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Possible Cyber Attack Against South Korean Banks and TV Stations

B3ryllium Re:Additional updates since the initial crash (80 comments)

This is exactly why I described it as a "possible" cyber attack. Could just be a bad patch push. :)

about a year and a half ago
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Reuters' Matthew Keys Accused of Anonymous Conspiracy

B3ryllium Re:His passwords should not have worked (127 comments)

It sounds like the username shared was "ngarcia", not his own. So he was sharing an account that he created and remembered the password to, not one that was technically his own. If he did it at all, that is.

about a year and a half ago
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Cryptographers Break Commonly Used RC4 Cipher

B3ryllium Re:Oh, come on ... heh. (90 comments)

The site doesn't have ads. It's got two amazon affiliate links on the About page (for the movie Hackers and a search of William Gibson's books), but that's it.

I'm just trying to do something good.

about a year and a half ago
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Cryptographers Break Commonly Used RC4 Cipher

B3ryllium Re:Oh, come on ... heh. (90 comments)

Yep, that's what I thought. Epic no-win scenario. :(

Maybe there's a way to Kobayashi Maru it.

about a year and a half ago
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Cryptographers Break Commonly Used RC4 Cipher

B3ryllium Oh, come on ... heh. (90 comments)

Many of the available PCI-type scanning tools seem to recommend it, so this is wonderful. Certainly sounds riskier than the recent BEAST vulnerability.

I'm sure this will lead to a few new entries on my gibsonindex.org cyber attack severity ranking project, as people find ways to apply this attack vector. :(

Anyone know what Cipher Suite configuration is the "safest" now? :)

about a year and a half ago
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Study Says Quantum Wavefunction Is a Real Physical Object

B3ryllium heh. quantum news. (373 comments)

Gotta love quantum news posts: meaningless and meaningful at the same time, like a newspaper written by Schroedinger's Cat.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook/Twitter Banned In Thailand For Election

B3ryllium outrageous! (177 comments)

that is outrageous! this would never happen in a civilized country ... like Canada.

oh wait.

more than 3 years ago
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Politics: Libyan Rebels Announce Creation of a Republic

B3ryllium Re:Irrelevant (154 comments)

Only those of us living inside Taco's head.

more than 3 years ago
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IT Management Always Blames the Worker Bees

B3ryllium Re:sigh (266 comments)

The guy who sneaks into your bookstore with a portable scanner and makes a copy of a book and leaves without buying anything isn't a "customer."

No, that's what we call "a potential customer".

more than 3 years ago
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IEEE Looks At Kevin Costner's Oil Cleanup Machines

B3ryllium Re:3. Profit! 4. Fix the problem? (289 comments)

"If you throw enough Linguini at the wall eventually something will stick."

Unfortunately, it'll still be garbage.

more than 4 years ago
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Google's New Scheme To Avoid Unlicensed Music

B3ryllium Re:Not New (213 comments)

If you have the talent, you should write a filter to generate an inverse waveform that subtracts the allegedly infringing music but leaves everything else intact. :)

more than 4 years ago
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The Ignominious Fall of Dell

B3ryllium Well, there's a reason for most Dell quality probs (604 comments)

I've purchased two Dell laptops, and both of them have had issues.

However, they have both been relatively low-end models, and the issues have been minor. I suspect they take a lot of shortcuts to get the price down, so I'm not really outraged about it ... the lesson is just not to buy cheap crap :)

My tower at work is a Dell Optiplex running Vista - *VISTA* - and it hasn't had any issues at all.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Hires Antenna Engineers. Really.

B3ryllium Re:AppleCare memo on how to mislead users... (417 comments)

-1, Moronic
-1, Missing the point
-1, Fundamental misunderstanding of capitalism

"Your own means" is theft from the credit card company, not theft from Apple. It will only lead to your own balls getting kicked. (Again, if you count getting conned into buying a first-gen iPhone 4 as getting kicked in the balls; which, unfortunately, is increasingly looking like the correct interpretation of it.)

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Hires Antenna Engineers. Really.

B3ryllium Re:AppleCare memo on how to mislead users... (417 comments)

Uh, isn't this credit card fraud?

I suppose, if you had to pick *any* industry or group of companies larger than Apple to piss off, that would be a good one. However, I don't think it will end well for you if you give it a try.

more than 4 years ago
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Women Dropping Out of IT

B3ryllium Re:This just proves (706 comments)

But it could make a great 80s synth pop song.

~/ Rapid ambulation / is sweeping through the nation /~

more than 4 years ago
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'Month of PHP Security' Finds 60 Bugs

B3ryllium Re:One of the biggest problems is configurability (120 comments)

I do agree that many of the function names are, quite frankly, *wacky* ... but the online manual more than makes up for it. I just toss it in my firefox search bar, and I can generally find any function definition (and, in some cases, arcane function names) nearly as fast as I can type it.

I've found it very difficult to find similarly useful resources in other languages (javascript in particular, if you can count it as a language ;-)).

I'm not sure exactly what about it makes it so easy to use for regular reference - but I do know that it is about a billion times better than most docbook-generated documentation I've ever seen. Usually docbook/javadoc makes me want to stab my eyes out with a rusty grapefruit spoon.

more than 4 years ago
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Smokescreen, a JavaScript-Based Flash Player

B3ryllium Re:Impressive (356 comments)

More importantly, why are people overusing the word "cajoled"/"cajoling" lately?

I'm going to hop into my jalopy and head down to the pharmacy's soda shoppe so I can complain to the jerk.

more than 4 years ago
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iRobot Demonstrates New Weaponized Robot

B3ryllium Re:This will end well... (188 comments)

That story is why I always beta-test my robotic weapons platforms with NERF and paintball weaponry first, before moving up to the beryllium-core laser rocket bullets.

more than 4 years ago

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Possible Cyber Attack Against South Korean Banks and TV Stations

B3ryllium B3ryllium writes  |  about a year and a half ago

B3ryllium writes "At least four broadcasters and two banks in South Korea are reporting massive computer accessibility issues, saying that their networks are 'paralyzed' by what looks like a cyber attack. Additional reports from Twitter suggest that hundreds of computers in the country powered off simultaneously at 2:20am, and reported "Boot device not found" errors. South Korea's military has upgraded its "Information Operation Condition (INFOCOM)" level from Level 4 to Level 3 in response to this situation."
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XBox 360 power supply allegedly causes housefire

B3ryllium B3ryllium writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Beryllium writes "In Arkansas, an XBox 360's power supply (or power cord, the story is a bit ambiguous) apparently caused a fire with over $10,000 in damages. The fire chief says that it was probably due to the power supply unit being crammed into a space that had poor air circulation. The previously-documented heat issues with 360s led me to buy "Andy", an affordable IKEA wireframe stand for my gaming system — with drawers! Since I've also got the power supply inside one of the unit's drawers, it should have more than adequate airflow to dissipate heat. I wonder what other airflow-improving ideas Slashdotters have come up with for their consoles?"
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