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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

sh00z To Kill a Mockingbird (410 comments)

Also now available as an e-book. My local library picked up 22 copies.

about a month ago
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5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

sh00z Re:In the USA we pay to receive texts (203 comments)

You can download a list of single-use codes you can use instead of SMS. Of course, if you print the list and put it in your wallet, there's a path to compromise the security.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor

sh00z Re:How does he (226 comments)

rationalize a smoking hot chick hanging out with nerds?

Apparently, you've missed the running gags in which this is explained. To provide her with free wi-fi, and to set up her printer.

Like others, I had hopes that this show would break down some stereotypes, but it just reinforces them for big laughs.

about 2 months ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

sh00z Re:Not exactly endearing you to the public (441 comments)

These are the same companies that as part of setting up shop, extorted millions of dollars in tax exemptions out of the cities and states in which they operate their businesses, thereby depriving the public education system of the revenues needed to help their students achieve at the level the companies "require." They created this problem, and it's wholly disingenuous to claim that the only viable solution is to look outside of the country for talent. I'm not exactly a proponent of Big Government, but if President Obama is the only one who can make this point to them, and get them to wake up to the ethics of their situation, then he should absolutely clamp down on tech-driven immigration.

about 2 months ago
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Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

sh00z Re:Not without warning. (267 comments)

I've used Skype a grand total of two times, and I got the email notice on July 22.

about 3 months ago
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Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

sh00z Re:Nazis over Scientology (165 comments)

Occultist? You're scared he's going to spill state secrets to Satan? .

Not occultist, OP said oculist. You know, a 17th-century optometrist.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

sh00z Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

... With the ebook you get a ... license to read the book but only in the format you purchased your license for.

This applies equally to physical books.

You left out the word "revocable" in the original. With a paper book, the publisher cannot come into my home and take the book back.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

sh00z Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

WHAT? So, authors don't want to have a large price gap between a real book and an ebook? Do they NOT realize that with the real book you get an actual real book. With the ebook you get a limited, revocable license to read the book but only in the format you purchased your license for. I'm still wondering why the price gap isn't larger.

I think some publishers and authors "get it." Lucius Shepard's last two hardcover books were published by Subterranean Press, and came out with boutique retail pricing (~$40, if I recall). I bought *both* of them, because, well, it's Lucius Shepard, and every word is golden. Amazon.com offered both at quite nice discounts from MSRP, so that's where I made my purchase.

THEN, I spotted that Amazon has also released Kindle ebooks of both, at $5.99 and $6.99. This is, to me, a stunning example of price elasticity. These prices are so outrageously low that I happily bought the ebooks IN ADDITION TO the pbooks.

I have the best of both worlds. My treasured paper copies won't have to suffer from being thrown around on a car seat or taken to the beach, and I have the reassuring solidity of a real copy that isn't subject to licensing.

So, in some cases, increasing the price gap even further can lead to that most elusive thing in the publishing world: repeat sales.

about 3 months ago
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Ridley Scott to Produce Philip K Dick's The Man In the High Castle

sh00z Re:Actually read the book! (144 comments)

It would be more interesting if Scott included a wrap-around narrative, showing how PKD used the I Ching, which is discussed in detail in the novel, to guide him on the plot development as he was writing it.

about 3 months ago
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A Tour of One of the World's Only Underwater Labs With Fabien Cousteau

sh00z Re:Meh. (30 comments)

and TFA is all wrong. It's not "his" lab. Aquarius is owned by NOAA, operated by Florida International University, and leased to whoever can book/afford time.

about 4 months ago
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The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

sh00z Re: 4/$2.50 (196 comments)

CFL's can't handle vibration. they should not be used in a ceiling fan, garage door opener, swingarm lamp, or anything else that can move relative to the ground (including RV's and boats).

about 4 months ago
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3D-Printed Material Can Carry 160,000 Times Its Own Weight

sh00z Re: Impressive (60 comments)

Except TFA only mentions load in terms of compression. In a space elevator, half of the structure (the half beyond the geostationary point) would be in tension.

about 4 months ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

sh00z Re:Backup? (396 comments)

How do you distinguish between intentional and unintentional changes? How much storage overhead do you need to keep all changes so that you can roll back any unintentional change?

I'm only a rocket scientist, not a CS person, but it seems intuitive to me. If it's an intentional change, then the new version will have a later last-modified date than the back-up. If the hash of the back-up copy made at the time it was written matches a hash calculated at the time of the second back-up, then the integrity of the back-up is confirmed. If the active copy has not been intentionally changed in the interval, and its hash no longer matches the other two, then the active should be discarded in favor of the back-up. I'm sure you can do the mental figuring for the equivalent to detect if the back-up rather than the active has bitrotted.

The challenge arrives if you have *both* intentional and unintentional changes to the same file between successive back-ups. To exclude unintentional changes, you would have to do hashes every time you save/compile/whatever,as well as keep a keystroke log of the edits. Then, you would have to execute the exact same change process on the back-up copy, repeating the process described above. It would be incredibly resource-intensive (essentially having a 'bot duplicate the work you have performed between back-ups), but it would sure be thorough.

Lord, I HOPE this is not an original idea. If I just invented it, and somebody tries to patent it later, you're in for a world of hurt.

about 4 months ago
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How To Make Espresso In Space

sh00z Re:yuck epresso (192 comments)

Has anybody smoked in space? You know it's going to come up at some point.

I remembered hearing something about smoking on Mir. This article was the fisrt I stumbled on when I just googled it.

about 4 months ago
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Facebook Lets Users Opt Out of Targeted Ads

sh00z Re:But they're still collecting your data. (97 comments)

Actually, things have changed. As part of this announcement they also announced that they will be digging through your browser history in order to provide more targeted ads, rather than just mining what you do through their website and websites that track for them

At last, a reason to keep Opera on my computer.

about 5 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

sh00z Re:Since when does Qt "work" with OS X? (636 comments)

Please provide a link to any mainstream working application for Mac OS X that uses Qt. I don't know of a single one because Qt's support for XCode is incredibly poor.

calibre. Extremely popular in the ebook community. And I have never used the language, but I imagine that you're correct about the issues. Qt on MacOS must be a real PITA, because I've had to submit bug reports for problems that I could have avoided using just Applescript.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

sh00z Re:painted into a corner... (403 comments)

But the truth is the original three movies didn't (and still don't) need any prequels/sequels/bollocks.

After the first movie came out, I was actually quite intrigued, and looking forward to seeing what the "Clone Wars" were about. From the name, there was clearly a fascinating story to be told about the morality and ethics of cloning, that must have led up to a huge, all-encompassing holy war on the order of Dune's Butlerian Jihad. The Clone Wars may or may not have been connected to the fall of the Republic; Obi-Wan's original tale to Luke was ambiguous. There was some intriguing fan fiction positing that cloning could have led to the corruption/dissolution of the Jedi Order (taking advantage pun-like naming opportunity through characters called "OB-1" and "OB-2.")

The "Clone Wars" we got were anything but. The fact that the events leading up to the rise of the Empire would still be called "The Clone Wars" a generation later is still something I can't wrap my head around. Why in the name of all that's holy aren't these events known as "The Trade Federation Uprising," or "Collapse of the Republic?" Clones were only a portion of the action, and certainly weren't what the war was about.

about 5 months ago
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Rubik's Cube: 40 Years Old and Never Meant To Be a Toy

sh00z Re:Odd man out, so to speak. (105 comments)

Considering the HEADLINE just told us that the Rubik's Cube isn't meant to be a toy, then the summary went and compared it to 'other toys' which have been around a long time, I'm going to go with the Rubik's Cube as the odd one out.

Not exactly. Slinky wasn't originally a toy either.

about 5 months ago
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GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet

sh00z Re:$5 Day or Month? (216 comments)

I hit Goodwill (thrift store) and picked up a home Clear branded WiMax modem/wireless router. The thing runs on 12 volts, so a DC cord instead of the wall wart makes it very mobile on a home dataplan.

Does it work while in motion? (track from tower to tower)?

about 6 months ago
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Why Disney Can't Give Us High-Def Star Wars Where Han Shoots First

sh00z Re:It's not "Han shoots FIRST"! (210 comments)

Maybe grammatically, but not logically. It's just as annoying as seeing announcements/posters for the "First Annual XYZ event." When something happens, and there is no proof of anything following, using the word "first" makes no sense.

about 6 months ago

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Why?

sh00z sh00z writes  |  more than 11 years ago Do I always get freakin' moderator points on a FRIDAY AFTERNOON?!!!

Sorry. I just had to vent. This is the third time in a row.

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You know you read too much Slashdot when:

sh00z sh00z writes  |  more than 10 years ago You see a banner ad and can't stop yourself from thinking that it's missing the words "In Soviet Russia..."

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