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Linux 3.11 Features Fall Into Place With Merge Window

MC68040 AArch64 Virtualization (70 comments)

For those that don't know AArch64 stands for ARM 64 this part of the ./ post might be quite misleading: "KVM and Xen virtualization on 64-bit hardware (AArch64);"

about a year and a half ago

Southwest Airlines iPhone App Unencrypted, Vulnerable To Eavesdroppers

MC68040 Interesting but... (139 comments)

At least to me, the way this post comes across is a bit.. attention seeking?

Ok, while sending your data unencrypted (and this is apparently the worst thing he found looking at 230+ apps.. I am surprised none of these apps store credentials unencrypted on the phones, etc?), we are looking at a few more hurdles than just getting a fake id.

Especially if you consider international flights, if you can get a hold of a passport that checks out in customs _and_ in the name of the southwest account holders name, then the ticket part should be doable too

more than 2 years ago

RAM in my most-used personal computer:

MC68040 Depends on your applications? (543 comments)

The amount of RAM you have, asides from maxing it out for no good reason, is after all up to the needs of the applications you run.

I've got a dual boot machine with 8GB of RAM; when I run Linux for my day-to-day surfing, adminning, etc then most of that memory is completely wasted (except *cough* possibly partially used by firefox...).
That is of course until I have to start 2-3 virtualbox instances running e.g. Win XP/Win 7/whatev to try something I've built out in different versions of web browsers.

Then there's many other workloads to consider... I boot in to windows natively whenever I need to run pshop cs5 which generally eats RAM like hotcakes...

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Wi-Fi Solution For a Hotel?

MC68040 WiFi access points, meshing and user auth (300 comments)


Right this is only going from personal experience. At work we've bought UniFi access points.
Not to plug it overly but the roaming for clients between access points and easy provisioning system is a treat including the handling of the "guest" network with user/pass sign-on in the browser.

As far as cabling etc goes if you've got any largeish distance to cover then a simple wifi bridge should do the trick?

All of this of course depends on the amount of clients you are expecting to be online at one given time on the network. If you want to use this as an meshed network then you will obviously get a higher latency the further you go from the core node.
The above example would not be suitable for a very large hotel, and if you want to cover large outside areas then the antennas will cost a few buck not just in hardware but testing coverage / installation.

more than 3 years ago

Google Running 900,000 Servers

MC68040 Re:The Last Question (127 comments)

Well.. the answer is 42, we already knew that :)

more than 3 years ago

Rupert Murdoch Publishes North Korean Flash Games

MC68040 I think that (186 comments)

The dude would abide!

more than 4 years ago

Sega To Bring Dreamcast Titles to PSN, Xbox Live

MC68040 Re:Unless I can get a disc forget it (158 comments)

"after that I have to replace the ps3"
I assume this means replacing it with another console.
You can download previously purchased games via your PSN account, e.g. if you get a new (PS3) console :)

more than 4 years ago

Security Firm Reveals Microsoft's "Silent" Patches

MC68040 More important (84 comments)

"[...]they're more important than the [two vulnerabilities] that Microsoft did disclose,' said Arce. 'That means [system] administrators may end up making the wrong decisions about applying the update."

Right, there's been a fair few times where I've not applied security patches "right away" for simple reasons; like they did not affect the way my system was set up.
But in the end I am hoping "[...]end up making the wrong decisions about applying the update" is talking about a time aspect rather than if-at-all... (this should explain itself)

Then that they did not declare this in their patch info is a whole other issue; Microsoft are certainly not the only ones who have a history of not doing so...

more than 4 years ago

Hacker Develops ATM Rootkit

MC68040 Re:"ATM's are pretty uninteresting" (181 comments)

> Imagine if you tell your partner "at 2am it's gonna dispense all the money, make sure you're standing there with a big bag to catch it all".

Sure, that is not my main point, however valid :) A big bag of cash is of course nice, but what you can perhaps access without being detected for some time, is another point. Hence the importance of the attack vector [in my point].

An empty ATM machine with no logs; where the money went to should sound off immediate alarm bells...

Fair game if you empty half a country's machines in one night, but the risk of doing that might outweigh other options...

more than 4 years ago

Hacker Develops ATM Rootkit

MC68040 ATM Security (181 comments)

I live in Europe, during my time having all sorts of cards that works in ATM's I've came to the conclusion that.. Most of them seem to run Windows (I've seen more BSOD's than its decent to mention).
I'm not wanting to get in to a debate about Windows security here; rather the point that there are plenty of rootkits for any given platform on the go today.

The interesting point would be the actual attack vector; getting in to a bank's internal network to access the ATM nodes would mean (from my point of view) that the ATM's are pretty uninteresting, however what else might lurk on the bank's network would be worth a lot more? On the other hand, if you could perform the "hack" quickly with just regular customer access to the machine, that'd be interesting... (thinking of terminator movie here...) ;)

According to my bank balance that is my... well, I've no cents left, damn recession!

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft .Net Libraries Not Acting "Open Source"

MC68040 Forking (246 comments)

Maybe someone can answer this better than me, I've not had the time to read over the Microsoft license.
Would it be possible to (legally) fork the project from the latest available codebase? Not saying if anyone would want to do it or not, but if the code is out there that might give some possibilities?

more than 4 years ago

ARM-Based Servers Coming In 2011

MC68040 Low power server / clusters? (253 comments)

I can see myself using an ARM-based linux server in the home.

If they get proper business support from some largeish vendor pushing out rack machines then that'd be great too. All the servers I admin currently run x86 from Intel. Saying that, when idling, they're not terribly power hungry; but arm boxes should be a lot better.

Lowering power consumption is never a bad idea for your bottom line, as long as the performance-per-watt is acceptable. The first thing I thought was that it would be useful for larger clusters of machines if the performance isn't on-par with power6/x86 server chips. At the end of the day the deal breaker will be just how much performance you can get out of their server chips, which will affect what type of environment they're suitable for.

more than 4 years ago

Final Fight Brings Restrictive DRM To the PS3

MC68040 What I've experienced with PS store (240 comments)

Well, its a funny thing actually.

I've downloaded items (like game maps, etc) using my friends accounts on MY ps3.
While I've not bought these items I've had access to them when the machine isn't logged in to their ps network account (nor mine, e.g. just logged in locally to my user).

Which basically means free game extras.. (still, paying £40 for a game then £2-5 for 6-7 extra maps is a ripoff in my book, and yes I know, its entirely optional to purchase the extra content, no flames please)

Note: The accounts aren't linked per say. I believe there's some "family" account thingy where you can share some (or all?) purchases between linked ps3 accounts.

more than 4 years ago

Magento Beginner's Guide

MC68040 "at least without hiring outside help" - (124 comments)

.. This statement is interesting.
A lot of the e-commerce software you can get for free is written in common web development languages, e.g. Perl/PHP/Ruby/ASP.
So is this a question of lacking in-house competence from a SMB perspective? Most OSS e-commerce packages I've used have been a breeze to install, never mind to customize.

The truth to the statement is that some things are, at best, poorly documented. But if worst comes to worst, track down the bit of script you need to know (how it works) and read the code?

more than 5 years ago

IBM Takes a (Feline) Step Toward Thinking Machines

MC68040 "100,000 times as much as your computer has" (428 comments)


114 terabytes = 116 736 gigabytes
My machine has got 4 gigabytes of RAM, 100 000 x 4 = 400000... Hm?

more than 5 years ago

Dan Bernstein Confirms Security Flaw In Djbdns

MC68040 Confessions of a long-term djb/tiny dns user (66 comments)

First of all, I really like djbdns! Up until two weeks ago I ran it for our my employer (700~ tlds) and it had been running flawless for the last 4 years.

The reason, in the end, for the switch is due to the administrative workload of using djbdns.

Pushing updates to other servers usually involves pushing the .cdb data file to the dns/root directory of each of the resolves. Ok one chore, fine. The problem is in managing the database.

Managing 50-100 records command line is feasible, but if you have a lot of domain and turn over a lot of requests for modifications a day this quickly becomes a pain.

We built a script to store the records in a sql database then create the data file, create the cdb from that, then push the updated file across the network.

Our new dns server runs directly to the SQL db, provides solid query caching.. Now I just have to replicate a sql db which is comparatively pain-free :)

Not had my morning coffee yet so please pardon the grammar/seplling ;)

more than 5 years ago

Smart Robot Capable of Hunting For Its Own "Food"

MC68040 Back to the future (191 comments)

Well, obviously, all they need to do is invent a Mr Fusion! That should give them enough jiggawatts to run their precious doomsday machines =)

about 6 years ago

45nm Phenom II Matches Core 2 Quad, Trails Core i7

MC68040 A half truth (234 comments)

People that RTFA will realize that AMD's new CPU's only match the most current bottom-line Intel quad core cpu's.

Saying that, amd's offering does give you a good value for money and is in some cases significantly cheaper than Intel's offering. Adding to that fact is amd's discreet graphic offerings which are far superior to intel's offerings.

I imagine we'll see a lot of these amd chips and graphic offerings combined on the "budget" performance systems which is a good thing; they provide better performance (especially graphics-wise) than existing offerings in the same range :)

about 6 years ago



MC68040 MC68040 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

MC68040 writes "Hi slashdot readers, I've been working as a PHP & C programmer for an UK-based IT firm for some time now and I've run in to something of a problem; my manager isn't very it-literate. What this means in the real world is that the specification for what I need to develop for the client often comes out very 'fuzzy' to say the least, and this is not helped by that the client often isn't sure what they really want. This in it's turn leads to many (frustrating) hours of overtime for me and my co-workers. So slashdot readers, what form of "product specification" is fair to ask to from the client? What should we be able to expect them to detail? I'm not talking about 'when you click this button..' but rather in general terms, like 'the form should collect x details, some of these details should also be available from page x, specifically ...'."


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