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FAA Bans Delivering Packages With Drones

Vairon Re:Prime = OK ?? (199 comments)

Corporations are not people. This is seriously over told statement based on misreporting by a US Supreme court reporter who coined the phrase.

about 4 months ago

The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

Vairon Re: WTF Is A "Feature Phone"? (243 comments)

"A feature phone is a mobile phone which is priced at the mid-range in a wireless provider's hardware lineup.[dubious – discuss] The term "feature phone" is a retronym. It is intended for customers who want a moderately priced and multipurpose phone without the expense of a high-end smartphone."

In my mind there's 3 general categories to mobile phones:
1. basic phone - Can make and receive phone calls. Example: Jitterbug phone
2. feature phone - Supports limited browsing of web, changing ringtones, very basic games or applications and makes/receives phone calls. Example: Nokia 6020.
3. smart phone - Runs an OS like Android or iOS with an application pool of thousands of applications to do similar functions as a PC along with making and receiving phone calls. Example: Samsung Galaxy S5

about 5 months ago

Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

Vairon Re:Oh, man, what a mess (151 comments)

All websites running under any publicly released version of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server using the distribution's openSSL package were not vulnerable to HeartBleed.

about 6 months ago

Elsevier Going After Authors Sharing Their Own Papers

Vairon Re:wait (259 comments)

Considering they do not pay for these articles, what financial risk are they taking?

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Developer Responsibility When Apps Might Risk Lives?

Vairon Re:"Better than nothing" (100 comments)

That depends.
How big of a hole in relation to the surface area of a parachute do you consider giant?

about a year ago

FTC Demands Search Engines Separate Paid Advertisements From Search Results

Vairon Re:Sounds like BS to me (230 comments)

If you read the letter they sent to US based search engines you will find they are only talking about FTC Act Section 5 which I believe is codified in 15 USC 45(a).

If you read that section of the law you will find that it mostly just applies to US businesses.

Do you have any actual evidence that the FTC is trying to assert authority over a non-US based business that runs a search engine?

about a year ago

How Power Failures Corrupt Flash SSD Data

Vairon Re:UPS does nothing for the common fault case. (204 comments)

Assuming you have sysrq keys enabled, you can hit alt-sysrq-s, wait for the sync to complete, alt-sysrq-u, alt-sysrq-b. This performs a filesystem sync then remounts all filesystems read-only then boots the system. Also if you have a stuck mount point you can always use a lazy umount (umount -l) to remove it from filesystem hierarchy so you don't need to reboot in the first place.

about a year and a half ago

The U.S. minimum wage should be

Vairon Re:Fixed (1106 comments)

I think they have subtle differences.
Chicken shit seems synonymous with scared. It's usually spelled as two words.
Horse shit and bullshit are often interchangeable and mean nonsense, stupid or untrue. However bullshit is more popular as a word.
Bullshit also is the only *shit phrase I know of with a easy to use 2-letter abbreviation; bs.
You forgot to mention batshit. As in "You must be batshit crazy to think that this chicken shit outfit gives horse shit about your bullshit."

about a year and a half ago

Machine Gun Fire From Military Helicopters Flying Over Downtown Miami

Vairon Re:Shock and awe (1130 comments)

There's a legal difference between an executive order and something that's not an EO like what some media outlets are now calling executive actions. The Supreme Court of the U.S. ruled in Mississippi v. Johnson, 71 U.S. 475 (1866) that EOs help the President execute his duties under the powers granted to him in the U.S. Constitution.

This list of 23 executive actions are just things he intends to do. That's all. He's not even done them yet. Have you actually read them? They're things like nominate a new ATF director. That's within his power. He doesn't even need to pre-declare like this that he's going to do it. He can just do it. The Senate still gets to approve or disapprove of his nomination. It's not granting him any power he doesn't already have.

So, I say again, what specifically is the EXTRAORDINARY POWER that you or SourceFrog believe that President Obama just granted himself?

about a year and a half ago

Machine Gun Fire From Military Helicopters Flying Over Downtown Miami

Vairon Re:Shock and awe (1130 comments)

There have been 0 executive orders made recently. The last executive order President Obama made was Executive Order #13635 on Dec 27th, 2012 and concerned federal employees' pay. Many news organization incorrectly reported that Obama signed 23 executive orders when in fact he did not. They have now changed their wording to say executive actions. At least one reporter, from, admitted to incorrectly reporting this.

about a year and a half ago

Machine Gun Fire From Military Helicopters Flying Over Downtown Miami

Vairon Re:Shock and awe (1130 comments)

What executive orders have been made since the economic crisis that grant extraordinary powers? Please be specific.

about a year and a half ago

Open Source ExFAT File System Reaches 1.0 Status

Vairon Re:This doesn't make sense to me (151 comments)

FAT filesystems are traditionally used on USB flash drives, SD cards and other removable storage to copy files between computers, cameras, printers and other devices which may not be attached to each other on a network. Sneakernet is a term for when you move files via removable storage between computers instead of using a network. For example, if you want to copy several gigabytes of data from one location to another and it would take several hours to complete via the Internet or only take 15 minutes to drive a USB stick to the target location.

about a year and a half ago

Get Your 15 Years of Slashdot Shirt (For free, Depending)

Vairon Re:Age of Slashdot Accounts (146 comments)

If I had to guess it would be 1998 but I'm not sure.

about 2 years ago

Wired Writer Hack Shows Need For Tighter Cloud Security

Vairon Re:Email is the weakest link (132 comments)

It is no longer entirely true that e-mail is not encrypted. Many SMTP servers support encryption using SSL or TLS when communicating with another SMTP server. For example here is an example of an SMTP server receiving an e-mail from one of Google's gmail SMTP servers.

Aug 7 13:33:28 x postfix/smtpd[22642]: setting up TLS connection from[]
Aug 7 13:33:28 x postfix/smtpd[22642]: Anonymous TLS connection established from[]: TLSv1 with cipher ECDHE-RSA-RC4-SHA (128/128 bits)

I believe this behavior is defined by RFC 3207
If you manage a Postfix SMTP server and have not enabled TLS support I would suggest you read

more than 2 years ago

Preparing For Life After the PC

Vairon Re:We're gonna lose a lot. (636 comments)

If Apple's app store started banning users with jailbroken phones that would push even more people to Google's Android based phones. Alternatively jailbroken iPhone users could point their phones to alternate IOS app stores which would be sure to pop up should Apple start behaving like you describe.

more than 2 years ago

Raspberry Pi Model A Makes First Appearance

Vairon Re:Highest bang-per-buck ratio of any SoC (101 comments)

The Allwinner A10 has an incomplete 72 page summary of features that calls itself a datasheet compared to a fairly nice 205 page peripheral datasheet for the Broadcom BCM2835 SOC in the Raspberry Pi.

The Allwinner A10, like the BCM2835, uses closed source proprietary libraries to access 3D features of its GPU. The MALI 400 GPU is being reverse engineered which is why there is a preliminary open source GPU driver.

The Allwinner A10 CPU/GPU are faster but less efficient and use more power than the Raspberry Pi's BCM2835.

The Rhombus Allwinner A10 has no final cost yet unlike the Raspberry Pi. They are hoping to hit a $15 price point if they purchase 100,000 units. The Raspberry Pi is available today at $35 which was achieved with only an initial 10,000 units purchased.

more than 2 years ago



Vairon Vairon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NULL_ptr writes "Quakecon 2007 registration has opened. BYOC spots are limited so hurry if you intend to register.

QuakeCon is a free convention held every year in Dallas, Texas. Thousands of computer gamers from all over the world convene there with their computers to make one of the largest BYOCs in the country. Besides being able to play against people on the LAN, there's tournaments, prizes and vendors showing their latest games and technology. QuakeCon is sponsored by ID Software, makers of the Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein series of games.

Last year there was only 1,800 BYOC spots, but this year there will be 2,700 spots!"


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