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FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign

Vlad_the_Inhaler Re:What's the difference? (105 comments)

The first thing I thought of when I saw this was: "Incredibly tricky, these orientals". Cliches I grew up with! Great!
Time to put out the honeypots. All the gory details on lukewarm fusion, and AS YET UNPATENTED. It just needs to look very plausible, 'cos they're very tricky.

4 days ago
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How English Beat German As the Language of Science

Vlad_the_Inhaler Re:Germany had the last laugh... (323 comments)

One period!
One space!

Nah, it does not have that ring to it.

about a week ago
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How English Beat German As the Language of Science

Vlad_the_Inhaler Re:I am SHOCKED! (323 comments)

I don't know about Japan (but I imagine you are wrong), but Germany is not an "occupied country" any more. One of the side-effects of reunification was a peace treaty formally ending that status. With the USSR giving up control of "their part" the western allies had no reason not to do the same. Margaret Thatcher was less than enthusiastic about this but could do little once George Bush the Elder (I think it was him and not Clinton) had made the decision. Thatcher was dumped around then anyway and John Major was a lot less bigoted.

Going back to the actual story here: At the time the Nazis took power, a large proportion of German scientists were jewish. Once their initial fears proved to be overly optimistic, those who could headed for the exits and were mostly not replaced. At that point German as the "Language of Science" was pretty much dead, losing WW2 just confirmed this.

about a week ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

Vlad_the_Inhaler Re: blocking the networks owners ? (428 comments)

Did you read the same synopsis I did? He is not talking about the owners, he is talking about other users coming in and grabbing all the bandwidth in public hotspots.
That would be an extremely useful tool in Germany, the hotspot owner is liable if someone is caught file-sharing over his/her access point. I can see owners wanting to run this, it would have to run under Windows though.

about two weeks ago
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Hackers Compromised Yahoo Servers Using Shellshock Bug

Vlad_the_Inhaler Re:How Hard? (69 comments)

If somebody 30 years ago would have created a sentence like that one, they would have received nothing but puzzled stares.

Sounds like Yahoo's managers have thet problem as well.

about two weeks ago
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Hackers Compromised Yahoo Servers Using Shellshock Bug

Vlad_the_Inhaler Re:Color me shellshocked! (69 comments)

It is.
I ran a sanitised version of the initial exploit in a virtual Konsole, updated and ran it again in a new Konsole. The second time the attempted exploit was rejected, no reboot required.

This was early last week, the day the update became available. What made these muppets wait until they were attacked? Do they have some cretinous system in place where even security-relevant updates have to be scheduled a week in advance?

about two weeks ago
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Only Two States Have Rules To Prevent Cheating On Computerized Tests

Vlad_the_Inhaler Re:Codification (95 comments)

Back when I took exams - when the world was young and sheep were nervous - kids caught cheating were automatically failed and were in line for other sanctions as well, rather like doping in sport. Why the hell does a/the state need to get involved? An examination board is more likely to be able to keep up with newer ways of cheating than a state which has something codified and inflexible, an examination board is also more likely to be able to understand the subject than a collection of antagonistic lawyers dedicated to opposing whatever their opponents think is a good idea.

A Bulgarian chess player was caught cheating around a year ago. It took a while to work out exactly *how* he was cheating but it had been obvious for months that he was and he was already finding it very difficult to be allowed to play tournaments. The Bulgarian Chess Federation has banned him for life. The system in place worked.

about two weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

Vlad_the_Inhaler Re:This is Java code (349 comments)

Just out of curiosity, when was that particular call (which is depreciated anyway) first implemented? Was it available under Windows 95?
Depreciating it is also annoying - presumably whatever is replacing it has not been around forever so that will prevent it running on "legacy" systems.

(I have never programmed under this environment so I don't know the specifics)

about two weeks ago
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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

Vlad_the_Inhaler Re:And Java fail again (349 comments)

The search string was 9" which is why it came up with all those false positives. The obvious string to test would have been "Windows 9 but who are we to reason why?

about two weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

Vlad_the_Inhaler Re:Simple answer (942 comments)

The farthing was phased out decades (?) before decimalisation, the halfpenny just a few years before the conversion.
A half-crown was 2 and 6, you will not have found anyone who could not make sense of that at the time.

about three weeks ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Vlad_the_Inhaler Re:Trolololo (534 comments)

I read that series decades ago and seem to remember that there is a twist in the tail.
The way I remember it, the aliens had been created by the devil in order to undermine christian faith. Once that became obvious (some symbols were involved) they ceased to exist. What a strange world-view, I have no idea what Blish's beliefs were.

about three weeks ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

Vlad_the_Inhaler Re:I pick marketing (399 comments)

Every second release is ok, every second one is a turkey.
This way they get to skip a decent release and can have two turkeys in a row.

about three weeks ago
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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

Vlad_the_Inhaler Re:Bullshit (221 comments)

There is no perfect security, especially if the attacker is willing to die. The US use attack-drones in a few countries, how well are they set up to defend against them?
When Bush II went to London the Secret Service wanted all kinds of measures taken, including closing part of the London Underground. The mayor at the time said NO. When Bush went to the Frankfurt area as part of the same tour, the Secret Service came up with a laundry list of measures they wanted implemented to reduce the risk, the Germans actually listened and life in a corridor between Frankfurt Airport and Mainz pretty much ground to a halt for a day. Pathetic.

about a month ago
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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

Vlad_the_Inhaler Re:In Soviet times (241 comments)

The Iron Curtain countries have moved on. Some of the Soviet Socialist Republics have moved on as well, some have not and one (in particular) moved on but was then dragged back.

about 1 month ago
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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

Vlad_the_Inhaler Re:Yikes (241 comments)

Nope, it most certainly is not.
All I can see here is the Soviet Union rising again. I grew up around the fringes (outside) and somehow it seems worse this time around.
Want a laugh? The Scottish Referendum and the Soviet observers are mouthing off that the whole affair was not "free and fair", that it had been manipulated.

This Vlad is sick of this garbage. Oh, and I was in the Ukraine a couple of months back. They have a right-wing lunatic fringe running at around 5% but most of them do not deserve this crud.

about 1 month ago
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I think next winter will be:

Vlad_the_Inhaler Re:Severe (148 comments)

I'm not in the Netherlands, but would not classify the weather we had for the period December - March as a "winter". A year earlier there was ice rain and all sorts of obnoxious stuff but last year was autumn with shorter days. This year has to be colder.

about a month ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Vlad_the_Inhaler Re:The hosers are right (462 comments)

Some time back in the 90's I had fun going both ways between Quebec and the US.
US Immigration in upstate NY spent ages trying to work out if I (and several other crossing at the same time) really needed to be in the US. Eventually the guy decided it was ok.
A few days later I was driving back from Vermont and the Canadians were dubious about letting me back (driving a Canadian-registered rental car). The bug question was: "why do you have a commercial/business visa for the US?". My WHAT???? got me back in again ;-)

I stopped going to the US when they introduced fingerprinting and mugshots at the borders. They don't miss me and I don't miss them.

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

Vlad_the_Inhaler Re:Powershell (729 comments)

Both Fortran and Cobol allow you to pass slices of a string to a subroutine or anything else, the syntax is in each case stringvar (x:y) although the meaning of y is different. In Fortran it is (from:to) and in Cobol it is (from:bytecount).
When I was learning we used Algol68 and - although I have not used it for a good 35 years - most other languages come up wanting when compared.

about a month and a half ago

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