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Ask Slashdot: How To Communicate Security Alerts?

Synerg1y Simple (84 comments)

Include the solution or recommended course of action in the alert email. Don't just say there's a problem, tell them how to fix it.

Ex. download this hotfix at this link
Ex. enable/disable this setting
Ex. Be careful while using Internet Explorer and use an alternative browser such as firefox or chrome (I wouldn't include links here but thats just me)

Oh and no technical jargon, the unknown scares people, if your boss can understand it based on just your email (before you send it), you've achieved this.

about 7 months ago
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Former Microsoft Privacy Chief Doesn't Trust Company, Uses Open Source Software

Synerg1y Re:Maybe yours was the dumbest (199 comments)

Immature? You're the one that believes everything he reads on the internet. Prove it or get back in your hole troll.

Embedding a 3g chip / SIM / carrier selection technology... i'm sure there's a few obstacles i'm missing too, would be at technological marvel on a processor, i'd be putting my proc into any device i want internet on. It doesn't make sense from a commercial or power consumption process either. I think someone mistook wake on lan for 3g in some of these articles and then it spread like internet troll stories often do.

about a year ago
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Silk Road Shut Down, Founder Arrested, $3.6 Million Worth of Bitcoin Seized

Synerg1y Re:Tor compromised (620 comments)

be careful in saying that, LEOs are trained to fabricate stories to mask how they actually work.

about a year ago
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Former Microsoft Privacy Chief Doesn't Trust Company, Uses Open Source Software

Synerg1y Re:The next obvious step is to ... (199 comments)

Dumbest post on Slashdot this month. Kudos. Better stick a sandy bridge in your ass so your mom knows where you are.

about a year ago
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Former Microsoft Privacy Chief Doesn't Trust Company, Uses Open Source Software

Synerg1y Re:Now, also make it understandable (199 comments)

Right...

why don't you teach your grandma how to understand it? Do you even know what you're saying?

about a year ago
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When Criminals and Terrorists Communicate In Real Time

Synerg1y My thoughts (245 comments)

Anti-terrorist organizations can use the same live technology to show terrorirsts getting captured / killed.

Twitter should be able to better control removal of such content, idk if that encroaches on the 1st amendment though.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are 'Rock Star' Developers a Necessity?

Synerg1y Re:Rockstars tend to be prima donnas (356 comments)

I dunno if you can be a "rock star" without a business sense, I think you're more thinking of the bookies group. Those are typically a PITA to work with and are best avoided unless absolutely necessary. I was glad to see ours go.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are 'Rock Star' Developers a Necessity?

Synerg1y Simply put... (356 comments)

Yes: Sheeple have no business designing architecture, if only for that reason.

about a year ago
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Is It Time to Replace Your First HDTV? (Video)

Synerg1y Re:Betteridge's law (418 comments)

why would your smart TV have unfiltered access to the internet?

about a year ago
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Final Mars One Numbers Are In, Over 200,000 People Applied

Synerg1y Re:Can't we just send them all? (176 comments)

IT comes down to are you the experiment, or the experimenter, in the case of these applicants, they're the former.

about a year ago
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Martin Luther King Jr's Children In Court Over MLK IP

Synerg1y Re:End of a Dream (344 comments)

A couple of observations:

1. we have a GW highschool in my state... guess who's the dominate ethnicity... trend? maybe
2. I don't think reinforcing what blacks have done is true equality, true equality isn't focusing on either, saying how great blacks are is black racism imho. Same problem with feminism, people just don't get it, or maybe its just me.

I for one don't have a solution to it though, racism more deeply rooted in people black, brown, and white than we want to acknowledge I think.

about a year ago
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Martin Luther King Jr's Children In Court Over MLK IP

Synerg1y Re:End of a Dream (344 comments)

Prison and jail ethnic population statistics answer that question unceremoniously. You have a huge advantage and the benefit of the doubt in the legal system just by being white. I'll also mention for like billionth time: ZIMMERMAN ISNT OR WILL BE WHITE... fuck cnn.

about a year ago
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Users Revolt Over Yahoo Groups Update

Synerg1y A couple of things... (331 comments)

1. Are any of the morons posting actual Yahoo users? (I know the answer to this one... didn't think so)

2. I personally liked how google did with the whole upgrade to our new interface when you're ready and we'll bug you periodically to do so approach. Radical UIX changes have almost never been received in a positive light... ever. Doesn't mean they're bad changes, it's just proven that average users can't deal with rapid change of a UIX like developers can. But again, the customer is the average user, so shame on Yahoo for not recognizing this overwhelming trend.

about a year ago
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Why PayPal Chose OpenStack

Synerg1y Re:So, what the hell is Open Stack? (64 comments)

A couple of points for you:

Adding VMs to the development cycle is just adding an unnecessary level of complexity. Need a new environment? Use an existing web server to set up a new site, they're designed for this and it's the proper layer to solve that at.

Also, scalable apps work via shared services, this is on top of the VM layer, so again we just don't care.

There are advantages to rapidly deploying VMs... and thus something like VMWare has templated VMs to make the process 15 minutes, my main point is that none of those advantages have anything to do with the development cycle whatsoever... remember the only significant portion of paypal's IT infrastructure is their website through which they do 100% of their business, so when we talk about increasing efficiency and reaction time for paypal, things like business intelligence and improving the development cycle come to mind... VM automation is well outside of that and won't help them add features faster to their site.

about a year ago
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Indian Government To Ban Use of US Email Services For Official Communications

Synerg1y Re:Not seeing a problem with that. (219 comments)

BGP protocol takes care of this by design by finding the shortest routes for data to travel. Encryption is still a good idea for all the other reasons BGP doesn't address, but India is on the right track here in regards to what they're trying to accomplish.

about a year ago
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Why PayPal Chose OpenStack

Synerg1y Re:So, what the hell is Open Stack? (64 comments)

Now for the real question...

How does virtual machine automation help paypal's release cycle???

That part doesn't make sense to me. It has the potential to save them money and better manage and trend their VM environment, but... faster reaction times? What they can't clone a VM in a timely manner? It certainly won't write code for them, oh well, IT buzzwords ftw.

about a year ago
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How Human Psychology Holds Back Climate Change Action

Synerg1y Re:Uhg, not Cass Sunstein (530 comments)

Acting late is more costly by orders of magnitudes. Do a simple risk calculation

Sure, let's see your math... oh wait that's the unknown here isn't it. We know something's changing, but we have no idea how fast or by how much, or any of the long term effects, so you can't put real numbers on it. Saying blah, this is going to cost us $5 tril in 30 years makes somebody sound like a futurist (still waiting on my floating car) as there are no figures either way.

Also, psychologically speaking, people are perfectly capable of setting long term goals, just the smart ones like to justify them too.

about a year ago
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Study Suggests Violent Video Games May Make Teens Less Violent

Synerg1y Re:Its called blowing off steam (120 comments)

Yes, exercise reduces stress, this is a proven fact. Kids aren't allowed as much outside today, or want to for that matter due to the internet, and parents fearing pedos. Somewhere I'm sure we can blame the media for this situation and slashdot.

about a year ago
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Study Suggests Violent Video Games May Make Teens Less Violent

Synerg1y Re:Never agreed... (120 comments)

People react differently to different things. This shouldn't come as a surprise. For some people violent video games increase stress, for some they lower it. Some people find driving stressful, others find it relaxing. Applying the video game debate to driving: because some drivers have had road rage and have caused accidents as a result some of which led to fatalities, we should ban driving in favor of catching carts driven by those who want to ban violent video games. Any volunteers? (We'd also be contributing to fixing the obesity plague)

about a year ago
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NJ Court: Sending a Text Message To a Driver Could Make You Liable For Crash

Synerg1y Re:Idiocracy (628 comments)

but... think of the children!

But ya, two things going against this one:

1. It's New Jersey
2. The standard for becoming a judge seems to be somewhere in the mariana trench

about a year ago

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