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A Mixed Review For CBS's "All Access" Online Video Streaming

Corporate Gadfly OTA FTW (85 comments)

OTA plus HTPC-based DVR plus comskip = F U CBS

about 2 months ago

Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

Corporate Gadfly Re:Test string here: (399 comments)

Just installed homebrew's bash, and it's still showing as vulnerable:

$ /usr/local/bin/bash
$ env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test"
this is a test

What am I doing wrong?

Perhaps /bin is before /usr/local/bin in your PATH.

about 4 months ago

Popular Wi-Fi Thermostat Full of Security Holes

Corporate Gadfly Re:Will this internet of things die already? (103 comments)

I'd mostly be interested in using a smart thermostat for logging.
If I can detect HVAC performance problems just once before they lead to a dead system on a deadly hot summer day and an emergency call to a repair guy then it would easily have paid for itself in comfort.

Exactly this.

I have a Wifi connected thermostat and it has already proved more than useful.

I live in Canada. Went on 2-week vacation to Florida in the middle of winter. Did not check email the first day.

Next day, checked email. Furnace had been sending an email saying "high pressure switch stuck closed" for the last 7 hours. The barrage of emails started at 4:43 am. I had left the key with the neighbours and they were kind enough to let the service person inside the house. The service guy fixed the furnace (under warranty) by replacing the malfunctioning part.

TL;DR: wifi connected thermostat ended up possibly saving the house from frozen, burst pipes.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: State of the Art In DIY Security Systems?

Corporate Gadfly EnvisaLink from EyezOn (248 comments)

Try an EnvisaLink 3 from EyezOn and hook it up to a compatible DSC or Honeywell (Ademco/Vista) system.

Self-monitoring (via email/SMS) is free (aside from the upfront cost of EnvisLink and alarm system hardware). Central monitoring is available as well.

Disclaimer: I have an EnvisaLink 3 hooked up to a Vista 20p (ADT Safewatch Pro) system monitored by a ULC alarm facility. ADT kept hiking up rates and wanted $30 per month after the initial system was "sold free". Ashamed to say that I paid a monthly fee for almost 5 years before switching to the EnvisaLink setup. You need to know (to a certain degree) how to program your alarm panel.

1 year,26 days

Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

Corporate Gadfly Focus follows mouse, for fucks sake (965 comments)

One of my biggest pet peeves with Mac OS X is it's non-conformance to Focus Follows Mouse. Why can't Apple fix that for fucks sake?

Because Apple shows you the only way (or the highway).

For novice users, I think it is a pretty good O/S. For semi-advanced users, there are traps in the making. For power users, aside from the FFM issue, in my experience, I have been happy with it (after doing some tweaks like macports and some UI customizations). http://www.macosxtips.co.uk/geeklets/collections/dark-is-beautiful-1/

about 2 years ago

Stolen Maple Syrup Found and Returned To Strategic Reserve

Corporate Gadfly Breaking Bad (255 comments)

Reminds me of an episode of breaking bad (about a heist to pilfer some precious liquids).

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Cell Phone Carrier In the US?

Corporate Gadfly Re:Verizon (375 comments)

I'm on the same $30 plan as well (with the same Google Voice setup) but I'm afraid to inform you that Google Voice is not VoIP - your cell minutes are still being used. When someone calls your Google Voice number, Google simply routes the call to your Tmobile number. Same for outgoing calls - the Google Voice app transparently has your Google Voice number call the intended recipient and then calls you to create a conference call. Check your minute statements. Also, if you have auto pay set up, they'll auto deduct $30 when you hit 0 minutes instead of waiting for the 30 days to be up.

As for the hassle... I'm not sure what issue you ran into. You just have to click next a few times.

You can use Talkatone for making calls via Google Voice using XMPP. I don't have a data plan at all and am almost always near a known WiFi access point. So, I keep that app on all the time and can receive incoming as well as outgoing calls over my GV phone number.

more than 2 years ago

Aviation Security Debate: Bruce Schneier V. Kip Hawley (Former TSA Boss)

Corporate Gadfly Re:The USA is on my no-fly list (291 comments)

Also swiss here, I spend roughly $5-10K a year on holidays. I like the USA but, unfortunately, it is also on my no fly list for some years.

As an interesting fact, domestic flights in the US have been increasing up until 2006-2007, since then they are decreasing (per person and per number of flights).



Canada welcomes your Swiss Francs :-)

more than 2 years ago

Anatomy of a Privacy Nightmare

Corporate Gadfly Re:A tricky problem (275 comments)

It may be "findable with search" on his site, but I sure as heck haven't been able to find it. Perhaps it's now only searchable by his name (which I don't know), or by something related to the scam. The closest I could find was his blog post on trytobreak.com's scam, which didn't seem to mention any names. So, it seems like it's effectively hidden unless someone is searching specifically for that name, and in that case they'd have to know to search his site for the person's name. It seems pretty effectively hidden.

Interesting point, though, on the slight inconsistency between trusting that someone's moving on from their "idiot stage" and trying to turn their life around enough to make it un-searchable, but not enough to take it down completely.

The comments on the blog post is where his name is revealed.

more than 3 years ago

Scientist Records First 5 Years of His Son's Life, Analyzes Language Development

Corporate Gadfly wait till he has a daughter and then compare (160 comments)

I did not RTFA, in pure /. fashion, but I'm wondering what would have happened if the author of the study had a girl. Every child develops their language skills on their own individual schedule, however, in my relatively small experience, girls tend to talk quicker than boys. My 18-month boy is struggling to say mama, dada, and banana, while my daughter at that age was stringing together a few words together. My wife's freaking out and is considering speech therapy if he doesn't talk by 2 years of age. My son seems to comprehend fine. He knows when I tell him to go take a bath or when to go sit in a timeout (a little early to start with timeout, isn't it? but at this point it's to get him used to the idea more than anything) and knows when I tell him to go get his boots.

more than 3 years ago


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