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Experts Say Hitching a Ride In an Airliner's Wheel Well Is Not a Good Idea

SpzToid Re:Physically Impossible (231 comments)

That 'truth in advertising' thing working is against you. This is another classic example of the marketing department working against the engineering department, with the %$#@! marketeers winning, again, sadly.

Just to back up my point, don't those things flip over when on 45 MPH curves? (/flame) Sorry about trying to make that last point. Please drive responsible and always most-carefully. Live long and prosper.

2 days ago

Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

SpzToid Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (397 comments)

The money quote (at the very end) from that excellent article that should've been part of TFA:

Still, it's striking to consider that the meat industry's ravenous appetite for antibiotics has now extended to having to treat hog shit with them.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

SpzToid FireFox Scrapbook extension: for 'collecting' jobs (167 comments)

Only slightly offtopic: Here's a similar use-case and how I solved it. The problem is 'collecting' job ads efficiently to spend my time applying for.

Requirement: Avoid redundant re-reading of the same stupids ads over and over, (so alway view ads boards by date, most recent ads first; and maybe use 'email search by date filters' too). Also, I want to avoid applying with recruiters as much as possible by applying only directly to firms whenever possible, etc.

The Scrapbook extension allows me to quickly select html verbatum from any web page and save it locally to disk with my notes, while a right-click takes me to the original web page. I save these in 'dated' folders, at least initially to save time, so I can stay focused to the task at-hand. Even when the original webpage is gone, I still have a copy of it, (and I didn't print or save any paper either).


Scrapbook allows me to save these pages locally to disk in folders, *and* the extension appears in the sidebar, *and* allows me to prioritize the ads worth applying to simply by re-ordering them up and down, using the mouse; and also move them to other folders

This is the best solution I've found so far, and if anyone knows something better I'm eager to read.

3 days ago

Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

SpzToid Re:Use Libre Office (285 comments)

Well yeah, but since total, absolute crap such as your posting and all the others like it pollutes the otherwise useful commentary, *someone* has to moderate in the interests of keeping this site readable for others, right?

about a week ago

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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 a 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 and a half 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 and a half 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 and a half 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 and a half 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 and a half 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


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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  |  more than 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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