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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

wwphx Re:Ashes to Ashes ... (267 comments)

That's about what I was considering. When I was working I'd store my off-site backups at work and rotate them every month. Now that I'm not, rotating them at my wife's office works just fine. If I ever get to the point that I can afford two enclosures, I have a friend in Colorado who pays for outrageous bandwidth that I could probably host the second unit with.

9 hours ago
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'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

wwphx Re:Dogs as compass (113 comments)

That has not been my observation over many years of observation, and we started watching closely after the news of this came out months ago. Including when our dog is off the leash in the back yard.

I wonder if the study was peer reviewed.

9 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

wwphx Re:Ashes to Ashes ... (267 comments)

The advantage of tape is capacity, the advantage of Bluray is cost. I used to use tapes extensively for my home systems, but hard drive growth just blew past affordable tape capacity, so I abandoned it. Even at its theoretical max density of 128 gig, it'd take 16 discs to back up my system. Not worth it for me.

I use an iMac with 2TB internal, I keep a 3TB external for Time Machine backups, and every couple of months or before we go out of town for any length of time I swap it with its companion at my wife's work place. The problem is that I'd like to go to 3-4TB internal, at which point my process breaks down. I freed up some space recently and now have about 40 gig free, but there were times when I had less than 10.

I think I'm going to get 3x1 TB USBs and move my photo archive to it, my pix take up almost 400 gig, then just do full copies when I plan to rotate my backups. I don't think I'm ready for NAS yet, though I am looking in to it.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

wwphx Re:Offsite. (267 comments)

I have the original trilogy on Laserdisc from before Lucas starting mucking with it.

3 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

wwphx Re:Great one more fail (588 comments)

I saw a bumpersticker in Colorado a few day ago that said "Buy a gun, piss off a liberal." I immediately thought of "I'm not a conservative and I own guns. Questions?" My friend came up with "Pro-gun, anti-NRA".

5 days ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

wwphx Re:Kickstarter's Problem (215 comments)

Except Kickstarter is a division of Amazon. If you run a Kickstarter and it funds, KS takes a percentage of your pledges, as does Amazon for being the funding source.

It'll never die.

about a week ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

wwphx Re:Contacting BBC, via VPN (362 comments)

I wonder if the people who crafted the statement knew that their own IT department probably/hopefully uses VPN regularly?

about two weeks ago
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Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

wwphx Re:Time to exchange data on the American cops... (142 comments)

Law-abiding citizens? There ain't no such thing. Everybody occasionally breaks the speed limit, on purpose or inadvertently. I knew a preacher in Tucson who jokingly confessed in front of a congregation that he'd occasionally let the speedometer creep up to 60 when he was driving to Phoenix (back during the Arab Oil Embargo and the 55 MPH speed limit days). So I guess guns mostly do that right now.

about two weeks ago
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CenturyLink Looks At Buying Rackspace

wwphx Re:Head in the clouds (44 comments)

Another case of cranial/rectal inversion, eh?

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

wwphx Re:Like DRM? (448 comments)

Even though it would have violated Iraqi territoriality, such as it is, the US should have sent over a few B-52s to just bomb the hell out of those bases after they were overrun. Easier to ask forgiveness than permission. Three divisions worth of hardware? Geez.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

wwphx Re:music streamer (167 comments)

I'll have to take a look at it. I have a 64 gig iPhone and am quite happy with the mix. Interface matters a lot to me, so we shall see.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

wwphx Re:music streamer (167 comments)

I really hate this as a direction the industry is going: stream everything! That's fine for a lot of people who live in major metropolitan areas with lots of cell coverage. Here's the problem: we don't have reliable cellular service where we live. Yes, I have it in my house. But once I leave home to go to my wife's work place or down to town, half an hour to either place, no cell service. If I'm driving SE to Texas or Carlsbad, forget it. North to Ruidoso? Nada.

Apple is making their podcast app an increasing exercise in frustration with every iteration. If people want to stream, fine. I want to download apps and music and podcasts when I sync my phone in the morning, and that should be all there is to it. Everything that I've selected should be on the phone at that point, and NOTHING should say 'You have to turn on cellular service to play this podcast.' I DON'T CARE that there are other podcasts that I could stream, I have plenty to listen to and will download those others the next time I sync.

It's driven me to get books on Objective C and Swift and dust off the cobwebs on my C et al skills and roll my own podcast app. Yes, I occasionally look at various iTunes podcast apps in the store, haven't yet found one that did what I want. I'll gladly entertain suggestions for new apps.

about three weeks ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

wwphx Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (217 comments)

Hawaii is a classic case. They took away pot, and crack and meth entered the vacuum. Violent crime skyrocketed.

about three weeks ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

wwphx Re:Citation Please (264 comments)

Thank you for the post! Very interesting stuff.

about a month ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

wwphx Re:No (264 comments)

While the number of guns has increased, the number of households and people with guns have decreased. What you have is a small(ish) group of individuals buying as many guns as they can possibly afford while the broad public sentiment seems to be eschewing gun ownership.

And I have owned probably 20 guns cumulatively and over 10 at the same time at one point. I haven't owned any in over a decade for various reasons. And I don't feel particularly uncomfortable not owning any, though I do miss target and trap & skeet shooting at the range. Still, I have plenty of other entertainments and hobbies to keep me occupied.

about a month ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

wwphx Citation Please (264 comments)

I'm not being sarcastic, I'd just like some more info. It's hard for me to do research myself right now as I had cataract surgery and certain types of computer work can be intensely frustrating.

about a month ago
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Student Bookstores Beware, Amazon Comes To Purdue Campus

wwphx Re:$4-15K/year (95 comments)

I was taking a refresher algebra course at NMSU, not advanced stuff. Used copies of the text were in the campus bookstore at over $100 a pop. Looking up the ISBN on Amazon? Nothing. Turns out that NMSU provided about 10 pages of additional questions at the end of the book, making it unique.

Rat bastards, all of 'em.

about a month ago
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

wwphx Re:Libraries are one thing Amazon is not (165 comments)

Remember the kid who was taking AP English and writing a paper on 1984? Amazon yanked the book because they screwed up their licensing, and the kid lost all his notes that were on his Kindle.

And considering the strong-arming that Amazon is attempting to do with Hachette and did with Time-Warner Video, they definitely ain't no saints.

about a month ago
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

wwphx Re:Libraries are one thing Amazon is not (165 comments)

I'm taking classes in library science right now, and this is a big problem. I remember using a reference online in class that listed all book stores in the world. It's revised every couple of years, I thought it would be pretty cool (dunno why) to own a copy. The new book is over $500 for a physical copy, you can buy the previous edition on Amazon, ex-libris, for $5 or so.

I don't have a problem, per se, with companies wanting to make a profit. But there's a difference between making a profit and gouging for as much money as you can. Libraries never have as much money as they need, and pricing online material like this is going to move them one step closer to extinction for both the companies making the resources and the libraries themselves.

about a month ago
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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

wwphx Re:Libraries are one thing Amazon is not (165 comments)

I had an amazingly weird college book store experience while taking a New Mexico State University class on a military base. I went to the store, on-base, to buy the book for the class. It was a window where you told the worker what class you were taking and they went and got your book. I thought it was maybe because they offered a small number of courses on-base, so they didn't have the room for a big bookstore. Then I take a class in Las Cruces at a large facility: same thing. Zero opportunity to browse shelves and discover new things to learn, something that I loved to do when I lived in Phoenix. New Mexico is a weird place in a lot of ways, but Arizona has gotten even more strange in the last decade.

Today's Dictionary.Com word of the day was 'philology: the love of learning and literature'.

about a month ago

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Shades of Jack Ryan: altering text in eBooks to track pirates

wwphx wwphx writes  |  about a year ago

wwphx (225607) writes "German researchers have created a new DRM feature that changes the text and punctuation of an e-book ever so slightly. Called SiDiM, which Google translates to “secure documents by individual marking,” the changes are unique to each e-book sold. These alterations serve as a digital watermark that can be used to track books that have had any other DRM layers stripped out of them before being shared online. The researchers are hoping the new DRM feature will curb digital piracy by simply making consumers paranoid that they’ll be caught if they share an e-book illicitly.

Seems like I recall reading about this in Tom Clancy's Hunt for Red October when Jack Ryan used this technique to identify someone who was leaking secrets to the Russians. It would be so very difficult for someone to write a little program that, when stripping the DRM, randomized a couple of pieces of punctuation to break the hash that the vendor is storing along with the sales record of the individual book."

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New Orleans mayor tries to end video surveillance

wwphx wwphx writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wwphx (225607) writes ""In seven years, New Orleans' crime camera program has yielded six indictments: three for crimes caught on video and three for bribes and kickbacks a vendor is accused of paying a former city official to sell the cameras to City Hall." On October 14, Mayor Mitch Landrieu "announced his proposal to scratch the program from the city budget. The budget requires City Council approval." No word on whether or not the 2011 budget has been approved.

In 2004, it was claimed that a test deployment of the cameras resulted in a 57% reduction in murders in a public housing development, turns out the sample size was ridiculously skewed. It's nice to see a major municipality abandon them, it would be fantastic to see somewhere like London dump 'em. They say that in London you will be photographed over 200 times a day on surveillance cameras."

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Update: TSA withdraws subpeonas against bloggers

wwphx wwphx writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wwphx (225607) writes ""In the wake of public outcry against the Transportation Security Administration for serving civil subpoenas on two bloggers, the government agency has canceled the legal action and apologized for the strong-arm tactics agents used."

This is an update to http://news.slashdot.org/story/09/12/31/1417212/TSA-Subpoenas-Bloggers-Over-New-Security-Directive?art_pos=19"

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wwphx wwphx writes  |  more than 7 years ago

wwphx (225607) writes "As a result of the GoDaddy nastiness and our domain registrar bash, I created my newest domain at NearlyFreeSpeech.net. My annual contract is coming up with my current hosting service, and I just found out that they may be going out of business, so I need a new host. I'm looking for a linux-based host that offers cPanel, PHP, MySQL, the Fantastico suite, 10 gig of transfer (I rarely use more than 1) and 500 meg of storage for a reasonable price (OK, cheap price: $5 a month or less). I'm running four or five domains now and near future. I've looked for hosting comparisons that run down the features, but what I've found isn't really useful or adequate. I'm also wanting a host that "does no evil". Any suggestions?"

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