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Microsoft Takes Down Domains

Lord Duran Re:No-IP should open up their nameservers (495 comments)

Turns out you can do this - their nameservers are at


nslookup <your domain>

should give you your IP.

about three weeks ago

Felix Baumgartner's Supersonic Skydive Attempt

Lord Duran Does anyone... (271 comments)

Does anyone have a good, thorough explanation of the physics? How he deals with terminal velocity and stuff?

about 2 years ago

Physicists Devise Test For Whether the Universe Is a Simulation

Lord Duran The experiment... (529 comments)

is scheduled for Dec. 21.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Dedicating Code?

Lord Duran Only artists dedicate their work (186 comments)

If your work is art - bought for aesthetic pleasure, like paintings, sculptures, or books - you may dedicate it. Art is all about the artists' expression, their artistic personality; dedicating the work to a person they love is simply another part of that intimacy that an art viewer develops with the artists.

If you're writing a tool or a service, personal whims have little space, and more important than those are a more thoughtful design and a more professional feel.

This doesn't mean, however, that a web application cannot be art. Video games, for instance, are often considered art, web-based videos games included. So long as whoever sponsors the project agrees to it (assuming the role of an art patron - most likely you'll do it on your free time), the project can be made to feel like art, and in those cases there's place for personal touches such as dedication.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Is an Acceptable Broadband Latency?

Lord Duran Re:Latency (396 comments)

ICMP tools (such as traceroute and ping) will not retransmit. Of the commonly used protocols, only TCP does retransmissions.

That's not latency.

Any software where latency itself is important (like online games) generally use UDP, anyway.

more than 2 years ago

What's the Damage? Measuring fsck Under XFS and Ext4 On Big Storage

Lord Duran The story notwithstanding, (196 comments)

I expect a /. article like this to include a summary. Like, a word about what the results actually were, without having to click through twice to get to them.

more than 2 years ago

Why Linux Vendors Need To Sell More Than Linux

Lord Duran No, but... (290 comments)

It seems to me this isn't a Linux issue. Was Microsoft ever just an OS vendor? Was Apple? Sun?

Maybe this is the key. The OS vendor has a unique advantage in positioning its own software; this, coupled with potentially the best understanding of the inner workings of its OS, hints to me that an OS will only really take off (in terms of market share) if a strong vendor invests in developing basic package - the kind of software you use every day, which shapes your opinion of the entire OS's user experience, and in a way your expectations from any piece of software running on the OS.

more than 2 years ago

Why Can't We Put a BASIC On the Phone?

Lord Duran Re:Why BASIC? What for? (783 comments)

Nobody else did, so I'll state the obvious.

Python is slow, that is true. From a little experience doing some heavy math, a good rule of thumb is about 1000 times slower than C (for simple stuff, you can safely assume that that's as fast as it gets). The point is that this doesn't mean Python is a bad language, nor that it doesn't have its uses, it only means that when doing heavy duty work, you shouldn't use Python. I wouldn't write a database, a 3D graphics engine, or a quantum mechanics simulation in Python.

That said, 99.99% of what you do these days is not performance-critical. One has to appreciate the fact that if I have a .csv file containing fields in one order, and I need to manipulate the fields a little, rearrange them, and dump them into a different file format - it takes 5 minutes back to back with Python, when it'll take me half an hour in C. Unless that file happens to be quite large, a few gigs at least, there's no way I'll write in C. If I want to solve an exercise, say, finding a fiveleaper's tour, Python will take me much less time. If I want to write an interactive web interface, I'll probably use Django.

The last point in favor of Python is that beyond mere development speed, Python is much, much more user friendly and I believe more beginner friendly. Compare:

#include <stdio.h>
int main() {
        printf("Hello world!");
        return 0;


print "Hello world!"

Try writing a simple TCP socket chat client/server, and the difference becomes much more obvious.

more than 2 years ago

Was Russia Behind Stuxnet?

Lord Duran Re:Government responsible says, 'Look, commies'. (281 comments)

Well, since Iran formally denies wanting the bomb, it's hard to say why they want it, but given that the rulership there consists of a religious leader who sanctifies "occupied" Jerusalem and a wacko president who cries out for the destruction of Israel, I'm not entirely convinced what you said is true. And Israel sure as hell won't bet its existence on it.

more than 2 years ago

Was Russia Behind Stuxnet?

Lord Duran Re:Government responsible says, 'Look, commies'. (281 comments)

I didn't say they can't, I said they don't have the right. I presuppose a subjective moral system that has been the foundation of the free world, which says that you don't harm a country that means you no harm and does you no wrong.

more than 2 years ago

Was Russia Behind Stuxnet?

Lord Duran Re:Government responsible says, 'Look, commies'. (281 comments)

Your rant is pure demagoguery.

What you seem to disregard is that Iran is now ruled exclusively by a religious leader, and that his dog Ahmadinejad doesn't just not get along with Israel, but calls out for the destruction of Israel pretty much any time there's an open microphone nearby. He does so even though Israel has never done anything bad to Iran and the two countries even had strong military relations prior to 1979.

You also forget that Iran spends millions of oil dollars every year funding terrorist organizations whose sole purpose is to harm and kill American and Israeli civilians.

What your last paragraph is basically saying is that it's OK for Iran to destroy Israel (even if we assume that they could), because Christianity is false. Even if Christianity is false, nobody has the right to destroy another country the way Iran wants to destroy Israel.

more than 2 years ago

How Microsoft Can Lock Linux Off Windows 8 PCs

Lord Duran Re:Sensationalist? I strongly disagree (899 comments)

Here's another idea that'll stop malware - put a physical switch on the motherboard. If you're cool enough to install Linux, you're cool enough to figure that one out.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Compensating Technical People For Contributing to Sales?

Lord Duran Re:Exactly. (331 comments)

Exactly. A good salesperson does not represent his company's product to the clients; s/he represents the client to the company. Make them feel the salesperson has their best interest at heart, make sure they speak the language of the client. Most importantly, make sure they understand exactly what the client wants - ensure the salespeople have the same mindset as the client, but also the technical aptitude to translate that to engineer-speak, and you'll find that your customers both trust the salespeople and are happier with the end result.

more than 3 years ago

Jaguar's Hybrid Jet-Powered Concept Car

Lord Duran What about noise pollution? (334 comments)

Is the jet engine going to sound like a jet engine? This may turn out to be a problem.

more than 3 years ago

Farmville, Social Gaming, and Addiction

Lord Duran Just seems like... (251 comments)

a glorified version of Harvest Moon.

more than 4 years ago

Firefox 3.6 Locks Out Rogue Add-ons

Lord Duran Simply not security minded. (265 comments)

I honestly don't understand why a web browser, which today is a platform for doing almost anything, would let any foreign code run without an explicit user request/confirmation - in the form of a standard, Firefoxy window the user knows. It's simply not security minded. Don't trust other people's code!

more than 4 years ago

Which PDA for the Linux Hacker?

Lord Duran Re:Get Nokia N900 (3 comments)

I'll check it out. Again, the device I'm looking for isn't something more than a PDA - it's just a PDA that'll allow you to run a script if you can't seem to do what you want with the available GUI.

more than 4 years ago

iPhone App Refund Policies Could Cost Devs

Lord Duran Re:Bad, but not as bad as Visa (230 comments)

"If Visa then determines that the charge was legitimate, we get the $13.95 back (but not the $25.)" How the hell would this hold up in court? You legally prove the customer was an asshole and you did everything as legitimately as possible, kept all the records, anything, and still VISA takes money from you? It's not a small amount either, $11.05 per claim. All your competitors need to do is get up a bunch of enough people, or the same people again, say 5000, have them sign up and cancel the charge, and you get a $55,250 bill in the mail. I say sue Visa.

more than 5 years ago

Pandora Console Ready For Pre-Orders

Lord Duran What about... (309 comments)

battery life? Such a powerful instrument is bound to either require laptop-style batteries, or have a really, really short battery life.

more than 5 years ago



Script your kernel

Lord Duran Lord Duran writes  |  about 2 months ago

Lord Duran (834815) writes "A friend of mine wrote KPlugs — a Linux kernel module that allows you to write Python scripts and run them from a kernel context (noncoralized link). Besides being pretty cool to tinker with, it could help you debug your kernel modules, learn how the kernel works and of course write kernel-level functionality quickly. It runs via a kernel mode VM that also does bounds checking, so it'll take you more than a few seconds to crash your system.
Here's a discussion on reddit on some of the potential security implications."

Israeli Knesset approves Biometric Database law

Lord Duran Lord Duran writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Lord Duran (834815) writes "The Israeli Knesset approved a bill tonight that will require every Israeli citizen to submit a visual scan of their face and a biometric scan of their fingerprints to a national database. I, for one, fail to see how this is anything but evil. TFA mentions the Israeli census was breached — I'd like to point out, for comparison, that it's still freely available on your peer-to-peer file sharing network of choice."
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Which PDA for the Linux Hacker?

Lord Duran Lord Duran writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Lord Duran (834815) writes "Lately I've decided I want to start working with a PDA; having looked at my dad's iPhone, the thing that really bugged me is the lack of power. For instance, I couldn't find a way to erase some 50 emails at once. Several other PDAs were better, but still — for a guy used to working with the GUI but if something quick and dirty needed, always uses the small Python or bash script, they all felt a little cumbersome.
I'd like to stress that I'm not interested in doing more with the PDA than the common user does — appointments, contacts, maybe a few games, a to do list.
So now I ask Slashdot — what PDA — or mobile OS — is best for the programmer type?"

Israel Launches Spy-Sat

Lord Duran Lord Duran writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lord Duran (834815) writes "Israel has launched a new spy satellite. From the article: "Israel launched the advanced spy satellite, weighing some 660 pounds, and will be able to track events in Iran, the country it considers its top foe, even at night and in cloudy weather, Israeli defense officials said. Israel has backed U.S. efforts to get the international community to intensify sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program.""
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