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Comment: Re:Call me retro (Score 1) 164

by GvG (#34224878) Attached to: Vint Cerf Calls For IPv6 Incentives In UK
My ISP gave me a /48 address block for my ADSL connection. Which means I, as a single person, have 2^80 (10^24 if I converted correctly) addresses at my disposal. Now, obviously this is still far less than your 5x10^28 number, but it is a hell of a lot closer than you would think on first sight. My point being, it's nice to have this humongous 128 bit address space, but if we're going to waste 99.9999999999999999999999% of it we'll run out sooner than you'd expect.

Comment: Re:Blood on his hands (Score 3, Informative) 489

by GvG (#33048486) Attached to: Interview With the Man Behind WikiLeaks

It is also worth remember that, while we didn't find any WMD, pretty near every country who investigated at the time, including US Democrats who voted to authorize the war, believed Saddam had WMD.

Maybe the governments of "every country" believed that, but at least here (the Netherlands) there was quit a bit of scepticism in the population. This was mostly based on the reports by UN inspector Hans Blix. Although he was unable to prove there were no WMD (due to lack of cooperation of the Iraq government) he didn't report any evidence for the existence of WMD either. I remember one of his press conferences where he let out some of his frustrations, saying that if the US had such irrefutable proof of the existence of WMD, they should share it with him.

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 269

by GvG (#32734580) Attached to: 22 Million SSL Certificates In Use Are Invalid
Yes, I've set up two vhosts for demo purposes: and (only available this week). If you check the DNS entries you'll see that both resolve to IP I'd be happy to send you the config files, just contact me via email (yes, the email address above is valid).

Comment: Re:Launch in July & September (Score 3, Informative) 150

by GvG (#31745498) Attached to: After Discovery's Launch, What's Left For the Shuttle?
You can buy tickets to see the launch from the NASA causeway, which is the closest publicly-accessible viewing site. See For the previous couple of launches, these sold out in minutes. lists some off-site viewing locations.
Personally, I think it's totally worth it.

Comment: Re:SQL is the problem, really. (Score 2, Informative) 267

by GvG (#31283516) Attached to: Anatomy of a SQL Injection Attack
"CREATE TABLE" is probably a bad example, if your web code needs to create a table you're doing something wrong. However, for e.g. an INSERT statement you'd typically use bind variables, something like this:

long SomeNumericValue;
char SomeStringValue[SOME_SIZE];

StatementHandle Statement = Parse("INSERT INTO TableName (Col1, Col2) VALUES (?, ?)");
BindNumericVar(Statement, 0, &SomeNumericValue); // Binds SomeNumericValue to first "?" in statement
BindStringVar(Statement, 1, SomeStringValue, SOME_SIZE); // Binds SomeStringValue to second "?" in statement
SomeNumericValue = 42; // Set values you want to insert
strcpy(SomeStringValue, "Hello, world";
Execute(Statement); // Insert new row, setting Col1 to 42 and Col2 to "Hello, world"

Comment: Re:Frontline covered this (Score 1) 941

by GvG (#31191454) Attached to: PA School Spied On Students Via School-Issued Laptop Webcams
Thanks for the link. I was wondering how the school officials got access to the webcam. From the video it appears they don't interact with the webcam directly but use an app that allows them to seen the screen. If the student happens to run an app that displays the webcam view on their screen then the school official would be able to see it too. That also explains why the students didn't notice the "webcam is on" light that most webcams have, they expected it to be on because they switched it on themselves.

Comment: Re:Of course (Score 0) 496

by luther349 (#30437282) Attached to: Is Console Gaming Dying?
cars is sorta a good analogy. people are still driving cars but they are not running out and buying a new one every year. there are keeping what they have. same for gaming pc or otherwise. my pc cant play new games being they pretty much demand you upgrade every year with the shadier scam. guess what i just am not playing those games. i even quit my favorite mmo being the upgraded to video modes my pc does not support insane netbook sales have proven people don't care abought having the latest hardware just something that's cheap and works. same for cars people are just driving old cars around to avoid owing the bank. if gm came out with a cheap fule effcent car say 5000$ i bet it would sell like crazy.

+ - Shuttle and Hubble passing in front of the Sun

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GvG writes "An incredible photo clearly showing the silhouette of Atlantis and the Hubble Space Telescope as they passed in front of the Sun was taken Wednesday, May 13, 2009, from west of Vero Beach, Florida. The two spaceships were at an altitude of 600 km and they zipped across the sun in only 0.8 seconds."

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