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Comment: Re:Why does it need to be replaced? (Score 1) 152

by zamboni1138 (#49363543) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

It may be impossible to disassemble the ISS and replace the bad parts in orbit.

Why? You have EVA access to all external parts of ISS Alpha. You should have access to all internal parts of the station. The real issue I've seen come up is all about seals. The station is mostly modular, single piece segments attached to a node. Just seal up that node junction internally (like it was before the module arrived), disconnect external connections, use the station arm to pull the module free, replace the seals, reconnect.

I can think of at least a Lego and a car analogy, but I can't be bothered to type it all out.

Comment: Seen in the film? (Score 1) 126

by zamboni1138 (#49323469) Attached to: Boeing Patents <em>Star Wars</em> Style Force Field Technology

"Just liking the luminescent shields seen in the film..."

Uh, when do "see" any shielding in Star Wars? Star Trek, sure, they are popping up all the time.

But I can't remember one scene in Star Wars 4, 5 or 6 where shielding is displayed. Except for the briefing scene in 6 when discussing the attack plan on Death Star 2, and that's just a holographic projection.

Comment: Re:What will really happen (Score 1) 110

by zamboni1138 (#49109133) Attached to: Mars One Does Not Renew Contracts For Robotic Missions

Simply, Wow. +6 for effort, producing a working business model, and because I'm literally watching the Oscars right now.

I have been watching this Mars One drama for a little while now, and besides my main question of "Why not Moon First?", I was always trying to figure out the actual economics of it all. As others in this thread have pointed out NASA + ESA + RSA + JAXA, et all., are still firmly in LEO. Currently only one option available for human taxi service to said LEO.

However, your description sounds like the best I've heard to date. As I read it I could imagine the "Mars One Crew Transfer Vehicle" circa 2024 in LEO with 64-bit color windows from W.O.O.L. How the fuck would the crew inside even know the difference?

Landing them back on Earth (a.k.a. Mars) in a Truman Show situation with the whole reality TV bit ready to go is icing the cake thick.

Comment: Any competition is good competition (Score 4, Interesting) 204

The ILEC's (Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier) need competition. I work in an area only a few thousand feet from fiber. After Frontier bought that piece of Verizon land (many years ago) they stopped all FiOS deployments. The only landline access available to my main office is T1, currently $650/mo. That's 1.5Mbps up/down to the lowest bidder with Frontier providing the local loop. I was paying $2,600/mo for four T1's to get 6Mbps. The lines went down continuously. Customer service was a joke. I lived in this hell for almost ten years until the neighboring city started providing internet access. We were able to get a point-to-point 5.8GHz solution for less than $1,000 setup and 400/month that provides 30Mbps up/down and has near 100% uptime, better than anything provided by the the local telephone (err, data transport) companies.

Comment: Very Useful (Score 3, Interesting) 139

by zamboni1138 (#48295701) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

I have DKIM and SPF in place for a domain that needs to send out important emails. It is not that difficult to get in place (assuming you're already comfortable with DNS, SMTP, Public/Private key encryption and debugging email problems). Setting up OpenDKIM alongside a PostFix install is straight-forward. And you don't need to buy a Certificate from a CA to get it working for the public.

Google checks both the SPF and DKIM when receiving mail, and you can see the results their servers come up with in the header of the received mail. Your message will also display "signed-by: [domain.tld]" in the header details popup.

I have never seen or gotten reports of emails that pass both DKIM and SPF checks going into Google's "spam" folder or otherwise being delayed/redirected.

In short, I find it very useful to help assure my customers that data will be kept flowing properly, to the best of my ability anyway. Haven't looked into DMARC much.

Comment: Re:Changes require systematic, reliable evidence.. (Score 1) 336

by zamboni1138 (#48073349) Attached to: Why the FCC Will Probably Ignore the Public On Network Neutrality

When something is shipped via UPS, only one party pays UPS. Sure, sometimes the other party pays the first party so they can pay UPS, but UPS doesn't collect money for the same package from multiple parties.

Actually, this is no longer true, at least for the example you used with UPS. I recently placed an order with a company and selected the lowest/slowest level of shipping. I got an email a day later from UPS telling me that I had a package on the way via UPS Sure Post and an expected delivery date. The email also explained that if I wanted to get my package quicker I could upgrade it, while it's already en-route, to a higher level of service. UPS just needed a little more money. None of this had anything to do with the original company I ordered from.

I am not saying that this is how the internet should work now or in the future.

Comment: (Score 1) 145

by zamboni1138 (#47877347) Attached to: X-Class Solar Flare Coming Friday

I've never met a sysadmin that did have something to do most of the time. They'd probably just waste their free time doing something silly like playing tabletop games.

Or, PlanetSide 2.

As for the grandparent post, it appears to be holding up well. To everybody else, what an excellent time to check on the status of your routine system backups, disaster recovery plans and other such things that might come into play if/when this baby hits. Are you ready to lose power and/or telco?

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. -- Publius Syrus