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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

rcamans Re:Convenient? For whom? (294 comments)

I do not believe Sandy Bridge and later processors are supported by any BIOS other than UEFI, so if you want the latest, you have to do UEFI.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

rcamans Re:Intel (294 comments)

All new CPUs / chipsets REQUIRE the latest distros to work well.
An example is the driver for the Ivy Bridge EDAC is only in kernel 3.13 or so, and without it you can get a lot of spurious memory errors reported.
Also true of firmware and drivers.
And the distros do NOT include the latest drivers, so you have to work at it.

about three weeks ago

Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

rcamans Re:That wasn't the question (461 comments)

By rival drug gang, are you referring to the police, DEA, the Bloods, the Crips, or some other government agency like the big Mexican cartels?
The way this violates his rights is that he cannot confront his accuser in a court of law (as if we actually had courts of law, instead of kangaroo courts).
And it was probably his ex-girlfriend, who dumped him and wanted more satisfaction. Or a hooker he stiffed for the cost of the blow job.
Or a girl he honked at.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

rcamans Re:down to a "T" (737 comments)

Heh heh. He claimed to be a man. Heh heh. But he still lives in his mama's basement, is on the internet and playing games all his "conscious" hours, and doesn't have a job. And his chances of procreation are nil.

about 5 months ago

Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

rcamans Real climate science versus McGill "science" (869 comments)

The climate cycles on Earth are hundreds of thousands to millions of years long, with smaller variations separated by hundreds to thousands of years. Lesser and major ice ages are examples. So the Lovejoy McGill study is irrelevant in terms of climate science. Climate science is something very few climate "scientists" do. That said, cutting down forests and burning forests is removing a major source of carbon (dioxide) consumption (carbon sink). So CO2 variations (increases for now) are man-made. How CO2 influences the earth's temperature or climate is still not well understood. An example of that is the latest IPCC report, which says that CO2 is only a small driver of Earth's temperature. That is because (climate pseudo-scientists did not realize) CO2 reflects sunlight away from the Earth as well as trapping some of Earth's radiation inside the atmosphere. This is a mostly balancing effect.
If climate "scientists" were doing science, they would tell us that planting trees and forests could reverse the CO2 increase trend (trees eat CO2 and release oxygen). Banning long-term clear-cutting would reduce the CO2 increase trend. Banning slash-and-burn clearing would greatly reduce the CO2 increase trend. Forests regulate the climate in their region, not just under the forest canopy. Tree and forest planting is a simple, easy, low-tech, immediate solution to most if not all of the CO2 increase trend. That does not mean that climate change would stop. A large driver of climate change is the cycle of warm and cold water rivers in the ocean. Their paths appear to have two stable patterns. The paths may currently be flipping from the one stable setting to the other. There does not appear to be anything we can do to affect that.
Another problem is the "storage" of CO2 in the oceans. Oceanic CO2 is stored below the surface, until the below is full up. When the top of the storage level reaches the surface of the oceans, the stored CO2 is released very quickly. The level appears to be temperature driven, and has reached the surface in the Antarctic, with large regions bubbling furiously. This CO2 release could be a catastrophe to animal life on the surface. The saturation of the oceans with CO2 is already a major catastrophe to oceanic life, although there has not been significant study of how much CO2 acidity affects the population of various species. The only way we could fix the oceanic CO2 problem would be to reduce atmospheric CO2 (plant trees), plant forests of green plants in the shallows, and plant floating forests of green plants in the open seas. This would be a very long term project (centuries).
Another way to reduce the atmospheric and oceanic CO2 temporarily is to dump iron dust, iron oxide, and iron sulfate into the ocean. The resulting algae and plankton blooms eat CO2 and feed the oceanic food chain. But that CO2 quickly gets released. so it may not help in the long term.

about 5 months ago

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

rcamans Re:Knowing your tools (136 comments)

Apparently you have not interacted with management much, or you would not have restricted your answer to marketing...

about 5 months ago

Police Say No Foul Play In Death of Bitcoin Exchange CEO Autumn Radtke

rcamans Cops said may be Suicide (126 comments)

A Tulsa man was found with hands and feet tied, and was decapitated. The police called it suicide. So I do not know what these cops mean when they say suicide. Cops called Hillary Clinton's old lawyer boyfriend's death a suicide, when he died of a gunshot wound with no gun found.

about 6 months ago

Chimpanzee "Personhood" Lawsuits Fail In New York Courts

rcamans So Biden is not a person? (370 comments)

So Biden is not a person?

about 9 months ago

Make Way For "Mutant" Crops As GM Foods Face Opposition

rcamans You fools! (194 comments)

The seed mutations and GM modifications are not necessarily the big deal. The big deal is that the plants have been given improved resistance to herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides, as well as the ability to make their own. So the farmer uses more and nastier chemicals on ther plants, and you wind up eating more nasty chemicals. Then you mutate into brain-dead closed-minded idiots. Oh, wait, too late. Haven't you seen the studies of lab rats, etc who have been feed gmo corn? They look horrible.

about 10 months ago

UK Telcos Went Above and Beyond To Cooperate With GCHQ

rcamans What about the rest of the story? (88 comments)

China, Russia, Japan, Korea, Israel, Egypt, Syria, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Greece? These guys have been intercepting phone conversations, bugging people,following people, and spying / surveiling a very long time. At least some of them started out doing it to "criminals", alleged and otherwise, but you got to know the programs had spillage and collateral damage right from the start. And what gov operation didn't grow? What gov operation didn't stay clean? Most all of these guys are dirty, it is just a question of how dirty.

about a year ago

Just Thinking About Science Triggers Moral Behavior

rcamans Re:I hypothesize.. (347 comments)

that is only the catholic version, where you can buy forgiveness

1 year,25 days

Ancient Roman Concrete Is About To Revolutionize Modern Architecture

rcamans Re:Ancient Roman First Post is about to revolution (322 comments)

I don't understand. Why don't those fly-ash-challenged countries just burn more flies? Are flies in that short a supply?

about a year ago

Brian Krebs Gets SWATted

rcamans Re:Danger. (240 comments)

Ranking states for Brady and violence is meaningless, as data show. Only ranking high violence areas versus low violence areas gives meaningful data. So ranking Chicago, DC, Detroit, and other large cities with high crime rates against large cities with low crime rates is an interesting comparison. London, as well as England and Great Britain, have high violent crime rates and strong gun laws. Are there large cities in the US with low crime rates? There are in Europe: Zurich, Bern, and Geneva, Switzerland, for example. If you do that in the US, you get confused, because Houston has a high violent crime rate, for example. It just is not obvious.

about a year and a half ago

AirBurr UAV Navigates By Crashing Into Things

rcamans Re:Drunk (74 comments)

Um, your ex-wife...

about a year and a half ago

Neil deGrasse Tyson On How To Stop a Meteor Hitting the Earth

rcamans Great caution is Advised (520 comments)

If you change its orbit, the meteor may be set on a collision course in a later go-around. What you want to do is change its orbit so all future approaches are farther from impacting earth, not just this time. Another-words, pay attention to what you are doing. Do not just do something short term.

about a year and a half ago

al-Qaeda's 22 Tips and Tricks To Dodge Drones

rcamans Re:tl;dr: the list (303 comments)

Since the drones are flying over Amerika, maybe we should enhance this document. Like DIY RF jammer designs, High power EMP cannons, maps of Amerikan drone bases and drone flight control centers, drone tracking software / hardware, etc. Any other ideas?

about a year ago

Drones Still Face Major Hurdles In US Airspace

rcamans Re:Liable Party in an Accident? (166 comments)

Drones MUST have the standard radio transponders commercial planes have. Also, they will need gyro guidance systems so if external guidance (radio, gps, etc) goes out, they will be able to fly, and should auto-return to launch site.
But flying weaponized drones over US air-space, outside of military bases, is unconstitutional, unless marshal law is declared.
And military flying of drones without weapons is also restricted to flying between bases or on training flights, where use of any spy abilities (cameras, radar, sonar, etc) is prohibited.
But that is just the opinion of a fol who believes the constitution means something...

about a year and a half ago

Drones Still Face Major Hurdles In US Airspace

rcamans Re:drones shmones (166 comments)

No, it is very productive. It will lead to new generations of EMP cannons and other cool stuff.

about a year and a half ago



US, UK DOD is hacking prepaid burner phones

rcamans rcamans writes  |  about 9 months ago

rcamans (252182) writes "For all those conspiracy theorists wearing their tin hats, US and UK DOD is hacking prepaid burner phones, and it is easy to see it. In a video @, Alesx Heid ( shows and explains how to see it. On droid phones, go to system settings, about phone, status, ip address. Do a whois on the ip and see that on his Boost mobile prepaid, it is owned by DINSA, ministry of defense.
T-Mobile prepaids whois to US DOD."

Meteor hits Cuba

rcamans rcamans writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rcamans (252182) writes "A meteor similar to the Russian impact last night hit in the province of Cienfuegos in central Cuba. Villigers describe a light growing and exploding, which sounds similar to the Russian videos. At least one crackpot site is claiming Nibiru (Planet X) Asteroids are falling everywhere."
Link to Original Source

Chrome Incognito isn't

rcamans rcamans writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rcamans (252182) writes "Visit a bunch of sites in Chrome incognito, and then look at your history in IE 7. Oh My God! A few of the sites you did not want in history are in IE history? How did they get there? A nasty in Windows XP OS. Oh, man...
These sites do not show in Opera history, Safari history, Chrome history, or FIrefox history. So maybe it has to do with IE integration into the Windows OS. Do not trust Chrome incognito until this bug is fixed. If it can be fixed.

XP Pro 2002 sp3 fully patched.
IE 7.0.5730.13 (latest)
Chrome (latest)

Yahoo provided Iran with names of 200,000

rcamans rcamans writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rcamans (252182) writes "October 8th, 2009
"ZDnet's Richard Koman accuses Yahoo of having collaborated with the Iranian regime during the recent post-election protests. Koman says the online giant provided names and emails for some 200,000 Iranian Yahoo users to authorities so that those same authorities would "unban" Yahoo on the state-controlled internet. The blog post does not include a response by Yahoo to the allegations, but promises "to provide further proof as the story unfolds." Snip:
This is according to a post on the Iranian Students Solidarity (Farsi) blog. My sources indicate the information comes from a group of resisters who have infiltrated the administration and are leaking out important information. These sources say that Yahoo representatives met with Iranian Internet authorities after Google and Yahoo were shut down during the protests and agreed to provide the names of Yahoo subscribers who also have blogs in exchange for the government lifting the blocks on Yahoo." This quote from ZDNET @

Yahoo has not yet responded to these claims, and they are not substantiated. Can anyone out there help substantiate these?"

Cellphones do affect your brain

rcamans rcamans writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rcamans writes "R. Douglas Fields writes on sciam dot com, "Electromagnetic signals from cell phones can change your brainwaves and behavior. But don't break out the aluminum foil head shield just yet."... "Two studies provide some revealing news. The first, led by Rodney Croft, of the Brain Science Institute, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, tested whether cell phone transmissions could alter a person's brainwaves. The researchers monitored the brainwaves of 120 healthy men and women while a Nokia 6110 cell phone — one of the most popular cell phones in the world — was strapped to their head. A computer controlled the phone's transmissions in a double-blind experimental design, which meant that neither the test subject nor researchers knew whether the cell phone was transmitting or idle while EEG data were collected. The data showed that when the cell phone was transmitting, the power of a characteristic brain-wave pattern called alpha waves in the person's brain was boosted significantly. The increased alpha wave activity was greatest in brain tissue directly beneath to the cell phone, strengthening the case that the phone was responsible for the observed effect. Alpha Waves of Brain Alpha waves fluctuate at a rate of eight to 12 cycles per second (Hertz). These brainwaves reflect a person's state of arousal and attention. Alpha waves are generally regarded as an indicator of reduced mental effort, "cortical idling" or mind wandering. But this conventional view is perhaps an oversimplification. Croft, for example, argues that the alpha wave is really regulating the shift of attention between external and internal inputs. Alpha waves increase in power when a person shifts his or her consciousness of the external world to internal thoughts; they also are the key brainwave signatures of sleep. Cell Phone Insomnia If cell phone signals boost a person's alpha waves, does this nudge them subliminally into an altered state of consciousness or have any effect at all on the workings of their mind that can be observed in a person's behavior? In the second study, James Horne and colleagues at the Loughborough University Sleep Research Centre in England devised an experiment to test this question. The result was surprising. Not only could the cell phone signals alter a person's behavior during the call, the effects of the disrupted brain-wave patterns continued long after the phone was switched off." Story at,"

rcamans rcamans writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rcamans writes "Google videos from an RC airplane mounted camera. The camera moves, controlled by the goggle-wearer's head movements. 15129742&hl=fr I can' believe this has not already been posted! You have to see it to believe it! Everything is explained in a series of posted videos. Basically you get to fly anywhere, anytime, for cheap, and totally under your control. Why wouldn't everyone do this? He uses i-glasses goggles with a gyrocontrol gyro (from mounted on them to sense head movements and move the camera on a mount on the airplane. An airwaves 612 RF TX on the airplane and airwaves 623 RF RX (from does the transceiving. A cavalry pocket camcorder does the video taping."


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