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Cracks Showing in the Libyan Firewall?

Jim Efaw Daffy Khadaffy's precious bodily fluids (126 comments)

I would be worrying about my precious bodily fluids, not the internet.

He's been doing that quite enough. The whole time he's been in power, or at least the last 30 years or so, he has been obsessed with people being doped up, given alcohol, or otherwise polluted. A few days ago, he told the public to avoid any milk or Nescafe from the areas in rebellion because they had been spiked with hallucinogens.

more than 3 years ago

Why You Shouldn't Reboot Unix Servers

Jim Efaw Re:Persistent myth? (705 comments)

"It's a persistent myth that only the beating of tom-toms restores the sun after an eclipse. But is that really true?"

Odd: that's pretty much the intro line to well over a third of all programming on History Channel in the U.S. now. (Another third is historic battles recreated as computer animations with some guy talking about equipment like it was a football game; the rest is people selling crap someone had in their basement, which is about as close to actual history as they get now.) Watch for a revealing look (except not) at the life of Unix admins next season: The Admin's Book of Secrets.

more than 3 years ago

Google Quashes 13 Chrome Bugs, Adds PDF Viewer

Jim Efaw Foxit status (177 comments)

So is this closed-source then? If so, then presumably it won't make it into Chromium.

I think Foxit is proprietary, but it's really, really fast; display speed between Foxit PDF Reader and Adobe Reader isn't even a contest. Last I checked it leaves Ghostscript in the dust too. I haven't used anything but Foxit for Windows PDF reading for a while now. Now, Poppler (which uses Cairo) is a different story: those libraries are pretty fast. Chromium might be able to do something interesting with a Poppler-based reader instead of Foxit.

more than 3 years ago

Google Admits To Collecting Emails and Passwords

Jim Efaw Another brilliant title (157 comments)

"Google Admits To Collecting Emails and Passwords." Yeah, it's called Gmail. At least the article summary was closer to reality than usual. Since we're on the subject: has anyone else been getting the suspicion that article summaries from other Slashdot editors lately are really kdawson also?

more than 3 years ago

Former Soviet Republic of Georgia To Become IT Tax Haven

Jim Efaw Former Soviet Republic of Georgia To Become I... (153 comments)

Is it a bad sign for my sanity that, when I read this in the RSS feed as "Former Soviet Republic of Georgia To Become I..." my first thought was "Former Soviet Republic of Georgia To Become Iowa"?

more than 4 years ago

Google Introduces Command-Line Tool For Linux

Jim Efaw GNU is a Linux convention... or something (210 comments)

Linux conventions dictate that whole word options be preceded with a double hyphen

Isn't that a GNU convention?

FSF should rename it "GIOL Is Often Linux" so we don't need the slash between the parts anymore. (OK, that sounds trollish, but it's barely dawn on a weekend, so it's as good as I get right now.)

more than 4 years ago

AOL Dumps $1.2 Billion Worth of Acquisitions

Jim Efaw Re:AOL needs to be stopped (122 comments)

"They seem to ruin everything they touch."

They should stick to touching themselves.

They already did that: after changing from QuantumLink then making several years of "improvements" to AOL they ran out of gold they could turn into lead, and had to hop aboard the dot-com strategy of throwing up blindingly huge amounts of cash to get anyone to consider associating with them.

more than 4 years ago

Wikipedia Is Not Amused By Entry For xkcd-Coined Word

Jim Efaw BBC = military barracks in in Pakistan. Uh, yeah. (553 comments)

Of course real BBC World News America doesn't have any results for "malamanteau" at all. Not only is that alleged "BBC America News" at fake, but its alleged postal address is "DHA Lahore" (that's military barracks) with no further detail.

more than 4 years ago

Website Sells Pubic Lice

Jim Efaw Lousy story (319 comments)

Agreed: It's a lousy story.

Ya just couldn't resist it, couldja?

He was itching to say it.

I wonder how long people here were scratching their head for a response before one said "I guess I'll bite."

more than 4 years ago

Website Sells Pubic Lice

Jim Efaw To do (319 comments)

So is the prohibition on divorce, pre-martial sex and birth control but I've known my share of Catholics that have done all of the above.

Holy shit! You mean, that wasn't a "to do" list?

Not in that order.

more than 4 years ago

Serious New Java Flaw Affects All Browsers

Jim Efaw Wire mest (164 comments)

Ceramic parabolas? I prefer wired mesh, that way I can put more on my head.


Maybe it's not the kind of "whoosh" you think it is. Maybe he's just likes that sort of nasty.

more than 4 years ago

Silicon Valley's Island of Misfit Tech

Jim Efaw Why not one page (134 comments)

These are not hi-res pics, they're from your iPhone. What's wrong with putting everything on ONE page? Geez.

Because, even with the overhead of the HTML, it isn't worth the server and bandwidth hit to send 22 pictures to people who might not care after the first 2 or 3, especially if the site is getting Slashdotted.

more than 4 years ago

HDD Manufacturers Moving To 4096-Byte Sectors

Jim Efaw Re:Windows XP end-of-life? (442 comments)

Well, it's in Extended Support which for one thing means MS doesn't give a rats ass whether or not XP works with the more efficient AF HDDs, since that's not a security related patch.

Well, that's a fair assessment. Of course, that's a monopoly tactic — any business that dropped support for that widespread of a product in a legitimate competitive environment would find themselves with no customers for the newer product because customers would be trying to migrate out from under that vendor at all costs.

more than 4 years ago

HDD Manufacturers Moving To 4096-Byte Sectors

Jim Efaw Windows XP end-of-life? (442 comments)

I don't know what "pretty much end-of-life Windows XP" you speak of. I'm replying to this from Windows XP Media Center Edition. 10-20% of the computers on display at Best Buy last week were netbooks and nettops with Windows XP. Most HP workstations have "Windows XP Professional 32-bit (available through downgrade rights from Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 32-bit)" and "Windows XP Professional 64-bit (available through downgrade rights from Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 64-bit)" as options as of today; until this week (last week of December 2009), if I remember, they didn't have any operating system options except "Vista® Business 32-bit with downgrade to Windows® XP Professional 32-bit custom installed" and "Genuine Windows Vista® Business 64-bit with downgrade to Windows® XP Professional 64-bit custom installed". Why? Because people who buy computers for a business environment will not buy Vista, at any price, for real production work — fair or not. I have clients who will not buy a computer unless it has Windows XP. Despite Microsoft again attempting to remove the previous OS from the supply chain by force despite overwhelming demand, just like they have before, XP is still being sold new on a very large portion of computers.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Forced To Clean Up Its Fine Print

Jim Efaw Sprint?! (127 comments)

*walks in the direction of sprint*

Ha! Sprint? Wait until you see what their proprietary firmware does to your phone. Verizon is probably worse now, but only because they took Sprint's castrated firmware strategy and ran with it. Most Verizon and Sprint customers don't even know what their phone's real software looks like. AT&T is probably jealous they haven't been able to keep up, but I'm sure they're working on it.

more than 4 years ago

Firefox 3.6 Locks Out Rogue Add-ons

Jim Efaw IE and extension blocking (265 comments)

I seem to remember that IE 8 does something like this when it's first installed, asking if you want any IE extensions enabled at all, and whether you want IE extensions blocked until you approve them, or something of that nature. But suffice to say that I don't install IE often enough to remember for sure.

more than 4 years ago

Man-In-the-Middle Vulnerability For SSL and TLS

Jim Efaw Re:Here is a good joke (170 comments)

And what exactly is a Man In The Mirror attack?

I don't know, but it probably involves a "special underwear" packet.

(It's worse than you think: I blew the chance to use moderator points on this post just to make that joke. See what I do for you folks?)

more than 4 years ago

Google Street View Wants You to Direct New Tricycle Imager

Jim Efaw open 360 degrees (115 comments)

I'd really like to see Google open the API so anyone can upload 360 degree image sets and add to the mapping collection.

I think that was the original idea with Panoramio. They show up in Google Earth and they have quite a few 360-degree photos in addition to the usual ones.

more than 4 years ago

New Ad-Aware Offers Behavioral Detection

Jim Efaw The usual salute for Lavasoft (68 comments)

What finger am i holding up for that company.....

Ah, so that's what the Ad-Aware 11 logo looks like!

But seriously: How do you trust a "security" company whose own download links all lead to a dead blank page until you unblock JavaScript not only on their site ( but on a third-party site you've never heard of (

I used to put Ad-Aware on every computer, but around version 7 Ad-Watch started dragging down my clients' computers, then started dragging down my computers. I still offer it occasionally to clients who are unusually malware-prone, but it got past the cure-is-worse-than-the-disease part for a lot of people a while back. Maybe this new buzzword-thing version will clear some of that up.

more than 4 years ago

Sloppy Linux Admins Enable Slow Brute-Force Attacks

Jim Efaw No default incoming telnet/ssh on Ubuntu (391 comments)

I sometimes boot Ubuntu 8.10 and 9.04 from an SD card on an EeePC and leave it connected to the network for long periods (days) of time. I use the EeePC mainly for surfing. It's just the default Ubuntu. Being the only user, I have not set up any users or passwords. Does the the default configuration of Ubuntu allow telnet/ssh logins over the network?

The short answer: You're probably safe. But to make sure, go into your package manager (probably Synaptic) and look for the package openssh-server. If it's there, remove it — you don't need it for the desktop unless you want to be able to get into the computer from somewhere else.

Long answer: Telnet is definitely not a problem; nearly all Linux and BSD distributions stopped installing the telnet server by default years and years ago. As for SSH: if it's the "Live CD" version you're booting from the SD card, it won't have an SSH server either. (Because you claim to have no username/password, I suspect you're booting the Live CD from the chip. An installed Ubuntu prompts for username/password.) And I'm pretty sure Ubuntu doesn't install it on the desktop installs either. Maybe Server Edition does. But see the short answer above for the definite answer. openssh-client is OK to have — it's just openssh-server that allows incoming connections.

more than 4 years ago



OpenDNS Guide redirection ends Friday

Jim Efaw Jim Efaw writes  |  about 3 months ago

Jim Efaw (3484) writes "Tired of the OpenDNS Guide surprise from when you go to an old link or a typo from some ISPs? Relief is at hand: On June 6, 2014, OpenDNS will stop redirecting dead hostnames to Guide and its ads; the OpenDNS Guide itself will shut down sometime afterwards. OpenDNS nameservers will start returning normal NXDOMAIN and SERVFAIL messages instead. Phishing protection and optional parental controls will still stay in place."

SeaWorld canvasses employees for online poll

Jim Efaw Jim Efaw writes  |  about 8 months ago

Jim Efaw (3484) writes "Probably just par for the course these days: Orlando Business Journal held an online poll asking "Has CNN's 'Blackfish' documentary changed your perception of SeaWorld?" (a show that was previously discussed on Slashdot). SeaWorld decided to respond by going to "team members" and "encourage them to make their opinions known". 54% of votes cast were from the same SeaWorld IP address. Turns out that even without that IP, less than 10% had said it changed their perception, but no word on whether the other voters were just SeaWorld staff from somewhere else. Since the canvassing story broke, however, the votes have gone heavily towards "Yes". (I don't suppose having it on Slashdot will help, either.)"

Firefox 3.0.12 out (for the 3.5 Luddites)

Jim Efaw Jim Efaw writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jim Efaw (3484) writes "Yes, 3.5.1 is current. But since some of the add-ons still don't work, some people are still hanging on with 3.0, and a security fix just came out — so here's the 3.0 series download page for all your family/friends/customers who just can't do without some little one-hit-wonder Firefox add-on. Of course, in theory, Firefox should be offering them the update automatically. As for people left behind on 2.0.20 with Windows 95/98/Me or MacOS 10.2/10.3: the current Opera 9.64 is available."
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