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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

postbigbang Re:The Economist (284 comments)

I read Nuts&Volts. Still fun.... once in a while.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

postbigbang Re:The Economist (284 comments)

Byte is great as a history book of how we got here, until about a year before its demise. It chronicled much, and it served many masters and interests with a lot of personality. It did ok online, but even that folded, and much of what UBM bought is dead, failed in the transition to online.

There are classic issues, but that was yesterday, and tomorrow much is going to be different. There are still new technologies, some advances, and more than enough cults of code and hardware, now bifurcated into traditional vs mobile computing. Add-in the Maker Movements, 3D printing, and what was once a handful of really creative geeks is now multiple disciplines of them. There's not an easy way to chronicle the computer industry, because it's now industries, reaching everywhere.

Byte served its purpose well. Long live Byte. Goodbye, Byte, Circuit Cellar, Pournelle, and so many other characters. Long live Ars Technica, Wired, GigaOm, and dozens of other sites like NetworkWorld, InfoWorld, The Register, and so forth. Print will never come back. You won't feel it in your hands until your foldable smartphone makes this comfy some day in the future-- to do again.

3 days ago
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Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party

postbigbang Re:Memories (146 comments)

Maybe you should GOTO the event.

about two weeks ago
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Not Just Apple: GnuTLS Bug Means Security Flaw For Major Linux Distros

postbigbang Re:Old news (144 comments)

It indeed is the same level as the bug Apple fixed. Plentiful access methods are hinged on this lib and code.

It's non-trivial, and affects clients and servers in a wide breadth. Yes, were you watching, you'd have upgraded to fixed versions. Too many, however, don't know the difference between a CVE and a live hand grenade. Or they weren't watching. Same vulnerability result.

about two weeks ago
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Interview: Ask Bruce Perens What You Will

postbigbang Q3 for BP (129 comments)

What are your five biggest fears for safety on the Internet today, and where do you believe responsible admins should put their efforts for those five?

Thanks.

about two weeks ago
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Interview: Ask Bruce Perens What You Will

postbigbang Q2 for BP (129 comments)

With predictability now almost certainly in many encryption algorithms, how can we be sure that root certs at CAs aren't jeopardized or compromised by algorithmic weakness?

about two weeks ago
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Interview: Ask Bruce Perens What You Will

postbigbang Q1 for BP (129 comments)

Why has the ARRL and FCC stalled on non-closed models for hams? D-Star is a travesty; but is the deeper problem that digitized voice trunking induces tracking fears-- especially across spread spectrum?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

postbigbang Re:April First????? (219 comments)

ObiWan, the need for entertainment is strong with this one.....

about three weeks ago
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Nature Publisher Requires Authors To Waive "Moral Rights" To Works

postbigbang Re:There are many journals (82 comments)

I'm sorry, you're out of character, pmontra, and we now have to usurp you. Please wait in the queue on your left to be assimilated. You signed away the rights, and we saw you there, in the restroom, tapping your foot. Now your works are ours.

about three weeks ago
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Security for the 'Internet of Things' (Video)

postbigbang Re:don't connect it (106 comments)

No one points out a secondary auth, which adds quite a bit of layering-- that admittedly might be able to be hacked through-- to prevent unauthorized settings changes.

If only Unbreakable Linux were.....

about three weeks ago
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Google Glass Signs Deal With Ray Ban's Parent Company

postbigbang Re:fuck me (125 comments)

The OS is only part of it. I am not a fanboi, but Apple does several things nicely:

-it creates reality distortion fields of billion dollar size
-it has consistent build quality that reflects serious engineering feats, and vendor liaison and supply-chain discipline
-it has remarkable consistency, good and bad, mostly good
-they are very good at supporting their users and are very connected/focused on their users
-they are masters, perhaps wizards at meme control.

The OS is very important, but that's not why they get top dollar for their goods. Their assets don't depreciate as rapidly, and they are fiendishly consistent.

about a month ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

postbigbang Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

It's my belief that there are many, many more than just the slashdotters that are of the belief that the communications shenanigans are tough. If you don't speak up, you give tacit silent approval. So, speak up. Educate the populace regarding the history of utilities, monopolies, and how this affects them. Then do it again. That's why I posted. That's why you posted. Don't give up.

about a month ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

postbigbang Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

This isn't telephony. It's a data communications issue, upon which rides both time-sensitive data (audio, video) and non-time sensitive data. AT&T's arrogance is that of Southwestern Bell's (remember, this is not the AT&T of old) vision for profits.

It's a monopolistic view. It's the old "we own the highway" versus "we gave you rights of way because you were a municipal and regional utility". I say we reclaim the rights of way, and meter AT&T for their belligerence. That'll fix it for everyone.

about a month ago
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Earth Barely Dodged Solar Blast In 2012

postbigbang Re:ZOMG a bad thing didn't happen! (202 comments)

Oh, geez. Not click-bait enough. Sun spots to kill grid! Everything dead! Your iStuff bleeding on the floor!

You've got the right formula.

There would be stuff that would obviously croak beyond repair. Other than a little tanner, that's about it save for certain parts of the grid, which could indeed see whopping coulombs dumped in unexpected places. But mass hysteria sells clicks.

about a month ago
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Earth Barely Dodged Solar Blast In 2012

postbigbang Re:ZOMG a bad thing didn't happen! (202 comments)

If I used phone lines, I'd have MOVs on them. Many telcos over-earth where necessary, just to ensure low damage. I ground together my cable box with my other earths, but hey-- I'm an engineer.

about 1 month ago
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Earth Barely Dodged Solar Blast In 2012

postbigbang Re:ZOMG a bad thing didn't happen! (202 comments)

Really good.

And many supplies have MOVs and LC networks that would help mitigate the problem. In the old days, telegraph wires weren't earthed, and so became enormous antennas that could readily be charged by ionization.

Satellites are less protected, and there, sensitive low-power (especially CMOS) products might easily fry. However, they're already shielded and exposed to the elements in a way unlike us on the ground.

We're smart enough to tie most neutrals to earth in home wiring boxes. OTOH, the skin effect could fry stuff. Your car's ECM might be just fine because it's under a metal hood, albeit insulated from the earth by the tires. As such, it's not really a capacitor or joule/coulomb tank.

Major electrical grid problems would ensue, but recovery might not be as tough as you think.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You To Tell Your Client That His "Expert" Is an Idiot?

postbigbang Re:Old fashioned idea... (384 comments)

UBdaFool. ROFL.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You To Tell Your Client That His "Expert" Is an Idiot?

postbigbang Re:Old fashioned idea... (384 comments)

So you used a bogus email addy when you established your account here?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You To Tell Your Client That His "Expert" Is an Idiot?

postbigbang Re:Old fashioned idea... (384 comments)

Nice to test the political waters but there are lot of just clueless sociopathic idiots that get fat consulting contracts, then spew nonesense until your ears bleed.

Some idiots are lucky. It's like the old adage that nothing is foolproof because fools are so ingenious.

OTOH, Cousin Ernie may have gotten the gig for reasons that don't meet the test of credulity, either. Never leave to conspiracy that which can be explained by sloth.

about 2 months ago
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Ugly Trends Threaten Aviation Industry

postbigbang Re:Old planes still flying (473 comments)

Add to the costs: fuel. Overhauls from hell, with designs that haven't improved much since the 1940s. Draconian IFR costs. Jepps that break the bank. Tie down fees from the depths of hell. NOTAMs only a mother could love or an engineer understand, and plentiful poundage of them. Insurance costs.

Yeah, older planes still fly, fewer pilots, new plane costs far higher than the cost of an average new home.

And people wonder why sales are in the crapper.

about 2 months ago

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Does anyone make an photo de-duplicator for Linux? Something that reads EXIF?

postbigbang postbigbang writes  |  about 3 months ago

postbigbang (761081) writes "Imagine having thousands of images on disparate machines. many are dupes, even among the disparate machines. It's impossible to delete all the dupes manually and create a singular, accurate photo image base? Is there an app out there that can scan a file system, perhaps a target sub-folder system, and suck in the images-- WITHOUT creating duplicates? Perhaps by reading EXIF info or hashes? I have eleven file systems saved, and the task of eliminating dupes seems impossible."
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WSJ rumors that VMware will buy Novell

postbigbang postbigbang writes  |  more than 3 years ago

postbigbang (761081) writes "Steven J Vaughn-Nichols speculates on the WSJ piece that speculates VMware may be buying Novell's Linux assets (along with other core Novell assets). Will Big Red be Big Dead? Will SUSE be used as a fighting tool against Windows platforms? Will ex-Microsoft throne pretender Paul Maritz use Novell's Directory Services to sling against Microsoft? Discuss."
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Acer Founder: Apple's iPad and iPhone are Viruses

postbigbang postbigbang writes  |  more than 3 years ago

postbigbang (761081) writes "Stan Shih, founder of Acer, is apparently unhappy with Apple's iPad and iPhone success, and calls these products a virus. Acer, it should be noted, is the #2 maker of PCs in the world. Stan believes that Apple can be "isolated" so that companies will become "immune". Is this the ultimate sour grapes?"
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Jury finds Novell owns Unix Copyrights; SCO Loses!

postbigbang postbigbang writes  |  about 4 years ago

postbigbang (761081) writes "Novell won its jury decision as defendant in the SCO Slander of Title charge against its ownership of Unix copyrights, and ostensibly, intellectual property. It was a fairly short trial, and it leaves SCO nearing Chapter 7 despite an influx of funds. They have few assets, and if they appeal, it'll be against the results of a laborious discovery process, severe rulings by the trial judge largely against Novell, and will cost them still another fortune they don't have. Cheers and champagne corks for FOSS and especially Linux users-- and the famous and tenacious Pamela Jones, who documented it all."
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US House Bill prohibits government file sharing

postbigbang postbigbang writes  |  more than 4 years ago

postbigbang (761081) writes "HR4098 attempts to prohibit file sharing software on government and contractor computers or 'telework' home computers used by these employees. Another RIAA/MPAA muscle play on government machines? Is the HR afraid of illegally shared copies of Celine Dion MP3s on government systems?"
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postbigbang postbigbang writes  |  more than 7 years ago

postbigbang (761081) writes "Ray Noorda, controversial head of numerous investments in the computer industry died at age 82, according to http://www.sltrib.com/ci_4465776 .
Noorda once pressured National Semiconductor to lower the price of Ethernet cards, then took on Bill Gates, buying the keys to Unix and then giving them away, then many software packages to fight Microsoft's Word and Office with WordPerfect, Quattro Pro, and others. When the world went to the IP protocols, Novell's IPX protocol set was arguably more prevalent than IP at the time. And then the Internet train departed, and Novell's strategies weren't ready — and Gates had (if now viewed frighteningly) a plan.

Noorda's investments in many companies, and his training academy for future execs in IT, also showed the supportive Mormon side of Noorda and the companies he spawned. Arguably, he's the father of the LAN more than any other business exec in the industry today. Many captains of industry, including Google's Eric Schmidt, owes their boot camp to Noorda."

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