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Ask Slashdot: How Best To Disconnect Remote Network Access?

agw Why is this still a problem? (284 comments)

There have been solutions for this for ages.
The latest seem to be terminal servers (e.g. Oracle Secure Global Desktop) with time managed access to certain services.
Vendor calls customer, customer grants access for a specific user and system for a limited time, all on screen actions are recorded.

In the past more funny things existed. Some vendor support was by modem dial in only (e.g. EMC), so the customers had a switch that connected/disconnected the physical phone lines to prevent unwanted access.

about a year ago

AMD64 Surpasses i386 As Debian's Most Popular Architecture

agw Re:I'm not re-installing... (216 comments)

Firefox and Chrome need to fit. Maybe that works for another 5 years and I need to re-install after 20 years. Would be okay, I guess.

about 2 years ago

AMD64 Surpasses i386 As Debian's Most Popular Architecture

agw I'm not re-installing... (216 comments)

I'm not re-installing to upgrade to amd64. As long as there is PAE, I'll stay with my x86 installation.

I re-installed my desktop end of 1996 and have only done in-place updates/upgrades since then.

Or maybe there is a way to do an in-place upgrade to amd64 or a mixture.

about 2 years ago

MIT Creates Car Co-Pilot That Only Interferes If You're About To Crash

agw Re:Volvo XC60 (238 comments)

Many VWs have this standard or available as an option, too.
E.g for the Passat you get the tiredness detection, lane assistance (keeping you in the lane) and front assistance (keeping distance or doing emergency braking at city speeds).
It's probably more basic than the MIT stuff, but always expect next years models to have more and more advanced versions of those.
Commercial systems evading obstacles should be available in 2-3 years (e.g. from Continental).

about 2 years ago

Some USAF Pilots Refuse To Fly F-22 Raptor

agw Re:Not only that... (569 comments)

China will never bomb anything in the USA. Think about it, why would they want to bomb their own property?

more than 2 years ago

Portugal Is Considering a "Terabyte Tax"

agw Re:Spain, Italy and Greece (353 comments)

Canada too. Not sure about the US and UK, but wouldn't surprise me. Not as heavy, but the same idea: Tax all storage and media players on the assumption that they'll be used to infringe, and give the money to any major copyright holder with enough political clout to get a share. Independant artists obviously get screwed because it'd be impractical to administer.

Pretty sure Germany & Austria have it too.

Of course they have. On anything that might allow copyright infringement (yes, printers, scanners, etc.). It's not a real tax, though, as it's unavailable to the government to use it for other stuff.

more than 2 years ago

GNU/Linux Running On An 8-Bit Processor

agw Re:2 Hours? That is fast! (361 comments)

Maybe your 386 had its brakes on, not running at 25Mhz?
Booting Linux on a 25Mhz 68030 didn't take more than a few minutes and one of these small Linux distributions I recently tried on a 75Mhz 486 also booted within a couple of minutes.
So I guess you were doing something wrong. It's not like nobody was using UNIX on 386 productively.

more than 2 years ago

Is Facebook Becoming a Central Bank?

agw Re:Cash out early (232 comments)

One thing one needs to understand when using the value of a "nice lunch" is that the definition of that will change over time.

After the war in Europe a "nice lunch" was probably more simple then it is now. Then, a "nice lunch" during the dot com boom might have meant something different for some of us then what it means now.

If you're into meat/beef you could just look at that which may have gone from "any meat" to "best filet" to "a nice burger".

more than 2 years ago

California Going Ahead With Bullet Train

agw Re:Time (709 comments)

Sorry, 500+ mph (804 km/h) is ridiculous. Bullet trains go around 190 mph. Even maglev trains max out at 361 mph. (And don't talk about how much they cost per mile.)

Bullet trains started off at 200 mph 30 years ago and now reach 350+ mph on test runs. If we're now talking about a bullet train whose tracks will be built in 10 or 15 years and trains that will run in 20 years, there will be some room for improvement. 500+ is still a bit off, but I would expect 350+ mph if money is not a problem.

The the next generation of German bullet trains will actually top out at 143mph and 155mph for German and EU regulations allow the trains to be much cheaper built then.

more than 2 years ago

German Government's Malware Analyzed

agw Re:Surprise, surprise, surprise (162 comments)

You're right.

You would not be able to whitelist any command that may execute a third command, change file bits, change (i.e. specify output files) any script or command that IS in the whitelist, etc.

It's only really useful if you attach a company policy to it saying "we use this to log the commands you run, if you misuse it, you're a bad boy and will be reported".

more than 2 years ago

German Government's Malware Analyzed

agw Re:Strange (162 comments)

Looks like they got it from people who got their computers back after they were busted?

more than 2 years ago

Drone Kills Top Al Qaeda Figure

agw Re:5th Amendment (885 comments)

This is interesting. So if the terrorist is on the soil of a nation that corporates with you, you ask to arrest him and ask for extradition.
So is Yemen a country that corporates with you or not? If not, then this seems to render some other arguments mood.

more than 2 years ago

Drone Kills Top Al Qaeda Figure

agw Re:5th Amendment (885 comments)

There seems to be a lot of cherry picking going on.

So if (in your country) suspected terrorists hide abroad it's okay to send drones to kill them? I wonder what the U.S.A. will have to say when the first Russian drones kill some suspected Russian "terrorists" hiding in New York. I'm sure those terrorists want Russia to crumble and I'm sure they would not try to turn themselves in at the Russian embassy.
But I guess that would be different because local Police forces in Yemen, Pakistan and other somehow always had been voluntarily leading the effort, while the US was only providing some technical help.

more than 2 years ago

France To Invest One Billion Euros In Nuclear Power

agw In other news... (308 comments)

Germany to invest over the next 10 years in research of dealing with dismantling of nuclear power plants, safer final disposal of nuclear waste and also technology to transmute nuclear waste with long half-life periods to those with shorter ones.

We'll see who made the smarter move in 10 months or 10 years (depending on who you talk to).

more than 3 years ago

Germany To End Nuclear Power By 2022

agw Re:RTFA (822 comments)

Sure it's based on using waste heat, as I wasn't talking about electricity alone (who is?). Still 90% are 90%. Why would that be negative when trying to save some CO2?

The topic was CO2 emission with natural gas from Russia.

Your argument seems not to be that small local gas plants have the best efficiency and the best technology to bridge the gap, but that there actually is no gap and nuclear power is safe. Which are two different things.

more than 3 years ago

Germany To End Nuclear Power By 2022

agw Re:Serious question; (822 comments)

Interesting comparison you have there: 100% fine working coal plant causes more deaths than slightly broken nuclear power plant.
What about a totally wrecked coal plant worst case scenario against a worst case scenario of a nuclear plant (we didn't have a worst case scenario yet)?
Totally wrecked coal plant is probably causing no harm at all anymore for many years while the nuclear plant...

So not only need one see the harm a technology causes every day, but also in a worst case scenario.
As we have seen oil and nuclear are not looking very good in worst case scenarios.

more than 3 years ago

Germany To End Nuclear Power By 2022

agw Re:RTFA (822 comments)

With smaller local gas power plants, you can get very high efficiency (up to 90%), which is as good as it gets regarding fossil energy. Local, decentralized natural gas power plants are seen as the best "bridge technology" for the next two decades.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Smartphone Plan For a US Vacation?

agw (200 comments)

Usually a link to settles this question for all your vacation destinations.

It's really a great site.

My personal choice is always to put a prepaid GSM card with some cheap data plan into my primary smart phone and then use an older phone with my home country SIM to receive calls or make calls where my caller id is important. Others work around that by forwarding calls and using special services like skype's caller id function.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: DOSBox, or DOS Box?

agw Re:Long term... (585 comments)

RSR is from a time when Amiga games are worth a look at. RSR has only 64 colors, but probably the much better sound and music on the Amiga.
(I've only played it on uae, though. It's a good idea to have the keyboard layout at hand and all necessary keys mapped.)

Only much later games tend to have VGA graphics AND digitized sound PLUS wave table music support.

more than 3 years ago


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