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Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

FlameWise On the actual cash register PC (310 comments)

Actually, I just fixed a bug in the invoice printing routine.

I'm usually around the place for bigger events for general troubleshooting, which does include fixing bugs. In this particular case, I was subbing in for the real cash register personnel to give them a little break when I noticed a printing error on an invoice I just printed for a customer who wanted to pay his stuff.

I asked him whether he had 2 minutes? I'll fix that." He goes, he doesn't actually mind the error, but he'll wait two minutes.

So I dive into good old Turbo Pascal and fix the error, recompile, cancel the bad invoice and reprint: Voila, bug fixed.

For more relevance I do usually code at that place back to back with the cash register personnel, and they'll suggest improvements.

about 8 months ago

Microsoft Security Essentials Misses 39% of Malware

FlameWise McAfee is worse (149 comments)

Thank you.

Reading that, the more important news is probably that McAfee scored even worse.


about a year ago

NASA Astronaut Talks "Gravity," Spacewalking, ISS

FlameWise Re:Won't come close to Apollo 13 (97 comments)

Are you trying to say that the major part of the art of film making that uses CG these days is positive, or not?

Anyway, I stand by my point. You should watch it before calling it names because you already know you're going to hate the CG in it.

I mean, I could also talk about the acting. If you'll go watch the movie before coming back to this thread, I won't be talking about Academy Awards until January 2014.

about a year ago

NASA Astronaut Talks "Gravity," Spacewalking, ISS

FlameWise Re:Reach the "nearby" ISS? From Hubble? Uh, No. (97 comments)

To be honest, they hardly needed the Hubble in that movie. They could just have done some standard satellite maintenance, like the Shuttle occasionally does, or did anyway. Not like it makes any sense that a real doctor was fixing sciency bits on the Hubble that furthered any medical purposes, either. "We can now spot AIDS with a telescope that's pointing away from Earth!"

I figure they just put the Hubble in for the audience. I guess real astronauts were only a small part of the target audience.

about a year ago

NASA Astronaut Talks "Gravity," Spacewalking, ISS

FlameWise Re:Won't come close to Apollo 13 (97 comments)

I kindly suggest you watch the movie before denouncing it like that.

There are MINUTE LONG takes going through space stations in zero gravity, have fun trying to cobble that together in a vomit comet.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Has Gmail's SSL Certificate Changed, How Would We Know?

FlameWise SSH warns of changes, why not HTTPS (and others) (233 comments)

I always wondered why SSH made just a fuzz about storing a site's certificate and warn of changes, but didn't put such a great emphasis on verifying host names or certification chains, but almost every other channel will just happily and silently accept a modified certificate.

Replacing that "This certificate is self-signed!" pop-up with a "This certificate is new or changed, please verify this MD5 hash on a trusted website: XX-YY-ZZ!" would probably increase security by an order of magnitude.

Also do this for background operations, like operating system fixes, virus scanner updates and may even MD5 downloads.

about a year ago

Film Critic Roger Ebert Dead at 70 Of Cancer

FlameWise Re:Epitaph (198 comments)

You know, I'm thinking, there's bad ways to end a movie, and good ones. And all movies have ends.

He found a rather good one. I envy this.

about 2 years ago

50 Million Potentially Vulnerable To UPnP Flaws

FlameWise Suddenly old UPnP problem is hot - Media Servers? (138 comments)

I did actually install that Gibson thing to disable my UPnP in 2001 because I didn't see a use for accessing my Plug-and-Play hardware over the net - the very concept of plugging something into one machine and accessing it from another as if it had been plugged in there felt far too much like a security problem to me.

Seems these days this is just becoming a hot topic again because Media Servers seem to use UPnP for streaming music and movies to your TV, or speakers, or smartphone, or tablet - yes, right across the Internet.

And some WLAN routers now tout their built-in Media Server as a feature, and of course you want to allow access to them from the Internet because of smartphone tunes... ...and all apparently without proper security, or at least I was never prompted for login details.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Was Your Favorite Web Comic of 2012?

FlameWise Lackadaisycats (321 comments)

In no particular order I'm currently reading:
1) XKCD http://xkcd.org/ (and yes, 1110 was amazing art even though it's mostly about arcane, subtle or smart references)
2) Dilbert http://dilbert.com/fast (makes actual work seem a little less sad)
3) Lackadaisycats http://lackadaisycats.com/comic.php (guns, alcohol and cats)
4) Unsounded http://unsoundedcomic.com/ (thieves and their pesky offspring)
5) Gunnerkrigg Court http://gunnerkrigg.com/ (a school with mediums, shadows and robots)

more than 2 years ago

xkcd's 13-Gigapixel Webcomic

FlameWise Re:I was actually disappointed by this. (193 comments)

Hehe, someone quoted the X-Wing calling a Red pilot and I'm going no wait, wasn't the X-Wing calling Gold Leader?

Then someone else said he'd started going west and I'd been exploring east, but was coming back through the tunnels and was wondering whether we'd meet, and we discovered we actually were just going through the same landcape.

Would be cool if you could see others exploring multi-player style, but too hard to code I suppose.

more than 2 years ago

Heise's 'Two Clicks For More Privacy' vs. Facebook

FlameWise Re:Social media AdBlock list (206 comments)

Thanks for linking this. In fact some of the comments in the original Heise articles call Heise hypocrites, since their new feature will gladly lock social sites out of the information loop without blocking their own Ad partners.

Ghostery will fix that. However, I noted that it doesn't seem to block social sites, so it's a great addition.

Now if Ghostery would block social sites, we wouldn't need web masters to help out with the blocking.

more than 3 years ago

WikiLeaks Defenders Threaten Amazon

FlameWise DDOSing Amazon will be a challenge (703 comments)

Considering Wikileaks rehosted to Amazon to escape their original sites getting DDOSed exactly BECAUSE Amazon is damn hard to DDOS, I wonder whether Payback can actually do that.

Maybe they just consider it a challenge they can't resist.

more than 4 years ago

Cracking Passwords With Amazon EC2 GPU Instances

FlameWise Weak attempt, but still good advice (217 comments)

He's got 14 hashes and cracked 10 of them with passwords of length 1 through 6, some of which contain proper symbols like "P4s$" and "G0o|)".

Length 1 through 4 take less than a second.
Length 5 takes 31 seconds.
Length 6 takes 2950 seconds.
I can see why he probably didn't want to cough up for Length 7 or above.

Amongst the passwords he didn't find was, according to Google Search: "password". Amusingly, I think one of the passwords he didn't manage to crack was the empty string.

I figure you'd have to polish that package a bit for a real attack, but undoubtedly people already have done that somewhere and hence it's a good idea to follow his advice anyway.

more than 4 years ago

Has Christopher Nolan Turned the 3D Argument?

FlameWise Re:Let's face it (381 comments)

3D may need a new visual vocabulary. Fortunately, this vocabulary is currently being developed.

Coughing up the 3D ticket tax for Avatar means Cameron has made a step in the right direction, but he's just at the lead, not yet at the finish line.

There are already people who can do more with 3D than fancy show effects, but most of them are still doing CGI. For instance, did you see the feathers on the pigeons in "Bolt", or Soren's flight through the forest fire in "Ga'Hoole"?

I love watching this development. I also watched how the South African Soccer WM in 3D mostly failed, and how the "Fantastic Four" Live 3D concert transmission succeeded. I bet MTV has something to say about "Krieger".

I just wish there was more proper CONTENT right now that didn't make me want to pirate it because it's exclusive to some silly hardware.

more than 4 years ago

Super Principia Mathematica

FlameWise Re:Glory hound (325 comments)

Well he can't argue he didn't get a lot of publicity for his money, but I've got a feeling like he's not gonna be a happy customer just anyway.

more than 4 years ago

HTML 5 Canvas Experiment Hints At Things To Come

FlameWise Postscript-Interpreter in Javascript (321 comments)

And then there's hackers like this one:


Rendering that Tiger isn't quick right now, but for a demonstration of what Javascript can do right now I find that quite impressive.

I should think, combined with HTML5 to provide sound and audio, in about 5 years a lot of games, and even applications, should be in plain Javascript either right online from the Web or even for download.

more than 5 years ago

Bohemian Rhapsody On Old Hardware

FlameWise Yes, but compare to "Printer Jam" (137 comments)

Nice effort, honest.

Still, that hurt a bit :)

Here's one that was awesome instead of painful: Mistabishi: Printer Jam


more than 5 years ago



German Leading Conservative Party CDU/CSU Wants SO

FlameWise FlameWise writes  |  about 3 years ago

FlameWise (84536) writes "The currently ruling German conservative party just published an official party statement http://www.cducsu.de/Titel__pressemitteilung_us_amerikanische_sopa_gesetzgebung_weist_in_die_richtige_richtung/TabID__6/SubTabID__7/InhaltTypID__1/InhaltID__20986/Inhalte.aspx (Google Translate: http://translate.google.de/translate?sl=de&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cducsu.de%2FTitel__pressemitteilung_us_amerikanische_sopa_gesetzgebung_weist_in_die_richtige_richtung%2FTabID__6%2FSubTabID__7%2FInhaltTypID__1%2FInhaltID__20986%2FInhalte.aspx&act=url) saying that closing megauploads has shown how important laws like SOPA and PIPA are. They regret that no vote has taken place on SOPA today in the US and want something similar for Germany."
Link to Original Source

Heise's "Two Clicks For More Privacy" vs. Facebook

FlameWise FlameWise writes  |  more than 3 years ago

FlameWise (84536) writes "Yesterday, German technology news site Heise changed their social Like-Buttons to a two-click format. This will effectively disable unintentional automatic tracking of all page visits by third-party social sites like Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Less than 24 hours later over 500 websites have asked about the technology. Facebook is now threatening to blacklist Heise.

German source: http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Facebook-beschwert-sich-ueber-datenschutzfreundlichen-2-Klick-Button-1335658.html"

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