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Ask Slashdot: Handling and Cleaning Up a Large Personal Email Archive?

papabob Re:SQL (167 comments)

yay, my bad. I always forget this is a site where the men are still men and anything that doesn't involve writing an obscure script only known by its creator is forbidden (and a browser to share? Jesus!)

Anyway, if are there any other pussies like, me there are tons of ways and utilities to convert mbox to maildir, and then it's easy to parse them to an DB (i'd recommend sqlite, it still is a simple file(s) in a directory, and the overhead would be minimal)

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Handling and Cleaning Up a Large Personal Email Archive?

papabob SQL (167 comments)

yes, I know it isn't what you asked, but if you know a little of SQL you can create a simple database with a few tables: mails ordered by date, relations between them based in the header (to follow up responses) and various types of attachments.

Accessing to it with sql its not more complicated than with fetchmail (unless your fetchmail isn't the same fetchmail I remember ;) and as extra you can create a simple web page with search options, and point relatives to it when they ask you for that photo of the dog they sent you five years ago.

more than 2 years ago

Personal Electronics May Indeed Disrupt Avionics

papabob the one in a million problem (505 comments)

As i was told in mid 90 by my electromagnetism teacher, the problem is not the miriad of (then) walkmans and cd player used in the plane. Those are more or less certified for electromagnetic compatibility. The problem are the crappy chinese electronics that don't pass any test and the one in a million "certified" hardware that is faulty. So, do you prefer listen your music and risk your life in an emergency situation or forbid them all just in case?

And speaking of statistics, in this case "anecdotal evidence" can cause the death of 200+ people...

more than 3 years ago

PLA Develops First Person Shooter With US Troops as Targets

papabob Fair enough (395 comments)

Every "great" nation has to have its own enemy. For years in USA had the URSS (and viceversa), then URSS dissapeared and three years later it was Irak, then dissapeared. Later was taliban, Irak again, and the difuse Al-Qaeda. Just like every fascist against every comunist. It's a must to prevent people to think too much in what the goberment is doing.

more than 3 years ago

Will Graphene Revolutionize the 21st Century?

papabob Nope (345 comments)

an industrial revolution, by definition, came by things completely unexpected. Laser, silicon, etc. When grapehene can be produced massively it will already be "the Next Big Thing in 5-10 years" for the previous 50 years.

more than 3 years ago

Third of Content On Popular BT Portals Are Fake

papabob mmmh, interesting... (255 comments)

Publishers of fake content include antipiracy groups

So, if someboy sues those publishers then they have to show to the judge that they have "written permission to distribute, post, or copy" every and each of the files they're using to polute the sharing ecosystem? Because gay porn companies can get millions for inapropiate use of their films ;)

more than 3 years ago

Japanese Supreme Court Rules TV Forwarding Illegal

papabob Re:Wait...what? (177 comments)

Are they pissed about the possibility of the stream ending up online?

Yes. This is basically the thing. But its better to have somewhat more context: we are talking about a country with amazingly fast internet connection. Neigbourghoods are in esence connected with what we call "ethernet speed" so it's not uninimaginable that some guy buys such device and feeds his pay-per-view stream to his building's router, effectively allowing all their neigbourghs to view tv for free (or just imagine a college building the day of superbowl or victoria's secret show...).

more than 3 years ago

Wikipedia and the History of Gaming

papabob then? (240 comments)

Supose I create a wiki entry with info about an old and obscure game from the 80s. As Wikipedia is not primary source I add references from an obscure forum. Let say 5 years from now the forum is dead and no other info can be found. What you would do with my entry? would you preserve it because is actual info (althought unconfirmable)? would you delete it?

more than 3 years ago

How Europe Will Lower Emissions — Self Driving Cars

papabob Re:Liability? (317 comments)

Liability (in it's legal form) isn't a main concern in Europe since we don't have the "tradition" of suing everything and everyone. If something causes an accident (be it a smart car that crashes or a Tv that explodes and causes a fire in my living room) and you are not responsible (you are not screwing with the smart car safety systems and you are not droping some water in the Tv), then the responsible is the producer. But it doesn't matters at all, with insurances we protect the effects of an accident and no the causes (that is work of the insurance company if the want the producer to pay the costs, sorry). And no, here insurance is not assigned to persons, is assigned to activity, as a whole concept. If I buy a car I will have a certain insurance rate based on my past records, but if I buy another car (heck, even if I buy the same car in different color) my rate will change although I am the same person and my past records hasn't changed.

more than 2 years ago

Tech's Dark Secret, It's All About Age

papabob Re:programming is a craft (602 comments)

Wow, simply... wow. No doubt there is always someone blaming IT for just everything (and sometimes that "someone" are ourselves) and mentalities like yours is the problem. Artists? Are you serious? For me it's time to abandon the "craftmanship" and start to behave like the engineers out there. Do you think an architec is an artist? and a bridge designer? Well, they aren't, and I know because I have to work with them. They have an objective, they have some restriction and they know how to go from A to B. And are paid to mix this up in well stablished ways. Forget the outside of the buildings and bridges, these archs, these beatiful windows... Those are placed there just to distract you. Every building is made from four or five different "basic recipes": you know, there is a weight that should be supported and a weight that should be balanced, and there are no many ways to do it. Sure you can change the ugly concrete for stilished steel twisted in artistic ways, but in the end they always connect with the rest of elements in the exact same point.

(i know, I've should use car analogy instead of building analogy. I'm heading to re-education chamber right now ;)

about 4 years ago

The Strange Case of Solar Flares and Radioactive Decay Rates

papabob This, sunspots and climate change (408 comments)

I wonder if this discovery can affect the climate change research. I mean, some paleo-climate stuff used in scientific papers use the amount and decay of certain isotopes to extrapolate the temperatures thousands years ago. We have just learnt that sunspot may be highly related with Earth climate (if in the next ten years the sun go nuts and start to show sunspot like a dalmatian and we saw the temperatures dropping, it could be the nail in the coffing of man-made global warming) and now an inpredictable solar flare can alter these measurements and provide us with false data.

Any expert around here that knows if this discovery can be "corrected" without a time machine?

about 4 years ago

Icelandic Company Designs Human Pylons

papabob missing something? (142 comments)

Reading TFA (I know, I know...) I'm not sure if it's a design contest to _actually_ build the thing or simply to draw something nice to sell to a news agency and fill empty time in tv shows.

BTW, looking at the photos my first thought was "traditional pylons doesn't need chains to maintain verticallity"

more than 4 years ago

Flight of the Desktops

papabob proyections (430 comments)

just remember this ;)

more than 4 years ago

When Will the Automotive Internet Arrive?

papabob there is a problem (261 comments)

there is a small problem with the current aproach: until "every" car gets the system installed, it's nearly useless. The protocol need to "know" that every other vehicle is going to act accordingly its specification. The false sense of security these devices can provide is very dangerous in case a car break the rules (not only by malice, just think in a malfuction like the infamous toyota) because the react time will be reduced ("The car from the back is too near, lets send a message to brake", "Ups, no response, maybe an interference, lets try again", "wow, its must be broken, lets speed up, i'll send a message to the front car to speed too", "Ups, no r...CARRIER LOST"),

more than 4 years ago

North Korea Develops Anti-Aging "Super Drink"

papabob Dystopia (296 comments)

A script for a sci-fi novel: after years of self-reclusion, the much hated North Korean country have developed two things, the most powerful army in Earth and a drink that can maintain their people forever young. Scared with the potential implications in economy and society, the "western" countries try to invade the korean territories but are repelled by the self-healing soldiers of the enemy...

(the rest is left to the imagination of the reader...)

more than 4 years ago

Wales Supports Purging Porn From Wikipedia

papabob So... (263 comments)

the "universal" enciclopedy, where "all the knowledge" is contributed by "anyone" is about to filter certain content based in the moral views of a purist american? Well... doubleplusgood, I assume...

more than 4 years ago

After Berlusconi Attack, Italy Considers Web Censorship

papabob this reminds me... (160 comments)

I think it's in "Forever Peace" where the goverment nukes a city (Denver?) and acusses the then new 'nanotechnology' of the incident to take control over every production line and create a politicians-controlled monopoly.

Maybe in 50 years we discover that the attacker is a member of the AISI (italian intelligence agency); or maybe not, because the web would be controlled by government...

more than 3 years ago

Mars Express Captures Phobos and Deimos

papabob Ask slashdot (84 comments)

Please, forgive my ignorance (physics is not my field): What orbit model is going to be refined? I've always thought that planetary movements were resolved centuries ago, and that modern cosmology studies the 'very big' things, portions of universe so massive that introduce glitches in relativistic theories, instead of moons' orbits.

more than 4 years ago

Is There a Future For Mature Games On Wii?

papabob Mature? (186 comments)

So, if we have to believe TFA, "mature games" are those with dark ambient light, based on killing everything that moves and splashing blood in the walls... yeah, very mature. Maybe they haven't realized yet that Wii is a console for real "mature" people, you know, those who bring their mates to home after work and play simple games with beers and snacks, only looking for some laughs.

more than 4 years ago

WHO Declares H1N1's Spread Officially a Pandemic

papabob Re:"H1N1" (368 comments)

Funny, because Spanish Flu didn't started in Spain. It was only a neutral country in WWI and their newspapers weren't censored by "war reasons" and were able to talk about the pandemic.

more than 5 years ago


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