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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

B5_geek Super powers! (161 comments)

I've heard a rumour that he can also smell things behind him too!

(yes I just started that rumour)

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

B5_geek A few options. (294 comments)

If you have a system that you can test against (i.e. a server at your work with a fatter-pipe then you have at home, or a hosted server/VPS/etc.)


run "iperf -s" on the server and "iperf -c server.ip.address" on the client.
Read the man pages for more options.

If you don't have a 'known better then you' to test against try this to test your maximum download bandwidth.
Simple test: download a large file from Microsoft (i.e. a 'network install' service pack, or similar) or other big-host

More complicated:
run several (4-20) 'wget' concurrently. If you use Linux .iso's as your target download, make sure you grab the files from *.edu sites. Schools should have a lot more bandwidth then the average .com that is hosting files.

Your ISP might have several things in place from preventing DDOS attacks from there customer machines. So each 'download' might be throttled by your ISP. If you open several download threads to different locations, downloading different things you can maximize your usage.

Also, don't download the same thing twice from the same source. Caching can/will interfere with accurate measurements.

about two weeks ago

DC Entertainment Bringing Batman Experience To Gear VR and Oculus Rift

B5_geek Re:Batcave of the 90's show? (20 comments)

It appears that TFS has been edited to answer my question.


about two weeks ago

DC Entertainment Bringing Batman Experience To Gear VR and Oculus Rift

B5_geek Batcave of the 90's show? (20 comments)

There was a Batman TV show in the 90's?

I thought the only Batman TV show was the campy 70's version. Or are they referring to a cartoon?

about two weeks ago

Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

B5_geek Re:Test string here: (399 comments)

SSH into your host.
from the bash prompt just paste the above string.

user@host $env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test"

If you see:
this is a test
Then you are vulnerable and need to update your system.

If all you see is:
this is a test

Then you are ok.

about a month ago

Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

B5_geek Re:Test string here: (399 comments)

I too was suspicious of that fork-bomb potential. So the first time I ran it was on a test-vm.

I'm glad I am not the only paranoid one.

about a month ago

Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

B5_geek Test string here: (399 comments)

This is the test to see if you are vulnerable:

env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test"

about a month ago

US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

B5_geek Overkill? (478 comments)

Doesn't this sound like using an elephant gun to try to kill a fruit fly?

about a month ago

Scotland Votes No To Independence

B5_geek Canada & Quebec (474 comments)

I wonder if this will silence or encourage the separatists that want Quebec to leave Canada?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

B5_geek How important is your data? (268 comments)

If you really want to save your data:

Step 1: make a ZFS array and save your data there.
Step 2: copy the data to single hard-drives and store them in a different location then home.
Step 3: upload a copy to some online 'cloud storage' provider.

Use checksums/md5 hashes to determine data integrity.

Based on your budget pick any of the above 3. If you are paranoid, do all 3.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

B5_geek Software answer (238 comments)

The hardware is easy:
Either get a router that you can add DD-WRT/tomato to or build your own PC.

Software answer:
OS = OpenBSD

BUT you are not asking the right questions.
VPN's only work when 2 ends connect. So what VPN server/client will the other end of your connection use? What are you actually trying to do? Does your work have a fat-connection that they will let you use? Are you planning on paying for VPN service from a 3rd party? Do you want to create a VPN between your home and your laptop while you travel?

If you want to build yourself a solid, dependable, 'solution' follow this guide:

about a month and a half ago

Scientists Sequence Coffee Genome, Ponder Genetic Modification

B5_geek Make it taste better? (167 comments)

Which pairs taste good?
        A: adenosine
        C: cytosine
        G: guanine
        T: thymine

Tastes better to who?

about a month and a half ago

Magnetic Stimulation Boosts Memory In Humans

B5_geek MRI doesn't help though? (74 comments)

Have there been any studies correlating MRI's to better memory?

And/or everybody gets an MRI as part part of your 'getting older checkups' like a colonoscapy?

I had a brain tumour, and lobectomy to remove it. my memory is kinda crappy (except for things that I deem are *VERY* important (like wifes birthday).

I want something to fix me!

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

B5_geek Old-school is best (382 comments)

Civ2 - Call to power
NeverWinterNights 2
Tribes (I & II)
Dark Reign

about 2 months ago

Scientists Confirm Life Under Antarctic Ice

B5_geek But what about... (46 comments)

I see that nobody has asked the really important question.

How do they taste?

about 2 months ago

Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

B5_geek Reading between the lines. (233 comments)

If you read between the lines the real truth reveals itself.

North America can no longer be considered a 1st world. We are 2nd word and quickly heading towards 3rd-world status.

This is what Eisenhower warned us about.

about 2 months ago

A Warm-Feeling Wooden Keyboard (Video)

B5_geek Re:good wood? (82 comments)


Hard - check
Pretty - check (beauty..eye..beholder..blah)
sustainable - check
inexpensive - check

about 3 months ago

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Released

B5_geek Re:Some nice looking features/updates (231 comments)

Since I have have started seriously working on BSD systems I have enjoyed the simplicity/straight-forwardness of it's configuration setup. The only thing that keeps me from switching to OpenBSD for all my servers: apt-get dist-upgrade

I have only been bitten in the ass once by this (15'ish years ago), and it makes keeping the system updated so easy.

about 4 months ago

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Released

B5_geek Some nice looking features/updates (231 comments)

I have always admired RH for it's feature set and pursuit of enterprise-related features.
I do however have one gripe: All the config files are in the wrong place!
This isn't a real complaint, more akin to a whine. I have been using Debian for too many years on far too many servers; my muscle memory demands that the config files that I need to edit be located in the same place across distros.
Does anybody know why there is such a difference in file locations? /etc/network/interfaces
vs /etc/sysconfig/network/networking/where/are/the/damn/config/files

about 4 months ago



Production audio/video software for a Mac?

B5_geek B5_geek writes  |  more than 5 years ago

B5_geek (638928) writes "I have ordered a new Macbook Pro 17" and I have a few questions.

What software would you recommend for semi-professional audio & video production? I will be creating/editing/producing some music videos for a hopefully 'up & coming" starlet. I have used audacity in the past (on Linux) but I feel I need something more polished and better suited for high-quality. I also plan on editing video and I don't know what software to use.

Audio: record, edit, effects, and multi-thread weaving
Video: record, edit, effects, (green-screen capable but not a must)
CD and DVD authoring from the above projects.

Hardware: I have never owned a camcorder. What do I get for HD (720P) recording without killing the bank? (The MBP already did that!) Firewire800 interface would be best.
Flash or HDD?

Caveat: I have never used a Mac before, (Dos -> Windows -> Linux) so I don't even know where to start or if the included software is 'good enough'."

Intro to Programming for begineers?

B5_geek B5_geek writes  |  about 6 years ago

B5_geek (638928) writes "My girlfriends daughter (15) has shown a keen interest in mathematics and computers. I would love to help encourage her and guide her in possible career paths that good math skills make use of.

What tools/guides can I use to introduce her to programming? My programming skills peaked with Basic, .bat and simple linux shell scripts.

The challenge; it can't appear too geeky. She will likely turn her nose up at anything that isn't 'cool'. It is her birthday soon, so I was planning on getting her an EeePC (she already loves mine), so it should be a decent platform to pound away code on."


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