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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

Bugler412 It's not about open or closed source IMHO (580 comments)

I think that it's really not about open or closed source. It's about monoculture, the whole net is more resilient if we didn't do that. So many warned about that issue with the desktop/laptop running Windows, and that risk is there and real still, but while worrying about that we built it anyway in an a non-OS specific way on servers too

4 days ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

Bugler412 Dual Standards (322 comments)

I know that if I were to remove an antenna from a police cruiser that I would be in jail, quickly, likely bruised and beaten during the trip too. Why should it be different for the officers? Criminal vandalism charges, destruction of public property, obstruction, etc. etc. let the charges flow. Oh, wait, these are police, they're never (or at least very rarely) convicted of criminal charges for their actions, sorry for wasting your time....

about two weeks ago
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Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

Bugler412 Diesels are better? (405 comments)

Europe has far more diesels in passenger car use than is typical in the US, the particulate and Nitrogen Oxides are not nearly as much a problem for gasoline engines as diesel. While diesel gets (typically) better mileage, it comes with other costs.

about a month ago
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Open Source Brings High-End Canon Camera Dynamic Range Closer To Nikon's

Bugler412 Re:Simple Mode? (88 comments)

You know what would be nice? A good smarthphone remote interface for this, something simple, light, fast with low latency Wonder if it could be done with a EyeFi card? Hmm. Bigger screen would be nice. They have a USB PC interface, but it's cumbersome for field use. Beyond my coding skills for sure (sysadmin, not dev), anyone want to try that? I'm ducking as I say this, but I'm a Windows Phone type (Lumia 928, awesome camera that's not as ridiculous as the 1020)

about a month and a half ago
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Open Source Brings High-End Canon Camera Dynamic Range Closer To Nikon's

Bugler412 Simple Mode? (88 comments)

I really like the feature list it brings to the table and have thought about trying it out with my T4i for a while now. One question that isn't clear though, is there a "simple mode" for those times that I just want to pick the camera up and just go shooting or recording with basic automatic settings? I know there are times that I would like/need the features that Magic Lantern exposes, but I also know that I would miss shots or video moments if I had to configure 14 settings every time I wanted to shoot something. Can a current ML user educate me here?

about 2 months ago
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IE Vulnerability Exposing Banking Logins, Spreading Rapidly

Bugler412 Hmmm... (93 comments)

Given the anti-MS slant here, I think it's ironic that Slashdot is sometimes a more timely news source on exploits in MS software than of nearly any of the open source products Slashdot users are so fond of, hmmm....

about 2 months ago
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Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

Bugler412 Specificity... (491 comments)

I tend to believe that the problem is that using "STEM" as a definition is far too broad to have meaningful discussion. Many of the out of work STEM people are victims of changing technology or simply dumb luck in choosing a field that went dry when new tech appeared, studying the wrong tools or languages or techniques and not adapting to a market shift. The schools are partially to blame for sometimes teaching out of date material, also to blame would be the inevitable market overshoot of a "boom" field attracting more workers than it can absorb resulting in a glut of talent in that field for some period of time.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Lync Server Gathers Employee Data Just Like NSA

Bugler412 So? (207 comments)

This is different than any other chat/VOIP/Conferencing system in what way?

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Bugler412 Why? (2219 comments)

There's no ad impressions when we are sitting on a single page scrolling through the comments, that's why they don't appear to care about the comments, even though that is what drives traffic to the site. IT"S NOT ABOUT THE ARTICLES it's about the quality of the discussions and the mod system. Toss that and we could replace you with any of a thousand tech blog sites. STOP IT!

about 2 months ago
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Surveillance Watchdog Concludes Metadata Program Is Illegal, "Should End"

Bugler412 Re:Probably won't have much affect (138 comments)

Here's where we hit the next wall. Even if we completely purged every elected official from every level of government via the election process (damned near impossible since they have ballot access rigged in their favor too) then you hit the next level of the unelected all powerful bureaucracy that is the three letter agencies.

about 3 months ago
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Surveillance Watchdog Concludes Metadata Program Is Illegal, "Should End"

Bugler412 Re:And nothing will change ... (138 comments)

It's called "parallel construction", the three letter agency drops a clue to the more direct enforcement people about who to watch and where to look, then the direct enforcement types build a case that does not use the original evidence provided by the three letter agency. Denying you your due process rights since you cannot confront or dispute the original evidence that clued them in.

about 3 months ago
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Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

Bugler412 Re:The problem with Google Bus (692 comments)

So these busses pay no registration fees, licensing fees, fuel taxes, tolls, congestion charges or any of the myriad other government fees a large vehicle has to customarily pay? Load on the bus stops?! C'mon now. Extra people standing at a bus stop could hardly be considered "load" vs. the normal environmental, vandal, etc.wear and tear they are subjected to. This sounds an awful lot like a union city transit agency trying to stronger competition out of the market to me. Mug like what happens in every other union dominated city with a salary bloated, inefficient, hyper expensive city transit authority. In my own home city, nearly every large business, university, school district, retirement home, even community developers run their own bus system to key points of interest because the incumbent county transit authority system is too slow, too expensive, and has a route system that doesn't suit the needs. If a company finds it more efficient and cheaper to run their own transit system where one already exists, there is a REASON for that!

about 3 months ago
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Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

Bugler412 Re:Please stop the hyperbole! (684 comments)

Perhaps it is the correct meteorological term. But that's not how it's being used in the non-scientific media

about 3 months ago
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Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

Bugler412 Please stop the hyperbole! (684 comments)

This ridiculous storm naming habit needs to stop! It's winter, sometimes it's cold and snowy, sometimes it's REALLY cold and snowy. I guess the next storm will be called "Winter Storm Anus Ripper" eh?

about 3 months ago
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Coca-Cola Reserves a Massive Range of MAC Addresses

Bugler412 Re:Not cans (371 comments)

Yeah they made a bunch of dollar coins that were so similar in shape and size to the existing quarters that everyone hated them, difficult to identify by touch alone like in your pocket. The shape and size done largely at the behest of the vending machine business so they wouldn't have to re-engineer everything to accept a different sized coin. A dollar coin done right, not like this, would likely succeed. But they poisoned the water with their last two attempts in the pas thirty years at doing it.

about 4 months ago
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Red Light Camera Use Declined In 2013 For the First Time

Bugler412 Doesn't work always (348 comments)

There are traffic engineering standards that describe this in every state and the country itself. However, that doesn't prevent a person with revenue generation intent from tampering when they install or maintain the signal, even remotely I suppose these days. If the same team that operates the things is also in charge of auditing the settings for compliance with standards.....you see where this is leading

about 4 months ago
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EdX Drops Plans To Connect MOOC Students With Employers

Bugler412 Set a course for mediocrity captain! (59 comments)

No one already established will take a chance on a new method or paradigm. This is why all real changes happen in smaller, lighter, hungrier companies.

about 4 months ago
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Six Electric Cars Can Power an Office Building

Bugler412 Billing? (296 comments)

I presume that users will be reimbursed for power they "brought from home" if the net energy movement is to the building over the course of a day?

about 4 months ago
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US Navy Launches Drone From Submerged Submarine

Bugler412 Re:RF? (55 comments)

spread spectrum, burst, drone broadcasts only during large portions of the flight, directional antennas working via satellite link to the drone. All ways of avoiding that problem, there's likely more too depending on the specifics. There may be missions where this isn't a concern, depends on the sophistication of the adversary I suppose

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Application Security Non-existent, Boss Doesn't Care. What To Do?

Bugler412 Escape! (310 comments)

Document the problems, report them up your chain appropriately and thoroughly, backup that documentation to personal storage resources to CYA and get out of there before the inevitable implosion happens. The management shakeup that will occur during and after the implosion will sweep away people regardless of who was aware of it and reporting it properly. The CYA is in case there are legal repercussions which draw you in,

about 4 months ago

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