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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

GCsoftware Re:So the Italians win the latest round ... (276 comments)

Nice hypothesis.

Too bad there were no "English" people at around 30 AD as the Angles and Saxons only invaded about 400 years after that followed by the Norman (some Norse blood in there too) invasion in 1066.

So are you saying they had a time machine too?

about 4 months ago

Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

GCsoftware Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (542 comments)

Errrr..There is a V, and it is basically the same letter a B with a dot.

It's in ARABIC and Ottoman Turkish where the W and V letters were interchangeable..

about 5 months ago

Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

GCsoftware Re:Question (219 comments)

Yup. Salt (well a sachet of infant electrolyte mix) and access to clean water would solve that problem as the kids tend to die from dehydration.

Not in ALL cases but the death rate would definitely go down. Back when I was working as a dive master on the coast of the Sinai desert, we used to take the baby rehydration sachets all the time if we'd overindulged in the post-diving beers the night before.

about 6 months ago

Scientists Extract RSA Key From GnuPG Using Sound of CPU

GCsoftware Re:Remember TEMPEST? (264 comments)

Argh, was replying to the post above claiming PGP is pure asymmetric crypto. No idea which this got placed here.

1 year,27 days

Scientists Extract RSA Key From GnuPG Using Sound of CPU

GCsoftware Re:Remember TEMPEST? (264 comments)

No, it isn't. GPG / PGP is a hybrid cryptosystem just like SSL and SSH. Not sure where you got this idea from..

Do you realise the sort of processing overheads that encrypting mega/gigabytes in RSA involves?

It would have taken a LONG time to encrypt a single HD floppy image back in 1991 when PGP was first developed.

1 year,27 days

First New Top-Level Domains Added To the Root Zone

GCsoftware Right-to-left scripts? (106 comments)

I wonder how a browser will display something like .shabakah - will most software have right-to-eft rendering and the ligature support for Arabic? Also imagine an Arabic TLD that allows Latin domain names - how the hell do you render that..? Anyway, I'm gonna go kill some time on the shabakaat

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Won't Companies Upgrade Old Software?

GCsoftware Re:running only on an OpenVMS, which runs (614 comments)

I've got two systems (one single Alpha box, one VAXcluster) that offer VMS guest accounts via telnet (I know, I know - CHIMPY can do SSH but the VAXen are just too slow for it):

CHIMPY (single AXP box):

telnet to chimpy.sampsa.com

HILANT (VAXcluster)

telnet to hilant.sampsa.com

about a year and a half ago

How Apple Killed the Linux Desktop

GCsoftware Re:It's too bad (933 comments)

But if you just wanted a package manager and repos, you could always use Fink (for those who don't know, it's basically apt-get for OS X and a bunch of repos of binaries), no need to bootstrap with dev tools from Apple.

Actually you could probably get a version of gcc from Fink and then use that to bootstrap Mac Ports. Not tried that myself, though.

more than 2 years ago

Iranian Players Blocked From World of Warcraft Due To Trade Sanctions

GCsoftware Re:I dunno about that (475 comments)


more than 2 years ago

Russia's Former KGB Invests In Political Propaganda Spambots

GCsoftware Re:KGB, in 2012? (164 comments)

Belarus too, where the org is still called KGB. Gotta love the Belarussian regime, it has some balls.

more than 2 years ago

Indian Gov't Bans Bulk SMS, Investigating Social Media

GCsoftware Re:And... (101 comments)

Yup, GP fails badly at understanding basic Semitic roots.

Take the root K-T-B (book, written, to write, etc):

KITAB - book
AKTIB - to write


MAKTAB - office (literally "place of writing")
MAKTABAH - primary school (place of writing, feminine form)

So saying that islam and salaam derive from S-L-M is pretty damn vague and useless information without context.

more than 2 years ago

GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...

GCsoftware Re:GUI? (654 comments)

Uh, a VT52 never did ReGIS or SIXEL graphics. You need one of the VT x40 series ones, like a VT240 or VT340 to do the graphics.

more than 2 years ago

UK Authorities Threaten To Storm Ecuadorian Embassy To Arrest Julian Assange

GCsoftware Re:Unfortunately, UK has become Uncle Sam's lapdog (1065 comments)

>Perhaps it does, but whenever I read something about the NHS, its a sad story in the Daily Mail about some doctor making a silly mistake that takes a way a father or mother from their children, or vice versa..

The DAILY MAIL. You get your news from the Daily Mail. OK, then.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Simple Way To Backup 24TB of Data Onto USB HDDs ?

GCsoftware Re:DaisyChain (405 comments)

Actually 8x4 TB disks will do it, with the overhead etc, giving you 24.96 TB usable space.

more than 2 years ago

Where Is Firefox OS?

GCsoftware Re:Q: Why hasn't Mozilla considered a Firefox OS? (288 comments)

I don't know what the hell kind of compiler you're using to generate these crufty executables, but GCC produces the exact same binaries for source with comments vs source code without.

Or am I missing a joke here?

more than 3 years ago

JavaScript Decoder Plays MP3s Without Flash

GCsoftware Re:Super-fast is a bit of a misnomer (250 comments)

What? Java has ALWAYS been compiled down to bytecode, even Oak was like this - the virtual machine that runs said bytecode is a core feature of the platform. Java was NEVER an interpreted language.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Web Site Editing Software For the Long Haul?

GCsoftware Re:Dreamweaver (545 comments)

I'm a tad confused about your comment re: chefs and awesome ingredients - if you have good ingredients, it's pretty easy to make good food. With mediocre ingredients you need a lot of skill to make good food..

more than 3 years ago


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