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+ - Battlestar Galactica Community Mod "Diaspora" Has Arrived-> 1

Submitted by funtapaz
funtapaz writes: Diaspora: Shattered Armistice, the Battlestar Galactica mod for FreeSpace Open has arrived! This cross-platform (Windows,Linux,Mac) release includes the ability to fly the MK VII Viper, the Raptor (or the new MK VIIe strike variant), multiplayer, an included mission editor, an original soundtrack, and full voice acting.
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+ - The Optimum Attack Rate for SSH Bruteforce? 1 Per 10 Seconds->

Submitted by writes: "Remember the glacially slow Hail Mary Cloud SSH bruteforcers? They're doing speedup tweaks and are preparing a comeback, some preliminary data reported by Peter Hansteen appear to indicate. The optimum rate of connections seems to be 1 per ten seconds, smack in the middle of the 'probably human' interval."
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Comment: Re:We use Nod32 (Score 1) 359

by niw (#28366875) Attached to: Central Anti-Virus For Small Business?

That way Windows update & such won't be bugging you that updates are available every time you boot.

You know you can turn off windows update? Same goes for most other software that will do its updates automatically. The rest either don't use them, complain to the developer to make it does that you can turn off auto updates, or just use the proxy or firewall to block the site that the software checks for updates with.

Comment: Re:Make the repair shops pay for loss of data (Score 1) 399

by niw (#28197395) Attached to: What Data Recovery Tools Do the Pros Use?

I agree. I would never accept the liability for data loss on any computer that a customer brought in for repair.

When I have to send a computer out for repair (normally just laptops) but it also includes towers under warranty I am not authorized to work on. I will, if it seems to be a hard drive failure, image the drive before shipping it, or if it is defidently not a hard drive issue remove the hard drive from the computer and either hold it in store or give it to the customer.

Comment: Re:excellent sales story (Score 1) 361

by niw (#28184397) Attached to: When VMware Performance Fails, Try BSD Jails

Yes, VirtualBox supports direct access. You have to edit config files to do it but it does work, but the VirtualBox team does not recommend it. They instead recommend that you use iSCSI, which VirtualBox also supports to connect to SANs directly. You also have to edit config files or use the CLI version of the VirtualBox machine setup (VBoxManage addiscsidisk), the option is not available in the GUI.

Comment: Re:hey Asus (Score 3, Informative) 644

by niw (#28124455) Attached to: Asus Slaps Linux In the Face

I highly doubt that ASUS hosts there website on Nor would they use 1and1 for their registrar. Especially when is registered with Network Solutions.

Not to mention that page seems to be the only page that the domain has on it and if try to snoop around it just redirects to which is where sends you when you choose the UK for your country. If you check other countries on the landing page you will see that Asus puts there country sites on subdomains. whois

Result of WHOIS query:

          Domain name:

                  Asustek Computer Inc

          Trading as:

          Registrant type:
                  UK Individual

          Registrant's address:
                  The registrant is a non-trading individual who has opted to have their
                  address omitted from the WHOIS service.

                  1 & 1 Internet AG [Tag = SCHLUND]

          Relevant dates:
                  Registered on: 23-May-1997
                  Renewal date: 23-May-2011
                  Last updated: 22-May-2009

          Registration status:
                  Renewal request being processed.

          Name servers:

          WHOIS lookup made at 16:22:49 28-May-2009


Comment: Re:Once again... (Score 1) 235

by niw (#27269497) Attached to: Building Your Own Solar Panel In the Garage

There is no way you could screw up painting a wall..

you absolutely can screw up painting a wall.

Use the wrong paint (colour or base), use the wrong type of rollers or brush, don't use a seal coat so the paint just bleeds through, or my personal favorite, put oil/latex based paint over latex/oil paint without a seal coat.

Comment: Re:For my fellow USians.... (Score 1) 495

by niw (#27189443) Attached to: What Does a $16,000+ PC Look Like, Anyway?

If they don't like the name American, then they can call us United States of American, or... American for short.



Seriously, for the individuals that want to Nitpick about the name, there is no place called "America". There is "North America" and "South America".

No there is, it is call America or the Americas, that is both North and South America together.

I'm pretty sure that "North American" is universal understood to be someone from any country in North America.

Sure but there are only three.

This is a lovely summary of the complaints about "American" that is put to music, called "I am not American".

That being said its not that anyone has any real chance of rewriting history and/or the dictionary.

Comment: Re:Bull (Score 1) 830

by niw (#27159177) Attached to: Apps That Rely On Ext3's Commit Interval May Lose Data In Ext4

Why should synchronous writes be the default ? Programmers are already too lazy and/or stupid to add a simple fsync() where needed, why should we all drop what we're doing, make the slowest option the default, and then have to jump through hoops to make things workable again ?

Not only that, we would end up in the same position that the IE8 team was complaining about with HTML and the doctype with new developers copy-pasting.


A High School Programming Curriculum For All Students? 214

Posted by timothy
from the combat-pay-for-teachers dept.
jonboydev writes "I know there have been many postings on what kids should begin programming with, but I have a little different perspective: I am a software developer looking to help my brother, who is a high school teacher, develop a programming curriculum. The catch is that it is a class for all students to take, not just those interested in programming, and therefore will focus heavily on teaching problem solving. This class would follow after a class using Lego MindStorms, and we are planning on using Python. I'm sure many of you would agree that everyone can benefit from learning to program and any help would be greatly appreciated!"

Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable. -- C.B. Luce