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Places Where the World's Tech Pools, Despite the Internet

weighn is this why ... ? (229 comments)

I could see why countries were internet access isn't common but technology is at a reasonible level ...

is this why Romania is also the global center for Excellence for carrier pigeon breeders?

more than 5 years ago
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FFmpeg Finally Releases Long-Awaited Version 0.5

weighn Re:Who cares about FFmpeg? You should. (176 comments)

Where do you think baby coat hangers come from?

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The answer is: sunshine

Baby hangers come from sunshine? That still doesn't answer why we should try to impregnate coat hangers.

it's been raining all week, you insensitive clod!

more than 5 years ago
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What To Do With Old USB Keys, Low-Capacity Hard Drives?

weighn schools ok, 3rd world schools better (546 comments)

send em to Africa or SE Asia - I left my 512MB USB drive with a student in Philippines. old tech is much appreciated in poorer regions of the world.

more than 5 years ago
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Calif. Politican Thinks Blurred Online Maps Would Deter Terrorists

weighn in further developments ... (597 comments)

Watch this space as some lilly-livered nanny-lovers suggest that manufacturers produce a unique tread on every shoe and tyre, speed limiters on every vehicle and RFID chips in every serving of fast food coupled with a scanner in every toilet bowl. Then maybe we can finally feel safe!

Meanwhile, a spokesperson from Google Maps has denied allegations that their satellites are equipped with frikken terrorist-zapping lasers which are armed and ready to activate given the appropriate legislative amendments.

The Mongrel News has more - http://is.gd/lPRw

more than 5 years ago
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Sun Slips Firefox Extension Into Java Update

weighn isn't this standard procedure in winduhs? (311 comments)

yes, this is terrible. A FF addon installed without saying/prompting.

Next thing you know they'll be adding crap to HKLM/Software/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run without asking ?

Oh wait ...

more than 5 years ago
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Draconian DRM Revealed In Windows 7

weighn Re:windows, meh (1127 comments)

*Getting the card to work is simple! [even an idiot could do it]. Just grab the source code for the module and compile it against the kernel. insmod it and then use iwconfig to configure a WEP password ... *from ubuntu pocket guide

Really, you MS zealots crack me up - do you have a programmed function to paste this crap in each time someone mentions how fscking GOOD linux is now?

more than 5 years ago
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Draconian DRM Revealed In Windows 7

weighn Re:windows, meh (1127 comments)

+ 5 Funny (preaching to the converted)

ditto your experience ...

when I read the title of this post, the parallel universe version of me (which is STILL using XP) went, "Windows 7 DRM? Hmm, does that mean I can't get the free *cough* upgrade from my unlicensed install of Win XP?"

tell your boss - Windows is dead an an OS (until in desperation they make it $0 (but still closed). Get out while you can ...

more than 5 years ago
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Fly Me To Which Moon?

weighn Re:Who cares how much it costs... (183 comments)

Just call it "stimulus" and us yanks will just print some more money for it. :/

There's nothing wrong in this economic environment with printing money.

Inflation and interest rates can easily get out of hand if we get to, erm, stimulated.

credit crises (now) > cash crises (after govt goes into deficit) > print money > inflation/high int rates ... if we add further job cuts into the mix at this stage the cycle renews > more foreclosures > housing slump, food prices spiralling.

printing money is the prescription under the old rules, but ...

more than 5 years ago
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Fly Me To Which Moon?

weighn Re:Europa, but differently (183 comments)

Really if we're just looking for microbes we're bound to be disappointed.

not really. let's look for microbes (most likely candidates) and if the cameras capture some horns or stuff before *NO CARRIER* then we can all hang in excitement until the next mission arrives

more than 5 years ago
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Fly Me To Which Moon?

weighn Re:access to space (183 comments)

cheaper is one thing - getting space progs on a higher budgetary priority is at least as good.

we could have worked out a single mission visiting both by now if we didn't worry about crud like cold wars, wars on drugs/terror, etc ... oh well

BTW - i almost fell for the sig, nice one!

more than 5 years ago
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Slashdot.org Self-Slashdotted

weighn Re:Uh? (388 comments)

... the people fixing problems where not even in the same country as the data centre.

We had a few people pulling cables and the like, but they were lowly paid people...

I don't get it - are you in Brazil, Russia, India or China?

more than 5 years ago
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Why Windows Must (and Will) Go Open Source

weighn Re:There is too much money in Windows (555 comments)

...last I heard, Microsoft made something like 1/3 of their revenue from Windows...

bizarre if true - they pay HOW MUCH for an OS?
Office Jerks (.au) currently lists Vista Business for $417 full / $360 upgrade

I reckon there is some merit in TFA. We're in a cost-cutting part of the economic cycle. Even pointy-haired bosses can see that paying for an OS just doesn't make sense.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Ramps Up "Fix it" Support Tool

weighn Meta-fix It (144 comments)

There's a meta fix for any broken Fit It tools available here.

more than 5 years ago
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Comcast Apologizes For Super Bowl Porn Glitch

weighn Re:What, no link ? (526 comments)

Ok, watch the clip in question here...

Yeah, like I'm gonna follow a link to YouTube Nederlands.
It's probably just a clip of someone smoking a big fat joint

.:ducks:.

more than 5 years ago
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Comcast Apologizes For Super Bowl Porn Glitch

weighn Re:Thanks comcast (526 comments)

Not feces, though; feces is never sexy.

Not feces, though; feces is never sexy.

There, fixed that for you :)

more than 5 years ago
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Why Do We Name Servers the Way We Do?

weighn Egyptian Gods and workplace goddesses (1397 comments)

My last IT manager used Egyptian gods for the servers: Tor, Thoth, Ra, etc.

I always prefered useful names. Everyone was installing printers via IP address or Netware dotted nomenclature, but I'd go into the http config and add the location or name of a nice girl that sits near the printer :)

It helped, no really

more than 5 years ago
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Google Earth To Show Ocean Floor

weighn Pacific Trash Vortex now available on Google Earth (181 comments)

Google has unveiled what is touted as being one of the most comprehensive 3D maps of ocean rubbish in a major upgrade to its free Google Earth program.

For the first time, web surfers can surf amongst some of the estimated 100 million tonnes of plastic and assorted human refuse that has been accumulating in the middle of the North Pacific Gyre since the 1950s - all without getting their hands dirty.

Demonstrating the far superior beauty available from Web 2.0 applications, in comparison to the grubby ocean, the Ocean feature of Google Earth allows users to zoom in and out of specific locations on a tapestry of panoramic images that have been woven together. Beat that, stupid Nature!

John Wanke, head of Google Earth said, "The great thing about this site is that it will be inclusive," the irony that we were all already included and represented by at least one piece of crap in the great pile no doubt lost on him.

more than 5 years ago
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New Paper Offers Additional Reasoning for Fermi's Paradox

weighn Re:It's quite clear what the reason is (774 comments)

(In case anyone was wondering, Earth is a Libra.)

Are you sure you've included the effects of precession etc. when doing that calculation?

of course not, it's astrology. An art form useful for relieving morons of their money.

more than 5 years ago

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Hackers target jobs sites for big personal booty

weighn weighn writes  |  more than 5 years ago

weighn writes "At least two online job boards have been hacked this week, Monster.com and jobs.nsw.gov.au. No big news — happens all the time, right? But is this a sign that hackers are concentrating on hacking sites, not for their spamability, but for the quantity and quality of personal information to be gained? Will this see an escalation in identity fraud? And should you tell your retrenched dad to change his online passwords? The story was covered here and here. I blogged about it from the point of view of an ex-government website admin here."
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How to reassemble £10k of shredded notes

weighn weighn writes  |  more than 5 years ago

weighn writes "A UK garbage collector has been told by police that he can keep £10,000 of shredded banknotes. I can recall seeing a documentary — IIRC — showing how trashed WWII era records were reassembled using scanners and specially written software.

So here's the slashcrowd's chance to help out a humble garbologist reassemble and spend 10 large...how does he do it?"
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Australian IT heritage needs a white knight

weighn weighn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

weighn writes "The US has the Smithsonian, the CHM and others. Canada has a PC museum. Germany has the Deutsches Museum and London the Science Museum. The Australian Computer Museum Society actually has no museum. Worse, they are about to lose their (donated) storage space on the outskirts of Sydney. Unless they can find some funding by the end of March, some fabulous gear may go to the scrap-heap. Among the Society's collection is an almost complete IBM 1401, a full range of early machines from DEC and an original automatic tote machine invented in 1913 by George Julius."
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Broadband forum sued over user comments

weighn weighn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

weighn writes "PC World (Australia) and The SMH report that "A software firm is suing a community website over comments published on its forum. 2Clix is suing the owner of the popular broadband community site Whirlpool, Simon Wright, for "injurious falsehood", asking for $AUS150,000 in damages and an injunction requiring Whirlpool to remove forum threads highly critical of 2Clix's accounting software.
Dale Clapperton, chairman of the online users lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia, said 2Clix was using the law to silence its critics. Whirlpool users have begun donating money to the site to help Wright cover any legal costs."
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The Edge Of Science - Inferior Design

weighn weighn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

weighn writes "Christopher Mims directs New Scientist readers to a review of intelligent design poster boy Michael J. Behe's latest tome, The Edge Of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism. The review itself is by Richard Dawkins " — who should need no introduction, but who will get one anyway — author of the Selfish Gene, coiner of the term 'meme', and currently famous for being perhaps the most argumentative and visible atheist on Earth — You probably don't need me to tell you how it went. Beatings this savage don't often appear in print". Bede is sticking to his guns despite his views being publicly disowned by his own university. Should science merely shine a light on the truth or is it justified to brutally tear apart the works of creation "scientists"?"
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Google Desktop now available for Linux

weighn weighn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

weighn writes "The Official Google Blog brings us news that Google Desktop for Linux is now available. "Just a few months after Google Desktop became available for the Mac, I'm [Mendel Chuang, Product Marketing Manager] happy to tell you it's now available for Linux users too. Google Desktop for Linux makes searching your computer as easy as searching the web with Google". So, what's wrong with grep?"
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"Tinfoil hat" for your home blocks comms

weighn weighn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

weighn writes "Scientific American reports of a window film that can block wi-fi signals, cell phone transmissions and even the fabled electromagnetic pulse. "Once manufactured under an exclusive contract with the U.S. government, this recently declassified window film is now available to the public." Obviously, you would also need to include it in the walls to secure the average home."
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weighn weighn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

weighn writes "Choose your morning poison:
decaf
aspartame
skim milk
tepid water, urn/microwave dead
CowboyNeal took my mug"
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weighn weighn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

weighn writes "One thing behind the trend to moving political statements to YouTube, rather than the old-style street protest, is that you are less likely suffer the consequences of being personally associated with a protest.

Sending your political message online is also safer in countries where taking part in a protest can result in your death or injury at the hands of your country's army. We've seen how street protests and online polls alike are being moved aside and ignored. What is the future for the common person that yearns to be heard?"

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