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Researchers Demo Exploits Bypassing UEFI Secure Boot

qualico UEFI greatly increases comlpexity (100 comments)

Increases in complexity are usually increases in security vulnerabilities.
Also, boot times and installation are now longer and more complex...and just like the NSA, we are still no better in our security.

What a horrible joke.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Should More Math and Equations Be Used In the Popular Press?

qualico E=mc^2 (385 comments)

A good book to read on this topic is David Bodanis's E=mc^2,
"A biography of the world's most famous equation"

It's not just another Einstein book. It's actually about just the equation and its life.
The author gives examples of how printing houses using different equation notation were like Microsoft, driving out the competition for the standard.
All manner of symbols were used for math, some examples:

e================== mc^2
e || mc^2
e -----------> mc^2
e .aequs. mc^2
e ][ mc^2

Anyway, yes equations "can" be nice too look at in mainstream media.
Only to show a simple proof or to inspire a reader into further learning.
Of course, if it looks like spaghetti to the masses, then maybe the publisher went too far :P

Regardless, wasn't Einstein known for explaining complex concepts in terms that even the non-scholastic could understand?
Don't think he used any equations to describe relativity to them.
In fact, Einstein was not even a good Mathematician, iirc.

about a year ago

XP's End Will Do More For PC Sales Than Win 8, Says HP Exec

qualico This little XP laptop. (438 comments)

This little XP laptop I'm using to post this message is:

-running only 13 processes and 8 Services
-startup takes 20 seconds, initial memory use 60Mb, shutdown in 6 seconds
-has DeepFreeze and thus no security protection, fuck updates!
-outperforms Ubuntu, Windows 8 and Windows 7 bloated from running 100s of unnecessary processes and services.
-outperforms a brand new HP Windows 8 Laptop fresh out of the box, infected with Norton, Office and eBay promos.
-been running fine now for years.

What exactly do I need Microsoft's help for anyway?
Users and businesses only THINK they need their support.

about a year and a half ago

Google Chrome 27 Is Out: 5% Faster Page Loads

qualico Please suggest a better browser! (195 comments)

Glad to see some serious ripping of Chrome here.
It sucks and not just a little.

Like Microsoft, Google is trying to be all things to all people and this just makes for shit software.
Why the fuck do they need to use so much memory?

Try http://www.crazybrowser.com/
      as an example of the size a browser should be
      does not work for some pages so its the lesser of an evil for now anyway.

but seriously, Google is doing so much shit in the background that you need to give up most of your bandwidth to tracking and most of your memory for loading...so frustrating.

Does anyone else have a suggestion for a good light weight browser?

Maybe we need to create a 5k only Internet. No Flash allowed!

about a year and a half ago

9th Grade Science Experiment: Garden Cress Won't Germinate Near Routers

qualico Re:No reproduction (327 comments)

Is it the cold, lightless, lifeless, soul-sucking corner of the room that the router is located in?

Maybe it's the cold, lightless, lifeless, soul-sucking nation that the entire room is located in.

Please mod this up.

This is exactly why I come here,
          to read intelligently poetic comical insites.

My girlfriend and I are still splitting our guts laughing.
*and she's not even a geek*

about a year and a half ago

Europe Needs Genetically Engineered Crops, Scientists Say

qualico Obligatory Movie post about... (586 comments)

...our current world influences for food production and distribution.

If the Matrix style production of chicken does not make you sick, maybe the message at the end of the movie from Nestle's president will.


Although the movie is documentarily shocking, there are what feel like forced elments to make the point.
Like to get some feedback, not putting on my tinfoil hat yet.

about 2 years ago

North Korea Declares a State of War

qualico DEFCON 4? (628 comments)

So they have made these same threats many times before and that negates ANY threat?

Is it not a bit more concerning this time given that they NOW have a missile capable of hitting mainland US with a nuclear war head?
What happened to the DEFCON system?
Should it not be changed given you have the above situation?

‘He who exercises no forethought but makes light of his opponents is sure to be captured by them.’
-Sun Tzu, The Art of War

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Approach To Reenergize an Old Programmer?

qualico BASIC programming can be very lucrative. (360 comments)

Which BASIC are you talking about though, this one

OK, so that is probably NOT what you meant, but seriously, there is some really good coin to be made in BASIC programming and I'm not talking just for the Trash80, C64 and Timex Sinclair.

Try this company to start, http://www.osas.com/
They have great accounting products based on Business BASIC, http://www.basis.com/

Programming in the accounting field "was" very lucrative for me.
WAS, because it was not my dream life to sit in a chair and stare at alpha numeric characters spilling down my screen like the Matrix all day long. Now I'm retired on a sailboat, living the life of a pirate, pun intended.

Oh, and just to be pedantic, BASIC is an acronym, Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, as you surely know.
Putting "Basic" on your resume may create some "semantic noise" for the reviewer.

And one last thing, you might consider moving on up the ladder,
With your grey hair and overall experience, you are sure to land a job as a "Consultant" and still get to program.
Differences between programmer and consultant explained here http://namingexception.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/dont-be-a-programmer-be-a-consultant/

more than 2 years ago


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XOOPS, main site hacked again.

qualico qualico writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Submitted the following, just hope it gets a posting, otherwise, forget it, I won't be wasting my time submitting /. to stories...digg.com seems to appreciate my efforts more.

Here is a snippet from Xoops.org main site:
"The main XOOPS.org website has been hacked by a destructive hacker in order to destroy the open source spirit of the XOOPS community, and promote another project (without their consent!). We have stopped the hacker..."

The other project is XOOPSCube

Here is a list of some of the damage:

1. Xoops title changed to read, "When you look long into the abyss, the abyss looks long into you".
2. User's PM settings deleted.
3. PM's returned with, "Are you seeing what I'm seeing? yes, I can see... dead people."
4. Posts dated years ago are marked current.
5. Avatar and Rank images deleted.
6. Mikhail Miguel from Brazil, a former supporter recently banned, gets User ID 1.

Looks like there may be dissention in the ranks.
After just reviewing CMS, (Content Management Systems), I can say that this certainly raised a red flag for me.

Maybe it would be a good idea for sites like, http://www.opensourcecms.com/, to report this news and track projects with a history of security problems.


Slashdot shell script.

qualico qualico writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Need a shell script to mark /. articles for mod when mod points are delivered.
Should be able to scrape the web page with wget.
Make database entries.
Send email with a tag to unleash points before expiry if any left.
Some can be marked to grab a point automatically.


To meet a famous Cowboy.

qualico qualico writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Some theory.
Way out there I know, (standard disclaimers apply).

I'm sitting here moderating and it occours to me, (wife sedated from tubal ligation btw), what is next on Slashdot, will it evolve or be evolved around.

It certainly is a method of thinking, but more importantly collaborating.

It will be interesting to see the following:

moderation of ones own thread.
moderation and participation.
indication of moderation and participation status to others.
(this serves to show that there may be a bias?)

ip database of verified accounts vs. posting anonomously
and of course...


Enhance your Slashdot Experence.

qualico qualico writes  |  more than 9 years ago

This is just a link list I'm putting together to enhance my slashdot power.

If anyone has others, please do tell.

This one is great to get an idea of story traffic and strong responses:

I really like this one cause it makes slashdot into an audio broadcast:

Wikipedia's great definition and information of Slashdot culture:

Someday maybe I will make my own Slash server:

I've only been stung once so far by excessive trolling, none the less its something to watch out for on Slashdot. Its usually people that like to argue for the sake of arguing and really don't have a clue what they are arguing about.

Been slashdotted?
Try this: http://www.mirrordot.org/

An interesting review of moderation:


Slashdot's time limit on posting.

qualico qualico writes  |  about 10 years ago

Sure would be nice to have the limit removed on posting time limits for people with Excellent Karma.



qualico qualico writes  |  about 10 years ago

As I work here amoung a christmas tree of LEDs, I can't help but think about those old SciFi flicks with what looks like now, to be a goofy way of representing the future.
Yet somehow it was true.

Star Trek was a good example.
"Those lights represent nothing, rediculous.", I thought.

Yet here I am.
Surrounded by them.


Comment size windows!

qualico qualico writes  |  about 10 years ago

Ok found the place to change the size of comment windows.



Bigger Comment Box PLEASE!!!

qualico qualico writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Please oh pllleeeeaaassseee,
Expand the comment box!
This will fix the wrap around bug,
(You know, the one that inserts the dam space at the right side of the box limit?), when cutting and pasting long URL links AND stop the torture of creating posts in a tiny window.
Would you want to work on a desk 3" x 6"?
Its mental thumb screws!

It can't be that hard to code. Can it?


I wish I could Moderate and Participate.

qualico qualico writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Ok so this is just a request stuffed in a bottle and sent floating into a sea of great expanse.

I like to moderate.
But I also like to participate.
Thats how I successfully moderate.

Although I do undertand conflict of interest.
There are topics and there are threads.
I'd like to have our /. moderation rules restricted to just threads.
Meaning I can still moderate inside a topic and participate. Although, if I moderate a thread, it becomes subject to roll back of moderation points and *not* the whole topic.


Search Engine Difficiencies

qualico qualico writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Trying to find out WHO is "Stanley J Randall"

Searches in all major search engines show only his quotes.
I've spent hours trying to sift through the results to come up with nothing!

Ok lets try biography.com

While here, lets try "Rob Malda" on biography.com
Charlie Sheen! All right I'm on the trail of CmdrTaco now!!!

The Internet certainly is lacking in results these days.


Reading Slashdot and Moderating

qualico qualico writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Ok, so now I can moderate.

But what the heck is this lovely wasteland of thought?

Who could read just one story, study it, then return to read all the posts and make judgement?

And as I sit here amounst computer screens and wirring fans, it dawns on me.


xTLD? Whats the future of Top Level Domains?

qualico qualico writes  |  about 11 years ago TLD, (Top Level Domain)

ccTLD (country code)
gTLDs (generic) (.com, .edu, .gov, .int, .mil, .net, and .org)
- sTLD (sponsored) (.museum, .areo, .coop
- uTLD (unsponsored) (.biz, .info, .name, and .pro)
specialTLD .arpa

The value of the domain name is truly incredible. The internet domain name business.com was sold by Marc Ostrofsky of Texas, USA, on December 1, 1999 for US $7.5 million. In January of 2000, loans.com domain name was sold for $3 million. Recently, in December of 2003, Rick Schwartz sold his domain name men.com for $1.3 million. Some of the people would never sell their names .name goes second level like .com 11:30AM EST on 14 January 2004

ICANN www.icann.org "ICANN's role is very limited," ya right!
To propose a new TLD :
$45,000-50,000 which is non-refundable regardless of outcome.
Come on, that's just a ridiculous money grabbing bureaucracy!

Whois database is a great SPAM engine.

Cyber squatting .pro - behind on its second level offering
- Third level domains offered by providing only subdomain names like .law.pro .tv - A Verisign Company? www.tv
- Example of squat, 3.tv $10,000/year
- Suppose to be country code for Tuvalu http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/tv.html

Browser Behavior
-Name without TLD defaults
  IE 6.0.26 - defaults to <name>.com
Mozilla 1.0.2 - Netscape search
Konqueror 3.1.4 - Google search

-Name not registered
IE 6.0.26 - Yeah.com
Mozilla 1.0.2 - Alert
Konqueror 3.1.4 - Unknown host error
Now that I look back on this post from long ago, it hits me like a hammer that this stuff actually slowing the rollout of other names. Firefox should be interesting. Oh and if you plan on a domain transfer, its work, with money grabbing all along the way. $300 from Domainsatcost to transfer a name in redemption, when delays were the fault of the organization. No phone answering possible at any time of the day. Toll Free lines are none existant, so its stressful to watch your long distance phone charge climb into the a couple of hours of waiting with no response!
Finally the fax works, but you need 5-20 sheets of real big type to get a response.
WARNING: This will cause you to bang your head aimlessly against the wall.

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