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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

Fallen Kell Re:Wat? (579 comments)

No one has ever been spouting "impenetrable", ever... What they spout is that anyone can find it, and anyone can fix it.

The only people who have come close to spouting impenetrable have been OpenBSD when using their customized versions of C/C++ libraries, which OpenSSL did not use...

3 days ago

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

Fallen Kell Re:One habit is ... (136 comments)

The reason there are more fat people in IT isn't because we want to be. It is because the GOOD IT people get fat because they know that the best IT people never need to leave their seats. If you have to leave your seat to do something as an admin, you are doing something wrong and not using the technology that is available to you to be able to fix everything but physical hardware failure or installation from your seat.

about a week ago

U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Constitutionality of Bulk Surveillance

Fallen Kell Re:Need to follow the proper approach (141 comments)

If you read the summary in the /. post that you commented on, you would have seen that someone did bring the suit before a lower court. The lower court ruled that the practice was unconstitutional, but stayed their judgement on appeal as they knew it would be appealed. That being said, usually when the Supreme Court denies hearing a case, it means that the last ruling was the correct ruling. However, in this case, the plaintiffs simply need to appeal to the full appellate court.

about two weeks ago

A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

Fallen Kell Re:Simple.... Odds are even (167 comments)

Actually now that I think about it more, it is much more difficult that it at first seams... The fact that he plays rock 50% of the time really has no bearing on what he plays the other 50% of the time. If you do the 100% paper, you will eventually only win 50% of the time.

After that you need to run a probability set on all the possible combinations, with the unknowns for his paper and scissors, only knowing that they total to 50%.

about two weeks ago

A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

Fallen Kell Simple.... Odds are even (167 comments)

The odds are even odds. If he must throw rock 50% of the time, and he knows that you know that data, the other 50% of the time he will throw scissors to beat your paper....

about two weeks ago

OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Fallen Kell I think the problem is exactly your last statement (1482 comments)

what happened to live and let live?

This is someone who has documented history of not being able to do so. Instead of just letting other people live they way they want to, he is spending money and political clout to force others to live only the way he wants people to live.

about two weeks ago

Physicists Produce Antineutrino Map of the World

Fallen Kell Hawaii? (75 comments)

Ummm... hasn't anyone told these scientists that Hawaii is the Pacific headquarters of the US Navy, including such things as nuclear powered aircraft carriers and nuclear powered submarines? I would think this is a horrible place to run an experiment given the fact that you would never know if the results were due to a submarine entering, leaving, or patrolling....

about three weeks ago

Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

Fallen Kell Re:Why are there so few black engineers? (397 comments)

Many places have had wages taken so high that there is insufficient teacher presence in halls, yards and stairwells that bullying flourishes in these areas, and this bullying chills many black students into mediocrity.

I think you are reading more into the issue than "high wages" for teachers causing a lack of teachers. If teachers charged the city/state like lawyers do for every minute that they worked, you would see that teachers are far from underpaid even at your "wages taken so high" rates that you currently claim. Even with summer "off", and not including time spent at "teacher meetings" or pre/post school year, teachers in primary and secondary schools work on average just 100 hours less than a person with a 40 hour work week does across the entire year. If the pre/post school year time, and days that teachers are required to report when students do not are included, teachers work more hours during the 180 day school year than a normal person does across the entire 260 day work year.

To be quite honest, I think teachers should be paid by the minute, just like lawyers charge. Maybe then we might actually have teacher salary that reflects the work they put in and people like you would see the actual time spent to do the job. Remember, when the students go home, the teachers still need to grade assignments/tests, create tests, update lesson plans, student learning plans, input grades into school grading software, possibly hold office hours for after/before class assistance, hold shifts covering detentions, call parents, hold parent teacher conferences, etc., etc.. All of which adds up to a lot of time over the 6 hour 40 minute "school day" that you think is the end of the time a teacher needs to be on the clock...

about a month ago

BPAS Appeals £200,000 Fine Over Hacked Website

Fallen Kell Re:hmmm (104 comments)

If the security industry at large actually knew what they were doing, websites wouldn't be instituting such asinine password rules, and my own employer wouldn't have recently cited "industry standard practice" as a reason for requiring I include special characters in my domain password.

But the security industry does know what they are doing. The "industry standard practice" for special characters is to limit the ability of a brute force attack of your password. By requiring a special character, they increased the search space needed to find the password. For an 8 character length password requiring lower case letters, there are 8*26 possible passwords. Add upper case letters, and there are 8*52 possible passwords. Add numbers and there are 8*62 possible passwords. Add special characters and there are 8*94 possible passwords. This requirement fights a specific type of attack vector.

Are there other attack vectors? Sure, and they too have their own security rules to mitigate the chances of a successful attack.

about a month and a half ago

BPAS Appeals £200,000 Fine Over Hacked Website

Fallen Kell Re:hmmm (104 comments)

This isn't about the hacking groups being able to hurt anyone. It is about doing proper security and handling of personal information. The data was being stored improperly, end of the discussion. It doesn't matter if a hacker group then hacked the website or not and discovered the data and stole it. The data should never have been there to begin with for the hackers to get to, and that is the problem. However, doing things "right" costs money. Businesses and organizations need to know that cutting corners with personal information will not be tolerated, and heavily fined, so much so that it is cheaper to do the work correctly than it is to not do it correctly and pay the fines.

about a month and a half ago

BPAS Appeals £200,000 Fine Over Hacked Website

Fallen Kell Re:No Sympathy (104 comments)

I agree entirely. And the fine needs to be high enough that it is cheaper to do the work properly than it is to risk not doing it and simply paying the costs of the fine.

about a month and a half ago

Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots

Fallen Kell Re:So what happens (253 comments)

You assume their logs will even record that data. And even if that happens, the FBI/Secret Service will claim that they simply did not recover the exact piece of hardware that you used because you either a) hid it b) spoofed the MAC Address or c) got rid of it. The benefits of the a) and c) arguments are that they don't need to recover incriminating evidence on your other devices (i.e. CP, etc.) because you also only used that particular device, but with the "facts" of the logs and your username/password usage, they know for a fact that you had such a device and did such activity because they have the logs, and the logs do not lie.

about a month and a half ago

Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

Fallen Kell What a load of steaming BS (389 comments)

In other words, he concluded, Microsoft is "making two meals now instead of one. That way we can provide steak for the grown men, and skim milk for the babies."

If that's the case, why not allow power users to turn off the settings they find annoying? "We needed casual users to learn this interface,"

What a load of crap. If it truly was setup with Metro for casual, desktop for power users, then you would be able to select one or the other. If by default, Metro was used, and they made it some normal "difficult" to get to setting that had to be edited under the system management areas, your "casual" users would have no clue how to make that change and would thus, be using Metro. We also wouldn't have Metro on the SERVER editions being used PRIMARILY BY CORPORATE PROFESSIONAL IT DEPARTMENTS!

This entire interview is just PR hogwash trying to put a good light on the horrible mistakes of Metro for desktop user interface. It works perfectly fine for a tablet, or phone, but it utterly useless and time wasting on a desktop or laptop that has a keyboard and mouse.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

Fallen Kell Re:Maybe yes, maybe no? (716 comments)

If you are a contractor then almost certainly it should be fixed for free. You are paid to do a job and if it wasn't done right the first time then you need to make it right or expect not to get many more contracts if you leave behind in your wake bugs that either go unfixed, or you charge additional to fix.

I disagree with this blanket statement. If you are a sole contractor who bid on a contract to produce software that does XYZ and it was a fixed price contract, than yes, I would say you need to fix the bugs. But that typically isn't the case for contract workers. They are contracted to fill required services, including development, and code debugging. If they are not satisfied with the level of code produced by the contractor, they have every right to end the contract, but asking for code debugging to be done off the clock is outside the scope of work.

about 2 months ago

Anti-GMO Activists Win Victory On Hawaiian Island

Fallen Kell Re:Wrong again (510 comments)

The poster said nothing about cancer. But what has been found true is the human body's reaction to the sweetener in which insulin is still produced even though there is no sugars that it can attach to, which drops the blood sugar levels to an extreme low level. This DOES have health implications.


about 3 months ago

Google Fiber In Austin Hits a Snag: Incumbent AT&T

Fallen Kell Re:Bury those cables (291 comments)

You are assuming that the long term costs are footed by the company themselves. For instance, most places have insurance policies that will pay for damages from storms/weather and the drivers of the vehicles (and/or their insurance companies) pay for it when they are involved. Those prices are SUBSTANTIALLY lower than the costs involved in getting new "right of ways", checking against documented and undocumented subterranean lines (water, sewer, gas, oil, etc.) as well as the costs to actually excavate and bury the lines.

about 4 months ago

Lead Contractor On Health-Care Web Site Led By Execs From Troubled IT Company

Fallen Kell But the goverment doesn't create jobs! (227 comments)

Seriously, you are 100% correct in what you say, but according to the GOP, the government doesn't create jobs, and thus, the government can't hire qualified people to do work, but instead needs to outsource it all to private industry, all the while not having the expertise needed to even evaluate the private companies it is contracting to do the work.

about 5 months ago

Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

Fallen Kell Re:Reset? (599 comments)

That is/was actually best practices for a secured network. One of the exploits for gaining access to the network required rebooting the network equipment so that it would load code injected by the attacker either from local/physical access or remote access. By having all the settings wipe, the attacker would trip monitoring sensors (due to the network segment going down) as well as not be able to gain any more information about the network from the device that was breached.

However, usually when this is done, a network backup copy of the config is located somewhere that the admin knows. Terry very well could have had such backup copied, but since the city had already fired him, he felt no obligation to give them any more information than what was already documented (which very well may have been saved in a readme, or disaster recovery document that was available somewhere on the network, but again, he was fired on the spot and thus, should not have had any obligation to tell them where to go looking other then between his cheeks as he walked out the door).

about 5 months ago

Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

Fallen Kell Re:History rewritten (599 comments)

He was asked to give the passwords over during a meeting with several people who had not signed the appropriate papers for having said access and had not been documented by information/system security for having a right to the passwords. There was also a conference call being held on the phone in the room with unknown persons who would have then also been privy to the password divergence. Terry simple say "no" to diverging the passwords in that location, at that time, in that manner. In his contract, he had a duty to protect the passwords, and he was still an employee at that time. Giving up the passwords in that location at that time would have been a breach of his contract and he could have been fired on the spot for doing so. He was placed in an impossible situation, where they were firing him if he gave them the passwords or didn't give them the passwords. At that time, no one from security had authorize anyone else to have the passwords, and as such, Terry did the only thing he felt was correct, which was to attempt to give them to the only person who was in charge of the system, which was the mayor, who could then give them to whoever he felt like, in whatever manner he thought he should since it was not written in any contract that he had to protect the passwords or be fired for giving them to someone who had not filled out the proper paperwork and been given approval to have them and doing so in a location where only the person who had been authorized to have them would receive them.

about 5 months ago



Space Shuttle Discovery launch cancelled

Fallen Kell Fallen Kell writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Fallen Kell (165468) writes "Space shuttle Discovery's Wednesday night launch has been cancelled. A possible leak in the external fuel tank was discovered which prompted the cancellation of the launch. CNN reports that the launch may occur on Thursday evening at 8:49pm."


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