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Facebook Data Miner Will Shock You

zaren Re:link (164 comments)

The "password hacking attempt" at the bottom of the page had me concerned for a moment, but after seeing that it was just iterating common words found on my FB page with random l33tsp34k, I stopped worrying. I liked how they labeled one of my best friends (best man at my wedding) and my god daughter as stalking targets. I wasn't that impressed with the site.

about 5 months ago
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Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

zaren Re:If you had a hard drive, you aren't old (587 comments)

My first machine had memory measured in K...

Wait, I'm thinking about my Mac 512ke. That was actually my second computer. My FIRST computer was a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A. That had 16K of memory, and a cassette deck for storage.

I has an old.

about a year ago
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DHS Can Seize Your Electronics Within 100 Mi.of US Border, Says DHS

zaren Re:Check out the map. (597 comments)

Thank you for this information. I was looking for a way to see how much of Michigan was covered... and now I see that the entire state is affected. Guess it's time to spread the word :p

about a year and a half ago
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New Mac Trojan Installs Silently, No Password Required

zaren Re:but it's never been seen in the wild (300 comments)

Maybe you should look closer at the part about it being a proof of concept bug created by the antivirus company that's reporting it? This makes at least the second time in recent time that this company has done this - go out of their way to come up with an exploit, and then dump a press release to warn everyone about it and brag about how they were the first to update their antivirus software to combat it.

Actually, this company's been sending up false flags on the Mac side since at least 2004 - see http://daringfireball.net/2004/04/crying_wolf - so I wouldn't trust them any farther than I could comfortably spit out a rat.

more than 2 years ago
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Ann Arbor Schools Want $45M For Tech, Partly For Computers To Run Google Docs

zaren Re:eMacs? (248 comments)

Wow. I was part of the team that installed these machines back in 2005. I'm shocked that they're still in service. They were dinosaurs years ago. Obsolete hardware, no way to run current software, like web browsers - yes, I said browsers. This is PowerPC hardware in those eMacs. Nobody writes plug-in or browsers to support that architecture any more. And if they're doing any sort of networked storage, they have to pull the PowerPC-based (and no longer supported) XServes as well... gonna be spendy.

more than 2 years ago
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15-Year-Old Boy Fitted With Robotic Heart

zaren Re:25 years is permanent? (241 comments)

Yes, I believe you missed the part where the disease he has causes the muscles in his body to stop working. It's a fairly safe bet the muscles that work his lungs or digestive system... or pretty much any other part of his body... will stop working before this heart fails. Someone with this disease is "lucky" to make it to twenty.

more than 3 years ago
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When the Senate Tried To Ban Dial Telephones

zaren Re:Ban dial up noise (506 comments)

There are still a lot of people that use dialup - 30 million, by one study I found (heck, my parents were still dialing into AOL until this year), and it's still a recognized symbol of "going online". That sound won't be going away for quite a while.

about 4 years ago
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Google CEO Schmidt Predicts End of Online Anonymity

zaren Re:Fuck the doomed (591 comments)

"You can't expect everyone to have working technical knowledge in cryptographic systems and anonymity."

At this stage of the game, why would they have to have that knowledge? PGP was almost point-and-click easy ten years ago. With all the captchas and logins and general interface fluffery folks have to deal with these days online, how much more troublesome would it be to incorporate a key generator into the process of creating a new account somewhere?

more than 4 years ago
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BP's Final "Top Kill" Procedure For Gulf Oil Spill

zaren Re:Worst environmental accident EVER (593 comments)

Localized problem? Maybe now, long after the fact, but at the time...

"Four hundred times more radioactive material was released than had been by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The fallout was detected over all of Europe except for the Iberian Peninsula"

-- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster

And as for the worst disaster ever...

"The suck-and-salvage technique was developed in desperation across the Arabian Gulf following a spill of mammoth proportions -- 700 million gallons -- that has until now gone unreported, as Saudi Arabia is a closed society, and its oil company, Saudi Aramco, remains owned by the House of Saud. But in 1993 and into '94, with four leaking tankers and two gushing wells, the royal family had an environmental disaster nearly sixty-five times the size of Exxon Valdez on its hands..."

-- http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/gulf-oil-spill-supertankers-051310

Which doesn't mean this isn't the worst disaster the Western Hemisphere has seen, which is very likely will be by the time it's done.

more than 4 years ago
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Simple, Free Web Remote PC Control?

zaren Re:LogMeIn (454 comments)

I came here to suggest LogMeIn. I can't get Back To My Mac to work from behind my router, but LogMeIn works like a charm.

more than 4 years ago
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E-book readers ...

zaren "other" readers (503 comments)

Earlier this year, i was using an old greyscale Palm PIlot I borrowed from work as a reader. I got through several Cory Doctorow books on it, as well as several other books. I think I broke the down button on the thing, in fact.

Now, I have an iPod Touch, with four different book and pdf readers on it... and I haven't really read anything on it yet. Too busy with the videos and the email and the games and stuff. The Palm was really useless to me for anything except book reading. There's something to be aid for specialized devices, after all.

about 5 years ago
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Checked out from the library right now, I've got ...

zaren Overdue fines (369 comments)

I've got about $10 in overdue fines - a fair amount from when I stupidly let my kids check out books on my card - so they won't let me back to check more stuff out until I pay some of that off.

more than 5 years ago
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The Twitter Book

zaren Re:And what could be more pointless than Twitter? (88 comments)

The people you DON'T follow make it interesting, too. Thanks to my mindless personal ramblings on Twitter that other people found, I have learned about, among other things:

o Where to buy a good digeridoo
o Modern-day old-school radio plays being performed in Britain
o The benefits of acupuncture over chiropracters

I have also won a $25 Amazon gift card thanks to Twitter, and gotten a free cell phone upgrade (from my provider's support contact) as well!

I used to have the same complaints about Facebook that others have about Twitter. Just like any other service on the Internet, Twitter is what you make of it.

more than 5 years ago
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Even Dirtier IT Jobs

zaren I did this (175 comments)

For a month or so, I did this as a temp job. My job consisted of manually logging into a server every two hours and manually running a command to gather log files, and then another to send those files to a second server. I honestly have no idea what kind of system I was logging into, I just know that I was told they were unable to automate the process, so there needed to be a warm body to run the commands. For that, I got to sit in a windowless basement data closet with no access to TV, radio, or open Internet. At least it was a paycheck, and I got to catch up on some reading, writing, and sleep.

more than 5 years ago
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How do you get to work?

zaren Wishing for option 2 (887 comments)

I'd take a bus to work in a heartbeat. I'd much rather someone else drive, but the nearest bus stop to where I live is already halfway to work. It's only about 12 miles to work driving, so by that point, I might as well drive the rest of the way.

more than 5 years ago

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Gambling banned from Second Life

zaren zaren writes  |  more than 7 years ago

zaren writes "As posted today on Linden Lab's blog, as of July 25th, 2007, any activities in Second Life that "rely on chance or random number generation to determine a winner, OR... rely on the outcome of real-life organized sporting events" are forbidden. That means no more virtual gambling of any kind, no casinos, no nothing. In addition, the change in policy includes threats to delete user items and turn information about violators of the policy over to "authorites and financial institutions"."
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New new toy

zaren zaren writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Okay, so I got the headphones, and I wasn't all that impressed with the range, and the full ear covers bothered me after eight hours. So I went and moved up a notch and ordered a Jensen transmitter system.

I'm simply stunned by the range on these things. I use them at work, and where the big clunky set wouldn't send a signal to the next cubicle, the Jensen set will send a signal downstairs and down the hall into the bathroom (yes, I don't bother taking them off). I was even able to pick up a signal most of the way to the next building where I work. Very very nifty system.

I can even plug them in at home and pick up a decent signal anywhere in my yard, which was one of the reasons I wanted wireless in the first place. No more chintzy little 32 meg Rio for me while I'm doing yard work, now I get to listen to streaming J-pop while I work!

Oh, cheap plug time - I finally went and opened a premium store at CafePress, so stop by and have a look around. The major bonus to this is that I can have all my stores better organized, and I don't have to manually cross-link them all to each other.

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Shiny new toy coming

zaren zaren writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I have no clue why I'm mentioning this here, but...

I'm getting a set of wireless headphones :)

For $10 + $7 shipping, I'm getting an RCA wireless set from an eBay power seller. I was looking at something from SpectraVox that's basically a converter kit - you plug whatever audio component you want into the belt-clippable receiver - for $50, just so I could use earbuds instead of the big over-the-head phones, but this was too good a deal to pass up.

If they work out well, I could get another pair for home and still pay less than for the other "converter" kit :) The idea for this first set is to use them at work, since I'm tired of being tethered to my iBook by a short leash to listen to my mp3s at the proper volume. Or, I could decide I don't like the big RCA set and get the Jensen set anyway; guess I'll have to see how it goes.

I should note that this purchase is being funded by my personal toy fund.

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Bah, new Apple goodness

zaren zaren writes  |  more than 11 years ago

So we all know the keynote was Tuesday, and a pile of nifty Apple goodness spilled out into our laps. I'm liking the iLife integration thing, but there's just one problem:

I can't really use it all properly.

Right now, I'm typing on my work-provided iBook 600 (running OS X), while my feet are propped up on the desk that's holding my desktop G3/233 with a G4 / 400 upgrade (running OS 9). All the iLife stuff is OS X only, and my desktop machine simply refuses to accept an OS X install. I do iMovie (and Photoshop, and UT) on the desktop, because it runs stuff so much smoother than the iBook - better video, Altivec, etc. The problem is, Steve's left my desktop for dead, as have the developers. This leaves me with two options at the moment - well, three: do even more personal stuff on the company laptop, blow off the new iApps and make due with iMovie 2 and no functional iTunes on my personal machine, or hack the living bejeezus out of the G3G4 to try and get OS X running on it.

*sigh* The burdens of being a fiscally responsible father and husband... I *could* order a new G4 tower in a heartbeat - the credit cards could easily cover the expense - but then I'd get to deal with the wrath of the missuz for the next eleventeen years. If only some more people would be willing to hit my cafepress pages and buy something... I could start to sock away some money to put towards a new machine :)

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zaren zaren writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Okay, maybe I'm getting into this slashdot thing too much, but I just discovered the depth of this whole friend / foe thing (I've got fans? l33t!), so I figured I might as well dump something into the journal space and really get into it. No witticisms, nothing profound, just a "Ooh, what does *this* button do?"

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