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New Study Shows Three Abrupt Pulses of CO2 During Last Deglaciation

mveloso Those damn Igigi (75 comments)

That's about when the Igigi created mankind. How about that?

4 hours ago

How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

mveloso Do you charge your phone every day? (353 comments)

Back in the day, you didn't need to charge your phone every day. Now you do. Big deal?

13 hours ago

Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

mveloso It's about control (838 comments)

Who controls the system, the system administrator or software developers?

How many packages come with init scripts that actually work?

How many packages have dependencies that aren't documented?

How many packages work only on a narrow subset of environments that are tested by the developers?

The answer, of course, is "all of them."

Today, the competent administrator can control startup, dependencies, etc on a granular basis. With systemd, that control has gone - somewhere else.

Who gets called when stuff fucks up because some bozo fucked up their package's systemd configuration? It won't be the package developer, that's for sure.

3 days ago

Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion

mveloso Retards (266 comments)

The Jedi were, in the end, a bunch of idiots who were so blind that they (1) didn't notice they were spending billions of credits a year building a clone army, (2) didn't realize, even after some kid mentioned it to yoda, that all their systems were compromised, and (3) were so bad at tactics that they dropped 100% of their forces into - some dumb arena to fight someone.

Their last practitioner, Obi-Wan, left his best friend to die after cutting off both of his arms and his legs, and spent the rest of his life as a trapdoor spider waiting to turn his best friend's son into a weapon pointed at his old friend.

Why would anyone want to be like these yo-yos?

4 days ago

Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

mveloso Better reading: ad agency processes (150 comments)

If you want a process for fostering creativity, read something like this:

Ad agencies have to come up with ideas all the time, and their processes for doing so have worked for over a century. Each agency is different, but all of them have to be creative on demand.

about two weeks ago

The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

mveloso Black bile and the humors (350 comments)

When I read this, I remember "the humors" and imagine someone ranting about the lack validity of a competing theory because they can't account of the lack of black bile in the solution.

about two weeks ago

Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

mveloso Yeah, but you're not using your XPS anymore (355 comments)

Dell's equipment service life is 3 years. The difference between your XPS is the Black Macbook is that the guy was still using the macbook for daily tasks. Your XPS is probably on a shelf somewhere.

My late 2009 i7 iMac is unfortunately still going strong, with 16gb of ram and a 4TB fusion drive. It'll last for another few years. I have a mac mini 2009 that's been cranking away in a colo 24x7 for the last 4-5 years with no issues.

You can see the difference between Apple products on eBay every day. I've been trying to pick up a old Mac Pro, and Mac Pros from 2009 are going for $1k+. It's unreal and sort of ridiculous.

Even the prices for iDevices are crazy. Look on the 3GS is still $48, $100+ for a 4s. These phones are ancient. You can't give old cellphones away that aren't iPhones.

about two weeks ago

VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

mveloso Wow, that's a lot of iterations (220 comments)

Wow, going from 2000 to 327,661 iterations sounds like a big deal. Does that actually add any value, or is that like doing rot-13 a million times?

about two weeks ago

Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

mveloso Spanish nurse (421 comments)

She thinks she may have touched her face with a glove. Nobody is really sure. However, if she did that would show that Ebola is way more contagious than the CDC thinks. That implies transdermal transmission.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

mveloso you need some wireless backhaul (279 comments)

What you need to do is get one of these wireless backhaul things and put one at one end of your house, and one on the other.


Then you've got a 4Gbps backhaul from your fiber point to the rest of your house. Stock up on a bunch of those, and you should be able to exercise your fiber like crazy.

As a bonus, you can cook your dinner by just putting your food in the beam pathway.

about three weeks ago

Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

mveloso Don't pay them and they'll go away (283 comments)

If they had to pay their own way, the number of PhD students would drop tremendously and all the postdocs would leave to get jobs in the real world. Problem solved!

about three weeks ago

Details of iOS and Android Device Encryption

mveloso What about the data? (146 comments)

Encryption is only one part of the announcement. Apple also said that they're not going to sell your data, for the most part. What did google say about that?

about three weeks ago

User Error Is the Primary Weak Point In Tor

mveloso Security is too hard (70 comments)

If security is too hard for criminals to use, it's too hard for normal people to use.

about a month ago

Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March

mveloso Exploited in real life? (93 comments)

Has anyone actually shown that this was exploited by anyone?

about a month ago

Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

mveloso But - what's changing the winds? (207 comments)

But - but - what's changing the winds so the coast is warming? Global warming! Duh!

Warming is warming, unless there's no warming. Then it's still warming, but a different kind of warming than the other warming. I mean change.

about a month ago

Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

mveloso Billions and billions (206 comments)

Android phones now account for 823 phones out of every phone sold. That's progress!

about a month ago

Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

mveloso But what about the hiatus? (200 comments)

There hasn't been warming for over a decade, but the warming/change advocates have ignored that because it confounded their model - until a bit ago, when they sized upon the ocean as a heatsink due to another study.

How many billions of dollars have been wasted chasing that chimera?

If they really cared about reducing their carbon footprint, they'd all kill themselves. As a westerner, they have a massive carbon footprint that they'll never erase. At least that way they'd be able to give back by fertilizing a tree or something. Of course, if they choose cremation that'll release even more carbon and waste, since they'll need an urn of some sort.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

mveloso it's a you problem (504 comments)

Installed across my devices, it seems fine.

iPad 2, 4, air, iPhone 6, 5.

about a month ago

Next Android To Enable Local Encryption By Default Too, Says Google

mveloso Which android version? (126 comments)

Well, it doesn't do any good right now if it's on an android version that nobody uses. What about Pre L versions?

And won't this really be a carrier option? And what about that sharing data part?

about a month and a half ago



If you could rewrite your application, what would you do differently?

mveloso mveloso writes  |  more than 2 years ago

mveloso (325617) writes "Lots of readers are in development — web, software, etc. After a few iterations everything gets crufty — requirements change, hacks get put into place, the architecture doesn't fit, and real-world performance is terrible.

With the benefit of your current experience, how would you have rewritten your application given what you know today?"

Tracking zombies and botnets?

mveloso mveloso writes  |  about 7 years ago

mveloso (325617) writes "Like many people here, I run a couple of servers that do various things. The machines run firewalls as a matter of course, and have large numbers of log entries showing machines that, for one reason or another, are poking and prodding them.

But — besides proactively shutting off access to the machines by blocking their IPs (which may or may not be useful), I was wondering: is there a repository somewhere for tracking infected machines or botnets? Some of the signatures match known vectors used by infected machines, and some don't...but it all may be useful informtion for somebody.

Does anyone know of a blacklist-type service that can use this information?"


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