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Rosetta Hunts For Comet Touch Down Site For Philae Lander

Deagol Very exciting! (17 comments)

Anyone else have Clarke's 2069 in the back of their minds when they hear updates about this mission? I'm sure he wasn't the only SF writer to make comet-landing a plot point, but his is the only one in my reading history.

Exciting times!

about two weeks ago

Judge Shoots Down "Bitcoin Isn't Money" Argument In Silk Road Trial

Deagol Seems a weak argument (135 comments)

Since we are supposed to report the value of barter transactions to the IRS at tax time, I don't think one (in the US, anyway) can ever argue in court that something used as a proxy for value cannot be treated as "money".

about 2 months ago

'This Is Your Second and Final Notice' Robocallers Revealed

Deagol Re:Break Their Legs and Put Them in the Everglades (235 comments)

Do you speak from experience of using this technique? Or are you summarizing other online accounts?

As someone who filed personal BK 15 years ago, I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I am a strong believer of personal responsibility. But on the other hand, I loath the credit and debt collection industry with every fiber of my being, with their many awful tactics.

What you describe sounds like anyone could default on any old legitimate debt and then with some paperwork and brass balls simply get away without paying it back. Why the fuck shouldn't I max out my credit, stop paying the house, car, and credit car bills, and then reap the benefits of getting in the clear? This seems too easy (court/legal legwork aside).

about a year and a half ago

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 Rooted

Deagol Re:Kindle fire is dead to me (62 comments)

I haven't kept tabs on the Fire line. I did voluntarily buy an ad-driven Kindle 3 (full keypad models) for myself and for my mother. Are the Fire models not similarly divided into ad-free and ad-subsidized lines?

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Should a Unix Fan Look For In a Windows Expert?

Deagol Re:UNIX Differences (454 comments)

Slashdot became reddit before reddit existed. You can bet your hot grits on it.

about 2 years ago

The Decline of Google's (and Everybody's) Ad Business

Deagol Re:Good (313 comments)

USENET? Anonymous FTP servers? Gopher/Archie/Veronica? Mail lists?

My first 3 or 4 years on "the internet" didn't even have graphical browsers, and it had a ton of useful information.

more than 2 years ago

FCC Maps the 3G Wasteland Of the Western US

Deagol Re:If you compare maps.... (173 comments)

> Urbanites need their cell phones

Yeah, like they need a bad rash. Are you fucking kidding me?

I say *nobody* really needs cell phones.

more than 2 years ago

Full Disk Encryption Hard For Law Enforcement To Crack

Deagol Re:Not so simple (575 comments)


Boucher not only consented to a search, he unlocked the drive with the the CP on it for the border/customs agent. This is the unique part of this case that makes it pretty much irrelevant for the generic case. The court ruled (as I understand it) that because he gave up the password once, he had to do it again when asked by the court.

If he had never unlocked the drive to begin with, and kept his mouth shut, then the outcome would have been very different.

more than 2 years ago

Carbonite Privacy Breach Leads To Spam

Deagol Re:Ha ha Han Solo (134 comments)

He thrusts his fists against the post...

more than 2 years ago

Telecomix Releases 54GB of Syrian Censorship Logs

Deagol Cycles are cheap, bandwidth/time isn't. (51 comments)

For hell's sake, man, this is 2011! Why any compressible data is still released using gzip, when xz (even bzip2) is way better, is totally beyond me.

Squash those bits, man! Squash 'em good!

more than 2 years ago

Why Netflix Had To Raise Its Prices

Deagol Re: What alternative services are there? (574 comments)

Hulu's increase of commercials has severely turned me off of their offerings. I once watched a ton of stuff on Hulu, but now I stick to NetFlix or just do without.

It's quite jarring to be in the middle of an intense show and then breaking to an HPV commercial.

more than 3 years ago

The CIA's Amazing RC Animals From the 70s

Deagol Inspiration for Dark Tower guardians? (113 comments)

Seeing this article made me think of the robotic/cyborg "guardian" animals in the Dark Tower series. I wonder if this cold war stuff inspired that part of King's story?

more than 3 years ago

Judge Declares Mistrial Because of Wikipedia

Deagol Re:wow... (558 comments)

That is apparently the case. I've been called to jury duty once in my life. I was actually excited about it. All my work peers cynically said some version of this: "Just tell them you've been to college and you'll be tossed from the pool." I was like, WTF?!? During selection, we were all asked our professions, our level of education, what periodicals we subscribed to, and if anyone in our family had been subject to domestic abuse (it was an wife battery case, IIRC). For whatever reason, we were *all* pruned out, and I never did get to sit.

For the life of me, I can't understand why people with *any* familiarity with a topic should be pruned from a jury pool. If I were on trial for some computer/tech crime, I'd rather a bunch of slashdotters or redditors (gods help me) be on the jury than the uninformed Joe Schmoe who rely on left- or right-wing hate media for their news sources.

more than 3 years ago

WikiLeaks Defenders Threaten Amazon

Deagol Re:DIY hacking tool? (703 comments)

The "-P32" (at least in FreeBSD "xargs") means to have 32 instances of the target command (wget, in this case) in parallel.

more than 3 years ago

WikiLeaks Defenders Threaten Amazon

Deagol Re:DIY hacking tool? (703 comments)

To hell with while loops. Do it in style and in parallel:

yes "" | xargs -n1 -P32 wget -e robots=off -q --tries=2 --timeout=32 -H -p --output-document=/dev/null

Okay, "-P32" may be a *little* excessive. ;-) I'm sure the "wget" options can be optimized a little. Anyway, it's a good start.

more than 3 years ago

Americans Less Healthy, But Outlive Brits

Deagol Re:Rationing is what we need. (521 comments)

I realize this, but ignorance by the populace is not my problem. It's not like we're doing so well on that front anyway. Half the problem, of course, is medicated livestock feed. Antibiotics are used as a feed additive because it somehow lets animals put on weight faster, so many grower/starter feed rations have antibiotics in them. But a huge problem is ignorant soccer moms who insist in a round of penicillin for ever little sniffle Little Johnny gets.

That said, my 12-year-old son has never once been administered antibiotics, as my wife and I know what a problem it is. I've only had them twice in the past 10 years, my teen-aged daughter maybe once in her life. Obviously, the ignorant reap what they sow (like in Mexico, though they've put a stop to OTC antibiotics), though it can obviously be a problem for the rest of us.

I prefer a more libertarian solution to health care, as the current system is far too restrictive and screws over the poor (and the self-taught).

more than 3 years ago

Former Student Gets 30 Months For Political DDoS Attacks

Deagol Re:Though shit (486 comments)

Your valid criticism lost a lot a sway when you so lightly invoked prison rape. Don't be a douche and please stick to the facts.

I will point out that a lot of people (many of whom I will assume, like myself, have never been convicted of *anything*) are complaining about other people's sentences, so it's not like only those with a rap sheet have a monopoly on decrying the joke of a justice system we currently have.

more than 3 years ago



Best Linux distro and tools for a FreeBSD user?

Deagol Deagol writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Deagol (323173) writes "About 5 years ago, I jumped ship from Fedora to FreeBSD for my workstation OS. Sadly, due to a dearth of viable virtualization options for FreeBSD/amd64, I've made the decision to move back to Linux. I haven't exactly kept up with Linux developments in the interim, so I'm at a total loss as to what the good distros are. I know that the 2.6 kernel, LVM2, ext4, and a bunch of VM options are now available, but that's about it. Things I'll miss the most are the ports collection, the GEOM framework (which gives me good, solid full-disk encryption), and ZFS. I'm hoping that recent FreeBSD-to-Linux converts, or those who have a foot in each camp, will relate their experiences. I've accepted that Linux is currently the best tool for the job, but I need to learn how to smoothly make the transition."

How to deal with vigilante mail admins?

Deagol Deagol writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Deagol (323173) writes "I admin for a small company, and after recently moving to a new hosted server (and IP space), I discovered that much the company's opt-in monthly newsletter is being blocked by various sites. No public black lists (that are still maintained, anyway) list our domain or our IP space, yet we're blocked due to presumed bad behavior of the previous owners. There are a smattering of smaller domains that simply reject or stall the connection. Some of the larger ones are at least kind enough to provide a link in their 5xx SMTP responses. I will name names here. The ones responsible for the most rejected traffic are Yahoo, Comcast, and Verizon. I've submitted my information to the online forms, multiple times in some cases. Comcast hasn't fixed the problem yet, in spite of my receiving multiple emails saying they would. Verizon summarily rejected my first request. Yahoo, however, was very quick to fix the issue. How do other mail admins deal with this problem?"

Good Locations for Expatriate Tech Workers?

Deagol Deagol writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Deagol (323173) writes "After a long, hard winter in my region of the US this year, I find myself itching for warmer, greener pastures. Initial thoughts were of looking at other states, such as Hawaii and southern Arizona. However, domestic housing and cost of living are progressively becoming prohibitive. So I started wondering if there are good locations where a UNIX admin could find work, and make a decent living by the local standards. Year-round gardening (or nearly so) is a requirement, so sub-tropical places are a first consideration. Northern New Zealand looks nice at first glance. There are tons of sites dedicated to expatriate communities, but most smell of snake oil peddlers who promise tax evasion and local under-aged women. I'm curious if there are any tech workers (fellow Americans, in particular) who have found a second home in a welcoming community abroad who would tell their stories. I have a wife and kids to consider, so a place with some semblance of law and order would be nice, preferably some place where local government is not much more corrupt than those in the US. Oh, and internet access is a must. :)"


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