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Credit Card Breach At P.F. Chang's

Centurix Re:Why are these numbers stored? (117 comments)

Exactly, there's no law to prohibit anyone from storing CC information, just a strong suggestion not to. Best practice preaches PCI/DSS compliance, but really it's the CC schemes that are broken. The schemes represent a compromise between convenience and 'security'. Here's an interesting Twitter stream: Need A Debit Card?, some even post photographs of both sides of the card and then wonder why their accounts are empty.

about 3 months ago

BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US

Centurix Re:What is MPGe supposed to mean? (258 comments)

Lightweights, I use FPHe: Furlongs per Hogshead equivalent...

about 4 months ago

OneDrive Is Microsoft's Rebranded Name For SkyDrive

Centurix Re:It'll be fun to watch. (197 comments)

InfiniteImprobabilityDrive, all you files become pictures of whales and petunias.

about 7 months ago

How One Man Fought His ISP's Bad Behavior and Won

Centurix Re:Use public DNS (181 comments)

Nope, even using Google's DNS won't save you: ISP's hijack DNS that aren't theirs

For me I had to use DNSMASQ on my router and add: bogus-nxdomain= to stop Telstra from "helping" my DNS requests when using and

about 8 months ago

USAF Almost Nuked North Carolina In 1961 – Declassified Document

Centurix Makes we wonder about Japan and the nukes deployed (586 comments)

Maybe the two that the US dropped on Japan were the only two which detonated successfully? If generals are really that gung-ho about this stuff, then I don't call two bombs "Bombing the shit out of Japan"...

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Starting From Scratch After a Burglary?

Centurix Buy a wooden shack (770 comments)

By a wooden shack in the forest, wear a hoodie, write cryptic letters to local, state and federal government, learn how to make pipe bombs and wait.

about a year and a half ago

Ants Use Sound To Communicate

Centurix Ant minions! (36 comments)

All I need is a comb.

fetch me a beer from the fridge *strokes comb*

about a year and a half ago

Valve and JJ Abrams Collaborating On Half-Life, Portal Movies

Centurix How about a new kind of film (208 comments)

It'll be a tag-team effort, each cut frame directed by different directors in rotation:

JJ Abrahms then Ewe Bol followed by Stephen Spielberg and then George Lucas. Over, and over again. It'll be like some kind of assisted suicide for theatre goers.

about a year and a half ago

Valve and JJ Abrams Collaborating On Half-Life, Portal Movies

Centurix Re:But why abrahms? (208 comments)

Why Abrahms? To stop Ewe Boll from making it.

about a year and a half ago

USMA: Going the Extra Kilometer For Metrication

Centurix Re:Leave the units alone (909 comments)

My pint it lead you insensitive clod!

about a year and a half ago

Steve Jobs' Yacht Impounded In Amsterdam

Centurix Re:"Valued"? (221 comments)

Plumb bows are terrible in rough weather, they tend to pull down into swell. The increased water line does improve speed though.

about a year and a half ago

Australian Police Warn That Apple Maps Could Get Someone Killed

Centurix Seriously? Mildura isn't exactly that remote. (452 comments)

I drive through there more than twice a year across the back of NSW up to the top of Queensland. Take the old Land Cruiser running LPG that way as there are gas stations along the A20 that have LPG at the pump. If I'm not driving that then I'd head up to Broken Hill then the drive through Bourke to Lightning Ridge. Be prepared, take an EPIRB, water, blankets, spare clothing and a spare battery + fuel. Great drive.

about a year and a half ago

Hello, I'm a Mac. And I'm a $248 Win8 PC.

Centurix Re: I can assure you... (642 comments)

The problem with this is the Unknown-Unknowns. You are currently protecting yourself against virus which attack through vectors you know about. The Known-Unknowns.

There you go, applying a Donald Rumsfeldism to computer security on Slashdot. You are probably infected already, you just don't know it.

Thank you, come again!

about 2 years ago

Steve Jobs' Yacht Revealed

Centurix Re:Is this a good design? (438 comments)

I've built a few smaller boats with family, I have boat and ship builders and designers in my family and I can pretty much say they will complain about the shape of the bow for sure. A straight bow (or a plumb) is terrible for rough seas as it tends to pull down into oncoming waves. As for the flat chines, let's hope there's a decent stabiliser in the hull otherwise that's going to be one vomit inducing ride. As I can't see the total draft it doesn't show any tech below the water line. There maybe external stabilisers a couple of meters below the freeboard.

I'm not a big fan of the high transom, I can understand the amount of stress that happens in that area, but from what I can tell, the structure shown seems to indicate a drawbridge extending out of the back so there must be a fair bit of reinforcement behind all that sheet metal to deal with the torque.

To be honest, it looks more like a river cruiser than a blue water international cruiser. Maybe he intended it to drift around a local lake?

about 2 years ago

Regulators Smash Global Phone Tech Support Scam Operation

Centurix I assisted the AFP on one call (110 comments)

They've rang us a number of times but the last time it came through with a caller ID, which was surprising. I've had a fair bit to do with VoIP here with Optus and I recognised that the number had a block ID which was reserved to Optus, so I used their block allocation lookup and found it allocated to a specific company with an ABN (Australian Business Number) and then rang my sales guy there to see what could be done to track them down. He was surprised and said he would pass it on to their internal scam monitoring department and within half and hour I received a call from them asking me about the call and asking if I would be prepared to talk to the Australian Federal Police, who then rang me 10 minutes after that and grilled me about the call too. Didn't hear anything more about it.

about 2 years ago

QR Codes For Memorials

Centurix Rickroll from the grave (127 comments)

It's not the zombies you need to worry about, it's the post-mortem trolling.

about 2 years ago

US Is Finally Cleaning Up Agent Orange In Vietnam

Centurix Re:Decimated? (277 comments)

317,460 hogsheads covered 1,999,992 square furlongs in 408 fortnights, nice going USA!

about 2 years ago



John McCarthy, creator of LISP closes his last par

Centurix Centurix writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Centurix writes "The creator of Lisp and arguably the father of modern artificial intelligence, John McCarthy, died today. He studied mathematics with the famous John Nash at Princeton and, notably, held the first “computer-chess” match between scientists in the US and the USSR. He transmitted the moves by telegraph."
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