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Satellite Phone Encryption Cracked

zulux Doesn't Matter (54 comments)

The original Motorola Iridium satellite phone has a NSA high-encryption pack available for it that fits in the back - this model with the DOD pack or a a more modern Iridium phone with another type of sleeve that I've never seen myself, is how secure communication is done over the Iridium network.

more than 2 years ago
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Paul Allen Files Patent Suit Against Apple, Google, Yahoo, Others

zulux Re:And here I thought (219 comments)

Search Google for "Paul Allen harassment"

I'm counting about four victims.

more than 4 years ago
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Iridium Pushes Ahead Satellite Project

zulux Re:Business Plan? (80 comments)

Iridium airtime generally costs around $1.50 per min if you shop around. you can get prepaid service at around $2.00 per min, or with a big enough pool of minutes you can get it down to $1.0 or so.

The airtime is cheap enough that I brought mine to Japan and Europe so I didn't have to pay crazy roaming costs. Oddly it was a great conversation starter in Japan - people assumed I was some sort of awesome dude to have a sat phone.

Really oddly, I have an original Motorola Iridium phone and it's value has gone up ever science I bought it.

more than 4 years ago
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Iridium Pushes Ahead Satellite Project

zulux Re:Business Plan? (80 comments)

A friend borrowed my Iridium phone and had to use their emergency services (911) - the call center that they were hooked up to was in his words "frighteningly competent." ...

Rambling Iridium thoughts:

I've enjoyed the service myself - with the phone and and a Psion Revo (It has a native serial port), I can telnet to any of my severs while in the woods. Strangely, it let's me relax knowing that I can help out my users.

At around 2400 baud - don't use SSH. Oh... Screen is your friend as it does cut out enough.

If you use a PC - it come with some proxy software and a proxy server that will remove/compress images, but any computer with a serial port can use it as a modem. Sadly, modern pdas lack serial ports, but old Posion Revos/5-series are cheap, last a long time, and have awesome keyboards and work well.

I have an older Motorola Iridium phone, so I don't know if this setup would work with the more modern phones.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Filesystem For External Back-Up Drives?

zulux Re:ZFS, supported equally on your OSes (484 comments)

Did you "zpool export tank" before you moved the drives over? If not, then the FreeBSD box saw the drives but said to itself "Those drive don't belong to me!" I've done a migration from FreeBSD to Solaris, but always with full drive devices ie /dev/ad0 - thus ignoring partitions tables and other such cruddyness.

more than 4 years ago
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Reducing One Amino Acid Could Increase Lifespan

zulux Re:"A highly respected journal" (286 comments)

Yes... Liberals founded america, but they were Limited government liberals. "Classical Liberals" is what we call them now.

Not the current crop of full-government-mandated "liberals" bent on removing individual freedom in pursuit of a control-freak utopia.

more than 4 years ago
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Is Working For the Gambling Industry a Black Mark?

zulux It depends (467 comments)

Honesty mode, and only speaking for me:

If you're clean cut, articulate and not at all slimy - then it will be a good thing to have gambling experience.

If you're even remotely suspicious looking, it will hinder you as it will give seemingly tangible evidence that you *may* by a risk. ..

That said, I did hire someone who worked at at offshore gabling site, and the stories were awesome. He came across as someone who I could trust - so that made the hire easy.

more than 5 years ago
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Postmortem for a Dead Newspaper

zulux Re:BS (219 comments)

>>Conversely, most informed audience: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Oops.

I'm a Daily Show viewer here.... and I don't read too much into "being informed."

Sure - knowing the triviality of short-term world events is great and all.

But raising a family, working hard, being kind, helping your friends and neighbors, looking around for love and perhaps spirituality are worth so much more in the long term.

I have more respect for a man who can drop a transmission than one who knows the top three reasons why Chavez is an awesome leader.

more than 5 years ago
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Postmortem for a Dead Newspaper

zulux Re:BS (219 comments)

If I remember my history it was the Republicans (conservatives) that got rid of slavery and supported women's sufferage.

Pesky things... those facts.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Announces Chrome OS, For Release Mid-2010

zulux Re:Please let there be no X! (1089 comments)

I remember in the late 80's being horribly shocked to find out that X added 64K of overhead to a simple "Hello World" app.

Nowadays, 64K is lean and mean.

more than 5 years ago
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Cold War Standoff Over ISS Toilet

zulux Re:This is just sheer stupidity. (417 comments)

Thanks for the nice posting, I was hoping it would degrade to name calling and then I'd win :)

When most of us right-wing-nut-job think of Socialism, it's Stalin, Pol-Pot, or Cuba. As you would term it "Authoritarian Socialism" - and I don't see any practical difference between it and Fascism. Both are devolve into one-party states that kill millions of people and have shitty economies.

But here's my silly point - democratic Socialism is not the panacea that we all wish it was, as there's no democratic socialism state that can even support it's own population. All of western Europe is having trouble keeping their birth-rates up. My pet theory, is that mentally people are so taxes that they can't even thing about having children - especially when both parents work.

Socialism also removes a bit of Darwinin strees on a culture/people - it protects people who don't or can't contribute. This may or may not be bad given your long term viewpoint.

Our family fought this by just not being greedy - we don't own a bunch of junk so we have enough money and time to spawn. ...

I do love a good CoOp - but they work simply because you can leave whenever you want to and thus have to 'compete' to survive. ...

Enjoy your latte - I hope it's shade grown organic fair trade. ;)

more than 5 years ago
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Cold War Standoff Over ISS Toilet

zulux Re:This is just sheer stupidity. (417 comments)

No, fascism, socialism and communism are all quite similar: failures. Regardless what your 5 years in collage and the 'barista' at the coffee house tell you.

more than 5 years ago
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Cold War Standoff Over ISS Toilet

zulux Re:This is just sheer stupidity. (417 comments)

Nazi was short for National Socialist or more specifically Nationalsozialistische deutsche Arbeiter-Partei - National Socialist German Workers' Party.

Facism/Socialism/Communism are all the same thing: Collectivism. Where the good of the group is put ahead of the individual.

While it sounds good, I haven't seen an examples of where it works out. Even the in the best example, Norway can't even produce enough children to maintain their native population.

The scientist in me rejects collectivism - the evidence points to it not working.

more than 5 years ago
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Cold War Standoff Over ISS Toilet

zulux Re:This is just sheer stupidity. (417 comments)

>>due to a disagreement over economic systems.

The Communists/Socialists had a nasty habit of murdering millions of their own citizens. That was a compelling reason to keep them 'over there.'

more than 5 years ago
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Visual Hallucinations Are a Normal Grief Reaction

zulux Re:Ghosts (550 comments)

>>2) There're are no fact that could lead us to think after-life exists (from a scientifical point of view)

Given that it looks like there's an infinite number of universes and an infinite amount of time - I imagine that at some-point in that infinite space and time there will be a point where we will exist again.

more than 5 years ago
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Sound Bites of the 1908 Presidential Candidates

zulux Re:banking (410 comments)

>>Have fun dying of cancer when you decide not to get that lump checked out because it's "probably nothing, so why waste the money?".

Scare tactics!?!?

You can get a lot of people do all sorts of things if you scare them and give them enough fear.

Sadly for you, there are some people who are immune to your childish play on emotions.

more than 6 years ago

Submissions

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Wikipedia: No such thing as Medieval Warm Period

zulux zulux writes  |  more than 4 years ago

zulux (112259) writes "In a manner startlingly reminiscent of Orwell's Memory Hole, Wikipedia's articles have been purged of most references to the Mideval Warm Period and Little Ice Age in order to bolster the current threat of Global Warming. According to The National Post "Connolley created or rewrote 5,428 unique Wikipedia articles. His control over Wikipedia was greater still, however, through the role he obtained at Wikipedia as a website administrator, which allowed him to act with virtual impunity. When Connolley didn’t like the subject of a certain article, he removed it — more than 500 articles of various descriptions disappeared at his hand. When he disapproved of the arguments that others were making, he often had them barred — over 2,000 Wikipedia contributors who ran afoul of him found themselves blocked from making further contributions."

Read more: http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2009/12/18/370719.aspx#ixzz0acuhm3RB"

Journals

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Wow. A journal.

zulux zulux writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Wow. A journal.

Now I can be like all good Chomskyites and write into my a journal. I can wax poetic about the nasty effects of CEO George BUSH. I can lament on how all peoples are evil - especially WHITE males. I can curse at the MAN! I and EXPOSE the TRUTH. I can TRANSFORM my Slashdot JOURNAL into a MOUTPHPIECE OF REASON. A GUIDE OF JUSTICE. A LIBERATOR OF THE OPRESSED!

Or I can go for a hike... ...see ya on the trail.

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