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Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Firms Using Malware-Laden Handheld Scanners

DarkVader Re:OK (93 comments)

No, not "good work". And we're not going to fire any missiles at China.

The article essentially told us absolutely nothing useful.

I don't give a crap where the command and control for the malware is.

I need to know who the manufacturer is, what brands that manufacturer produces, and what specific products we're talking about.

And that's exactly what the rest of you need to know as well, because at least some of us need to know what scanners we need to find and toss in a bin. And we need to know what to look for on the backend systems that have apparently been affected so we can clean them and lock them down.

Lanxiang Vocational School (no idea if that's the right one, or, after looking at the map, if there are any scanner manufacturers in the area) is not someplace I've ever heard of before, and I don't see any obvious factories on that map.

Horrible FUD article.

about 2 months ago

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Firms Using Malware-Laden Handheld Scanners

DarkVader Re:Not really (93 comments)

Well, Linux versions do go EOL as well, and if it's being embedded in the device it isn't really going to matter what OS it's being embedded in.

That said, embedding Windoze is pretty dumb for no other reason than it's an absolutely craptacular excuse for an operating system.

about 2 months ago

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Firms Using Malware-Laden Handheld Scanners

DarkVader Re:EFI BIOS (93 comments)

[citation needed]

Seriously, if you've got evidence of this, post it. Name names.

Making vague "infected EFI" comments is utterly unhelpful.

about 2 months ago

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Firms Using Malware-Laden Handheld Scanners

DarkVader Re: The Moral? (93 comments)

Slashdot is no place for your paranoid racist rant. Take it to Stormfront.

about 2 months ago

California City Considers Restarting Desalination Plant To Fight Drought

DarkVader Re:Why not force frackers to use salt water instea (420 comments)

It's obvious why we don't drink it.

But... What's the long term cost on desalination vs building a secondary water distribution network? There's no reason we can't shower in filtered salt water, no reason we can't flush toilets with it, no reason we can't wash cars with it. No need to maintain residual chlorine in it, either, just disinfect it at the source. Want a swimming pool? Fill it with salt water (salt water pools are becoming more popular anyway, they're apparently cheaper to chlorinate). Hook it up to all the outside faucets, and if anybody tries to water their lawn, it'll either be self-defeating or they can switch to salt-tolerant grasses.

I'm sure plenty of industrial processes could run on salt water too - certainly not all of them, but I'd bet it's a large chunk.

It's not a solution where the runoff and treated sewage end up in freshwater rivers, but for cities that drain into the ocean, it's not a problem.

about 5 months ago

Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

DarkVader Re:If not... (865 comments)

Well, my Chrysler had a key interface that failed too.

I went to the auto parts store, got a new key cylinder, and put it in. About $17, tax included.

about 5 months ago

Students Remember Lectures Better Taking Notes Longhand Than Using Laptops

DarkVader Re:I have an even better example (191 comments)

Good call on the school's part.

Pay attention to the lecture while it's happening. Re-copy later if it helps you. Don't re-copy if you're like me and that method is physically torturous and only detracts from learning.

about 5 months ago

Students Remember Lectures Better Taking Notes Longhand Than Using Laptops

DarkVader Re:The way to prevent verbatim notes (191 comments)

Exactly. And THAT is the real advancement in lecture-based education that technology permits. There's no reason to take notes at all if the information is available, and today it can be, with very little difficulty.

And while not perfect (there is some potential for interaction lost) it also removes the need to be physically present for every lecture. I just finished fixing a server problem for one of my clients from home, didn't waste any gas, didn't waste any drive time, and now get to look at Slashdot until the next call comes in. My physical presence wasn't needed, only my brain and a working net connection.

Why do we think education should be any different?

about 5 months ago

Students Remember Lectures Better Taking Notes Longhand Than Using Laptops

DarkVader Bullshit. (191 comments)


Pure, unadulterated bullshit.

I'm sorry, taking notes longhand for me is an exercise in self torture. If I try (and I haven't tried since junior high school, I got a laptop in high school to end that stupidity) I have moderate to severe pain in my hand, unreadable notes, and no memory at all whatsoever of the lecture.

With a laptop, I can reasonable notes, meaning a few key words or phrases to jog my memory of what the lecture was about. I don't bother with a word-for-word transcription, if I wanted that I'd turn on audio recording. With a laptop, I can listen to and look at what's going on with the lecture, I don't have to stare at the paper to make sure I'm staying close to the lines.

As I've said for years now, if it's worth writing down, it's worth NOT writing it on paper.

about 5 months ago

IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

DarkVader Re:Over 18 (632 comments)

That's a common myth, but no, if you owe no tax there is no criminal penalty for failing to file.

If you're owed a refund, you lose it after three years if you don't file.

about 5 months ago

Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

DarkVader Re:I'm for caution first (226 comments)

It's been that way for years.

Many of the posters here HATE technology. They don't want it in cars, they don't want it in classrooms, it's almost as if they'd prefer a world without any of it at all.

It's one of the reasons I don't post here much these days, too many neo-Luddites.

about 7 months ago

Rand Paul Files Suit Against Obama Over NSA's Collection of Metadata

DarkVader Re:How? I'll tell you. (380 comments)

Well, it actually IS society's money, without society money wouldn't exist. And spending money is what keeps the economy going, cut the federal budget too far and you cause a depression.

And it's time to undermine the federal system even further. Let's do away with the antiquated notion that the Senate should be connected to the states, and district the country so that each senator is representing the same number of people. It's insane that New York gets the same number of senators as North Dakota. And while we're at it, let's take away drawing of districts from the states, they've proven utterly incompetent at it. Let's district with an automated system to completely eliminate gerrymandering.

And let's come up with a way to make federal government even more direct, it's time for federal referendums.

about 7 months ago

Rand Paul Files Suit Against Obama Over NSA's Collection of Metadata

DarkVader Re:Cult leader's son behaving like a cult leader (380 comments)

Rand Paul is an idiot just like his idiot father.

But even a broken clock is right twice a day, and he is right on this issue.

about 7 months ago

How To Hack Subway Fares Using Fare Arbitrage

DarkVader Re:Go for it (240 comments)

What if there were an app for that, to arrange easy swaps? It sounds like a daily commuter could save hundreds of dollars a year.

And yes, screw the beta.

about 7 months ago

Reason To Hope Carriers Won't Win the War On Netflix

DarkVader Re:Net Neutrality (213 comments)

48 of 535.

Not exactly a consensus.

about 7 months ago

FCC Wants To Trial Shift From Analog Phone Networks To Digital

DarkVader Re:Huh? (218 comments)

I've got UPS power, and I've got the ability to run power from an inverter in the car. I've got cell phones. And I've got ham radio.

I will not pay for POTS service, since when I last had it, it wasn't used for anything but telemarketers to call me.

Oh, and I live a block from the fire station, where they have paramedics. :)

about 8 months ago

Where Old Hard Disks (with Digital Secrets) Go To Die

DarkVader Re:Using encryption is the better option (128 comments)

No, they were moved by stepper motors on quite a few hard drives. I'm sure some may have used linear actuators, but certainly not any hard drive I ever worked with back then.

about 8 months ago

Price of Amazon Prime May Jump To $119 a Year

DarkVader Re:It doesn't offer free shipping (298 comments)

I dunno. All of the prime stuff is also free shipping anyway, so long as it's over $35 on your order and you don't mind it not getting there in two days. I'm not usually that impatient, so everything is free shipping, stuff shows up in 3-4 days, and I don't have to pay for prime.

And now that they've started charging sales tax, I'm definitely not paying for prime, I'm buying from alternate sources whenever I can. Sales tax adds damn near 10% to the price.

about 8 months ago



6th Circuit Rules Email Search Requires Warrant

DarkVader DarkVader writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DarkVader (121278) writes "Fourth Amendment Protects E-Mail From Warrantless Government Surveillance, Federal Court Rules The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled in United States v. Warshak that the government cannot search email stored on a commercial ISP server without a warrant, and has ruled portions of the Stored Communications Act of 1986 that declare email left on an ISP server longer than six months to be "abandoned porperty" as unconstitutional as applied to searches of email."
Link to Original Source

Fire at Apple campus

DarkVader DarkVader writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DarkVader (121278) writes "A three alarm fire burned part of one of the buildings on the Apple campus early in the morning on Wednesday August 13th, according to MSNBC.

The photo accompanying the story indicates that it may have been the Valley Green Two building that was damaged, but this is not clear from the text of the story. It does say that the fire damaged the second floor of the building, and the roof, and while the fire wasn't very big, there was going to be "a lot of smoke damage".

It was not stated what the building contained, nor what affect this would have on Apple products."

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