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Comment: Re:So what? (Score 0) 944

by Old Grey Beard (#45784253) Attached to: 60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

> You do realize that the colour spectrum of LEDs is a solved problem, right?

But that doesn't mean MY problem is solved. It's not clear to me I'll be able to find a bulb of the right size with all the features, such as 50-100-150 3-way, good color spectrum, dimmability etc.

Imagine all the Yahoos at Home Depot who will tell you this or that bulb will work for whatever purpose you specify, when in fact they're just following their training: sell first and leave the returns for the insensitive clods at the returns desk.

Comment: Re:but how much IO can they do?? (Score 1) 272

by Old Grey Beard (#42427979) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Easiest Way To Consolidate Household Media?

As an aside, does anyone know if there exists a software package that lets you perform securely encrypted incremental remote backups?

I have EaseUS Todo Backup and it looks like it can do all that, but it costs money (~$30) and probably only runs on Windows. I've got a Linksys Slug with 3TB storage and use EaseUS for weekly full and nightly differential backups. But I don't use encryption...hmm, I wonder why?

Security

+ - 'Stuxnet-like' Malware Hits Manufacturing Industries in Iran->

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Iranian officials on Tuesday said that a “Stuxnet-like” cyber attack against hit some industrial units in a southern province.
"A virus had penetrated some manufacturing industries in Hormuzgan province, but its progress was halted," Ali Akbar Akhavan said, quoted by the ISNA news agency.

Akhavan said the malware was "Stuxnet-like" but did not elaborate and that the attack had occurred over the "past few months." One of the targets of the latest attack was the Bandar Abbas Tavanir Co, which oversees electricity production and distribution in Hormuzgan and adjacent provinces. He also accused "enemies" of constantly seeking to disrupt operations at Iran's industrial units through cyber attacks, without specifying how much damage had been caused.

Iran has blamed the US and Israel for cyber attacks in the past. In April, it said a voracious malware attack had hit computers running key parts of its oil sector and succeeded in wiping data off official servers."

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Android

+ - Dell Gives up on Android, Doubles Down on Windows 8->

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hugheseyau writes ""Dell vice chairman Jeff Clarke made a less than shocking announcement at this year’s Dell World Conference in Austin. The company is officially giving up on Android phones and tablets. ... So if Dell is giving up on Android, what comes next? The company claims its doubling down on Windows 8, and the enterprise market.""
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+ - Missing e-mail

Submitted by Antony-Kyre
Antony-Kyre (807195) writes "Since Microsoft hasn’t been of any help, I’m asking Slashdot. Ever since they switched from the previous look to that “Outlook” look in Hotmail, I haven’t received any spam. This isn’t spam I block. This is spam I’m collecting that I’d like to eventually report and/or investigate (long story). It’s been days now (not opening any messages to check the last time I received e-mail), and I don’t know what to do. I usually expect perhaps dozens a week, but unless a spam network was recently taken down, I figure Hotmail is blocking e-mail at its source. Has anyone else been having similar problems?"

Comment: Re:The short list. (Score 1) 102

by Old Grey Beard (#41950521) Attached to: MOOC Mania

Very nice list.

I'd like to propose home schooling aids. No, home schooling is not new. What is new is the large amount of help now available for parents who are willing and able to teach their own kids.

Also: education vouchers, where parents can choose to send their children to schools outside their district.

Both of these are politically charged innovations that try to address some problems with American education. So was Brown. Not everybody needs to approve of an innovation for it to have an impact.

Comment: Re:To bad that non college education does not resp (Score 1) 102

by Old Grey Beard (#41949773) Attached to: MOOC Mania

[...] My point? Shakespeare possibly would get marks on his paper in a modern school for 'bad spelling.' The nattering pedants who fuss excessively about spelling are a modern phenomenon.[...]

I suspect if Shakespeare knew he had a standard to follow, he most likely would have followed it and only gotten good marks. Especially with the spelling correctors available today.

Comment: Re:Use a tiny PC (Score 1) 434

by Old Grey Beard (#40724555) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Storing Items In a Sealed Chest For 25 Years?

IIRC, tiny PCs use a single 1GB DRAM chip soldered (not socketed) to the mainboard. You might want to toss in a few carefully-wrapped spares. And a soldering iron if you're really concerned.

If everybody knows there's a PC with Linux / USB / SATA then you've got a good storage standard all can adhere to.

Comment: Re:It's like this. (Score 1) 878

by Old Grey Beard (#40594641) Attached to: Does Grammar Matter Anymore?
Thank you for some much-needed levity.

I didn't see Grammar Nazis when I read this article. I misread "gaffes" as "giraffes", and thus pictured that "grammar gaffes have invaded the office", which is quite an amusing thought when you try to envision it, especially the commotion when they walk in through the lobby yelling at everyone who ends a sentence with a preposition. My grammar giraffes might have been German nonetheless though because they were wearing kaiser helmets and spoke with a German accent. Come to think of it, now when I picture them they're wearing Nazi armbands around their legs and are sentencing office workers who confuse "lose" and "loose" to labor camps where they'll toil in the sun picking acacia leaves.

Except giraffes can't speak, except for grunts and the like ... so you can't fault their grammar.

Comment: Re:They're just like other students. (Score 1) 265

by Old Grey Beard (#40439003) Attached to: Teaching Natural Sciences To Social Science Students?
Forty years ago I was in much the same position. One day, after the lecture (I dunno, chi-square maybe) a student came up and wanted to know what the formula was. I explained how there wasn't a standalone formula, this was a procedure that involved several formulas...but understanding the whole procedure was required.

To make a long story short, he didn't get it. I don't know how many other students didn't get it either; they seem to think the course was all about regurgitating formulas. Maybe that's the psych students' view of math.

Maybe I was just a lousy teacher, but I got high ratings from the class after the semester, so that seems unlikely.

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