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Moot Retires From 4chan

shadowknot The least welcome news (182 comments)

[T]he site isn't in danger of going under financially any time soon

That's a real shame.

4 days ago
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The Mainframe Is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe!

shadowknot Re:who are the customers? (164 comments)

Most financial or transactional institutions. A list of the top of my head is Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, Wells Fargo, Delta Airlines, Nationwide Insurance. Also most regional banks and credit unions also run systems based on the z platform.

about two weeks ago
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The Mainframe Is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe!

shadowknot Re:IFLs for linux virtualization - cloud in a box (164 comments)

Jealous! We're a little smaller (1 EC12, 3 IFL's, 2 CP's) but I wouldn't want to run virtualized Linux on any other platform, and that's coming off a decade of work in the distributed world. Nothing beats z/VM in my experience, I love it!

about two weeks ago
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The Mainframe Is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe!

shadowknot Re:Nah. (164 comments)

I'm confused, are you saying that because Citrix and Terminal Services exist in the Windows world, mainframes will never die because the alternative of dealing with Citrix/TS is so unpalatable?

about two weeks ago
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UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

shadowknot Re:Good? (360 comments)

I didn't say anything about intending harm, that's all you. A direct, credible threat of violence is a very different thing than an off-color joke. The OP suggested that people should get their "head caved in" for saying something disagreeable. The point I was attempting to make is that just because someone is offended by something you say that doesn't mean that they should be criminalized.

about a month ago
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UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

shadowknot Re:Good? (360 comments)

Does that mean that you should be arrested for saying something unpleasant? What if you don't consider what you're saying to be worthy of arrest but society (whatever that is) does and the costume-wearing class comes a-knocking? I suspect you'd change your tune.

about a month ago
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UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

shadowknot Re:WTF UK? (360 comments)

Quit trolling, GP never said anything about the US being a paragon of free speech protections. As someone who grew up in the UK and moved to the US at the age of 28 I can tell you from first-hand experience, however, that the general attitude to protecting speech, even speech that you personally find reprehensible is far more prevalent in the US than in the UK. I have had lengthy discussions with fellow Brits who seem to think that censorship according to the prevailing attitudes of the day is perfectly fine. The problem is that there's a sort of myopia that prevents many people (not just Brits) from seeing that if those prevailing attitudes change in the future a dangerous precedent will have been set. Is joking about an accident in which people lost their lives a nice thing to do? Certainly not. That doesn't mean it should be criminalized. The US and those advocating similar legislation to that implemented in the UK (criminalizing hate speech/incitement of violence) suffer from the same myopia as my former countrymen do.

about a month ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

shadowknot Re:I agree, except: (390 comments)

I'm most certainly over thinking this but it could be a comment on the inefficiencies of the giant bureaucracy that would need to be in place in order to administrate a massively autocratic, centralized regime such as the Empire.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Appropriate Place For Free / Open Source Software Artifacts?

shadowknot Re:Me too! (46 comments)

I'd second this. I'd certainly be interested in looking at such a collection on eBay and if the donations went to an organization that supports Free Software all the better.

about 3 months ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

shadowknot Re:If you exclude the parallel NT's...nope (399 comments)

Eh, I didn't include those because they weren't really consumer operating systems, they were more business focused. After 2000 they started doing the whole professional/enterprise edition with the same name thing. It's a level of revisionism I'm more comfortable with!

about 4 months ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

shadowknot If you exclude the parallel NT's...nope (399 comments)

  • 1. Windows 1
  • 2. Windows 2
  • 3. Windows 3.x
  • 4. Windows 95
  • 5. Windows 98
  • 6. Windows ME
  • 7. Windows XP
  • 8. Windows Vista
  • 9. Windows 7
  • 10. Windows 8
  • 11. Windows 10

They're incrementing back towards being in line but still, what?

about 4 months ago
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I think next winter will be:

shadowknot Re:*shakes magic 8 ball* (148 comments)

I think it depends on where you live as to how accurate they can be. Most of the time they're pretty good here in Utah but there are periods when things change so quickly and unpredictably that they can't keep up. When I lived in England the climate seemed a lot more consistent (rain, grey skies for 7 months of the year!) so that could be the source of different experience or at least perception of forecast reliability.

about 4 months ago
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Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix

shadowknot Re:Perhaps they can ask Google to forget that page (273 comments)

Apples to oranges. This all comes back to property rights and what you're actually buying. In your example I don't own the race track so I have no rights to it without the express permission of the owner, a fee may be involved. In this case, however, the discussion revolves around what one can do with property they own. Sharing information about that property is neither immoral nor unlawful. It would seem it is illegal under the DMCA but that seems rather ridiculous to most with rational heads on their shoulders. If the manufacturer wanted to sell added capacity they shouldn't sell the unit in a crippled state but make the add-on features available by way of additional/replacement hardware. A good example of this is the Roland synthesizer expansion cards that provide additional instrument patches. They're a little PCB that you pop in to a slot under an easily accessible panel. I don't really know a great deal about oscilloscopes but I suspect it's not beyond reason to expect that a company producing complex electronic devices do something similar. This is especially true given how technical the consumer base is for such products and the idea they're surprised by it is, quite frankly, ridiculous.

about 6 months ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

shadowknot Re:What's there to compare? (402 comments)

So they did a text-editor roundup that excluded every serious contender in favor of 5 third-string also-rans. I actually tried to read the text but it was too brain-numbingly stupid to get through. He's trumpeting all these wonderful features that... vi and emacs had in the 80s. It's so true - 'those who do not remember Unix are condemned to re-invent it, poorly.'

Lennart Pottering needs to read the last line of this comment in particular!

about 6 months ago
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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

shadowknot Re:I used to teach Linux. (402 comments)

It's a matter of preference and consistency for me. I've been using vi/vim for more than 15 years and have it as my default editor on my desktop so I have the same environment whether I'm ssh'd to a system I manage or editing scripts locally. I feel that my motivations for doing so are far from retarded!

One thing that has been a challenge is learning XEDIT under z/VM in the last couple of years. Many a REXX EXEC has ended up with a :wq on the last line I was editing!

about 6 months ago
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Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

shadowknot Re:domain name taken? (207 comments)

is hackoverpricedswedishflatpackfurniture.com already taken?

If it is maybe IkeaGoFuckYourself.com is available....

Whois Server Version 2.0 Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net/ for detailed information. No match for "IKEAGOFUCKYOURSELF.COM". >>> Last update of whois database: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:23:27 UTC

Yep, go buy it if you think you can do something constructive with it.

about 7 months ago

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Slackware 14.1 Released

shadowknot shadowknot writes  |  about a year ago

shadowknot (853491) writes "Patrick Volkerding announced the release of Slackware 14.1 today: "Yes, it is that time again! After well over a year of planning, development, and testing, the Slackware Linux Project is proud to announce the latest stable release of the longest running distribution of the Linux operating system, Slackware version 14.1!" The latest release features a 3.10.17 kernel as well as the KDE 4.10.5 and Xfce 4.10.1 desktop environments. Slackware 14.1 also marks the first major release to feature MariaDB in favor of MySQL in the light of ongoing licensing concerns with the latter."
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IBM Courting Students For New Mainframe Talent

shadowknot shadowknot writes  |  about a year ago

shadowknot (853491) writes "Monday October 7th will see the beginning of IBM's ninth-annual Master the Mainframe competition. The contest consists of three parts, a heavily supported introduction, a practical experience section to apply the knowledge gained in part one and a "Real World Challenge" which it is claimed "will require extensive work from the student over weeks and months". It is open to current students in full or part time education and involves access to and use of z/OS Mainframe systems as well as Linux on System z. The contest runs through December 28th with prizes ranging from t-shirts and bumper stickers, to an expenses-paid trip to the IBM Mainframe Lab in Poughkeepsie, NY."
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SCO vs. IBM Battle Resumes

shadowknot shadowknot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

shadowknot (853491) writes "The Register is reporting that the court case to determine who exactly owns UNIX is back on. Groklaw points out that it is being allowed to return to court due to a mix up on the part of the judge:

"The Hon. David Nuffer has ruled on the SCO v. IBM motions, granting SCO's motion for reconsideration and reopening the case, which IBM did not object to. Judge Nuffer apologizes to the parties for the error in his previous order refusing to reopen the case.""
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Giant Blob Found Beneath Nevada

shadowknot shadowknot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

shadowknot writes "Livescience.com has a story about a giant blob of rock underneath Nevada and Western Utah that is believed to appear like "honey dripping off a spoon". According to the article "the blob is between about 30 miles and 60 miles in diameter (between 50 km and 100 km) and extends from a depth of about 47 miles to at least 310 miles (75 km to 500 km) beneath Earth's surface" and is believed to be 15 to 20 million years old and only recently detached from its plate. Last year, Arizona State University Allen McNamara explained how Earth is not neatly divided into a crust, mantle and core. Rather, several large blobs of highly compressed rock, which he described as behaving like honey or peanut butter, exist.

The blob is not thought to pose any kind of risk to those living above it and is not expected to cause any sink or rise in the terrain above it."
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Is hashing searching?

shadowknot shadowknot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

shadowknot writes "The Volokh Conspiracy has an interesting story regarding the status of hashing seized storage media and the files therein. It revolves around a case where a computer was passed on to a third party without the permission of the owner. The person receiving the computer then found child pornography on it and "freaks out and calls the police". The police then hashed and imaged the hard drive and performed an MD5 hash analysis using EnCase and compared the hashes to a database containing hashes of known child pornography. This turned-up 171 hashes relating to videos of child pornography.

The district court for mid-Pennsylvania then ruled that the search constituted a Fourth-Amendment search and the evidence relating to the discovered child pornography was suppressed. The question is: Does hashing constitute a search?"

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The Great Stormwind Stampede

shadowknot shadowknot writes  |  more than 7 years ago

shadowknot writes "WoW Insider last night ran around 500 Tauren from the Horde stronghold of Camp Narache to the Human capital city and Alliance fortress Stormwind.

From the Article:
"At Stormwind, the scene was chaos — cows dead everywhere, as stepping inside an Alliance city, even on a PvE server, flags you. People were AoEing on the Stormwind bridge, and even just inside the city, guards were felling cows left and right."

Several videos are available of the event which took place on the Zangarmarsh realm and included WoWers normally found on other realms who created Tauren characters just to take part in the run."

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It feels good to be home!

shadowknot shadowknot writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I've been a /. member for quite a long time. In the last couple of years however, I have been a less than frequent visitor. I have been a student, half way around the world from my place of birth. Now I am done studying, married and resuming my career in the Linux/Forensics world I have come back and can't think why I ever left. I enjoy the lively discussion and like-minded (technically at least!) individuals as well as being more up to date on the goings-on of the day. I'm still a crotchety Slackware user who enjoys the world of text and terminals more than bright and shiny desktops, but a nice comforting green glow from /. is wonderful!

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