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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!

about 5 months ago
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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 9 months 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 10 months 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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.

about 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.

about 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!

about 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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Akamai admits its OpenSSL patch was faulty, reissues keys

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about a week ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "Akamai Technologies, whose network handles up to 30 percent of all Internet traffic, has admitted that a researcher found a fault in custom code that the company thought shielded most of its customers from the Heartbleed bug. As a result, Akamai is now reissuing all SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificates and security keys used to create encrypted connections between its customer's websites and visitors to those sites."
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Australia may 'pause' trades to tackle high-frequency trading

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about two weeks ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), a government financial watchdog, is reportedly contemplating the idea of implementing a 500 millisecond delay on trades in an effort to put the brakes on high-frequency trading. ASIC last year knocked back the idea and stated that fears about HFT were overblown. However, in a government inquiry today representatives of the organisation said the idea of a 'pause' is still on the table."
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Mt. Gox kept exchange open despite knowledge of large-scale theft, filing sugges

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about a month ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "Mt. Gox may have collected a large sum in trading fees in the weeks before its closure, even though it was already aware that a vast number of bitcoins had gone missing, its U.S. bankruptcy filing suggests. A sworn declaration in the filing from Robert Karpeles, Mt. Gox 's CEO, reveals that the Bitcoin exchange knew in early February that its situation was far graver than it had disclosed at the time."
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Large DDoS attack brings WordPress pingback abuse back into spotlight

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about a month ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "Attackers have abused the WordPress pingback feature, which allows sites to cross-reference blog posts, to launch a large-scale, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, according to researchers from Web security firm Sucuri. The attack involved over 162,000 legitimate WordPress websites being forced to send hundreds of requests per second to a popular WordPress site, preventing access to it for many hours. The attack exploited an issue with the XML-RPC (XML remote procedure call) implementation in WordPress that's used for features like pingback, trackback, remote access from mobile devices and others, and brought back into the spotlight the denial-of-service risks associated with this functionality that have been known since 2007."
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Thanks a million, Drupal!

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about a month and a half ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "Drupal, an open source content management system, now powers more than 1 million websites, according to figures released today. As of 15 February, 1,005,489 websites were powered by the CMS, according to the Drupal Association, a non-profit organisation that stewards the project. It's heady stuff for an open source project born out of the desire of its creator, Dries Buytaert, to experiment with Web technologies."
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Is RSA's Chairman Art Coviello in denial?

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about a month and a half ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "In an interview given to the Australian media at RSA Conference this week, RSA Chairman Art Coviello said "It is against the law for the NSA to spy in the US and if they've done anything illegal, which, again, within US law, people might have commented that they have in the press, but no legal authority seems to be raising that as an issue." It's clear that Coviello has either not kept up with what's been going on, is in denial or deliberately attempting to mislead."
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ICANN considers using '127.0.53.53' to tackle DNS namespace collisions

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 2 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "As the number of top-level domains undergoes explosive growth, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is studying ways to reduce the risk of traffic intended for internal network destinations ending up on the Internet via the Domain Name System. Proposals in a report produced on behalf of ICANN include preventing .mail, .home and .corp ever being Internet TLDs; allowing the forcible de-delegation of some second-level domains in emergencies; and returning 127.0.53.53 as an IP address in the hopes that sysadmins will have a WTF moment and Google it."
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Hackers circulate thousands of FTP credentials, New York Times among those hit

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 2 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "Hackers are circulating credentials for thousands of FTP sites and appear to have compromised file transfer servers at The New York Times, UNICEF and other organizations, according to a security expert. The hackers obtained credentials for more than 7000 FTP sites and have been circulating the list in underground forums, said Alex Holden, chief information security officer for Hold Security, a Wisconsin-based company that monitors cyberattacks."
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Australian police deploy 3D crime scene scanner

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 2 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "Police in the Australian state of Queensland will employ a handheld laser scanner that can be used to map crime scenes, including in areas where there is no GPS reception. The police will use the Australian developed Zebedee laser scanner: A LiDAR scanner that is mounted on a spring. As a user walks around, the spring moves and the scanner captures the surrounding area. Software processing then uses the data to construct a 3D model. Previously the technology has been used to capture areas of cultural significance, such as the interior of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. As an added bonus, the Zebedee looks ridiculous when in use."
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LinkedIn ditches feature that was a 'dream for attackers'

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 2 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "LinkedIn is shutting down Intro, its recently launched mobile service for connecting people over email, that raised security concerns. Intro was launched last October and described at the time as a 'dream come true for hackers' The service was made for the iPhone, and was designed to grab LinkedIn profile information and insert it into emails received on phones. The service displayed that information to the recipient from the email's sender if the sender was also on LinkedIn."
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Oracle broadens legal fight against third-party Solaris support providers

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 3 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "Oracle is continuing its legal battle against third-party software support providers it alleges are performing such services in a manner that violates its intellectual property. Last week, Oracle sued StratisCom, a Georgia company that offers customers support for Oracle's Solaris OS, claiming it had "misappropriated and distributed copyright, proprietary software code, along with the login credentials necessary to download this code from Oracle's password-protected websites.""
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Security vendors self-censor Target breach details

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 3 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "At least three security companies have scrubbed information related to Target from the Web, highlighting the ongoing sensitivity around one of the largest-ever data breaches. How hackers broke into Target and installed malware on point-of-sale terminals that harvested up to 40 million payment card details is extremely sensitive. Now, details that give insight into the attack are being hastily removed or redacted by security companies."
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Target-related malware was a side job for man living in Russia

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 3 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "In a surprising TV interview, a 23-year-old living in Russia said he helped code a software program that experts believe was eventually modified to steal tens of millions of payment card details from Target. Rinat Shabayev, who lives in Saratov, Russia, told Lifenews.ru that the program has a defensive purpose of finding software problems but could have been abused by criminals. The news outlet characterized his work on the program as a side job, quoting him as saying, "I am trying to find work. I want to find a normal and stable job and time to start my own business.""
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Target credit card data was sent to server in Russia

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 3 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "The stolen credit card numbers of millions of Target shoppers took an international trip — to Russia. A peek inside the malicious software that infected Target's POS (point-of-sale) terminals is revealing more detail about the methods of the attackers as security researchers investigate one of the most devastating data breaches in history. Findings from two security companies show the attackers breached Target's network and stayed undetected for more than two weeks. Over two weeks, the malware collected 11GB of data from Target's POS terminals. The data was first quietly moved to another server on Target's network and then transmitted in chunks to a U.S.-based server that the attackers had hijacked. Logs from that compromised server show the data was moved again to a server based in Russia starting on Dec. 2."
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California court dismisses Google Glass traffic ticket

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 3 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "A court in Southern California has dismissed what was apparently the first-ever traffic citation issued for wearing Google Glass while driving. Cecilia Abadie was stopped for speeding in late October. When a California Highway Patrol officer approached her, he noticed she was wearing the Google Glass device and issued a second ticket for that. However a court commissioner in San Diego dismissed the Google Glass ticket, saying he could find no evidence that the device was in use while Abadie was driving"
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US government to convert Silk Road bitcoins to USD

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 3 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "The founder of the Silk Road underground website has forfeited the site and thousands of bitcoins, worth around US$28 million at current rates, to the U.S. government. The approximately 29,655 bitcoins were seized from the Silk Road website when the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) moved to close it in late September. "The United States Marshals Service shall dispose of the Silk Road Hidden Website and the Silk Road Server Bitcoins according to law," wrote Judge J. Paul Oetken, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, in a court order that was issued this week. The ruling represents the largest-ever forfeiture of bitcoins. "It is the intention of the government to ultimately convert the bitcoins to U.S. currency," said Jim Margolin, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York."
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Adobe adds 3D printer support to Photoshop

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 3 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "Adobe has rolled out an update to Photoshop that incorporates direct support for 3D printing. According to Adobe, they don't expect most users to directly create 3D meshes in Photoshop. Instead they expect most of the time people will import objects from other applications and then use Photoshop as a finishing tool to tweak and repair meshes — in a similar fashion to how Photoshop can be used to tweak photos before production. The application currently directly supports MakerBot printers and the online Shapeways service. More printer support is coming (printer profiles are editable XML files) and the application can also export STL files that can be copied to a USB drive and used on other brands of 3D printer."
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Amazon drones are 'fantasy,' says eBay CEO

angry tapir angry tapir writes  |  about 4 months ago

angry tapir (1463043) writes "In the race to deliver online shopping purchases faster, drones don't impress eBay's CEO. "We're not focusing on long-term fantasies, we're focusing on things we can do today," John Donahue said in an interview. He was reacting to an interview Jeff Bezos, CEO of e-commerce rival Amazon, gave last weekend in which he said Amazon is investigating the use of drones for package delivery."
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