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Fujitsu Cracks Next-Gen Cryptography Standard

ITShaman Re:What algorithm was this? (99 comments)

Another dumb statement in the article:
"Succh a cryptanalysis would allow an attacker to counterfeit the authority of a system administrator, according to Fujitsu."

If I had known you could counterfeit authority, I would be sitting behind a really big desk with the flag of my own country behind it...

more than 2 years ago

Linode Exploit Caused Theft of Thousands of Bitcoins

ITShaman Crazy monetary systems... (450 comments)

All this rigamarole makes me want to indulge my Luddite tendencies, dump all my credit cards and automatic withdrawls, deposits, bitcoins, and any other virtual currencies, convert it all to cash or better yet, gold coins, and move to the middle of nowhere. When I need something, I'll drive my beatup old clunker to the nearest town and buy everything I need with cold, hard, currency...

more than 2 years ago

Hackers Manipulated Railway Computers, TSA Memo Says

ITShaman Re:Business idea (116 comments)

When you do this, post your website, I'm sure we can get it slashdotted in no time :-)

about 3 years ago

The 147 Corporations Controlling Most of the Global Economy

ITShaman Missing the point... (572 comments)

As others have said, the headline is misleading, and so is the story. However, everyone seems to be missing the point that a 'corporation' doesn't actually do anything. It's the people who are in charge of the corporation that do the things that are liked, disliked or reviled. If we can get governments and the public to remember this, I think a lot of improvements could be made.

more than 3 years ago

Putting Emails In Folders Is a Waste of Time, Says IBM Study

ITShaman Re:Must use folders (434 comments)

LUXURY!!! Where I used to work (another Very Large International Conglomerate), we had a 5 MB limit, yeah, 5 MB, and that was in 2009-2010. And I had to WALK up the stairs to the 3rd floor. And it was 30 below with the AC blasting over my desk...

more than 3 years ago

Inside ICS-CERT's War Room

ITShaman Re:Big Screen? (30 comments)

I know what you mean. I did a gig with a North American electricity supplier, and spent a lot of time in their Ops Center. They had 2 big screens at the front of the room, and about 8 workareas (semi-cicular desks) with 3 monitors on each of them, all the desks facing these massive 2 projection screens. One screen had real-time traffic and weather camera feeds going (why? I don't know, guess they wanted to know how the commute home would go...) The other screen had statuses for some of the more critical servers. Which was also funny, since I was there when one of those servers went from "green" to "red", and 4 pagers/phones went off in the room at the same time, and the those whose phones rang immediately got on the phone and started to troubleshoot, with the big screens all but forgotten.

In short, it's all for show, not really, truly useful...

more than 3 years ago

Returning Power From Electric Cars To the Grid

ITShaman Re:Both (247 comments)

Yeah, it's genius for the electricity generating companies, they can get the car owner to pay for the fuel to generate the electricity to charge their car.

more than 3 years ago

UK's NHS Will Drop Delayed E-Records Project

ITShaman Re:Maybe I'm naive.. (86 comments)

Quebec is suffering the same issues. Canada established the Canada Health Infoway (https://www.infoway-inforoute.ca/lang-en/about-infoway) in 2001, has spent more than a $1B (CDN) to date, and just earmarked another $500M in 2010. None of this includes the $600M+ that Quebec has spent (let alone what the other provinces have spent) on Electronic Health Record systems...

The Canada Health Infoway is simply a framework and each province is responsible for setting up its own EHR system to link into it (health care is a provincial jurisdiction in Canada) . Overall, it's been a huge moneypit for Canadian taxpayers in most provinces (http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2009/05/27/f-electronic-health-records.html).

All I can say is good luck to the UK in their quest for EHR...

more than 3 years ago

Usage Based Billing In Canada To Be Rescinded

ITShaman Re:The situation is much more complicated than tha (364 comments)

SpeedyDX has is right, it is a complex issue. I would like to add that it shouldn't be this complicated. If we started to think of internet connectivity in terms of a utility model, like electricity, water or natural gas, that should be the way to do it; in other words, I want to pay for what I use, and I don't want to subsidize someone who uses more than I do, nor do I want to leech off of someone who uses less. I pay a one time fee to connect my house/apt to electricity, to gas, to water, and then I pay per kWh, m3 or whatever. I should be able to do the same for internet, let me pay x cents/Mb be done with all this crap.

Yes, this is an ideal, and yes, I don't think this will come to pass in my lifetime, but hey, one can wish.

more than 3 years ago

Designer Builds Coffin For Xbox's Suffering RROD

ITShaman Great, more artistic landfill (118 comments)

All we need, more totally useless shit passed off as art going to fill up already overburdened landfills.

What a legacy to leave our kids :-(

more than 4 years ago

What Data Center Designers Can Learn From Legos

ITShaman Re:The 'data centre' is obsolete for most users (210 comments)

Um, have you ever worked for a major corporation? I've worked on and seen the (multiple) data centers for Fortune 500 sized companies from banks, airlines, retail, government, and others. The sheer amount of legacy systems, multiple use systems, heterogeneous realities, political and financial realities... All of these necessitate a 'data center'.

Yes, what was called a 'data center' 20 years ago is certainly not what it is today, nor what it will be in 20 more years, but there will always be a need to centralize a certain percentage of computing resources.

Cloud computing is over-hyped, and for various security, political and financial reasons doesn't fit every business model.

more than 5 years ago

Amazon Launches Public Data Sets To Spur Research

ITShaman Anyone asking about the data quality / validity? (82 comments)

So Amazon says: We'll host the raw data for your study! I say: who vouches for the validity of the data set itself? I understand that some of the sets are already publicly available, but that doesn't mean all. Will Amazon provide information on who/where the datasets came from? If I can't trust my data set, then I can't trust my results...

more than 6 years ago



BMW works on key of the future

ITShaman ITShaman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ITShaman (120297) writes "BMW is working on integrating a full travel experience into their current wireless/contactless automobile key. In essence, BMW wants to integrate e-booking (trains, planes and hotels), as well as contactless payment systems (like PayPass) all onto their key. Unfortunately, the source article is heavy on the fluff and light on the tech, but the implications are quite extensive."
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