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Intel Confirms Decline of Server Giants

Jake73 Re:If Google sold servers... (152 comments)

License what? The ability to run from 12v power?

I'm pretty sure my old Atari 400 and Atari 800XL both ran from DC power supplied from a brick. What's new about that? Nearly every laptop runs from DC power and has a built-in battery.

about 2 years ago

Facebook iOS App Ditching HTML5 For ObjectiveC

Jake73 Why does FB care about write-once run-anywhere? (240 comments)

They are a multi-billion dollar company dealing with an app running on one of (if not the) most relevant and widely-used smartphones in the market. They should dedicate a team specifically for the iPhone. And if Apple changes the API every week, they would be wise to rewrite the app every week just to maintain that market.

I don't care for Facebook and have my issues with Apple, but this is just a business decision on ROI.

more than 2 years ago

Multiword Passwords Secure Or Not?

Jake73 Re:Obligatory xkcd (372 comments)

First of all, you're setting yourself up with a massive fail should anything in this chain go wrong as all your eggs are in one basket. I could go on, but it's pointless. You haven't thought this scheme all the way through. What if the hard drive goes bad? What if just one or two sectors on this hard drive go bad? What if you get hit by a bus, have a heart attack, get caught in an act of terrorism or act of God? (just realized there isn't much difference between these, hmmmm) Not only is that bad password security, it's just bad IT practice all around.

The discussion was about password security. There's an entirely different discussion about backups, power of attorney, identity theft, medical advanced directives, catastrophe management, etc. You are correct, though -- these are all considerations that require careful evaluation and recognition that they CAN and DO occur.

more than 2 years ago

Multiword Passwords Secure Or Not?

Jake73 Re:Obligatory xkcd (372 comments)

The only problem with that system is it makes all of those sites unaccessible from literally any other computer in the world, unless you carry the KeePass file around with you.

To a great extent, that's the point. My feeling is that my stuff should be inaccessible from any other computer in the world unless I trust that computer. And representative of my trust of that computer is that my TrueCrypt (and KeePass) files are on it.

more than 2 years ago

Multiword Passwords Secure Or Not?

Jake73 Re:Obligatory xkcd (372 comments)

Well, not exactly applicable but interesting to the discussion.

I think the point is that consideration must be made for the "location" of the access portal. That is, if anyone with an internet connection can try their key in your lock, you probably want a pretty good lock.

But for access to things that have additional security, the lock quality may be reduced in favor of a key that is easy to remember.

1. Keep a good, long, easy-to-remember passphrase for access to your TrueCrypt partition that sits on a private computer inside your house.

2. Store passwords inside this partition in something like KeePass. The KeePass password doesn't need to be industrial. It should be easy to remember, but non-obvious. You type this password a lot.

3. Keep all internet passwords at maximum strength for the site and make them random from your password generator.

more than 2 years ago

Google Heads Up Display Coming By the End of the Year

Jake73 Re:Googloid (177 comments)

You may be surprised. With the advancements and push they're making on the self-driving car, they're making quite a case to get the captive in-car audience for billions of hours per day. Add HUDs and in-car popups and adverts and you have a whole lot of new advertising revenue.

Top it off with a whole lot of patents because, as far as I know, they're the only ones working on the self-driving car with such ferocity. They'll be the only channel available.

more than 2 years ago

Hackers Hit Apple Supplier Foxconn

Jake73 Re:Apple and Foxconn (193 comments)

Using incite rather than insight could work ;P

Argh. Hate it when I do that in posts. I also didn't use the possessive form for "business's". Double-argh.

Seriously though, capitalism was never predicated around petitions. If you want "pure capitalism" to work, then the response is to not buy Apple products. ...

Secondly, by focussing on Apple you're giving a free-pass to all the other tech companies who are using the exact same supplier. If you boycott Apple, just to be some other products produced by the exact same factory, you're applying absolutely zero pressure to that factory.

I mostly agree. But the petition is a form of action. It gathers support for the concept and puts Apple on notice. Some folks will choose to boycott others won't. But it sends a message to management, forces consideration and maybe a response, and just plain gets the word out to other customers.

Sure, Foxconn is enormous and has other customers. But that doesn't mean Apple doesn't have a tremendous effect on their business practices. Apple may be the punching bag, but you can bet the other Foxconn customers are taking notice and probably applying pressure, too -- just quietly enough that they don't capture the eye and ire of the customers.

more than 2 years ago

Hackers Hit Apple Supplier Foxconn

Jake73 Re:Apple and Foxconn (193 comments)

Not only is it completely ineffective to hand a signed petitions to some Apple store manager in an attempt to influence the working conditions of an internationally traded public company in China...

Not so. Excuse me, but these are precisely the market forces that are supposed to insight change in "pure capitalism". Pure capitalism and our American brand of government / industry cooperation are essentially bottom-up enterprises where change usually comes from the accumulation of lots of insignificant voices.

I'm curious what alternative you would suggest would insight change? Three chain-wearing ghosts visiting Tim Cook overnight convincing him to change his businesses practices and relationships?

more than 2 years ago

Mechanic's Mistake Trashes $244 Million Aircraft

Jake73 Re:Shit Happens (428 comments)

Maintenance-induced failures are pretty common in the aviation industry. Although a big deal, it's not really news to us.

more than 2 years ago

What Happens To Your Files When a Cloud Service Shuts Down?

Jake73 Re:Not an issue for Dropbox (592 comments)

If you're concerned about data integrity, then keep backups.

If you're concerned about data security, then keep the data encrypted before you store to these sites.

These are simple rules. If you follow the rules, you won't care what happens to sites like this.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Advancing a Programming Career?

Jake73 Advancement where, then? (165 comments)

I'm not clear on exactly where you'd like to advance. You don't want to commit to your employer (and only took a 6-month contract) and you don't want to burden yourself with the risks associated with success (by not wanting to start a company). I assume this also means you don't want to partner with someone.

So you want exactly what out of advancement? No more risk. No more commitment. No more responsibility. Just money? Play the lottery.

more than 2 years ago

FDA Approves Self-Sanitizing Keyboard

Jake73 Re:Can't wait to see... (185 comments)

Why use UV? Why not build a waterproof keyboard that gets sprayed with a disinfectant each time it is retracted? It could be quickly dried and the disinfectant recycled.

For a lower-cost keyboard, I could see UV being an advantage. But for $900, you could do much better.

more than 2 years ago

YouTube Says UMG Had No 'Right' To Take Down Megaupload Video

Jake73 Re:Google shouldn't had given them such right (220 comments)

Glad they removed it just in good taste. Seriously, that's one stupid, long-ass ad. Dumb jingle. Dumb tune. Dumb message. Should have been 4 minutes shorter.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Securely Share Passwords?

Jake73 Secure password storage and an attorney (402 comments)

Place your passwords into a secure repository (like KeePass) and keep it updated. Give the password to the repository and other containers (I keep my KeePass in a TrueCrypt container) to someone you trust to execute when you die. An attorney. A trusted friend. Etc.

If required, make the password a two-part thing and give each part to different people.

more than 2 years ago

Verizon's 'Can You Hear Me Now' Fleet Testing 4G

Jake73 Re:Can't they get this from the 'handsets?' (81 comments)

I think what the O.P. meant was that the handsets (millions of them) could be providing this feedback at all times with just small ancillary data on the uplink. Things like SNR, error rates, etc, could be reported in real-time at all times or selectively enabled by the towers when segments are being measured. This would composite all sorts of users, all sorts of chipsets, photes, locations, etc. With location services enabled, the phones can tell the towers where they are when these measurements come through.

Throw it all up on a fancy visualization and you can get a lot of information over different times of day, weather conditions, etc. No need for a bunch of trucks. Sure, the trucks can provide more information with better measurement equipment. But in many cases, lots of cheap devices can produce better data and fewer expensive devices as long as the proper statistical processing is applied.

more than 2 years ago

Is Attending a CS Conference Worth the Time?

Jake73 Re:Are you kidding? Go! (244 comments)

Gotta agree here. To be successful, I think you need to manage two things:

1. Maximizing preparedness for opportunities when they are presented to you. (education, experience, etc)
2. Maximizing exposure to opportunities. (networking)

In most cases, success is primarily luck. Lots of people are as capable as those that become wildly successful. Luck is what differentiates the crazy success stories. But you have to play the game to get lucky (2). And you have to be prepared to execute when the opportunity is presented (1).

more than 3 years ago

What Would You Do With

Jake73 Sell to AMEX (239 comments)

Sell it to American Express for a larger undisclosed sum.

more than 3 years ago

No P = NP Proof After All

Jake73 Re:Let me ask a "stupid" question (318 comments)

Not a stupid question. In fact, you would have been justified asking this question back when Galois was doing his work on abstract algebra in the 1830s. Or when Fourier was doing his work on temperature a bit earlier than that.

Over a century later, the work of both Fourier and Galois has moved so far from the abstract and so deeply entrenched in the practical, consumer-applied engineering fields that it would be hard to name anything in technology that didn't at least consider the application of both.

Fourier analysis is now used in all sorts of detection and classification schemes. Its principles are applied to video and audio compression as JPEG and MP3. Galois' finite fields are the basis for a myriad of digital coding schemes for error detection and correction -- not the least of which is the venerable Reed-Solomon code used in compact discs (CD).

There may not be an immediate application for such abstract theory (finite fields in 1830???), but the advancement of knowledge plants seeds from which we reap the fruit for centuries.

more than 3 years ago



Jake73 Jake73 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jake73 writes "Someone pointed me to this interesting VPN setup software that made VPN setup under Windows a lot easier. It supports Mac and Linux, too. From the webpage: "Hamachi is a zero-configuration virtual private networking (VPN) application. In other words Hamachi is a program that allows you to arrange multiple computers into their own secure network just as if they were connected by a physical network cable. Hamachi is fast, secure and simple. Its core version is also free.""


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