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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Havokmon Re:Nothing made after 2000 (183 comments)

Modern cars use proprietary designs and even smallest modification would require you to re-flash software. While it is possible, and there are 'dealer' keys out there, modern cars are overly complex. Your best bet is to get something classic and not too rare.

I agree. Get a Honda from the 90s. OBD2 will give you good insight into the ECU, plus there won't be engine components crammed into every nook and cranny of the engine bay. And the Keys - my god the keys. If you don't want to pay $100 just to copy your key, avoid that proprietary garbage.

I've got a '93 Del Sol. Only OBD1, but fun to drive, parts are easily found and there's a ton of info available about Civics. My 2005 Pathfinder needs a new key, and I can't bring myself to spend that kind of money for what's worth $1 to me.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Havokmon DKIM (405 comments)

Sign your outgoing emails. If it's in the remote user's Spam folder, then it's not blocked, it's filtered. And since your IP is coming from a known poor reputation provider, you already have an uphill battle.

about a week ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

Havokmon Re:yea no - happened in Middle School (319 comments)

Same thing happened in my Middle School science class. One kid got a hold of the teachers copy of the final, and a bunch of kids cheated - including twin friends of mine. The administration did the same thing - "Tell us if you cheated, and it'll be ok".

The brother admitted to it, and was held back. The sister stayed quiet and moved on to high school.

about two weeks ago
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Using Naval Logbooks To Reconstruct Past Weather and Predict Future Climate

Havokmon Re:HA! (102 comments)

Stormy? The crew on our other ship in the area said it was so nice the native babes were swimming topless....

We were attacked by pirates. Fortunately, we were able to fend them off, but we lost Joe (who actually deserted).

about two weeks ago
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Using Naval Logbooks To Reconstruct Past Weather and Predict Future Climate

Havokmon Re:HA! (102 comments)

"Anything you read in a logbook, you can be sure that it is a true and faithful account."

Says someone who never stood watch in the Navy.

Especially back before satellites and realtime communications Wanna pick up some 'native' chicks?

Oh we're a week late because it was REALLY STORMY at sea. See? It says so in the log book.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Single Sign-On To Link Google Apps and Active Directory?

Havokmon I've done this. (168 comments)

I was InfoSec at a Fortune 500 company that moved to Google Apps and the Security rep for the email migration. SSO and account verification was to accomplished via SAML - so we could restrict non-exempt employees and consultants, etc. Not having worked with it before, I setup SimpleSAMLphp on my Windows laptop using my personal domain on Google. It took me about 40 minutes to get my local AD credentials to auth to my domain on Google.

They paid $1mil for 4 servers to do the same thing.

about three weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

Havokmon Re:no dimocrats (551 comments)

If you're going to put words in your opponent's mouth, make sure they are coherent. I don't believe suffering is limited by economic class. If you are going to claim liberals are elitist (nice parroting of a GOP talking point), say *why* you believe that. Seriously learn to read. I didn't say it's wrong to call someone black, or jewish, or anything at all as a description. Just that some people like to *complain* (how did you miss that word?) about others, and hide behind "you guys are too PC" as a cover. Though more likely they just use PC as either a dog whistle, or as an alarm to raise a panic about liberals.

" For example how wealthy Republicans con poor Republicans into voting away their power" Does that help with why I believe you're elitist? Seriously, learn to read. (Does that help too?).

about three weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

Havokmon Re:no dimocrats (551 comments)

I don't believe in hateful divisions along lines of gender, race, heritage, education level, ... {insert wedge issue}, ... and I don't believe in a "class" system.

Are you saying you don't believe those divisions exist? That's denying the painful reality. Or are you saying that Democrats somehow divide people by acknowledging how some groups of people take advantage of others? For example how wealthy Republicans con poor Republicans into voting away their power by using wedge issues like gun control, abortion, and gay rights.

ahh another "You must be a 1%er if you haven't suffered, and if not then you're obviously a sucker". Yes, both parties are at fault, but damn, liberals are some snobby elitist bastards. I'm athiest nonPCer. Yeah, if the guy is black - it's a description, not a judgement. Get over yourself already, it's almost 2015.

about three weeks ago
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FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

Havokmon Re:How to get $10,000 for free... (445 comments)

1) Own a Cessna.

2) Have mother-in-law aim a laser at it in the safety of your hangar.

3) call FBI

4) Profit ... Twice!!!

There. Fixed that for you.

You appear to have improved on the situation, especially if jail time is involved.

about 9 months ago
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How Online Clues Located North Korea's Missile-Launcher Factories

Havokmon Re:Open Source? (71 comments)

Ah, come on. Open source intelligence? What's unusual about this?

I remember from Tom Clancy's "Clear and Present Danger" where the CIA was watching Cable News, getting lots of information from what was freely available from the likes of CNN and Fox. I also remember watching CNN reporting from Down Town Baghdad while the US was dropping bombs at the start of desert storm. Can you say instant BDA on the raid? "Yes, our power just went out! Good thing we have battery powered equipment so we can show you what's happening next to ground zero. Oh wow, Baghdad TV just went off the air too!" You know that this often happens in real life.

What's important about this story is that the North Koreans messed up, assuming they intended to keep this development a secret. Somehow, I doubt they made a mistake, but this release was calculated, knowing that the west would figure out what's going on. They are simply too controlling.

The assumption is that the west didn't know anything about it. I bet the CIA has rooms full of people going over satellite images of North Korea that would make Google Maps look like something Magellan used.

I would be surprised if the west didn't know about it.

Now, that's totally different from discovering the Icelandic military (is there one?) has ICBMs. I would assume that's not a place we're actively looking to protect ourselves from.

about 9 months ago
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IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share

Havokmon Re:Serious sample bias (390 comments)

The statistics are "collected from W3Schools' log-files..." So an English-language site for people interested in standards compliant web development is now considered an accurate proxy for browser usage? I think not. Predictably, the results are way out of line with, well, pretty much everyone:

FTFY- We all know anyone who does dev in IE isn't concerned with standards compliance.

about 10 months ago
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New Zealand Schools Find Less Structure Improves Children's Behavior

Havokmon Re:that wasn't 'no rules' (127 comments)

rofl. That's what I get for putting [blah blah blah blah I forget exactly] in &gt &lt tags

about 10 months ago
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New Zealand Schools Find Less Structure Improves Children's Behavior

Havokmon Re:that wasn't 'no rules' (127 comments)

I can tell you from experience that 'lack of rules' does not prevent bullying. And that's not what happened here either, from the story. They gave the kids toys, which kept them occupied. That's what happened. Some of the toys were slightly dangerous (like trees for climbing, one example), and that's why they called it 'getting rid of rules.'

This more reminds me of the 'new at the time' Kindergarten teacher "Hi, so your child is restless, do you mind if we tie him to a chair? Our professors say that children "

"Lady, you're telling me you can't control a 5yr old little boy? They're the definition of restless. Is he running around the room? "

"No"

"Is he beating on other kids"

"No no, he's just restless and doesn't always pay attention"

"As I said, that's what a little boy does. You have to attract his attention, not expect it. Make it interesting for him - that's your job."

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

Havokmon Re:Diet/Exercise (384 comments)

With regards to this subject, lifestyle is one of the biggest contributors to cognitive performance or lack thereof. It only makes sense to start there. If the TV won't turn on you don't first take it to a TV repair man, you check to see if the bloody thing is even plugged and branch out from there.

I agree. So in that he has already researched the problem, shouldn't diet/exercise already have been addressed?

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

Havokmon Re:Diet/Exercise (384 comments)

Perhaps you need to re-read the question... He reports that he is slow of mind and has difficulty with recollection then asks for help with this. To what do you point to in my post regarding improving his cognitive abilities as off-topic?

You're assuming that he must have a poor diet. That's just as likely as him having a poor sex life. Neither can be alluded to by details in the parent post.

Maybe he should lay off the weed.
Maybe he should take fish-oil supplements.
Maybe he should get a C-PAP machine.

Ok - I suppose - other than lack of sleep since childhood, there's really not much detail to go on and just about any suggestion is a shot in the dark.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

Havokmon Re:Diet/Exercise (384 comments)

There are plenty of chemical/herbal compounds that you can take to improve cognitive abilities. However, aside from sleep with respect to controllable factors the absolute most powerful contributors to cognitive abilities are your diet and exercise. Both eating low quality (unhealthy) food as well as a sedentary lifestyle degrade cognitive performance immensely.

My advise to you would be to ditch McRotten and visit your local gym regularly. As a side benefit you just might find yourself sleeping better too.

Huh? Talk about a shot in the dark. Your post is about as on-topic as the "You just need to get more sex, Bro", post.

That said, I do agree with both, but neither really address the OPs issue.

about 10 months ago
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Target Confirms Point-of-Sale Malware Was Used In Attack

Havokmon Re:Cheap architecture + short cuts = DOOM (250 comments)

Yes, I'm not sure why the unencrypted card stripe data needs to be anywhere except in the little black box (LBB) that swipes the card and the bank's computer.

The interface between the cash register and LBB could/should be.

What bank? Here is the basic process:
User (swipe)-> Merchant (dial)-> Front-End Processor (T1) -> card issuer.

At least the first 6 digits need to be unencrypted so the transaction attempt can be routed to the correct bank. Of course, with terminals accepting Amex (15 digits), and proprietary cards - it's probably not even that easy.

As it is, (though I've been out of the biz for 5 years), there are no terminals that encrypt the transaction end to end. The front-ends only accept unencrypted data (via encrypted transmission).

about 10 months ago
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Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

Havokmon Medical costs have dropped? (1043 comments)

Food stamps feed 1 in 7 Americans and cost almost $80 billion a year, twice what it cost five years ago
a cut of $2 billion a year in food stamps could trigger in an increase of $15 billion in medical costs

So medical costs have dropped $300 billion in the last 5 years? I rather doubt they've dropped at all. It seems to me if we've been increasing food stamps to help people, and food stamps have SOME SORT of correlation with medical costs, they should be SOME SORT of decease in medical costs over the last 5 years.

about 10 months ago

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A day which will live in infamy

Havokmon Havokmon writes  |  more than 13 years ago I've added an entry to my Slashdot journal.

This is just as interesting as any other journal I've ever written in. (See havokmon.com)

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