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Comment Re:But isn't that the idea? (Score 1) 676

Or, and this should have been done by default when it shipped (although agree with the grandparent post - Great slightly-better-than-Mac style GUI):

Drag the print icon from the shared Office menu (what you get from the top-left corner) into the title bar of the application, for easy access. PITA the first time, fine all subsequent times.

Comment Re:It can't do HD.Fail. (Score 1) 97

Like that?

Considering that we're talking about a tiny little handheld device without a video-out port, it's a bit ridiculous to expect proper HDMI screen resolutions. It'll definitely be interesting, however, to see how well this works on the B204/B206 series of HDMI-enabled, Radeon-powered Eees.

Comment "How" matters as much as "where" (Score 1) 386

I had much the same set of problems and found decent universities in Tampere, Finland, Luleå, Sweden, and Accra Ghana that all participated in the ISEP program. My school offered a couple of different programs, but this one was notable insofar as it didn't require you to pay hardly anything extra. Unlike programs that expect you to pay massive chunks of cash for their own overhead and then full rate for tuition abroad, this one (and others like it?) just have the student pay tuition and room and board at the local university. They then get the same stuff from the receiving university.

On a related note, I ended up in Luleå which had the strongest English language CS program I'd ever seen. They also had a rather sizable community of foreign exchange students and a well-developed Swedish language program.

On a slightly less related note, no matter where you go you should make sure to take some non-engineering/non-CS courses. Studying international organizations and management abroad, even if only briefly, looks far better on a resume and will give you far more than any single engineering course. Be sure to make time for it.

Comment Re:Extremely unprofitable (Score 3, Insightful) 897

The population distribution in most of the US is simply not geared toward passenger rail except possibly at the local level

That's not really true. It rarely makes sense to extend light-rail systems beyond the densely packed urban centers, but you're ignoring the old heavy traffic. The layout of our towns, highways, etc are all heavily determined by the paths that the railroads took 150-75 years ago. This hasn't changed, as many of our Interstates were built along similar pathways.

Now, Amtrak may suck, but it's not like there's good competition available. Driving takes every bit as long and already costs far more, and our piss-poor airlines with worse food than a Flying J: Don't even get me started on the Fly America Act and even greater sins our government commits in their favor.

If we had new rail-systems and new stations (with ZipCar and other car rental companies etc. colocated thereupon), they might very well be able to perform profitably. Let foreigners run 'em, too, so that the food doesn't taste worse than the truck stop food you'd get when driving (which is still better than the nothing-to-ramen spectrum on American air carriers), and this may very well be worthwhile. If speedy rail systems can be built that are fast enough and substantially more environmentally sound, we might even consider taxing competing air routes to subsidize them in an effort to meet soon-to-be-adopted CO2 emissions goals. Of course you may wish to hold off until after opening them up to all comers to knock the price down an equivalent amount.

Regardless, I'd assert that there is a market for a competently run Amtrak with maglevs et al or, better yet, multiple competing private firms. We just don't see it right now because the Amtrak service is (marginally) worse than the (insanely bad) domestic airlines. If we can restore service to all the cities over the million-person mark, I think they'd do just fine.

They just can't compete as long as:

1: They're as slow as a car
2: They serve worse food than truck stops (like the airlines)
3: They fail to advertise and compete aggressively due to lack of real market pressure
4: They fail to service many large cities

Still, that's half the point of the above. Look beyond light rail - The car manufacturers can make a lot of money regearing to deal with the above issues. If they're going to be bailed out with taxpayer money anyway, perhaps we should lead them in this cheaper and more fuel-efficient direction.

Comment Re:Solution: Public Key Auth (Score 1) 327

So then brute force attacks would be preceded by an open port check?

Unless you use some kind of port knocking attempt, that wouldn't solve much of anything for long.

Two points:
1: Port knocking or single-packet authentication really paired with the aforementioned port change really is a remarkably effective solution.

2: The article is discussing attempts to break into a large mass of computers, not targeted attacks on a single box. To add the considerable increase in overhead and visibility inherent in running port scans over a public network would be quite expensive, both in terms of the decrease in the number of boxes you can hit per minute and the risk of nodes in the botnet being cleaned up and removed sooner than they might otherwise have been. The former is doubly troubling to a botnet owner when you consider the cost of trying to identify the protocol in use on all the open ports other than 22, or of wasting an attempt to open a TCP connection on each of the ports.

The Internet

Submission + - Is About To Return

An anonymous reader writes: The legendary BitTorrent site will be back in action soon. Sloncek, the former owner of decided to donate the domain to The Pirate Bay lads, who will relaunch the site in a few days, staying true to its original design. The return of a Legend.

Submission + - Transferred to The Pirate Bay (

An anonymous reader writes: Andrej Preston, ex-administrator of legendary BitTorrent, has turned over the keys to The Pirate Bay.

"My deal with [The Pirate Bay] was that the role of SuprNova can't change much," he tells "It needs to be community orientated, but I hope they make some updates the SuprNova was sooo missing. But what they will do, it's not my thing to decide anymore. But I know they will do [well] and will try to keep the community spirit running."

The Media

Submission + - YouTube: the presidential election X Factor

coondoggie writes: "YouTube this week announced You Choose '08, where voters can find the official and unofficial Web videos from a host of presidential candidates, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain and John Edwards. Most of the videos are of the official variety but there are a fair number of the ones that the candidates would probably not like you to keep watching. For example, Sen. Hillary Clinton's off-key "Star-Spangled Banner", John Edwards prepping his hair for a TV appearance, John McCain sleeping (there's also a classic of Sen. Ted Kennedy sleeping during one of President George Bush's speeches and of course Howard Dean's rant that likely cost him the Democratic nomination in 2004). 3"

Submission + - Study contradicts RIAA on cause of CD sales drop

IBuyManyCd writes: A new research paper (PDF) published in the Journal of Political Economy contradicts the RIAA claim that illegal downloading is the main reason for the 25% drop in CD sales.
A quick overview of the article is presented on the University of Chicago Press site: Downloads are not the primary reason for the decline in music sales. "Researchers from Harvard and Kansas find that impact of P2P sharing on U.S. music sales is "statistically indistinguishable from zero".
The overview also quotes:
"We match an extensive sample of downloads to U.S. sales for a large number of albums", write Felix Oberholzer-Gee (Harvard University) and Koleman Strumpf (University of Kansas). "While file sharers downloaded billions of files in 2002, the consequences for the industry amounted to no more than 0.7% of sales."
The author compiled data on nearly 50,000 music downloads of popular songs (on pop charts) and across eleven genre from 2 major P2P servers. They then compared these with the same pop chart songs CD sales, "it is striking to see that more than 60% of the songs in our sample are never downloaded".
This underlines what many online users have lived first hand. If an album is good enough, reaching the pop chart, it will gladly be bought by fans.
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - PS3 not backwards compatible in Europe

gormanly writes: In the build-up to the rest of the world launch of the PlayStation 3, Sony have removed the backwards compatibility to PS2 from the hardware, probably in order to reduce the per-unit loss they're making. Will this new-spec PS3 also appear in US and Japanese stores, and if so will the first batch of PS3s rise in value on auction sites as they become harder to find?

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced that PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3(TM)) to be launched in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australasia on 23rd March 2007 would utilise a new hardware specification. [...] It also embodies a new combination of hardware and software emulation which will enable PS3 to be compatible with a broad range of original PlayStation® (PS) titles and a limited range of PlayStation®2 (PS2) titles.
Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Trivial Remote Exploit on Sun Solaris 10

Jeremy Kister writes: "Errata Security reports about a bug found in the telnet daemon of Solaris 10. From the article:

Basically if you pass a "-fusername" as an argument to the -l option you get full access to the OS as the user specified. In my example I do it as bin but it worked for regular users, just not for root. This combined with a reliable local privilege escalation exploit would be devastating. Expect mass scanning and possibly the widespread exploitation of this vulnerability.

Submission + - Do current Copyright laws still allow for backups?

Ka D'Argo writes: I had a conversation with a associate of mine about making backups of software or music cd's. This person says under the new laws with DRM, copyright and fair use, you as a consumer are no longer allowed to copy in anyway such things. I say, as it's been for god knows how long, you are still able to make a backup of something you legally own. Common sense even says, it's yours to do with as you please if you legally own it (aside from distributing copies for example). So what's the deal? Under current laws that may or may not have been updated lately, can a consumer make a backup copy of a piece of software or music cd?

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