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Slashback: Retail, Preparedness, Games

timothy posted more than 12 years ago | from the austin-or-bust dept.

News 289

Tonight in Slashback: More on TransGaming's approach to the world (and licenses), another sweet box of French Linux goodness, another piece of the stolen-Enigma puzzle is pressed firmly into place, and a small piece of travel advice.

"Getting off easy" defined. dgroskind writes: "This AP story might be interesting as a slashback followup to an item about the theft of the Enigma machine from Bletchly Park. The accused got 10 months with the charge of blackmail left open for possible later prosecution. Also, this story today says a U.S. spy tipped off the Germans that the Enigma code had been broken but they didn't believe it."

Of course, you could tell your boss it got blown up. You may have already written your congressional representatives (especially if you live in South Carolina) about Fritz Holling's proposed SSSCA, but for air-traveling technical types, there's another post-bomb consideration. cloudscout writes: "In the past, I've always been nervous before travelling... am I remembering my toothpaste? Razor? Shoes? Now I've learned there is something else to remember. Charge my batteries. The current state of air travel security means more random searches and since I tend to travel with lots of electronic gadgets, these searches take a while and they test every device. I was chosen for a random search. Notebook, PDA, Digital Camera, Camcorder, Cellphone... the MiniDisc player had a dead battery. I was stuck. I didn't know what to do. They demanded that I prove the devices functionality. I dug around in my bag and, luckily, was able to take a battery from another device in order to power up the MD but it could have been a much worse situation if I didn't have a spare battery. The lesson here? If you're going to fly, be prepared."

Last week, flying between several supposedly very security-conscious airports (Dulles, Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt), I never had to turn my laptop on, probably because I had carefully charged the battery beforehand.

I'll believe it when I record my 2nd sample FMD disk. Perhaps unimpressed with the perpetually promised quarter-sized CDs mentioned the other day, an Anonymous Coward writes: "What optical medium has 8 layers, stores 24 GBs, and plays at 22Mbits/sec? And it's just the first age, with plans to reach 140 GB soon afterwards. Constellation 3D are developing FMD-ROM format that will change the capacity of data storage we use today, furtheir information can be obtained from FMD insider which is a news site that reports the progress and general information about this product. Constellation 3D seem to have lowered their expectations of their first line of products, to something more realistic and affordable, and they expect to make the technology available to some markets by the end of 2002.
Are you ready?"

Street performances need to beware Sturgeon's Law. joestar writes "As said on Slashdot this week-end, Transgaming is about to release - with Electronic Arts and MandrakeSoft - a special Linux distro aimed at games called Mandrake Linux Gaming Edition. Their technology - WineX - is actually a DirectX to Mesa translator that allows to port most recent Windows games to Linux apparently very efficiently compared to a simple Wine port. A great article with lots of details about that project GameSpyDaily has just been released. By the way, WineX is released under the Alladin License."

Picking your poison gets more complicated. Red Hat 7.2 is out, but as you might expect, MandrakeSoft isn't sitting still: The newest Mandrake, 8.1, is also available in stores. (But when will 8.1 PPC be ready? ;))

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here's a puzzle for you (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469579)

how did the grand caynon form?

a jew lost a penny down a gopher hole.

Re:here's a puzzle for you (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469619)

you give the jews too much credit. sure they're money grubbing, but they sure as hell wouldn't dig a hole 1/2 a mile deep for a penny, when they could just steal it from hard working aryan citizens.

"Getting Off Easy" (-1)

BiffJerky (526523) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469587)

Something Cmdr Tuna Taco knows a little something about?

Broken devices (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469590)

What do they do to broken things. Seems kinda silly to not allow a broken radio or gameboy on the plane. Thought in todays paranoia that is to be expected.

Re:Broken devices (2)

Rick the Red (307103) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469632)

If it's broken, why carry it onboard? Why not check it in your suitcase?

Re:Broken devices (2)

BlueTurnip (314915) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469934)

Well, perhaps you're not checking luggage, especially if you're on a weekend trip.

A couple of years ago I was on a weekend trip and had only one carry-on bag. While I was visiting my friend, my portable CD player broke and I had to carry back a broken one. I thought nothing of it, but I guess if it happened today and I was targetted for a search, I would be out a CD player, or possibly in jail indefinitely as a "potential material witness".

Embrace and extend (1, Funny)

Winged Cat (101773) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469591)

So, how long before Microsoft denounces WineX as communist or somesuch ("red WineX"), shortly before releasing its binary-only ActiveX-on-Linux emulator ("white WineX")?

Communism? (3, Funny)

TeknoHog (164938) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469665)

Like this [hupsik.com] ?

;-)

You wouldn't need batteries (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469598)

If everyone just followed my advice 10 years ago and installed solar panels on all electronic equipment. If there's anything even approaching a 'perpetual motion machine', it's a solar powered electronic device.

Re:You wouldn't need batteries (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469672)

If there's anything even approaching a 'perpetual motion machine', it's an ADAMS MOTOR. [geocities.com]

Slashdot is dying (-1, Troll)

WeatherTroll (529760) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469601)

Slashdot is collapsing in complete disarray.

You don't need to be a Kreskin to predict slashdot's future. The hand writing is on the wall: Slashdot faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for slashdot because slashdot is dying. Things are looking very bad for slashdot. As many of us are already aware, slashdot continues to lose market share. Red ink posts flow like a river of blood.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

Adequacy.org leader elby states that there are 7000 users of adequacy. How many users of kuro5hin.org are there? Let's see. The number of adequacy versus kuro5hin posts on Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 kuro5hin users. Poliglut posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of kuro5hin posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of poliglut. A recent article put slashdot at about 80 percent of the crappy weblog market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 slashdot users. This is consistent with the number of slashdot Usenet posts.

Due to the troubles of andover.net, abysmal sales and so on, slashdot declared bankruptcy and was bought out by goatse.cx in a hostile takeover who merged their troubled crappy weblog with slashdot. (And a hostile takeover from goatse.cx would not go over well with anyone except Cmdr Taco, Hemos, and the rest. No one else but them would want to end up like the goatse.cx guy.) As a result slashdot was flooded with goatse.cx trolls causing slashdot to lose even more marketshare. Now goatse.cx is also dead, its corpse turned over to another charnel house. (Who else besides a charnel house like the now dead andover.net would want the corpse of the goatse.cx guy?)

All major surveys show that slashdot has steadily declined in market share. Slashdot is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If slashdot is to survive at all it will be among crappy weblog hobbyist dabblers. Slashdot continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, slashdot is dead.

will Quicy do the autopsy? (-1)

BiffJerky (526523) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469626)

well??

third post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469602)

Gralsa Malsa Dooby Wah Krilda!

-Jilt Yabulon

Hmmmm (-1)

BiffJerky (526523) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469607)

Hmmm, this story seems to be dead, I think its time for a "National ID Card" story or a "Microsoft wantz to 0wn j00" story.

The value of an Enigma (4, Insightful)

joel.neely (165789) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469610)

I just found it interesting that one of two surviving Enigma boxen is "valued at" $144,000. How would such a figure be determined? (I assume that standard "what it would bring at auction" concepts don't apply, there being only two instances, neither of which is -- any more -- on the open market.)

Re:The value of an Enigma (1)

NecroPuppy (222648) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469856)

Most likely, an 'expert' appraised it, and whoever holds it, insured it for that amount or more.

My best guess.

NecroPuppy

Re:The value of an Enigma (2)

PD (9577) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469859)

Insurance sets the value. If you don't have any clue what some unique artifact is worth, just buy a million bucks worth of insurance for it. If you lose it, you'll find that it was worth a million bucks.

Seriously, appraisers take a look at the thing. They take their best guess at what it's worth, what it could fetch at auction or sale, and they declare it to be that value.

Re:The value of an Enigma (2)

darkonc (47285) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469886)

appraising the value of (relatively) unique items is difficult at best. A friend of mine has been studying silversmithing for a few years. He was recently comissioned to do a 1/3 scale solid silver broadsword. It was delivered this summer, and the person who comissioned the work sent it off to get appraised. Months later, the appraiser still hasn't figured out a price.

I can think of two obvious issues to take into account when trying to value a unique item: One would be replacement cost --- how much would it cost to have someone replace the appearance and functionality of the pice. The other would be putting some sort of ballpark on the fact that it's an "original", and even a functional equivalent wouldn't be quite the same.

Pieces like the Mona Lisa are called 'priceless' -- I assume because it's believed that nobody could really do a 'good enough' copy of the piece if it were lost -- and they probably make enough off of the piece that any price payable wouldn't really cover the loss in revenues.

Re:The value of an Enigma (1)

Kevin DeGraaf (220791) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469905)

I just found it interesting that one of two surviving Enigma boxen is "valued at" $144,000.

What? Didn't we just hear an announcement [slashdot.org] that Enigma is free (as in beer AND speech)?

Airport security (2, Offtopic)

Rombuu (22914) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469612)

Last week, flying between several supposedly very security-conscious airports (Dulles, Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt), I never had to turn my laptop on, probably because I had carefully charged the battery beforehand.

Hell, I flew the first day they opened up air traffic after Sept 11th, and then seven or eight times in the next couple of weeks through lots of airports, carrying a laptop, a cell phone, a palm pilot, and a GBA and was never asked to turn any of them on.

Re:Airport security (3, Insightful)

compwizrd (166184) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469692)

I've walked through the metal detectors at Detroit Metro, with two sets of keyrings, my sunglasses, and about 10-15 dollars of loonies and toonies(bigger than your US dollar coins), and not set the alarm off. There were 10 keys total on the keyring, and the change is a fair mass, along with the sunglasses.

I'm sure a knife or something has a lot less mass in it.

I walked through security at Philadelphia doing similar, and the detector beeped. I had been standing in the arch for a few seconds, waiting for the person in front of me. So what did they do? Told me to walk through it again, and when it didn't beep, that was it.

White Plains(New york) and Dulles are more competent though, they're doing scans with the hand batons, and pat down searches as well. Random bag checks too. National Guard with M16's waiting too. Neither DTW or PHL seemed to be doing bag checks when i was there. Unarmed guards at DTW and IAD, from what i saw.

Then again HPN didn't check the end pocket of my duffle bag when they searched it, where I had all my stuff like toothbrushes, shaving stuff, etc.

Re:Airport security (1)

aurispector (530273) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469802)

There was a news item the other week about the company that provides security for PHL as well as other large airports. The FAA had ordered them to fix security flaws and they didn't bother to comply. Backround checks were not performed resulting in convicted felons being hired to work as security guards. A few days after the 9/11 attack a local guy got arrested for carrying a box cutter through security checkpoints *twice*. He then called the police to complain about the lax security and was promptly arrested for his trouble...

Re:Airport security (1)

motherhead (344331) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469811)

I not only fly out of O'hare often but I also often have to meet people in the terminals.

I would never claim that O'hare has better then average security, but i recall since at least 1999 (in at least the United, American and Delta terminals) i have been asked to turn on my Palm Pilot or Laptop. (though i can't remember them checking my cell, ever)

I never thought twice about it. I think it's creepy that even after recent events other airports don't.

ALERT! Constitution declared unconstitutional (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469613)

SS Chief Herr Ashcroft declared the US Consitution unconstitutional today. Gestapo Commander Herr Ridge agreed. "It leaves too many loopholes for terrorists to impede government actions." (note - many suspect the term "government" means the executive branch only. After all, Herr Dubya stated a few weeks ago the "if members of Congress can't keep our secret stuff secret, they won't get any more classified documents from the government." Ashcroft also declared all copies of the US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and other documents classified. Anyone caught with any of these in their possession would be prosecuted as a terrorist. "We wouldn't want these papers to fall into the wrong hands, would we? After all, the founding fathers would probably be arrested as terrorists today."

Am I the only one who doesn't get this? (5, Interesting)

ajuda (124386) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469615)

Isn't it possible to hide a weapon or explosive inside of a working device? I mean, there is plenty of room inside the average laptop to stick some nasties... What's the point of making people turn these devices on?

Re:Am I the only one who doesn't get this? (3, Informative)

jeffy124 (453342) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469680)

that's a good point. you can tuck something inside a second battery slot or empty drive slot. But then again, laptops are required to still go through the xray machine, where something would (hopefully) be found.

But honestly, I dont know what turning something on would provide. A terrorist can always key a fake electronic device to act like a real device when placed under inspection. A cell phone is perfect for that, as they dont go through xray nor metal detectors (at least that was the case last time I was at an airport last August), and all one has to do is turn on the backlight or display panel.

Maybe it's just a false sense of security that some policy maker thought up.

Re:Am I the only one who doesn't get this? (4, Insightful)

czardonic (526710) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469688)

What's the point of making people turn these devices on?

Their aim is to squander your valuable time on creating a false sense of security. They know that it would take real money and effort to provide security measures that might actully prevent a person from bringing a weapon on board a plane. So, in order to maximise shareholder value, they gamble on these illusory measures. Terrorism is still quite rare, so they take the chance.

How often do you hear about some local investigative reporter sneaking a gun through security. How often do you hear about an ACTUAL criminal being foiled by these measures. (And what's with the National Guard. Are they afraid that terrorists are going to storm the gates?

More than anything, these are publicity stunts. By harassing the general public, they create the false sense that security is strict.

Re:Am I the only one who doesn't get this? (1)

gmack (197796) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469770)

They have yet to EVER ask me to remove my steel toe boots.

I set off the detector every time and all they do is wave the stupid wand and make sure my boots are actually metalic.

Lucky for them I'm mostly harmless.

Re:Am I the only one who doesn't get this? (0, Troll)

sllort (442574) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469845)

Isn't it possible to hide a weapon or explosive inside of a working device?

From How Airport Security Works [howstuffworks.com] :

Electronic items, such as laptop computers, have so many different items packed into a relatively small area that it can be difficult to determine if a bomb is hidden within the device. That's why you may be asked to turn your laptop or PDA on. But even this is not sufficient evidence since a skilled criminal could hide a bomb within a working electronic device. For that reason, many airports also have a chemical sniffer.

In short, it raises the bar. It is necessary but not sufficient. Packing a windows emulator and a bomb into a notebook is harder than just packing a bomb. Unless you're got a dell inspiron 8000, in which case just remove one of the dual 20 pound batteries and replace it with C4. But I digress.

FMD Discs (1)

Patrick Cable II (521813) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469617)

Will there be Digital Rights Management[DRM] software in these discs? I hope not.

-
Patrick

who cares, it would be broken in days anyways. (1)

dox (34097) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469861)

digital rights management will never work

Windows = NonFunctional? (5, Funny)

terpia (28218) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469618)

But what if some clueful person in security (yeah yeah I know its not likely) decides that my compnay laptop with Win2k is a "non-functional device"? They'd be pretty much right of course, but does that mean I can't take it with me?

Re:Windows = NonFunctional? (-1)

DivineOb (256115) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469791)

I find it more likely that your sense of humor would be confiscated...

anti windows jokes are old hat

Enigma... (4, Informative)

jeffy124 (453342) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469628)

...hmmm ....

You'd think the Germans would have figured out that someone cracked Enigma when the Allied forces knew about their secret plans on a consistent basis.

OTOH, kudos to the Brits for knowing how to handle decrypted info. In Zimmermann's Note, for example, they intercepted and cracked the original message, but made it look like lax security in Mexico compromised the Note to the US.

Re:Enigma... (2, Informative)

Indomitus (578) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469673)

One of the main problems the English had with using the Enigma information was to make sure the Germans thought they got the information in other ways. For instance, if they caught a message that said a ship convoy was headed in a certain direction, they would fly planes over a large area that included the area where the ships were so the Germans would think they accidently got caught. They didn't actually use Enigma information that often without getting the information some other way (spies, reconnaissance, etc) IIRC.

Re:Enigma... (2)

jeffy124 (453342) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469728)

yup. That's what the case was in Zimmermann's Note.

The story goes that he transmitted it from Berlin to the Mexican Ambassador to the US in Washington DC, and that is what was picked up by the Brits. Some of the Note was intended for him, the rest was to be sent on to Mexico City, including that part about regaining control of some of the southwestern US states.

The Brits knew that the Ambassador would rewrite the note before passing on the appropriate parts to Mexico City. The Brits did that and then gave the note to the US.

When Germany investigated the compromise (after it became known that the US had the Note), they concluded that poor security by the Mexicans allowed an Allied spy to find the message in Mexico City. Hence they continued using Enigma on messages and the Brits continued cracking them.

That (and the example you give) allowed the Allied forces to continue breaking messages, because they feared the Axis powers would begin using a different encyption technique should they find out about the compromise of Enigma.

Re:Enigma... (2)

casret (64258) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469679)

If Neal Stephenson is to be believed in Cryptonomicon, Turing used information theory to only use just enough secret information that would be attributable to chance.

Re:Enigma... (4, Informative)

kzinti (9651) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469685)

You'd think the Germans would have figured out that someone cracked Enigma when the Allied forces knew about their secret plans on a consistent basis.

The Allies were very careful to disguise the source of their knowledge. A target was never struck without first sending out a reconnaissance mission and letting the Germans spot it. Or so the pop-history sources say. You can also read about this sort of thing in Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon.

--Jim

Re:Enigma... (2)

RollingThunder (88952) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469704)

Which is also a good idea - disinformation is also sent via coded messages on occasion, so you need to make sure that the message was accurate before you deploy forces.

Re:Enigma... (2)

kzinti (9651) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469742)

disinformation is also sent via coded messages on occasion, so you need to make sure that the message was accurate before you deploy forces.

That hadn't occurred to me - at least not in this context. My understanding is that the Germans were so confident in the security of Enigma that they would have considered disinformation unnecessary.

--Jim

Re:Enigma... (2, Interesting)

aurispector (530273) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469872)

AFAIK this is correct. The nazis were being told by their crypto guys that it was mathematically impossible to crack enigma. The british finished work begun by the poles exploiting subtle flaws in the system that allowed it to be cracked.

The quality of information flowing over enigma confirmed to the allies that the nazis never lost faith in the basic concept embodied by enigma, even if they did add rotors later in the war.

Re:Enigma... (2, Interesting)

hayden (9724) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469941)

In the end they were unhappy if they didn't have that days code by 6am (they were changed at midnight). The shortest time it took was 10 minutes.

It was actually a screw up by a German signals officer which gave the British the biggest gains in cracking the code. The officer sent a message but it was scrambled at the receiving end and a retransmit was requested. What he should have done was reset the wheels to what they were and resent the message so sending exactly the same thing again. What he actually did was send the message again with a new wheel setting. Thus giving the British two different encryptions of the same text.

Re:Enigma... (2, Funny)

DCowern (182668) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469705)

Could you imagine a beowulf cluster of these...

Oh... wait... nevermind. ;-)

Re:Enigma... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469759)

The allies often times ignored information given to them by Enigma to protect it. IIRC, in one instance a ship in the Mediterranian full of allied wounded was allowed to be sunk by the Germans even though the British had full knowledge this might happen.

GEORGE W. BUSH FUCKS GOATS (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469629)

Proven by this now famous quote:

"I am a goat fucker."

-- G.W. Bush

Mod Parent Up +1 Insightful (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469713)

That the funniest damn thing I've seen on /. all day!

sllort

Speaking of Hollings and the SSSCA (4, Interesting)

slickwillie (34689) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469636)

How are you supposed to write to your representative if their mail isn't getting delivered, due to the Anthrax scare?

Re:Speaking of Hollings and the SSSCA (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469664)

Hmm.. one of the first questions when a crime has been committed is: Who benefits? Sounds like we have some new Anthrax suspects...

Re:Speaking of Hollings and the SSSCA (-1)

DivineOb (256115) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469766)

Are you guys done stroking each other's dicks?

Re:Speaking of Hollings and the SSSCA (1)

NecroPuppy (222648) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469874)

Just the Fax, sir...

Sorry... Columbo marathon going on... :)

NecroPuppy

Re:Speaking of Hollings and the SSSCA (2, Informative)

Kefabi (178403) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469895)

Don't mail. Fax. They will get it, they don't have to worry about anthrax, and sending something by fax seems a lot more spiffier to them than by standard mail.

Prove functionality? (1)

Black Acid (219707) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469637)

I deal with broken PCBs and computer systems on a daily basis. Surplus, used, or thrown away, I have it, sell it, and salvage it. These airport's new security regulations require all electronic devices to be proved functional, as I understand it.

This is of course a huge problem for the business of salvaging broken or obsolete customer electronics. Prove functionality? My junk hasn't been functional in 20 years! Hopefully the guards will understand my situation.

Re:Prove functionality? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469711)

Why are you bringing broken parts in your plane carry-on? Check it or mail it and there wouldn't be any problem.

Re:Prove functionality? (1)

Black Acid (219707) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469731)

Why are you bringing broken parts in your plane carry-on? Check it or mail it and there wouldn't be any problem.

Good question. Mainly, I do this because my time is limited and I have to unsolder components whenever I can. I'd love to use a 110V bulk unsolder gun, but in truth my 9V one works fine. Just ask one of my employees.

Re:Prove functionality? (2)

MrResistor (120588) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469785)

I'm guessing it's only carry-on stuff that's subject to these searches, so just don't carry it on. If they're huffy about the stuff being in checked baggage, just ship it overnight to yourself. It's not as expensive as you think.

FMD disk (2)

Picass0 (147474) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469639)

Wow! I should be able to fit my entire DVD collection on just a couple of these babies! (For archival purposes, of course.)

Repeats (1, Flamebait)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469652)

OK /. editors, this is getting ridiculous. You mean these magical FMDs in this article [slashdot.org] ? Or this one [slashdot.org] ? Oh wait, its the same thing.

Come on guys, I'm just a casual reader and i IMMEDIATLY said "I've seen this many times before". How about you start reading your own site.

Re:Repeats (2)

CtrlPhreak (226872) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469738)

Come on, this is slashback. The whole point of this is to revisit previous articles and point out any new developments about the topics.

Oh come on. (2)

Gannoc (210256) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469656)

in order to power up the MD but it could have been a much worse situation if I didn't have a spare battery.

Yeah, if you can't prove the device works, they incinerate it, and sometimes you as well.

Re:Oh come on. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469746)

In some parts of the Middel East, the luggage is lined up next to the aircraft, and each passenger is required to identify their suitcase, etc. Any bags not matched to passengers after boarding are detonated on the spot.

Re:Oh come on. (1)

aridhol (112307) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469902)

In some parts of the Middel East, the luggage is lined up next to the aircraft, and each passenger is required to identify their suitcase, etc. Any bags not matched to passengers after boarding are detonated on the spot.

That must be really annoying if you and your baggage manage to get separated. Or do their airlines never send luggage to the wrong place?

Re:Oh come on. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469927)

Lost luggage is the least of your worries. Try being cavity searched with a baton...or flying on outdated aircraft where the passengers are up and about during take-off and landing. If the only thing that happens is a missing suitcase, and you arrive as planned, you're a happy camper :)

SLLORT FUCKS GOATS (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469658)

"I am a goat fucker."
-- sllort

MODERATORS FUCK GOATS (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469674)

"I am a goat fucker."
-- Slashdot Moderators

Go ahead and burn your mod points mod boy

At least your airport has checks... (3, Interesting)

stoopidguy (530032) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469675)

I'm kind of scared to fly out of JIA [Jacksonville, FL] because the past three flights I have been on since Sept. 11th I have had no sort of extra search. I do not mind consenting to a quick frisking or the like; but absolutely no heightened security frightens me. Same thing with the Jags games; I can walk right into the gate as usual. And if I happen to be pushing kegs (working at the stadium stocking booths for extra money) then I can carry a duffel bag in without even getting a strange look. Security seems to be a joke down here. Also, before you guys tell me "we don't need no stinking searches" and "searches are a false sense of security"; I do agree with the statements somewhat. It is a false sense of security, but it is extremely sad to next to no-security at our airports even after the attacks that occurred.

Re:At least your airport has checks... (2)

geekoid (135745) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469717)

There has been nothing in any air serurity that wouldn't allow this to happen again. nothing,0, zip, nada.
really the only thing that would prevent this again is the fact if you and 3 of your buds stood up with knife, you would get the sh*t kicked out of you by the other passengers. There's your security.
And if someone wants to bring a plane down, do you really think they need to be on it?
The only thing these new security measures will impact is honest persons lives.

SuSE 7.3 (2, Informative)

FreakOfTheWeek (415378) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469678)

Don't forget about SuSE 7.3...annother distro to keep an eye on this week.

Re:SuSE 7.3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469776)

Don't you mean poke an eye out? If I made RPMs as crappy as SuSE, I'd be amazed it booted at all...

Mandrake Linux 8.1 Beta 1 "Raklet" reference (2, Informative)

Black Acid (219707) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469683)

For those interested in the new features of Mandrake 8.1, be sure to check out this information [linux-mandrake.com] . The newest killer features include, according to their website:
  • Draknet (network configuration tool), test and enjoy this thoroughly reworked version.
  • Support for the Euro
  • Mime Type managing reworked
  • Renewed URPMI (package installer) and Software Manager
  • The reworked Mandrake Control Center will provide a convenient embedded root console as well as new tools such as Logdrake, a graphical frontend to the system log files, or Drakinst, which allows easy setup of an auto-install disk.
  • Renewed HardDrake (disk partitioner)
  • Fresh version of PrinterDrake to get all the power of your printer.

Although Beta 1 obviously has less features than the final release, it's a good read.

I admit I'm a bit confused as to what they mean by "support for the Euro" - isn't is supported given Unicode support, character U+20AC? If anyone is curious, I recommend Microsoft's FAQ on the Euro [microsoft.com] .

Hmmmmmmmm (-1)

BiffJerky (526523) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469687)

Hmmm, this story seems to be dead, I think its time for a "National ID Card" story or a "Microsoft wantz to 0wn j00" story.

METMODERATORS FUCK GOATS (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469694)

"I am a goat fucker."
-- Slashdot Metamoderators

Burn that mod point you goat fucker

a newbie's opinion on RedHat 7.2 vs. Mandrake 8.1 (5, Interesting)

NeoTomba (462540) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469700)

First off, I'm a Linux newbie. I've been running Linux for a month. Despite that, I've picked up a lot of stuff quickly. I started off with Mandrake 8.0, which, while good, seemed a little outdated.

And it was. 2 days later Mandrake 8.1 came out. I upgraded, and though buggy, its extremely nice.

However, I've been waiting for RH7.2 for quite some time. I installed RH years ago with my friend Peter, but we didn't know how to do shit (though we did manage to install it fine, go figure). If only we had known to type "startx" maybe we could have become linux zealots back in high school.

In any case, RH 7.2 blows me away. The installation interface is very professional and the default configurations are rock solid. I saw no need to personalize every little thing since everything looked so good right off. Mandrake, despite its simplicity in so many areas, required much more configuration, in my opinion. Theres a lot to set up, and Mozilla still isn't it's default browser.

If I only I knew enough to mount my windows partition under RH 7.2, I might start using it instead of Mandrake.

But then, its only a short wait for the 8.1 gaming edition to come out, and maybe I'll switch again. Linux is fun like that.

Don't flame me too hard for these uninformed opinions. I apologize ahead of time for being too stupid to mount my windows partition.
-NeoTomba

Windows partitions (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469862)

I'm not sure how you can mount a partition in Mandrake and not in RH, unless you're using some sort of graphical partition mounting system (I don't know, I dislike both distros), but you should be able to mount your drive from any terminal (straight console or xterm/wterm/aterm/etc) that has permissions to the device files in /dev...

mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /windows

this assumes that your windows partition is partition 1 on the primary master IDE drive, and that you wish to mount it into /windows (which must already exist).

Re:Windows partitions (1)

NeoTomba (462540) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469879)

Mandrake, interestingly, automatically mounts fat32 partitions, so I didn't have to know anything.

Thanks for the tip, Anonymous Coward.

-NeoTomba

Re:Windows partitions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469894)

right, this will work, unless the windows partition is ntfs.... then you are in for a kernel recompile ---w00t

Re:a newbie's opinion on RedHat 7.2 vs. Mandrake 8 (1)

dltaylor (7510) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469928)

Redhat should have automatically added the partition to the file (/etc/fstab) that specifies which partions mount where. It's usually called "/mnt/windows"; see if you can navigate there with either your file browser or with "cd /mnt/windows" from the command line.

If the installation did not add the information to "/etc/fstab", you can still mount it manually (as root). First, make sure that there is a directory of an appropriate name (if "ls /mnt/windows" fails, run "mkdir /mnt/windows"), then you need to know the location of the partition. If it was your "C" drive on your first IDE/ATAPI disk, the it's probably "/dev/hda1". The command "mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows" would then do the trick.

There are lots of options to "mount", and you probably want it to mount automatically, so could try "man mount" and "man fstab" to explain those things to you.

Of course, there is the possibility that you no longer have a windows partition; be sure that you can still boot into M$-Windows.

*nix laptops? (5, Interesting)

terpia (28218) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469745)

On a serious note, *Nix users beware:
On an international flight coming back into the states, I was taken aside and told I matched a profile and I would be searched. I was told this wasnt unusual and was for the safety of everyone. They decided that my laptop did need to be scanned. For what exactly, I have never been sure. I was running Redhat at the time and their scanning machine had NO provisions for *nix OSes...and I was questioned as to why I was NOT running windows. (like i was automatically suspect because of this!) They had to bring in a computer "expert" (an airport IT guy) to evaluate the computer. He seemed clued in to what was going on and after a quick look see, assured the security goons that there was nothing on my laptop that could end the world. This whole process took almost 2 hours, which isnt terribly long, but long enough to miss my connecting flight out. The moral to this? Be prepared to explain yourself if you have anything the security guys dont recognize.

Re:*nix laptops? (2)

statusbar (314703) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469748)

Is this true?

What airport did this happen at?

--jeff

Re:*nix laptops? (1)

terpia (28218) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469807)

Portland International Airport. COming back from Japan. I negelcted to mention this was almost two years ago.

Re:*nix laptops? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469813)

lesson here: Dedicate half a gig to Win95. I'm sure you could find a pirated version online or swipe a copy from a neighbor.

Re:*nix laptops? (2, Interesting)

terpia (28218) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469826)

Alas, that laptop suffered a catastrophic failure. (apparently it had an issue with the pint of beer i tried to kindly nourish it with...) And my current laptop? Company owned and running win2k, but i do carry a QNX floppy disk so i can feel cool....

Re:*nix laptops? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469836)

Bullshit - but a nice attempt at a troll. Keep trying.

Re:*nix laptops? (1)

philovivero (321158) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469922)

I'd heard one way to get by this is simply login to the shell and set your prompt accordingly:

export PS1='C:\>'

This, I was told, will convince the guy everything's fine.

If he's a confused GUI guy, just run FVWM95 to make him happy.

If you don't have enough RAM to run XWindows on your laptop, have a JPEG screenshot of a Windows desktop and use your favourite console-mode JPEG viewer to bring it up.

Unfortunately, although everyone is 100x more paranoid now than they were before, they're absolutely no smarter, so you've got to play stupid games like this.

Don't think you're above these stupid games. If you can't give a security guy what he expects in his tiny little worldview, he will want to ass-search you.

Re:*nix laptops? (2)

TeknoHog (164938) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469946)

Nice tricks, but what if someone there has half a clue and they realize you're faking the OS? Dunno if you'd get into trouble eventually, but it might take a lot of explaining.. and it's not usually good to piss off those officers. It's like the smart-asses who send flour or something in letters to mimic anthrax deliveries.

Re:*nix laptops? (1)

GNU Zealot (442308) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469925)

Anyone else smell some BS?

If they were scanning for something that could damage the plane or people, why would they care about the software? They would probably be looking for physical things. A modification to control or conceal some weird device, or perhaps some bomb residue.

This is probably BS, however international airports can be weird at times.

Time to hire competent security folks (-1, Flamebait)

NotSurprised (525043) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469780)

Not spic welfare druggies who can't speak English and were rejects from McDonalds. The current inconsistencies in our so called "security" even AFTER the terrorist attacks, is lunatic.

Re:Time to hire competent security folks (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469834)

"Is Lunatic" Now who can't speak english ? You racist jackass!

Re:Time to hire competent security folks (-1, Offtopic)

NotSurprised (525043) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469868)

lunatic
adj.
1. Suffering from lunacy; insane.
2. Of or for the insane.
3. Wildly or giddily foolish: a lunatic decision.
4. Characterized by lunacy or eccentricity.

huh?

Re:Time to hire competent security folks (0, Flamebait)

maxpublic (450413) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469843)

Not spic welfare druggies who can't speak English

Don't forget white trash fuckwit drunks who refer to latinos as 'spics'. That sort of racist trash is the kind you want to see behind bars, not running security.

Max

Transparent Digital Cameras (2)

Kasreyn (233624) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469828)

One bit of advice is, get a transparent digital camera - that is, one with a clear(ish) plastic housing so you can see the phone board through it. Just a glance at it and you can tell it's not a bomb. Might save you some hassle, though there is the drawback of it looking like a child's toy.

Mine's just a little Earthstink cam though, not very good. Got it free with a membership my dad signed up for recently. =P I don't know if you can get NICE cameras transparent.

-Kasreyn

Re:_Nice_ Transparent Digital Cameras?! (2)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469853)

> I don't know if you can get NICE cameras transparent.

I'd say, by definition of 'nice', that would be NO. :)

What's the functionality of a bomb? (5, Funny)

IvyMike (178408) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469871)

They demanded that I prove the devices functionality.

Ironically, if the device actually was a bomb, that pretty much amounts to them asking you to blow it up right there.

(But don't point that out to them, unless you want to see exactly how humorless airport security is these days.)

Re:What's the functionality of a bomb? (2)

TeknoHog (164938) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469924)

Ironically, if the device actually was a bomb,

Would a laptop running XP count as one?

First trolling for goats post! (-1, Offtopic)

Trolling For Goats (531075) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469887)

fp!

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HI ALICE! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469893)

Is Sandniig Gerstaan

bring a lregular laptop and say it's a bomb later (1, Flamebait)

BroadbandBradley (237267) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469897)

once you're inflight:
if they don't buy it and it's legit you set if off and die.

if they do buy it and it's legit/falsebomb then you do what you want.

if they don't buy it, you loose, only wising you could set off a bomb rather than go to court/jail for saying you had one.

so, you go this route, and either die, get away with it, or go to jail. who gives a shit if you were planning on dying anyhow if your mission was a success?

Charging Batteries? (2)

jelwell (2152) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469919)

"The current state of air travel security means more random searches and since I tend to travel with lots of electronic gadgets, these searches take a while and they test every device."

This isn't even remotely new. Everytime I walk through the metal detector they ask me to turn on each device in my pocket, that means pda, cellphone, etc.

Normally going through the xray is enough proof that the device isn't a bomb, but it doesn't surprise me in the least if they're asking you to turn on items in stowed luggage as well.

Joseph Elwell.

Interesting advice...but... (2, Interesting)

dcigary (221160) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469935)

....what happens when you don't use LapTop batteries? I carry around an old 200Mhz laptop simply for backing up pictures from my digital camera, and have long ago given up on trying to find the replacement batteries for it. Plus, it's lighter to carry around without those pesky batteries! Do they have plugs I can plug my Laptop adapter into at the search-n-frisk stations?

Er, not quite. (3, Informative)

MichaelKVance (1663) | more than 12 years ago | (#2469948)

WineX - is actually a DirectX to Mesa translator
Uh... not quite. Mesa is an implementation of the OpenGL API, and is only relevant to DirectX insofar as OpenGL is a competing API to Direct3D, a component of DirectX. What you probably meant was:
WineX - which includes a reimplimentation of the DirectX API using *nix interfaces such as X11, OpenGL, and OSS.

Get it right, then get it right again.

m.

ULTIMATE fantasy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2469949)

My ultimate fantasy has become one of a nearly impossible hope. Yet, that small grain of light it does reluctantly yield continues to build this fantasy further. I erect instantly at the thought of relationship with this charming person. As a young gay man, my ultimate fantasy is to get fucked by Rusty of Geekizoid dot com. Why this person? Because he seems so excellent at trolling, he is obviously a disgruntled, frustrated person -- one similar in emotion to myself. I think that a lot of trolls out there are really self-denying homosexuals; they don't know how to come to terms with their true desires and need a way to take out pent-up aggression. He is also extremely beautiful to me.

I really think it could work between us. Rusty, if you are hearing me, please give me some way to contact you. I am going to divulge some of the fantasy context further.

I find a method to contact you and arrange to meet you. You arive at the consented location. I outstretch my arms to hug you... Your warm, firm body... Your short, beautiful hair... You weren't expecting the hug but it feels so nice to be loved, loved by someone who truly would do anything for you.

When we arive to the secluded location, I begin touching you all over. I remove your shirt, run my hands down your chest, tickle your armbits. Next, I undo your zipper with my mouth, unbotton your pants and slide them delicately down. I run your inner thigh and you quiver. I touch your manhood from a protective layer of cloth.

We move to shower together, myself taking care to clean us both meticulously. Next, we move to the bed, and I take your cock in my mouth. You move my head with your hands and begin a constant motion. I move you over to your other side and place light kisses on your bum-cakes. After a few minutes or so, I get on all fours which is met with you ramming your cock into me. You begin a steady flow of movement, occassionally stopping to hug my back with your chest and whisper dirty sentences in my ear. I tighten my inner muscles. You have never felt a sensation like this before and marvel at it's intenseness. The fact that it is being given by someone who truly adores and appreciates you is even more encouraging. I start moving my behind to meet your thrusts. You finally come, crying out, lashing my insides even further. When you have finally pulled out, I stroke your hair, kiss your chest and compliment you on your performance. "I want to be yours, forever."

If Rusty would please come through or one of his associates -- please supply an address, IRC nickname, etc. Surrendor data(s). False information will be ignored. I love Rusty.

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