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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

fl!ptop Re:the most useful talent (136 comments)

the most useful talent I've developed is the ability to go to sleep fast and to wake up fast and alert

Your not fooling anyone, we can all hear snoring coming from your cubicle.

about 5 months ago
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Tesla Model S Gets Titanium Underbody Shield, Aluminum Deflector Plates

fl!ptop Re:Sounds like (314 comments)

Here, hold my beer...

It would've been more impressive if you'd have kept the beer and said, two minutes later, "It didn't even spill!"

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

fl!ptop Re:Building code is not the same as building a wal (716 comments)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wall-building happens pretty much the same way every time. There are building codes and whatnot. The builder has built the exact same wall many times before.

Sort of. If the wall is built in a cold weather climate, the mortar mix is different than that of a warmer climate. Some walls are built to hold a load from the top, others may be built to hold back a load from the side. In the latter case, you'd probably want to use rebar and concrete to fill the voids (assuming it's block and not bricks). The differences may be more subtle than code, but my point is not every wall is built the same way.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

fl!ptop Re:what if... (716 comments)

developer's B bug only existed because of developer's A bug? Who fixes B's?

This is what I was thinking - what if the builder's bricks were falling out because the mortar he used was bad?

about 7 months ago
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Kansas Delays Municipal Broadband Ban

fl!ptop Re:Freedom? (156 comments)

They already took billions to get internet to rural areas and then didn't do it anyway.

That's not entirely true, I live in a state that is mostly rural, w/ a very unforgiving topography. There is at least one local telco that is working on providing wireless access in as many places as they can erect towers through grant money they received. They are offering better bandwidth for less than DSL which is what I currently have. There's no cable where I live; it's too cost prohibitive to string the poles.

about 7 months ago
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HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

fl!ptop Misleading headline - it's just clever marketing (513 comments)

I read about this yesterday on zdnet and Win7 has always been available from the major OEMs:

Under Microsoft's sales lifecycle, big OEMs like HP can continue to sell Windows 7 PCs until at least October 2014. Every major PC maker takes advantage of that opportunity, continuing to offer a selection of Windows 7 PCs today. In addition, business buyers can purchase a PC with a Windows 8 Pro license and exercise downgrade rights to run Windows 7 instead. That's a longstanding policy that Microsoft has allowed for more than a decade.

Nothing but marketing tactics from HP, move along, nothing to see here...

about 7 months ago
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Company That Made the First 3D Printed Metal Gun Is Selling Them For $11,900

fl!ptop Re:A 1911 for how much ??? (182 comments)

I mean, who the hell would want a normal $30 one

I own both a Springfield Arms 1911 and a Romanian AK (it's a 74, not a 47, meaning it takes 5.45x39 ammo instead of 7.62x39 like the 47 does). I paid $900 for my 1911 (brand new in the box) and I saw them at the last gun show I attended for up to $1500. I paid $1000 for the AK, 5 magazines and 1000 rounds of ammo. It is set up just like it would be in theater, and has hardly been used (muzzle wear and throat erosion are very low). The AK's I saw at the last gun show ranged from $650 up to $2000. Where are you getting them for $30?

about 8 months ago
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Woman Fined For Bad Review Striking Back In Court

fl!ptop Re:Fret not (249 comments)

lack of term limits

You don't need term limits when you can vote for the challenger.

However, this takes an educated electorate, so good luck with that I guess.

about 9 months ago
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Why Amazon Fights State Sales Tax, But Supports It Nationally

fl!ptop Re:Duh (165 comments)

Taxes should be fair. If I buy something, the tax on it shouldn't depend on who I bought it from, or where they are located.

How do you define "fair?" Is it fair, for example, that I can drive across my state line and buy groceries and clothes and pay no sales tax? Shouldn't my state be allowed to compete by lowering or eliminating their own sales taxes?

Gasoline tax is also lower in my neighboring state, and I buy gas there whenever I can. Most of my driving is in my own state, causing wear-and-tear on the roads that's not being paid for by my gas tax. Is that unfair?

Avoiding taxes is one factor companies consider when deciding to locate somewhere. It's also a tool states can use when competing with each other to lure businesses to locate there. That seems pretty fair to me.

about 10 months ago
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Online Retailers Cruising Tor To Hunt For Fraudsters

fl!ptop Re:What's the problem? (188 comments)

If a charge is determined to be fraudulent the retailer is out the money plus a chargeback fee

Plus almost certainly the inventory sold...

about 10 months ago
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Exxon Charged With Illegally Dumping Waste In Pennsylvania

fl!ptop Re:hauled away (246 comments)

'hauled away'... somewhere... somewhere else... someone else's problem...

Around here, it's hauled to a treatment facility or to a location where it's deep-well injected. It's not like they haul it away to someplace else where they then dump it on the ground.

about a year ago
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Exxon Charged With Illegally Dumping Waste In Pennsylvania

fl!ptop Re:They dumped the waste water yet no misconduct (246 comments)

Explain that one to me again?

Because shit happens. I've worked at several big chemical plants and all of them have had spills. (To me, this sounds like a "spill" and not "dumping waste.") It's just the nature of the beast, nothing works perfectly all the time. At one plant in particular, vandals/kids/idiots with too much time on their hands got onto the property (not hard to do when the facility covers thousands of acres) and removed a cover off a pipe, causing thousands of gallons of water with a ph of about 1 to flow into a nearby stream, which eventually made its way into the bay and caused a large fish kill. Yes, the company was fined. Yes, corrective action was taken to avoid it from happening again.

From what I read, Exxon cleaned up the contaminated area as best they could. I seriously doubt the spill was done on purpose. I live in the middle of frack-land and these oil companies are spending millions buying/leasing mineral rights, hauling equipment in and out, drilling, fracking, trucking out wastewater and hauling equipment away. Millions of dollars are spent at each drill site. They're not going to risk "dumping" wastewater to save a few bucks on having it hauled away.

about a year ago
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Tor Usage More Than Doubles In August

fl!ptop Re:So is this because... (186 comments)

What should people like me do to show people like you that we're just as fed up as you are, if not more?

Vote. Talk to your neighbors. Get involved. Volunteer. Organize. Protest at your local county courthouse.

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." - Thomas Jefferson

about a year ago
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Apple Sued For Man's Porn Addiction

fl!ptop Re:False Flag (509 comments)

either way he's not getting anything

Which is probably why he was addicted in the 1st place.

about a year ago
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Reject DRM and You Risk Walling Off Parts of the Web, Says W3C Chief

fl!ptop Re:Good. (433 comments)

Similarly, it is a good idea to wall off some parts of a city that is infested with bubonic plague.

How can pirated software kill you?

about a year ago
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HP Discontinue OpenVMS

fl!ptop Re:Vale - my first operating system (238 comments)

I first used VMS in Computing 122, programming in Fortran 77, at uni in 1984

I was thinking the same thing as you. College programming classes in the 80's (at UMBC) consisted of taking your assignment and writing out your logic by hand, signing up for terminal time, then coding it in Fortran.

about a year ago
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3-D Printable Food Gets Funding From NASA

fl!ptop From my cold, dead hands... (242 comments)

He sees a day when every kitchen has a 3-D printer, and the earth's 12 billion people feed themselves customized, nutritionally-appropriate meals synthesized one layer at a time, from cartridges of powder and oils they buy at the corner grocery store

No flipping way. You'll have to pry my garden from my cold dead hands before I'm eating that shit.

about a year ago
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FDA To Decide Fate of Triclosan, Commonly Used In Antibacterial Soaps

fl!ptop Re:SOAP (223 comments)

plain, simple, normal SOAP

How simple are you talking about?

about a year ago
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Florida Activates System For Citizens To Call Each Other Terrorists

fl!ptop Re:Might be a good idea (501 comments)

chemical (water processing etc) engineers are interested in one of the country's largest man made chemical(water) processing structure.

I'm a chemical engineer, and I too visited several water and wastewater treatment facilities while in college. The whole class went at the same time on these "field trips." But, from TFA:

Shortly after midnight Tuesday, seven people were caught trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir.

All of the "field trips" we took were during the day, and never "shortly after midnight." And, the trips were made while we were still in school, not after we graduated. The actions of these people seem very suspicious to me.

about a year ago

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Shortage of NAND Flash Memory to Affect Intel SSD Availability

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  about a year and a half ago

fl!ptop (902193) writes "Peter K. Hazen, Intel's director of SSD Marketing has sent letters to wholesalers indicating they expect to ship twice the number of SSD drives in 2013 as they did in 2012, but it won't be enough to meet customer demand:

Even in the first half of this year, we expect to ship more than 2x the units in Q1 and Q2 than the same quarters last year, but it is not enough to meet our aggregate customer demand...This will also mean we will not necessarily be doubling output on every product line, but will focus output on the datacenter and professional client product lines to help satisfy demand on products that our customers have designed in, and will reduce the volume on products for segments that are more transactional in nature.

The NAND shortage came to light last year after companies like OCZ reported lower expected revenues due do insufficient supply. Price increases are imminent."
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Mitt Romney chooses Paul Ryan as VP Runningmate

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  about 2 years ago

fl!ptop (902193) writes "At 7:04 this morning, the GOP candidate's campaign tweeted: "Mitt's choice for VP is Paul Ryan". The official announcement is scheduled for 9:05 am in Virginia at the USS Wisconsin which is, maybe not ironically, the state that Ryan represents in Congress. Does the choice of a very fiscally conservative running mate signal that Mitt is committed to fixing the U.S. economy, or is Ryan a bad choice because he seems to
have more brains than political sense?"
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End of the line for Spamcop?

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

fl!ptop (902193) writes "Since about the middle of June, spam reporting tool Spamcop has been under what appears to be a very well coordinated and executed DDoS attack. As a paying member of many years, I've been experiencing unusually long delays, 404's, proxy errors, gateway timeouts, and other strange errors when trying to submit spam reports. There is a very long thread in the 'general' forum discussing the issue. Like some of the commentators, I'm wondering how a company with resources like Cisco (owner of Spamcop) could let this problem persist for so long. Admin posts to the discussion thread keep indicating the problem is fixed, there's a big backlog, it should be working, etc. but that's not the case from my point of view (and may others). Could it be because Cisco doesn't care about the service anymore and are not giving it their full attention? Is this the beginning of the end for Spamcop?"
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U.S. Senator Robert Byrd dies at age 92

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fl!ptop (902193) writes "West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd died early Monday morning after being hospitalized last week with what was thought to be heat exhaustion. Byrd was the longest serving senator in U.S. history, having been first elected to office in 1958 and serving continuously since then. Byrd's life and political career weren't without controversy; he was a member of the KKK in his 20's, and was labeled "The Prince of Pork" by taxpayer groups, a label he wore as a badge of honor. Early speculation is that WV Governor Joe Manchin will appoint a "placeholder" to the seat, effectively keeping it warm until he can run for it himself in November. WV law prohibits the governor from appointing himself to the seat, but there is nothing stopping Manchin from resigning and having Lt. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin appoint him."
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Sensitive data missing from National Archives

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fl!ptop (902193) writes "AP reported today that the National Archives has lost a computer hard drive that contained 'massive amounts of sensitive data from the Clinton administration, including Social Security numbers, addresses, and Secret Service and White House operating procedures.' The drive contained 1TB of info and went missing from the Archives facility in College Park, MD. Sensitive data about one of former VP Al Gore's daughters was reportedly on the drive. From TFA:

The FBI is conducting a criminal investigation of the matter, according to Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Towns and the committee's senior Republican, Rep. Darrell Issa of California, said they would continue to seek more information.

The lawmakers said they learned of the loss from committee aides after the staff was briefed by the inspector general of the National Archives and Records Administration. There was no indication that anyone has been victimized, aides said.

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Best Western downplays data breach

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fl!ptop (902193) writes "Only 4 days after reports that it lost details on millions of customers, Best Western downplayed the breach, insisting that no more than a dozen records were compromised:

According to Best Western spokeswoman Marie Yarroll, the number of compromised customer records, according to the current analysis and investigation, appears to be only 10 and not more than a dozen. "We are currently contacting those customers and offering assistance as needed."

Glasgow Sunday Herald writer Iain Bruce, who broke the story, claims to have screen shots of the Best Western data breach and stands by his story, saying, "It's a shame that BW [Best Western] [isn't] more worried about the breach than attacking me.""

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fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fl!ptop writes "George Ou at ZDNet says, "The user interface of the OLPC doesn't even feel worth of a cheap fisher price toy" but raves about a new Asus/Intel super cheap UMPC. "The ASUS Eee computer will cost a mere $199 for the 7" LCD model whereas the so-called $100 OLPC costs $175. Given the fact that Eee can run Linux or Windows XP and it can boot off NAND flash memory in a mere 15 seconds, the Eee slaughters the OLPC with ease." C|Net has some more information on the Eee PC when it was introduced at Computex last month in Taiwan."
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Journals

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Today's 3-strikes winner

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Here's today's winner:

cityspecialsanddeals.com

Snowshow spammers.

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Today's 3-strikes winner

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Here's today's winner:

thebestshoppingtoday.com

Snowshoe spammer.

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Today's 3-strikes winners

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Here's today's winners:

eclient11.com
paneltelefon.com

The latter is a snowshow spammer.

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Today's 3-strikes winner

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Here's today's winner:

finnalyasunnyday.com

According to whois, this domain doesn't even exist. The IP range resolves to an ISP in the Czech Republic. And they're snowshoe spammers.

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Today's 3-strikes winner

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Here's today's winner:

finnalyasunnyday.com

According to whois, this domain doesn't even exist. The IP range resolves to an ISP in the Czech Republic. On top of all that, they're snowshoe spammers.

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Today's 3-strikes winner

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Here's today's winner:

finnalyasunnyday.com

According to whois, this domain doesn't even exist. The IP range resolves to an ISP in the Czech Republic. On top of all that, they're snowshoe spammers.

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Today's 3-strikes winner

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Here's today's winner:

finnalyasunnyday.com

According to whois, this domain doesn't even exist. The IP range resolves to an ISP in the Czech Republic. On top of all that, they're snowshoe spammers.

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Today's 3-strikes winners

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Here's today's list:

spandispblog.com
freetervioli.com
myspandisp.com
mytervioli.com

Snowshoe spammers.

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Today's 3-strikes winner

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Here's today's winner:

ascension.com

Weird, since the domain was registered in 1997. Usually these spam domains are new registrations, but this one has obfuscated whois and no Website. Sorry, but when you showshoe spam me, you're going to get left in the cold, no matter how old your domain is.

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Today's 3-strikes winner

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Here's today's winner:

bbexpressrental.com

Snowshoe spammer.

Spam levels are up lately, but not as bad as the httpd vulnerability attacks from China and Korea. They're working overtime right now.

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Today's 3-strikes winners

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Here's today's list:

allyournewnewsnow.info
yourbestcompetitionblog.info
allofurtopnewstoday.info
everythingaboutyourtopnewstoday.info

Snowshoe spammers.

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Today's 3-strikes winners

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Here's today's list:

humbackbo.com
kehumbleth.com
humagobos.com
kelowth.com
humagoboonline.com
humagobostore.com
humagoboshop.com
humagobosite.com
humagobotoday.com

Snowshoe spammer, blocked the Class C too.

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Today's 3-strikes winners

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  about 3 years ago

Here's today's list:

sandlappermedia.com
trashed-talk.com

Snowshoe spammers.

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Today's 3-strikes winner

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  about 3 years ago

Here's today's winner:

theonlinenewssite.com

Snowshoe spammer.

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Today's 3-strikes winner

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Here's today's winner:

bluestyles.info

Snowshoe spammer.

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Today's 3-strikes winners

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Here's today's winners:

funtousa.info
smart-dns.net

Snowshoe spammer.

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Today's 3-strikes winners

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Here's today's list:

anaboll.com
dockeyel.com
coliza.com
adarabo.com
datergr.com
dumkarr.com
increun.com
circust.com
honeuk.com
dandele.com
ficeme.com
graftsm.com
troutia.com
tuciseas.com

All came from the same Class C, just like a typical snowshoe spammer would, so that's been blocked too.

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Today's 3-strikes winners

fl!ptop fl!ptop writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Here's today's list:

graftsm.com
tuciseas.com
anaboll.com
coliza.com
troutia.com

Another snowshoe spammer, so the Class C is blocked too.

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