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Wikimedia Community Debates H.264 Support On Wikipedia Sites.

rourin_bushi Re:Flash Back (247 comments)

Thank the good dude I have more conversations in text-mode than in voice-mode these days.

about 10 months ago
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Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests

rourin_bushi Re:three responses (562 comments)

Not sure about the laws, but I think you may have missed a small detail in GP's argument: he was trying to suggest that while a *random* stop may be illegal, a *universal* stop may not be.

Meaning: if they're pulling everyone over, as opposed to every N cars, it's not a "random" stop, and it may be okay there. Of course, now I'm curious about my local laws and have to go do some research.

about a year ago
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NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

rourin_bushi Re:NSA failed to halt subprime lending, though. (698 comments)

I think more to the point... it sounds like what they did was find the vulnerability that they'd detected some folks working really hard on an exploit to, and worked with industry to close it. While good for the country (and probably me individually), I'd hardly call it "foiling a plot".

Frankly, I have a hard time believing that China was really just about to try to destroy the economy of such a large trading partner.

about a year ago
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GitHub Takes Down Satirical 'C Plus Equality' Language

rourin_bushi Re:The worst thing... (575 comments)

I don't believe Starbucks can forbid that, actually (well, around here anyway - different jurisdictions, different rules, etc). They *can* ask you to leave at any time, however.

about a year ago
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King James Programming

rourin_bushi Re:oh noes! (184 comments)

Man, I sure hope so. This thing is pure gold.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Scientific Computing Workflow For the Cloud?

rourin_bushi Re:EC2 is scriptable (80 comments)

Hate to break the news to ya, but it's not too hard; I set up such a thing in an afternoon to generate traffic to load test an app I am developing. The commandline tools are pretty well documented for this standard workflow.

I do the first part manually, using the web console: 1)
1) launch an instance, install your code on it. Bonus points: write a script to parse the UserData so you can tell it where to pull the source data from (I keep such things in S3 if needed)
2) use that instance to create an AMI.
3) Use the run-ec2-instances command line tool to launch some instances of your AMI
4) Either configure the instance to auto-run your tools on boot, or use ssh to remotely launch your script. ssh -i key_pair.pem ec2-user@public-hostname.amazonaws.com '/path/to/my/script.sh'
5) Make the last command in your script 'sudo shutdown -h now'

Bam. Automated computing, complete with shutdown. Just make sure it stores your output somewhere. If you really can't figure it out, respond here and I can provide some code snippets later.

about a year ago
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Explorer Plans Hunt For Genghis Khan's Long-Lost Tomb

rourin_bushi Re:Fox News "noted authority" (243 comments)

When you zoom out the map far enough, that's totally close to the Pacific coast. If you compare the location to, say, Luxembourg.

1 year,7 days
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Court: Homeland Security Must Disclose 'Internet Kill Switch'

rourin_bushi Re:Mesh Networks (228 comments)

Does it matter which they come for first? Each will be defended with both.

1 year,11 days
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Snowden Used Social Engineering To Get Classified Documents

rourin_bushi Re:Not shocked (276 comments)

I worked support for a while, and found that most users knew well enough not to give me their password. There were always those who volunteered it, though. My personal favorite was an individual who sent me an animated gif of him copy/pasting his credentials from notepad into the app I supported.

Sadly, given that failing to enter one's password correctly into the app actually *was* a common problem, that gif was actually pretty useful to me.

1 year,17 days
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GIMP, Citing Ad Policies, Moves to FTP Rather Than SourceForge Downloads

rourin_bushi Re:FTP? (336 comments)

I truly hope they don't migrate to FTP only. Using it as their *canonical* download might be ok, but as plenty of other people have mentioned, FTP is a bit outdated. Really, if you're already migrating to a dedicated host, why not use HTTP? And put a BT link up for the majority of us with a client already installed.

(using BT as the sole source isn't really a good solution for folks who don't have admin rights to install a BT client, such as on my work box here)

1 year,18 days
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GIMP, Citing Ad Policies, Moves to FTP Rather Than SourceForge Downloads

rourin_bushi Re:unacceptable (336 comments)

ITYM lost*

1 year,18 days
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Taiwan Protests Apple Maps That Show Island As Province of China

rourin_bushi Re:"Mistake"? (262 comments)

No, I think that just makes them 88% correct.

1 year,26 days
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The Pentagon May Retire "Yoda," Its 92-Year-Old Futurist

rourin_bushi Re:Well... (254 comments)

Aye, worked well for Nostradamus!

1 year,27 days
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Dell Is Now a Private Company Again

rourin_bushi Re:no one will read this = stupid comment system (151 comments)

Sadly, I would wager that the reason his comment will not be read by many folks has more to do with how far down the page it is, rather than the karma rating.

(I browse at -1 anyway)

1 year,27 days
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Even the Author of the Patriot Act Is Trying To Stop the NSA

rourin_bushi Re:Anyone else think these names are hilariously b (322 comments)

As per my citation above (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act_of_Parliament#Titles_and_citation_of_Acts), I'm in agreement about the name. Let's go back to letting uninterested clerks generate the reference name - I'd expect it to end up with a much more descriptive title that way.

1 year,28 days
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Wikipedia's Participation Problem

rourin_bushi Re:It's a great resource if used wisely (372 comments)

Plenty of those articles are clearly targetted at folks in the sciences, too. I started reading up on metalworking-related articles a while back, and found a number which felt like they were written by a Ph.D student. Accurate, yes (once I successfully parsed all of the jargon), but the into paragraph, at least, could stand to be a bit closer to the simple.wikipedia.org standard.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Legal Advice Or Loopholes Needed For Manned Space Program

rourin_bushi Stare Party = jurisdiction you happen to be in (201 comments)

"the appropriate State Party to the Treaty" means "whichever country whose jurisdiction you are operating in". If that country hasn't signed the treaty, then you don't care about it anyway.

Generally, though, there will be actual domestic legislation forming the actual implementation of a treaty in US law, so you might still need to find the exact wording of *that* law, not just the international treaty's text.

Good luck!

about a year ago

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