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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Sepodati Re:oh man (383 comments)

Why not an all midget crew?

yesterday
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

Sepodati Re:It's a mixed bag (299 comments)

This... I think you have to be wired a certain way to be a good troubleshooter.

about two weeks ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

Sepodati Re:They Don't (299 comments)

Where's this IT manual you're referring to? I should have just been looking there to solve all of my problems instead of, you know, being a competent network engineer.Sure would have made things easier and reduced the amount of 36 hour days I had.

IT in the military isn't as rigid as you think,at least in the areas I worked in. Sure, operator manuals and the training to go along with it are going to be step-by-step, but that goes out the window on day 3 when nothing works even though "nothing changed" on the network.

about two weeks ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

Sepodati Re:Military personnel have a different attitude... (299 comments)

I think you're way off base. Systems are delivered, lab-tested and ready to go, by the lowest bidder. Then they fail on day 2 because they were never developed for the actual environment we've got. Now it's up to me to make it work and not go to bed until it does.

There's little "doctrine" when it comes to IT in the military.Flashy, good ideas get pushed down onto us all the time, just like I'd imagine it is in any sector. There'll be plenty of innovation by a good IT team because they're going to stay abreast on recent technology and bring in anything they can demonstrate to improve the network or the user experience.

about two weeks ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

Sepodati Re:Some would be well suited. (299 comments)

I think you shot your point to hell at the end by showing that it really depends on the individual. When you're on the clock 24/7 and you don't leave until it's fixed, you learn to be all kinds of gymnast flexible. Or you shouldn't be in the job. The problem in military is that it's hard to get rid those under performing, whereas in the civilian world I hope they just fire you.

about two weeks ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

Sepodati Re:Some would be well suited. (299 comments)

As a soon-to-be retired job seeker, all I want is what's in your last statement. Being military doesn't make me more or less suited for the job. Evaluate me based on my experience, achievements and skills I can bring to the job in question.Just give me a fair chance in the interview so sink or sell myself.

Although this is a crap dice propaganda article and many of the comments scare me, they are enlightening, also. You guys are helping me prepare for interviews.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Sepodati Re:Move on, nothing to see here! (644 comments)

Why does it have to be different? Win8 was different, and MS got torn to hell for it. This is exactly what everyone wanted, isn't it? You get a start menu that doesn't take over the entire screen, applications in windows, a definitive switch to tablet vs. desktop mode. Win8 was supposed to be this unifying experience, but it weighed far to heavily on the touch/table experience rather than unifying. This looks like a great solution, in my opinion, but then I don't really have a problem with Win8... well, Win8.1, specifically.

about three weeks ago
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Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

Sepodati Re: Meh (176 comments)

You're bitching that a smart car is horrible for hauling goods cross country.

about 4 months ago
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Drone Camera Tornado Coverage Raises Press Freedom Questions

Sepodati Volume (143 comments)

I think if commercial use were allowed, the number of drones buzzing around would skyrocket. Every event, from sports to news, would have a dozen different drones flying around looking for that perfect shot. That presents the safety concerns. Some of these quadcopters aren't exactly small and could hurt a few folks if dropped into a crowd.

Although I'm sure it's really just a money issue at the heart of it. There should just be a mechanism to register drones for flights just like they do with helicopters, blimps, etc. I think some of the footage you could get from them would be really cool to see on the news.

about 6 months ago
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Drone Camera Tornado Coverage Raises Press Freedom Questions

Sepodati No (143 comments)

No. Drone does not imply autonomous flight.

about 6 months ago
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Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

Sepodati More common (210 comments)

It's becoming more common, although slowly. I have a C&P from my US bank. Reading through the thread here, there appear to be several other banks that issue the cards upon request, too.

about 6 months ago
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Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

Sepodati No changes (210 comments)

The card I was issued from my bank does not allow the PIN to be changed. It could be because they don't have physical branches/ATMs anywhere, though. Maybe if this catches on a lot more, you'll be able to change it at any ATM.

about 6 months ago
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Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

Sepodati PIN (210 comments)

If someone steals your card, deactivate your card.

Sure, but in the meantime, the PIN prevents the card from being used since the thief doesn't know what it is. It also prevents the card from being cloned (assuming that's possible) and used elsewhere even though you have your card in your wallet. It's the whole "something you have" and "something you know" security model.

about 6 months ago
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Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

Sepodati Terminals (210 comments)

With the terminals, the bank issues you a challenge code based on the transaction and you use the terminal, card and PIN to generate a response that validates your the authorised card holder. It's worked pretty well the few times I've bought someone online with it.

about 6 months ago
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Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

Sepodati Pain (210 comments)

I agree the Visa and MC programs are a pain. They come up so infrequently that I never remember what the password is. Plus with varying rules as to what constitutes an acceptable password, I can't even count on it using a password I'm familiar with.

If implemented like in Europe,though, you only have to remember the PIN. Which you use everywhere, so that's not an issue. There's a challenge-response part of the online purchase that generates a code to confirm you have possession of the card and know the PIN to validate the transaction. Yes, everyone has to have the little card reader available. I've only made a few online purchases with my European card, but they've all been that way so far.

about 6 months ago
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Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

Sepodati Flaws (210 comments)

Do you have any links to chip & pin flaws? The one I saw I thought allowed you to enter any PIN and have it return as valid, so the transaction would be charged. You had to have a programmable card hooked up to a laptop and a valid card, I think. Doable with a jacket and backpack, but not quite clone & go. Curious what else is out there.

about 6 months ago
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Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

Sepodati Reader (210 comments)

Yes, you'd have to have the card reader if everyone implements a challenge/response type system like in Europe. I have one at work and keep one at home. When I travel I throw one in the bag just in case. You get used to it.

about 6 months ago
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Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

Sepodati Online (210 comments)

Online sales use a challenge-response system to ensure you have the card and know the PIN. You don't enter the PIN into any website, though, just the little card reader. The challenge-response system is run by the bank, I think. You're redirected there as a part of the sale to verify. Kind of like the Verified by Visa thing, but instead of just entering a password, you do the whole challenge-response thing with your card and reader.

This is how it's done in Europe, at least.

In POS systems, the PIN never leaves the card reader, so it's can't be stored to be stolen later.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Sepodati Re:IBM ThinkPad (702 comments)

I've opened it up for cleaning once or twice. No issues... instructions found online were pretty easy to follow.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Sepodati IBM ThinkPad (702 comments)

I was going to say the IBM Thinkpads, too. Like any computer, they eventually get old and underpowered compared to the new stuff, but they keep chugging. Mine is from 05, I think right after Lenovo bought 'em, but it's still the IBM version. One key is missing, case is cracked and there are a few grey pixels, but it still works (typing this on it now). Made it through deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, too.

Is that "long lasting" or is it sad that 9-10 years out of a laptop is considered long?

about 6 months ago

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