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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

safetyinnumbers Re:Safe deposit box (268 comments)

You should consider creating par2 parity files, which can repair as well as detect corrupt files.

about a month ago

Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

safetyinnumbers Re:Just one detail they've overlooked (355 comments)

Garmin GPS units have been showing ads for years. It used to be a small message on the search screen or something, but I read that the newer ones display on the screen when they sense that you're stopped (e.g. at lights). So when upgrading I switched to another brand, despite being a fan or Garmin.

about 5 months ago

Opting Out of Big Data Snooping: Harder Than It Looks

safetyinnumbers Turn targeted ads to your advantage (248 comments)

At the start of every day, go to amazon and Google and search for lingerie (or appropriate underwear for your gender of choice).

All day long, web pages you visit will be filled with pleasing images.

about 6 months ago

Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

safetyinnumbers Re:System requirements (180 comments)

People are comparing this to packet radio. Well, the first software I used for internet access was ka9q, originally for HAM use. And it ran on DOS. So there's no need to feel left out.

about 6 months ago

This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

safetyinnumbers Re:QWERTY Keyboard (276 comments)

There were some with a full set of calculator keys which included a stylus clipped to the strap.

Also there was the PalmOS Fossil watch (a stylus, but no keyboard).

about 6 months ago

Google Project Ara Design Will Use Electro-Permanent Magnets To Lock In Modules

safetyinnumbers Re:So If I Drop My Phone (62 comments)

Only if you don't opt for the airbag or parachute modules.

about 6 months ago

USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

safetyinnumbers Serious omission (208 comments)

Just as with the lightning connector, they make a big point that the plug is reversible but NO mention of whether the socket can be used either way around!

about 7 months ago

Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

safetyinnumbers Re:other suggestions? (161 comments)

And it has versioning via the website. You can see all recent activity, revert to old versions and undo deletions.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

safetyinnumbers You first (531 comments)

An anonymous reader writes "Whenever I install a fresh operating system on my computer, I immediately grab a handful of programs that I simply must have.

And yet won't tell us what they are?

about 8 months ago

Facebook Estimates Around 10% of Accounts Are Fake

safetyinnumbers Re:Ya think, Zuck? (140 comments)

due to FB's policies, legitimate users feel compelled to put in fake names, birthdates, locations, schools, employers, etc.

Or in fact not put most of those in at all. Facebook is still trying to guess which continent I live on (it occasionally asks if I live in cities related to my friends list). I haven't given any info about education, work or interests (although I'm sure there's a big profile on what interests me based on what I click on).

about 9 months ago

James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering

safetyinnumbers Re:Bagless Vacuum (321 comments)

And when you empty the vacuum, you get to breath a giant cloud dust

What are you doing? Maybe it it different for some models, but for mine, you place the end of the canister into a trash bag and pull the trigger on the handle. You can even close the base again by pushing it while it's still in the trash bag.

about 9 months ago

Does Anyone Make a Photo De-Duplicator For Linux? Something That Reads EXIF?

safetyinnumbers Re:findimagedupes in Debian (243 comments)

I've used findimagedups. IIRC, it rescales each image to a standard size (64x64 or something) then filters and normalizes it down to a 1-bit-depth image.

It then builds a database of these 'hashes'/'signatures' and can output a list of files that have a threshold of bits in common.

That's how it can ignore small changes, it loses most detail and then can ignore a threshold of differences.

It would fail if an image was cropped or rotated, for instance. It could handle picture orientation it it was modified to store 4 versions of the signature, I guess.

It won't actually remove images itself (I wrote a script to read it's output and delete listed images matching a specific path).

I needed it because Dropbox was 'fixing' orientation when it uploaded images and I wanted to clear out ones I'd backed up directly from the camera. (I usually delete duplicate images based on hash.)

about 9 months ago

It's Not Just the NSA: Police Are Tracking Your Car

safetyinnumbers Re:No (201 comments)

Well I heard that they track the trains, so they're sure to be tracking buses too.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Practical Bitrot Detection For Backups?

safetyinnumbers Re:A paranoid setup (321 comments)

You may need to use -c to force rsync to compare checksums.

I use something like this as part of my backup DATE=$(date +%C%y%m%d%H%M)
rsync --del --backup --backup-dir=../changedfiles_$DATE

The whole backup also goes to S3 glacier.

As an added step - I don't delete pictures from my camera unless they match the checksum of files in the _backup_ - not the original copy (via a script).

That way, once they're first copied from the camera, a single failure in the original, PC copy or backup copy will all result in the camera version remaining and I can check what has gone wrong.

about 10 months ago

Twitter Will Track Your Browsing To Sell Ads

safetyinnumbers Re:How does one prevent this ? (120 comments)

Google Chrome allows easy creation and switching of user profiles.

I've wondered whether I should have a separate profile for each social site as a way to isolate them.

I turn off 3rd party cookies, but I heard that there was an exclusion for sites that you had logged into and received cookies from.

Meaning, 3rd-party ad site could not send you cookies, but Facebook still could if you'd signed in to it earlier.

More drastic isolation of browser instances is another option (I've wondered about sandboxie but not tried it).

about 10 months ago

FTC Drops the Hammer On Maker of Location-Sharing Flashlight App

safetyinnumbers Re:This app never seemed necessary (187 comments)

I just hold down the lock switch for a second to turn on the LED, it's a built-in feature on my Nokia.

But why doesn't Android sandbox apps in a way that the app is unaware of? Just present all apps with an empty contact list, a fake GPS location, an empty drive, etc and the user grants permissions to substitute the real ones as needed. That way, all apps could be installed and you'd get a popup such as "this app wants your location" in a similar way to IOS, only this way the app would keep working if you said no.

about 10 months ago

No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service — and No Google Glass, Either

safetyinnumbers Re:Faraday cages? Seriously? (845 comments)

Especially as a Faraday cage wouldn't prevent any device from recording video.

about a year ago

Intelligence Officials Fear Snowden's 'Doomsday' Cache

safetyinnumbers Re:That room on the 6th floor of the Book Deposito (381 comments)

Don't the trees block a lot more of the road than they did then?

There's a webcam mounted inside the box near the window if anyone want's to check out the view (the pile of boxes placed there to represent the one's he's said to have placed there to rest the rifle on).

about a year ago


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