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The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

geekmansworld SEDAR System (410 comments)

Oi... 6 years ago at most, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the rough equivalent of America's SEC), was using dial-up to submit filings. A lot of Canadian public companies are resources companies, and thus required to file technical reports (usually 10-20 MB PDF docs) over a 56K modem connection. Yeah. You do the math.

They eventually replaced it with an internet-based VPN (thank God) but the filing application itself is still largely a NT4.0-based program, with lots of Win95-esque interface elements. A year and a half after Win7 was released, they announced a Win7-compatible version... that could only run on the 32-bit OS. What's more, the program requires admin privs to run... for no particularly good reason.

A new group has finally taken over the project with the goal of eventually overhauling everything. Canadian sysadmins breathe a sigh of relief at the prospect of leaving the 1990s.

about a year ago
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Mozilla Dropping 64-Bit Windows Nightly Builds For Now

geekmansworld Switching to Chrome (224 comments)

Sysadmin for an SMB here. We develop our own browser-based app in Flash/Flex that we use for a big part of our work. It's also computationally intensive, and I was often being asked how we could improve the performance of the application on the client-platform side. Sure, we have decent hardware, but we were developing for the standard Firefox build, and that meant 32-bit and the restrictions that go with it.

Eventually I convinced the development team that since they had moved the backend to 64-bit code, that the client runtime environment should be there too, and so we optimized the frontend for Chrome (which obviously, is 64-bit, with Flash built in). The speed increase wasn't phenomenal, but it WAS noticeable. Now I'm even more glad we made this change.

about 2 years ago
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Is the Earth Gaining Or Losing Mass?

geekmansworld Re:What sphere of Uranium? (356 comments)

Yeah, I must admit to being a bit perturbed by the "definite" language used by that statement. Theories involving geophysical fission at the core of the Earth are intriguing, but they're just theories, and kind of on the fringes of the discipline. Saying "there exists" is scientifically kind of insulting.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reverse DNS a Worthy Standard For Fighting Spam?

geekmansworld Re:Better Question... (301 comments)

I've never had any problem getting ISPs to set up PTR records for our static IP addresses on their networks. Checking for a PTR is definitely an essential part of my spam-fighting configuration.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel CEO: Nokia Should Have Gone With Android

geekmansworld Re:really intel? (246 comments)

Yeah, no doubt. For Intel to lecture about "open" technology is the pot calling the kettle black. They way they aggressively hold the x86 platform to their chest, a lawsuit always waiting to drop on AMD or NVidia if either company does something they don't like.

Open up the x86 platform to a few other chip makers, then we can talk about "open systems".

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon To Throttle High-Bandwidth Users

geekmansworld This just in... (305 comments)

High-bandwidth users to throttle Verizon.

more than 3 years ago
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Do High Schools Know What 'Computer Science' Is?

geekmansworld Re:And high school biology students (564 comments)

Hey now... I was in high school in the late 90s and our computer science class was centred around Turbo Pascal. I learned a lot writing Pascal programs, and for my final project my lab partner and I wrote a graphical RPG including an on-screen scrolling-text display we wrote from scratch. The year after I left, they switched to C++.

I know Javascript, BASIC, Pascal, a bit of Perl, but not any C. And while I feel that every CS student should come away knowing it, I'm also thankful to these other languages for teaching me the fundamentals of program logic.

about 4 years ago
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One Giant Cargo Ship Pollutes As Much As 50M Cars

geekmansworld Re:Could be a problem (595 comments)

Actually, a rail link between Asia and North America under the Bering Strait doesn't seem so inefficient anymore, does it?

about 4 years ago
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Bionic Elephant's Trunk, Manta Rays and Jelly Fish

geekmansworld Re:!bionic (27 comments)

Sorry crowdsource, but I am more inclined to trust the American Oxford Dictionary than the Wikipedia entry.

"bionic |biänik|
adjective
having artificial body parts, esp. electromechanical ones."

more than 3 years ago
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Bionic Elephant's Trunk, Manta Rays and Jelly Fish

geekmansworld Re:!bionic (27 comments)

... and before stickler #2 gets to me, allow me to correct myself: "cybernetic organism", not "cybernetic".

more than 3 years ago
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Bionic Elephant's Trunk, Manta Rays and Jelly Fish

geekmansworld !bionic (27 comments)

Sorry to be the stickler, but someone needs to look at their dictionary. "Bionic" (a portmanteau of "bio" and "electronic") is a pretty much a synonym for cybernetic. This story is about biomimicry, not bionics.

Carry on. :-)

more than 3 years ago
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Workers Poisoned Making Touchscreen Hardware

geekmansworld Ah, communist China! (260 comments)

The workers' paradise!

more than 4 years ago
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Shuttleworth Answers Ubuntu Linux's Critics

geekmansworld Re:Proper link (382 comments)

So we can see the thought process here:

Developing Linux Kernel = Valuable

Getting Linux into users hands with convenient, easy-to-use installers, providing support, etc. = Not Valuable

To borrow one of Shuttleworth's analogies, a brain can't function without a body to house it.

more than 4 years ago
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Frustrated Reporter Quits After Slow News Day

geekmansworld JetBlue 2.0 (178 comments)

Looks like "deploying the slide" will be a thing after all. Employers everywhere, beware!

more than 4 years ago
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Sweden Defends Wiki Sex Case About-Face

geekmansworld Honesty (454 comments)

Where did this allegation come from, really? Sweden's justice system ought to come clean and let us know what source precipated these charges. The timing is so incredibly suspicious, if government authorities really are using such incredibly dirty tricks to silence a whistleblower, then they need to be exposed. That's what Wikileaks is all about.

more than 3 years ago
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The Case Against Net Neutrality

geekmansworld Re:Choices (702 comments)

Parent is exactly right. The author's argument is based on the fallacy that "the free market will sort things out". In fact we all know that even competing corporations will refuse to do battle on certain turf, thus resulting in maladies such as price-fixing and/or a lack of competitive choice.

De-facto net neutrality has worked well enough for everyone up until now. Let's legislate and make sure it stays that way.

more than 4 years ago
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Forced iAds Coming To OS X?

geekmansworld Re:Interesting Spin in the Summary (416 comments)

Pretty much. Nobody is forcing you people to use a Mac. If you don't like Apple products, don't use them. There's no need for OS crusades and spreading FUD.

more than 3 years ago
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The Oldest Timestamp On a File I Created and Still Have Is...

geekmansworld Re:Awesome Question (375 comments)

My articles... not the books... :P

more than 4 years ago

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Formerly Respected Medical Journal Publishes Junk for Profit

geekmansworld geekmansworld writes  |  about 4 months ago

geekmansworld (950281) writes "The Ottawa Citizen reports that "Experimental & Clinical Cardiology", a formerly respected Canadian medical journal that was sold to offshore owners last year, is now printing junk science, provided that authors are willing to pay. What's worse, the junk articles are trading on the (previously) good name of the journal."
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Thieves Rob Cash Machines With Malware Delivered Via USB

geekmansworld geekmansworld writes  |  about a year ago

geekmansworld (950281) writes "The BBC reports that thieves robbed a number of ATMs by cutting open a panel to reveal a USB port, through which they delivered a malware payload. From the article:

"The researchers added the organisers displayed "profound knowledge of the target ATMs" and had gone to great lengths to make their malware code hard to analyse. However, they added that the approach did not extend to the software's filenames — the key one was called hack.bat.""

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Manitoba Telecomm Sells Allstream to Accelero

geekmansworld geekmansworld writes  |  about a year and a half ago

geekmansworld (950281) writes "MTS has agreed to sell its business services unit, Allstream, to Accelero Capital Holdings. Accelero is a Cairo-based investment group co-founded by Naguib Sawiris, an Egyptian telecomm business magnate. Allstream is notable in Canada for it's nationwide fibre internet backbone. MTS says it wants to focus on being a "pure play" telecom provider."
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Chinese want to capture an asteroid

geekmansworld geekmansworld writes  |  more than 3 years ago

geekmansworld writes "Dvice reports that the Chinese want to capture an asteroid into earth's orbit and mine it. From the article: "At first glance, nudging an asteroid closer to Earth seems like one of those "what could possible go wrong" scenarios that we generally try and avoid, and for good reason: large asteroid impacts are bad times. The Chinese, though, seem fairly optimistic that they could tweak the orbit of a near-Earth asteroid by just enough (a change in velocity of only about 1,300 feet-per-second or so) to get it to temporarily enter Earth orbit at about twice the distance as the Moon.""
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Save the Xserve posts open letter to Apple

geekmansworld geekmansworld writes  |  more than 3 years ago

geekmansworld (950281) writes "The Save The Xserve campaign has posted an open letter to Apple and Steve Jobs outlining the importance of the XServe and requesting that the company reconsider their decision to discontinue the device. Since its inception in November, the site has collected over 4,600 signatures from concerned Mac sysadmins around the world. Signatories include sysadmins for universities and public schools, IT consultants, enterprise users, and even the administrator of a XServe-based supercomputing cluster at the NASA JPL."
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Proposed Internet 'Kill Switch' for U.S. President

geekmansworld geekmansworld writes  |  more than 4 years ago

geekmansworld (950281) writes "CNET is reporting that a new U.S. Senate bill, proposed by Joe Lieberman, would give the President the power to shut down portions of the internet in times of emergency. The proposed law would affect certain broadband providers, search engines, and software firms (entirely up to the government's selection).

The proposal of this bill is another blow to the idea of a multilateral internet. The U.S. government already maintains control over ICANN, which through IANA oversees the root domain and the IP address space."

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Open-Source Petabyte Storage Solution

geekmansworld geekmansworld writes  |  more than 5 years ago

geekmansworld writes "boingboing reports that backup company Backblaze has created an open-source hardware solution for rackmount Petabyte storage. Based on the company's own storage solutions, the so-called Blackblaze pod uses commodity parts to deliver 67 terabytes at a material cost of $7,867. This stands in stark comparison to the more expensive mass-storage solutions offered by other enterprise-level technology companies."
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Office 2007 Brings ODF Support

geekmansworld geekmansworld writes  |  more than 5 years ago

geekmansworld writes "From the article:

Office 2007 SP2 includes support for the OpenDocument Format, an open standard backed by many companies including IBM and Sun Microsystems but initially resisted by Microsoft. Customers who download the service pack will be able to save documents in ODF and Adobe Systems' PDF, just like they would any current supported file format in Office. They can also set ODF as the default file format. Previously, people could use ODF through a separate plug-in that translates Office documents to ODF and vice versa."

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Man Defamed by Website Finds No Legal Recourse

geekmansworld geekmansworld writes  |  more than 5 years ago

geekmansworld writes "Michael Carin is the victim of internet defamation. A Canadian citizen, Carin has been accused of being a convicted pedophile by a website in the United States. Despite the fact that he has an RCMP statement saying he has never even been investigated for such crimes, Carin is powerless. The website appears in the top of Google's search results for his name. Google refuses to modify their results, and the libel law in the state of New York is so outdated that Carin can't sue the website."
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Scientists Extract Images From The Brain

geekmansworld geekmansworld writes  |  about 6 years ago

geekmansworld (950281) writes "Pink Tentacle reports that scientists in Japan have discovered a way to use Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the human brain to extract visual images directly from the mind's eye. Kind of creepy, but no reason to put on your tinfoil hats until you're inside an MRI chamber.

On second thought, don't do that either."

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Most of Woolly Mammoth Genome Reconstructed

geekmansworld geekmansworld writes  |  more than 6 years ago

geekmansworld writes "From the Washington Post:

"An international team of scientists has reconstructed more than three-quarters of the genome of the woolly mammoth using DNA extracted from balls of hair, the first time this has been accomplished for an extinct species."

Who wants a pet mammoth?"

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geekmansworld geekmansworld writes  |  more than 7 years ago

geekmansworld writes "Our business is entirely dependent on e-mail to function. We have our own server and maintain it scrupulously to make sure we optimize legitimate receipt versus deletion of spam. All our major clients' domain names are SA whitelisted to avoid blocking. Increasingly, we've had trouble receiving messages sent through certain ISPs. We've poured over the mail logs, but the messages never even got to our servers (we have primary and secondary MX). It's no secret that spam is overwhelming these days. I wonder, is e-mail now so unreliable that it's a dead medium of communication? How are other server admins coping with email recently?"

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