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Did NIST Cripple SHA-3?

rriven Re:eat THEIR dog food? (169 comments)

The main workhorse to protect the SIPRNET is the KG-175D or Taclane Micro. The next problem you run into is getting one with the same software the military uses.

about a year ago

How Google Cools Its 1 Million Servers

rriven Re:The same way as everybody else. (87 comments)

Google says they have the cold air come up from their raised floor.

Google uses a different approach.

Google realized that the so-called cold aisle in front of the machines could be kept at a relatively balmy 80 degrees or so—workers could wear shorts and T-shirts instead of the standard sweaters. And the “hot aisle,” a tightly enclosed space where the heat pours from the rear of the servers, could be allowed to hit around 120 degrees. That heat could be absorbed by coils filled with water, which would then be pumped out of the building and cooled before being circulated back inside. Add that to the long list of Google’s accomplishments: The company broke its CRAC habit.

They also might not have a million servers,

a tiny embossed plaque that reads july 9, 2008. google’s millionth server. But executives explain that this is a cumulative number, not necessarily an indication that Google has a million servers in operation at once

more than 2 years ago

I prefer to listen to recorded music ...

rriven Dodecaphonic (334 comments)

"Ever notice how flat and unexciting normal stereophonic, quintophonic, and octophonic recordings are? With the Real-Rustic, Dodecaphonic, AroundSound Processor, your music will seem to come from twelve directions: In front of you, behind you, either side of you, four midpoints above you, from below you, from inside of you, and from the upstairs neighbors! "

more than 2 years ago

Expensify CEO On 'Why We Won't Hire .NET Developers'

rriven Re:Money (758 comments)

I was thinking more about Windows licensing, as to run those you need to run Windows, and server versions of Windows are fucking expensive with licensing.

No need to use the Express editions of Visual Studio when you can get the full version for free through Bizspark

Bizspark is Microsoft's way of hooking start ups. Free licenses to all MS software, yes office included (even Office for Mac), for 3 years. Then you pay an "exit" fee of $99

After the 3 years you can continue to use the products you just don't get anymore licenses, and yes they can be used for commercial stuff.

A little fine print, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Developing software?
  • Privately held?
  • Less than three years old?
  • Making less than US $1M annually?


more than 3 years ago

Sheriff's Online Database Leaks Info On Informants

rriven Re:200,000 CI's? (185 comments)

Deputies have used the database since 1989 to collect...

It has been in use since 1989. So yes there has been more reports of crime in 21 years than people currently live there now.
My guess is that is true no matter where you live.

more than 4 years ago

Geostationary GPS Satellite Galaxy 15 Out of Control

rriven Re:Title is wrong, not GPS (379 comments)

The Wikipedia article states that the satellite also broadcasts the same information as a "GPS" satellite. Don't know if that makes it a GPS sat or not since it is commerical, but it does all the function of a GPS sat plus more (WAAS).


"The space segment consists of multiple geosynchronous communication satellites which broadcast the correction messages generated by the Wide-area Master Stations for reception by the User segment. The satellites also broadcast the same type of range information as normal GPS satellites, effectively increasing the number of satellites available for a position fix..."

more than 4 years ago

The Problem With Cable Is Television

rriven Re:Not the programming (334 comments)

Dish Network has the Family Pack for $19.99. That gets you 55 channels. Sure most are family orientated but you also get channels like:

Outdoor Channel

Or The Welcome Pack for $9.99 (23 channels)

  Comedy Central
  Home & Garden
Discovery Kids
  Learning Channel

Dish Network is moving to the small packages and it sells pretty good.

more than 5 years ago

Slashdot Launches User Achievements

rriven Re:Come on (1582 comments)

I was hoping OMG PONIES!!! would make a comeback today. :(

Same here I was a slashdot reader but i missed OMGPONIES!!!

I feel so left out and cold

more than 5 years ago

Emulation Explosion On the PS3 Via Linux

rriven Re:Linux on PS3? (425 comments)

The guys who created the Rouge Equifax Signing Certificate used 200+ PS3 to help find the MD5 collision.

We had more than 200 PS3s at our disposal, located at the "PlayStation Lab" of Arjen Lenstra's Laboratory for Cryptologic Algorithms at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland


There are tons more you can do with a PS3 than play games.

more than 5 years ago

How Do I Start a University Transition To Open Source?

rriven Re:Surely (497 comments)

Speaking from experience: Microsoft site licenses for its products for academic institution cost $0

I dont think that you are speaking from Experience.

Micrsoft would never give away Server 2008, Vista, VS 2008 for a whole school for free. On the page you linked to you need to click on 'Compare Subscriptions'


and you will see that the cheapest they offer is $399 a year. That only gives you online access.

Each department needs to sign up for MSDNAA. The CS dept. cant use its software keys for the Math or Engineering dept.

The ACM club at my school sells Vista, and VS 2008 for $20 each. If my school did the 3 years online and media for $1437, it would only take 24 students a year to buy Visual Stuido and it pays for itself.

Sure it is not free, but you are not losing money on it.

more than 5 years ago

Google Unofficially Announces GDrive By Leaked Code

rriven Re:Misplaced priorities? (342 comments)

They only offer at most 95% per month, MINUS pre-scheduled downtimes, and non-scheduled downtimes that are "exempt". Honestly, 90% uptime per month real. The key is that these numbers are not real, because of the possible exemptions and everything, so a real SLA is unknown.

You could not be more wrong:

Enterprise-class service â" Google Apps includes a 99.9% uptime SLA.* Phone support is available for critical issues.

*The 99.9% uptime SLA for Google Apps is offered to organizations using Google Apps Premier Edition, as described in the Google Apps Premier Edition Terms of Service


Sure it is only 3 nines but that is way better than the 90% you said

more than 5 years ago

DTV Coupon Program Out of Money

rriven Re:Just wondering.. (591 comments)

Don't do this. Wasting public money is not smart.

You don't need a coupon to buy one. it is just a coupon.

    We sell the DTV Pal box http://www.dtvpal.com/ If you wanted to and had the money we would let you buy every unit we have. The gov does not make them, or sell them. Private companies make and sell them, in the process they make some money.

We have customers who have one coupon and they buy 2 or 3

The coupon makes it easier for grandpa on Social Security to afford one.

about 6 years ago

Google to Track TV Viewers More Closely

rriven Re:Dish makes you pay $5 more per box that is not (123 comments)

I agree with you. I have given them $40 of ppv because my 9 month old son LOVES to play with the remote. Well after that we put a block on, but if every customer who plugs in a phone line orders one movie they didn't want to, well Dish just made a few million.

If you go with Directv and get 4 tvs you have to pay $15 extra No matter what.

At least Dish saves you $10 a month. Which adds up fast.

more than 6 years ago

Google to Track TV Viewers More Closely

rriven Re:Dish makes you pay $5 more per box that is not (123 comments)

Only dual tuner receivers like the 322,625,222,or 722, can save you money if they are plugged into a phone line. (HD VIP models can use internet).

They give you the second tuner (TV) for free. So you can get 4 tvs for only an extra $5 a month.

I work for a retailer for Dish and Directv (Big Dog Satellite)

here is the cite: http://www.dishnetwork.com/phoneline/

"The monthly programming access fee for TV2 will be waived if your receiver is hooked to a phone line or high speed internet line"

more than 6 years ago

BluWiki Seeks iPodHash Author, Hopes for Help From EFF

rriven Re:I hope they win (77 comments)

When mine broke I decided that just because of itunes i was going to look for a different brand. It seemed like it installed 10 windows services always had updates and then the whole give you Safari unless you opted out.

That was when I said no more

My brother says it is 100 times better on his Macbook Pro. So i guess it is not all bad.

more than 6 years ago

BluWiki Seeks iPodHash Author, Hopes for Help From EFF

rriven I hope they win (77 comments)

I hope they win. I am currently avoiding iTunes like the plague it is on windows. Resource hungry and shoves new software at you all the time

more than 6 years ago



Windows Server 2008 RC 0 Public Download

rriven rriven writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rriven writes "From Microsoft TechNet:
"Microsoft has reached a major milestone with the initial release candidate (RC0) of Windows Server 2008. And you can download the Windows Server 2008 RC0 for evaluation. The release candidate includes a customer technology preview (CTP) version of Windows Server virtualization, the new, thin, hypervisor-based software virtualization layer that provides customers with greater flexibility to provision multiple applications and services to servers and blades, while achieving greater application performance than is offered by traditional virtual machine environments"

Microsoft Passport is required to download"

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