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New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

dkman Re:Too many colors in syntax highlighting (165 comments)

numbers are purple
strings are yellow
variables are white
functions are blue
reserved words are pink
the background is black
It's not that there are too many colors, it's just not my color scheme of choice.

about a week ago
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New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

dkman Re:Derp (165 comments)

I know that the information can be found, but is there a nice easy list of IP range and what region they belong to?
I know:

  • ARIN - North America
  • LACNIC - South America
  • APNIC - Asia
  • AFRINIC - Africa
  • AUNIC - Australia

But other that typing an IP in and seeing which one it says (which I could automate), but I would think that info is already somewhere...I just don't know where.

about a week ago
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Tractor Beam Created Using Water Waves

dkman Re: Walls (71 comments)

I'm thinking of ships in the open sea, where having something to reflect off of is impractical.

about two weeks ago
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DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

dkman Re:DC's decision is the right one (249 comments)

They should have seen the income opportunity here and said we will license it out for headstones/memorials at a cost of $X. Then he would have to go raise that much more for his monument. Done deal. They still look like dicks, but then everyone can have their way if they're willing to cough up the cash.

about two weeks ago
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Tractor Beam Created Using Water Waves

dkman Walls (71 comments)

Does it only happen when I have 3 walls that the waves can bounce off of? Because that would not work in an open water setting, only in enclosed settings. It makes me think of pool (billiards) where you could make a ball come toward you by hitting the que off two walls then into the back of the target ball.

If you can repeat it from arbitrary points and arbitrary distances then you start to have something useful.
If you can repeat it with other wave sources then it gets more useful.

about two weeks ago
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Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

dkman Re:What's the big deal, Occulus? (131 comments)

I too was wondering how this is any different than the big console launches lately. It seemed like half of the xboxes leaving Best Buy were being listed on Ebay. All these a-holes are doing is creating false demand and a shortage for people who actually want one. If someone is willing to pay more to get it from the a-hole rather than waiting for the store to get more then so be it. Honestly, I don't see a good way to only sell it to the people who actually want the product.

I think the main reason that this got attention is because this was in "China". But it's also because the company did something about it by saying "fine. we won't sell any more if they're just going to end up on chinese ebay." The better solution is to produce more so those who want them can get them through official channels, but that's up to them.

about two weeks ago
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Maglev Personal Transportation System Set For Trial In Tel Aviv

dkman What's the obsession with 150 MPH? (81 comments)

If I don't need to pay attention to what's going on I'm perfectly happy with 30 MPH. And that way when it does fail people don't need to die (it's built by man and maintained by man, it will fail in some way, shape, or form at some point). If I smack the ground at 150 MPH I splat, it's a done deal. If I hit the ground at 30 MPH it hurts like hell, but I have a good chance to survive.

about a month ago
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Will 7nm and 5nm CPU Process Tech Really Happen?

dkman Re:Car analogy? (142 comments)

Or aim it downhill

about a month ago
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Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors

dkman Re:"...he is a self-absorbed narcissist..." (281 comments)

That's what I was thinking.

They could just as easily be describing Larry Ellison or Bill Gates.

about a month ago
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US Supreme Court Invalidates Patent For Being Software Patent

dkman Re:Oh please please please (220 comments)

... on a computer
... on the internet
... on a mobile device
... in a car (is that coming, or should that just be considered a mobile device [if not a bad pun])
... with a brainwave scanner, or did i get ahead of myself?

about a month ago
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Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

dkman Re:And another on the ban pile (289 comments)

Who's this "we" you speak of?

The common slob is plenty stupid.

That the thought they would never get caught is an example of that. I too don't understand why they design a good device then cheapen it by cutting corners. The word of mouth advertising and good faith that your consumers would have if you kept producing the good product should not be so easily trifled with.

It's a shame that when shopping for a new hard drive I need to consider "who's putting out a decent product now", meaning who hasn't put of crap recently. This is exactly the kind of thing that falls into the latter.

about a month ago
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Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

dkman Re:How did she get these figures? (394 comments)

When I measured my Cable STB (probably around 10 years ago) it used 22 Watts while on and between 20-22 while "off". This was not even a DVR, but I'm pretty sure it was Scientific Atlanta.
I'll have to check my current box, which is a DVR.

It's very insulting that a box that's always plugged in should use as much power while off as when it's on. I've always hated the stereos that put on a friggin "light show" when you turn it "off", they suck a lot of vampire power too.

Adding insult to injury is that cable boxes take 20 minutes to "boot up". To me it looks like it's doing a PXE boot and downloading the whole OS just because I unplugged it for 30 seconds. It would be faster to check the date and checksum vs the server and only download when a difference is present.

When a cable box is off it should still keep the "network" up to update it's guide, and maybe check for updates. It needs to monitor the time for recording purposes (only if it's a DVR). And monitor the IR sensor so when I hit the remote it turns on. It does not need to decode the cable signal on either tuner or push a video signal to the tv. I think those functions should able to be handled in a 2-8 Watt range, and I'm happy to see that it's moving in that direction.

I also remember that my gaming tower PC used around 200W. The original xbox was at 180. The PS3 was 150 i think. Laptops were surprisingly low somewhere in a 12-40 range. The microwave was 1000 when running, the toaster was 1150. Of course YMMV. Most things dropped to 0 when off, but certainly at 2 or less.

It would be nice to track down that list and compare my current equipment to against it. And yes, the kill-a-watt rocks.

about a month ago
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France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"

dkman Re:Easy. (138 comments)

If you got it to one of the blades would the blade "chop" it, splattering it and creating a general mess or potentially damaging the blade?

But I agree that you're more likely to miss and splatter your car in the parking lot.

about a month ago
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Bloomberg Testing Productivity App For Oculus Rift

dkman Re:tanks (38 comments)

All very true, good points. I was just thinking that not all of the devices need to be cameras in the traditional sense, but sensors.

If a backup camera on a car gets rain on it seeing becomes difficult, but rain on a "blind spot detector" doesn't cause a problem (to my knowledge).

So if you have a sensor that can "see" through a mud caking then you've got yourself a winner. Place that in conjunction with a camera so i can see in a traditional sense and fall back on the sensor when needed, or have the sensor overlay additional info over the camera view - then you're really talking.

about a month and a half ago
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Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

dkman Re:On behalf of all network specialists, (197 comments)

I do believe that it's adoption has been slow because of the switch to hex rather than decimal.
4 numbers less than 300 are fairly easy to remember. 8 sets of 1 to A taken 4 at a time certainly is much harder to remember.

Of course we don't need to remember an IP in our head very often, but perception is everything and we as a culture often avoid anything even perceived as hard. It's amazing that we revere those things that were hard and did get done then avoid hardship ourselves. We are wonderful hypocrites.

There are plenty of conveniences for when an IP does matter. Copy/Paste, email, text, hosts files, take a picture, but when you do need to type it that would suck.

about a month and a half ago
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Bloomberg Testing Productivity App For Oculus Rift

dkman tanks (38 comments)

I know I read about the tank thing before, and I was thinking "how hard would it be to knock out the cameras". Now reading this I can picture the next tank warfare thing being the equivalent of paintballs to blind the cameras.

Though the same sort of issue is true in self driving cars. If I don't have inner controls to take over manually what happens if some sensor goes out?

about a month and a half ago
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Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

dkman Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (93 comments)

I've seen a lot of game forums where people had issues. Often the solution is "download the latest video drivers", but sometimes there's there's a config file edit or an exe to run that really just evaluates your system and rebuilds the config file.

Of course in linux the phrase "mess around configurations" is often more involved than that.

It's been a long time since I requested a refund but I remember the whole push for stores not wanting to give a refund for software once it was opened.

I agree that there are legal protections there, however.

On Steam, once a game is purchased it can be installed in any environment (the way it should be). So if you can't run it in Linux you could still run it in Windows. I wonder what kind of ground you have if it doesn't work in the environment of your choosing. I believe that Steam doesn't generally refund, but since I don't buy the $60 games like I used to I'm not too concerned about the $7 dud. It stays in your Steam library and you might get to enjoy it later down the road.

about a month and a half ago
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Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

dkman Re:Works on regular steam, not just steamOS (93 comments)

What support did you ever need for Civilization? If you install and it doesn't run is the only time I can think of needing support for a game. If you run into that ask the steam community and ask the linux community, no need to ask the creator/publisher though you probably could ask on the 2k games forums too. The internet does away with a lot of that need.

about a month and a half ago

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