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Book Review: Security Without Obscurity

IsThisNickTaken Re:Meta-review (51 comments)

The good thing about putting the book review on Slashdot is to potentially give a "heads up" to folks about a book they may not have been aware of. In my case I am now aware of this book and it is a topic I am interested in.

I didn't even read the review. I look at the rating and if it is reasonable (usually 7/10 or higher), I'll head over to Amazon to read the reviews there.

about 4 months ago
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Mathematician Gives Tips On How To Win $1 Billion On NCAA Basketball

IsThisNickTaken Re:Model Worship (76 comments)

"Methmatician" - Is that someone who goes on a Meth binge using the blue crystal cooked by Jesse Pinkman & Walter White and proceeds to try to solve the Riemann Hypothesis?

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

IsThisNickTaken Re:Comparison to EverNote (208 comments)

I was about to respond with "You want to capture notes and not have them sync with the cloud" which is desired for company private materials (and for other privacy reasons). I did a quick search online and http://discussion.evernote.com/topic/43171-evernote-without-the-cloud// shows that you can have local Evernote notebooks that don't sync with the with the cloud too (although you do not to create an account).

about 7 months ago
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The Whole Story Behind Low AP CS Exam Stats

IsThisNickTaken Re:AP CS has been around for a while (325 comments)

I was going to say that I took it in '83 or '84 (I couldn't remember if it was junior or senior year). If Wikipedia is accurate then I must have taken in '84 then. :)

about 8 months ago
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Compared to 2011, I expect that 2012 will be:

IsThisNickTaken Re:Don't pay cash if you have good credit... (309 comments)

I understand the comment about opportunity cost and inflation. I bought a used minivan two years ago for cash. I have a solid credit rating and qualified for a low rate. I forgot what the rate was, but it was still > 1% more than I could get with any type of cash based investment. The cash based investment options included locking money into a 4 year CD. I agree with the having cash and if investments are earning more than the loan costs, take the loan. Given the volatility of the financial markets these days, there is also merit to buy used (i.e. cheaper) and paying cash.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Post-Quantum Asymmetric Key Exchange?

IsThisNickTaken Re:GPG / PGP works for me (262 comments)

And if you are a Dr. Seuss fan don't forget Redfish and Bluefish.

more than 2 years ago
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2011 MacBook Pros Confirmed To Crash Under Load

IsThisNickTaken Re:Well of course (501 comments)

I see what you are saying. At the same time, the company that takes the money from the customer is responsible for delivering a quality product. If Apple has a quality problem that has a root cause of a problem with one of their suppliers (Nvidia, Intel, Sony, etc.), Apple still has a quality problem. It is their job to qualify their suppliers and the components they supply. I have a 2006 Macbook Pro with an ATI Radeon X1600 card that overheats that Apple has not addresses adequately in my opinion. I can use it if I crank up the fans to 6000 RPM and don't do anything GPU intensive.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Privacy Paranoia

IsThisNickTaken Re:Use aliases. (323 comments)

What about your OS swapfile?

more than 3 years ago
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ISPs Warn Europe — Website Blocks Don't Work

IsThisNickTaken Re:Sure, don't explain what "breast cancer test" i (210 comments)

I probably deserve a "whoosh" for pointing this out. In case you were really asking, by "breast cancer test" the parent means that the filtering software should not block sites that provide information about breast cancer.

more than 3 years ago
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Prankster Jailbreaks Apple Store Display iPhone

IsThisNickTaken Re:Wrong? (318 comments)

What do you mean "I jailbroke the phone"? I was just looking at these nice new iPhones and testing out the browser. All I did was surf to a website that my friend told me to checkout. You mean I changed the software on the phone by doing that? How? Is there some type of vulnerability that can allow remote code execution on my phone just by browsing a website? I thought these things were magical...

more than 4 years ago
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The Ignominious Fall of Dell

IsThisNickTaken Re:cough (604 comments)

I have a first gen iPod touch that I bought soon after they came out. The product still works great. The battery life has decreased somewhat. I don't expect it to get iOS4 or its new features. I understand your point about the hardware. However, it would be nice to get a maintenance release of the 3.x OS for that device (not sure what number they were at) that fixed the 30 odd security vulnerabilities that were fixed in iOS4. I haven't explicitly checked for an update, but I haven't seen any news about it either.

more than 4 years ago
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Cutting Through the 4G Hype

IsThisNickTaken Re:Asking the obvious? (283 comments)

Has Clearwire started encrypting the wireless information yet, or is it still counting on security through obscurity? I had inquired about the encryption used by the service and got the run around with the eventual "that is proprietary information". Needless to say, I did not sign up.

more than 4 years ago
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Insurance Won't Cover Smartphones, When Pricey Alternatives Exist

IsThisNickTaken Re:Fraud or stupidity (419 comments)

How did you insure your iPhone against loss? I am curious as I ended up with a SquareTrade third party warranty that covers damage including water damage. I would still be SOL if I lost my iPhone.

more than 5 years ago
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How To Store Internal Hard Drives?

IsThisNickTaken Re:Easy solution (393 comments)

But the real question is "Did you lose any data"??? I am getting better about letting the confusion of "lose" vs. "loose" slide. When I see it three times in a single post, I had to say something.

more than 5 years ago
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Virginia Health Database Held For Ransom

IsThisNickTaken Re:Deleted all the backups??? (325 comments)

Since all the backup data in encrypted, then what's the problem?

more than 5 years ago
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Google Reveals "Secret" Server Designs

IsThisNickTaken Mod Parent up (386 comments)

look at the date the article was published.

I can't believe how far I had to scroll down the comments before someone realizing that.

more than 5 years ago
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Going Deep Inside Xserve Apple Drive Modules

IsThisNickTaken Re:Niche article but site brought down already? (243 comments)

Perhaps there is some logic in all this - TidBITs probably uses Xserves. Serves them right.

Actually, the problem is that is not serving them at all at the moment...

more than 5 years ago

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