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Comment for me, this would be (Score 1) 498

files from 1991. The main file tree living in /home/win is the one I started on my first DOS machine and has been transferred to Win3.1, W98, Fedora Core, Debian, Kubuntu. Somehow, it's grown in that time from 20 megs to 200G.

I've had 2 drive crashes in that time, the first bare-metal restore was a restore from tape which blew up the first time because the Sony Superstation Windows software would not read the whole file and they no longer supported it... customer service said go to the vendor they originally bought it from and d/l a trial version. The second crash was on Debian, I simply plugged in the backup hard drive and was getting an RMA from Maxtor tech support within 10 minutes.

As for reading 1990s files, all I had to do was figure out how to use the CLI LZH format archive program jhla-utils to decompress the files. Anything I've got from then that's still usable is text files or lotus 123 (clone) spreadsheets I can open from OpenOffice Calc.

Comment so what do they have to blow sh*t up with? (Score 1) 608

Wikipedia says that their only successful nuclear test had a yield estimated 2.4 - 20 kT, with consensus pointing at the low end of the range. Their missile delivery systems are of questionable accuracy. How efficient is the industrial production they'd need to build significant numbers of their bombs and missiles?

Looks like they've got just enough power to kill a bunch of people in a city or two or to slow down an armored division IF the missiles land anywhere around the target.

Comment not all POWs are in perfect shape on (Score 2) 142

capture. Some of them have exactly the same kind of trauma US troops have when captured, with the main difference being whose taxpayers paid for the ammo that blew holes in them. These skills will be used to save the lives of POWs, too.

And maybe even your life, lots of military medical personnel stay in medicine when they become civilians.

Comment get good circuit-board holder & lighted magnif (Score 1) 174

I use Panavise, a base plus the board holder, and other things can be attached to the base.

Get a good lighted magnifier on a swing arm, the kind where there's a circular light source (fluorescent or ring of LEDs) surrounding the magnifier.

Each will cost around $70, and they're well worth it.

When one is doing printed circuit board soldering, or examining surface mount PCBs, it really helps to be able to see what it is you are working on with a nice, shadowless light. And for the board to be up where you can easily work on it.

Comment "pretty heavy" (Score 1) 174

doesn't mean drill presses, The tabletop bent as soon as the press was put on it and it became evident that the anchoring bolts would come out in a hurry if anyone bumped into it. I had to add plywood reinforcement to make it safe.

Comment depends on how much typing you do (Score 1) 68

the ergonomics of a flat panel virtual keyboard with no resilience sounds great if you either do very little typing or always wanted to experience RSI for yourself.

However, this might have interesting uses for non-typing intensive applications. Imagine this as a substitute for a conventional control panel with the controls where the keyboard used to be and the system schematic on the top display.

Comment no technology? (Score 1) 1065

How about an RFID built into the steering wheel and a corresponding short-range sensor built into the phone which when activated, shuts down the phone? There are probably several other ways to do this, too. But since I don't really want it done, there's not much incentive for me to work on the problem.

If this gets required, I'm SURE it'll remind people to vote on election day 2012, and President Obama might as well not bother running for re-election. This is going to be the very last straw for a lot of people, I think.

Comment command line hack works on Kubuntu 10.10 (Score 1) 402

No problems, and apparently, no downside. The netbook is visibly faster, even the spinning cube desktop switching animation spins faster.

Though if there's a problem with running both the hack and the kernel patch at the same time, I hope the word gets around when the kernel with the patch goes into distros.

British Teen Jailed Over Encryption Password 1155

An anonymous reader writes "Oliver Drage, 19, of Liverpool has been convicted of 'failing to disclose an encryption key,' which is an offense under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and as a result has been jailed for 16 weeks. Police seized his computer but could not get past the 50-character encrypted password that he refused to give up. And just to get it out of the way, obligatory XKCD."

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