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Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

zaft Re:We could not make them (514 comments)

Except looking at history, they will probable lead to fewer soldier deaths, fewer bystander deaths, more accurate targeting.

I don't know why people think they are bad.

Extra-judicial killings of US citizens.

Let's call it what is is: murder of innocent US citizens.

(don't think they are innocent? They are innocent until proven guilty!)

about 8 months ago

How much of your media do you store locally?

zaft Re:Put Your Data In The Clown! (187 comments)

If I had mod points I'd totally mod this up. BWAHAHAHA! The last point reminds me of the issue with the sign language interpreter at Mandela's funeral who apparently was totally bonkers and gee, the company he worked for "disappeared".

about 9 months ago

My favorite season:

zaft Monsoon (346 comments)

As a Tucsonan I have to say "monsoon"!

about a year ago

Schneier: The US Government Has Betrayed the Internet, We Need To Take It Back

zaft Bring back UUCP! (397 comments)

Maybe we need to bring back a modernized, encrypted UUCP?

1 year,13 days

NSA Foils Much Internet Encryption

zaft Re:Works for me (607 comments)

You don't think we won the first Gulf war? Well, it probably depends both on your definition of "war" and "win". We haven't declared war since 1941.

1 year,14 days

Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

zaft Re:Despite all of the complaining about it... (627 comments)

You aren't understanding correctly. It means if you want to install from UEFI (e.g. you need a 3TB boot disk) you need to use the 64bit Ubuntu, as 32bit won't work. That doesn't mean 64bit won't work on a non-UEFI BIOS. I have it running here.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Best/Newest Hardware Without "Trusted Computing"?

zaft Re:why? (290 comments)

To the best of my knowledge (and I work on this stuff daily), it's not possible for the OS to enable the TPM (it would make testing way easier if this were true!). The TPM has to be enabled and activated in BIOS before it's available to the OS.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Best/Newest Hardware Without "Trusted Computing"?

zaft Re:What? (290 comments)

vPro is a function of the processor, not the chipset. That is the processor must support vPro to use it. And vPro and TPMs are not at all comparable. A TPM is not something that does anything on its own; it is used by the FW and/or OS to enable security but doesn't itself do anything. TPMs are built in accordance with a open spec from the TCG. Every motherboard I've ever seen ships with the TPM disabled, and many of them that support a TPM don't have it down on the board, it must be installed separately. vPro requires a fair amount of setup to use, so claiming that it's going to backdoored is really just silly. While it may be that there are legitimate concerns about TPMs (or vPro), I've not seen any /. discussion yet that seemed to be particularly well informed on the specifics, here.

about a year ago

The City Where People Are Afraid To Breathe

zaft Re:hmm.. (243 comments)

Yes, valley fever is hardly news. Growing up in Arizona it was common knowledge. Most people get it and it's no big deal, just like a cold or mild flu. It's true that for some it's far worse, but that's rare. This is news?

about a year ago

FreeBSD 8.4 Released

zaft Re:only recommended if you need to stay on 8.x (80 comments)

I'll grant you it's marginal... but why is it weird? FreeBSD works quite well on the desktop. If you want a Unix-y system where you have more control over what goes in it's an excellent choice.

about a year ago

Ethernet Turns 40

zaft Re:LANtastic! (159 comments)

HA! I worked for Artisoft from '92 to '98. It was a great place to work, and the whole development group and corp offices ran LANtastic.

about a year ago

Ethernet Turns 40

zaft Re:Ethernet is really only 33 (159 comments)

Um, the Alpha is considerably newer than Ethernet. We were using Ethernet (yes the thick version) in the mid-80s with our MicroVAXen.

about a year ago

Ethernet Turns 40

zaft Re:good Ole Days (159 comments)

OMG the UYK-7. I think you and I are the only ones here who know what the hell those were. Ah the stories I could tell!

about a year ago

5-Pound UAV Flies For 50 Minutes, Streams HD From Over 3 Miles

zaft Bad guys (115 comments)

So what happens when the drug cartels get this?

about a year ago

Paul Otellini: Intel Lost the iPhone Battle, But It Could Win the Mobile War

zaft Re:I wish I'd went with my gut... (117 comments)

This was someone with an engineering background, who trusted questionable numbers over rational risk taking business decisions. That's extremely not good for someone in his position.

Otellini is not an engineer.

about a year ago

My most frequent OS migration path?

zaft Re:Linux? Windows? Newbs! (413 comments)

Yay another Plato person!! Although I was never an /s I was just a user and programmer (worked on physics lessons). For me it was TOPS-10 -> VMS --> DOS--> Windows -> (Linux, BSD, SunOS/Solaris) G

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Old Technology Coexisting With New?

zaft Re:Vintage (338 comments)

Oooh! I had a couple of 3B1s/Unix PCs until 2006, the evil ex-gf made me get rid of them when we moved :-(. They were cute little machines! My very first UUCP feed was on one.

about 2 years ago

Stay Home When You're Sick!

zaft Re:Sick leaves (670 comments)

Libraries are not just entertainment, they are pretty much the only free means of adult education that's available anymore. They are really, really important for our society.

about 2 years ago

Stay Home When You're Sick!

zaft Re:How do they 'encourage' us to stay home? (670 comments)

Mod this up!! Very true. When I've been a manager I've tried to work like this also. Know your people. Know their strengths and weaknesses. Play to their strengths, help them to work on their weaknesses.

about 2 years ago



Intel Joins Arduino Camp With "Galileo" Board

zaft zaft writes  |  about a year ago

zaft (597194) writes "Intel announced a new board, "Galileo" that is Arduino-compatible and use the Quark processor that was announced at IDF. Unlike the pricy Minnowboard, Galileo will be offered for $60 and thousands will be seeded to universities. Availability is slated for November 29. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em?"
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NetBSD 5.0.2 Released

zaft zaft writes  |  more than 4 years ago

zaft (597194) writes "Newest bits are released! Grab 'em while they are hot! From the announcement:

The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce that version 5.0.2 of the NetBSD operating system is now available. NetBSD 5.0.2 is the second critical/security update of the NetBSD 5.0 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed critical for security or stability reasons.

Please note that all fixes in critical/security updates (i.e., NetBSD 5.0.1, 5.0.2, etc.) are cumulative, so the latest update contains all such fixes since the corresponding minor release. These fixes will also appear in future minor releases (i.e., NetBSD 5.1, 5.2, etc.), together with other less-critical fixes and feature enhancements.
Your generous donations during the 2007 fund drive allowed us to sponsor much of NetBSD 5.0's development in the areas of SMP performance and scalability. See below to find out how you can help us repeat this success.

Complete source and binaries for NetBSD 5.0.2 are available for download at many sites around the world. A list of download sites providing FTP, HTTP, AnonCVS, SUP, and other services may be found at We encourage users who wish to install via ISO images to download via BitTorrent by using the torrent files supplied in the ISO image area. A list of hashes for the NetBSD 5.0.2 distribution has been signed with the well-connected PGP key for the NetBSD Security Officer:

NetBSD is free. All of the code is under non-restrictive licenses, and may be used without paying royalties to anyone. Free support services are available via our mailing lists and website. Commercial support is available from a variety of sources. More information on NetBSD is available from our website:"

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