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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

hpa And in other news... (306 comments)

A large number of companies from all over the world set up shell companies in Africa.

about 6 months ago

Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

hpa Re:To Clarify (208 comments)

10Base-T and 100Base-TX can optionally have "Auto MDI/MDI-X" widely known as auto-crossover. Because GigE doesn't make the distinction between MDI and MDI-X, it is not applicable, although most if not all gigE hardware has mismatched pair detection just in case someone plugs in a crossover cable.

about 7 months ago

Bell Canada To Collect User Data For Advertising

hpa Are they going to tap phones, too? (127 comments)

"In other news, Bell Canada has started tapping phone lines to improve advertising..."

1 year,7 days

Swiss War Game Envisages Invasion By Bankrupt French

hpa A sign of the times (245 comments)

It is a good sign of the times how far things have advanced that a country in Western Europe cannot come up with any military exercise scenario which can be considered credible. This hasn't exactly been the norm, to put it mildly. At this point in time, the risk of a war in Europe is largely confined to the Balkans, and even there is looking increasingly unlikely that we'll have a full-scale return to fighting.

1 year,28 days

GNU Hurd 0.5, GNU Mach 1.4, GNU MIG 1.4 Released

hpa From the NEWS file... (206 comments)

IPv6 support in pfinet, based on Linux 2.2.14.

about a year ago

Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

hpa Faith and Republicanism... (1293 comments)

If people start believing in evolution, they might start believing in global warming and in the failure of trickle-down economics, too...

about a year ago

Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds To Stop Using Abusive Language

hpa Re:Linus is just a mean old asshole... (1501 comments)

From one of the more recent things he engaged his primary flame-cannon over, the person he aimed it at did screw up pretty badly and for no apparent reason (I mean, seriously, submitting code that you don't know if it works and you admit is probably not necessary? Don't do that).

So no, I don't think he's a dick for the sake of being a dick - he's a dick because people shouldn't be submitting things that are broken and that kind of person deserves to be told off.

As the main target for said outburst, it was definitely an epic f*ckup on my part. When I got the email, I pretty much chuckled and then said I need to do some damage control. I was not in any way offended. Linus later said:

For example, my latest cursing explosion was for the x86 maintainers, and it comes from the fact that I *know* they know to do better. The x86 tip pulls have generally been through way more testing than most other pulls I get (not just compiling, but even booting randconfigs etc). So when an x86 pull request comes in that clearly missed that expected level of quality, I go to town.

That is part of why I don't get offended when Linus curses at me.

about a year ago

Decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Plant May Take Decades

hpa Re:Why not build a new Gen3 plant at the site? (266 comments)

Why not build a new Gen3 plant at the same site? Because we now know the site is seismically unsuitable. Otherwise it would have been a good idea.

about a year ago

Intel Haswell CPUs Debut, Put To the Test

hpa Re:Performance per Watt (189 comments)

I do kernel hacking on airplanes. 'nuff said.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Safe Learning Environment For VMs?

hpa SELinux on the host (212 comments)

Make sure you have SELinux enabled (and enforcing!) on the VM host, and keep the VMM software updated... there sometimes are security holes in VMM software which can be exploited. SELinux can help contain a breached VMM.

about a year and a half ago

FBI Considers CALEA II: Mandatory Wiretapping On Every Device

hpa Re:Sheesh (318 comments)

It turns out the frequencies used in the US for certain types of cordless phones are used, in Switzerland, by the Swiss military

I guess it was a Swiss Army phone?

about a year and a half ago

Why We'll Never Meet Aliens

hpa Travelling in the flesh... (629 comments)

I have seen a lot of bits about why interstellar travel may never be practical. All of them seem to assume not only travel in the flesh, but round-trip travel. Realistically, by the time we can build something that can travel to the stars, it seems quite likely that we also can download conciousness into a robot. Send a robotic (one-way) mission to build bodies and transmission equipment, then have the real travellers download themselves, or copies of themselves, via radio. No need for life support or suffer through the boredom of even relativistic travel.

about a year and a half ago

Scientists May Have Detected Neutrinos From Another Galaxy

hpa Re:in joules. please (151 comments)

1 PeV is approximately 160 microjoule.

about a year and a half ago

Internet Sales Tax Vote This Week In US Senate

hpa Re:To be fair... (434 comments)

Use taxes are definitely enforced for big-ticket items where use can be established, such as automobiles or airplanes.

about a year and a half ago

ITU Aims At 20Mbps Broadband For All By 2020

hpa Poorer countries (154 comments)

20 Mbps for $20? Easier said than done in the United States of Monopolies.

about a year and a half ago

The Pirate Bay Claims It Is Now Hosting From North Korea

hpa Re:Nope. (309 comments)

KH is Cambodia, not North Korea (KP).

about a year and a half ago

John E. Karlin, Who Led the Way To All-Digit Dialing, Dies At 94

hpa Re:upside down keypads? (120 comments)

The fail was that the analysis was done in a time when calculating machines were a speciality item few people were familiar with. 15 years later, they were not. It is worth nothing that some countries went with the AT&T scheme and others stayed with the 7-8-9 layout on their phones. Unfortunately the proliferation of letters on keypads (a lot of countries did not have them) in recent years have made 1-2-3 more prevalent.

about a year and a half ago

DHS Can Seize Your Electronics Within 100 Mi.of US Border, Says DHS

hpa Re:How about the US-Canadian/US-Mexico border? (597 comments)

Given that the standard definition of space (the Kármán Line) is 100 km above mean sea level, *everyone* lives within 100 miles (160 km) of space...

about a year and a half ago

Moving the Linux Kernel Console To User-Space

hpa Not a new concept (311 comments)

The feature set of the Linux VT console has been intentionally limited from nearly the start, and the line has always been: if you need more than this, do it in userspace. There has been several projects which have, for example kon2 which provided CJK functionality -- not something that one can sanely do in the kernel because of font size; similarly, Arabic/Indic font shaping is just plain too painful. For most people, the solution has simply been to bootstrap out of the console as quickly as possible, most of the time never even showing the console. What you find pretty quickly is that if you want something that is fully featured you end up with something that is as complex as X or Wayland anyway, and then you might as well go straight there. The in-kernel console will remain, of course, as an ultimate fallback. If someone wants to give users more options, more power to them.

about a year and a half ago

New Call For Turing Pardon

hpa Not just Turing... (231 comments)

... but everyone ever convicted under this barbaric law should have their convictions expunged. Keep in mind there are probably some that are still alive, which makes it even more important.

about 2 years ago



Nine Inch Nails goes indie

hpa hpa writes  |  about 7 years ago

hpa (7948) writes "Nine Inch Nails announced yesterday on their website that they are now "a totally free agent, free of any recording contract with any label". CNet also have a story on this, and points out that Radiohead took this step not long ago. CNet asks "Who needs middlemen?", and it will be very interesting to see if independent promotion can be more effective than the RIAA production-distribution monopoly."
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