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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

iroll Re:Situation is a Shambles (239 comments)

Well, that just makes OP all the more rediculous. I can't believe he's modded to 5 now.

about a week ago

Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

iroll Re:Situation is a Shambles (239 comments)

That sounds like a Mint thing. Seriously, Debian (the great grandparent of Mint) had the patch as fast as anybody. Heck, by the time I logged into my Mac at work, MacPorts had pushed the patch.

I wouldn't make such a sweeping statement about the "situation" when you've hitched your wagon to a project that's pulling from a project that's pulling from a project that's (etc).

about a week ago

OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

iroll Re:Yes!!! (303 comments)

It was clear from the beginning that Debian accelerating its release schedule from "plate tectonic" to "glacial" would bite us all in the ass! We've flown too close to the sun yet again!

about two weeks ago

Canonical's Troubles With the Free Software Community

iroll Re:Sadly for Canonical... (155 comments)

Canonical also dump buckets of money into a lot of things that are either of no interest to me (Ubuntuphones) or actively putting me off Ubuntu (divergence away from mainstream Debian and linux in general because of NIH syndrome). Covering such losses with cheap tricks like feeding Amazon search (yes, I know I can turn it off) just makes them even more unappealing.

If Canonical stopped tilting at windmills for five minutes and invested their money in finding ways to sell more real services, they'd probably be better off.

about three weeks ago

Debian Considering Long Term Support for Squeeze

iroll Re:Oldstable? (46 comments)

Wouldn't Wheezy (7) be oldstable when Jessie (8) becomes stable?

Now Squeeze (6) will be oldoldstable =)

about a month ago

$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

iroll Re:Did Fluke request this? (653 comments)

It might be far less nefarious; maybe engineers designing these things are so used to grey-on-yellow that it has become the generic de facto color scheme for multimeters.

My trusty old BK is the same color:


about a month ago

Mozilla Is Investigating Why Dell Is Charging To Install Firefox

iroll Re:Not sure I see a problem (306 comments)

That's why IceCat (formerly Ice Weasel) exists.

Formerly? I use IceWeasel all the time, and I didn't know about this. Oh, wait:

The gNewSense BurningDog browser and the Debian IceWeasel browser are similarly derived from Firefox, also with the intent of being free software. Technically, however, these projects are maintained entirely independently of IceCat. (Previously, this GNU browser project was also named IceWeasel, but that proved confusing.)

Yeah, you know, that is pretty darned confusing, since I think that if you ask 100 slashdot users about IceWeasel, at least 99 would be thinking of the widely-distributed Debian software that originated the name...

about a month and a half ago

Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

iroll Re:Unregulated currency (704 comments)

The same said history lead our predecessors to make investments in security and regulation that make muggings and cons less likely and more risky today than they were historically.

about a month and a half ago

Old-school Wi-Fi Is Slowing Down Networks, Cisco Says

iroll Re:so what about all my old devices? (254 comments)

He was unhappy that new routers in the future might be incompatible with his old printer, necessitating him replacing his printer... but that assumes he has to replace his router. Getting mad about it now is something like shouting at clouds.

Because let's face it, it's pretty unrealistic to get bent out of shape because you can't buy daisy wheels or get 14k modem service anymore. Technology will evolve and things we use today will become obsolete, and we'll replace them when we have to or when we want to. Nobody is coming into your house and taking your 802.11b router away from you; on the other hand, there's no sane reason to believe that you'll always be able to buy compatible accessories.

about 3 months ago

Old-school Wi-Fi Is Slowing Down Networks, Cisco Says

iroll Re:so what about all my old devices? (254 comments)

Why am I going to replace functional hardware JUST to "fix" a problem that isn't really a problem for me ?

Then why are you replacing your functional 802.11g router, smart guy?

about 3 months ago

New England Burns Jet Fuel To Keep Lights On

iroll Not unusual in the least. (230 comments)

I wonder if "First time accepted submitter inqrorken" comes from a warm climate; I remember that the facilities managers at a national park near where I lived would price out fuel oil, diesel, and Jet-A for oil-burning home heat in the employee housing every hear. The prices fluctuate based on a lot of factors, including refinery over-runs, gluts and shortages based on transport industries, etc., so while it was unlikely, it wasn't unheard of for Jet-A to be the cheapest option.

about 3 months ago

Schiller Says Apple Is the Last PC Maker From the Mac Era, Forgets About HP

iroll !HP (474 comments)

Comparing today's HP to the HP of the 80s, I'm inclined to side with Schiller.

about 3 months ago

Yep, People Are Still Using '123456' and 'Password' As Passwords In 2014

iroll On the contrary: (276 comments)

If your password for Adobe is Adobe123, and Adobe leaks your password (AGAIN), nobody is going to be getting into your email, or your facebook account, or your bank account, etc., etc.

about 3 months ago

AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

iroll Blah blah, copz r dumb, but... (1034 comments)

This whole friggin' story could have been avoided if Poindexter had taken off his stupid Google Glass in a MOVIE THEATER.

That said, if I owned the theater, I would have just kicked him out and told him his business wasn't welcome.

about 3 months ago

Orbital Becomes Second Private Firm To Send Cargo Craft To ISS

iroll Re:Price per pound - Fruit on sale (69 comments)

And replace them with what, MREs? Because...?

You do realize that they have to eat either way, right, and that the only difference here is that they will prioritize the fresh food for consumption first. Obviously they need preserved food but there's no reason for them to eat it exclusively, since its only advantage is that it lasts longer. This is what the world's navies have known for only about three thousand years...

about 3 months ago

Iowa State AIDS Researcher Admits To Falsifying Findings

iroll Re:Wait, 3-year ban? (141 comments)

The ban is for participating. He will certainly never be awarded a grant as a principle investigator ever again, which has already crippled his career. At best, in the future, he might be able to limp along somewhere as a second-rung researcher.

What this means he can't work for any federally-financed research in any capacity (as an employee, collaborator, in-kind supporter, etc.) for three years. Since pretty much all research in his field includes some federal component, that's a three year exile from his entire career, and about as close as you can get to a career death sentence.

about 4 months ago

Ford Rolls the Dice With Breakthrough F-150 Aluminum Pickup Truck

iroll Re:It's probably not risky... (521 comments)

You know how a Mac is a tough sell to "internet tough guys" because they bitch about how it can't be upgraded, even though they typically just buy all new parts and build new PCs for each upgrade cycle rather than swapping individual parts?

Think the same thing, only "tough truck guys," people who have probably never done any body work on a car, will complain that they can't repair aluminum themselves even though repairing steel is "trivial" or something. Aluminum comes up as a candidate for car manufacture every decade or so, and I distinctly remember this "complaint" from the last time around.

about 4 months ago

Millions of Dogecoin Stolen Over Christmas

iroll Re:Internet in a nutshell (132 comments)

Wow. Such skeptic. Much insight. Many original thoughts.

about 4 months ago

FDA Seeks Tougher Rules For Antibacterial Soaps

iroll Re:stifle yourself, Edith (160 comments)

Nice backpedal, but it doesn't matter. I have no intention of convincing you that you're wrong, since it's pretty clear that you're willfully ignorant.

I responded twice because I wanted to make sure that other casual readers that spotted your unfortunately modded crap would have a chance to see it picked apart. To the uninitiated like yourself, the "chlorinated organics are as safe as chlorinated bleach" line sounds perfectly logical, since they both have the same word in them. It's important that people who actually have the ability to discern such differences can see them pointed out, so that they don't pick up a new and dangerously false misconception.

about 4 months ago

Harvard Bomb Hoax Perpetrator Caught Despite Tor Use

iroll Re:No it isn't (547 comments)

I'm not saying they were completely ignored, but there weren't any histrionics. It was a fire DRILL, not a fire, and we kids just goofed off on the playground. The cops certainly weren't concerned either; they made a cursory check because that's their job.

Fast forward to 2007, I'm working as a teacher at a very large, affluent suburban school, and the *one* time in six years that we got a bomb threat caused absolute pandemonium. Lockdown, class cancelled for the rest of the day, helicopters flying overhead, and a student's diorama (found in a hallway) was treated like a suspected IED. Local news went into hysterics and interviewed concerned parents outside the school, asking them about 911. The next day, attendance was about 50%.

I'd call what happened when I was a kid routine, and I agree with the OP that kids calling in bomb threats was so common when we were growing up that it was practically a cliche. I'm not defending it, and only a really stupid or sociopathic kid would have done it, but it happened and it happened much more often than it does now.

I'd call what happened when I was a teacher insane.

about 3 months ago



Govt. attacks paper; demands 4 years of reader IPs

iroll iroll writes  |  more than 6 years ago

iroll (717924) writes "The founders of the Phoenix New Times have been arrested for exposing a "secret" grand jury subpoena targetting their newspaper. From the New Times article:

The subpoena demands: "Any and all documents containing a compilation of aggregate information about the Phoenix New Times Web site created or prepared from January 1, 2004 to the present, including but not limited to :
A) which pages visitors access or visit on the Phoenix New Times website;
B) the total number of visitors to the Phoenix New Times website;
C) information obtained from 'cookies,' including, but not limited to, authentication, tracking, and maintaining specific information about users (site preferences, contents of electronic shopping carts, etc.);
D) the Internet Protocol address of anyone that accesses the Phoenix New Times website from January 1, 2004 to the present;
E) the domain name of anyone that has accessed the Phoenix New Times website from January 1, 2004 to the present;
F) the website a user visited prior to coming to the Phoenix New Times website;
G) the date and time of a visit by a user to the Phoenix New Times website;
H) the type of browser used by each visitor (Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Netscape Navigator, Firefox, etc.) to the Phoenix New Times website; and I) the type of operating system used by each visitor to the Phoenix New Times website."

This story has been picked up by other media outlets around the country, including the NY Times"

Link to Original Source

iroll iroll writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Loins Aflame (717924) writes "Healthy young men and women take the same amount of time — about 11-12 minutes — to become sexually aroused, researchers at Canada's McGill University report.

The researchers did pretty much exactly what the average slashdot reader would do upon getting a new thermal imaging camera: they pointed it at some crotches. The study participants were "imaged" first while they watched Canadian travelogues and reruns of Mr. Bean, and then while they watched porn. Result: both sexes got hot in the pants in the same amount of time.

Next up on Ask Slashdot: How can I rig up a thermal imaging system to let me know how well my date is going?"

iroll iroll writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iroll (717924) writes "HP's leadership continues its winning-streak; from the article:

"Hewlett-Packard Co. Chairwoman Patricia Dunn said Friday that several of her fellow board members want her to remain on the job despite a criminal investigation into her efforts to plug a media leak.

...As part of their surveillance, the company's investigators posed as HP directors and at least nine reporters to obtain personal phone records. As part of the masquerade, the investigators used the Social Security numbers of the people involved to dupe the phone companies into turning over the records.""


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