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Comment Re: Managers are dumbasses (Score 1) 140

people are just stupid. i always tell people likely to use company laptops for private stuff to set up a separate user account for this. that way, you'll never expose your wife's tits on a projector in front of a whole room like my boss managed to do. fortunately, it wasn't porn, just breastfeeding.

Submission + - Amazon is rolling back the anorexic Helvetica in the latest Kindle update (

David Rothman writes: Props to Amazon. The Helvetica font will be restored to a more readable weight than the anorexic one in the latest update for E Ink Kindles. Let’s hope that an all-bold switch—or, better, a font weight adjuster of the kind that Kobo now offers—will also happen. I’ve queried Amazon about that possibility.

Submission + - Linode issues same SSH keys to all Ubuntu 15 for 3 Months

An anonymous reader writes: It is not clear what other Linode images are affected as they sent the notice to each customer directly (and did not post this security issue on their blog):

It has come to our attention that there is an issue with the Ubuntu 15.10 image we offered from November 10th, 2015, through February 4th, 2016. Any Linodes deployed using this image within this time frame are using identical SSH server keys. If you're receiving this ticket, you have a disk image currently affected by this issue.

For those unfamiliar with these terms, consider this fuller explanation: Each Linux server running the SSH daemon should have a set of unique keys, used to generate the encryption between client and server. While this traffic is still secure against an attempt to access data by "wire sniffing," someone could use those keys to institute a "man in the middle" attack. The network rules on our infrastructure prevent such an attack from a neighboring Linode, but connections made from insecure wifi-networks or clients with compromised DNS could be vulnerable.

The steps required to resolve this issue are easy and few. First, from your Linode terminal, as root or with the sudo prefix, run:

rm -f /etc/ssh/ssh_host_*
dpkg-reconfigure openssh-server
service ssh restart

Comment Re: Duh (Score 1) 117

it was a joke. java (jvm) will eventually fill all available memory if you allow it to (with that -Xmx switch). if you just want to see your ram filled up, simply use java software like cassandra, elasticsearch or hello_world and wave your memory bye bye.

i also have 64 gigs of ram and it often isn't enough when i play with virtual machines.

Comment Re:Intel (Score 1) 136

well, amd is almost dead and intel's innovation has slowed down to a crawl. apart from new instructions, there is almost no reason to upgrade a processor bought in the last 4-5 years. you simply don't gain much.

for me, the magic trigger words are "hardware accelerated hevc/vp9 encoding". if a cpu that allows for real time 4k hevc/vp9 encoding comes out, i'll switch immediately. otherwise, i'll stay with my current cpu for a good few more years.

Submission + - Even with Telemetry Disabled, Windows 10 Talks to Dozens of Microsoft Servers ( 1

Motherfucking Shit writes: Curious about the various telemetry and personal information being collected by Windows 10, one user installed Windows 10 Enterprise and disabled all of the telemetry and reporting options. Then he configured his router to log all the connections that happened anyway. Even after opting out wherever possible, his firewall captured Windows making around 4,000 connection attempts to 93 different IP addresses during an 8 hour period, with most of those IPs controlled by Microsoft. Even the enterprise version of Windows 10 is checking in with Redmond when you tell it not to — and it's doing so frequently.

Submission + - A Bot That Drives Robocallers Insane

Trailrunner7 writes: Robocalls are among the more annoying modern inventions, and consumers and businesses have tried just about every strategy for defeating them over the years, with little success. But one man has come up with a bot of his own that sends robocallers into a maddening hall of mirrors designed to frustrate them into surrender.

The bot is called the Jolly Roger Telephone Company, and it’s the work of Roger Anderson, a veteran of the phone industry himself who had grown tired of the repeated harassment from telemarketers and robocallers. Anderson started out by building a system that sat in front of his home landlines and would tell human callers to press a key to ring through to his actual phone line; robocallers were routed directly to an answering system. He would then white-list the numbers of humans who got through.

Sometimes the Jolly Roger bot will press buttons to be transferred to a human agent and other times it will just talk back if a human is on the other end of the line to begin with.

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