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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

StikyPad Re:track record (293 comments)

This is approximately the same arrangement "our" astronauts use at the moment.

Glad you caught that. ;) I, for one, welcome our new flight-pooling overlords.

3 days ago
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Drone Maker Enforces No-Fly Zone Over DC, Hijacking Malware Demonstrated

StikyPad Re:What are you planning to do? (164 comments)

That's all sort of moot -- people who use drones to actually carry out attacks won't give a shit about any law or regulation. (See, arguably, our own use of drones.)

This is a really hard problem. An attack from a small drone would be incredibly difficult to guard against. I'm actually shocked (legitimately) that there haven't been any attacks using hobbyist drones yet, since it's hard to think of a potential target that wouldn't be vulnerable. With the lower barrier to entry into the airspace (and eventually "space" space, presumably), we're going to have to rethink security of critical systems/people beyond just regulations.

3 days ago
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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

StikyPad Re:track record (293 comments)

Better yet, why don't we scrap Air Force One and pay Russia for POTUS to take flights on its Ilyushin Il-96-300PU.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

StikyPad Re:Government Intervention (475 comments)

As much as I don't like existing ISPs, I'm not sure I'm really in favor of a government-run (municipal) ISPs either. It's not hard to imagine, like highway funding, the federal government offering money for municipal ISPs, contingent upon compliance with a few minor requirements. Or criminal penalties for "excessive" bandwidth, or unsanctioned usage. Or for it to come full-circle, with private companies offering muni's better, faster connections, and funding it through tolls.

But maybe I'm just a pessimist.

3 days ago
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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

StikyPad Re:IPV6 Addresses for all (251 comments)

There are upsides though. Instead of some random number like 192.168.x.x, you just have to remember fdbc:b4f0:0b6f:ecaa:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx using this simple mnemonic (in honor of the Big Game (not TM) this weekend):

First Down Brings Cheers,
But 4th [down] Feels [like you are a] 0,
Oh, but sicks football
Easy as Can AAahhhhhhhhhh!!!!! (The relaxed Aaah, not the screaming one.)

Then for the interface ID just use something equally easy to remember, like:

Angry Bullet Ants Are
Bad For Eating Because
Bites Bites Bites Bites
Bites Bites Bites Bites

3 days ago
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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

StikyPad Re:You Don't Need A Minicomputer... (251 comments)

I spent about three days digging for the damn thing, but then remembered something a friend had mentioned: the magnetometers in smartphones can be used as metal detectors. I tromped in, borrowed my mom's cell, and found the pipe almost immediately. I'd come within a few inches of it, but then been digging in the wrong direction.

I had a similar situation once, except instead of snow, it was rock and dirt, instead of a feed pipe, it was the exit to the cavern I had inadvertently sealed over, and instead of Valdez, it was Minecraft.

3 days ago
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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

StikyPad Re:I'm 4 of 5 (251 comments)

And that, friends, is why "British comedy" is an oxymoron.

3 days ago
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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

StikyPad Re:That doesn't sound bad (428 comments)

Well, what does "get" mean? Has purchased? As in nobody wants to pay for faster service? Or can obtain, as in everybody else is too far from the nearest DSLAM? I would expect to see the lowest speeds in the most economically depressed areas simply because people have other priorities. Although I'm all for removing various tiers of service. Gigabit for all, I say!

3 days ago
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

StikyPad Re:New ATMs - loads of solutions (368 comments)

If you wanted to go one step further you could fill some of the glass packs with different chemicals that when combined produced combustion and incinerated the bills further.

No that anyone here is designing or implementing an ATM security system, but something that could/would harm an intruder would probably count as a booby trap, and those are illegal. Nothing worse than having to fork over money to the guy who tried to steal your money.

3 days ago
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

StikyPad Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (368 comments)

Yeah, I guess in the USA, holding someone at gun- or knife-point and demanding their wallet counts as non-violent.

In Detroit, they call it "Thursday"

Don't be ridiculous.

They can't afford wallets in Detroit.

3 days ago
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

StikyPad Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (368 comments)

Since the losses due to card fraud are almost entirely borne by the banks, I have to assume it is more cost effective to take the losses than to chip all of the cards.

No sir! In the US, fraud is borne by the merchant. http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog...

You are correct that it's more economical for the banks to incur 0 cost than a non-zero cost, however.

3 days ago
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

StikyPad Re:Positive pressure? (368 comments)

No. They's why they're all blank.

3 days ago
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New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

StikyPad Re:Required vaccine? (178 comments)

Yeah! I wish people would stop demonizing things like the measels!

about two weeks ago
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Oracle Releases Massive Security Update

StikyPad Re:lol, Java (79 comments)

I mean, when you qualify your comparisons by using ambiguous, ill-defined phrases like "well written," you can say anything. Novels are less interesting than a well written comic. Rules are less useful than a well written law.

Java is generally going to require less effort to port unless you're using platform-specific libraries, and that's easy to avoid since so much is included in the JDK.

As for the security of that code, everything may be within your control in C, but that doesn't come without some cost -- namely requiring deep knowledge of everything that's within your control to avoid creating your own security holes. And if you're using third party libraries (which is typical) then you're sacrificing some degree of control anyway. This is especially true if they're closed-source libraries, but even with open source, many people just trust that someone else has reviewed the code.

about two weeks ago

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The USA Freedom Act: What's to Come and What You Need to Know

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  about 2 months ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "The USA Freedom Act, the leading contender for NSA reform, is set for a vote this week. The bill has some problems, but is a major step forward for surveillance reform. That's why we're asking you to call your Senator and urge them to support the USA Freedom Act. Here's a rundown of what's to come, what you need to know, and what may happen this week."
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Comcast to remove data cap, implement tiered pricing

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  more than 2 years ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "Comcast is reportedly removing its oft-maligned 250GB data cap, but don't get too excited. In what appears to be an effort to capitalize on Nielsen's Law, the Internet's version of Moore's Law, Comcast is introducing tiered data pricing. The plan is to include 300GB with the existing price of service, and charge $10 for every 50GB over that limit. As with current policy, Xfinity On Demand traffic will not count against data usage, which Comcast asserts is because the traffic is internal, not from the larger Internet. There has, however, been no indication that the same exemption would apply to any other internal traffic. AT&T and Time Warner have tried unsuccessfully to implement tiered pricing in the past, meeting with strong push back from customers and lawmakers alike. With people now accustomed to, if not comfortable with, tiered data plans on their smartphones, will the public be more receptive to tiered pricing on their wired Internet connections as well, or will they once again balk at a perceived bilking?"
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How often do you clean your computer case?

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  more than 2 years ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "2+ times/week; Weekly; Monthly; Biennially; Yearly; Only when I install new components; What's this cleaning you speak of?; Just fin... oh wait, there's another spec of dust!"
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Sony Lawsuits Targeting PS3 Jailbreak Authors

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "PS3News is reporting that Sony's latest legal salvo is targeting the creators of PS JailBreak, PSFreedom and PSGroove related PS3 hacks, citing numerous court documents (login required) for those interested.

From one of the documents: 'Having considered the Motion for Expedited Discovery of Plaintiff Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (oeSCEA) [...] the Court hereby grants SCEA’s Motion. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that [...] SCEA has leave to serve similarly targeted subpoenas or deposition notices to any other third party who SCEA learns may be involved in the distribution or sale of the oePS Jailbreak software, known as, for example, "PSGroove," "OpenPSJailbreak," and "PSFreedom," or who may have knowledge of the distribution or sale of this software.'"

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The Once and Future Clone

StikyPad StikyPad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

StikyPad (445176) writes "CNET has news that Mac clone maker Psystar is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company apparently has over $250,000US in debt, and states that it cannot turn a profit in the current economy. According to Cnet, "The Chapter 11 filing will temporarily suspend Apple's copyright infringement suit against Psystar, which is currently before the U.S. District Court of Northern California. But once the bankruptcy protection is sorted out, the copyright case will resume." Meanwhile PC Mag reports that, on the other side of the Atlantic two new clone companies are just getting started. Like PsyStar, FreedomPC and RussianMac promise to deliver PCs with the OS X preloaded. Unique to RussianMac is the MiniBook. The MiniBook is "guaranteed to 'correct work,' although the company notes that features like multitouch won't work.""

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