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Comment: Re:This is a common stack in wifi APs (Score 2, Informative) 225

by narfspoon (#28808813) Attached to: Critical Flaw Discovered In DD-WRT
He's right also. I should've said "some of the earlier models (versions 5.0 -> 8.2)".

I would have said "pre-2005" models, but that's not entirely accurate either.

Last time I checked recently, stores mostly had the non-Linux versions in stock or they had the WRT54G"L" side-by-side with the low-memory non-Linux version of the same router. I know NewEgg sells both versions also. Local brick&mortar stores only carried the bad version.

Comment: Re:This is a common stack in wifi APs (Score 5, Insightful) 225

by narfspoon (#28806901) Attached to: Critical Flaw Discovered In DD-WRT
[Citation Needed]

If you read the comments on NewEgg.com for that router model, not everyone mentions DD-WRT. Some use other 3rd party firmwares like Tomato or Open-WRT or custom builds. And believe it or not, some even write a positive review for the default factory firmware. The nice thing about that model ("L" version) is the extra memory headroom. Earlier models were stripped and crippled to run a really crappy default firmware from Linksys. BitTorrent crashes these small memory models often.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linksys_WRT54G_series#Hardware_and_revisions

Comment: Re:whats the crime in hate crime? (Score 2, Informative) 778

by narfspoon (#28664685) Attached to: British Men Jailed For Online Hate Crimes

far leftists such as William Ayers, author of "Rules for Radicals" (which outlines this very strategy) and a close personal friend of a certain American President,...

You're a huge tool.
The author is Saul Alinsky. http://www.amazon.com/Rules-Radicals-Saul-Alinsky/dp/0679721134
All the spoon-fed propaganda you read from your right-wing echo chamber has really made you too lazy to check basic facts.

Comment: Re:And what does our FCC think about this? (Score 1) 114

by narfspoon (#28659755) Attached to: Apple To Sell Wi-Fi-less iPhone In China
As fun as it might be to disparage the USA (and it's perfectly alright when it leads to improvements). I find it hardly believable to equate China's government to it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_corruption

We can argue about their research methods all day, but at least it's up for discussion. Unless you're looking over your shoulder and checking the window for the Chinese Death Van.
For added fun, I'll include this link because it's from across the pond, and Godwins the thread in one fell stroke.

Comment: Re:And what does our FCC think about this? (Score 2, Insightful) 114

by narfspoon (#28659535) Attached to: Apple To Sell Wi-Fi-less iPhone In China
BadAnalogyGuy wrote:

The FCC is the American version of China's MIIT.

If you think the MIIT has that much power over the Chinese people, how much more power does the FCC have over the entire world?

It's funny, there are so many similarities between China and the U.S. Both are huge world powers that use their military and economic power to intimidate neighbors. Both are led by an oligarchy of unremovable political parties. And both have populaces that are brainwashed and fiercely patriotic.

China is a good mirror of ourselves, so when this type of thing comes up, it's a good idea to take note and think about how we ourselves are being manipulated right here at home.

Your nickname is a bit ironic here.
Try to not paint everyone with the same brush who displays a certain characteristic.
Case in point: Tank Man versus 1999 WTO Protests in Seattle.

Neither was peaceful, but the fact I'm able to read about and discuss these past events instead of being state-censored is a pretty significant difference between the USA and China.
I realize nothing I say will change your mind, so enjoy your stereotypical view of America.

Education

+ - Where have all the tech students gone?->

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CertifiedSpaceCadet writes "Where have the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) students gone? NASA wants to know. In the 1950's you could reach them with science fiction stories. In the 1970's it was the first personal computers and hands-on programming. No more! Where are the technically talented young people hiding? Are they passively watching the Science Channel? Are they off playing War Craft? Are they twittering their lives away? I am now working on the idea to search for them on Second Life. Are there enough of them there to make that virtual space worth checking out?"
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Medicine

+ - Helminthic therapy - treat disease with infection->

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jascallaw writes "Someone singing the praises of deliberately infecting themselves with parasitic worms: "So as a plug for the therapy which probably saved my life, I want to point out the following: Necator Americanus (hookworm) has been ubiquitously infecting humans for millions of years in what was probably approaching a symbiotic relationship. There is good epidemiological evidence that the human immune system came to expect and depend upon it, just as our bodies depend upon the approximately 1 Kilo of bacteria which live in our gut and on our skin. With modern medicines available, if the worms did cause any serious problems they could be eliminated for a few dollars with a very safe medication. They don't reproduce inside a person, and aren't a known vector for any other pathogen. They can't be transmitted accidentally under modern living conditions, and take very little nutrition from the human host.""
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Communications

+ - Plastic circuits to make tough, green computers

Submitted by DanS
DanS (666) writes "Computerworld has an article about two Australian engineers who have invented "Circuits in Plastic" (CIP) technology. CIP aim to be more environmentally friendly than traditional circuits as they can be made from recycled plastic, don't contain any hazardous substances, and since packaging is part of the base circuit board there is no need additional packaging material. As an added bonus, different 3D shaped circuits can be made using CIP which are also waterproof. No more ruined cell phones by getting them wet! The hope is the technology will reduce the amount of toxic electronic waste in landfill as even with lead-free technology, etching of existing printed circuit boards (and disposal of the chemicals) is a significant issue during manufacturing."
Security

+ - ImageShack Hacked!-> 5

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revjtanton
revjtanton writes "Tonight a group calling themselves "Anti-Sec" hacked ImageShack and replaced many of the site's hosted images with one of their own detailing their manifesto. The group's grievance is against full-disclosure. They simply want the practice in security cirlces to end, and they've promised to cause mayhem and destruction if it doesn't.

These guys/gals are taking direct aim against a sect of the IT industry who is already armed to fight them...but they also already know that. It should be interesting to see how this plays out, whether you agree with them or not."

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The Almighty Buck

+ - SPAM: Retired Mainframe Pros Lured Back Into Workforce 1

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itwbennett writes "Businesses that cut experienced mainframe administrators in an effort to cut costs inadvertently created a skills shortage that is coming back to bite them. Chris O'Malley, CA's mainframe business executive VP, says that mainframe workers were let go because 'it had no immediate effect and the organizations didn't expect to keep mainframes around.' But businesses have kept mainframes around and now they are struggling to find engineers. Prycroft Six managing director Greg Price, a mainframe veteran of some 45 years, put it this way: 'Mainframes are expensive, ergo businesses want to go to cheaper platforms, but [those platforms] have a lot of packaged overheads. If you do a total cost of ownership, the mainframe comes out cheaper, but since the costs of a mainframe are immediately obvious, it is hard to get it past the bean-counters of an organization.'"
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It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Americans do not agree with science-> 2

Submitted by
ZeroSerenity
ZeroSerenity writes "In a not so stunning article, it is thought by many that science is not something you have to agree with. A survey conducted by Pew Research Center states that "...nearly 9 in 10 scientists accept the idea of evolution by natural selection, but just a third of the public does. And while 84 percent of scientists say the Earth is getting warmer because of human activity, less than half of the public agrees with that." In addition just 27% of the respondents said that the advances of the US in science are its greatest achievement, down from 44% ten years ago. I fear for my own country's progress if people aren't this interested in science."
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Comment: Re:Can't pay the fine? (Score 4, Funny) 392

by narfspoon (#28604727) Attached to: Jammie Thomas Moves To Strike RIAA $1.92M Verdict

Three dead travelers worth less than one song apparently.

Jammie Thomas' Playlist:

  • "Welcome to the Jungle"; "November Rain" By Guns ’N Roses
  • "Let’s What Awhile" By Janet Jackson
  • "Iris" By Goo Goo Dolls
  • "Save the Best for Last" By Vanessa Williams
  • "Cryin" By Aerosmith
  • "Here We Are"; "Coming Out of the Heart"; "Rhythm is Gonna Get You" By Gloria Estefan
  • "Basket Case" by Green Day
  • "Faithfully"; "Don’t Stop Believing" By Journey
  • "Bills, Bills, Bills" By Destiny’s Child
  • "Possession"; "Building a Mystery" By Sara McLachlan
  • "Now and Forever" By Richard Marx
  • "One Step Closer" By Linkin Park
  • "Run Baby Run" By Sheryl Crow
  • "Pour Some Sugar on Me" By Def Leppard
  • "Bathwater"; "Hella Good"; "Different People" By No Doubt
  • "One Honest Heart" By Reba McEntire
  • "Somebody" By Bryan Adams

You have to realize that figure was averaged per song. Three dead travelers don't even come close to the value of "Welcome to the Jungle". They might be worth a Goo Goo Dolls song however.

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