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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

gnu-sucks Re:Yep it is a scam (666 comments)

I'd say they are as qualified as the democrats. The democrats are convinced and will vote for anything related to it. The republicans are convinced the other way. Neither party is being particularly scientific about this or any other political issues. And yes, this is only politics. Climate science deserves a lot more than a binary vote.

There are no significant differences in the senators between the two parties. They both wine and dine together, both came from big old-school money, went to Harvard, etc. Mostly law degrees. What did you think, the democrats were all scientists and the republicans all oil surveyors?

Grow up, take the blindfold off. You have been pulled into drinking the party's punch. Stop before it's too late.

about a week ago
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US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

gnu-sucks This is Funny (666 comments)

This is funny, the implication is that politicians know a lot about climate science. Ha!

Climate science is so much more complex than "warming" or "not warming". Anyone that wants to boil it down to only one variable really isn't trying to solve or understand anything.

about a week ago
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Lost Beagle2 Probe Found 'Intact' On Mars

gnu-sucks Re:design flaw with placement of antenna (130 comments)

What would be great is if MRO could try and make contact on its next fly-by. That antenna would certainly work under a solar panel, it would just have considerably less range. But knowing where it is now, we should be able to jam a signal down the front end and make contact.

If the solar chargers are still functioning with 2/3rds of the design power...

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

gnu-sucks FreeBSD (403 comments)

Without a doubt, FreeBSD is the best at these tasks. I have used it in the past and you can create a basic forwarding firewall with only a few lines of config. Add a dozen or so more for better control. I also ran BIND, isc-dhcpd, and a wifi access point. This would be a little tough under OpenBSD and NetBSD as they don't have quite the same range of wifi hardware supported out of the box.

FreeBSD has good package management and is very well documented. In many benchmarks, it is faster and scales better than the other BSDs. SAMBA will work fine, as will netatalk and NFS.

Having said all this, running your own firewall is a really good skill and enjoyable hobby. But if it ever becomes more of a burden than an enjoyable task, switch to a high-performance router running linux (no routers with linux have stooped to systemd yet that I know of). I have an ASUS that can seriously handle all the throughput that I can throw at it. And now I have more time for other things!

PS: If you're not already aware, in addition to local caching, BIND can also connect to DHCPD and create real DNS resolution for your local clients.

about two weeks ago
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Lizard Stresser DDoS-for-Hire Service Built On Hacked Home Routers

gnu-sucks Re: Remote Admin Enabled by Default? (65 comments)

Or, they hack a host on the otherwise of the firewall, say via some JavaScript that sends commands to the router. It's very trivial. The assumption that everything on the LAN side is inherently safe is so 90s NFS/rhosts...

about three weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

gnu-sucks Either way (448 comments)

Good or bad, it's going to happen.

In the future, it will look completely stupid that people would pay for 200 channels of which they can only watch one at a time. And, they had to watch at the behest of Hollywood TV programming schedules, or get sophisticated personal video recorders to schedule recording (even more silly when you realize most TV is already recorded -- not live).

The model of watching TV channels is on its way out. The only way for cable companies to get some "cord cutters" back is to offer them only what they want, say a sports or news channel. And this will only prolong the inevitable.

No doubt cable companies would not just sit on their hands and let people scale back their bills and channel selections. Duh. But the writing is on the wall, and their days are numbered.

I just ordered a new internet service through a different cable provider, and I had to tell the poor gal that I don't have a TV to get her to stop offering bundled x y and z.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

gnu-sucks Re:MS has been late to every recent tech movement (421 comments)

Besides some fancy admin tools, what is the difference between Oracle and MySQL?

I know Oracle sells a lot of enterprise solution apps, but from a database point of view, what's the difference?

about a month ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

gnu-sucks Re:Choices. (416 comments)

But here's the thing, is telling a student that she has now lost her "physics virginity" (a common expression he used) harassment? Is this his "sex life"?

You have jumped to the conclusion that what he did must be horrible without knowing what he did. We (the public) don't even know the context other than that a female student complained about an email and he was fired.

I agree with your points, but I think you should consider that he may not have had a non-exemplary "sex life". He might have just been a grumpy old guy using phrases that a modern PC crowd can't handle.

Just consider it.

about a month and a half ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

gnu-sucks Re:Choices. (416 comments)

Maybe though, in the case of this professor, the judgement of his school that an email he sent constituted harassment... MAYBE it is worth your time to consider the facts (which are unreleased at this time) before you condemn him in the court of popular opinion.

With Cosby, enough people have come forth with pretty vivid and detailed accounts of what took place. Every single one of them sounds horrible and their accounts are so detailed it seems they are likely true. So I am willing to believe that he probably did these things.

With this professor, all we have is an opinion from some probably overly-PC college management types. We don't know what he did, and I bet the accusing student will never tell.

I for one will wait for the evidence and judge a scientist using the scientific method, not a tabloid.

about a month and a half ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

gnu-sucks Re:Spreadsheets? (567 comments)

I have two apple 30-inch displays (the anti-glare type) on my linux box. I can easily see four or five "pages" of text all at once, either looking at separate documents or one doc showing several pages at the same time.

For spreadsheets, it's amazing how much I can see at once. I guess if I needed a LOT more rows I could go portrait. Right now on one monitor I can see rows 1 through 81, and columns A through AB (at 100% zoom). If I stretch it all the way across both screens, I can see to column BE.

So... yeah I guess if rows were more important I could effective reverse the situation and stack two monitors vertically, each in portrait mode!

about a month and a half ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

gnu-sucks Re:Before everyone is up in arms... (416 comments)

Until they explain, in detail, what the harassing was, I'm not buying it.

There is a rather wide range of things that can be considered "harassment" these days, and I think unless you know the specifics you are lowering yourself.

about a month and a half ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

gnu-sucks Re:Perhaps we should throw out the transistor (416 comments)

How about this: We take advice and wisdom about device physics from Shockley, and moral advice from someone else. Why is that so difficult?

about a month and a half ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

gnu-sucks Re:what these alleged emails really contained (416 comments)

In my experience, the most vocal student complainers are the ones that are failing courses and not doing homework.

"He's so difficult, he makes us show our work."

That kind of thing. And they are, always, the most sensitive to teacher comments.

So combine the three together: A PC-culture with zero-tolerance policies, a wild out-there-awesome "round peg in a square hole" professor, and a lazy complaining student.

Getting back to your point, "enough for the student to formally complain" doesn't mean shit unless a large amount of students are complaining that he isn't doing his job.

about a month and a half ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

gnu-sucks Here's to the Crazy Ones (416 comments)

Obligatory:

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

about a month and a half ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

gnu-sucks What an amazing professor (416 comments)

I wish I had more professors like this guy. Just watching him demonstrate physics and talk about how wonderful it is to inspire a student, and how he knows most will forget the thousands of physics equations they learn, but that is not the important part.

We need more professors like Lewin. May this video inspire the teacher in you to appreciate inspiration. And to the physics teachers out there that cannot allow an outside thought or a moment of tactile examples, shame on you!

Of course, people like him do not fit the mold and are bound to be kicked around by society. I am very curious what these alleged emails really contained. Was it merely something not quite PC enough for today's crowd, or was it something truly grotesque and thus damning and beyond recovery?

about a month and a half ago
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Ofcom Will Remove Mandatory Ham Callsign ID Interval, Allow Encryption For Some

gnu-sucks Re:bad idea (57 comments)

Well... if you don't have much to talk about I guess you can't complain about not having many folks to talk to.

But seriously, I find it nice to talk on simplex on the way to and from work. It's a good time for a conversation that is confined to a fixed length of time. With the family, my son and I have Baofeng UV-5rs that are very fun.

about 2 months ago
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Ofcom Will Remove Mandatory Ham Callsign ID Interval, Allow Encryption For Some

gnu-sucks Re:bad idea (57 comments)

Not sure where you live, but here in LA there is a fair amount of activity on 146.52, and plenty of activity on the local repeaters. Same goes for the 440 repeaters, there's always someone talking it up.

I would say if you find the amount of traffic disappointing, get up the nerve to call CQ, and make a point out of doing every time you are in the car at least a few times. Stir up the traffic! Tune in to your local repeaters and just ask if anyone is monitoring. There should at least be a control op on each one.

And if you want to see bands packed full of people, get a 20 meter SSB transceiver and a monoband antenna and you will work world-wide DX from your car pretty much whenever you like.

about 2 months ago
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Ofcom Will Remove Mandatory Ham Callsign ID Interval, Allow Encryption For Some

gnu-sucks Re:bad idea (57 comments)

Are there really ambulances in England using the ham bands? For transmitting medical data?

I guess they use their bands differently than we do here in the US...

about 2 months ago
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Ofcom Will Remove Mandatory Ham Callsign ID Interval, Allow Encryption For Some

gnu-sucks Re:bad idea (57 comments)

Why does emergency communication need to be encrypted? If you place yourself in a situation where ham radio would really save the day, the last thing you would want is *less* compatibility with other stations and agencies.

All this will do is allow commercial users to encroach onto the ham bands unnoticed because illegal encrypted traffic is indistinguishable from legal encrypted traffic.

I think it's already questionable why local police departments would use encrypted P25. If the last few months of newsworthy police activity are any hint, we need more opportunities to observe law enforcement, not fewer.

Why the heck does an ambulance need to use ham radio frequencies? Why would they need it encrypted? This argument is simply nonsense. If its an emergency, sorry, loose some privacy in place of saving your life. Hams have enough trouble setting up a PL on a radio, can you imagine them trying to coordinate encryption over the air? In emergency situations, communications networks like ham radio work because they are SIMPLE. They can spring up spontaneously out of nowhere and don't require anything more than a radio, antenna, and battery. This is why ham radio has been helpful in times of emergencies when complex cellular and digital trunking systems fail. There is an elegance to the simplicity of analog.

And if the DOD needs to transmit encrypted information using a ham radio, then can't they just do it anyway?

Furthermore, digital communication does not "need" to be encrypted as some posters here have stated. The protocol needs to be documented and standardized. Encryption doesn't help. Error correction does though, and these are totally different things. WiFi, for example, does not *need* to be encrypted.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

gnu-sucks Re:FOUND IT! (405 comments)

Mod parent up, this is accurate. You found the GP's domain name through his slashdot user page and looked it up. Bravo!

about 3 months ago

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Connectors to blame: Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Results Invalidated

gnu-sucks gnu-sucks writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gnu-sucks (561404) writes "It appears the universal speed limit has actually not been broken. A bad connection on an optical network was found to be inserting an additional 60 ns, causing additional delay at the time processors at the sending site, and making the neutrinos appear to arrive earlier than expected."
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gnu-sucks gnu-sucks writes  |  more than 9 years ago

gnu-sucks means:
1) There are more licenses than just GNU/GPL
2) GNU isn't the greatest thing since sliced bread

I'm a huge linux nut, but I just want people to know there's more than gnu/gpl out there.

I'm currently running OpenBSD, Mac OS X, and Debian Linux.

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