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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

slashdot_commentator Re:Haytahs gunna h8. (147 comments)

I'd argue that Slashdot is a website with a national presence and has better topics to cover than a hack in some parent's basement, but apparently not.

4 days ago
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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

slashdot_commentator Re:Awesome (147 comments)

68000? Easier than 8086, absolutely, but probably not easier than ARM. People should be learning assembler on an RPi, or clone, or arduino.

4 days ago
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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

slashdot_commentator Re:Awesome (147 comments)

Its probably just as cheap as buying a Raspberry Pi or clone. Its probably more useful to start out on assembler with a fully functional computer unit like the RPi. I would see doing assembler on a 6502 more like "embedded" programming, and that's going to be a lost art at some point in the next decade. (The low end with the FPGAs/ASICs and the high end with Artificial Intelligence will eat up most of the market.)

4 days ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

slashdot_commentator Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

lower prices on anything is always a positive.

So you'd prefer Iran to have been able to afford the price of acquiring weapons-grade plutonium? Or perhaps you'd celebrate a pay cut for yourself?

Don't forget the Russians and ISIS as well.

about two weeks ago
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The Strangeness of the Mars One Project

slashdot_commentator It'd make a hell of a reality show (246 comments)

See how many days it takes for a colonist to die on Mars. Will it be from lack of oxygen? Run out of supplies before he/she can get a successful harvest? Blow their brains out? Add a deathpool component to it, and that will fund the mission right there.

about two weeks ago
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Raspberry Pi A+ Details Leaked

slashdot_commentator Re:Will it have the same garbage CPU? (141 comments)

The payoff of the A+ board is not the price. Its supposed to use significantly less power, which would make it more desirable if you needed to leave a remote device alone for a longer period of time, or place it on a drone, where the battery would need to be lighter, or needed to solar power the device on a small cell, and have it run overnight on the rechargeable battery. Still can't beat the power consumption of an arduino, but there's probably applications (drive a webcam) which the arduino can't meet with its CPU.

about two weeks ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

slashdot_commentator Re:Pot, meet the Fat Kettle (334 comments)

They prop up the value of our currency, and then expect us to go out and die for their interests.

about three weeks ago
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Big Data Knows When You Are About To Quit Your Job

slashdot_commentator Re:Good luck with that! (185 comments)

But there's currently only a finite number of people who can properly devise data models and interpret statistical data. There will always be a limit to how "reliable" derived information can be.

about three weeks ago
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Big Data Knows When You Are About To Quit Your Job

slashdot_commentator Re:Does it know if I've been bad or good? (185 comments)

Why would you be opposed to big data finding out when you take a dump in the morning, as long as its voluntary?

If you do all your internet activity through tor, and don't subscribe to cable TV, and find non-identifiable ways to obtain your video entertainment, the only thing big data can work with is your bank account, credit card, library card, and social security number. (And cash payments can limit what your credit card can say about you.)

It won't keep you safe from the NSA, but big business isn't holding a gun to your head (yet).

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimizing Oil and Gas Dependency In a Central European City?

slashdot_commentator Re:Buy gas now (250 comments)

Diesel is a viable strategy, but not gasoline. It degrades over time; you're not going to get 1 year storage life with gasoline. You'll also have to buy "pure" gasoline, not the stuff that's cut with 15% ethanol.

about three weeks ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

slashdot_commentator You may also want to check out CD3WD (272 comments)

It's an effort headed by an aid worker in Africa (Alex Weir). Basically, he wanted to produce a compendium of useful information which could be applied by developing nations; topics like agriculture, engineering, construction, sanitation, medicine, etc. . Much of the source material comes from UN publications, so its more current and applicable than "turn of the century" techniques. Among the interesting items, it includes an html, hypertext expert system for medical diagnostics. You go to the start page, click relevant symptoms, and eventually it leads you to a guestimate of what's ailing you. Its not remotely as competent as an actual doctor, but its better than nothing when you're stuck "in the Bush".

Besides the information being indexed and organized, Weir had a vision of burning the collection on DVDs and distributing them to the third world. (At one point, it appeared he was reorganizing the material as pdf pages which could be viewed by a DVD player, using DVD menus. That would remove the need for a conventional computer or tablet to access the material. I don't know if it ever got finished.) About a year or two ago, he decided to reorganize the collection in a hybrid wiki form, which he calls "microdownloads". Its now updated more frequently, and the DVD collection will probably not be revised.

Unfortunately, it looks like the Facebook page hasn't been updated since 4/11/14, and Google has a link hinting that the site was "hacked". Finally, going to the website pops up a login window. I'm not sure if that's a new development in response to the hacking, or that the hacker still "controls" the site. Perhaps Mr. Weir is still in Africa and can't address the situation until he's returned to civilization. Its pretty unusable in its current state, but there's probably a way to find a previous working mirror of the site.

In any case, I'll leave links for people who wish to investigate the issue further, and more important, a magnet link to pickup the 2012 cd3wd 6 DVD collection by torrent.

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cd3wd site

magnet:?xt=urn:btih:7AEE811F0E802B29C1F2E4C785CE866F94AA2084&dn=cd3wd%202012%206%20dvds&tr=udp%3a%2f%2ftracker.ccc.de%3a80&tr=http%3a%2f%2f64.244.102.71%2fannounce&tr=udp%3a%2f%2ftracker.openbittorrent.com%3a80&tr=udp%3a%2f%2ftracker.istole.it%3a80&tr=udp%3a%2f%2ftracker.openbittorrent.com%3a80%2fannounce&tr=udp%3a%2f%2ftracker.publicbt.com%3a80%2fannounce

about a month ago
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

slashdot_commentator Re:Oh yeah, that guy (289 comments)

Avoiding extradition to the US has everything to do with Assange hiding in the Ecuador embassy.

Ok before you go any further, consider that both Swedish AND international law have both long established that in order for Sweden to extradite him to the US, the UK government at this point also has to approve of it.

Not once Assange is in Swedish custody.

Do you even read what you cite???

Lindskog then says he doesn’t know what crimes Assange could be charged with in the USA for leaking US secrets and hypothesises unlawful communication of secret material will be the basis of any charge. Sweden does have such an offence on its books, but “it can be debated” leaking American documents is not a crime under Swedish Law.

That doesn't mean Assange is safe from extradition; it means a single, politically connected Swedish judge can hand over Assange to the US. Good luck fighting the interpretation, or appealing after Assange is flying to Gitmo.

And furthermore, if this is all about freedom of the press, then why the fuck is he seeking assylum from a country that has a terrible track record of it?

http://en.rsf.org/ecuador.html

Simple. Assange is no exemplar of free speech. He's a political anarchist with delusions of relevance who wanted to kick the US power establishment in the nads, and then get away with it.

about a month ago
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

slashdot_commentator Re:Oh yeah, that guy (289 comments)

1) Your assurances are meaningless.

2) Look at what happened to Kevin Mitnick. Because the American public had such a poor understanding of hacking and the level of threat posed by hacking, people though Mitnick had to be placed behind bars to keep America (corporations) safe. Because the American legal system is much more complex and byzantine than the simplified mythology propagated to its citizens, Kevin had to spend many years in a medium security jail before even going to trial, to optimize his chances of either beating the conviction, or reducing the maximum penalty. What actually happened was that the technology moved so fast, and the public's miniscule understanding of hacking was modified ("Why worry about some jerk that went on a computer joyride, when hackers are stealing American intellectual property and money from the safety of Russia or China"), it eventually became cost effective for the US DOJ to deescalate the witchhunt they were making over Mitnick.

The point being that as long as organizations exist to reveal information the US government prefers to conceal, the security apparatus of the US will treat those organizations as national security threats. This even sort of includes legitimate news organizations like the NY Times, UK Guardian, etc. They are captive to the US government. As long as they operate within the laws defined by the judicial branch, and "play ball", they aren't going to get the Assange treatment. No one like Assange or Snowden can assume they are beyond the reach or interest of the US government.

about a month ago
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

slashdot_commentator Re:Oh yeah, that guy (289 comments)

No shit shirlock. But why do you think he's hiding there? Avoiding extradition to the US has nothing to do with it.

Avoiding extradition to the US has everything to do with Assange hiding in the Ecuador embassy. Swedish prisons aren't the hell holes in the US or Australia. Even if Assange had an irrational fear of being labelled a sex offender felon, it would not outweigh the price he is paying being holed up in the Ecuador embassy.

Its all about not going to a country that will extradite him to the US over a trumped up security issue. Assange does not have the legal rights an American citizen has. He can be put into Guantanamo, or any other black ops prison, because the US does not respect universal notions of due process. If the US did, Guantanamo couldn't exist.

about a month ago
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Firefox 33 Arrives With OpenH264 Support

slashdot_commentator Re:More bloat, less marketshare (114 comments)

How does Waterfox differ from Mozilla's 64 bit test builds?

about a month and a half ago
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NASA Asks Boeing, SpaceX To Stop Work On Next-Gen Space Taxi

slashdot_commentator Re:Ridiculous (139 comments)

The only consideration that Spacex's Dragon has as a compelling advantage is if it can be safely operational with a two year lead over Boeing or Dream Chaser. If that's the case, they should get the contract, tough titties to Sierra Nevada. The damned Russians makes this a compelling priority. Otherwise, give it to Dream Chaser, and tough titties to SpaceX. Boeing, unfortunately, is going to get the next available slot, because it has tons more experience than either competitor, and it has way more politicians in their pocket.

about 1 month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

slashdot_commentator Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (937 comments)

The problem is that you cannot conclusively prove there is no God, just like you cannot conclusively prove there is a God. To assert a state one cannot prove is a belief. I am at a loss at why some atheists insist on the correctness of their belief without being able to prove it; to me, they are merely very annoying evangelists of their non-God.

about 2 months ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

slashdot_commentator Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (937 comments)

No, atheism is "The Belief" there is no God. If you lack a belief in God, that makes you an agnostic.

about 2 months ago
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Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

slashdot_commentator Re:Accuse me a being materialistic whore but... (136 comments)

Didn't bother me then. Doesn't bother me now. In future WaPo articles, I expect my eyes to glaze by them as if they didn't exist.

about 3 months ago

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Meme: extending the ISS lifetime beyond 2016

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 6 years ago

As all the space geeks know, the ISS is planned to operational to 2016, only six years after construction is completed. Afterwards, it will either sit in space until it falls to Earth, or more likely, there will be a deorbit plan to have it burn up "safely" over an ocean.

Everyone following it knows the ISS was pretty much a "white elephant" space project. There will be no future shuttles servicing it (after 2010), and its unlikely the Russians will keep servicing it, out of its own wallet. But with the rise of space programs outside of the big 2, could it not be possible to keep the ISS going beyond 2016?

After all, space station Mir functioned years beyond its original closing date. You have the Japanese, the Indians, and the Chinese all looking to make a mark in space. Perhaps the ISS could be the future launching point of space tourism. Talk about the most exclusive dining experience. What would need to be accounted for to allow this possibility to come about?

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Network Appliances sues Sun over patent infringments in ZFS

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 7 years ago Network Appliances is suing Sun Microsystems, alleging that seven of its patents are unlawfully being used in ZFS, the filesystem used in Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris. Ironically, Sun may have shot itself in the foot. They initiated legal proceedings against NetApp 18 months ago, over related patents Sun believed NetApp was infringing. Dave Hitz, NetApp's founder and Exec VP lays out his case in a blog entry.

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Looking for a new laptop. Suggestions?

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Man, laptop shopping is a bitch...

Requirements:
It will run Windoze (for the games). (& dual-boot linux, of course)

Main applications: portable DVD player, websurfing, games.

(Since I want exposure to 64-bit environments for development purposes)
Core2Duo or Turion-64/X2

Portability: Having previously owned a purported 7lb portable (that felt more like a 10lb portable), the target weight will be ~5.5lbs or less.

Indirectly, this means I'm aiming for a 14" (or less) widescreen

Good battery performance: 3+ hrs

Pricing: Not over USD $1050.

The Sony VAIO VGN-C150P/B probably comes closest to my ideal machine, but it is list price $500 over what I am willing to spend.

Right now, the Lenovo 3000 N100 will probably be what I pickup, but boy, I hate that Intel graphics chip.

Suggestions, anyone?

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OpenBSD: GPL violator?

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Michael Buesch, lead developer of the Linux driver for Broadcom's wifi chipset (bcm43xx), stumbled across copied code in the OpenBSD's bcw driver earlier this week. The problem is that the bcm43xx linux driver uses a GPL license. OpenBSD inadvertently makes that linux code available to be used in a proprietary manner, by virtue of its BSD license (and not giving proper attribution where due).

Busch sends a stern email to the developers of OpenBSD, and CCs the bcm43xx developers mailing list. Now enjoy the fireworks as Theo de Raadt defends the tender feelings of an apparent plagiarist, downplays intellectual property theft, and attacks "rude" behavior.

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Kernel 2.6, wheel mouse, and KVMs

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  about 9 years ago

(Yet another /. rejection. Not unsurprising, since its so esoteric, but I know quite a few guys with this problem:)

For some geeks, one box cannot do it all (well). You need your reliable server, your Windows PC (for games and Windows-centric applications), your firewall/VPN, and one or two more boxes for experiments. Or you're the poor SOB who administers all the machines for your family. (Et cetera...) KVMs are really sweet for such setups, but not if you dropped $150 for a Belkin Omniview F1DS104U and run (Slackware) Linux.

Anyone afflicted with similar setups know that the Linux doesn't handle Belkin's (or generic) KVM switching between machines properly. The KVM doesn't retain/transmit mouse information between machines, and you end up with an erratic mouse that will corrupt your GUI configuration. With the 2.4 kernel, this is worked around by flipping out and back into of GUI mode (ctrl-alt-F1 then ctrl-alt-F7) with each machine switch.

But recently, I took the plunge to kernel 2.6.13. (It seemed stable enough.) It does things differently enough that I cannot use the mode switch kludge to get around the problem. The only way I've found to resolve the problem is opening a CLI session, and removing and restoring the psmouse module. Needless to say, this pretty much kills the convenience functionality of a KVM.

And my friend Google has let me down. Some users have found that adding an "append=psmouse.proto=imps" in lilo.conf resolves the problem for them. (Slackware 10.2's kernel never heard of it.) So, does anyone have a solution yet that resolves this problem, or USD $275+ to lend me for the "get a real KVM" response? Or are a bunch of linux geeks stuck running a 2.4 kernel for another year?"

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Insightful Lightbulb Joke

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 9 years ago

How many Bush Administration officials does it take to screw in a light bulb?

None.

There is nothing wrong with the light bulb; its conditions are improving every day. Any reports of its lack of incandescence are a delusional spin from the liberal media. That light bulb has served honorably, and anything you say undermines the lighting effect. Why do you hate freedom?

(kudos to some guy named Naum from AZplace.net)

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More failure - Attracting the non-geeky creative types

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 9 years ago I was about to add my $0.02 to this response when it occurred to me to submit the question here.

How can the community attact the artistic and fiction writing types into open-license type projects?

It seems to me the better documented type open-license projects are able to attract technical writers, but not so much with games. The few good ones tend to be one man shows who are already artistically inclined.

Should the programmer community start focusing on generic game engine tools to aid these people in expressing their talent? Are programmers "bogarting" the credit for a game? What suggestions come to mind?

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St. Valentines Day hazardous to health

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 9 years ago (Once more into the breach...)

Falling in love used to be fun. Now doctors are warning that the throes of passion should be seen as a potentially fatal medical disorder.

Psychologists say that "lovesickness" is a genuine disease that needs more awareness and diagnosis.

Symptoms can include mania, such as an elevated mood and inflated self-esteem, or depression, revealing itself as tearfulness and insomnia.

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Time for some more rejection - BSEs found in goat

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Submitted title: Mad Cow Disease discovered in other animal species (Science,News)

The BBC reports that a French goat has tested positive for mad cow disease - the first animal in the world other than a cow to have bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The European Commission says further testing will be done to see if the incidence is an isolated one.

You can thank the animal rendering industry for that one. Time to change to a vegetarian diet?

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James (Scotty) Doohan has Alzheimer's

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Terrible news, the actor James Doohan, who played Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott in the TV sci-fi series Star Trek, is diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Sadly, he also suffers from Parkinson's disease and diabetes.

In August, he'll bid farewell to the still thriving Trek convention circuit, with "Beam Me Up Scotty...One Last Time," a three-day fest that's billed as his last-ever con appearance.

(Yeah, lets see the /. editors pass on this submission...)

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Would you inflict linux on Aunt Tillie?

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Eric S. Raymond has recently written a wonderful piece explaining to the linux zealot why it may not be the operating system of choice of all users. (Or what user aspects open source developers need to focus on to further Linux World Domination.) The op-ed specifically focuses on the CUPS printing system. (But it would be a mistake to dismiss it as a screed against CUPS.) The CUPS authors surprisingly acknowleged ESR's points, and he wrote a followup to the article.

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Computer Espionage in the US Senate Judiciary

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 10 years ago

What do you do when you just can't get your co-workers to see eye-to-eye with you? The Boston Globe reports that Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee stole confidential memos from their Democratic counterparts by cracking into their computer files. The memos highlighted Democratic strategies concerning Republican Judicial nominees. Its suspected that some of them were leaked to Republican shill Robert Novak, who then disclosed their contents in a February 2003 column.

What can we learn from Republicans when accused of cracking?

(Blame the victim.)

"As the extent to which Democratic communications were monitored came into sharper focus, Republicans yesterday offered a new defense. They said that in the summer of 2002, their computer technician informed his Democratic counterpart of the glitch, but Democrats did nothing to fix the problem."

(Feign ignorance and indignation.)

"Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch, Republican of Utah, made a preliminary inquiry and described himself as "mortified that this improper, unethical and simply unacceptable breach of confidential files may have occurred on my watch."

("I'm shocked, *shocked* to find cracking in this establishment." "Here are their memos." "Ah, thank you...")

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Novell screws SCO for Xmas

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Novell quietly submitted conflicting copyright claims on System V UNIX a few months ago. SCO's lawyers appears to have been unaware of this. Now SCO will have serious problems going forward with its copyright infringement suits on IBM and other major Linux users. The immediate result of Novell's actions is that SCO's lawsuits will probably be deferred, so no windfall quarters for SCO to report in the following year. SCO could even suffer legal penalties by submitting flawed DMCA suits.

Ahhh, nothing like a nice holiday story to warm the cockles of a penguinista's heart...

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Criticize Microsoft security, get fired.

slashdot_commentator slashdot_commentator writes  |  more than 11 years ago

After 12 rejections and the "de rigeur" absence of explanations, I've decided to post each story I submit to /. into this journal for your perusal.

...and given the nature of this story, it should be interesting to see if /. has the stones to publish it...

The soon to be rejected submission:

Dan Geer Jr., is now the former CTO of @Stake, Inc. (a security consulting group), after participating with six other security experts in a report (released yesterday) critical of the US Government's over-reliance in Microsoft products. The report, entitled "CyberInsecurity: The Cost of Monopoly" argues that a "monoculture" of OS software makes gov't computers more vulnerable to computer viruses and hacker attacks.

``The values and opinions of the report are not in line with AtStake's views,'' the company said in a statement. It said Geer's participation working on the report was ``not sanctioned.''

Bruce Schneier, the chief technology officer for Counterpane Systems Inc., worked with Geer on the report. He said security experts contacted to help work on the report critical of Microsoft indicated their support but couldn't participate publicly. ``There is a huge chilling effect based on Microsoft's monopoly position,'' Schneier said. ``It's unfortunate that AtStake put its private agenda ahead of intellectual integrity.''

More sordid details can be gleaned here and here. Lets hope Schneier still has a job by the end of the week. (And any /. posters who dare comment.)

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