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Comment I love Vance... (Score 1) 83

... but people keeps mentioning the dying earth series, Cugel and friends; and these are precisely the only four books from Vance that I didn't like much if at all. I found all of his marvellous inventions of many strange civilisations and customs so much more interesting; the space operas, the exotic adventures on strange worlds...

Comment Re:I like my netbook. (Score 1) 300

Back in 2008 the Aspire One was really excellent, contrary to the EeePC of the time it has a keyboard large enough for my big hands; the main culprit with it nowadays is the 512MB of RAM, which are not enough even for Firefox, and upgrading, though possible, is a terrible PITA. The 1225C comes with 2GB and a dual core, HT processor which gives it enough oomph to play back comfortably hi quality video from the HDMI to my TV (tried this last night).

Comment Re:I like my netbook. (Score 1) 300

I just bought a Ubuntu-preloaded Asus 1225C. It's really quite nice, cheap, but powerful enough, very light, and a good 6 to 7 hours of battery. I like it, it actually feels like good value for the (little) money, with a decent screen quality and size (1366x768); I was tired of my Acer Aspire One 1024x600 screen, really too cramped even for basic web browsing.


Submission + - Dreamhost tells customers to expose themselved to MitM attack (

rstory writes: It appears that there was some sort of security breach at Dreamhost, and on Friday they decided to generate new SSH host keys for all their servers. This was done without any notification to their customers. The only mention is on their status blog page, which I'd venture to guess that most customers don't even know about, and there they tell all their customers to delete their old keys and accept the new ones. They seem to lack a basic understanding of public key cryptography: public keys are meant to be PUBLIC. Can anyone think of a good reason why a) they wouldn't send out an email in advance (or immediately afterwards) to notify their customers, and b) they wouldn't post a page of all the new keys for customers to be able to verify? This seems to be highly irresponsible.
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Submission + - FreeNAS 8.3.0-RELEASE is available with full ZFS 28 Support (

An anonymous reader writes: FreeNAS project once again has made available an update to their NAS/SAN appliance operating system "FreeNAS" at version 8.3.0-RELEASE. Improvements include support for ZFS 28 (which include on-disk de-duplication of data), as well as other features such as USB 3.0 support, webshell console, etc. As usual, download package or ISO is about 100 megs.

Submission + - Has my bank been hacked and how would I know?

An anonymous reader writes: So I receive a very specific bank email hoax about 'logging in and checking my security' which has my new email address not listed anywhere (and a gaelic name not easy to generate) which directs me to a Russian site to 'log in'. My bank — Westpac in Australia has a long history of poor IT upkeep and ongoing issues are always in the media — How would I know if this is a random email or if my details have been taken from one of their compromised servers? It's awfully specific and the only hoax email I've ever had just happens to be for my particular institution with my full name (not my reply name on my email). Am I likely to ever know if the bank compromised my security?

Submission + - Galileo: Europe's version of GPS reaches key phase ( 1

another random user writes: The third and fourth spacecraft in Europe's satellite navigation system have gone into orbit. The pair were launched on a Russian Soyuz rocket from French Guiana.

It is an important milestone for the multi-billion-euro project to create a European version of the US Global Positioning System.

With four satellites now in orbit — the first and second spacecraft were launched in 2011 — it becomes possible to test Galileo end-to-end. That is because a minimum of four satellites are required in the sky for a smartphone or vehicle to use their signals to calculate a positional fix.


Submission + - Inside the Ultrabook factory (

Barence writes: "PC Pro has been given rare access to Samsung’s Korean HQ to find out what challenges were faced in making the slimmest laptop in the world.

The feature reveals the processes Samsung's designers went through to create the Series 9 laptop in only 9,000 man hours, such as how every laptop case starts life as a brick of aluminium, and how CNC machining hollows out the laptop’s body to within an accuracy of one-thousandth of a millimetre.

The feature also reveals the battery of stress tests each laptop design is put through. "To our right, a laptop is clamped tight to a metal plate, while a metal arm tirelessly thrusts a dummy D-SUB socket in and out of its right-hand edge. That metal arm repeats the process 4,500 times before the laptop moves to the next test bench, and the process starts again. Every port on the laptop undergoes the same process before it’s declared fit for purpose.""


Submission + - The Three Pillars of Nokia Strategy - Have All Failed. ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: When all 3 legs of your 3-legged strategy fail, what do you do? You rush — run run run — to change your total strategy. But what would a madman do? — Read Tommi Ahonen's new article to find out. Is the Nokia board either asleep at the wheel, or incompetent, or in collusion with the incompetent CEO? Tommi gives full details, not just of how Nokia's Windows phone strategy has failed, but how this has spread to other parts of the companies technology and the "Elop Effect" has single-handedly destroyed [...] Europe's biggest tech giant" and leaves us only with the question: Why is Nokia's board failing to act?

We've discussed Tommi's articles before where he was correctly predicting Windows phones market failure at a point where others were claiming that "the Lumia line is, in fact, selling quite nicely"


Submission + - Now You Can Run Linux, BSD On Any UEFI Secure Boot PC (

sfcrazy writes: The Linux Foundation has released a pre-booter which enabled any Linux or BSD distribution to run on any UEFI Secure boot windows PC. The Linux Foundation will obtain a Microsoft Key and sign a small pre-bootloader which will, in turn, chain load (without any form of signature check) a predesignated boot loader which will, in turn, boot Linux (or any other operating system).

Submission + - Libertarian Candidate Excluded From Debate For Refusing Corporate Donations ( 3

fishdan writes: "I'm a long time /. member with excellent karma. I am also the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Congress in Massachusetts 6th District. I am on the ballot. I polled 7% in the only poll that included me, which was taken 6 weeks ago, before I had done any advertizing, been in any debates or been on television. In the most recent debate, the general consensus was that I moved a very partisan crowd in my favor. In the 2 days since that debate, donations and page views are up significantly.

Yesterday I received a stunning email from the local ABC affiliate telling me that they were going to exclude me from their televised debate because I did not have $50k in campaign contributions, even though during my entire campaign I have pointedly and publicly refused corporate donations. They cited several other trumped up reasons, including polling at 10%, but there has not been a poll that included me since the one 6 weeks ago — and I meet their other requirements."


Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What book(s) you read that has significant impact on your life? 5

gspec writes: A little background about me: 36-yr old computer engineer working in the Bay Area. While I bring in about 100k annually after tax (actually, in the Bay Area this is not as much as it sounds), I consider my self as an underachiever and my career is stagnant (I have only been promoted 4 times in 12-yr career). I have led a couple projects, but I am not in any leadership/management position.
I realize I need to do something to enhance my career, and unfortunately at this point going back to school is not an option. I believe I need to read more quality books.
My question: Which books, any type/genre, that you have read and has significant impact on your life? Thank you all.

Comment My advice: Use (Score 1) 440

For this purpose I'm using a wonderful perl script, I've tested it on many millions files, many terabytes filesystems and it works fine. I've found the original on, but modified it to 1 skip symbolic links (a symlink is obviously identical to its target) 2 auto-delete dupes (after confirmation). For anyone interested, find the script here:

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