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Comment: Re:Ejectrode? (Score 1) 200

by drinkypoo (#49827797) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Your Most Unusual Hardware Hack?

Now I have one of those flippy-key things like the VW and MB owners have, and saved about $35,000 on the car.

That's on my list of things to do for my Audi. Apparently the system has support for fobs, and I have instructions for coding them, but I don't actually have any fobs. So I have to go through the same process. It's an old car though, so it wasn't expensive either... just leaky.

The mechanics I've talked to say pretty much all the 4.2 liter Audis they've seen have been leaky... story of my life with bored-out versions. The 7.3 Ford is the same way.

Comment: Re:Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes (Score 1) 189

by drinkypoo (#49827443) Attached to: Microsoft To Support SSH In Windows and Contribute To OpenSSH

This doesn't compete with PuTTY, probably: odds are it will be a console-mode ssh binary just like what cygwin users have already but without a dependency on cygwin, and a server just like what cygwin users have already but with NT auth (incl. AD) rather than /etc/passwd authentication which maps to local SIDs. PuTTY does have a command-line client, but nobody is paying for that. They're paying (if they pay at all) for the interface.

Comment: Re:Cygwin (Score 1) 189

by drinkypoo (#49827433) Attached to: Microsoft To Support SSH In Windows and Contribute To OpenSSH

No. Cygwin runs everything under one process.


windows$ ps -aef
cyg_serv 2588 1 ? May 29 /usr/bin/cygrunsrv
cyg_serv 2672 2588 ? May 29 /usr/sbin/sshd
cyg_serv 7016 2672 ? 18:46:49 /usr/sbin/sshd
  user 8108 7016 pty0 18:46:52 /usr/bin/bash
  user 6536 8108 pty0 18:46:58 /usr/bin/ps
debian$ ps -aef | egrep '(sshd|bash)'
root 13792 1 0 Apr24 ? 00:00:06 /usr/sbin/sshd
root 19995 13792 0 18:48 ? 00:00:00 sshd: user [priv]
user 19997 19995 0 18:48 ? 00:00:00 sshd: user@pts/0
user 19998 19997 0 18:48 pts/0 00:00:00 -bash
user 20131 19998 0 18:50 pts/0 00:00:00 egrep (sshd|bash)

So uh, what's the difference? Looks like all cygwin is missing is proper authentication. AFAIK it maps UIDs to SIDs, but yes, is missing AD support.

Comment: Re:excellent (Score 1) 189

by drinkypoo (#49827385) Attached to: Microsoft To Support SSH In Windows and Contribute To OpenSSH

now you can use Windows computers the way they were meant to be used, as dummy linux clients

I've been doing that for so long I've actually given Chameleon money (for Xoftware.) No, wait. Except the last time I actually wanted to do it was years ago, because it's been years since I had any Unix-specific machines. Now it's just PC Unix. I just threw away my last Unix machines, a POWER1 and an Indy R4400SC@200MHz. It wasn't worth dusting them off.

Comment: Re:Odd thoughts: (Score 1, Insightful) 189

by drinkypoo (#49827355) Attached to: Microsoft To Support SSH In Windows and Contribute To OpenSSH

Well, when you're typing out Unix commands on an teletype that's 80 characters wide, creating short options first made a lot of sense.

When you're typing, period, creating short options first makes a lot of sense. Powershell is a shell which is apparently not designed to be used by typing. Too bad it has a typing interface.

Comment: Re:Quality of thought from nuclear playboys (Score 1) 145

by drinkypoo (#49827327) Attached to: Cool Tool: The Nuclear Fuel Cycle Cost Calculator

The reason the US has a nuclear waste issue is that the government won't allow reprocessing.

Yeah, France still has a nuclear waste issue, and they do reprocess.

If you are unwilling to learn about nuclear physics and understand the issues,

No need to apprehend nuclear physics to understand that humans are fallible and corruptible.

Comment: Re:Memory erased by cosmic rays (Score 3, Interesting) 200

by Rei (#49825305) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Your Most Unusual Hardware Hack?

Oh, god, space technology is full of brilliant hacks. For example, New Horizons' radio. It has two amps connected to one dish, designed as a primary and a backup. But while it was en route, an engineer hit upon an idea to have them both transmit at the same time through the same dish, doubling the bandwidth. Normally that wouldn't make sense, except that the amplifiers have signals with different polarization, and these can be separated back out on Earth.

Great, except for one problem. The second radio was designed as a backup, they weren't planned for simultaneous operation - so there's not enough power to run them both and everything else at the same time. There's barely enough power to run just the radios - and I mean, it's not like you can just shut off the flight computer to free up more power. Well... actually, that's exactly what they do. When have a ton of data accumulated that they want to get to Earth and no critical science to do, they spin the craft up like a bullet to keep it stable and the dish pointing at Earth. Then they shut down the whole guidance and control system and pretty much everything else on the craft not essential for reading and transmitting data. It stays in this mode for days for a week or two, until all of the onboard data is transmitted, then they spin it back down so that they can do things like take pictures once again.

Comment: I dunno about unusual (Score 2) 200

by drinkypoo (#49825093) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Your Most Unusual Hardware Hack?

I get a lot of crap at yard sales, thrift stores, etc. Eventually the stuff makes its way into projects. Got some of those NHT transducers out of some toy cardboard guitar amplifiers. Used one of them to make a lunchbox into a speaker, it sounds a little tinny... Got a LCD backup mirror with a broken mirror for $10, nice source of a backup camera (with range marks) and a 4.3" LCD. $10 later and I've got a touch panel to go with it, I plan to attach them to my R-Pi soon.

Outside I've made a table for my (yard-sale acquired) lathe out of pallets and I made a 4x8 table saw by making a wooden frame for a portable jobsite table saw I got for ten bucks missing the extending fences and whatnot but with the pusher.

I don't depend on this stuff for livelihood, it's just a hobby, but you can live better on the trash in this country than you can on normal wages in some others. There's just valuable shit going to hell everywhere. If you could line up end-to-end all the cars that people would have liked to fix up which have been parked in people's yard and just rusted away, they'd probably reach across the country.

If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.