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Comment Re:ksh Version 11/16/88g on SCO 5.0.7 also vunerab (Score 1) 399

I'm sorry, I overstated the issue. The command I typed still only exposes the issue in the bash program, not the ksh program. Setting the x=.... function and then invoking bash is an issue, but if you run: env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' ksh -c "echo this is a test" you don't see vulnerable, I'm sorry for the confusion.

Comment Media Server or Media Player? (Score 1) 420

The original poster was asking for advice concerning media servers, yet most of the comments here have been about players. Personally, I think the need for a media server has largely gone away. Most NAS devices support either DLNA, NFS, SMB, etc., and any media player worth its salt can find sources on the local network and play them. Yes, if you want to be able to transcode on the fly, then Plex makes sense, but how much transcoding is really required these days. My current set up includes: Dlink DNS-325 running firefly that my Roku soundbridges / iTunes clients use for music. Yes, it's old school, but I love the soundbridges. In terms of media players, I use the D-Link boxee box. It's not super fast, but it can use nfs to stream movies from the DNS-325. I would like to run XBMC on it instead, but I'd lose Netflix if I did that.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot - Looking for media import software

cslewis2007 writes: I am facing what I believe is a common problem — I have a variety of media capture devices (iPhones, iPods, iPads, cameras, etc.), that all sync to different computers. I am looking for a program that will allow me to import the media into a consistent file structure (based on when the media was created — using EXIF information). The problem that I have is that each camera's manufacture has their own way of dealing with their device's media — Sony's PMB doesn't import into a 'date-taken' folder, HP's Photo Essential doesn't handle mt2s files, etc.

The problem is compounded when I want to consolidate all the my family's media files into one spot (for backup purposes and for streaming). There are issues such as filename collisions, since different camera's will name their .jpgs the same way. Even with iPhoto, there may be collisions if more than one computer is used to sync, and there may be duplicates (which happens if you charge your iPhone on a mac and accidentally let iphoto import its pictures.

Does anyone know of a great media import program that will deal with the issues I described.

I don't want to use a 'cloud based way', because I want to be able to serve the image, etc. locally on my lan to my monitors, computers, picture frames, etc.

Comment Using SSID to send data (Score 2, Interesting) 165

Has anyone managed to send data using this technique? I realize that the data payload would be very small, but considering how fast you can switch SSIDs I imagine this should be possible. The main advantage is that you wouldn't need to actually assign an IP address to your computer in order to receive data - which should reduce the potential for malicious access. I did a quick google search and didn't find anything under "send data using ssid". Anyone seen something like this? What is the theoretical / practical data throughput? Could multiple routers be used in parallel to increase throughput? (like in the old days of bonding ISDN channels together)

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Replacement for Windows Task Scheduller 1

cslewis2007 writes: I am looking for a replacement to the built in windows task scheduler.

Specifically I want to be able to have the tool track how long a task
runs for and record this information in a database of some sort, so
that I can see over time how long jobs take to run.

Can someone suggest such a tool?

I would prefer to find an off the shelf program rather than having to code something myself.

Comment unintended consequences (Score 0) 449

could we ever have really conceived that this would have been one of the unintended consequences of an implementation of computer science? I know it's somewhat facile, but really, expressing oneself in a virtual digital media would result in persecution and possible incarceration? Is there a way to to fix this? Or is this kind of thing just an inevitable consequence of technology allowing us to express ourselves such that a state can exploit and use that freedom of expression against us? How many degrees of separation is it, I wonder, from Kevin Bacon, to an extended jail term in Thailand?

Comment QNX - schmoo n x (Score 0) 262

Who needs another operating system? RIM had a great run. Even if QNX is the best OS ever (until the next best OS ever), it doesn't change the fact that RIM's infrastructure is proven-ably unscalable and has not evolved. It's too bad, but that's the reality. Who knows what the the next quarter will bring, but I bet that the playbook will be resigned to the dust bin of technology. There is no way, no way, that RIM can supplant the iPad or the Android tablets.

Comment cygwin (Score 0) 226

There are serious licensing issues involved with using cygwin - anything that links to the cygwin1.dll is tainted by the GPL and it's source must be released. You can by a license from RedHat, but it is very expensive. MKS had a competitive product that didn't have the licensing issue (although you had to buy runtimes for each machine or machine instance you wanted to run you app on. Will cygwin even work under Windows 8?

Comment this reminds me of how texting worked in (Score 1) 106

You saw every keystroke that other people were typing in real time. I think there are real advantages, because you anticipate what someone is abou to type and interrupt them in realtime. I think that can save time in some conversations. However, the typos, and the backspaces did become tedious.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe