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Comment: Re:Too little too late (Score 1) 329 329

But that's how they set up their system: users can create and manage their own areas of the site, while users add content. It was actually a pretty good idea ten years ago. Back then you had slashdot and fark and other forums where the admins essentially created all the different content areas (subforums, I suppose). So it was always a little limited. Now reddit comes along and you can create an area all your own just to talk about beanie babies or whatever. (last sentence removed).

How ironic. That's what the Usenet is and was long before WWW came alone.

Comment: Re:It would have an Amiga Mother board (Score 1) 412 412

Also, the Amiga had the best case handling in a file system:

Say you have a file called File1 (no need for an extension). You could access the file with any capitalisation you like, file1, FILE1 File1, FiLe1 or whatever takes your fancy.

It had/has the benefits of a case sensitive filesystem, with the ease of use of a case-insensitive one.

Now, if someone could just explain to me why case sensitivity is important in a file system...

And why to this day I write the file name "HOSTS" in caps as it didn't understand it unless it was, until version 3.

Comment: UPDATE: NASA issued a statement - it's good. (Score 5, Informative) 105 105

UPDATE: NASA issued a statement at about 19:30 PT / 22:30 ET July 5 / 02:30 UT July 6 saying that the cause of the safe mode is understood, and that New Horizons will resume science operations on July 7:

NASA’s New Horizons mission is returning to normal science operations after a July 4 anomaly and remains on track for its July 14 flyby of Pluto.

The investigation into the anomaly that caused New Horizons to enter “safe mode” on July 4 has concluded that no hardware or software fault occurred on the spacecraft. The underlying cause of the incident was a hard-to-detect timing flaw in the spacecraft command sequence that occurred during an operation to prepare for the close flyby. No similar operations are planned for the remainder of the Pluto encounter.

“I’m pleased that our mission team quickly identified the problem and assured the health of the spacecraft,” said Jim Green, NASA’s Director of Planetary Science. “Now – with Pluto in our sights – we’re on the verge of returning to normal operations and going for the gold.”


+ - Hackers flay open Italian surveillance company Hacking Team->

mask.of.sanity writes: Italian surveillance software outfit Hacking Team has allegedly been cracked by hackers who exfiltrated some 400Gbs of data and upoaded it to BitTorrent.

The data allegedly includes audio recordings, emails, and source code for its popular Da Vinci malware surveillance software it sells to law enforcement agencies claiming to only deal with ethical governments. The company is marked as an Enemy of the Internet by activist outfit Reporters Without Borders.

The hackers also hijacked Hacking Team's Twitter account where they are revealing alleged email screenshots from Hacking Team's CEO, revealing customers and other sensitive internal discussions.

The leaked stolen data if accurate will result in a massive fall out for the company in the coming days.

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Comment: Re:The encounter sequence will disable safe mode (Score 1) 105 105

Since they only have one shot at the flyby, the New Horizons web site states that the encounter sequence they are uploading will disable the safe mode and instruct the probe to return to the timeline sequence.

It's a hail mary attempt, it switched for some reason and they will be putting in back into that mode and no out. subject: "Can I just say On Behalf Of Humanity", seems the most relevant word at this time.

+ - China's Unsettling Stock Market Collapse->

schwit1 writes: The Shanghai index is firmly in bear market territory, down 28.6% since the June peak, while the tech-heavy Shenzhen Composite has fallen 33.2%.

There were also signs on Friday that the stock market turmoil is beginning to reverberate beyond China. The Australian dollar, often traded as a proxy for China growth, is down 1.2% to a six-year low of US$0.7539. The 21st Century Business Herald, a Chinese daily newspaper, on Friday quoted multiple futures traders as saying they had received phone calls from the China Financial Futures Exchange instructing them not to short the market.

China's financial titans are attempting to set up a "market stabilization fund." This doesn't sound good.

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Comment: Re:Dune was good just took a few chapters to grab (Score 1) 232 232

You may want to remember that Frank Herbert wrote only first six--and the last two were done a couple of years before he died. After that it was his son, Brian Herbert, in conjunction with Kevin J. Anderson, work about which some people, well, have a rather low opinion.

No I wasn't aware.

Reminds me then of the L. Ron Hubbard's series "Mission Earth" it's a 10 volume set. It's said he died while writing it, someone taking over the story. I can tell you where it happened - volume 3 it went stupid after that one, just ridiculous. I have the 10 volume hard back set (hopeful collectors item) but just collected the last 6 (unread).

Comment: Re: I'm retired now (Score 1) 372 372

Never heard of it huh? It's that operating system that runs the majority of the 'net. Everyone uses it daily even though they're not aware.

I had a three month contract to install fiber optics and set up a new network, the person in charge of me was in charge of all of the computers, the main computer that accessed outside (a gateway if you will) was a Linux, he had no clue how to work on on it, and would touch it on a bet.

I didn't see a problem with that :)

Comment: Re:Threw away the wrong phone (Score 1) 372 372

Well, one time, I had a problem with my land line, and I erroneously accused the wrong phone and threw that one out instead of the one that was causing the problem.

I went for a swim with MyTouch cell phone in my back pocket. You could use it as a level by the water inside the glass.

I immediately went out and purchased a new phone being so important I couldn't miss one that may come my way.

Wrapping the insides of the MyTouch in toilet paper, and shoving it into the middle of a pan of dry rice for a few days fixed it right up.

Comment: 3k to replace a motherboard (Score 1) 372 372

Not sure if it counts as it was an Amiga 3000 and they came to my house to fix it for free.

I had a "friend" who brought over a new hard drive to get working on the Amiga I did my best then the system just quit, He then says yep, did the same thing to mine.

Comment: Re:Not kill the messenger ... (Score 3, Insightful) 116 116

So why would the next messenger bring any message?

Because the next messenger would be smart enough to realize that if they have any electronic data more valuable than school assignment, video game save game files, selfies and letters to grandma then they should have offsite backups. Whether your data burns up in a fire, gets destroyed in a flood, gets stolen by non-government agents or impounded by government agents does not really matter; except that in the impounding case you might get it back. Back it up and there is much less to fear.

And perhaps this first messenger has a backup too.

In this case everybody has the information: "As reported Telam a specialist who preferred anonymity, which leaked on the web are "SSL certificates terminals that send data from the schools to the datacenter," which were published "on the site http: / /caba.operaciones.com.ar by poor settings on your servers. "" (translated version).

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman