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Comment Local Backup (Score 1) 368

If you're a reader of slashdot, I'm sure you're aware how far a couple of hard drives (internal and external) and off-site storage will go. Tell her to start copying them to a hard drive, upload them to Facebook, but don't delete them. Start this now and then tell her to go back and download her profile as someone in the thread already mentioned. Simple, really, unless I'm missing something in the question.

In the same vein your daughter's question, what about all the meta data attached to the posted picture itself? For example, everyone that is tagged in the photo, the caption of the photo, and the comments that went along with it. Yes, I would rather want the photo than the extraneous information, but I'm sure someday I'm going to have trouble some people are in those images..

Comment Re:Nostalgia ain't what it used to be (Score 1) 539

I miss when a 266 MHz CPU and 64 MB of RAM was enough to do serious work under Linux.

Two things. One, don't even install X or any WMs, just run everything from the command line. Two, your complaint is not exclusively geared towards the operating system itself; the software you run on that OS has also changed in the 15 years since you booted up that old shitbox.

Comment Re:Pulling out my hair. (Score 1) 470

I am trying to weed out the fucking donation link amongst ~*8 links (and maybe ones i dont see) sprinkled and 'beautifully' embedded in the sentences as part of sentences in the summary and articles...why are people doing this ?

I usually do this so that people can understand what the link is about before clicking on it. This is also useful for people that use programs which read aloud the web page. Having a program saying "here" is a link that goes to some URL is a lot less descriptive than "donate to GeoHot" which points to the same URL.

Comment Re:Here's to hoping Expert's Exchange is among the (Score 1) 345

They actually changed that with a recent site revision. If you click the actual link, you won't find any responses or answers, just a box with a link telling you to subscribe now.

Instead, just do what has always worked and use the Google cached link. You might have to look a bit harder to find the accepted solution, but it's there.

Comment Re:Why all the hate? (Score 1) 243

Stable? Just as stable as Tunisia and Egypt right? The only difference is that because Iranians never had that much freedom.

They probably did have enough freedom before the Iranian Revolution. However, what they didn't have was a medium to quickly disperse information that Tunisia and Egypt did.

Comment Re:How sillilly obvious (Score 1) 615

So the answer in this case would still be no. If someone were to find the hardware (aka tool) to read the NASA tapes, it would be put to use.

Tools only die (or become obsolete, rather) if the use for them no longer exist. So once they found the hardware, read the NASA tapes, threw the data onto some modern spinning platters, what of the tape reader? Do they keep it around in case more tapes are found? Do they moth-ball it in some museum storage warehouse? Or do they just salvage working parts and melt the rest?

Also, tool and die in the title, cute =)

Comment Re:Up the gas tax five dollars for passenger vehic (Score 1) 603

If we're serious about Middle East dependencies and carbon footprint, then we need to act serious.

First, I would debate that are not dependent on Middle East oil. Canada and Mexico alone provide the US with about 39% of our crude oil. When you compare that to roughly 20% coming from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Kuwait, I think we're more dependent on the countries we border than any other state.

Comment Re:Yay! (Score 1) 845

TFA:

This isn't the first time Apple has used screws to gain an advantage. Apple had been using 5-point Torx screws for its MacBook Pros, not standard 6-point Torx screws."We did a little bit of research and found out that this particular screw has been patented," Wiens says. "It is illegal to import screwdrivers that can open this screw into the U.S. unless you buy it through Apple's sales channels. Apple sells the screwdriver for $40." (Wiens doesn't know if the Pentalobular screws have been patented.)

I'm not sure how it's illegal to import screwdrivers that can open a patented screw. Would it be illegal to make them state-side too?

Anyways, it looks like they just have to patent the screw and then control the distribution channel for the tools that work on that type of screw.

Comment Re:Define "Open Source" (Score 3, Insightful) 237

When I step back at what he says in the article, it just sounds like there's a bunch of "silos" (communities) that don't share information and he wants to try and connect those silos or bridge those gaps or whatever euphemism suits use these days. I imagine that if he put it as simply as that most people would go "duh" and forget about it. Stating it this way might get some people to look at it a second time and in a different way.

What strikes me as odd is that he wants to ask if the community is willing to share it with the rest of the state. Why would you ask? It's a process that is being used at a different level of the same governing body. Just take their ideas and improve on them. That might be the way to "open source" processes.

My first suggestion would be to borrow something from the Commonwealths of Virginia: use a county-based library system rather than having a tiny library for each suburb or city.

Comment Re:Need a bigger knife (Score 1) 738

While legalizing pot would create a new industry -- and thus, jobs -- where would the formerly incarcerated go for jobs? What about those security guards who watched over the people within the cells?

I do suppose that it would be cheaper for the state to put them on welfare than to pay their salary or contractor.

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