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With 'Virgin' Developers, Microsoft Could Fork Android

technos Re:This is news... (241 comments)

Microsoft is already charging for Android, in that they say 'Pay us license fees per handset or we sue' and actually get it from 60% of them?

Do you honestly think that, at a 100% payment rate, they'll charge more per handset?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

technos Re:Name? (388 comments)

One fellow did this to me three times in the same week. The first two times I merely changed the password and deactivated the account with a quickness. When it happened a third time, I figured I'd teach him a lesson. I let him add all his high-school friends, family and co-workers at the ice-cream parlor over the next week or two, then changed the password, Goatse'd his profile, and sent notices out to all of them. "If little Johnny Junior would like a Facebook account, tell him to get his own. This one is attached to my email address.". I let it sink in for a couple days before putting the kibosh on it.

Johnny's dad was amused and sent me an apology. It seems that Johnny Senior had signed up for a super-spammy dating site with my email address some years ago and I'd Goatse'd his profile in response.

about 3 months ago
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Container Ship Breaks In Two, Sinks

technos Re:Declared underweight? (361 comments)

They do operate on the honor system, basically.

When the port (or a railroad) accepts the container, it comes with a shipper certified weight attached to it in the computer. In rare cases the railroad or port will 'fudge' the weight closer to reality, reweigh it, or hold it for inspection. I'd say if you had a slightly overweight container you could get away with it 99.99% of the time.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Supporting "Antique" Software?

technos Scavenging.. (212 comments)

I had to support a manufacturing company 15 years ago that was using (at the time) 15-20 year old gear. I did it by scavenging and making it myself. Robot needs a new SSDD floppy drive? Flea market Commodore. RAM in the Soviet S100 clone going bad? Take apart a broken synth. Winchester drive controller going tits up? Drive around and look at all the junk bins of every computer shop in the county. Need to move a bit of kit but now the non-standard 45-pin cable is too short? Clip the ends off and Radio Shack them to RS-232. I also swapped a lot of gear around; The DOS machine that was used to program one robot was gradually upgraded from an 8088 machine to a 486 as I stole parts from it to keep the CP/M-86 one running.

The other thing I did a lot of was preventative maintenance. Blow out the dust, check the power supply, clean the disc drive, make sure everything is well seated. Switches got lubed, cables checked for faults, and media replaced.

about a year ago
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Google Glass: What's With All the Hate?

technos Re:Something It Isn't (775 comments)

I've done jobs that required me to carry a non-camera phone. Simply proving that the camera was non-functional was good enough to keep my shiny smart-phone. Remove the back panel, apply a bit of electrical tape between the camera module and the external cover and Bob's your uncle.

The worst I ever had to do was take apart the vendor firmware and replace the camera binary with another application, then fudge a checksum somewhere and document the entire process. That company was super paranoid, but it saved me carrying a WinCE PDA, Palm PDA, three cables and a dumb-phone, plus chargers for each of them.

Just wipe the camera APK in a provable way and tell them to shove off.

about a year ago
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Cause of LED Efficiency Droop Finally Revealed

technos Re:multiply (308 comments)

So what do you think about fitting power brakes to a MG TD?

about a year ago
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UK Man Arrested For Offensive Joke Posted On Facebook

technos Re:The joke in question (606 comments)

Superinjunctions and libel tourism seem to say otherwise.

about a year and a half ago
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Slashdot Anniversary: Seattle, WA, US

technos Re:I might not be cool enough for a 4 digit ID... (9 comments)

There some more of us out here in Seattle. My wife has a smaller ID than I do, and I know a few more folks with lower ID numbers than mine in Seattle and the environs.

Not quite sure if I'm going to be able to make it to SLU next weekend though, have to spend a week out of town shortly after.

about a year and a half ago
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Favorite way to add capsaicin to a dish:

technos Multi-pronged approach is best.. (348 comments)

Only one form of spicy is wrong. Take the noodles I had for lunch, which had a diced serrano, a fat pinch of smoked jalapeno powder, and two squirts of chili oil in 'em.

Or my standard scrambled egg recipe, which stars white and black pepper, chipotle peppers (roughly chopped), and habanero peppers (finely chopped). Toss them on a plate with hash browns, add salt and tabasco. Mmmmmm!

about a year and a half ago
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MythBusters Bust House

technos Re:Remember (631 comments)

Clarkson and May were both automotive print journalists and reviewers/presenters on the old, more serious 'Top Gear', and Hammond was a professional radio and TV host, including a stint on 'Motor Week'.

In addition, they're all giant children.

So yes, they're all experts at what they do; Talk about cars and act like children on television.

more than 2 years ago
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10% of IT Pros Can Access Previous Jobs' Accounts

technos Re:I'd better not be able to... (218 comments)

I saw a lot of that at one job, though I can't blame HR or management. I know IT was being CC'd on firings/layoffs/etc, they just never did anything about it.

One employee quit to pursue a college degree. When he returned three years later, his uid/pass still worked. Another, a friend of mine, supplied me with his user/pass on the way to retirement; It worked five years later, and probably still works now, ten years on.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Eyes PC Isolation Ward To Thwart Botnets

technos Re:A better PC health idea (413 comments)

Hmm. Maybe you're right. I looked around for some numbers, and it looks like it took Microsoft nearly three years to take 20% with Vista. Win7 is currently at 19% after only one year.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Eyes PC Isolation Ward To Thwart Botnets

technos Re:A better PC health idea (413 comments)

They've seen the horrible uptake numbers from Vista continue with Windows 7.

Step 1. Convince everyone to get behind the idea of black-holing insecure or infected machines.
Step 2. End support for all versions of Windows other than the current.
Step 3. Wait for a new remote vulnerability in older versions.
Step 4. Refuse to patch the issue.
Step 5. Profit as everyone either has to buy a new PC or a newer operating system to access the internet.

Just think about it. Something like two thirds of machines running a Microsoft operating system are still running the end-of-life Windows XP.

more than 3 years ago
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Simple Virus For Teaching?

technos Virus Creation Laboratory? (366 comments)

A friend of mine who taught at a community college actually did this back in the mid 90s. He took a copy of Nowhere Man's Virus Creation Lab and tossed together a couple annoying but non-destructive viruses and infected a few stand alone machines for the students to play with.

You can probably still find VCL out there, or a more modern DIY virus kit. Though with the new ones, I'm not sure I would trust they don't have any hidden functionality.

more than 3 years ago
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Software (and Appropriate Input Device) For a Toddler?

technos Antique! (417 comments)

Why not just get him an antique? Kiddo can't hose the OS install on a Apple II or a Commodore 64, and they're pretty indestructible.

At $20-40 on eBay, they're cheap too.

more than 3 years ago
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Getting a Classic PC Working After 25 Years?

technos I have an identical one. (533 comments)

Well, it *was* identical spec when new. The case has been missing since the late '90's, the 8088 is now a NEC V20, the clock speed is now ~17MHz, and the parallel port has a resistor based DAC free-soldered onto it, but it still runs. I use a single density 3 1/2 floppy to boot FreeDOS and then run a terminal emulator, though it has also run Minix, Xenix and Linux over the years.

If you have trouble getting FreeDOS to run, I still have the original EPSON DOS disk images somewhere.

more than 4 years ago
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Your Commuting Costs By Car Vs. Train?

technos Re:People often ignore depreciation (1137 comments)

Do what I do. Drive something nice and old. The cost to run is higher, but depreciation is zero.

Here's an example. 1980's Porsche 928, with a little shopping you can get one for under $8000 with 20K on the odometer. I can drive it 50K miles over the next five years and still sell it for $8000, with the only likely mechanical costs being brakes and tires.

more than 4 years ago
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Your Commuting Costs By Car Vs. Train?

technos Sorry, public transportation.. (1137 comments)

Now here's the problem in the calculation. Car round trip in heavy traffic is about an hour, and depending on the day the bus can take anywhere from 2:30 to 3:15 to cover the same 40 miles.

That's 390-585 hours per year to save $320.

Until the prevailing wage falls to 50 cents an hour, no thanks.

Ran the calculation for my wife as well. If she were able to take a bus instead of driving, she'd waste only 195 hours per year, but public transportation would save her -$18.

more than 4 years ago
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Slashdot's Disagree Mail

technos Re:goat_cx? (126 comments)

He was here for a couple months. Sometime in the middle of February I managed to get him with with a single post containing tubgirl, goatse, and the giver; He went blind.

Glad to see he's finally gotten the hang of his Braille screen reader at least.

more than 5 years ago

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The permanence of the internet

technos technos writes  |  more than 8 years ago

It occurred to me, after being placed in the position of arguing that the internet wasn't just for porn, that I should watch the porn industry as a whole a bit closer..

The instant they figure out a better way to deliver tentacle porn to the bedrooms of school children, I need to find a different career.

It's like the growth of interconnected digital networks, with their vast and complicated subsystems, are merely a side effect of the libedo of teenagers.

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Coffee.

technos technos writes  |  more than 9 years ago

If you think that by threatening me you can get me to do what you want... Well, that's where you're right. But - and I am only saying that because I care - there's a lot of decaffeinated brands on the market that are just as tasty as the real thing.

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