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Comment Side effect of the reduced cost of cpu power (Score 1) 349

While of course bot masters pay essentially nothing for their CPU power, someone has to buy the systems that become zombies for the botnets. As those systems get faster, the things that a botnet master can do expands. For what it's worth I haven't seen an ssh-based attempt on my system in over a month - and the most recent one was only a few hundred attempts from one IP address that maps to Missouri - but I have seen distributed attempts on my system in the past that have made thousands of attempts at the root password (futile when root is disabled, which they would know if they read the ssh greeting) as well as distributed whitepages attacks going for common user names with easy/non-existent passwords.

If ISPs would actually start to take action against the users whose systems make up the botnets, we would see this activity reduced. However it is more profitable for the ISPs to not do so.

Comment Have you tried splinting your 3rd/4th fingers? (Score 1) 165

There might be an obvious reason not to do this, but considering how few keys are typed by the right pinky you might be able to get away with this. It would also have the advantage of being able to easily use other keyboards that you may come across in your regular existence.

Comment Harrison Ford back as ... (Score 1) 329

Han Solo, or Han Solo's dad? It has been quite a while since he was in a Star Wars film, and he isn't really readily recognizable as Han Solo any more. It might be easier to find a younger (or younger-looking) actor to take the role if you want it to make sense and not be a tale of Han Solo's retirement.

Comment What is the required frequency for the blog posts? (Score 1) 605

If they are required to write a blog post every day, then I would expect that the writing quality would be allowed to slide as the lion's share of the students have other courses running concurrently; likewise if they are told something like "respond to this news story in the first 24 hours". However if they are given more time then they should be able to write better quality posts if the quality is suppoed to be part of the project. If instead the point is just to run some blogging software and see how it responds under conditions of X, Y, Z, then the quality of the writing itself might not be as important as its frequency and volume.

Comment Re:What is Steam and why do we care? (Score 1, Informative) 313

Is it like iTunes for FPS games?

Pretty much, yes. Specifically games that people who are hard core into FPS consider to be "vintage" or "classic" - even though said games are many years younger than Wolfenstein, Doom, or even Quake. People who are big fans of it see it as a great gift to be able to buy Half-Life for $8 even though they bought it for $40 the first time, then bought the first special edition of it the year after for another $40, and the uber-mega-titanium-coated-diamond-edition of it the third year for another $60.

For the most part, it is a way for a company to extract a little more money from a large number of gamers who like to keep buying the same thing repeatedly.

And yes, I know I will be lucky to not be moderated down for this. Bombs away.

Comment Re:He planted it. (Score 1) 12

Being as even smitty knew I was making a joke, I think you would do well to follow your own advice. Really, I didn't expect to find someone else here on slashdot with whom I have more communication difficulties than smitty, but here you are.

Comment Re:He planted it. (Score 1) 12

Also, 9/11 "hijackers" also threw their wallets out the window just split second before hitting the WTC building 7. Oh, wait.

Do you mean they were on Mitt Romney aircraft? Holy shit, the conspiracy is deeper than we thought!

Comment Meh (Score 1) 7

Don't most people look like that after a long session with C++?

Beyond that though this kind of snarkiness towards a celebrity (who lacks a {D} after their name) is beneath you. Or are you saying he is some kind of stealth Obama donor - perhaps a union boss in disguise or something?

Comment Re:If it's any consolation... (Score 1) 7

...the regular use a browser on a computer web site is getting worse all the time as well.

Actually my experience - using Firefox in Linux - has not changed much in some time, and I am glad to say that. Indeed it generally does tend to only get worse around here but it has been quite some time since I noticed any changes.

I will say that when I used konqueror I found that even very simple tasks like changing my account settings could have catastrophic results leading to browser crash.

Comment Re:Charging authors is not much better... (Score 4, Informative) 61

Charging authors to publish is not much better than charging people to read the articles

Every journal I am aware of that uses any kind of peer review process does this. This system, however, is a lot cheaper. I recently publised in PLoS ONE and I had to pay around $1,500 for that. I really hope these guys can keep their publication costs down and manage to acquire some prestige so they get indexed in relevant places.

What we truly need is a system that is paid for by universities, cooperatively, that allows anyone to submit a paper and allows anyone to download as many or as few papers as they would like.

Some journals have tried that - look at the institutional memberships at PLoS (my institution is not a member) and BioMedCentral for example - the problem with that though is that memberships like that would usually be paid for by the school libraries and quite nearly every school in this country is trying to reduce their library expenditures.

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