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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

The MAZZTer Re: Agner Krarup Erlang - The telephone in 1909! (279 comments)

Fast food places near me use a "single line" system. When a spot opens the cashier announces "Can I help the next guest?" or otherwise greet you to let you know they're ready to take your order. No reason why that wouldn't work in a grocery store. I think that chain you were talking about was just doing it wrong.

10 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

The MAZZTer Re:WTF? (261 comments)

Gmail catches so much spam that spam actually amuses me when it makes it through because it's so novel to actually see spam for once.

about a week ago
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Department of Defense May Give Private Cloud Vendors Access To Top Secret Data

The MAZZTer Re:Outrage (60 comments)

AFAIK DoD contractors are required to keep classified data on a separate network from unclassified data. Classified network should have no internet access. "Closed areas" are used to keep the networked machines physically separate. Set procedures are in place for moving data between the two networks. This sounds like Top Secret data would be travelling across the internet (likely there will be strict standards on VPNs to use and encryption and whatever).

about two weeks ago
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How Hackers Accidentally Sold a Pre-Release XBox One To the FBI

The MAZZTer Title Is Misleading (67 comments)

It wasn't a pre-release Xbox One, it was off-the-shelf components that met Xbox One pre-release specs. However given the systems they hacked, what they have been charged with, and why they might have wanted to assemble one, it wouldn't surprise me if they loaded it with Xbox One development kit software.

about three weeks ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

The MAZZTer 911 (907 comments)

It seems most of these issues with people being in dangerous or emergency situations because their car won't start could be easily solved thanks to 911. For the specific case of being in a bad neighborhood, if there isn't an immediate threat, call a taxi instead.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

The MAZZTer Re:Whatever happens... (191 comments)

For that matter, assume the school always has full remote access to the hardware they issue to the students. Same reasoning. Don't log into personal accounts from those devices or do anything personal on them. Remember the case of the school that issued laptops to students only to spy on them with the webcams... hopefully nothing like that will happen to you, but at the same time it's prudent to keep anything the school has access to cleanly separated from your child's personal life.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

The MAZZTer Whatever happens... (191 comments)

If the school is going to have access to this notebook, assume from day 1 they are going to use it to log onto your child's account and monitor it, thus you should encourage your child to only use it for school activity and not for any personal activity. Schools have done worse.

about three weeks ago
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Premieres On Linux, 2 Years After Windows

The MAZZTer Re:TF2 (93 comments)

Not sure if fragmentation is a problem any more with Steampipe. GCF files are not used any more. I don't know how VPK files store their contents.

about a month ago
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Commander Keen: Keen Dreams Source Code Released

The MAZZTer Re:If only Tim Sweeney could find the ZZT source! (72 comments)

ZZT is pretty transparent in how it operates, and all the data files have been completely disassembled (and I assume documented somewhere). In theory it shouldn't be too hard to clone it from scratch. There are several clones out there, IIRC (I think one was called z2 or something and there was one other good one), though I think most try to extend ZZT in some way and do their own thing with their own data files.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

The MAZZTer Re:PowerShell - the whole language (729 comments)

The fun stuff is that you can use any .NET object in addition to PowerShell commands and syntax. And then you can also use command line apps as well (though there are annoying issues with delimiting arguments depending on which method of invocation you use).

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

The MAZZTer Re:Python False = True (729 comments)

In JavaScript it is perfectly valid to make a variable called "undefined" and assign it any value you want. Of course, to its credit, any assignment on the global scope (window.undefined is defined as undefined in Chrome) is ignored and it will still have the value of undefined, so it only works inside a function. Still odd though. null, true, and false are all keywords and thus cannot be assigned to.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

The MAZZTer Re:Many languages and... (729 comments)

Oh JavaScript is fun with that, because it's optional, which means even if you want to continue onto the next line, if a line is a valid standalone statement it will imply the ; terminator.

Example:

function() { return
true; }

This stumped me for a bit.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

The MAZZTer Re:Lua[0]? (729 comments)

The math tends to be simpler in many cases if you start counting at 0. In C's case, a[1] is == a + 1 if a is an array of bytes.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

The MAZZTer Re:Powershell (729 comments)

< and > are used for input/output redirection so they used -gt and -lt. Not sure why they didn't just use = for equals but they might have wanted to just be consistent?

about a month and a half ago
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Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

The MAZZTer Re:Bad business practice (139 comments)

To be fair it says right on the AVGN store page under System Requirements that it requires Windows. The Steam Store is a website that anyone with a browser can access, regardless of what OS they run. I wouldn't expect Newegg or Amazon, for example, to only let me buy computer hardware that is compatible with the OS I am currently browsing from.

Though if you did it through the Steam client itself I can see the confusion... it should probably warn you at checkout in that case that you would need to own a different PC in order to play your order.

Currently I think the only warning is shown when you launch the game, and your hardware requirements don't seem to match up with the game's. In the cast of most hardware requirements the Steam Store can't tell while you're web browsing, but it can see your OS so they could check it earlier for that factor.

In the future you can use this page to browse Mac games on Steam.

about 2 months ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

The MAZZTer Re:Why not a master password for the PW manager? (113 comments)

Chrome already encrypts your data (on Windows at least) using your Windows login credentials using the Crypto API. If the user is not logged in, the passwords are impossible to read. If the user is logged in, all it takes is an API call run by that user to decrypt them, no reauthentication necessary (and this is why you lock your PC when you walk away). I think it is a very usable solution to the "but I save passwords to avoid remembering passwords, I don't want a master password" problem, but still keeping things secure.

I think cookies are encrypted now, too.

about 2 months ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

The MAZZTer Re:Agile can fuck off. (239 comments)

At work, we have to use little cards on the wall AND an electronic tracking system.

about a month ago
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Tor Browser Security Under Scrutiny

The MAZZTer "Limitations on proxy support"? (80 comments)

I assume they mean that it hooks into the OS-level proxy settings. That is a good thing, I hate configuring my proxy settings over and over and over for every application when the OS already has a setting for it.

But it isn't a limitation, last I checked there was a command line parameter for forcing use of a proxy. So just make a launcher app that forces Chrome to use Tor. You should be able to even launch a Tor-using Chrome side-by-side with a non-Tor Chrome if you set it up right (using --user-data-dir to make a new Chrome profile and instance instead of using a local user profile and instance).

about 2 months ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

The MAZZTer Re:Always lock your phone! (231 comments)

"The guy dropped it on the ground by accident, we didn't break it."

about 2 months ago

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The MAZZTer The MAZZTer writes  |  about 8 years ago

The MAZZTer writes "This is slightly creepy. Although it doesn't show much information for Slashdot, stick your own domain name in there and see what comes up. My wiki entry had my name, address, phone number, plus a little map of where I live so anyone who wants to can figure out where to get to me, and a few line biography quoted from my site.

Granted, it's information that's easy enough to collect if you look around, but this site brings it all together. I think the one piece that adds the most creep factor for me is the Google Maps integration and link, although once I figured out it was all aggregated by a bot automatically I started to feel better. Also I can take solace in the fact that it reminded me I had to update my WHOIS information."

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