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+ - Smartphones For Text SSH Use -- Revisited Again

Submitted by Kainaw
Kainaw (676073) writes "This was asked in 2005 and 2008. I think it should be revisited yet again...

With iPhone, Android, and Windows smartphones running around, which (if any) of them are well-suited to Unix/Linux server administration on the run? SSH is a must. A good screen resolution. A physical keyboard won't block the screen with a virtual keyboard. Many physical keyboards omit the numeric keys now, making the typing of numbers rather difficult. Nearly every smartphone has WiFi capability now. Some will do an X display through SSH tunnelling. So, pushing through all the bells and whistles that have nothing to do with effective server administration, what is left?"

Comment: Does everything except what you want to do (Score 3, Informative) 92

by Kainaw (#29281081) Attached to: PS3-Compatible Phone Coming in October

Remote "play" is a misnomer. You cannot "play". The same thing already exists with the PSP. You can poke around your PS3 remotely, but can't play games (and you can't even watch a DVD or BluRay movie). If Sony wants to push this, they need to turn Remote Play into Remote PLAY, not Remote Browse. Then, they have a market. You still working on Ziamat on FFXII and need to take a bathroom break? Grab your phone (or PSP) and continue playing remotely. No problem.

Comment: Cocoa is not chocolate (Score 4, Informative) 158

by Kainaw (#28798561) Attached to: Want to Eat Chocolate Every Day For a Year?

The study actually uses extremely bitter cocoa powder, not sweet and tasty chocolate. The study is on the antioxidants in the cocoa powder. When sweetened, the antioxidants are destroyed. So, you have to choke down a nasty bitter powder every morning. Not something most people are willing to do.

Comment: Re:Understanding efficiency (Score 1) 365

by Kainaw (#28784193) Attached to: Visualizing False Positives In Broad Screening

You are making some wild and crazy assumptions there. Suppose there is a test - something as simple as a metal detector - that flagged 10% of the people. If the light on this test turns red, the person deviates from the main line of people and walks through a second detector that costs a little more to run. Also, being a second detector, it would create a second bottleneck if everyone had to walk through it. This second detector only flags 10% of the 10% that go through it. So, the "more expensive" and "more intrusive" test isn't what you are assuming it to be. It is not a complete strip search. If the second test flags a person, then the person goes to a more precise test. This continues by only expending security where it is needed.

It is also a wild and crazy assumption that walking through a detector 10 times will cause it to pop positive at least once. I have never ever caused a metal detector to go off. I fly very often. I work in a secure building. I do a lot of government contract work in other government buildings. So, I figure that I walk through metal detectors at least 20 times a week. A friend of mine had them go off on him a lot. They would baton him and let him go. He finally checked into it and found that his tie clip would set it off if it was oriented just right. So, he tossed out the tie clip and hasn't set one off since. If you trigger the terrorist test, you should ask why. Once you know why, you can decide if it is worth changing. It could be something as simple as replacing a tie clip.

Comment: Understanding efficiency (Score 1) 365

by Kainaw (#28781019) Attached to: Visualizing False Positives In Broad Screening

Better yet, how can efficiency be explained to wannabe nerds? If a test is very fast, non-intrusive, and cheap with a 90% accuracy, it is a great test. Those 10% may be sent to a further test that is longer, more intrusive, and more expensive with a 99.999999999% accuracy. This applies throughout testing of all kinds. There is no reason screening for terrorists should be a magical area of testing separate from the rules that govern all other areas of testing.

Comment: This is an old patent application (Score 1) 188

by Kainaw (#27060563) Attached to: Collaborative Map-Reduce In the Browser

I'm sorry, but isn't this practically identical to the patent application to use javascript to treat browsers as distributed clients to perform a job like a distributed super computer? The patent application is at

Comment: It is documented by Westinghouse (Score 1) 147

by Kainaw (#26775139) Attached to: DAM Pops Energy Star's Bubble

I just purchased a Westinghouse television and it is documented, rather well, how to set the television to use less than 1 watt of power in standby. It includes a warning that this is not set as factory default because it takes up to 10 seconds for the television to turn on when in the low-watt standby mode - far too long for most people to wait.

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Journal: Sony PS3 unSupport

Journal by Kainaw

Ever needed to use Sony's PS3 Support? I sure hope not. A month ago, I showed my wife "Little Big Planet." It seemed like a good game to play for a while. We brought it home. We played it right away and it was fun. The next day, it wouldn't play. I put the disk in, but nothing happened. I put in another game. Nothing. I put in a DVD. Nothing. I put in a CD. Nothing. Obviously, there was something wrong with the CD/DVD reader. So, I rushed to my file cabinet of receipts.

Comment: Re:Finally - Common Sense! (Score 2, Insightful) 116

by Kainaw (#25122813) Attached to: EU Patent Staff Go On Strike

The bad verbage of patents is not necessarily the patent writer's fault. When I tried to submit a patent, it came back three times demanding that I rewrite it until it made no sense. Then, it was denied because I used the phrase "A person may use..." instead of "A person can use...". In patent-speak, the word "may" means "may not". So, I applied for a patent for an idea that people may not use.


+ - Comcast Blocking

Submitted by Kainaw
Kainaw (676073) writes "For well over a week, I have not been able to access from home (where I use Comcast high-speed Internet). I can access it from work easily. I thought it was a blip for a few days, but then started asking around. Nobody here can access through Comcast. I've called and emailed them in the morning and evening for the last three days and I haven't received any worthwhile response. They just tell me to unplug my modem and plug it back in. So, now I'm thinking about the current push by companies like Comcast to charge for preferred Internet service. Is this the first step — blocking Linux sites to push out those "free software" freaks who demand an equal Internet for all?"
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Journal: Why is Slashdot so Anti-China?

Journal by Kainaw

Every time anyone writes any article about how terrible China is, Slashdot is quick to post it. Woohoo!!! China is evil!!! Everyone look!!!

Now, the Chinese government has drastically cut back on Internet censorship. Wikipedia - a hellhole of free thought - isn't being censored at all. You can read about it on Google News or on Digg. Can you see it here on Slashdot? Of course not. It doesn't make China look evil enough. How pathetic.

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Journal: WebPad

Journal by Kainaw

What happens when I'm bored at work? I go back to failed projects I've worked on to see if I can get them to work. Just in time for New Years, I got WebPad working. It is not a replacement for wikipedia. It is a one-person online notepad for random notes that you can organize like wikipedia. Need a new page? Just add a link to an existing page and click on it. Now, I need to work on the regular expressions. It will b

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Journal: Desktop Webpage Attempt

Journal by Kainaw

I've been playing around with having the content of my webpage delivered in different styles since I first stuck a few lines of HTML together and viewed it with my Mosaic browser on my Amiga. I used server-side includes back then. Now, I use a combination of PHP, JavaScript, and CSS.

IBM Advanced Systems Group -- a bunch of mindless jerks, who'll be first against the wall when the revolution comes... -- with regrets to D. Adams