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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

crisco Farewell (1521 comments)

/. has been pretty influential in my life and career and I want to thank you and the crew still on for all the work.

more than 3 years ago

Analog Designer Bob Pease Dies In Car Crash

crisco Thanks Bob (187 comments)

I appreciate all the insight you lent me and the fact that you opened my eyes to a better way to troubleshoot and think about systems.

more than 3 years ago

Simple Virus For Teaching?

crisco Re:What OS? And how annoying? (366 comments)

Back in the late 80s we had a bunch of 10MHz XT clones in a computer lab networked together using Novel and 10BASE2 or maybe even TokenRing. Some of the games we had ran timing loops for the original 4.77 MHz PC so we had some simple TSR that sat on the interrupt timer and ran some NOPs to slow the computers down. I thought it would be a funny prank to add this to the AUTOEXEC.BAT file on most of the boot floppies in the lab, sadly I didn't test it on more than one computer.

The interrupts and NOPs interfered greatly with the network cards, causing the whole thing to come crashing down when more than a couple of the computers were running at a time. It took at least a couple of days for the sysadmin to sort it out.

RIP George, thanks for introducing me to the Internet and I'm sorry that you didn't get to stick around for Linux and /. I should have taken your Minix class when I had the chance.

more than 4 years ago

Hacker Destroys Avsim.com, Along With Its Backups

crisco Re:overwritten once CAN be recovered (780 comments)

The [a href="http://16systems.com/zero.php"]Great Zero Challenge[/url] says otherwise. They're simply asking for the filename of one of the files on a drive that has been wiped once with zeros. Despite offering the challenge for over a year and actively speaking to data recovery companies, no one has taken them up on the offer.

more than 5 years ago

Intelligent Software Agents - Are We Ready?

crisco Intelligent Agents all failed 10 years ago (100 comments)

Intelligent Agents were a big deal at the beginnings of the dotcom bubble era. There are plenty ofBooks and Articles about them. A good part of Java's sandbox security model evolved from the anticipation that we would be allowing agents to come visit our computers to do their intelligent activities. In the real world other technologies did a better job at whatever agents were designed to do. As the article points out, Google and other well constructed search engines are much better at finding online information than a series of wide-flung bits of software. Well designed APIs filled much of the gap for more specific applications. Intelligent Agents did find one toehold in the marketplace though, spyware and botnets show just how useful it can be to have your software running on someone else's machine. Of course they're completely outside of any security 'sandbox' and get to do what they please. It sounds as if someone is making an attempt to capitalize on some IP before it expires.

about 7 years ago



crisco crisco writes  |  about 8 years ago

crisco writes "NASA's renewed interest in lunar exploration and "in situ resource utilization," or ISRU, is driving the need for tons of carefully faked lunar dust and sand for testing purposes:
"We don't have enough real moondust to go around," says Larry Taylor, director of Planetary Geosciences Institute at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. To run all the tests, "we need to make a well-qualified lunar simulant." And not just a few bags will do. "We need tons of it, mainly for working on technologies for diggers and wheels and machinery on the surface," adds David S. McKay, chief scientist for astrobiology at the Johnson Space Center (JSC).


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