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Comment: Make your own case (Score 1) 141

by dchamp (#43887305) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Portable High-Resolution External Displays?

Get an inexpensive LCD screen (about $140 at Newegg), I have a slightly older version of this Asus 21" 1920 x 1080 LCD back-light monitor, works great and is fairly light weight:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236100

Make a case with some foam padding and cloth that won't scratch the screen. Maybe something like a Pelican case (the monitor above is about 15" x 20").

Looks like there is a Hackerspace in Austin. Go visit them and maybe they will be able to help you hack something together.

http://atxhs.org/wiki/Main_Page

Comment: Some favorites... (Score 1) 1244

by dchamp (#39271491) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

Some of my favorites;
Guy Gavriel Kay - Fionavar trilogy, Tigana - top notch fantasy. He helped edit Tolkien's The Silmarillion, and his writing reflects a lot of Tolkien's influence.
Timescape - Gregory Benford - the only good science fiction book about time travel I've ever read.
David Brin - the Uplift series
Lord of Light & Roadmarks - Roger Zelazny. Lord of Light should be required reading for any Sci Fi fan.
Hothouse - Brian Aldiss. May be hard to find, I found an old copy in a used book store.
I read a lot of Andre Norton's books as a kid, I especially liked "The Stars are Ours". Her stuff is mostly regarded as young-adult, but very good. I may have to re-read it some day. I've also been meaning to read her Beastmaster series, I understand it's much different than the bad movie / tv adaptations.

Comment: Re:Too much denial (Score 1) 244

by dchamp (#31337600) Attached to: Matt Asay Answers Your Questions About Ubuntu and Canonical

I would agree that the Kubuntu / KDE experience is not that great, which is a shame.

My usual desktop Linux distro, Mandriva with KDE, has much better KDE integration than Kubuntu.

As many have pointed out, KDE seems to be pulling ahead of Gnome, and the KDE / QT library is much more portable to other platforms.

I hope that KDE gets pulled into the main Ubuntu stream soon!

Comment: sad... have a pluto platter. (Score 2, Interesting) 89

by dchamp (#31131414) Attached to: Father of the Frisbee Dies At 90

That's sad.

I have a Wham-O Pluto Platter I found in the attic of my Grandpa's house - it's not the original Bakelite Morrison Pluto Platter, but the plastic version, looks very similar. Mine says "WHAM-O" on the top, but the word "Frisbee" is not on it, from what I can tell mine was made in 1957.

Comment: Re:How does it compare to Ubuntu? (Score 1) 267

by dchamp (#29995234) Attached to: Mandriva Linux 2010 Is Finally Out

That's not true.

There is the One edition, which is a single CD, meant to be run as a live CD, or can be installed.

There is also the Free edition, which comes as a DVD, or as multiple CD's. It has to be installed to run it. It doesn't contain any proprietary drivers or software, but you can choose to install them - i.e. you will be prompted to install either the free nv driver, or proprietary nVidia driver.

The 3rd option is PowerPack, which you have to pay for, which contains proprietary drivers and software - i.e. a commercially licensed DVD player.

There are other commercial versions available for firewall, enterprise servers etc. Check it out yourself!

http://blog.mandriva.com/2009/11/04/mandriva-linux-2010-is-out/

http://www2.mandriva.com/downloads/

Comment: Re:Outperform? (Score 1) 457

by dchamp (#28788145) Attached to: MIT Electric Car May Outperform Rival Gas Models

But your RX8 gets what... 18mpg, on a good day? I've driven them, and seen what they can do in an autocross, impressive performance, but the MPG absolutely sucks.

I had a Honda S2000, very similar performance specs, but I could get 27mpg in daily driving. I don't understand why anyone puts up with the MPG of the RX8. 18mpg is 60's muscle car territory.

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Bitterness To Be Classified As a Mental Illness 511

Posted by samzenpus
from the that-should-fix-everything dept.
Some psychiatrists are trying to get excessive bitterness identified as a mental illness named post-traumatic embitterment disorder. Of course this has some people who live perfect little lives, and always get what they want, questioning the new classification. The so called "disorder" is modeled after post-traumatic stress disorder because it too is a response to a trauma that endures. "They feel the world has treated them unfairly. It's one step more complex than anger. They're angry plus helpless," says Dr. Michael Linden, the psychiatrist who put a name to how the world works.

Comment: Mandriva Pulse2? (Score 1) 904

by dchamp (#27130975) Attached to: Locking Down Linux Desktops In an Enterprise?

I don't know much about it (other than reading about it on their web site) but Mandriva has an Enterprise desktop management system for both Windows and Linux desktops called Pulse2:

http://www.mandriva.com/enterprise/en/en/products/overview

I'm a long time Mandriva user on desktops, laptop, and servers, but all in a small business or personal environment, and it works well for me... I don't claim to know anything about Enterprise.

Comment: Suhosin, etc... (Score 5, Informative) 195

by dchamp (#26794545) Attached to: Website Security Without Breaking the Bank?

I just got back from a PHP security class, here's a quick overview of what was covered:

- register_globals = off

- Use the Suhosin PHP hardening patch.

- Always filter all of your input for injection attempts. Write a validation class to handle this.

- Use prepared SQL statements, or stored procedures to help avoid sql injections

There are some pretty good articles out there that cover most of these points and more, just google for "PHP security". Take the time to read the articles, they're worth it.

It's really sad that more people don't pay attention to PHP security. The class I took was, as far as I know, the only commercial PHP security class offered in the US this year, and there were only 4 students in attendance.

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