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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

Xenna Re:FOSS names (264 comments)

Cryptal is nice, with one L.
Chryptal is probable taking it a bit too far.

3 days ago

Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

Xenna Re:Interesting (150 comments)

That's what I was thinking.

Now this is just data, but what if this kind of thing gets used for real ransom demands?
Like kidnapping someone's child and demanding ransom in bitcoin.
Is it feasible that one could get away with that?

Wouldn't that be the death of TOR and bitcoin?
I mean I'm all for privacy but not if it facilitates kidnapping.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

Xenna Create your own job (282 comments)

I've always lived the idea that you create your own job. I started out as a nearly invisible young programmer. Now after 27 years I've come to the point that I've created a whole software eco-system around me. My importance in the institution where I work has risen accordingly.

You basically have a choice of finding the right job or creating your own in this business.

about 2 months ago

Man Behind Hacks of Bush Family and Other Celebs Indicted In the US

Xenna Counter-NSA (65 comments)

Kind of a counter-NSA. If they can read our mail why shouldn't we read theirs? I can't help feeling a tingle of sympathy.

about 3 months ago

ISS-Above Tells You When the International Space Station is Overhead (Video)

Xenna Re:Nice idea (59 comments)

Think of it as a piece of interactive art to dazzle your visitors with and it suddenly seems like a really good deal.

about 4 months ago

ISS-Above Tells You When the International Space Station is Overhead (Video)

Xenna Nice idea (59 comments)

I've seen it around before. There could also be a market for airplane models that light up when a similar plane is ovehead. Say a 747 model that lights up whenever a 747 is near. There are plenty of websites that track planes.

about 4 months ago

Study Finds Porn Exposure Associated With Smaller Brain Region

Xenna Re:everyone's a brain scientist now (211 comments)

"I think this is a cause of the depression rather than a result of it."

Third possibility: it *is* the depression.

about 4 months ago

Popular Shuttered Torrent Site Demonoid Returns

Xenna Re:I didn't get any email (80 comments)

Neither did I on my catchall. I was able to login (after resetting my PW) and revive my 8 year old account. Second time they went through this rebirthing thing me thinks.

about 4 months ago

Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

Xenna Re:No steering wheel? No deal. (583 comments)

There are possibly some hybrid scenario's conceivable in which an auto-automobile (how about calling them a2mobiles?) could serve a very useful intermediary purpose.

Highway driving is much simpler and much more tiring than city driving, so that could be an easy win. Especially with dedicated lanes for a2mobiles, the programming thing could become almost as easy as programming an elevator.

about 4 months ago

Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

Xenna Re:No steering wheel? No deal. (583 comments)

Yeah, I agree. The mix of computers and humans is probably a recipe for disaster. I've seen many a software package attempt to figure out what I want or intend to do and they usually get it wrong. Now imagine a computer trying to predict the actions of a mix of human and computer vehicles...

about 4 months ago

New Battery Tech From Japan Could Supercharge EVs

Xenna Re:Let me know when it gets to production (if ever (81 comments)

Right, too many future of battery stories but we're still stuck with the same old stuff.

Long lasting batteries are great but not as important as lower cost and higher capacity to weight ratio...

about 4 months ago

60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Xenna Re:Lies (544 comments)

Never attribute to incompetence what can be adequately explained by competitivenes:

The noise you hear is from the Mercedes S-Class driving behind it trying to keep up.

about 6 months ago

1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

Xenna Re:You can get a 1TB external for like, 80 bucks (335 comments)

I wouldn't pay to backup my (non-home) movies, but I would pay to backup my music documents and photo's which is under 1TB.

An external hard disk on premises is too risky. You could wipe it out during a backup operation. You could lose both the original and the copy in a flood, burglary or fire. Off-site backup is essential IMHO. And a colo server with 1TB+ storage is not really cheap.

about 6 months ago

Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

Xenna Easy (280 comments)

It's cheaper than SMS, allows conferencing and really easy sharing of pictures, interface is better that regular Android SMS. Biggest drawback is that you can't use it from your computer. I also use Google Talk (now reluctantly hangouts) and regular sms. Never use MMS.

about 6 months ago

Routers Pose Biggest Security Threat To Home Networks

Xenna Re:PFsense (264 comments)

Yeah, I've been running that stuff for years after getting frustrated with commercial routers. Has been extremely stable.

Of course, being lazy I got it in appliance form from this place:

"Hopefully no huge flaw comes out on that without me noticing. That would be embarrassing."

Ultimately it's a matter of (perhaps misguided) trust...

about 7 months ago

It's Not Memory Loss - Older Minds May Just Be Fuller of Information

Xenna Finding the word (206 comments)

You know how it goes with simple words or names that you have trouble remembering repeatedly? You get the wrong associations with people and objects end every time you can't find a word and you go through these wrong associations again you're actually reinforcing these pathways. So, next time you can't find the word or name, stop thinking! Or you may be stuck with a permanent misassociation.

about 8 months ago

Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

Xenna Re:Blaming the cables? (476 comments)

I don't know about the Tesla, but my Ampera (the European version of the Chevrolet Volt) has a conditioning system for the batteries that cools or heats to keep them in the optimum range either when plugged in or when driving (although the latter also costs battery capacity). You can tell the car at what time you leave in the morning so that it can pre-condition the batteries for the ride.

I'd be surprised if the tesla wouldn't have something similar.

about 8 months ago

Tesla Wins One Over Chinese Trademark Troll

Xenna Re:More for show than environment (103 comments)

Well, as far as eco-bookkeeping goes they'll probably be able to point to their electric bill and prove they use only hydro-electric from, say, the three gorges dam..

Same way I only use atomic electricity in my Ampera (aka Volt). Thankfully when everyone's killed their nukes the electricity will still keep flowing. I suspect my billl will look a little different though...

about 8 months ago

New Home Automation?

Xenna Re:Z wave (336 comments)

I'm OCD in that area too. I also have kids who can open (and forget to close) the garage door (which is invisible from the house).

So I set up two magnetic contacts to monitor the door status and connected them (as well as the door trigger) to a Flyport (PIC microcontroller with Wifi) which interfaces with my Linux server. I have a (mobile) web page that displays the door status accessible via the Internet (or Wifi). The web page is protected with SSL and a secret token. I can give out tokens to others that I want to give access to my home within a time window.

Also there's an RF controlled light in the living room that indicates the status of the garage door. I probably
should add one of those in the bed room.

about 8 months ago



The French Minitel system is finally dying

Xenna Xenna writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Xenna (37238) writes "In the eighties the French were far ahead of the rest of the world with their Minitel system. A huge centralized bulletin board system accessed by ubiquitous and free state supplied terminals. In some ways (the payment mechanism) it's still ahead. But after surviving well into the 21st century it's finally being switched off. R.I.P."
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