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Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

ToasterMonkey Re:Other than the obligatory security theatre... (110 comments)

... just what would the fighter escort hope to accomplish? Are we really ready to order fighter pilots to shoot down airliners over a phoned-in threat? I guess all it'll take now to spook passengers and completely disrupt air travel in the U.S. is a few bozos with bunch of pre-paid or stolen cellphones.

IDK, observation maybe? Or did you want to hope for cellphone videos to explain what happened?

about a week ago

Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

ToasterMonkey Re:I have an even better idea (304 comments)

Let's just enforce existing laws and get dangerous drivers off the road. THERE IS NO RIGHT TO DRIVE. If you are a dangerous driver you can and should be taken off the road.

I was a safe driver for 11 years; no tickets, no accidents, no "close calls", no complaints. Then one day I was driving to the airport early in the morning, got distracted by my radio, didn't notice that the traffic light was red, and ran right into a car that was (legally) crossing the intersection.

My question: should I have been driving for those previous 11 years? If not, why not? What kind of test would you have had me take to show that I was a dangerous driver? Or, if I was a safe driver except on that one morning, how would your plan have prevented my accident?

The fact is, most people are safe drivers most of the time. Except for when they're not.

OMG! You're saying the red light camera didn't dissuade you from driving through a red light??!!!!11 /snark

about a week ago

Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

ToasterMonkey Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

Honestly, most modern cars these days are already so silent, the only sound you hear from them is the cooling fan and the tire noise. It is only the 'muscle' type cars, that make noise, and like the article says, its just because people expect them to. Hell, the 'Harley Davidson' edition Ford F150 magically sounds like a motorcycle, because they can make it sound any damn way they want now. I agree, the idea of mandating 'fake engine noise' is preposterous, because its pretending this is a new problem, when cars have already been nearly dead silent at parking lot speeds for years now.

You made a very good point, all cars should have some sort of directional warning sound at parking lot speeds.

about two weeks ago

Indiana Court Rules Melted Down Hard Drive Not Destruction of Evidence

ToasterMonkey Re:Hello microwave (181 comments)

older non-PMR drives

Those drives are now museum artifacts, so your concern is of no practical use. No mainstream 2.5/3.5 in. hard drive manufactured in the last 15 years is recoverable after a zero-out.

If it does't severely impact your wiping throughput needs, at least use some crappy PRNG instead of zeroes.

A more likely problem than using a 15+ year old hard drive today is today's hard drive being read 5/10/15 years from now with THEIR technology.

I would like to say all information about my life more than X years old is worthless, but I know that is not generally a safe assumption. All sensitive information has its own lifespan, sometimes very long.

about a month ago

Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

ToasterMonkey Re:How about educating your dumbfuck mother? (463 comments)

Oh wait I forgot - you can't blame the victim ever no matter how much of a stupid fucking idiot they are!

I blame our industry for being as you put it "stupid fucking idiots". The most common attack vector for this particular malware and many like it is email attachments.

It's 2015 anyone in the world can still send an email with file attachments to anyone using whatever FROM address they'd like without any prior trust relationship, vetting or authorization by receiver. Most mail clients let users execute it in the same security context as the user without so much as a peep.

It isn't the users fault they don't fully understand the depths to which the technology they are using is completely broken and wholly unsuitable for purposes for which it is used by countless millions on a daily basis.

It is *our* fault for installing AV software and going back to picking our noses. *MILLIONS* of people are being exploited using the same attack vectors with malware and spyware... this business of calling everyone "fucking idiots" is getting old.

You nailed it. There is some kind of blindness among geeks to how much otherwise worthless knowledge is actually needed to properly operate a computer, all in the name of convenience for the elite who feel they earned the right to look down on everybody else. General purpose computing is just filled to the brim with self-created problems. I'm always seeing this sort of attitude displayed that computers are to serve "computer users"... not pilots, accountants, doctors, lawyers, general contractors, etc. It feels like work created by computers vs. work saved is a much higher ratio than necessary.

about a month ago

Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

ToasterMonkey Re: Its a cost decision (840 comments)

Absolutely incorrect. I have an old sewing machine that was my great grandmother's. It still works perfectly. It is old enough that the sticker inside gives a 5 digit phone number for the service center.

It's construction is heavy to say the least. 'value engineering' (read planned obsolescence) hadn't been invented yet. For quite a while after it was invented it was considered a sign of a shoddy company that is not to be trusted. But the frog in much closer to boiling now.

Any idea what the inflation adjusted cost of that thing would be today? That would be very telling, and what do you get for that money today I guess.

about a month ago

The 5 Cases That Could Pit the Supreme Court Against the NSA

ToasterMonkey Re:Klayman (114 comments)

having served on juries and heard how people try to argue their case in something minor like a speeding ticket, there is a good reason for lawyers. most people will come into court spouting some nonsense that doesn't make sense or doesn't follow the law.

I like

"... were you speeding?"

"Well yah, but ..."


about a month ago

Doxing -- Something To Expect More of In 2015

ToasterMonkey Re:at the moment the only trend (171 comments)

Is there a shorter or more descriptive word / phrase that you can use to describe the practice of leaking personal information in order to attack or retaliate against someone you don't like?

Docsing or doxing sounds like a good way to express that concept.

A cute hacker word is a horrible way to describe something that is blackmail without the demands, but the same damaging results.

It's just a form of harassment, and should be treated as such without the silly geek-speak to make it sound harmless.

I'd sooner loosen the definition of blackmail and call it that.

about a month ago

AMD Catalyst Linux Driver Catching Up To and Beating Windows

ToasterMonkey Re:Encouraging, but not sure it's relevant any mor (136 comments)

My experience is that games for Linux run surprisingly well, but the Linux desktop has become complete garbage.

Not much has changed in fifteen years.

about a month ago

Lizard Squad Targets Tor

ToasterMonkey Re:The TOR Project was well aware of this a while (83 comments)

you have to be actively monitoring a specific target to de-anonimize them, you can't do it to everyone. If the NSA actually got warrants when they did that to Americans [pause for laughter] I think it's a fine system.

You laugh, but at what point in an investigation would you be aware of the target's nationality?
Do you know the nationalities of the Lizard Squad members, for example? When would you, before or after this process?
Am I an American citizen? I can't get a driver's license without something like three forms of proof I live here, so tell me how does this work on the Internet?

Warrants for de-anonimizing Americans on the Internet... explain that paradox.
IP addresses are not people, the Internet has no borders, information wants to be free, etc.

IMO, there are no rights on the Internet UNTIL it has borders.

about a month ago

PlayStation Game-Streaming Service Comes To Samsung Smart TVs In 2015

ToasterMonkey Re:DRM... (43 comments)

... by another name.

It's called renting. That is literally what this service is marketed as and used for.
It's not as easy to drive down to Hollywood Video or Blockbuster as it used to be, so what's your problem with streamed renting?

I don't like the rental periods/price points yet, and I think it's all PS3 games right now, but the concept is solid.

In the future, game streaming could be used for promotions like XYZ 2 on sale tomorrow, play XYZ 1 free for a day, or you could try a fully functional demo for a few hours before plunking down $60 for the whole thing.

Tell me what's wrong with any of that.

about a month ago

Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

ToasterMonkey Re:They're assholes. (336 comments)

The point he was making is that they could just be playing on PC. You have a very freedom-minded, open source (if you want it), gaming platform that has a huge library of games to go along with it. Oh, main game servers taken down? Get on something like GameRanger to play online without the official servers. The point, I think you missed it.

Next time your Internet is out remember there is someone out there saying you could be playing golf instead.

about a month ago

US Seeks China's Help Against North Korean Cyberattacks

ToasterMonkey Re:Weak Society (153 comments)

America has turned into a very weak society. Lets all run around with our panties in a bunch and do what we are told.

Theater chains don't want to run the movie because of liability concerns, Sony does't want to launch the movie in a limited number of theaters. It all comes down to dollars and lawyers in the end.

"very weak society" because movie premier was delayed == entitlement syndrome

If you want to see Americans not giving a fuck, give businesses legal immunity for anything bad that happens.
(LoL @ ^, like you ever need to look very hard)

Now excuse me, I'm going to put in Team America and draw silly cartoons of Kim Dot Ill John whatever his name is.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

ToasterMonkey Re:Why bother? (421 comments)

but if the Apple model had prevailed, I think technology would not be as far along. But it's impossible to say what if.

That's a silly thing to say. If Apple wasn't around, what would desktop PC makers have looked up to the past fifteen years?

We'd have had PS2 connectors, floppy drives, beige boxes, flaky suspend/resume, x86 BIOS, 32-bit processors, no built-in 3D acceleration, no built-in WiFi, 100mb ethernet, etc. for even LONGER than we did. Do you remember having to buy PCI-USB cards, PCI WiFi adaptors, unaccelerated desktop interfaces, rolling the dice on resume from sleep, PS2/USB converters?? I do.

What exactly is this technology-retarding "Apple model" in your mind? Sorry man, it's just silly to hear something along the lines of "if Apple prevailed, we wouldn't have nice things" when they have been the lead in most of the nice things PCs have. If Apple prevailed... IDK, MAYBE Dell would have made nice computers sooner and we'd still be where we are at today?

about a month and a half ago

How a 3D Printer Let a Dog Run For the First Time

ToasterMonkey Re:"3d printer" (26 comments)

The point is that the technology has advanced to the point that people can help a dog. This in itself is not much of an advance, but it demonstrates some of the potential of the advances that are being made. Oncethe cost of technology is reduced and it becomes more readlily available people do cool stuff and sometimes help someone or something else. Sometimes people just do cool stuff with technology. Now turn in your geek card since you cannot simply enjoy something cool that is also helpful for a dog.

Advanced to what point? 3D prototyping isn't new. Animal prosthetics isn't new. Deciding a single hunk of extruded plastic is good enough to strap directly on a dog isn't a huge accomplishment. Dogs don't complaint about lack of comfort...

This story bugs me, not the tech.
It skips the whole development and production cost angle of 3D proto^H^H^H^H^Hmanufacturing, which in my opinion is the most important part.

The pet owner didn't call up Pet Legs R' Us and order an affordable custom prostheses which was promptly delivered. THAT would be a story worth telling, how 3D printing enabled a business and service like that. Such a business would, we should hope, understand each animal's range of motion well, and the bigger picture, quality of life. How good are new legs if we screw up their spine in a year?

This story is more about some goodwill from people running a 3D fab shop. They should get some presents from Santa this year, but it's a really crappy tech story.
While we're just giving things away, an even better story would be a shop milling a prosthesis out of solid titanium - because that is more difficult, expensive, and awesome than plastic. Could we run that story as "How a CNC mill Let a Dog Run for the First Time"?

about a month and a half ago

Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

ToasterMonkey Re:Riiiiight. (233 comments)

That is why Android auto and CarPlay both run atop of QNX. Something Apple and Google downplay.

I was under the impression CarPlay was something like an X server for your iPhone. As in it runs on whatever your infotainment system happens to be.

Why is it notable what that system is? The whole point of these is to offload infotainment functions to your mobile devices, and turn the car hardware into a dumb terminal.

Heh, I bet most _remote_ X servers run on Windows... but who gives a crap, we don't think about it that way, we think about the apps.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

ToasterMonkey Re:Hiding evidence (192 comments)

If you are a US citizen, I don't think you could get out of producing a document the court ordered you to supply by airmailing it to a confederate in another country. Similarly, if the data in question are related to Microsoft's US operations, then MS, being a corporation incorporated in the US, should be required to produce them.

And what do you think of MS's rebuttal of that position?

"Imagine this scenario. Officers of the local Stadtpolizei investigating a suspected leak to the press descend on Deutsche Bank headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany," Microsoft said. "They serve a warrant to seize a bundle of private letters that a New York Times reporter is storing in a safe deposit box at a Deutsche Bank USA branch in Manhattan. The bank complies by ordering the New York branch manager to open the reporter's box with a master key, rummage through it, and fax the private letters to the Stadtpolizei."

Allowing things like this is going down a similar road to "well if the CIA wants to torture foreign nationals, then they can't complain about foreign s[y agencies torturing US citizens"

Comparing an email account to a safe deposit box seems more than a little disingenuous because any free email service provider will make it clear as day that "your" information is theirs to do what they please with.

Anything in this privacy statement that the law does not require is just a PROMISE, and they can change their terms on a whim. They SAY "your content" but what puts them in the position to dictate the terms? Read "We may" and "We will not" as "We can"

"We may share or disclose personal information with other Microsoft controlled subsidiaries and affiliates, and with vendors or agents working on our behalf. For example, companies we've hired to provide customer service support or assist in protecting and securing our systems and services may need access to personal information in order to provide those functions. In such cases, these companies must abide by our data privacy requirements and are not allowed to use the information for any other purpose. We may also disclose personal information as part of a corporate transaction such as a merger or sale of assets.
Finally, we may access, disclose and preserve your personal information, including your private content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to:
comply with applicable law or respond to valid legal process from competent authorities, including from law enforcement or other government agencies;
protect our customers, for example to prevent spam or attempts to defraud users of the services, or to help prevent the loss of life or serious injury of anyone;
operate and maintain the security of our services, including to prevent or stop an attack on our computer systems or networks; or
protect the rights or property of Microsoft, including enforcing the terms governing the use of the services – however, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property of Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves, but we may refer the matter to law enforcement."

Yes I KNOW Microsoft (and Apple, Google, Yahoo, etc.) are TRYING to make the claim this is not their information to give away when it's inconvenient to do so, but they sure are hanging onto their right to do it aren't they all?

about 2 months ago

Fraudulent Apps Found In Apple's Store

ToasterMonkey Re:This is news.... because? (89 comments)

The issue is that Apple claims that each app is vetted for potential security issues. By most definitions of the term, "fraud" falls under the category "security issue". Consequently, the discovery of even one fraud app means that Apple is not vetting apps in a manner consistent with what they claim.

That's what I've been saying, Apple just isn't popular enough to attract the number of hackers for real security issues. One day some hackers might take notice of them, but they are lucky it's only one or two for now!

about 2 months ago

Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

ToasterMonkey Re: I would buy... (284 comments)

LTO6 is $40/6TB compressed.

So that's really $40/2.5TB in the real world. Who has large amounts of data that is compressible? NOBODY.

Unless you're sitting on a mountain of pictures or video, you probably do.

Now I understand picture and video archives exist, but that's not the norm.

about 2 months ago


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