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As a target for malware, my main computer is ...

s-orbital Re:Added physical layer (429 comments)

Do you put it through a TSA body scanner?

more than 3 years ago

What Today's Coders Don't Know and Why It Matters

s-orbital Design Patterns (368 comments)

Unfortunately, despite having a bachelors in CS, and several years of web programming experience, I have only recently discovered OOP design patterns. They are very useful methodologies, and I think today's programmers, especially in the web development arena are far too ignorant of these useful additions to one's toolbelt.

more than 3 years ago

My current printer has printed ...

s-orbital Bought one today! (310 comments)

I never really needed a printer until my employer folded last year and I went freelance. At that time I discovered my broken ink-jet that had been sitting for a year needed to be replaced. I also discovered the black & white laserjet which was given to me a while back, and since then had been sitting untested in my basement, actually worked! Today I bought a color laserjet at a huge discount (was a display model). I'm happy, and I say definitely go for a laser over a shitty inkjet - especially when, like me, you'll go long periods of time without using the printer.

more than 3 years ago

My present employer I think will survive ...

s-orbital Vote carefully! (225 comments)

Vote carefully! Your job may depend on it! :p

more than 3 years ago

When automating everyday tasks with robots, the line must be drawn...

s-orbital Re:Couldn't vote (465 comments)

Yeah, that poll seems to list things that people suck at doing anyway - especially politics.

more than 4 years ago

Best PC DVR Software, For Any Platform?

s-orbital Re:Linux MCE (536 comments)

The way to pull that off, while not an option to most, is to get a TV that has netflix streaming built in, or a Roku, or other Device. The LG TV that I just got does this, and works well. My only other compaint is that Netflix's online streaming selection is rather limited.

more than 5 years ago

Best PC DVR Software, For Any Platform?

s-orbital Re:Linux MCE (536 comments)

Novell's version of Silverlight has no DRM support, so it's 100% useless for using with Netflix. Really stinks if you ask me.

more than 5 years ago

Nielsen Recommends Not Masking Passwords

s-orbital Re:Ever typed a long WPA key into an iPhone? (849 comments)

Hehe... I'm a home automation programmer, and occasionally get to do this on AppleTVs. You get Up/Down/Left/Right cursors and a page full of letters. Sucks, to put it mildly!

more than 5 years ago

VHDL or Verilog For Learning FPGAs?

s-orbital VHDHell? (301 comments)

As a computer Science major, I only had one class involving this sort of thing, and it used VHDL. We all hated VHDL, and though I've never even used Verilog, and have only seen if briefly, I've heard others say its much better to deal with the VHDL. But then again this is all from memories I have from 3 years ago, and like I said, I've never used Verilog, so take this with a grain of salt.

more than 5 years ago

New Pattern Found In Prime Numbers

s-orbital Re:Other bases? (509 comments)

A friend of mine went to Hawaii last week, and I asked her if she'd ever been to Pearl* Harbor, and she said she'd only seen it from the air.
I replied, hey, just like the Japanese!

*That was hard not to type "Perl". I failed at first

more than 5 years ago

The Problem With Cable Is Television

s-orbital Re:If they broke up the channels a la carte (334 comments)

I do not have Cable right now, and probably won't for many years to come. I would if I could subscribe to your lineup for $13 a month.

more than 5 years ago

US Says Canadian Copyright As Bad As China's, Russia's

s-orbital Re:Dear USA... (323 comments)

Ok, if you bring me some Tim Hortons. Tim's rocks!

more than 5 years ago

What Features Should Be Included With iPhone 3.0?

s-orbital Re:Less Smugness? (606 comments)

Reminds of the time my sister called me a "yuppie scum" via an email which had a signature indicating it was sent from her Blackberry.

more than 5 years ago



How Burma cyber-dissidents crack censorship

s-orbital s-orbital writes  |  more than 7 years ago

s-orbital writes "According to a BBC News article, "Images of saffron-robed monks leading throngs of people along the streets of Rangoon have been seeping out of a country famed for its totalitarian regime and repressive control of information. The pictures, sometimes grainy and the video footage shaky, are captured at great personal risk on mobile phones — but each represents a powerful statement of political dissent."

This article continues to tell the stories of how Burma's bloggers use proxy servers, free hosting services, and other technologies to overcome Burma's "pervasive" filtering of internet access and media exchange between the outside and inside worlds. Also, bloggers report numerous attempt of the Burmese government using the same channels to attempt to disseminate false information."



Science Article!

s-orbital s-orbital writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I have sucessfully posted an article to the front of science.slashdot.org. Too bad it didnt make it to the front page, but that will happen someday.

Art K


Linux Administration Class

s-orbital s-orbital writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Linux Administration INFO 150D

Linux Administration Handbook (Prentice Hall, Green)
O'Reiley's Linux in a Nutshell (O'Reiley, White)
Linux Administration: A Beginner's guide (Osborne, Blue)
Hacking Exposed, 4th Ed. (Osborne, Red)

Tentative Schedule:
Week 0 - Basic Concepts - Linux Concepts, OS model, read sys-adm chapter.

Week 1 - Command and Control - Command line cmds, shells, editors, packaging, LinuxConf

Week 2 - Editing - Regular Expressions, searching, vi, emacs, sed, gawk

Week 3 - BASH scripting I- Shell Scripting, pattern matching, file I/O, C++, lots of reading, etc

Week 4 - BASH scripting II - More advanced scipts, make files, init scripts, examples in Linux, etc.

Week 5 - Hardware Interaction - Filesystems, memory, init scripts, modules, etc

Week 6 - Roll Your Own - Comiling kernel, installing Gentoo, configure modules, etc.

Week 7 - Networking - Serving www, ftp, nfs, samba with LAN. Read about DHCP, DNS

Week 8 - Networking and Security - more Apache, MySQL, permissions, Iptables, WinNT, logs, Hacking Exposed, etc.

Week 9 - GUI stuff - Read about low-level X, api, drivers, qt, tweaking X, compiling new QT, kde, etc.

All this for 1 credit, but I will have some wicked skills soon.


A letter from an inferior human...

s-orbital s-orbital writes  |  more than 11 years ago Slashdotters: Remember when you were in junior high? Always made fun of for nerdy behavior, and perhaps for being shy or clumsy? Kids attack thier weak peers, much like chickens pecking eachother to death. In the last few years I have made the observation that many humans never outgrow this stage.

Last week, I just stumbled upon a Christian slashdot clone. I thought that was a really cool place for people of like beliefs to converse and hang out.
I also noticed sadly that most of its posters are A.Cowardly souls who have nothing better to do than to hurl some pretty nasty insults at these people.

I subscribe to the belief that people should be able to believe what they find true or suitable, and they should respect other's viewpoints. I find it sad that people will so freely post insults to a religious forum, when they, themselves, would not enjoy being insulted by a religious person.
This expression, while free speech, ironically is also a form of extreme censorship, which states that person A can insult person B as much as A wants to, however person B is not entitled to express their beliefs, even among other B types and especially not to A types.
The insulter, person A, will then take liberty to not only tell other A's that B's are inferior, but will childishly insult person B, admid a B to B discussion.

Now, as a christian I would like to make it clear that beliefs should be questioned. All beliefs. An athiest should be free to ask questions to a Christian, or any other believer. The believer should be free to ask the Athiest if they are happy, or share what their faith has done for them.

As any socially logical person will aggree, gratuitous, intentionally destructive insults are useless, wasteful, and just rude.
If you want to express your views at least be mature about it. People will respect you, and they will listen.


Compiling Kernel

s-orbital s-orbital writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Just compiled a kernel for the first time. Only problem is with the SVGA console support, but overall is far better than the crappy one that SuSE came with, which would lock up.

This kernel is powering my Excalibur.Aswwc/DOT/net web host, which is home to my website. (ArthurK/DOT/com) Anyway, more later. Now I just need to find time to work on the actual website.


My First Mod Points!!!

s-orbital s-orbital writes  |  more than 12 years ago


What a nice Christmas present! I got 5 moderation points. Ahh, the power. Too bad they are gone so soon. Well, they were fun while they lasted!

o s-orbital o


s-orbital s-orbital writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I randomly have been thinking of quips to use for signatures.
Too bad I can only use one at a time. Anyway, this is a list that I will probably cirulate through.

"If Bill Gates had a dime for everytime Windows crashed...oh wait, he does."

"Infinity is composed of infinite amounts of infinity."

"Windows is a pane in the glass."

"(MSDOS>SYS needs to be >1024 bytes) XXXXXXXXXX...
What the hell is that? Unix would never have anything that stupid!"

"Everytime you point the cursor at a link, 3 more are pointing at the next link."

"If hippies like peace so much, why do they live on haight?"

"Why the hell does Microsoft advertise on Slashdot/OSDN?"

(My mind goes BSOD, more to come later...)

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