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D-Link Routers Vulnerable To DNS Hijacking

_merlin Re:Manual config (64 comments)

AVM FritzBox is the only quality hardware I've seen in this space.

2 days ago
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Best Cube?

_merlin Re:Hellraiser puzzle box (266 comments)

Now the puzzle box in that movie had a name, didn't it... that's right, the Lament Configuration. Oh look! It's a survey option!

about two weeks ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

_merlin Re:COBOL (385 comments)

Nah, more likely an increase in retirement rate amongst COBOL programmers, requiring fresh blood to maintain the ageing applications.

about two weeks ago
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The Fixes Sony's DualShock 4 Controller Still Needs

_merlin Re:Here's a fix the PS4 needs (59 comments)

Yeah, can't really pause an online game, as you can't pause time.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

_merlin Re:One OS to rule them alll ... (489 comments)

Sadly it's come to the point where my phone (SGS3) has more RAM than my e-mail server (512MB VPS with CentOS7).

about two weeks ago
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Japanese Nobel Laureate Blasts His Country's Treatment of Inventors

_merlin Re:Poor delusional old man (191 comments)

Nah, Australia is a loser pays legal system, so it's easy to get lawyers to take on easy cases like that on a no-win no-fee basis.

about two weeks ago
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Japanese Nobel Laureate Blasts His Country's Treatment of Inventors

_merlin Re:Poor delusional old man (191 comments)

They can write all kinds of things into employment contracts but they may not be legally enforceable. For example in Australia an employer may claim ownership of an employee's inventions/patents relating to their core business, but not all inventions/patents in general.

about two weeks ago
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Serious Fraud Office Drop Investigation Into Autonomy Accounting

_merlin Re:confusing headline. (53 comments)

I think you might be inebriated: it's malted barley and hops. In fact, I'm pretty sure you can't malt hops.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung's Advanced Chips Give Its Cameras a Big Boost

_merlin Re:No mention of crop factor WTF? (192 comments)

The Samsung camera uses an inverted sensor, which loses less light in the silicon, so it can get lower noise with smaller pixels. It isn't a direct result of a smaller process size.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

_merlin Re:Why is lack of male nurses not an issue? (479 comments)

Really? My (straight) brother's experience as a nurse was that older female colleagues were like, "What are you doing here? this isn't a man's job!" while younger female colleagues hit on him all the time.

about two weeks ago
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Rare Recalled NES Game Stadium Events On Ebay For $99,000

_merlin Re:Rare? (138 comments)

GGP said "NES developer", and none of those are NES games, all are from later generations. And it is true that Rare developed some shitty games for NES that were published by LJN.

about three weeks ago
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Back To the Social Media Future

_merlin Re:Wbs.net (40 comments)

Ah yes, chatting to schoolgirls on kmail web chat. Those were the days...

about three weeks ago
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Closure On the Linux Lockup Bug

_merlin Re:Call me crazy (115 comments)

The upper 32 bits of the current timer value are latched into the register at the upper address when the lower 32 bits are read from the lower address.

Well in that case, you'd need to ensure the lower 32 bits are read first so you're reading the upper 32 bits that you latched this time through, not last time through. And if that's the case, the code is still wrong because there's nothing to force a sequence point between the two reads. The compiler is free to re-order the two reads in that expression.

about three weeks ago
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First OSX Bootkit Revealed

_merlin Re:very impressive (135 comments)

Hedge funds employ lots of tech people. Someone has to write trading strategies, systems for getting generated orders to the brokers/exchanges, systems for assigning trades to accounts, and the glue that holds it all together. They also need an army of IT operations, support and security staff to keep the beast running.

about three weeks ago
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First OSX Bootkit Revealed

_merlin Re:If the rootkit can close the hole (135 comments)

If you stop option ROMs from loading, you can say goodbye to using external SAS adaptors, bootable NICs, etc. It might be OK if all you ever plug in is external displays, but you'd lose all sorts of functionality.

about three weeks ago
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Extreme Heat Knocks Out Internet In Australia

_merlin Re:Internet in Oz down (103 comments)

I've experienced 50'C outside in Finley once. It makes you feel horribly lethargic, just don't want to do anything.

about a month ago
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AMD Catalyst Linux Driver Catching Up To and Beating Windows

_merlin Re:OpenGL (136 comments)

OpenGL on Windows is used by things like SolidWorks, Maya, Photoshop, Lightroom, etc. All those "pro content creation" applications. Games tend to target DirectX.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Options For a Standalone Offline Printing Station?

_merlin Re:My phone isn't this crippled (190 comments)

How the hell do people actually get infected with malware all the time? The only malware I've been hit with was the nVir virus on a Mac in the early '90s, and the Welchia worm on Windows in the early '00s. How do people get infected all the time? I don't do anything special or magical, but I still don't get problems with malware.

about a month ago
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Kodak-Branded Smartphones On the Way

_merlin Re:Smartphone with 50 Megapixel CCD sensor ? (94 comments)

Trouble is you need roughly APS-C sized sensors to make 50MP resolution worthwhile. Any smaller and quantum effects will make it too noisy. Not to mention the size you'd want for a good enough lens to deliver that much detail.

about a month ago

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Reinventing myself as a troll

_merlin _merlin writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I keep having these thoughts of reinventing myself as a troll. I could try to make first posts, and join the GNAA, and post goatse links and ASCII art, and flame Mac users and other stuff like that.

But then I'd lose karma, and I'd start out at -1, so no-one would see my trolling, anyway, and if I did post something worthwhile, no-one would see that, either.

I could make another account, just for trolling, but that stinks of effort. Oh well, I guess I'll just stay my boring self.

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