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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

MightyMartian Re:Asymptomatic people are not contagious (330 comments)

I'm not clear as to why every single person flying into an airport from the hot spots isn't put in quarantine upon landing.

10 hours ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

MightyMartian Re:How does the quote go...? (261 comments)

FTFY

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win, and then their paid lobbyists have you legislated out of business.."

yesterday
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Lenovo Set To Close $2.1 Billion Server Deal With IBM

MightyMartian Re:IBM is dying (48 comments)

I'm sorry, that reference went right over my head...

2 days ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

MightyMartian Re:Lacking developers. (189 comments)

I wonder how much longer Microsoft shareholders will tolerate the company dumping vast sums of money into product lines that don't make money. Even the XBox division has yet to actually pay for the massive investments.

5 days ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

MightyMartian Re:Lacking developers. (189 comments)

In units sold you're right. In revenue you're not. Apple has demonstrated with the iPhone 6 that, despite all the claims that it was over the hill, that it still commands significant brand loyalty and dominates the high end smart phone market. All Blackberry and Microsoft have been able to demonstrate is the number of people who actually give a damn about their phones is so small as to be deemed insignificant. Neither Google or Apple are losing much sleep over Windows or Blackberry phones.

about a week ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

MightyMartian Re:Lacking developers. (189 comments)

I'd argue that if they don't start selling product soon, they're dead. Blackberry will be cannibalized.

Let's be clear here. BB is living on loans and a dwindling cash reserve. It has few customers to speak of. The Passport is not Blackberry Rising, it's a hail mary pass.

about a week ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

MightyMartian Re:Lacking developers. (189 comments)

By "not very far behind iOS", you mean with actual sales (and no, shipping from factory to warehouse or outlet is not a sale), that are all but insignificant compared to iOS.

Does anyone seriously believe that Windows Phone has any market share of any kind?

about a week ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

MightyMartian Re:Lacking developers. (189 comments)

If Microsoft, with all its vast resources, cannot make a dent in the iOS-Android duopoly, I fail to see how a company that has basically been swirling around the drain for six or seven years is going to even carve out enough of a niche to stay alive.

about a week ago
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Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

MightyMartian Re:Because that makes sense (197 comments)

Isn't it amazing? An economy fueled by little more than energy exports, a population still in decline, an economic war with a bloc of nations whose GDP in a bad year dwarfs its own by almost an order of a magnitude... and yup, it's going to enter the moon race.

about a week ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

MightyMartian Re:Most rational people never believe in AGW (207 comments)

Good thing climatologists aren't members of a religious faith.

But I do enjoy how you've cribbed Creationist thinking that "any day now we'll discover evolution is a lie" and neatly changed some words. Are you proud to be at the same intellectual level as your garden variety YEC?

about a week ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

MightyMartian Re:"Belief" is not part of the scientific method (207 comments)

Except, of course, what you just wrote has nothing to do with AGW models or theories.

Par for the course for science deniers of all kinds; create strawmen of theories they're too emotionally retarded to accept, strike down strawmen and declare victory.

Imagine being so infantile you cannot deal with reality.

about a week ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

MightyMartian Re:Yes, just like that. (221 comments)

Have you looked at Powershell and its scriptlet libraries? It's easier to administer Windows than it was a decade ago, but it's still quite complex. "Better than it once was" is not the same as "better than the alternatives".

And Linux, even with the Redhat ecosystem, can still be lean and mean. Maybe the problem with the AC's IT department is the IT department. I run a whole host of Linux servers, admittedly under Debian (though I've toyed with CentOS), and they're all pretty lean and mean. I'll wager a baremetal Debian or Fedora install is going to be a lot less of a hog than the sparest of CLI-based Server 2012 installs. Nobody seriously moves to Windows Server because of resource issues.

about a week ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

MightyMartian Re:This has been discussed for so long... (221 comments)

I have six or seven Debian servers, none of which have GUIs, let alone music players. Now it is true that a few servers do have audio capabilities on the motherboards, so an audio driver is being loaded. If I want so squeeze a bit more RAM out of the machines, I could disable those modules, but other than that they are very minimal installs. Basic userland, Samba, maybe LAMP and a few other useful tools and that's about it. I don't know how much smaller you can get without moving to embedded variants like DD-WRT, which have only a subset of a typical *nix user land. Far less useful as servers, mind you.

about a week ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

MightyMartian Re:MAD (340 comments)

MAD prevented WWIII. I don't care whether the people who build them or the people who authorize their construction are corrupt, or worship a giant statue of a sexually aroused Beelzebub, the fact is that we are kept largely secure from would be Napoleons, Hitlers and Stalins by the mere fact that these weapons exist.

about a week ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

MightyMartian Re:Yes, just like that. (221 comments)

Who said anything about open source? Even the old direct Unix server variants all ran Bourne shell or c shell and their descendants. For chrissakes, a CLI-based server OS running a scriptable shell is decades old, predating Windows and FOSS by decades. This idea that Server 2012 is doing anything unique boggles the mind of anyone with even a basic understanding of operating system development and administration for the last half century. Maybe the Microsoft-funded diploma mills churn out admins who actually believe that Server 2012 is some revolutionary step, but for those of us who have been in the industry for oh, over seven or eight years, seeing somebody claim "we tossed out *nix and put in Server 2012 'cause it wuns with just a CLI" is liking seeing some fuckwit claim "I just invented the toothbrush!"

If you threw out *nix servers because you like the modern Windows toolset, then great! No prob. I have a network that runs a Server 2012 AD domain and a couple of Hyper-V servers, so it's not like I'm allergic to Windows. But fuck man, reading the parent's post (I dunno, maybe it's your post, I can understand why you would go AC to write such an incredible retarded post), with the underlying notion that Server 2012 is doing something revolutionary, and yeah, I start seeing red. Server 2012 is merely Microsoft, after twenty fucking years, getting the fucking hint.

about a week ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

MightyMartian Re:This has been discussed for so long... (221 comments)

Can you be specific here? What on a basic net install of Debian or CentOS does not fit your criteria? Christ, the base install of Debian doesn't even come with Samba.

about a week ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

MightyMartian Re:Yes, just like that. (221 comments)

Windows sysadmins amaze. For fifteen years I listened to them rattle on about how the GUI in Windows NT and its descendants was absolutely necessary, that it opened up servers to people who couldn't or wouldn't learn how to work from a CLI. So a few server distros put the head on their installs, worked like mad dogs to build GUI and web-based management systems like Webmin, and now suddenly all those Windows sysadmin flunkies are declaring Server 2012 is the bestest ever because you can run in headless with a CLI.

Listen you fucking asshole. *nix has been running CLI longer than most people posting here have been alive. It had mature toolsets and script libraries when Windows was a 16-bit cooperative multitasking layer on top of fucking MS-fucking-DOS. Generations of system administrators have lived and fucking died while Windows was forcing a clunky GUI toolset that you couldn't fucking script properly, and that you ended up having to go to REGEDIT and a bazillion GPO entries to fine tune.

Oh no, but Windows is so fucking cutting edge because in the last seven or eight years has developed a fucking shell that you can properly fucking script (even if the scripting language in question is a verbose and unbelievably slow executing piece of shit that is in almost every way the exact opposite of the elegance of *nix).

Well congrat-u-fuck-ulations Mr. "We paid a bazillion dollars to Redmond in licensing fees so we could have a scriptable CLI-based OS in our data center". I bet you even think you did an amazing thing.

Fucking Windows admins. Arrogance, stupidity and a total lack of knowledge of their own fucking operating systems incredibly dubious history as a Server OS.

Meanwhile, in the time it takes you to type out the name of a Powershell scriptlet and its arguments to import a CSV and puke it out as a SQL script, I can do write the code in awk or Perl in a bash wrapper. But hey, I must be stupid and you must the be the super fucking genius.

about a week ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

MightyMartian Re:min install (221 comments)

If you want a real thin install, pick something like Gentoo and Slackware. You can build minimal installs from the kernel up. In ye olden days when I was working on pretty minimal hardware (low RAM, slow CPUs, small drives), I used to install minimum base on top of a very small kernel (only the hardware found on the machine, plus a few generic IDE drivers just in case I had to move the HD and fire it up on another computer). It's a pain in the rear, and with even low-end hardware having huge amounts of RAM and storage space, I don't bother.

The whole point of the net install version of Debian is that it installs a very base version of Linux; and then you build on top of it. If you really need some sort of unique kernel variant, most fine tuning can be done in /boot or /proc.

I'll be blunt, if you claim to be a sysadmin who works with Linux, and you don't know how to build an optimized small footprint server, then you're talking bullshit, and whoever has hired or contracted you should give you the boot really fast.

about a week ago
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Outlining Thin Linux

MightyMartian Re:min install (221 comments)

As have I. I have several Debian based routers and KVM servers that are out pure CLI. I have no idea what the writer is taking air. And neither does the writer, methinks.

about a week ago
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"Big Bang Signal" Could All Be Dust

MightyMartian Re:Dust? tsarkon reports (133 comments)

A creature once known as a netkook, but now just a moderate level crank.

about a week ago

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Moving Away From IT

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about 5 months ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "I've been working for an organization now for over seven years, my best run yet. A couple of years ago, the company went through some major changes and I bought in as an owner and as a managing director; my responsibilities encompassing administration, finance and IT. It's a small (20 employee or so, plus nearly that many with subcontracting companies) organization so needless to say I retained my direct IT responsibilities.

My fellow board members have decided that I need to detach myself from the day to day IT operations and take over more management duties; in particular in the finance and budgeting end of things. Right now I'm in the process of interviewing a new IT system administrator who will, over time, take on most of my IT roles. However, since this has been a one-man shop for seven years; namely my shop, I confess some reservations about handing over the keys and moving permanently up to the top floor.

Does anybody have any suggestions on the level of permissions for servers, networks and infrastructure I should start with? Do I, for the moment, retain some of the critical functionality; like superuser passwords, and slowly move the new system administrator into his or her role, or do I move more quickly, give him the basics and then let him fly on his own?"
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NASA Wants To Go To Europa

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about 7 months ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "From the story:

"NASA and the White House are asking Congress to bankroll a new intrastellar road trip to a destination that's sort of like the extraterrestrial Atlantis of our solar system — Jupiter's intriguing moon, Europa."

Since Europa seems one of the most likely worlds in the Solar System other than Earth where we have some hope of finding extant life, let's hope Congress gives the green light to this project."

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Richard Nixon Announces His Approval For Slashdot Beta

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about 8 months ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "Former US president (and everyone's favorite funny man) Richard M. Nixon announced his approval of the Slashdot Beta site.

"I was just telling Pat this morning as I made sweet Nixon love to her that what the web needed was a whitespace-riddled atrocity. Slashdot Beta is the Tet Offensive of discussion sites, so screw you, you stupid hippies."

Henry Kissinger was said to have been very pleased as well. Dr. Kissinger was quoted as saying "In Soviet Russia, Slashdot betas you!""
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Slashdot Starting Move To Beta Site

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about 8 months ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "According to Slashdot's blog, great progress is being made in the redesign. According to a notice on the Slashdot front page:

"MOVIN’ ON UP. You are on Slashdot Classic. We are starting to move into new digs in February by automatically redirecting greater numbers of you. The new site is a work in progress so Classic Slashdot will be available from the footer for several more months. As we migrate our audience, we want to hear from you to make sure that the redesigned page has all the features you expect. Find out more."

According to many posters who are posting off topic, there seems little appetite for the upcoming changes."

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iPads banned from UK Cabinet meetings over surveillance fears

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about a year ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "British securities services fear foreign intelligence agencies have developed the ability to turn mobile devices such as phones and tablets into bugs without the owner’s knowledge, allowing them to eavesdrop on confidential meetings.

According to the article, UK security services fear China, Russia and Pakistway have figured out a way to turn mobiles into microphones, and have them transmit even when they're off. Ministers in sensitive government departments have been issued with soundproof lead-lined boxes, which they must place their mobiles in when having sensitive conversations."

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Saturn's largest moon undergoes crater makeover

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about a year and a half ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "NASA scientists say Cassini has discovered that far fewer craters on Titan than on the other moons of Saturn. The craters they have discovered are far shallower than other moons' craters and appear to be filling with hydrocarbon sand. On top of being yet another reason Titan's active geology is very cool, it adds to the mystery of where all the methane on Titan is coming from."
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Pat Robertson Rejects Creationism

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about 2 years ago

MightyMartian writes "From the article:

"Televangelist Pat Robertson challenged the idea that Earth is 6,000 years old this week, saying the man who many credit with conceiving the idea, former Archbishop of Ireland James Ussher, “wasn’t inspired by the Lord when he said that it all took 6,000 years.”

And further...

Before answering the question, Robertson acknowledged the statement was controversial by saying, “I know that people will probably try to lynch me when I say this.” “If you fight science, you are going to lose your children, and I believe in telling them the way it was,” Robertson concluded.

"

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Teen Suicide Tormenter Outed By Anonymous

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about 2 years ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "From the story:

The tragic story of a Canadian teen suicide victim Amanda Todd has taken another bizarre twist as the internet hacking and activist group Anonymous has named a man the group says was the girl's primary tormentor. Todd, 15, of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, died last Wednesday, a month after posting a haunting video on YouTube that cited the sexualized attack that set her down a path of anxiety, depression and drug and alcohol abuse.

This raises a whole nest of issues surrounding the presumption of innocence and vigilantism. Should the police and the courts be given the appropriate amount of time to determine if there is sufficient evidence, or if a crime has in fact been committed, or is Anonymous right in short-circuiting what might in fact be a lengthy process with no guarantee that anyone will face charges?"
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Neanderthal-Modern Human Interbreeding Cast In Doubt (Again)

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "It appears that the back-and-forth debate over whether modern humans and Neanderthals has been swung back into the "unlikely" category.

According to the abstract (at PNAS):

"Recent comparisons between anatomically modern humans and ancient genomes of other hominins have raised the tantalizing, and hotly debated, possibility of hybridization. Although several tests of hybridization have been devised, they all rely on the degree to which different modern populations share genetic polymorphisms with the ancient genomes of other hominins. However, spatial population structure is expected to generate genetic patterns similar to those that might be attributed to hybridization. To investigate this problem, we take Neanderthals as a case study, and build a spatially explicit model of the shared history of anatomically modern humans and this hominin. We show that the excess polymorphism shared between Eurasians and Neanderthals is compatible with scenarios in which no hybridization occurred, and is strongly linked to the strength of population structure in ancient populations. Thus, we recommend caution in inferring admixture from geographic patterns of shared polymorphisms, and argue that future attempts to investigate ancient hybridization between humans and other hominins should explicitly account for population structure.""

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SpaceX Dragon Successfully Splashes Down

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MightyMartian writes "After a flawless mission to the International Space Station, the Dragon has successfully splashed down off the California Coast. Truly a great day for space watchers and for the private space industry."
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Data Remanence Solutions

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "The company I work for has just had their government contract renewed, which is good news, giving me several more years of near-guaranteed employment!

However, in going through all the schedules and supplementary documents related to the old contract, which we will begin winding down next spring, we've discovered some pretty stiff data remanence requirements that, for hard drives at least, boil down to "they must be sent to an appropriately recognized facility for destruction."

Now keep in mind that we are the same organization that has been delivering this contract all along, so the equipment isn't going anywhere. What's more, destruction of hard drives means we have to buy new ones, which is going to cost us a lot of money, particular with prices being so high.

I've looked at using encryption as a means of destroying data, in that if you encrypt a drive or a set of files with an appropriately long and complex key, and then destroy all copies of that key, that data effectively is destroyed. I'd like to write up a report to submit to our government contract managers, and would be interested if any Slashdotters have experience with this, or have any references or citations to academic or industry papers on dealing with data remanence without destroying physical media."
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Pete Townshend Calls Apple 'A Vampire'

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about 2 years ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "The Who guitarist Pete Townshend has urged Apple's iTunes to use its power to help new bands instead of "bleeding" artists like a "digital vampire".

He also argued against unauthorised file-sharing, saying the internet was "destroying copyright as we know it"."

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Microsoft Has Lost $5.5 Billion On Bing Since 2009

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  about 3 years ago

MightyMartian (840721) writes "According to CNN Money, Microsoft has lost $5.5 billion on Bing since its launch in 2009. But it gets even better. If you include Microsoft's other online offerings, all the way back to 2007, the losses are somewhere in the neighborhood of $9 billion.

But not to worry, analysts expect Bing to become profitable in "three to four years"."

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The Great Global Warming Swindle

MightyMartian MightyMartian writes  |  more than 7 years ago It seems that UK's Channel 4 "Great Global Warming Swindle", which the anti-global warming crowd, including Janet Daley of the Telegraph (see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2007/03/12/do1201.xml) has run into a bit of a problem; mainly that the only swindle going on was the program.

According to the RealClimate blog (http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2007/03/swindled/), the program was in fact a collection of defunct claims, half-truths, and in the case of Carl Wunsch's contribution, misrepresenting his views. This sort of deceit and dishonesty shouldn't be a surprise, but what is sad is that fiction suddenly gets trumpeted as a legitimate scientific critique of Global Warming.

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