Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US
If they...so easily detected...there's something terribly, terribly wrong with your homeland security.
And this is news....how? This is the same government which brought the TSA, and they are certainly useless.
Mozilla Ditches Firefox's New-Tab Monetization Plans
That didn't work because Microsoft decided Netscape was a threat to their OS monopoly, so MS made their own browser and gave it away for free.
Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?
I would mod you up if I had points.
Newest YouTube User To Fight a Takedown: Lawrence Lessig
Off topic? I don't know. I think the poster's genius just went over the moderator's head.
Microsoft Reverses 'Mature' Game Ban On Windows 8
Sex = killing babies. Here's how it works:
- sex = unwanted pregnancy.
- unwanted pregnancy = abortion
- abortion = killing babies
There you have it. Sex = killing babies
Adobe Releases New Openly Licensed Coding Font
So...you are saying staring at a light bulb all day is good for your eyes. Good to know.
Project To Turn Classical Scores Into Copyright-Free Music Completed
Eventually the scene devolved into chairs being thrown...
Microsoft was invited to the party? I didn't know they were around in 1913.
Inside a Ransomware Money Machine
Your post reeks of self-righteousness. Most anyone being accused of child porn would pay for charges to go away, whether they downloaded any or not. That is an extremely bad charge that could ruin a person's life even if they win the case.
There are also plenty of Nigerian scams which are not caused by fraud on the part of the victim. For example, one where the fraudster buys something from a victim and sends a fake check for more than the amount, and asks them to deposit it and send the difference back. Most people not knowing the scam will do it.
Ask Slashdot: Managing Encrypted Android Devices In State and Local Gov't?
Me thinks the AC was making a sarcastic statement based on the fact many government agents or people speaking about government agents investigating a person will often say: "if you aren't doing anything wrong, you have nothing to hide." Which obviously is wrong.
More Details On Google Glass
... What if I'm just lounging around the house and happen to have the television on or a song playing on the Nexus Q, am I going to be sued by Sony or making illegal copies of copyrighted material? Are they going to build in a kill switch for Google Glass controlled by your content-protected television? ...
The big media companies already tried to pass a law requiring this. It was called the CBDTPA. It failed just as hard as SOPA, though some aspects of it have appeared in a certain company's OS in the form of "secure boot" and "trusted computing" and such.
Windows RT Browser Restrictions Draw Antitrust Attention
Microsoft pulls some minor crap with web browsers, and they take notice. Yet, when a system is put in place which will make it difficult for someone to choose an alternate operating system, the government doesn't care. WTF? Microsoft's monopoly is based upon Operating Systems.
What Various Studies Really Reveal About File-Sharing
...that sending bot generated DMCA complaints and other fraudulent complaints of works they don't own is disrespectful to the copyright holder and the author's free speech.
Sugar coat it however you like... rationalize it, justify it, whatever you do... it's still a violation of the rights of the real author.
Same goes for questionable lawsuits against writers of communications software.
Researchers Push Implanted User Interfaces
What are the potential health effects of having implants like these?
Windows 8 Won't Play DVDs Unless You Pay For the Media Center Pack
When "Trusted Computing" is fully implemented, expect to pay for software by the hour. That is why Microsoft is so hot for it.
Google Drive Goes Live
rsync.net seems to use standard protocols--in their FAQ it says "SSH and HTTPS (webDAVs)" (I've been thinking about using them for a while, just haven't made the plunge.)
Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" Bill Becomes Law
It took me a minute to figure out what you meant by "ID." Then I remembered "Intelligent Design." My question is: they let a kook who thinks space aliens created life on Earth on CNN? Usually that is reserved for Coast to Coast AM.
Google Strikes Deal With Paramount
Ask Darren Bousman. It looks like he just made a great movie funded by himself--The Devil's Carnival. Here is a sample. I haven't seen the movie yet (they are touring through the country, but no where near me), but it looks at least as good to me as any movie from a major studio.
Microsoft Blocking Pirate Bay Links In Messenger
If they wanted to protect users from malware, why would they make a feature where the user could inadvertently run remote code from a link?
Interview With Suren Ter From 'You Have Downloaded'
Worse is how game console mfgs, Apple and others use Digital Restrictions Management to control what you can do with your computing devices. Microsoft is trying to get this on general purpose computers with their "Secure Boot" initiative. In the near future, you may not be able to buy a device which you can install the OS/software of your choice (or programs you write). You will only be able to run what the mfg allows.
CBDTPA and "Trusted Computing" are blueprints for how we are going to be controlled.
The Windows 8 Power Struggle: Metro Vs Desktop
Well, at least you can still download 3.6.x from releases.mozilla.org. Though I hear they will stop updating 3.6 soon...
sowth hasn't submitted any stories.
Those who use the term "pseudo intellectual"
"Pseudo intellectual" is a term used by people who don't think for themselves. The people they call it are just regular people who think for themselves.
Swept volume display?
I saw this post by russotto on the 3D TV article:
Well, there's the old rotating disc displays, with a disc which sweeps out a volume; the image is projected onto the disc. The disc is still 2D, but the light from the image to your eye is actually coming from a space, not a plane. Apparently similar things are actually used; the generic name is swept-volume volumetric display.
Sounds like something one could do with a projector display, electric motor, white flat piece of cardboard, and microcontroller. Would make a nice garage project sometime...
Brain damage keeps me in computer hell
I never did get dosemu running. My Asus EEE still has the crap Xandros install. I don't think they ever upgraded any of the several vulnerable packages. I would rather not risk using it, but I haven't been able to get an alternative working. I thought about using slax for it, but I don't know if you can save stuff (maybe I have to make another partiton?). Slax would be the easiest to get going--it already works out of the box.
Then there is the netvista machine. If it doesn't wait for 5 minutes before going graphical, the hardware locks up. The emachine should work, but the system is installed, but I haven't been able to configure it. I haven't gathered the brain power to do it, at least when I remember it exists.
Then I need a new cell phone. The it keeps erasing the RAM--probably the battery slipping--I took off the casing when installing. I don't know why it is doing it so much now, I've had it for quite a while. I think this is new, at least doing it so often. Then today it didn't go off for the alarm to do laundry, so here it is almost 6pm, and I just started it now. I should probably do shopping too.
Oh, yeah having brain damage is fun!
The SCO of the 1800s
I saw this movie on TV, "The Baron of Arizona". It is about a guy who tried to falsify a claim for massive amounts of land in Arizona. Apparently, it was a real story: His name was James Reavis. He did time in prison for the fraud.
I wonder if the guys at SCO will do time for what they did? Knowing the state of things here in the US, most likely not. Tomorrow they'll probably come out with patent documents "proving" they invented the internet / computers, and everyone has to pay them royalties.
I found this article on www.debian-administration.org. It has a comparison of the ext3, reiserFS, JFS, XFS filesystems. There is a less interesing article somewhere else saying basicly the same thing (don't remember link), and MythTV suggests using XFS. I am going to try a XFS partition for a while. I have problems with my cheap crappy DVD drive anyway, so maybe I will try it with a cache for watching my DVDs (most of what I read inidicate it is best for huge files). Still need to install my TV card and MythTV though...I'm sure they will benefit too.
From the summary at the end (I haven't read it all yet):
These results replicate previous observations from Piszcz (2006) about reduced disk capacity of Ext3, longer mount time of ReiserFS and longer FS creation of Ext3. Moreover, like this report, both reviews have observed that JFS is the lowest CPU-usage FS. Finally, this report appeared to be the first to show the high page faults activity of ReiserFS on most usual file operations.
While recognizing the relative merits of each filesystem, only one filesystem can be install for each partition/disk. Based on all testing done for this benchmark essay, XFS appears to be the most appropriate filesystem to install on a file server for home or small-business needs :
I've just been using ext3. Looks like I've been using the wrong filesystem all this time.
I've been using XFS for a while now, though only for data storage (audio and video), not the main system. It does seem nice. My only reservation about using it for the main system would be running into a prebuilt kernel which doesn't support it. I usually build my own kernels anyway. I should take the leap. ;-)
I have been using XFS for my /home directory. Quite nice. Certainly less of a pain on bootup, since it never needs to be fsck. Even ext3 still insists upon fscking every X mounts or X days. I know this can be adjusted, but XFS seems to do it on the fly. In fact, the XFS check utility will ask you to mount and unmount if the filesystem wasn't unmounted properly to write any pending queued information--crashing happened quite a bit because of buggy Nvidia drivers, so I have lots of experience with it. XFS did quite well. I don't think it lost any information.
I am also trying out xfsdump for backups. Been using tarballs--they were effective, but I would like to have the ablility to do incremental backups too. Finding ways to routinely store multi-gigabyte files is not easy.
I am still worried a bit about compatibility and the availability of the tools, so I may not put it on my root partition for a while. Also I've been trying Debain again (still sort of disappointed), but all the XFS tools weren't in the standard install, and the dump utility wasn't on the disks at all--had to download it. Makes me think I should keep some backups in tar form.
Could the vmsplice vulnerablility have been prevented?
I was just reading the Linux Kernel Mailing List, and I just saw an interesting message:
... that got me
wondering why this attack wasn't stopped by the CONFIG_CC_STACKPROTECTOR option ... some analysis later.. it turns out that the following line in the top level Makefile,
added by you in October 2007, entirely disables CONFIG_CC_STACKPROTECTOR ;(
With this line removed the exploit will be nicely stopped. ...
-- From: Arjan van de Ven --
Subject: vmsplice exploits, stack protector and Makefiles
The message then shows a line with -fno-stack-protector. Apparently if you remove that flag, your 2.6.x kernel is safe from the exploit.
Difference between pc2100 and pc2100A RAM?
I know no one reads this, but does anyone know the difference between PC2100 and PC2100A / PC2100B RAM? It is for a A7N266-C motherboard computer I found in the dumpster--don't ask ;-) (Had no ram/no video card)
If anyone bothers to read this and replies, thank you in advance.
Sashdot's login system sucks
The public terminal login setting sucks. I can't even log in and go to /my/amigos. My amigos gives me a login box, which takes me to the front page. I'm considered logged out as soon as I log in.
I understand why they would have a quick expiration time for public terminals, but this is rediculous. Wouldn't 15 minutes (or 30) make more sense?