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Wikipedia Will Soon Be Available Via Text Messages

Sorthum Re:160 characters (34 comments)

It's already queriable via DNS.

dig +short txt ${1}.wp.dg.cx

Throw this into a script, invoke it as "script TOPIC".

about a year and a half ago
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Reasons You're Not Getting Interviews; Plus Some Crazy Real Resume Mistakes

Sorthum Re:LMFTFY (246 comments)

Yeah, I had a few unfortunate websites I was keying in out of muscle memory. I found that the solution ultimately was to add an entry to /etc/hosts until the habit faded. It may come time to do that with Slashdot if this crap keeps up.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 8 PCs Still Throttled By Crapware

Sorthum Re:Nothing new here (657 comments)

"A fraction of the cost," while technically true, is far from the truism it used to be. Gone are the days where you could spend $800 and get the equivalent of a $3000 prebuilt system. In many cases, you're hard pressed just to break even today.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 PCs Still Throttled By Crapware

Sorthum Re:Nothing new here (657 comments)

This is something of a dated way of thinking. In 2012, you don't usually see component failures; while it happens, it doesn't happen nearly as frequently as it used to. Therefore, "knowing what's in the box" is a value add of dubious value to many users. "Seagate, Western Digital, I don't care, I just don't want it to break on me."

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 PCs Still Throttled By Crapware

Sorthum Re:Nothing new here (657 comments)

Some people just want a computer, not a hobby.

about 2 years ago
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US Air Force Scraps ERP Project After $1 Billion Spent

Sorthum Re:Ouch. (362 comments)

Oh wow, it gets worse. Oracle won this with a $88.5 million bid; what the hell took the Air Force so long to pull the plug with that kind of overrun?

about 2 years ago
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US Air Force Scraps ERP Project After $1 Billion Spent

Sorthum Ouch. (362 comments)

Seems that this is a common theme with ERP rollouts-- scope creep tends to get them all in the end. Granted, most organizations seem to wave off long before the $1 billion mark...

about 2 years ago
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How Internet Data Centers Waste Power

Sorthum Re:Automatic provisioning? (170 comments)

Well... yes. My employer runs three racks of servers all in; we don't have the bandwidth / R&D budget to investigate better options. The big players (Google, Amazon, etc) need to pioneer research in this area, at which point it will (ideally) trickle down to the masses.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Scripting-Friendly Smartphones?

Sorthum Re:seriously? (197 comments)

Sometimes.

I'd argue this is part of the geek/hacker mindset, and while it's a valuable asset, we have to remember that this places us outside of the mass market in some fairly significant ways. As a direct result of this, we're no longer the "target market" for consumer electronics.

more than 2 years ago
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Gmail Takes Largest Webmail Service Crown

Sorthum Re:there's a middle ground too (383 comments)

The problem with this approach is that it ties you to your ISP. When you move or they get bought in ten years, you have to try to recall EVERYONE who has your email address, and convince them to update their address books.

more than 2 years ago
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Gmail Takes Largest Webmail Service Crown

Sorthum Re:And, by /just right/, do you mean..? (383 comments)

Postfix didn't exist until December of 1998. Before that, you were likely using Sendmail, or (god help you) qmail.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On HTTPS Snooping?

Sorthum Re:Don't do personal shit at work (782 comments)

This was more sensible a decade ago; nowadays with so much of our lives online (banking, shopping, correspondance) it's no longer "reasonable" to not do anything "personal" on the internet while you're at work.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Headphones, Earbuds, Earphones?

Sorthum Re:20 dollar sonies (448 comments)

I very much agree with you. The entire *reason* that those companies have so many divisions is that they want goodwill you feel towards one of their products (say, the Discman of old) to transfer over to other lines of products (say, their headphones).

However, what this means is that when one division (or, in this case, several) radically screw the pooch, a lot of people associate the negative experience with the company as a whole. Ergo, due to the CD / DRM issue almost a decade ago, I won't buy a Playstation, a VAIO, or a $20 pair of headphones that say Sony on them.

It's not just *GOOD* feelings that transfer over, Sony.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Provisioning Internet For Condo Association?

Sorthum Re:No offense, but... (257 comments)

Yeah, not trying to be offensive here, but answering the questions you've posed has spun up an entire industry; it's decidedly non-trivial. On the plus side, for a project of this size you can quite easily get a number of consultancies in Chicago to quote you free of charge.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Type of Asset Would You Not Virtualize?

Sorthum Re:Busy databases (464 comments)

Assume a DC-wide power outage. You power things back on.

If you can't come back up without the controller (which is on a VM) you fail.

Now, I'm not a VMware guy, so you'll have to tell me-- what does this failure case look like?

more than 2 years ago
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Oz Govt Pushes Ahead With ISP Customer Data Retention

Sorthum Re:Conclusion of the report... (67 comments)

Or tor. Or VPN endpoints overseas. Or ssh tunnels.

I don't really see how legislation can reasonably expect to keep up with technological innovation.

more than 2 years ago
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Oz Govt Pushes Ahead With ISP Customer Data Retention

Sorthum Re:Wow! Teetering on the edge! (67 comments)

Sure, but that's still far closer than it should be to becoming law.

more than 2 years ago
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Oz Govt Pushes Ahead With ISP Customer Data Retention

Sorthum How could they even begin to do this? (67 comments)

I don't see where it stipulates what would need to be retained. Is it merely header information? A list of URLs (SSL will break this)? A copy of the data itself?

No matter which direction this goes, it seems to me that it would be very, very easy to overwhelm them with data. Fire off a perl script that connects to $giant_list_of_random_URLs 500 times a minute. Turn it down when you need to do work, crank it up when you go to bed... and you're suddenly costing them an enormous amount of storage while turning their signal to noise ratio into crap.

more than 2 years ago
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Who's Pirating Game of Thrones, and Why?

Sorthum Re:Yes, you can do that. (1004 comments)

Replying to do erroneous moderation (was aiming for insightful, whacked redundant instead).

The difference between "illegal" and "right and wrong" are two very different things; the further they diverge in a given society, the more dysfunctional that society appears to the broad brush of history.

more than 2 years ago
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VeriSign Could Add 220 New Top Level Domains

Sorthum Re:Censorship and seizure (116 comments)

True, but...

wait for it...

ICANN has more domains.

more than 2 years ago

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Sorthum Sorthum writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Sorthum writes "I ordered a memory card from Tiger Direct using a dedicated email address a few days ago. The card hasn't even arrived yet, and yet I found something VERY interesting in my inbox this morning: a lottery scam email to that tagged address, relayed through Cox's outbound servers. Apparently TigerDirect is either compromised, or selling their addresses to spammers — this address has never received a hit until I placed the order, and no one else has it. There is no evidence of a dictionary attack in the server logs either. My call to their customer service line proved to be fruitless — their drone refused to escalate the call, or provide a satisfactory response. Has anyone else experienced anything like this?"
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Sorthum Sorthum writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Sorthum writes "The Register has a story on ICANN's abrubt change in stance regarding the Registerfly meltdown. Maybe now we'll actually see some resolution for those poor souls still trapped on the floundering registrar?"
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Sorthum Sorthum writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Sorthum writes "I'm a network administrator for a small university (approximately 5000 students all told). We're running NAT in the dorms, which obviously restricts BitTorrent traffic. We do an annual student survey, on which "Residental Network" is listed as the number 2 complaint. This translates more or less into "Bittorrent is slow here." My boss is in a frenzy to appease the users at virtually any cost, but it seems to me from my research that the only real way to improve Bittorrent speeds is to start assigning public IPs to the dorms. Add to that the potential liability of making a service that by most reports has upwards of 90% of its traffic fall into a "legally questionable" gray area, how can I win in this situation?"

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