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Virginia May Help People Pay For Space Burials

Maarx So let me get this straight... (145 comments)

NASA is shuttering their space program, and the Virginia government wants to repurpose the spaceport to make some money by shooting dead people into space?

more than 2 years ago
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Dropbox Can't See Your Dat– Er, Never Mind

Maarx Parent Nailed It (333 comments)

Parent has nailed this on the head. And before we fork the argument from below, client-side encryption doesn't work because you lose Dropbox's incremental update features.

more than 3 years ago
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Hacker Business Models

Maarx Re:And...? (96 comments)

I propose the use of there're as an abbreviation of there are.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Introduces One-Time Passwords

Maarx Re:RSA Encryption (215 comments)

You are absolutely right. That also wasn't the point either of us were trying to make, but I'm pretty sure you already know that too.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Introduces One-Time Passwords

Maarx Re:RSA Encryption (215 comments)

I'm pretty sure "one way encryption" is an oxymoron.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Introduces One-Time Passwords

Maarx Re:RSA Encryption (215 comments)

I regret to inform you that you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. There is absolutely no encryption going on with your WoW account, let alone something as complex as RSA Encryption.

There is an additional password, generated from a hardware dongle, which is required for you to log in, but it is simply a password, not an encryption key. Once it has been successfully provided, the rest of your traffic is identical to traffic on an account without an authenticator. Your account is not "encrypted". You have a second password. Nothing more, nothing less.

more than 3 years ago
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The Encryption Pioneer Who Was Written Out of History

Maarx Re:They have a headstart (238 comments)

Do not break lines simply for the sake of breaking lines. The beauty of markup languages is that each display will independently render it to whatever line length makes sense. When you add your own line breaks for no structural reason, you not only destroy the readability of whatever you're trying to say, but you also break the "Abbreviated" form of display, since it thinks you started a new paragraph. Most people have (Score: 2)'s show up as Abbreviated.

more than 3 years ago
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Sandisk Debuts World's Smallest SSD Yet

Maarx Actual Dimensions (222 comments)

It has a mass of roughly 7.37346606 x 10^(-31) Jupiters.

It is a square with sides of length 2.31481482 x 10^(-4) football fields.

It has a storage capacity of 6.25 x 10^(-3) Libraries of Congress.

more than 3 years ago
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Russian Scholar Warns Of US Climate Change Weapon

Maarx So, Conspiracy Theories Are /. Worthy Now? (415 comments)

Didn't a bunch of whackjobs a few years ago try and claim that Hurricane Katrina was the result of some Weather Control Device created by the Axis of Evil?

more than 3 years ago
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Linux Wall Warts Small On Size, Big On Possibilities

Maarx Re:SheevaPlug (316 comments)

SheevaPlug, I don't know about the rest of you but that name brings visions to my mind that has nothing to do with computers.

Thanks for ruining my lunch.

more than 3 years ago
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Linux Wall Warts Small On Size, Big On Possibilities

Maarx Re:Wall warts? (316 comments)

Everything is wrong about this article. I love /. and Linux as much as the next guy, but this article starts out defining it's own terminology, then reads like an advertisement for SheevaPlug, and then wraps up with... not much.

I hate to be this guy, but I don't understand why this is on /.

more than 3 years ago
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HP CEO's Browsing History Used Against Him

Maarx MPU (230 comments)

This guy. Right here. Nailed it. MPU.

more than 3 years ago
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HP CEO's Browsing History Used Against Him

Maarx Re:the story summary is rather sympathetic to hurd (230 comments)

If one her first day at HP, her first encounter with Mr. Hurd was him grabbing her butt in the copy room and asking her to get naked, then fine, it is sexual harassment.

Nah, he waited until the second day. That's what his buddy Larry E. told him to do.

more than 3 years ago
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Julian Assange To Write For Swedish Tabloid

Maarx Re:Tabloid? (337 comments)

Oh, then Aftonbladet does not fit into that category.

What do you call something that claims to be thoughtful journalism but obviously isn't?

We call it a rag, or sometimes, just "crappy newspaper".

We've got newspapers, we've got rags, and we've got tabloids. Tabloids are what you find in the supermarket checkout and tell you things like Oprah just had her 23rd secret child and that aliens have infiltrated the government.

more than 3 years ago

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Corporate Anti-Static Hardware Protection

Maarx Maarx writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Maarx (1794262) writes "I work for a corporation with a large datacenter. We have a room adjacent to the datacenter proper in which newly arriving servers are prepared. The room contains tables, a few racks, a network drop from the datacenter, and all the tools necessary to work on both hardware and software. Here, servers are unboxxed, reformatted, proper OS'es are installed, components are upgraded, more memory is installed, new hard drives are added, etc. Here, servers are configured for the network, and then plugged in, in this temporary isolated environment where their network traffic can be carefully monitored, prior to adding them to the datacenter proper.

We've recently had a few issues where hardware was damaged due to static discharge. Further investigation yielded that the cabinets in the staging area were not properly grounded, as the cabinets in our datacenter were. I have been tasked with researching corporate best-practices in anti-static protection, and implementing a solution. I'd like to present something more impressive-looking and -sounding than just "properly ground the cabinets, and add some wrist-straps to each work bench."

Do you work with a high volume of static-sensitive hardware at home?
Do you work for a corporation with anti-static measures in place?
What do you use?
How well does it work?
What would you do differently?"

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