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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 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

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 8 months ago

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 8 months ago

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? "


"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 8 months ago

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 8 months ago

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 8 months ago

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 8 months ago

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 8 months ago

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 8 months ago

Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

Havokmon Re: Decreased Costs (1043 comments)

> How about when the girl gets on welfare with one kid you tell her "Here's the pill, here's where you can get condoms.

That's fine in theory. Except for the fact that the people that want to gut Food Stamps also want to destroy sex education and any form of family planning. The openly attack the private organizations that provide birth control pills and condoms to would be welfare mothers.

As a grandfather, let me assure you these private organizations aren't providing 'family planning'. They're colluding with, and encouraging, underage girls to have sex without their parents involvement and knowledge. "But it's 'family planning'" they say. Oh really, do those places meet the partners? hahahaha

I was once as naive as you. Now I'm a grandfather. At best, those places need WAY more oversight.

about 8 months ago

McAfee Brand Name Will Be Replaced By Intel Security

Havokmon Re:Interesting... (180 comments)

as I and everyone I know stopped using it years ago.

I frigg'n wish. Unfortunately my incompetent security group insists on McAfee. Most people in my office don't even come in on Tuesdays anymore because that's virus scan day. It starts a 1AM and nothing on your machine will work until at least 3PM. If you don't turn your machine on until 7 or 8 PM you'll be lucking to get out of the office by bedtime. McAfee has absolutely no ability to scale CPU usage, it's 100% all the time.

I had the same experience when we were 'integrated' with a new parent company. My (admittedly) VERY trimmed down PCs couldn't handle their McAfee install - but I wouldn't call them a 'security group'. I had to argue with them that 'spyware/malware' was a separate module (a new PCI requirement at the time), which fortunately saved us from installing their crap. They also declared my recently moved db server PCI Compliant because they put it in a physical cage.

I could go on and on about that place - I've never gotten a clearer message to get the hell out.

about 8 months ago

How to Avoid a Target-Style Credit Card Security Breach (Video)

Havokmon Re:What do I care? (146 comments)

Some debit cards offer a guarantee of loss prevention. Chase issues such cards. Since I got used to using a debit card I rarely handle any cash at all. Most months I have less than $5. in cash for the entire month. It is rare that I go anywhere that won't accept my Chase Visa debit card.

I had 5 Chase credit cards at the beginning of 2013 with about $45k in credit. After they called me regarding ~$50 in itunes charges that I didn't recognize, and I wasn't able to find any record of in my own itunes accounts (and my cards are kept in a safe when not in use), they decided to 're-evaluate' my credit and knocked me down to about $15k in retaliation - on all my credit accounts. Which, of course, knocked my credit score down 10 points.

Bastards. Stay far away from them.

about 9 months ago

Snowden Gives Alternative Christmas Message On Channel 4

Havokmon Re:Enough (224 comments)

There are whistle blower laws that would have protected him if he'd played by the rules. He chose to make a martyr out of himself.

Fool. That isn't how whistleblower laws work, not even in theory, let alone practice, especially in the intelligence industry.

And he did try to play by the rules; his superiors made it abundantly clear to him (repeatedly so) that his opinion on the matter was not solicited, and furthermore, endangered his career.

It's getting old hearing the same story day after day.

Until naive, delusional fools like yourself can't see the problem we're facing, it should be repeated constantly and continuously until you get the fucking message.

I agree with both of you - but my beef is with Lavabit. People are supporting that guy left and right, when he could have simply CCd (archived) incoming/outgoing mail for the FBI Target. That target we assume to be Snowden, is a single person, who was sheltered and protected by a business owner who has now taken in at least half a million dollars in donations and kickstarter campaign funds. And his service was never as secure as he claimed in the first place.

IMHO, you cannot be a trustworthy person when you cannot follow the law of the land (recall, these are normal subpoenas, not NSL, not FISA, not NSA related in any way other than the probable target). I think he's a Digital Madoff - refusing to duplicate email (which is not encrypted), then trying to milk the government for thousands to do it.

I'm tired of hearing his 'woe is me' crap, and until the naive, delusional fools see that he's full of shit, it won't stop - so I'm repeating it as often as possible to let people know that guy is doing nothing but riding on Snowden's coattails to simply make more money for himself.

about 9 months ago

Target Has Major Credit Card Breach

Havokmon Re:don't connect everything to the internet! (191 comments)

Those protocols are there to protect the vendors, not you.

Of course they are, they're meant to protect the Card Issuers. Having implemented PCI at a credit card processor, I'm not even sure it applies to debit transactions - and it surely doesn't apply to private label cards.

If you want to be protected as a card holder, use CREDIT not DEBIT. Credit card transactions are protected by Visa/MC regulations - you as the user are not liable for ANY loss. If you use debit, you are subject to your banks regulations, which aren't not in the best interests of the cardholder. Mine would limit the bank's liability to $500, anything higher I would be on the hook for.

Just as an aside - I also worked InfoSec at Kohls - we had multiple subnets in all the stores. Kohls is not built like Target.

about 9 months ago

Target Has Major Credit Card Breach

Havokmon Re:don't connect everything to the internet! (191 comments)

You'd think people would figure out not to attach everything to the internet. Why the card readers needed to be connected to anything but an internal network (with no internet connection to that) is a bad security model to begin with.

Will they ever learn?

So you think they were able to access card readers, and NOT plant a 3g device on the same network?

about 9 months ago

Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire

Havokmon Re:I'm a Libertarian (691 comments)

Me too. I don't like gold, but I like Bitcoin. I guess we've split the party 50/50.

about 9 months ago

CBS 60 Minutes: NSA Speaks Out On Snowden, Spying

Havokmon Re:Lie-fest from the NSA (504 comments)

Other than lies, lies and more damn lies, what else can NSA come up with ?

No matter how slick or how polished their lies be, NSA's lies are still LIES.

NSA has betrayed America.

NSA has betrayed the Constitution.

NSA is a rogue organization within the government of the United States of America.

And yet I have a feeling you're completely behind Ladar Levison - who's entire business model was built upon a lie, and is now exploiting Snowden and his own incompetence for more money.

I was skeptical about our nation in the past, but this entire episode has revealed to me the full breadth of lies, deceit, and gullibility of our nation.

about 9 months ago


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