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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.

4 days 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 week 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 months ago
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Commander Keen: Keen Dreams Source Code Released

The MAZZTer Re:If only Tim Sweeney could find the ZZT source! (72 comments)

ZZT is pretty transparent in how it operates, and all the data files have been completely disassembled (and I assume documented somewhere). In theory it shouldn't be too hard to clone it from scratch. There are several clones out there, IIRC (I think one was called z2 or something and there was one other good one), though I think most try to extend ZZT in some way and do their own thing with their own data files.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

The MAZZTer Re:PowerShell - the whole language (729 comments)

The fun stuff is that you can use any .NET object in addition to PowerShell commands and syntax. And then you can also use command line apps as well (though there are annoying issues with delimiting arguments depending on which method of invocation you use).

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

The MAZZTer Re:Python False = True (729 comments)

In JavaScript it is perfectly valid to make a variable called "undefined" and assign it any value you want. Of course, to its credit, any assignment on the global scope (window.undefined is defined as undefined in Chrome) is ignored and it will still have the value of undefined, so it only works inside a function. Still odd though. null, true, and false are all keywords and thus cannot be assigned to.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

The MAZZTer Re:Many languages and... (729 comments)

Oh JavaScript is fun with that, because it's optional, which means even if you want to continue onto the next line, if a line is a valid standalone statement it will imply the ; terminator.

Example:

function() { return
true; }

This stumped me for a bit.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

The MAZZTer Re:Lua[0]? (729 comments)

The math tends to be simpler in many cases if you start counting at 0. In C's case, a[1] is == a + 1 if a is an array of bytes.

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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