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Comment: Re:Oh, too much to mention here...but (Score 1) 635

by Lacrocivious Acropho (#47788505) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Kindred soul.

I have an Osbourne, the 801st IBM PC ever built, a Compaq III lunchbox... you get the idea. Clones I built around XT-grade and AT-grade components. Old oscilloscopes used to see if we could detect emissions from nuclear weapons carried on USSR navy ships docked in ports, later adapted for saner uses.

Sitting amongst those piles of what to anyone else would be junk, knowing you built all of it and set it to useful purpose during its time, is ... well. The feeling you describe.

Comment: Re:Punch paper (Score 1) 635

by Lacrocivious Acropho (#47788453) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

I used to be able to read Just-O-Writer paper tape and make corrections for lines in a news story, bypassing regular procedure and cutting in common words with scissors and tape from other stories. This was yellow paper tape about an inch wide with holes punched in each line for one character.

Paper tape would be very difficult for NSA et al to infiltrate ;-)

Comment: Re:IRC (Score 1) 635

by Lacrocivious Acropho (#47788385) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

It is stark evidence of regression mentality that IRC got included in this 'list' in the first place.

Those who use it, in channels that are useful to them, know and understand that IRC remains wheel-like in terms of usefulness that need not be reinvented.

Freenode is an excellent example.

I suspect that those who disparage IRC haven't even the wherewithal to buy clues to understand how so much of the infrastructure and applications built using it, and upon which they depend in the same way that we depend upon breathable air, rely upon IRC channels to develop and maintain those underpinnings.

Comment: Re:Old towers (Score 3, Interesting) 635

by Lacrocivious Acropho (#47788317) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

I do this too.

Some of them actually do have use, for example, if I add a NIC or three and put ClearOS on them to make an actual gateway/firewall/etc so I can put the client's compromised, obsolete, data-theft-oriented, crippled, piece of crap, 'free' end user 'router' (i.e., router-like device in the same sense as a Chicken McNugget bears relation to an actual Chicken) in Bridged Ethernet mode and protect them from an incredible percentage of malware.

It doesn't matter that they 'run like crap'. It isn't possible for the overwhelming majority of end users to ever make those old PCs even break a sweat when the PCs are replacing their 'routers'.

This solution becomes problematic basically in three cases: (1) physical space is at a premium; (2) noise is a problem in living space; and/or (3) power consumption is a huge issue.

Comment: Re:IBM Model M (Score 1) 635

by Lacrocivious Acropho (#47788209) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Mine certainly will. I have thirteen of them, and ten still work.

That said, and as a former typesetter (you may know what that is, but most here won't) who cruised at 120 wpm on a 16-character LED 'display' on typesetting machines, and who loved the Model M as the most perfect approximation of industry-level typesetting keyboard feel and responsiveness... ... try a Logitech K800.

It's a completely different kettle of fish. But I haven't been this pleased with a single component since ... well, I don't remember. The Fractal Design cases are a recent competitor in this category, but before that I can't remember a component that elicited 'pry it loose from my cold dead fingers' lust like the K800 keyboard.

Comment: Recommendation for ClearOS (Score 2) 193

You could do worse than take a look at http://www.clearfoundation.com/ and the community edition of ClearOS.

In my opinion it provides Cisco-like capability on any old PC you have lying around. That old PC almost certainly has more power and capability than any typical end-user-grade router in the $30 to $120 market.

Disclaimer: I have no relationship with ClearFoundation except that of a user since 2003.

Comment: Suggests Meaning, Yet Lacks Any (Score 1) 458

by Lacrocivious Acropho (#44595565) Attached to: My SSID Is...
I use a made-up word that suggests latin and/or greek roots but actually has no meaning whatsoever. It's amazing how simple it is to create such words and discover that people who should know better will pretend to be familiar with them in conversational context, lest they appear ignorant of something they suspect they should have learned in school.
Mars

4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the take-a-look dept.
SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."
Electronic Frontier Foundation

DOJ Often Used Cell Tower Impersonating Devices Without Explicit Warrants 146

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the bending-the-rules dept.
Via the EFF comes news that, during a case involving the use of a Stingray device, the DOJ revealed that it was standard practice to use the devices without explicitly requesting permission in warrants. "When Rigmaiden filed a motion to suppress the Stingray evidence as a warrantless search in violation of the Fourth Amendment, the government responded that this order was a search warrant that authorized the government to use the Stingray. Together with the ACLU of Northern California and the ACLU, we filed an amicus brief in support of Rigmaiden, noting that this 'order' wasn't a search warrant because it was directed towards Verizon, made no mention of an IMSI catcher or Stingray and didn't authorize the government — rather than Verizon — to do anything. Plus to the extent it captured loads of information from other people not suspected of criminal activity it was a 'general warrant,' the precise evil the Fourth Amendment was designed to prevent. ... The emails make clear that U.S. Attorneys in the Northern California were using Stingrays but not informing magistrates of what exactly they were doing. And once the judges got wind of what was actually going on, they were none too pleased:"

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