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The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

PFactor Stingrays? (173 comments)

This appears to apply when dealing with the telcos to gather the data. Does it impact the use of Stingrays, which fool phones into connecting to them instead of legitimate cell towers?

about 3 months ago

Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

PFactor Re:That wasn't the question (461 comments)

Parallel construction at its finest.

about 5 months ago

Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

PFactor Re:The problem (364 comments)

It would probably work best if all cars had that information, so other drivers didn't incorrectly assume you're just an asshat driver.

about 6 months ago

All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

PFactor Re:Yeah, but women want it all (427 comments)

Not that I disagree with your point but clothing and makeup purchases can be amortized over several dates. A man might pay less overall than that specific woman, but he is probably paying more for the date he is actually on with her. She can wear the same outfit, use the same makeup, and have the same haircut for another date the next night and her cost per date just halved.

about 6 months ago

Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

PFactor Re:Summary that misrepresents the Article... *shoc (373 comments)

What he means is that there are rainbow tables available for many MD5 hashes. There is software that can search hundreds of thousands of possible hashes per second. You don't need to calculate the MD5 hash over, you just have to do a simple text compare, followed by a lookup in the rainbow table. If you have a rainbow table of the major hack sites in which you're interested, I bet it doesn't take more than a second or two to determine if the hash you sent is of one of those sites. Maybe that doesn't fit your definition of easily enumerable, but it fits mine.

about 7 months ago

Full Details of My Attempted Entrapment For Teaching Polygraph Countermeasures

PFactor Re:We need a workers government (465 comments)

Respectfully, that's not an argument; it's a rant with a basis in reducto ad absurdem. I'm not saying I disagree with you (or even that I agree). I'm pointing out that you did not refute a single point with anything approaching valid logic.

about 10 months ago

Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

PFactor Re:Smart guns... (814 comments)

I cannot conceive of a circumstance where I would be intimidated by any item, while in the absence of belligerent people. The presence of belligerent people on the other hand, may intimidate me without the presence of that item. It's clear to me that items are not what make the world dangerous.

about a year ago

Drones: Coming Soon To the New Jersey Turnpike?

PFactor Re:Risk vs. Reward? (249 comments)

Not to pick nits, but you should really use metric units in your measurements. 1 imperial fuckton = 1 metric asston.

about a year ago

Former FBI Agent: All Digital Communications Stored By US Gov't

PFactor Re:Jupiter Tape? (621 comments)

You can increase the complexity but you cannot prevent convergence to unity. Anonymity gradually drops to zero.

That sounds like some sort of horrible Zen mantra. Or something from Philip K. Dick.

about a year ago

Google, Apple Lead Massive List of Companies Supporting CISPA

PFactor Re:"Oh noes! The people keep voting it down!" (153 comments)

That will only work for maybe 200 years. Example: the 2nd amendment's "shall not be infringed" bit that's been blatantly ignored for the last few decades. The founding fathers made that as clear as they could, yet we're still screwing it up. What makes you think we can make our intentions any clearer for any longer?

about a year and a half ago

Highway To Sell: AC/DC iTunes Snub Finally Over

PFactor Re:Individual Song Downloads (247 comments)

I'm a fan of AC/DC but you do have to admit that it seems like the albums were written by a sentient compression algorithm with permanent angst. "Winrar presents: the AC/DC Collection"

about 2 years ago

Highway To Sell: AC/DC iTunes Snub Finally Over

PFactor Re:Individual Song Downloads (247 comments)

Why aren't people impressed with the compression ratio AC/DC achieved?

about 2 years ago

Highway To Sell: AC/DC iTunes Snub Finally Over

PFactor Re:Most albums have index marks, unlike Amarok (247 comments)

Yeah, I wish iTunes would let me buy just the last chapter of a book so I can learn whether the butler did it or not.

about 2 years ago

Forget 6-Minute Abs: Learn To Code In a Day

PFactor Onion article (306 comments)

At first glance I thought, "Hee, the Onion is funny". After reading TFA I thought, "Sheesh, I wish this was an Onion story".

more than 2 years ago

Could a Category 5 Hurricane Take Down East Coast Data Centers?

PFactor Highlights the importance of risk management (214 comments)

Here we have a risk that requires mitigation. If you owned the facilities in question you would know your disaster preparedness and would know how much effort you are willing and able to put into enhancing it.

But since you don't own these facilities you have to trust the companies that do own them to do what you would do (or better). The only real controls you have are in negotiating the initial contract (regarding SLAs, especially) and in designing your system to withstand a failure of one company to protect their facility. That means you have to either buy resources on both coasts from one company or buy resources from multiple companies whose facilities are geodispersed and make sure your code/platform understands and deals with losing one or more of them.

The leggy gal on the sales team won't tell you any of this. I think most people don't find out about it until the disaster actually happens. It's pretty much like any other piece of your tech stack: the vendors will whitewash the risks and your job is to see through that and manage it.

I submit this isn't a risk caused by the use of "the cloud" (egad, do I hate that term!) so much as a risk that's part of any IT project and you deal with it the same way.

So to answer the original question, maybe a CAT 5 hurricane can take those facilities down but the question you should be asking is, "Have we completely understood the risk to the business and have we taken appropriate steps to protect it?".

more than 2 years ago

Could a Category 5 Hurricane Take Down East Coast Data Centers?

PFactor Re:Think on the children (214 comments)

Did you notice Iran is getting off the Internet? I think you know the answer to your question... /s

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's Holding Up Single Sign-On?

PFactor Re:Single Sign-On (446 comments)

And as a bonus, the traffic counts against your monthly data limit.

more than 2 years ago

After a Year In Orbit, US Air Force's X37-B Will Conclude Its Secret Mission

PFactor Re:Fast (243 comments)


more than 2 years ago

Military Labs Develop Caffeinated Jerky and "Zapplesauce"

PFactor Re:Cornholio (151 comments)

As a former Marine myself (8 years active duty), I can attest that Oodaloop is right on the money. We used to call them Meals Rarely Excreted.

As an aside, if you ever go to Korea (not Best Korea, the other one) the locals will trade you a bottle of Soju (rotgut liquor) for the main meal in your MRE.

more than 2 years ago



Microsoft can't but Apple can?

PFactor PFactor writes  |  more than 4 years ago

PFactor (135319) writes "Everyone reviled Microsoft for pushing IE on us. Nobody says Apple should allow an alternative default web browser on their iPlatforms. Am I the only one who thinks this stinks?"



OMG my spelling is atrocious

PFactor PFactor writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Why, oh why do I not use the "preview" button? I posted twice today and there are errors and omissions in both posts.

I shall cry.

Ok, I'm done now.

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