Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


Forgot your password?
For the out-of-band Slashdot experience (mostly headlines), follow us on Twitter, or Facebook. ×

Comment: Sorry to be the sad one (Score 1) 458 458

by Zaffle (#34313524) Attached to: Order of importance if disaster strikes?
My order is Others, Family, Self.

I look after others, then I look after my family, then I look after myself. My family know how to look after themselves, and I can trust that they will be ok in a disaster.

They know that I am a first responder, and therefore if I am at home at the time disaster strikes, it'll be a quick reverse check (do I have my balls? is everyone else ok? out the door I go). My data is backed up offsite. My possessions are insured, and I didn't marry a useless SO who can't look after herself.

Comment: Trackpad (Score 2, Interesting) 159 159

by Zaffle (#32886040) Attached to: BlackBerry Tablet Confirmed, Supports Flash
Of course, in the tradition of blackberry, the device will be a tablet with a keyboard, and won't have a touch screen. Fortunately they will instead use the new trackpad, instead of the trackball. Blackberry don't have a good record with touchscreen... In fact, its pretty atrocious. People forget, the touchscreen is what makes a device. This is why iPhone, iPad, etc are so popular, Apple have nailed the touchscreen. (btw - in case anyone accuses me of otherwise - Avid blackberry user, hate the iPhone, love the blackberry, but I call it like it is - Apple ownz touchscreens).

Comment: Re:Time to move away from your Americianisms (Score 1) 676 676

by Zaffle (#31352980) Attached to: What is the ambient temperature in your office?

God I hope all Europeans don't do arithmetic as poorly as you.

54% (as I write this) voted Fahrenheit, and assuming the thermostat wars are split by the same margin, another roughly 3% voted Fahrenheit.

Stats change, originally my statement was correct. Still, even with 57 vs 43, its still high enough for my statement to stand, stop with the backwards Americanisms.

Comment: Re:Time to move away from your Americianisms (Score 1) 676 676

by Zaffle (#31352958) Attached to: What is the ambient temperature in your office?

We will treat you well, so long as you start using metric, and spelling colour correctly. It'd also help if you spelt Celsius correctly too.

Don't you hate it when that happens?

spelt /sp'elt/

  1. Spelt is a past tense and past participle form of spell.Britain

Comment: Time to move away from your Americianisms (Score 1) 676 676

by Zaffle (#31338858) Attached to: What is the ambient temperature in your office?

I think that, given the current results, with Celsius being the highest response by far, its time for Slashdot to embrace your new found international overlords.

We will treat you well, so long as you start using metric, and spelling colour correctly. It'd also help if you spelt Celsius correctly too.

The tables have turned, and I believe this shows clear evidence that Slashdot is an international community. I mean, really, how hard would it have been to include equivalent temperatures in the list too?


Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331 331

Posted by samzenpus
from the snack-is-going-to-be-on-the-floor-today dept.
Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

Comment: Re:Use your head and quit your bitching. (Score 1) 1007 1007

by Zaffle (#30056362) Attached to: Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?

Bottom line is if you never tell anyone that your base password starts with p455W0rd, then I don't think having a personalize system of 2+ characters to distinguish which system the password is for, and another 2+ characters to allow to reoccurring password changes would make your password any less secure, with the benefit of making them easier to remember. For extra security, add some ! _ - @ % etc characters to break up the 3 parts to your password. i.e. p455W0rd#02!01

Hi, please sign up for a system that I run, where I log every users IP, PTR record, username, full name, DOB, etc, etc, and PASSWORD to a nice database. Now I can begin work on cracking your other passwords.

I wish people would stop thinking that the systems you log in to are secure. This especially bad with the users who have one standard password, or the mysecret-slashdot. The ones who use apples01, apples02 are rarely better. Your system just adds a little bit more complexity.

I'm sorry, the only way to deal with the multitude of passwords today, given there is no wide-spread smartcard deployment, is a secure encrypted password DB stored on a portable eletronic device (eg phone, ipod touch, palm, etc, etc), and use the autogen password tool to generate new passwords.

Comment: Wrong, in many ways (Score 5, Insightful) 338 338

by Zaffle (#28567721) Attached to: HTML Tags For Academic Printing?

What you want (being able to define pages) is wrong in many many ways.

You should, as an authoring tool, never define a page, or its dimensions, especially academic works, which will be printed in different formats, on different paper (A4/Letter/Tradeback/etc/etc)

At most, whatever markup you have, many define things like page breaks, but even then, they are more a typesetting issue.

What you want is either LaTeX or DocBook.

Comment: Re:When Will the Average Consumer Learn? (Score 1) 311 311

by Zaffle (#28414769) Attached to: Kindle, Zune DRM Restrictions Coming Into Focus

I just read that the Earth is spherical. Can you point me to a precedent? If you don't do my homework for me I'll just DIE!

Actually, its not, well, not exactly spherical, and yes, I'll do your homework (though if you are older than 12, your teacher should shoot you for using Wikipedia as a reference) -

(Hint - All wiki facts should be referenced, check the reference and quote it instead!)

Comment: Re:How much is your time worth (Score 1) 837 837

by Zaffle (#27736151) Attached to: Handmade vs. Commercially Produced Ethernet Cables

Oy vei! Does anybody use T568A these days? I thought that was pretty much phased out?

Wikipedia answers:

TIA/EIA-568-B specifies that horizontal cables should be terminated using the T568A pin/pair assignments, "or, optionally, per [T568B] if necessary to accommodate certain 8-pin cabling systems." Despite this instruction, many organizations continue to implement T568B for various reasons, chiefly associated with tradition (T568B is equivalent to AT&T 258A). The United States National Communication Systems Federal Telecommunications Recommendations do not recognize T568B.

Eg - you are old and out of date - T568A is the correct, current standard.


+ - Skype Stole My Credit

Submitted by
Syphtor writes: "Recently found out that after 180 days if I don't use some of my Skype Credit (which I paid for), I lose it. They don't refund it, they keep the money. I've logged my complaints with Skype, and am hopeful of getting it back, but it does raise the question for these kind of 'buy credit' businesses. How long is reasonable for them to keep your credit open? 180 days? I think that's bad, obviously Skype disagrees."

Real Users know your home telephone number.