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Comment: Re:Ejectrode? (Score 1) 221

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:You're Talking About a Different Scale (Score 1) 243

by ultranova (#49827715) Attached to: Professional Russian Trolling Exposed

I just don't think those tactics would work all that well within the US. It seems like whenever an organization DOES try an astroturfing campaign ("Citizens for Enhanced Comcast Monopoly") it gets spotted so quickly for what it is that it seems to achieve negative results.

Russians aren't idiots, they simply think things will get better if they pretend to believe the lies and let their country and its leaders engage in one immoral act after another - just like Americans, or really anyone. And their reward is the same, too.

Comment: Re:par for the course (Score 1) 243

by ultranova (#49827611) Attached to: Professional Russian Trolling Exposed

The professional Russian trolls are about as subtle.

Do we know Cold Fjord is not a Russian troll? After all, he's making American patriotism look bad by associating it with authoritarianism.

Thing is, you don't need to be very good at trolling if you are working full time at it. You will always get the last word against people who has better things to do than to argue with paid trolls.

You will always get the last word, and then what? The point of such trolling is to disrupt, to keep people arguing over stupid shit forever so they're too busy to discuss Putin's failures or what to do about him; if other posters ignore him, he has failed.

Comment: Re:Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes (Score 1) 221

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) 221

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) 221

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 0, Flamebait) 221

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) 152

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:It's obvious (Score 4, Interesting) 128

Cables companies will primarily become internet providers and satellite companies will provide programming to the peeps in the boonies. Personally, I say "freaking awesome". Both industries treated their customers like crap for decades. Reap what you've sown you jackasses.

If you hated the old regime what till you see the new one. The new battle ground will be usage caps. Cable companies will start offering tiers of data. Want to stream video 24x7. No problem, just buy our gazzilion GB package at $200 per month. Oh, you want fast speeds? Upgrade to Speed plus for a $20 more. They will simply change the pricing to make money off of the pipe, not the content.

Content companies need to buy into the new model as well. The really small channels very few people watch such as SciFi or F/X will see their revenue drop significantly and some will simply go under. The big guys, such as ESPN that gets something like $6 per subscriber will not want to have to try to get their current revenue from the people who actually watch the channel(s). More than likely, when all is said in done you'll see a variety of companies that bundle packages of channels and sell them as a bundle, such as SlingTV. Apple seems to be getting into the business as well and for premium content sellers such as HBO selling al la carte may be more viable because that is what they already do so it's more of a way to get more revenue by tapping into cord cutter stain changing a business model. As for the bundlers, that sound a a lot like, wait., a Cable Company. Except now they will compete with companies like SlingTV while still controlling the pipe and its pricing.

Until Google or someone else offers an alternative pipe they have you where they want you and the hearts, minds, wallets will soon follow.

Comment: I dunno about unusual (Score 2) 221

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.

Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.