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Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

Swave An deBwoner Re:Undetectable Heartbleed bug? (152 comments)

The popular press incorrectly "reports" lots of thing that are just plain wrong. However heartbleed.com already explained that such detection was possible if an IDS were looking for the fingerprint:

Can IDS/IPS detect or block this attack?

Although the content of the heartbeat request is encrypted it has its own record type in the protocol. This should allow intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS) to be trained to detect use of the heartbeat request. Due to encryption differentiating between legitimate use and attack can not be based on the content of the request, but the attack may be detected by comparing the size of the request against the size of the reply. This seems to imply that IDS/IPS can be programmed to detect the attack but not to block it unless heartbeat requests are blocked altogether.

It's just that now that a patch is available most folks would rather just fix the problem than watch their systems get compromised. And like Johann Lau already noted, not many sites keep an archive of all the network traffic that has passed through their site, so retrospective analysis is extremely unlikely.

about a week ago

Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Swave An deBwoner Re:Without James Sinegal, Costco is not well manag (440 comments)

Isn't it time to admit that there is no real scarcity of food, and cutting food stamps has nothing to do with economics but with pure cruelty?

Agreed. Or maybe not pure cruelty, maybe stupidity is part of the mix.

But I also have to agree that your post is offtopic because Costco does not accept food stamps.

about two weeks ago

Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

Swave An deBwoner Re:Car dealerships (229 comments)

Yes, thanks, I know about measuring PD on one's self but given that it was already measured "professionally" I hoped to have that result (which, if I understand the law, is my property because it's part of my health care record).

And there's no reason I couldn't use FLEX with Zenni but I had about 2 hours before every optician in my area closed, on a Sunday if I recall, to spend the money having put things off all year long. I didn't have a current prescription so I needed an optometrist to determine it for me before I could order anything. And for what my FLEX paid at LensCrafters I could have bought roughly 40 pairs of glasses at Zenni. In fact, about a year or so later, I ordered two pairs from Zenni for around $12 each and they were every bit as good as what I got from LensCrafters. But I needed the prescription and I needed it that day or the FLEX would have evaporated.

about a month ago

Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

Swave An deBwoner Re:Car dealerships (229 comments)

The one and only time I went to LensCrafters (to burn FLEX money that was expiring that day) they gave me the prescription, after I requested it, hand-scribbled on a scrap of paper, but they refused to give me the PD measurements. Finally the decent guy who did the final "try-on" of the glasses surreptitiously scribbled down the PD values while smiling and saying that they don't normally want to do that.

I'm not sure whether LensCrafters or FLEX is the worse offender; I actually think that the FLEX rules were designed to encourage wasteful "health care" spending on behalf of the "health care industry".

(For non-US folks, FLEX is money deducted from one's paycheck that is available for use for "health care" expenses without being taxed first. But it expires at the end of the year and if you don't use it by then, you forfeit it back to your employer.)

about a month ago

Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

Swave An deBwoner Re:Still worth it (276 comments)

Let's say I make 100 orders in a year. That's $1 per order for shipping. Now, you're right, I could probably get some of those free. And there are other's I'd pay say $8 for 2 day. And yet others I'd pay $15 for overnight. You know what? If it takes even 1 minute per order to figure out which is which $100 a year is CHEAP - my time is worth a lot more than that.

Dammit! The time I spent reading your post just cost me $100. But at least I didn't have to think, so it was worth it. A++++++. Would read again.

about a month ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

Swave An deBwoner Re:why would this sell? (769 comments)

Ooooooooooh! Shiny!

about a month and a half ago

IBM Begins Layoffs, Questions Arise About Pact With New York

Swave An deBwoner Re:Agreement - jobs for whom? (182 comments)

Well if they fly them in from India then they'll be living in New York, won't they? D'Oh!

about 1 month ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

Swave An deBwoner Re:Other question: how to remember a forgotten pas (445 comments)

Hypnosis. You'll either remember the forgotten password or you will become stiff as a board and members of the audience will be able to sit on you while you are placed like the seat of a bench between two chairs. Hopefully you'll remember the password. And then bark like a dog.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

Swave An deBwoner Re:TrueCrypt and a Safe (445 comments)

Store the combination to the safe in a file in your TrueCrypt volume, and Voila! Problem solved.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

Swave An deBwoner Re:Hash functions. (445 comments)

Not on my PC (Fedora 20):

$ bash --version
GNU bash, version 4.2.45(1)-release (i686-redhat-linux-gnu)

And the test:

1001  ls
1002   ls
1003  history

about 2 months ago

Obama To Ask For $1 Billion Climate Change Fund

Swave An deBwoner Re:There are no comments (410 comments)

If by "meat" you mean "beef steak", then it's not usual to find such low prices but it's not that far off; ground beef does come out pretty cheap sometimes. But I include pork, poultry, and organ meats in the "meat" category, so, since you asked, I shop in New York City ...

Typically packaged dried beans are $1.50-$2.00 per pound; canned beans are typically $1 per 15 ounces.

Today one of the local supermarkets has "chicken livers" for $0.99/lb, "whole chicken" for $0.99/lb, "boneless chicken breasts" for $1.99/lb, "whole boneless pork loin" for $1.99/lb, "whole chicken legs" for $0.99/lb, "beef liver" for $2.29/lb.

I'd say that relative to dried beans at $1.50/lb, the prices for "fresh meat" are surprisingly low.

Milk can be purchased for around $2.50/half-gallon while soy milk ranges from $3/half-gallon to $5/half-gallon.

This is all in large part due to the inhumane "factory farm" treatment of dairy cows who are kept virtually immobile and dosed with hormones (rBST/rBGH) that make them produce about 1.5 times the normal amount of milk; this also results in painful mastitis and foot problems for the cows but increased profits for the factory farms. Feedlot cattle "ranches" yield cheap beef. Tightly packed coops filled with chickens whose beaks have been burned off yield cheap eggs.

Well, you asked :-)

about a month ago

Obama To Ask For $1 Billion Climate Change Fund

Swave An deBwoner Re:There are no comments (410 comments)

The waste of up-converting feed stock into live stock will be reduced by increasingly poorer climate conditions. Since the ratio of petrochemical energy in to food energy out is something like 10:1 all food will get expensive


Yes, yes, and yes. However maybe some food will get less expensive; right now in most supermarkets, soy milk is more expensive than cow's milk. And I've seen meat sold cheaper per pound than dried beans. Right now, our food economy is upside down.

about 2 months ago

Death By Metadata: The NSA's Secret Role In the US Drone Strike Program

Swave An deBwoner Re:Does not sound like a good idea to me. (202 comments)

The AC is referring to the practice of "mixing in" with ordinary civilians, especially with women, children, and hospitals. The idea being that if the terrorists (they are indeed bringing terror to the neighborhoods in which they do this) are targeted, the collateral damage of women, children, sick people, etc., is a big public relations bonanza for them.

Because the best flak jacket is a crying baby after all.

about 2 months ago

AOL Reverses Course On 401K Match; CEO Apologizes

Swave An deBwoner Re:Distressed Babies? (123 comments)

Well Pablo Picasso fathered Paloma when he was 68, not that he would have used birth control had it been available through his medical insurance plan, but since you mentioned it ..

As for the "cervical pap smears for your male child", would you mind very much if I asked you to provide a citation? This sounds like a very interesting bit of arcania if it is true, though I doubt that it's true.

about 2 months ago

How Adobe Got Rid of Traditional Stack-Ranking Performance Reviews

Swave An deBwoner Re:I'll keep saying (175 comments)

And I wondered if the decrease in "voluntary departures" (e.g., "I quit") was a simple consequence of the increase in "involuntary departures" (e.g., "You're fired").

Or the state of the job market could be affecting the "voluntarily departing" crowd's decision to wait a bit before their announcing their departure.

about 2 months ago

HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

Swave An deBwoner Re:oh well (385 comments)

Not the same. HP will have the patches available for download because their customers with a valid support contract in place will be entitled to download them.

HP has already sold the hardware product and finally done the work to create and stage the patches that they claim will fix the mistakes they had in place when they sold the hardware.

The difference is that if you don't pay the extortion money for a valid support contract for your out of warranty server, they will no longer let you have the patches they already made to fix the bugs they already shipped you.

If only there were some other enterprise class server vendor that we could purchase from. But who? Where?

about 2 months ago

Audience Jeers Contestant Who Uses Game Theory To Win At 'Jeopardy'

Swave An deBwoner Re:Winning via riff on Nash equilibrium? (412 comments)

Beneath the surface means everything when picking up a one night stand.

But to seriously address the underlying issue, attending to the "less attractive" women might sometimes lead to a very satisfying, loving, lifelong relationship. So Nash not only offered good betting advice but also may have been something of a cupid for his friends; does anyone here know if any of those pickups developed into something like a love affair or a marriage?

about 2 months ago

Price of Amazon Prime May Jump To $119 a Year

Swave An deBwoner Re:Why Prime? (298 comments)

The stuff that ships "free" via Prime also ships "free" via their SuperSaver (slower) shipping method if your order is over $35 (raised recently from $25).

There's a lot of stuff on Amazon that is not Prime (or SuperSaver) eligible though.

about 2 months ago

Price of Amazon Prime May Jump To $119 a Year

Swave An deBwoner Re:If only Prime were a premium service... (298 comments)

Also, if you buy the $400 GoPro Hero through amazon prime, and there's an issue with it, they will ship you a new one before you drop yours, for free return, into a UPS box.

Recently I ordered a light fixture with a glass shade and an Intel CPU at the same time. Apparently Amazon decided to package these two items together to ship them to me via Prime. After a few days I checked the tracking info and found that FedEx had returned the shipment as damaged before it even entered the state that I reside in. I decided to wait to see what Amazon was going to do next.

Five days after the "guaranteed" delivery date I received email from Amazon saying that "A shipment from your order (#xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) for the following item(s) has been returned as undeliverable ... If you haven't already requested a replacement order or received a replacement notification, you'll receive a refund notification soon, in which case you may return to our website and place a new order."

They then refunded the price of the CPU. I waited a few days more to see whether they were going to add on a refund for the fixture. No. So I emailed them to note that neither the fixture nor the CPU were delivered to me and that I'd appreciate a refund on the fixture also. They then promptly refunded that.

I was curious about the "extra month of Prime" that I had read about on other discussions so I waited some more, but no, no such offer was forthcoming. This time I didn't write to Amazon to ask.

I didn't reorder the fixture yet but I ordered the CPU for $20 less with free shipping from Fry's. And now it's backordered from there :-)

So what is my point? I digress.

about 2 months ago



iPhone and iPad users report severe motion sickness while using iOS 7

Swave An deBwoner Swave An deBwoner writes  |  about 7 months ago

Swave An deBwoner (907414) writes "I don't know what I can say except to paste a couple of excerpts from the original article at theverge.com:

"It's exactly how I used to get car sick if I tried to read in the car." Other forum users are reporting feelings of illness, eye pain, and dizziness as well.

Another user, nybe, writes, "I had to go home 'sick' from work because of the intense nausea due to using my iPhone with iOS 7.""

Link to Original Source

Two Years Later, David Pogue Discovers Amazon Prime Includes "Free Movies"

Swave An deBwoner Swave An deBwoner writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Swave An deBwoner (907414) writes "In his "State of the Art" column, NY Times columnist David Pogue discovers that Amazon Prime members can use the service to watch some movies for free. This service was announced, when, early in the summer of 2010? The title of his column today is "Potluck for the Eyeballs: A New Streaming-Movie Service""
Link to Original Source

NY Times goes paywall

Swave An deBwoner Swave An deBwoner writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Swave An deBwoner writes "Today marks a significant transition for The New York Times as we introduce digital subscriptions. It’s an important step that we hope you will see as an investment in The Times, one that will strengthen our ability to provide high-quality journalism to readers around the world and on any platform. The change will primarily affect those who are heavy consumers of the content on our Web site and on mobile applications."
Link to Original Source

Report Looks at How China Meddled With Internet

Swave An deBwoner Swave An deBwoner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Swave An deBwoner (907414) writes "Another article on the temporary rerouting of much of the Internet through Chinese IP space, discussed here on /. yesterday:


But today's NY Times article contains a curious statement:

While sensitive data such as e-mails and commercial transactions are generally encrypted before being transmitted, the Chinese government holds a copy of an encryption master key, and there was speculation that China might have used it to break the encryption on some of the misdirected Internet traffic.

What "encryption master key" are they talking about?

TFA can be found here:


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