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Comment: Gee, it's just like the A-Bomb! (Score 1) 55

by mmell (#49727201) Attached to: Swedish Court Orders Seizure of Pirate Bay Domains
Even our politicians have caught on that you can't stuff the genie back into the bottle. I wonder how long it'll take the entertainment industries of various nations to catch on.

Illegal filesharing could conceivably nuke the entertainment industry - not completely, but enough to get their attention. They should consider an alternative to the adversarial approach - deploy their own fileshares and make it economically and technically desirable to use those sources. It would be like nuclear power for the entertainment industry. But no - they just seem interested in garbage like the TPP, torrent cache posioning, idiotic lawsuits, domain takedowns and other WMD technologies. Entertainment is becoming the North Korea of industries.

Comment: Re:Telnet shell? (Score 1) 215

by mmell (#49726753) Attached to: Trojanized, Info-Stealing PuTTY Version Lurking Online
Telnet is a great diagnostic tool. I wouldn't use it for connectivity, but to see what's happening on a specified network port somewhere it's great. Microsoft still provides the telnet client, even with Windows 8.1 - PuTTY not required. Then again, the average Windows user should probably use PuTTY's telnet client - the averagre Windows user actually shouldn't use Telnet at all, but at least PuTTY makes it point 'n' click easy.

Comment: Personally, I prefer Cygwin's OpenSSH client. (Score 1) 215

by mmell (#49726723) Attached to: Trojanized, Info-Stealing PuTTY Version Lurking Online
Unlike PuTTY (which is a fantastic piece of work, BTW), I understand the OpenSSH client. I guess my UNIX roots are showing.

With that said, I do routinely install PuTTY - I've gotten tired of the old arguments:

(ME): "What ports should I use on the jump server, and is Netcat installed there?"

(COWORKER): "Just click on PuTTY and go to the Tunnels part . . ."

(ME): "Can't you just tell me what ports to use?"

(COWORKER): "The only way I know how is in PuTTY."

Anybody but me ever felt the urge to punch the monkey?

Comment: Re:I feel he should've gotten life no parole. (Score 1) 648

by mmell (#49702201) Attached to: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty In Boston Marathon Bombing
Well . . . that, and to avoid living in a state which sponsors murder. That is what the death penalty is, is it not? State-sponsored murder?

If Tsarnaev were to choose to commit suicide during a life sentence, I suspect he could find a way. Does that assuage your distaste for my motives?

Comment: I feel he should've gotten life no parole. (Score 5, Insightful) 648

by mmell (#49701991) Attached to: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty In Boston Marathon Bombing
To borrow a concept from a classic movie . . .

The dead do not exist for all their lives in a six foot by ten foot box. They do not weep for lost freedom, nor yearn for sunshine and gentle wind. They do not slip gradually to the madness of long isolation. Tsarnaev should be made to know these things.

Comment: Oh, wait. You mean "Digital Natives", right? (Score 5, Informative) 405

by mmell (#49650667) Attached to: Is IT Work Getting More Stressful, Or Is It the Millennials?
You know - those kids who currently have over eight years experience with RHEL 7, nearly a decade with Windows Server 2012 - those kids who grew up with FaceSpace, WhoTube and YouTome? Oh, yeah . . . I remember them.

And for the record, we who have been in the industry long enough to remember a time without all these resources - we who are decidedly not "Digital Natives" - we're the ones who created FaceBox, YouScreen and WhoBook et. al. And we still have a much older word for "Digital Natives" - we still call 'em "n00bz".

Comment: You misunderstood me. (Score 1) 171

by mmell (#49466313) Attached to: Windows Remains Vulnerable To Serious 18-Year-Old SMB Security Flaw
Re-read and try again. Better still, make yourself feel better and just remove the word "Windows" from the S/A description. The statement still works both as written and as intended (because there are sysadmins out there with I.Q.'s below 90, and not all of them are Windows admins).

Feel better?

Comment: Re:Earth's atmosphere was different (Score 1) 83

by mmell (#49435219) Attached to: Collision With Earth's "Little Sister" Created the Moon
Well, if there had been anything more complex than unicellular life there, okay . . . environmental catastrophe. As it stands, lets just consider it a precipitous step in the not-always-gradual evolution of a solar system from collection of gas to collection of cold, dead rocks and gas.

Sorta like global warming is supposed to be nowadays. I'm pretty sure we've contributed, but I'm not so sure we caused it . . . what I do know is that we should consider adapting - quickly.

Comment: No sir. Not idiotic. (Score 2) 33

by mmell (#49435113) Attached to: Organic Molecules Found Circling Nearby Star
I'll grant you - it's not unlike "We've confirmed what most people might assume, that similar circumstances lead to similar results", but this lets us start discarding that word 'assume'. Also, please consider: if similar chemistries evolve due to similar conditions, it seems likely to me that we will find life as we know it. We won't have to waste time looking for Andromeda particles or talking to rocks looking for silicon-based life or even negotiating with the Tholiads or the friggin' LED's of Zetar, it'll be life that looks (more or less) familiar.

Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. -- Thomas Jefferson