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Comment: Of course 123456 is the most common passwords (Score 1) 209

by masterlogan2000 (#34553768) Attached to: The Top 50 Gawker Media Passwords
Statistically this makes sense since as, even if only 10 people have this password, that's 9 more people that have a password of, say, "we2iru0sdfnsf283fsv72nfkdflhasdfj". Regardless of password strength and regardless of how strong of passwords Gawker requires its users to have, simplicity will always win the "top passwords" award. This is because it is hard for a complicated password to be replicated by multiple users. In other words, this article only gives me a starting point (which I can similarly find elsewhere on the internet) of passwords to try if I wanted to hack a Gawker (or any other) site.

Measuring the Speed of Light With Valentine's Day Chocolate 126

Posted by samzenpus
from the speed-of-the-sound-of-loneliness dept.
Cytotoxic writes "What to do with all of those leftover Valentine's Day chocolates? — a common problem for the Slashdot crowd. The folks over at Wired magazine have an answer for you in a nice article showing how to measure the speed of light with a microwave and some chocolate. A simple yet surprisingly accurate method that can be used to introduce the scientific method to children and others in need of a scientific education."

Bark Beetles Hate Rush Limbaugh and Heavy Metal 220

Posted by samzenpus
from the tiniest-minds dept.
Aryabhata writes "According to scientists, climate change and human activity have allowed bark beetle populations to soar. They decided to fight the beetles by using the 'nastiest, most offensive sounds' that they could think of. These sounds included recordings of Guns & Roses, Queen, Rush Limbaugh and manipulated versions of the insects' own sounds. The research project titled 'Beetle Mania' has concluded that acoustic stress can disrupt their feeding and even cause the beetles to kill each other."

Comment: Maybe programmers do deserve this... (Score 1) 306

by masterlogan2000 (#29399061) Attached to: Russia's New Official Holiday — Programmer's Day
Why shouldn't we get a holiday? And let's not play favorites here, let's celebrate all the professions. In many countries, Teacher's Day is already celebrated, but let's do Fireman's Day and Chemist's Day and Comic Book Artist's Day. How about Food Service's Day and Assembly Plant Worker's Day? Anyone up for celebrating Stripper's Day (ironically celebrated at night)?

And speaking of irony, if everyday we celebrated a different profession and didn't have to work ever, should those professions actually be celebrated since you would never be working?

Comment: Re:Well the only fool proof way... (Score 1) 491

by masterlogan2000 (#28980195) Attached to: How Can I Tell If My Computer Is Part of a Botnet?

The hard part nowadays is actually finding a HUB. It is very difficult to actually buy a hub anymore, and most "hubs" sold in the US anyway are actually low-end unmanaged switches, so you can't sniff traffic on them.

I had the same problem at a customer site where one of the IDIOTS had packets being sent on some high numbered ports because of a virus they had downloaded. It was EXTREMELY TOUGH finding an actual hub, but I was finally able to hunt one down at Best Buy for around $15.

I swear, you do a search for network hub and you get matches ranging from network switches to routers to usb hubs. Do enough searching, though, and you will find one... eventually.

Comment: Zebra printers work great (Score 2, Informative) 188

by masterlogan2000 (#28890433) Attached to: Linux-Friendly Label Printer Recomendations?
I have a feeling that there will be a lot of posts for ZEBRA printers, and I have to agree. You'll need to format your labels with ZPL code, but it's fairly simple and straightforward once you get the first one configured. A majority of my company's customers use the 105SL model printing from RHEL 4/5 systems and Fedora releases. Definitely CUPS compatible! One of these customers actually has four of that particular model, and they print out 100,000+ labels every couple of weeks.

I haven't had many hardware issues with them, but if they do go out, it's best if you're in a location where a Zebra certified technician can reach you. This isn't a problem for most major cities, though if you're in a rural area, it may be a little more difficult.

All the simple programs have been written.