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Comment: I'd incorporate some kind of audio captcha (Score 1) 79

by chaosdivine69 (#49208793) Attached to: FTC Announces $50k In Prizes For Robocaller Trap Software
This isn't a completely proper solution, but it could be useful: An audio captcha could be handy here as part of a phone answering machine/program/filter app. "Six plus five equals what?" Don't press the right answer number on the telephone dial-pad, call hangs up or goes directly to voice mail. Or make them press a certain number sequence...just randomize the captcha questions and corresponding answer. Not only that, if a call comes through as "unknown caller" via caller ID, then it automatically gets dropped or goes directly to VM but make sure the auto answer message they get says something so these unknown callers get the message "Your call has been filtered since you're blocking caller ID - GOODBYE" click. These things are fairly trivial to program...some inexpensive Arduino type kit (or less powerful and less expensive) could be programmed to do this type of thing fairly easily.

Comment: Re:shame (Score 1) 242

by chaosdivine69 (#48970301) Attached to: RadioShack Near Deal To Sell Half of Its Stores, Close the Rest
Honestly, it could be wise for Alibaba to consider buying/taking over Radio Shack entirely. And then use their storefronts as delivery areas for their crap sold on North Americans grew up with the Radio Shack brand but fell out of love with them over time. Resurrecting the brand with the entire online inventory from Aliexpress would go a long way to bolstering trust in both brands. I don't exactly trust Aliexpress but I DO trust Radio Shack.

Comment: Kill 2 birds with 1 stone (Score 2) 619

by chaosdivine69 (#48970047) Attached to: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Reportedly Paid AdBlock Plus To Unblock
Get rid of Firefox and use Palemoon and then install AdBlock Latitude You'll wonder what all the fuss is about after you wrestle your old UI back from Firefox and have all your ads blocked by a reputable organization (Palemoon) that won't sell out to the dark side like AdBlock Plus did. These two greedy companies need more people to jump ship and make a statement. Do your part. You'll be glad you did.

Comment: Re:Inkscape plays nicely with Inkcut - vinyl cutti (Score 2) 134

by chaosdivine69 (#48949729) Attached to: Inkscape Version 0.91 Released
Sweet! Happy for you and that's great information. By the way, do you use Blender (Free and Open Source 3D and Video editing) too? Here is a sweet tutorial on how to generate 2D artwork (SVG's) from 3D models. if you ever need it. That's the great thing about Blender and Inkscape, there are so many free and great tutorials on the Internet as well as a wonderful community of users you can most likely get an answer from when you get stuck. Something I really want to learn myself is how to run a CNC milling machine (or Plasma cutters) as well as how to 3D print. I mean if you learn Blender, GIMP, Inkscape and Inkcut one can be very versatile and valuable to a lot of companies in a lot of situations. Or like yourself, run your own business.

Comment: Inkscape plays nicely with Inkcut - vinyl cutting (Score 4, Informative) 134

by chaosdivine69 (#48949083) Attached to: Inkscape Version 0.91 Released
Since this is really a slashvertisement I may as well add some more fuel to the fire. If you're already brave enough to use Inkscape as your bread winner, perhaps you've thought about branching out into making signs? If this is the case then you should definitely check out Inkcut Just add a vinyl cutter to the mix and you're rolling. GIMP, Inkscape and Inkcut, all you need to start making signs on the cheap.

Comment: Storage media is only half the battle (Score 1) 251

by chaosdivine69 (#48916581) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?
You might wish to consider using a hard drive cloning tool (drive imager) that makes backups of the entire hard drive (including the OS) to save time and effort. These programs are capable of automatic scheduled backups to make things easier on you. An external USB hard drive is typically the medium of choice for these types of backups since hard drives and USB 3 enclosures are so cheap and portable. Some software versions let you do incremental backups (since the last full backup is made, only files that have changed get backed up) and there is often cloud storage too (which I personally do not trust). Anyhow software like Macrium Reflect (which has a free version and is excellent) or a paid for version like Acronis True Image or others is worth examining. YouTube is full of tutorial videos on how to use these programs but they are very easy to figure out on your own. Now, you will need to make boot medium too (CD/DVD/USB key) too don't forget and it's a good idea to include an ISO image of the boot medium on the storage hard drive too in case you need to create bootable medium once more in a pinch (you lost your original boot medium for example). Why I suggest using these programs is that when restoring after a failure of a hard drive or what have you, it only takes a fraction of the time required to get back up and running to a fully working state (all your programs and customizations are working just how you like them at the time of backup). These programs are capable of restoring file and folder level restoration or entire hard drive contents. Since hard drives are so cheap, saving complete drive images makes sense and you can have several terabytes of data compressed down down into something a lot smaller on the hard drive allowing multiple images to be made (you can even span them over several drives if needed). You can also encrypt them for safety. The only thing iffy about going this route is that OS vendors deprecate their OS's over time (like Microsoft has done with XP) and perhaps the hardware of the future is not able to load the drive images for some reason. But, if you were staying diligent and doing backups at least once a month or more (and keeping your software version current), you'd most likely be fine since you'd be deleting old images and replacing them with current images.

Comment: I saved someone from a rear ender the other day (Score 1) 304

by chaosdivine69 (#48893995) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes
I was stopped in traffic the other day at a light and was watching in my rear view mirror that a big 4x4 truck in the lane next to me was not slowing down at all and was about to smoke the guy in front of him. I have no idea how he could have missed the fact that all 4 lanes of traffic were stopped for the light. I leaned on my horn hardcore and that luckily caught the stopped guy's attention in front of the 4x4 truck and he managed at the last second to get out of the way. It was literally inches separating this guy from a really bad day and maybe even a fire. I felt a little moment of positive Karma after that...good duty of the day.

Comment: Re:Better Question (Score 1) 116

by chaosdivine69 (#48477033) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Drone For $100-$150?

Ya, and risk getting sued up the ass for an errant shot that blinds someone. Trust me, the perp won't be expecting your drone to suddenly fly out from the second story window and fly kamikaze suicide style into his ultra expensive voyeuristic play toy. Besides it will be extremely satisfying to beat someone at their own game since you'll be a drone douchebag too after all.

Comment: At that price point, not much... (Score 5, Informative) 116

by chaosdivine69 (#48476949) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Drone For $100-$150?

You'll be getting crap for $100-150. Sorry, but you will. Now that being said, I have found a Syma x5C from Banggood for $63.51 CAD and has a 2MB camera. and it's not bad for a beginner but it's going to get broken and then you'll be pissed off.

But you should really save your pennies and buy a Cheerson CX20 but it's $368.40 CAD. Here's an entire thread on it from people who know their stuff on RCGroups:

Do your research on this on YouTube and the Internet in general. Read the reviews. This is a pretty serious drone for little cost. You can get gimbals and use GoPro cameras (or SJ4000 type cameras too). Anyhow, good drones aren't to be found for under $300. Save your'll thank me later.

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