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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

CrAlt Do it the OpenBSD way. (430 comments)

If it is not documented it doesn't ship. If the docs are wrong it's considered a reportable bug.

The man pages and official FAQ's are all you normally ever need.

about two weeks ago
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'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

CrAlt Re:Great (163 comments)

Well good thing this guy lives in NJ.

about a month ago
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Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

CrAlt Who will take the heat? (236 comments)

When an android phone crashes its no big deal.
When a car crashes people die. You can't just rush a system to market and call it "beta".

I can understand Detroit's reluctance to be the ones stuck holding the bag when these android cars start going all SKYNET and running people down.

about 2 months ago
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Nissan Develops a Self-Cleaning Car

CrAlt Nissan Juke (94 comments)

The Pontiac Aztek was pretty repellent. Or maybe repulsive.

The Aztek doesn't look all that out of place compared to all the little "crossover" SUV's rolling around now. If you want to see repulsive check out the Juke. http://commons.wikimedia.org/w...

about 4 months ago
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Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

CrAlt Re:Here is some information you may want to know (180 comments)

On 1, how honest is the "it will interfere with emergency services" reason? I've heard police in particular have unofficially switched to cell phones for sensitive information.

It is honest. Public safety is all up in VHF,UHF, and the 700/800mhz bands. Other then going to digital voice (P25 mostly) there hasn't been much change in the tech. Its just radio.

Cops may use cellphones for sensitive stuff but dispatch and calls for help still use radio. Ambulances still use normal radios and "MED" channels in the clear to talk to doctors on the way to hospitals. FD's use normal low power portables while on site working a fire. If they get stuck that is how they call for help.
If a boater needs help he is still going to call the coastguard on VHF.

There are digital trunking systems that hop around on a SET number of channels but they can still be interfered with if something is operating on their band like anything else.

There are bands like FRS,GMRS,CB,etc that you can mess around on and no one will care. The 27mhz CB band is a total free for all with guys running messy 2KW stations. Since they are contained down there the FCC doesn't care. This would be the best place to play around in IMO.. right in the middle of all the other chaos.

No good will come of messing around on public safety bands. It will get you noticed very quickly and may actually interfere with an emergency call.

You can look up what your area uses on sites like http://www.radioreference.com/...
Its all public info and licensed by the FCC.

about 4 months ago
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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

CrAlt Pace/2wire all listen on 3479/tcp (236 comments)

The 2wire/pace (3600,3800,etc) all have TCP port 3479 open to the internet.This is what you are forced to use if you have AT&T U-verse. There is no way to block it and AT&T says its for "updates and trouble shooting".
http://forums.att.com/t5/forum...

I wonder what great backdoors are in these gateways?

about 4 months ago
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Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

CrAlt Re:Hmmm ... (139 comments)

This will be used to shut down protests and stifle dissent.

I disagree. "The Man" does not need any killswitch to cut off protesters. He only has to shut off the cell sites in the target area.
. Also if you brick the cellphone you can no longer track it. It would make more sense to block all traffic but leave the phones connected to the network and track them. This way to know WHO is there and where they are going.

I do agree that sooner or later it will get hacked. Imagine what would happen to ATT or VZN if every smartphone on their networked got bricked.

about 4 months ago
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Facebook Is a Plague That'll Burn Out In a Few Years, Says Study

CrAlt AOL (338 comments)

My grandparents had AOL.My parents had AOL. Everyone I knew had at least an AIM account. Where is AOL/AIM now?

about 7 months ago
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Memo To Parents and Society: Teen Social Media "Addiction" Is Your Fault

CrAlt If he is the addict then you are the dealer. (271 comments)

You are the one paying the ISP bill.
You are the one paying the pricey smartphone bill.

He is 19.He is an adult. Cancel that crap and see if he thinks his addiction is worth getting a job and paying for it himself. If nothing else the job will get him out of cyber space and in to the real world.

about 8 months ago
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The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?

CrAlt Re:You're thinking about the wrong issue. (582 comments)

Dismantling POTS system may shift the scope of this regulation to cell towers.

I doubt it. Look where they are sticking cell "towers" now. Building roof tops, church steeples,goofy looking fake flagpoles, on top of billboards,etc.. There is no way they are going to be able or willing to put big generators at all these sites.

When all these mini-sites go down the load is shifted to the real cell sites and they puke. During the last 3 big power outages here in my state of Connecticut cell service became very unstable. You had "5 bars" but if you tried making/getting a call it failed. POTS kept working like normal.

about 9 months ago
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BT Prepares To Pull Plug On Dial-Up

CrAlt Dial up not dead in US. (120 comments)

AT&T still offers good dial up here in the states for $22/month. Free if you are a uverse customer.
http://att.prodigy.net/openPhone/index.html

I keep a little usb modem in my laptop bag for those "when all else fails" times. Its slow but its better then nothing.

about a year ago
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My ISP...

CrAlt They say 250 but never do anything about it. (290 comments)

I don't have any video service. I stream/torrent everything.

I had comcast. They had a usage meter and said the limit was 250gig. I used to blow that out of the water every month. Normally 600gigs+ a month.

After my promotion was up I switched to ATT uverse(DSL). They say its also 250gigs a month but they do not have a meter at all. Its slower but I know ive been doing more then 250 a month. The line is saturated when I am at work or sleeping. Its at 50% when I'm home surfing.

They have never said anything about my usage. They also don't seem to be throttling anything.

about a year ago
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Russia Today: Vladimir Putin's Weapon In 'The War of Images'

CrAlt Re:Us good them bad. (254 comments)

Obama funds fox news?

1 year,7 days
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Canonical Seeks $32 Million To Make Ubuntu Smartphone

CrAlt The website (267 comments)

Why don't they do a fundraiser to hire someone to secure their website?

If they can't get that right then how do they plan on making a secure smartphone?

1 year,29 days
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NASCAR Tries To Squelch Video of Spectators Injured By Crash

CrAlt foul ball? (359 comments)

So in baseball if a fan catches a foul ball or home run ball the MLB lets them keep the ball.

Now in NASCAR if you catch a tire or engine block are you allowed to keep it also?

about a year and a half ago
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Group Kickstarting a High-Bandwidth Software Defined Radio (SDR) Peripheral

CrAlt No HF? Not that interesting. (140 comments)

They are knocking out a big market by not having HF. Alot of interesting weird stuff on HF to analyze with a SDR. Thats where most of the ham activity is also.

I have one of the cheap 70mhz+ USB ones. Other then playing around with it some on 144mhz there isn't much going on in my local area on UHF and above.

about a year and a half ago
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Multi-State AT&T U-Verse Outage Enters Third Day

CrAlt Please stand by. (202 comments)

The NSA cable switchover is causing some problems. Hold tight-- your phone, internet, and wireless communications will be 100% monitored by the NSA again very soon.

about a year and a half ago
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FCC To Allow Cable Companies To Encrypt Over-the-Air Channels

CrAlt win-win for cableco. (376 comments)

Now they get to collect equipment fee's from those freeloading "lifeline" B1 customers.

AND

They no longer have hire and pay cable guys to physically disconnect people. The network is 100% encrypted.

A new revenue stream and one lest cost.

about 2 years ago

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One week of OpenSSL cleanup

CrAlt CrAlt writes  |  about 4 months ago

CrAlt (3208) writes "After the news of heartbleed broke early last week, the OpenBSD team dove in and started axing it up into shape. Leading this effort are Ted Unangst (tedu@) and Miod Vallat (miod@), who are head-to-head on a pure commit count basis with both having around 50 commits in this part of the tree in the week since Ted's first commit in this area. They are followed closely by Joel Sing (jsing@) who is systematically going through every nook and cranny and applying some basic KNF. Next in line are Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) and Bob Beck (beck@) who've been both doing a lot of cleanup, ripping out weird layers of abstraction for standard system or library calls.

Then Jonathan Grey (jsg@) and Reyk Flöter (reyk@) come next, followed by a group of late starters. Also, an honorable mention for Christian Weisgerber (naddy@), who has been fixing issues in ports related to this work.

All combined, there've been over 250 commits cleaning up OpenSSL. In one week. Some of these are simple or small changes, while other commits carry more weight. Of course, occasionally mistakes get made but these are also quickly fixed again, but the general direction is clear: move the tree forward towards a better, more readable, less buggy crypto library.

Check them out at http://anoncvs.estpak.ee/cgi-b..."

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