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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

suso Re:... Everything? (528 comments)

Why would Sony have employee medical records? Not likely legal if in the USA.

Sony is big enough they may have their own company owned medical facility for employees. My last employeer had one.

about two weeks ago
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US Intelligence Unit Launches $50k Speech Recognition Competition

suso Competitions (62 comments)

As usual with competitions like this, you shouldn't settle for the prize money if you develop such a thing because its worth quite a bit more.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Lays Off 2,100, Axes Silicon Valley Research

suso No more cash in the bank? (109 comments)

Back around 2000 when Microsoft had something like $100 billion in the bank I said that with that kind of money, they could afford to make no income and still pay their 40,000 or so employees at the time for the next 13 years. I wasn't serious though.

about 3 months ago
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Intel Releases SD-Card-Sized PC, Unveils Next 14nm Chip

suso Distractions (47 comments)

Wow look at that cool new small device released by Ap.... Oh wait, nevermind.

about 3 months ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

suso Just a year? (579 comments)

Well apparently it was the decade of Linux on the Desktop in Munich. Who said it would last anyways?

about 4 months ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

suso Microsoft (579 comments)

And of course Microsoft now likes to act like they are an open source company that believes in open standards. Maybe they do, but that sure is an annoying stance for them to take.

about 4 months ago
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NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

suso Local Dealerships (455 comments)

Wow, local dealerships sound AWESOME!

about 6 months ago
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NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin

suso I was there (220 comments)

I was actually at one of these supercomputer facilities a day or two after it happened and found out then. Too bad they didn't release more information so I could talk about it. :-( Someone in our group amusingly noted though that it was probably the first time that supercomputers had been used to directly make money. *snicker*

about 6 months ago
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Huawei Successfully Tests New 802.11ax WiFi Standard At 10.53Gbps

suso Re:Huh? (116 comments)

Thanks, looks like several Slashdotters will be learning something new today.

about 7 months ago
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Huawei Successfully Tests New 802.11ax WiFi Standard At 10.53Gbps

suso Huh? (116 comments)

Maybe its still too early in the day and I should finish my coffee first before posting to Slashdot, but I'd be interested to know how a frequency of 5 billion per second could carry 10 billion bits of information per second. Hopefully someone could explain.

about 7 months ago
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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

suso Re:Cinema-like (261 comments)

Reality: the curved TVs provide a cinema-like experience by charging roughly four times what a reasonable person would pay.

A real cinema TV would also come with background noise of others talking on phones, silhouettes of people's heads in front you and makes your floor sticky from years of dumped soda.

about 7 months ago
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What percentage of your online communications are encrypted?

suso Re:Really? MD5? (186 comments)

Shut it elitist punk. Slashdot is obviously exactly where they need to be if they have a strong opinion that is wrong.

about 8 months ago
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US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

suso Re:never heard of floppy disk before (481 comments)

Those 8" floppys could only store 242KB of data. The 5.25" ones could only store 160KB per side depending on the drive format and before they started having high density floppy disks, which wasn't until the late 80s.

about 8 months ago
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US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

suso Watch list if purchased? (481 comments)

I'm curious if at this point buying an 8" floppy disk (or any other significantly old technology that only nuclear missle silos use) would get you put on some terrorist watch list.

about 8 months ago
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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 9 months 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 9 months 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 9 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 3 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  |  more than 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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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suso suso writes  |  more than 10 years ago

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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