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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

Nevo Re:Black hole? (277 comments)

Yes, somebody should absolutely be assigned responsibility to keep up with things like this. Because when no one's assigned the responsibility, well, then you get things like domains expiring.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

Nevo Re:a humble suggestion. (370 comments)

WTF? A guy wants a degree on his resume to enhance his employment opportunities and you suggest that he blow his head off? What the hell's the matter with you? "Perk" is defined as 'an advantage or benefit following from a job or situation.' Which pretty much describes the OP's intent. Just because he is interested in the practical outcomes of having a degree rather than worshiping at the Holy Altar of the Ivory Tower you think he should end his life?

about 6 months ago

Full-Disclosure Security List Suspended Indefinitely

Nevo Re:Nonsense. (162 comments)

So, if I don't want an airplane to disappear, I should hire a pilot to fly it instead of network it with external systems, then?

about 6 months ago

South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago

Nevo Re:Statute of limitations (467 comments)

This is only true if she gets convicted. I can't imagine a DA prosecuting this case.

about 7 months ago

Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood

Nevo Re:I do not consent (783 comments)

I am curious, how do you think the police should be able to look for people drink driving?

Should they need to see you do something legal but seriously stupid like weaving between the lanes of the highway like a jackass before they can breathalyse you? Or should you actually need to break the law by running a red light? Or should they only be able to breath test people who crash?

Any of these would likely be "probable cause" under U.S. law to make a traffic stop. Under U.S. law an officer cannot detain you without either a warrant or probable cause. (At least, not in theory.)

about 10 months ago

SSD Failure Temporarily Halts Linux 3.12 Kernel Work

Nevo Re:RAID (552 comments)

WHS = Windows Home Server

1 year,10 days

Wireless Charging Start-Up Claims 30-Foot Radius

Nevo Re:Potential Snake Oil (242 comments)

Came here to say this. Color me skeptical.

1 year,11 days

Eben Upton Muses on the Raspberry Pi, Scratch and, His Love For Parallela

Nevo Re:I'd like to see his thoughts on... (71 comments)

I think you misunderstand the purpose of the Pi. The Pi was developed to be an educational tool for high-school aged kids. The fact that hackers and makers found it useful and jumped on the bandwagon is a fortunate side effect, but wasn't a design goal of the Pi.

about a year ago

Sony Insurer Suing To Deny Data Breach Coverage

Nevo Re:Interesting Precdent (122 comments)

A very interesting point, and one on which I agree. To date, companies haven't cared much about cybersecurity because there's no fiscal benefit to spending all that money. This case may indeed change that.

more than 2 years ago

Sony Insurer Suing To Deny Data Breach Coverage

Nevo Re:But If they're negligent... (122 comments)

No, liability insurance pays out according to the terms of the contract.

If I were writing an insurance policy to protect a company against hacking, I'd sure as heck include clauses that require the insured party to take certain steps to protect that data. *If* such terms were part of the contract, and *if* Sony didn't abide by the terms of the contract, then the insurer isn't under any obligation to pay out.

It all comes down to: what were the terms of the policy? None of us knows that, so we're all just taking WAGs on this issue.

more than 2 years ago

Sony Insurer Suing To Deny Data Breach Coverage

Nevo Re:Go Figure (122 comments)

Yes, but....

Most liability contracts have clauses that require the insured to take certain measures to reduce their risk. If this policy does contain such clauses, and Sony didn't take those measures, it certainly stands to reason that the policy won't pay out.

It all comes down to what the contract says. Since that contract hasn't (as far as I'm aware) been released, all we can do here is guess.

more than 2 years ago

Jury Acquits Citizens of Illegally Filming Police

Nevo Re:Just did it (277 comments)

Your wife may not have committed the crime the police were investigating, but she may have committed several crimes by making the recordings. If your wife didn't need a lawyer before, she likely does now.

more than 3 years ago

NH Man Arrested For Videotaping Police.. Again

Nevo Re:Video Cam Flash Mob (666 comments)

Unfortunately, in order for that to happen, a case would have to go to trial. It appears the police departments involved have been smart enough not to let any of these cases actually go to trial. I remain optimistic that, when one of these cases finally does make it to trial, courts will in fact interpret the law consistently with loads of case law that have found that an individual in a public space has no expectation of privacy. Hopefully, the court will throw in there the public good that is served by videotaping law enforcement officials in the line of duty as well. But I'm not as confident in that one actually happening.

more than 3 years ago

Napkins and the History of Ethernet, Compaq, Facebook

Nevo Actually... (67 comments)

...I'd bet a lot of money that napkins hold up BETTER than hard drives and floppy drives for data retention. It's hard to beat ink on paper for longevity.

more than 3 years ago

The View From the Ground At an Indian Call Center

Nevo Re:Dont know why we dont like foreign call centers (214 comments)

When I stopped asking questions, Shail had one for me. "I have experienced some Americans—please don't mind—they don't like Indians. They act rude as soon as they come to know I am Indian. Why is this?" I stammered something about protectionism, but really I didn't know what to say.

Simply put, nobody likes communicating with people who are.. well... difficult to communicate with.

This doesn't explain it.

American consumers are watching companies abandon customer service and outsourcing these functions to overseas companies that employ call-takers that have no knowledge of the products they support, no ability to do any real troubleshooting, and no authority to give any help at all outside the script on their desk.

India isn't the cause of the problem; it's the symptom. When we call and talk to someone in India, we're not upset at India, we're upset at the company we're trying to do business with, which has let us down. Talking to someone in India is simply the indication that the company we're working with doesn't care about us as customers.

more than 3 years ago

After a Lull, Sun Server Business Grows Under Oracle

Nevo Re:support to expensive (84 comments)

I'd be happy if they'd just provide competent support, at any price. We have ~10,000 SUN servers and Oracle is happy to let my servers sit out of production for weeks at a time when they can't figure out the cause of a problem. If my software platform didn't have redundancy built in at the application layer I'd be losing millions of dollars a month to this. Dell, HP, or IBM would replace a server if they couldn't get it back into production. Not Oracle. Oracle will "research" the problem for weeks on end while my server sits, powered up, but out of production.

more than 3 years ago

Samsung Keylogger Stories a False Alarm

Nevo Re:epic FAIL (183 comments)

It wouldn't. But neither would an antivirus program.

more than 3 years ago

Gameduino Project Aims To Game-ify the Arduino

Nevo Re:Uzebox (83 comments)

The Gameduino handles the video output. Any input device you'd like can be connected to the Arduino that's running the show.

more than 3 years ago

Security Patch Breaks VMware Users' Windows Desktops

Nevo Re:Microsoft not responsible ???????? (80 comments)

Maybe VMWare was doing something that the documentation says you shouldn't do, and the security patch came along and actually started enforcing what the documentation said. Don't be so quick to judge MSFT. Without further details it's not possible to know whose fault this is (as if assigning blame is productive).

more than 3 years ago


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