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Comment Re:The Rules of Security (Score 1) 539

A good compromise is to make sure your sudo setup is good, and disable root logins via ssh completely. You can combine ssh with a utility that will drop in temporary (or permanent) ipchains rules denying IPs or an IP block access to the ssh port after a number of bad password guesses. This way, you won't need your private key if logging on from another host, but still have good resistance against people trying to crack root from remote.

Comment Re:Mexico? (Score 2, Funny) 249

So this is for people to view and observe the border and report any activity right....well I guess this plan is already in the toilet now that people IN MEXICO can view the cameras and see exactly where they are pointed.

Ok yes, we see you. We will mark that crossing off our list of possibilities. Ok, a little further...there I can see you...keep I can't, mark that with a flag or something.

Well played Border Control, well played.

I heard one simple idea that probably would solve the illegal border crossing problem: landmines. Line our side of the border with antipersonnel landmines, everywhere except the legitimate entrances/checkpoints. Post highly visible signs in English and Spanish, and also with graphics in case the person is illiterate, warning that it is a minefield. The purpose of this is to establish a deterrent, not to actually hurt anyone (though if that happens, they can't say they weren't warned). Maybe those signs can include some contact information at the bottom, useful for obtaining information on how to go through the process of coming here legally.

Comment Re:No antibiotics for me (Score 1) 260

The reason why staph infections can be worse now then in the past is two fold. The first is because hospitals are pushed to be super-clean environments. This first part allows very hardy bacteria to thrive where they normally wouldn't. The second is when antibiotics are given, a lot of people don't take them to the full duration. This second part causes a lot of issues as people are building on top of the chain.

As well the prevelence of anti-bacterial hand washes/wipes/dish soaps/etc are highly damaging to a safe environment. If you goto a hospital or doctors office you won't find antibacterial washes, you'll find microbicide. Let me say this first, thanks a lot flapping heads(I mean sales guys) you're fuckin' us all.

Oh allergies? Yeah. Get yourself outside and eat some dirt. It does a body good.

Comment Re:Long Distance Rail (Score 1) 809

The train from Wuhan to Guangzhou in China takes 3 hours to cover 1068km (that's scheduled service not a test run). When you want a point to point high speed train it isn't hard to build one. (It replaced a pre-existing line that took 10.5 hours to complete the same route).

Trains can be fast and competitive if you build them right. Most system in the world are a hodgepodge of different systems that have evolved from different systems and standards over the years. As such the top speeds are impressive, but the average speeds suck royally (the route you indicated above Dusseldorf to Vienna is almost completely un-upgraded with a top speed of about 75km\h for most of the route). The only countries with unified, completely upgraded systems to support higher speeds are France and Japan. Everyone else is playing catch up.

Comment Virtualization (Score 1) 73

How well does it work under virtualization? I've tried it in the past with various versions of virtual box and didn't have a lot of success. I know part of it was due to vbox not being complete enough but that was because DragonFly was using some older not well supported "chips".


Submission + - Eight corporate anthems to die for...well (

coondoggie writes: "As corporate anthems go, it's not a splash but we are always surprised to see companies come out with new ones. Here we have a recent song from "Dev Life". It contains the lyrics:" I'm coding Unix Windows Linux; I've got the dev life going mama; I'm like the coding Dalai Lama." Coding like the Dalai Lama? ! Yikes. But IBM isn't alone in these off beaters. Fujitsu, Checkpoint Symantec, Texas Instruments and many others have entered the rarified air of corporate songbirds. Here are links to eight of our favorite ditties. I know there are tons more out there, send them along if you get the chance. 4"

Submission + - Zune users to be paid for sharing "pirated (

DRM watch writes: A recent patent application by Microsoft describes a mechanism whereby Zune users are paid for sharing songs. Currently the company's digital audio player has the capability to wirelessly swap music with other Zune owners, with the restriction that any shared song can only be played a maximum of three times. After which you're given the option to buy the track from Microsoft's Zune Marketplace. In a move designed to encourage sharing — and in turn, sell more music — Microsoft proposes paying users a percentage of revenue from sales generated through tracks they've shared. From last100: "But perhaps what's most interesting is that the system works even if shared songs weren't originally purchased from Zune Marketplace and, therefore, don't use Microsoft's DRM. In other words, DRM-free music that's been downloaded from elsewhere — including pirated songs — still have the potential to be monetized through Zune to Zune sharing."

Submission + - Music industry still unable to adapt

mmmfugacity writes: "Given that, after around a decade of digital music sharing, the music industry still seems to have largely failed to embrace, or even adapt to, this distribution model, it shouldn't be surprising that the AP reports the industry is mad at Prince for experimenting with another alternative distribution model. Available at CNN, AP reports that "Prince has angered the music industry and stirred up trouble among British retailers by giving away his new album with a tabloid newspaper this weekend. 'Planet Earth' will be packaged with the Mail on Sunday at a price of $2.80. The giveaway has been roundly criticized as a major blow for an industry already facing rapidly declining CD sales." Why not consider moving 2.3 million copies of the CD (the Mail's reported average circulation) to be "sales?" Surely not because Prince is making money off the deal and not the industry? Yet again, with regards to the music industry (not the artists) the phrase from Office Space, "no talent *** clown[s]," comes to mind."

Submission + - Mozilla gives details on Firefox 3 changes (

99luftballon writes: "Vnunet has an interview with the development team of Firefox 3 which shows the main features of the new browser. Top of the list is a new graphics engine with improved rendering and zoom capability but it's the plans for changing the bookmarking system into a SQL database that looks most interesting. Also telling is the refusal to give a launch date, with the head of Mozilla Europe frankly stating "We do not want to ship crap on time." Wonder who he could be referring to."
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Submission + - Apple Upgrades the iPhone Before Launch (

Dekortage writes: "Much prior to its much-hyped launch on June 29, Apple has announced upgrades to its battery life (almost 40% more than originally announced) and scratch resistance (using "optical quality glass" rather than plastics). The announcement also includes a comparison chart pitting the iPhone against smartphones from Nokia, Samsung, Palm, and Blackberry."

Submission + - Pressure is on IBM to forgive millions in IT debt (

coondoggie writes: "Can a $93 billion company be publicly shamed into charity? My guess is not, but the Contra Costa school district in California is hoping IBM can see it in its Big Blue heart to erase some $5 million in long-overdue debt. This week four California state legislators threw their support behind West Contra Costa School by pleading with IBM to release the district from the debt. Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley; Assemblyman Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord; state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland; and Sen. Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch, sent a letter to IBM CEO Samuel Palmisano requesting that the computer-industry giant write off the 15-year-old debt as a charitable contribution. 1"

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