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Medical Records Worth More To Hackers Than Credit Cards

Enry Re:Scarier (78 comments)

Like them or dislike them, the VA has had electronic patient records since the 60s. They've had this nailed so well their software is in use in many hospitals around the country.

2 days ago
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Lenovo Set To Close $2.1 Billion Server Deal With IBM

Enry Re:IBM is dying (48 comments)

The mainframe market is VERY lucrative.

2 days ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

Enry Re:Illegal or inadmissable? (269 comments)

Probably comes under wiretapping laws and would be a criminal act. Depends on the state. IANAL, YMMV.

5 days ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

Enry Re:huh? (269 comments)

That's kinda the point. This wouldn't be any different from putting hidden cameras in your house when the babysitter is over. You're not in a public place, so you should have a reasonable expectation of privacy. You don't lose that expectation just because you were invited into someone else's property.

I'd put a sticker on the window "car has recording technology installed" and maybe a notice on the dash when the car starts or goes into that mode. That's pretty easy to do. Well, not so easy after the fact. Maybe next model year.

5 days ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

Enry Re:Way to compare apples to light bulbs (200 comments)

That would be a valid point if the two orbiters were exactly the same. They're not. India is much closer to the equator than Florida, so launch costs are significantly reduced. Labor costs are reduced. Material may not need to be shipped as far and thus cost less. Maybe NASA and its suppliers have contracts for materials that are more expensive at a point in time, but avoid fluctuations over a long period of time.

I'd add that this isn't the first mission to Mars that NASA has made. They've been doing iterative approaches to get there for the past 40-ish years. According to Wikipedia, the Viking program (two orbiters, two landers) cost $3.8 billion in FY14 dollars. I think they've done a good job at cost reductions.

about a week ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

Enry Re:Way to compare apples to light bulbs (200 comments)

Well, and once you've designed one microwave, building the next one is very cheap since all the research and design has already been done.

about a week ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

Enry Re:Way to compare apples to light bulbs (200 comments)

The reason I compared a car and a truck is because they're built for different purposes. You wouldn't use a $5000 car to safely move all of your possessions across the country - most people would get an 18-wheeler to pack up their stuff and move it. That doesn't mean you can't drive across country in it, it's just not designed or built to haul your stuff. I wouldn't use an 18-wheeler to go get groceries - it's overkill for what you need.

about a week ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

Enry Re:Way to compare apples to light bulbs (200 comments)

If the orbiters were made to do the same things and one was cheaper, I'd agree with you. My point is they're not built to the same specifications or for the same purposes, so comparing on cost alone is just a waste. And I'm not disparaging what India did. I hope they and NASA are able to learn from what each did and make it even more cost effective.

about a week ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

Enry Way to compare apples to light bulbs (200 comments)

The article spells out the differences - the India probe took longer, weighed less, has fewer experiments, and probably won't last long. Meanwhile the NASA probe got there quickly, weighs 4 times more, has twice the number of experiments, and can serve as a communication relay for probes on the ground.

I can drive across country in a $5000 car, a $50,000 car, or a $500,000 truck. Each of them have different purposes and will get you there in different ways. To say NASA needs to only use the $5000 car isn't in our long term interest.

about a week ago
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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.

about two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month ago

Submissions

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Let kids do 3D design with BlocksCAD

Enry Enry writes  |  about a week ago

Enry (630) writes "To make good shapes you can send to a 3D printer, you need to either know how to draw or how to code. BlocksCAD takes a different route and uses an interface similar to MIT's Scratch which makes it easy for kids or adults with no prior CAD experience to start designing. The end product will be released under an open source license and will run from within a browser, making it easy for anyone to start designing (a standalone desktop app is a stretch goal)."
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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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Journals

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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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