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Comment: I don't get it... (Score 1, Interesting) 157

by KC7GR (#28868411) Attached to: Stopping Spam Before It Hits the Mail Server

Why do we need a crazily complex scheme like this when a simple entry in your router's 'Deny' list (for the source IP of the spam) has the same end effect?

Given the spew pouring out of the IP space of China, LACNIC, and Russia, blocking in such a manner appears to be near-lossless compression.

Comment: Aha! So that's why... (Score 1) 347

by KC7GR (#28799629) Attached to: People Emit Visible Light

FTA: "...In fact, virtually all living creatures emit very weak light, which is thought to be a byproduct of biochemical reactions involving free radicals."

This explains why the city of Berkeley (California) shows up so bright on satellite photos taken at night. Way too many free radicals.

(and I should know... I grew up there!)

Comment: Vetusware may be of help (Score 1) 533

by KC7GR (#28650775) Attached to: Getting a Classic PC Working After 25 Years?

Check the site www.vetusware.com -- It's a site dedicated to archiving "abandonware," software from companies which either no longer exist or have long since discontinued a given product.

There's another site at www.bitsavers.org -- they may be of help as well, even if they don't have what you need listed. Drop 'em a note if they don't.

Happy resurrecting.

Data Storage

+ - Western Digital Assumes Customers Are Criminals->

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KC7GR writes "So how would you like to get a nice, network-attached 1TB of storage, billed as "the way" to share your photos, videos and music over your home network — and then discover that you can't use it that way because the manufacturer apparently thinks you can't be trusted? Western Digital, after releasing their new MyBook World Edition storage device and advertising it as "Anywhere, Anytime Access, Share Photos and Files," has thoughtfully pre-crippled the thing so that it will not store or share a long list of file types including AAC, MP3, AVI, and others.

I've seen companies shoot themselves in the foot before, but it seems to me that Western Digital has truly outdone themselves by designing a product to share files, and then disabling its ability to do so. This one truly deserves to (a); go down in flames, or (b); get cracked six ways from Sunday so that it doesn't care what gets stored or shared."

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Journal: Slashdot's double standard... 1

Journal by KC7GR

This post is mainly speculative, so I'm enabling comments for it.

Specifically, I'm wondering why Slashdot thinks it's OK to practice double standards.

Case in point: On Nov. 3rd, I submitted the exact same story as got submitted (and posted) here on Nov. 4th.

Hardware

Journal: Another "obsolete" item restored!

Journal by KC7GR

For a total investment of $29.00 ($20 for the initial purchase, and $9 for a replacement memory battery), I've restored an $8,000 or so late-80's Telephone Network Simulator (essentially a mini-CO in a desktop package) to full functionality. This thing is built like a tank, and was made by TAS (now owned by Spirent Communications), their model 114.

Toys

Journal: It works!

Journal by KC7GR

Dang, I love it when things work, especially when it's things that other people hastily dub "obsolete" (a word which gets my personal vote for 'Most Despised' in Anyone's Funk and Wagnall's) just because they think it's too old to be useful.

Real Users find the one combination of bizarre input values that shuts down the system for days.

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