orangesquid writes "bsy used to maintain a list of Internet-connected Coke machines as well as other Internet-connected devices of interest. Just about all the links are broken... are there still any Coke machines (or other neat devices, like homebrew weather stations) online, especially accessible by finger? (I'm not interested in any Pepsi machines, for the record. Unless they stock Mountain Dew.) The UCSD Coke machine was part of Internet lore, and is no longer... it'd be great to find some online vending machines to point the younger Internet generation to, as an example of the early development of connecting all sorts of devices to the Internet." Link to Original Source top
Manning's Gender Identity raised in Wikileaks case
orangesquid writes "This news is a few weeks old, but I don't think it has been mentioned on slashdot yet. The Washington Post is reporting on Bradley Manning's various psychological issues, including hir gender identity (classified by the DSM under "gender identity disorder," a controversial designation since items like sexual orientation are no longer considered disorders). CNN also has a similar story. The Washington Post article describes Manning as a 'a gifted intelligence analyst', an interesting topic considering that some ongoing research has suggested a correlation between transsexualism and increased IQ. Some opinions suggest transsexualism to be correlated with a greater capacity for creativity, an often invaluable part of deeper insight. Various studies on gender and empathy sometimes suggest a link, perhaps substantiating the notion that Manning's desire to leak classified information was driven by hir own internal sense of ethics. Any thoughts, slashdotters? Given the particular sensitivities of this topic, I hope that flaming/trolling will be kept to a minimum, but intelligent/insightful discourse and humor done in good taste will surely be appreciated!" Link to Original Source top
orangesquid writes "[NOTE! TO! EDITOR!!!! — in dillo, there's no dropdown box to select story category, such as "Ask Slashdot", etc. Since I've already typed this up, I just ask that you assign the category correctly; for future reference for the slashcode workers, it might be a good idea to test against dillo, as it adheres to HTML standards and does not utilize scripting, so it effectively encompasses how Lynx, Wget's link-evaluating engine, and many other tools probably see the slashcode-HTML.]
I wanted to ask: is there a shell tool (besides the sed/awk/bash/perl scripts I've cooked up on the fly) that is dedicated to *escaping*? In the Unix tradition of "one small tool that does its job well," I would expect there to be a tool floating around that was very, very good at escaping strings for nearly any purpose (escaping for HTML3, XML; grep/sed regex, extended grep regex, perl regex; bash glob strings w/ and w/o extglob, etc), dedicated to doing that and *only* that. However, after googling, looking through GNU's site, checking previous Ask Slashdot-s, and scouting freshmeat, I haven't found any dedicated tools. I have found plenty of small scripts for dedicated purposes, but I have found no tools for general string escaping. What I envision is something that can take strings line-by-line, word-by-word, or NUL-byte--by--NUL-byte, and escape a number of string components of various forms (HTML or XML entities, ANSI [or other terminal] escape sequences, regex special characters, etc). Does such a tool exist? If not, I would definitely write one, but I don't want to duplicate someone else's work to no useful end!"
[these are all fm proj names] bookmarks: sresi - php and text interface, import and export mozilla, del.icio.us,.... looks promising!
now, the quiz/testing programs; i'm hoping to find one of these that i can use to train myself with the dozens of equations, dozens of device types, dozens of band diagrams, dozens of differential equations and their solutions, handful of derivations involving the Schrödinger equation, and hundreds of variables that I am required to be very familiar with (and in many cases have memorized and understood in extreme detail) for an undergrad course at univ. of delaware (=ELEG340) that teaches the mathematical relationship between atomic crystal lattices and electron wave mechanics, and semiconductor device behavior (p-n diodes, Schottky diodes, HEMTs, MESFETs, BJTs, and plenty of others...).
quizcards - flash cards, group things together, allows graphics (maybe i can import equations drawn with LaTeX?) quiz - simple multiple choice questions akfquiz - learning game creator; text, graphic, web interfaces quizzy - looks like 'quiz' but perhaps more flexibile/mature inquisition - sophisticated and graphical, create exams (more than just quiz questions) and train on them jvlt - vocab learning tool, probably great for vocab but not for engineering classes quizdrill - flash cards, multiple choice, adapts to what you get wrong, aimed for vocab memorization
quizcards might be my best bet. akfquiz and inquisition look neat, but might involve a lot of work just to create self-quizzes, given their sophistication.
i have most machines running at the moment! yay. as soon as i get home from vacation, i can fix the few remaining, and check out the state of everything, and then shut them down again for the remainder of the summer (Heat+power issues)
evidently, delmarva power had something like 300+ homes without power, which is evidently why it took them ~22 hours to fix ours (only 3 homes were affected by a transformer next to us that blew in the mild rain last weekend).
I've learned that 'glitch' is getting really flaky about booting. Everything else booted up OK, really...
glitch and leningrad lost their nvram data. Took several tries for glitch's BIOS to actually boot the disk. I had to boot leningrad twice because I messed up when I reset the ethernet address.
I also forgot to turn on the external disks for autumn, so I had to reboot that. Luckily, all the network routes, DNS settings, and mounted disks came online via my changes to SYSTARTUP.COM. I still don't understand VMS bootup, though; it's taken me many tries to get that right.
The BIOS on ledge also complained about the built-in clock, but on the second boot it worked.
I think everything else came up fine, after the normal tweaks and boot commands, but I brought the systems up one at a time, because if I don't, all the simultaneous disk spin-ups tend to trip the surge protector, and everything shuts down again.