371 comments)

Andrew Oliver? The shit mountain of self-importance? Still hasn't died of a heart attack? WhyTF is this on /.? Has this website really sunk that far?

In a word, "Yup."

about three weeks ago
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Massive Russian Hack Has Researchers Scratching Their Heads

multimediavt Re:Objection! (102 comments)

If these people have knowledge of a crime, aren't they legally obligated to report it to law enforcement?

Normally, one could claim no knowledge of a crime but in this case, they have announced that they have knowledge of crimes.

Depends on the laws in their HQ location, but in most civilized nations this is called extortion by Hold Security. They are most likely in the cross hairs of law enforcement as I type this. If this turns out to be a bogus or inflated claim (like it smells) they could face some serious criminal and civil charges, regardless of what country they are in.

about three weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

multimediavt I am not colorblind (267 comments)

I have had my eyes checked regularly as I wear glasses and have since age five. They test for colorblindness when you get your eyes checked. WTF is up with "as far as I know?" I know I am not colorblind, at all.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

multimediavt SDD Policy (116 comments)

Pulverisation, preferrably by hammer on concrete slab, in absence of a suitable anvil; maybe Acme brand.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

multimediavt My policy (116 comments)

Drill press. 'nuf said.

about a month ago
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More Quantum Strangeness: Particles Separated From Their Properties

multimediavt Re:Can we dumb it down some more? (144 comments)

Here's a question. What would happen if the beams traveled different distances? AKA, one beam took longer to reach the recombinator than the other. I can guess, but I have no clue about Quantum Mechanics.

So, go read more about the subject in your free time. There are s of freely available publications that cover the topic. I am not certain that the experiment would yield anything based on your hypothesis, not even the results being discussed. The most quantum experiments are predicated on a very specific set of conditions and why it hasn't been done before, accurately.

about a month ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

multimediavt Re:Who else makes this mistake? (402 comments)

Oh yeah! You think that's annoying, try typing 'ls' into a Command Prompt session on Windows. Instant D'oh! instead of delayed D'oh! Fucking hate WIndows!

about 1 month ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

multimediavt Re:Jed (402 comments)

apt-get? Who uses apt-get? Real men use make, make dep, make install!!!

about 1 month ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

multimediavt Re:When I'm editing on one of our Linux servers (402 comments)

Extra "kruft" from a person that uses BBEdit?!?!?! You want less kruft, try TextWrangler. And who runs a GUI on a goddamn server?!?! Even Microsoft finally gave it up, FCOL!

about 1 month ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

multimediavt Re:Ed man! !man ed (402 comments)

Brought to you by qed. The first to bring you regular expressions.

about 1 month ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

multimediavt Re:depends on what you're doing (402 comments)

I've worked in academia for a while and early in my 20+ year career I learned vi simply because it WAS on every *nix variant I touched; IRIX, Solaris, HP-UX, Linux, AIX and a couple others I can't remember the names of (DECs *nix's name escapes me, for instance). Most *nix servers didn't have a GUI (and in my opinion shouldn't have one; yeah, get off my lawn, blah, blah, blah) so vi was almost compulsory to know if you needed to do anything with a config or script file. I wouldn't say I am a master at vi by any means; still look up commands from time to time. I wouldn't try writing a journal article with it, but it is powerful and once you learn the basics you can edit just about anything with a .txt at the end of it. Simple 3x5 card with the commands on it is all you need to be proficient enough to get most things done. Hell, a Post-It note would do.

In GUI environments I try to use bare bones editors (sometimes literally) as the others just get in the way or like NotePad and WordPad screw up line feeds and other basic UTF formatting. I do like ones that highlight code in the GUI environment, but I only use those in conjunction with other GUI tools I use for web work. I am just not impressed by any of these new GUI editors, mostly because I do UI/UX design and they just suck from that standpoint. It's like all we learned about proper GUI design in the 1980s and 1990s was forgotten, or something and everyone wants to reinvent the wheel, badly. [shakes head and goes back to coding]

about 1 month ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

multimediavt Re:Thanks for the pointless scaremongering (409 comments)

There are far scarier things being developed in the heart of the country, down wind from a majority of the population of the US and Canada, in Dugway, Utah. One Ebola patient in isolation in Atlanta is really and truly nothing to get upset about. Be more afraid of what's at the Dugway Proving Ground. That's where they make and test biological and chemical weapons. Yes, make. They have things there that make Ebola look like the common cold.

about 1 month ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

multimediavt Re:Recent purchases/downloads (258 comments)

A list of recently purchased/downloaded or even new additions would cycle a larger group of useful apps to the app store audience.

New apps should be featured, not most popular or most sold. Right now there are an extremely limited number of ways to filter apps when you browse and this more than anything is hurting the smaller, startup app developers. I know, I've been one!

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

multimediavt Re:Run only services you need (348 comments)

The key is to only ever run the services that are absolutely needed, carefully configure these and keep them up to date. If you follow that advice a firewall is an added level of security but not necessarily needed.

The main caveat or gotcha to that approach is the time between vulnerability discovery and patch. There are services that may also be a requisite to a mission critical service that have exposed ports without a firewall. These can create vulnerabilities without a firewall protecting them. Let's put it this way, there are A LOT more reasons to run a firewall than to not run one. It's always better to err on the side of caution/paranoia when it comes to net security.

about a month ago

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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Personal Data?

multimediavt multimediavt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

multimediavt writes "Ok, here's my problem. I have A LOT of personal data!

And, no, it's not pr0n, warez, or anything the MPAA or RIAA would be concerned about.

I am realizing that I need to keep at least one spare drive the same size as my largest drive around in case of failure, or the need to reformat a drive due to corrupt file system issues. In my particular case I have a few external drives ranging in size from 200 GB to 2 TB (none with any more than 15 available), and the 2 TB drive is giving me fits at the moment so I need to move the data off and reformat the drive to see if it's just a file system issue or a component issue. I don't have 1.6 TB of free space anywhere and came to the above realization that an empty spare drive the size of my largest drive was needed. If I had a RAID I would have the same needs should a drive fail for some reason and the file system needed rebuilding. I am hitting a wall, and I am guessing that I am not the only one reaching this conclusion. This is my personal data and it is starting to become unbelievably unruly to deal with as far as data integrity and security are concerned. This problem is only going to get worse, and I'm sorry "The Cloud" is not an acceptable nor practical solution.

Tape for an individual as a backup mechanism is economically not feasible. Blu-ray Disc only holds 50 GB at best case and takes forever to backup any large amount of data, along with a great deal of human intervention in the process. So, as an individual with a large data collection and not a large budget, what do you see as options for now (other than keeping a spare blank drive around), and what do you see down the road that might help us deal with issues like this?"
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Can SSD Electronics Be Replaced & Retain Data?

multimediavt multimediavt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

multimediavt (965608) writes "I know that because of the delicate calibration between electronics and read/write heads in standard hard drives, that even with matching electronics it is next to impossible for those not fortunate enough to work for a data recovery lab to retain the data stored on the platters after replacing the onboard controller electronics should they fail. I am curious if that is true of SSD drives as well? I would assume not, but wondered if any /. folks had any insight on whether this was true or not? Beyond the speed increases and not having to worry about head crashes due to traumatic, sudden deceleration, the ability to replace faulty controller electronics (or even to upgrade them down the road) would be yet another huge advantage of the technology."
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Apple: Consumer Reports Antenna Testing Flawed

multimediavt multimediavt writes  |  more than 4 years ago

multimediavt (965608) writes "Many seem to be jumping down Apple's throat about the iPhone 4 antenna issue, but there still has not been any independent, credible, scientific diagnosis of the problem. Bob Egan, an electrical engineer, has posted a blog explaining how Consumer Report's testing was flawed and simply reinforces anecdotal evidence of a problem, but does not give any credible scientific diagnosis as to the cause.

From TFA:

"Consumer reports '½ÂoeRF'½Â engineers should know better than to think they can run an engineering grade test for an issue like this in a shielded room. And certainly not one with people in it.

To even reasonably run a scientific test, the iPhone should have been sitting on a non-metallic pedestal inside an anechoic chamber. The base station simulator should have been also sitting outside the chamber and had a calibrated antenna plumbed to it from inside the chamber."

Ok, there's a problem, but let's not overreact until we know the real cause and how it can be fixed. A recall may be needed, but it could really be a simple software fix."

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