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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

BACbKA Re:Actual Israeli - Iron Dome Works (454 comments)

Yep. I guess when I look outside following the secondary explosion sound and see the contrails coming from Gaza terminating with a nice cloud where it exploded it is actually a hologram supplemented with hi-fi sound special effects produced by our physicist friends from MIT. It's really safer now than in 2012 (less Iron Dome protection) or 2006 which was even worse, despite the Gaza arsenal having increased. My heart goes out to the innocent victims on both sides. OMG, another siren going off right now...

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Application Security Non-existent, Boss Doesn't Care. What To Do?

BACbKA Re:Bring boss facts and a tech recommendation, don (310 comments)

answer "that's a business decision that's up to you, but FROM A SECURITY PERSPECTIVE ..."

I don't know what the OP's particular situation is wrt business perspective --- could it be that the bosses actually are looking at a tradeoff "ship now with internally known security problems, or try to fix them and not ship at all, and fail as a business"? If this is the case, one should probably think how to gradually integrate better security in long-term. Certainly, if there is a criminal negligence going on, then the "ship with known problems" is not an option! It is very easy to over-hype security, but remember that, in the end, it's all down to business bottom line. If you have a supermarket chain with some casual shoplifting happening, sometimes you want to invest $$$ not into more security guards and anti-theft tech that frustrates the customers, but into everything else --- maybe opening a couple of more locations --- and in the end turning more profit from the same investment.

about 10 months ago
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TSA Screening Barely Working Better Than Chance

BACbKA Wrong department name on slashdot (337 comments)

Should have been from the security-theater-tickets-proven-expensive dept.

about a year ago
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US Gov't Circulates Watch List of Buyers of Polygraph Training Materials

BACbKA Re:great way to calibrate a polygraph (303 comments)

*snort* Reminds me of a 1960s J.Gordon sci-fi novel "Honesty is the best policy".

about a year ago
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US Gov't Circulates Watch List of Buyers of Polygraph Training Materials

BACbKA great way to calibrate a polygraph (303 comments)

So the first question should nowadays be:

Have you ever successfully completed a polygraph cheating course? If yes, we won't hire you anyway.

about a year ago
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Chrome's Insane Password Security Strategy

BACbKA how is this different from, say, kdewallet? (482 comments)

How is this "you can get a cleartext password in a couple of clicks" is different from, say, kdewallet? With physical access to unlocked wallet you can also ask it to display the cleartext password. This actually helped me once when I forgot my sf password having relied on kdewallet for a while and then I had to retype it on another box.

about a year ago
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NSA Director Defends Surveillance To Unsympathetic Black Hat Crowd

BACbKA Re:Privacy concerns now outweigh terrorism in poll (358 comments)

Unfortunately, not using gmail doesn't mean gmail won't spy on you -- thanks to your helpful correspondents who use gmail themselves, or send a CC to a gmail address. Same with the social networks -- even if you vehemently ignore all the invites, all those helpful enthusiasts that use the networks' spam-invite feature also betray your social graph to whoever mines it.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will the NSA Controversy Drive People To Use Privacy Software?

BACbKA a quote from Ross Andersen (393 comments)

Yep. And, regarding your "even if they do not decrypt it", I can't help quoting one of my favourite books on security: "The main problem facing the worldâ(TM)s signals intelligence agencies is traffic selection â" how to filter out interesting nuggets from the mass of international phone, fax, email and other traffic. A terrorist who helpfully encrypts his important traffic does this part of the policeâ(TM)s job for them. If the encryption algorithm used is breakable, or if the end systems can be hacked, then the net result is worse than if the traffic had been sent in clear." (See http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/Papers/SEv2-c09.pdf p31)

about a year ago
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Artist Turns Volcano Into Naked-Eye Observatory

BACbKA thanks for posting this one (55 comments)

Thanks a lot for this article, one of the best I've seen on /. recently.

about a year ago
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Web of Tax Shelters Saved Apple Billions, Inquiry Finds

BACbKA hear, hear! (716 comments)

And if it didn't exercise maximum diligence in minimizing the taxes, the shareholders would get back at the financial officers responsible and find them liable in breach of the shareholders' trust. Regardless of whether the current system is broken or not, sounds like the big corporations are doing the one and only thing available to them.

about a year ago
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Google Gets Consumer Service Ultimatum From German Consumer Groups

BACbKA Re:Customer are people who pay money. (351 comments)

Even worse, you also pay with personal information of those you communicate with, and they have no say in it.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Breathes New Life Into EU's Cookie Law

BACbKA slashdot cookie GOOD... google cookie BAAD... (48 comments)

Those folks slamming personalised web services for the potentially intrusive BI, are you comfortable with the slashdot cookies? :-) I've been using /. in AC mode mostly, for the last several years, because of the privacy concerns. "Anonymous coward" and proud of it...

about a year and a half ago
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Extended TeX: Past, Present, and Future

BACbKA Re:they messed up the ligatures (300 comments)

Yep. Obviously, a bug in whatever TeX->HTML chain they used. Unfortunately, there is a long-standing problem with TeX that there is no 100% compatibile PS/PDF/HTML back-end suite on any distro that works flawlessly with a real-life mix of complex figures, bibliographies, LTR/RTL layouts, with hyperref and other complex packages thrown in... so one needs either to tweak what's enabled for each backend, or dumb down the document that works on one but not the other.

about a year and a half ago
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Which eBook Reader is the Best?

BACbKA Re:Iliad Reader (469 comments)

If you can afford it, go for Iliad. Unlike Sony, it has very cool ergonomics, and feels much more like a book, especially because of its larger screen.

more than 5 years ago

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(rej:articles) Walla beats Google to the 1GB e-mail market

BACbKA BACbKA writes  |  more than 9 years ago Arutz Sheva has the news about an Israeli portal and e-commerce company Walla to become the first to publicly offer 1GB e-mail service for free. While the Google's G-mail has been in beta-testing for quite a while, it is still unavailable to general public, unless you get an invitation. Walla's service is paid by the ads for the free users, subscribers (just like on slashdot) can opt to get rid of the ads by paying a small fee.

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(rej:articles) SpamBouncer update released

BACbKA BACbKA writes  |  more than 12 years ago SpamBouncer update is out, albeit half a year late (it was intended to be monthly, and the last release was in mid-October). The tool is really great (thanks to a /. comment by misleb for pointing me to it). The updates list subscription was broken for quite a while, so a /. announcement would be helpful. Great tool, thanks Catherine A. Hampton for making it work!

Highlights: 0) don't forget that the distro .tar doesn't create a subdir 1) the new script is called sb.rc - mind that if you used the sb-new.rc in your .procmailrc! 2) there are additional blacklist checks provided, some of which do amazingly well on my incoming mail - most notably, SPAMCOPCHECK and SPEWSCHECK.

Update (1/Jul/2002): I have since decided to faithfully post on the SpamBouncer freshmeat page about all the updates I learn of from the upstream page, to compensate for the broken updates list. There have been 2 more updates since the one originally mentioned here, and all the three were published on freshmeat. Subscribe to the project's update notification mechanism on freshmeat, and you'll learn about the updates as soon as I do (typically some 3 days later down from their release date).

Update (4/Jul/2004): due to personal reasons, last half a year I couldn't make up with the SB updates tracking. Hopefully, today it's back to normal.

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(rej:articles) BitStream suggests open PFR tech to Mozilla

BACbKA BACbKA writes  |  more than 12 years ago You just have to ask nicely to make a commercial product vendor agree to put it out as open source! In this article, Vassilii Khachaturov provides his experience with embedding fonts into an HTML page. BitStream TrueDoc PFR technology (a.k.a. dynamic fonts) turned out not to work on Linux and other Unix variants within Netscape - the only browser which includes support for dynamic fonts on these systems. After BitStream was urged to go open source with the technology for the benefit of the Mozilla project, BitStream reaction was readiness to do so. Call for action to Mozilla developers.

Update 12/03 18:00 GMT: Published on NewsForge

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