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Comment Re:Well, that's embarrassing (Score 1) 469

I dimly recall another documentary about fake antiquities, biblical in nature, coming out of the same area as the box did in your Wikipedia link. I seem to recall that there was some investigation into a master forger who was pushing works out through unsuspecting dealers? One item was a box (I'm not sure if that's the same one) but there were more of them that were being questioned. I think the conclusion was that they did not really know but there were some pretty big indicators that they *might* have been forged. I think, in the documentary, someone went to prison for a long time (they take this stuff serious it seems) but it was for different charges?

I really should start trying to remember the names of all these documentaries. *sighs* The thing is that I watch them for light learning and amusement and not as a rigorous study or anything so I tend to forget all the names, details, etc... It probably doesn't help that I used to drink a great deal and watched many of them while I was drunk.

Thanks for the links. I may return with more questions - I'm off to read the first two links.

Comment Re:Push it upstream? (Score 1) 8

You do have a point. I'm really not sure what to think of SystemD. It has not negatively impacted me... Yet... It seems like it was adopted quickly - I'd heard about it one day and the next it was in the majority of distros. Well, not quite like that but you get the general idea.

I am kind of interested in what the response would be if you pushed it upstream. I'd expect it to be declined but how and with what message might be telling.

Comment Re:thats entirely bullshit (Score 1) 469

LOL I've never read the book but I would expect they're quite a fruitcake by now. I can not prove it but I strongly suspect that I have been influenced from all the hallucinogens I've consumed. My brain often works in odd ways and I follow some rather strange thoughts to non-obvious conclusions. It has its benefits and I don't think I'd be like this otherwise but, at the same time, I have some strange memory issues. I can remember stuff just fine but I have to make a conscious effort to remember them.

If I read a book I'll have forgotten the title and author just a few days later - yet I can recount specific passages pretty much verbatim because they were interesting and I decided to hold on to that. Then, say a movie, I'll have completely forgotten the majority of the movie but I'll remember what I ate during the movie, who I was with, and I might even remember the date and time. On the other hand, if you ask what I ate yesterday I may have to pause and think about it before responding.

I'd not say that they're necessarily harmful but I'd say that abuse can be harmful or have strange effects on you or at least that's my experience and what others have shared with me. I think moderation is key if one is going to opt to use them. I can't say one is better than the other but I'd probably suggest staying away from the research chemicals.

Finally, I don't think there's such a thing as a bad trip - they're just more interesting. Once you get on the ride you can't get off so go into it with that mindset and I've not seen anyone do more than freak for a little while though I am usually happiest when I trip alone or with just a few other people.

Comment Re:At how many kbps? (Score 1) 49

That's unfortunate. I am actually kind of surprised that there's no native client to convert the files to work with HTML5 out there. It seems like it would be a bit of work but not impossible. I'd expect Adobe to make and market the hell out of that product so as to keep their hand in with the inevitable end of Flash. I doubt Flash will end, entirely, for a very long time but I expect them to announce an EOL at some point and just give it up. Maybe they'll open source it but that seems really unlikely.

Comment Re:Well, that's embarrassing (Score 1) 469

Do you know anything more about what to search for if I'm curious about the scraping process? I'm assuming this must be hide based.

As for your forgery story - I recall something very similar or perhaps the same story. I seem to recall that they were supposedly stealing the paper from old manuscripts at a library or private book collection but nobody figured out how they made the ink? If that's the same story then I'm vaguely familiar with it. I think it involved a monastery in Germany or some such.

I'm not sure how they'd go about testing just the ink without destroying the document. I guess, if it's on some hide (I still haven't read the article or looked into it deeply except to skim a link someone posted) then maybe they could separate a small amount from the hide assuming it hasn't been bound with the hide entirely but I'm not sure how accurate that could even be. That and, well, from what I've seen they seem to require quite a bit of material to do carbon testing.

It will be interesting to see where this goes. I'm guessing that this is a popular subject and will get some attention. I'm not sure how there can be more testing though - at least not the ink in and of itself and without destroying the document. Maybe there's some spillage in an unused section and they can remove that for testing?

Also, I think your memory is correct. The scholars seemed to think (again, a documentary or two on Islam) that the Koran was written not long after his death but not while he was alive. Your mention of a generation seems likely and I think the scholars had mentioned him living to be in his mid-60s.

Comment Re:I run a WISP. No. (Score 1) 120

There's a company that does this in rural Maine, neat looking receivers but I've not done any investigation. They did not provision my area when I paid ComTel to run the lines, add a CO, and hook myself (and a few others on the route and one beyond my home) with DSL. It was expensive but I believe I got a fair price. The speed is good enough (I'm slated for 10 but average 13 Mb/sec) and my neighbor chipped in to get the last mile done to his house though he would have been able to get the service anyhow even if he hadn't paid.

What's even more impressive is that I started at 5 and have steadily increased though I've never had to pay more for my service and I have three separate connections - each with a static IP address that seemingly only gets cycled when I call and ask them to change it. It's owned by Fairpoint now but they've done a decent job up here, so far. They also have a strange habit of sending me new routers on a regular basis. I'm not sure why.

Comment Re:Short answer? (Score 1) 120

Yup. If what I've read is correct then that's the reason. There are fewer hops but the overall throughput is less. This does not matter much because the overall traffic volume, while frequent, is not a great deal at once. I read an article that went into this pretty deep and explained HFT a bit while they were at it. I don't remember the name of the article but I think it was either Business Insider or Wired??? It may have been WSJ I guess but I don't think it was actually.

Ah well, the information is out there. I guess the folks provisioning these are making decent money but I'd not want to be a tech there if there's an outage. I wonder what the SLAs are and the penalties are?

Comment Re:Short answer? (Score 1) 120

I think there was an article about someone researching and doing point-to-point networking with a laser which is, I suppose, wireless but I don't think the research went anywhere and I don't think it is really a good answer to the question. Then again, this is Slashdot... Do we give good answers here?

Comment Re:F%^k these stupid polls (Score 1) 49

Is there anything you do not get outraged about if it doesn't go exactly as you want? Do you scream vulgarities at people who give you free stuff often?

"You jackass bastard fucktwits! The $5 bill you gave me for nothing is not pre-folded exactly how I prefer it! This is IMPORTANT!!!"

It will be great when school is back in session. That should be coming right up.

Comment Re:How to migrate away? (Score 1) 49

Homestar Runner's content is up at YouTube now as well as on their site. I still get the "Where you Goin' To" song stuck in my head once in a while. It could be worse, I suppose. I've had far worse songs stuck in there. It's even worse when it's a song that you don't even like.

For whatever reason certain, my browser of choice (Opera) doesn't do well with HTML5 at times - at least not in the beta version. I don't generally use the stable build. They recently moved over and forked Chromium so I'm pretty forgiving but this means that I keep Firefox and/or Chromium handy so that I can access stuff on the rare occasions where it doesn't load in Opera. I'm willing to wait until it improves, they've been a fantastic company for a very long time.

I'm pretty browser agnostic, I guess, and I don't really rely on much in the way of Flash though I end up using at Hulu from time to time. It's usually all blocked anyhow so I don't think I am missing much.

Also, there's no CowboyNeal option and I find that disappointing. I enjoy voting for the option with his name in it. There should have at least been an option, "When CowboyNeal stops using Flash, I'll stop using Flash." So I went with the I'm skeptical option because we've been ringing the bell for years and it's still here.

I don't prefer to use it but, alas, it's there. It's just one more thing for me to keep up to date, block, and configure. I kind of like to not install the Pepper version and to keep the regular version. Then I don't see it in Opera (they use pepperflashplugin-nonfree) but I can open it in Firefox if I actually want to see the content.

Ah well... It will, eventually, go away but that's likely to take a long time because there's just so much content in Flash and people seem to like them. I'd pop some popcorn and see if the show gets interesting. Adobe's provided us with all sorts of quality entertainment. It should be interesting to see them fight to keep Flash alive but I think users will keep it alive for them for the time being.

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