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High School Students Not Waiting For Schools To Go Online

mveloso Fucking pussies (82 comments)

Jesus christ, shit is free and you're like "oh, my fucking technical skill suck so much that I need content spoon fed into my retinas."

Haven't you heard the good news about Wine? Install it on your lame linux box and run the iTunes installer. You can ask the interwebs how to do it.

about two weeks ago

High School Students Not Waiting For Schools To Go Online

mveloso iTunes U (82 comments)

Just want to point out that iTunes U has amazing and free content available to anyone with iTunes. It's unbelievable how easy it is to learn almost anything you want. If you're not taking advantage of it you must be suffering from (in the words of an old colleague) recto-cranial inversion.

about two weeks ago

US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

mveloso Poor geography skills (529 comments)

Maybe the good Senator thinks Hungary is somewhere in Kansas and that Finland is somewhere near Alaska. He is from Alabama, so it's hard to say. As Tom Lehrer once sang about another southerner, "He's from Georgia, and doesn't speak the language very well."

There's no real relationship to Microsoft's Nokia layoffs and H-1B visas, except for those people in Seattle maybe. But the Seattle folks a be marketing people or managers, and you don't usually get H1-B visas for marketeers and managers.

about two weeks ago

Point-of-Sale System Bought On eBay Yields Treasure Trove of Private Data

mveloso It's not really a treasure trove (68 comments)

He didn't really get a treasure trove. He got some stuff that was sort of interesting, and maybe unfortunate.

It's not like he got every transaction of everyone who's used the system, their names, addresses, passwords, credit cards, security questions, etc.

about two weeks ago

Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

mveloso like donut holes (91 comments)

The higgs particle imparts mass the same way that donut holes impart mass, but differently.

about two weeks ago

Harvesting Energy From Humidity

mveloso Practically speaking nowhere (89 comments)

It's interesting, but practically speaking is it worth building a large, passive electricity and water generator in a cave system?

Not really.

OTOH, it would generate electricity forever, or at least until dust caked all the plates.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

mveloso Snapshots are great, for some things (265 comments)

Snapshots are great, but they assume all your data is on the snapshot. It's harder to roll back if your new version goes ahead and corrupts some database or something on the NAS.

It's even harder to roll back if your data stores are on some multi-clustered beast that wasn't designed to be rolled back.

Of course, you should have caught that in test, right?

about three weeks ago

Apple Gets Its First Batch of iPhone Chips From TSMC

mveloso Re:Samsung's slowing sales... (45 comments)

old smartphones are to today's smartphones as:

A BMW 7 series is to a model-T ford
GPS is to maps
Color TV vs Stereoscopes

I'd put my iPhone 1 up against a psion any day of the week.

about three weeks ago

Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

mveloso Fuck dystopia (265 comments)

These days, whenever someone tries to build something nice people are all "what about the poor?"

Well, what about the poor? Are the poor going on those Moon or Mars missions that /. readers love to think about? No. Are the poor gaming on i7s in their mom's basement while posting on Facebook? Are the poor worrying about how to spend their bitcoins?

Fuck worrying about the poor. They don't worry about you. Most of the poor would steal all your stuff and pawn it.

about three weeks ago

Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks

mveloso maybe that's the secret to CSNs! (131 comments)

Maybe that's the secret to CSNs: ramification. Somehow trick the staffers into coming up and exploring new strategies via online corporate games. Like "see what happens when you fire the marketing department", or "the teamsters have gone on strike: now what?"

That would be hilarious, and might even be useful.

about a month ago

Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

mveloso Kraken are eating our dark plastic? (304 comments)

Oceanographers are at a loss to explain the lack of plastic floating in our oceans. "Where the fuck did it go?" asked Omar Roberts, head of oceanography at the Skips Institute. "We've thrown shit-tons of plastic into the ocean. Where is it?"

Omar, though, has a theory. "The Kraken ate it. We're feeding the fucking Kraken. Jeeeesus!"

about a month ago

Mayors of Atlanta & New Orleans: Uber Will Knock-Out Taxi Industry

mveloso Re:Taxi Medallions (273 comments)

Taxi medallions are so expensive because medallion owners want them that way. By restricting the medallions, they restrict the competition.

Has this resulted in better service? In NY, ask the people in the outer boroughs if they can get cabs.

about a month ago

Why Amazon Might Want a Big Piece of the Smartphone Market

mveloso I can do this already (61 comments)

I (and they) can do this already with Amazon PriceCheck and the normal Amazon app. Why bother making a whole cellphone just do reinvent the wheel?

about a month and a half ago

Why Amazon Might Want a Big Piece of the Smartphone Market

mveloso Drive amazon services? (61 comments)

It's odd - I'm not sure if a phone would drive more amazon services. What's their motivation? They already see what I buy, when, and in many cases for whom, but they don't really seem to use that information very effectively.

I see some targeted stuff, but not as much as I would expect given my ridiculously long shopping history. A phone would allow them to know more, but they don't seem to be using the data the the extra data would be pointless.

They're not like google, in that their mobile is not a stalking horse for targeted ads. They're not really like Apple, since they don't really make high-end hardware. Launching a cellphone because you're feeling left out isn't really a great business case. Amazon doesn't really need to control the experience, since you can buy anything on amazon on other platforms.

Maybe they got a good deal on bulk minutes and cheap hardware, and want to pass the savings onto the public?

about a month and a half ago

The FCC Can't Help Cities Trapped By Predatory Internet Deals With Big Telecom

mveloso FCC - what it does (93 comments)

Title 47

I don't particularly want to understand the FCC's area of authority, so here is Title 47.

about a month and a half ago

Credit Card Breach At P.F. Chang's

mveloso Someone's let the POS out of the bag! (117 comments)

If it's stripe data, that implies the POS readers were compromised, just like Target. Interesting.

about a month and a half ago

Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

mveloso It's a separate upstream channel. (474 comments)

From what little I understand, the public WiFi stuff is on a separate upstream channel.

It's not using your bandwidth, but it is using bandwidth that Comcast doesn't want to make available to you, which isn't quite the same thing.

about a month and a half ago

Intel Confronts a Big Mobile Challenge: Native Compatibility

mveloso re: Popularity? Not really (230 comments)

Well, this is an unfortunate simplification of reality.

Apple has changed processor architectures for various reasons, but the generally accepted reason for moving to the x86 architecture from PowerPC was that IBM was unwilling to continue to invest in a low-power version of the PowerPC line. You can't build a Macbook air with a PowerPC unless you have a lap made of asbestos.

There were other benefits as well, but that was a significant one.

Apple didn't move to x86 because it was popular, Apple moved to x86 because Intel was able to provide them the thermal envelope they wanted.

about 2 months ago

I Want a Kindle Killer

mveloso Re:40 million sold? Bullshit (321 comments)

"A ton of them" is not how most people represent sales figures.

Just look at Samsung's sales reporting. They lied like crazy about sales.

about 2 months 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  |  more than 6 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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