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Mar. 21st, 2010 01:08 am
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I'm posting this from the no longer entirely crippled, entirely free software Ubuntu installation on my previously dead desktop machine. Yay! It's pretty. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sdemory for the tip. Easiest install ever, excluding Mac OSX. I did have to install the Nvidia drivers, which (a) warned me that they're proprietary and (b) required an admin password. So, just barely more complex than reinstalling an OS on a Mac. Barely. Very happy!

Now to figure out how to get Japanese going on it.
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Gartner forecasts phones overtaking PCs as most common web browsing device by 2013 -- Engadget:
and that by as soon as 2012, 20% of businesses will "own no IT assets" -- meaning that employees would be using their own personal computer, and that the businesses themselves would be relying on cloud-based services.

seen on /.

Sep. 29th, 2009 01:15 pm
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Slashdot IT Story | Bad PC Sales Staff Exposed:
Q: What's the difference between a computer salesman and a used car salesman?
A: The used car salesman knows when he is lying.
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Luckless Predator Only Attracted to Undercover Cops | Threat Level | Wired.com:
By Kevin Poulsen Email Author |  August 14, 2009 | 2:51 pm |

It’s official. There’s nobody in the chat rooms but pedophiles and undercover police.

On Thursday, a federal appeals court upheld the conviction of an Indiana man whose online efforts to proposition underage girls led him to not one, not two, but three undercover cops, none of whom apparently knew about the others.

The case began in August 2006, when aspiring sexual predator James Daniel started an online conversation with Amanda_13, a fake 13-year-old girl voiced by Sergeant Richard Howard of the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.

After several highly explicit chats, Daniel asked Amanda_13 to meet him at a park in Valparaiso, Indiana, to have sex. When he showed up, he was arrested for inducing an individual under 18 to engage in criminal sexual activity.

When Secret Service agents searched Daniel’s computer, they found logs of chats with two other apparent minors, who described themselves as 13 and 15 years old, respectively. Federal prosecutors introduced the chats at Daniel’s trial as evidence of his perverted motives.

Supposedly, it was only after Daniel was convicted that the feds realized that one of those girls, daisy13_Indiana, was also a cop working the very same Secret Service operation. They informed Daniel’s attorney, who appealed on the grounds that the government improperly withheld information that would have proven entrapment.

The case became even more bizarre when the three-judge appellate panel reviewing the conviction saw the screen name of the third supposed teenager, blonddt, and recognized it from an earlier case.

“To our surprise, the government was unaware until this panel told it at oral argument that the other screen name, blonddt, was also an officer from the Indiana operation,” wrote Judge Diane Wood (.pdf) on Thursday.

Despite the prosecutorial missteps, the panel upheld Daniel’s conviction, ruling that the additional chat logs still showed his intent to commit a crime. Daniel is serving a sentence of 17-and-a-half years in prison, followed by supervised release for life.

There’s no evidence in the record that he ever succeeded in talking with a real underage girl.

squEee!

Aug. 27th, 2008 02:42 pm
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ASUS | Eee PC: I'm seriously thinking about getting one of these for email/web use around the house. The Wife loves the little Panasonic Let's Note r4 which work provided to me, but it's work's machine, not mine -- and by extension "not hers."

Do any of you have an opinion on these little buggers, or suggestion of alternatives for similar functionality?

Edit: xposted to [livejournal.com profile] tech_support
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This sounds like it was taken from a horror novel:
to eliminate spectral leakage at the expense of widening the main lobe
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I just KNEW there was more music in my iPod than I was hearing! Despite clearly setting preferences to be as random as possible, I kept hearing the same songs over and over. So I made a new Smart Playlist which contains only songs which haven't been played in the last two weeks, and it auto-updates every time I sync my iPod.

Now I'm hearing the other half of my library. Woooooot!
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This has got to be one of the most bullshit pieces of fearmongering, wrong-headed tripe I have read outside of a Bush presidency State of the Union transcription:
Wi-Fi piggybacking widespread: Sophos has revealed new research into the use of other people's Wi-Fi networks to piggyback onto the internet without payment. The research shows that 54 percent of computer users have admitted breaking the law, by using someone else's wireless internet access without permission.

According to Sophos, many internet-enabled homes fail to properly secure their wireless connection properly with passwords and encryption, allowing freeloading passers-by and neighbours to steal internet access rather than paying an internet service provider (ISP) for their own. In addition, while businesses often have security measures in place to protect the Wi-Fi networks within their offices from attack, Sophos experts note that remote users working from home could prove to be a weak link in corporate defences.

Stealing Wi-Fi internet access may feel like a victimless crime, but it deprives ISPs of revenue. remaining claptrap )
Sharing is not a crime; if I have a phone and am entitled to limitless free local calls, and if I choose to let my neighbor come over and make free local calls whenever they want, or even give them a satellite phone so they can use it without bothering me, that's not a crime. As for the EULA, I'd be hard pressed to believe it would hold up in a court.

I lock up my computers, but not my WLAN. I'm willing to let people use my WLAN as long as no-one goes crazy-abusive on it.

Edit: Apparently this is an IT security blog in the UK, where accessing a wifi network without permission is illegal. This is not /generally/ illegal in the USA, though there have been exceptions (see commments).

of note

Sep. 28th, 2007 10:48 am
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Habbo designer doesn't see online communities on consoles // GamesIndustry.biz:
As for Sony's Home, Haro echoed Daniel James' comment that it is "a world with a USD 600 entry ticket." He isn't sure how many PlayStation 3 owners are the type of people who will be interested in this virtual community and, personally, it didn't appeal to him.
"At least in the demo I saw, it was this pretty clean Sony world," Haro remarked. "You're able to buy a virtual Bravia television that does not break. That's kind of funny, in some sense, but a bit too clean."
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Pandora blocked non-US IP Addresses (except Canada and the UK); I briefly got it back with TOR, an IP spoofer.

Then TOR "upgraded" and I've not been able to get it to work since then.

Last.fm told me today that it needed to "upgrade," so I did that and now it won't play music, only track my played CDs. And it's in Japanese, with no clear way to put it back to English UI. And when I say "clear" I mean that the Options (preferences) doesn't show it in any tab, as well as no language directories in the application itself. That's the method for overriding local language settings in iTunes or Nvu or Inkscape - go in and find the language directories, then change the name of Japanese's directory so it defaults back to English. HIGH TECH! GAH!

I WILL NEVER UPGRADE ANYTHING AGAIN. fuck this futchar.
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I had... storage issues with MS Word as well as our asset management application at work yesterday, which started me off cleaning. And then I couldn't stop.
  • work Inbox
  • work mail DMZ which has been languorously loitering for an embarrassingly long time
    (note: this hack works with a messy desktop just as well)
  • work HDD
    • deleted heaps of music that I have on my iPod
    • deleted movies that i've been telling myself that I'd watch -- for the past two years
    • deleted completed, archived project files
    • consolidated remaining media into one location
  • home iTunes Library, because there were a heap of duplicate files; i had over 300MB of them, apparently due to the way I'd transferred my library from previous machines and backups - here's a neat trick to get rid of them, from my friend K
  • home external HDD (to make space for the iTunes stuff, above)
  • Xbox Live messages folder
  • did the dishes
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A Crash Course in Classroom Jargon:Crunch time: Part of a game where the result is still yet to be determined, characterized by extreme pressure. In business, a time when each decision is critical to the final success or failure of an operation.
I never would have guessed this came from sports. I would have assumed it came from the feeling that you were about to be crushed, or "crunch" as in "sit-up" because they're painful and not fun.
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Print on both sides of the paper (duplex printing) - Word - Microsoft Office Online:
You can also use the following procedure to set up your printer for manual duplex printing:

1. On the File menu, click Print.
2. In the lower-left corner of the Print dialog box, in the Print box, click Odd pages.
3. Click OK.
4. After the odd pages are printed, flip the stack of pages over, and then in the Print dialog box, click Even pages.
5. Click OK.

Note Depending on the printer model, you might have to turn and reorder the pages to print the other side of the stack.
Wicked Cool: Microsoft Word tip: Printing in reverse order:
Depending on how your printer works, there's a good chance that when you print a big document in Word, the pages end up in reverse order (with page 1 at the bottom of the pile). You have to then go through and put all the pages in correct order....big pain!

I'm here to relieve you of that pain! You can reverse the order the pages print. No more fussing when it's done printing!!

Here's how:

1. From the "File" menu, choose "Print"
2. Click the "Options" button at the bottom.
3. Check the "Reverse print order" box.
4. Click "OK".
5. Click "OK" again, and you'll print in reverse order!
Or alternately, on the "Print" dialog box, there's a "Print" pull-down menu just above "Options..." Select print Odd. Then reload the paper, and on the next "Print" dialog, hit "Options..." and reverse printing order of Even pages (or Print in Reverse Order which is also on this "Options..." dialog, probably making it accidentally possible to reverse one's reversal, and cause mucho confusion). Sorry the text may not correspond exactly to US-English versions of MS Word.

Now to see if this works in Adobe Acrobat; I've got a PDF of Zantabulous Zorceror of Zo waiting to be print-on-my-own-immediate-demand.
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These images are all generated automatically from a single image. I have waking nightmares where I'm living in a world where everything has been reconstituted in a manner similar to these structures. Like the end of A.I. gone even more wrong. They creep me out.

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