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Comment: Re:Why not write them down? (Score 1) 191

by bsdasym (#47992231) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?
Would +1 this if I hadn't burned them all yesterday.

The admonishment about not writing down passwords is really about not putting them on your monitor/screen with a post-it note, or leaving them somewhere they can easily be read/seen/stolen. Keeping them on a scrap of paper in your wallet/purse is fine.

The parent should keep a copy at home as well, for the inevitable instance when jr's paper gets lost or goes through the wash.

Comment: Re:geek or not (Score 1) 238

by bsdasym (#47890981) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?
Another +1. I use it at home between my cablemodem and the rest of my network. I use it at work to protect the corporate network. Can get access to the work VPN remotely via both pfsense/pfsense VPN that's always on, and VPN client into pfsense from elsewhere. Runs like a champ in VMWare too, with a small footprint.

Comment: It's absolutely NOT worth it (Score 1) 126

by bsdasym (#47664591) Attached to: Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding
Spoken like.. someone who isn't a rider.

Helmets are 'disposable' gear. If you damage it in a crash, you toss it. If you drop it down the stairs, you toss it. If there is *any* doubt in your mind that it's 100% intact, you toss it.

I'd rather not toss the GPS, computer, and the rest of the techno gear out with it. Drop the price and release it as a 'retrofit kit' and I'm in. Until then, I'll keep buying 'normal' helmets (which these days offer integrated speakers and mounting for bluetooth dongles for GPS/phone/etc).

+ - Techno-Archaeologists Used an Abandoned McDonald's to Hijack a Satellite->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "From an abandoned McDonald's in the backyard of NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, a dozen or so volunteer scientists and engineers have taken control of a decommissioned, still running, 70s-era space satellite, currently some 20,000 kilometers away, by using discarded vintage space computers and a few sweet eBay finds. The so-named "McMoon's" Control Center is some sort of bizarre testament to human ingenuity and what a bunch of very smart people with virtually no budget or proper authorization can pull off. A bit of context: The International Sun-Earth Explorer (ISEE-3) satellite was launched on August 12, 1978, and was originally meant to study the Earth’s magnetosphere from the L1 Lagrangian point between the Sun and the Earth, where the gravity of both bodies cancel each other out."
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+ - Gas cooled reactors shut down in UK->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes "EDF Energy, the British subsidiary of the French state-controlled utility, said on Monday that it was shutting down three nuclear reactors and that a reactor with a fault that has been shut down since June would remain so. The facilities, which are being investigated as a precaution, generate nearly a quarter of nuclear capacity in Britain.

The British Office for Nuclear Regulation said that there had been no release of radioactive material and no injuries. Industry experts did not anticipate much effect on electricity supplies or prices in the short term.

EDF said that over the next few days it would idle a second reactor at the facility where the fault was found last year, Heysham 1, in northwest England. The company said it would also shut down two other reactors of similar design at Hartlepool in northeast England to investigate whether they had the same flaws."

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+ - Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU primed for slim tablets

Submitted by crookedvulture
crookedvulture (1866146) writes "Intel's next-gen Broadwell processor has entered production, and we now know a lot more about what it entails. The chip is built using 14-nm process technology, enabling it to squeeze into half the power envelope and half the physical footprint of last year's Haswell processors. Even the thickness of the CPU package has been reduced to better fit inside slim tablets. There are new power-saving measures, too, including a duty cycle control mechanism that shuts down sections of the chip during some clock cycles. The onboard GPU has also been upgraded with more functional units and hardware-assisted H.265 decoding for 4K video. Intel expects the initial Broadwell variant, otherwise known as the Core M, to slip into tablets as thin as the iPad Air. We can expect to see the first systems on shelves in time for the holidays."

+ - Google Is Backing A New $300 Million High-Speed Internet Trans-Pacific Cable 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Google has announced it is backing plans to build and operate a new high-speed internet Trans-Pacific cable system called “FASTER.” In addition to Google, the $300 million project will be jointly managed by China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI, and SingTel, with NEC as the system supplier. FASTER will feature the latest high-quality 6-fiber-pair cable and optical transmission technologies. The initial design capacity is expected to be 60Tb/s (100Gb/s x 100 wavelengths x 6 fiber-pairs), connecting the US with two locations in Japan."

Comment: Re:Accept, don't fight, systemd (Score 1) 533

by bsdasym (#46953321) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Practical Alternatives To Systemd?
A few years ago I would've called this ludicrous. I've been using FreeBSD for almost 20 years now and the idea of something like systemd (and the horrorshow it's become) making it's way into the base system was laughable. These days, I'm not so sure. Every release seems to take the system one step closer to exactly what you describe, with occasional steps the other direction (such as llvm/clang replacing gcc). I doubt FreeBSD will use systemd any time *soon* but one day, it might. By then bsdinstall will probably have been replaced with something even worse as well, and I will have moved on to some other flavor.

+ - Carpenter who cut off his fingers makes 'Robohand' with 3-D printer->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes ""I was in a position to see exactly what happens in the human hand. I got the basics of what it's all about and thought yeah, I'll make my own."
Richard van As is recalling the moment in May 2011 when he sat in a Johannesburg hospital waiting to hear if his fingers could be stitched back on. Just an hour earlier, he had been in his carpentry workshop sawing wood when the saw slipped and ripped diagonally through the four fingers on his right hand. "It all happened too quickly to know what actually happened," he remembers.

Rather than fear the outcome, or dwell on the repercussions of losing his fingers, he was already thinking of ways to fix the problem, like a true carpenter.

After days of scouring the Internet he couldn't find anywhere to buy a functional prosthetic finger and he was astonished at the cost of prosthetic hands and limbs which began in the tens of thousands of dollars. But his online surfing paid off as it brought him to an amateur video posted by a mechanical effects artist in Washington State, by the name of Ivan Owen."

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+ - Windows XP did not instantly become unsafe on April 8. 1

Submitted by Futurepower(R)
Futurepower(R) (558542) writes "Windows XP did not instantly become unsafe on April 8, 2014, the date Microsoft calls the "end of life" for Windows XP.

"End of life" is a way for Microsoft to make more money. Governments and big corporations are often influenced by people with no technical knowledge. Because of their ignorance, governments have already paid Microsoft probably more than it costs to fix the few security defects found each year. However, the taxpayers of those governments will not be allowed to have the fixes.

It's like Toyota told all owners of older Toyota vehicles that the vehicles are unsafe now and owners must buy new vehicles or pay millions of dollars to keep them. Except its worse: Software doesn't have mechanical wear.

This article contains tips about how to use any version of Microsoft Windows safely that can be shared with people you want to help. Unnecessary computer maintenance is an ugly way to make money."

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