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Ask Slashdot: Can Tech Help Monitor or Mitigate a Mine-Flooded Ecosystem?

Mondor Re:What would I *not* do? (123 comments)

Mine gold from asteroids? Oh wow, that gold will be golden.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Tech Help Monitor or Mitigate a Mine-Flooded Ecosystem?

Mondor Re:What would I *not* do? (123 comments)

Oh thank you so much! I'll spread the news to colleagues. I think it's more important than the FA.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

Mondor Re:Only 17 months to go... (138 comments)

No, they are saying, that the most recent version will be supported. If it will be MSIE 13, then 11 and 12 won't be supported anymore. Isn't it the same with, say, Chrome? Just asking.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

Mondor Re:How is this going to play with ASP NET (138 comments)

Sorry, I had no problems with ASP.NET (both WebForms and MVC) and MSIE 11. Could it be something in your code?

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

Mondor MSIE11 can't into Windows Server 2012 (138 comments)

Ok, but MSIE 11 can't be installed on Windows Server 2012, only on Windows Server 2012 R2. Unlike the Windows 8.1, the R2 wasn't the free upgrade. So, if MSIE 10 won't be supported, can we still say that Microsoft is supporting the Windows Server 2012?

about 3 months ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

Mondor Re: Wow ... (419 comments)

I've never seen the bank to supply either POS software (thing that works at touchscreen-enabled device) or card payment terminal - the latter is usually supplied by a processing center company which works with many banks.

However, if that was the customer's (Apple) wish to only process the override numbers at the end of the day, then perhaps Apple is the victim, not the processing company or the bank. In fact, I don't see the "bank" in this scheme at all. It's either Apple or the processing company, which might or might not belong to the bank.

What Sharron and Temeshia (oh, these anglo-saxon names...) did to Apple and Victoria Secrets was one of many possible exploits to imperfect system of card transaction. When you are entering your PIN code using corded pin pad, the data is encrypted in transit (where "transit" is that short cable) using DES algorithm. The system consists of two parts - business rules and technology. However, it only protects itself against technology attacks.

The algorithms of higher level, the workflows of the whole process, are made to comfort the customer. Until that final moment of ultimate discomfort, which is regarded as "nonsense fantasy" during the development process. So you don't have to beat the technology if you know the business rules.

about 3 months ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Mondor Re: Great... (582 comments)

Indeed. Russia began in Europe and then expanded to Asia. So now it borders with both Germany and Japan. Actually, even with USA. I recall there is about 2km between Russia and USA.

about 3 months ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Mondor Re: Great... (582 comments)

Russia is 38% of Europe. No other country in Europe takes as big part of it.

Even though 75% of Russia's territory lies within Asia, the Asian part of Russia accommodates only 22% of its population.

about 3 months ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Mondor Re:Great... (582 comments)

Sorry, I don't trust what American government says ever since Saddam's "weapons of mass destruction".

about 3 months ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Mondor Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

Many people who are not stupid believe in things that are [obviously] false [to others].

Including you.

about 3 months ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

Mondor Re:Where the fault lies? (231 comments)

Some modern smartphones do not have external SD cards, only internal storage. Which can be accessed just like an SD card, excerpt that it can't be removed and disposed.

about 3 months ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Mondor Re:But it wasn't for "national security" (353 comments)

Well, the guy in TFA did speak, and actually provided around 50 fake passwords. Apparently, he got a bad lawyer, if any.

about 3 months ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Mondor Re:But it wasn't for "national security" (353 comments)

Did you just say that population of USA is 0.000001% of the "people who have walked the face of planet"?
That means that 1080 people in USA ever had a chance of justice. Perhaps you're right.

about 3 months ago
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Alleged 'Bigfoot' DNA Samples Sequenced, Turn Out To Be Horses, Dogs, and Bears

Mondor Almasty? (198 comments)

Well, Russians are calling it the Snow Man. Almasty is what it's called in Caucasus - Chechnya and so on. Just saying.

about 4 months ago
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Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

Mondor Re:A ban on swearing in books, plays, and films? (158 comments)

Slashdot is mass media. Mass media can't swear now too.
Bloggers are mass media too, if they have 3000 subscribers or more. Immediately after the parliament made that decision, LiveJournal.com (which now belongs to Russian company) removed the stats from bloggers, expressing numbers in Heroes Of Might and Magic style.

I assume, that this rule won't be enforced like it could happen in Saudi Arabia or other similarly enlightened country. Instead, Russian authorities are getting a license to kill, for later use, when the real cause could be personal dislike or business interests.

Also, if I remember right, they wanted to force all Russian mass media to be hosted in Russia. You know why.

about 4 months ago
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Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

Mondor Microsoft Danger v2.0 (387 comments)

This reminds me the cloud service of Microsoft, called Danger. It died the same way - they simply lost all customer information, with no backups made (and, actually, the size of full backup could be less than 1Tb).

In my humble opinion, these people are too lame to stay in business. Having offline backups couldn't be the only problem of their service. As I can conclude from the article, they also had problems with security and lack of common sense and strategic thinking.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

about 4 months ago
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Chinese Gov't Reveals Microsoft's Secret List of Android-Killer Patents

Mondor Re:But no one really cares about Microsoft... (140 comments)

I would trade my Windows Phone (HTC 8X) for an iPhone!

I have to carry a backup Android phone to use 15 features (yes, I counted) that WP could not provide. Windows Phone is not ugly, but it's useless. I want a smart phone, not a feature phone with large screen!

about 4 months ago
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How To Make Espresso In Space

Mondor Re:Short black with one (192 comments)

What you are making with your Aeropress is Americana. Espresso, for example, is made with nearly boiling water. Bialetti "percolators" make perfect Espresso, using the power of boiling water, which pushes itself through the grind coffee. I wouldn't call Americana a "progression" from Espresso. Or from "proper" spiced African creamy coffee, which is a totally different thing. And I'm not even talking about the coffee you may get in coffee shop in Amsterdam.

For space, Espresso is better, as it consumes less water.

There are filter machines (Dutch Technivorm, for example) which produce coffee of very high standard (of Americana). In my opinion, a way higher quality than Aeropress. And they waste less coffee in process. By Nordic standards, which are most coffee consuming of all (followed by Euro and American, if I remember right), you need 60 grams of ground coffee per 1 liter of water. For Aeropress, you need to go beyond that for the same result. For space travel that would mean a higher price of a shot.

Regarding the instant coffee - it depends from what is your source. Something tells me, that if you brew your perfect coffee and then freeze-dry it, you will get result of a higher quality than anything you could buy in shop. Except for mentioned coffee shop, of course.

I assume that bringing that 20kg machine to Space was PR stunt of Lavazza, otherwise I see no reason to not use the high quality instant coffee. If they need coffee in space anyway. Besides, if they have a coffee machine in Abrams tank, why not to have it in space station?

about 4 months ago

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Google blocks access to CompTIA

Mondor Mondor writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mondor (704672) writes "During the last 24 hours Google has blocked access to one of the top providers of IT certifications worldwide — CompTIA. When you're trying to visit their website at www.comptia.org using Firefox, you see warning from Google, stating that their website contains "malicious code". Whether it's true or Google has something against CompTIA is still unknown. However, this raises a question — has Google become a new power in the Internet, able to prohibit access to other websites at will? Or, if the CompTIA, the alma mater of CompTIA Security+ certification, has been compromised?"
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