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Comment: Thanks Rob! (Score 1) 1521

by Rob T Firefly (#37211728) Attached to: Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot
I drifted away from Slashdot site long ago, but I had to come back to comment on this. For a certain period of my life, Slashdot was a major chunk of my day, every day. The stories and community here never failed to make me happy, angry, informed, distracted, thoughtful, content, and LOL many times a day, and some of the friendships I made here have held fast since I left. All the best of luck to you, Taco. I look forward to whatever you do next, I predict it will be awesome.
Announcements

+ - JoyBubbles, '60s & '70s phone phreak, dead at->

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ZenWarrior
ZenWarrior writes ""Joybubbles (the legal name of the former Joe Engressia since 1991), a blind genius with perfect pitch who accidentally found he could make free phone calls by whistling tones and went on to play a pivotal role in the 1970s subculture of "phone phreaks," died on Aug. 8 in Minneapolis."

"In an article in Esquire in 1971, the writer Ron Rosenbaum called Joybubbles the catalyst uniting disparate phreaks. Particularly after news accounts of his suspension from college in 1968 and conviction in 1971 for phone violations, he became a nerve center of the movement.""

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Space

+ - Suborbital Cremated Remains Go Misssing

Submitted by
SeaDour
SeaDour writes "Earlier it was reported that the cremated remains of Jimmy Doohan (aka "Scotty") and Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper were successfully launched along with the remains of 198 other individuals on a suborbital rocket from Spaceport America in New Mexico. The rocket was tracked by the nearby White Sands Missile Range, but it seems that they have been unable to find it since it landed in the nearby mountains. "...the general location of the rocket hardware is known within some 1,300 feet (400 meters) or so. But given the dense vegetation on the side of the mountain being searched, along with equipment available to the search team, pinpointing the exact locale has proven a tough assignment.""
Censorship

+ - Dreamhost removes access to sites with HD-DVD key

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Dreamhost, a big hosting company is removing access to sites to sites with the HD-DVD key (spanish site hosted in DH) and request delete HD-DVD key above re-activate their(s) site(s), this is the email:

DreamHost Abuse/Security Team

Hello,

We have received complaint from the Advanced Access Content System Licensing Administrator (AACS LA) regarding a posting to your site at the following location:

It appears that on the page above you are publicizing their AACS processing key "clave en cuestión", which can be used to decrypt the Fair Use-encroaching digital rights management (DRM) software that their firm provides to content owners for use in HD-DVD players.

While we believe that the "cat is out of the bag" and that their AACS system is inherently flawed, the similarly flawed Digital Millennium Copyright Act's anti-circumvention rules technically makes this a violation of US copyright law. As such, we have had to remove access to the above site by renaming its parent directory. Once you can ensure that the above entry is no longer visible, you may re-enable it.

The AACS' legal counsel has provided an email address of csims AT proskauer DOT com for you to contact should you wish to do so.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Jeff,
The AACS fight versus bloggers is just started..."
Google

+ - What's Inside Of Google?

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An anonymous reader writes "CNET has some cool photos up of the inside of Google's offices in the UK. "The reception is, as expected, a shrine to Google's achievements and its logo. The Google logo is absolutely everywhere and so are the colours that make up the logo. There are blue, green, red and yellow objects dotted everywhere you look." I also found some pics of its offices in China, New York and the Googleplex. What you see is what you get, it seems like Google's insides are made up of mountains of Google paraphenalia."
Hardware Hacking

+ - Cheapest way to setup 150 computers temporarily?

Submitted by justanotheritguy
justanotheritguy (1097001) writes "We need to provide a web-browser, keyboard, and mouse to 150 people at a convention every so often. Currently we rent laptops and set each one up on a wireless network and they all run IE and access a webserver running on the internal network. Renting all the laptops is expensive and not very reliable.

With all the new technology out there, I'm guessing there are new options for doing something like this we're unaware of. What alternatives are there to getting a webbrowser in front of several hundred people for just a few days before everything's torn down? I'm figuring some smart slashdot reader will have a really clever idea we haven't considered."
Windows

+ - Windows Scripting for a Unix guy...

Submitted by sn4265
sn4265 (1096991) writes "I'm a diehard Unix/Linux biggot, and happily so. Unfortunately, my new job requires support of literally dozens of Windows servers in addition to the REAL servers. Thankfully most of this work is done by the other members of my team. I have been developing an Intranet site for our organization and company that is basically a system information site for things like hardware information, user account management, and SAN details. This is pretty much a breeze on the Unix side with Perl and shell scripts, but I'm at a loss when it comes to the Windows side of this.

What is the best way to handle this kind of scripting in Windows? Perl on Windows? Windows Scripting? Powershell? Something I haven't even heard of? Are there any "must have" books out there for this?"
Technology (Apple)

+ - Apple design flaw proven

Submitted by
empaler
empaler writes "Apple has long denied service on iBook G4s with faulty designs, denying that there was an error — but now, the Danish National Consumer Agency (press release) has released a report proving that the error is due to a design flaw. So far, the only news site picking this up is The Register, unless you understand Danish (1, 2, 3). The Danish Consumer Complaints Board is also implying that Apple needs to get a grip and acknowledge this error in the rest of the world.
The NCA also has some photos from the report (explanations in Danish, but easily transparent from context)."

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