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Comment: Core i7 (Score 1) 385

by Shaiku (#49286315) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Laptop To Support Physics Research?

I really like my Dell M4800 Core-i7 4800MQ (quad-core) laptop. It is very powerful both in terms of CPU performance and graphics performance. It has been a very good engineering workstation and has no trouble decoding 1080p video and running FSX with all the detail turned up to max.

Whatever you do, don't waste money on a cheapo big-box bottom-dollar consumer laptop.

Comment: Move along, nothing to see here (Score 2) 72

by Shaiku (#44937921) Attached to: Horse_ebooks Is Human After All

This is the first I've ever heard of either of these accounts and after glancing at them I still fail to see why anyone would give a crap? It's like staring at a random word generator. Neither intriguing nor captivating. Giving them a day of fame here is a waste of my time and undeserved food for their troll of a project.

Slashdot: News for twitter-obsessed tweens?

Comment: Re:good news for NSA (Score 5, Informative) 157

by Shaiku (#44568841) Attached to: MIT Research: Encryption Less Secure Than We Thought

I read the article. The impression I got was that it will still take the same time today that it would have taken yesterday to break encryption, but it turns out that the metric used to demonstrate an algorithm's effectiveness at hiding information was inadequate for electronic communication. In a nutshell, the latest math explains that most encryption systems are vulnerable to side-channel attacks, even if you might not have realized it. But side-channel attacks have been employed for a long time, so those who do security already knew this anecdotally.

Comment: Unadvantages! (Score 5, Interesting) 312

by Shaiku (#43788809) Attached to: Dart Is Not the Language You Think It Is

Once the idea is tested and youâ(TM)re comfortable with the design, you can add type annotations.

I've been doing this with comments since 1999 and it works great! Of course I still haven't gotten around to that final step of going back and adding all those comments but I love the flexibility!

Unless you like bugs, type-checking is a good thing. Lack of type enforcement encourages what -- lack of forethought?

Comment: Re:You're rudely forgotten my demographic! (Score 1) 461

by Shaiku (#43446651) Attached to: How much I care about GMO food labeling:

I used to not see the problem with GMO too. If the motivation is to make a better crop or otherwise improve the farming industry, then I'm all for it. Unfortunately, the real motivation behind GMO is profit. Look at Monsanto's litigation record to see what it's about. Monsanto would have every farm have to buy their seeds from Monsanto every season as well as the pesticides. If even a single Monsanto seed winds up "accidentally" falling off a truck and growing in a farmer's field, he will be sued into oblivion and forced into being a Monsanto shop. The only reason to hide GMO on the labels is to take away our power as consumers to vote at the register. I like to know what my food is made of, where it came from, when it's going to expire. Stop eating the line of bullshit the mega-corps feed you and quit voting for corporate interests over your own.

Comment: Welcome to 2005 (Score 1) 349

by Shaiku (#42926321) Attached to: SSH Password Gropers Are Now Trying High Ports

This phenomenon and all the proposed solutions (tarpitting, port knocking, fail2ban, rate limiting) are old news. This whole headline is old news. I've seen coordinated distributed robo-worm port scans and brute force attacks on every service of every port of my servers since ages ago. Fail2ban ultimately does nothing since the source IPs switch every few seconds to a random country. All it ever did was eventually lock myself out for 20 minutes when I typo'd a password.

The only real solution (which we can't implement) is to shut down the bot nets and disconnect infected hosts.

Comment: Hoax or at the very least misleading (Score 1) 167

by Shaiku (#42577719) Attached to: Smart Ice Cubes Tell When You've Had Enough Alcohol

There's no uC or accelerometer visible in the cube, let alone a cellular radio to send the text message. This is either a complete hoax or at the very least it is misleading in that it doesn't describe the electronics outside of the cube that do the real work (over a nearly line-of-sight IR link).


Comment: Re:Great. (Score 2) 113

by Shaiku (#41731965) Attached to: Japan Getting Real-Time Phone Call Translator App

They actually teach Engrish instead of English in Japanese public schools, which perpetuates the problem. Your anecdote is sadly one of so many... I forget her name, but there was a well-known native English foreign exchange student in Japan who had English class with them and the teacher would "correct" her English until she spoke Engrish....

Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward.