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Comment: Re:PHB's strike again (Score 1) 207

by kinko (#45982105) Attached to: Previously-Unseen Photos of Challenger Disaster Appear Online

from what i remember the worker bees warned against a launch due to ice and whatever but the bosses said to launch

what if I told you that every single launch has had some worker bees who thought their part of their module wasn't up to scratch, or might not work in the current conditions, and voiced this opinion to their manager? People with an engineering mind-set don't like uncertainty....

I don't have any evidence that this is actually the case, but it seems likely when so many people are involved in a project.

Comment: Re:Geo-fencing, nothing more. (Score 1) 188

by kinko (#45232123) Attached to: Online Retailers Cruising Tor To Hunt For Fraudsters

Ever ask yourself why the merchant would spend money on this? I mean there's no risk to the merchant. If stuff is bought with a stolen credit card then the credit card company or the bank bears the risk.

No, it's the merchant who bears all the risk. If someone disputes a charge, the merchant's acquiring bank writes a friendly letter asking for proof of the card-holder's authorization, eg a signed receipt. If you can't offer evidence that it was authorized, then you get a chargeback (ie they deduct the purchase amount from your account) and you are out of the value of whatever you mailed out to the customer.

When we sold stuff online, obviously we don't get physical signatures, but normally we could convince the customer that they had made the purchase (normally they forgot, or didn't recognise our name on their credit card bill) and the customer cancelled the dispute.

Why would the bank voluntarily eat the loss for fraud/disputes? :)

Comment: Re:95% die, not survive (Score 1) 204

I understood that the high mortality is because most pancreatic cancers are not detected until the cancer has already spread. At which point it usually has already mutated enough to pick up a number of tricks that make it harder to kill, and thus less responsive to chemotherapy.

most solid tumours in organs are like that... they are asymptomatic until they get to an advanced stage.

But in this case, 95% of pancreatic cancers are in the tissue around the pancreatic duct. The other 5% are in a different type of pancreatic tissue and aren't as aggressive, so if they are detected and removed then most patients survive.

Comment: Re:"HP's Playbook" (Score 1) 113

by kinko (#43134919) Attached to: Harvard Secretly Searched Deans' Email

That would seem to be the new HP tablet that looks like a BlackBerry PlayBook but with a worse display and camera. What has that got to do with Harvard seeming to have forgotten the difference between a university and a corporation?

Some years ago, HP's board of directors approved spying on some of their own top executives to try to find the source of a leak. "Playbook" was supposed to be a metaphor for "game plan", not a product name :)

Comment: Re:Terrible inteface (Score 1) 88

by kinko (#41688821) Attached to: Photo Tour of Google's Data Centers

The photo tour has one of the worst interfaces I've seen for viewing photos. Hiding half of the photo caption by default? Who comes up with this idiocy?

One small redeeming feature is that they haven't hijacked the right-click with a bloody Lightbox script.

it feels like the interface was designed to work on both big monitors and hand-held devices. Can't blame them for trying.

Comment: Re:240/4 subnets (Score 1) 312

by kinko (#35065142) Attached to: Last Available IPv4 Blocks Allocated

> Isn't it a bit idiotic to hard code refusal to route addresses reserved for "future use"?

they were reserved for multicast, back when everyone thought TV/movies would be distributed through the web. Multicast (1 server stream sending to lots of clients) never really took off though....

It's not so much a "refusal to route" to them as they are handled specially, and aren't designed to be routed as normal. Lots of home routers (eg my WRT54) will occasionally send out multicast broadcast packets onto the LAN, which you can see with a network capture tool.

HP

+ - ex-HP CEO Hurd Pays $14 Million Oracle Pledge Fee

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Valleywag reports that ousted HP CEO Mark Hurd is paying dearly to roll with Oracle, giving up millions of dollars to settle the HP lawsuit that threatened to prevent him from working with his tennis pal Larry Ellison. Hurd will forfeit about 345,000 restricted HP shares that he was given as part of his HP exit package, which had a market value of $13.6 million Monday. In addition to announcing the truce against the backdrop of Oracle's OpenWorld conference, HP and Oracle also reaffirmed their vows to each other."

Comment: Re:How far should social responsibility reach? (Score 1) 144

by kinko (#30930028) Attached to: Twitter Developing Technology To Thwart Censorship

just to pick nits, I think the Sea Shepard vessels are careful not to break any Australian or New Zealand laws when they are in Australian or New Zealand waters. All the "action" happens in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica.

They're definitely not following the established "rules" of the sea though, in terms of who has right-of-way...

Open Source

Linux Kernel 2.6.32 Released 195

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the download-compile-reboot-repeat dept.
diegocg writes "Linus Torvalds has officially released the version 2.6.32 of the Linux kernel. New features include virtualization memory de-duplication, a rewrite of the writeback code faster and more scalable, many important Btrfs improvements and speedups, ATI R600/R700 3D and KMS support and other graphic improvements, a CFQ low latency mode, tracing improvements including a 'perf timechart' tool that tries to be a better bootchart, soft limits in the memory controller, support for the S+Core architecture, support for Intel Moorestown and its new firmware interface, run-time power management support, and many other improvements and new drivers. See the full changelog for more details."
Operating Systems

+ - netboot.me: Turning 'netboot' into 'internetboot'->

Submitted by
Nick Johnson
Nick Johnson writes "Netboot.me takes regular netbooting and makes it a whole lot more versatile — now, you can netboot directly into the installers for many popular linux distros, as well as system tools and even live linux distributions, all directly over the Internet, and without any local configuration required!

All that's required to set up netboot.me is a spare writable CD, USB key, or floppy disk to write a small (less than 1MB) disk image to. Alternately, determined geeks can change their DHCP server to allow computers to netboot directly. Once you've done that, booting off the device on any computer with wired ethernet (wifi is a work in progress) will automatically cause the bootloader to download the current version of the menu from netboot.me, which you can then find the boot image you want to boot from. Selecting it causes the boot image to be downloaded and booted immediately.

Best of all, netboot.me lets you add your own boot configurations; once you've tested them, and if they're of general interest, you can file a bug to have them included in the menu system. netboot.me is capable of booting any linux kernel and any other standard boot image, as well as disk images and CD images, thanks to syslinux's memdisk.

The getting started and help pages have many more details on how to use netboot.me, and how to contribute to it. The more boot images in the system the better, so contributions are much appreciated."

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Comment: Re:Does Brother Make Any Label Printers? (Score 2, Informative) 188

by kinko (#28891705) Attached to: Linux-Friendly Label Printer Recomendations?

Yes, we use the Brother P-Touch QL-550. It works fine with CUPS but we had to install a 3rd party (open source) driver for it that converts the postscript input from applications into the correct raster format for the printer.

Driver here: http://etc.nkadesign.com/Printers/QL550LabelPrinterCUPS. Brother also release a binary-only driver, but why use that when an open source one works....

Networking

DHCP Management Across a Diversified Network? 100

Posted by timothy
from the send-that-packet-that-way dept.
ET Admin writes "I work for a small Wireless ISP, where we are deploying new network hardware to allow for growth and contain broadcast traffic. All routing/switching equipment is Cisco. We use Linux stand-alone boxes and VMs (running on Win 2003 boxes). We have decided on a hybrid VLAN layout where we have certain VLANs limited by location, and other VLANs that are global across the network. And I want DHCP served across it all. Does anyone have experience with IPAM software that handles multiple DHCP servers? Our network is small so spending a couple grand is overkill at this point. Any recomendations to help me decide between serving DHCP from the Nix boxes, or from the Cisco gear? Knowing that a single DHCP server will handle from 100-500 hosts."
Toys

+ - Unusual PC upgrades->

Submitted by
prostoalex
prostoalex writes "For holiday season PC Magazine runs a list of somewhat unusual PC upgrades. They recommend Thermaltake MediaLAB A2331 for turning any PC into a media center, M-Audio FireWire 410 for basic stereo recording, Sunbeam 20 in 1 Superior Panel for increased connectivity and extra ports, Highpoint RocketRAID 2302 for extra eSATA ports and RAID backup, as well as a few other products. Any unusual upgrades Slashdot readers would recommend?"
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