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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

ron_ivi Anyone have a torrent? (416 comments)

Apparently they're good lectures.

about a week ago

Tor Project Mulls How Feds Took Down Hidden Websites

ron_ivi Re:DDOS + Poison Pill (135 comments)

tagged the packets

And in case someone thinks that's the hard part, note that tagging the packets is pretty easy. Just send a pattern of large-packet,small-packet,large-packet,small-packet .... ; and look for that pattern.

Just spam the .onion site with tons of that traffic, and look on the relay nodes you control for whichever machine they're sending the most of that pattern.

about a month ago

OneDrive Delivers Unlimited Cloud Storage To Office 365 Subscribers

ron_ivi If it supports rsync I'll care. (145 comments)

Anyone know of such a service that supports the rsync protocol (either over ssh or any other rsync-friendly transport). If so - bandwidth limitations don't suck so bad; since you'd be typically just streaming incremental changes.

about a month and a half ago

Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

ron_ivi Can that run on Linux under Wine? (101 comments)

Don't have Windows here. Would be nice if they had a firmware patch that could run on Linux.

about 2 months ago

'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

ron_ivi ZUNE (150 comments)

I love how Zune has now become a word for Microsoft screwing a partner.


Microsoft Partners, You Been Zunked

More on that some other day, but the real and perhaps the only story in the news is that Microsoftâ(TM)s partners â" from device makers to music services â" just got double crossed by the company they choose to believe in. I like to call it Zun-ked (a tiny take off on Punked.)

about 2 months ago

Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

ron_ivi Actually, they're *saving* chicago that much. (398 comments)

Whenver a speed camera gives a ticket it sucks money out of a community (sharing with arizona or wherever the company is that runs most of them).

Yet the camera marketing companies keep spinning them as ways to provide money to cities.

In reality, that only works for the rare city where most drivers are from out of town.

about 2 months ago

If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

ron_ivi change paradigm to *onsite* backups (150 comments)

Remember how "off-site backups" were important back before the cloud?

I think the best of both worlds is to have the live system in the cloud, but have on site backups of all those systems.

That way if/when the cloud dies, you can still have access to all your data.

about 2 months ago

Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

ron_ivi Re:Ruby? (547 comments)

Rails may die.

Thank you for making that distinction.

I liked using Ruby before ever seeing Rails, and have a moderate dislike for Rails.

I wish people would stop judging Ruby for one IMHO awkward and bloated framework.

about 2 months ago

Chrome 38 Released: New APIs and 159 Security Fixes

ron_ivi Re:Chromium (55 comments)

I hope yes for bug fixes. Less excited about "features". I'm not sure I want them adding "features" like Google Play and random to help their data business.

about 2 months ago

US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

ron_ivi If true - imagine the consequenses (335 comments)

Does that mean they think they're allowed to hack whatever banks and stock markets they want in foreign countries?

If so - imagine how effectively they might go after financial crimes.

Or is this just for when the FBI wants to overlap with the DEA on wars on drugs?

about 2 months ago

How the NSA Profits Off of Its Surveillance Technology

ron_ivi Licensing *what* technology and information? (83 comments)

I imagine with their surveilance on foreign corporations there's a huge amount of technology the could license.

And imagine how much money they could make licensing insider information of stock markets of enemy countries.

Might even be part of their job descriptions, if their job is to undermine such countries. It probably works better to destablize an enemy's economy than sanctions.

about 3 months ago

Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

ron_ivi Re:Yeah sorry, no (299 comments)

I guess the problem is writing the law in a way that disallows shooting commercials or movies

I don't think that's what they're targeting.

Wouldn't be surprised if the real target are environmentalists who complain about aggressive logging.

about 3 months ago

TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

ron_ivi Re:I prefer doxbox (270 comments)

Thank You!!! I've occasionally looked for something exactly like this.

about 3 months ago

NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

ron_ivi Re:Six Missoins Each (188 comments)

It wouldn't suck if they made more profit on less revenue.

Sure it could.

For example, Boeing could take the $4B and spend $5B on R&D having negative profit; while SpaceX could take the $2B and make $1B profit.

But then Boeing's technology will have improved by $5B in R while SpaceX's will have only benefited 1/5th as much

about 3 months ago

FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

ron_ivi Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (222 comments)

Well, there are forces that do not want *NEW* parts of the US economy to do well. Those are the big slow companies heavily invested in old legacy technologies. I imagine they're the ones who buy the lawyers who write the laws.

See also, electric cars.

about 3 months ago

Should Docker Move To a Non-Profit Foundation?

ron_ivi Assuming it's open source, who cares. (47 comments)

If it's managed well, who cares what the organization / tax structure of the backers are.

If it gets mismanaged by an individual, you'll get dozens of non-profits as well as corporations that are welcome to fork it and try to convince people to use their own forks

If it gets mismanaged by a non-profit, you'll get dozens of commercial companies and individuals that are welcome to fork it and try to convince people to use their own forks.

In the end, the best managed fork will win; regardless of how it's taxed.

about 3 months ago

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

ron_ivi Re:Seriously? (145 comments)

It's a nightmare to maintain


I'd have thought that was a solved problem long ago - and if it really is still painful, there are plenty of email hosting services that would love to sign up a major ISP to provide that service for you.

about 3 months ago

NSA Agents Leak Tor Bugs To Developers

ron_ivi Re:Yes Google and FB are the ones to protect us? (116 comments)

No surprises here.

It'd make perfect sense if NSA submits bug reports to Tor for vulnerabilities it knows its competitors are using; while at the same time keeping quiet about the ones it uses itself.

about 4 months ago

Finding an ISIS Training Camp Using Google Earth

ron_ivi How do they know who's camp it is? (134 comments)

Seem the area has many groups - some friendly to one agenda, others friendly to other agendas. It doesn't seem hard to use areal photos to find *a* camp. But how might they know it's an ISIS camp? (especially considering that a facility may be Local Police one day, and ISIS the next.

about 4 months ago



ron_ivi ron_ivi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ron_ivi writes "I see that Wine (who just had their 0.9.37"> release last week) and related products like CodeWeavers CrossOver and Transgaming Cedega (who also each had releases in the past month) keep improving. Meanwhile, more and more reports are coming out about Vista compatibility issues with both software and hardware.

Is Wine or Vista more Windows-XP/2000 compatible?

At first glance it seems that Wine-over-Linux is *much* more compatible with Win2K-era hardware which is unlikely to have Vista drivers. And also that Wine-over-Linux is *much* more compatible with WinXP-era hardware which surprisingly is also unlikely to have Vista compatibility. Software compatibility seems more mixed — with Wine probably supporting more Win2K-era software and Vista supporting more WinXP-era software? Of course in many cases (like Oracle) we'd obviously just get a native Linux or Vista port from the Vendor.

So, AskSlashdot, we're looking to upgrade legacy Windows 2000 and XP systems — does Wine or Vista look more promising."


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