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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Atryn Re:customer-centric (397 comments)

A judge is demanding a United States company to play by the rules of the United States? And you have a problem with that? US law is and should be the only law the judge needs to consider. If US laws are incompatible with other nation's laws, then don't blame it on the judge, complain to your legislators.

Another great reason for an inversion besides taxes.

2 days ago
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Students Hack School-Issued iPads Within One Week

Atryn Re:This is Apple's iPad policy in motion (375 comments)

+1 to parent.

This is true. The only plus here was that you do know exactly which users did it. LAUSD stated that in the article too. They know exactly which devices had their MDM profiles deleted. The user is in control, but the MDM can notify what the user did.

At that point, it should be a disciplinary issue. Unfortunately, in this country, it becomes a legal/lawsuit/CIPA issue.

about a year ago
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Students Hack School-Issued iPads Within One Week

Atryn Re:I'm a tech coordinator for an Ohio district (375 comments)

Your response is incredibly naive...

LAUSD is taking on one of the largest deployments of iPads ever. They are working directly with Apple and Airwatch (after a competitive MDM process). The fact is, iOS has a lot of flaws and MDM on iOS sucks because Apple is unwilling to fix it.

about a year ago
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Students Hack School-Issued iPads Within One Week

Atryn Re:Just proxy it out at the router. (375 comments)

The issue was more what the kids were able to access off-campus, not on the school network. LAUSD sent the iPads home. Per LAUSD Law's interpretation of CIPA compliance requirements, they are required to filter internet access to a school-owned device even when off campus. So they have to provide adequate filtering of the connection on the student's home network as well as Starbucks, McDonald's, etc. The iPad offers very very weak protection and every MDM provider out there knows that it is easily circumvented.

about a year ago
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USA Calling For the Extradition of Snowden

Atryn Re:It wont do much, but at least register interest (955 comments)

There is something ironic about needing to have a registered account at whitehouse.gov and using it to publicly sign a petition claiming the whitehouse should pardon a guy who disclosed tracking / spying ability for anyone the gov't doesn't like. It seems like you'd end up on that "list" right after signing, right?

about a year ago
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NCTC Gets Vast Powers To Spy On U.S. Citizens

Atryn Re:what insurgency? (332 comments)

"looking for 'counter-insurgency activity'" - what insurgency?

You can have counter insurgency activity without an insurgency. Perception is reality. All you need is a group of people who believe there is an insurgency in order to start a counter-insurgency movement. Groups like the anti-border crossing patrol volunteers, or even anti-muslim hate groups come to mind as people who may believe there is an insurgency already going on here.

about a year and a half ago
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NCTC Gets Vast Powers To Spy On U.S. Citizens

Atryn Re:counter-insurgent activity? (332 comments)

Why are they looking at counter-insurgent activity? Shouldn't they be looking at insurgent activity?

A local / state militia could be considered a "counter-insurgent" group. The vigilante guys who wanted to patrol the US border could be a "counter-insurgent" group. It doesn't really matter whether they are insurgent or counter-insurgent. It is a group of people organizing and developing a capability to act in a planned, cohesive fashion when they feel threatened. Opinions change, sometimes dramatically. But that organization/training stays.

As such, I am not surprised they want as much info as possible on any organized and even loosely cohesive group of actors... you know, just in case...

about a year and a half ago
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NCTC Gets Vast Powers To Spy On U.S. Citizens

Atryn Re:NCTC (332 comments)

What entity which is not part of the government should be involved in this and why?

That's been going on for a long time...

"We need a smaller government" -> "outsourcing to private consultants" -> "more power to those private consultants so they can function as an extension of the government" -> "more capable and effective private consultants" -> "more outsourcing to private consultants" -> "smaller government"...

For some, that would be a virtuous cycle... sigh...

about a year and a half ago
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Just Say No To College

Atryn Re:Did Zuckerberg ever have to get past HR? (716 comments)

Skills don't enter that equation at all. Introducing the concept of 'skills' divorced from a degree introduces thought into the equation. Thinking is hard. And, since HR is usually staffed by morons, or so overworked that they aren't physically able to evaluate each resume they receive, they use the lack of degree as a filter to narrow things down.

Maybe this movement ought to start by convincing CEO's at major corporations to staff HR with people that don't even have a bachelor's degree. Only then will HR consider the lack of a BA/BS to be "acceptable". Good luck with that.

about a year and a half ago
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Julian Assange: "Online Totalitarianism Is Near, Entire Nations Are Intercepted"

Atryn Re:RT (325 comments)

Plenty of highly respected individuals and groups have been talking about this for years, but suddenly it's news because Assange is saying it?

Yes, sorry, that is exactly the case. Assange is a persona now, a celeb of odd sorts. He will be able to draw attention to issues for better or worse. I'm sure you can think of many instances where highly educated and reputable people, non-profits, think-tanks, etc. all support an idea but it doesn't catch on mainstream until a celeb makes it "news".

Assange isn't a big enough celeb to make it much news though, it just so happens his particular brand of star-power has greater reach within a certain ideological subculture. Now you just need Brad Pitt or Bono to go take up the cause. LoL...

about a year and a half ago
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Brainstorming Ways To Protect NYC From Real Storms

Atryn Virtual NYC (203 comments)

As soon as I saw the topic, protecting NYC from "real" storms, I thought that all of NYC should be replicated virtually on massive servers in a subterranean environment and then all of the people could be dispersed or located elsewhere and play out their parts in NYC as if it were real.

Then I realized that was The Matrix.

Darn!!!

about 2 years ago
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EVE Online CSM and Diplomat Killed in Libyan Consulate Attacks

Atryn He was a MUD player too. (680 comments)

We knew Kurgen/Gothic on the Moral Decay MUD where he and his wife both played and became wizards. As I understand it, his activity has been much greater on Eve, but we feel like a member of our family was lost as well... RIP Kurgen.

about 2 years ago
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California To License Self-Driving Cars

Atryn Re:Not safe (301 comments)

Not at all. Airline statistics tell a big story. They are incredibly safe now. Not too many computers are flying the plane into a mountain.

Wow, I lol'd at this... How could you possibly compare these two? Airspace has an incredibly consistent, standardized and mostly centralized air-traffic control system. you have ~7,000 aircraft simultaneously in the entire US Airspace. We have over 242 Million registered vehicles in the United States. I couldn't find data on how many are in operation simultaneously, but I think it is safe to say you can find over 7000 in operation simultaneously during rush hour in any average city on the interstates there alone.

Add to that the room/flexibility to maneuver in a vehicle on a road system, parking lot, parking garage, shoulder, dirt road, etc. compared to "air space".

Both have weather hazards, granted. Except that often when weather is rough, planes don't fly there (route around it). Motor vehicles don't work that way.

I'm sure I have BARELY scratched the surface here. Maybe we should instead be debating what I meant by "quite a long time". I'd say a significant number of autonomous vehicles in operation in the U.S. is at least a decade away, maybe two.

about 2 years ago
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California To License Self-Driving Cars

Atryn Re:Should be done in upstate new york, too (301 comments)

While they may go for years without addressing serious problems and safety issues, or doing complex things like resurfacing roads...

Why can't they have autonomous vehicles resurface roads? That seems like an ideal situation for efficiency... controlled environment since the lanes are usually blocked off anyway, repetitive and standard task, etc. Its always been something done at a bad time of day for humans anyway and you might reduce union problems (once you get over the obvious initial ones to implement it to begin with)...

about 2 years ago
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California To License Self-Driving Cars

Atryn Re:Not safe (301 comments)

These cars have logged hundreds of thousands of miles, with ONE accident. That's far, far safer than the average human driver.

Where are you getting that the average human driver has an at least one accident every few hundred thousand miles? I wouldn't call this "far, far safer" yet. It has the potential to be.

Also, most of the tests have been in still fairly controlled environments. Meaning, the car wasn't woken up in the middle of the night to get a pregnant woman to the hospital quickly over dirt roads, past nighttime street-racers, etc... Loads of "special cases" exist in the world of cars. It will be quite a long time before we have a really solid understanding of their viability. Right now, a "typical commute" is probably the safest use, or even for standard-route delivery vehicles without a high time sensitivity. Even better if certain roads / routes / lanes get set aside for autonomous vehicles only, which would make them even safer and more efficient.

about 2 years ago
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Saudi Aramco Reveals Cyber Attack Hit 30,000 Workstations

Atryn Re:In all seriousness (65 comments)

if you are going to quote Iranian officials saying that they will erase Israel from the map, you'd be a fool if you do not place it as verbal showcasing intended as something to gather support from Arabic populations.

Well, that is another mass stereotyping of "Arabic populations"... But the mere fact that this is perceived as a viable strategy across such a large population (calling for the violent annihilation of another population) kinda makes me lean towards none of "them" having a bomb.

about 2 years ago
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Intel Team Takes On Car Hackers

Atryn Re:More likely case (153 comments)

To be frank I'm surprised nobodies 'stolen' a car at defcon or black hat yet for one of the demo's.

It would have been highly amusing if Gen. Alexander's car had refused to either arrive or depart Defcon this year... Or whatever car he was being chauffeured in.

about 2 years ago
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Intel Team Takes On Car Hackers

Atryn Re:I died because of Farmville?!?!? (153 comments)

...Angry Birds: Cruisin' Down the Highway.

I prefer a multi-player FPS type game... imagine an augmented reality interface where you can see the virtual turrets mounted on your hood and aim them at other cars logged into the game. You could see those cars taking damage and then eventually being "destroyed". Of course, you also have to watch your six and consider your shield levels as well. If you had passengers in the car, maybe they could man the rear guns or monitor system health and repairs...

I think I just made family road-trips much more fun...

about 2 years ago
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Intel Team Takes On Car Hackers

Atryn Re:CAN is cool, but... (153 comments)

The as-yet-unpublished research was presented to the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Electronic Vehicle Controls and Unintended Acceleration, established to investigate the safety and security of automobile electronics following the large-scale recall of malfunctioning cars in 2010.

LOL... or, one manufacturer might use such exploits to create a series of improbable events labeled "malfunctions" which damages their competitor's sales and forces large scale and costly recalls. Hmmm... Industrial Espionage just moved up a tick in the automotive industry... distributed industrial sabotage.... trademark pending?

about 2 years ago
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Google Announces Plans, Pricing For Kansas City Fiber Network

Atryn Re:EVIL-TOS: Not allowed to host any type of serve (263 comments)

The self-driving car is laughable. Google is not going to become an auto manufacturer. Google is not going to become a technology provider to an existing auto manufacturer. The existing manufacturers suffer from Not Invented Here Syndrome worse than almost any other industry. They're the very definition of hidebound, and it's no surprise, as they've been exposed to the kind attentions of the aforementioned institutional investors for generations now. I give Google's project another year before they pull the plug, and that's optimistic.

Google's objective isn't to become an auto-manufacturer or to become a supplier to them. Their objective isn't to directly make money on this at all.

Their objective is to free up the billions of eyeball-hours spent on driving so they can be used for something else....

more than 2 years ago

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Will This New CFRV Engine Design Change the World?

Atryn Atryn writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Atryn (528846) writes "I've been interested in most EV technology for a long time and recently reconnected with a friend who has similar interests. I learned that he has become involved in a project led by researchers from Auburn University on a new combustion engine design that appears to have great potential for improved efficiency. I'd love to hear from Slashdot — Can we get enough efficiency out of new combustion engine designs to compete with rapidly developing EV technology?

The team has posted videos, FAQ's, technical details and is responsive on their own website, facebook site and their indiegogo fundraiser site. Thoughts?"

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US Dept of Ed and copyright under HEOA

Atryn Atryn writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Atryn (528846) writes "EDUCAUSE is advisingits membership of a letter posted by the US DOE reminding them that provisions of the Higher Education Opportunities Act (HEOA) go into effect July 1, 2010. Among those is a requirement to notify students (current and incoming) with information on copyright infringement. Other requirements of the Act include combating illegal file sharing and a requirement to provide legal alternatives to the campus community. See the Educause Resource Page for more."
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Educators look at using cell phones as teaching to

Atryn Atryn writes  |  about 5 years ago

Atryn (528846) writes "This report in the Sacramento Bee looks at the continuing dialogue about the use of cell phones as instructional tools. Unlike Previous discussions here looking at a district considering jamming cell phones some districts, teachers and administration are considering ways to leverage the most widely adopted technology platform among students."
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Atryn Atryn writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Atryn (528846) writes "After last week's story about Intel and IBM both announcing breakthroughs in chip design enabling continued adherence to Moore's Law, many folks wondered how and why both companies announcements came out simultaneously. Well, The Register has something to say about that. And to top it off, they also are releasing a leaked copy of IBM's future research documentation."

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