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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

stox Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

So, in other words, The Tea Party.

about two weeks ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

stox Rural Illinois???? (247 comments)

The area around Fermilab hasn't been rural for at least 20 years, suburbia crept up and surrounded it. It was a rural area, when first built.

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

stox On the evolution of C++ (427 comments)

How do you feel about the evolution of C++ since it was first implemented with Cfront? What began as a pretty straightforward language has been expanded to significant complexity. Has this evolution been positive, or has it been an attempt to make the language apply to too many possible applications?

about a month ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

stox Re:Netflix Time Now? (252 comments)

The Prisoner, 1967, had a story arc.

about a month and a half ago
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HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

stox The right tool for the right job (136 comments)

There are applications that VMS does very well in. Clustering under VMS is unsurpassed by anything else.

about 2 months ago
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Edward Snowed and Daniel Ellsburg Real time stream

stox Edtior, please correct (1 comments)

Of course that is Edward Snowden, not Edward Snowed, :(

about 2 months ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

stox Re:Nice (145 comments)

Good luck with that. A CDC-6600 sucked down 150Kw. The power bills would be murder, let alone the HVAC needs to keep it from cooking.

about 2 months ago
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2600 Distributor Withholds Money, Magazine's Future In Limbo

stox Re:SID vs SIM/TEN (59 comments)

If TEN split knowing that one of the entities being split could not fulfill its obligations, that would be a fraudulent conveyance. The courts invalidate the split and will force TEN to pay off the obligations in the long run. Of course, that will take years to wind through the court system. In the mean time, the lawyers will make a fortune.

about 3 months ago
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Google Demos Modular Phone That (Almost) Actually Works

stox Interchangable crypto modules (126 comments)

One for the business, or for each business, one for the kids, one for the wife, and one for the mistress.

about 3 months ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

stox Re:Except, of course, they have to prove you can (560 comments)

http://forensic.belkasoft.com/...

"Solid State drives (SSD) introduced dramatic changes to the principles of computer forensics. Forensic acquisition of computers equipped with SSD storage is very different of how we used to acquire PCs using traditional magnetic media. Instead of predictable and highly possible recovery of information the suspect attempted to destroy, we are entering the muddy waters of stochastic forensics where nothing can be assumed as a given."

about 3 months ago
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The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

stox Re:"an industry luminary" (205 comments)

Gene is one of the few people who became a "security expert" not because he called himself one, but everyone else did.

about 3 months ago
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EFF To Unveil Open Wireless Router For Open Wireless Movement

stox For those interested in HOPEX (184 comments)

Come to NYC on July 18-20, http://x.hope.net/ at the Hotel Pennsylvania, just across the street from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden.

Tickets are only $120 for all three days.

This year's keynote is Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers fame.

about 2 months ago
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Chicago Adding Sensors For Public Monitoring

stox Re:It's Chicago (107 comments)

That is why sensors will be installed in all cemeteries. One of the reasons I love Chicago, I can stay active in politics after I die.

about 3 months ago
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Supermicro Fails At IPMI, Leaks Admin Passwords

stox Re:Anyone who trusted SuperMicro... (102 comments)

I manage 10,000 of them. To date lower infant mortality and lower long term failures than I had seen previously with Dell and HP. They also ship a lot faster than Dell or HP. Anyone who exposes their IPMI interfaces to the public internet deserves the results.

about 3 months ago
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X Window System Turns 30 Years Old

stox Re:Anyone remember Xerox Park? (204 comments)

No, X was the follow on to W from Stanford. I doubt you ran X on a BLIT, but on a 630MTG, aka Son of a BLIT. I was one of the engineers that ported X to the 630. That was an awesome project, and we had an incredible team to do it. Our server out performed the USL X server, and all we had was a 10MHz 68000, while they had a 25MHz 386 with a 387.

about 3 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Andrew "bunnie" Huang About Hardware and Hacking

stox Re:Why "bunnie"? (58 comments)

Because the only thing that can stop him is the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

about 3 months ago

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Ford Open Sources car electronics, let the fun begin!

stox stox writes  |  about 7 months ago

stox (131684) writes ""Researchers at Ford Motor Company, including Zachary Nelson, a recent MIT graduate and an engineer with Ford, however, are willingly turning that conventional fear among car OEMs upside down, by introducing the power of the open-source community to the automotive world.

Nelson, who will be speaking at EELive! at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 3, will discuss how the Open XC open-source platform http://openxcplatform.com/ could allow people with smartphones to connect with real-time vehicle data.""

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Former FCC Chairman suggests going Nuclear on ISP's

stox stox writes  |  about 8 months ago

stox (131684) writes ""The time is now for the FCC to classify broadband as Title II. Without this step, we are playing fast-and-loose with the most opportunity-creating technology in all of communications history. Without this step, we are guaranteeing an Internet future of toll-booths, gatekeepers and preferential carriage. Without this step, we stifle innovation, put consumers under the thumb of special interests, and pull the props from under the kind of rich civic dialogue that only open and non-discriminatory communications can provide.""
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Nobody builds reactors for fun anymore

stox stox writes  |  about 9 months ago

stox (131684) writes "“The fundamental problem of the nuclear industry is not reactor safety, not waste disposal, not the dangers of nuclear proliferation, real though all these problems are. The fundamental problem of the industry is that nobody any longer has any fun building reactors.Sometime between 1960 and 1970 the fun went out of the business. The adventurers, the experimenters, the inventors, were driven out, and the accountants and managers took control. The accountants and managers decided that it was not cost effective to let bright people play with weird reactors. So the weird reactors disappeared and with them the chance of any radical improvement beyond our existing systems. We are left with a very small number of reactor types, each of them frozen into a huge bureaucratic organization, each of them in various ways technically unsatisfactory, each of them less safe than many possible alternative designs which have been discarded. Nobody builds reactors for fun anymore. The spirit of the little red schoolhouse is dead. That, in my opinion, is what went wrong with nuclear power.”"
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25 years ago, the Internet changed forever

stox stox writes  |  about a year ago

stox (131684) writes ""But the most significant effect of the worm was how it permanently changed the culture of the Internet. Before Morris unleashed his worm, the Internet was like a small town where people thought little of leaving their doors unlocked. Internet security was seen as a mostly theoretical problem, and software vendors treated security flaws as a low priority.""
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RIP Wayne Green - Micro-computing Pioneer

stox stox writes  |  1 year,6 days

stox (131684) writes "Last Friday, 9/13/13, Wayne Green passed.

For those of you not familiar with Wayne, he was the publisher of 73 Magazine ( Dedicated to Amateur Radio ). 73 published some of the first articles on micro-computing, and for all practical purposes, Byte Magazine was a spin-off of 73. He also published KiloBaud another early micro-computing magazine. We all owe a debt of gratitude to those who got the wheels of micro-computing rolling. Wayne's contributions were significant in those early days."

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Bloomberg reports on the order from the U.S. : "It's the first patent ruling aga

stox stox writes  |  about a year ago

stox (131684) writes "Next round in the Apple vs Samsung saga. Samsung wins this time. ITC panel "issued a limited import ban and a cease-and-desist order for AT&T models of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G.""
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ISPs Must Suspend Data Caps Until They Can Count

stox stox writes  |  about a year and a half ago

stox writes ""Public Knowledge is calling on all ISPs who use data caps to suspend them until an outside auditor can certify that their data usage meters are accurate. ISPs have no business imposing data caps on consumers without the ability to accurately determine how much data consumers are actually using.""
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Thumb on the scale? Broadband usage measurements are not accurate for 5 of 7.

stox stox writes  |  about a year and a half ago

stox (131684) writes ""For the 64 percent of Americans whose internet service provider imposes a broadband cap, and for those lucky enough to have a meter, I have some bad news. The president of the firm who audits many of the country’s broadband meters says that he can’t certify the measurements produced by five out of seven of his clients’ meters because they don’t count your bits correctly.""
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AT&T Data usage definition proprietary???

stox stox writes  |  about 2 years ago

stox writes "As many of you know, AT&T has implemented caps on DSL usage. When this was implemented, I started getting emails lettting me know my usage as likely to exceed the cap. After consulting their Internet Usage web page, I felt the numbers just weren't right, so with the help of Tomato on my router, I started measuring my usage, and ended up with numbers subnstantially below what AT&T was reporting on a day to day basis. Typically around 20-30% less. BTW, this usage is the sum of inbound and outbound. At this point, I decided to contact AT&T support to determine what exactly they were defining as usage, as their web pages never really define it. Did I get a suprise, after several calls, they finally told me that they consider the methodology by which they calculate bandwidth usage to be PROPRIETARY. Yes, you read that right, it is a secret. They left me with the option to contact their Excutive Offices via snail mail, email was not an option.

So, I bring my questions to you, all knowing slashdotters, are there any laws that require AT&T to divulge how they are calculating bandwidth? Should I contact my state's commerce commission or the FCC to attempt to get an answer to this?"
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Higgs discovery getting closer

stox stox writes  |  more than 4 years ago

stox (131684) writes "http://www.science20.com/quantum_diaries_survivor/rumors_about_light_higgs

"It reached my ear, from two different, possibly independent sources, that an experiment at the Tevatron is about to release some evidence of a light Higgs boson signal. Some say a three-sigma effect, others do not make explicit claims but talk of a unexpected result. That the result comes from the Tevatron is for sure, since the LHC experiments do not have nearly enough data yet to search for that elusive particle, and other particle physics experiments in the world have not nearly enough energy to produce it.""

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LHC to restart in 2009

stox stox writes  |  more than 5 years ago

stox (131684) writes "Geneva, 5 December 2008. CERN[1] today confirmed that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will restart in 2009. This news forms part of an updated report, published today, on the status of the LHC following a malfunction on 19 September. "The top priority for CERN today is to provide collision data for the experiments as soon as reasonably possible," said CERN Director General Robert Aymar. "This will be in the summer of 2009." http://www.interactions.org/cms/?pid=1027337"
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Help save Fermilab!!!!

stox stox writes  |  more than 6 years ago

stox writes "Due to our congress's incredible shortsightedness, Fermilab is running out of money.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-fermi_19dec19,1,2424810.story

I urge all the members of slashdot to contact their representatives as soon as possible. Not only will this result in Fermilab possibly missing the discovery of the Higgs Boson, but it may seal its fate in 2009. Unless the world is confident in our commitment to the International Linear Collider http://www.linearcollider.org/cms/, they may decide to build it somewhere else. Please make difference, call your congressman, Fermilab is too great a resource for this nation to lose. Please remember that Fermilab was one of the First major institutions to make a commitment to Linux. Also, many Linux contributors have been on Fermilab's staff."
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We won't take cash

stox stox writes  |  more than 6 years ago

stox writes "In an effort to control iPhones sold to unauthorized re-sellers, Apple will require iPhone purchases to be made with a credit or debit card only. This has some scary implications. What next, a three day waiting period?"
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