Follow Slashdot blog updates by subscribing to our blog RSS feed


Forgot your password?

Comment What's it for in Windows/VMWare environment? (Score 1) 49

I've followed Docker with some interest, and as an admin who primarily works with Windows running on VMWare I've yet to see any way to make use of it. If I want to test an app in a clean environment, I spin up a new Windows server as a virtual machine, play around, revert as needed, and destroy it. Production servers are basically the same thing. Is this just for the *nix folks?

Comment This feature alone... (Score 1) 52

I used it and advised my friends to use it, mainly due to one feature. If you are sharing a file with multiple people, the size of the files counted against your quota was divided by the number of people it was shared with. Share a 4 gig file with 4 people, each of you only had 1 gig of it counted against your quota. Guess it made too much sense and not enough cents....

Comment Some things are worth lives... (Score 4, Insightful) 118

There are some areas of exploration that are worth the risk of life and limb, space exploration is up there on my own personal list. As in I'd risk myself in order to go into space, even something as "boring" as a return to the moon. Hell I'd even go on a one way trip to Mars, I'm sure my family and friends would be happy to see me off. (ok only a few would)

Comment Related: The Return of Deep Focus? (Score 2) 232

Best article I've read on an "everything old is new again" technique making a comeback and why, The Return of Deep Focus? (AKA Shallow Depth Of Field is not the only way...). Personally I love both Hitchcock and Kurosawa's use of Deep Focus (the article gives examples of the former) but of course once it became the "mark of cheap video recording" it fell out of vogue. Now it's making a comeback, much like practical effects are. - HEX

Comment Scorpion did it... (Score 1) 126

s02e14 "Sun of a Gun" Sylvester's estranged father, a retired general, enlists the team's help after discovering that an African dictator has uncovered a deadly weapon of mass destruction from World War II and intends to use it. The team goes to an African nation to find out if the dictator has sodium panels which can concentrate sunlight before it can be launched on a rocket as a satellite death ray. Walter takes a steam in towels with the dictator who is smitten with his intellect.

Of course the weapon was attributed to the Nazi's and the depiction of the "laser like reflection of the sun" was hilarious, but I don't watch it expecting to see hard science. According to movies and tv shows, those crazy Nazi's abandoned bunkers all over the place with all sorts of crazy inventions in them. - HEX

Comment Re:TLDR: It's Nation Builder's database (Score 3, Informative) 75

Nation Builder sells data to others, so while the data originally came from NB no one is taking ownership of the database that is exposed to the public.

Speaking to Dissent, Nation Builder said that the IP address hosting the database wasn't one of theirs, and it wasn't an IP address for any of their hosted clients.

But is Nation Builder to blame? Not really... So while Nation Builder denied any claim to the IP and the leaked database, it's entirely possible they might know who developed it – but that would require an extensive records check. This is because a developer or campaign wishing to access the Nation Builder Election Center would need to register their contact details, such as name and email address. However, Nation Builder is under no obligation to identify customers, and once the data has been obtained, they cannot control what happens to it. In short, while they provided the data that's in my newly leaked voter record, they're not liable in any way for it being exposed. And to be clear, I don't blame Nation Builder for my leaked record either, I blame the person(s) who developed the database and poorly configured its hosting. I'm just not sure who they are yet.

Comment Proper Rules fix this (Score 1) 265

Sure, the kernel gets the packet. A trivial annoyance. If you put the drop rule in the prerouting table of a linux kernel you should be able to drop the packets before they trigger any alerts.

If you have nftables support in a 4.x kernel you can get the packet dropped long before it can reach any sort of analyzer.

The port scan alert is the complaint, not an incipient load from the packets themselves, so an early filter will stop the annoyance.

Comment Just got my first Phishing attempt using this toda (Score 1) 68

Odd coincidence, I got two emails today from https://web.healthdataexchange... that both passed GMail's filters and ended up in my inbox but look like classic phishing attempts. The site itself doesn't inspire confidence despite coming up "clean" when looking for info on it on the web. Links removed from examples Attempt One:

Statement View your messages and documents: Click Here Sent 12/9/2015 11:04 PM

Attempt Two:

Thanks for signing up for the Secure Patient Portal! With this tool, you will be able to view messages from your doctor or clinic regarding your health information. To set up your account, please click on the link below to verify your information. P.S. To ensure you receive updates, please white list the From Address of this email. Also, keep your account login info handy; you will need it to view messages in the future. Confidentiality Notice: This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain privileged and confidential information. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy all copies of the original message. Verify Your New Account: Click Here Sent 12/9/2015 11:04 PM

Comment A little off. (Score 1) 213

They don't understand that _any_ consultant could help them because the software source is available.

You are exactly correct that is a mind-set problem based in fear.

Business people are often not smart in the ways of "optional thought". They have game-plan mentalities based on team trimumph over all comers. (Next time someone tells you they are majoring in or have a degree in "business" ask them which sport they played in high school. No really, they act stunned and are all "how did you know?" in wonderment.

So they need someone to go to without thought. A vendor under contract is like the special teams in football. It doesn't matter how terrible your field-goal special team is, now is the moment you punt and it's then it's the punters fault we lost. Coach said so.

So business, particularly big business, is about apportioning blame (renamed "responsibility") because it's run like (and usually by) loss-adverse athletic reasoning.

There's a good reason that the entire tech explosion of the last fifty years happened outside of "normal business channels" and is full of geeks. What was done required non-linear thought by the drivers. Those companies all _hired_ MBAs to run the boring balls from legal to HR and back, but the innovation was done far away from the MBA's sight.

That's also why the Carly F.s of the world totally consumed companies like HP and turned them into "also rans" in their own fields. Get enough bankers and business men "on your team" and they'll crush the geeks before they realize they sold off or frightened away all the talent.

Innovation can be a team sport, but only a cooperative team sport like hakey-sack or "the floor is lava". 8-)

Comment Re:OSS is not compatible with businessmen. (Score 1) 213

Didn't read very closely. I said "selling software" was insupportable but selling experience (e.g. professional expertese) [which is "service"] does work.

I was complaining that a business man who was already in the job of selling service for a zero-markup product (windows) couldn't seem to understand how selling service for a zero-dollar-cost OSS operating system was identical. Said business man was mentally caught on the horns of the word "Free" rather than being open to the fact that its the exact same transaction for his bottom line (but without the licensing compliance hassle and cost).

If you couldn't figure out that the "few" who do understand the model and sell the service _included_ RedHat...

Well your "only an idiot" comment just lays there on your plate like a dead crow waiting to be eaten.

Slashdot Top Deals

They are relatively good but absolutely terrible. -- Alan Kay, commenting on Apollos