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Comment: Re:It's about time (Score 1) 408

by geert (#45595427) Attached to: Death to the Trapezoid... Next USB Connector Will Be Reversible

I've had a customer that said their new printer wouldn't work.
The issue:
The USB type A cable was plugged in upside down.....
I was able to yank the cable out and flip it, but then got usb protocol errors.
So, I got the printer up via its network port.
The customer was a marine. Anyone else I think wouldn't have enough strength to force it in upside down like that.

Nah, a long time ago at work, a contractor destroyed all four USB ports on a 20000 EUR Sun workstation by trying to insert a USB connector. If it doesn't work in the first port, use more force. It that still fails, try the next port. Only when you run out of ports, ask for help...

Comment: Re:Microsoft will pull back (Score 1) 426

by geert (#44874059) Attached to: With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs

> Typing? You can't be serious.
> How do i even do that with my mouse?

You find the character you want to type, move the mouse over it while pressing the left mouse button. This is called the "copy" step.
Then you press the middle mouse button, and the character will appear magically! This is called the "paste" step.
Repeat for all characters you want to type.
Copy and paste a long empty line afterwards and the command will be executed!

Comment: same (Score 2) 440

by geert (#41206341) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I De-Dupe a System With 4.2 Million Files?

I used this to keep all versions of the Linux kernel source tree on my computer, with identical files hardlinked together to reduce storage space.
Both diff (blazing fast "diff -purN ") and patch handle hard links, so this was very workable.
It can be slow and take quite some memory (only 128 MiB-1 GiB in those days), but guess 16 GiB of RAM should handle 4 million files fine, as this is about the same order of magnitude as the few hundred kernel source trees I had lying around.

After git arrived, it was faster to just use git.


Child Abuse Verdict Held Back By MS Word Glitch 191

Posted by samzenpus
from the messy-verdict dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Last week several defendants including one high-profile TV presenter were sentenced in Portugal in what has been known as the Casa Pia scandal. The judges delivered on September 3 a summary of the 2000-page verdict, which would be disclosed in full only three days later. The disclosure of the full verdict has been postponed from September 8 to a yet-to-be-announced date, allegedly because the full document was written in several MS Word files which, when merged together, retained 'computer related annotations which should not be present in any legal document.' (Google translated article.) Microsoft specialists were called in to help the judges sort out the 'text formatting glitch,' while the defendants and their lawyers eagerly wait to access the full text of the verdict."

The Real 'Stuff White People Like' 286

Posted by samzenpus
from the taking-a-closer-look dept.
Here's an interesting and funny look at 526,000 OkCupid users, divided into groups by race and gender and all the the things each groups says it likes or is interested in. While it is far from being definitive, the groupings give a glimpse of what makes each culture unique. According to the results, white men like nothing better than Tom Clancy, Van Halen, and golfing.

Big Brother In the School Cafeteria? 425

Posted by samzenpus
from the getting-an-A-in-cafeteria dept.
AustinSlacker writes "An Iowa school district's lunch program asks children as young as 5 years old to memorize a four-digit PIN code so it can monitor what they eat in the school cafeteria - prompting some parents to claim it's an unhealthy case of 'Big Brother.' An over reaction by parents or an unnecessary invasion of privacy?"

Anti-Product Placement For Negative Branding 130

Posted by samzenpus
from the touch-of-death dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Product placement to promote your brand just isn't enough any more. These days, apparently, some companies are resorting to anti-product placement in order to get competitors' products in the hands of 'anti-stars.' The key example being Snooki from Jersey Shore, who supposedly is being sent handbags by companies... but the bags being sent are of competitors' handbags as a way to avoid Snooki carrying their own handbag, and thus potentially damaging their brand."
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PS3 Hacked via USB Dongle 337

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the dongle-this dept.
dlove67 writes " reports that the first PS3 modchip has been tested and confirmed to be working. Running off of a USB dongle, it appears to be relatively user friendly and claims to not void your warranty. Online gameplay works (at least for the time being). It's been a long time coming; cheers to the PS Jailbreak Guys." The video is attached below if you're curious. Can't help but point out that this wouldn't have happened if Sony hadn't decided to yank the Boot Other OS option.

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