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DHS Turns To Unpaid Interns For Nation's Cyber Security

volxdragon Re:Stick with what works... (174 comments)

Federal civil service workes haven't had a pension in decades - CSRS was closed to new government workers in 1987, all they get now is FERS which really is no different than any other 401(k). The days of the government pension are pretty much dead (unless you're a congress critter that is).

about 9 months ago
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Army Laser Passes Drone-Killing Test

volxdragon Re:Anti-satellite (173 comments)

And for a "kill" in space you don't get the debris problem. Just a burned out image sensor on an otherwise intact spy satellite.

Not necessarily....hit the hydrazine tank and methinks things will go boom!

about 9 months ago
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Army Laser Passes Drone-Killing Test

volxdragon Re:Advantages of DEWs (173 comments)

Actually, I believe in that case the trajectory does not change - space-time is distorted such that it appears the beam would bend toward the black hole...

about 9 months ago
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Wanted: Special-Ops Battle Suit With Cooling, Computers, Radios, and Sensors

volxdragon Re:Just one question (176 comments)

ROFL! Oh to have mod points today....

1 year,9 days
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Ask Slashdot: Can Creating New Online Accounts Reduce Privacy Risks?

volxdragon Re: Pay for it (164 comments)

Fair enough, poor word choice - was meant to be in the abstract and referencing common/average US pricing.

1 year,10 days
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Ask Slashdot: Can Creating New Online Accounts Reduce Privacy Risks?

volxdragon Re: Pay for it (164 comments)

Nope - a static IP for residential will normally cost you like $5/month more where business class will normally cost you like $200/month more...

1 year,10 days
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Ask Slashdot: Can Creating New Online Accounts Reduce Privacy Risks?

volxdragon Re: Pay for it (164 comments)

I didn't say illegal - I said violated the TOS/AUP which means they can terminate your account for breach of contract. In theory, BitTorrent, Skype, or hell, even BattleNet could fall under the clause of most residential TOS/AUPs, but you aren't likely to run into issues there... It's all about economics and money for the ISPs, plus you can actually get a real SLA with business service (residential is always best effort)

1 year,10 days
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Ask Slashdot: Can Creating New Online Accounts Reduce Privacy Risks?

volxdragon Re:Pay for it (164 comments)

Quite frankly, if you've got a static IP (or buy one for a few bucks a month), you can just run your own from home.

You do realize this violates most residential ISP TOSs/AUPs in the US, right? Just because you have a static IP does NOT mean you can run a 'server' unless you have business-class service (and by 'server', I mean anything that accepts inbound connections offering a service....be it email, a web server, ssh server, etc). Now, will they detect it and do something about it? Likely not in most cases unless there are complaints, but I know a lot of residential ISPs now block SMTP to deal with spam malware (forcing you to use the submission ports instead or webmail, but breaking running a SMTP server). Frankly, I do what you suggest, but I have a business-class line run into my house (have for the past 15+ years) for exactly the reasons above...

1 year,10 days
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Down the Road, But In the Works: 3-D Video Calls From Skype

volxdragon Re:Google+ Hangouts are going HD Now (97 comments)

I tried the Google stuff for a day....then I uninstalled it because I didn't like the 8 billion ET-call-homes it did non-stop (even when not in use) that LittleSnitch told me it was doing...

1 year,17 days
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Down the Road, But In the Works: 3-D Video Calls From Skype

volxdragon Re:Skype can barely handle regular calls... (97 comments)

Traditional PSTN.

Which in many cases is backhauled VOIP or compressed to the point of being as bad as Skype these days....the days of pure copper between you and the other party are pretty much dead...

1 year,17 days
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N. Korea-Bound Ship With 'Military Cargo' Detained By Panama

volxdragon Re:Cuban Missile crisis (105 comments)

Um, wrong direction dude....they were going FROM Cuba, not TO Cuba...

about a year ago
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Chinese Media Calls For Boycott of Cisco

volxdragon Re:other way around?? (216 comments)

More ISPs that care about privacy should look into deploying open-source networking equipment.

That is LAUGHABLY funny. No open source router is even close to core-router speeds. Yes, a lot of "core routers" are build on open source technologies, but only so much as using Linux or *BSD as the OS...all have custom/proprietary interfaces to the hardware forwarding engines. Almost all of them have custom routing protocol stacks. Don't get me wrong, you want a small SOHO device, or even something that can handle a corporate LAN, sure....but try doing 100 ports of 10-gig-each in a chassis...just isn't going to happen.

about a year ago
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A Computer-based Smart Rifle With Incredible Accuracy, Now On Sale

volxdragon Re:2nd Amendment Question (551 comments)

Wow, you're fine with biological weapons then? Crap, they're the most dangerous of all...

about a year ago
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Giant Snails Invade Florida

volxdragon Re:Pythons (245 comments)

not even the french would attempt to eat that. what makes you think a snake would?

What are YOU talking about? The French would not only eat that, they would tell you it is a delicacy while snickering under their breath!

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Convince a Company Their Subscriber List Is Compromised?

volxdragon Re:Geeks rarely rule the roost (247 comments)

Windows Server...

I have always thought the term "Windows Server" is an oxymoron...

about a year and a half ago
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Surface Pro: 'Virtually Unrepairable'

volxdragon Re:Yawn. (418 comments)

Damn it, used up my mod points earlier today - nice one!

about a year and a half ago
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Spy Drones Used To Hunt Down Christopher Dorner

volxdragon Re:Fascinating stuff (498 comments)

I'm surprised this aspect isn't getting more press - did you see the pictures of their truck? We're not talking 1 or 2 bullet holes, it looks like it was in a war zone...

about a year and a half ago
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LEGO Announces GNU/LInux-Powered Mindstorms EV3 Platform

volxdragon Re:awesome (164 comments)

Okay, I think I'm going to be scarred for life now, I just had a REALLY BAD mental image reading that line...

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Gives Free Voice Calls a Trial Run in Canada

volxdragon Re:Lack of direction? (98 comments)

Also, I understand that some major US providers block Skype, which means they'll probably block this as well.

Um, first time I've heard of this - which do?

about a year and a half ago

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