Ripping a DVD with HandBrake

Over on yon Facebook, I was taking part in a discussion about ripping DVDs to video files on your computer using Linux. My friend, being a command line guy, explained how he did it. I countered that, while I was also a command line guy, I do my DVD ripping with HandBrake. He then accused me of really being a desktop guy. Well . . . maybe I am. I will let you, my viewers, readers, and listeners, decide on that one. In the meantime, here's a little video to show you just how easy it is to rip a …

Donald Trump Bugged My Phone

Many people today have told me that Donald Trump has bugged their phones. They have no proof, of course, but after hearing so many people telling me the same story, and you know they can't all be lying, I'm starting to think that Donald Trump has bugged my phone as well. Honestly, I'm getting really worried about how far this whole illegal surveillance actually goes. To that end, I'm launching an investigation into these illegal activities. If you're one of the potentially millions of people whose phones have been wiretapped by Donald Trump, let me know here. All I'm asking …

My Linux Nightmare

Let me tell you about a Linux nightmare I woke up from this morning. Yeah, I know, the Linux chef had a Linux nightmare. If you're looking for how to spell schadenfreude, it's schadenfreude. To be more specific, it was a Linux command line nightmare. You see, in the dream, I was locked up somewhere, with bad hombres of one sort or another having trapped me and whoever I was with in some dungeon-like room. Maybe they were aliens, like real aliens. Doesn't matter. There was no way out but there was all sorts of junk lying around. So, I …

Turing Test Failure

Yesterday, I had a weird Turing moment.  As background to this post, I should tell you that I was listening to a podcast on robots and artificial intelligence where Sam Harris was chatting with Kate Darling. Had I not been listening to this, I might have forgotten about my Turing moment. Here's what happened. Yesterday, I received a call from a telephone solicitor, trying to sell me some emergency service for my furnace, insinuating as they spoke, but they were some safety issues that needed to be addressed. At first I was confused by what he was saying, despite being …