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Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'

BronsCon Re:No big red button? (193 comments)

Do you know at all how VVT works? There are 2 distinct types of VVT systems I have encountered and both use cam rods. One has different sets of lobes (the most I've seen is 3) for discreet, still hardware-limited, valve timing, while the other uses an adjustable gear at the end of the camshaft, allowing maybe 15-20 degrees of adjustment in total; still hardware-limited. The VVT systems I've seen have all been configured such that the earliest and latest physically possible timings were still well within safe operating parameters.

Did you think the valves were individually operated by servos? Pull your valve cover and take a look sometime; it's at most a dozen bolts, most likely all 10mm.

yesterday
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

BronsCon Re:Blameless employees? (329 comments)

Right, because admins don't have access to log files. If the admin is competent, the audit will only show their current access and any past access they want you to see.

2 days ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

BronsCon Re:You can for the most part. (329 comments)

they are if you encrypt them with pre-shared (in person) keys

2 days ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

BronsCon Re:Blameless employees? (329 comments)

Grant, view, revoke. On demand.

2 days ago
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Researchers Discover SS7 Flaw, Allowing Total Access To Any Cell Phone, Anywhere

BronsCon Re:How naive... (88 comments)

And that's why we have the term "design flaw" rather than "design bug".

2 days ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

BronsCon Re:My what impressive sources you have! (387 comments)

Sometimes the only way to deal with someone else's unethical or immoral behavior is to engage in unethical or immoral practices yourself. Of course, there is debate over whether it's actually unethical or immoral if it's your action of last resort.

4 days ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

BronsCon Re:Can you say... (266 comments)

You appear to have lubricated that inclined surface more than adequately.

about a week ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

BronsCon Re:WTF is going on in USA (379 comments)

I think he was trying to say "Oh Shit!"

about two weeks ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

BronsCon Re:PRIVATE encryption of everything just became... (379 comments)

Simple workaround to the 5 year limitation, then: encrypt at the tap, transfer to the storage network, decrypt for storage. Boom, it's been encrypted and they can keep it forever. Fuck.

about two weeks ago
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UK MP Says ISPs Must Take Responsibility For Movie Leaks, Sony Eyes North Korea

BronsCon Re:I wonder who bought him (216 comments)

I was making a point to the poster I was replying to, and no, the connections shouldn't be shut down by the ISP for any reason other than nonpayment, customer request, or a court order; but I wasn't about to start two separate arguments with that poster.

about two weeks ago
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UK MP Says ISPs Must Take Responsibility For Movie Leaks, Sony Eyes North Korea

BronsCon Re:I wonder who bought him (216 comments)

Partly because the moment the endpoints begin using encryption, the ISP has no clue what the data is. Fix that without breaking peoples' privacy and you'll have an argument.

about two weeks ago
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UK MP Says ISPs Must Take Responsibility For Movie Leaks, Sony Eyes North Korea

BronsCon Re:I wonder who bought him (216 comments)

There is a huge difference between knowing that your product or service is being used or will be used, by someone at some point, to facilitate criminal activity, and knowing who is using it for criminal activity and how. If they know who and how, then yes, they should either shut it down or face liability; however, your implication that they should face liability just because they know it's probably happening, with no specifics, also implies that, maybe, they should just shut down altogether to avoid liability.

Think about the words you are about to say before you say them.

about two weeks ago
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Openwashing: Users and Adopters Beware

BronsCon Re: The End-Users most of the time don't really ca (96 comments)

The post I was responding to claimed that this was easier to do in Windows than Linux, a claim which I countered. Are you, now, claiming that you don't need the same physical security on a Windows machine, or are you just being a pedantic dick?

about three weeks ago
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Openwashing: Users and Adopters Beware

BronsCon Re:The End-Users most of the time don't really car (96 comments)

With Linux, this is a lot more difficult and requires more third party add-ons.

Only allow root to mount disks. Your users shouldn't have access to sudo, su, or the root login, anyway. Pretty simple, really; locate the mount binary for your system (/bin/mount is a good bet; if your mount binary resides elsewhere, you'll have to modify the commands below to reflect that), then do the following:

chown root:root /bin/mount
chmod 0750 /bin/mount

Done. Now, only root can even execute the mount binary, so only root can mount disks, and that will include flash drives.

It does get a little more complicated if you need to be able to mount network shares, but you should be able to add those to /etc/fstab and auto-mount them on boot.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

BronsCon Re:Cult (488 comments)

Considering that the negative response came mostly from the *user* community, I'd say it was appropriate. Users know what they want and "change for change's sake" is not on that list. There's nothing inherently better about Gnome 3 over Gnome 2, Unity is a piece of crap, the the most usable of the "user friendly" desktops, and systemd had the potential to be great, but rather than just try to replace sysvinit and maybe add additional functionality once that had been done properly, it came out of the gate with a load of half-baked functionality, including its core functionality as a sysvinit replacement. As a result, setting up LDAP on Debian or Ubuntu has become a pain in the ass, and setting it up *properly* has become impossible.

There was a time when there were KDE zealots who could still use Gnome when necessary, Gnome zealots who could still use KDE when necessary, and people like me who liked both. I know I left out a few dozen other WMs; if I left out your favorite, oh well, use what you like, I'm not judging; I'm only covering the big ones here, though. Honestly, I blame KDE for starting us down the road to our current desktop mess, they really fucked the market with KDE4. But I can't foist all the blame upon them; they didn't force Gnome to follow suit some years later, and Unity is Ubuntu's answer to the Gnome/KDE shitstorm, it just isn't the right answer. It's what I use because it's, sadly, the best of the lot, unless I want to put in the time to get everything working with KDE3, but honestly, I'd rather just use my damn desktop at this point.

New ideas are plenty welcomed. However, contrary to popular belief, the Open Source community isn't chock full of whores who love having things shoved down their throats. If your solution works better than what we currently have, we'll embrace it; if it's crap, don't expect us to respond positively when our working solution is ripped out to make way for the new shitpile. Like systemd.

about three weeks ago
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Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

BronsCon Re:Arrogance will just make it illegal again (342 comments)

Well, considering that I was amazed that my driving didn't appear to be affected in the video, when I felt, while I was actually driving, that it was... it's amazing how easy it is to twist someone's words by quoting a phrase out of the context of its sentence, though, isn't it? Asshole.

about three weeks ago
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10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial

BronsCon Re:Sweeeet (246 comments)

<sarc>Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't know that applied to account credits awarded in a class action settlement or judgment, which is what we're talking about here. My bad.</sarc>

about three weeks ago
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10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial

BronsCon Re:Sweeeet (246 comments)

You're almost right. We're talking about the cost of a single transaction, here, not the cost of running the entire business. While it is true that transaction volume impacts staffing, server, and bandwidth requirements, a single transaction does not have a measurable impact on these; further, transaction volume has no meaningful impact on developer workload (and, therefore, no impact on developer staffing). When you divide the tens of thousands of dollars Apple spends on all of that, with regard to iTunes and iTunes only, each month (let's use a high number, hell let's call it $100k), it only takes 10 million individual transactions to drop the cost of a single transaction to a penny. In the US alone, the top 10 songs have resulted in over 200,000 sales in the past 24 hours, so I'd say it's a safe bet the entire iTunes catalog sees more than 1 million transactions per day, again, just in the US, putting the cost per transaction somewhere around 1/3 of a penny, averaged over a month, only taking the US into consideration. When you factor in the global market, the cost per transaction drops so low it's not even worth considering.

So, for the sake of not having to deal with rounding error while considering thousandths of cents, their cost is, for all intents and purposes, 70 cents per dollar.

about three weeks ago
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10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial

BronsCon Re:Sweeeet (246 comments)

They take 30%, actually, so if we're talking $1, their cost is 70 cents.

about three weeks ago

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Should John Seek Overtime Pay or Insist on Maintaining His Current Arrangement?

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  1 year,22 days

BronsCon (927697) writes "A friend of mine recently came to me for advice regarding how to handle a situation with his employer. I advised him to contact an attorney, because any advice I could provide would likely be poor. But, his situation has made me curious; so I'd like to describe it here and pose the same question to the Slashdot community.

My friend, we'll call him John, has been working for a California-based company for several years in a position covered by IWC Article 4 (PDF warning, sorry) under the assumption that he was exempt from sections 3-12 (which includes the section relating to overtime pay); he recently decided to read over the law, as well as the exemption that could possibly apply to him, the Professional Exemption and the Employee in the Computer Software Field exemption, and discovered that given the current terms of his employment, he is in fact not exempt from any provision of Article 4. He also believes that his employer sincerely mistook his position as exempt and does not wish to punish them for what he believes to be an honest mistake.

For the duration of his employ, John has more or less been allowed to come and go as he pleases and has received frequent commendation for the level of work he puts out, so it would appear that his loose schedule has been beneficial for all involved, up to now. What prompted him to review the IWC documents was a sudden insistence from his boss that he was not working reasonable hours because "every other salaried position requires 50-60hr workweeks".

Here's the rub; he does not want to pursue the unpaid overtime, because this would bankrupt the company and put him out of a job, and he is worried that suing his employer may well make him unemployable. He simply either wants things to continue on as they have been, foregoing overtime pay in exchange for a high degree of freedom in his working schedule (which typically equates to coming in between 8:00 and 8:20 rather than at 8:00 sharp, taking 20-30min breaks rather than 10min, taking an occasional long lunch, and typically staying 30-90min later than most of his coworkers to make up for all of it, as well as working weekends to get things done that didn't get done during the week), or adjusting the working relationship into full compliance with IWC Article 4.

John's development work is largely done solo, he is always present for meetings, which are not held regularly, and his work is frequently completed ahead of schedule and under budget. There are no team members twiddling their thumbs while John is out getting coffee or walking off a heavy lunch before returning to the office.

I'm curious to see how Slashdot's advice will align with John's lawyer's advice, as well as what John will actually do in his situation. So, Slashdot, what would you do?"
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55.000+ Twitter usernames and passwords leaked

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BronsCon writes "Today anonymous hackers leaked more than 55.000 hacked twitter accounts username and password through Pastebin. It was very shocking to see such a massive number of Twitter accounts are hacked. Also celebrity accounts are hacked. Links to all 5 pastebin pages of credentials are included in the article, so you can search for yours."
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Steve Jobs Dead at 55

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

BronsCon writes "Jobs, 55, has been instrumental in turning Apple into the dominant producer of portable music players, a leader in the smart phone business and, with the iPad, the inventor of a new category of modern tablet computers. Today, Apple announced that he has passed away, shortly after resigning as CEO of the company and the day following the announcment of the iPhone 4s"
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One Free Website For Every City

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BronsCon writes "San Francisco Bay Area based web design/development firm Gutensite is giving away one Free Pro website to one person or organization in every city, world-wide. By creating a regular Free Lite site with the promo code "MYCITY" you will be eligible to win the prize, a free upgrade to the Webmaster package for one year, a $420 value.

The first sites have a higher chance of winning (see rules for details). But even if you don't win the Grand Prize, everyone will still get to keep their free site, or get 25% off the first full 3 months if they eventually decide to upgrade to a Pro site."

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BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

BronsCon writes "Who/What is your favorite...


US President
Game Console
CPU
OS
Joke
Slashdot Editor


If you don't get the gag, please don't vote. Thank you."

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Talk about it

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Recently, I was flamed for making a "joke" of HIV (see below).

Said by an AC: I recommend a guerrilla trademark war: we simply need to decide what STD now gets the street name of "scrabble".

Said by me: HIV. It's about as active as scrabble and gets just about as much attention from the general populace. A ton of people have it but nobody really talks about it anymore.

Said by another AC: Why don't you grow a FUCKING brain cell. You are a fucking moron for taking something as serious as HIV and turning into the latest joke on slashdot. There are people who are FUCKING DYING because of HIV and I'm sure that none of them find you funny. I'm also sure you would stop laughing if you had an HIV test come back positive.

Said by me: Should I fax it to you, or is a simple scan and email enough?
I was actually going for insightful, rather than funny. A ton of people have HIV but nobody really talks about it. Just like Scrabble.
P.S. -- Who's the moron now?

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In all fairness, he's right, I don't have HIV. Dumb luck on his part.

Lord knows I've had some close calls; an ex fiancé who contracted it from a guy she cheated on me with and a girl I dated for a while who called me a few months after we broke up, insisting that I get tested. Dumb luck on my part.

Assigning the nickname 'Scrabble' to HIV might be the best thing to happen to it. If it gets people talking about it, if it raises awareness, beyond using it as an insult, it's a good thing.

If it raises awareness among corporations that, when they take something dear to us, we will take something dear to them in exchange ("Let's hang out with Kevin, he has Scrabble!" becomes "Don't sleep with Kevin, he has Scrabble!"), it is a good thing. But only if it's true.

I have a "FUCKING brain cell". In fact, I have many of them. Enough to realize that anything that gets people talking about an important issue is a good thing. Enough to realize that only a complete moron would flame someone for pointing out a problem such as people not talking about such an issue.

I stand proudly by the positions I take. I feel that, if something is not worth saying, it's not worth taking the time to say; if it is worth saying, it's worth taking credit for having said it.

Let it be known that I truly feel compassion for anyone who has Scrabble; the board game, or the illness.

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Our problem.

BronsCon BronsCon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I recently posted this in a discussion here on /. and decided it beneficial to all that I make it more accessible by placing it here, in my journal, as well.

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Here's the (general US population's) problem, as I see it.

Copyright was created to ensure that artists (I do consider coding to be an art-form) had an opportunity to earn income from their work before it could be freely copied or any derivatives could be made of it.

This led to fewer creative works being created in a given time frame than before, as most works are derivative of existing works. The best stories are those which expand on what we already know, right?

The government and pseudo-fascist corporations have begun to realize three things. First, that we, view copyright, in its current state, as a problem. Second, that they make a ton of money by exploiting the current state of the copyright system. Third, that by allowing us access to any creative means, they are allowing us the resources to overcome the current copyright system.

Thus, the ever-increasing system of restricting creativity, until it is illegal to express any thought contrary to their view of being paid for every peak and valley of every sound and light wave that we receive, which could have possibly originated from one of their exploited works.

Look through my post history. I don't typically post this kind of conspiracy-theorist drivel. I feel strongly enough about this issue in particular, however, that I will not sit idly and watch what little remaining freedom we have in this once great country be stolen from us, just as our once great wealth has been.

Now is the time to act. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Not next month. Not when Bush is replaced by the next pseudo-democratic-republican leader and you realize they're lying, too.

Now.

Before we lose the ability to create.

The terrorists don't have to fight anymore. We're doing it to ourselves.

We vote our freedom away by electing officials who have a proven track record of deception. We spend our freedom away by buying from companies who restrict how we can use our (or their, depending who you ask) products. We give our freedom away by continuing to do business with corporations who ship jobs and, with those jobs, our economic strength, to other countries, while many on our own soil can not find employment.

We routinely sell our freedom to the highest bidder and can do nothing but cry in disappointment when they never pay out.

Right now. This is the only time we have. Act.

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