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JAXA To Use Fishing Nets To Scoop Up Space Junk

slushdork Not exactly self-aware... (210 comments)

...but skynet is finally here!

more than 3 years ago
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Euler's Partition Function Theory Finished

slushdork Striking oil? (117 comments)

Ha! Shouldn't that be "striking Eul(er) in mathematics"?

Thang you, thang you, I'll be here all week...

more than 3 years ago
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How To Get a Game-Obsessed Teenager Into Coding?

slushdork Normal? (704 comments)

I have a friend whose 14-year-old son spends all his time gaming, like any normal teenager

The definition of "normal" must have changed since when I was growing up...

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Reverses iPad "No Cash Purchase" Policy

slushdork Re:Black market? (377 comments)

They kept track of how many a person bought by their credit card.

How do they do that? I thought a retailer cannot store your credit card number past a reasonable processing period.

more than 3 years ago
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The Secret of Monkey Island Shows Evolution of PC Audio

slushdork Monkey Island theme today! (348 comments)

...and for those of us that listen to 8-bit/chiptune revival music, there's always Press Play On Tape and Monkey Island on real instruments!

For much more retro game music remixes head over to RKO.

more than 3 years ago
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IsoHunt Told To Pull Torrent Files Offline

slushdork Re:They should more to a more civilized country (392 comments)

If I do work today I don't continue getting paid for it 70 years after I'm dead... why should you?

Although I completely agree that the extention of copyright to ever-increasing terms is scandalous and that it should be restricted to the original 10-20 years, I don't buy the argument above. Say I build a house today that I rent out and which generates income for me during my lifetime - should my family be denied that income (or even the house itself!) after I die?

Similarly, if a writer publishes a book today, and then dies a year from now, his family should be able to benefit from his work for a reasonable period of time.

Obviously, the house is a tangible asset while a work of art is not (at least, not in the case of books), but you cannot simply state that my descendants shouldn't receive any income from either asset after I die.

more than 4 years ago
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Interstellar Hydrogen Prevents Light-Speed Travel?

slushdork Workaround! (546 comments)

I have a cunning plan to work around this problem: only travel at 99.999997% of the speed of light!

more than 4 years ago
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Keep SSH Sessions Active, Or Reconnect?

slushdork You say either, I say either... (307 comments)

It doesn't matter either way. Barring some unknown bug in the SSH implementations (or, even more unlikely, the underlying SSH 2 protocol, or, yet even more unlikely, the under-underlying encryption mechanisms), you can stay logged in or keep re-loging in - both methods should provide no information to an attacker.

Even if there were unknown bugs, you still wouldn't be able to decide: staying logged in gives the attacker more encrypted material to analyze from the same session & keys. Re-loging in every 10 minutes gives them more handshake data.

By the way, I hope that hosts.allow is not the only way you're protecting your servers from the "big bad internet"...

more than 4 years ago
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MSI Will Launch iPad Alternative

slushdork Re:Geeks miss the point again. (756 comments)

To paraphrase an old saying about IBM:

"Apple iPad: it may not have many features, but at least it's expensive"

Come to think of it, this could be the slogan for a lot of Apple products...

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Blurs the Server Line With Mac Mini Server

slushdork The end of the world is near! (557 comments)

From the Apple website on the Magic Mouse:

Magic Mouse functions as a two-button mouse when you enable Secondary Click in System Preferences. Left-handed users can reassign left and right click, as well.

...oh, and Ob. Bash.

more than 4 years ago
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Panasonic 3D TV Does Not Disappoint

slushdork "Impressive Results"... (143 comments)

Yeah, yeah, yeah...

Pics or it didn't happen!

more than 5 years ago
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Navigating a Geek Marriage?

slushdork Re:20 years of asking what works: (1146 comments)

So do you make her laugh? Does she make you laugh?

Basil Fawlty: Do you remember when we were first manacled together? We used to laugh quite a lot. Sybil Fawlty: Yes, but not at the same time, Basil.

more than 5 years ago
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Comcast DNS Redirection Launched In Trial Markets

slushdork What about non-HTTP? (362 comments)

I'm a Comcast "customer" in an affected "market" (Colorado). How will this affect DNS resolution requests for non-HTTP purposes? There is no way for the Comcast DNS servers to know what a DNS name resolution request is for: it could be for HTTP, or it could be for SSH, FTP, etc. So if I mis-type an FQDN hostname in an SSH command, will the DNS resolution request now suceed? Previously SSH would fail with a "cannot resolve hostname" error or something similar. Will it now try to connect with SSH to the Comcast "domain helper" servers? What about its effects on local DNS caching servers (e.g. dnsmasq)?

Also, this statement from Comcast's blog is blatantly false:

Despite the fact that web addresses are easier to remember than their IP address counterparts, sometimes you mistype an address. Let's say you type in http://www.comtcas.com/ (instead of http://www.comcast.com./ Normally you then sit and wait for the Web browser to time out, then you receive an error message that the site does not exist, and then you have to retype the correct address.

Normally you would *never* "sit and wait for the Web browser to time out" (well, these *are* Comcast's DNS servers after all, so in this specific case it might be true). Normally, your browser would get a DNS resolution failure and show you a built-in error page instantaneously. Now, on the other hand, you have to wait until your browser goes off and loads a page of Comcast ads.

Domain Helper my a$$!

more than 5 years ago
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Hackers Clone Passports In Driveby RFID Heist

slushdork Re:Tinfoil is the answer. Seriously! (251 comments)

I believe the article is talking about passport cards , and not about passport books . It's quite a bit harder to read RFID data from a passport book since "the passport cover contains a radio-frequency shield, so the cover must be opened for the data to be read."

more than 5 years ago

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Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" released

slushdork slushdork writes  |  more than 3 years ago

slushdork (566514) writes "After 24 months of constant development, the Debian Project is proud to present its new stable version 6.0 (code name "Squeeze"). Debian 6.0 is a free operating system, coming for the first time in two flavours. Alongside Debian GNU/Linux, Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is introduced with this version as a "technology preview. Debian supports nine architectures, from palmtops and handheld systems to supercomputers, and on nearly everything in between. The Debian websites also have a new look!"
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