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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

Barbarian Re:For kill switch ONLY if activated by owner (299 comments)

You know that's not why they are mandating it, right?

Never stopped them before.

about 5 months ago

Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

Barbarian Re:new dmca brickdown request... (299 comments)

Yes...this will be the best way to stop criminals...especially IP thieves and copyright violators. Just brick everyone in the bit torrent swarm by court order. The next step is to extend this to all computing devices...AMD and Intel and homeland security can come up with a bricking standard that runs in like ring negative three :)

Hey once the ability is there, why not?

about 5 months ago

Scott Adams's Plan For Building Giant Energy-Generating Pyramids

Barbarian Re:Qualifications: thinker and visionary (107 comments)

It was 10 years-from-now technology in 1995, and it's still 10-years-from-now tech. I imagine that in 1000 years it will still be just 10 years away.

Hint: Investors aren't going to go for an outlandish idea if it won't pay back in their lifetimes or a reasonable period.. So the maximum window stated is always 10 years,

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

Barbarian nail stuff down (408 comments)

You know how they sometimes say burglars took everything that wasn't nailed down? Well, nail stuff down. Make it harder for the thief. For example, use laptop security cables on computers and monitors. Most TVs can be mounted to their stand for child safety ( anti-tip), so screw them to the stand. Got a pricey DSLR? Keep it out of sight, maybe put it in a locked drawer. But don't only lock one drawer...

There are devices like make soup cans you hide jewelry in.. Don't use them. Every thief knows you don't keep your soup on the bedroom.

about 8 months ago

For US Customers, Text Access To 911 Slowly Rolls Out

Barbarian Re:Specific use cases (58 comments)

Maybe I've seen too many TV shows but if you have a pre-recorded text for 911, something like seven key strokes can send it silently whereas the standard voice call risks the attacker hearing you.

I wasn't impressed with the article. At a higher level there has to be some coding you can send that says "can't speak, puts my life in danger". I don'tr know what that would be, but it rises above the article's cheap promotion of voice calls.

Not only that, most phones emit a very load beep when making an emergency call.

about 9 months ago

IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

Barbarian IRS...late? (322 comments)

Microsoft should charge them triple, and propose confiscating all assets for such a mistake. After all, that's what the IRS would do.

about 10 months ago

Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Barbarian impartial accident assessment (325 comments)

I'm not too concerned about getting away with minor speeding. I'm more concerned about impartiality in accident reports, and excusing criminally negligent behavior. Is this happening? If so the solution, unfortunately, is 100% recording of traffic from the police vehicle point of view, and removal of all officer discretion.

about 10 months ago

Nest Halts Sales of Smart Fire Alarm After Discovering Dangerous Flaw

Barbarian tip of the iceberg (128 comments)

I'm sure we will see more problems with the internet of things. Just wait until lulz kids figure out how to make smart smoke alarms beep continuously., so people disable the power, or turn the heat up to 100 and then down to 10 ( Fahrenheit). There's not shortage of psychos who like to screw with people (see: webcam hacks and 'slaves'). So it's a matter of time.

Critical life safety devices like Smoke detectors should be a local loop only. You can interconnect, but don't connect to the internet or phones.
If you want a smart one, make it redundant and in addition to the local only alarms. Hook it up to something outside or your alarm company.This is to call the fire department when no one is home. I.e. this is for saving your property.
And control devices like your thermostat should have a local override switch that disables, in hardware, all smart features and turns it into a dumb device

about 10 months ago

MIT Researchers Create Platform To Build Secure Web Apps That Never Leak Data

Barbarian Re:I've implemented something similar (90 comments)

There's another side to this too. You won't see this scheme implemented because encrypted data can not be de-duplicated, and can not be compressed. Effectively your solution increases the cost of doing business, both in terms of bandwidth and in infrastructure.

Encrypted data can be compressed...just you have to compress before encrypting.

about 10 months ago

Oops: Security Holes In Belkin Home Automation Gear

Barbarian software faults, real world consquences (77 comments)

Any automated control should have a local override to disconnected it from the control loop. This is normal practice in process plants. That way when a hacker takes over your thermostat, you put it in override until the access problem is fixed.

Second, fires by software should not be possible. Protections should be baked into the hardware for home control things that can have e consequences to people.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Local Sync Options For Android Mobile To PC?

Barbarian Syncme Wireless (146 comments)

I have had good success with Syncme Wireless. Only works with smb shares, but does the job well.

about a year ago

Do Hypersonic Missiles Make Defense Systems Obsolete?

Barbarian Re:Procurement inertia (365 comments)

Carriers are not for fighting a major power, they are for keeping the provinces in line.

about a year ago

Finnish Hacker Isolates Helicopter GPS Coordinates From YouTube Video Sounds

Barbarian Impossible! (163 comments)

Impossible, audio systems and flight systems never interfere with each other. Any argument the other way is just from a bunch of technophobes. --- summarized from the cell phones on air planes threads.

about a year ago

Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

Barbarian Re:Obvious answer (293 comments)

Replying to undo accidental moderation.

1 year,3 days

CES: Laser Headlights Edge Closer To Real-World Highways

Barbarian Re:Black light? (295 comments)

As a potential solution to road blindness caused by oncoming (or tailgating) headlights, why not have the headlights emit mostly black light, and coat the road surface with a material which will cause it to fluoresce by the black light.

This way we might even be able to have the headlights on full beam instead of dipped (making the cats eyes like much clearer and nicer too).

Headlights would be a dim blue as a result.

Are you going to coat pedestrias, wildlife at the same time?

1 year,26 days

The Year's Dumbest Moments in Tech

Barbarian Re:Windows 8 (96 comments)

The other bad part with this crappy OS is losing your locense to the previous version when you do an upgrade.

about a year ago

Surviving the Internet On Low Speed DSL

Barbarian Citrix (277 comments)

Try having to run a program over Citrix on a laggy and slow connection.

about a year ago

MIT Develops "Kinect of the Future"

Barbarian military applications (76 comments)

I am sure if you can easily pinpoint humans through a wall with 10 cm accuracy, you will see this funded and developed by your favourite defense contractors. Sniper rifle with wallhack, anyone?

about a year ago

Same Programs + Different Computers = Different Weather Forecasts

Barbarian double versus long double (240 comments)

The x86 architecture, since the 8081, has double precision 64 bit floats, and a special 80 bit float--some compilers call this long double and use 128 bits to store this. How does this compare to other architectures?

about a year and a half ago


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