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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

GTRacer Re:How do deal with copycats? (112 comments)

Depends on your tolerance for installing and presumably uninstalling the clones as you work your way through their energy cycles. I personally loathe installing apps without first trying to figure out what they'll really be doing and why I need it. And I run XPrivacy so it's not like apps have free reign on my phone. I just don't like them leaving their junk everywhere or pitching ads to me.

about a week ago
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Hackers Claim PlayStation Network Take-Down

GTRacer Re:What was and wasn't working... (97 comments)

As a U.S.-based player, I had no luck connecting to Final Fantasy XIV starting round 11am, giving up at 10:30pm. Not continuous login attempts of course - we had stuff to do during the day. But a good 3 hours of click - fail - click - fail - reboot - click - fail.

I played a little P.T., Last of Us and Pinball Arcade to pass the time but never could get into the PSN Store or to XIV's login screen.

about a week ago
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It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

GTRacer Re:They Might be Giants (144 comments)

Or, Monty Python:

I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
No matter where they've been.

I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
I like traffic lights,
But only when they're green.

And so on in that fashion for several more verses...

about two weeks ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

GTRacer Re:Phones + 1 laptop. (260 comments)

My SSID actually /is/ GetOffMyLawn. And I wouldn't have done so if I had planned to get with the times ^^

about two weeks ago
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Book Review: Social Engineering In IT Security Tools, Tactics, and Techniques

GTRacer Re:Why dignify it as "social engineering"? (45 comments)

I must be one of the few people who actually likes the term "social engineering." I first encountered it in connection with Kevin Mitnick and Kevin Poulsen's biographies. While I completely agree at the root level SE is just a synonym for con games, fraud and the like, I accept it as a situationally-applicable variant when it pertains to security bypasses. As distinct from conning someone out of their Medicaid checks or pushing counterfeit merchandise with a smooth pitch.

I also like to think the engineering part comes into play when you design a system for ingratiating yourself into a foreign organization's trust, especially when it leads to credentialed access to I/T systems.

about two weeks ago
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EFF's Cell Phone Guide For US Protesters

GTRacer Re:Alter the phone so standard tools won't work (82 comments)

Umm... You're talking about physically flipping the USB port, right? To essentially physically obfuscate the connection in the hopes they try their cable and give up?

Aside from that old chestnut "Security through obscurity isn't security," when's the last time you plugged in a USB cord right on the first try?

Pretty much every device I have where the cord isn't already bent into position gets the push / fail / flip / push / fail / flip / crap it was right the first time treatment.

about two weeks ago
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Hackers Demand Automakers Get Serious About Security

GTRacer Re:Shouldn't be necessary, but if it is... (120 comments)

I, however, will buy them:

Remote Start: My car has a rotary motor. One lovely aspect of its design is that it really should be gotten to operating temperature before driving under any sort of load. And in the winter, I'd love to be able to warm the engine and the interior from inside my house while I gather my things for work.

Crash reporting: Agreed on sensor redundancy but at the same time, part of the reporting includes detection of airbag deployment, ABS / traction control usage prior, speed prior, and more. This data is used to help triage the severity of the crash before the EMTs roll out. Can all this be made redundant and air-gapped whilst remaining useful?

Theft recovery: I've not heard of any remote-drive systems, only telematics to locate and shut down. The telematics is used to determine approximately when and where the car is moving, or when it was last driven and where to. Makes it easier to track down quickly before it's parted out. Also, in extreme cases, the OnStar / Bluelink / et al. system can actively end a felon's joyride by cutting throttle, braking, or cutting the engine entirely. Then it can honk and flash the lights to attract the authorities' attention.

about three weeks ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

GTRacer Re:Good... (181 comments)

*opens mouth* *closes mouth* *ponders*

I'm usually off to work before Sofia the First comes on, so I haven't seen many episodes. But are they really guesting Princesses into Sofia's timeline? Does Cedric have something to do with it?

about a month ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

GTRacer Re:Anti-piracy (234 comments)

Given Zaphod's massive ego, bolstered by the Total Perspective Vortex proclaiming him the center of the Universe, I'd say the zed's are for his three arms?

I mean, what are the odds two earthlings and two Betelgeusians would meet not once but twice in an interstellar backwater only to go off on an adventure spanning time and space? At least as big as Zaphod's ego anyway...

about a month ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

GTRacer Re:Anti-piracy (234 comments)

Do they deliver to sector zed zed 9, plural zed-alpha?

about a month ago
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How Bird Flocks Resemble Liquid Helium

GTRacer Re:There have been attempts before (40 comments)

I almost, *almost*, spit out a mouthful of my breakfast. Kudos! You've brightened my otherwise off-to-a-horrible-start Monday!

about a month ago
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The Psychology of Phishing

GTRacer Re:well (128 comments)

I may have missed it but I never saw you proffer specific technology in place for detecting phished users ^^

about a month ago
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Raspberry Pi Gameboy

GTRacer Re:Now I wish.... (60 comments)

To paraphrase:
Arthur: Who would want a computerized rock?
Ford: Another computerized rock?

I'll take my towel and be off now...

about a month ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

GTRacer Re:Dammit (170 comments)

But that won't stop them making another sequel to the "zoo animals on safari" movie!

about a month ago
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The Psychology of Phishing

GTRacer Re:If you tried fixing that you did it wrong (128 comments)

Why would you slap a single line atop someone's letter and send the entire thing back?

Because we can and bytes are cheap? Hiya! I promise I'm not trying to start a religious war over top-versus-bottom posting or the like, but I'm genuinely curious:

I save all emails. Always have. I can usually find a thread easily enough, but there are times when multiple people are in a thread and the subject gets manually mangled, so Outlook won't incorporate those in its "conversation" search. So having the whole thread, TOP-POSTED, makes it simple to quickly review what was said about whatever we were discussing. As long as the email client clearly marks each message's beginning, how hard is it to read the top one and only scan down if needed?

That said, I'm all for stripping out inline images on reply, and if the topic shifts I have no problem [snip] -ping out the completed thread to make room for the new one. Or if an email thread goes marathon and bounces more than like 10 times...

about a month ago
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The Psychology of Phishing

GTRacer Re:well (128 comments)

I'm going to give s.petry the benefit of the doubt here and assume their systems are tightly locked down and they have various antivirus / tripwire / ip rules in place. That said:

If someone got phished leading to trojan installation, *BAM* alerts go off in the NOC. If phishing led to credential leakage, eventual usage of the credentials by the outside attackers would set off alarms in the NOC, assuming we aren't dealing with valid external staff. If phishing led to credit card / invoicing info loss, unauthorized purchases would set off alerts in Finance.

This also assumes an environment where credentials are not shared (the norm everywhere I've ever worked and none of those were DoD postings). It also assumes that pretty much anything of power is tied 1:1 to a person so any kind of abuse (use off-hours or in excess of limits, etc.) would be detectable.

about a month ago
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Court Rejects Fox's Attempt to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish's Hopper

GTRacer Re:Can't use duck test and rational argument (67 comments)

Hi Bill! First, I want to thank you for taking the time to discuss this with me! Second, I promise I'm not trying to be thick. I believe in my position and am using this back-and-to to clarify and refine my thoughts.

As to Aereo, I thought the core issue came down to the public performance threshold. Multicasting is in effect, a public performance, right? Requiring cumpulsory licensing?

If Aereo truly is private performance, bolstered by previously-approved technical measures like remote DVR, I don't get the issue other than the broadcasters aren't getting paid for something they have to give away already.

about a month and a half ago
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Court Rejects Fox's Attempt to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish's Hopper

GTRacer Re:Can't use duck test and rational argument (67 comments)

The original purpose of a cable TV system was to provide reception of OTA broadcasts to areas [...]

I get this part. But the difference I see is that the CATV operator is taking a good OTA signal and MULTICASTING that signal to whomever wants to tune to that channel out of the total channels in the pipe. Aereo is NOT multicasting - they're maintaining a one-to-one relationship between a received OTA signal and the user tuned to it. Only one channel's signal is in Aereo's feed to the customer at any given time. Unicast, as it were.

Again, they do the same sort of thing a CATV does, but by aggregating several discrete receptions across several discrete connections. This to my IANAL eyes is why Aereo should have been allowed to continue until someone changed laws regarding OTA reception and access.

about a month and a half ago
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Court Rejects Fox's Attempt to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish's Hopper

GTRacer Re:Can't use duck test and rational argument (67 comments)

I'll be honest here - I didn't read the "Cablevision" decision validating third-party DVR operation on the behalf of a customer. But what it says to me is that Aereo is taking a legal, single OTA broadcast reception, storing it in a third-party DVR and making it available to a customer who is already entitled to that OTA broadcast by being in-market.

I *still* don't see how any of what they did violated the LETTER of the law. And as Number 1.0 said, technically correct is the best kind of correct.

Maybe what I need to see is this clarified: Could I, as a New Yorker, rent a rooftop in the city, put up an antenna and run a wire to my ground floor apartment several blocks over? If the answer is yes, then why can't Aereo do the same thing on my behalf? Where does it say I have to OWN the antenna and transmission medium versus RENT?

about a month and a half ago
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Seat Detects When You're Drowsy, Can Control Your Car

GTRacer The Cullens May Need to Change Cars (106 comments)

If Volvo takes this idea and adds it to their already-lengthy safety feature list, Ed will need a new car. Cos it will assume a cadaver is trying to drive and not let him zoom around town...

about a month and a half ago

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Hilton Plans Phone-based Check-in and Room Access

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about a month ago

GTRacer (234395) writes "Forbes reports that Hilton Worldwide, international hotel operator, is rolling out smartphone-based guest tools allowing self-service check-in, access to a virtual floorplan to select a room, and (in 2015) actual door access once checked in. The author states the drive for this technology is the growing influence of the swelling ranks of Millennials, who "[...] have a very strong inclination toward automated and self-service customer service." The security risks seem obvious though "Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts [is] working on using the same, or a similar, system soon–and Four Seasons is nothing if not secure and discreet.""
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Translucent Oyster Shells May Pave The Way To Better Armor

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about 5 months ago

GTRacer (234395) writes "The Slate Report has an interesting summary and lay analysis of a recent research paper (paywalled) in Nature Materials . This materials research focused on the properties of the "clear enough to read through" windowpane oyster shell. Ling Li and Christine Ortiz analyzed the way the shell's structure contained penetration damage by "twinning", a split of the damaged ceramic structures into smaller regions which helps limit the effects of impacts. Engineered ceramic armor or structural systems with high translucence and damage mitigation could come next: "A clear, lightweight, damage-resistant material has obvious applications for military and police personnel, including eye and face protection. However, there are many potential applications such as windows and windshields which could benefit everyone," much as Kevlar has."
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Google Science Fair Finalist Invents Peltier-Powered Flashlight

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about a year ago

GTRacer (234395) writes "Ann Makosinski, a Canadian student competing in Google's Science Fair submitted a flashlight which uses temperature differentials to power its LEDs. Her long-time interest is alternative energy because, "[she's] really interested in harvesting surplus energy, energy that surrounds but we never really use." Using Peltier tiles and custom circuitry, her design currently runs for 20 minutes or so and costs $26. A win at the September finals in Mountain View and/or outside investment could fund further development."
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Fox, Univision May Go Subscription to Stop Aereo

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  about a year ago

GTRacer (234395) writes "In response to Aereo's recent win allowing per-user over-the-air antenna feeds to remote devices, Fox COO Chase Carey said, "We need to be able to be fairly compensated for our content. This is not an ideal path we look to pursue [...]", that path being a switch to a subscription model. Spanish-language stalwart Univison may join Fox, per CEO Haim Saban. Aereo replied, in part, "When broadcasters asked Congress for a free license to digitally broadcast on the public's airwaves, they did so with the promise that they would broadcast in the public interest and convenience, and that they would remain free-to-air. Having a television antenna is every American's right." A switch to a pay-TV subscription model would stymie Aereo but could hurt affiliate stations."

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Finally! I have reached the summit!

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  more than 12 years ago My second-ever 5 posting also netted me the Karma Kap! I shall wear it with pride! I wonder if it comes in murasaki...

GTRacer
- Will whore for karma

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I suck, but hey, what's new?

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  more than 12 years ago I scored my first-ever 0-threshold FP. I came less than 60 seconds from getting the -1 critical hit. Best part is, I still have my karma!

2 points away from the cap - yeah, I can spare some!

GTRacer
- Mod THIS!

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Karma == The Answer

GTRacer GTRacer writes  |  more than 11 years ago Today I hit 42 karma! And I just recently pulled my first-ever 5.

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