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Comment: Re:This guy personifies when NASA had creativity.. (Score 1) 34

by balbus000 (#46535391) Attached to: Jack A. Kinzler, Savior of the Skylab Mission, Dies At 94

I don't normally post about personal things, but this seems like a good place for it. There was another guy like him who passed away recently. My grandfather was an amazing man, and (I like to think) played a very important role in NASA's success. The den at his house is basically a museum of his medals and signed photographs with astronauts and presidents. I loved going through it with him, and I'm going to miss listening to his stories.

Comment: Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (Score 1) 335

by balbus000 (#46533103) Attached to: 1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

So just encrypt your porn before you upload it. problem solved. If I were to use it, I would probably use it for archiving porn. I would prefer rsync but for the average person it would probably be enough to just upload a zip file of last year's porn photos. It would be easy enough to encrypt your porn while you were zipping it.


Comment: Re:No, not those who don't understand... (Score 1) 921

by balbus000 (#46388853) Attached to: Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass
While #2 is escalating the situation, the guys asking you to stop taking pictures with your friends are the douchebags. The proper response to your false dilemma would be to inform the guys "No, I am out with friends in a public location, and we are going to take pictures of ourselves if we want."

Comment: Re:Just gonna say it (Score 1) 320

by balbus000 (#46297657) Attached to: E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male

Going back to something you said earlier:

How the fuck is performance in a fully deterministic computer game more impressive than performance in an infinitely variable real world?

There are a finite number of games of Go possible. At least to my understanding, but I don't know all the rules. There are definitely a finite number of possible moves on a given turn.

I'm not really sure what the argument is with you and the GP. Trying to prove whether e-sports or traditional sports are harder or more impressive? I don't think it's possible to say. When you have humans competing against other humans at something, you're going to see some amazing things. It doesn't matter if it's an e-sport or a traditional sport, or if it's fully deterministic or infinitely variable.

Comment: Re:About beta. (Score 1) 268

by balbus000 (#46186763) Attached to: Fracking Is Draining Water From Areas In US Suffering Major Shortages

Just sent this message to her:

As your profile was linked in a comment on Slashdot, I'm sure you've received many angry messages, so I will keep mine civil and simple.

Slashdot Beta has no usability for the core user group. If Slashdot Beta is implemented, and Slashdot Classic goes away, you will see a significant decrease in visitors. Please don't kill this community.


A concerned /.er

Comment: Re:Classic Slashdot (Score 1) 463

Some ideas:

1) Let's set up a boycott for the day that the beta site becomes the default. No one visits slashdot on that day, even the classic version that's still available.

One whose design is not brain dead and whose management will never become brain dead.

2) Let's take slashcode and set up a site with the moderation system modified so that the top 0.5% or whatever of the pool are eligible for "editor points" as well as "mod points". Editor points would give them the ability to post stories to the front page and edit the summary. The "management" would then come from the community and not be as easily corruptible.

Comment: Re:Use Two-Factor Authentication On Gmail (Score 1) 448

by balbus000 (#46143869) Attached to: Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

I'm sure some people will poke holes in this, but this is what I currently do which works good enough for now:

  • I have a personal gmail address that I only give to people I know and trust.
  • I have the email address displayed above in the form kmcrandom+[COMPANY] that I use for online accounts. I have filters set up to automatically forward this mail to my primary personal address. So you can set up per-site email addresses without a custom domain.
  • For online accounts that don't accept the use of a plus sign, I used the bare kmcrandom@gmail address, and forward email based on the sender domain.
  • Mail that doesn't match either of those is immediately deleted.
  • All forwarded mail is neatly labeled in my primary personal gmail account.
  • I also have two custom domains that I use (very rarely) for professional contacts.

Both gmail accounts have two-factor authentication. I can easily block mail if spam starts coming to one of my assigned addresses. If people start guessing email address (kmcrandom+[GUESSED_COMPANY] and start spamming, I could easily convert them to be kmcrandom+[UNIQUE_HASH_BASED_ON_COMPANY]

Comment: Re:Giving it ANOTHER good try? (Score 1) 223

by balbus000 (#45493953) Attached to: Google Nexus Gets Wireless Charger

I have one of these I bought for my Nexus 4. It worked horribly since the back of the Nexus 4 is glass, and would slide off the angled charger after a few minutes. I completely stopped using it after a couple of weeks of trying to get it to work well.

However, I got a Nexus 5 recently, and since it doesn't have the glass back, I decided to test out the wireless charger again. It works much better, although I really wish Google would allow people to trade in their old wireless chargers for the new design.

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