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Nine Chip Makers Fined $400M In EU For Price Fixing

awing0 Re:Disturbing? (215 comments)

And explain again how "crappy expensive & proprietary" has any bearing on "successful"? Most of us have a "crappy expensive proprietary" OS on our computers from a successful company. The two aren't mutually exclusive.

more than 4 years ago

Philip K. Dick's Exegesis To Be Published In 2011

awing0 Re:great author (82 comments)

I have really enjoyed a few of his books including 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.' I definitely HIGHLY recommend 'A Scanner Darkly' and 'Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said'.

On the other hand, I thought 'Maze of Death' lacked depth and was entirely predictable. I also didn't like 'The Broken Bubble', mainly I think because it deals with a lot of "human" issues and not much sci-fi. Possibly I didn't understand it.

I'm slowly working my way through all his books I can pick up at the library. After going this thread, I really want to read 'Ubik.'

more than 4 years ago

Blizzard Answers Your Questions and More

awing0 Re:How times change (368 comments)

I don't agree. bnetd used absolutely NO CODE of Blizzard's to create a battle.net server emulator. Yes, it enabled piracy. The sad truth is that ANY commercial software will be pirated.

bnetd should live on today. If common people like you and I are not allowed to create software that interacts and connects with *gasp* proprietary software, then what kind of world is that? The world we have today apparently, where Mozilla Firefox cannot connect to IIS running ASP. Oh wait, that's entirely possible and legal. Weird...

The last game I bought from Blizzard was the the Starcraft: Broodwar expansion and it will be staying that way.

more than 5 years ago

Cold Reboot Attacks on Disk Encryption

awing0 Re:Use capacitors (398 comments)

I dunno, I've torn apart a lot of drives and never found anything bigger than a surface mount capacitor in modern drives. I believe the platter keeps its momentum long enough to let the head reseat by magnetic force.

more than 6 years ago


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Relative Slashdot Account Age

awing0 awing0 writes  |  more than 7 years ago Hmmm, I'm pretty sure I signed up for an actual account in 2001. I had been reading prior to that, and I wish I had grabbed a lower UID. I noticed UIDs are over 1,000,000 now too. When did you sign up?


Taking the 1TB RAID5 plunge.

awing0 awing0 writes  |  more than 8 years ago I've been wanting to do this for a while, and after collecting parts and waiting, the things I needed to buy hit my price point. This is the breakdown on my new fileserver:

Intel server mainboard 2 x 1.0GHz Pentium III Socket 370's with 1.5GB SDRAM: FREE
Server chassis with decent cooling, 400W redundant power supplies: FREE
3Ware 9500-S8 SATA 64bit PCI RAID5 board: $250 (eBay) http://www.3ware.com/products/serial_ata9000.asp
4 x 400GB WD 7200 SATA150 16MB Hard Drives: $570 (NewEgg)
SATA Cabling: $10
Misc mounting parts: $20

Since HD makers mark a GB as a billion bytes, the drives are really about 372GB. Given RAID 5 overhead, I should have 1,116 GB usable or 1.01 TB. I did it all for $850. Provided I did cheat a bit with some free stuff. My advice: Make friends with an electronics recycler near you.

These parts are in the mail right now, so I've yet to tackle putting it together. I chose 3Ware because they have good Linux support, so I shouldn't have any problems getting this up and running. I'll benchmark it and write some more about it after I actually get it.


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

awing0 awing0 writes  |  more than 8 years ago I finished reading the book a week ago. I probably should have read this a lot sooner. It's a good interesting read. Maybe someone can clear up or confirm my issue with the book's plot.

Why would they need the Boneli Reflex-Arc Test or the Voigt-Kampff test when the androids holed up in Isidore's apartment have a Penfield equiped alarm device that induces severe panic in humans? Such an effect would be an easy android test. The book insinuates that it would not panic the androids. This happens in chapter 14:

Isidore said, "Won't the alarm affect us?"
"That's right," Pris said to Roy Baty, "It'll affect Isidore."

Also, Rachael gives Rick a device that interrupts breathing in humans or androids, only androids can't recover as well as humans. This also seams like an easy test, not one that can falsly identify an empathy lacking human as an android as the Voigt-Kampff test might. Not to mention you could apply the breathing test or the panic test pretty much involuntarily of the subject.


Art: The Apple Tree

awing0 awing0 writes  |  more than 9 years ago Over the summer I did an art project with a good friend and coworker of mine. I finally put it up on the web.
Well, here it is: The Apple Tree


Wardriving setup.

awing0 awing0 writes  |  more than 9 years ago Lately I've been working on getting a PC into my car so I can go wardriving. I picked up two D-Link DWL-G520 802.11g cards, one for my car and one to act as my own access point. The cards are linux supported with the madwifi driver, and work with the kismet wireless sniffer. The driver seams to be a little immature, but it does work.

I'm not using WEP for my home network, and instead I am using OpenVPN (great project) to encrypt my traffic between my AP and car (mp3 syncing mostly).

Now to build a cantenna....


HP Visualize B180L

awing0 awing0 writes  |  more than 9 years ago This is the latest architecture/machine to go up on my network. It joins the ranks of PPC, SPARC64, Alpha and numerous i386 machines. This workstation features:

  • PA-RISC 180MHz CPU
  • 256 MB of ECC SIMM RAM
  • Seagate 4.2GB SCSI Hard Disk

livecd root # cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
cpu family : PA-RISC 1.1e
cpu : PA7300LC (PCX-L2)
cpu MHz : 180.000000
model : 9000/778/B180L
model name : Merlin L2+ 180 (9000/778/B180L)
hversion : 0x00005040
sversion : 0x00000481
I-cache : 64 KB
D-cache : 64 KB (WB, 0-way associative)
ITLB entries : 96
DTLB entries : 96 - shared with ITLB
BTLB fixed : max. 16384 pages, pagesize=4096 (64MB)
BTLB fix-entr. : 0 instruction, 0 data (8 combined)
BTLB var-entr. : 0 instruction, 0 data (0 combined)
bogomips : 119.60
software id : 2014541132

I'm currently installing Gentoo 2004.3 hppa. It seams the be the most up to date hppa distro, even though it may be painful on a 180MHz machine. What do I know, I'm just a hobbiest.

More specs here: http://www.openpa.net/systems/b-class.html


Gmail Invites

awing0 awing0 writes  |  more than 10 years ago UPDATE: all have been used, I'll post more as I get them.



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