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Ask Slashdot: How Are You Haunting Your House This Hallowe'en?

molo The end of slashdot? (249 comments)

Okay, I think this may be it. I'm ready to turn in my slashdot ID. No story has EVER been this lame. Not the dupes, not the slashvertisements, not Taco's marriage proposal. Nothing. This is it. So terrible. I think I'm done. Bye, all.

-molo

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Internet Visionary and Pioneer Vint Cerf

molo Re:SMTP, DNS, US Customs (109 comments)

There are a few problems with using your ISP as your outbound relay: You are now dependent on their SMTP and DNS service. Both for performance and availability. Part of the appeal of running your own SMTP server is that you can operate independently.

For inbound, port 25 has to be unblocked, which eliminates many residential connections. This is less of a big issue, but not ideal.

-molo

more than 2 years ago
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Occupy Wall Street Protests Go Global

molo Re:Why aren't they really occupying Wall Street? (944 comments)

No. Most of the trades happen on computers in datacenters in New Jersey. You could shut down the NYSE trading floor and it wouldn't have a big impact on overall volume. Some people consider the trading floor to be mostly symbolic. NASDAQ is entirely electronic.

-molo

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Internet Visionary and Pioneer Vint Cerf

molo SMTP, DNS, US Customs (109 comments)

It seems that it is getting more and more difficult to successfully run your own SMTP server. See, for example, this post responding to the idea that a user was going to move off gmail to their own server. Are there any prospects for meaningful SMTP reform that would lower the barrier to entry for legitimate emailers?

DNS has been often criticized as a centralized single point of failure / censorship. Have you been following the development of namecoin and P2P DNS? Are these systems viable in your estimation? How would you improve them or encourage their adoption?

The US Customs department recently created headlines in seizing domains. These seizures appear to be extra-legal (not founded in law), but ICANN has gone along with them. Are those fair statements? Should ICANN's trustworthiness be suspect as a result of this process?

Thanks and cheers.
-molo

more than 2 years ago
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Occupy Wall Street Protests Go Global

molo Re:Why aren't they really occupying Wall Street? (944 comments)

Wall Street as a physical location only has a handful of big financial institutions now. NYSE, Deutsche Bank (40 Wall), Bank of New York (1 Wall), Citi (111 Wall). Many of them have moved to other parts of the the city, including midtown, or even to Jersey City. Many of the buildings have now been converted to residential condos or apartments (15 Broad St., 37 Wall, 45 Wall, 63 Wall, 75 Wall).

If they actually occupied the street it would mostly just piss off the local residents and prompt arrests from the NYPD.

-molo

more than 2 years ago
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Security Flaw Bypasses AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Screen Lock

molo Re:What unbranded phones for VZW or Sprint? (49 comments)

The problem is that the AT&T and T-Mobile HSPDA+ frequencies don't overlap. So you would be limited to just 2G data.

-molo

more than 2 years ago
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Healthcare Law Appealed To Supreme Court

molo Re:What would Americans comment to this? (1019 comments)

I know that for instance mortgage is a different thing in the US, in Holland the debt stays with you and if selling the house doesn't cover the debt you get to keep paying, whereas Americans can apparently just abandon the house and walk away, the debt is with the house.

This is not true. When people say they walk away from a mortgage, it essentially means they are declaring bankruptcy and their credit is destroyed. If you sell a house below the price you paid for it, you will take a loss and still have to pay off the loan.

-molo

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Reveals New Images of Apollo Landing Sites

molo Where is the RTG? (269 comments)

Where is the RTG? I'm sure the future lunar colonists will want to be able to locate the RTG. If just to secure it. (FYI, this was part of the ALSEP experiment package)

-molo

about 3 years ago
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UK To Get Whitespace Radio

molo Long-distance VHF/UHF happens often (71 comments)

Look at the records for 144MHz and 430MHz long distance ham radio contacts (two-way contacts; ignore the EME section, those are being bounced off the moon). Note that distances are in kilometers. Tropospheric ducting is occasionally strong enough to even propagate 430MHz FM signals long distances, like the 2672km contact between northwestern Spain and a ship off the coast of Mauritania.

Most countries limit their ham radio licensees to less than 2kW. In the US it is 1.5kW. In the UK it depends on the license level, I think. This is more than enough power to reach long distances, even on VHF and UHF. The reason your FM broadcast radio doesn't reach long distances is basically that broadcast radio receivers are generally very poor in terms of sensitivity. And the antennas used are similarly poor. Another factor is that the US radio market (maybe the UK also?) is fairly saturated in metropolitan areas. When you drive close to the edge range of a transmitter, often another station begins interfering. There is a zone where you can receive neither very well without directional antennas.

Some more reading on VHF propagation is on Wikipedia.

-molo

about 3 years ago
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NRC Study Lowers Hazard Estimate For Nuke Plants

molo Re:Please indicate when linking to NYT paywall (168 comments)

Hi, the name is molo.

As for "cheating", I gave them a HTTP request. They decided to answer it with an article. No cheating involved.

Cheers.
-molo

more than 3 years ago
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NRC Study Lowers Hazard Estimate For Nuke Plants

molo Re:Please indicate when linking to NYT paywall (168 comments)

You know you can just clear your nytimes.com cookies to have them forget about the 20 articles you already read, right?

-molo

more than 3 years ago
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The Rise of Polymorphic Malware

molo Re:"OMG WTF PDF" lecture (202 comments)

The problem is you can hide different payloads in each, including malware. If a program (or antivirus) treats it as one file type and not the other, then the remaining data will be ignored.

-molo

more than 3 years ago
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The Rise of Polymorphic Malware

molo "OMG WTF PDF" lecture (202 comments)

If you're wondering what they're talking about you should watch this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54XYqsf4JEY

For a demo, see the 38:00 mark. The windows "calc.exe" is modified to simultaneously a valid windows exe, a valid zip archive, and a valid PDF. The same file can appear benign to anti-virus tools even though there is malware contained in the file when interpreted in certain ways.

-molo

more than 3 years ago
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Massive Solar Tower Planned For Arizona

molo Re:The only thing taller.. (407 comments)

Yes, do it, but don't do it with taxpayer money and federal subsidies.

-molo

more than 3 years ago
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Massive Solar Tower Planned For Arizona

molo Re:The only thing taller.. (407 comments)

I didn't say anything about cost. Regarding nuclear, you should look at the power output for one of those plants. They are 2000MW or greater. Although I have to agree on disaster risk.

-molo

more than 3 years ago

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Lawrence Lessig on KQED's Forum

molo molo writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I was listening to the rebroadcast of Forum last night and found that Lawrence Lessig was the featured guest, discussing the importance of copyright and copyright reform. Forum is broadcast by KQED-FM, San Francisco, a NPR affiliate.

Thu, May 6, 2004 -- 9:00am
Copyright & Intellectual Property
Listen (entire program, Real Media)
Forum discusses copyright enforcement and its impact on innovation.
Host: with guest host Dave Iverson
Guests:
  * Lawrence Lessig, law professor at Stanford University and author of "Free Culture"
  * Jeffrey Knowles, partner with Coblentz, Patch, Duffy and Bass, representing artists and music publishers

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FSF Savannah Server Compromised

molo molo writes  |  more than 10 years ago The FSF Savannah server has been hacked. The statement indicates a similar attack vector as the exploit against the Debian systems. However, it had been hacked nearly a month ago and was not detected until December 1st. For those that are not familar with it, Savannah is the FSF version of Sourceforge, hosting both GNU and non-GNU Free Software projects. It has not yet been determined whether any of the projects' source code has been modified. Read the full statement for details. One thing is certain though, with Debian, Gentoo and now the FSF being exploited in the same month, the open source/free software community is clearly under attack.

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A sad day.

molo molo writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I saw some coverage on KTSF's broadcast of NHK news this morning that was about Hiroshima. I wasn't sure why it was on until I saw at the end "58".

I recently saw another program on TV (I forget where exactly) saying that Truman had information from the Joint Chiefs that a US invasion of Japan would suffer light casualties (on the order of 10,000 allied soldiers), that the Japanese people were demoralized, that they had no infrastructure to defend themselves with, and so on. The US had total air superiority, with no Japanese air resistance to speak of. Even the Japanese military had recognized that they had lost the war at this point already. The Russians were asked to broker a surrender deal with the US that allowed the emperor to retain his position.

And yet they used the bomb.

Why? To keep Russia out of Japan. To test the atom bomb on an unspoiled city (and not a "Military base" as Truman said in his speech). To intimidate the world and the Japanese emperor.

This was truly a sad day in history.

-molo

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