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Backdoor In RuggedOS Systems: Infrastructure, Military Systems Vulnerable

Peeteriz Re:PCI-DSS and others (154 comments)

If you pass a PCI audit, and then get credit card data stolen because of an uncompliant practice that the auditors missed, then you're fracked (i.e., fully liable) anyway. THAT is the point of PCI - to ensure that the industry pays for nothing, and both compliance costs and fraud costs are on your (merchant) shoulders.

      You wouldn't even get a refund from the auditors for not checking most basic things, they tend to have their legal homework done perfectly even if they are sloppy in the actual audit.

more than 2 years ago

Video: Paul "Froggy" Schneider's Hard-Won Wisdom For Conference Organizers

Peeteriz Re:Transcript (35 comments)

Thank you, you've just saved me 8:30 minutes.

Videos have an extremely sucky information-to-time ratio.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Says Two Basic Security Steps Might Have Stopped Conficker

Peeteriz Re:Why are we still using passwords? (245 comments)

I have around a hundred places online where I have been requested to "make an account" so I have one there. For almost all of them, "123456" and "password" would be too complex passwords - I'd prefer to use a blank one. I don't care about those accounts - and I don't want to care. I don't even want to have those accounts - they're usually a stupid marketing decision by the site owners to offer personalization (that I don't care about) and fight spam (which is somewhat understandable).

Would it really be appropriate to force me to fake caring by choosing "Pas$w0001234567rd", and writing it on a post-it on my monitor and also in a text file on my desktop folder?

I have good passwords for my bank account, my e-mail account and my dropbox account. For other accounts, anything more complex than 'password' is overkill that decreases my security because I won't easily remember the important passwords.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook/Twitter Banned In Thailand For Election

Peeteriz The same as everywhere else (177 comments)

Pretty much all democratic countries have prohibited political advertising or campaigns during the voting event for some 24-72 hours.

It's only appropriate 'digital attitude' to note that this restriction doesn't apply only to radio and TV campaigns, but applies to everywhere, including Twitter and Facebook as well.

more than 3 years ago

Current Social Games Aren't Fun, Says MUD Co-Creator

Peeteriz Re:Source on Gamification (111 comments)

" There's little attempt to really explore the possibilities of multi-player.'

On the contrary, companies like Zynga have explored and researched the possibilities of social interaction a hundred times more that most game designers, tweaking all the tiny elements to an optimum range that works on the hairless apes on Facebook - that is then copied to all the games.

All these shallow elements that you mention - they work. They keep the most amount of players coming back. The recovery rate of "energy levels" and waiting time of various in-game activities are tweaked to have the most people log in back to the game. The allowed interactions between you and your "neighbors" are tuned to drive you to interact with as many of them as possible and have players motivate each other to stay in game.

Deep player-to-player interaction and tough challenges ? Meaningful interaction between Johnny-avatar and Jimmy-avatar with actual choices requires non-zero effort and has a chance of conflict, and has less cases where Johnny pokes Jimmy out-of-game saying 'log in now and assist me on Genericville!'. So they are deliberately filtered out of the design because clearly they bring poorer results.

If you want the truth, don't listen to what people say about their preferences, but look at what they do. No matter what features and gameplay people say that they want, they have shown with their mouse clicks what game features they are actually playing, and these Facebook games have proven that (most) people actually want a stupid button that gives out shiny reward-like emotions at an optimal interval.
  After all these manipulations, more people come back to Zynga games than they come back to "proper, good, serious, deep" games. I'm not saying that this is good, but that's how it is in real life - no matter what gamers or critics or designers might say, in practice for every person that would even consider playing FPS or RTS there are ten that prefer Farmville.
Ergo, if a game design theory says that Farmville is inferior to a good FPS or a good RTS or a good RPG, then the theory is simply flawed and false, as it doesn't match what we are seeing in real life. And it's useless to argue about how it should be - just as gravity makes balls roll downwards, our brain reward chemistry makes some "social" gameplay elements more effective than others.

more than 3 years ago

Russian President: Time To Reform Copyright

Peeteriz Re:Pres. Medvedev is a great troll! (293 comments)

In addition, very often the 'music rights' money should not go to the performing group even if they are performing their own songs. Typically one or two members are the songwriters, so they get these funds, not the whole band; also, it's quite likely that on their setlist they can have some songs that were part-written by some band member which is no longer 'in the band', but deserves a share of that money.

more than 3 years ago

Why the New Guy Can't Code

Peeteriz Re:Experienced only? (948 comments)

I've been coding full-time for ~10 years, but there's nothing that I would be able to show to another employer, as the apps are held within previous employers.

By headcount, a majority of developers work in internal projects in large non-IT corporations, the public web projects, startups and software sold to consumers are much more visible, but ultimately the smaller half of programming industry.

more than 3 years ago

Elderly Georgian Woman Cuts Armenian Internet

Peeteriz Re:She's 75 and prison life is, uh, tough. (282 comments)

All poor (ex)Soviet states have old age pensions and have had them for generations - quite a few rich laissez-faire nations that have a much weaker social network than Armenia or Georgia; it's much more a matter of policy and attitude than wealth.

more than 3 years ago

Why Doesn't Every Website Use HTTPS?

Peeteriz Re:Correct (665 comments)

The user percieved benefits of https are small - so small in fact, that even when IE6 drops to 1% it would make more business sense to offer the unsecure version as default rather than alienate that 1%.

And right now IE6 market share is still large enough to be a must-have support in many markets.

more than 3 years ago

How has your opinion on the safety of nuclear power changed after the events in Japan?

Peeteriz Re:Godzilla (1148 comments)

This statement seems false: "Renewable, on the other hand, could potentially deliver all the energy we need once sufficiently developed and without massive changes to the landscape or lifestyles."

Hydro can't deliver all the energy we need. Solar/wind/geothermal might be done on the scale we want, but with massive changes to the landscape and nearly unsolvable power storage and transmission issues.

The renewable energy (exept hydro) types carry problems of generating power when nature wants, not when we need electricity for peak usage hours - so we need to keep huge fossil fuel power stations to be able to burn whenever there's a gap, and/or (most likely and) huge power storage facilities that would store power generated during off-hours so it's not completely wasted - but we don't know how to make such storage yet, pumped-lake hydro currently is best but lacks such capacity and creating more of it = massive changes to landscape.

Renewable energy such as wind/solar also has the issue that generally the more energy needs a place has (say, large northern urban areas needing electricity+heating) the less suitable it is for generating energy. Electricity transmission is not simple and it is not cheap - generating NY worth of power half the country away and getting it there would mean greatly increasing the power needs due to transmission losses, and lots of landscape changing and private property reclaiming for big new transmission lines.

more than 3 years ago

In Isk We Trust: the EVE Online IskBank Exposed

Peeteriz Re:Loving all the rage (145 comments)

If you're stuck in high-sec, run missions then - getting 150m for a ship is one evening, two at the most.

more than 3 years ago

Stopping the Horror of 'Reply All'

Peeteriz Re:maybe reply-all should automatically be bcc? (256 comments)

Reply-all should reply to all - but in many cases, the initial e-mail should contain addresses in bcc; so that any reply-all would reply only to the sender.

In normal usage, when a message is sent to 2-3-5-7 persons for discussion, any replies *should* go out to all of them by default, I've often seen people accidentally reply to sender only and then having to re-send the message to others.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Could We Reconnect Eastern Libya?

Peeteriz Re:Is it worth it? (290 comments)

I'd say that to arrange a working network interlink between two 200km points, you quite a lot of coordination and communication between these points, just to do the task.

The same communication channel that's needed for building this link can be used for, well, uploading news of the battle directly instead of building another network link.

If there is no such channel - well, then you can't build the new link as well, too bad.

more than 3 years ago

Making Data Centers More People-Friendly

Peeteriz Re:Hand Scanners... (137 comments)

Is there any reasonable difference there between hand scanners and doorknobs that would warrant different treatment ?
You get the same risks just by using the same door as others w/o wearing surgical gloves and discarding them afterwards.

more than 3 years ago

Infected Androids Run Up Big Texting Bills

Peeteriz Re:Logical actions (279 comments)

Also, as in most other crime, the easiest way to get a lead to the criminal is by following the money / tracking who benefits from the crime.

Having a fraudulent app spam your premium number isn't proof of your wrongdoing, but it certainly is grounds for investigation, and proper policing should have a decent chance of identifying who/if was getting paid from this money and turn a virtual crime into real jail time.

more than 3 years ago

HarperCollins Wants Library EBooks to Self-Destruct After 26 Loans

Peeteriz Re:The solution is a simple 5 steps: (181 comments)

Actually, with the copyright law provided exceptions for libraries, it just might be legal for the libraries to do exactly that for their lending, backup and storage needs.

more than 3 years ago

New Internal Cavity X-ray Technology for Airports

Peeteriz Re:force companies to be non-profits that sell to (308 comments)

Why would any sane company owner agree sell anything at all to TSA if your dream came true? They wouldn't be able to buy even toilet paper.

The same for any other industry - either the companies would find a way to cheat it, or they would fire all employees, sell all assets and give the money back to creators/investors/owners of the company, as in that case it would be a better choice for the owners to just keep that money in the bank rather than make some goods or services with that.

more than 3 years ago

Verizon Drops 10,000 911 Calls During Blizzard

Peeteriz Re:It's happened before (300 comments)

It's not what's happened here - the call centre was available, but for ~2 hours the calls from the affected phone switches were not routed to them.

more than 3 years ago

Financial Malware Hijacks Online Banking Sessions

Peeteriz Re:Why? (161 comments)

As the parent was saying, the token is also used to confirm the transactions after they've been entered - the bank, naturally, doesn't trust the session until it times out or is logged off.

This same process is also used by my bank on the other side of the world - this closes many potential vulnerabilities - this one with the expiring session; phishing (since even if you get the user to login to a fake site, you can't transfer the funds), cross-site scripting usages to submit data to bank sites, etc. Heck, it was probably designed to combat no-tech attacks such as using the computer and browser session of someone who left for lunch and forgot to log out of the system.

more than 3 years ago

Verizon Drops 10,000 911 Calls During Blizzard

Peeteriz Re:It's happened before (300 comments)

911 is prioritised so that all the other calls are unable to connect or are deliberately dropped to 'make space' - both fixed-line systems and wireless cell towers have this built in especially for such occasions - so this experience is not relevant to the case.

You should be able to connect 911 with a cell phone that has been disconnected for not paying the bills, in the middle of a peak-usage situation (say, large public event) while many phones are unable to connect to the network because the cell has reached max capacity - the systems are designed to do that; and if they didn't work in this case, then that is either gross negligence or a major technical problem worth investigating.

more than 3 years ago


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