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Secure Boot Coming To SuSE Linux Servers

Rashkae Re:Secure Boot ISN'T! (135 comments)

Interesting summary on that TDL4, thanks...

After all this time, i still remember the good ol' days having to clean up MonkeyB... it's nice to see the old timer ideas getting put to more modern/criminal use

about 9 months ago
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Living In a Virtual World Requires Less Brain Power

Rashkae Rats are the worst subject (89 comments)

Rats have poor eyesight and navigate by smell and tactile (whiskers.). the real story here is that they used any brain power at all.

about a year ago
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Java 8 Delayed To Fix Security

Rashkae Laughable (135 comments)

If security was at all a real concern, let alone a priority, java would never install itself as a plugin in every browser it can find, ready to run arbriary code from untrusted sources, by default and with every update. All credability here has been lost ages ago.

about a year ago
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Will Legitimacy Spoil Bitcoin?

Rashkae Bitcoing needs regulation protectoin form Ponzi (490 comments)

I think more regulation on Bitcoin trades can only serve to help protect people from Ponzi schemes. No, I'm not like those other people who call Bitcoin a Ponzi, they are not. However, the exchanges that are now springing up are amost a perfect recipe for one. Someone sets up an exchange, pople open accounts to which they deposit money to engage in bitcoin trading, exchange operators help themselves to funds, either for operational expenses or to line their pockets, and instead back the accounts with bitcoin, bitcoin innevitably suffers a 'market correction,' there's a run on the cash accounts, and the exchange can't keep up with the cash withdrawals, voila, classic ponzi.

1 year,22 days
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US Attorney General Defends Handling of Aaron Swartz Case

Rashkae Re:What an ass. (276 comments)

Nope, they couldn't even charge him for Tresspass, The closet was publicly accessible... (and was even being used by some of the public as a coat closet.) Using the network jack he found in there, however, was a no-no.)

about a year ago
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US Attorney General Defends Handling of Aaron Swartz Case

Rashkae Re:Not long for this administration (276 comments)

Not exactly correct. He *did* have legal access to Jstore. Where his mistepped is creating a automatic "spider" to fetch the articles for him, against terms and service.

about a year ago
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US Attorney General Defends Handling of Aaron Swartz Case

Rashkae Re:All the way to the top. (276 comments)

The 'crime' here was violatoin of terms of service. It was the equivalent of having out too many library books at the same time. It is the *same* Federal crime as creating a Facebook or Google+ profile under an assumed name.

Prosecuters refused any plea bargain that did not involve jail time because Aaron was politically emberassing to some.

about a year ago
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Why a Linux User Is Using Windows 3.1

Rashkae Re:Old software? (415 comments)

It's a pity Slashdot doesn't let you delete comments when you realize how badly you goofed :)

about a year ago
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Why a Linux User Is Using Windows 3.1

Rashkae Re:Old software? (415 comments)

That should be as easy as *not* installing Trumpet Winsock. (No TCP/IP in Win 3.1) As far as Internet goes, Win 3.1 was a really secure system. Malware writes had to be creative and resort to tricks like infecting Boot Records and binary to infect systems.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Actual Best-in-Show For Free Anti Virus?

Rashkae Re:Simple (515 comments)

I should have been more clear. In Thunderbird a mail 'folder' is a single maidir file.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Actual Best-in-Show For Free Anti Virus?

Rashkae Re:Simple (515 comments)

Nix on that one. MS security essentials is the only anti-virus that did more damage than an actual Virus. With default settings, SE took it upon itself to delete an entire e-mail folder in thunderbird, silently and with no warning, because of a simple e-mail virus. Not quarantine, mind you, just outright delete.

about a year and a half ago
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Kubuntu To Be Sponsored By Blue Systems, Rather Than Canonical

Rashkae Re:Good (99 comments)

I should have been more clear. I was talking about the menu bar.

The the previous versions of Unity I tried, the menu bar would be hidden at the top of the screen until you moused over it to see the menus.

about 2 years ago
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Kubuntu To Be Sponsored By Blue Systems, Rather Than Canonical

Rashkae Re:Good (99 comments)

Does Unity still play Hide the Menu? That might seem like a pet peeve, but I think that right that demonstrates just exactly how much attention is put to "useability" of Unity.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Test Storage Media?

Rashkae Testing Drives. (297 comments)

It takes a while, but if you really want to be sure of your hardware (as sure as you can be, at least.)

Check the SMART status. If there are any re-allocated sectors, make note of the number.

Run badblocks with the -w switch against the drive (from a Linux live cd of your choice, for example)

That should completely read/write test the drive 4 times with multiple patterns. There should be no errors reported. This test will take longer than overnight on modern drives.

Check the SMART data again. Be wary if there has been an increase in Re-allocated sectors. This is considered normal and does not constitue drive failure. However, most drives should not have any reported re-allocations so early in life, and this may indiacate you have a drive of marginal quality.

Do not try this on SSD drives.

about 2 years ago
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Companies More Likely To Outsource Than Train IT Employees

Rashkae Research and Learning Part of IT (235 comments)

My personal experience is in very small business, so maybe I'm missing something here. But I find the ability to research and adabt to any required technology to be a core part IT. Something I expect any competant IT employee to be able to do themselves on an as needed basis (and in the case of people with aptititude for the work, something they would do even if not needed.)

If IT workers need to be lead by the hand to a training course, that's probably a job that would be better outsourced anyhow. IT is not the secretary pool, or people who know how to click and double click. (That being said, I work for a company that will, within reason, gladly expense anything I submit in expenses for 'training', including books, seminars, etc.)

more than 2 years ago
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Data Breach Flaw Found In Gnome-terminal, Xfce Terminal and Terminator

Rashkae Re:tmpfs (184 comments)

*Sigh*, this again. No matter how much memory you have, some of it will end up with accumulated cruft that rarely needs to be read/changed. That ram would be better used freed up (swapped out) and used for cache instead. And 2 GB is nothing compared to a modern Desktop (gnome, Unity, KDE, take your pic.) If you do any kind of multitaking of large applications, you need a minimum of 8GB before you can be safely swap free.

more than 2 years ago
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KDE KWin May Drop Support For AMD Catalyst Drivers

Rashkae Re:No good choices here. (148 comments)

The catalyst drivers have never been able to play video without tearing (they are completely unable to do Vsync with XV or even gl video output). That should work out of the box with the Radeon driver. It takes more cpu time, but that's why I say that the Radeon driver is superior for high def video.

more than 2 years ago
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KDE KWin May Drop Support For AMD Catalyst Drivers

Rashkae Re:No good choices here. (148 comments)

If you aren't playing games, the Open source ati drivers should not only do everything you need, they are arguable better than the ATI catalyst, (with the exception of the power management. that would require manual configuration tweaking.)

As far as High Def video, that workload is moving to the cpu, which, assuming you have more than 1 core on this rig, should be just fine for any high def video. (More videos are being encoded 10-bit now anyway, which doesn't have video card support on *any* platform.) It may seem wasteful not use a dedicated chip for video decoding, but assuming the history of mpeg2 repeats itself, that's probably the way thins will go anyhow.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Microsoft Developers Need a Style Guide

Rashkae Re:They are bad at naming things. (262 comments)

If you've ever had to search the body of e-mails in a large maibox, you would be happy not to have to open/read 100,000 files smaller than 1k

more than 2 years ago

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