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Intel Releases $99 'MinnowBoard Max,' an Open-Source Single-Board Computer

SpzToid Re:Interesting timing... (97 comments)

That truly is interesting. One use case would be functioning as a router/firewall, and I wonder to what extent the Open Switch folks will support this level of hardware. I have no real background in that area, but it seems to me it would not be too much extra effort to add support for this level. Then the /. folks could replace their Open/DD-WRTs & Tomatos, while adding neat features like IDS.

What with the Anonymous/NSA nonsense and all, I'd prefer more frequent updates than the DD-WRTs & Tomatos provide, (I can't speak about OpenWRT, and maybe they are more frequent).

about two weeks ago

Mystery MLB Team Moves To Supercomputing For Their Moneyball Analysis

SpzToid Re:It's the Cubs (56 comments)

Here's a thought: Maybe the Angels are so loathsome to fire everyone's favorite Mike Scioscia after his World Series win waaay back in 2002, even if maybe his time has come and gone, the management is considering analytics to micromanage Mike's calls?

For example, player X at bat against Pitcher Y, 2 men on, no outs, count is 2 and 2. Mike says to bunt for the sacrifice, but what do you say DAVE?

about two weeks ago

Western Digital 'MyCloud' Is Down 5 Days and Counting

SpzToid Re:I'll be avoiding WD products. Thanks. (127 comments)

This is good nerdy news to know! I googled futher, and attached citations. Thanks!

"Tom's Hardware" writes they had to sell off a lot of their facitiies:

Western Digital's hopes of turning the hard drive industry into a duopoly have been dashed as the US Federal Trade Commission demands it sells its desktop hard drive manufacturing facilities to a competitor.

Western Digital had previously hoped to purchase Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, manufacturer of previously IBM-made hard drives, in a deal valued at $4.5 billion. While the FTC is allowing the deal to go ahead, it has a major caveat attached.

The revised terms of the acquisition require Western Digital to sell selected Hitachi desktop hard drive-related sales and manufacturing assets to rival Toshiba within 15 days of the acquisition.

Dutch language review follows. I had to copy paste into Google Translate but this person gives the drives a thumbs up at review-time, and wrote if it failed they'd update the review, which hasn't happened. And they wrote specifically with 'green' NAS requirements.

Now, how to tell if their 3Tb drive is from the former Hitachi Fab?

about two weeks ago

Western Digital 'MyCloud' Is Down 5 Days and Counting

SpzToid Re:I'll be avoiding WD products. Thanks. (127 comments)

Except statistics have shown, especially with WD acquiring Hitachi, WD makes the best hard drives. Your only other option is Seagate, and those same recently published stats show you better now.

Now you may have a point about their consumer cloud DNS traversal services (i.e. keeping their own cloud up), but they kinda own the HD market right now.

about two weeks ago

Emails Reveal Battle Over Employee Poaching Between Google and Facebook

SpzToid Re:Poaching is bad for employees too (132 comments)

Poaching and wanting H1-B rules relaxed means I.T. workers whose knowledge is perishable in the marketplace as technology evolves are getting screwed from the tech billionaires. Been that way for decades, and if that's not enough to make you puke, young Zuckerberg and his buddies even started a PAC to lobby on their behalf.


about two weeks ago

The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly

SpzToid Re:Social network API (260 comments)

Shouldn't feed trolls but I've been using Skype for years with a big buddy list I can't just walk away from. You don't exist as far as I am concerned AC *and* Google Hangouts user. Disclaimer, Skype sucks. It used to suck less than everything else, until Microsoft owned it. Yes, I am one unhappy camper, whose use of business services has been opted by an evil corporation; (but don't think for a moment I don't know the score, nor stopped keeping track of it).

about 1 month ago

How St. Louis Is Bootstrapping Hundreds of Programmers

SpzToid Re:no one teaches programming, you learn it (147 comments)

Yo, wait Geezer. The Point was it was done in FORTRAN, back in the day, while you go on whining about, "sentence structure, capitalization and grammar".

Do you think someone that could adhere to your standards of, "sentence structure, capitalization,[*] and grammar" could have made this FORTRAN achievement back in the day, and also make the point now for the Slashdot public to learn from?

* The comma is my editorial contribution to your original text; should I have used [sic]? instead?.

For a punctual citation reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

So please lighten up while not digressing on the whole point, ok?

about a month ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

SpzToid Re:Hmmm... (983 comments)

Um, ok, but can I still use zfs (like the FreeNAS), or perhaps ext4, or can I even use linux for this archival application using such ancient hardware?

Any suggestions for the parity errors I'm likely to endure sooner or later? Of course knowing how to deal with those in-advance would be a God-send right about now.

about a month ago

Large DDoS Attack Brings WordPress Pingback Abuse Back Into Spotlight

SpzToid Re:nothing new (58 comments)

Not to mention the sheer bandwidth of those 162,000 *** SERVERS ***!

Low-budget data-centers and co-hosts must be shitting bricks right about now when/if they max out their wholesale bandwidth contracts.

We're possibly talkin' about more bandwidth than the proverbial Volvo station wagon full of hard disks and tape screamin' down the freeway at 55mph.

about a month ago

Large DDoS Attack Brings WordPress Pingback Abuse Back Into Spotlight

SpzToid Re:The post alludes to a flaw in xml-rpc, but... (58 comments)

Good point although I notice your citation is to version 5 of Drupal which is no longer supported. But it was simple for me to see that the same pingback module also exists in Drupal core version 6, but not in the current Drupal version 7, (or upcoming version 8).

So upon reading your comment and considering the matter a little further, methinks this is simply an old-tech issue and folks need to keep their systems modern, especially in light of today's DDOS news.

about a month ago

Large DDoS Attack Brings WordPress Pingback Abuse Back Into Spotlight

SpzToid The post alludes to a flaw in xml-rpc, but... (58 comments)

The post alludes to a flaw in xml-rpc, but it seems to me this is a Wordpress-exclusive vulnerability being reported on today. Drupal uses xml-rpc for example, and all is quiet for those folks it seems.

I know a fair amount of work has been spent beefing up Drupal's xml-rpc implementation, so maybe that's working now, whereas the implementation used by Wordpress is vulnerable and failing. TFA is a little light on details as to the technical source being manipulated and abused.

about a month ago

Lawrence Lessig Wins Fair Use Case

SpzToid Re:Screw with the bull and you get the horns. (89 comments)

Like, right now, for too long already, I have been trying to figure out how to make something work. And when/if I am successful I have a carrot to look forward to maybe possibly, and otherwise a stick which is a known fact and I hope to turn around, eventually. I hate the stick so much and I never get a carrot, for reals.

But there is no one that can teach me at least given my resources, although no doubt Other People know. My boss cast me aside to search for those other fish (arrogant privileged fool he is. First-developer-turned project-manager btw; who obviously couldn't deliver the functional requirements himself), is that a stick or what?

If there is no first option, and you're motivated enough, then you might as well do what you can with option #2. How else will you learn anything?

Did I mention I am using open-source software? So if I ever get a carrot, at minimum, at least I gotta follow through with documentation for others to follow. Or there's that karma thing, maybe for reals too. Did you ever see the movie Groundhog's day?

Option #2 is really hard, and you can hope to avoid it all you want, but sometimes, it just smacks you in the face like a ton of bricks.

about a month ago

Official Wayland Support Postponed From GNOME 3.12

SpzToid Re:No matter, GNOME, no thank you (77 comments)

I like it a lot too. On both my netbook, notebook, and large double-monitor rig. The first thing I do after I install Ubuntu is install Gnome 3. Also when I do this for other people I turn on to Ubuntu for the first time, it has been a hit with everyone so far.

Your anecdote may vary from mine. But this is mine. I tried it compared to everything else and I like it.

about a month and a half ago

Lawrence Lessig Wins Fair Use Case

SpzToid Re:Screw with the bull and you get the horns. (89 comments)

There are two ways to learn anything.

One way is if you are fortunate to learn from Someone Who Knows Already and is patient and gracious enough to try to explain and share with you what they have already learned. Or perhaps you can learn from simply observing and paying attention of those Wise Folks Who Have Already Learned. (Or you could apply science, but let's not digress)

The other way to learn stuff which works really very well, perhaps even better than the first method, especially if forgetfulness is a variable we should also take into consideration is the method I like to call, 'pain and suffering', is somewhat self-explanatory, and really works well also.

And by all means try to go with the first option if at all available to you when you try to learn stuff, because it is most-preferable for sure. This much I have learned for myself the hard way too many times.

about a month and a half ago

Project Ara: Inside Google's Modular Smartphones

SpzToid Re:Cool, but possibly not mass market (70 comments)

Jolla announced something similar quite awhile back called 'the other half', but haven't delivered anything substantial yet. Still, I'd argue they are a player in this space too, have been doing it for awhile also, and most of those folks are former Nokians, so they know hardware and also how to integrate it at the OS level.


While I said Jolla hasn't delivered anything substantial yet, that is actually a very arguable judgement call I'd rather not get into. Still, I would like to point out that Jolla has articulated a developer strategy with the developer's SDK, made it available already, and have released some hardware modules for purchase already, (which is substantial really, relative to today's news of GOOG's projected plans for the future, as GOOG does their typical skillful technology marketing hype, this time of their recent hiring of some former DARPA folks).

OK, it is eye-candy, but if you care to look at some of the current demos of the Jolla 'other half' working in-sync with their OS Sailfish, you can see how pairing one with the other can influence of the current OS color scheme, for example. Sure Jolla also is also speaking of the future with their technology in their promos just like GOOG, but at least they actually offer something today you can buy.


about 1 month ago



Astronuat Dale Gardner has died at age 65 after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke

SpzToid SpzToid writes  |  about 2 months ago

SpzToid (869795) writes "Dale Gardner flew on two shuttles missions and took two spacewalks. During the 1984 spacewalk he helped grab a stranded satellite and stuck it into the bay of the space shuttle."
Link to Original Source

U.S. D.O.J. implicates Apple, Google, Intel, and others, in no-hire consipracy

SpzToid SpzToid writes  |  about a year ago

SpzToid (869795) writes "Emails to and from the late Steve Jobs may show that several tech companies adopted a "no-hire" policy in which they agreed not to recruit one another's top talent.

The emails were made public Tuesday by a United States federal judge presiding over a lawsuit filed by tech workers against several Silicon Valley tech companies, including Apple, Google and Intel.

"I'm sure you realize the asymmetry in the financial resources of our respective companies," Jobs says in the email.

In another email that seems to be related to "no-hire" policies, Google's then-CEO Eric Schmidt told another Google employee to communicate orally rather than in writing because "I don't want to create a paper trail over which we can be sued later."

Just nice people doing 'nice' things to others, less fortunate and trying compete. /rant


Link to Original Source

Kim Jong Un is People's Daily choice for the sexiest man alive in 2012!

SpzToid SpzToid writes  |  about a year ago

SpzToid (869795) writes "Kim Jong Un is 2012 the sexiest man alive according to People's Daily, which apparently was influenced by an earlier article in The Onion.

Is The People's Press the new People magazine, when it comes to defining which male is most-sexy this year?

Hey If Rick Astley can make a 2nd career because of the internet, maybe Kim Jong Un has a chance too. Best of luck."

Link to Original Source

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warns of a possibile "cyber-Pearl Harbor"

SpzToid SpzToid writes  |  about a year and a half ago

SpzToid (869795) writes "Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned Thursday that the United States was facing the possibility of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor” and was increasingly vulnerable to foreign computer hackers who could dismantle the nation’s power grid, transportation system, financial networks and government.

Countries such as Iran are motivated to conduct such attacks, in retaliation actually.

Perhaps old news around here, even though Panetta is in-fact requesting new legislation from congress and the sentate, isn't the message wise and current that "we would be much better served if we accepted that prevention eventually fails, so we need detection, response, and containment for the incidents that will occur." as Richard Bejtlich has argued in his security blog?

Incidentally, Richard has also written a Top 10 list of the best ways to stir up the security pot (http://taosecurity.blogspot.nl/2012/09/top-ten-ways-to-stir-cyber-pot.html):

  If you want to start a debate/argument/flamewar in security, pick any of the following.

        "Full disclosure" vs "responsible disclosure" vs whatever else
        Threat intelligence sharing
        Value of security certifications
        Exploit sales
        Advanced-ness, Persistence-ness, Threat-ness, Chinese-ness of APT
        Reality of "cyberwar"
        "Builders vs Breakers"
        "Security is an engineering problem," i.e., "building a new Internet is the answer."
        "Return on security investment"
        Security by mandate or legislation or regulation

But seriously folks, time do change, don't they? (Even in the technology sector) Currently the congress is preoccupied with the failure of US security threats in Benghazi, while maybe Leon isn't getting the press his recent message deserves?"

Link to Original Source

US Chamber of Commerce infiltrated by a group in C

SpzToid SpzToid writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SpzToid (869795) writes "The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that a group of hackers in China breached the computer defenses of the United States Chamber of Commerce. The intrusion was quietly shut down in May 2010, while FBI investigations continue.

A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, Geng Shuang, said cyberattacks are prohibited by Chinese law and China itself is a victim of attacks.

Still, the Chamber continues to see suspicious activity, they say. A thermostat at a town house the Chamber owns on Capitol Hill at one point was communicating with an Internet address in China, they say, and, in March, a printer used by Chamber executives spontaneously started printing pages with Chinese characters."

Link to Original Source

Nasdaq intrusion spreads to listed companies

SpzToid SpzToid writes  |  more than 2 years ago

SpzToid writes "Nasdaq's Directors Desk is a program sold to listed and private companies, whose board members use it to share documents and communicate with executives. Apparently Directors Desk was infected during a breach widely publicized earlier this year. It has now become known that hackers were able to access confidential documents and communications of the corporate directors and board members who received this infected application, said Tom Kellermann, chief technology officer with security technology firm AirPatrol Corp. It is unclear how long the Directors Desk application was infected before the exchange identified the breach, according to Kellermann and another source."

China has relented on Search Censorship now?

SpzToid SpzToid writes  |  about 4 years ago

SpzToid (869795) writes "The Christian Science Monitor is reporting success, when searching for the (sic) "...'Tiananmen Square massacre' was typed in, deliberately choosing the more controversial phrase instead of 'Tiananmen Square incident.'.
Maybe this is an 'accident'?"

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