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Comment: Slashdot keeps aggravating their "audience" (Score 2) 182

by kbahey (#48769125) Attached to: Four Facepalm Bugs In USPS Label-Printing Site

The last time I commented about the continued posting of Bennet's rants, some idiot moderators marked it as flamebait.

I am posting it again below. This is serious, not a troll, nor funny:

Slashdot's editor team knows that the "audience" here hate Bennet Hasleton's continued long winded drivel, yet they keep posting his stuff regularly.

This is yet another clear sign that Dice and Slashdot do not care about their "audience", just like the way they handled the Slashdot Beta debacle.

Dice: keep ignoring your "audience" while expecting viewership to increase. Yeah, that will happen alright ...

Comment: Egypt had helicopters, submarines and spaceships (Score 1) 381

As an Egyptian, I have to take issue with India claiming they were flying first. The Egyptians indeed had helicopters, submarines and spaceships thousands of years ago. And not in oral myth. We have real carvings on the temple of Abydos showing them clearly.

Don't believe me? See for yourself.

For the sarcastically challenged, they indeed look today live those vehicles, but the cause is recarving the new pharoah's name on top of the old one, hence this artifact.

Mod this informative, not funny!

Comment: Ubuntu 14.04 with KDE, XFCE or LXDE (Score 1) 210

by kbahey (#48729675) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Distro For Hybrid Laptop?

You are not alone in your dislike for Unity.

I did install Ubuntu 14.04 Server edition on newer (2014) PCs that require UEFI, and it works fine.

But you have options: kubuntu (KDE desktop, which I am using now), xubuntu (XFCE desktop) or lubuntu (LXDE desktop). If you use the 14.04 from any of those, then you probably wouldn't have any issues compared to older versions.

Comment: Keep rubbing it in our face ... (Score -1, Troll) 190

by kbahey (#48601957) Attached to: Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work?

Slashdot's editor team knows that the "audience" here hate Bennet Hasleton's continued long winded drivel, yet they keep posting his stuff regularly.

This yet another clear sign that Dice and Slashdot do not care about their "audience", continuing off from the Beta debacle.

Just keep ignoring your "audience" while expecting viewership to increase. Yeah, that will happen alright ...

Comment: PRT, SPF, and DKIM (Score 1) 405

by kbahey (#48382183) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

I had similar issues, though on a machine hosted outside my home network.

The solution was to implement SPF, pointing to the PTR of machine (i.e. what a reverse IP lookup will resolve to), and DKIM.

In your case, doing a PTR will be hard, since dynamic DHCP may change what the PTR is, but the rest does apply.

I wrote the following detailing what I did: Setting up SPF and DKIM on Postfix.

Comment: Yahoo DMARC caused mail bounces (Score 1) 139

by kbahey (#48296663) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

I had lots of mails bounce after Yahoo implemented DMARC.

However, with a bit of patience, I was able to implement DKIM and SPF for my domain, and now all the mails get delivered to Yahoo addresses.

I wrote about how ot configure SPF and DKIM in this article: Setting up SPF and DKIM for Postfix.

Comment: Was OK until mid or late 19th century (Score 1) 272

by kbahey (#48251695) Attached to: A Library For Survival Knowledge

Things were easy until the mid to late 19th century. Anything could be produced in a carpenter, blacksmith or watchmaker's workshop. Lenses were ground, metals were machined, ...etc.

Then in the early 20th century things started to get far more specialized. By the mid 20th century, we had the transistor then the integrated circuit.

Now, everthing from ubiquitous phones to home appliances to street lights have complicated integrated circuits, CPUs, RAM, ...etc. that can only be designed by specialized teams, and fabricated in very high tech fabs.

I wrote about it here : Information readability and longevity in the digital age.

Comment: Hypothesis by researchers (Score 1) 139

by kbahey (#48058437) Attached to: Lost Sense of Smell Is a Strong Predictor of Death Within 5 Years

Contrary to all the speculative guesses in the comments, the researchers do have a hypothesis for this.

From the linked PLOS article:

Unique among the senses, the olfactory system depends on stem cell turnover, and thus may serve as an indicator of deterioration in age-related regenerative capacity more broadly or as a marker of physiologic repair function

Comment: Re:There are no "remote" exploits for bash (Score 1) 329

by kbahey (#48020463) Attached to: Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

/bin/sh is linked to /bin/bash and vulnerable

Not on Debian/Ubuntu. On those, /bin/sh is symlinked to dash, which is not vulnerable to Shellshock.

To test this, I created a small PHP script, as follows:

$ cat > x.php
<?php
system('echo hello there');

I run the php script, and do an strace following children:

$ strace -f -o output php x.php

In the output I find this:

28302 execve("/bin/sh", ["sh", "-c", "echo hello there"], [/* 24 vars */]) = 0

And here is what /bin/sh links to ...

$ ls -l /bin/sh
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 4 Mar 29 2012 /bin/sh -> dash

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