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Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

lemur3 It worked on Spirit (155 comments)

they had to do this type of thing on spirit shortly after it arrived on mars..

read more here: http://trs-new.jpl.nasa.gov/ds...

or the PDF linked therin here http://trs-new.jpl.nasa.gov/ds...

its got all sorts of awesome details.

We commanded a shutdown, which terminated the
current communication window, and the loss of signal occurred at the predicted time. Fifty minutes later, we commanded a beep at 7.8125 bps to alert us if the shutdown command did not work, and much to our disappointment, the beep was received!

really a fun read. ..im guessing theyll be doing a lot of similar stuff

about a month and a half ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

lemur3 Re:Oh really? I thought this was AMERICA! (391 comments)

for those wary to look.....

it isnt quite as graphic as the beheading of Nick Berg that you may have seen... they do not show the entire act of beheading.

the content is interesting, and well worth a look if you want to understand this conflict a bit more.

about 2 months ago
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Couchsurfing Hacked, Sends Airbnb Prank Spam

lemur3 To those saying he should get a blog.. (44 comments)

They gave him one long ago, right here, on slashdot!

maybe they can celebrate a whole new section soon.

bennett.slashdot.org

it will be great. as beloved as idle.slashdot.org !!

about 2 months ago
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National Science Foundation Awards $20 Million For Cloud Computing Experiments

lemur3 What do they mean by cloud? (25 comments)

Whenever these kinds of stories come up I really wonder what they mean by "cloud computing"

do they mean "virtualized computing" like the virtual compute stuff on Amazon EC2/Microsoft Azure/Google Cloud ?

or do they mean "Cloud" in the sense that people refer to Dropbox as 'the cloud' or any other server storage/service thing?

Certainly if they are referring to the latter.. this kind of spending is mostly a waste, we know how to make server farms at datacenters...

if it's the former, what good is a mere 10million going to do when the big names in the industry, microsoft,google,amazon, ibm ..and others... are spending way more researhing and developing it?

about 2 months ago
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ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

lemur3 I gave up. (101 comments)

With the uncertainty of what I should use going in to the future and feeling like the ones that were set aside in RFC2606 didnt exactly apply (or were misleading) I broke down and gave all my internal hosts a world resolvable unique name.

it certainly makes for longer hosts... but at least I won't have to worry about this problem they made.

For internal non-routeable IPs I now use:

server.lan.example.com

and for stuff exposed to the net via world routable ip4 or ip6 i use

server.wan.example.com

I liked it before, using .wan and .lan TLDs ..but who knows when some asshole is gonna get the rights to use those..

life goes on!

about 2 months ago
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Google Brings Chrome OS User Management To Chrome

lemur3 Has been in Chrome for a while now. (68 comments)

like firefox with its about:config the settings discussed in TFA have been in chromes chrome://flags for a least 6 months..

its the flags page and you can mess with options such as...:
Enable New Profile Management System
Enable New Avatar Menu
Enable Google Profile Name and icon

It is now the default, apparently.. in Canary.. (the alpha build) but this has been an option for a while now in the regular Chrome builds...... I used it for about a week and wasn't all that fond of it due to it wanting my password.. but maybe it was some option I had enabled that caused that.

about 2 months ago
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seL4 Verified Microkernel Now Open Source

lemur3 Re:More info (82 comments)

fuck whoever decided that having a .systems TLD was a good idea.

it just aint right i tells ya.

about 3 months ago
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Google Reader: One Year Later

lemur3 AOL Reader (132 comments)

While some might run away in horror at the mention of the name AOL Reader, which has been around for a while now.. is pretty great.

It was recently updated and the ad bar was removed, the software is much quicker and with the fact it is not an independent business project like Feedly, or Inoreader.. there is no upselling!

I tried feedly, it was pushing the upsell too hard and the product didn't feel very useful in its 'free' state... ( https://feedly.com/ )

I tried Inoreader and its free product was much better than the feedly one, but its interface felt slow and clunky compared to what I wanted ( http://www.inoreader.com/ )

I tried DIGG Reader but it was so minimal and featureless that I barely went a week of using it before moving on ( http://digg.com/reader )

I also used TinyTinyRSS locally for a good 6 months and while it is quite good, and the only data I'm revealing to others is that i fetched their feed..maintaining the thing is something of a pain that never comes up with other places. ( http://tt-rss.org/redmine/proj... )

As of right now I am back to using AOL Reader as my main RSS feed reader... It is fast, the design is good enough for me.. no upselling ...the feature set is just enough to allow me to do what I did on google reader, and not overload.. and they seem to be actively working on making it better ( https://reader.aol.com/ )

about 3 months ago
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White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

lemur3 Re:Obama (211 comments)

Hell, at least with Gitmo being a military base he could always claim he's Commander-in-Chief. But noooo, he's ignoring that

actually, no, he isn't ignoring it. in one of his first acts as president he signed an executive order to close gitmo.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

he did this January 22 2009

about 4 months ago
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LinkedIn Spam Lawsuit Can Continue

lemur3 Re:PCworld doesn't honor unsubscribes (50 comments)

PCworld doesn't honor my unsubscribes as well, ... Wellsfargo doesn't Honor my unsubscribes. I have tried numerous times to use the unsubscribe links, taken screen shots of the successful unsubscribes. What do I do now? ... Oh and Comcast spectator refuses to honor my unsubscribes too. All proven with screen shots Any advice??

The advice is, and I presume you're in America, that you should complain to the FTC, the Federal Trade Commission, this is exactly what they want you to do.

from the www.consumer.ftc.gov website:

If you try to unsubscribe from an email list and your request is not honored, file a complaint with the FTC.

that line is linked to the following website where one can file your complaint: https://www.ftccomplaintassist...

everyone should follow through with these complaints when businesses do not comply with the law.

I love it when I can simply unsubscribe to things and it works, I do it maybe once a year when the sites I sign up to end up cluttering things and 9 times out of 10, it does its job.. there is not a way to reward those who do it right (save emailing them), but we can get the word to those responsible for monitoring this that some are doing it wrong.

about 4 months ago
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Americans Hate TV and Internet Providers More Than Other Industries

lemur3 Re:RIAA/MPAA should top the list (255 comments)

Time Warner Cable is no longer affiliated with the Time Warner which makes content.

Originally controlled by Time Warner (the film and television production company and cable channel operator), that company spun out the cable operations in March 2009 as part of a larger restructuring. Since then, Time Warner Cable has been an entirely independent company, merely continuing to use the Time Warner brand under license from its former parent

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

as much as i hate them....... that is one thing you cannot blame them for....... comcast on the other hand.....

about 5 months ago
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eBay Compromised

lemur3 123456 probably most used password (193 comments)

Whenever this happens I will now think of the Adobe password breach ... 130million accounts.

roughly 10% of those had "123456" as their password..

you can see the other top 99 herE: http://stricture-group.com/fil... ..probably a good time to reconsider the re-use of passwords.. use a password vault....

about 5 months ago
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Chrome 35 Launches With New APIs and JavaScript Features

lemur3 Re:Reading TFA (73 comments)

I'm not remotely interested in Chrome, but I want to see what's in store for Firefox about 2 releases from now.

this is clearly a joke....but if you actually want to see whats in store for firefox 'about 2 releases from now' just start using the firefox Nightly branch:

https://nightly.mozilla.org/

they recently implemented a new http cache http://www.janbambas.cz/new-fi...

they moved the preferences into the webpage area instead of in a popup window http://msujaws.wordpress.com/2...

in windows theyve implemented OMTC https://wiki.mozilla.org/Platf...

and they have been continuing work on their one thread/process per tab project.. https://wiki.mozilla.org/Elect...

about 5 months ago
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Google Testing Gmail Redesign

lemur3 Re:How about "no thanks" .... (218 comments)

Firefox is now, as of the earlier this month release, using the same GUI that Thunderbird has used since 2012.

about 5 months ago
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Mozilla Offers FCC a Net Neutrality Plan With a Twist

lemur3 Send the FCC Your Own Comments (123 comments)

Send your opinions and desires about the issue of net neutrality to the FCC now using the following link: https://www.fcc.gov/comments

attach your comments to the Proceeding # 14-28, which is at the top of the list, it is entitled "Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet"

Leave a few paragraphs, tell them what you want.

You might not get what you want, but at least you'll have given them a hint of public opinion. Be nice.

again the link is https://www.fcc.gov/comments proceeding #14-28 .. make it happen. it only takes a minute or two.. as long as it took you to comment here on slashdot.

they are asking for comments, give them some.

about 5 months ago
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Researchers See a Post-Snowden Chilling Effect In Our Search Data

lemur3 Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia (138 comments)

This is why I keep my full 1992 set of Funk & Wagnalls encyclopedia handy. Just incase I need to look up Anthrax, or Bomb or Detonator.

I can do it safely, without anyone knowing.

Or, one could go to the public library and look at the stuff in the Reference section, one cannot even check those books out! ..Or, just go to the regular stacks and read the books on-site, bring tracing paper for the diagrams.. oh man, there is a whole world of information outside of the internet! and the NSA subpenas

about 5 months ago
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Help EFF Test a New Tool To Stop Creepy Online Tracking

lemur3 Re:Does it block Piwik Analytics? (219 comments)

when did being interested in user logs and usage info become "tracking" (which is, these days, almost universally considered bad)?

about 5 months ago
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Applying Pavlovian Psychology to Password Management

lemur3 Adobe Password List top 100 (288 comments)

For those interested in the kind of stuff that people do.. here is the top 100 list of passswords from the 130million that Adobe lost last year: http://stricture-group.com/fil...

The thing that amuses me (or terrifies) is that nearly 2million of the people had "123456" as their password..

nearly another million had one of these: "123456789" "12345678" "1234567", and "1234567890" ...345,000~ chose "password" as their password (good going adobe.. why is that even allowed?)

i like the people who chose "photoshop" as their password. ..

going through that list you can just see peoples minds working. it is crazy to see what people do.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?

lemur3 Lastpass (245 comments)

While it's not the best idea to keep all your eggs in one basket, Lastpass (a firefox, chrome, opera addon, plus a standalone app) is an OK way to store this kind of data.

It is all encrypted/decrypted locally .and then uploaded to the DREADED cloud! ...the lastpass folks never have access to your data.. so theres nothing to 'steal'..

While primarily a place to keep your passwords it does have a handy feature for what they call Secure Notes, with premade forms to filling out all of your personal private info, allowing pictures/scans to be added.

and... while that might be creepy for uploading to Facebook..... with lastpass they cannot decrypt the data, because they dont have your password and cant change it if you 'forgot' it..... because it was all encrypted before even being sent to them...including your password..

then you export a copy of the encrypted database, upload it all over the place in various email accounts, put it in safe deposit boxes on DVDs and flash drives..all stored with a copy of the standalone app that will show you the data, so even if the internet explodes too, youll be good to go!

about 6 months ago

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How Google Broke Itself And Fixed Itself, Automatically

lemur3 lemur3 writes  |  about 9 months ago

lemur3 (997863) writes "On January 24th Google had some problems with a few of its services. Gmail users and people who used various other Google services were impacted just as the Google Reliability Team was to take part in an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. Everything seemed to be resolved and back up within an hour.

The Official Google Blog had a short note about what happened from Ben Treynor, a VP of Engineering. According to the blog post it appears that the outage was caused by a bug that caused a system that creates configurations to send a bad one to various "live services." An internal monitoring system noticed the problem a short time later and caused a new configuration to be spread around the services. Ben had this to say of it on the Google Blog, "Engineers were still debugging 12 minutes later when the same system, having automatically cleared the original error, generated a new correct configuration at 11:14 a.m. and began sending it; errors subsided rapidly starting at this time. By 11:30 a.m. the correct configuration was live everywhere and almost all users’ service was restored.""
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Database Loophole Lets Legislators Avoid Photo Radar Tickets

lemur3 lemur3 writes  |  about a year ago

lemur3 (997863) writes "State legislators in Colorado have not been receiving speeding tickets due to inadequacies in the implementation of a DMV database. The current system ties plates to vehicles rather than to individuals, the special plates for legislators are issued to individuals. The result is that there is no entry in the database for the special plates when the automated photo radar system is triggered, this means nobody receives a citation. In one case a Colorado resident , who had vanity plates reading "33", received the photo radar citations intended for Senator Mike Johnston representing district 33, whose vehicle was identified by a "33" on his special plate. Lt. Matt Murray of the Denver Police, speaking of the system commented, “Our system works, the database works. What needs to happen is the state’s database need to be complete,”."
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TSA Decides against allowing small knives, other items, on aircraft.

lemur3 lemur3 writes  |  about a year ago

lemur3 (997863) writes "After multiple months of discussing possible changes to the prohibited items list the Transportation Security Administration in the United States has determined that it is best to go ahead without any changes to the list of items passengers may have in their carry-on baggage when traveling by air. Under the proposed change (discussed previously on slashdot) pocket knives and other items, such as hockey sticks and ski poles, would have been allowed."

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