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Military Electronics That Shatter Into Dust On Command

dysfunct Slashdot: Social Media for B2B Technology (221 comments)

For those who haven't seen "slashdot media" yet, our beloved /. is now categorized as "Social Media for B2B Technology". See for yourself:

Go on, click the "Tour the new Slashdot" button (can't be opened in a new tab) and wait for the nausea to kick in. Meaningless marketing buzzwords, "feedback tools", "user engagement" and so on and so forth.

It's over. The trained monkeys in marketing have won. A sad day indeed.

about 7 months ago

Did Metro UX Elements Come From a 2009 Demo?

dysfunct Re:How many? (68 comments)

I think you got this story a little mixed up

about 2 years ago

North Korea's High-Tech Counterfeit $100 Bills

dysfunct Re:Its a SWISS, not a Swedish firm (528 comments)

As an Austrian, if you asked me what language I speak I'd probably either say Austrian or German with a Viennese accent. The differences in pronunciation and vocabulary compared to regular German (as well as pretty much all accents spoken in Germany and Switzerland) are large enough that our language seems to be an important part of our national identity.

And honestly, there's quite the language barrier between Austrians and Germans and communicating might take a conscious effort on both sides to speak the agreed-upon "standard German". And even then you might find out that regular words you use all the time are unknown to the other party.

Hell, even some friends and I sometimes have trouble understanding each other because of differences in dialects, and we only live 200km (~120 miles) apart. Never mind weird parts of the country like Vorarlberg where even a friend who's into linguistics couldn't understand any freaking thing they were saying.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Support In Universities?

dysfunct Everything runs Linux here (432 comments)

At the University where I study, pretty much everything runs on Linux or other UNIX-based systems. Even a large amount of the student population runs Linux as their preferred OS.

Students and staff have an LDAP account. All mails go to your .maildir and you can upload your personal website to your public_html folder in your home directory. Wherever you go, chances are there's a number of headless PXE booting terminals that boot a Linux environment according to your status and privileges and also mount your central home directory.

Local WLAN offers 802.1x authentication, VPN and IPSec and unencrypted access with a web-based authentication gateway. To remotely access resources, you can either use VPN and mount your home directory via NFS or ssh to a public student server and do ssh forwarding from there or use X11 forwarding.

Pretty much all operating systems are supported. Detailed instructions and support are provided for Windows, Linux, OS X.

I am aware that this setup is not very common, but it does prove that it is indeed possible to run the IT of an entire university with thousands of students on Linux and support every major operating system.

I'm also sure that you university could easily support Linux if they only wanted to. Linux already supports nearly every protocol you could throw at it and most Linux users know what they are doing. Just enable some non-proprietary protocol, post an example configuration file and you should be good to go.

Some examples of how good Linux support looks like can be found here and here.

more than 3 years ago

Samsung HD Unit Bought By Seagate

dysfunct Re:Well crap (153 comments)


more than 3 years ago

Google Tweaks Algorithm; EHow Traffic Plummets

dysfunct Re:Hit me badly too (286 comments)

Just as a second opinion: I agree with the sibling post. Your layout is quite a bit confusing, I got lost in the navigation and your front page has tons of links that might get identified as keyword spam (your link texts are way too good and specific). Also, you might want to try decriptive URLs, i.e. having the car's name as part of the URL.

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

dysfunct Re:Classic Discussion System (D1)? (2254 comments)

Ah, that must be an option. I get the same design, but "x replies beneath your current threshold" instead of the collapsed comments.

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

dysfunct MOD PARENT UP! (2254 comments)


That preferences page still works and slashdot is usable again. Thank you :D

Also, I've said it before and will say it again: please leave D1 available as an option for those of us who do not feel at ease with the new discussion system and thank you, dear slashdot developers, for spending your time on our good, old-fashioned and trusted D1 keeping it somewhat bug free and usable across all those changes that /. has gone through in recent years. It's greatly appreciated and one of the reasons I vote with my wallet and subscribe to this site.

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

dysfunct Re:Classic Discussion System (D1)? (2254 comments)

If this helps, here's the POST when I hit save according to wireshark: op=saveModalPrefs&data=reskey%3DYUob6eh13LDwQwkzvjhk%26formname%3Dprefs2_d1%26uid%3D940221%26refreshable%3D%26discussion2%3Don%26domaintags%3D2&reskey=YUob6eh13LDwQwkzvjhk

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

dysfunct Re:Classic Discussion System (D1)? (2254 comments)

Did D1 ever support that? Maybe I missed that option, back when there actually were tons of options to get /. just right for your needs. I've always read at threshold +3, nested with reparenting and can't for the life of me figure out where to move those sliders to get 30 - 45 comments at +2 or +3 like I'm used to.

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

dysfunct Classic Discussion System (D1)? (2254 comments)

Why can't I select the classic discussion system (D1) any more? Please don't say this has been discontinued :(

more than 3 years ago

Angry Birds and Parabolic Instinct In Humans

dysfunct Re:Cannon (234 comments)

Could that have been Ballerburg for the Atari?

more than 3 years ago

WikiLeaks Starts Mass Mirroring Effort

dysfunct Re:Make it static. (586 comments)

Go look at the cables. It'll only be a problem if your name is xxxx xxxxxxx.

more than 3 years ago

Wikileaks DDoS Attacker Arrested, Equipment Seized

dysfunct Insurance file? (429 comments)

That "th3j35t3" guy appears to be a major idiot, admitting to various DDoS attacks and being very public about his actions and convictions.

He's even gone so far as to develop his own pretty DoS tool with green fonts on black background with twitter integration that exploits uber-secret knowledge, like opening many connections that slowly feed http headers to apache, thereby using up all available children.

What will be interesting, though, is his own encrypted insurance file, that supposedly contains various information about the people behind wikileaks, although - like the wikileaks insurance file - you can't really prove it contains anything but random garbage. I rather choose to believe that the guy is a bored, stupid teen who read too many articles about the fantasy anarcho-hacking world of the 90s...

more than 3 years ago

Minutes I spend on the phone, on a typical day:

dysfunct Re:Redundant? (264 comments)

The point is called efficiency. If you need to have a short discussion *right away*, a good old-fashioned phone call is still the way to go. Low latencies, rapid request/response cycle and unlike texting/IM, you'll know immediately whether the person on the other end is actually available right now.

And no, I'm not an old fart who just doesn't want to use modern stuff. I use texting, IM and email every day and they are useful things to communicate *asynchronously*. Want to inform me of something (one-way communication) or tell me something that doesn't warrant my immediate attention? Send a text or IM. If you need a response right away, why the hell contact me on an unreliable medium with high latencies? Yes, that *does* include IM. It's perfect for idle chit-chat or long stretches of discussing things while both parties are concurrently working on the same thing, but if you want require undivided attention, don't contact me over a medium where I spend most of my time waiting for you to type out a message.

If you really want to completely ignore calling as means of communication then feel free to do so. Just be aware that while you're still engaged in a staring contest with your phone trying to ask what to buy for dinner I'll already be on my way to the cashier.

more than 3 years ago

Red Hat Releases RHEL 6

dysfunct Re:2000 packages? 85% more code? (228 comments)

I didn't mean to imply that one of those was better - I regularly use and am sysadmin for both of them. What I meant to say was that there are so few packages compared to debian because redhat's enterprise-class phone support will support bugs and configuration issues for all ~2500 packages and many of their engineers have deep understanding of or are involved with the upstream projects. You simply couldn't afford to have people available 24x7 with guaranteed response times for the number of packages in debian's repositories.

more than 3 years ago

Red Hat Releases RHEL 6

dysfunct Re:2000 packages? 85% more code? (228 comments)

The number might seem small at first, especially compared to other distros. The main difference, though, is that those packages aren't just nice addons to the base system but rather supported 24/7 and kept updated for quite a few years from now.

more than 3 years ago

Why Coder Pay Isn't Proportional To Productivity

dysfunct Anecdote from (597 comments)

This anecdote sums it up quite nicely. Now all we need is a few more of those and we have data :P

more than 4 years ago

Achievements and Optimizations

dysfunct Classical Style (294 comments)

I congratulate the /. team for applying so many changes that would make the site more interesting and increase usability for a number of users. Also, I know that playing with all the new-fangled AJAX stuff is pretty and can be fun to develop.

On the other hand: Please don't ignore us users who still use the good old classic style. I simply like my /. without fancy effects and strange navigation bars. Threshold of 3, nested, oldest comments first, re-parenting comments and a link i can open in a new tab to read the stuff below my threshold is all I want and need.

Long story short: While developing all the exciting new stuff, please don't completely ignore or remove (*shock* *horror*) ye goode olde Slashdot layout. It works currently, has served many people well for quite a while now and hopefully doesn't cause too much work for you guys. Just please fix it every now and then in case you break it.

more than 5 years ago



RIPE 55 meeting ending in surprise

dysfunct dysfunct writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dysfunct (940221) writes "The closing plenary of the RIPE 55 meeting in Amsterdam held a big surprise for the participants: A secret working group had formed to perform a very emotional parody of the song "American Pie" about the future of IPv4 and IPv6. A video of the performance is available on and currently making its rounds through mailboxes."

dysfunct dysfunct writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dysfunct (940221) writes "After considering many different options like purchasing their own island or the entire Republic of Sealand, the famous Swedish BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay has finally found a permanent hosting solution. According to their latest announcement, they have started a cooperation with North Korea in order to escape the increasing legal threats and controversies surrounding them. The logo on their front page was changed to reflect this new partnership.

Today we announce that we're moving some of our servers to the North-Korean Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. After lenghty discussions with the leader of North Korea Kim Jong-Il we have decided to start a cooperation. Some of the reasons are the extremely good bandwidth agreement we get — redundant fibre links, redundant power with diesel to last for four years makes the colocation a very good deal for us.


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