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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Victor_0x53h Re:Verizon FiOS customers downgrade! (390 comments)

I don't know, last I check the full price of 25/10 verses 50/25 there was a $10 price difference. I'm not sure they'll be too upset if everyone gave them $75 instead of $85 per month for half the bandwidth. The cost of an internet connection is obscene. Thanks government-sanctioned monopolies.

about 5 months ago
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Scientists Find Method To Reliably Teleport Data

Victor_0x53h Re:magic? (202 comments)

Like I'm 5, please.

about 7 months ago
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A Call For Rollbacks To Previous Versions of Software

Victor_0x53h That'll work well (199 comments)

Easy enough for a desktop application when all you have to do is uninstall the new version, and install the older one. A little more complex for your PC or laptop's OS: you need is enough free space on the disk drive to store all the originals and a somewhat elaborate restoration routine. The idea's great, but there are limiting factors for a phone (disk space, processing power). Whats more is all the different firmwares for radios, gps, etc. which should, but don't always like to take a step back if you simply install the old firmware over top. Maybe we could just download all of the OS and factory restore the whole thing to whatever version. This would work, but it's kind of a hassle for your average user - probably not what Andy meant. Moors law dictates these devices will become more powerful, so maybe in the not-so-distant future. Really though, if they can't get the new OS to work right why do you think they could perfect a restoration routine. Who is this guy anyhow?

about 9 months ago
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Interview: Ask Eric Raymond What You Will

Victor_0x53h Clever Exploitation or Genuine Belief? (126 comments)

Are you sincere in your vehement G+ rants on Global Warming or is this a clever exploitation of humans "Backfire Effect" (when given evidence against their beliefs, people can reject the evidence and believe even more strongly)?

What particularly made me think this at one point was: "Does that kind of language persuade anybody"?

about 10 months ago
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Chinese Firm Can Now Produce 500 Cloned Pigs Per Year

Victor_0x53h Re:Ok. (156 comments)

If you have issues with cloning then you probably should have issues with identical twins.

I probably have The Shining to thank for my hesitation in embracing cloned bacon!

about a year ago
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DHS Turns To Unpaid Interns For Nation's Cyber Security

Victor_0x53h Re:Evil Plot (174 comments)

I think you're onto something, but paid interns are the ones who actually get jobs. Turns out those students convinced to work for free don't fair much better than students that get no internship. What's ironic is that unpaid interns are actually paying [tuition] to get college credits while working a job without compensation. Crazy. Here's the first source I could find.

Not necessarily a plot, just another trick in the bag.

1 year,1 day
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Ask Slashdot: Best SOHO Printer Choices?

Victor_0x53h Re:My personal recommendation... (381 comments)

I can second Samsung as a solid choice. I have the Black & White, laser ML-2851MD and bought my boss the color version, CPL-620ND. I recall the CPL-620ND had some funky interface/setup issue that was annoying but not a show stopper. Both support PCL and PostScript so worked well with Linux. Both are discontinued, but I'm sure there is a new revision worth considering.

I really would have liked a Kyocera or even an Okidata (for nostalgic reasons), but the Samsung was the right price. I've had it for 2 years without problems.

about a year ago
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Congress Reaches Agreement ... On Helium

Victor_0x53h Re:Forgive my ignorance (255 comments)

The radio story I heard mentioned this stockpiling began WWI when zeppelins were a top-of-the-line and helium was safe in contrast to hydrogen.

Federal Helium Program

about a year ago
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GMail Chat/GTalk Sending Chats To Wrong Recipients

Victor_0x53h Re:Ctrl-alt-del (109 comments)

I remember this actually happened on Slashdot a few years back. I believe this post provides the breakdown of what happened (or a similar goof).

about a year ago
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Ballmer To Retire

Victor_0x53h Re:Disagree (633 comments)

Brilliant! We finally know know what step 3 is:
1) Become CEO at fortune 100 company...
2) Nosedive the company toward ground...
3) Quit...
4) Profit!

about a year ago
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Researchers Release Tool That Can Scan the Entire Internet In Under an Hour

Victor_0x53h Re:Queue really bad Charter joke. (97 comments)

I was interested to see what TCP manipulation you were referring to, so I read into the abstract a little. I've never fully dug into the details of how nmap works, but it seems nmap and zmap use nearly identical techniques: sending out packets using a raw socket which bypasses the kernel, then libpcap to capture results. The novelty here is that zmap is written specifically to "scan the internet" while nmap is more of a multi-purpose utility and just isn't as efficient at this particular function. Additionally zmap seems to bypass the kernel even when performing a SYN scan which nmap does not do (there might be an option - I'm not a guru).

So to answer your question, because abstract specifically mentions zmap uses a SYN scan, these probes can't really be blocked if you're running a legitimate service on the port being probed. If you were to use zmap with some other scan that takes advantage protocol (e.g. FIN scan), any iptables firewall is probably already blocking it.

about a year ago
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Unix Guru Evi Nemeth Missing, Feared Lost At Sea

Victor_0x53h Re:Rawr (156 comments)

I thought a beard was required, that's how misinformed I am!

about a year and a half ago
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Thousands of Publicly Accessible Printers Searchable On Google

Victor_0x53h Re:How did this happen? (192 comments)

I'm presuming these setups are accidental. Is the DHCP scope on their internal, physical network configured to hand out public IP addresses? My mind boggles wondering if that would even work, much less someone would make that decision. The alternative is someone who knows what they're doing intentionally NATs web traffic to the internal address. That raises the oxymoronic "knows what they're doing" and "NATs web traffic to a printer" quandary.

about 2 years ago
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Recession, Tech Kill Middle-Class Jobs

Victor_0x53h Re:Chicken Littles (586 comments)

I've never wished I had mod points as much as this moment! I definitely needed that laugh today.

about 2 years ago
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Empty Times Square Building Generates $23 Million a Year From Digital Ads

Victor_0x53h Re:Profit (227 comments)

Liability? I thought the same thing. Maybe it's just what super-rich people do: buy stuff. Like a yacht used 10 days out of the year. I can just imagine how regal it would be to say to my friends "Lets spend New Years at my place in Times Square, guys!" It just turns out we can't watch the ball drop because it's mounted directly above us - on my roof.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Samba4 a Viable Alternative To Active Directory?

Victor_0x53h Re:No (388 comments)

Frankly I don't remember the last time I could reliably browse a Microsoft network. As a network admin, I don't recall ever recommending to someone they open 'My Network' and browse to a file server / share / other resource. In fact, 'Network Discovery' is turned off on my Vista machine currently and as a result browsing the network won't work. This must be a default to not have 'Network Discovery' turned on.

more than 2 years ago
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Linux Mint 13 (Maya) Has Arrived

Victor_0x53h Re:Great! (216 comments)

Lucky me. I was about 10 minutes away from installing version 12. Backing up my home directory took too long and I decided to check Slashdot.

more than 2 years ago
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Data Center Staff Will Sleep Among the Racks For London Olympics

Victor_0x53h Re:Oh, that's bullshit! (210 comments)

...just weep silently in their sleeping pods all night.

more than 2 years ago

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Internet providers set to crack down on illegal file-sharing

Victor_0x53h Victor_0x53h writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Victor_0x53h writes "AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and other major Internet service providers are set to implement a copyright alert system aimed at cutting down on illegal peer-to-peer file sharing of copyrighted material "over the next several weeks," according to the head of the organization overseeing the new anti-piracy program. Under the new copyright alert system, these providers will send a series of e-mail alerts to subscribers whose accounts may have been used to illegally distribute music, movies or other entertainment content via file-sharing."
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