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Non-Volatile DIMMs To Ship This Year

Gordonjcp Re:Do not want... (63 comments)

Why would flash memory be non-replaceable? Sure, the stuff that was on it when it failed might be hard to replace, but that's why you keep backups, right?

about a year and a half ago
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Virgin Launches Glass-Bottomed Plane

Gordonjcp Stupid fucking slashdot janitors (91 comments)

The ROT13 thing was funny once. It is now just irritating.

Please stop being such stupid unfunny fuckwits. Allowed HTML
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about a year and a half ago
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Remote Island Adopts Dothraki Language

Gordonjcp Fucking stupid slashdot janitors (65 comments)

The ROT13 thing was funny once. It is now just irritating.

Please stop being such stupid unfunny fuckwits.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Ahead of Phone Tracking ?

Gordonjcp Re:Short answer: you can't. (259 comments)

You haven't been paying attention. It's called e911 and it is a requirement so that a caller can be located when calling 911 from a cell phone. The wire system provided that information for a long time, and now the cell system does too.

It's only a requirement in the US, and it doesn't use GPS. GPS would be a waste of time for this, because it would either need to be on all the time and thereby kill your battery in an hour, or only enabled in response to an emergency call and need a good ten minutes to get a lock from cold.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Ahead of Phone Tracking ?

Gordonjcp Re:Short answer: you can't. (259 comments)

Why would GPS be "mandatory" on a phone? It's only in the past two or three years that GPS receivers have got small and low-power enough to fit to phones, without requiring a battery the size of a brick.

If you want to locate a phone, GPS is close to useless.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Ahead of Phone Tracking ?

Gordonjcp Re:HAM radio? (259 comments)

Great idea! Then not only are you giving away your location but you're transmitting your message in the clear, for anyone to eavesdrop on!

I can't help but think you've missed the point a little...

about a year and a half ago
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Gauging the Dangers of Surveillance

Gordonjcp Don't do illegal things in public, then (111 comments)

Surely if you're worried about being seen doing illegal things, you keep the illegal things private or don't do them at all?

about a year and a half ago
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Happy World Backup Day

Gordonjcp Re:Foolproof backups (154 comments)

Aha, the trick is, only the ones actually carry information - that's when the bit is actually holding a voltage. So, you can compress out all the zeros and get a roughly 2:1 saving on space!

The only downside is that for decompressing, the codebook is necessarily rather large, in fact the same size as your original data. But the compression works well and it's fast!

about a year and a half ago
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Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers

Gordonjcp Re:So do something about it. (525 comments)

When you fly opt out if the scanners. I always do and get the TSA Preflight Massage. If more people did this it would make it look like the invasion of privacy it really is.

Wear a kilt. Be louche as fuck. "Yeah, you just keep moving your hand up there until you meet 'resistance', that's right... Yeah, back down there, boy, I didn't tell you to stop."

about a year and a half ago
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When Your Data Absolutely, Positively has to be Destroyed (Video)

Gordonjcp Re:dd (295 comments)

The "somebody else's problem" is good, but it's expensive.

All you need to do is configure one of the "scrap" machines as a PXE boot server, find a switch from somewhere, and then get your trainee to do all the plugging in and unplugging.

"Here you go, it's a vitally important job, and a big responsibility. Now do this pallet, and when you're done, do this pallet, and then when you've done *that* do this pallet. Then I'll teach you how to drive the forklift..."

about a year and a half ago
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When Your Data Absolutely, Positively has to be Destroyed (Video)

Gordonjcp Re:dd (295 comments)

Oh yeah, I mean if you have a process that says that then I guess there's no way round it. However, it's a pointless waste of time that just adds to the ever-growing pile of e-waste that isn't really being dealt with properly.

I know from personal experience that at least one organisation that deals with confidential medical information simply hooks a pallet of decomissioned machines up to power and a switch, PXE boots the whole lot into DBAN, and calls it a day at that. "Good Enough".

about a year and a half ago
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New Facebook-Branded Android Coming?

Gordonjcp Re:So, (112 comments)

Now would be a good time, too, because they've just changed the page layouts again and people are moaning about it.

If you want to get customers to jump ship (and yes, you are a paying customer; you pay with information like geotagging restaurants and shops you visit) then bring along a better product right at the point where people are starting to dislike what they already use, and make the transition quick and painless. "Hi, sign up for Placescroll and import all your facebook data *for free*!" and give them the option to upload their saved-off facebook.zip file to prepopulate their friends lists, messages, posts etc.

about a year and a half ago
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US and Russia Lead List of Malware Hosts

Gordonjcp Re:Not really all that surprising (39 comments)

Years ago I started blocking US dynamic IP ranges from port 25 because of the amount of spam from compromised machines. I started mapping the attempts to send spam using an intelligent guess based on the hostnames (most ISPs have a clue to the city in their reverse DNS) and GeoIP lookup. Now, I'm sure it's an artifact and not a "real" effect, but there seemed to be a strong correlation between red states and compromised machines sending spam.
I'd love to see the results of a more rigorous investigation.

about a year and a half ago
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DOJ Often Used Cell Tower Impersonating Devices Without Explicit Warrants

Gordonjcp Re:MITM attack: impersonates a cellular tower (146 comments)

I'm in the UK. The licensing authorities here take people trespassing on mobile phone frequencies pretty seriously - and pretty much anywhere else that you've paid for a licence. Furthermore, certain technically-qualified people are legally able to confiscate or shut down equipment that is causing interference.

It doesn't matter if you're the police, if you're jamming something you get your toys taken away.

about a year and a half ago
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When Your Data Absolutely, Positively has to be Destroyed (Video)

Gordonjcp Re:dd (295 comments)

You're missing the point.

If you write 1s and 0s to a disk then overwrite them then *theoretically* it is possible to look at the data coming off the disk, and work out that a 1 that's a little higher than normal was previously a 1, a 0 that's a little higher was previously a 1 and so on.

But this only works with extremely old drives.

With modern drives, the signal written by the heads on disk is quite complex and consists of a mixture of signals with rapidly changing amplitude and phase. It's not as simple as on or off. How do you tell the difference between a really strong residual "1" and a really faint residual "7"? You can't, pretty much.

The military do not have some big magic machine that can extract data from overwritten hard disk tracks. It's not possible to do this, on any drive that's younger than the Internet.

about a year and a half ago
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When Your Data Absolutely, Positively has to be Destroyed (Video)

Gordonjcp Re:dd (295 comments)

So with a bad sector, you might be able to recover a couple of bytes of the old data. Maybe.

Bear in mind that the most likely reason for the drive to map out a sector is because it can no longer find the address marks to tell where the sector starts. If that's the case then no amount of vendor-specific commands will fix that...

about a year and a half ago
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When Your Data Absolutely, Positively has to be Destroyed (Video)

Gordonjcp Re:dd (295 comments)

You've not actually read further up this thread, have you?

Drives don't write 1s and 0s, and they haven't done since before Jurassic Park was released.

about a year and a half ago
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GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode

Gordonjcp Re:So, they heard the complaints... (267 comments)

1. having search boxes on menus and windows is just a crutch. the whole point is to see what you're looking for in a graphically intuitive way. Adding search boxes is just admitting the design sucks.

No, it isn't. How do you meaningfully represent the thousands of different things? As it is, the Gnome and Unity app menus with masses of identical little boxes is confusing enough.

You don't walk into a shop and point at stuff behind the counter and say "that" "that" "that" to get it, you ask the person for what you want.

about a year and a half ago
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GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode

Gordonjcp Re:So, they heard the complaints... (267 comments)

By the same token, sit a newbie down in front of Windows and how will they guess where things are?

It took me about 20 minutes to work out how to get into the network settings, and I'm reasonably familiar with computers (but still quite new to using Windows).

about a year and a half ago
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DOJ Often Used Cell Tower Impersonating Devices Without Explicit Warrants

Gordonjcp Re:MITM attack: impersonates a cellular tower (146 comments)

You can confiscate them, though, because they're probably being operated without the appropriate RF licence.

I can't wait for someone to try that out over here.

about a year and a half ago

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UK Internet Porn Blocking Rejected

Gordonjcp Gordonjcp writes  |  about 2 years ago

Gordonjcp (186804) writes "The BBC are reporting that the proposed automatic blocking of porn websites by UK ISPs has been rejected by the government. Only 35% of the parents who responded to a survey on filtering wanted an automatic block. The report, drawn from over 3500 responses, found that 80% of all those who responded were in favour of no filtering of any kind."
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Efficiency? Think Racing Cars, Not Hybrids

Gordonjcp Gordonjcp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Gordonjcp writes "A renowned racing car designer has said that car manufacturers should be looking at making cars lighter to improve efficiency, rather than adding complex drive trains. In this article on the BBC News website, Professor Gordon Murray explains that a weight saving of 10% in a normal car would make more difference than switching to a hybrid engine and motor combination. Could this be the next nail in the SUV's coffin?"
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Tata reveals its 1 lakh car

Gordonjcp Gordonjcp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Gordonjcp writes "The BBC reports that Tata has unveiled its 1 lakh car at India's biggest car show. Selling for the equivalent of around 1600 euros (US$2500), the Tata Nano is aimed at getting India's families off of inefficient and polluting motorbikes and into modern small cars. Tata have already found some measure of success in the West with their pickup trucks and 4x4s. Will we see the Nano on our roads?"
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