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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

The MAZZTer Re:Short sighted (228 comments)

Ignore it. It'll shut off itself when it's done. No need to wait for it.

3 days ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

The MAZZTer Re:No (545 comments)

If they need more manhours worked, and they can't get more hours, they need to hire more man. Men. Employees of any gender. You know what I meant.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

The MAZZTer Re:pricing (229 comments)

You're forgetting accessories, software licenses, and a big one is labor.

about two weeks ago
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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

The MAZZTer Re:Summary (234 comments)

A redditor suggested that Uber was using a third-party library and the functions found may never be called at all. But looking into if they were ever actually used or not would get in the way of a good old fashioned witch hunt!

about three weeks ago
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Some Early Nexus 6 Units Returned Over Startup Bug

The MAZZTer Re:What's old is new again (39 comments)

System UI is the application which controls the navigation bar (back, home, recent) and the status bar/notification shade.

The dialog for non-responsive applications is controlled by something else.

about three weeks ago
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Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

The MAZZTer Re:Why... (129 comments)

Legitimate AV software that will scan for free will also fix for free. You never see it scan but refuse to fix until you pay up unless it is a scam, AFAIK.

about a month ago
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State Department Joins NOAA, USPS In Club of Hacked Federal Agencies

The MAZZTer Re:"our main unclassified system" (54 comments)

Any sane classified network should have an air gap. You would have to physically move data off the network to get it.

about 1 month ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

The MAZZTer Microsoft could jump on this... (327 comments)

"The latest batch of high-performance Solid State Drives will last longer and perform better down the line in a Windows PC than a Mac PC!"

about a month ago
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Tor Project Mulls How Feds Took Down Hidden Websites

The MAZZTer Re:DDOS + Poison Pill (135 comments)

As I understand it, Tor hidden services are not accessed via exit nodes. Exit nodes are not needed as the destination can speak Tor.

about a month ago
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Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

The MAZZTer Re:Only for root users (114 comments)

If an "exploit" requires the user to manually give it complete access to the PC to work... it's not an exploit.

about 2 months ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

The MAZZTer Re: Agner Krarup Erlang - The telephone in 1909! (342 comments)

Fast food places near me use a "single line" system. When a spot opens the cashier announces "Can I help the next guest?" or otherwise greet you to let you know they're ready to take your order. No reason why that wouldn't work in a grocery store. I think that chain you were talking about was just doing it wrong.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

The MAZZTer Re:WTF? (265 comments)

Gmail catches so much spam that spam actually amuses me when it makes it through because it's so novel to actually see spam for once.

about 2 months ago
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Department of Defense May Give Private Cloud Vendors Access To Top Secret Data

The MAZZTer Re:Outrage (60 comments)

AFAIK DoD contractors are required to keep classified data on a separate network from unclassified data. Classified network should have no internet access. "Closed areas" are used to keep the networked machines physically separate. Set procedures are in place for moving data between the two networks. This sounds like Top Secret data would be travelling across the internet (likely there will be strict standards on VPNs to use and encryption and whatever).

about 2 months ago
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How Hackers Accidentally Sold a Pre-Release XBox One To the FBI

The MAZZTer Title Is Misleading (67 comments)

It wasn't a pre-release Xbox One, it was off-the-shelf components that met Xbox One pre-release specs. However given the systems they hacked, what they have been charged with, and why they might have wanted to assemble one, it wouldn't surprise me if they loaded it with Xbox One development kit software.

about 2 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

The MAZZTer 911 (907 comments)

It seems most of these issues with people being in dangerous or emergency situations because their car won't start could be easily solved thanks to 911. For the specific case of being in a bad neighborhood, if there isn't an immediate threat, call a taxi instead.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

The MAZZTer Re:Whatever happens... (191 comments)

For that matter, assume the school always has full remote access to the hardware they issue to the students. Same reasoning. Don't log into personal accounts from those devices or do anything personal on them. Remember the case of the school that issued laptops to students only to spy on them with the webcams... hopefully nothing like that will happen to you, but at the same time it's prudent to keep anything the school has access to cleanly separated from your child's personal life.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

The MAZZTer Whatever happens... (191 comments)

If the school is going to have access to this notebook, assume from day 1 they are going to use it to log onto your child's account and monitor it, thus you should encourage your child to only use it for school activity and not for any personal activity. Schools have done worse.

about 3 months ago
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Premieres On Linux, 2 Years After Windows

The MAZZTer Re:TF2 (93 comments)

Not sure if fragmentation is a problem any more with Steampipe. GCF files are not used any more. I don't know how VPK files store their contents.

about 3 months ago

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The MAZZTer The MAZZTer writes  |  more than 8 years ago

The MAZZTer writes "This is slightly creepy. Although it doesn't show much information for Slashdot, stick your own domain name in there and see what comes up. My wiki entry had my name, address, phone number, plus a little map of where I live so anyone who wants to can figure out where to get to me, and a few line biography quoted from my site.

Granted, it's information that's easy enough to collect if you look around, but this site brings it all together. I think the one piece that adds the most creep factor for me is the Google Maps integration and link, although once I figured out it was all aggregated by a bot automatically I started to feel better. Also I can take solace in the fact that it reminded me I had to update my WHOIS information."

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