It's about damned time!
Southpark
pecosdave
Houston is finally getting serious about bike lanes.

I wonder if chastising them on Slashdot, here and everyone else helped?
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I unrooted my Nook the other day.
Southpark
pecosdave
It worked great after rooting it, don't get me wrong. The battery drained a little too fast for reasons unknown even though I did strip everything I could get away with stripping out of it - still lasted a really long time. I also realized even though I could read my Kindle and Google books from their native readers only the Kindle books wouldn't work natively on the Nook - after I put the stupid Adobe book manager on my Windows virtual machine I really don't even like to start up to move the books over. I also let my dad use the Nook once to read a book I downloaded. It isn't hard to use hacked, but dad isn't exactly someone who understands digital technology well.

I think I'm just going to keep it around unhacked to supplement my Kindle. Between Calibre and everything else I don't have much of a need for an extra Kindle capable reader.

Oh, and between my Kindle, Sarah's Kindle which she has at her mothers house, and the third I'm about to make another post to cover I'm about to become a 2 1/2 Kindle household - considering Sarah being removed from the picture overall.

Rooted a Nook this past week. I'll clear some things up if you want to do it yourself.
homerbrain
pecosdave
I was given a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card for Christmas, so I decided to use it on something I could hack.

I went to Barnes and Noble on Monday and plopped down my gift card and an extra $35 for a Nook Simple Touch. I chose this device because it's rather cheap, is notoriously easy to pwn and actually has good reasons to be pwned.

The first thing I found when I went root this thing is there's a bunch of pages out there that tell you how to do it, and no real central place with a run down of exactly what needs to be done. There were many different XDA forum threads, but as forums tend to be there wasn't a dedicated "top level" to cascade out to what you need to do. Hopefully my links below can act as a top level for someone.

I'm not going to give a lot of step-by-step instructions, the links will do that. I'm just trying to bridge it all together and cut out some guessing for you. I'm going to get very long winded - I'm even journaling things that failed for me here. I'm leaving some "hey look here" colored notes if you're just looking to cut to the chase.Trust me, you want a cut on this one.Collapse )

If you found this useful, please let me know. If you play with the other readers I didn't please let me know if one of them actually works with my Google Account - I would quickly ditch the out of date Books reader for an up-to-date 3rd party reader given the option - just to have something current. If you hose something up I didn't give many directions anyways, I just sorted out links other than the quick adb run-through.


Mostly plagiarizer, but here we go:
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pecosdave



Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens

Brown paper packages tied up with strings

These are a few of my favorite things

Dear whatever website I chose to go to with my phone:
Southpark
pecosdave
I do not want or need your viewing app. My phone has a regular Web browser just like my computer does. Please stop popping up and asking me to install your app, it reminds me of all of the shady practices related to Internet video circa 1996-1999.

A Sixaxis boot-start fix I discovered.
kubuntu
pecosdave
First of all this is related to an older post that isn't exactly accurate anymore.

Starting with later versions of BlueZ, the version that first came with Ubuntu 12.04, maybe earlier in 11.10 the patch to make your PS3 control work with Linux didn't really work anymore, but fortunately a short time later they added the patch directly into the driver so you didn't have to worry about it. You have to run sixpair and the sixaxis program, but you no longer have to recompile BlueZ.

Many people, like myself, have found that even though we can make it work, we can't make it work on bootup like it's supposed to even after typing "sixad --boot-yes". You can type "/etc/init.d/sixad status" and it will say "running" but it wont actually pair the control. I theorized this was a loading order, if sixad loads before BlueZ does that's probably a problem.

Unlike when I wrote start up scripts for Netware servers and even DOS autoexec.bat files startup on Linux is a little more confusing. In the Ubuntu world Upstart has mostly replaced Init, but Init is still in use. Most of the fixes I found recommended just leaving sixad for the last run-level loaded while BlueZ can start in the earlier run-levels. Unfortunately Ubuntu seems to default to run-level 2 and stay there now since Upstart is making run-levels a thing of the past. Where is just Upstart in play fixing it wouldn't be a problem you can easily make sixad depend on the other Bluetooth services. Unfortunately the Bluetooth service is Upstart and sixad is Init.

The fix is easy, but will take a little customizing in your own setup. In /etc/init.d/ you will find the file that starts the sixad server. You need to edit that, see the link at the top of this post if you need a walk through for how to do that, yes you will need root/sudo ability to do that. You will find a section that looks like this:


if (sixad_already_running_check "$1"); then
log_warning_msg "sixad is already running"
else
{
log_daemon_msg "Starting sixad"
$DAEMON --start &>>/var/log/sixad &
log_end_msg 0
}
fi


Simply add this text to that line in your file:


if (sixad_already_running_check "$1"); then
log_warning_msg "sixad is already running"
else
{
log_daemon_msg "Starting sixad"
sleep 20; $DAEMON --start &>>/var/log/sixad &
log_end_msg 0
}
fi


After editing be sure to run "sixad --boot-yes" to be certain the script runs and reboot your system to test it. That text you inserted makes your system wait 20 seconds (or whatever you change it to) before actually starting sixad. Make sure you get good and logged in and at least 20 seconds have passed since the command ran (which is probably invisible to you) before you hit the connect button on your control. Chances are by the time the desktop loads enough time has passed but don't rush it.

This works on my netbook. You may need to adjust the sleep time on your system, my netbook isn't very fast but 20 works out. Too short of a sleep time and it may still load sixad before BlueZ, too long and it still loads but doesn't work for reasons I'm uncertain of but confirmed as a problem. If your system is fast 20 may be too long.

As usual, back up your files, don't blame me if you screw it up, it worked for me, it may not for you. This is editing a file that runs in startup so you may theoretically hose it up bad enough that your system won't boot anymore, edit at your own risk.

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I've been thinking more about the Lucas Disney thing.
oss
pecosdave
Several years ago, must have been about four or five, my daughter was really into Disney princesses, I guess she still is to a degree. She asked me which princess was my favorite, I cracked a grin and said "Leia". She didn't get it. I showed her Star Wars later.

I realized something when thinking about that. Disney is going to have to make a new "classic" cartoon with Leia as the princess. I don't know how I feel about this, the princess cartoons are genuinely among the best things Disney creates, and most of them are based on older stories. I don't see why they couldn't make one that could be either accepted or excluded from canon, but they'll have to play the valiant prince role very carefully. There can be a happy ending and "oops - he got blowed up with Alderaan" later on - probably not the best thing. Han Solo can already be part of the picture and she has to save him - I sort of like this idea - or he can save her - good chance of getting hokey.

What does everyone else think? I don't see how the whole princess movie thing can be avoided at this juncture, and face it, there's probably several dozen fan written scripts to chose from already.

Disney is going to own the Star Wars franchise soon.
oss
pecosdave


Well, they did do a good job with the Marvel characters, but still.

I agree when it comes to normal urban biking - lose the helmet
bmx, bike, diamondback
pecosdave
Helmets:

I'll wear one when I'm doing off road stupid stuff, racing, or there happens to be a law that forces me to do so. Otherwise I don't, and experts agree.

Might want to make the kiddies wear them.
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I am completely out of the "two party" game now.
FCR1
pecosdave
So, the bus carrying delegates from Virginia was blocked from entering the RNC to keep them from voting against rule changes that are meant to target Ron Paul and prevent his nomination. Basically there's a push from the Romney camp to legalize baring delegates and replacing them with hired replacements.

He's been nominated anyways.

Five states and a territory nominated him despite threats and
rule changes.

I used to be a Republican, years ago, I sort of changed my mind about 12 years ago and it took ten years before I fully changed my mind, but I still held just a little respect for the party - because it used to be more like the person they're changing their rules to keep at bay.

For the past several years when voting by party - you know, those little positions you don't pay attention to in local elections - I would vote Libertarian and Republican was my fall back if there wasn't a Libertarian option, but no more. It's official - on ballot blanks for offices I don't pay a lot of attention to, like dog catcher or whatever I will no longer use Republican as my fall back vote. It's going to be any party but Democrat or Republican or no vote at all. If an individual that I recognize as being an upstanding individual is on the ballot and they happen to be a member of one of those two parties - which is unlikely because the number of people in those two parties that are upstanding are getting less each year - I will vote for them, otherwise I'm out of this pretend two party game all the way.

I can no longer identify the lesser evil.
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