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Book Review: The Human Division

yourexhalekiss Re:Two movies come to mind (115 comments)

I've seen both of those movies, and I just finished The Human Division just yesterday. The movies are great, and the book is good, but the book itself and TFA aren't related to the movies really at all. They could be, but Scalzi chooses to treat the CDF warriors as modified humans, rather than a different species entirely.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On Stand-Up Desks?

yourexhalekiss Height-adjustable desks (347 comments)

The desks at my work are on hydraulics, so they can be raised or lowered at will. It's great to be able to raise your desk and stand for a while after sitting for a couple hours, but I wouldn't want to have to be forced to stand all the time.

The desks get high enough that I can push my high-backed office chair underneath it, and low enough to get probably two feet or so off the ground. It's a great compromise between having to sit or stand the entire day.

about 2 years ago

Korean Artist's Intentionally Useless Satellite To Launch This December

yourexhalekiss Re:Can the U.S. military target it immediately? (151 comments)

Oh come on. I can't imagine that this $400 "satellite" has a propulsion system of any kind. It will deorbit in months if not weeks, and burn up on reentry in to the atmosphere. This satellite isn't going to be space junk.

more than 2 years ago

Gubernatorial Candidate Wants to Sell Speeding Passes for $25

yourexhalekiss Re:proportional to boring (825 comments)

The speed limit is 75 most of the way through Nebraska on I-80. :-)

about 4 years ago

Apple Announces New iPods, iTunes 10, Social Network, AppleTV

yourexhalekiss Re:OSX or IOS only (579 comments)

Indeed, here's a photo of someone using their Android phone to watch the keynote.

about 4 years ago

A delicious steak should be ...

yourexhalekiss Re:Still alive (763 comments)

Charcoal-grill is the best way to cook a steak.

Hank Hill disagrees with you. :-)

more than 4 years ago

New Linux Petabyte-Scale Distributed File System

yourexhalekiss Re:Totally not ripped from a webcomic... (132 comments)

"Do you have support for smooth, full-screen Flash video yet?"

Frankly, that's Adobe's fault, not ours.

more than 4 years ago

The Fruit Fly Drosophila Gets a New Name

yourexhalekiss Re:50% of the species I have memorized (136 comments)

Here's an easy one for you: Turdus migratorius, or the American Robin. I learned that one when I was like 5, and remembered it solely because it had the word "Turd" in it. :-)

more than 4 years ago

Half-Male, Half-Female Fowl Explain Birds' Sex Determination

yourexhalekiss Re:Hurray! (117 comments)

There should be a "bad puns" mod option...

more than 4 years ago

Aussie Attorney General Says Gamers Are Scarier Than Biker Gangs

yourexhalekiss Re:Even scarier - both (409 comments)

Thank you, Xzibit.

more than 4 years ago

8% of Your DNA Comes From a Virus

yourexhalekiss Re:Ob. Matrix quote (478 comments)

This is actually quite similar what happens in the Hyperion books, except with nanotech instead of viruses.

more than 4 years ago

Ex-Astronaut Developing Plasma Rocket To Revitalize NASA

yourexhalekiss Videos don't work (277 comments)

No idea why, but the video page linked in the summary totally kills my Kubuntu box. Had to do a hard restart, twice, until I finally just decided to try not watching the videos. :-(

more than 4 years ago

Parallel Processing For Cardiac Simulations Using an Xbox 360

yourexhalekiss Why not the PS3? (101 comments)

I thought everyone used the PS3 for this sort of off-the-shelf supercomputer thing.

about 5 years ago

Console Makers Scaling Back Their Push For HD

yourexhalekiss Re:Hmm (221 comments)

Sure... but the 1600x1200 of 1999-2000 is 1920x1200 or higher these days.

about 5 years ago

Dell Says High Linux Netbook Returns a "Non-Issue"

yourexhalekiss Re:in your face microsoft! (324 comments)

According to Dell, and TFA, Linux netbooks don't have high returns vs. windows netbooks.

more than 5 years ago

Can We Build a Human Brain Into a Microchip?

yourexhalekiss Re:How about the converse (598 comments)

Don't forget that it's your anniversary too. :-)

more than 5 years ago

US Declares Public Health Emergency Over Swine Flu

yourexhalekiss Re:GERMS ARE GOOD..... (695 comments)

When we kill germs with powerful disinfectants, we eliminate the chances of allowing our immune system to strengthen itself. I see commercials for cleaners that kiil 99.9% of bacteria, commercials for disinfectants aimed at parents using children as an excuse for sanitizing everything they touch so they don't get a cold.

The more we continue to push for stricter standards, and the increased sanitization of our homes, workplaces, and restaurants, the weaker our immune systems will get, and the more deadly previously harmless germs will become.


All I can say is "I told you so.".

I agree with your premise - people aren't dirty enough these days, and it's bad for them. However, this is a virus, not a "germ". Disinfectants like the ones you describe do not work against viruses, and will neither help nor hinder the spread of the swine flu virus.

more than 5 years ago

Privacy In BitTorrent By Hiding In the Crowd

yourexhalekiss "Little Brother" come to life (240 comments)

It seems like more and more of Cory Doctorow's book "Little Brother" is coming to life. In relation to this article, see chaff.

more than 5 years ago

Violent Video Games Can Improve Vision

yourexhalekiss Re:same game, different maps? (205 comments)

Unreal Tournament 2004 is very bright. It has fantastic lighting - eye strain is never an issue.

more than 5 years ago

Google Engineers Say IPv6 Is Easy, Not Expensive

yourexhalekiss Easy, sure... (233 comments)

Sure, it's easy if you work for Google. :-(

more than 5 years ago



Time-based Internet Blocking Software for Linux?

yourexhalekiss yourexhalekiss writes  |  more than 6 years ago

yourexhalekiss writes "I'm a student, and while I use my laptop to take notes, do homework and brief cases, I find that I'm much more productive when I don't read Slashdot or otherwise screw around on the internet while I'm trying to study.

Unfortunately, I find myself much more efficient with my notetaking and everything when I do use my laptop: I use basKet Notepads to manage everything, and it works great. I can type much faster than I can write in longhand, and being able to cut/copy/paste large sections of text is invaluable for me. Furthermore, my professors often assign 8-10 page cases in PDF format: it's great to be able to search for particular words or phrases in them, which means that printing them out and taking them with me isn't very practical. I think that continuing to use a computer for note-taking is too important for me not to do.

My question is: Do you guys know of an easily-configurable "Internet blocker" that I could install on my linux notebook? If I could block myself from the internet for a couple hours at a time, I think I could get a lot more done.

(I mostly study at school using the free wi-fi, so I'm not really looking for a server-based option like blocking my MAC address or internal LAN IP address from accessing port 80 on the router level, for example.)

Does Slashdot have any suggestions that don't include prescriptions for anti-ADD medication?

P.S. Obviously, self-motivation is my problem here more than anything else, but I think that a software solution could help in the short term."

Laptop Anti-theft Software Options for Linux

yourexhalekiss yourexhalekiss writes  |  more than 7 years ago

yourexhalekiss writes "I'm going back to school this fall, and I run GNU/Linux on my laptop. With school being what it is, I want to keep my Kubuntu-powered System76 Darter Ultra as safe as it can be. Checking through SourceForge and Freshmeat, I can't find a single laptop theft-prevention or tracking program that works with GNU/Linux and has published code.

What do other people use to protect their non-Windows or Mac laptops, and how effective is it?"

yourexhalekiss yourexhalekiss writes  |  more than 7 years ago

yourexhalekiss writes "I recently signed up for a website hosting plan from a relatively well-known host. After about a month or so of use, I've discovered that I'm using approximately 0.5 gigabyte of bandwidth per month, or 0.5% of my total monthly allowance. Are there open source projects out there that could benefit from my donated bandwidth? I know everyone needs mirrors for one thing or another, but how do I know who needs content mirrored, and what's the best way to get in touch with them? Is there some sort of online clearinghouse for donated bandwidth, or open source projects that rely on donated bandwidth to operate?"


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