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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

flyingfsck Re:Sue the bastards (407 comments)

Nice, he has a paid holiday already and it can only get better.


Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

flyingfsck Re:Furture? (140 comments)

Not to worry, the knight that says ni, will fix it.

about a week ago

How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

flyingfsck Re:So, is there any shred of EVIDENCE? (202 comments)

Yup, as I posted above, there are places in Egypt where buildings were left unfinished and it is clear that they simply dragged the stones over sand. Basically they buried the building site in sand and later dug it out again, while dressing the stone from the top down. It is easy to do if you have enough people and time on your hands and they had those aplenty.

about a week ago

How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

flyingfsck Re:Corroborating Hieroglyphics? (202 comments)

Anyone that actually lived in the middle east knows that sand is everywhere. They simply stacked the blocks while building up a sand pile around it, then eventually dug the sand away again, while dressing the stone from the top down to the bottom. There are actually some unfinished spots in Egypt where the tools of the trade and the gravel heaps surrounding the still partially dressed stone remained. There is no mystery about it in reality - only on TV.

about a week ago

TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

flyingfsck Re:My Grandma (249 comments)

Come on, just buy your granny a nice big tablet running Android and be done with it.

about a week ago

Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

flyingfsck Bored housewives and secretaries (276 comments)

The bored underclass of female assistants has been playing solitaire since the mid 1980s. I suppose that makes them gamers.

about two weeks ago

Securing Networks In the Internet of Things Era

flyingfsck Re:Avoid IoT at all costs (106 comments)

Yup - an ethernet port is handy to configure something, but there is little need to hook every thingummababber to a network switch.

about two weeks ago

Securing Networks In the Internet of Things Era

flyingfsck Re:No Default Route (106 comments)

Yup - only enable services that are actually needed. That reduces the attack surface. A printer doesn't need a default route, a DNS server address, a FTP/Telnet server and many other things that HP and others enable by default in their printers.

about two weeks ago

Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

flyingfsck Re:Oh good lord. (225 comments)

Dark matter is the foam noodles and other packaging material that the universe was transported in. It now lies in a skip at the back.

about three weeks ago

Study Finds That Astronauts Are Severely Sleep Deprived

flyingfsck Re:Would YOU be able to sleep in space?? (106 comments)

If anyone who wants to go sailing read this - Sit in the back of the yacht, don't go inside, do put on a hat and shirt, do use sunscreen. Always look horizontally, try not to look down and NEVER look up. After a few days, you'll be used to it, unless you don't heed the previous, get seasick and consequently never get used to it. My guess is that space is like being inside the cramped cabin of a yacht, while suspended upside down.

about three weeks ago

Red Hat CEO: Open Source Goes Mainstream In 2014

flyingfsck Re:Finally! (65 comments)

It looks like your post must have been stuck in a 10 year time warp and is actually from 2004.

about three weeks ago

Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

flyingfsck Re:Might cause a re-thinking of the F-35 (275 comments)

Long waves on short antennas are just less efficient. It means more electrical power is needed for the transmitter on a small fighter plane.

about three weeks ago

Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

flyingfsck Re:Who has the market share? (336 comments)

On my web site, Windows is 60% to 75% and Macs are only 5%.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

flyingfsck Re:FaceTime (194 comments)

...or Skype. Yeah I know it now belongs to the Borg, but it still works.

about a month ago



The year of the little Linux PCs

flyingfsck flyingfsck writes  |  more than 6 years ago

flyingfsck (986395) writes "Well, this sure has turned into the year of the little Linux PCs. I just received an email from Mandriva about Linutop a tiny Geode based PC that runs Mandriva off a 4GB memory stick. It pales a bit when compared to the Asus EeePC which has a keyboard, screen, WiFi, Camera and so on all built in, but the application is different. This one is a metal cladded desktop replacement, not a flimsy plastic laptop replacement. Together with the XO and Classmate, 2007 may be remembered as the year Linux was finally ready for the little desktops."

Carbon Dioxide didn't end last ice age - new study

flyingfsck flyingfsck writes  |  more than 6 years ago

flyingfsck (986395) writes "Science Daily — Carbon dioxide did not cause the end of the last ice age, a new study in Science suggests, contrary to past inferences from ice core records.

Lowell Stott, professor of earth sciences at the University of Southern California, examines a sediment core. (Credit: Dietmar Quistorf)

"There has been this continual reference to the correspondence between CO2 and climate change as reflected in ice core records as justification for the role of CO2 in climate change," said USC geologist Lowell Stott, lead author of the study, slated for advance online publication Sept. 27 in Science Express.

"You can no longer argue that CO2 alone caused the end of the ice ages."

Deep-sea temperatures warmed about 1,300 years before the tropical surface ocean and well before the rise in atmospheric CO2, the study found. The finding suggests the rise in greenhouse gas was likely a result of warming and may have accelerated the meltdown — but was not its main cause.

The study does not question the fact that CO2 plays a key role in climate."

Link to Original Source

flyingfsck flyingfsck writes  |  more than 7 years ago

flyingfsck (986395) writes "Are IMAP password attacks the latest annoyance?

The Nessus toolkit includes THC Hydra, a fast, parallelized login brute forcer. I noticed the following in my mail server logs today:[]
Dec 24 14:27:53 ns imapd[28250]: imap service init from
Dec 24 14:27:53 ns imapd[28248]: imap service init from
Dec 24 14:27:53 ns imapd[28251]: imap service init from
Dec 24 14:27:53 ns imapd[28248]: Command stream end of file, while reading line user=??? host=UNKNOWN

This doesn't bode well for the new year.

A simple fix would be to add a 'sleep(10)' to the IMAP server login routine to discourage brute forcing, but that means I have to get the source code, do some reading and compiling. Thank GNU for open source software though, since without the source I'd be in trouble."


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