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Hands On With Apple IPad 2

RebootKid Re:Makes up for all the things lacking in iPad1? (432 comments)

I respectfully disagree with you. Host USB is a hard requirement for me. What if I want to use it to download pictures from my camera, to edit up and email them around? Or say I wanted to watch a movie? There is a finite amount of space on the iPad & iPad2. External storage helps work around this limitation. HDMI out, in an easy form, is important. I often give presentations, so being able to hook it to a projector will make things work nicely.

more than 3 years ago

Trek Tech That Most Needs To Be Invented Before I Die:

RebootKid Replicator / Transporter (633 comments)

Aren't these really just two similar technologies, applied in radically different ways? The transporter takes matter, converts it to energy, sends it somewhere at the speed of light, and then converts it back to matter. The replicator just takes energy and converts it into matter. I chose transporter for that reason. That, and "warp drive" without "inertial dampening" will just SUCK.

more than 3 years ago

New IE Zero Day

RebootKid Re:The summary (305 comments)

My apologies. Part of that is my own warped sense of humor, part of it is a direct quote from SANS.
I'll endeavor to work better/worse humor into future submissions.

*Note to self: Must work harder on pleasing all of the people all of the time*

more than 2 years ago

WikiLeaks Should...

RebootKid Re:Can I pick two options? (469 comments)

I don't agree with your view, but I think you need to be modded up as insightful.

more than 3 years ago

Given one free trip to the past in a time machine, I would..

RebootKid Why? (1270 comments)

So I guess I'm sitting here thinking, "Why?"
Really, what's the point in going back if you can't go forward again.

Sure, go back, invest, it won't do you a lick of good. You'll basically be dead to the people you left behind in the future. It is nothing more than a novel method of suicide. You could just as easily buy a big life insurance policy, and go back to see %big_historical_thing% or whatever, and achieve the same results.

more than 3 years ago

Vint Cerf Keeps Blaming Himself For IPv4 Limit

RebootKid Re:Bogus shortage (309 comments)

Exactly. I predict that there will soon be a trade market for IP subnets.

more than 3 years ago

Heroic Engineer Crashes Own Vehicle To Save a Life

RebootKid Re:He got lucky. (486 comments)

The point about him risking his children was more about putting the good of the many (the dozens of people potentially injured if the truck was allowed to continue its course) ahead of the good of the few (The people in his car)

Was there risk involved, certainly. That said, it was still the right thing to do.
From the article, it says that he'd seen the truck side-swipe a barrier already. He had a reasonable assurance that the driver was incapacitated to the point where he would not rouse.
He did what I think is the most reasonable and responsible action given the known information. I am sorry that you feel differently.

more than 3 years ago

Heroic Engineer Crashes Own Vehicle To Save a Life

RebootKid Re:If I was his passenger (486 comments)

Get your head around this: His passengers were his children.
However, knowing the physics, the risk to them was minimal. The only question would have been if his brakes could have held the pressure of two vehicles instead of one.

I still salute the guy. He saved a bunch of people, and did what was right. We need more people like him, and less people who want to "not get involved" because they might get hurt.

more than 3 years ago

Open Source-Friendly Smartphones For the Small Office?

RebootKid Re:Android is what you want (222 comments)

There are options to use Android as well. Hypermatix will do Caldav for Android, and does work with Zimbra

more than 3 years ago

Universal Sends DMCA Takedown On 1980 Report

RebootKid Re:Malware warning? (189 comments)

Confirmed. I get the same warning. I suspect one of his advertisers went rogue

more than 3 years ago

Careful What You Post, the FBI Has More of These

RebootKid Re:got spyware? (761 comments)

So far, every time. Same with the wild white rhinos that wander onto my property. ;-)

more than 3 years ago

Careful What You Post, the FBI Has More of These

RebootKid Re:got spyware? (761 comments)

Dunno about that. Ask any police dispatcher. They do whatever they can to find range time for the patrol folks. I've been told that FBI field agents are in similar situations.
They've got a less than 25% chance of connecting in their "double tap"
I spend more time on the range than the typical field agent. I also wouldn't bother coming out the door to shoot them. I'd just put a shot through the window and drop them at the end of the drive. A coyote is a lot smaller and a lot faster at 100m than a FBI agent. (And yes, I realize that I just got on their watch list. It's not the first time, and it won't be the last)

more than 3 years ago

Careful What You Post, the FBI Has More of These

RebootKid Re:got spyware? (761 comments)

Hate to break it to you, friend, but that would end you up in jail, or a casket.
Castle Law has an exemption. The intruder must be acting illegally. Since the 9th circuit ruled that this is currently legal, you'd lose immediately.
I don't agree it should be legal, but it currently is.

more than 3 years ago

Why You See 'Free Public WiFi' In So Many Places

RebootKid Re:I see this alot (260 comments)

The only tools I know of, that the poster seems concerned about mentioning are tools like aircrack-ng. It's loaded in the Backtrack CD set. (Which I highly recommend as a tool to audit your own networks) He is correct, you can crack a WPA2-AES password. It's not easy, and it takes time. Basically what you do is start dumping the stuff you see in the air, identify a target network, send a disassociation notice to the client that's connected to the AP, spoofing the MAC of the AP, a bunch of times. You record the traffic its sending back. The password will be in that traffic, encrypted, of course. Then you do a re-play and dictionary attack against the replayed traffic. It does work, but it doesn't work against long, complex, and random passwords in a short period of time.

more than 3 years ago

Ubuntu 10.10, Maverick Meerkat, Now Available

RebootKid Re:It's extremely good. (473 comments)

This is where redundancy comes in, and rigid "Dev" "Stage" and "Prod" environments really shine. Where I work, if it does the job, then it is acceptable, as long as you can get it to 99.999% available to the end user. You have to prove that in staging before its allowed in production.

more than 3 years ago

Google Secretly Tests Autonomous Cars In Traffic

RebootKid Re:I wold love a car that drives itself... (561 comments)

For some people, a 6 block walk is impossible. I have a number of disabled co-workers who drive simply because they have no other option.
I choose mass transit because I believe in it.
My morning commute: Drive 45min to the nearest train station.
Ride the train for an hour
Walk half a mile to my office door.

Doing the "right" thing gives me a 2 hour commute each way. It's also the only job I have been able to find recently. I've got a family to feed, so I do it.
I could save 30min off that trip if I drove, but then I'd have to pay for parking, and I don't have that money.

I live in the San Francisco bay area. We have a fairly good public transit system compared to most parts of the US.
When my car broke down, I had to take the bus. I was leaving the house at 4:22am to make it to work by 8am. The trip home was equally bad.

Oh, and we don't have any confidence that the mass transit will get us to work on-time either. MUNI regularly has delays, as does BART.

more than 3 years ago

College Student Finds GPS On Car, FBI Retrieves It

RebootKid Re:Could have been interesting (851 comments)

You placed something on my car? Huh. That's odd. I've got no clue about what it is, was, or where it is. Sorry.
I went over a really bumpy road a while ago. Sounded like something fell off, but the car was driving fine so I just kept going

Or hey, maybe do something really fun, like call in the bomb squad, and have them detonate the thing.

You don't know what the device is, how it got there, or what its purpose is. Say it looks like a bomb to you.

I get the massive fear of law enforcement and the FBI, but really, the vehicle is your property. You can do anything with your car you want. (Assuming you've got the pink slip.) Heck, if I found one attached to one of my cars, I'd seriously consider sending that car off to the smasher.

more than 3 years ago

Ubuntu Won't Moan To EU About Microsoft

RebootKid Still available in the US. Still and MS Tax (248 comments)

I think it must just be Dell in the EU. Here in the US, you can still configure systems preloaded with Ubuntu.

In fact, I just ran the numbers. Buying a Latitude 13 configured exactly the way I like it, running 9.10 (32bit): $1753.98
Running Windows7 (32bit): $1862.98

I didn't see a way of doing 64bit installs for either option. This also doesn't take into account any of the specials that may be running, or employee discounts, etc.

In this circumstance, the Microsoft tax is $109

more than 3 years ago

Skype Officially Available For Android

RebootKid Re:Anonymous Coward (286 comments)

Verizon's had a bundled version for a while. It was not available to the general user base.

more than 3 years ago



New IE Zero Day

RebootKid RebootKid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RebootKid (712142) writes "Microsoft has released a notice about a new zero day attack against Internet Explorer. Guess it's going to be more a "Script Kiddie Christmas" less "White Christmas"
"Ok, fess up who asked for an IE 0 day for Christmas? I'm guessing Santa got his lumps of coal mixed up with a bag of exploits.
This exploit has been discussed over the last day or so on full disclosure and a number of other sites. Metasploit already has a module available for it (just search for CSS & IE). Microsoft has put out an advisory 2488013 regarding the issue ( The issue manifests itself when a specially crafted web page is used and could result in remote code execution on the client. ""

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HDCP Master Key?

RebootKid RebootKid writes  |  about 4 years ago

RebootKid (712142) writes "Engadget and MSNBC are both reporting that the master key to HDCP has been posted online. (Purported key here:
I don't claim to be an expert in this issue, but it would seem to essentially circumvent the key scheme already in use in HD movies.

I've read the articles, and everyone seems to think this is legit, so I thought I'd share, and get the /. feedback"

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Boobquake Coming 26-April-2010

RebootKid RebootKid writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RebootKid (712142) writes "So, we've all seen the comments by Sedighi saying that women dressed in a provocative manner cause earthquakes. Me personally, I'm thinking it is more likely to be explained by plate tectonics, but what do I know.
Well, this woman has decided that she's going to either prove, or disprove Sedighi's theory by, well, dressing provocatively on Monday the 26th of April, and she's enlisting others to help her. I don't know about the rest of you, but scantily clad women certainly falls into the "stuff that matters" category."

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