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Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account

KingRobot Wow, this is incredibly bad... (232 comments)

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!

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?

KingRobot Re:My Magazines (363 comments)

Another "me too" here (for the first three)! The online medium just can't do those publications justice.

about a year and a half ago

British ISP Bombards Users With Deleted Emails

KingRobot Re:I'd be pretty pissed (134 comments)

Yes, this... I can't believe there aren't more people with this answer.

about a year and a half ago

Drone Comes Within 200 Feet of Airliner Over New York

KingRobot Re:The cynic in me... (339 comments)

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.

about a year and a half ago

New Secure Boot Patches Break Hibernation

KingRobot Re:Whoosh (196 comments)

Might it be that the sound was a joke going over YOUR head? ;-)

about a year and a half ago

3D Printable Ammo Clip Skirts New Proposed Gun Laws

KingRobot Re:Technology Misuse (1862 comments)

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.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Mountable Storage Pool For All the Cloud Systems?

KingRobot Re:GlusterFS (165 comments)

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.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Undoing an Internet Smear Campaign?

KingRobot Don't bother... (338 comments)

... 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 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.

about a year and a half ago

Krugman: Is the Computer Revolution Coming To a Close?

KingRobot Re:Not really (540 comments)

... 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!"

about a year and a half ago

Man Finds Roman Gold Coin Hoard Worth £100,000 With Metal Detector

KingRobot Re:Spend 'Em!!! (249 comments)

The value of the coins as historical artifacts is likely to be significantly higher than the market rate for gold.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: VPN Service For a Deployed US Navy Ship?

KingRobot Build your own - not at someone's house though. (349 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Location Selected For $1 Billion Ghost Town

KingRobot Re:What happened.... (172 comments)

Um, you've got to go further than that. Yes it's a private company, but where do they go for their funding?

more than 2 years ago

Location Selected For $1 Billion Ghost Town

KingRobot Yes, but... (172 comments)

... where are THEY getting their money from?

more than 2 years ago

Feds Shut Down Tor-Using Narcotics Store

KingRobot Re:Headline = Misleading (301 comments)

Oh for a few mod points right now.

more than 2 years ago

James Gosling Report of Reno Air Crash

KingRobot It had nothing to do with the pilot's age... (338 comments)

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: 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.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: 802.11n Bake-Off Test Plans?

KingRobot Re: Wi-fi Testing - MOD PARENT UP (125 comments)

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.

about 3 years ago



Amazon releases cloud-based music service

KingRobot KingRobot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

KingRobot (703860) writes "Right from the horses mouth: "Cloud Players comes in two verieties: Web and Android. All you need as a computer with a web browser and you can listen to your music with Cloud Player for the Web — no software to install — just a web browser. The Android version is an app that lets you do the same thing from your Android phone or tablet."

Looks like it is paired with a cloud storage system that you can keep anything on — starting with 5GB of free space. Music purchased from Amazon apparently doesn't count toward the 5Gb limit."

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Recovering a stolen (cloned) website?

KingRobot KingRobot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

KingRobot (703860) writes "For the last several years, I've run a small web service that has become fairly popular. I recently noticed some strange activity on the server, and discovered I'd been hacked. About two weeks later, one of my visitors sent me a message asking about a nearly identical clone site — the domain differed by a single letter, and there was absolutely no doubt that the site was running a verbatim copy of all my code.

This has largely been a hobby, and I make absolutely no money to speak of (it barely pays for it's hosting costs), but I've put at least a couple hundred hours into small details making the service work just right. As you may imagine, it's extremely frustrating to have all this work stolen and mirrored by someone else. Of course, I recovered from a known good backup and patched up the vulnerability used to hack my site, but the damage has been done.

I've tried sending DMCA notices to the hosting and name provider, as well as contacting them by other means, but all attempts have of course been ignored. The name provider is in China, and the hosting provider is a very shady looking outfit in L.A. Barring an expensive attorney, which I simply can't afford (as noted, I really make no money from the site), what are my options? Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing?"

Hacked ePassport gets clean pass at Amsterdam

KingRobot KingRobot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

KingRobot (703860) writes "Hackers have hacked into the security chip on an ePassport and changed it to say it belonged to Elvis Presley. From the article: "What we did for that chip is create passport content for Elvis Presley and put it on a chip and sign it with our own key for a non-existent country. [The] device that was used to read chips didn't check the country's signatures." Next up, you can soon have your own personal Michael Jackson passport!"
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How do you make your online business legitimate?

KingRobot KingRobot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

KingRobot (703860) writes "For the last eight months, I've been selling some small shareware programs I've written. It has been successful enough that I am earning a few hundred dollars a month. With things like the Wisconsin download tax starting to take place, I'm concerned that I may not be handling the business aspect of things correctly. I have no business license, and this year I simply reported it as additional income on my tax returns. All the research I've done turns up information for "real" brick-and-mortar type businesses. Does anyone know how to develop a legitimate business where everything is run purely online?"

How do you manage your IT inventory?

KingRobot KingRobot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

KingRobot (703860) writes "I am an IT Manager for a company fast approaching 75 employees. Our IT inventory has grown rapidly in the last several years; we started with a simple spreadsheet, then moved to an in-house web-based database... We're currently outgrowing this (it's all manual — no automation or bar code tracking, and the accounting department has been requesting that the system have asset-tracking — for depreciation, etc.)

What do the Slashdotters out there who manage larger networks use for their IT inventory management? As I explore my options, is there anything I should really stay away from, or really look into?"

Sci-Fi Film Recommendations.

KingRobot KingRobot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

KingRobot (703860) writes "I recently got married, and my new wife is a quite the movie buff. So, I've taken to spending a lot more time behind the silver screen than I used to. Anyhow, I'm quite fond of a good Sci-Fi flick now and then, but I seem to have run out of options for anything of quality.

What are your recommendations for a good (perhaps lesser known) Sci-Fi flick? (I've likely already seen most of the cliche ones; Matrix, Star Wars, Serenity, Stargate, Resident Evil, Men in Black, etc.)"


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