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Researchers Analyze Twitter To Find Happiest Parts of the United States

TheUnFounded Interesting Overlay (160 comments)

I don't think it's blue vs red (as other users have posted), but there are some definite trends. For example, compare to the map of the Post-Election Racist Tweets to see some interesting data: http://geocommons.com/maps/210024

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Deal With a DDoS Attack?

TheUnFounded Re:For gods' sake, don't *pay* them (303 comments)

I'm with you, I didn't like the idea of paying them either. The problem is, it's much cheaper for the business to pay it and have him go away then let the site sit DDoS'd for ages...it's a hard decision. Feels like negotiating with terrorists though.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Deal With a DDoS Attack?

TheUnFounded Re:Call the NOC (303 comments)

There were hundreds of IPs. Looked like a small (or portion of a large) botnet.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Deal With a DDoS Attack?

TheUnFounded Re:Best solution... (303 comments)

Stupid cookies. See above, we did check with him.

about 2 years ago
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Wall Street and the Mismanagement of Software

TheUnFounded Re:So, sue the developer for the cost he caused. (267 comments)

I assume this was tounge-in-cheek, but realistically, we're actually headed that way. Licensing boards for software developers, etc. The problem is, as a software developer, it's much more costly to fix 100% of bugs than it is to fix 98% and not worry about that last 2%. If we held every developer to task for every bug in software, we'd have a whole lot less software written, and what would be written would cost 10x as much.

more than 2 years ago
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Makers Keep Flogging 3D TV, Viewers Keep Shrugging

TheUnFounded Re:I will never adopt 3D (457 comments)

The Nintendo 3DS absolutely kills my eyes. I looked at it for about 10 seconds and my eyes started watering. I have a hard time believing that's good for them.

more than 2 years ago
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Hulu Plus Now Available To All — But Be Warned

TheUnFounded Re:US Definition (348 comments)

The "world" in "world series baseball" refers to the newspaper, not the globe.

more than 3 years ago
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James Cameron Commissions Submarine To Visit Challenger Deep

TheUnFounded Re:Sad, actually (285 comments)

On the other hand, it got them there, but didn't do a whole lot of good. From Wikipedia:

"The descent took almost five hours and the two men spent barely twenty minutes on the ocean floor before undertaking the three-hour-and-fifteen-minute ascent. Their early departure from the ocean floor was due to their concern over a crack in the window caused by the intense pressure of their descent, and also because their landing on the sea bed had stirred up a cloud of silt which reduced visibility to zero and showed no sign of settling." So hopefully the new technology will give us a longer, more interesting time at the bottom...

more than 4 years ago
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In Test, Windows 7 Vulnerable To 8 Out of 10 Viruses

TheUnFounded Ridiculous counting (843 comments)

For those of you as confused by the numbers as I was:

-Only 8 of the 10 successfully ran on Windows 7, the other 2 failed to even start
-Of the 8 that successfully started, 1 was blocked by UAC

more than 4 years ago
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Sony Demo'ing 360 Degree 3-D Tabletop Display

TheUnFounded Re:96 pixels wide by 128 pixels tall (102 comments)

Looking at the picture, I think it's likely that it's built with a circular display around the z axis, so the width is probably a diameter measurement. 96 pixels in diameter and 128 pixels tall seems to make sense to me.

about 5 years ago
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Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

TheUnFounded Re:containment theory... (1032 comments)

Say what you will, but Israel is not a country I'd mess with.

Consider their history....there have been countless efforts to wipe them off the face of the planet, from back in Biblical times to the Nazi regime. Yet not only are they still around, but they've managed to get their country re-established, in the same location, after not existing for hundreds of years.

That's one country I want to keep on our side, packing or not...

more than 5 years ago
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Sony Pledges More Accurate Laptop Battery Figures

TheUnFounded Re:Battery capacity, not life (185 comments)

I hate to ask, but is there such a tool for windows? It'd be really handy, since I'm stuck on it...

more than 6 years ago

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How should one dealing with a DDoS attack?

TheUnFounded TheUnFounded writes  |  about 2 years ago

TheUnFounded (731123) writes "A site that I administer was recently "held hostage" for the vast sum of $800. We were contacted by a guy (who was, it turns out, in Lebanon), who told us that he had been asked to perform a DDoS on our site by a competitor, and that they were paying him $600. He then said for $800, he would basically go away. Not a vast sum, but we weren't going to pay just because he said he "could" do something.

Within 5 minutes, our site was down.

The owner of the company negotiated with the guy, and he stopped his attack after receiving $400. A small price to pay to get the site online in our case. But obviously we want to come up with a solution that'll allow us to deal with these kinds of attacks in the future.

While the site was down, I contacted our hosting company, Rackspace. They proceeded to tell me that they have "DDoS mitigation services", but they cost $6,000 if your site is under attack at the time you use the service. Once the attack was over, the price dropped to $1500. (Nice touch there Rackspace, so much for Fanatical support; price gouging at its worst).

So, obviously, I'm looking for alternative solutions for DDoS mitigation. I'm considering CloudFlare (https://www.cloudflare.com/) as an option; does anyone have any other suggestions or thoughts on the matter?"
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Lala Shutting Down

TheUnFounded TheUnFounded writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TheUnFounded (731123) writes "The popular music listening site, lala.com, is shutting down. No reason is given, just a description of refunds and credits and that May 31st is the last day. The details are behind a login screen which you have to be a member to get past; unfortunately, no new signups are being accepted. As a result, I've included the entire text below:

"You will be able to access and play all music in your Lala collection through May 31, 2010. Any mp3 songs purchased and downloaded from Lala will continue to play as part of your local music library. You can continue to purchase mp3 songs through May 31st using your wallet balance or other payment methods.

As of today, web songs, wallets, and gift cards are no longer available for purchase on Lala. Uploads have been discontinued, and we are not accepting new users for the service.

Refunds and Credits:

Web songs. In appreciation of your support, you will receive a credit in the amount of your Lala web song purchases for use on Apple's iTunes Store.

Wallet balances. If you have an outstanding wallet balance on May 31st, we will also issue you an iTunes Store credit for that amount. If you prefer to have your wallet balance refunded to you via check, you must make that request by May 31st.

Unredeemed Gift Cards. Gift cards can be redeemed on Lala until May 31st. The gift card amount will be added to your wallet balance, and included as part of your wallet balance refund.""

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The Ultimate Lock Picker

TheUnFounded TheUnFounded writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TheUnFounded writes "Marc Weber Tobias can pick, crack, or bump any lock. Now he wants to teach the world how to break into military facilities and corporate headquarters. But Tobias isn't crazy. Far from it. He's a professional lock breaker, a man obsessively--perhaps compulsively--dedicated to cracking physical security systems. He doesn't play games, he rarely sees movies, he doesn't attend to plants or pets or, currently, a girlfriend. Tobias hacks locks. Then he teaches the public how to hack them, too."
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Desktop/Laptop Sync

TheUnFounded TheUnFounded writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TheUnFounded (731123) writes "As I'm sure many of you do, I have both a laptop and a desktop that I use for doing development work. When I'm doing most of my work, I like my desktop — big power, big screens, and a comfortable setup. My laptop tends to sit mostly unused. Of course, when I do need to travel with my laptop then, it's horribly out of sync with my desktop. I use SVN for most of my code, so I can get at a lot of my work that way, but I always have little side projects I've started to test or play with something that's not in the repository. Not to mention just the random files I've got that aren't part of any project, but would be useful to have available on my laptop, or that one extra file I forgot to commit.

Anyway, I'm running Windows (yeah, I know), and I have a few basic requirements:
  • It needs to be easy to configure. Yes, I could set up 10 different scripts and have it work, but I'm looking for a simple solution. Preferably has a nice GUI, so my wife can have it running on her desktop/laptop setup as well.
  • Ideally, it will use differential backups. I would like to be able to sync via VPN if I forget to do so before I leave, and bandwidth could be an issue
  • -2-way syncing needs to work. If I make changes on one machine, and they can be merged, I just want it to happen without any extra work on my end

I've tried a number of applications, but they're all overly complex, difficult to configure, or just do the crappy "bulk copy" syncing. Does any such simple, seamless syncing software exist?"

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