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Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

nuckfuts Re: just put a motor on the elevator itself (247 comments)

An electric motor could act as a generator on the way down, reclaiming enegry that was spent going up. Not with 100% efficiency, obviously, but the existing technique is not 100% efficient either.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

nuckfuts Re:New Laptop? Windows? (467 comments)

I just can't picture needing anything beyond that.

While technically not an "antivirus" product in the conventional sense, Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit adds a significant layer of defense on top of Windows.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

nuckfuts Re:Office 2007 started the move into alternatives (148 comments)

Name one function that was removed since 2003.

Microsoft removed the ability to "Insert from Scanner or Camera". For subsequent versions, the workaroundis to scan to an image file on your computer, and then insert the saved image into the document, rather than scanning directly into the document as before.

The removal of this menu item annoyed a lot of people, including myself.

about a week ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

nuckfuts Re:I hope not (489 comments)

Show me another spreadsheet program that's as good as Excel.

And I'm pretty happy with Exchange as my mail server. Using Outlook Anywhere, I don't have issues sending e-mail from Outlook if I travel outside of my ISP's network. Using Outlook Web Access, I can access e-mails, contacts, and calendars from nearly any device with a working web browser. And using Exchange ActiveSync, my e-mails, contacts, and calendars can keep in sync with iOS and Android phones. I never have to transfer contacts manually if I change to a different smartphone. I can even wipe my iPhone remotely if it gets lost. Setting up equivalent functionality with other software would involve a lot of work.

about two weeks ago
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'Be My Eyes' App Crowdsources Help For the Blind

nuckfuts Will it work for web pages? (66 comments)

It's only a matter of time before some poor volunteer is asked to describe goatse.

about two weeks ago
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The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

nuckfuts Re:Radio communications from electric company? (172 comments)

I've done signalling over A/C wiring with my own homemade devices, although not outside a single building. From my experience with home Ethernet-over-Power devices, it sometimes doesn't work where more than one electrical panel is traversed.

Nevertheless, there is an entire industry devoted to Broadband over powerline (BPL), and it reportedly works for smart meters.

about two weeks ago
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The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

nuckfuts Radio communications from electric company? (172 comments)

Now kick that up to the electric company level, and give them a radio network that tells them which electric provider to get electricity from at what time to get the best (wholesale) price.

Why would the electric company need a radio network to communicate with household appliances? They already have a hardwired connection!

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

nuckfuts Re:and when BSD moves to systemd... (403 comments)

I'm not sure why all you systemd haters feel the need to say "If I wanted Windows, I'd run Windows".

Presumably because Windows takes a monolithic approach, and bundling more and more functionality into a single daemon seems to be taking that same direction.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

nuckfuts Re:pfsense (403 comments)

PfSense is a must if you are running ESXi topologies.

And why is that?

about two weeks ago
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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

nuckfuts Re:Network appliance (180 comments)

Have you looked at the stuff that Soekris makes?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

nuckfuts Birds Chirping (790 comments)

Where I live, mornings used to be a cacophony of birdsong. After decades of "development", there's not much birdsong to be heard anymore aside from the occasional annoyance of a squawking crow.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

nuckfuts Rotary Dial Telephones (790 comments)

How about the clickety-whir of a rotary dial telephone? I used to surprise people by being able to dial phone numbers using the hang-up button instead of the dial. If pressed rapidly enough, a series of 9 hang-up clicks had the same effect as dialling a "9", 8 clicks dialled an "8", and so on.

This trick continued to work long after tone dialling became the norm. For all I know it still works today; it's been a long time since I tried it.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

nuckfuts Re:The whine of the flyback transformer (790 comments)

The sound could not only be annoying; it could be damaging. The vibration of a flyback transformer can eventually loosen the solder joints that hold it down. I once repaired an old TV by simply reflowing those joints with a soldering iron.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

nuckfuts More surprising math (790 comments)

I hadn't heard that Pythagorean example before. It really is surprising. Here's another math example that may surprise people:

Imagine that the Earth is a perfect sphere, and a rope is laid all the way around the Earth at the equator. The rope would be approximately 24,900 miles long. Now imagine that the rope is to be lifted exactly 1 foot off the ground all the way around. How much longer would the rope need to be?

Answer: A bit more than 6 feet. (2 to be exact).

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

nuckfuts Re:Sorta related... the teletype machine (790 comments)

I use an MP3 version of a 56k modem handshake as the ringtone on my phone. It's amusing the see the look on people's faces when the "fax" noise goes off.

about three weeks ago
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'Silk Road Reloaded' Launches On a Network More Secret Than Tor

nuckfuts Re:can sombody say.... (155 comments)

Can somebody spell "somebody"?

about three weeks ago
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Lizard Stresser DDoS-for-Hire Service Built On Hacked Home Routers

nuckfuts Remote Admin Enabled by Default? (65 comments)

Most home routers I've dealt with don't enable remote administration by default. Allowing administration from outside one's LAN seems like a more serious problem than using a default password.

about three weeks ago
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Cluetrain Authors Offer an Updated Guide To the Web

nuckfuts Atrocious Site! (24 comments)

For people professing to have clues, I suggest they are lacking any regarding web page design. 5 seconds into trying to scroll their oversized fonts, hideous colours, and centre-justified text, my eyeballs were driven off their site.

about three weeks ago

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Does Facebook Violate RFC2142?

nuckfuts nuckfuts writes  |  more than 2 years ago

nuckfuts writes "An e-mail sent to abuse@facebook.com resulted in an automated response saying:

Unfortunately, the email address you are using to reach us is no longer available. In order to best assist you, we have provided avenues of support for specific issues that are located in our Help Center. Please follow the link that best suits your problem.

All the provided links require logging in to Facebook. Since I don't have a Facebook account, it appears I cannot report abuse. Is this not a violation of RFC2142 ?"

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