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Comment: Re:IPv6 Addresses (Score 2) 305

by Cow Jones (#47217939) Attached to: When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

I don't think that's a viable solution to the OP's issue ("IPv6 addresses are so long that you can't remember them"). From the RFC:

For example, consider the address shown above
Then, when encoded as specified above, this becomes:

It's shorter, yes, but much harder to memorize. Especially when this address can be abbreviated to

The author's views about his suggestion's efficiency are also... interesting:

Many current processors do not find 128 bit integer arithmetic, as
required for this technique, a trivial operation. This is not
considered a serious drawback in the representation, but a flaw of
the processor designs.

So, humans don't find this format easy to deal with, and neither do machines.

Comment: Re:In Plain English: Security Crap (Score 5, Interesting) 54

by Cow Jones (#46768247) Attached to: All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

$ curl -s |sudo bash

I've noticed this kind of crap more and more often lately, usually as one of the "preferred" methods of installation for projects on GitHub. Who in their right mind would run that? There's a reason why we have package systems and a method of signing said packages. Blindly trusting some website with root shell access... boggles my mind.

Comment: Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (Score 2) 54

by Cow Jones (#46768151) Attached to: All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

Easy my ass. GP is absolutely correct, they completely fail to give a summary of what a FreedomBox is and why we should care. I've read those pages you linked and there is no summary. The closest thing I could find are links to video presentations with titles like "FreedomBox Update", "FreedomBox 1.0" and "Freedom, out of the box!".

Comment: Re:"To Stop Fracking"? (Score 1) 317

by Cow Jones (#46326561) Attached to: Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch

This comment on the Daily Kos article contains a very clear explanation of the Halliburton loophole.

Haliburton Loophole: No such thing.

Thanks for the link. The passage you apparently missed is on page 694 (sec 322).


+ - Slashdot creates beta site users express theirs dislike-> 4

Submitted by who_stole_my_kidneys
who_stole_my_kidneys writes: Slashdot started redirecting users in February to its newly revamped webpage and received a huge backlash from users. The majority of comments dislike the new site while some do offer solutions to make it better. The question is will Slashdot force the unwanted change on its users that clearly do not want change?
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+ - Once Slashdot beta has been foisted upon me, what site should I use instead? 2

Submitted by somenickname
somenickname writes: As a long time Slashdot reader, I'm wondering what website to transition to once the beta goes live. The new beta interface seems very well suited to tablets/phones but, it ignores the fact that the user base is, as one would expect, nerds sitting in front of very large LCD monitors and wasting their employers time. It's entirely possible that the browser ID information gathered by the site has indicated that they get far more hits on mobile devices where the new interface is reasonable but, I feel that no one has analyzed the browser ID (and screen resolution) against comments modded +5. I think you will find that most +5 comments are coming from devices (real fucking computers) that the new interface does not support well. Without an interface that invites the kind of users that post +5 comments, Slashdot is just a ho-hum news aggregation site that allows comments. So, my question is, once the beta is the default, where should Slashdot users go to?

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