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Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash

Fitch Windows XP Based ATM (150 comments)

Does anyone find fault with the phrase "Windows XP Based ATMs"?

Regardless of whether this exploit requires an insider for access to the physical machine, securing $10k-$20k worth of cash with one of the most commonplace operating systems on the planet seems beyond asinine to me.

about 6 months ago

Experian Sold Social Security Numbers To ID Theft Service

Fitch Re:Why do SSNs persist? (390 comments)

In recent years there have been several failed attempts at creating a more secure identifier based on smartcards, etc. but they always seem to get shot down by two main factions. Those who liken more secure identifiers to having a barcode tattoo applied at birth and be done with it, and those who benefit from the pathetically trivial level of security the present system provides.

I'm of the mind that any new system can only be as effective / secure as the government that institutes it, and the voter polls have been giving those branches of government resounding F grades for a good while now.

It boils down to which social asset you value most. Privacy, security, or freedom. Choose one and move on to the cashier (IRS).

about 10 months ago

How Do You Get Better Bug Reports From Users?

Fitch Re:Follow up (205 comments)

The narrative outlined by FireFury is excatly why when I'm financially able to "semi-retire", it will be the last time I touch or talk about a computer for pay.

A scarce few have the ability to engage their reasoning modules, and the rest simply feel that once they tell you "it's broke" they are no longer responsible for participating in the problem solving process. I've always said that these types would be the first to starve to death in a zombie apocalypse.

Bring on the zombies...

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Tracking Solutions For Linux Laptop?

Fitch Linux bigot says why buy pre-installed w/ Ubuntu? (253 comments)

The best feel-good elixir you can acquire for your shiny new toy is to be aware of how much your deductible is for your homeowners / renters insurance, and encrypt any sensitive information. Anyone serious enough to steal a laptop knows a guy who knows a guy that can re-install a bootleg OS on one simply for the purpose of fencing it. If it does get stolen, you've only got a 50/50 chance the theif will NOT be smart enough to wipe it before connecting to the internet, so laptop lo-jack systems that run on top of the OS are a joke at best.

-5 pts for not purchasing it (cheaper) with windows pre-installed and then wiping the partition to install Ubuntu (or whatever your favorite distro is) yourself. Seriously, you're posting on /. Now I remember why I wanted to petition CmdrTaco to make attribution in some GNU project a prerequisite for membership here...

about a year ago

Neuroscientist: First-Ever Human Head Transplant Is Now Possible

Fitch Re:The body can affect the mind (522 comments)

Edit: I should have quoted "myself" in that last sentence to highlight the irony...

about a year ago

Neuroscientist: First-Ever Human Head Transplant Is Now Possible

Fitch Re:The body can affect the mind (522 comments)

imagine how your personality would change at least temporarily if you were an 80 year old man who was in chronic pain whose libido left with his prostate removal a decade ago waking up with the body of a healthy 21 year old with a libido to match. You very well might forget your moral compass for a few seconds and make a remark to an attractive member of the hospital staff that you would regret as soon as your brain re-engaged and overrode your new hormones.

Having it put that way, I think you can sign me up right now!

Moral compass... that's funny. I'm only 42, and I'd kill to have a 21 year old's body again. Literally. I could take so much better care of myself having learned the hard way (knees, back, diet, etc.).

about a year ago

German City Says OpenOffice Shortcomings Are Forcing It Back To Microsoft

Fitch Re:Too late (480 comments)

It doesn't work that way in business.

That statement demonstrates the same sort of bone-headed mindset that's driven companies into the vendor lock-down the city of Freiburg was trying to escape from.

Do you really think Microsoft is going to blackmail world governments

Influence is delivered in many different shapes and sizes. Ironically, governments are machines that are almost universally fueled by influence. To think otherwise seems foolish.

about 2 years ago

How We'll Get To 54.5 Mpg By 2025

Fitch Why 13 years? (717 comments)

"What do Detroit, or Stuttgart, or Tokyo have waiting in the wings that will get to the Obama administration's target of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2025?"

Detroit, Stuttgart and Tokyo already have the technology. What they lack, and to a great degree what the overwhelming majority of the population also lacks is the will. The "big secret" is to lessen the influence of big oil, both in Detrioit and Washington.

I own a car that is capable of 54.5 mpg - a 1999 VW Jetta TDI. 13 years and 305,000 miles on the odometer and it still gets me to work and back - around 600 miles a week, on 13 gallons of diesel. Yet I still hear the argument at least every other week that "diesel is more expensive than gas" and then the argument that their trusty old Chevy pickup burns (an order of magnitude more) good-n-cheap 87 octane gasoline / gasohol. This leads me to believe that we need to start making basic economics part of the educational system's core curriculum and not just an elective.

OTOH, don't confuse this for an endorsement of the Obama administration. If you want to pay more to waste more energy, the choice is yours. While Obama has been working hard to remove everyone's choices through higher energy prices, the cash for clunkers program, etc. the fact that they've given auto makers 13 years to meet a level we should already be at is evidence that big oil's influence has infiltrated both sides of the aisle to an equal degree.

This will never happen until we get serious about energy independence, and I fear it will take a global catastrophe to bring that about.

about 2 years ago

IT Positions Some of the Toughest Jobs To Fill In US

Fitch Re:Salaries (886 comments)

You can train people skills too: you sit your problem employee down and tell him exactly what your expectations for personal behavior are, and what you need him to do differently. You be specific about what behavior is inappropriate or problematic, and tell him what you need him to do differently. If you start seeing changes in the right direction, you encourage it by telling him what he did right.

Are these encouragements in a monetary form? If not, the process of "sitting him down" has already alienated him, and he resents you.

I appreciate the role interpersonal skills plays in an office environment. All things considered, love me or hate me, they know it would take three such "socially acceptable" creatures to take my place. Given the choice, the bean counters would rather live with my "Asperger's".

more than 2 years ago

8 Grams of Thorium Could Replace Gasoline In Cars

Fitch 250 MW? in a 500 lb package? (937 comments)

That must be a typo. 250KW would be appropriate to power a mid-size car. 250 MegaWatts would power a mid-sized neighborhood through a heat wave.

Sign me up. If this is legit it signals a huge leap forward in power generation.

more than 3 years ago

House Websites Jammed After Obama Debt Speech

Fitch All politics aside... (1042 comments)

To distill this down to it's essence, the US federal government needs the ability to borrow money next month in order to pay the interest on the money it borrowed last month. If private individuals do that it's referred to as check kiting. If an investment company does this it's referred to as a ponzi scheme. If our federal government does this it's called business as usual.

Sadly, the only way things will ever change is if the few true fiscal conservatives in the house remain stalwart and force our government to face reality. The hard truth of the matter is quite simple, our liabilities exceed our gross national product. In business terms we're insolvent. Borrowing more with the justification of obfuscated spending cuts that will never materialize is just stacking another chair on top of an already precarious pile of furniture that we've built up over the past 30 years in hopes of poking our head above the storm clouds. Anyone who buys into the lie of "too big to fail" gets what they have coming to them. The foolishness needs to end, albeit at a tragic cost to everyone.

more than 3 years ago

The Science Behind Fanboyism

Fitch Dr. Siggy is innocent I tell you... (272 comments)

Can't blame the good doctor, he didn't put those lustful thoughts for your mother into your head either. ;-)

Now explain what is this "Windows" I keep hearing about...

more than 3 years ago

Build Your Own Time Capsule Work-Alike For $200

Fitch Pathetic... (208 comments)

If you have a wireless access point of some sort (and what home these days doesn't?) what the hell's the point of this article? In three sentences, let me summarize it for those who don't want their precious time wasted.

Go buy a cheap NAS box sans hard drive for $40, install a cheap / spare hard drive and plug into existing router / network. Use existing backup software on your winblows machines to backup to the SMB share. Post lame article on slashdot that will irritate the technically competent.

This is slashdot, not the official Cult of Apple fanboi site. Gawd... I seriously take issue with the gay Apple logo photoshopped onto the Linksys router.

more than 3 years ago

IPad 2 33% Thinner, 2x Faster, iOS 4.3

Fitch Re:33% thinner, 2x faster, 500% does anyone care? (1118 comments)

Just off the cuff, the Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor is made in the same FoxConn sweat shop, runs android, and costs roughly half. It's not equivalent if you're comparing it to a full-on tablet with a hard drive and a full blown OS. But when held to such standards neither is the iPad I/II. It's an overgrown phone that's not a phone.

As to your other inquiry, I used the term "trend-setting" in a derogatory sense.

Color me a bigot, but every morning when I see a 3 minute segment on the national news shows covering the newest iFad, I get enraged and change the channel only to find the same thing on all the other networks. Why is this news? Who's wheels does Jobs have to grease to get so much free exposure? Luckily I can count on later that day coming here to /. and finding a fanboi thread wherein I can vent my frustrations. :-)

Ahh, that's better.

more than 3 years ago

IPad 2 33% Thinner, 2x Faster, iOS 4.3

Fitch Re:Apple Hate (1118 comments)

If by fear you mean the sight of him is frightening, then yes, quite. But let's not get carried away, more than Gates?

While I hold an appreciable amount of disdain for the man, I also have ample respect for anyone with his marketing genius. He really knows how to keep the rats coming back to press the feeder bar. Consumer lending institutions appreciate this as well. It's what feeds our economy (to the Chinese).

more than 3 years ago

IPad 2 33% Thinner, 2x Faster, iOS 4.3

Fitch Re:Lack of flash and usb (1118 comments)

Little Stevie has to hold something back so there's something to entice you to buy an iPad 3 for xmas.

more than 3 years ago

Beer Made Just for Dogs

Fitch Re:Dosn't this cause rather then cure the problem (50 comments)

I've never seen a dog that _didn't_ love beer, though they're rarely exposed to it naturally (if you consider accidentally to be natural).

My boxers are partial to malty octoberfest and ipa styles, but FWIW they've also been known to lick their own orifices.

more than 3 years ago

Broadcom Releases Source Code For Drivers

Fitch Re:This is fantastic (350 comments)

Amen! This is a long anticipated move that is very much appreciated. Way to go Broadcom.

Now what will it take to get you to apply the same logic to your 7400 series video SOCs. And get Realtek onboard while you're at it. You would sell product like the proverbial hotcakes...

about 4 years ago

Narcissists, Insecure People Flock To Facebook

Fitch Re:Kettle calls Pot black (280 comments)

I can't speak for all Slashdotters, but I personally bag on Facebook because it's little more than a conglomeration of technologies we (the people with gray hair) have been using for nearly two decades. FB took the tools we developed and put a pretty interface on it all and suddenly it's the best thing to happen to the internet since Napster. Nevermind what will happen when 'everyone' adopts it as their primary storage for digital media and contacts and it goes away for lack of a sound business model. 'Fad' is an ugly label to those who've found themselves labeled so I find no fault in those who are defending their stance. I guess time will tell - I still wretch when I hear mullet jokes...

I've been invited dozens of times, and it's quite annoying to have to tell my brothers and sisters why I don't want to hassle with it just to see their photos. I simply have no desire to reconnect with people I didn't like in the first place. The people who are important to me still use a telephone (even though I wish some wouldn't). I don't need another medium upon which to ignore those I find annoying.

about 4 years ago


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