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App Developers, It's Time For a Reality Check

suso Viewpoint (161 comments)

Is there a startup-hype balloon? I hadn't noticed. I'm too busy dealing with the security holes of apps and services written by high school and college drop outs.

about two weeks ago
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Michael Abrash Joins Oculus, Calls Facebook 'Final Piece of the Puzzle'

suso Re:Legendary... (232 comments)

Programming legend Michael Abrash...

Who?

You don't know him?!?

about three weeks ago
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Top E-commerce Sites Fail To Protect Users From Stupid Passwords

suso Ticketmaster (162 comments)

Yesterday I was on a Ticketmaster signup form and they listed the following "requirements" for a password:

"(Must be between 1 to 250 characters. Alpha numeric only, case sensitive.)"

about a month ago
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Metadata and the Intrusive State

suso Great movie on the subject (66 comments)

There is a great movie that came out in 2006 called "The Lives of Others" that provides an account of the practices of the Stasi. It may not have been completely accurate, but its nevertheless a good insight into what it was like and a great movie overall.

about a month ago
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Venezuelan Regime Censoring Twitter

suso Today's topic (152 comments)

censXXXXXX

about 2 months ago
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Surrogate Database Key, Not Bitcoin Protocol Flaw, To Blame For Mt Gox Problems

suso Re:Wait... (81 comments)

You think we'll still be doing this when we're 60?

about 2 months ago
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Surrogate Database Key, Not Bitcoin Protocol Flaw, To Blame For Mt Gox Problems

suso Re:Wait... (81 comments)

You're posting this comment on a site that was once called "Chips and Dips".

about 2 months ago
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95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP

suso Re:What about OS/2? (346 comments)

It seems every article that mentions OS/2 makes mention of how entrenched it is in ATMs...

There is also a restaurant up the street from me that has the best burgers in town.

about 3 months ago
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Researchers Confirm Exoplanet Has Clouds Using Hubble Telescope

suso Re:houston... (62 comments)

You might be surprised what could happen as far as motivation to build new technologies if the general public saw a real picture of some distant world with bluish waters, brown and green continents and pearly white clouds.

about 3 months ago
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A Short History of Computers In the Movies

suso Re:The Q-7 (165 comments)

Am I the only one here who's programmed that beast? Assembly language; Fortran had just been invented. Might fit one into a current Walmart, might not. I recall during our training (LA) we heard of another computer in the city! Had to go talk to those guys across town.

Still cranking out code, at 84.

Whoever you are, Slashdot should interview you about your experiences.

about 4 months ago
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Tesla Says Garage Fire Not Charger's Fault; Firemen Less Sure

suso On the other hand (253 comments)

Garage fires aren't a very common topic on Slashdot.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Warns of Zero-Day Attacks

suso Already there (165 comments)

Don't they already put that warning on the box?

about 5 months ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air

suso Re:Can we please get a reasonabley priced laptop (471 comments)

With more than 1366x768 resolution. Fuck laptops suck.
I don't want an I7 to get the pixels. I'm not playing games. I just want text to look nice while I'm coding.

You are clearly Apple's target market. They should listen to you.

about 6 months ago
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Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video

suso Shoot first (871 comments)

Given recent events, you'd be lucky if you even had a chance to open your mouth.

about 6 months ago

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POLL: When I install an OS, I usually choose

suso suso writes  |  more than 2 years ago

suso (153703) writes "* Default options, default partitioning
* Default options, custom partitioning
* Custom options, default partitioning
* Custom options, custom partitioning
* As much customization as possible
* Apple pie from scratch"
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Data breach flaw found in gnome-terminal, xfce terminal and terminator

suso suso writes  |  more than 2 years ago

suso (153703) writes "A design flaw in the VTE library was published this week. The VTE library provides the terminal widget and manages the scrollback buffer in many popular terminal emulators including gnome-terminal, xfce4-terminal, terminator and guake. Due to this flaw, your scrollback buffer ends up on your /tmp filesystem over time and can be viewed by anyone who gets ahold of your hard drive. Including data passed back through an SSH connection. A demonstration video was also made to make the problem more obvious. Anyone using these terminals or others based on libVTE should be aware of this issue as it even writes data passed back through an SSH connection to your local disk. Instructions are also included for how to properly deal with the leaked data on your hard drive. You are either encouraged to switch terminals and/or start using tmpfs for your /tmp partition until the library is fixed."
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Flaw found in gnome-terminal, xfce terminal and terminator that writes to disk.

suso suso writes  |  more than 2 years ago

suso writes "A design flaw in the VTE library was published yesterday. The VTE library, which is part of the GNOME project, provides the terminal widget and manages the scrollback buffer used in many popular terminal emulators including gnome-terminal, xfce4-terminal, terminator and guake. Due to this flaw, your scrollback buffer ends up on your /tmp filesystem over time and can be viewed by anyone who gets ahold of your hard drive. Including data passed back through an SSH connection. A demonstration video was also made to make the problem more obvious. Anyone using these terminals or others based on libvte should be aware of this issue. Any administrator who has users who connect to services using one of these terminals will also be affected. Instructions are also included in the report for how to properly deal with the leaked data on your hard drive. You are encouraged to switch terminals or start using tmpfs for your /tmp partition until the library is fixed."
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20th birthday of Linux

suso suso writes  |  more than 2 years ago

suso writes "Today, September 17th, 2011 is the 20th anniversary of Linux being released to the public. The first kernel version 0.01 was made available on the public FTP server at nic.funet.fi on September 17th, 1991. It quickly grew in terms of code, user base and is now is an industry of its own. One would find it difficult to go a day without encountering Linux in their daily activities. Happy Birthday Linux!"
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Unix Epoch Day 15000 on Jan. 26th

suso suso writes  |  more than 3 years ago

suso (153703) writes "The 15000th day of Unix time starts at midnight GMT on Wednesday January 26th. More information about parties including a countdown clock are available at the official website for the event here. A large main party is happening tomorrow at 7pm EST in Bloomington, Indiana to mark the occasion. The last 5000 day mark of epoch days happened a few months before Slashdot existed, so this will be the first time Slashdotters will be able to celebrate such an occasion. The next time won't be until 2024. And also unlike the last time, this time Mac users can join in the fun."
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Kalamazoo hackerspace hit with $50,000 tax bill

suso suso writes  |  about 4 years ago

suso (153703) writes "The Geek Group, a non-profit technology enthusiast organization, more commonly known as a hackerspace has been slapped with a tax bill of $47,652.78 by their local township. The group had previously filed for tax exempt status, but was told that they didn't need to submit the paperwork. Now, stickers have been placed on their building saying that they must pay current and back property taxes or the building and all the equipment inside will be auctioned off. The Geek Group, which is one of the oldest and largest hackerspaces in the nation, is fighting back to ensure it isn't quashed out of existence by this. This video on Youtube shows one of their recent board meetings and explains all that has happened so far."
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Topeka 'renames' itself 'Google, Kansas'

suso suso writes  |  more than 4 years ago

suso (153703) writes "In a formal proclamation Monday, Bunten announced his city will be known as "Google" — Google, Kansas. The change is considered unofficial and will only last a month, but they have gone so far as to change the Welcome to Topeka signs to Welcome to Google, Kansas using Google's rainbow logo."
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How often do you upgrade your main workstation?

suso suso writes  |  more than 4 years ago

suso writes "*Every 6 months
*Every year
*2-3 years
*4-5 years
*6-10 years
*10+ years
*Still on my C64/Apple II/CoCo
*Every time Cowboy does"
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Most common typo you make?

suso suso writes  |  more than 5 years ago

suso writes "
  • Sawp letters
  • SEcond CApital LEtter
  • Mispeling
  • Leav of a lettr
  • Numb3rs
  • mIxEd cAsE
  • Prematur espace
  • ALL CAPS
  • C0wbyo o!N3l
  • I don't type you insensitive cold!
"

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World population to pass 6,666,666,666 today

suso suso writes  |  more than 5 years ago

suso writes ""The estimated population of the world will pass 6,666,666,666 today. No doubt an interesting number for people everywhere (not referring to any religion connotations). 5,555,555,555 was passed about 14 years ago. You may not realize that only a 80 years ago, the population of the Earth was only around 2 billion. This shows how the population of the world has increased at an alarming rate in recent times. Although the growth rate is almost half what it was at its peak in 1963, when it was 2.2%. Unrelated but also an interesting coincidence, the estimated number of available IPv4 addresses is getting very close to 666,666,666. It should cross over today as well.""
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World population about to pass 6,666,666,666

suso suso writes  |  more than 5 years ago

suso writes "The estimated population of the world will pass 6,666,666,666 on Friday. No doubt an interesting number for people everywhere (not referring to any religion connotations). 5,555,555,555 was passed about 14 years ago. You may not realize that only a 80 years ago, the population of the Earth was only around 2 billion. This shows how the population of the world has increased at an alarming rate in recent times. Although the growth rate is almost half what it was at its peak in 1963, when it was 2.2%. On a similar note, the estimated number of available IPv4 addresses is getting very close to 666,666,666. It should cross over in the next day or two."
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Microsoft offers to buy Yahoo for $44.6 billion

suso suso writes  |  more than 6 years ago

suso writes "Microsoft just sent a letter to Yahoo's board of directors offering to buy them out for $44.6 billion in cash and shares. Yahoo has been struggling in the past year to compete with Google, although a Yahoo acquisition would not necessarily turn the tide in their favor. I just hope they don't get rid of the Yahoo ICMP department."
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Freebase opens to the public

suso suso writes  |  more than 6 years ago

suso writes "A new user contributed information database website called Freebase has just given read access to the public, although they still consider this to be in a public alpha state. Freebase is similar to Wikipedia, except the data is more structured than free form. The company developed their own type of database, called a graph database. It is different from the typical relational database type that most database systems use. Another unique aspect of Freebase is that it provides an access API so that third parties can develop applications that use the data independently of the site."
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suso suso writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Stopwatch (153703) writes "The tux500.com project has the goal of raising at least $25,000 to put the Linux logo on an Indy 500 car this year. The logo has already been put on the front of the car. Whether it stays there or not depends on whether they meet their goal. If they reach $350,000 then the whole team will be called Team Linux and the car will be completely sponsored by the Linux community. With only 20 days left to donate, here is the chance to show the power of the Linux community."
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suso suso writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Mark K (153703) writes "How would you like to tune into the Indy 500 and see the Linux penguin prominently displayed on a car. The Tux 500 project was started to raise enough money to sponsor an Indy 500 car this year in the name of Linux. If $25,000 is raised they will be an associate sponsor of the car, if they reach $350,000 then the whole car will have Linux all over it. The amount of visibility depends on the money raised. Overnight they passed $6000 and there is some good rivalry between the different distributions on the stats page. There is also a contest to determine a design for the car."
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suso suso writes  |  more than 7 years ago

suso writes "Tell me I'm not imagining things. I just saw that Mastercard commercial where the couple's parents are meeting each other. But this time the "priceless text" was going off the edge of the screen and only partially viewable. I still have a 4:3 aspect ratio screen and this was on a local CW station. So was this an 16:9 HD advertisement? The show that was on was not advertised as being in HD and none of the other commercials seemed to be having the same issues. I'm wondering if this is going to be how the stations encourage people to buy new TVs with HD support. I was going to buy a new TV at the end of this year (don't use it enough) anyways. I'm reminded of that old episode of "The Wonder Years" where the family is being encouraged to buy a new color TV and Wayne is making comments like "Look at that nice brown car.""

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Go to http://suso.suso.org/

Whenever I moderate on slashdot, I set the score level to be a minimum of 0 and then I go to the end of the comments section and moderate from the end back. This is best because some of the better comments tend to be the last ones made.

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