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Comment Speaker magnet FTW (Score 1) 1016

For some reason, my father loves collecting speakers. Giant, useless speakers. Inside large speakers are small but extremely powerful magnets. I ripped one out a few years ago and have been using it for my HDD-eraser ever since. 1) DOD the disk; overwrite with 0's 7 times. 2) Play with magnet on disk. Rub it all over, stick it to all the sides, move magnet around, etc. 3) Drink a beer.

Comment Re:Did the market really shift? (Score 1) 559

Well, so to start I just installed 64bit windows as the base OS, then used VMWare workstation to carve out and run VMs. VMWare viewer does this as well and is free online from VMWare. This isnt an "enterprise" solution (VMWare offers them like Vsphere and these things but I dont know whats best. However the response I replied to was meant as "I'm a computer nerd and have tons of machines and modems and wires lying all over my house because parts are cheap". My solution is "I'm also a compute nerd but have one super powerful machine that I can carve VMs out of all day, so my house is clean and presentable to women".

Comment Re:Did the market really shift? (Score 1) 559

Your statement is contradictory for one reason. "The low cost of PC components", as you have mentioned, means "the low cost of RAM, cores, and disk space". These three things, add up to one powerful machine that can host dozens of VMs that do whatever you want them to do. I just built a custom PC from newegg, and with 32GB of ram, 6 cores, and TBs of storage (for cheap!), I can run more VMs than I could ever possibly need to, each with different OSs and purposes, and still never burden the underlying OS. Cheap parts --> VMserver --> save space and electricity.

Comment Multiagent systems (Score 1) 152

Sounds like you are interested in Multiagent Systems. I am current taking a graduate course in MAS theory at Waterloo. Here is the book we use; it's free online It's an excellent book; the details and the high level ideas are broken apart nicely, such that if you want to go balls deep you can, but if you just wan't the high level ideas you can grab those too.

Comment Mac users and Chrome (Score 1) 495

As a Mac user, there are two things that I love about Chrome that has led me to stick to my decision to transition. The first is that passwords and login info are stored in the Keychain utility. This is extremely portable; my HDD crashed recently and I was able to open my keychain up by decrypting it on my wifes Mac to be nicely re-assured all of my crazy passwords and login info was safe. I do not know where this is stored in FF, but I love how Chrome integrates into the Macs password encryption system (the keychain is the authentication gateway used for all Mac apps, Mail, etc. for you non Mac users) The second is that FF still does not understand vertical screen space is valuable real estate on a laptop. I dont have a "pixel measuring utility", but there is a significant and noticeable difference between the amount of space FF and Chrome uses. Furthermore, with the new Lion OS and the lastest Chrome release, the full screen Chrome mode is back and looks freaking spectacular. Having said that, I still keep a copy of FF around for when I need some crazy add on. When I need to rip vidz off the internet, FF is superb (via plugins), and it also has a very nice GUI manager for SQL lite which for some reason I use quite often.

Comment Re:Fuel tax? (Score 1) 500

Suppose mathematically, we can get a fuel tax to add the same cost as the fee per mile proposed here. Remember that most people are idiots. The problem is that most people, despite being charged the exact same cost via these two methods, will view these two costs differently. If you simply raise gas prices via a fuel tax, then it doesn't register in their brains that "if I drive less I'll pay less"; they just assume "big oil is fcking me again and I can't do anything about it - I must continue my normal routine!". However, if you put a taxi-like meter in their cars and they see that as they drive they accrue a cost, but when they do not drive there is no such cost, it might *click*. If people really view gas prices as a cost per each mile instead of an unchangeable cost to do their normal routine, maybe they'll start walking to the nearest corner store.

Comment Hacking increase! (Score 1) 344

Damn, I had just posted a comment two days ago on another Slashdot thread about Anonymous hacking a Libyan website stating that there has been a huge increase in high-profile hacking this year. Now the US Senate? While I appreciate the work that Anonymous has done, this LulzSec crew seems to be much less interested in helping people, and more interested in just causing ruckus. Well see how long it takes before their lulzboat has a hole in it.

Comment Hacking increase (Score 4, Interesting) 117

Is it just me or has the number of news stories relating to someone being hacked or DDOSd dramatically increased in the past few months?? From PSN (which I am a member of), to the wave of recent LulzSec and Anonymous stories, I cant ever remember a streak of hacking like this one. Loving equilibrium, I think It would be awesome if someone at least attempted to hack LulzSec. They seem less interested in making the world better like Anonymous, and more interested in just showing off their hax0rz skillz.

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