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Stung By File-Encrypting Malware, Researchers Fight Back

Last_Available_Usern Re:disclosure (84 comments)

It must be at least mildly effective if the only legitimate means of unencrypting the data was a copy of the keys that only a set of researchers dedicated to the issue were able to find.

5 days ago
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Stung By File-Encrypting Malware, Researchers Fight Back

Last_Available_Usern Of course Symantec did that... (84 comments)

It's in Symantec's interest that the authors mitigate the weakness in their malware so the threat will permeate through media and people will continue to be terrified into buying copious amounts of security software that in most cases won't even mitigate the risk.

5 days ago
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Diablo 3 Expansion Reaper of Souls Launches

Last_Available_Usern From someone who gave up on the game... (166 comments)

I reinstalled the game a few weeks ago after not playing for ages due to a constant feeling of never finding decent items and being tied to the AH for upgrades. The game (even just post patch, not even counting the xpac) is so much more playable. If you're on the fence, I can give you a few bullet points that have kept me interested:

1) With the AH gone, way more legendaries and meaningful items drop.
2) The drops (both rare and legendary) are often more meaningful as they cater the stats to your class for the most part.
3) All items (including legendaries) roll max-level with appropriate stats for the person who made the game.
4) +Skill and +DmgType has become very prevelent stats on many pieces now, making it less about sheet DPS and cookie cutter builds and more about building a spec that compliments your playstyle and the gear you've found.
5) Paragon levels are shared across all characters so no more grinding paragon for all your toons.
6) Paragon points are used to supplement stats like Int/Dex/Str, Vitality, Life on Hit, Crit Dmg, etc, allowing you to customize your build further and fill in the blanks your gear lacks.

All in all, I really like the changes and what little I've seen that they added to the Xpax (namely the Mystic for customizing drops in both appearance and stats) I like as well.

about three weeks ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

Last_Available_Usern AT&T will likely regret this. (466 comments)

AT&T has quite the sack to go on record with this statement. I can only assume they hope other ISP's will get on board and try to somehow make this an acceptable thought process. A few points...

1) Where the consumer goes on the internet is their own business.
2) If the consumer is using more bandwidth then your business model allows, adjust your rates to the consumer to match.
3) You can't build a toll road between a gambler and the city of Vegas and then charge both the gambler and Vegas for their travel.

about three weeks ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

Last_Available_Usern Executive summary... (491 comments)

We still have no idea exactly where the aircraft is, how it went down, or what to do now.

about three weeks ago
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World's First Magma-Based Geothermal Energy System

Last_Available_Usern Re:Is no one else concerned? (161 comments)

If gigantic seams that span the entire planet across the tectonic plates isn't enough to cause the planet to implode I doubt a few small holes will either.

about 2 months ago
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Startup Out of MIT Promises Digital Afterlife — Just Hand Over Your Data

Last_Available_Usern First cryo, now this.... (241 comments)

This is kind of terrible. Capitalizing on people's loss by selling them a pie in the sky dream. I admire the ambition, but I would think we would need to create an AI that can sufficiently pass the Turing test before we create one that represents a person's personality well enough to fool the person's closest family/friends.

about 3 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

Last_Available_Usern In a twist of irony... (770 comments)

Tornado touches down and vaporizes the Responsive Ed corporate headquaters. No hands were lost, but several people were struck by flying Stop signs.

about 3 months ago
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Scientists Glue Sensors To 5,000 Bees In a Bid To Better Understand Them

Last_Available_Usern Hah... (85 comments)

I can just imagine the response from the intern who was asked to do this. "You want me to do what? ... Wait, how many?"

about 2 months ago
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Google Removes "Search Nearby" Function From Updated Google Maps

Last_Available_Usern Best guesses... (255 comments)

Google wouldn't intentionally cause discomfort for its userbase without a good reason. My list includes the following possiblities:

1) The feature is being improved/expanded and is still in testing phase.
2) Patent infringement (or the claim of) has caused the feature to be removed, at least temporarily.
3) The feature will reappear in a non-free version of the same service.
4) The feature is being exclusively licensed (along with the map data) by another party.

about 2 months ago
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Computer Scientists Invents Game-Developing Computer AI

Last_Available_Usern Wow... (103 comments)

This causes amazing ideas to race through my head. Imagine a much more mature version of this - one that could take input and even pull from other resources. For example, try to imagine a system that understands surfaces and textures, and even has access to the internet (or a built-in library) to derive work from. You tell the program to create a 3D castle similar to one in Scotland. It pulls information (either provided or on it's own) and from that it can create procedural textures, 3D surfaces to map those textures to, and then boom...a castle. Eventually it would understand night and day, sounds that are associated with certain environments, lighting, varied architecture, natural terrain...the possiblities are endless. And instead of having a slew of developers and artists trying to create a cohesive image over weeks or months, you have a singular entity creating this content on the fly, limited only by the amount of CPU cycles at your disposal. What an amazing science fiction story that could play itself out in reality if this idea was matured.

about 3 months ago
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Google Launches Android Automotive Consortium

Last_Available_Usern More like... (117 comments)

Creating a standard interface that only easily (and fully supports) the connection of Android-based devices. Frankly, I'm shocked Apple didn't already make this move. If this happens (and spreads), the only devices you'll want to hook up to your car will be Android-based since those will probably be the only ones you can interact with using steering wheel controls, etc.

about 3 months ago
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Member of President Obama's NSA Panel Recommends Increased Data Collection

Last_Available_Usern Not only invasive, but pointless. (349 comments)

Any "terrorist" with half a brain assumes the NSA is looking at all standard comms now. To keep tapping these mediums is beyond pointless.

about 4 months ago
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Retail Radeon R9 290X Graphics Cards Slower Than AMD's Press Samples

Last_Available_Usern Not uncommon... (111 comments)

This probably happens more often than we think. Frankly, it makes sense to validate that a card is going to run solid for someone before you send it to them if they're going to be blabbering all over the interwebs about it. It's just in this case they got burned (and justifiably) due to the fact that the software/driver adjusts the frequency independently instead of being a static clock speed (something they should have disclaimed to the reviewers).

about 4 months ago
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Most Cave Paintings Were Painted By Women, Says Penn State Researcher

Last_Available_Usern How did they know? (205 comments)

Were the drawings found next to the surface where they made the sandwiches?

about 6 months ago
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Syrian Rebels Claim Hundreds Killed By Poison-Gas Attack

Last_Available_Usern Not to be a jerk... (222 comments)

But why is this on Slashdot? This isn't a discussion on the engineering of the gas or the dispursement methods used, just a news article.

about 8 months ago
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NASA's NEXT Ion Thruster Runs Five and a Half Years Nonstop To Set New Record

Last_Available_Usern Re:Could we achieve 1G of thust. (184 comments)

If that were true it would only take one day to reach a speed of 1.9 million miles/hour. Pretty sure that's not happening.

about 10 months ago
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New World Record For Electric Car Speed: 204.2 MPH

Last_Available_Usern Can't wait... (99 comments)

Can't wait to see the pit stop times for this thing. Do those stopwaches measure in hours?

about 10 months ago

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Last_Available_Usern Last_Available_Usern writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Last_Available_Usern (756093) writes "I've been using and supporting Microsoft OS's and products for most of my working life, but like most techies, I've always been drawn by new alternatives. About 8 years ago my then boss wanted to explore the feasability of using Linux as a low cost alternative to our small business customers. I was tasked with getting it up and running and seeing how it worked. I muddled my way through getting Redhat installed, Samba functioning, and even handshaking credentials with our NT network and it's clients. I of course found it clumsy, but was still impressed with some of what it offered. I'm sure I'm not the only one that has dabbled with it in the past, and then crawled back to their comfort zone though.

My question is this: How far has Linux come in the last 8-10 years? The new Ubuntu distro looks neat, along with several other offerings. What do folks like myself who experimented with it in the past have to look forward to nowadays? Is it worth reexamining?"

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