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Steve Jobs Crowned "Person of the Decade"

nocomment Re:Mohamed Atta or GW Bush (346 comments)

Yeah but just wait... The decade isn't quite over yet. One more year to go.

more than 4 years ago

Protecting the Apollo Landing Sites From Later Landings

nocomment That's retarded (339 comments)

We have a picture of it right? Seriously what if every time somebody did something new that spot was forbidden to be stepped on again? asinine. What if nobody as allowed to visit the beach of Columbus's first landing sites? BFD, send a plaque or something and stop wasting your time worrying about whether a footprint is going to disappear someday. It will.

more than 5 years ago

Olympia Tea Party Wrapup

nocomment stunned (8 comments)

That video.....that reporter. I cannot believe her idiocy. The fascism guy was a little inarticulate and I wish he could have explained himself better.

I also wish I had remembered the tea party. I filed back in Jan so it completely slipped my mind.

more than 5 years ago

Cheapest "White Board" solution

nocomment Hardware stores (2 comments)

Another cheap solution (same actually just another way to find it) is to go to the hardware store and pick up the backing used for shower stalls. It's the same material as the "official"(tm) white boards but for about 1/10th the cost.

more than 5 years ago

How To Keep a Web Site Local?

nocomment Easiest solution (297 comments)

Go back to you BBS, and Gopher protocols. We've no more use for you here.

more than 5 years ago

win 7 - virtual box

nocomment networking (2 comments)

I'm on ubuntu using virtualbox and win 7 won't get on the network at all. hmmmm

more than 5 years ago

Found at a job fair

nocomment not odd for me (5 comments)

Surprisingly, I know a bunch* of people like that. I used to work at a newspaper where the sysamdins of certain systems were required to be able to know how to mke ads and whatnot. Thankfully I wasn't one that needed to know that because I'm terrible with graphics.

more than 5 years ago

Psystar Claims Apple Forgot To Copyright Mac OS

nocomment Re:Berne convention? (648 comments)

meh it's easy to circumvent though isn't it? Couldn't Apple just say that os x is nextstep rebranded and next owned the copyright on openstep. Since pple owns all next trademarks os x has therfore been trademarked since 1989 (or whateer). Sorry if this is ignorant IANAL.

more than 5 years ago

Not only do I have excellent karma

nocomment George! (19 comments)

Hey man welcome back. I too have been wondering how things have been going lately.

more than 5 years ago

Not only do I have excellent karma

nocomment Re:George is back?! (19 comments)

*cough*unread*cough* /me looks inquisitively at FK

more than 5 years ago

Gregoire Was Right All Along!

nocomment Re:yeah well (7 comments)

You should write a song about all the people that think Obama is going to pay their mortgages for them.

I hear "Obama won't you buy me a mercedes benz" ;-)

I'd do it if I had more talent.

more than 5 years ago

Gregoire Was Right All Along!

nocomment yeah well (7 comments)

It's partly Bush's fault y'know. He drew so many people out of the woodwork that normally pay zero attention to politics, people who voted straight down the D column.

more than 5 years ago

Mayor Nickels Vows to Violate Citizens' Rights

nocomment Re:Nickels (3 comments)

problem is, he'll probably get away with it. WA dems (specifically Seattle) have been violating the constitution for years. They can unconstitionall take your land away by saying it's a wetland and you can't even sell it. You can't even put a gazebo near the river in some cases. In Seattle proper they go through your garbage and will fine you if you put your recyclables in the garbage can (search and seizure laws???)

Unfortunately King county is so entrenched with this mindset that not only are they likely to get away with it, but even have a lot of support for it.

more than 5 years ago

Quote of the Month

nocomment Ron Paul (7 comments)


more than 5 years ago



AmigaOS 4.1 reviewed and Ready to ship

nocomment nocomment writes  |  more than 5 years ago

*no comment* writes "Hyperion Entertainment and PowerPC motherboard makers Acube have announced that you will soon be able to run the AmigaOS 4.1 on the sam440 line of PPC motherboards through an OEM deal that was reached. Acube says in their press release that users wishing to beta test the 4.1 release will be provided with the full version. Amiga OS 4.1 was recently reviewed over at Are Technica."
Link to Original Source

Washington state teen hacks 911 system

nocomment nocomment writes  |  more than 6 years ago

*no comment* (239368) writes "A teen in here in Washington State hacked the 911 system and entered false information about a man who had killed someone and was threatening to do it again. SWAT surrounded the house. FTFA "A male resident of the home, identified only as Doug B. in the District Attorney's complaint, heard rustling outside the home and walked into the backyard with a kitchen knife in his hand.""

nocomment nocomment writes  |  more than 7 years ago

*no comment* writes "Magnussoft announced recently that the code recently acquired from the recently defunct YellowTab, has some licensing issues. The posting goes on to say:
"This cessation is valid until the facts are clarified or reconfirmed.
We immediately approached our licenser for clarification of the legal position. Mr. Korz stated towards our lawyer that he would not be interested in cooperating with magnussoft Deutschland in this matter.
Magnussoft is not in a position to judge the statement of Access Co. Ltd. We do not have any notice of potential contracts or arrangements between Mr. Korz and the legal owner(s) of the BeOS source-code. Due to this legal uncertainty we decided to cease distribution of Zeta.""

nocomment nocomment writes  |  more than 7 years ago

*no comment* writes "Linden Labs; makers of second life has sent out out emails to each and every subscriber informing them that their servers have been compromised. They have posted a bulletin on the website describing more, as wel as a blog entry. From the article "...Linden Lab reported today that it is notifying its community of a database breach, which potentially exposed customer data including the unencrypted names and addresses, and the encrypted passwords and encrypted payment information of all Second Life users. Unencrypted credit card information, which is stored on a separate database, was not compromised."."

nocomment nocomment writes  |  more than 7 years ago

*no comment* writes "In an email that recently went out to the NetBSD, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD mailing lists. One of the orginal founders is claiming the NetBSD has lacked a strong leader and has essentially stagnated to the point of irrelevance. From the email: 'I won't attempt to pin blame on any specific people for this, except to say that some of it is definitely my fault. It's only in retrospect that I see so clearly the need for a very strong leader. Had I pursued it 10 years ago, things might be very different. Such is life. But let's talk about the situation today.'"



(Useful) unix tricks

nocomment nocomment writes  |  more than 5 years ago

OK, so my JE got hijacked and turned into one of hte post popular threads for that day. The madness then continued with various other threads on vi, emacs, regexes etc...

For those of you who missed it:

I learned a couple of new tricks such as pushd/popd, the ~ . trick to end hung rsh/ssh sessions.

Please post below what your favorites were. Post links if you've got 'em. (no, I'm not interested rm -rf /)


nocomment nocomment writes  |  more than 5 years ago

So the other day I messaged another admin from the console using the regular old 'write' command (as I've been doing for over 10 years). To my surprise he didn't know how to respond back to me (he had to call me on the phone) and had never even known you could do that.

That got me thinking that there's probably lots of things like that, and likely things I've never heard of.
What sorts of things do you take for granted as a natural part of Unix that other people are surprised at?


What rss feeds do you use?

nocomment nocomment writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I've just discovered snownews which seems to bring a lot of the fun back into the web (for me at least ;). It's just a command line-base rss reader, so I've been populating it with my usual spots, openbsd errata, slashdot, etc...

What are some other good ones I should be reading?


cool url

nocomment nocomment writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I know TomHudson is always posting cool addresses he finds. I thought of a cool one today that's more of a URL than anything:

That's all, maybe this will inspire Tom though. :-)


ugh! he's out of jail already

nocomment nocomment writes  |  more than 6 years ago

He was taken in yesterday. Charged with 288 (oral copulation of a minor) and then put away on $50,000 bond (I think that means she had to pay $5000...?). The (ex) mother-in-law bailed him out a couple hours later.

ARRRGH! I know that's how the bail system works, but I wanted him to sit there.


back from california

nocomment nocomment writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Well that wasn't much fun.

He agreed to admit to the police who just hauled him away about 4 hours ago.

The mother-in-law promptly called my wife to see about getting money to help with the cell phone bill (read: she wants my wife to help with bail).

I'm dumbfounded as to why the mother-in-law would stay. She told my wife she was going to stay with him and comfort him. Uhm, yeah, what about comforting your daughter? your granddaughter?

For those who worried about a vigialnte mission needed worry. He wouldn't come out of the house. :-O

For those of you who wondered how you might behave, it might look something like this:

I started by getting good and drunk the night before (I know, but I really needed something to take the edge off). I got to bed at 1am, and fell asleep around 1:30. I then woke up at 4am put on my steel-toed boots and my cousin took me to the airport. I got to Sacramento at around 10:30, got my rental car, and drove the 3-ish hours to Fresno, getting there around 2.

My first stop was his house. He wouldn't come out, so my endurance run in my boots was for nothing. So I just did burn-outs in front of his house. Next day we get a call that he's agreed to admit (whether my burn-outs had any affect I'll never know).

For the record, my wife did get very upset with me for doing that, and made me promise not to do it again.

The next couple days we decided not to think about it much and went to Johns Incredible Pizza (chuck-e-cheese on steroids) went to the park etc...

So now he's hauled off. It's not much consolation though. What's done is done. We're putting restraining orders on both of my wifes parents and with the exception of anything legal won't have to see them ever again.

Hopefully something aweful happens to him in jail.

Thanks for the prayers, I'm sure that's what kept him from coming out of the house. I was in such a rage that I may have actually done something very regretable. I've never thrown up just from being angry before.

good God this has been the worst week of our lives.


Surrounded by pedophiles

nocomment nocomment writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Some time ago I wrote about my sister's saga of getting molested by my step-dad when I was younger. I don't remember how far back, but it was a couple (few?) years now. I stopped talking to him, and my mother who stayed with him until recently.

NOW it comes to light that while in California my 8 y/o daughter was getting the treatment from my father-in-law. I'm leaving for Cali tomorrow. I hope to have the chance to mess him up, though probably not -- the police may have him in custody as of this evening sometime.

Can someone stop the Earth please? I'd like to get off now.


Laptop Recomendations

nocomment nocomment writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Got any recomendations for laptops? A friend is looking, and I don't really keep up. I'm just looking for the best comination of cheap/good warranty.


sudo stores password in plaintext

nocomment nocomment writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OK I'll admit it. I was bored. I was just tinkering around with various /dev/* and piping the output to various others.

That's when I came across a few interesting things (namely xchat leaves all kinds of stuff in memory for days after you last logged on).

But most scary was this command 'strings /dev/mem', which revealed to me my own password. This is particalarly scary since this is an ubuntu system and my user is essentially 'root'.

-my password was here-
sudo su -
-my password was here again-

It appears to be me logging in to either the console or gdm, and then running sudo su - and typing my password.


how do I write a letter of recommendation

nocomment nocomment writes  |  more than 6 years ago

My cousin is applying for his apprenticeship to be a pipe fitter/welder and requested a letter of recommendation from me. I've never written one, and don't know how to go about it without sounding like a brown-nosing relative.

My cousin is really good. He's a good mechanic, a good welder, and will make a hell of a pipe-fitter. But how do I say that in writing to compelte stranger without the guy going 'this is jsut the guys cousin, he has to say that'.


I'm in the process of getting scammed

nocomment nocomment writes  |  about 7 years ago

A few weeks ago I bought a old jeep cj7. I took the hard top off because it's hotter 'n hell out. I decided while the top was crushing my skull, fusing my spine, and otherwise shortening my body and lifespan that I never want to put the thing back on.

So off to craigslist I went to attempt to hock it there and get some of the money needed to get a fancy-pants new softtop.

I put it on there for $700 fully expecting to be negotiated down to $500 (for the top and doors). I get an email from some guy who wants to mail me a certified cheque for the $3500, enough for the $700 I'm asking and the cost of a mover to pick it up. OK now I'm suspicious. Really REALLY suspicious. I'm convinced it's a scam. The guy has my address because I thought he would want to come look at it (he didn't seem to want to, he'd essentially be 'buying' sight unseen).

So, I have a few options.

1> call the bank the check is drafted on and ask.
2> drop the check off with the police as soon as it arrives (or FBI if crosses state lines (is that how that works?))
3> play with they guy and see what I can make him do.

I can guarantee you that top is NOT getting on a moving truck of any kind -- unless for some strangely odd reason #1 pans out and the banks says it's valid (which is extremely unlikely).

What would you guys do?


hydrogen as fuel

nocomment nocomment writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Frontpage story about the dood getting fined for using veggie oil prompted me to ask this tengently-related question.

I will soon be buying a new (to me) Jeep. One of the things that has always driven me crazy about older (non-fuel-injected) Jeeps, is that you tend to stall out when going up hills that are too steep for the gravity fed carburators to work properly. So, I've been thinking of alternatives. I don't want to go the veggie route. I won't have a deisel engine anyway, so my only alternative is some kind of hydrogen conversion.

Storing hydrogen in the gaseous form seems too dangerous. I'd like something that converted it on-board and fed the hydrogen directly to the carb. I'd be saving money on gas (by supplying my own salt water, and some alloy), and could still run regular gas when needed.

Any mechanics or Chemistry majors out there with ideas on how to home-brew something like that?


calculating chars per inch

nocomment nocomment writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I cannot seem to find an easy way to calculate chars per inch. Anyone know of a unix utility that does that? I've found a lot that can convert to a set limit (for sending to printers etc...).

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