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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

nblender Re:Not good enough (309 comments)

I can't believe the news today...
Oh I can't close my device and make it go away ...

yesterday
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New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs

nblender Re:Clueless (59 comments)

You can design your power supplies to withstand a nuclear event using a NED http://www.maxwell.com/product... and when the pulse is over, your stuff just boots and it's business as usual. At least that's my understanding.

2 days ago
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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

nblender Re:So it runs Doom ? (87 comments)

8 pages per minute, 500 sheets in the tray ...

Sounds like hours of fun.

2 days ago
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UK Ham Radio Reg Plans To Drop 15 min Callsign Interval and Allow Encryption

nblender Re:this leads me to a question. (104 comments)

It's not really code that's applicable to anyone else, probably. It's embedded in a bunch of python that mindlessly runs my cottage.. I have an RCS TR-60 thermostat out there that has an RS-485 port to which I can send commands and requests stats. I also have an Etherrain/8 which runs my sprinkler valves... I have a WaterBug water sensor, and some other miscellaneous arduino things to monitor my well pump controller, etc...

My APRS transceiver is a Microtrak4 and it has a serial port as well. So I monitor the stream looking for messages from me-1 to me-9...

2 days ago
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UK Ham Radio Reg Plans To Drop 15 min Callsign Interval and Allow Encryption

nblender this leads me to a question. (104 comments)

I have an APRS transceiver sending telemetry from my cottage; mostly so I know whether I need to get in the car and drive out there to address either water in the basement or pipes about to freeze... Soon I'll be able to send commands and receive responses (like raise the temperature because I'm en-route, or turn on the irrigation system, or whatever)... I don't want any old shmuck to mess with my stuff so I thought about encrypting the text in my APRS message with a pre-shared key and calling it a day... Does that qualify as verboten?

5 days ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

nblender Re:I just want the new Nexus. (222 comments)

I'm one. I switched from my iphone4 to a nexus5 for two reasons:

- my eyes have aged substantially in the last 6 or 7 years, most dramatically in the last 3.
- $829 (CAD) for an iphone5 vs. $349 for a Nexus5...

Additional perks:
- wireless charging

5 days ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

nblender Re:I just want the new Nexus. (222 comments)

I've got a Nexus-5 so I'm going to skip the Nexus-6... I'm holding out for the Nexus-7!

5 days ago
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Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

nblender Re:Right. (140 comments)

i'm not defending his actions ... But I feel, in some small way, like I can put myself in his shoes. I was physically and emotionally tormented through 6 years of my early years at school. It had a profound effect on who I am today. I remember down to the detail every one of these incidents and I have vivid memories of the perpetrators.. Over the years I have imagined who these people must have grown up to be and delighted in the fact that they probably became menial laborers... I even had one of them in my house more than 20 years later to install my cable modem. I recognized him immediately and I don't think he had any idea who I was... I personally wouldn't wage a campaign of harrassment against these people but I know I would take secret delight if I were to read of their untimely deaths in the papers... Because of this, I can imagine how this guy felt...

As soon as we found out that my son was being bullied, we acted quickly to intervene and change the situation. I don't want my son to grow up having to deal with this sort of baggage.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

nblender Re:Hahahaha (404 comments)

yes. I used to channel my inner-rainman and get all bent out of shape whenever someone complimented my "Land Cruiser" by saying "Nice jeep!"... Now I take it for what it's worth, a good natured compliment from someone who could care less what species my truck is.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

nblender step backwards. (471 comments)

When I got my smart phone years ago, I stopped wearing a watch and was pleased with that... There are clocks everywhere and when there isn't one, I just glance at my phone... I'm glad I don't have some barnacle on my wrist all day long.. Now I'm supposed to be convinced that I need one of these barnacles more than ever?

pshaw.

about a week ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

nblender Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

You forgot the part where they morph from 'car' to 'pedestrian' without warning... Riding on the road until something is blocking it, then zipping onto the sidewalk for a few hundred feet and then flying back out on the road without looking... Or coming up to a red light and then turning 90 degrees to cross the road, then going up on the sidewalk and back out on the road again having just successfully made a 'left turn' without waiting for the light...

But accidentally bump one of them and suddenly you're just 'some idiot driver who must have been texting instead of watching the road'...

about a week ago
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The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams

nblender Re:We need to carpet bomb Nigeria (160 comments)

don't forget paying $2.00 for a pillow or a blanket. How about charging $10 if you want to book your seat more than 24 hours in advance (so your child can sit next to you instead of some stranger, perhaps)... How about showing up 90 minutes before your flight instead of 30 minutes like you used to be able to do.. Getting groped at the gate... taking off your shoes and belt. Putting all of your valuables in a basket only to have it disappear out of sight while you wait to walk through a machine that will render you in naked form while firing ionizing radiation at you and being treated like a terrorist. Having your wife groped in front of your 5 year old son who will later assume this is all a perfectly normal thing for people in authority to do...

And what makes the news is people who can't recline their seats?

You can really get away with a lot of shit and people will still voluntarily subject themselves to it so they can get to their precious all-inclusive 7 day vacation.

about two weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

nblender Re:FizzBuzz is a good start (546 comments)

I guess my problem with FizzBuzz type questions (I've neven really interviewed for a job so don't know how I'd actually do) would be that I'd look at the question and know that it's too easy and there must be some hidden gotcha so I'd start second and third guessing; playing with the algorithm and debating with myself which one the interviewer wants to see (correct but not optimal, correct and optimal but a little less obvious, etc)...

So maybe I'd be the guy sitting there for 10 minutes... But not because I don't know the answer...

I have trouble believing that the vast majority of programmers can't do that.

about two weeks ago
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Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies

nblender Re:Simple. Easy. (113 comments)

A pleasure no longer available in my city. The small bookstores were pushed out of the market decades ago by big conglomerates like "Chapters" and "Indigo". "Chapters" has since bought "Indigo" so now there's really only one retailer in the city that sells books, at a dozen locations... The problem is, they also sell scented candles, scented notepads, scented plushies, scented pillows, scented throws, etc... So the place is a veritable onslaught to the senses... My wife and I can endure maybe about 5 minutes in the store before we're sneezing and our eyes are all puffy...

So now we just order online, sometimes from Amazon.

I will always remember the smell of an old independant bookstore...

about three weeks ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

nblender Re:realtor. (266 comments)

Not accurately, no... Turns out the field is actually the entire yard so there wasn't really anywhere he could go to not find it.

about three weeks ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

nblender realtor. (266 comments)

I was looking at an acreage and asked the realtor if he knew where the septic field was.. He said no but would find it. He grabbed a wire coat hanger out of the closet, bent it into some divining sticks, and went outside trudging through 2' deep snow... My wife and I just kind of glanced at one another and rolled our eyes... Thing is, he honestly thought he was helping...

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

nblender another possibility ... (355 comments)

If it's not the ATM encapsulation overhead as many others have rightly suggested, have a look at the traffic... I had similar concerns with my ISP... I have a Cisco switch between my local firewall and my cable modem... I set one port to monitor mode (copy all packets to a write-only switch port) and captured all of my internet traffic for a number of months... I then analyzed the .cap file and discovered a ginormous amount of SMB advertisements and arp who-has from other cable customers... For those few months, it was on the order of about 10% of my traffic... My ISP has been threatening to bill for over-usage for years so I was gathering data to throw back at them in the event that I ever received a bill. I haven't ever received a bill for over-usage and so haven't pursued the matter.

about three weeks ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

nblender and what can we do? (708 comments)

Buy another LED light bulb? Buy an electric vehicle? Eat vegetarian?

Given there are no good alternatives when it comes to voting time, it seems like we're basically along for the ride..

about three weeks ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

nblender Re:Short term (506 comments)

I agree completely. Just look at how almost nobody knows how to ride horses these days.

about three weeks ago

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