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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

Sobrique Re:Unacceptable! (140 comments)

Watch out for people wearing google glass or carrying a smartphone too. Actually, that's probably by far the bigger threat here.

about three weeks ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

Sobrique Re:Evil doer? (140 comments)

When you've got data from smartphones, the satellite imagery is largely irrelevant. You've already got a solid identification, location fix, and for bonus points - local audio and video. A photo of your hat won't make much difference.

about three weeks ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

Sobrique Re:Street view... (140 comments)

Especially now a UAV capable of carrying some quite high quality camera hardware is actually pretty cheap. I've been admiring the 8 rotor which can take a decent SLR on a gimbal. It's not exactly cheap by 'home user' standards, but it's a comparable price to the camera it's carrying. Compare to the price of a satellite and launch though... there's really no contest.

about three weeks ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

Sobrique Re:As long as certain rules are kept (383 comments)

Most biometrics do stop working when you die. Retinal prints change if there's no blood flow - the 'eyeball-on-a-pencil' just doesn't work. Other methods ... well, generally you can detect a pulse, and the change in pattern from the blood pressure is more secure anyway. (Even before you decide you don't want to let zombies^Wresidual human resources in.)

about three weeks ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

Sobrique PKI SSL (383 comments)

We're used to using SSL from client to server. But it works both ways around. You can use client side SSL certificates to authenticate. Client side SSL certificates that you can lock down with a decent passphrase, SSLVerifyClient

Not as hard to implement as some of the pipe dreams out there. Of course, it does require a degree of tech savvy on the part of users - and more importantly, enforcing it's use, to avoid laziness bypassing.

Then your challenge becomes certificate transport - you'll need a way to carry around your cert, or somehow get hold of it when you need it, which is easier said than done. The real advantage of passwords is their portability. Biometrics have a similar advantage, but as already noted - are a bit harder to revoke/change.

about three weeks ago
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Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

Sobrique Re:This seems pointless (110 comments)

Secure sites will get upset if you drive a car through them. Cats they're much less likely to make a fuss about...

about three weeks ago
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Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

Sobrique Re:Why? (110 comments)

I have wondered, give that drones are getting quite cheap - how much would a true 'peer to peer' network node cost? One that forms a mesh across a city, and finds 'downlinks' in the form of open access Wi-Fi to create a ... well, routed, self healing network. True routing protocol discovery and all.

about three weeks ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

Sobrique Re:Do it! (228 comments)

I've never had this response. Most employers like the concept of an employee who can do the work of several.

about three weeks ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

Sobrique Re:while true (228 comments)

So do it in Perl - it'll be good enough to make your life easy, and inscrutable enough that anyone trying to 'automate you' will recoil in horror.

about three weeks ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

Sobrique Re:Automate them (228 comments)

I've espoused the doctrine of proactive laziness since I started sysadminnning. I figure I'm doing my very best work when there's nothing that I need to be doing, and I can be spending my time fiddling with the next thing.
That means applying appropriate automation and scripting. (Don't overdo it - not all scripts need to be gold plated).
Decent documentation. (Which is easier: explaining or fixing a problem, or saying 'RTFM' and waving a hand dismissively - if TFM is up to scratch, they won't come back and bother you)
Tackle tasks that'll become a pain, before they're a pain.
The combination of these means I've had a fairly easy and productive live in 'systems admin', because I've never had a need to diddle with spreadsheets to look like I'm working.

about three weeks ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

Sobrique Re:Automate them (228 comments)

Lots of people 'play spreadsheets' all day, which is working really inefficiently. Some companies prefer this, because they operate on billable hours in the first place. You being efficient costs them money. Some companies know better, and will value your skills. You should go and work for those. Getting laid off sucks a bit, but it's far from the worst thing that'll ever happen to you.

about three weeks ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

Sobrique Re:Automate it (228 comments)

If you pull out the all the stops occasionally, you're a hero. If you do it routinely, you're taken for granted. It's hard enough to measure 'productivity' in IT anyway. Far better to automate your job, and 'pay yourself' to support it on an ongoing basis.

about three weeks ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

Sobrique Re:And who the fuck will maintain it? (228 comments)

Scripts are generally more accessible, but that's about it when it comes to comparison with other languages. That means you get some pretty bad scripts, but ... well, there's no real reason to not use decent coding practice. The core one being 'get everyone involved a working knowledge of the language'.

about three weeks ago
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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

Sobrique Re:And who the fuck will maintain it? (228 comments)

Not that you'll care, if you're the person who's already moved on :).

about three weeks ago
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Why the "NASA Tested Space Drive" Is Bad Science

Sobrique Re:Chill (315 comments)

There are plenty of things that persist despite not being scientifically valid. Like homeopathy, for example.

about three weeks ago
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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

Sobrique Re:Where? (89 comments)

Solar panel by day, wind trap by night!

about a month ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Sobrique Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

One boeing aircraft may look much like another at 10km distance. And boeing make military aircraft as well as civilian. *shrug*. It _could_ all just be a horrific accident.

about a month ago

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Forum Ban = Game Ban. All of them.

Sobrique Sobrique writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Sobrique (543255) writes "Well, over on Twenty-Sided Shamus has posted an article, regarding EA's forum policies. Specifically pointing out this post:

Well, its actually going to be a bit nastier for those who get banned.

Your forum account will be directly tied to your Master EA Account, so if we ban you on the forums, you would be banned from the game as well since the login process is the same. And you'd actually be banned from your other EA games as well since its all tied to your account. So if you have SPORE and Red Alert 3 and you get yourself banned on our forums or in-game, well, your SPORE account would be banned to. It's all one in the same, so I strongly reccommend people play nice and act mature.

All in all, we expect people to come on here and abide by our ToS. We hate banning people, it makes our lives a lot tougher, but its what we have to do.

Those banned will stay banned, but like most other internet services, its not that hard to create a new fake e-mail account. However, its a lot harder to get a new serial key =)

So, EA will now be holding to ransom everything you've bought from them, should a moderator take a dislike to your posting. Maybe you're complaining about DRM or something?"

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