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ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

thogard My solution (100 comments)

I've been telling people that going to those odd top level domains are like calling 1-900 numbers, you will get a large bill from your ISP so just don't ever use them.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

thogard Re:Whitelisting and whitelisters (318 comments)

Microware OS9 running on a radio shack color computer in 1984 had module white listing. It used CRC but it was a step in the right direction. Too bad it took Microsoft decades to catch up.

2 days ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

thogard Re:Not new, and not shocking. (242 comments)

You need about 700 meters of depth with the current off the shelf parts to make a RO well in the ocean. I think there is some technology that might let it work at 250 or so meters. You still have to pump the water up from that depth unless you can play games with building a saline density pump. Then there is the problem of changing a filter at depth.

about a month ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

thogard More bad science (579 comments)

Pedestrians are getting killed far more often at crossings at much higher rate than anytime in the past 60 or so years. The numbers they are seeing may not be related to what they think are seeing.

about a month and a half ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

thogard Re:f-35, beta feature set (417 comments)

If Australia, Canada, Japan and South Korea got together, they could get the F-15 Silent Eagle built to the appropriate specs. It can be more stealthy than the F-35, it would be cheaper, faster, it is a proven air frame and it would meet the internal defense roles as well as the role of supporting allies. The F-15 Silent Eagle (or F15 Advanced as that might be its current name) is an more modern F-15E Strike Eagle air frame with modifications taken from the failed F-23 prototypes.

about 2 months ago
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New OpenSSL Man-in-the-Middle Flaw Affects All Clients

thogard Re:This is awesome (217 comments)

Seeding the random source using a private key looks like the same concept as using your encrypted root passwords to seed the TCP sequence numbers. This is not a new concept.

about 2 months ago
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30-Day Status Update On LibreSSL

thogard Re:"OpenSSL C dialect" (164 comments)

Software Tools by Brian W. Kernighan and P. J. Plauger is a great book for understanding the concepts that are deep in the Unix philosophy.

about 3 months ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

thogard Re:Over 18 (632 comments)

The limit of income is as low as $400 and as high as $22,000 for some retired couples. Anyone working and making in the range of $10k a year had better check
http://www.irs.gov/publication...

about 4 months ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

thogard Re:... really 13 years to update? (341 comments)

When a hammer works, you don't get a new one just because there is a new one. Upgrades cost a fortune for most businesses and upgrades nearly always break some part of the business process. Most businesses have been burned by the upgrade process in the past and when they start putting a dollar figure on the upgrade vs the cost of not doing the upgrade, it is often cheaper to not do the upgrade.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

thogard Re:You lost me at vim (531 comments)

Editor Wars? Do you have a cat that walks on keyboards? If so, vi can be very deadly to open files.

about 6 months ago
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ICANN Considers Using '127.0.53.53' To Tackle DNS Namespace Collisions

thogard Re:Obsolete (164 comments)

Oddly enough, it wouldn't. You could use NAT hardware in front of old gear and everything will just keep working. Stuff that gets updated, could just use the new syntax and deal with things correctly. Stuff like core routers and switches wouldn't care. It would be fare less disruptive than trying to install ipv6.

about 6 months ago
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ICANN Considers Using '127.0.53.53' To Tackle DNS Namespace Collisions

thogard Re:STOP (164 comments)

I know a few people who have conspired to tell others that the nontraditional domains are like 1-900 phone numbers and when you use them, you will get a bill from your ISP.

about 6 months ago
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ICANN Considers Using '127.0.53.53' To Tackle DNS Namespace Collisions

thogard Re:Obsolete (164 comments)

Early ip resolver libraries would sometimes parse octal ip addresses with commas as in your example of /.'s ip address as 330,42,265,55. Many of those would also deal with a 0xd822b52d or sometimes without the 0x. Many systems will let you do something like "ifconfig en0 0xd822b52d/32 alias"

Some of the early proposals to expand the IPv4 address space was to allow use more of the bits from the ports source and destination addresses so you could do things like "ping 8.8.8.888" or "ifconfig en0 8.8.8.8/32/13/2 dstbits 4 srcbits 8"

about 6 months ago
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Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

thogard Re:Hash (195 comments)

Microware OS-9 from 1979 used program and modules somewhat like DLL or shared libraries. The code to load a module would CRC check them when loaded and that bit of code could check a list and that list could either allow or deny any module. If you loaded the right data module, you had built in white listing about 3 and a half decades ago.

about 6 months ago
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Sound System Simulates the Roar of a Rocket Launch

thogard Get that noise maker off my lawn (113 comments)

I could still hear the Saturn V when the 1st stage dropped off. It had lovely base with a crackling. Figuring speed of sound, vs speed of light and wind and sound drop off over distance, I suspect this thing isn't that loud.

about 7 months ago
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How loud is your primary computer?

thogard Re:Ignorant clod (371 comments)

My computer is in a data center where it belongs. My desktop is just a fancy terminal.

about 7 months ago
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AMD Announces First ARM Processor

thogard Re:x86 IS efficient (168 comments)

There is one disadvantage of the different ARM modes and that is the an arbitrary program will contain all the needed bit patters to make some useful code. This means that any reasonable large program will have enough code to support hacking techniques like Return Oriented Programming if another bug can be exploited. I would love to see some control bits that turn off the other modes.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?

thogard Re:life after N900 is another N900 (303 comments)

Consider buying a new battery. Most laptop and cell phone batteries last between 200 and 400 charge cycles before their life gets too short.

about 7 months ago
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OpenBSD Moving Towards Signed Packages — Based On D. J. Bernstein Crypto

thogard Re:Dupe? (232 comments)

If I compile from source, I can ensure that the binary I have is unlike any other in the world. That has protected my machines in the past so I will keep doing it.

about 7 months ago
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James Gosling Grades Oracle's Handling of Sun's Tech

thogard Re:No mention of SPARC? (223 comments)

Early Java was nothing other than a mess of pointers to pointers to pointers to pointers to more pointers all in a multi threaded system. The T1 addressed that problem but the concept of "All problems in computer science can be solved by another level of indirection*" is false and at some point compiler writers fix part of it. When they win, concepts like the T1 fail.

Sun tried great things with the T1 and it was like a great chess move that failed. The problem is they did a pawn sacrifice of their core business for that attack and it just didn't work out. Up until the T2000, Sun never designed their high end kit, they stayed with the low end and groups like Cray or SGI did their "big iron". The only great boxes sun designed in house where the small pizza boxes. The SS1, SSP20, x1, netra210 were great little servers. Things like the 690 and e10k were outsourced and while they were impressive as well, they didn't have the personality of the pizza boxes.

*To Quote David Wheeler

about 7 months ago

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