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Comment: Re:*shakes magic 8 ball* (Score 1) 130

by shadowknot (#47921307) Attached to: I think next winter will be:
I think it depends on where you live as to how accurate they can be. Most of the time they're pretty good here in Utah but there are periods when things change so quickly and unpredictably that they can't keep up. When I lived in England the climate seemed a lot more consistent (rain, grey skies for 7 months of the year!) so that could be the source of different experience or at least perception of forecast reliability.

Comment: Re:Perhaps they can ask Google to forget that page (Score 1) 273

by shadowknot (#47615151) Attached to: Hack an Oscilloscope, Get a DMCA Take-Down Notice From Tektronix
Apples to oranges. This all comes back to property rights and what you're actually buying. In your example I don't own the race track so I have no rights to it without the express permission of the owner, a fee may be involved. In this case, however, the discussion revolves around what one can do with property they own. Sharing information about that property is neither immoral nor unlawful. It would seem it is illegal under the DMCA but that seems rather ridiculous to most with rational heads on their shoulders. If the manufacturer wanted to sell added capacity they shouldn't sell the unit in a crippled state but make the add-on features available by way of additional/replacement hardware. A good example of this is the Roland synthesizer expansion cards that provide additional instrument patches. They're a little PCB that you pop in to a slot under an easily accessible panel. I don't really know a great deal about oscilloscopes but I suspect it's not beyond reason to expect that a company producing complex electronic devices do something similar. This is especially true given how technical the consumer base is for such products and the idea they're surprised by it is, quite frankly, ridiculous.

Comment: Re:What's there to compare? (Score 2) 402

by shadowknot (#47587229) Attached to: Comparison: Linux Text Editors

So they did a text-editor roundup that excluded every serious contender in favor of 5 third-string also-rans. I actually tried to read the text but it was too brain-numbingly stupid to get through. He's trumpeting all these wonderful features that... vi and emacs had in the 80s. It's so true - 'those who do not remember Unix are condemned to re-invent it, poorly.'

Lennart Pottering needs to read the last line of this comment in particular!

Comment: Re:I used to teach Linux. (Score 1) 402

by shadowknot (#47587129) Attached to: Comparison: Linux Text Editors
It's a matter of preference and consistency for me. I've been using vi/vim for more than 15 years and have it as my default editor on my desktop so I have the same environment whether I'm ssh'd to a system I manage or editing scripts locally. I feel that my motivations for doing so are far from retarded!

One thing that has been a challenge is learning XEDIT under z/VM in the last couple of years. Many a REXX EXEC has ended up with a :wq on the last line I was editing!

Comment: Re:domain name taken? (Score 1) 207

by shadowknot (#47249231) Attached to: Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

is already taken?

If it is maybe is available....

Whois Server Version 2.0 Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered with many different competing registrars. Go to for detailed information. No match for "IKEAGOFUCKYOURSELF.COM". >>> Last update of whois database: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:23:27 UTC

Yep, go buy it if you think you can do something constructive with it.

+ - 5 years old bug in Linux kernel fixed-> 1

Submitted by rastos1
rastos1 (601318) writes "Ars Technica takes a look at serious bug in the Linux kernel that was introduced in 2009. "The memory-corruption vulnerability, which was introduced in version 2.6.31-rc3, released no later than 2009, allows unprivileged users to crash or execute malicious code on vulnerable systems, according to the notes accompanying proof-of-concept code available here. The flaw resides in the n_tty_write function controlling the Linux pseudo tty device." This flaw has been identified as CVE-2014-0196."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Long Term Benefits (Score 2) 263

by shadowknot (#46336513) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?
I took a pay cut to move in to the digital forensics field in 2007 mainly because of the large volume of included training that was offered and the prospect of increased salaries in the future. I feel that it paid off, I got to learn a great deal about a field I was unsure of using software I could never have afforded to purchase on my own. Self study is how I've learned most things in my career but there really is something to be said for having access to experienced real-world professionals.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

Submitted by wbr1
wbr1 (2538558) writes "It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format."

Comment: Distributed Systems? Bah! (Score 3, Interesting) 160

by shadowknot (#46046163) Attached to: Lenovo To Buy IBM's Server Business For $2.3 Billion
The truth is that IBM's primary server market has never been its x86 offerings. The pSeries and System z market is much more lucrative what with engine licensing (CP, IFL etc) and massively expensive platform specific operating systems (z/OS, z/VSE, z/TPF, AIX etc) along with decades old products like CICS powering the vast majority of the financial world. I work closely with a contractor who worked for IBM for nearly four decades and his attitude to the distributed world is likely representative of a general antipathy to x86 on the server side within IBM (though I have no evidence other than him to back that up!) I suspect though, that the fact they can focus on "real" servers on the hardware side will probably be seen as good by most in Endicott.

Comment: Part of the reason I left (Score 2) 2

As soon as I saw the headline I knew this would be about the UK. Free speech is a precious commodity there and having an opinion that does not fit the current definition of politically correct is, literally, a crime. I certainly don't support hateful speech such as that exhibited in this example but the right to free speech no matter how egregious, disgusting or abhorrent we find it should never be abridged. I had a prolonged discussion/argument with some of my British friends about this one time and they honestly couldn't see the potential danger this precedent sets. What happens when the government changes and criminalizes you saying something you're passionate about and end up being prosecuted for thought crimes. It really is as if people have no idea what Ingsoc is.

The world is not octal despite DEC.