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How English Beat German As the Language of Science

myoparo Re:Because Latin? (323 comments)

Except that Latin is only the "root language" for Romance languages and, last I checked, English is not one of those. Yes, we've borrowed a great deal of Latin words and created our own imaginary Latinate forms, but this is not something that other languages, such as German, couldn't do either.

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

myoparo Uhhh (907 comments)

This should be illegal.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

myoparo Off-site backups and Plex (268 comments)

Not sure what you should do about local backups, but I think you should consider off-site storage in additional to whatever local backup plan you come up with. If you trust cloud services (or the videos are not too sensitive), you can sign up for something like CrashPlan which offers unlimited backup to the cloud. It is a pain transferring that much data back and forth from the internet, but the idea here would be that the cloud backup is your "last resort" in case something happened locally.

Enough with backups. Now for the fun part: set up a Plex server and have it catalog your videos. Then, stream them to any device that you own. Instant enjoyment and easy of access for all those old videos.

about 2 months ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

myoparo iptables malware (230 comments)

Oh yes, I am familiar with this iptables malware. I once had a machine running using ipchains, but iptables somehow made its way on to my machine and pretty much just killed ipchains functionality. I could not get it working again no matter how hard I tried. In case it modified my kernel, I even downloaded the latest from kernel.org (2.4.x) and compiled a new one, but to no avail.

I gave up and went to Windows.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?

myoparo What about Lightworks? (163 comments)

It's free and pretty powerful.

about 3 months ago
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Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

myoparo Re:Get it back from mom (126 comments)

Yeah except HIV is not communicable via saliva, sorry.

about 4 months ago
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CMU System Lets You Get To the Good Parts of Video, Fast

myoparo Does it work on movies? (32 comments)

It'd be nice to have this for watching movies and TV shows. There's only probably 15 minutes worth of good content in any given TV episode, and maybe 30 minutes in a movie!

about 5 months ago
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Xanadu Software Released After 54 Years In the Making

myoparo Re:/.ed (90 comments)

Slashdotted!? We must make note of this-- a page hasn't been Slashdotted in almost a decade!

about 6 months ago
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GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch

myoparo Re: No one will ever buy a GM product again (307 comments)

Faulty firmware? Are you referring to the brake debacle a few years ago?

I think it's been pretty well established by know that it was all media attention driving that and Toyota really didn't have anything wrong with its vehicles.

about 6 months ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

myoparo Re:Mostly but not _totally_ gimmick? (261 comments)

Per the internets, the curving is done in movie theatres to help avoid the pincushion effect from the projector. Since we are talking about TVs and not projectors, the pincushion effect is irrelevant.

Curved television displays aren't "largely" a gimmick-- they're just a gimmick.

about 6 months ago
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Iranian Hacker Group Created Fake News Organization For Social Engineering

myoparo Re:Propaganda again? (57 comments)

Yeah no proof Iran had anything to do with it... except when you look at the WHOIS information for that domain.

about 6 months ago
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Massive Botnet "Indestructible," Say Researchers

myoparo Well, (583 comments)

I, for one, welcome our new indestructible botnet overlords.

more than 3 years ago
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Hacker Group LulzSec Challenges FBI

myoparo Strong Passwords (308 comments)

I'm guessing those accounts for which there is no provided passwords were those with 'strong passwords' that did not fall to a dictionary/brute force attack. Good for them! And that just shows that having a strong password is a good idea.

more than 3 years ago
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Chapel Hill Computational Linguists Crack Skype Calls

myoparo Yeah! (156 comments)

Go Linguists!

more than 3 years ago
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Robots Successfully Invent Their Own Language

myoparo Prescriptive language (159 comments)

I wonder how long until a prescriptivist control-freak robot develops to rule over the language and erase all usage that it disagrees with.

more than 3 years ago
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Draft Proposal Would Create Agency To Tax Cars By the Mile

myoparo Bad. (932 comments)

This sounds very, very bad.

more than 3 years ago
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Former Senator Wants to Mine The Moon

myoparo Didn't read TFA yet... (351 comments)

but what's with the title of this story?

"Former Senator Wants to Mine the Moon"

Wouldn't it be more informative and important to mention, in the title, that he is one of the few people to actually walk on the moon?

Something like:

"Apollo Moonwalker Believes We Should Mine Moon"

Or, if you really want that Senator in there...

"Former Senator, having walked on the moon, now wants to mine it"

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Launches Fastest Phenom Yet, Phenom II X4 980

myoparo Re:Today, the complexity of numbering continues... (207 comments)

That's not too bad actually-- but why have a number that stands in for the clock speed instead of just having the clock speed itself? It makes comparing CPUs of different brands difficult because there is absolutely no correlation when it comes to the "stand-in" number.

At least when things were always done in mhz, it was relatively easy to "approximate" how fast two chips were compared to one another within the same family line or even amongst different manufacturers, provided you were at least somewhat familiar with the performance of the product lines in question.

Are the stand-in numbers of today just some fancy marketing gimmick or do they really have some deep-down meaning? I guess in the end it doesn't matter too as long as there are hardware review site to point people in the right direction. Still though, not having to look up everything all the time feels a bit nice.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Launches Fastest Phenom Yet, Phenom II X4 980

myoparo Re:Today, the complexity of numbering continues... (207 comments)

I agree-- the numbering and naming schemes in use nowadays are ridiculous and sometimes hard to decipher. In fact, ever since they stopped posting the clockspeed next to the processor it's been confusing.

It's too bad we can't revert back to the old usage where it's just the processor name + clockspeed... with the addition of how many cores. Yes, it was never a perfect system (not all makes of processor have equal performance at a given frequency), but it sure as hell was better than how they do it now.

more than 3 years ago

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