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Comment: Re:Quite possibly the stupidest vulnerability ever (Score 1) 58

by dissy (#48629893) Attached to: Grinch Vulnerability Could Put a Hole In Your Linux Stocking

"Oh no, Linux includes a "wheel" user group by default that grants superuser privileges to users in it! And someone could possibly add themselves to that group and gain root access!"

Or put another way:
"Oh no, Windows includes an "Administrators" group by default that grants superuser privileges to users in it! And an existing administrator could possibly add themselves to that group and gain administrator access!"

Agreed, stupidest vulnerability ever.

Comment: Re:I don't see the big deal here. (Score 1) 174

by dargaud (#48625201) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking
Also the fact that the DPRK is ready to put its cards down for a mere movie should be considered a good thing. This way we can be (somewhat more) ready against them for when the shit really hits the fans. It's not like they can repeat the same attack with as much success, and it's never guaranteed that you'll find another vector as successful.

Comment: Re:Long story short (ad-less) (Score 1) 159

by ElderKorean (#48622769) Attached to: Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off
For my desktop 'games' machine - I went the path of booting from a normal 500Gb HDD, that also had a partition for media.

I had a 250Gb SSD used for just games only - LotRO, Firefall.& all steam (easy enough to move the library to be on the SSD)

Turn on PC, go make cuppa, return and check any updates done, play games from the fast...

Brought some 120Gb SSD as early Christmas present for myself to replace that boot HDD and another,

Also found that a Windows 8.1 touch laptop with only 2Gb memory is perfectly fine with an SSD - was forever swapping but usable with HDD.

Comment: Re:About Fucking Time (Score 1) 397

by mythosaz (#48621177) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

But that's like saying (since you mentioned the Swiss) that you know a Swiss guy living in North Dakota that makes watches just as good as Swiss watches, so clearly Switzerland ain't all that great at watches... But there's certainly a cultural interest in Switzerland of making fine watches, and a long and storied history of them doing so.

To be fair, I'm saying that before someone put up a fence around Switzerland, the best swiss watchmakers escaped, and took their manufacturing equipment with them, and took up making watches in the same latitudes and climates. While there would certainly be differences between the new Finish watches made by ex-Swiss watchmakers on Swiss-made equipment, they'd be largely indistinguishable from the "new" Swiss watches.

You could certainly develop a preference for Finish or Swiss "Swiss" watches.

Comment: Re:About Fucking Time (Score 2, Insightful) 397

by mythosaz (#48620479) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

...the "mostly by Cubans in exile" is the important part.

As someone who occasionally orders Cuban cigars from the Swiss, I can tell you that they're simply not any better than the same cigar from the same company from their Dominican or Nicaraguan plants. ...especially since the same seeds grew the tobacco. Cigar Aficionado likes to perpetuate the mystique. They benefit from it.

Comment: Let cool (Score 1) 193

by dargaud (#48617753) Attached to: NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration
I like the idea of building a gigantic monomolecular sheet at the L1 point of Venus to reflect/deflect part of the sunlight, letting Venus cool off. Below a certain temperature parts of its atmosphere start to condense, also dropping the air pressure by a significant amount. Possible terraforming in a much easier way than on Mars, hardly any high tech involved except for a sheet factory and tanks of raw material at L1.
Space

SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship 81

Posted by Soulskill
from the good-luck dept.
An anonymous reader writes: SpaceX has announced that at the conclusion of its next rocket flight, it will attempt a precision landing of its Falcon 9 first stage onto an autonomous ocean platform. They say the odds of success aren't great, but it's the beginning of their work to make this a reality. Quoting: "At 14 stories tall and traveling upwards of 1300 m/s (nearly 1 mi/s), stabilizing the Falcon 9 first stage for reentry is like trying to balance a rubber broomstick on your hand in the middle of a wind storm. To help stabilize the stage and to reduce its speed, SpaceX relights the engines for a series of three burns.

The first burn—the boostback burn—adjusts the impact point of the vehicle and is followed by the supersonic retro propulsion burn that, along with the drag of the atmosphere, slows the vehicle's speed from 1300 m/s to about 250 m/s. The final burn is the landing burn, during which the legs deploy and the vehicle's speed is further reduced to around 2 m/s. ... To complicate matters further, the landing site is limited in size and not entirely stationary. The autonomous spaceport drone ship is 300 by 100 feet, with wings that extend its width to 170 feet. While that may sound huge at first, to a Falcon 9 first stage coming from space, it seems very small. The legspan of the Falcon 9 first stage is about 70 feet and while the ship is equipped with powerful thrusters to help it stay in place, it is not actually anchored, so finding the bullseye becomes particularly tricky."

Comment: Re:882 foot Titanic (Score 2) 42

Gross tonnage is ship volume and is THE measure of ship size.

The Titanic's GT was 46,000.

The top two Royal Caribbean ships are 225,000 and most of the rest of the pack weigh in at 140-150.

The're pretty much 4x or 3x the size (volume), and 20% longer.

Displacement is a different factor altogether, but even then...

Gross tonnage normally is a much higher value than displacement. This was not always the case; as the functions, engineering and architecture of ships have changed, the gross tonnage figures of the largest passenger ships have risen substantially, while the displacements of such ships have not. RMS Titanic, with a gross register tonnage of 46,329 GRT, but a displacement reported at over 52,000 tons, was heavier than contemporary 100,000 – 110,000 GT cruise ships which displace only around 50,000 tons.

Emphasis mine.

Comment: Re:It's required (Score 4, Informative) 162

by mythosaz (#48613301) Attached to: Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

False.

CALEA only requires the backdoor to exist if it's technically possible. TFA is pretty clear that other manufacturers and carriers have chosen to implement end-to-end encryption that doesn't have the ability to be backdoored, and as such, there's no need to provide the (non-existent) backdoor to the feds.

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