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'Anonymized' Credit Card Data Not So Anonymous, MIT Study Shows

Technician Regular users only (96 comments)

As one who hot tired of high fees, I dropped the use of credit/debit cards. I used a gift card for an online purchase. Nothing annon about it. Has my name and address on the order.

2 days ago
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Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

Technician Re:So what will this accomplish? (154 comments)

I'm old enough to remember capping gas prices in the 1970's where retail prices were held below wholesale. Anybody remember the days where stations had flags out? Red, out of gas. yellow, emergency services only, green gas available. Traveling to Idaho had a string of red. Parked in a small town and spent the night to await the truck in the morning. Most places tried to ration gas to a couple of dollars (couple of gallons) so you constantly drove from station to station instead of filling up. Lines for stations with gas circled the block.

For drives not wanting to risk car damage from driving in hazardous conditions, I can see where a lot of drivers will stay home that do not have chains or a high ground clearance vehicle.

3 days ago
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Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

Technician Re:A call for Write Protect (94 comments)

Some clones not only has the reset/erase jumper, but also has a CMOS write enable. Without it, the CMOS settings could not be altered. Changing the hard drive was one of the few reasons for enabling a write.

3 days ago
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Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

Technician A call for Write Protect (94 comments)

It is time ro return to the Write Protect Switch. Passwords are no longer effective in preventing firmware alterations by hostile organizations.

For those old enough to remember them, changing a BIOS required an EPROM burner and UV eraser. Changing CMOS settings required setting the write protect jumper.

Early infections were restricted to Write Enabled floppies, hard drives for machines with them, and everything else was write protected.

It is time to return to write protected firmware requiring physical access to alter.

Our complacency with remote management is showing the error of our ways as we are compromised.

3 days ago
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FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number

Technician Re:good grief (217 comments)

I get those from time to time so I accidentally give them the wrong name and address. I wonder who they sent out to the apartment complex.

about two weeks ago
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FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number

Technician Re:Time to abandon normal phones? (217 comments)

Closing spoofing closes normal business trunking.
Case in point.

I have a DID line. No outgoing phone plan at all. Normal business applications is an 800 toll free number. Call it and an entire bank of phones ring for the first available operator.

I also have several trunk lines. Mush like the local hotel. You know the drill. Dial 9 for an outside line. What was proposed is to give each of the trunks a FIXED phone number. You can call a trunk line, but they don't take inbound calls. Instead the PBX uses the info of the extension to identify the call to the CID system. I call, you call back on my 800 number. It's the way the PBX system works.

Unfortunately with the break up of ma bell, there exists COME equipment outside the control of ma bell. Now ma bell can't own all the PBX'es and be responsible for every extension.

There existed a day when anything attached to a phone line was owned by ma bell.

Now Customer Owned and Maintained Equipment (COME) has let the jeanie out of the bottle and there is no way to put the jeanie back in the bottle. I you have a business trunk line and a DID even over VOIP, setting your own line display name is a normal administrative task.

Unfortunately this is subject to abuse.

For more info on the subject read the manual for any good software PBX such as Asterisk, 3CX, etc. I can directly set the "Display Name" on my SNOM desk phone. I can call from various extensions as needed to display either my local market number or the 800 number.

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Technician Re:Yeah (562 comments)

The government should defend the Constitution instead of tear it apart.

The people should be secure. The people should have the right to assemble, and exclude a government representative from the meeting.

A meeting my phone should have the same protection.

It is illegal for citizens to wiretap a cell phone signal. This should apply to everyone.

It became clear this was not true. Other tools were made to enforce what should have been standard.

Now the government is a little upset that encryption exists.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

Technician Re:I do not understand the self-flagellation (479 comments)

Nursing is a poor example now. With the obesity epidemic, there is a huge number of men in nursing now. A better example would be social services such as child protective services. Think of the children. All men might molest the kids. The argument makes as much sense as your critical project programmer might get pregnant and leave. Both are a possibility, but not a reason to exclude a gender.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

Technician Re:Honest question. (479 comments)

Wrong question to ask. Correct question is; Are there other fields under represented by men? If they diversify those jobs, then the pool of creative and talented women could fill the vacancies created by men taking traditionally ladies jobs,

Use your imagination. Jobs that come to mind are day care workers, social workers, elementary schoolteachers, hospice and adult foster care, etc. Don't flame the thread by suggesting exotic anything. keep on topic.

Some traditional roles are already diversifying such as nursing and other non doctor medical professions such as radiology, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Radio, Not YouTube, Is Still King of Music Discovery

Technician Re:Broadcast Radio? Eeew.... (126 comments)

You don't have kids that listen to the morning zoo. It;s kind of like the daily dose of Facebook of teen gossip.

about three weeks ago
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Inside Cryptowall 2.0 Ransomware

Technician Re:Malware preventative measure (181 comments)

In reading TFA, a prevention may be to add the Tor list into your hosts file so it cant download a Tor client to continue. Add the list into your router blacklist can be out of reach of the malware to bypass the block.

In the arms race this is effective on the current version. An update may have a new list of Tor download locations.

Not sure if blocking TOR at the router is possible or effective.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

Technician Re:Dupe (840 comments)

I made a hobby and career in electronics.

Early VCR's were expensive and repairable. You could buy parts such as pinch rollers, tape guides, video drums, etc. A $30 video head and a couple hours labor for replacement and full alignment would run close to $100 ( back when shop rates were ~35/hr.

VCR's became sub $100 devices and service people gave a few estimates and went out of business.

A common failure with microwave ovens is moisture gets into the keypad or LCD resulting in the conductive paint or ribbon failure. A timer can be had for over the price of a new oven. Even with free labor, it's cheaper to replace. Labor isn't free.

Me, I'm still in electronics, but no longer in consumer throw away junk. I service semiconductor equipment. $1-5 million equipment is still worth repairing. They don't let noobs practice on it though. Need other verifiable training and experience to even get considered.

There are tons of entry level positions that pay fast food rates. Look at ads for those wanting someone to fix smart phones. Assembly people working under microscopes get very little pay as it competes with overseas sweatshops.
Getting past that into a living wage is a little tougher.

Those with a student loan simply can't afford to even consider the field. About the only way in if you are interested is a few years in the military for both training and hands on in something besides entry level.

Straight electronics is easy to understand. not being a coder and having to rig up a JTAG connection to troubleshoot something that is undocumented is the pits. For an example of this pick up any used VOIP adaptor from the used market and try to unlock it. Unless you are really interested in learning to set up a server, wireshark, and possibly JTAG to get past a custom provisioned adapter is a total waste of time. There is no money to be made to offset the time investment in learning it. A New unlocked ATA can be had for under $50.

Paying u fix it fileds are NOT in consumer electronics. They are in HVAC, Plant maintenance, PLC programming, CNG, and other related fields. People will not pay much to repair the broken screen on a used phone. People will be desperate to get the spring replaced on the garrage door or heat pump fixed. Learn the going rates in the fileds. You are not going to pay for Obamacare and build a retirement nest egg fixing cell phones and flatscreen tv's.

about a month ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

Technician Re:CryptoWall (463 comments)

Sounds like just what I need in reserve for a plausible reason my drive died when getting an RIAA demand. It it's more than 2 weeks to a trial, Right?

As a bonus I would hope they infect themselves too.

No need to mention the offline backup..

about a month ago
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US CTO Tries To Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks

Technician Re:From the summary (252 comments)

Electrical tape made a great temporary Write enable to create service disks. A few other vendors provided them for free.
Harder to find were 5-1/4 floppies without a write notch. I had a drive modified just to write them.

Oh the memories.
Still looking for thumb drives with a write protect that works.

about a month ago
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US CTO Tries To Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks

Technician Re:From the summary (252 comments)

Until they put a Write Protect on thumb drives my diagnostics boot from Write Disabled media, either optical or a floppy in a USB drive. Practice safe computing. I have a punch to remove the write tab from floppies.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

Technician Re:Progressives have limited use (464 comments)

Definitely get a new optometrist.

Any one interested in maximizing the insurance bill on the up sell does not have your needs in mind. Your insurance most likely covers one pair, which is the root of the bad recommendation.

I get work glasses every other year and driving glasses on opposite years, Explain your needs. If the optometrist only wants to sell progressive lenses every year, fire him.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Wireless LED Light Setup for 2015?

Technician Re:Adding to naughty list... (68 comments)

Some DMX wireless solutions are not WiFi. Only Artnet, E1.31, and related DMX over Ethernet protocols are able to be carried on consumer wireless links. Most hardware commercial solutions are spread spectrum frequency hopping. Links are more like paired Bluetooth than WiFi. As such they are in common use where high reliability is needed.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Wireless LED Light Setup for 2015?

Technician Re:DMX (68 comments)

1 wireless receiver can carry 512 channels. It is permitted to daisy chain a string of DMX devices off one wireless receiver.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Wireless LED Light Setup for 2015?

Technician Re:Use a wireless router. No coding. (68 comments)

Adding wireless to Lights-o-rama or vixen is not that hard. Use one of the DMX over Ethernet solutions. Be aware there is a huge difference between DMX over CAT 5 and DMX over Ethernet. Don't confuse the two.

The first decision to make is based on what your controller software supports and what LED interface controller is chosen. The most supported protocols are Artnet and E1.31. I recommend E.131.

Uisng out of the box hardware, I would recommend a PC to run Lights-O-Rama or Vixen. Vixen is free.. hint hint. Lights-O-Rama has software for sale as well as some interfaces that work well for running power to conventional LED or mini lights. Unless you switch them to work on DMX512, then they don't play well with wireless. I highly recommend one of the LED controllers from Sandevices to create DMX for the interface as well as directly driving addressable LED pixels.. You can go assembled and tested or kit form. Off the shelf assembled and tested works great if you are using addressable LED pixels.

A quick note on routers. Not all routers are created equal. As popular as they are, DO NOT USE one of the Linksys 54G model routers. Visit the forums for compatible routers. The router must STREAM the DMX signal without pauses or your lights will run/pause like watching a streaming video on dial up. I have had great luck with the old metal box Buffalo routers with the single antenna. To test routers for compatibility look for ones that will do the following.

1 do LAN on a subnet other than 192.X.X.X. A router able to do 10.x.x.x.x or 2.x.x.x is a huge help and is part of the Artnet spec.
2 gef Artnetominator to view the packets in real time over the test router. Not all routers will smoothly stream without significant delays and pauses. http://www.lightjams.com/artne... This tool was most helpful in router selection from a collection of older routers.

So off the shelf wireless is simply a collection of PC, software, Router, and interface to the lights. When all are compatible, you are done.

about a month ago

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Bing is adding street view

Technician Technician writes  |  about 5 months ago

Technician (215283) writes "This story snuck by me. In August it was announced Bing is adding street view to it's maps. I became aware of it when I saw a car looking somewhat like a Google Streeet View car, but the camera package was cylindrical looking somewhat like R2D2 instead of the camera ball used by Google. This was spotted in Beaverton Oregon."
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When will SCO stock die?

Technician Technician writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Technician (215283) writes "I have been watching SCO stock waiting for them to die. Instead of dying, I noticed they have been ticking upward lately. This got me to wondering why? After some thought, I think I have the answer. Speculators are buying the stock, not because it may come back, but because it is threatened with de-listing as it has been under a dollar for some time. Speculators may have bought a bunch of shares in hopes that as last time it was threatened with de-listing, it jumped, investors will run up the price just before the deadline to prevent from being de-listed? Does anyone have any other theories why the stock is up from 0.15 to over 0.30? Is anybody holding SCO hoping it will hit 1.00 again? How can a stock that bad double in price in one and a half months?"
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Mystery illness from meteor crash is solved.

Technician Technician writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Technician (215283) writes "The meteor that crashed in Peru caused a mystery illnesses. The cause of the illness has been found. The meteor was not toxic. The ground water it contacted contains arsenic. The resulting steam cloud is what caused the mystery illness. "The meteorite created the gases when the object's hot surface met an underground water supply tainted with arsenic, the scientists said." http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/09/070921-meteor-peru.html There is a very good photo of the impact crater in the article. The rim of the crater is lined with people for a size comparison."
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SCO lost the Linux case. Stock drops 70%

Technician Technician writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Technician (215283) writes "SCO has lost the case in it's claim to Linux code. http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUKN10 31204220070811?rpc=44
Novell is in the clear to order SCO to drop the case against IBM for including SCO code in Linux.
"Judge Dale Kimball of the U.S. District Court for Utah said Novell Inc (NOVL.O: Quote, Profile, Research), rather than SCO, owns copyrights to the UNIX computer operating system, which also jeopardizes a related SCO lawsuit against IBM"
SCO's stock bombed over 70% today.
http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?s=SCOX&t=5d&l=on&z=m &q=l&c=
Novell is in the clear to order SCO to drop the case against IBM for including SCO code in Linux."
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Technician Technician writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Technician (215283) writes "SCO Relies on IBM-donated Servers to Provide Support for OpenServer/UnixWare Customers. It appears that SCO and Groklaw have the exact same tie to IBM. Does this mean that the IBM legal team is behind the anti-Linux SCO action? Aparently not any more than IBM is behind anti-SCO news. The kind folks at Groklaw have discoverd this and kindly provide an article here; http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=200704072 21422994"
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Technician Technician writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Technician (215283) writes "The 3 day 3 play limit on WI-FI sharing of MP3 files has a work around. In a nutshell, switch the unit to the hard drive mode and rename the MP3's you wish to share with a .jpg extension. There is no 3 plays 3 days restriction on shared photos. More info here; http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/portable-media/how- to-bypass-the-zunes-wifi-sharing-drm-217042.php This has been tested on MP3 files. I don't think it will work with DRM files."

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