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Physics Students Devise Concept For Star Wars-Style Deflector Shields

AG the other Good to know (179 comments)

Larry Niven will be glad to know that since he used opaque shields in "The Mote in God's Eye"

about 8 months ago
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Facebook Tracks the Status Updates and Messages You Don't Write Too

AG the other Re:Time to switch gears (163 comments)

It occurs to me, in view of Snowden's revelations and the presumption that anything that Facebook knows the NSA also knows, that we as a community could completely overload the NSA by daily opening a page and typing words like bomb, hack, DNS attack and poison into a post and then closing it.

1 year,4 days
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Ask Slashdot: How Best To Disconnect Remote Network Access?

AG the other Routers can do it (284 comments)

I don't know what type of router you have but many do have scheduling capabilities. Actually publishing information like brand and model of router would be pretty dumb.
My first step would be to contact your router manufacturer and if necessary get one that has that capability. You could even put all of your manufacturing equipment behind one unit on it's own segment of the network with limited access from outside, assuming that you really need network access at all.
Unplugging from the network is an option that will permanently take care of the problem.
 

about a year and a half ago
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When Will My Computer Understand Me?

AG the other Why? (143 comments)

Should a computer understand us when we can't understand each other?

about a year and a half ago
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Chinese Hackers Infiltrate US Army Database, Compromise Safety of Dams

AG the other Re: What Information? (256 comments)

The military actually were moving to a card and password combination when I left.
The cards are not anything like a credit card so aren't easily duplicated.

about a year and a half ago
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Chinese Hackers Infiltrate US Army Database, Compromise Safety of Dams

AG the other Re: What Information? (256 comments)

They operate at least 4 or 5 in the state or Arkansas alone. During the 50s and 60s they just about damed up everything bigger than a trickle from a water hose here.
That's the Core of Engineers. That are where the guys that build for the Army get practice for digging in the USA for when they go other places.
They have a totally cool model of the Mississippi river in Vicksburg that they use to simulate floods, droughts and other projects in the entire Mississippi river drainage.
That's a big area in case you didn't know.

about a year and a half ago
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Chinese Hackers Infiltrate US Army Database, Compromise Safety of Dams

AG the other Re: What Information? (256 comments)

Actually army network passwords have or at least had to be when I worked for them 15 letters long, contain no dictionary words and have a minimum of 2 small letters, to caps and two symbols. They are also changed every 30 days and can not be reused.
Also at random times all passwords are just set to be reset because that is what the admins are told to do.

about a year and a half ago
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How a Programmer Gets By On $16K/Yr: He Moves to Malaysia

AG the other Re:30 hours per week? (523 comments)

It really depends on the industry that you work in. My wife is a CPA and during the winter and spring she tends to work 60 to 70 hours and was turned down for a job because she didn't think that she could keep up the average 100 hours a week that the people in that office averaged during the spring.
Many lawyers do the same thing when they have the work to do 70 to 80 hours a week aren't unusual.
When I was running my PC repair business I worked until I finished my work most of the time.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Implements DNSSEC Validation For Public DNS

AG the other Re:What web sites and hosts do you visit? (101 comments)

My ISP, AT&T has terrible DNS, at least in this area. They randomly take down DNS servers, without replacing them. In case you don't know this leaves customers without any way to access the internet.
They occasionally stop serving requests to competitors. For a while the only way that I could reach my work home page from home was to type in the IP address, at least until I switched to Google DNS. It was sort of important because I was an admin.
Google DNS just works. I can go to any page I need to go to.

about 2 years ago
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North Korea Kills Phone Line, 1953 Armistice; Kim Jong Un's Funds Found In China

AG the other Re:Well, of course China wants to keep NK as it is (330 comments)

You are right and it should also be pointed out that one reason that China supports them is that they do not want hundreds of thousands of NK refugees coming over their border.

about 2 years ago
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Oracle Rushes Emergency Java Update To Patch McRAT Vulnerabilities

AG the other Re:Only one program I miss (165 comments)

Unfortunately I was helping a relative set up a new computer, I had already spent several hours working on the computer and was exhausted so when the install failed I just changed to Open Office when the install failed.

about 2 years ago
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Oracle Rushes Emergency Java Update To Patch McRAT Vulnerabilities

AG the other Re:Only one program I miss (165 comments)

The last time I tried to install Libre Office on a relative's computer the installation failed and I haven't had another chance to try it again.

about 2 years ago
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Oracle Rushes Emergency Java Update To Patch McRAT Vulnerabilities

AG the other Re:Only one program I miss (165 comments)

It says you can't install it unless you have Java installed or did the last time I tried to install it.
My wife has a multi PC copy of MS Office and I use that, most of the time anyway, for what little word processing I do that Google Docs won't do.

about 2 years ago
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Oracle Rushes Emergency Java Update To Patch McRAT Vulnerabilities

AG the other Only one program I miss (165 comments)

Open office won't work without Java. Maybe some day I'll be convinced that they have their stuff together again and I'll reinstall it.

about 2 years ago
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How a Chinese Hacker Tried To Blackmail Me

AG the other Titles (146 comments)

I think the person that started this should be called what they were, a government censor and the Chinese government should realize corruption is an inevitable result of censorship.
 

about 2 years ago
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Fox News: US Solar Energy Investment Less Than Germany Because US Has Less Sun

AG the other Re:Problem? (644 comments)

Faux news. Easy spelling mistake to make.

about 2 years ago
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San Diego Drops Red-Light Cameras

AG the other Re:So Floor It ! (330 comments)

Better than that is the system that was present in Louisville KY back in the 70s and 80s that if you stuck to a speed, clearly marked on major streets you could proceed at 30, 40, or 45 mph without being stopped by a traffic light. If you went too fast or too slow you would get stopped. If you went the correct, also legal, speed you could usually go 20 to 30 blocks without being stopped by a light.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Tools For Dealing With Glare Sensitivity?

AG the other Opthomologist is your friend (195 comments)

This can be a symptom of some eye conditions. Seriously get yourself to a good Ophthalmologist, someone that knows eye conditions, not just someone that sells eye glasses.
Personally I just had a cornea transplant and I can see much better.

about 2 years ago
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The World Remains Five Minutes From Midnight

AG the other Re:Doomsday clock (301 comments)

Nope I'm saying that you saw a cop car coming down the street and decided not to swing.
For whatever reason none of the predictions of the world ending have ever come true.

about 2 years ago

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