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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

PigleT Assumption (733 comments)

"computer science and related professions useless"

Hardly. All this does is show an assumption that the life of the modern geek is wasted on frippery such as social sites, etc.

Maybe we won't have electricity for a while. We'll remember, and recreate it. Meanwhile, a knowledge of computability, efficiency and optimization, security and ethics is transferable to other fields.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

PigleT Don't block anything (187 comments)

Security by blocking bad things is a very bad idea, a completely false sense of security.

Couple these together instead:
default-deny (got that much correct);
incoming, open stateful continuations of established connections;
incoming, open ports for services you run (e.g. web- and dns-servers, etc), with rate-limiting per source.

iptables will allow this, no problem.

There is no point in "automatic" firewalls that detect bad things and block sources; all they do is clutter-up your firewall rules for the sake of an event that (1) comes under default-deny and (2) is already history - people doing bad things are mostly operating fire-and-forget.

about two weeks ago

English High Court Bans Publication of 0-Day Threat To Auto Immobilizers

PigleT Ineptitude as well (168 comments)

This is the same VW that have failed to diagnose my faulty immobilizer 3 times now, is it? If I knew the exploit then at least I could disable the blasted thing myself and get moving again when it plays up!

Or maybe I'm being hacked remotely and don't know it...

about 9 months ago

What Various Studies Really Reveal About File-Sharing

PigleT Re:P2P had no effect on music sales? (285 comments)

I have two suggestions:

1) Counter-sue the RIAA for the fraction of broadband spent upstreaming free publicity for them.

2) {Jamendo, etc} {stumbleupon, etc}

about 2 years ago

Is Humanity Still Evolving?

PigleT Not humanity... (374 comments)

I'm not surprised the species is evolving. However, humanity isn't doing very well given the tenor of news in the YRO section on here, for starters.

about 2 years ago

Data Engineer In Google Case Is Identified

PigleT Re:If you have something that you don't want (186 comments)

Three key words: You have the *right* to leave your house doors open, but if you do, you'll find your *insurers* take a dim view of your sense of *responsibility*.

The analogy may or may not apply well to wifi.

about 2 years ago

Researchers Say Kelihos Gang Is Building New Botnet

PigleT Re:How many of those where linux pc's again? None (110 comments)

It's a simple case of majority-ism. Most facebook users will be on Windows and probably IE, so if you're going to make a trojan, to make your job easy that's who you target.

Security isn't limited to exploits in the scope of a user's OS; it's all about privacy, and messing in their web-identified spaces also counts as a security violation.

about 2 years ago

Do Car Safety Problems Come From Outer Space?

PigleT Re:Why is everyone picking on Toyota? (437 comments)

Those of us who own a toyota have been to their website and checked the system that tells us whether our cars are affected.

I'm lucky - my Rav4 is a particular vintage that claims not to have the problem.

The greater majority of other Toyota owners probably do have the problem, if a check of the affected models (most) and vintages (most) is anything to go by.

The fact that they have a webpage addressing the problem tells me (a) it's got big publicity (b) they sort of care (c) their investigations have led them to find some criteria whereby they can tell a particular car is susceptible or not. That tells me maybe they know what it is, and that talk of cosmic radiation is just speculative BS.

about 4 years ago

Do Car Safety Problems Come From Outer Space?

PigleT Re:Is there realy a problem? (437 comments)

Scary anecdote, although the plural of anecdote is not data(TM).

There may still be the effect of brakes failing "suddenly" - in this past winter, I left the car for 3 days, probably with damp brakes and it froze overnight etc. Sure enough, setting off, the first couple of corners had no brakes (insert scared yelling here) but they came back with increased use just fine.

So you'd need a bad coincidence: wet/damp/frozen brakes, not burnt in, *and* a runaway accelerator. That reduces the chances some.

about 4 years ago

Do Car Safety Problems Come From Outer Space?

PigleT Re:Why they tell you to turn off your phone... (437 comments)

We once had a honda civic in the family that flipped half its valves off as it felt the urge.

Cruising at 70mph along a flat bit of motorway: suddenly it decided it needed more valves and sidled up to 85mph, all without moving my foot at all.
Same journey, trying to overtake up the middle of a motorway, going uphill: it decided it didn't need the "power" and halved the valves, killing the speed to barely 50mph forcing an apologetic swerve back into the slow lane.

Never driving one of *those* again.

about 4 years ago

Apple Announces New MacBook, Pro, Air

PigleT Re:Glossy only? (774 comments)

Under what circumstances would you actually try to do colorimetry off a screen, instead of analyzing the source data? I can't imagine why you would measure an analog rendering of digital data, confounded by ambient light, dirt on the screen and so forth, instead of just going to the digital data.

Hmm. Just about every time I take a photo to the printer's, I think.

more than 5 years ago


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