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Adobe Hacked: Almost 3 Million Accounts Compromised

mengel Re:source code stolen? (256 comments)

Ah... so the Cold Fusion source code was stored on a box running Cold Fusion?

about a year ago

Adobe Hacked: Almost 3 Million Accounts Compromised

mengel Re:Code analysis (256 comments)

Yes, I mean they stole the source code to Cold Fusion?!? That's kind of like breaking into Ford automotive and stealing the blueprints for the Pinto...

about a year ago

Snowden Is Lying, Say House Intelligence Committee Leaders

mengel Of Course.. (749 comments)

Of Course the Senator knows all about the computers at the contractors to the NSA and what they can do,
while the guy who used to be a sysadmin there knows nothing about it.

Uh huh.

Because we all know that Senators know everything about technology.

about a year ago

How a 3-Year-Old Can Open a Gun Safe

mengel Half-bricks... (646 comments)

Of course not. What you want is a half-brick. In a sock.

or don't you read Pratchett?

more than 2 years ago

Is It Time To End Our Love Affair With the QWERTY Keyboard?

mengel There are already 2 optimal keyboard layouts... (557 comments)

There's Dvorak (for two-handed typing) and Fitaly for stylus/one-finger operation.

Both are designed for minimum finger travel (in English, anyhow). I doubt seriously that this "new" layout improves upon them in any signifigant fashion, and (from the Wikipidia Dvorak article):

In 1956, a General Services Administration study by Earle Strong, which included an experiment involving ten experienced government typists, concluded that Dvorak training would never be able to amortize its costs.

So if you wanted to switch in any major fashion, you always have to get poeple ewho already type on some other layout to switch, and it's not generally cost effective.

more than 2 years ago

Last year, I spent the most on ...

mengel Offspring (651 comments)

"When you have kids, they get all your slack." -- Book of the SubGenius

'nuff said.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: GNU/Linux Laptops?

mengel Re:Glossy screen fix... (708 comments)

Only if you don't clean the screen before you put it on...

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: GNU/Linux Laptops?

mengel How about... (708 comments)

Fix an O.S. bug yourself?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: GNU/Linux Laptops?

mengel Glossy screen fix... (708 comments)

3M has a fix for that...
...and it protects your real screen from scratches, etc.

more than 2 years ago

What Is the Most Influential Programming Book?

mengel Gries: _Science of Programming_ (624 comments)

Ideas like deriving code from specifications, developing proof outlines and code in tandem, and just generally more rigorously thinking about code and why it works.

about 3 years ago

Learning Programming In a Post-BASIC World

mengel Scratch -- the latest from MIT for kids... (510 comments)

You should definitely look at Scratch, which is designed for kids, even (especially?) kids who don't type very well yet, yet it teaches them programming skills. This is the same crowd who initially did Logo all those years ago, and they think this is better...

more than 3 years ago

What's Your Favorite Renewable Energy

mengel Molten Salt Solar FTW (436 comments)

That's why you need molten salt solar -- when the sun is out, you fill a tank with 1050F molten saltpeter, and when you need power, you use the "hot" saltpetr to boil water and run a turbine, and you dump the "cool" (550F) salt in to a tank to reheat when the sun is out. The salt stays hot for up to a week.

Of course, you can use direct Photovoltaic to handle things like peak air conditioning load, where the energy need corresponds with the sunlight.

They're already doing this at Archimede in Sicily...

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Network Administrator?

mengel To actually answer the question... (480 comments)

First: learn about networking generally. In your case I'd recommend the Doug Comer/Dave Stevens Xinu networking books, volumes I and II, but a lot of folks also like the books by W Richard Stevens TCP/IP Illustrated set. The Xinu books, particularly volume II, have the entire source code of a straightforward impelementation, which is really good if you're a person who reads code well.

Then pick 2 network vendors you like and learn how to configure their gear. Probably start with whatever gear you have now; it may be perfectly serviceable if setup properly, or at least usable as a corner of a better network design.

more than 3 years ago

Thousands of Blackbirds Fall From Sky Dead

mengel Re:Shakers.. (577 comments)

Actually, Shakers thought THEY shouldn't have sex; they were a celibate order, like Catholic nuns. They realized most folks should procreate.

They got done in when the state started orphans homes, and they no longer had orphans to raise and recruit from.

more than 3 years ago

Causing Terror On the Cheap

mengel Hear Hear! (448 comments)

The fly-a-plane-into-a-building attack already didn't work the fourth time. Once people knew that was a mode of attack, it stopped working. No more security needed be done, not even locking the cockpits.

Tobacco companies killed more people in the USA in 2001 than terrorists, by a considerable margin. So where did we spend our money? Invading Afghanistan(!), to punish a government (our former allies) who correctly concluded that they physically couldn't hand over the organizers. So now we've been there for almost 10 years, and spent uncounted billions of dollars, and we can't catch them either.

It's plain woolly-headed thinking; acting like sheep.

We need a Sarek to start preaching Logic.

more than 3 years ago

How often do you Google yourself?

mengel Re:Missing option (225 comments)

Exactly what I did! And, very cool, I found a blog entry where someone mentioned that they found a web page that I put up (in 1996) which helped them (in 2007)!

It made me feel like a Very Useful Engine. :-)

more than 3 years ago

Who Invented the Linux-Based Wireless Router?

mengel Access to non-patent literature... (154 comments)

A while back, I signed onto the peer-to-patent website for awhile, and tried to add some prior art references. I tried to refer the patent examiners to a Communications of the ACM article from 20 years ago, and they said they didn't have access to that and I'd have to get them a PDF(!) Similarly they couldn't seem to come up with a copy of Karrels & McKusic et al. to see what was in 4.3BSD a quarter century ago. I mean, they ought to have a library, right? As a public service, I got an ACM membership again for a year so I could pull down the ACM article and give them a copy...

How are they going to recognize a rehash of old ideas if they don't even have the basic reference materials?

more than 3 years ago

Who Invented the Linux-Based Wireless Router?

mengel 'cause its a WIRELESS router... (154 comments)

And in the minds of the Patent Office that's somehow Really Different...

more than 3 years ago

The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

mengel Ungrounded... (715 comments)

Also, if you're not grounded, your ground wires are instead an antenna, and you can get all sorts of interesting RF noise that can interfere with networking..

about 4 years ago



What Happened to!?

mengel mengel writes  |  about a year ago

mengel (13619) writes "In attempting to review some docs over at, I see pages: "Coming soon: Another fine website hosted by WebFaction." — does anyone here know what happened? Does the cherrypy project need assistance?"
Link to Original Source

Talk Like a Physicist Day -- But How?

mengel mengel writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mengel writes "You probably already know that today is Talk Like a Physicist Day, but you may be wondering, how do I talk like a Physicist? Being as I work where you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a physicist or two, I thought I'd help you out. So for some good sample reading for discussion topics, I'm recommending Fermilab's Special Result of the Week; or perhaps you might want to watch Chris Quigg's lecture on Mass from December.

So, there you go. I give you two topics: Neutral pion parity and good old Mass. Discuss."

allofmp3 resuming business

mengel mengel writes  |  about 7 years ago

mengel writes "(in the news-from-the-future department)
According to a press release dated August 31 (ten days from now) on the allofmp3 press page; now that a Russian court has ruled that they "operated within the bounds of Russian Law", they will be resuming the service selling DRM-free mp3s as soon as they get a few ducks in a row. Between this and the class action suit, the RIAA folks must have steam coming out of their ears."

Link to Original Source

mengel mengel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mengel writes "Accrording to the folks at SecurityFocus the number of bot-infested systems has surged to nearly 1.2 Million. This after a big drop in December when lots of people replaced/upgraded systems.

Time to upgrade your spam filtering software, the onslaught is coming..."

mengel mengel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mengel writes "This year, put up a site, and with the first big Chicago area snowstorm, the site is snowed under with traffic. Many organizations and sites in the Chicago area have told their employees and students to use this site as their first point of contact for closing information. This morning, with over 4 inches of snow on the ground, and up to 6 more coming, what's the only answer available from the site?

"Operation timed out...""

mengel mengel writes  |  about 8 years ago

mengel writes "SecurityFocus writes that Christopher Maxwell, who was endicted in February, has been convicted of operating a BotNet, and been sentenced to 3 years of jail plus 3 years of "supervised release".

From the DOJ press release
At sentencing, Judge Marsha J. Pechman stated that MAXWELL's crime shows "incredible self-centeredness" with little regard for the impact on others. Judge Pechman said a prison sentence is necessary for "deterrence for all those youth out there who are squirreled away in their basements hacking."

While the DOJ press release summary says "millions" of computers were broken into, they seem to be counting multiple breakins to the same systems; in the text further in they refer to "over 629,000 unique IP addresses".

What do Slashdotters think? Is 3 years too much time, or too little for Pwning over 600,000 other people's computers?"


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