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Research Finds No Large-Scale Exploits of Heartbleed Before Disclosure

XanC Re:Then what do you call this? (20 comments)

The worry (and article) is about attacks that happened BEFORE public disclosure. After, it's the admin's fault straight-up. Before, nobody (basically) had any hope of detecting or stopping it.

about a week ago
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Couchsurfing Hacked, Sends Airbnb Prank Spam

XanC Tune in tomorrow (44 comments)

There's more to come in the exciting adventures of Bennett Haselton!

about three weeks ago
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Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

XanC I'd love to use https! (166 comments)

...So why does Slashdot redirect HTTPS back to HTTP??

about 1 month ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

XanC Re:What obscene prices... (184 comments)

You've got your period and comma keycaps swapped. Or you're European, I guess. Either way, it doesn't make sense to write numbers that way.

about 2 months ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

XanC ...The hell? (291 comments)

Why is this on Slashdot?

about 2 months ago
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X.Org Server 1.16 Brings XWayland, GLAMOR, Systemd Integration

XanC Re:So... (226 comments)

Well, you see:

The systemd integration finally allows the X server to run without root privileges, something in the works for a very long time. The non-PCI device improvements mean System-on-a-Chip graphics will work more smoothly, auto-enumerating just like PCI graphics devices do. As covered previously, GLAMOR (the pure OpenGL acceleration backend) has seen quite a bit of improvement, and now works with Xephyr and XWayland.

about 2 months ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

XanC Re:Some people are jerks (362 comments)

It's just stupid to blame a lack of policy for somebody doing something illegal. The absence of a policy in no way means the entity endorses an activity.

about a month ago
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Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

XanC Re:Some people are jerks (362 comments)

I suppose you might. Because I don't see how, if something is already illegal, it also needs to be against "policy". Do all company/university policies have to comb through the entire legal code and duplicate it in policy?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

XanC Perl (536 comments)

Perl 5 pretty much satisfies everything you're looking for. What's the problem with Perl again?

about 2 months ago
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Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

XanC Re:It is Canada's fault! (130 comments)

Thank you!

The summary makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time. So the people who wrote the law don't think there are any costs of compliance? I'm sure that's not news. That right there is a HUGE problem with government solutions.

about 3 months ago
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CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

XanC 1 in 10 adult deaths (454 comments)

1 in 10 deaths, huh? That's a bold statement considering the huge qualifications on it:
* 22-64 years old
* preventable

So the actual number is much less than 1 in 10, not much more as the summary says.

about 3 months ago
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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

XanC "Inciting" (208 comments)

Not "incentivizing". "Inciting".

about 3 months ago
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The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

XanC Tuning it out? (254 comments)

I'll say we're tuning it out. With AdBlock we don't even receive it.

about 3 months ago
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Supermicro Fails At IPMI, Leaks Admin Passwords

XanC Re:What moron puts IPMI public facing? (102 comments)

I was asking about this on the OVH forums just the other day, in fact:

Our IPMI are actually configured on a private network separated from Dedicated Servers network using a private VLAN for all the IPMI traffic fully secured via our network equipement.

There is two way you can access the IPMI connection:

1- Over a Java applet which generate and send you a .jnlp file valid for this session only. (This method let you use keyboard and mouse)

2- Over a webrowser via Serial over LAN that use a temporarly generated user valid for this session only.

https://forum.ovh.us/showthrea...

about 3 months ago
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When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

XanC Re:IPv6 Addresses (305 comments)

And in what way would migrating to this new thing be any easier than IPv6? In either case, it's an entirely different protocol.

about 3 months ago
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Whom Must You Trust?

XanC Re:Whom you trust ... ? (120 comments)

Exactly. Like, for example, in the title of this article.

about 3 months ago

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A new Space Quest game? The Two Guys from Andromeda are back!

XanC XanC writes  |  more than 2 years ago

XanC (644172) writes "The Two Guys from Andromeda (Scott Murphy and Mark Crowe), the geniuses behind the classic Space Quest series of adventure games, have joined forces once again. They're working on a new "Space Adventure" (I'm assuming they legally can't call it Space Quest), and have a fun site where you can learn more. It brings back great memories of Space Quest past, and hope for the future as well!"
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New Star Trek world premiere in Austin

XanC XanC writes  |  more than 5 years ago

XanC (644172) writes "The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin just hosted the surprise world premiere of the new Star Trek film. The scheduled show was Wrath of Khan, but Mr Nimoy and delivered the new reels to great applause.

This film is unashamedly a reboot, and it even explains very well how and why it's a reboot. The new actors pay homage to the originals while bringing their own originality to the table. (Karl Urban as Bones was particularly fantastic.) It somewhat falls victim to the Star Wars prequels' fallacy of the same half-dozen people being involved in everything from the beginning, but that's the most negative thing I could say about it. Overall, the show is a wild ride, and shows tremendous promise for further sequels in this series. Go see it when you can."
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Olympic scores computed by weighing events

XanC XanC writes  |  more than 6 years ago

XanC (644172) writes "If you're like me, you find it frustrating that there's no single winner at
the Olympics. Sometimes medal counts are used, but there are so many silly
medals mixed in with the important ones that the count becomes meaningless.

http://www.realmansolympics.com/ weighs each event by manliness, and comes up
with an overall score for each country. You can follow along as the Olympics
progress, and at the end you'll see who wins. You can also get results for
Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004. And if you like, you can create an alternate
rating system and keep track of your own personal Olympics.

Spain's out to an early lead, but none of the higher ranked medals have been
awarded yet."

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XanC XanC writes  |  more than 7 years ago

XanC writes "I've been appointed Conservator for my late great-uncle's estate. He had written a number of screenplays, short stories, poems, etc etc, and he wanted to get them published. How should I store the raw data? Ideally, I'd want to generate a plaintext version, a paginated version, or an HTML version from the same source file. Are there XML Schema for screenplays and short stories, with converters to LaTeX and HTML? Or am I defining my own Schema and writing translators in Perl?

Or, more likely, is the best solution something I haven't thought of?"
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XanC XanC writes  |  about 8 years ago

XanC (644172) writes "Earthlink has begun to hijack the complete Internet namespace, and even proudly admits to it on its blog site. This is more far-reaching than SiteFinder, because any string of gibberish now resolves, not just those ending in .com. It only affects Earthlink customers, of course. Unless they fix this soon there will be a lot fewer of those to worry about."

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