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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

shadowknot Re:Model M Keyboard FTW (694 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.

5 days ago

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 2 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 4 months ago

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.

about 4 months ago

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.

about 5 months ago

French Court Orders Google To Block Pictures of Ex-F1 Chief Mosley

shadowknot Re:Why is he special? (180 comments)

erm, he isn't putting any money up - he's sued all those newspapers and made more cash than a nazi war criminal's swiss bank account!

And now, I guess he's spent it all so .. its off to the courts to say how dreadful these images and videos are still on the internet and unless Google (or whoever) pulls them off, he'll receive another £1000 per day.

Frankly, for the amount of cash he screwed out of the papers, I'd let some fat german chick whip me.

Clumsy wording on my part, I consider spending a buttload of money on a legal case to suppress information that's out in public a sort of indirect use of hush money. I suspect that the option several people have already suggested will have to suffice, provide a message to all users originating searches from French IP blocks. If the French courts think they can compel Google to enact this on a global level, they're dreaming however.

about 6 months ago

French Court Orders Google To Block Pictures of Ex-F1 Chief Mosley

shadowknot Re:Why is he special? (180 comments)

He was engaging in private consensual acts that harmed no one and are nobody elses business. For that he was crucified in British tabloids to the point where he had to battle in courts and in media for months just in order to keep his job. I believe he won the court case and got quite a tidy sum from News of the World and in revenge he helped bankroll the court expenses of claimants in the phone tapping case against the paper which finally killed it. IMHO fair play to him. Going after google is a bit ridiculous though but not as ridiculous as the French law that apparently allowed him to win the case.

I completely agree, he hurt nobody but himself and I agree privacy should be protected. He won his case against that rat infested, mercifully now passed, den of knuckle-dragging imbeciles that was The News of the World and that was the right decision. As a private citizen he can do whatever he likes so long as it doesn't violate the rights of others as far as I'm concerned. There comes a point, however, when the cat's out of the bag and no matter how much money or power you have (or think you have) you're not going to squash it being exposed, especially in a world of near-instant global communication. I think old Max should just embrace it, give it up and realize that it's out there and it's never going away. Maybe if your public image is so precious then make a wise choice and don't engage in such activities or realize that if you do it could get out and ruin you, even if you win your case against whomever leaked evidence of your actions.

about 6 months ago

French Court Orders Google To Block Pictures of Ex-F1 Chief Mosley

shadowknot Re:Why is he special? (180 comments)

It also doesn't help his case that he's the son of a noted British fascist leader. Dressing up like a Nazi to get your rocks off when your dad was a Mussolini-loving totalitarian probably isn't a good idea, no matter how much hush money you think you can put up to keep it quiet. Interesting though that the FIA is based in France, I wonder if the courts had any incentive to rule in his favor eh?

about 6 months ago

Debian To Replace SysVinit, Switch To Systemd Or Upstart

shadowknot Re:Running Sid (Jesse) now... (362 comments)

We will gladly welcome you into the loving arms of Bob and the Slackware community!

about 6 months ago

Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

shadowknot Re:As someone who runs an IT company (655 comments)

I think this is the closest thing I've seen to being a "tech degree" though they still call it CompSci. I think the Bachelors in Information Systems and Business IT are the closest things to preparing people for the real world of IT. Even these, in my experience of working with people fresh out of them, are far less useful than a few years working at the coal face in a first line tech support job, especially one in a large business or education institution (ironically!). I got my first job at 18 with no degree and now I'm 29, still have no degree and am working on System z mainframes and have done sysadmin, computer forensics and consultancy jobs in between. Paper means nothing in the IT world, demonstrable skill and aptitude mean everything. If someone can prove that they've been able to adapt and learn then they're the people who'll get hired.

about 6 months ago

I wish my car could...

shadowknot Annoying Noise? (443 comments)

I love the sound of the internal combustion engine working. Sure some sound crappier than others (I'm looking at you straight 4) but on the whole that's the best part of driving for me. I voted for "fly" likely because of over-exposure to The Jetsons, Space Precinct and other shows that featured them as a child.

about 6 months ago

VirtualBox 4.3 Comes With New Multi-Touch Support, Virtual Cam and More

shadowknot Re:why is this product still viable? (114 comments)

His point is valid though. I would LOVE to run everything on my laptop under KVM but my company requires it to be a Windows-based laptop due to the awful, Windows-only full disk encryption suite they employ so I, and possible many others, _have_ to run a Windows-based virtualization solution like VirtualBox. It's ironic in my situation as my job is looking after SuSE Linux servers running virtualized under z/VM on an IBM System z mainframe!

about 6 months ago

Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos

shadowknot Re: what's the burning issue here? (791 comments)

I'm curious, how is he a "jerkbag" for wanting freedom? Surely it would be the arrogant totalitarian who thinks they know what's best for everyone who would be, in your oh so highbrow words, the "jerkbag"?

about 6 months ago

Ubuntu 13.10 Will Not Ship Mir By Default

shadowknot Re:There's hope yet (165 comments)

The irony of a product named Unity being the lone DE to use Mir must be lost on Canonical!

about 7 months ago

The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

shadowknot 2007 (410 comments)

I worked for a company that had a range of Linux/SCO Unix servers (I know) in the wild that had been deployed from the early 90's onward, the older ones at customers who had no internet connection (small, industrial-unit based nut and bolt distributors) still required CLI modem log in and dropped nearly continuously thanks to British Telecom's refusal or slowness in updating steel PTSN cable laid as a cost saving effort in the publicly-owned 70's and 80's dark days. I kind of miss sitting with my fingers crossed as UUENCODED files went across the line, hoping for no noise and, therefore, no errors!

about 7 months ago

IBM Promises $1B Investment In Linux Development

shadowknot Re:$1 Billion Towards THEIR OWN ARCHITECTURE. (109 comments)

I'd like that, even though I'm a zLinux sysadmin and we have guys who exclusively admin our pSeries boxes (all running AIX right now) I'd love a Power-based workstation running Linux for my desk!

about 7 months ago

British Porn-Censoring MP Has Website Defaced With Porn

shadowknot Oh Guido. (266 comments)

It is clear that Guido Fawkes sponsored the construction of a new, illicit series of tubes to connect the hackers to Claire's tubes. Remember, it's not a big truck we're dealing with here.

about 9 months ago



Slackware 14.1 Released

shadowknot shadowknot writes  |  about 6 months 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."

IBM Courting Students For New Mainframe Talent

shadowknot shadowknot writes  |  about 7 months 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."

SCO vs. IBM Battle Resumes

shadowknot shadowknot writes  |  about 10 months 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.""

Giant Blob Found Beneath Nevada

shadowknot shadowknot writes  |  more than 4 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."

Is hashing searching?

shadowknot shadowknot writes  |  more than 5 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 6 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 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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