Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

DMUTPeregrine Re:esr will save us! (169 comments)

Git is the best repository because it's the easiest to insult when something goes wrong. "Stupid git!" is a lot better than "Stupid CVS!"

8 hours ago
top

Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

DMUTPeregrine Re:Intelligence isn't that important (154 comments)

You should try it with a lungfish. They're smart enough to breathe.

4 days ago
top

GlaxoSmithKline Released 45 Liters of Live Polio Virus

DMUTPeregrine Re:Homeopathy (209 comments)

Well, if you mean "destroyed the internal DNA payload and left only the outer protein shell" as being somehow equivalent to "watered down" then yes. But since the process has nothing to do with simple dilution that's not a very good comparison.

about two weeks ago
top

Hacking USB Firmware

DMUTPeregrine Re:Signed Firmware (97 comments)

They're not writing to the filesystem, so that won't help.

about three weeks ago
top

Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

DMUTPeregrine Re:Bash is a very crappy programming language. (329 comments)

Batch search & replace just screams "Beta reduction of lambda calculus statements" to those who love Turing tarpits. Or perhaps Church tarpits in this case.

about three weeks ago
top

U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

DMUTPeregrine Re:Expert. (358 comments)

Actually, 192kHz is the sample rate. That's a maximum of 96kHz output frequency.

The only point of such a sample rate is that it allows some audio modification techniques to have a lower distortion of the waveform in the audible spectrum range. It's very minor, far more of the effect comes from spending more money and the resulting placebo effect: the music sounds better and IS more pleasing, because the buyer thinks it should sound better. The effect on perception is real, even though the actual sound is identical to that of a cheaper system.

about a month ago
top

Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

DMUTPeregrine Re:Natural immunity (122 comments)

Hand sanitizer IS breeding antibiotic resistant bacteria. There are two kinds of sanitizer: The old alcohol-based ones, and the newer triclosan (an antibiotic) based ones. The triclosan sanitizers are often marketed as not drying out the skin, and so became popular. Resistance to triclosan tends to convey resistance to some other related antibiotics as well.

Alcohol based sanitizers are fine. Just use moisturizer after if you're worried about dry skin.

about a month ago
top

Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

DMUTPeregrine Re:4 digits = impossible? (504 comments)

And 5772. Don't leave the Euler-Mascheroni constant all alone!

about a month ago
top

The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

DMUTPeregrine Re:Spoilers (131 comments)

No. Net neutrality allows ISPs to follow the DS field, just not to set it on traffic they didn't create.

Of course, there's always the possibility of a legislature screwing it up and outlawing QoS, but redefinition of ISPs under FCC Title 2 wouldn't have that problem.

about a month ago
top

The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

DMUTPeregrine Re:Spoilers (131 comments)

They don't even have to restrict bandwidth. They can also just store packets from non-preferred providers in a long queue, thereby vastly increasing latency. VoIP is especially sensitive to this.

about a month ago
top

5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

DMUTPeregrine Re:Two factor authentication time! (203 comments)

No, it's a separate password for the same account. You can set it to expire or not, as you choose. Cookies aren't involved.

about a month ago
top

Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

DMUTPeregrine Re:Seemed pretty obvious this was the case (311 comments)

I put "random crap" generated by my password manager, and store it in the password manager. Security questions are just secondary passwords to the same account. They need to have the same amount of entropy as the real password to be of any use whatsoever.

about a month and a half ago
top

Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

DMUTPeregrine Re:Seemed pretty obvious this was the case (311 comments)

My Mother's maiden name is 52Vg8alTkWjJ92AXLq8c. I was born in the town of iyUJuoE5go9pWhylGHJT, where I got my first pet, 9DurEntFD7WU9lpZJCKI.

If you ever tell the truth with a security question, you've done it wrong. If you ever use the same answer to a security question twice, you've done it wrong. If your answers have less entropy than your passwords, you've done it wrong.

about a month and a half ago
top

Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

DMUTPeregrine Re:ECC? (155 comments)

There's also the matter that better ECCs cost more overhead. You can detect single bit errors with a simple parity bit, but double errors will go undetected. And even something like Reed-Solomon can't correct all the errors it can detect. Spacecraft going to mars have very limited mass budgets, there are often better places to spend the extra mass than on an additional redundant flash chip (and associated circuitry).

about 1 month ago
top

State of the GitHub: Chris Kelly Does the Numbers

DMUTPeregrine Re:business model (34 comments)

No, it was that any of the clones would have the full version history of the entire source tree. You still want a primary repo from which you make your releases, but all the developers can have a copy of the whole thing. They can also make changes to their local clones when offline, then merge all the changes later. Anyone can branch from any point, and the whole thing works on snapshots of the repo instead of sets of incremental changes to each file.

about 2 months ago
top

Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

DMUTPeregrine Re:Hello, it is 2014 (113 comments)

64-bit isn't just about ram, it's also about the extra registers & instructions.

about 2 months ago
top

Anomaly Triggers Self-Destruct For SpaceX Falcon 9 Test Flight

DMUTPeregrine Re:Exactly! (113 comments)

Specifically, the space shuttle didn't have a launch escape system. Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Vostok, Shenzhou and Soyuz all do/did, though Vostok and Gemini used ejection seats for the purpose instead of taking the whole capsule. The shuttle test flights had ejection seats, but those were removed when normal operations started. After Challenger a method to escape the shuttle was added: get into a controlled glide, get to the rear hatch, jump out, and parachute to safety...

about 2 months ago
top

New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

DMUTPeregrine Re:Waaah. (338 comments)

Or just heat the water in a kettle on the stove. Most (electric) stoves use 240V outlets.

about 2 months ago
top

NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers

DMUTPeregrine Re:Unsubstantiated, but this is what I've heard: (116 comments)

If by "three-letter government agencies" you mean the USN, specifically the Office of Naval Research, then you're correct. But most people in the US call the USN "the Navy", so there are some extra letters.

about 2 months ago

Submissions

DMUTPeregrine hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?