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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Magic5Ball Re:The title says it all. (2219 comments)

Yikes. Thanks for the reminder that they also screwed up sourceforge recently.

about 7 months ago

This method is so acceptable, the DEA won't even release its name

Magic5Ball RIP Slashdot. (1 comments)

beta boycott is completely needless.

After a few more days of users replacing content with protests, there will be no site to switch to beta

about 7 months ago

Why Robot Trucks Could Be Headed To Afghanistan (And Everywhere Else)

Magic5Ball If only robots could help Dice withdraw beta (1 comments)

It's like someone in the C-suite at Dice is playing with their first real commercial product and is afraid to stop throwing good cash after bad into this beta project.

about 7 months ago

The Standards Wars and the Sausage Factory

Magic5Ball Re:Begun they have... (234 comments)

If you keep driving your community away now, there won't be a site to look at in three years.

about 7 months ago

Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

Magic5Ball Re:" we migrate our audience..." (232 comments)

There's a lot of hate from Anonymous Coward for critics of beta.

I hope this isn't Dice astroturfing their own site.

about 7 months ago

New Zealand Spy Agency Deleted Evidence About Its Illegal Spying On Kim Dotcom

Magic5Ball Hamburger Helper with Cheese! (222 comments)

Someone in the executive suite must really be in love with beta for it to have survived this long, and despite so much user protest.

about 7 months ago

Rare Photos: Gnu Crashing a Windows 8 Launch Event

Magic5Ball Re:Way to go. (313 comments)

> Guerrilla marketing is all the rage these days

Ahhh Des Moines, where Instagram is new and Hurd has some life in it.

about 2 years ago

Rare Photos: Gnu Crashing a Windows 8 Launch Event

Magic5Ball Re:Trolling are you? (313 comments)

Free as in Kaczynski and Liberty Dollars, don't you know?

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Does Wireless Gear Degrade Over Time?

Magic5Ball Re:Did the signal degrade, or the noise increase? (615 comments)

I don't understand why you posted that.

Almost everyone who has seen a radial lead electrolytic capacitor inside their computer or other consumer kit and recognized it as a capacitor would know or correctly infer the part of the capacitor that TheGratefulNet is referring to.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Transporting Computers By Cargo Ship?

Magic5Ball Own less stuff (249 comments)

Why not take this opportunity to simplify your life by owning less stuff? It would save you from having to pack, ship, track, and store everything.

There are far more opportunities available if you're mobile enough to fit your life into a couple of suitcases and leave the bulky/sentimental stuff with relatives. More importantly, your spending will naturally shift from things to people and experiences that can't get damaged or lost in transit.

about 2 years ago

Confessions of a Left-Handed Technology User

Magic5Ball Re:First World Problem Here (267 comments)

Parent post wasn't showing. I'm disappointed that you didn't mean the /Time/ author.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Stepping Down From an Office Server To NAS-Only?

Magic5Ball Re:Cloud (227 comments)

> or buy one of the numerous premade systems.

Better yet, buy two and sync one as an off-site backup, not because you want an off-site backup, but because most consumer NAS devices lack enterprise build quality. Drobo devices are the exception.

Also, be sure to examine the firmware before making a purchase, by downloading the source from the manufacturer's website. The NAS boxes cobbled by the hard drive manufacturers tend to be based on older versions of (possibly insecure) open source NAS tools, with some in house garbage on top to implement custom features.

For example, on one particular brand of web-enabled NAS by a famous hard drive manufacturer, the URL to reset the configuration settings *for all models in the line* is widely available in support forums. This gets you remote admin. The web host for their custom scripts runs as root, and contains several locations where unsanitized strings from the URL get passed directly into an exec(). Some of the cloud-sounding services that enable you to remotely access your firewalled NAS are so poorly secured that it's possible to Google for particular strings appearing on the NAS remote admin configuration pages.

(Yes, the manufacturers know about all this. No, they're mostly not interested in fixing these problems in unsupported use modes: "The manual says not to connect these devices to the Internet.")

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce Someone To Star Trek?

Magic5Ball Re:I don't know the best way (634 comments)

One could show Star Trek without Star Trek, by staring with good stories.

TNG: Darmok
DS9: The Visitor
VOY: Blink of an Eye
TOS: The Devil in the Dark, The City on the Edge of Forever

(and a few others)

Such stories are accessible to new viewers since they do not depend on much cannon or story arcs or character history to be fully enjoyable. The major cannon episodes that series fans enjoy for being loaded with many intersections of individual motivations, big conflicts, implicit story, and consequence (e.g., "The Best of Both Worlds") would be lost to anyone who had not been exposed to the big players and landmarks. Starting with character development episodes would bet too much on new viewers caring about the characters on first exposure, and similarly with arc development episodes.

about 2 years ago

Why the GPL Licensing Cops Are the Good Guys

Magic5Ball Re:Easier Solution - BSD (233 comments)

The alternative to BSD is not necessarily GPL.

MS could have implemented their own stack, or bought out Trumpet Winsock, or taken any number of alternative paths where (L)GPL could have no effect.

more than 2 years ago

All Researchers To Be Allocated Unique IDs

Magic5Ball Re:Unique IDs eh? (164 comments)

Then they came for the Alans Cox...

more than 2 years ago

All Researchers To Be Allocated Unique IDs

Magic5Ball Re:Make them all adopt unique names! (164 comments)

There are many, many more students than there are scientists. This matters because many jurisdictions in Europe and Asia require undergraduate students to produce published or publishable work as part of their degree requirements.

more than 2 years ago

60TB Disk Drives Could Be a Reality In 2016

Magic5Ball Re:More capacity, but what about I/O? (293 comments)

...Assuming that the DAC/ADCs between the magnetic and digital signals can keep up, and also that whatever process prods the magnetic domains can do transitions sufficiently rapidly.

more than 2 years ago

The Pirate Bay Suffering Global Outage From Massive DDoS Attack

Magic5Ball Re:anonymous is a bunch of childish kids.... (203 comments)

> Best indication of a government agency a 24 hour attack rather than a cycling attack.

FTFA: "However, for the last 24 hours the site has been largely inaccessible world wide"

The attack does not appear to have been sustained in a constant way.

> Individual users will still want to use the computers and bandwidth for other things.

*Distributed* denial of service attack. If the attack is successful, each individual user does not need to devote more than a small fraction of whatever broadband access they have, since their victims would not successfully communicate back.

> Even botnet controllers will want to get back to money making spam.

They could also make money by renting out their botnets...

> The only people who can keep it up solid had computers and bandwidth to waste

Or non-government entities such as botnet operators, as you mention, telecommunications companies, multi-national organizations...

> and obviously will want to work the divide and conquer angle.

Successfully taking out one site (even a highly connected one) wouldn't be dividing anything except that site from all the strongly connected others. This attack created no salients against which to deploy any kind of conquering tactic, and this kind of attack cannot possibly do so against such a highly redundant network.

more than 2 years ago


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