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Dell 2015 XPS 13: Smallest 13" Notebook With Broadwell-U, QHD+ Display Reviewed

fuzzywig Re:OK, based upon notebook shopping thus far (115 comments)

Which bowser and which applications? Are you sure you're not counting cache as used RAM?

I'm currently on a Win7 machine, with 8Gb of RAM, running firefox, thunderbird and two VMs (1GB of RAM each) and a bunch of other stuff and I'm just over 4GB used.

yesterday
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

fuzzywig Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (367 comments)

It's not just about skimming, a card with just a mag-stripe is very easy to clone (you can do it with a strip of video tape). So when credit card details are stolen anywhere in the world, they're sent to the US to be turned into cloned cards so the money can be extracted, and then laundered and sent back to the country of origin.

My card provider blocks all US transactions unless I ring them up and tell them I'm going on holiday to America.

yesterday
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Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

fuzzywig Re:Saddest line ever (140 comments)

That's exactly what I'd say to a journalist to make it less likely that the police take an interest in what I'm doing.

4 days ago
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OpenBSD's Kernel Gets W^X Treatment On Amd64

fuzzywig Re:most of you will pretend you understand (84 comments)

For me the link was right at the start of a new line and not very noticeable, I didn't see it until after I'd read the article (and googled W^X myself).

I'm not sure what the post would have lost if they'd included a short explanation ("W^X (memory can be Writeable OR Executable)").

about two weeks ago
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BU Students Working On a Cheaper, Gentler Suborbital Rocket

fuzzywig Re:Reusable != cheap. (43 comments)

Actually, their thrust vectoring is a new system I've never seen before, which creates shock waves in the exhaust inside the nozzle which deflects the exhaust. They claim it's lighter than other control methods. You can see it working in the video in TFA.

I'm not sure how well their method will work, but it's always interesting to see a new idea.

about 1 month ago
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Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

fuzzywig Re:temporary (363 comments)

I think the point of the article is to plant new forests (or rather replant the ones that were there before humans arrived). You're right that an already existing forest is carbon neutral, adding a 'new' tree will reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere (and the amount of water, and a bunch of nutrients and stuff).

about a month ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

fuzzywig Re:May 2015 (523 comments)

Actually, one of the things that was likely to limit the life of the lander, (if it had landed where it was supposed to), was heat build up. Where it has landed up now is cooler, and so the lander might last for longer.

It's already spent ten years in open space, low temperatures aren't much of a problem.

about 2 months ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

fuzzywig Cost (523 comments)

For the price of one RTG, ESA could have built two solar powered landers, which would be much more useful than one that didn't require sunlight.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

fuzzywig Re:Man up (279 comments)

Though the walls? Why bother? We just tacked ours round the walls (it's a rented house, so drilling holes was a no no). It looks pretty messy, but nobody ever seems to notice it.

Sweet, sweet GB, all round the house. Of course, our internet connection is only 150MB, but it's handy for moving files around.

about 4 months ago
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

fuzzywig Re:The total storage capacity is 620 GB. (144 comments)

Apparently the main bulk of that 620GB is forums and comments, they did a dump of all the torrent files a year or so ago and it was just 80MB.

Personally I'm more impressed by something that's small and efficient in these days, rather than something massive.

about 4 months ago
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New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs

fuzzywig Lightning is an EMP too (59 comments)

A good rule of thumb is that if your equipment is protected from a direct lightning hit, then it'll do fine against any EMP that won't destroy any reason for the equipment. ie a really close nuke could produce enough of an EMP to fry it, but would also destroy so much infrastructure there would be no point in having the equipment there in the first place.

about 4 months ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

fuzzywig Re:I am shocked, SHOCKED, to find gambling here... (462 comments)

There's many things wrong with the UK, but in general our police forces are not corrupt and won't take money from you if you're pulled over. They're incredibly unlikely to shoot you either.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

fuzzywig Cacti (137 comments)

Cacti is a FOSS monitoring service, that can give you a big dashboard showing up/down status, and you can drill down to view graphs of pretty much anything you can monitor over SNMP. Oh, and you can have emails on up/down and reaching thresholds (eg "$host has reached threshold of 75% full on /var/" or whatever).

We have VPNs to each data centre and client site and administer them over SSH generally. Some systems (eg ones dealing with customer details like credit cards) we have a single external facing host with Yubikey authentication to reach that network, and we use SSH port tunnelling to reach other hosts.

about 5 months ago
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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

fuzzywig Re:learn Portuguese (129 comments)

I'm not sure that cost-cutting is a particularly new-fangled business method, or measuring success based on profits come to that.

about 5 months ago
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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

fuzzywig Re:Competition is good. (211 comments)

The commercial aircraft makers like Boeing and Lockheed are partly responsible for the high cost of space access. Who do you think has been lobbying to keep the SLS on the cards?

about 5 months ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

fuzzywig Re:god dammit. The Numbers (521 comments)

Not all birds are equal, or at least, some species are a lot rarer than others. for example, I doubt your cat can kill a large raptor, but apex predators typically have a large effect on the health of an ecosystem.

about 5 months ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

fuzzywig Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

So you're saying if we kill you, more birds will live?

about 5 months ago
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Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

fuzzywig Re:minutes to midnight (252 comments)

It's worth noting that Energia originally started out as OKB-1 of NII-88 and was the centre for the Soviet space program that put man into space, so it was originally part of the government.

This (presumed) takeover is actually a move back to the old days of government control, although I'd assume more as a way of establishing control rather than paying lip service to socialist ideals.

about 6 months ago

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