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Altering Text In eBooks To Track Pirates

Fry-kun Re:sure (467 comments)

Suppose you have several pirates in different markets with different accounts that all buy the ebook and diff those. If done once, it's really hard to narrow it down to any one of them. If they keep using different accounts for future purchases and add their own alterations to the pirated copy (to confuse the detector), it makes them practically impossible to trace.

about a year and a half ago

Ultrasound Waves Used To Increase Data Storage Capacity of Magnetic Media

Fry-kun Re:So the drives will get louder and hotter? (25 comments)

My comment was meant as a joke, I guess that didn't go through :)
I think it's a pretty cool technology, too

about 2 years ago

Ultrasound Waves Used To Increase Data Storage Capacity of Magnetic Media

Fry-kun So the drives will get louder and hotter? (25 comments)

Great, thanks. It's not as if we didn't have to deal with that already.

about 2 years ago

Solving Climate Change By Bioengineering Humans?

Fry-kun Some men (363 comments)

Some men just want to watch the world burn

more than 2 years ago

Erasing CDs By Using 150,000 Volts of Electricity

Fry-kun Flashy but not secure (242 comments)

The metallic reflective layer is NOT where the information is stored, it just aids in the information retrieval. In other words, this method might not destroy the data at all. It's true that it's pretty hard to get the data back, but depending on various conditions it may not be impossible.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Data-Only Phone, Voice Over WiFi?

Fry-kun Re:N900 / Asterisk / Vitelity (208 comments)

Most likely T-mobile, since pretty much nothing else lets you use 3G on N900
But I'd like to know for sure, too

more than 3 years ago

French Use Space Tech To Find Parking Spots

Fry-kun Re:Bad Article or Worst System Ever? (112 comments)

If I understand TFA correctly, these sensors act as a radar, except they analyze EM fields (which are distorted by metal cars) within the working radius

about 4 years ago

Browsing the Body

Fry-kun Re:"The Firefox 4 beta seems to work fine." (107 comments)

Fedora 14 here with OSS ATI drivers
Chromium works fine; Firefox 4b7 works (slow~ish, after updating extensions), Firefox 4b8 (JS preview build) doesn't work

more than 4 years ago

SHA-3 Finalist Candidates Known

Fry-kun Re:"Too fast to be true" (194 comments)

FTFA: "Cryptologist Ron 'The R in RSA' Rivest withdrew his MD6 process - it was highly-rated but conspicuously sluggish"

Someone simply misread or misunderstood "sluggish" for "too fast"

more than 4 years ago

Google Quietly Posts Big JavaScript Engine Update

Fry-kun Re:The Browser Wars (120 comments)

Or... "The browsers warses continueses"


more than 4 years ago

DOJ Ramping Up Crackdown On Copyright-Infringing Sites

Fry-kun Re:Next up (366 comments)

Yeah, vote for Mickey Mouse - he doesn't have an agenda!

more than 4 years ago

The DIY Car Computer vs. the iPad

Fry-kun In theory, theory and practice are the same (202 comments)

2 major problems with using iPad as a car pc (off the top of my head, mind you)

* glare -- HUGE problem when you're in daylight and you've got light coming in from every window. And if the sun hits the screen directly... have fun!
* no extensibility -- no CD/tape/radio. Forget sat radio. No higher quality GPS or any other upgrades. True, you don't get extreme flexibility with pre-built car pcs, but they're still upgradeable to an extent..

more than 4 years ago

US Monitoring Database Reaches Limit, Quits Tracking Felons and Parolees

Fry-kun Well no wonder (270 comments)

MS Access can't possibly handle 2 billion records, no matter how much hardware you throw at it.

more than 4 years ago

1K JavaScript Madness

Fry-kun Re:the most uberest slashdotting evar (131 comments)

...and if they used Nginx they could easily withstand both slashing and dotting
Too bad they've only got Apache with PHP

more than 4 years ago

Preventing Networked Gizmo Use During Exams?

Fry-kun Re:Faraday Cage, anyone? (870 comments)

Constructing one isn't very hard, just line the walls/windows/doors with metal screen door mesh, then ground it.

But that doesn't solve the problem of students networking between each other. If that's a necessity, a wifi jammer can be placed inside the faraday cage - this both prevents illegal jamming (nobody outisde is affected), and internally nobody can use wireless either.

Might cost a bundle, though :P

more than 4 years ago



Missouri police abuse caught on tape, again

Fry-kun Fry-kun writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Fry-kun writes ""A motorist who refused to discuss his personal business with a St. George, Missouri police officer was threatened with arrest last Friday. Brett Darrow, 20, no stranger to unconventional encounters with police, caught a St. George Police Sergeant James Kuehnlein stating that he had the power to invent charges that would put Darrow behind bars. Update: Sergeant Kuehnlein was placed on unpaid leave Monday pending an investigation." Brett Darrow had already videotaped an abusive encounter with Missouri police in the past."
Link to Original Source

Fry-kun Fry-kun writes  |  about 8 years ago

Fry-kun (619632) writes "I recently became interested in setting up a 2-factor authentication system for my laptop. With that in mind, I bought a fairly inexpensive USB key. Although it seems to work, I can't bring myself to trust it completely: Kensington claims that the system is secure, but there is no independent security lab analysis of the product. In other words, for all I know, there may be a gaping hole in their security setup.
Worse yet, there are apparently no reviews of the product, no mention of anyone trying to test it and no hardware hackers tried to make it work in Linux, even though it's been out for over 2 years.

How would you go about making sure that a security product does what it claims to?"

Fry-kun Fry-kun writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Fry-kun writes "I'm a fairly new Linux user (read as: "still discovering ways of messing up"). Most recently, I tried copying some files to manually-mounted flash media (microSD card) and noticed that it was extremely slow. After some searching, I found the cause of the problem: mounting flash media with sync flag is both slow and destructive. I have fixed the problem on my system right away and notified my linux-savvy friends so they wouldn't kill any of their expensive thumb drives, memory cards and the like. Yet, I'm feeling uneasy now that I almost killed my memory card.
So, my question to the Slashdot community is this: what are some other dangers that await those who recently started using Linux?
Please note that I'm not asking about simple performance degradation problems — I'm talking about actually damaging the hardware components unwittingly."


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