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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

execthis I'd be upset if I was an EU minister (519 comments)

I don't know if the guy with the shirt had a role in the flawed design of the Philae lander, but if I were an EU minister responsible for allocating resources to these people I'd be pretty upset right now.

They mess up the design of this thing's ability to land on the asteroid after it costs a huge amount of money and travels billions of miles, and then this jerk with the shirt is parading in front of cameras and giving interviews like a moron.

All I can say is NASA are much more professional than this and still outrank the ESA by far.

about a week ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

execthis Thank goodness (575 comments)

I love Debian. It is the best operating system on Earth and is important for our future.

It does not surprise me that there might be certain actors intending to intentionally disrupt and destroy Debian but fortunately it is more than strong enough to withstand any covert, black op attacks.

about a week ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

execthis Re:What happened to the ability to filter AC posts (550 comments)

I would be happy if that were the case but your reservation "at least some people" deeply concerns me.

I can't understand why any rational person would go on a tirade against the best OS on the planet because of something like an init system. Either they are concealing deliberately malevolent intentions or else are really, really stupid.

Fortunately I think that Debian is more than strong enough to easily withstand any black ops directed against it. But I have no doubt that there are entities in our world who would like to destroy the Debian project because it threatens many things and confounds their plans to enslave everyone.

about two weeks ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

execthis Re:What happened to the ability to filter AC posts (550 comments)

I think this whole "systemd" fiasco is nothing more than a black operation intended to hurt Debian. There are a lot of reasons why Debian would become a target for such an operation. Debian is a strong, powerful project to support true freedom and its not hard to think of why certain players would want to harm it in these sick times we live in.
If people don't think that black operations are real and that they happen they have not been paying attention for the past decades.
There are players in the world with vast resources at their disposal to use to engage in these sorts of activities. Sometimes they get caught red-handed but not always.
Surely the fact that all these posts filled with invective are coming from AC's should be a serious red flag.
I hate to say this, but the Debian team need to realize that they are targets for some potentially very dark actions because that increasingly is the type of world we live in. They can no longer afford to be naive of such things.

about two weeks ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

execthis What happened to the ability to filter AC posts? (550 comments)

I cannot find the option any more to filter out AC posts. It is very clear that there is a concerted attempt to deliberate inflame on here and all the inflame posts are done by ACs. How to ignore?

about two weeks ago
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Fukushima Radiation Nears California Coast, Judged Harmless

execthis Wow. Another article. (114 comments)

Wow. Another article on /. about how everyone concerned about radiation from Fukushima are just neophytic morons and radiation isn't all that bad.

And, after all, the radiation is far below background levels.

Except there is no background level of Cesium 137 because its only created by humans.

Except that there's an enormous difference between background radiation levels of naturally occurring elements and between the hot particles from nuclear reactors which, when taken into the human body, typically remain for decades, emitting harmful alpha radiation and continually causing severe damage to surrounding tissues which can and does lead to cancer.

about two weeks ago
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Nevada Earthquake Swarm Increases Chance of Larger Quake

execthis Re:hm... (65 comments)

FYI here's a link to the same map but with a much better view of the swarm in question.

about two weeks ago
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Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

execthis Re:DebianNoob (450 comments)

Dear Debian developers/committee members, et al: Please can you guys just go meet some place relaxing, share some beers together, enjoy yourselves, remember the beauty & magic that is Free Software and Debian in particular, and brainstorm together with your brilliant minds on the next steps forward?

Please. We love (and need) you.

Please, book a weekend or even a week or two at some really nice spa somewhere or a resort and just be yourselves and enjoy the fact that you are brilliant guys and important leaders of one of the most important projects on Earth.

about three weeks ago
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Kmart Says Its Payment System Was Hacked

execthis Re:Does K-Mart use the same stuff as Sears? (101 comments)

I was thinking that the only possibilities for the theft to happen would have to be either a) there's an administrative access to the POS systems which was breached, kind of similar to what you are saying; or b) there's some manipulation of the physical infrastructre at (a) store(s) in addition to POS malware. For example some malicious host could be inserted in the pathway of communication of the POS systems. My guess is that that isn't too likely.

More likely is something like a), or what you suggest. There was a breach in the firewall, most likely something that was permitted for administrative purposes but turned out to sloppy/insecure.

Too bad with security breaches like this one doesn't generally get an opportunity to look at the topology involved and see what actually happened with the breach. It would be a very interesting thing to study.

about a month and a half ago
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Kmart Says Its Payment System Was Hacked

execthis Re:Does K-Mart use the same stuff as Sears? (101 comments)

Based on what the article says about what happened - that it was actual POS malware - I still am not able to figure out a methodology that would enable such an attack to work.

Let's say someone manages to put malware on a POS device. Ok. But now how would that malware be able to communicate any information to the thieves? I cannot imagine that the POS device is just sitting on the 'net without a strict firewall in front of it allowing it access to one - and only one - address: that of the company that provides the line/aggregates the data which feeds ultimately to the merchant account provider who handles the transactions for the company.

If the POS malware tries to "phone home" with data, it should never ever be able to connect.

So the issue to me becomes more than whether a POS device actually got malware on it - what kind of setup could exist such that the device would ever have the opportunity to connect with any other host than the predesignated one it is allowed to???

about a month and a half ago
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

execthis Hope they all go out of business! (156 comments)

I hope every one of the grubby mofo's goes out of business and that all vehicle manufacturers follow Tesla's lead in this matter.

about 2 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

execthis Re:Fuck Tiles! (346 comments)

Wow running a new desktop enviornment in Windows would be awesome but I can't imagine Microsoft not crapping its pants massively over this and blocking it every way possible.

about 4 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

execthis Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (346 comments)

Almost but I said home server for a specific reason. It doesn't have to be connected to a big screen at all. I have a $150 small-form factor box that runs headless and acts as a file server plus serves a few other functions. The most expensive device in the setup is probably the laptop/tablet device, not the home server.

The tablet and laptop will merge in the future. Just as now, there will be an array to choose from - more svelte models and more heftier ones, but few will want to own a laptop and a tablet in the future. They will merge.

But IMHO the home server is something important.
The home server could also morph with the router/modem. Thus new routers now increasingly have NAS-like functions and many other functions as well.

about 4 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

execthis Re:Fuck Tiles! (346 comments)

Windows 8 with Classic Shell is the way to go. Even with Windows 7 Classic Shell was already the way to go.

about 4 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

execthis Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (346 comments)

But what's so important about the one device for everything idea? It makes sense to have at least one dedicated home device a.k.a file server a.k.a media server etc., one ultra-portable thing like a smartphone, and also a portable thing like a laptop also.

The laptop could conceivably replace the home server but there are a lot of reasons why I always want a dedicated information appliance in my home.

I would think there are very few people who would never travel and want to have a powerful information appliance with them (i.e. not just a smartphone).

Where convergence will occur is when tablets morph into laptops, or laptops morph into things like tablets with detachable keyboards.

about 4 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

execthis Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (346 comments)

What about a universal remote like a Logitech Harmony? I always wondered how well those work with your type of setup.

about 4 months ago
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The Black Underbelly of Windows 8.1 'Blue'

execthis Bypass the MS account (608 comments)

Just wanted to add here that it is possible to bypass the attempt to force the user to create an MS account during 8.1 upgrade by simply DISCONNECTING THE INTERNET.

about a year ago
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Windows 8.1 May Restore Boot-To-Desktop, Start Button

execthis Re:Too little too late (628 comments)

I fully agree with this observation. Was just thinking earlier what a supreme waste of money the new MS kiosk stores in the malls are. Its also a PR disaster among the in-the-know crowd for a company to be perceived as so conniving and so desperate as MS are.

about a year and a half ago

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Anti-tech protests in San Francisco turn out to be underhanded ploy by union

execthis execthis writes  |  about 7 months ago

execthis (537150) writes "In the news over past weeks and months have been stories about protests in San Francisco in which buses for Google have been blocked by protesters. Today it is revealed that a union is behind these protests, which amount to a dirty tactic on their part to attempt to humiliate the City and County of San Francisco government into giving raises to their employees. In other words, they have been faux protests staged by the Service Employees International Union as an underhanded attempt to gain leverage and force the city to give them wage increases. Its interesting to note that there recently were other seemingly faux protests in front of Staples stores, this time by the postal workers (I say seemingly because they did not appear to openly reveal that they were in fact postal workers)."
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Hostgator experiencing major outage

execthis execthis writes  |  about a year ago

execthis (537150) writes "A major outage affecting Hostgator's main Provo data center has been occurring since the early hours of this morning. According to a support e-mail:

...we are currently experiencing ongoing networking issues at our primary datacenter. We are aware and are working with our service providers to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. http://forums.hostgator.com/network-event-provo-data-center-t278660.html?p=474301#post474301 Unfortunately there is no ETA at this moment. This is our highest priority and we will get this resolved ASAP.

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