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Comment Re:How is this new? (Score 1) 148

The summary indicates that this new method does not require a scripting language (which is the point -- still provide some access to an application for non-javascript browsers and/or paranoid users.) Given this piece of information, the methods you describe would not be consistent with what the author of this application is doing; therefore, this is something new (or at least not 'not new' because of the prior implementations you've described.) Of course, we're all speculating because of the slashdotted article.

Comment Make google spreadsheet useful (Score 5, Insightful) 61

In my opinion, this is going to make google's spreadsheet application a viable alternative to some uses of excel. God knows Apps Script is easier to use than excel macros.

Don't get me wrong, there are some things that excel will always be used for, but google spreadsheets have so far been just useless enough without outside manipulation that most people have turned the option down.

Comment Re:Always the same story... (Score 3, Insightful) 1079

I find it sort of ironic that the people who are most convinced that cops are corrupt power-mongering jerks tend to be the most likely to put themselves into a contentious position with police.

Most of the time, if you see a person who you this is Bad and Has A Gun, you would tend to stay out of their way.

Comment Reason for Charge (Score 2, Informative) 1079

Since quite a few are asking, I figured I'd provide the pertinent sections of TFAs.

According to an update in the Boing Boing article, Watts got out of the car to ask what was happening -- presumably because his car and/or person was being searched. When the officers refused to answer and told him to get back in the car, he asked the question again. At which point he was attacked, his property was seized, and he was asked to waive his Miranda rights.

Sounds like the unfortunate combination of a pissed off officer and a less-that-sympathetic citizen compounded by detectives/officers who get pissed when prisoners refuse to talk. I can empathize with both parties (first and second, not third -- right to remain silent means right to remain silent,) but -- assuming the accuracy of Watts' story -- the assault charge is probably trumped up. Convincing a judge of that is a whole different story.

Comment Re:dm-crypt (Score 1) 312

actually, if you're primarily using the netbook at locations with an electrical hookup (ie, if battery life is not as large an issue) then using WDE would probably be the best approach.

Another solution would be to get a cheap VPS or shell hosting account and ssh -D 2020 host -X then run firefox from the shell acct. and treat the netbook like a thin(ner) client.

Comment Brother HL-2040 (Score 1) 557

I feel like I have a good case-study to answer this question. I did policy debate for the past three years, which has meant hulling a printer around the state/country. When it wasn't being hulled to tournaments, it would go back a forth from school in friend's cars quite often. The files we regularly printed off on it were generally 50 - 100 pages long, sometimes longer, and sometimes (saturday morning updates, etc.) much smaller. Every now and again I would print off a book (300-500 pages) on it.

I'm using it at college now and I still haven't had a problem with it.

It works perfectly on osx and windows. I run linux, and installing the cups drivers is a bit of a pain but after the first time (during which I documented my own procedure) it hasn't taken more than 10 minutes.

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