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MenuetOS, an OS written entirely in assembly language, inches towards 1.0

angry tapir Re:Which Assembler (2 comments)

If Slashdot had an edit function for submissions I would consider doing just that!

1 year,7 days
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Inside the Electronic Frontier Foundation

angry tapir Small factual error? (98 comments)

Taking on the United States Secret Service is a pretty risky venture... But that’s exactly what the EFF did, shortly after it was founded in July 1990. The Secret Service had raided a small videogames book publisher, looking for a stolen technical document that might fall into the wrong hands.

If it's referring to the raid on Steve Jackson Games, SJG wasn't a 'videogames book publisher'.

about a year ago
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Interview: MUD and the birth of MMOs

angry tapir Re:Synopsis (and source article) is inaccurate. (2 comments)

The article credits both. I've reworded slightly to make sure it's clear though: "The game launched in 1978, developed by Essex students Roy Trubshaw and, later, Richard Bartle."

about a year and a half ago
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Scientists Take Most Accurate Reading Yet of Universe's Cooling

angry tapir Re:Fail, fail, fail. (91 comments)

I dropped a "-" damn it.

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Take Most Accurate Reading Yet of Universe's Cooling

angry tapir I screwed up the temperature by dropping a "-" (91 comments)

should be: The team measured the temperature at -267.92 degrees Celsius (5.08 Kelvin), which is warmer than today's universe (-270.27 degrees Celsius). I suck.

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Take Most Accurate Reading Yet of Universe's Cooling

angry tapir Re:Fail, fail, fail. (91 comments)

I fucked up and dropped a "-" :(

about 2 years ago
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A 'Small Claims Court' For the Internet

angry tapir Re:whats wrong with the real small claims court? (116 comments)

Hello, article author here. Part of the reason judge.me exists is because people doing contract work often deal with clients that live in other countries or other locations in the same country. Plus the turn around can be super quick.

more than 2 years ago
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OLPC Australia pushes boundaries of education

angry tapir Typo (1 comments)

Should be 'XOs' not 'BOs'. Damn it.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Hubble Broke and How It Was Fixed

angry tapir Re:Wonderful article. (73 comments)

Hey, It's the author of the article here - thanks so much for your kind words. I was pretty happy with how it turned out!

more than 2 years ago
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Little Ice Age: It Was Not the Sun

angry tapir Re:We didn't really know how things worked before (375 comments)

On balance it's probably natural for geeks (many of whom are naturally inquisitive) to question ideas which insist on substantial changes to our lifestyles with tenuous evidence behind them

To quote Wikipedia:

No scientific body of national or international standing has maintained a dissenting opinion; the last was the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, which in 2007 updated its 1999 statement rejecting the likelihood of human influence on recent climate with its current non-committal position.

And so all these organisations came to the conclusion that human activity is playing a key role in global warming without any "credible evidence" (to use your phrase)?

more than 2 years ago
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Little Ice Age: It Was Not the Sun

angry tapir Re:We didn't really know how things worked before (375 comments)

Yes this is a good point. But it's kind of bizarre. Another commenter made the point that evolution is also 'controversial' in the US (but obviously not so much among the Slashdot crowd). I guess I just feel down that when it comes to this issue so many people consider themselves 'experts' because they read an article or two once.

more than 2 years ago
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Little Ice Age: It Was Not the Sun

angry tapir Re:We didn't really know how things worked before (375 comments)

The trouble is, most questioning of the science related to global warming is politically motivated. It's not, "Hmm this new evidence has come to light, what are its implications?" That's not to say it might not happen from the other side on occasion. The difference is, however, that there is an overwhelming scientific consensus when it comes to global warming -- not on every specific detail, but on the fact that it is a real thing and that it's related to human activity and that it's consequences are awful. We have a ridiculous situation where in the interests of media "balance" (not to mention a number of media outlets that have denialism as an editorial policy) you have crackpots and talking heads with no relevant scientific credentials presented given equal weight to prestigious scientific organisations. So it makes it look like there's some kind of real debate about the fundamentals, when there's really not.

more than 2 years ago
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Little Ice Age: It Was Not the Sun

angry tapir Re:We didn't really know how things worked before (375 comments)

It always astonishes me that on a geeky site like Slashdot with an audience that in theory puts such a high value on science, you get so many global warming denialists.

more than 2 years ago
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Google 'Solve For X' Website Goes Live

angry tapir Re:Good luck with that... (80 comments)

Surely it will depend on how it is run and moderated. And there is not a lot of public information about that yet...

more than 2 years ago
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Garman injunction issued against iPhone & iPad

angry tapir Re:German, I meant German! (3 comments)

Ah, but then we have another problem, because it's spelled "Garmin".

more than 2 years ago
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Garman injunction issued against iPhone & iPad

angry tapir German, I meant German! (3 comments)

I shouldn't post to Slashdot before having a coffee, obviously.

more than 2 years ago

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Android botnet evolves, could pose threat to corporate networks

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  2 days ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "An Android Trojan program that's behind one of the longest running multipurpose mobile botnets has been updated to become stealthier and more resilient. The botnet is mainly used for instant message spam and rogue ticket purchases, but it could be used to launch targeted attacks against corporate networks because the malware allows attackers to use the infected devices as proxies, according to security researchers."
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Informational Wi-Fi traffic as a covert communication channel for malware

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about two weeks ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "A security researcher has developed a tool to demonstrate how the unauthenticated data packets in the 802.11 wireless LAN protocol can be used as a covert channel to control malware on an infected computer. The protocol relies on clients and access points exchanging informational data packets before they authenticate or associate with each other, and this traffic is not typically monitored by network security devices."
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'Dridex' malware revives Microsoft Word macro attacks

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about two weeks ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "A recent piece of malware that aims to steal your online banking credentials revives a decade-old technique to install itself on your PC.

Called Dridex, the malware tries to steal your data when you log into an online bank account by creating HTML fields that ask you to enter additional information like your social security number. Thats not unusual in itself: Dridex is the successor to a similar piece of malware called Cridex which also targets your bank account. Whats different is how Dridex tries to infect your computer in the first place. It's delivered in the form of a macro, buried in a Microsoft Word document in a spam email message."

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Icaros, the Amiga-like desktop OS for x86, hits 2.0

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about two weeks ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "The team behind Icaros Desktop, a distribution of the open source Amiga-inspired AROS operating system, have reached a new milestone, releasing version 2.0 at the end of October. I caught up with Icaros' creator to talk about what's new in 2.0, including under-the-hood changes, the addition of a BitTorrent client and a new GUI."
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Why hackers may be stealing your credit card numbers for years

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 3 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "The PCI Security Standards Council, which develops PCI-DSS, has recommended that merchants switch to using point-to-point encryption to prevent the largescale siphoning of credit card details from point of sale terminals (think Target, Neiman Marcus, Michaels, UPS Store and others). However, retailers often have long technology refresh cycles, so it could be five to seven years before most move to it — not to mention that the fact that PCI-DSS version 3.0 doesn't even mandate the use of point-to-point encryption."
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Australian consumer watchdog takes Valve to court

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 3 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, a government funded watchdog organisation, is taking Valve to court. The court action relates to Valve's Steam distribution service. According to ACCC allegations, Valve misled Australian consumers about their rights under Australian law by saying that customers were not entitled to refunds for games under any circumstances."
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The biggest iPhone security risk could be connecting one to a computer

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 3 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "Apple has done well to insulate its iOS mobile operating system from many security issues, but a forthcoming demonstration shows it's far from perfect. Next Wednesday at the Usenix Security Symposium in San Diego, researchers with the Georgia Institute of Technology will show how iOS's Achilles' heel is exposed when devices are connected over USB to a computer or have Wi-Fi synching enabled. The beauty of their attack is that it doesn't rely on iOS software vulnerabilities, the customary way that hackers commandeer computers. It simply takes advantage of design issues in iOS, working around Apple's layered protections to accomplish a sinister goal."
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Nonprofit to bring Sega game console chips back to life

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 3 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "Processors that powered some of Sega's famous gaming consoles in the 1990s will come back to life starting later this year. The newly formed Open Core Foundation wants to reintroduce in October older CPU designs of Hitachi chips, which were used to run operating systems and gaming consoles in the 1990s. The chips were advanced for their time and could even be used today in electronics like sensor devices and do-it-yourself projects, said Shumpei Kawasaki, a member of the OCF, at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, California."
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Countries don't own their Internet domains, ICANN says

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 4 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "The Internet domain name for a country doesn't belong to that country — nor to anyone, according to ICANN. Plaintiffs who successfully sued Iran, Syria and North Korea as sponsors of terrorism want to seize the three countries' ccTLDs (country code top-level domains) as part of financial judgments against them. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which oversees the Internet, says they can't do that because ccTLDs aren't even property."
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Australian government moving forward with website blocks to fight piracy

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 4 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "Australia is moving closer to a regime under which ISPs will be forced to block access to websites whose "dominant purpose" is to facilitate copyright violations. A secret government discussion paper (PDF) has been leaked and proposes a system of website blocking and expanded liability for ISPs when it comes to "reasonable steps that can be taken ... to discourage or reduce online copyright infringement"."
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Australian Electoral Commission refuses to release vote counting source code

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 4 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "The Australian Electoral Commission has been fighting a freedom of information request to reveal the source code of the software it uses to calculate votes in elections for Australia's upper house of parliament. Not only has the AEC refused an FOI request for the source code, but it has also refused an order from the Senate directing that the source code be produced. Apparently releasing the code could "leave the voting system open to hacking or manipulation"."
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Amazon seeks US exemption to test delivery drones

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 4 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "Amazon.com has asked the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration permission to test drones outdoors for use in its Prime Air package delivery service. In the run up to launching the service, which aims to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less, the online retailer is developing aerial vehicles that travel over 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour, and will carry 5pound (2.3 kilogram) payloads, which account for 86 percent of the products sold on Amazon."
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New Zealand ISP's anti-geoblocking service makes waves

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 4 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "New Zealanders and Australians are often blocked from using cheap streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu and instead at the mercy of local content monopolies for popular shows such as Game of Thrones. However a New Zealand ISP Slingshot has caused a stir by making a previously opt-in service called 'Global Mode' a default for its customers. The new service means that people in NZ don't need to bother with VPNs or setting up proxies if they want to sign up to Netflix — they can just visit the site. The service has also caused a stir in Australia where the high price for digital goods, such as movies from the iTunes store, is a constant source of irritation for consumers"
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Australian government seeks to boost spy agencies' powers

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 5 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "The Australian government has indicated it intends to seek a boost to the powers of Australia's spy agencies, particularly ASIO (the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation). The attorney-general told the Senate today that the government would introduce legislation based on recommendations of a parliamentary committee that last year canvassed 'reforms' including boosting ASIO's power to penetrate third party computer systems to intercept communications to and from a target. That report also covered other issues such as the possibility of introducing a mandatory data retention scheme for ISPs and telcos."
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Adobe to let third party devs incorporate Photoshop features

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 5 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "Third party developers will be able to build mobile applications that tap into the features of Adobe's Creative Cloud, including effects such as Photoshop's 'content-aware fill' and PSD file manipulation, thanks to a new SDK the company is releasing as part of a major update to the suite of graphic design products. However, the company has been mum on important details such as how much (if anything) it will cost and what the licence is likely to be (at the very least it seems end users will need to be Creative Cloud subscribers). The company has also made a foray into hardware releasing a pressure-sensitive stylus for tablets called Ink and a ruler called Slide"
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Unisys phasing out decades-old mainframe processor for x86

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 5 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "Unisys is phasing out its decades-old mainframe processor. The chip is used in some of Unisys' ClearPath flagship mainframes, but the company is moving to Intel's x86 chips in Libra and Dorado servers in the ClearPath line. The aging CMOS chip will be "sunsetted" in Libra servers by the end of August and in the Dorado line by the end of 2015. Dorado 880E and 890E mainframes will use the CMOS chip until the servers are phased out, which is set to happen by the end of 2015."
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Microsoft to launch machine learning service

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 5 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "Microsoft will soon offer a service aimed at making machine-learning technology more widely usable. "We want to bring machine learning to many more people," Eron Kelly, Microsoft corporate vice president and director SQL Server marketing, said of Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, due to be launched in beta form in July. "The line of business owners and the marketing teams really want to use data to get ahead, but data volumes are getting so large that it is difficult for businesses to sift through it all," Kelly said."
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Wall Street firm finds success with Caml and OCaml

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 5 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "One Wall Street firm found computational success not on the traditional path of enterprise Java, but in an obscure functional programming language called Caml, which offered the perfect tradeoff of concision and readability. Trading firm Jane Street says Caml has given it a powerful set of tools for building large programs that have to run quickly and without errors. Jane Street is a proprietary trading firm that is the world's largest industrial user of Caml and OCaml, the object-oriented version of Caml."
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Cisco opposes net neutrality

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 5 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "All bits running over the Internet are not equal and should not be treated that way by broadband providers, despite net neutrality advocates' calls for traffic neutral regulations, Cisco Systems has said. Some Web-based applications, including rapidly growing video services, home health monitoring and public safety apps, will demand priority access to the network, while others, like most Web browsing and email, may live with slight delays, said Jeff Campbell, Cisco's vice president for government and community relations. "Different bits do matter differently. We need to ensure that we have a system that allows this to occur.""
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