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Book Review: Security Without Obscurity

DomNF15 DES is still secure? (51 comments)

"To date, no known flaws have been found against DES, and that after being around for over 30 years, the only attack against DES is an exhaustive key attack. This type of attack is where an adversary has to try each of the possible 72 quadrillion key (256permutations – as the key is 56 bits long) until the right key is discovered. "

I thought DES had been abandoned quite some time ago precisely because there were attack vectors aside from brute force, i.e.: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...

about a month and a half ago
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GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch

DomNF15 Re:Don't want to downplay this blunder, but... (307 comments)

"Because someone had a drink" - no, because someone was drunk, friend. "The bottom line is that NONE of those people would have died in an ignition switch accident had the switch not been faulty." - and no one would die in DUI collisions if individuals didn't drink and drive, your point being...? "I'm not even going to address the ludicrous inanity of your "Also MY Toytas accelerate fine!!"" - yep, quite crazy that my vehicles work as they were intended to, I know. Here's some other people who think Toyotas work just fine: http://online.wsj.com/news/art...

about a month and a half ago
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GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch

DomNF15 Don't want to downplay this blunder, but... (307 comments)

What the media fails to mention is that nearly half of the fatalities related to this ignition switch problem also involved some combination of alcohol, drugs, and lack of seat belt use. Please see the latest issue of Car & Driver for more details, I just read the article last night. This is not meant to downplay the engineering/management mistakes that were made but simply to illustrate all the factors involved with the loss of life attributed to this mistake. I also own two Toyota's that only accelerate when I tell them to...

about 2 months ago
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Analysis of Google's Motorola Acquisition

DomNF15 Re:Glad I held onto the stock... (311 comments)

Those 68k boards are still in use in various pieces of equipment I think...

more than 2 years ago
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Analysis of Google's Motorola Acquisition

DomNF15 Glad I held onto the stock... (311 comments)

When I left the GSM Mobile division of Motorola 3 years ago, I would have bet money that the company would fall flat sooner rather than later. My aptly timed departure came only a few months before my entire team was sent home. After riding the Razr wave all the way back to the beach, Moto had no competitive mobile software platform in its R&D pipeline. Even at that time, there were talks of the company spurning its mobile division, which was bleeding cash at an unprecedented rate and dropping market share to Apple, Samsung, and others. At a few dark corners of the office, a privileged group were working on integrating Android on some upcoming VZW handsets. Fast forward a bit, and Motorola finally did split the mobile division off. They were gunning for this outcome for years, I think Google was an inevitable outcome.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Network Administrator?

DomNF15 Did you hear that? (480 comments)

It's the can of worms popping open... You don't necessarily have to "buy" physical routers, switches, etc. These days, you can simulate pretty much any network setup you want via software and see how things work out: http://www.gns3.net/ Also, asking "us" what hardware you should buy is like asking someone what kind of computer you should buy, the question is too general and the answer will depend largely on the business/security needs of the company. Tannenbaum wrote a very good book about TCP/IP networking which you may want to read: http://www.amazon.com/Computer-Networks-Andrew-S-Tannenbaum/dp/0131651838 Aside from that, you should look into the basic requirements for network administration/security and make sure you understand and know how to apply them, the topics listed here could be a good starting point: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CISSP

more than 3 years ago
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How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?

DomNF15 Re:NAS (680 comments)

The "chance" or probability of two drives failing at the same time is not any higher than the probability of a single drive failing. You can check my math, but the events are independent. It's like saying it's much more likely to flip two pennies and return heads on both than it is to flip one penny and return heads. The former has a probability of 25% (1 in 4), while the latter has a probability of 50% (1 in 2). If RAID is "fairly pointless", why is it in use in most (if not all) enterprise servers? RAID provides a higher chance of data availability, but the offsite backup is still needed in case the RAID device gets hit with a sledgehammer for example. I'd rather have a NAS RAID device and an offsite USB drive than just the USB drive that I tote back and forth every week to sync with some other unnamed storage, as you originally suggested.

more than 3 years ago
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How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?

DomNF15 Re:NAS (680 comments)

Wasn't aware of the corruption issue, thanks for the heads up. I'm now doing random spot checks of my digital photo archive :-)

more than 3 years ago
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How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?

DomNF15 Re:NAS (680 comments)

Exactly, availability. 1) No RAID, a drive dies, data is 0% available. 2) RAID 1/5, a drive dies, data is still 100% available. See how option 2 is better than option 1? :-) Methinks you'd be smart enough to plug it into a decent surge protector, and why would you be actively adding to/deleting from a backup device? Your software app or script should just be doing incremental changes in the background every so often. A USB drive isn't any better at protecting someone from being an idiot (accidentally deleting something).

more than 3 years ago
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How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?

DomNF15 NAS (680 comments)

Get a couple of NAS drives. Have your laptop run backups between the two devices in case 1 drive fails, or just run 1 device with RAID 1/5. Burn Blu-ray backups every 6 months or so, throw them in a fireproof safe or safe deposit box. Or take a separate USB drive to do the backups and throw that in the safe. If you're running Windows and the NAS is available as a windows share, you can run the free SyncToy app to do incremental backups.

more than 3 years ago
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The DIY Car Computer vs. the iPad

DomNF15 Just use a smartphone, silly... (202 comments)

They are about as powerful as the small form factor mobo-cpu combos that are available for these types of projects anyway. You can get most of the functions you want/need (phone, bluetooth, music, movies, GPS) with the exception of controlling the HVAC. And as a bonus you can take it with you and use it the rest of the time you are *not* in your car. Trust me, I looked into doing this for my 2005 Subaru Impreza, the DIN slot was the right size and everything, but it was completely not worth the time/effort. Some other guy had already done it so I even had steps to follow, but to get it to look right, he had to get some plastic custom fabbed from a machine shop. If you're planning on doing the car-puter for any purpose other than fun/hobby, you're wasting your time.

more than 3 years ago
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An Anonymous, Verifiable E-Voting Tech

DomNF15 Good ideas but doesn't address ballot stuffing (236 comments)

I like all of the ideas he mentioned, from the uniqueness of each ballot, to the tear off receipt, to the shredding of the plaintext ballot "key". These are great for maintaining anonymity, but what about ballot stuffing? How do you prevent someone that's been dead for a couple months from "voting"? My polling place didn't ask for ID, just my name, I imagine that probably happens quite a bit...

more than 3 years ago
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FarmVille Now Worth More Than EA

DomNF15 Re:Social games (344 comments)

Here's the difference though - with MMOs (and mind you I don't play them), at least you are thinking, developing strategies, and possibly working together with other players to achieve a goal, whether it is a quest to obtain some valuable object or just to level up. Disagree as much as you like, but there are some skills you learn there that are actually somewhat useful in the real world. Even first person shooters help you with hand-eye coordination and physical tactics to move around enemies. What is the goal with Farmville? Isn't just an endless cycle of growing virtual stuff that you possibly paid real money for? I'm pretty sure it's not going to make you a better farmer, because it doesn't teach you anything about ideal growth temperatures and light levels, soil composition and pH, etc. It really does just seem like a time-killer and you may as well be counting blades of grass. Oh wait, I know...it's a "social" game, it must help you with social skills. Right, because you grow a virtual vegetable, and then send someone a non real time impersonal message saying you'd like to give this non-existent item to them as a gift...did I mention Facebook promotes the degeneration of basic social skills like face to face conversation?

more than 3 years ago
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Information Rage Coming Soon To an Office Near You

DomNF15 Re:Agree with Parent (201 comments)

It's usually the poor time estimation and "I need this done yesterday" deadlines that undermine us. In software at least, it is somewhat difficult to say, "this problem will take 0.5 days to diagnose/resolve", or, "this feature will take 3 weeks to implement". Project managers are usually either too lazy, too incompetent, or too preoccupied with other things to follow a problem/feature through to it's logical conclusion step by step. And to accurately estimate these things, you really do have to just think them through and break them down into 1 day or less sized tasks. In my experience, giving a developer a task that takes more than 1 day to complete is a surefire way to waste time and ultimately to potential failure. There are exceptions to that, and the guys that shine usually can handle bigger tasks and divide them up just fine themselves, of course. As an analog, if I told you to go build a house, you'd probably (unless you are a general contractor) say, "I don't know how/can't get this done". But if I told you to go get your property surveyed, then to think about how many bedrooms, bathrooms you needed, and then to bring your survey to an architect with your bedroom/bathroom requirements, as well as a rough estimate of your housing budget, you'd prolly be able to do those things and be well on your way to getting your house designed/built.

more than 3 years ago
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Nokia Paying $10M For Symbian Software Devs

DomNF15 Re:Who is Nokia again? (210 comments)

Agreed - and probably only a large percentage (44%) because Nokia is such a global leader in cellular devices. I don't think people are buying Symbian, they are buying Nokia hardware that happens to run Symbian. It's not like iOS/Android, where people are more entranced with the operating system/user experience than the device it comes on. Symbian has been around for a while, longer than both of it's major competitors. If it's not dying, it's at least not getting the market attention that iOS and Android are...

more than 3 years ago
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Video Appliance For a Large Library On a Network?

DomNF15 Re:All right cheap and easy. (516 comments)

I agree - the Xbox360 or PS3 is definitely the way to go, especially if you already have one. Can't speak for PS3, but with Xbox360 not only can you stream movies but also music and digital photos. Pair that with online gaming and Netflix and you have a pretty solid package right out of the box, and the box is likely cheaper (and less work) than putting together a mini-PC to do the same task. I think all the latest MS OSs have UPnP support built in, and that's all you need on the server end to get things going. Even with the OSs that don't natively support it, it's easy enough to graft it on ( I've done this for Server 2003 for example).

more than 3 years ago
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Pope Rails Against the Internet and Transparency

DomNF15 Re:The Pope (840 comments)

yet elected by his own circle of peers, instead of by the masses that follow his orders.

Right, because when the masses elect someone, they *never* make a mistake (George W. Bush, twice!)...

more than 4 years ago
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Genetic Disorder Removes Racial Bias and Social Fear

DomNF15 Re:Thats not how my ancestors survived. (319 comments)

This is an interesting discussion.

For argument's sake, let's replace the word "church" with "humanity" in your paragraph:

I'm saying humanity has a messed up history. The history of humanity is a history of genocide against gays, women,...

The history of humanity has been one of a struggle to obtain power, whether it was through religion, war, money, or some other means. Religion, for a time, was a convenient vehicle to get a large number of people on your bandwagon and eliminate the competition. As you mentioned, ignorance and irrationality are bad and do play their role in all of this, but it is naive to assume religion is the root cause, it goes much deeper than that.

more than 4 years ago
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Genetic Disorder Removes Racial Bias and Social Fear

DomNF15 Re:Thats not how my ancestors survived. (319 comments)

I don't know if I agree with your assessment of religion as the root cause of most conflicts. Making a blanket statement like that isn't much better than Hitler's mantra of blaming Jews for all the world's problems. Religion might be a convenient scapegoat, but probably isn't the root cause. In any case, the kind of instinctive reactions to people/animals that look different would have pre-dated Christianity by quite a bit, I'm talking caveman era stuff, where you unexpectedly encounter another being and have a reaction. War is kind of planned, and even then, the uniforms are different on each side :-)

more than 4 years ago

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TWC drops DOCSIS 3.0 with Tiered Pricing

DomNF15 DomNF15 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DomNF15 (1529309) writes "It appears as though Time Warner Cable has indefinitely postponed the deployment of high bandwidth DOCSIS 3.0 service, siting increasing bandwidth costs as a factor, despite the fact that figures from the company show bandwidth expenses decreasing. The postponement is also strangely related to their recent decision to drop tiered data pricing in select areas due to negative feedback from just about everyone. Here's the scoop: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/04/twc-without-data-caps-internet-upgrades-now-in-doubt.ars"

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