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eBay Redirect Attack Puts Buyers' Credentials At Risk

Enry Re:There was no hack (37 comments)

It sounds more like a friend of one of the reporters saw this scam link, Googled some search terms and came-up with "XSS" then suddenly became a security researcher.

Sounds like the security researchers I know.

5 days ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

Enry Re:Good episode of Frontline (119 comments)

It varies by strain and number of people infected. Some outbreaks get to 90%, this one is closer to 60%.

about a week ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

Enry Re:Good episode of Frontline (119 comments)

No, far later than that. Slaves brought from Africa in the 15th and 16trh centuries came with Yellow Fever and Malaria. Since they either already had it as children or had better genes to handle the disease, they were usually okay, but Europeans who were in the colonies would get sick for a year and possibly die. They made a connection, but didn't do anything about it.

about two weeks ago
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US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

Enry Good episode of Frontline (119 comments)

For those of you in the US, the PBS show Frontline had part of an episode dedicated to what's going on. While it is very hard to get, cultural problems there make it really easy (mourners touch the dead). People in remote villages are scared to tell doctors that they have symptoms since they'll be whisked off to the clinic, never to be seen again, just like almost everyone else that went to the clinic. In the larger cities, some nitwits are spreading the rumor that Ebola doesn't exist and the government is just trying to steal blood from the patients. So bands of people think that patents bleeding from every orifice needs to be rescued(!).

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

Enry Re:Ping is not reliable (137 comments)

People disable ping because if you don't know a server is there you can't attack it. It's like enabling MAC address filtering - it doesn't really help that much, but it in a specific set of circumstances help a bit.

If there's no other services presented to the world, yes. But a simple port scan will tell you it's up and that doesn't take long to do.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

Enry Re:Ping? (137 comments)

For some reason, disabling ping is considered a security feature, so a lot of places block it at the firewall. Cloud services (I'm looking at you, Azure) also either doesn't allow it or can't do it.

about two weeks ago
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UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

Enry Re:Great idea at the concept stage. (254 comments)

If by long term you mean 50 years, I'm fine with that. And as a "hey, if we had to replace TCP/IP today, what could we do?" thought experiment.

But to think that we're going to replace TCP/IP when we can't even replace IPv4, don't for a second think this will happen during our lifetime (well, I might make it another 50 years, but I'll be in my 90s then).

about two weeks ago
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UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

Enry Re:Great idea at the concept stage. (254 comments)

Well that and all the vending machines and coin slots that would have to be replaced to handle dollar coins. IIRC only the USPS can handle dollar coins.

about two weeks ago
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UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

Enry Re:Great idea at the concept stage. (254 comments)

This. There's likely trillions of dollars invested in IPv4 that is going to be around for decades. Consider the Internet like highways and train track widths - we're stuck with it for a very long time.

about three weeks ago
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New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

Enry Re:How do they know I'm driving? (137 comments)

Android is pretty good about knowing when I'm on a bike vs. in my car.

about three weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Enry Re:Is Coding Computer Science? Of Course! (546 comments)

Coding is computer science, but computer science is not just coding. I got my CS degree 20+ years ago, I've been in the field ever since, and I only spent a few years doing actual coding. The rest is all sysadmin/hardware design/architecture.

about three weeks ago
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Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

Enry Re:Notified and ignored? (107 comments)

From the namecheap link:

I must reiterate this is not a security breach at Namecheap, nor a hack against us. The hackers are using usernames and passwords being used have been obtained from other sources. These have not been obtained from Namecheap. But these usernames and passwords that the hackers now have are being used to try and login to Namecheap accounts.

about three weeks ago
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Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled

Enry That's open source (165 comments)

Here's what one person said about it:
 

What I don't like about this project is that they simply use all the work (software development) of the foundation and the RPi community to sell their product. They call it "compatibility" but in fact it means: let other people do all the work and we make money from it.

Someone is new to open source/designs I see. Arduino has a bazillion knockoffs that are compatible yet they still seem to be doing okay. Unless RPi isn't an open architecture - in which case, why do we advocate its use?

about three weeks ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Enry Re:Good (108 comments)

based on the SC and the EFF, it seems as if i would be well within my rights to set up some cameras to OCR plates myself than correct? I could even crowd source it, and post little trackers on particular cars when they pass the citizen cameras showing the routes and routines of anyone I want as well? Cops, federal employees, if i got down to chappaqua and set some up i could even monitor the clintons, all legally correct?? Hey if thats how they want it than i got to start writing a new android/iphone app

You can likely do some of that, though some of what you describe (following specific people) would fall under anti-stalking laws. As noted elsewhere in this thread, repo companies are already doing this and businesses have cameras set up on their property and within the store recording your every move. Get writing! You only need a bunch of people willing to do this and a lot of license plate reading equipment.

Im not against reasonable retention laws, 30-60 days is well within reason for the numbers not being watched on some list, any longer is too much (I feel the same way about internet logs and phone records, 30-60 days without a court order and it should be purged)

Seems reasonable to me.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Enry Re:Good (108 comments)

The supreme court and EFF disagree with you. While you have the right to travel freely, you have no right of privacy when in public and collecting information about you and your travels does not impede you traveling. You also have the option of not traveling by your own car - you can rent a car, borrow one from a friend, walk, bike, or take public transit.

As for your last statement I completely agree that collected data should be deleted after some period of time - enough time that if it's needed as evidence it can be used, but not so long that your entire travel history is available for perusal at any time by any person.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Enry Re:Good (108 comments)

What constitutional right? Privacy? Let's see what the EFF says about that:

https://ssd.eff.org/your-compu...

That means the police can follow you around in public and observe your activities, see what you are carrying or to whom you are talking, sit next to you or behind you and listen to your conversations — all without a warrant.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Enry Re:Good (108 comments)

Again, fine. So long as it's not considered a public record.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

Enry Re:Good (108 comments)

I'd be fine with that result. So long as we don't start thinking that these kinds of videos are public records that can be searched without a court order.

about three weeks ago

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Barnes & Noble to spin off Nook?

Enry Enry writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Enry (630) writes "Maybe the Nook isn't doing as well for B&N as hoped:

"The bookseller has been banking on the Nook for growth, so news that holiday sales of the basic touchscreen e-reader were disappointing raised investors' fears that Barnes & Noble was struggling to keep up with Amazon.com Inc's Kindle.""

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Job hunting

Enry Enry writes  |  more than 13 years ago

I hate getting fired from newspapers! Or at least being laid off from VA. Yes, I'm one of those poor saps that got caught when VA decided to get out of the hardware business. Sad thing, really, but the severance was nice. Too bad the great Commonwealth of Mass doesn't want to pay me unemployment due to the amount of the severance. Oh well.

Trying to stay in the Linux market. There's a lot of opportunities out there for an all 'round Linux person. Good thing.

I interviewed with a Linux company in California last week. Short review: don't take America West airlines. The jerks didn't hold the plane from Las Vegas to Boston, so I arrived in LV from San Jose just in time to watch the Boston flight pull out of the gate and leave. Without me. And 3 other people. You'd think they would hold the plane for 5 minutes since they knew people were coming in from SJ. The SJ->LV flight was delayed since the oxygen mask for the pilot was defective. I normally would have had about an hour in LV, but instead I had an 8 hour layover and got to take the redeye back to Boston.

This week is another interview with another Linux company. Time to see who makes the better deal. I don't think I'll go wrong either way. But wish me luck.

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