Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account
I pretty much left slashdot once, when Dice took over, because the quality of the content went downhill... now the quality of the site has gone downhill too. So long slashdot.
BTW, for those who remember CmdrTaco, he's working on a pretty interesting new project called Trove - check it out!
Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?
Another "me too" here (for the first three)! The online medium just can't do those publications justice.
British ISP Bombards Users With Deleted Emails
Yes, this... I can't believe there aren't more people with this answer.
Drone Comes Within 200 Feet of Airliner Over New York
It isn't that far fetched. There are common accounts of pilots seeing weather balloons (typically 2-3ft dia) at 37000ft, while flying 400mph+... Another perspective is that 200 mph is only about 3 times faster than your usual freeway speed. Think about how easy it would be to spot a 3ft quadcopter flying in a field 200ft from the side of a freeway.
New Secure Boot Patches Break Hibernation
Might it be that the sound was a joke going over YOUR head? ;-)
3D Printable Ammo Clip Skirts New Proposed Gun Laws
Actually, this was close to the very first thing I thought as I read this... Great, another brilliant and innovative piece of technology that is going to get banned because the government doesn't like what it might be able to do.
Ask Slashdot: Linux Mountable Storage Pool For All the Cloud Systems?
Yea, Gluster has a really nice API for writing what they call "translators". I would imagine it wouldn't be too difficult to write a translator that presents your cloud service of choice as a storage brick, and from there you just tie it all together as desired.
Ask Slashdot: Undoing an Internet Smear Campaign?
... unless the material can be proven libelous (and even then it will be a long, ugly battle). If people like Rick Santorum can't make the spreadingsantorum.com site go away, you're not likely going to make yours go away.
Your best shot will be to get a positive site ranked higher using various SEO tactics.
Krugman: Is the Computer Revolution Coming To a Close?
... it is very unlikely they will ever be usable as a replacement for normal computers. It would just be silly when it is much, much easier to make a much, much faster electronic computer.
Someday that will sound very much like the oft-repeated (and wrongly attributed) "640k ought to be enough for anyone!"
Man Finds Roman Gold Coin Hoard Worth £100,000 With Metal Detector
The value of the coins as historical artifacts is likely to be significantly higher than the market rate for gold.
Ask Slashdot: VPN Service For a Deployed US Navy Ship?
1) Lease a box at a site with reliable, low-cost bandwidth (Somewhere like PhoenixNAP, AtlantaNAP, Rackspace, etc.)
- This should run you between $50 - $150/mo for a decent system with several terabytes/mo data transfer (More than enough for Hulu, Netflix, etc.).
2) Make some friends in the Navy IT dept.
- Have them help you set up a hosted VPN service on the box in their off time.
This will be the lowest cost, most secure, and most reliable service you can get.
Location Selected For $1 Billion Ghost Town
Um, you've got to go further than that. Yes it's a private company, but where do they go for their funding?
Location Selected For $1 Billion Ghost Town
... where are THEY getting their money from?
Feds Shut Down Tor-Using Narcotics Store
Oh for a few mod points right now.
RIM Firing (Nearly) Everybody
A purportedly large number of employees were highly aware of how bad things were. One employee even published a rather scathing open letter to the company about a year ago:
Engineers Working On Swarm Of Laser Wielding Satellites To Deflect Asteroids
No... read his subject line.
Suggestions For Music Hosting?
I've used these guys for about a year now with very good success: http://www.securedservers.com/index.php
Are You Better At Math Than a 4th (or 10th) Grader?
Move parent up
James Gosling Report of Reno Air Crash
He was 74, not 80, and he held a current 2nd class medical certification from the FAA. Most private pilots only have a 3rd class; his health was fine and almost certainly had nothing to do with it. You can read more about his credentials here: http://www.av8rdan.com/2011/09/before-assuming-age-was-the-cause-of.html
Also, photos are circulating that show control surfaces missing from the aircraft before the crash. Something went wrong mechanically - please do your research before making mindless assumptions. http://corduroyplanet.blogspot.com/2011/09/chilled.html
Ask Slashdot: 802.11n Bake-Off Test Plans?
I was going to reference the same article from Tom's - they basically have already done what OP is asking for, using hardware including Cisco, Aruba, Meraki, Ruckus, Apple, and HP. The second and third pages "Hardware And Methodology, Explained" might especially be of interest.
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