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Ask Slashdot: Life Organization With Free Software?

vrillusions Re:Or, stay low tech ... (133 comments)

By all means, apply technology as you see fit. But for some things, many of us have found that old fashioned pen and paper is still superior. Everything else is a temporary solution which will eventually fail on you or go away completely.

I good middle ground is when the page is full take a picture and put it on evernote which will do OCR (so long as you don't write too bad) and then you have an index of all your notes somewhere.

about 9 months ago
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User Tracking Back On iOS 6

vrillusions How is this bad (compared to before)? (188 comments)

So by using a generated id that changes on device reset and giving users the option to opt out this is just as bad as before? Sure you're opted in by default but you can disable it. Before it used an id that was tied to phone and you had no control over when it got used. Also they tried to hide it but that's nothing new.

about 2 years ago
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An Illustrated Version Control Timeline

vrillusions I use both svn and git (244 comments)

We purely use subversion at work (after years of trying to convince them, prior to this all work was done on live server, by multiple devs at once). I've switched to git for most personal projects. Of all the benefits and downsides of git vs svn, I just feel more comfortable in a distributed VCS workflow. My home directory is still subversion though. Seems to address the problem better for wanting to keep my different home directories in sync. Don't want to login to a server and go "oh crap, I forgot to push my changes from other computer".

I've tried converting work to git but it just isn't going to happen. I just snicker when something happens in subversion that I know git can do easier.

(rant)To revert changes in subversion you do a non-intuitive reverse merge? With git it's... git revert. Anytime someone needs to revert a commit in subversion they ask me and I always have to look up the syntax because it doesn't make sense(/rant)

more than 3 years ago
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Should ISPs Cut Off Bot-infected Users?

vrillusions I used to work tech support at a small ISP (486 comments)

It was customary for the sysadmin to block users that he saw a lot of traffic on various ports the bots use (back when bots always used a specific port). The part that I didn't aggree with was he would just cut them off. Then when they call in to tech support pissed off that their internets are down we realize they were shutoff because they had spyware. It was mainly cut the user off so they didn't waste company resources than it was looking out for the users.

more than 3 years ago
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Employees Would Steal Data When Leaving a Job

vrillusions Re:So. (457 comments)

Depends on what their definitions are.

Exactly. How many of those people just walking off with their red swingline stapler and how many are walking away with customer's credit card information? It doesn't say the purpose of those "electronic files". What if it's an owner's manual for something I own? or some random funny pictures? Sure it's electronic files, sure it's considered company property if you save it on your work computer, but it's not files that are privileged corporate information that could be used against them.

It's like just saying "Have you ever stolen anything in your life?" Stealing a pen from work is one thing, stealing the database that stores all clients personal data is another.

more than 4 years ago
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Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day

vrillusions I got a card for sys admin day... (108 comments)

With such comments as "Most days you suck. Today you suck less." and "Great job at keeping things working most of the time" *sniffle, tries to hold back tears*

(only reason they remember is I have it added to my shared work calendar)

more than 4 years ago
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Free Clock Democratizes Atomic Accuracy

vrillusions Re:Use GPS (178 comments)

I have a gps receiver at home (the infamous Garmin GPS 18 LVC) and my current offset is 0.000 msec with a jitter of 0.001 msec (so 1 microsecond). Actually I've hit the limit in linux at that point since last I checked linux can only resolve down to millisecond. BSD can go down to nanosecond. That GPS receiver cost a whopping US$90

more than 4 years ago
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Judge Orders Gizmodo Search Warrant Unsealed

vrillusions Let me try to sum things up (526 comments)

(yes, I read the entire investigation part of the affidavit)

According to Brian Hogan's room mate (pg 14) an "intoxicated male" gave him a phone believing it was his. Hogan remained at the bar "a little while longer" and no one claimed the phone.

According to Powel (the employee who lost the phone) (pg 16) he states his last memory of the phone was placing it in his bag and then placing the bag by his feet.he was there till closing at 11:00 PM local time. He left when the restaurant started to close and he thinks the phone could not have remained in the restaurant more than 15 minutes.

Brian's room mate called the police because the phone was synced to her computer and Hogan's and was afraid law enforcement could get the ip address and trace it back to her (pg 12). So she was calling to absolve herself from legal issues. Also when she was shown the phone it appeared apple may have already done a remote wipe of the phone.

George Riley says (pg 12) that the phone was invaluable and that the $8500 (yes, supposedly he got $8500 total, no source on the other $2500 though) that Hogan got the phone was worth the price of the phone if not more.

Brian Hogan and someone else (sorry, I'm getting tired of finding this in the pdf) knew the police were investigating and was in the process of destroying/hiding evidence. The police went to hogan's father's house and found Hogan with his girlfriend. He said that the other person had some of the evidence. Eventually they got a hold of him and he placed the other items in front of a church.

Only other gem I found in there is a quote as stated by brian's room mate when she urged him not to sell the phone as it would ruin Robert Powel's image he told her "Sucks for him. He lost his phone. Shouldn't have lost his phone"

more than 4 years ago
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Plug vs. Plug — Which Nation's Socket Is Best?

vrillusions Re:No. (1174 comments)

we need to come up with an appropriate tag for these types of articles. I don't even want to give them the satisfaction of a hit count so they can go "ohh look, we got a million hits to this article, people must love these multi-page advert-laden articles, lets do more!"

more than 4 years ago
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Palm Ignores USB-IF Warning, Restores iTunes Sync

vrillusions Re:Apple's activity is criminal here, Palm's is le (656 comments)

Link? Apple has a pretty extensive developer site at http://developer.apple.com/ so if there was a way for non-apple devices to work in itunes then it should be documented there. I'm not even going to bother looking because if such a document existed there would be a lot more devices that support itunes. If this interoperable standard exists then palm would much prefer to use that instead of this constant can and mouse game of changing vendor id's.

more than 4 years ago
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Sony Announces PS3 Slim, Price Cut, Improvements To Home

vrillusions Re:It would be really nice... (427 comments)

This is why I don't understand why Sony doesn't do this. Supposedly the ps1 games are selling good, why not add ps2 games to that list? And it's not like they don't know how to code the software compatibility because it was in the launch 60gb ps3 (I think). Just seems like a no brainer to me as it's something that would make money. Although sony never really seems to "get it" when it comes to... anything

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Balks, Finally Relents, At Possible User Queries of Dictionary App

vrillusions Re:This article is too forgiving. (259 comments)

Open up dictionary app on os x, or even just use the spotlight search (dictionary gives you more suggestions though) and you can search for any of the common 4 letter swear words. The word that fuck has a TON of suggestions as to what you mean all include said word. Also all the other words you mention can be found in the dictionary app on os x.

more than 5 years ago
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Slashdot Launches User Achievements

vrillusions ACHIEVEMENTS AREN'T WORKING!?!? (1582 comments)

OMGPONIES I've posted in here, added my WoW character, posted a journal entry, and they don't show up!!

more than 4 years ago
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Slashdot Launches User Achievements

vrillusions Re:Unexplained Achievement "The Maker"? (1582 comments)

Also, how are you computing the total number of Achievements? If you add up my achievements (and if I add the powers of two I get closer) but it doesn't come out to be the number you posted.

Rounding errors, gets them every time...

more than 4 years ago
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When Is a Self-Signed SSL Certificate Acceptable?

vrillusions Re:Always. (627 comments)

Remember the story not too long ago about a XSS vulnerability that essentially let you display your own content on an EV certified SSL page? Even a $500+ certificate can't protect against buggy sites. One of the bigger annoyances with firefox 3 is what happens when you go to a site with a certificate that is not valid (self-signed, untrusted CA, expired, etc). You see a page styled similar to the server not found messages. You then have to click on like 4 things with one of them saying that its really bad to do this, etc before you can continue. The time where "valid" certificates I'd encourage are for sites that do payments in some way. Imagine if your bank was suddenly using a self signed cert for login? I've used http://cacert.org/ for years now for the various admin sections of sites. Browsers still don't recognize it as a real ca but adding them is trivial and they are listed in the latest editions of most Linux distros. Its nice not having to add exceptions for all these certs, but can't make self signed ones that last 10 years either

more than 6 years ago

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