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Spot ET's Waste Heat For Chance To Find Alien Life

statemachine The Burrito Galaxy (80 comments)

Where life's emissions are easily detectable.

I'm not so sure I'd want to make contact.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

statemachine Local Observatory (187 comments)

Go to your local observatory on an open-house night and get a free look through the lens. There are usually amateurs set up with their own equipment outside and will allow viewers too.

If your kids can stay up late and stand in the cold without complaining, they're ready for a telescope.

about two weeks ago
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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

statemachine Re:Misleading headline (186 comments)

Not surprising as Slashdot has resorted to becoming a clickbait website for their flagging readership.

about three weeks ago
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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

statemachine Slashdot Propaganda Machine (218 comments)

10 years ago, there were regularly 800-1000 comments on articles. Now, a highly commented article gets around 200.

It's a shame that the editors have stopped doing their jobs and post anything without checking it (at best!). But this isn't the first time I've seen it.

This submission is obviously false, and it needs to be pulled down or with the inflammatory and false sentence deleted. Since it's been up for hours, and there are numerous posts above that debunk the submission, it leads me to believe that Slashdot wants the clickbait and is leaving it up on purpose.

Do the right thing. Pull the article. Save what's left of your reputation, Slashdot.

about three weeks ago
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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

statemachine Citation Needed (218 comments)

The parent needs to be modded up and Timothy needs to mod himself down for allowing such an inflammatory, unfounded submission blaming the Chinese.

It is no wonder readership is down over the last 10 years.

about three weeks ago
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The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

statemachine Re:Locator/Identifier Separation Protocol (LISP) (248 comments)

Thanks for replying to my post instead of keeping the non-brilliance of my ideas to yourself. My biggest concern when writing that post was that I was talking to myself. I'll attempt to address your concerns one by one.

You're... welcome?

Just about all ISPs and backbone carriers carry full tables and many large organisations do as well for multihoming purposes.

Then I misunderstood you. I thought you were repeating what others have said earlier, claiming each router carries a complete copy of all the routes on the Internet, which of course isn't true.

Now that we have that cleared up, I'll snip out parts I don't need to reply to.

Your bitcoinesque solution for IPv6 allocation would make things worse.

It seemed like a technical solution to avoid the politics of Internet governance. I admit it wasn't well thought out, however I am curious how it would make things worse by allowing a small block of IPv6 addresses to be allocated in a decentralized way and adding cryptographic integrity along the way.

Plus, networks transit other networks all the time, meaning one network can advertise a prefix they don't own, legitimately.

I should have been more specific; I was suggesting originating advertisements would be signed as opposed to transient advertisements.

You are asking for DomainKeys but with routes. That is too computationally expensive right now and would require too many lookups and time. Perhaps somewhere down the line when the big iron routers catch up with CPU resources vs line speed.

Routers that speak BGP are on the ISP and backbone level,

Medium to large organisations also use BGP to advertise their address space to their ISP(s).

Not to your home router.

and are physically secured.

Originating BGP route advertisement signing is not intended to supplant physical security measures.

I'm aware of the difference between remote access, console access, and physical access, and hardware vs software.

Your home router doesn't speak BGP, and if it did, your ISP's router would ignore it.

None of this would really be necessary for a home user as their ISP would be doing all of this on their behalf.

That's what I just said...

To announce rogue routes, one needs to hack into the ISP and backbone peering routers -- which happened recently, but is rare.

To announce rogue routes, one only needs an ISP that doesn't filter incoming BGP advertisements properly. It seems apparent as the Internet grows there will be more and more BGP peerings and as a consequence of that not all of them will be competent or aboveboard with their implementations.

You're just restating what I said. I guess I wasn't clear, but I'm also assuming a best practice (or as near as possible) implementation, because there's no use talking about security if people are going to leave the front door open, right? It's not even a discussion at that point.

The Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) is a step in the right direction, however seems to be mainly for preventing mis-configurations from causing outages. Someone with malicious intent need only use AS path prepending to bypass this protection.

Again, anyone with access to the routers can do this right now. Any organization that doesn't shut its front door can have this happen. This can be solved through best practices. This isn't e-mail. Even if you got people on board for this, it would take a protocol revision AND all new hardware for everyone. It's not going to happen anytime soon.

Don't take it personally. Your offered solution for route signing (whether you wrote them or not) just isn't feasible right now.

about three weeks ago
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The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

statemachine Re:who the hell uses a 6500 as their ISP router? (248 comments)

I've been a Cisco networking guy for 10+ years

Then you'll realize it only takes one router to constantly flap routes to ruin everyone else's day. Hey Traffic! Over here! Nope, go over there! OK, over here now! Wait a minute, go over there! and on and on...

about three weeks ago
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The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

statemachine Re:Locator/Identifier Separation Protocol (LISP) (248 comments)

No one router has a "full table" of all the routes. The routing protocols and the engineers work to make sure the tables are as close to lean as possible.

Your offered solution isn't necessary.

Your bitcoinesque solution for IPv6 allocation would make things worse. Plus, networks transit other networks all the time, meaning one network can advertise a prefix they don't own, legitimately.

Routers that speak BGP are on the ISP and backbone level, and are physically secured. Your home router doesn't speak BGP, and if it did, your ISP's router would ignore it. To announce rogue routes, one needs to hack into the ISP and backbone peering routers -- which happened recently, but is rare.

about three weeks ago
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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

statemachine Re:Let's get one thing straight: (342 comments)

You're incorrect on calling me incorrect.

"The Speaker is responsible for ensuring that the House passes legislation supported by the majority party. In pursuing this goal, the Speaker may use his or her power to determine when each bill reaches the floor."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

Please, people. Learn your civics.

about a month ago
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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

statemachine Re:Let's get one thing straight: (342 comments)

Your link says:

218 Republicans voted for, 159 Democrats voted against.

So a few Democrats and Republicans breaking ranks does not make this bipartisan. Clearly this is a deeply partisan issue.

You also forget to mention that not one single bill can be voted on unless the Speaker of the House, Republican John Boehner, says it can be voted on.

So, how is this bipartisan again? It was a Republican bill, passed with a Republican majority. Welcome to politics.

about a month ago
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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

statemachine Let's get one thing straight: (342 comments)

The Republicans, who currently hold a majority in the US House, are the ones who voted to strip the science funding.

Saying "Congress" makes it sound bipartisan. It's only the Republicans.

about a month ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

statemachine Re: Sounds like the modem debate from 20 years ago (225 comments)

ACs can be quite funny sometimes.

An iPad's value isn't in its hardware specs. It's in the way that it works both with hardware and software and ecosystem.

Yeah, man... puff puff pass, k?

about a month ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

statemachine Re:What do I think? (225 comments)

There is nothing that providing a laptop per child affords that can't be accomplished through classroom media presentation devices (computer & projector) and a good school computer lab.

Homework. Many poorer kids do not have a computer at home, and a smartphone is terrible for writing papers and research. The laptop/tablet is also locked down so distractions are kept to a minimum.

These devices will only be a distraction and huge expense for families and schools as millions of them are broken every year.

Hyperbole. Citation needed. Yesterday's article about iPads in Coachella said district-wide there were less than 10 lost or stolen. How does that scale up to millions?

about a month ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

statemachine Re:Good (225 comments)

Not only that, jailbreaking the device and installing anything else besides school-approved software would likely get the child disciplined. This is true of both iPad and Chromebook.

about a month ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

statemachine Sounds like the modem debate from 20 years ago (225 comments)

USRobotics kept walking around and saying their modems were the #1 selling modem. This is analogous of what Apple is doing today.

However, while USR was the #1 brand, most modems sold overall had the Rockwell chipset, with most brands simply adding a plastic box and different color LEDs.

More recently, Apple claims that the iPhone is the #1 selling phone. However, phones that use Android sell the most, period.

I shouldn't be, but I'm always surprised how religious people get when their favorite electronics company is shown to be extremely misleading. I know a guy that I'd known for years who threatened to "unfriend" simply because I refuted his claim that the iPhone was the #1 phone.

So this iPad/Chromebook issue is just another chapter of misleading sales tactics. But if you look at what Apple actually says officially, they're very specific in the literature. Unfortunately, people will be blind to anything that might change their worldview... and any company would be nuts not to take advantage of that.

about a month ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

statemachine Turned down on religious grounds? (285 comments)

"The only students at the school sans iPad, Dr. Adams says, are a very small number who turned it down on religious grounds."

Who would turn down a free iPad?

about a month and a half ago
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CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

statemachine People who are not used to exercise (154 comments)

tend to get sick when exercising.

about a month and a half ago
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Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

statemachine Blame Motorola (236 comments)

Motorola couldn't manufacture enough of the 68K CPUs, so Apple set up an alliance with IBM and Motorola (AIM). The first generation of the PowerPC was fast and easily manufactured.

Motorola sold Apple on AltiVec, the 128bit vector unit, and it was added to the PowerPC.

Once again, problems with the design and just sheer Motorola incompetence caused CPU production to fall behind. IBM, seeing the writing on the wall, bailed.

Apple, finally tired of Motorola's crap, ported everything to Intel, and left without looking back. Too bad it took them 20 years to realize this.

Motorola became synonymous with crap hardware and crap cellphones that would break. However, Motorola was great at the con game. They suckered Google into buying them, and then Google unloaded the Motorola unit at an $8 billion loss to Lenovo, probably for parts.

But whatever you feel about Apple, do not blame IBM. Motorola was the one holding back Apple.

about a month and a half ago
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Mars (One) Needs Payloads

statemachine Tommy Ramone (77 comments)

Perfect opportunity. He would've loved the idea.

about 2 months ago

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Admin Locks Out City Officials from S.F. Network

statemachine statemachine writes  |  more than 6 years ago

statemachine (840641) writes ""A disgruntled city computer engineer has virtually commandeered San Francisco's new multimillion-dollar computer network, altering it to deny access to top administrators even as he sits in jail on $5 million bail. Prosecutors say [Terry] Childs, who works in the Department of Technology, tampered with the city's new FiberWAN, where records such as officials' e-mails, city payroll files, confidential law enforcement documents and jail inmates' bookings are stored.""
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Switchgrass Has 540% More Energy than Corn Ethanol

statemachine statemachine writes  |  more than 6 years ago

statemachine (840641) writes "The USDA and farmers took part in a 5 year study of switchgrass, a native grass to North America. "Switchgrass ethanol delivers 540 percent of the energy used to produce it, compared with just roughly 25 percent more energy returned by corn-based ethanol according to the most optimistic studies." The U.S. government is also partially funding six cellulosic ethanol refineries, the first of which will be built in Soperton, GA."
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Large Tech Companies Dumping Cubicles

statemachine statemachine writes  |  more than 6 years ago

statemachine (840641) writes "Intel and Cisco, among other companies, are experimenting with cubeless, open and unassigned seating.

Beginning this month, the chip maker (Intel) will set up three experimental work sites. Open areas, comfortable armchairs, extra conference rooms and tables where people can plop down with laptops will replace the ubiquitous cubes that have been standard issue for decades. Each morning, Intel employees will log onto the corporate network using wireless connections. Their phone numbers will follow them. White boards that employees use to sketch out business plans and project strategies will be outfitted with electronics so drawings and plans can be transferred to laptops and e-mailed to colleagues. "People feel much more comfortable coming up to me. It's more of a friendly atmosphere," Cisco senior manager Ted Baumuller said. "I hope I never have to go back to cubes."
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Wikipedia Moving to San Francisco

statemachine statemachine writes  |  more than 6 years ago

statemachine (840641) writes "Jimmy Wales and the Wikimedia Foundation are moving Wikipedia to San Francisco starting in January. Managers are already selecting a site and hiring more people, although some existing employees will be left behind in St. Petersburg, FL. Wales cites "the Internet culture, the great developers and potential partners" for the reasons behind the move. Just down the road from SF in San Mateo, Wales is already running another business, Wikia."
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statemachine statemachine writes  |  more than 7 years ago

statemachine (840641) writes "An aging weather satellite crucial to accurate predictions on the intensity and path of hurricanes could fail at any moment and plans to launch a replacement have been pushed back seven years to 2016. Last year, forecasts were off an average of 111 miles two days in advance, a figure that has been cut in half over the past 15 years. But experts said that could grow 10 percent to 122 miles if the satellite is lost, causing the "cone of error" well known to coastal residents to expand. QuikScat, launched in 1999 and designed to last two to three years, provides key data on wind speed and direction over the ocean. Weather aircraft and buoys can also obtain similar measurements near a storm, but they do not provide a constant flow of data as QuikScat does. Now the satellite is limping along on a backup transmitter and has other problems. A European satellite called ASCAT is available, but it does not give scientists as clear a picture as QuikScat because the distance between the readings it takes is larger. A NASA and Department of Defense satellite called WINDSAT also measures wind speed and direction, but it too is beyond its expected lifespan, and scientists have had trouble using it to observe tropical weather systems. Even if money were immediately available, a replacement satellite is estimated to take at least four years and cost approximately $400 million to build."
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statemachine statemachine writes  |  more than 7 years ago

statemachine (840641) writes "For almost a month now, "lifecaster" Justin Kan has been broadcasting his life via an Internet feed 24/7. Mostly, it's been mundane, as a lot of the time Justin's camera is looking at the same thing, but you do get to see him go outside, go on dates, and even go to the bathroom. It hasn't been all fun and games, since he's been pranked by viewers who have called 9-1-1 using his phone number causing the police to show up at his apartment with guns drawn. However, not everyone enjoys being on camera as he has been stood up for dates. The video quality is good for what it is, and the connection is a bit wonky because it's a wireless data card (sometimes video freezes for minutes at a time), but I still find it interesting enough for those random idle periods."
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statemachine statemachine writes  |  more than 7 years ago

statemachine (840641) writes "Hans Reiser, the author of ReiserFS, was arrested today by Oakland, CA police for suspicion of murdering his estranged wife. From the San Francisco Chronicle:
Hans Reiser, 42, was taken into custody at 11 a.m., hours after Oakland police and FBI technicians searched his home in the Oakland hills. His estranged wife, Nina Reiser, 31, has been missing since Sept. 3, when she dropped off the couple's son and daughter at his home on the 6900 block of Exeter Drive. ... Police made the arrest based on circumstantial evidence and have not found Nina Reiser's body, [Hans Reiser's attorney] Du Bois said. "I have no idea what the circumstantial evidence is," he said. "When I hear what the evidence is against him, I'll make a decision as to whether he'll talk to them."
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