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Comment Active headphones for shooters (Score 4, Insightful) 117

I have a $50 pair of "active headphones for shooters" that muffle gunshots, let me hear conversations, and even let me plug in my phone to listen to MP3s while I'm shooting. These sound like a slightly more advanced version of that (especially if they can indicate the direction of gunfire), but $2k?!?

Comment Comcast Business Class (Score 5, Insightful) 291

When I signed up for Comcast Business Class recently, they told me I had to use their modem+wireless router combo.

I managed to put their modem in bridge mode (i.e. let me use my own router) and "disable" the wireless functionality so I can use my own access points, but I can't seem to find any way to disable the damn public network.

I've confirmed that the public network uses a different public IP (clients connected to it get a private IP), but I'd still like to be able to disable it.

Bastards.

Comment Required in some industries (Score 5, Interesting) 311

I work in the gaming (Gambling) industry.

Many states require us to submit both the source code and build tools required to make an exact (and I mean 'same md5sum') copy of the binary that is running on a slot machine on the floor.. to an extent that would blow you away.

They need to be able to go to the floor of a casino, rip out the drive or card containing the software, take it back to THEIR office, and build another exact image of the same drive or SD card.

md5sum from /dev/sda and /dev/sdb must match.

I can tell you the amount of effort that goes into this is monumental. There can be no dynamically generated symbols at compile time. The files must be built compiled and written to disk exactly the same every time. The filesystem can't have modify or creation times because those would change.

This is a silly idea for open source software, the only industry I've seen apply it is perhaps the least-open one in the world.

Comment Re:Linux? (Score 1) 780

NetWare 5 and up had a built-in X11 console that would let you administer many of the server components from it. In fact, if you installed Novell BorderManager or any number of other features, this was sometimes the ONLY way to install or configure them.

NetWare 4.11 and below had to be administered from the "NetWare Administrator" or whatever it was running on a workstation.

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