top How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer
Yet another buzzword invented by some CIO/CTO somewhere in an effort to consolidate multiple job roles and eliminate warm chairs. No surprise that its genesis seems to be in the startup world.
"DevOps" is a fucked up amalgam of the developers, the DBAs, the system admins, the mail admins, the storage and backup admins, and sometimes the field techs... All to extract more work from fewer people for less money.
top Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member
She's pretty sharp, well connected, and understands how the government sees these types of date & service providers.
Which is precisely why I'd like to see her go be NFL Commissioner and leave the internet the fuck alone.
top Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them
Yes, especially when we drop Coke bottles into their villages while flying overhead.
top Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression
One founder didn't even realize he was depressed until glucose and blood tests came back normal
What? His tests came back normal and that was a sign of depression? Oh, I see, it was just a poor summary.
top UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"
Sea Shepherd can eat my ass. All the way up in there, rim me, baby. Tickle with your tongues and latch onto the corn and peanuts. And I guess you're cool if I shart butyric acid?
You're nothing but terrorists on the open ocean.
top FTC Settles With Sites Over SSL Lies
I have a hard time believe the FTC will follow through with reviewing and verifying the contents of these security audits.
They probably aren't planning to, and won't need to. Credit Karma will set up a new corporate entity like "Karma New Holdings LLC," transfer all assets including the domain, customers, and brand, and keep on truckin'. Hell it's probably already been done. Assuming the FTC ever does call them up two years from now, the entity which received sanctions will conveniently no longer exist.
top How the FBI and Secret Service Know Your Network Has Been Breached Before You Do
If you infiltrate, say, Target's internal network and POS systems, you aren't going to use them for a botnet and tip your hand.
top Interview: Ask John McAfee What You Will
How might I find my way to a posh life on tropical islands, with young women at my beck and call? I'll deal with the locals.
top Did Facebook Buy Oculus To Counter Google Glass?
The bubble has burst, and "being acquired by Facebook" is no longer sexy. In fact after a long string of acquisitions this is the first one I recall having a public backlash. I figure it's all downhill (for them) from here.
I'd still take the money, sure. But advertise on deez nuts. A billion a ball for your tattoo of choice.
top TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database
It's also an enormous jobs program, employing 50,000 nut-cuppers and breast-gropers alone, without even getting started on air marshals, behavioral analysts, and of course thousands more management positions. Don't expect TSA disappear anytime soon, no matter who's in the White House.
top Florida Judge Rules IP Address Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate
What is this embedded PDF crap? Around here we have a tradition of warning people when a link goes to a PDF, and now they're being embedded right in the story? I
thought I opted out of the beta shit.
top L.A. Police:
All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation
Apparently, all they need to do is tell the Court that they've signed an NDA with the manufacturer of these ANPR cameras. Seems to be working pretty well for police departments all across the US who are sucking up thousands? millions? of completely innocent parties' cellphone connections via "StingRay" devices.
top Mute Witness: Forensic Sketches From Nothing But DNA
Right now DNA often comes in near the end of an investigation; you have to select people to test based on traditional detective work, and then you must legally acquire their DNA to match with your sample. If suspects don't want to give you DNA simply because you asked nicely, you have to be fairly sure of their guilt - and able to convince a judge of why you're sure - before you can get their DNA involuntarily.
So police work is hard. Boo fucking hoo. When someone's freedom (or life) hangs in the balance, it
ought to be hard.
top Inside NSA's Efforts To Hunt Sysadmins
So many attempted lawsuits against the USG over various spying revelations have been refused because the complainant has no "standing," i.e. legal proof that they have been damaged. I imagine that if the list of targets were to leak, that would give those individuals valid standing to sue. As someone who was the DBA at a US$6-7B/yr corporation for more than 7 years I sort of suspect my name is on their list. I will say one thing, there's no fucking way any NSA ratware got into systems under my control using me as a conduit.
top Jack A. Kinzler, Savior of the Skylab Mission, Dies At 94
This is sort of depressing. It's an obituary, for heaven's sake, the man deserves the respect of having his name properly formatted. I don't think I've ever seen an article's title changed on Slashdot, no matter how poor it was; perhaps just this once someone could go in and fix it...
top How the NSA Plans To Infect 'Millions' of Computers With Malware
Linus' father has stated that NSA approached Linus and asked, quite frankly and up-front, to put a backdoor in linux. He of course refused. Then you have Linus himself answering that question "no" aloud, while nodding his head "yes." I have absolutely zero doubt that they've since attempted to slip something in surreptitiously, I wonder whether or not they succeeded.
top Replicant OS Developers Find Backdoor In Samsung Galaxy Devices
This will be wonderful news for criminal defense attorneys. Is your client accused of having a couple of terrorists in his phone's contact list? Did a customs official conveniently find child porn pictures on your client's phone during a border crossing? Did the prosecutor haul out telco logs "proving" that your client was sending text messages to arrange a heroin deal?
Sounds to me like it's quite plausible that someone else put that $ILLEGAL_SHIT on your client's phone. After all, the capability was built right into the phone by Samsung.
top Replicant OS Developers Find Backdoor In Samsung Galaxy Devices
Two things, "Even Ham radio operators?" When did they become the retards of the RF world - I thought that title belonged to CB'ers? Honestly, hams are not interested in your phone.
He wasn't calling hams retards, quite the contrary. He was pointing out that people with absolutely no control over your cellular carrier's towers, and thus no legitimate path into your cellphone, could give you problems despite not being an "authorized" party. Those people would still need to be extremely technically adept, familiar with radio, etc. so hams was a pretty good example IMO.
top Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots
This is why I use all my own equipment.
Makes me wonder how much longer this will be an option?
I use a Comcast-provided cable modem instead of buying my own. The sole reason for that is that I've had several cable modems die or otherwise fuck up in the past, and it's easier to pay the $7 a month to rent Comcast's modem and be able to swap out as often as is necessary. Modem overheats, lightning strike fries it, some shitty capacitor decides that 6 months is longer than it should ever have lived, WTF-ever, I'll just go exchange it. The rental fee is essentially insurance. Just last week I went and swapped out their old Thomson for an Arris, because the Thomson was on Comcast's EOL list and not DOCSIS 3.0 savvy. Had to figure that out on my own and go get a better model after my service started going to shit. The Arris is now giving far faster throughput for the wired PCs.
Wireless on my premises is handled by two bridged WRT54Gs (v6, patiently awaiting the revamped kickass offering that Belkin has promised since buying the Linksys line from Cisco) running dd-wrt. These of course are my own equipment and there's nothing Comcast can do to prevent me from using them. That really can never change, I can tweak their MAC addresses to whatever I want, there's ultimately no technical way for Comcast to impede me from running my own wireless routers for my own private use. The WLAN is locked down tighter than a twelve year old, ain't no guests or passers-by getting on there.
However, I wouldn't be surprised if Comcast begins issuing cable modems that come with a built-in wireless AP for their own hotspot purposes. I'm not talking about all-in-one modem/router devices, this is what they're already doing with those as per TFA, if you rely on Comcast's equipment for your home wifi network. I'm talking about the actual cable modem itself, it will have an onboard 802.11a/b/g/n radio. If they play their cards right, it won't even need an antenna, I'm sure Comcast has engineers who are well aware of the "leaky/unshielded coax, wifi, CB radio" issue and can put some decent gain enterprise grade antennae inside the service boxes at street demarcs. The majority of residential subdivisions are probably not subject to CB interference.
At some point in the future, they prohibit customers from purchasing and provisioning their own modems, and domination is complete: if you want Comcast internet, you must use a Comcast provided modem, which will act as a wifi hotspot whether you like it or not (aside from those of us who will open the box and fix that shit ourselves). To be honest, I'm surprised that "buy your own modem, call us up with its MAC, and we'll let it on the network" is an option even now, as it "robs" them of recurring revenue on the sunk expense of each modem. I presume there must be some law that forces them to allow this for the time being.
Give it a couple of years. All Comcast-provided cable modems will have a self-contained wifi AP, they'll eliminate the monthly modem rental charge "as a benefit to consumers," and if they're still required to allow customers to own CPE modems, there will be a fee for it.
top RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores
WORRRRRRRRRRLD STAAAAAAAAAAR! about a month and a half ago
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