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Largest DDoS In History Reaches 300 Billion Bits Per Second

mr_3ntropy APK? (450 comments)

APK, is that you?
You registered a /. account !?

about 2 years ago

The Math Formula That Lead To the Financial Crash

mr_3ntropy Re:Supply and Demand (371 comments)

Funny? This is the most insightful post in this thread. It neatly summarizes the cause of the crisis in a sentence.

more than 2 years ago

Iranian TV Shows Downed US Drone

mr_3ntropy Re:Anyone else not surprised? (612 comments)

What does it matter if enemy troops can see their own positions?

Hint: It matters if enemy troops can see that enemy troops can see their positions.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With the Business Software Alliance?

mr_3ntropy Re:Yes, I've had experience. We lost (& kind o (519 comments)

I can't believe this either. But perhaps they mean that someone can transplant things like stickers after the fact, so they are unreliable. Maybe we should start insisting on etched serial numbers now, like engine blocks. (Etched on what though? Duh.)

more than 3 years ago

Hillary Clinton Takes Data.gov Overseas

mr_3ntropy Re:H1-B karma burner (250 comments)

I know it seems hard, but please make an attempt to read the complete sentence:

Having H1-B holders not make SS contributions seems reasonable to me -- if you want to tax H1-B activity, you can always just raise the fees for the visa itself, to get the same effect

See? You can do it. Reading Comprehension Assistance: He proposed increasing other fees to make up for removing unreasonable taxes.

more than 3 years ago

PuTTY 0.61 Released

mr_3ntropy Re:Thanks! (184 comments)

GPs post was indeed excellent. Now If you

spend hundreds of hours every year maintaining MS-Windows domain authentication and authorization infrastructures

surely you have heard of Kerberos Tickets, Windows Integrated Authentication, Impersonation, WMI etc? (plus now there is WinRm and CredSSP) And surely it was obvious that in the GPs scenario, the terminal user is on the same AD domain as the remote server and is added to the appropriate domain or local security groups.

more than 3 years ago

Playstation 3 Code Signing Cracked For Good

mr_3ntropy uh.. (534 comments)


more than 3 years ago

Any Open Source Solutions For DIY Auto Diagnostics?

mr_3ntropy Bluetooth ones are costlier, but... (270 comments)

The GP neglected to mention which bluetooth device he bought and for how much. This is a price gouging hole because of the lack of options in the market. I found that the OBDkey you linked to costs $160 for the bluetooth, and $350 for the WiFi version.

I had discovered this $50 alternative when I had been looking, but don't know if it will work as well as the more expensive ones. ~$50 is surely a much more decent and reasonable price though.

You can read the reviews which are ok, and it even works with the open source scantool.net software, ScanXL, Scanmaster, etc. So it can't be all that bad.Several Free OBD2 software tools are listed on this page:
More open source ones here:

I also noticed a similar one on ebay which is more like $25. Again, no idea how good these actually are.

I have also read that bluetooth may not support sufficient bandwidth for realtime monitoring of modern ECUs with a large number of sensors, data etc. Wifi is better, but I haven't found anything actually affordable.

My own goal was a laptop-less self contained logging device that can be handed to my friends to simply plug in and go. That would allow me to log sensor data and analyse it later to diagnose intermittent issues that we cannot reproduce on demand. I didn't quite succeed in this. The most obvious option is the "Carchip", which turns out to be pretty lame. It can only record about 10 or so parameters and that only at 5 sec intervals. Many intermittent issues only last a few seconds so this would be useless for diagnostics. Its more a fleet management solution.

There aren't many other affordable datalogging devices. I finally bought the very expensive Auterra dashdyno, which turned out to be a huge disappointment also. It can log several times a second but is also limited to 16 pids. This wouldn't be such a problem if the user interface was not an absolute horror to use. I will leave that review for another post. This precludes it being used as a plug and go tool. It is for geeks only and needs babysitting.

I guess the next best idea is that I will buy that bluetooth device next and see if any data logging software is available. Also need to upgrade my phone to Android I guess. At least a laptop is not required, but still not the plug-and-log that I want :/

more than 4 years ago

Companies Skeptical of Commercial Space Market

mr_3ntropy Bigelow Aerospace?! (192 comments)

What the Deuce?!

more than 4 years ago

What Chernobyl Looks Like In 2010

mr_3ntropy Chernobyl Wildlife? (413 comments)

"Chernobyl no wildlife Haven"
--BBC News

Sorry, I can never resist blurting out my favorite BBC headline on any mention of Chernobyl! But seriously

more than 4 years ago

Slime Mold Could Lead To Better Tech

mr_3ntropy Or oil (179 comments)

Or indeed oil, which was similarly demonstrated to possess "intelligence", as it can solve a maze due to a pH gradient. Interestingly, that work debunked the claims of intelligence made for this same mold 10 years ago - for solving mazes and finding shortest paths.

about 5 years ago

Radiation-Resistant Plants Could Be Used In Space

mr_3ntropy Ob BBC (132 comments)

Chernobyl 'not a wildlife haven' --BBC News

No, seriously.

more than 5 years ago

Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) Released

mr_3ntropy Re:Does it fix the annoying wireless disconnect is (482 comments)

Yep. BCM4306, Hardy, same issue. Have to restart networking every time I use the laptop, or return from standby, or even after idling a few minutes. Totally frustrated.

more than 6 years ago



Ubuntu 9 is Jaunty Jackalope, coming next April

mr_3ntropy mr_3ntropy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mr_3ntropy (969223) writes "Ars is reporting Mark Shuttleworth announced today that Ubuntu 9.04 will be called Jaunty Jackalope. to be released next April. It will focus on improving boot times and the convergence of desktop and web. The 8.10 release, Intrepid Ibex, is coming next month with GNOME 2.24 and will include better support for subnotebooks."

mr_3ntropy mr_3ntropy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mr_3ntropy writes "Speaking to a sold out crowd at the Berkeley Physics Oppenheimer Lecture, Hawking said yesterday that he now believes the universe spontaneously popped into existence from nothing. He said more work is needed to prove this but we have time because "Eternity is a very long time, especially towards the end."
Webcast available here.(Realplayer or Real Alternative required)
This quote is at the very end of the lecture A transcript would have been helpful, but I couldn't find one available yet.
Very difficult to grasp and accept this idea, but interesting for those of us who constantly wonder about the origins of the universe."


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