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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

El_Oscuro Re:Crude? (96 comments)

In TOS, if watch The Doomsday Machine episode, it is obvious that the the damage Constellation had was caused by something like a lighter. There is some debate as to whether the model was actually one of those Revell models we used to get as kids at the local Gemco, or if it was the crappiest version of the full scale models. Given that it would be easier to generate those kinds of burns on a smaller Revell model, I would guess the former.

2 days ago

Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

El_Oscuro Re:All the more reason-- (166 comments)

I once had a computer which did that, a Commodore 64. I am pretty sure most others at that time were that way too. The whole "store the O/S on a R/W hard drive" was an IBM PC/Microsoft idea, as were viruses.

A ROM based system with Ubuntu or Knoppix would be pretty sweet for surfing teh Interwebs.

about a month ago

Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

El_Oscuro Re:another record (141 comments)

In other words, stop buying shit made in China. If enough people do that then even the 1% will listen. Even in the US, it is still easy to find shit made here - you just have to look. And most of the the time the price is about the same and the quality is better.

about a month ago

China Bans iPad, MacBook Pro, Other Apple Products For Government Use

El_Oscuro Why? (115 comments)

I mean, isn't all of Apples shit made in China anyway? That would be like the US government banning GM cars.

about a month ago

Giant Crater Appears In Northern Siberia

El_Oscuro Re:Move along, nothing to see here... (122 comments)

I'm guessing that less than 2% of you know probably what the heck I'm talking about here.

Missed it by THAT much? Agent 86 once said that after he almost shot his dick off. I wonder if he ever screwed Agent 99? Man, I used to think she was hot. And the Cone of Silence? I saw a real one in action while on jury duty once. The judge lowered this stupid contraption when he was talking with the lawyers. It made this white noise which gave everyone headaches but I had no problem hearing their entire conversation from the other side of the room...

about 2 months ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

El_Oscuro Going back to cash (753 comments)

Last week I swiped my card at a gas station pump before noticing the tamper proof seals had been broken. I have replaced the card, but while waiting for the new card I used cash. You tend to conserve more money when it is cold, hard cash instead of of just swiping a card. Less surface area for compromise as well.

about 2 months ago

The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

El_Oscuro Re:Things are simple... (309 comments)

All of those small family bookstores that Barnes and Noble and Borders put out of business about 15-20 years ago? Guess what, they are back in business. The just sell through Amazon now.

about 2 months ago

The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

El_Oscuro Re:"To replace obsolete and aging aircraft platfor (364 comments)

If the Israelis were to set up constant patrols over Gaza with them, that little rocket firing business would dry up real fast. Fire a rocket, expect a 30 mike-mike up your ass.

about 2 months ago

The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

El_Oscuro Re:"To replace obsolete and aging aircraft platfor (364 comments)

The parent is wrong. Nothing has replaced the A-10. The Pentagon tried to kill the Warthog earilier this year until everyone who actually uses them screamed bloody murder.

This fricken plane is airworthy with half a wing and an engine missing. Could the F-35 do that?

The Iraqis don't want us to send troops over there to deal with the ISIS business. They have plenty of troops of their own. What they have asked for is some air support. Immagine what a couple of A-10 squadrons would do there..

about 2 months ago

Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

El_Oscuro Re:Teachers... (519 comments)

Must have been taught by the LAUSD.

about 3 months ago

Not A Hoverboard, but Close (Video)

El_Oscuro Better skateboard (66 comments)

If you are going to blow a lot of money on a skateboard, check out one of these.

about 4 months ago

30-Day Status Update On LibreSSL

El_Oscuro Re:Fake Security Gurus (164 comments)

OneAfterOneByTheStarDoggedMoon,TooQuickForGroanOrSigh.EachTurnedHisFaceWithAGhastlyPang,andCursedMeWithHisEye Very large and very secure, though I wouldn't want to type it 100 times a day....

about 4 months ago

NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

El_Oscuro Re:Stupid? (204 comments)

Playing fetch with my Black Lab is cruel. To me. After a day with her, I feel like I am ready to blow out a rotator cuff or need Tommy John surgery. The damn dog NEVER gets tired. Walking her in the usual fashion is impossible. The only way I can reasonably "walk" her is with a skateboard. Specifically a Landyachtz Evo downhill racer. Riding a skateboard at Black Lab speeds can be terrifying, but one of those bad boys is super stable. Still doesn't tire the dog, though. :)

about 5 months ago

Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

El_Oscuro Re:Is there a way to tell? (239 comments)

You could just go to which has a search function to do just that.  They also have an anti-fishing toolbar which will give very detailed information about a site.  For example:

Site title     Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters     Date first seen     September 2004
Site rank     5747     Primary language     English
Description     Not Present
Keywords     Not Present
Site     Netblock Owner     SourceForge, Inc.
Domain     Nameserver
IP address     DNS admin
IPv6 address     Not Present     Reverse DNS
Domain registrar     Nameserver organisation
Organisation     Dice Holdings, Inc., New York, 10018, US     Hosting company     Dynamic Network Services, Inc.
Top Level Domain     Organization entities (.org)     DNS Security Extensions     unknown
Hosting country      US
Hosting History
Netblock owner     IP address     OS     Web server     Last seen Refresh
SourceForge, Inc. 12150 Meredith Drive Urbandale IA US 50323     unknown     Apache/2.2.3 CentOS     13-Dec-2013

about 5 months ago

60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

El_Oscuro Re:This is one thing I love about it (544 comments)

I wouldn't mind dropping one of those electric motors in my Camaro so I could do things like this.

about 5 months ago

Why US Gov't Retirement Involves a Hole in the Ground Near Pittsburgh

El_Oscuro already posted on soylent news (142 comments)

I submitted this to yesterday. soylentnews is a fork of /. after the beta fiasco. If you hate dice, check it out. No ads or trackers either. My ghostery seems to look lost whenever I go there. :)

about 6 months ago

Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

El_Oscuro Re:Paging Mr. Clancy ... (623 comments)

Or how about the entire plot of the much more recent "Command Authority"

about 6 months ago

New slashdot beta setting records for suckage

El_Oscuro Lameness filter (1 comments)

The lameness filter must be broken. How did you manage to post in all caps?

about 7 months ago

Designer Seeds Thought To Be Latest Target By Chinese

El_Oscuro Re:Boycott (164 comments)

Windows 8, Unity, and now Slashdot Beta. WTF?

about 7 months ago



MPAA Wants Theaters To Call Cops On People Who Dare Take A Photo During A Movie

El_Oscuro El_Oscuro writes  |  about 10 months ago

El_Oscuro (1022477) writes "According to Consumerist, The Motion Picture Association of America has released new best practices guidelines for movie theater operators who want to crack down on that worst of crimes — the shaky-cam pirated movie. To that end, the MPAA is suggesting a zero-tolerance policy, not just for people caught trying to record a motion picture, but for anyone who dares to take out their cellphone to take a photo during a screening.

That’s right. Theater owners should just assume that anyone who pulls out a phone during a movie is a thief looking to deprive Ben Affleck’s children of their next meal. And rather than simply remove that suspected copyright terrorist from the theater — like Alamo Drafthouse does with people who text during movies — the MPAA says theater owners need to alert the authorities."

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Software patents abolished in New Zealand

El_Oscuro El_Oscuro writes  |  1 year,16 days

El_Oscuro (1022477) writes "According to the Washington Post, New Zealand just abolished software patents.

What’s wrong with the patent system? Most people cite problems with patent trolls or low patent quality. But a recent study by the Government Accountability Office makes it clear that the real problem is more specific: Patents on software don’t work.

Of course, the GAO doesn’t quite come out and say that. The study, released last week, has the bland title “Assessing Factors That Affect Patent Infringement Litigation Could Help Improve Patent Quality.” But the study is chock-full of evidence that most of the patent system’s problems are really problems with software patents.
According to the GAO, software patents now account for more than half of all patents submitted."

Can someone patent a skateboard?

El_Oscuro El_Oscuro writes  |  about a year and a half ago

El_Oscuro writes "In a move that would put to shame, Hamboards is suing some dude who has made a skateboard that is kind of like theirs. The real bizzaro thing is, he hasn't actually sold any decks so I am not sure exactly what would be violated. There is so much prior art here that it makes the Apple/Samsung round corners business look original. And if you think software patents are shitty, wait until you read some of the skateboard ones such as Patent USD556283 and Patent USD564613."
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The World's Lightest Electric Vehicle

El_Oscuro El_Oscuro writes  |  about 2 years ago

El_Oscuro (1022477) writes "Not only is it a vehicle – it’s a skateboard, more specifically a longboard. silverfishlongboarding tested some prototypes and has a good write up on it.

If you rode a Tony Hawk when you were a kid and are tired of rising gas prices, parking, traffic, etc, this might be for you. With a speed governed 20mph top speed, 6 mile range and regenerative braking, this bad boy could be your next commuter ride.

The Tech
Boosteb Boards founders, all three of whom were engineering students and longboarders at Stanford University, are definitely well-versed in the technologies they've applied to their board project. For reporters like us, drooling over paper with the large, fat pencils the doctors say are safe for us to use, it boils down to sime relatively simple stuff: a custom mounting plate and driveline they bolt onto Landyachtz'es Bear Trucks, independently belt-driven by tandem 1kw, brushless DC "outrider" motors, all powered by a lithium-ion battery pack managed by a heat-sinked mos-fet controller that's directed by a blue tooth handset. Simpler yet: tons of horsepower, 6+ miles of range and only about six pounds heavier than the longboard they start with before adding on the electronics."

Dennis Ritchie, Co-Creator of Unix and Founder of

El_Oscuro El_Oscuro writes  |  more than 2 years ago

El_Oscuro (1022477) writes "In less than a week, the world has lost two tech pioneers. Last week, we mourned the passing of Steve Jobs, and now we say goodbye to computer scientist Dennis Ritchie who also recently died.

Ritchie, or dmr as he was called in programming circles, worked most of his life at Bell Laboratories where he helped create the C programming language and worked extensively on the Unix operating system."

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Computer chess champ stripped of 4 titles

El_Oscuro El_Oscuro writes  |  more than 3 years ago

El_Oscuro (1022477) writes "According to the Washington Times, Yet another world champion has been brought low for suspected use of a banned performance-enhancing substance. Rybka, the chess-playing computer program that won the past four World Computer Chess Championship titles, was summarily stripped of its silicon crown this week amid charges its programmer plagiarized the software of two rival programs.

David Levy, president of the International Computer Games Association (ICGA), announced the action against Rybka on Wednesday and imposed a lifetime ban on Czech-American programmer and Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate Vasik Rajlich. He accused Mr. Rajlich of ripping off the coding of two other software programs marketed as Crafty and Fruit. Mr. Levy also demanded the return of trophies and prize money the program won.

Because Fruit and Crafty “open-source” program, its codes are available for anyone to use — but its license strictly prohibits anyone from making money off its code and not giving credit. John Dozier Jr., a lawyer who specializes in Internet copyright issues, said no successful preventive measure from this is in sight."

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Sarah Palins emails released by Alaska

El_Oscuro El_Oscuro writes  |  more than 3 years ago

El_Oscuro (1022477) writes "According to to the LA Times, the state of Alaska is expected to release more than 24,000 pages worth of emails from Sarah Palin's tenure as governor, more than two years after they were requested by news organizations and local activists. The Palin emails were originally sought to shed light on the then-little-known running mate of 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain. Their release comes at a very different time — as Palin, who enjoys near-universal name recognition, is contemplating a White House bid of her own.

Apparently, the Alaskan government cannot create something like a zip file or tarball so they will print out each individual email and then release the printed copies to new organizations. Why do I feel this belongs on"

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New California legislator deployed to Afghanistan

El_Oscuro El_Oscuro writes  |  more than 3 years ago

El_Oscuro (1022477) writes "The LA Times reports that newly elected Assemblyman Jeff Gorell is on a mission, it just wasn't the one he expected. In March, the freshman Republican from Camarillo, a Navy reservist, will trade his business suit for combat fatigues and report for a year's duty in Afghanistan. Never mind that he hasn't yet hired a staff, opened an office or introduced legislation."
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Microsoft shares hit by downgrade

El_Oscuro El_Oscuro writes  |  more than 3 years ago

El_Oscuro (1022477) writes "According to BBC, shares in Microsoft fell nearly 2% during US trading, after Goldman Sachs cut its rating of the computer giant. The investment bank cut its rating of Microsoft shares from "buy" to "neutral". It said Microsoft was being threatened by the rise of tablet computers such as Apple's iPad, which do not run Windows software."
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Ubuntu featured in the Washington Times

El_Oscuro El_Oscuro writes  |  more than 4 years ago

El_Oscuro (1022477) writes "On the day before the Windows 7 Launch, The Washington Times ran a prominent story about Ubuntu. above the fold in the Marketplace section of the paper. This is the first mention of Linux as a consumer desktop I have ever seen in a non tech publication, and its focus was clearly for consumers.

Even more interesting was the followup that appeared in the newspaper a week later:

"For a good part of last week, your reviewer's musings about Ubuntu Linux was among the top five most-read stories on Since the other top stories concerned health-insurance reform or the H1N1 vaccine and similar weighty topics, the presence of a geek-oriented column came as a pleasant surprise.

I suspect this may reflect a growing disenchantment among computer users with the high cost of operating systems, specifically Windows operating systems from Microsoft Corp.""

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Turning Plastic Trash Into Fuel

El_Oscuro El_Oscuro writes  |  about 5 years ago

El_Oscuro (1022477) writes "According to the Washington post, a D.C. Start-Up Aims to Pitch Oil Made From Plastic Waste. Plastic soda bottles, Big Gulp cups and empty sour cream containers get fed into the top of the three-story machine. About 10 minutes later, out the other side comes a light-brown synthetic oil that can be converted into fuel for a truck or a jet airplane.

The Envion Oil Generator, scheduled for an official unveiling at Montgomery County's Solid Waste Transfer Station on Wednesday, represents a local company's decade-long effort to fight rising fuel costs and help protect the environment. As part of a pilot program, the company recently assembled the first of its fuel-producing generators at the Derwood waste facility.

Envion said its new generator can consume any type of plastic and convert it into synthetic oil; depending on the type of plastic, one ton can be converted into three to six barrels of fuel. Envion said it costs about $10 to convert the plastic waste into a barrel's worth of synthetic oil; currently, crude oil sells for close to $70 a barrel.

How much oil could we recover from the Pacific Garbage Patch?"

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iTunes goes DRM free

El_Oscuro El_Oscuro writes  |  more than 5 years ago

El_Oscuro (1022477) writes "Apple Australia's John Marx confirms that the new three-tier pricing plan, introduced around the world today, has also kicked in at iTunes New Zealand.

Previously, a sprinkling of higher-resolution 256kbps, DRM (digital rights management)-free "iTunes Plus" songs have been available for the premium price of $1.79.

Now, all nine million songs on Apple's music store are "iTunes Plus", DRM-free, 256Kbps and priced at $1.29, $1.79 or a new top rate of $2.39 depending on popularity.

The lack of DRM, or copy protection, means any song can be transferred to another iPod or indeed, once converted from ACC, to almost any device, rather than tethered to the purchaser's music player.

According to a radio report heard on the way home, any iTunes songs purchased previously with DRM can also be upgraded for $.30 or $3/album"

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World of Goo (for Linux)

El_Oscuro El_Oscuro writes  |  more than 5 years ago

El_Oscuro (1022477) writes "How many of you have wanted the latest games for Linux? Wouldn't it be great if you could just select Linux as your platform instead of Windows or Mac. Well now, you can buy World of Goo at Just select your package type (.deb, .rpm or tarball) when downloading. As far as I know, this is the first major commercial game released for Linux at the same time as Windows and Mac.

Every slashdotter who wants games for Linux should download this demo. This game is really fun and worth every cent of the $20 the full version costs. Buy it! Even if you don't really like the game, it is for Linux and has no DRM. And even if you don't like it, your kids will. Mine are both playing it now on Ubuntu. Wouldn't it be cool if half the sales of World of Goo were for Linux? If you want good Linux games without DRM, vote for this one with your pocket book."

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Breaking Nintendo WII system security

El_Oscuro El_Oscuro writes  |  more than 5 years ago

El_Oscuro (1022477) writes "On,
Hector just wanted to see what he could do with the Wii. And when he first took a look under the hood, he started with the usual approach — he started poking through Wii game discs. On every disc he tried, the entire contents were encrypted with secure RSA-2048 and SHA-1. The second place he looked — game saves — were signed using elliptic curve cryptography. Nintendo clearly wasn't going to make this easy.

It looked hopeless. That is, until someone looked at the core function via a disassembler that performed the RSA and SHA-1 verification. Hector provided this pseudocode for the check function:

        bool is_valid_signature(byte signature[256], byte public_key[256], byte content_sha1[256]) {
                byte decrypted_signature[256];
                decrypt_rsa(signature, public_key, decrypted_signature);
                if(strncmp(content_sha1, decrypted_signature + 236, 20) == 0)
                        return 1;
                        return 0;

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What makes shitty software?

El_Oscuro El_Oscuro writes  |  more than 6 years ago

El_Oscuro (1022477) writes "Another slashdot poster submitted a comment with examples of bad software. Since this is something every slashdotter experiences on a daily basis, this should be a basis for a poll or an article. There is no FA. Not that it matters; nobody reads them anyway. :) Let the flame wars begin!"
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You pwn it, you own it

El_Oscuro El_Oscuro writes  |  more than 6 years ago

El_Oscuro (1022477) writes "CanSecWest Vancouver 2008 is having their second PWN2OWN contest.

Three targets, all patched. All in typical client configurations with typical user configurations. You hack it, you get to keep it.

Each has a file on them and it contains the instructions and how to claim the prize.

Targets (typical road-warrior clients):
  • VAIO VGN-TZ37CN running Ubuntu 7.10
  • Fujitsu U810 running Vista Ultimate SP1
  • MacBook Air running OSX 10.5.2

Happing hunting! I wonder which will pwned first?"

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Pirates crack Vista at last

El_Oscuro El_Oscuro writes  |  more than 6 years ago

El_Oscuro (1022477) writes "A genuine crack for Windows Vista has just been released by pirate group Pantheon, which allows a pirated, non-activated installation of Vista (Home Basic/Premium and Ultimate) to be properly activated and made fully-operational. It seems that Microsoft has allowed large OEMs like ASUS to ship their products with a pre-installed version of Vista that doesn't require product activation — apparently because end users would find it too inconvenient. The question, how can I do this with XP?"
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Two Linux stories in The Washington Post

El_Oscuro El_Oscuro writes  |  more than 6 years ago

El_Oscuro (1022477) writes "In todays business section of The Washington Post, there were two stories which referenced Linux. The first one is a piece about Windows Vista after 1 year, and article can be summarized by: "Windows Vista after one year: meh." This article is interesting because it is something an average Windows XP user would understand, and also mentions Linux and OS-X as alternatives. It is the first time I have read about the Linux alternative in a mainstream dead tree newspaper.

The second article is about Future Combat Systems, a major US Army program for battlefield communications which will run Linux. From TFA:

"Another software difficulty is the operating system, which is being developed by Boeing. The System-of-Systems Common Operating Environment, or SOSCOE, is supposed to be like Windows, the world's dominant operating system, only better.

"Boeing and the Army said they chose not to use Microsoft's proprietary software because they didn't want to be beholden to the company. Instead, they chose to develop a Linux-based operating system based on publicly available code.

"Microsoft, which does substantial business with the military, declined to comment."


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