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Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Next thing you know (215 comments)

I hate following your rambling, Anonymous Coward. Sometimes you get extremely schizophrenic and contradict yourself!

yesterday
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The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Bad comparaison (134 comments)

If you want to make an Apples to apples comparison (pun intended) when talking about jobs

Was the "jobs" pun intended as well?

Double pun, if we add in the pornography industry.

yesterday
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European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re: Dammit, Europe! (219 comments)

* You'd.

about two weeks ago
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European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Dammit, Europe! (219 comments)

I was hoping your be the ones to bail us out when the U.S. went full fascist. Alright, New Zealand, all eyes are on you. No pressure!

about two weeks ago
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India Blocks Code Sharing Websites On Anti-Terror Advisory

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Holy shit (78 comments)

Everybody knows the best way to remove crud is with acid.

about a month ago
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Super-Sensitive Motion Sensor Could Be Used To Hunt For Extraterrestrial Life

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:We have trouble with defining life on earth. (38 comments)

Life: Fight, Eat, Fuck, Sleep

It doesn't get any simpler...

Not necessarily in that order. Also, I have married friends that have replaced sleep with offspring, and fucking with more fighting. Apparently there is wiggle room.

about a month ago
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Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Tablet with keyboard vs. a 10" laptop (328 comments)

Mostly it's due to convenience. I have a nice little satchel where my tablet lives. My work provided laptops are powerhouses, but weigh several kilograms. My 8 inch tablet weighs a little over 300 grams and its heft is barely noticeable. But again, for most of my work I simply need an SSH client and at worst, a Python interpreter.

about a month ago
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Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:The tablet future is Surface-like (328 comments)

You can call tablets 'toys' all that you want. The undeniable truth is that for some of us they are essential business tools. When I'm on vacation or out-of-the-office, I am still contractually obligated to maintain SLAs. Having a tablet with a bluetooth keyboard is far more reasonable when I'm overseas than lugging a laptop around. I'm not writing novels, I'm not writing much code, but I am doing a ton of server maintenance.

Our programmers have recently been porting our business apps for 8" Android tablets for our engineers to use in the field. They're far cheaper to replace than a laptop, they can be locked down by IT, and they give us a nice target to hit development-wise. I've always bristled when people claim that tablets are just toys, they can be quite useful for those with a little imagination.

about a month ago
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Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Hell, by that logic... (552 comments)

with only 5% of the world's population, the U.S. can only expect about 5% of great programmers to be born here

The vast majority of excellent programmers were born before electricity was harnessed. What a waste!

about a month ago
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GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re: Am I missing something? (229 comments)

Also, you'd be surprised at how much police work is shooting unarmed black people and finding out what they did later.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Pebble? (232 comments)

I'll second the Pebble. The latest update gives it most of the same abilities as Android Wear devices. It's nice being able to archive or spamify emails the second that I get them. You can setup tasker for automation. I also use Pushover and Pushbullet a ton. If one of my servers goes down, a backup fails, or I get a hack attempt noticed by fail2ban, I get notified at an instant. I live in a pretty cold climate and it's nice to be able to dismiss messages without digging my phone out through multiple layers and taking my gloves off to get to the notifications bar.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Quietly Starts Accepting Bitcoin As Payment Method

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:No more bitcoins for regular Joes (107 comments)

NewEgg and half.com both accept BTC. Pretty much everything in my data closet at home is from NewEgg.

about a month and a half ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re: Standard FBI followup (388 comments)

Well thank goodness we don't have an overreaching government that drops the "national security" card at the drop of a hat. Otherwise we could end up seeing some really silly shit going down to fight a (mostly) fictional enemy.

about 2 months ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re: The other side of the page is posted (289 comments)

It's been my experience that most self-professed Christians worship money and power far more than they worship any deity.

about 2 months ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re: Slashdot, once again... (289 comments)

And this (extremely insightful) explanation is why so many United Statsians are so terrified of our own country. We are seemingly just a few votes away from a tyranny of the vocal religious minority. Give a fundamentalist a few thousand nuclear missiles and the most expensive army the world has ever known, and brown people around the world start to get nervous. But we have to do it, because terrorists, or freedom, or something!

about 2 months ago
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Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Kim Dotcom Regrets getting caught (151 comments)

He seems to think the laws didn't apply to him.

So his next career will be on Wall Street?

about 2 months ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Obama (706 comments)

This may actually be the stupidest thing I've ever seen on ./. So kudos, to you.

about 3 months ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Bootstrapping a cell phone as the second factor (130 comments)

Same way Google does it I suppose. A list of single-use codes that you keep offline, and you can verify from the same device that you initiate the purchase from...in theory. It seems like the U.S., as a society, wants to completely eliminate every sort of risk in the world. What we should really be concentrating on is mitigating them to an acceptable level.

about 3 months ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:Evolution of payments (130 comments)

How about just basic 2-factor authentication?

  • I initiate a purchase online, Amex gives a probationary okay and sends a 5 digit code to my mobile device
  • The vendor prompts me for that code
  • Once I confirm that I am in possession of the device, the transaction can be completed

It may not be perfect but it seems a bit better than the honor system that we're on now.

about 3 months ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Re:anyone who has your 16-digit card number (130 comments)

Actually CVV values are located in the track data which only proves you either have a copy of the card or the original. The second "fix" was CVV2 values which are printed on the back of the cards. This was to prove the card is in the hands of the person, but if that number has been comprised (which is darn easy) then all bets are off.

AMEX uses a 4 digit value printed on the front of the card.

In a few years once somebody figures out how to implement a 5 digit value on the back of a card, our worries will be over!

about 3 months ago

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ESPN Bans Employees from Facebook and Twitter

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "The hammer just came down, tweeps: ESPN memo prohibiting tweeting info unless it serves ESPN," Bucher wrote, capping it with a choice of words that conjures memories of a certain Twilight Zone cookbook. "Kinda figured this was coming." And then Bucher acknowledged the distinct possibility that he has stepped into a pile of, um, trouble. "I'm probably violating some sort of policy just by telling you," Bucher wrote. "In any case, stay tuned.""
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Pirate Bay starts video streaming

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "The world's most high-profile file-sharing website, The Pirate Bay (TPB), has lifted the lid on its new video sharing website, The Video Bay.

Billed as a rival to YouTube, the service will offer unrestricted video content, in violation of copyright law.

In a statement on the site, Mr Sunde said the service would use the latest HTML 5 features.

"More specifically the audio and video tags with the ogg/theora video and audio formats.

"This site will be an experimental playground and as such subjected to both live and drunk encoding, so please don't bug us too much if the site isn't working properly," he said."

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The end of tax-free internet shopping?

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "If a little-known but influential alliance of state politicians, large retailers, and tax collectors have their way, the days of tax-free Internet shopping may be nearly over. A bill expected to be introduced in the U.S. Congress as early as Monday would rewrite the ground rules for mail order and Internet sales by eliminating what its supporters view as a "loophole" that, in many cases, allows Americans to shop over the Internet without paying sales taxes. Link"
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Carbon Cost of Google Revealed

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  about 6 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "According to a BBC article, U.S. physicists have claimed that the average Google search uses 7g of carbon as opposed to Google's own claims of 0.2g. I get the feeling that many people are getting as tired of the word "green" as I am. Are studies like this taking every variable into account to get an unbiased answer or are they interested in sensationalistic claims."
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Joe Biden's Pro-RIAA Voting Record

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for Vice President seems to have a voting record that speaks volumes and may threaten to stymie Obama's promise to "update and reform our copyright and patent systems to promote civic discourse, innovation and investment while ensuring that intellectual property owners are fairly treated." In addition his record on encryption and National Security are downright disturbing from a civil liberties standpoint. Not looking to start a political flamewar, will these issues be of a major concern when the U.S. citizens hit the voting booths this November?

Story here"

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Best Way to Backup Offsite

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "I administer a department which contains around 200 workstations, and 7 servers. 2 servers are Win2K3 AD controllers, 1 is used to store video from several surveillance cameras, 3 others are running Fedora for the website, mysql, and a file server. Recently I've built a 4TB Raid1 machine whose sole job is to contain backups of the other servers. Everything is running swimmingly, but I have become increasingly nervous about not backing up to an off-site location. I was hoping to get some tips from the Slashdot crowd on the best methods of doing this. I've investigated several types of tape systems but the cost makes it prohibitive. My fallback plan is to pick up a couple of 1TB external hard drives and simply lug them to the main building once every two weeks."
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The beginnings of a TLD free-for-all?

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "According to the BBC, ICANN is considering opening up the wholesale creation of TLDs by private industry. While I'm sure this is done for the convenience of the companies and has nothing to do with the several thousand dollars they will be charging for each registration, I was curious what the tech community at large thought about this idea. It seems to me that this will simply open the doors for a never-ending cluster-frak (yes I said it) of TLD squatters. The article can be found here"
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Psystar Back Selling PC's with Leopard

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "Apparently Psystar is at it again. Cnet reports that this company is back selling what they are now calling "Open Computers" preinstalled with a hacked version of Leopard. According to the story they believe that Apple represents a hardware monopoly. Even if this is the case, does that give a third party the right to alter your software in order to profit?"
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Crackdown on Modchip sellers

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "The BBC is reporting on a series of raids conducted against mod chip resellers in the US. I'm just trying to figure out how selling this technology is a crime, I've always been of the opinion that if you're willing to take the risk of permanent harm to your system then more power to you. How will this affect the future of console modding?"
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Edge Magazine Compiles List of Top 100 Video Games

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "According to the BBC, Edge Magazine has compiled a list of the top 100 video games of all time. The top 10 are rather surprising in that most of the games were released a decade or more ago. Is it possible that with all of the focus on life-like graphics and animation so pervasive on the next-gen consoles, developers have forgotten what it takes to make a game enjoyable to play? Cue the Duke Nuke'em Forever jokes in 5...4...3...2..."
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Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "Researchers from the IBM Almaden research lab and the University of Nevada have created a simulation of half a mouse brain on the BlueGene L supercomputer. Although there's more to creating a mind than setting up the infrastructure, does this mean that we may see a system for human mental storage within our lifetimes? Check it out here"
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Mordok-DestroyerOfWo Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) writes "Gary McKinnon has lost his appeal against extradition to the US on hacking charges. The BBC News website profiles his history and his motives. To hear the US government tell it, Gary McKinnon is a dangerous man, and should be extradited back to America to stand trial in a Virginia courtroom. One US prosecutor has accused him of committing "the biggest military computer hack of all time". But Mr McKinnon has said his motives were harmless and innocent — he was, he says, simply looking for information on UFOs. Read on

Was he a 'bumbling nerd' as he says or were his motives more malicious?"

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