×

Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Georgia Institute of Technology Researchers Bridge the Airgap

BenJeremy 1989 Okinawa and Russian "Fishing" boats (86 comments)

Geez, 30 years ago we were given a demonstration of snooping on non-Tempest equipment, with a van parked outside of our offices, showing keystrokes and fuzzy images of our monitors.

When I went to work at the RASC at Camp Kinser, just north of Naha (The mainframes were all housed in a building on the south side of the base, closest to the piers), there was always one or two Soviet "Fishing" vessels docked, with all sorts of crazy antennas (directional ones pointed at Camp Kinser), satellite dishes and such.

This is really, really old news. I've heard of far more exotic wireless, remote listening stuff, from phreaking sources back in the day, but I'm not sure that stuff has even been declassified yet.

2 days ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

BenJeremy My introduction to procedural languages (488 comments)

Pascal was my first procedural language, after spending a year with BASIC on PET computers in the classroom (1982). We used TurboPascal on CP/M, and it allowed me to start writing serious software, as act as a gateway to C and later C++.

Today? I'd probably want to start a new student with C# or Java, but the concepts working with C and Pascal are more relevant to understanding the underlying mechanics of compiling code and coding "closer to the metal".

On the other hand, early BASIC was probably an easier transition to Assembler (who codes in that any more, though?).

about a week ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

BenJeremy Re:Not in my experience (467 comments)

Non-intrusive... and ineffective. I just cleaned up my brother-in-law's machine and that was what he was using.

My preferred approach is to use Avira Free (installed with ninite.com), MalwareBytes, HiJackThis, and the no-ads hosts file from mvps.

Secondary, install Google Chrome with adblock and a good no-script type program (though I personally just use Ghostery with AdBlock)

If treating for malware, bleepingcomputer is the site to go to. Run RKill, followed by ComboFix, ADWCleaner, and TDSSKiller.

This takes care of 99% of the issues, assuming you don't HAVE to continually visit some obscure Russian porn sites.

about a week ago
top

Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

BenJeremy Cardholder services (247 comments)

Argh. After they say they are calling in regards to my card ending in "...1234" I ask them to identify the bank, at which point they balk.

Likewise, when scammers call me up about my [insert model year] [insert make] [insert model] and how my warranty is up, I ask them to name my warranty company (I know the exact terms and the company, having dealt with them a few times already), to which they have no answer. The last one got angry and hung up after I lectured her on scamming people.

As far as I'm concerned, I fully support the use of our Predator Drone program to identify, locate, and destroy these call centers (who are most certainly not calling from anywhere in the US, let alone near the area code spoofed on my caller id)

about two weeks ago
top

NSA Official: Supporting Backdoored Random Number Generator Was "Regrettable"

BenJeremy Re:Wait, which part is he sorry about now? (106 comments)

The later, obviously. And "I can think of no better way to describe our failure to drop support for the Dual_EC_DRBG algorithm as anything other than regrettable" What about "criminal"?

I think the proper word is "Treasonous"

In the DoD, the NSA-backed algorithms have been used without question, and in creating a backdoor'd generator, they've compromised our national security.

about two weeks ago
top

Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

BenJeremy Interesting (164 comments)

I'm glad her tumor was not inside her eye.... I've lost most of the vision in my right eye after radiation treatment for a tumor inside the eye. My Ocular Oncologist did extensive drawings of my retina and the tumor. I'm not sure MRI technology could have mapped it out well enough to make a reliable model. I also had to deal with the fun of having an ultrasound probe run over the surface of my eye to get a better idea of the size of the tumor. That was 4 years ago, and luckily, the ocular melanoma had not metastasized.

It's amazing how fine, delicate, almost microscopic work can be done these days.

about two weeks ago
top

NetHack Development Team Polls Community For Advice On Unicode

BenJeremy Postedas are tasty (165 comments)

I like the new Doritos ones Taco Bell just started offering.

about three weeks ago
top

AMD, Nvidia Reportedly Tripped Up On Process Shrinks

BenJeremy Shrinking your competitor's capacity (230 comments)

It's the same reason we import oil in the US - use up the capacity elsewhere and horde your own.

about three weeks ago
top

Chaos Computer Club Claims It Can Reproduce Fingerprints From People's Photos

BenJeremy Re:This is why "biometric" authentication is usele (80 comments)

Well, actually they can change.... I'm pretty sure my right retina is considerably different today than it was before 2010, when I had radiation and laser treatment for a tumor. Likewise, people can burn their fingers, altering the fingerprints with scar tissue.

Certs are certainly the way to go. What is needed is a way to be able to carry them on you at all times (implant perhaps?), while being able to update it and offer up public information on demand. The downside of this is a loss of anonymity. We already have paranoid people who rant about RFID tracking using our money.

about a month ago
top

North Korean Internet Is Down

BenJeremy Friendship by Ray Charles (360 comments)

By sheer coincidence, Best Korea's IT chief just got a shiny CD in the post of Ray Charles' Friendship album and played it just prior to the internet going down.

about a month ago
top

Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

BenJeremy Which is it? Who blocked it? (275 comments)

FTFA: 21st Century Fox had blocked access to the two networks ... Dish prematurely ceased distribution of Fox News

So each one is blaming the other...

about a month ago
top

Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

BenJeremy Re:Meaningless? (173 comments)

I don't know... I find it odd that the WD drives, at the 5400rpm speed, were able to write data faster than the 7200rpm Seagate drives. That seems counter-intuitive.

It's also nice to see all of the drives go through that sort of "punishment" without a single failure - out of the box. NewEgg reviews aren't terribly helpful, since most only leave reviews when they have issues, and only a few customers ever bother to leave good reviews unless they are overwhelmed by the quality of a product.

about a month and a half ago
top

Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

BenJeremy Re:Interesting, but ... (150 comments)

As the other person said, I'm not against cultures, just that it's a bad reason to isolate segments of humanity into ghettos of language.

Plenty of people commemorate their cultural heritage without demanding exclusive use of the language. They are separate things, but too easily confused by more short-sighted, prideful people (the Quebecois and French are a good example of this). I suspect this is more rooted in our hard-wired tendency toward xenophobia (i.e. fear of things 'unfamiliar').

As I also stated, they could choose Esperanto or Spanish... just pick something and stick with that as a language. It is rather ridiculous that software can get hung up on localization... it's a huge waste of resources, both in development, as well as in the bandwidth/storage used.

A great example are some of the latest games that came out, like Watch_Dogs, that ran 50GB just to localize all of the audio in the game for hundreds of languages. It's nice if you are Khazak, but the effort and resources are disproportional to whatever has been gained.

Lastly, I'll also add that 'Murica has had no problem exporting its culture through movies and games, even when they are dubbed in other languages. Clearly that has little to nothing to do with the heart of a culture.

about a month and a half ago
top

Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

BenJeremy Re:Interesting, but ... (150 comments)

If the article about communicating with animals at a conversational level is published, the information will be translated into English.

Seriously, though, why do we still speak hundreds of languages? - I know... because culture! Culture is a lousy, empty, truly vapid reason. A large percentage of the human race's information is in English, a flawed, but serviceable (and malleable) trade language that served the British well for several centuries. As the study pointed out, English is, far and above all others, a global language.

It's a shame that it will likely be centuries before mankind figures out how to be more informationally efficient and come up with some sort of "basic" language. I'd even go along with Esperanto if the powers that be would just pick something and move the human race to it.

about a month and a half ago
top

LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

BenJeremy Where's my iPhone with UltraRetina? (179 comments)

Come on, Apple, when are we going to see our 5" 8K displays? Imagine how clear that will be!!

about a month and a half ago
top

NASA Gets 2% Boost To Science Budget

BenJeremy How much is that in F-35s? (121 comments)

For all budget discussions, any program, should always couch the monetary amounts in terms of how many F-35s it equates to.

about 2 months ago
top

AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

BenJeremy Was his name Dr. Sbaitso? (417 comments)

This guy has been around for a while, I used to talk to him way back in the day, seemed pretty smart.

about 2 months ago
top

The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

BenJeremy Re:PS4 keys? (528 comments)

To clarify.... I know this is Sony Pictures, but if the hack was this invasive into Sony's IT infrastructure, it's very possible they penetrated the entire Sony network.

All we are seeing at the moment is from Sony Pictures, but we may see a lot more in the next few weeks.

about 2 months ago
top

The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

BenJeremy PS4 keys? (528 comments)

How long before we see Sony's flagship console jailbroken like the PS3?

For that matter... we'll probably see the PS3's keys brought up to the current version, as well.

about 2 months ago

Submissions

top

Adobe trolls slick dealers

BenJeremy BenJeremy writes  |  about 2 years ago

BenJeremy (181303) writes "This morning, lots of bargain hunters awoke to great news: Adobe was offering their Creative Suite 2 for free, just for registering an Adobe account! Download links and serial numbers on Adobe's web site seemed to confirm the news, as "hot deal" sites and even Forbes published the news. The plug was pulled a few hours later as horrified Adobe employees discovered they had inadvertently exposed a web page intended to help Adobe customers (who were already licensed) deal with activation servers that Adobe shut down on December 15.

One would hope Adobe would simply say "we meant to do that, here you go, have fun with the old version of Creative Suite and consider purchasing a newer version" but it doesn't look like they will do that."

Link to Original Source

Journals

BenJeremy has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?