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3D Printer Controlled With a Touch-Screen Linux Tablet

weegiekev Linux companies (30 comments)

There was a thread recently on slashdot about the negative image of "Linux Inside". If you needed any kind of example of why that might be the case, just look at that tablet.

about 2 years ago

How a Programmer Gets By On $16K/Yr: He Moves to Malaysia

weegiekev Nest Egg (523 comments)

“Move to low cost-of-living area of the world, set up shop working remote, work ten hours a week while building a huge nest egg.”

Income: $16,000
Rent: $9,600

I'm not sure what you'd consider to be a huge nest egg, but after other living expenses I can't see much being saved at the end of the day. Good luck saving for buying an apartment.

about 2 years ago

Drone Comes Within 200 Feet of Airliner Over New York

weegiekev Re:Will they get banned? (339 comments)

Don't worry, the NRA will start defending citizens rights to drones as soon as that happens.

Drones don't kill people, RC operators do.

about 2 years ago

UC Davis Study Concludes H-1B Workers Neither Best Nor Brightest

weegiekev Re:No that is the inevitable outcome (353 comments)

It's an interestingly skewed viewpoint, that immigrants coming to the US are coming to take experience away, not bring it over with them. Now, with the Visa process that you have with H-1B I expect that would often be the case - the process is so awful, I can't imagine many people coming over through it unless they were low grade developers planning on working in IT sweat shops. Otherwise, there is a wealth of experience overseas that the US is being prevented from sharing with.

about 2 years ago

Wirelessly Charged Buses Being Tested Next Year

weegiekev Re:Welcome to falling behind China (245 comments)

They also have a huge number of electric vehicles. You'd be amazed at how many people drive them. Why? Because they're incredibly cheap, and with vertical development totally suitable to get from A to B. I've driven one to the office a number of times. They're surprisingly powerful, far more than you might expect.

The capacitor technology may or may not be great (I'm not able to comment on that part), but they are experimenting with the infrastructure you'd need should that turn out to be effective. I can also quite happily say it works, at least from an end user point of view.

about 2 years ago

SSH Password Gropers Are Now Trying High Ports

weegiekev Not obscurity (349 comments)

Before anyone else comes in again with "security through obscurity doesn't work", running ssh on a non-standard port certainly isn't.

There's plenty of people out there who are scanning port 22 to find SSH instances. You can bet there's databases out there of IP addresses which responded with ssh and their ssh ident string that they returned. The second an SSH hole is found, those lists will be the first point of call for an attacker who wants to hit known vulnerable systems before they get patched.

If the people building these databases had to scan all ports to find ssh, they'd be spending a very very long time portscanning the internet.

about 2 years ago

Australian Govt Forces Apple, Adobe, Microsoft To Explain Price Hikes

weegiekev Re:There are several reasons for things to cost mo (371 comments)

Local staffing and building costs can't explain it all. Dell still have massively inflated prices in Aus, and from what I can see they barely have any local presence. Everything is shipped and operated from out of Malaysia.

about 2 years ago

Australian Govt Forces Apple, Adobe, Microsoft To Explain Price Hikes

weegiekev What about Dell (371 comments)

Go to Dell's website. Compare the prices in various regions, incl Aus. The prices in Aus are generally close to double what they are in other regions. Double. Seriously, double. When I worked out in Asia, it was cheaper for us to get someone to buy them elsewhere and fly over with them.

And before anyone says that tax in Aus is high, and it's expensive to ship to there, that includes any import duties and the cost of the flight.

On top of all that, you still have to deal with Dell.

about 2 years ago

How a Chinese Hacker Tried To Blackmail Me

weegiekev Re:Monitoring devices (146 comments)

If they're providing client routers whic is doing that it's news to me. Would be very interested to know details though. To be honest I wouldn't see the point, it wouldn't be able to do anything you can't do upstream. Re the original article, the suggestion was there was a device inside their network. Again, I really doubt that.

about 2 years ago

How a Chinese Hacker Tried To Blackmail Me

weegiekev Monitoring devices (146 comments)

Please take this article with a pinch of salt. I was working in Shanghai in 2008 and spent a few years out there. We had a server room, leased lines, an ICP license. Yes, the internet there was filtered and monitored, but that was all done at the ISP level or beyond. I've never heard of any situation where the government installed a monitoring device attached to a server. I really doubt that's what happened, and it sounds like the person quoted in the article doesn't work in IT. Most likely they had a managed leased line and the telecoms provider was being proactive about the service. That's not uncommon.

I heard a lot of speculation and fears from colleagues who came over. I had our HR manager tell me how she knew her blackberry was getting monitored because she could hear it getting tapped. Seriously, your mobile doesn't get routed through an analogue exchange with a tape recorder attached. There's a lot of misunderstanding and mistruths that get spread around. That's not to say censorship doesn't happen. A number of people I know had blog posts removed because of sensitive keywords - that actually seemed to be regarded as pretty normal, and they weren't worried about being dragged away for a 'cup of tea' with the authorities. The reality is generally a lot more normal that you'd imagine though.

In terms of what happened to the CEO's mail account, I think it's much more likely that their machine was compromised with malware. Malware is rife in China, mostly as there's still a huge amount of software piracy. I've seen plenty of download sites in China with files riddled with trojans. Given that their personal email was also broken into, it does sound like their machine was compromised rather than line monitoring. The device attached to the server? I don't buy it...

about 2 years ago

Toyota To Show Off Autonomous Prototype Car At CES Show

weegiekev Re:Never really understood the point. (126 comments)

What you are missing is that you're thinking about private car ownership. These are much more likely to get popular on a pay per use model, where you rent them for a journey. Effectively they'd be somewhere between a bus, a taxi and a car share scheme. Think about the benefits here against all those models:

  • Mass public transport is efficient, but struggles with capacity planning - you can't run a bus route on demand very easily. As such they very often run somewhat empty.
  • Taxis are expensive as you're paying for a driver's time as part of the service. They're also often privately owned, so they're unused for the majority of the day when the driver isn't working.
  • Car sharing schemes require a local pool and you have to walk and collect them. You also generally need a subscription to access them, so you get a key fob or card.

Certainly in European and Asian cities, car ownership is not that high, but it is very useful to have them occasionally. Maybe the driverless cars aren't going to be that popular initially for US suburban dwellers who use their car on a daily basis, but I can see it being massive for urban users elsewhere.

about 2 years ago

UK Green Lights HS2 High Speed Rail Line

weegiekev Re:A good start, but... (329 comments)

You know you could always use the car for shopping but public transport for going to / from work. That's not particularly unusual you know.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Flash-Friendly Router To Replace Aging WRT54GS?

weegiekev Routerboard (334 comments)

I've used Mikrotik Routerboards for years and have been very happy with them. They're very flexible, relatively cheap, and I've not had any issues with reliability. I don't think they run anything like DD-WRT, but their supplied OS is very powerful. Has ssh login for admin and a Cisco IOS like interface.

The following RB435G should fit your needs:

3 x GigE ports
3 x miniPCI slots for wireless (R52nM for 802.11n)
DynDNS Updates: [Yes]
DHCP Sever with Option 66: [Yes]
Static IP based on MAC: [Yes]
Port forwarding: [Yes]
QoS support: [Yes]

more than 3 years ago

Facebook's Zuckerberg Says Forget Privacy

weegiekev Re:Better ads (415 comments)

Maybe, but on the other hand, the fact of using facebook says something about how much you value your privacy. If you really want information to remain private, I would suggest that you just not put it on social networking sites.

Unfortunately there's more than that. Now it's not just a question of what you post, but what others post about you. Note as an example, on Facebook, you can't prevent others from tagging you in photographs.

Whilst facebook is very annoying, it's also very useful. It's an address book that updates itself for you, the ability to get in touch with people because you know who they know, and email without spam (relatively easy when you have a trust network). That also makes it somewhat unavoidable, at least until someone else fills that space.

about 5 years ago

Rupert Murdoch Says Google Is Stealing His Content

weegiekev Re:Dear Mr Murdoch (504 comments)

Andrew Orlowski's stories need to be taken with a pinch of salt. I do like his articles, but they're often off the mark. If you read more carefully you'll find the times correspondant's statement is relatively accurate.

more than 5 years ago

Spurned Chinese Publisher May Create WoW Knockoff

weegiekev Re:"World of Fight" (111 comments)

You know, when you translate phrases from other languages you're allowed to make them grammatically sound. World of Fighting would have, presumably, the same meaning but actually not sound quite as ridiculous in English.

They translated it into Chinglish for the local market

more than 5 years ago

Best FOSS Help Desk Software For Small Firms?

weegiekev MailManager (321 comments)

Try mailmanager - http://sourceforge.net/projects/mailmanager/ It will scale well (up to 100k tickets per day if you push it), and it lacks some of the major restrictions of RT in terms of workflow.

more than 5 years ago


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