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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

tqk Re:Skydiving lesson (175 comments)

Being a geek you used logic to try to understand the joke thus fucking it up.

That, and they've never heard of artistic licence, nor willing suspension of disbelief. Probably shouldn't bother trying to write fiction. It'd read like a manpage, or worse.

about 2 months ago
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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

tqk Re:Being a computer scientist (175 comments)

For all intensive purpose ...

"For all intents and purposes ...". WTF does "intensive purpose" mean?

about 2 months ago
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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

tqk Re:Being a computer scientist (175 comments)

He's a Mac dude.

Ah. The light dawns (or something/sumfin).

Don't you twits have *anything* better to do? This is what you do for entertainment?

about 2 months ago
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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

tqk Re:Being a computer scientist (175 comments)

131,072 feet would of been cooler...

131,072 feet would've been cooler ...

See contraction, of "would" plus "have". I realize we'll (we plus will) lose this battle, and I can live with it. Newspeak rulez!

about 2 months ago
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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

tqk Re:I don't get the joke. (175 comments)

I'm with the parent. I've read the Wikipedia page, and your link to his /. submissions, and I'm not seeing why such vitriol is being flung (in multiple stories) about him. What, is he a faggot/fairy/LGBTt (???) or something and that offends you, or you're a spammer, a paedo, or you think Burning Man is Emo; or what?

FWIW, I'm with him on what I've read about his views on obscenity and nudity. How nakedness can be percieved as disorderly conduct escapes me. Sure, lots of people are fat slobs so I don't want to see them naked, but how's it obscene? Not understanding the hate here.

I'm an anti-Microsoft bigot (bite me), and I wouldn't hold even that against him. He took their money!

W.T.F?

about 2 months ago
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Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

tqk Re:14 length passwords? (223 comments)

Am I wrong for thinking this means you just need a string of totally random numbers from 0-9? (or even a-Z, 0-9)

Or "totally random numbers from 0-9? (or even a-Z, 0-9)" plus punctuation chars, plus not made up of words which could be found in any dictionary, plus not made from anything that could be gleaned from your online activities or through social engineering.

I think I'll stick with ssh, post interfacing with a real human face to face.

about 2 months ago
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Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

tqk Re:Why so high? (223 comments)

If you flag an account after 10 wrong guesses, start requiring a CAPTCHA after the first one ...

Didn't we see a story a while ago purporting CAPTCHA had been cracked? I didn't bother with it myself (don't much care). It's only useful for web based logins, yes? I'm not suggesting those don't matter; just they don't matter much to me.

... and ban ip addresses when you detect massive multiple account attempts ...

A few years ago, someone reported that has changed the attackers from "batter on the door until it breaks" into slow trickle instead; lots and lots of attacking hosts on separate IPs, each one making only one or two attempts, then moving on to the next on the list.

about 2 months ago
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

tqk Re:Unpaid labour? (72 comments)

Wow, you *are* ignoring the sendmail and bind exploits - many of them were due to lax security rather than being coding bugs.

I'll give you that. I should have called them design or implementation deficiencies, not coding bugs. The Internet began as a really "in-house" sort of thing. They didn't anticipate that their collaborators would go out of their way to abuse what was then a shared and mostly trusted resource. The Morris Worm was pretty much a kid's white hat hacking that (oopsie) got out of control, and SMTP wasn't designed to prevent it. The Green Card Lawyers taught us how robust those systems were - jerks in the system could get anything they wanted to go through and there was little in the way of defence built into the system to stop them. Telnet, ftp, rsh all transmitted passwords en clair. "Oh, was that wrong?" Arpanet was designed to ensure communication wouldn't be disrupted. After all, they weren't expecting the Soviets to have access to any of it.

And you also seem to ignore the thriving antivirus markets that existed for the Atari, Amiga and other non-MS platforms - I wonder how MS was responsible for those!

I never had any of those, so never really cared about them. Then MS showed up so ripe for exploitation, it was a magnet for abuse. How did it work, you could name malicious.exe to malicious.exe.jpg and it would walk right past any defences (which were non-existent)? Meanwhile, MS decided users didn't need to care about file extensions (even while the OS did care), so they were hidden from the user by default. Great.

I can't believe anyone defends MS for the crap they've pulled. You should be livid about their multi-decade abuses, not to mention having had to pay them and other MS ecosystem crap purveyors for the privilege.

about 2 months ago
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

tqk Re:Unpaid labour? (72 comments)

Is your selective memory ignoring all the sendmail and bind exploits that did the rounds in the 80s and 90s?

No, those were bugs, or things the software wasn't designed to worry about. What produced the malware and spam market? MS' laxity in *everything* system security related, maybe?

Are you ignoring how little MS bothered to secure itself, insisted that's not its problem, could be handled with bolted on (for a price) software supplied by third party suppliers, and it wasn't MS' problem that Win* wasn't able to protect itself?

Latest I heard was *the best* AV software supplied by third party suppliers was *at best* capable of stopping 80% of malware.

Good job. Ass holes!

about 2 months ago
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

tqk Re:Unpaid labour? (72 comments)

I remember that. Just before the Winmodem wars started. Why's my machine always crashing every time I connect to the net?!?

"Get a real (external) modem, doofus!"

Damn, that was tedious! I wondered if it would ever end.

about 2 months ago
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

tqk Re:Unpaid labour? (72 comments)

Yup, and with good reason. Did you even read what I wrote?

about 2 months ago
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

tqk Re:ex microsoft shill (72 comments)

The CD problem you refer to is not a fault of the operating system, but rather the drive and the motherboard bios.

Bull. Shit. This goes back to win for workgroups. Copy a file to the floppy drive, takes over the whole damned CPU. They've never known, *had any clue*, as to how to build an OS. They only know how to cash checks from morons (accountants, doctors, lawyers; the stupidest computer users on the planet).

about 2 months ago
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

tqk Re:Fuck M$ (72 comments)

MS has always been a joke. A toy OS for "toy computers."

They've never had a clue what they were doing, other than making money off ignorance.

about 2 months ago
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

tqk Re:Unpaid labour? (72 comments)

I'm sure the Linux distro makers (which often are commercial entities) gladly take your free labor, and laugh at their way to bank.

They're not grabbing my scrotum as they laugh their way to the bank. Oh, you wanted security from malware and viruses and crackers? There are many Microsoft Partners who'd be happy to supply you with solutions ...

Bite me! Microsoft's ineptitude created that pathetic market!

Assholes.

about 2 months ago
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

tqk Re:Unpaid labour? (72 comments)

Perhaps others who read this might find it interesting.

No, not much at all really.

I wish the whole phenon would just disappear from spacetime. It's an annoyance, a malware magnet/enabler, a botnet in progress, ... You get my drift.

about 2 months ago
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

tqk Re:Unpaid labour? (72 comments)

Ha. Very funny. Not my desktop. Considering what it can do on a desktop, not even close to ready.

When did MS finally discover the Internet even existed, or was something they ought to consider? Win95? WinFor Workgroups?

No. Fuck no. Morons.

about 2 months ago
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GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

tqk Re:Sounds nice (156 comments)

but but but but it does more than one thing, its not the Unix Way ...

That's what you guys have always misunderstood about emacs. It's really an operating system that merely looks like an editor.

about 2 months ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

tqk Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (398 comments)

You're not even supposed to run the amber, never mind the red.

Incorrect. When you see light turning yellow, you are suppose to stop when it is safe to do so, otherwise proceed through the intersection.

If you're seeing Green, what's going to come up next? Yellow. So if you see Green, immediately start to decelerate. If you see Yellow, next to come up is Red, and you may wrongly assume you're going to be given a chance to do anything about it. Oh yeah, that's what seeing Green's all about.

If you see Red, now's your chance to gamble and be an a$$hole because Green's coming up ... sometime.

about 2 months ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

tqk Re:I am not going to convert (245 comments)

If something is working, there's no point in trying to break it.

If something is working, that's the incentive to try to break it. If it survives the attempt, it deserves the respect. If it doesn't (breaks), it gets better (fixed), or replaced. Progress.

I'd like to define this as the Dirty Harry Principle. "Did I fire six shots, or only five?" "Hey man, I gots to know!"

He wants to know *so much* that he's willing to die in order to find out.

about 2 months ago

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Comet Summer Siding's about to graze Mars' orbit. Could we use this?

tqk tqk writes  |  about 2 months ago

tqk (413719) writes "The linked article explains that this thing started on its way here a million years ago. It's going to be going back out there. That would be one seriously celestial bird's eye view. That got me thinking.

We already have another mission about to harpoon an asteroid. Well, how about we try to harpoon Summer Siding and hitch a ride. It's handling the propulsion problem. We just have to meet it on its way through our neighbourhood. I'm imagining some sort of automated observatory.

Has this idea been considered (and shot down for a million reasons) before? If we can't use Summer Siding this way (it was only discovered in 2013), how about we gin something up for the next traveller that comes through? And the next one, and the next one, ... Pretty soon, we'd have a constellation of these things way the hell out there reporting back everything they can see.

That would be really cool, I think, not to mention pretty useful."

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US Military FAIL! Service Members' History Lost, AGAIN!

tqk tqk writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tqk writes "As the son of a WWII serviceman (a Flight Lieutenant/Tail Gunner in a B17 bomber) and an IT geek, I think this is appalling. On PBS Newshour last night, I saw a story about this along with an interview with the ProPublica reporter (?) who's on it. Since then, I've learned this has been going on as far back as the war in VietNam. "Backups? What're those?" Entire service histories are being lost! Historians have been screaming about it and veterans are being forced to drag lawyers in to prove they did what they did. $DEITY!!!111

See ProPublica."
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Democracy's death and rebirth?

tqk tqk writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tqk writes "I think this's a fascinating read. Tying together "The Arab Spring" revolutions, mass protests from India, Israel, Britain, Wall St. (among others), it posits that twenty/thirty-somethings have given up "en mass" expecting their political systems to even bother to listen to their objections, much less do anything about them. ACTA is about to be signed despite objections from elected congresses, corruption and regulatory capture seem to be all that governments are capable of these days. This story reminds me of the '60s rebellions against the status quo and "business as usual.""
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Geeks & News. Columbia Journo Review hint.

tqk tqk writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tqk writes "There's this story in CJR lauding the L. A. Times for (in CJR's opinion) a story worth highlighting. CJR: "Nathaniel Popper gets this story by combing the websites of the Federal Reserve, FDIC, SEC, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which have for the first time begun publishing records of their meetings."

As a geek who's built databases connecting related data in efficient ways, this is intriguing. There ought to be a lot of room for pro-bono, NGO oversight ops in there, not to mention potential funding, yes?

Story: http://www.cjr.org/the_audit/la_times_quantifies_the_domina.php

I'm available for the sysadmin or backend db portion (yeah, I'm poor, but I'm not living in my Mom's basement!). Really, I think this could be pretty cool, adding much needed oversight on how gov't. works and what are its interconnections.

CAPTCHA: "despotic". Ha, haaaa! # =[8]-)"

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