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Comment: I suspect the Japanese (Score 1) 97

by mbone (#47708125) Attached to: Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

I suspect the Japanese, and specifically the Japanese resupply modules (and that is not a joke). They are launched near the coast from a culture that makes extensive use of sea-weed; either way there could be contamination with sea plankton.

The idea that plankton could drift by itself up to orbital regions is... interesting. The idea that it could survive a 7 km/sec impact with Station is not; I don't think that is viable on either sense of the term.

Comment: Re:The obvious /. question... (Score 3, Interesting) 199

by hairyfeet (#47706331) Attached to: New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices
Its an AMD APU and AMD has opened their specs so I don't see why not. The bigger question is will the $100 model coming later this year with the quad core Atom be able to run Linux...does anybody know if the new Atom is running a PowerVR GPU?

In any case it just goes to show what many of us system builders and VARs knew all along, that they market for netbooks never went away, the OEMs simply priced them too high to be competitive. The sweet spot for a netbook should be between $99-$299 depending on size and features and yet when the last Asus EEEs rolled off the line the price was $449 a pop, while a 17 inch lappy was $299.

Comment: Re:Windows 8 app store? (Score 2) 178

by hairyfeet (#47698573) Attached to: Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

A quad core phone has less IPC than a Pentium 4, a dead end CPU that is over a half a decade old. Take the absolute lowest Intel and AMD quads, the Atom and Jaguar respectively, and put it against the most expensive top 'o the line ARM quad and what happens? the ARM gets a curbstomping, in fact I wouldn't be surprised if the latest chips from Intel and AMD couldn't bitchslap the ARM with half their cores disabled, they are THAT mismatched.

Lets face it ARM only has 2 things going for it, 1.- its cheap, 2.- Anybody can make one so you can have some plant in China crank them out like flapjacks...did I mention they are cheap? To suggest an ARM with a keyboard and HDMI is in any way comparable to an actual PC is a bad joke, its good for content consumption and time wasters and that is about it.

Comment: Pretty obvious (Score 5, Insightful) 115

by mbone (#47693875) Attached to: Feds: Red Light Camera Firm Paid For Chicago Official's Car, Condo

What, you think that these cameras were set up after a careful consideration of how to balance the needs and rights of the citizenry against the desire to improve traffic conditions? No, it's based on lobbying by the camera sales staff, promising easy money in return for a right to prey on the citizenry. This being Chicago, some of the easy money was kicked-back to the local politicians, but the process isn't really that much different in regions where there is enough moral fiber for the state to keep all of the proceeds.

Comment: Re:Ubiquitous Common Denominator (Score 3, Interesting) 235

by MightyMartian (#47684975) Attached to: Email Is Not Going Anywhere

There is still some faxing going on at our office, but the ubiquitousness of easy-to-use scanners means more and more of the documents that we used faxes for are just being sent via email. We won a contract a few years ago and literally had the hundred page document faxed to us, and then we signed and witnessed the back sheet and sent it back via fax. The last amendment was done via email. When even the lawyers are walking away from fax machines, it is definitely a technology on the wane.

Comment: Re:Rise of the middlemen (Score 1) 126

by hairyfeet (#47684023) Attached to: Switching Game Engines Halfway Through Development
There are other advantages ya know, from what I understand Unreal has top notch documentation, its well optimized so it runs on a pretty wide range of hardware, and of course the Unreal mod community can help your game get modders up to speed generating content to help give your game legs.

Comment: Re:https is useless (Score 1) 166

by hairyfeet (#47683555) Attached to: Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

how to write a Linux virus in 5 easy steps using the exact same tricks used to infect Windows. Say that is only hypothetical? How about some real world pwning like and its not a fluke by any means. Oh and what happens when the "secure" Linux kernel gets used by a target worth hitting? A million plus infected systems that is what.

Linux "security" is security by obscurity, simple as that. The "many eyes" myth was proven false by Heartbleed which sat there for fricking years without being caught, the ONLY advantage having the source gets you is the ability to keep old versions alive after the devs move on....that's it,that's all. Hell by the time one was to do even a piss poor code audit of even a tenth of a single distro release it would have been abandoned for 5+ NEW releases that your audit wouldn't cover, see how Ubuntu is on track to have 20 mainstream releases in the same support window as Win 7 for example.

Source code isn't magic and considering how many thousands of people work on the code that goes into a single distro sticking a state actor in the mix would be trivial if the state desired it.

Comment: Re:Laugh.. (Score 1) 179

by hairyfeet (#47683165) Attached to: Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

Imaginary problems kill Windows...ahh a classic, haven't gotten that one in a few years, thanks. And if you think MY customers won't call if they get a BSOD? BWA HA HA HA HA HA..damn, thanks again friend! Hell I am the only guy in the county that does house you have ANY idea how in demand that makes me? If they have ANY problem, anything at all, they can pick up the phone and have me fix it on the spot. Believe me if they were seeing BSODs? My dance card would be full!

the other poster says its HP, color me surprised, ever since they bought ComPuke their quality has gone to shit, its the same with Seagate buying Maxtor. This is why I sell Asus lappys and build my own desktops, because I don't have a bit of problem with buying/building quality but you go with them $299 HP specials? yeah...good luck with that.

Comment: Re:Reduced rights (Score 1) 166

by MightyMartian (#47681319) Attached to: Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

Well, there have been a whole host of attacks associated with vulnerable versions of Flash and Java that could at least cripple a profile. I ran up against one of them around 2010. One of the staff at one of our remote locations suddenly had all their files supposedly disappear, desktop wiped out and the like, and a notification about a ransom if they wanted the files back. The user had no admin privileges, so I checked, and sure enough, the other profiles were untouched. What had happened is the auto updater for the workstation had failed.

Now, while it's true that the operating system itself was not compromised, and no other systems or users on the network were compromised, certainly there was enough control to potentially view confidential data on shared drives. While this was relatively unsophisticated ransomware, it did teach me than merely obsessing about privilege escalation does not lead to a secure system. User profiles and directories can still potentially be vulnerable even if the malware can't root the system.

Why do we want intelligent terminals when there are so many stupid users?