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Wikileaks Vows Release '7x the Size' of Iraq Leak

pdxp Drumroll.... (491 comments)

It's the actual release date of Duke Nukem Forever. This news will be huge... earth-shattering even.

more than 3 years ago

Google Settles Buzz Privacy Suit

pdxp Settlement distribution? (165 comments)

I imagine:

Lawyers: $7,999,999.
Privacy Policy Education Fund: $1.

more than 3 years ago

Looks Like the End of the Line For LimeWire

pdxp Well, (277 comments)

It's the end of the lime for them alright, and it's sad to see such a historic piece of software going out on a such a sour note.

more than 3 years ago

The World's Smallest Full HD Display

pdxp Viability? (243 comments)

Is it really that big of a deal? Any text will need to be scaled up. I'm typing this on a 13" Sony Vaio (Z12) with "Full HD" (Best Buy speak for 1920x1080) and I wouldn't be able to see anything if I hadn't scaled up the fonts. Our eyes can only make out so much detail, and I think this new screen might be a bit beyond what most people will need for a quality small-screen experience.

more than 3 years ago

Google Rolls Out Chrome 7

pdxp I don't know about everyone else... (292 comments)

But my Chrome updated silently... I thought it was supposed to either ask me or let me know an update is available. Surprising.

more than 3 years ago

Possible Issues With the P != NP Proof

pdxp Current Status (147 comments)

The paper was preliminary to begin with. It is currently withdrawn in order to fix minor typos and because currently "enough unresolved issues with the paper exist to foster a healthy sense of skepticism". This is a good thing for now.

The original discussion was in a Google Doc but has since moved to a wiki.

Info: Previous post explaining the proof more clearly
Paper (not wort reading for most of us)

more than 4 years ago

Copyright Troll USCG Violates Copyright

pdxp Re:USCG == Coast Guard (97 comments)

Actually they stole the Coast Guard's initialism, which is even worse because it's obvious that all the letters are the same when repeated out loud!

more than 4 years ago

Data Sorting World Record — 1 Terabyte, 1 Minute

pdxp Important Details.... (129 comments)

... to make it clear that you won't be doing it (TritonSort, thanks for leaving that out kdawson) on your desktop at home:

  • 10Gbps Networking
  • 52 servers x 8 cores each = 416 CPUs
  • 24 GB RAM per server = 1,248 GB
  • ext4 filesystem on each, presumably with hardware raid

I think this is cool, but.... how fast is it in a more practical situation?


more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Shows Off 'Milo' Virtual Human

pdxp Undisclosed Technology == Babbage! (270 comments)

People might think it's funny when their AI friend has a funny accent, but it's cheaper to outsource these things to India! I assure you people will be amazed and perplexed by how wonderful this AI is, but maybe curious why it has an hourly cost....

more than 4 years ago

Retrieving a Stolen Laptop By IP Address Alone?

pdxp Re:Nmap full scan (765 comments)

Sorry a bit hasty there. The port 6363 is a backdoor for a Westel modem. HTTP Server header is Server: WSTL CPE 1.0 .

50940 is unresponsive.

more than 4 years ago

Retrieving a Stolen Laptop By IP Address Alone?

pdxp Nmap full scan (765 comments)

Just ran it on all ports overnight, here ya go. Omitted all but the 3 useful lines,

6363/tcp open tcpwrapped
50940/tcp closed unknown

more than 4 years ago

What Is New In PostgreSQL 9.0

pdxp I like.... (213 comments)

the join removal. But what about the partitioning features that have been on the table for quite some time now? The scaffolding is already there, but implementing partitioning is still quite a chore. I just want to be able to gracefully create/manage partitions as in Oracle. There are also a few papers floating around out there with proof-of-concept parallelization/optimization schemes that can be applied with partitioning knowledge.

more than 4 years ago

Google Launches a Data Prediction API

pdxp Hmm... I smell a internet-scale prank opportunity (70 comments)

Google probably wants to use the data for their own analysis. So, I suggest all of Slashdot team together and forge a large volume of the most bullshit data that will convince Google that, without a doubt, they need to make every first search result named "Frosty P1ss!" linked to goatse in order to make their customers happy.

more than 4 years ago

"Argonaut" Octopus Sucks Air Into Shell As Ballast

pdxp Debated for millenia? (72 comments)

From TFA (emphasis mine):

Finn and Norman filmed and photographed live animals in the act of trapping their air bubbles, solving a mystery that has been debated for millennia.

Somehow I am starting to think that exaggeration in the media goes too far sometimes....

more than 4 years ago

Intel Shows Off First Light Peak Laptop

pdxp I was there when they started working on this.... (271 comments)

And their only reason for making it is so THEY can specify the required DRM compliance for high-bandwidth devices. It was the foremost issue during development. It's the only reason they've re-branded and protocol-ized existing technology. HDCP 3.0 anyone?

more than 4 years ago

What Is the Future of Firewalls?

pdxp Re:I like PF, try PFSense (414 comments)

I use pfSense seriously and it's great; however, all it does in regard's to OPs concerns is make the manual configuration easier/prettier. Although you'd be able to use SSH & shell scripts to change config files, that might make a lot of sysadmins (like me) nervous.

more than 4 years ago

Firmware Hack Allows Video Analysis On a Canon Camera

pdxp Re:Why Bother Rewriting the Wheel? (115 comments)

xxdinkxx makes some good points, and also I've learned from experience that OpenCV is too slow for mobile devices in its generic form. You'd end up needing to write optimized assembler code specific to the camera's processor anyway.

more than 4 years ago

Cisco's New Router — Trouble For Hollywood

pdxp Re:The Last Mile (335 comments)

It can sometimes be the backbones but it's more often that the Last Mile is the source of bandwidth/latency issues. You can thank our telecoms for not doing The Right Thing(TM) with all of the government subsidization that many telecoms in other countries used to fix the obviously expensive problems.

In the cases where we do pay through the nose for reasonably fast connections, the problem becomes centered around load on servers. You can't stream HD content to 100,000 users from one machine, so there's a point when you need to build out your services to meet the capacity of the network.

more than 4 years ago

Italian Court Rules ISPs Must Block Access To Pirate Bay

pdxp Re:Not to be a dick, but . . . (208 comments)

It's not a matter of what is on the website as much as it is this: many of us see a bleak future when law dictates what sites we can and cannot visit on the internet.

This ruling means that rather than only taking down websites that cause direct harm to a person or a group of people, access to sites can be removed even if they fall within copyright gray areas, where laws and ideas are different all over the world, or where they possibly threaten financial harm (no matter how [un]justified) to large organizations.

It's like taking a magazine off the stands in just one country because it says anti-patriotic things about its leader. or, if you want to go into the realm of content legality, a magazine that tells you how to exploit DNS vulnerabilites (3 cheers for the 2600 periodical).

more than 4 years ago

Space Shuttle Spy Gets 15 Years

pdxp Re:15 years? (402 comments)

No, but they'll be able to dance to Thriller in a very synchronized and entertaining fashion.

more than 4 years ago


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