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OpenBSD Marches Toward 5.0 Release

SirCyn Re:OpenBSD Rock Solid OS without fluf. (112 comments)

OpenBSD: Two remote vulnerabilities in the default install in ~12 years. None in the last 2 years.
Running a 2 year old copy of OpenBSD still safe (unless you make it otherwise). Your Linux ISO from 2 weeks ago is already vulnerable.

more than 3 years ago

iPhone 4 Survives Fall From Skydiver's Pocket

SirCyn Re:Terminal Velocity (233 comments)

Size has no bearing, except that it helps to determine the friction coefficient of moving through another material. Almost anything dropped from that height would reach terminal velocity quickly, and I would imagine an iPhone's is quite high. Also, as others have pointed out, the rate of deceleration upon impact determines the damage to the phone (as the saying goes: speed doesn't kill; acceleration does). Various substances provide different deceleration times. Hitting a rubber roof would be significantly less damaging than a cement sidewalk.

more than 3 years ago

Re. medication requiring a prescription:

SirCyn Re:Druggie generation (550 comments)

Presently the poll shows that 61% take nothing at all. Additionally the question lumps everything from anti-psychotics, powerful hormone therapies, and oxycontin in with 'prescription grade' Ibuprofen and some antihistamines. I'd be more interesting of the poll options focuses on some sort of relative strength scale instead of simple quantity.

more than 3 years ago

AMD Launches Fastest Phenom Yet, Phenom II X4 980

SirCyn Re:Wait for Bulldozer (207 comments)

While your home server might use SATA-III with consumer SSDs; there's a wide variety of reasons not to use SSDs in production servers (except very particular niche cases) and no self respecting server would use SATA in the first place when SAS is available.

more than 3 years ago

Obama Administration Wants Your Old Email

SirCyn Re:Cloud Computing (639 comments)

Is my old data on a cloud based system considered abandoned if I continue to actively use the system but don't touch some items?

This is one of the problems the ISPs want clarified; the law doesn't specify if the whole account has to be inactive, or just certain items. The law has many other problems because of changes in modern technology.

more than 3 years ago

Elderly Georgian Woman Cuts Armenian Internet

SirCyn Re:All I see is (282 comments)

"exposed by rain" doesn't exactly fit my definition of "heavily protected"

more than 3 years ago

Intel's Sandy Bridge Processor Has a Kill Switch

SirCyn Re:Great for governments (399 comments)

Better for the CIA, triangulating your location based on your 3G connection should make finding enemies of the state a breeze.

more than 4 years ago

Intel's Sandy Bridge Processor Has a Kill Switch

SirCyn Re:May go back to AMD... (399 comments)

And how long before the processors call home with their current location or other juicy tidbits?

more than 4 years ago

Broadcom Releases Source Code For Drivers

SirCyn Re:The world just got a bit nicer. :) (350 comments)

1. Someone already did; products don't just come into being, someone wrote a spec, a developer implemented it, ya ya.
2. Don't even pretend like you don't understand how your competitors products work without seeing their drivers' source code.
3. The idiots are idiots already, and still will be, nothing will change.
4. If you don't tell the C*O, see #5.
5. You just lost $3 from that other guy; and $30 from me and my whole family that I buy for; and who knows how many other people. Explain *that* to your C*O.

more than 4 years ago

FF XII Re-make, New RPG Announced By Square/Enix

SirCyn Re:An honest question: (77 comments)

It's the combination of flexible game play, long and detailed story lines, and a general theme of blending modern world technology with old world magic. FF7 and FF8 were the epitomes of the FF series IMHO.

FF7 had breakthrough graphics (which look kind of clunk these days) and still holds the title for plot/storyline, I think. FF8 has the title in terms of character development and interaction, the story suffered a bit due to that but it's still one of the greats.

more than 7 years ago


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SirCyn SirCyn writes  |  more than 9 years ago Why is it that some people can post stories about sctratchin thier butt, and it gest on the front page of Slashdot? But people in the know find a breaking story and can't get it on slashdot.

I found a good story yesterday. One that many people would probably want to read about. I posted it. REJECTED. Why am I not suprised?

I've never had a story posted. I only submit when I find something new and interesting. Much more interesting that someone scratching their butt.

Alas, I tried again. Maybe my original write-up wasn't all that good. I do write better than most (in my opinion anyway). So maybe a second try is in order. A much better write-up, with additional links (like you couldn't find it all before), and a bit more descriptive. I got it all just perfect. Submitted it. Rejected, again.

Now I am a bit suprised. Mostly I am angered. Zonk shot down both. Maybe I'll try again when he's not posting. CmdrTaco will surely post it, he posts anything and everything; even if it is a dupe that's still on the front page.

Well I feel a bit better now that I bashed the posters a bit. What slashdot really needs is a feedback method. I wonder many times if the posters read slashdot at all, if they read any of the comments. I doubt it. I very much doubt it.

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