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Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Favors Cooperation's Collapse

menkhaura Re: The Selfish Gene (213 comments)

You must be single.

about three weeks ago
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

menkhaura Re:APL: A Programming Language (127 comments)

APL would be strictly a zero-letter programming language, right? A language which shall not be named? Just "a programming language".

about three weeks ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

menkhaura Re:For Starters (320 comments)

And how often does a NASCAR car turn right?

about 2 months ago
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Building All the Major Open-Source Web Browsers

menkhaura Re:Building should not be complex. (106 comments)

Great idea! And in time it could be seamlessly integrated with the init system, providing an accross-the-board synergetic user experience!

about 2 months ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

menkhaura Re:Natalie Portman nude photos (158 comments)

Not even with hot grits?

about 2 months ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

menkhaura Re:huh? (269 comments)

I'd love to have a real-life device like that for my car and my bike.

However, not long ago a man was arrested here in Brazil because the trap he made to catch a thief who repeatedly invaded his house killed the vermin. The police didn't act to stop the thefts, only when the victim decided to stand up for himself the law came forward. Against him.

about 3 months ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

menkhaura Re:Test string here: (399 comments)

Funnily enough, Debian unstable doesn't carry a fix yet. Bash 4.3-9, as of 2014-09-24 20:42:47 UTC

about 3 months ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

menkhaura Re:Not arbitrary variables - QUERY_STRING (399 comments)

Setup a local cgi script on your Linux machine. Telnet into its port 80. Assuming your cgi script is at /cgi-bin/test.sh, type the following in the telnet prompt:


GET /cgi-bin/um.pl HTTP/1.1
Host: localhost
Custom: () { :; }; while read -r l; do echo $l; done

Press ENTER twice after the last header.

If you don't use a shell builtin, the shell ends with a segfault and Apache shows an error, but the command is executed server-side. Scary.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

menkhaura Re:Very skeptical (471 comments)

My watch has a clock app and a slide-rule app, long battery life (3+ years), water proof to 200m (657 ft), and a user interface proven to work well over the centuries. Only thing that doesn't match your requirements is price is around 200 dollars. It's kinda hard to install new apps too.

about 3 months ago
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

menkhaura Re:Just buy a CRT (167 comments)

I'm getting old, but can't help smiling when I read things such as "I like to have my wii hooked up to it (...)".

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5?

menkhaura Re:Not exactly what your asking for. (170 comments)

I ran Linux (OE) on my Zire 72 back in the day. As you say, not quite useful; slow and with few utilities (and running X was a bit overkill on that platform). But I could say to my nerdy friends that I ran Linux even on my Zire. And now I can tell my nerdy son that I ran Linux on my Zire. And in time I will be able to tell my nerdy grandson that I ran Linux on my Zire.

about 5 months ago
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Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

menkhaura The good thing about standards... (309 comments)

The good thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Current State of Linux Email Clients?

menkhaura Re:no love for mutt? (464 comments)

lynx doesn't save your cookie settings when the program exits, but links does.

Yeah, mutt + fetchmail + procmail rocks big time.

about 2 years ago
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Nobel Prize Winner Got Free House and Free (as In Beer) Beer

menkhaura Re:Blogspam (118 comments)

Did I have too much beer or Slashdot all of a sudden start to support UTF-8? Lessee... "Não entendo patavina de dinamarquÃs, mas gostaria da traduÃão".

Well, it's more than 10 years... UTF-8 should be mature enough by now. Bless ya!

about 2 years ago
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GNOME 3.8 To Scrap Fallback Mode

menkhaura Re:And that will also mark (378 comments)

Eight gigs should be enough for anyone. Actually my DE of choice is KDE, since 0.x and proprietary Qt. I've dabbled with GNOME, XFCE, WindowMaker in its time, AfterStep in its time, but none of them gets nearly as close as KDE.

On amnesiac machines, I just run fluxbox (and hope Firefox doesn't thrash too much).

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Pondering L2 Outpost, Return To Moon

menkhaura Re:Neither Moon nor LEO nor L2 (122 comments)

I loved his "First Landing", even though the end isn't as appealing as it could be. The novel is about a "what if" his Mars Direct plan were done in the present.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Pondering L2 Outpost, Return To Moon

menkhaura Re:Neither Moon nor LEO nor L2 (122 comments)

Well, I confess I'm not a conoisseur of these subjects, but the technology he proposes is one we've had (not really "we", but you Americans) since the 60's: Saturn V launchers, habitation modules akin to the Lunar Module AND the ISS etc. Maybe I'm too easily influenced, maybe I'm too hopeful, but I'm inclined to believe what he said.

As for the amortized costs, what you said is true if we consider "one mission" two, four, six or another even number of lauches as a whole (to put a crew on Mars, Zubrin proposes one uncrewed launch which will prepare the terrain for a follow-up manned launch), but the greatest expenditure will be the design and implementation of this first pair of launches.

He also argues that the proposal for utopical launches, "Battlestar Galactica" style ships (as he words it), which can be postponed to the future until "adequate technology" is developed, is of interest to government contractors, but not to our own wish of sending humans to Mars ASAP.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Pondering L2 Outpost, Return To Moon

menkhaura Neither Moon nor LEO nor L2 (122 comments)

I've just read an excellent book by aerospace engineer Robert Zubrin, called "The Case for Mars", in which he argues in great detail for the possibility of puting humans on Mars in our own generation. His project is called "Mars Direct", and involves basically a Saturn V class launcher, which can take, on a first mission, an habitat which would be used to generate supplies (fuel, oxygen, water etc.) from Mars natural resources, and on a second mission, a crew of four Earthlings. The idea is that when the crew arrives, the factory from the first mission has generated enough fuel, water &c. for the return trip, as well as to power rovers ando other equipment.

His project is very credible, and he estimates a cost of 30 billion USD (which is peanuts when compared to other manned Mars missions projects [vide "90-day report", on the order of 450 billion USD]) for the first launch, with costs amortized over multiple launches.

Mr. Zubrin also argues that going to the Moon is pretty much useless, because it has nearly no natural resources to be explored and exploited, and almost as costly as going to Mars.

If you will, his site is at http://www.marssociety.org/ . The book is great reading too, and inspiring as it gives me the hope to see one of my own species walking over the Red Planet.

more than 2 years ago

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menkhaura menkhaura writes  |  about 8 years ago

menkhaura writes "The Register carries a history about AMD being accused of patent infringement for the second time in less than a month. Having found itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit from intellectual property holder Opti earlier this month, AMD was this week threatened by MicroUnity Systems Engineering."

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