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Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

arcade Re:Wrong analogy (138 comments)

I'm rather annoyed that you think I'll be dead before I'm 95. I was planning to live until at least 100.

Rephrased: There'll be plenty of current google and nasa employees still alive in 60 years.

about 2 months ago

ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

arcade Re:YANAL (245 comments)

No, the most annoying thing in IT is the person you're responding to, who doesn't understand how TLS for email works in the first place, but pretends to do so, and participates in discussions as if he knows the subject matter at hand.

The error being that there is no encryption applied by the person who writes the email, but opportunistically by the email servers if both sending and receiving email servers supports TLS. This is done transparantly to the end users (ie the people who write the email).

about 2 months ago

ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

arcade Re:Always RTFA (245 comments)

Oh come on.

It's always hilarious when people pretending to be techies on slashdot discuss technical matters without understanding the matter at hand.

There is no encryption being removed here. What is being removed is the negotiation of encryption. There's a huge difference.

What happens here is that modern MTAs that are configured to use TLS will issue a STARTTLS command to the receiving email server. If the receiving email server is configured to accept TLS connection, it will respond in kind. If it rejects the command, the conversation continues unencrypted.

Most email servers are still not configured to use TLS.

What happens in this case is removal of ngeotiation of opportunistic encryption. It's of course very very wrong to do this, but it does not remove existing encryption - it prevents it from happening in the first place. It makes the parties believe that neither side supports it.

about 2 months ago

Why Is It Taking So Long To Secure Internet Routing?

arcade Re:so what's ARPA doing in my computer? (85 comments)

If that was a serious question, and not trolling:

The in-addr.arpa DNS zone is used for reverse DNS.

Basically, you forward-map hostnames to IP addresses. At the same time, you can reverse-map IP-addresses to hostnames.

The forward mapping is done via 'A' records.
The reverse mapping is done via 'PTR' records, and it's done in the in-addr.arpa hiearchy.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

arcade Run away! (294 comments)

Given your description, you're the sole sysadmin. This means you're the person who should take these decision - nobody else. If the company disagrees with this, then either you've done a poor job previously, or they don't trust you to do your job for some strange reason.

Now, if it's you that have fscked up on previous occasions, then it's understandable that they want the red tape.

If you haven't, then it's time to put down the foot and say "Nope, that's my job". If they disagree with that - linkedin should be a relatively short distance away, and after you find yourself a new job - simply hand in your resignation pointing out that you have no interest in having babysitters.

about 9 months ago

How Far Will You Go For Highest Speed Internet?

arcade Re:turnover? (142 comments)

What repopulates the area? Easy.

Taxes & import duty are very tiny. You've got some of the most beautiful nature you can imagine. There's lots of researchers connected with universities etc. - making for lots of interesting people to talk with.

A lot of the turnover is actually students wrapping up their studies.

about 10 months ago

Drones Used To Smuggle Drugs Into Prison

arcade That leaves an interesting idea. (137 comments)

This is quite an interesting idea. DYI drones are getting more and more common - and there are plenty of people with electronics background who can make the control interface.

Make the commands sent to the drone be sent encrypted/signed - allowing automatic handoffs between controlling terminals.

It would be pretty easy to make drones do the 'chore' of crossing international borders for you. Just put out a couple of 'base stations' that are quiet unless the drone is coming by .. and which directs the drone when it is close.

I'm wondering how well prepared border control / custom agents are for taking down fast moving drones that sweep in pretty low.

about a year ago

23-Year-Old Chess Grandmaster Whips Bill Gates In 71 Seconds

arcade "The Justin Bieber of chess" ?! (449 comments)

I'm sorry, but first off - Magnus Carlsen has been an extremely well known chess player since 2004. Justin Bieber was discovered when? 2008?

Secondly, while Bieber is famous for being famous.. Carlsen is famous for using his brain and becoming the world champion of chess. He built his career around his brain. Yes, some fashion agency also discovered his good looks and started sponsoring him and using him as a model - but that's not his main work. It's a hobby thing on the side. Good for him.

For those slightly interested in chess, but not interested enough to normally follow ratings and such - take a look at: http://2700chess.com/ for the up to date live ratings.

Aronian is doing a massive jump these days due to Tata Steel. I'm guessing the next WCC match will be between Carlsen and Aronian. They're typically rather evenly matched.

1 year,1 day

How China Will Get To the Moon Before a Google Lunar XPrize Winner

arcade Re:Too easy to fake + China = FAKE (173 comments)

Uhm. Easy to fake? So, how will they fake out the huge amount of telescopes that will be pointed at the moon when they approach? How do they fake the large amount of listening posts that will listen for the chinese signals from the moon?

Not to mention, flybys by other nations, later, will look for the equipment. It would be kind of embarrassing when nobody can find it. ;)

about a year ago

22-Year-Old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen Is the New World Chess Champion

arcade Re:How does he do against computers? (131 comments)

The computer would not need a history of games of the opponents.

Computer chess has moved so far ahead of human players that Carlsen would have been utterly destroyed. These days, spectators watch the game with chess computers on the side, since the chess computers can tell properly which player is ahead, while spectators wouldn't be able to tell properly.

Chess engines such as Houdini, Stockfish and a variety of others have ratings well above 3100. Carlsen has a rating of 2872. He would be crushed.

about a year ago

SSHDs Debut On the Desktop With Mixed Results

arcade I've had SSHd running on all mu computers for 15y+ (154 comments)

I really do hate overloading acronyms. SSH / SSHD is pretty well known already. It's what most unix folks (and I really do hope that that is the majority of slashdot readership) use to log on to servers every single day.


about a year ago

What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

arcade Re:Too used to GNU/Linux to switch (1215 comments)

I hear people claiming that about the command line, but this has never rang true to me. We probably use computers in very different ways.

I have two 'defaults'. Either I'm using various terminal based programs, or I use a webbrowser.

email? Check. Using mutt.
IRC? Check. Using irssi.
Web? Chrome.

I need to edit something / write something down? I've never come across anything better than vim (emacs would've been just as useful if it was my editor of choice). I'll write my stuff there, and store it in text files. Calculations? bc is usually all I need. What if I need to manipulate some data files of some random human readable format? I usually just grab for perl.

Almost everything I do, is done either done in the shell, or is done in the webbrowser. Now, my use case is obviously different than yours.

about a year and a half ago

What Keeps You On (or Off) Windows in 2013?

arcade What keeps me off? Cost, bother, non-familiarity. (1215 comments)

I've been using computers since '86. Was a huge fan of DOS back in the day. Didn't like Windows 95 much, but eventually installed it in '98. That didn't last too long - around April or March '09 I figured I should try out Linux. First I went with slack, which didn't work out for me. I seem to remember that I first went for Debian, and then later on for SuSE for some years. Then it was a series of SuSE->Mandrake->SuSE->Ubuntu.

I had to fiddle a bit with Win2000 as a window desktop, and then later fiddle a bit with I think it was Win2000 or was it 2003(?) on a few servers. The main bulk of the servers were Linux and Solaris.

I very seldomly had to help out some XP users. I've barely touched Vista, and I don't think I've seen more than one computer w/Win7 ever. Anything newer than that and I haven't seen it at all.

Now; why won't I touch Windows? Quite simple - I have no clue how to do stuff with them. Family has been converted to Linux (and some Mac) years ago. I wouldn't know a thing about how to get stuff done. I've heard rumors that powershell is kind of cool - but I'm familiar with bash that I guess my only option for windows would've been cygwin - but that feels kind of bastardized instead of just having a desktop I immediately feel familiar with.

I'm pretty sure windows is quite cool for those who knows how to use it, but it ain't me.

about a year and a half ago

Google Unable To Keep Paying App Developers In Argentina

arcade Re:A much simpler solution (169 comments)

Look at the European Union and the Euro.

Then look at Greece.

That is how Argentina would look if they started using the dollar.

about a year and a half ago

Google Unable To Keep Paying App Developers In Argentina

arcade Re:Summary is Crap (169 comments)

Bollocks on the "rich or the poor".

You immediately know whether they're a saver or a spender.

about a year and a half ago

Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac

arcade Re:de Icaza (815 comments)

I remember starting disliking de Icaza back in my university days. Hm, that's a long time ago. Back when de Icaza was starting the Mono think. Ye gods.

However, let me react to one thing you're saying:

I understand that Android does not ship with much GNU or GNOME software, but GNU and GNOME are what built Linux. Without either, the foundations upon which Android runs would never have accreted enough functionality to even think about running a smartphone.

I'm sorry, but this is very wrong. Gnome is the fragmentation. Instead of joining forces with KDE, even after QT was free, they continued down the fragmented road.

de Icaza has done more damage to free software than good. Let me be the first to say 'good riddance'.

about 2 years ago

US Attorney Chided Swartz On Day of Suicide

arcade Re:So now (656 comments)

No, we expect prosecutors not to be utter shitbags. This one Carmen M Ortiz is obviously a psychopath that should never ever serve in a public office.

She needs to hear that she's nothing but a mean, horrible subhuman.

about 2 years ago

European Data Retention Rule Could Violate Fundamental EU Law

arcade Re:Independence day. (61 comments)

Yes. I dislike lots of stuff about the EU.

But at the same time, I love it. It has knit Europe together so that it has a shared destiny. This prevents wars.

It has knit Europe together, so that we don't have shitloads of border controls. We can travel between countries without passports (Well, at least between the schengen members).

Now - there are plenty bad things about the EU - but there are so many good things too.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Ordered To End Its Real Name Policy In Germany

arcade Re:typical (471 comments)

And the US has obscenity and defamation .. so .. not really free speech there neither.

more than 2 years ago

Zimmerman Charged With 2nd-Degree Murder

arcade Slashdot: Please fire samzenpus! (995 comments)

Zimmerman? Is that some US guy?

Can someone please fire the moronic US-centered slashdot-editors that has no geeky credentials whatsoever? Like samzenpus? Please?

The entire zimmerman-case has NOTHING to do with geeky news.

more than 2 years ago


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