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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

GoChickenFat err... imminent not emanate :( (495 comments)

another victim of bad spell check selection. the US education system and auto correct have failed me again :( I blame Microsoft.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

GoChickenFat ever heard of emanate domain? (495 comments)

emanate domain, sometimes also called condemnation - is what government uses to do the same thing and almost always now to give to another company "for the greater good". Ever been forced to allow an easement, usually for some cabling or piping company to make a profit through your land? We've had land taken around here for a city owned bike trail and at least one of the property owners was not contacted before they took his land and built the trail without his knowledge - condemnation later took care of that problem when he didn't want to sell them what they already took.

about 6 months ago
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NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen

GoChickenFat Re:records go back to 1880, very funny (547 comments)

So, given all that, what has science landed on as the "correct" or "perfect" temperature average for the globe?

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

GoChickenFat Servers are for applications... (294 comments)

I've been an admin for a very long time. What I see is a lot of admins think the OS is the most important and fail to understand why the server even exists in the first place. If you patch simply because it was made available, you don't test or know what the application the server is hosting does at all, then are you really doing what is best? Yes, patches break things and often the patch "fixes" something that was low or no risk inside the corporate network to begin with. Too many admins fail to balance the risks with application uptime. ...and that's why you end up with a CAB - to keep everyone informed, to balance risk and to account for audit controls. These usually pop up after too many system outages or lack of information sharing. Admins have a bad habit of being too smart and too busy to keep others informed. I have worked with a lot of CAB's in many companies and the best way to work with them is to be proactive in keeping them informed and to build a trust relationship in advance.

about 8 months ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

GoChickenFat Re:Mt.Gox has a long history of problems, Bitcoin (695 comments)

The root of currency IS its convenience. Currency is supposed to represent so value of something, like a barter item. Bitcoin will fail as a replacement currency if it's convenience is not addressed.

about 10 months ago
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ICE License-Plate Tracking Plan Withdrawn Amid Outcry About Privacy

GoChickenFat Police already doing this... (152 comments)

I caught an unmarked "police" car methodically casing our office complex parking lot. I happed to walk right by as he entered a dead end area of our parking lot. He had a laptop and there were four rectangle boxes mounted on the trunk with lenses pointing outward. Our security group confirmed from videos that they cased our lot as well as nearby businesses. So, at what point is this trespassing? We didn't invite law enforcement on to our lot to collect data. We now know it was the local police department and they've since added these readers to several marked vehicles and have stationed them alongside roadways collecting data. They've recently been sued over refusal to release information under state sunshine laws but I doubt that will stop them. We now have several police departments in the metro area using this. What next? Will they be installed on stop lights right next to the red light cameras?

about 10 months ago
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How To Make 96,000lbs of WWII Machinery Into High-Tech Research Platform

GoChickenFat Re:WW2 machiny and WW2 units of measurement (150 comments)

Its a US story about a US installation. Why convert that to kilos? Should we also convert every US story that uses Dollars to some other currency? What else is too offensive for you that would need to be converted? Why not just use google to do the conversion for you if it bothers you that much.

about a year ago
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Australian Teen Reports SQL Injection Vulnerability, Company Calls Police

GoChickenFat Re:The correct way to "inform the authority" (287 comments)

I don't get it. None of your options speak of integrity. People can complain about the downfall of society all they want but if we promote ideas that contain little integrity then we add to the problem. You shouldn't expect others to respond with integrity if you don't use it yourself.

about a year ago
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University Developing Technology To Vote On Your Tablet, Smartphone

GoChickenFat Re:Nope (259 comments)

Yes, at least in the state I grew up in you could only get an absentee ballot if you had no other way to make it to the poll on election day. They also didn't count the absentee ballots unless there was a close race. Now you can get "early voting" for no more than just asking and it's counted. They now open up polling locations weeks early to vote in person if you like. All of this is a terrible idea in my opinion.

about a year ago
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University Developing Technology To Vote On Your Tablet, Smartphone

GoChickenFat Re:Nope (259 comments)

I'm with you on this. I'll also add that I want people to put some effort into voting. It shouldn't be so easy that it's just as casual as loading up Farmville or whatever. I also do not like fully electronic touch screen type voting that has no paper trail. I've been in IT my whole life and I know better than to trust these devices and my data to both intentional and incidental corruption. This electronic and early voting stuff is a slippery slope of corruption...

about a year ago
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Website Checkout Glitches: Two Very Different Corporate Responses

GoChickenFat fair? (303 comments)

"Fair" is the point when the transaction is completed. Advertising has nothing to do with it at the point the transaction is completed unless there is an agreed upon terms to correct a mistake.

about a year ago
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NSA Scraping Buddy Lists and Address Books From Live Internet Traffic

GoChickenFat Re:Foreigners (188 comments)

It's because your a user of technology. Non-citizens are just the excuse used by the US government when we know full well we're all losing our rights to privacy. In fact, I'd suggests non-citizens have more privacy. You're country may not subject you to constant government forced data collection in the form of "insurance" - medical, home, auto, etc. or law enforcement...whatever no privacy exists anywhere anymore.

about a year ago
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NSA Scraping Buddy Lists and Address Books From Live Internet Traffic

GoChickenFat Most transparent administration ever (188 comments)

I guess "most transparent" actually referred to us and not the government.

about a year ago
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90% of Nuclear Regulators Sent Home Due To Shutdown

GoChickenFat Re:October 17th Conspiracy Theorists Welcome! (358 comments)

What social program has actually been cut? I don't know of any of significance. I do know of more that have been added. And by cut I mean we no longer spend any money on the service provided by the program. Cutting a name to allow the same service to be provided under a different name or department doesn't count.

about a year ago
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Car Dealers Complain To DMV About Tesla's Website

GoChickenFat You're welcome... (364 comments)

If they were doing everything right then why the need for the tax credit? Shouldn't it stand on its own without tax payers subsidizing the purchase? I have a coworker that just bought the P85 and says the same thing about the company and experience. The car is cool as hell and it's unusual to see a car without a tailpipe. I just don't think its reasonable for tax payers to fund this obvious luxury purchase. Not only that...he's no longer paying for gas or the gas taxes that pay for the roads he drives it on.

about a year ago
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LinkedIn Accused of Hacking Customers' E-Mails To Slurp Up Contacts

GoChickenFat Your "friends" are likely to blame (210 comments)

One thing that has disturbed me is how quickly all my efforts to control information about me are quickly undone by a friend or coworker who doesn't care in the same way. All those apps and games on people's phones and tablets with "read contacts" permissions are building a network of information out of my control because people I know also maintain my contact information. For example, the latest google maps update requests the following permission be added - read your contacts. With further description - "...read data about your contacts stored on you phone, ...frequency....called, emailed, or communicated in other ways. ...may share contact data without your knowledge." WTF! it's a map application. People blindly update these things...

about a year ago
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Stronger Winds Explain Puzzling Growth of Sea Ice In Antarctica

GoChickenFat Could it be Superman? (236 comments)

I seem to recall Superman having the ability to create ice by blowing a strong wind. Yep, must be Superman.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can We Still Trust FIPS?

GoChickenFat Re:a much better question (138 comments)

Search for FIPS 140-2. It's a paid for government certification for an implementation of an encryption routine. You can implement AES in your software but it's not officially FIPS 140-2 certified until you submit and pay for the certification. So in other words, you will not find any open source encryption certified by the government as FIPS 140-2 since that would require a submission and payment. If you search you will find the official list of software that is certified as FIPS 140-2.

about a year ago

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