top Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away
they had to do this type of thing on spirit shortly after it arrived on mars..
read more here:
or the PDF linked therin here
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
top UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime
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.
top Couchsurfing Hacked, Sends Airbnb Prank Spam
They gave him one long ago, right here, on slashdot!
maybe they can celebrate a whole new section soon.
it will be great. as beloved as idle.slashdot.org !!
top National Science Foundation Awards $20 Million For Cloud Computing Experiments
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?
top ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions
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:
and for stuff exposed to the net via world routable ip4 or ip6 i use
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!
top Google Brings Chrome OS User Management To Chrome
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.
top seL4 Verified Microkernel Now Open Source
fuck whoever decided that having a
.systems TLD was a good idea.
it just aint right i tells ya.
top Google Reader: One Year Later
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... (
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 (
I tried DIGG Reader but it was so minimal and featureless that I barely went a week of using it before moving on (
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. (
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/ )
top White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office
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.
he did this January 22 2009
top LinkedIn Spam Lawsuit Can Continue
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.
top Americans Hate TV and Internet Providers More Than Other Industries
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
as much as i hate them....... that is one thing you cannot blame them for....... comcast on the other hand.....
top eBay Compromised
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....
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:
they recently implemented a new http cache
they moved the preferences into the webpage area instead of in a popup window
in windows theyve implemented OMTC
and they have been continuing work on their one thread/process per tab project..
top Google Testing Gmail Redesign
Firefox is now, as of the earlier this month release, using the same GUI that Thunderbird has used since 2012.
top Mozilla Offers FCC a Net Neutrality Plan With a Twist
Send your opinions and desires about the issue of net neutrality to the FCC now using the following link:
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.
top Researchers See a Post-Snowden Chilling Effect In Our Search Data
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
top Help EFF Test a New Tool To Stop Creepy Online Tracking
when did being interested in user logs and usage info become "tracking" (which is, these days, almost universally considered bad)?
top Applying Pavlovian Psychology to Password Management
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:
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.
top Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?
I lost my writin hand in the gas explosion you insensitive clod!
top Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?
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!