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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 three weeks 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 a month and a half 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

shadowknot Re:Model M Keyboard FTW (702 comments)

If you want the Model M experience with a super key and USB connectivity I'd recommend Unicomp. They're a little pricey but provide a very close approximation to the original Model M feel.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

shadowknot Long Term Benefits (263 comments)

I took a pay cut to move in to the digital forensics field in 2007 mainly because of the large volume of included training that was offered and the prospect of increased salaries in the future. I feel that it paid off, I got to learn a great deal about a field I was unsure of using software I could never have afforded to purchase on my own. Self study is how I've learned most things in my career but there really is something to be said for having access to experienced real-world professionals.

about 10 months ago
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Lenovo To Buy IBM's Server Business For $2.3 Billion

shadowknot Distributed Systems? Bah! (160 comments)

The truth is that IBM's primary server market has never been its x86 offerings. The pSeries and System z market is much more lucrative what with engine licensing (CP, IFL etc) and massively expensive platform specific operating systems (z/OS, z/VSE, z/TPF, AIX etc) along with decades old products like CICS powering the vast majority of the financial world. I work closely with a contractor who worked for IBM for nearly four decades and his attitude to the distributed world is likely representative of a general antipathy to x86 on the server side within IBM (though I have no evidence other than him to back that up!) I suspect though, that the fact they can focus on "real" servers on the hardware side will probably be seen as good by most in Endicott.

about a year ago
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Lenovo To Buy IBM's Server Business For $2.3 Billion

shadowknot Re:so... (160 comments)

There's still the large pSeries and System z market.

about a year ago
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Hacker Took Over BBC Server, Tried To Sell Access On Christmas Day

shadowknot Close the Portcullis! (41 comments)

The walls of the Big British Castle have been breached, the serfs and tithe payers are at risk of pilfer from outside forces. We can't possibly have non-sanctioned extortion take place, we have a charter by jove!

about a year ago
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Men arrested for 'anti-Semitic' comments on Twitter, after football game

shadowknot Part of the reason I left (2 comments)

As soon as I saw the headline I knew this would be about the UK. Free speech is a precious commodity there and having an opinion that does not fit the current definition of politically correct is, literally, a crime. I certainly don't support hateful speech such as that exhibited in this example but the right to free speech no matter how egregious, disgusting or abhorrent we find it should never be abridged. I had a prolonged discussion/argument with some of my British friends about this one time and they honestly couldn't see the potential danger this precedent sets. What happens when the government changes and criminalizes you saying something you're passionate about and end up being prosecuted for thought crimes. It really is as if people have no idea what Ingsoc is.

1 year,5 days
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Elevation Plays a Role In Memory Error Rates

shadowknot Fusion IO? (190 comments)

Someone tell Fusion.io. They're based at 5000+ feet here in the Salt Lake valley! It would be interesting if their QC procedures are what have made them more reliable as the failure rate is higher where the testing is performed.

1 year,26 days

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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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