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Comment: One file tree under / (Score 1) 329

by Hattmannen (#48831549) Attached to: Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files
And that's one reason I don't like the structure of *nix file systems.
One false move and you can erase everything you have plugged into your system, including, but not limited to, all your hard drives, external hard drives, network mounts, memory cards, USB sticks etc.
Sure, there's a good chance you can recover the lost data, but rebuilding a file system on one disk is painful enough, let alone all of your disks plus your NAS and it's even worse if just some of the files had their records deleted. At least in my experience.

Comment: Refinement of previously demonstrated tech? (Score 1) 99

This sound very much like a continuation and refinement of technology demonstrated a few years back that could identify mosquitoes and differentiate between males and females to only zap the females.
I remember seeing this TED talk some time back where they had constructed a working rig. At least working under laboratory conditions. Is that the precursor of this?

+ - How to protect your USB-key?

Submitted by SessionExpired
SessionExpired (642030) writes "I just lost my keychain, with house keys and USB-key. On the USB-key was files that describe who I am, what I do and where I live: all the things you need to break into my house and ruin my life. That must never happen again. My best idea is to put a ReadMe with the contact email (not more), in case it gets lost, and then use an encrypted volume. But can I be sure to open the volume everywhere? What format is best? Along those lines: is PDF password protection the same in Acrobat Reader, FoxIt, Preview etc I have removed password from PDF files (just because they annoyed me)."

+ - First Swedish CC-licensed movie hits TPB->

Submitted by Hattmannen
Hattmannen (658936) writes "Cory Doctorow over at Boing Boing tells us about the first ever Creative Commons-licensed, feature-length movie to come out from Sweden. It's called Nasty Old People and premiered yesterday at The Pirate Bay.
The story:

"Member of a neo-Nazi gang, her day job is to take care of four crazy old people that all are just waiting to die. Her life becomes a journey into a burlesque fairytale, where the rules of the game are created by Mette herself. Mette is indifferent about her way of life, until she one night assaults a man, kicking him senseless. Waking up the day after, she realizes that something is wrong, and in company with the her crazy oldies she longs for respect and love. She can tell that the old folks are marginalized by the modern society, but together they create a world and a voice of their own."


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+ - An Electron Microscope for Your Home?->

Submitted by CuteSteveJobs
CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "Could Microscopy be in for a new golden age? Wired previews the desktop-sized Hitachi TM-100 Electron Microscope. Light microscopes can magnify up to 400X (1,000X albeit at lower quality) — just enough to see bacteria as shapes — but this one offers 20X to 10,000X giving some amazing pictures. Unlike traditional electron microscopes, this one plugs into a domestic power socket and specimens don't need any special preparation; It's point-and-shoot much like your typical digital camera. So easy, a grade-schooler could use it and earlier this year that's what happened: The kids at Iwanuma Elementary School in Miyagi, Japan got their own electron microscope. At $60,000 you'll have to give up on the BMW, but the hope is with economy of scale (so far 1,000 have sold) and miniaturization the price will continue to drop. The only bad news? It runs XP."
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+ - Large Hadron Collider Scientist Arrested 1

Submitted by mindbrane
mindbrane (1548037) writes "A scientist working as a subcontractor on a peripheral LHC project has been arrested as a terrorist. The CBC is running a story outlining the arrest of a man on Thursday in south-east France for suspected al-Qaeda links. "CERN officials said the man, whose name has not been revealed, was working under contract with an outside institute and said he had no contact with anything that could have been used for terrorism. He had been at CERN since 2003, officials said."

"The news that someone with terrorist connections might have worked at the facility is likely to cause concern because of both the high profile of the giant physics experiment and also the technology in use, which has made some members of the public nervous."

"Before it started in September 2008, the particle collider drew protests from Europeans worried it would trigger a disaster, with some scenarios suggesting the accelerator would create a black hole that would swallow the Earth. Physicists and CERN officials dismissed the concerns, with the LHC project leader saying in 2008, "Obviously, the world will not end when the LHC switches on.""

Other than sabotage of the LHC and the creation of a world destroying black hole, the arrest begs the question what possible collateral damage could a terrorist achieve?"

Comment: Thought I was the only one to think this way... (Score 1) 1040

by Damnshock (#29628457) Attached to: Did Chicago Lose Olympic Bid Due To US Passport Control?

As I can see by the comments made here, I realize I'm not alone in thinking that the border control in the USA is outrageous and insulting. It happens that I recently visited the States (in fact, Chicago) and I was pretty close to not want to get into the country and flight back to Barcelona (Spain) just because of the way they were treating me and the way I was feeling: am I a thief, a terrorist?

I've been to the States three times, and every single one of them I've had to get to to Homeland Security and explain the reason of my trip. Once was because I was staying too long! I was visiting a friend and staying at her house for 7weeks which, apparently was not right :S

The last time, my mum had a lighter in the suitcase. They told us she couldn't keep it. Why? Because it was rechargeable... wtf?? Am I not allowed to get 100ml into bottles on the plain? Why not a lighter?

I don't even wanna talk about the fact that they have the *right* to break through your baggage even if that means they have to break it! ARGGG it happened this to me on this very trip! And I could not protest!

Well, I think I made my point...

It'll probably take a long time to me to get back to the states, there are plenty of places to get where I'll be treated properly ( note: I'm not talking about the american citiziens themselves, who happen to be very welcoming and friendly).


Comment: Oh did they really? (Score 1) 104

by Hattmannen (#29628453) Attached to: 50 Years of the Twilight Zone
Sorry to be nitpicking here but:

'You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into... the Twilight Zone.'

Is not what the intro to my first episode says... I wasn'a around at the time, and YouTube stated it was down for maintenance when I was going to check the link.
The intro to the first episode (1959) that I watched says:

'You're traveling through another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wonderous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. At the sign-post up ahead, your next stop - The Twilight Zone'

I guess there may have been alternate intros though...

Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars, and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order. -- Jeffrey Honig