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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

Zeorge This is true (237 comments)

I was in the military and we could not operate all willy-nilly. A lot of our equipment, specifically radar, was way over-powered. However, the FCC rules only apply to the 12 mile limit (or whatever it may be now) of shore. The systems that we did use within that 12 mile limit had active FCC licensing. The one exception is that the operators, we did not have an FCC license. IIRC, in the commercial world we would have to have had them.

about a month and a half ago
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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

Zeorge That's a pico cell (237 comments)

I know what you are talking about as I had to install one at a military base. Ours supported only US Government cell phones and unless your personal phone was able to see a carrier you would have no signal. This does require coordination with the carriers to make sure you don't interfere with them. These pico-cells are "smart" in that they communicated with the towers when it comes to hand-over, etc.

about a month and a half ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Zeorge Catch-22 (848 comments)

USA goes and polices and we get chastised for it. We don't police and keep countries in check and we get chastised for it.


What we need is the EU/UN to actually get off their asses and do something. This is happening right next door to them but they just don't want their oil and gas disrupted. The only country that is moderately energy independent of Russian gas/oil would be the UK and they are not going to go in it alone. We really need the France, UK, and Germany to step in if we want to see Putin stopped.

about 2 months ago
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Fake NVIDIA Graphics Cards Show Up In Germany

Zeorge Re:Ahh...so this strikes again huh? (76 comments)

I encountered this with sub-1MB computers with RAM. They'd basically do the same thing and make a 120 ns RAM chip 80 ns RAM chip. The difference for most, unless you were a total geek/nerd type, was negligible if even detectable on this low speed machines. In the DC area there were gabillions of little mom and pop style stores that would pop up in office parks and the many strip malls here. They would pawn these re-branded video cards, HDDs, CPU's etc. How they pulled it off I still don't exactly know how but they knew that it would be months before someone would fill up a HDD to capacity and just made sure that they sold to consumers and not businesses.


Just set the price point low-enough to be believable and tantalizing and they will come in droves.

about 2 months ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Zeorge So, what's the real "barrier" here? (561 comments)

Is it education? Plenty of HS offer CS classes, are enough of the "under represented demographic" (URD) starting here? With the quota system in place at most state colleges, if you happen to be an URD you have a higher degree of chance of getting into the program you want. There are also plenty of solid CS programs that are available via online delivery and then you have to start in the field.

Is it the "field" that is hard to get into? I'd say yes. I have a Masters in Information Assurance and a CISSP and I have been fielding interviews left and right to land an IA gig. They just don't want anybody and you have to find your niche and develop it. Do the URD perceive this as racist/sexist behavior when really its just the way the game is played?

Is it the "scene"? Are the URD not aware that just about everyone in IT is a bit of a weirdo and have a hard time socializing with ourselves let alone someone new? We all just basically ignore and avoid one-on-one and intra-personal communication unless we absolutely have too. Very common to have one-way conversations. Not normal just the way a lot of us are.

Is it "cultural"? Is there some barrier that makes a segment of the URD simply not want to pursue it? At either a cultural, societal, human level? Considering that you can do a lot of this work from home, it'd be ideal for working mothers, or, the disabled. But, where are they?


I just know of so many positions for all aspects within the IT field that they'll take anyone. I'm listening to interviews for a network engineer at my current company that can do modeling. They are willing to take me and my experience with OpNet is strictly from an academic stand point via my class labs. I just have another full-time commitment so I can't. A PM was walking around begging for security engineers. They don't care who, they just want a body that can do the work.


What is it exactly?

about 2 months ago
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Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

Zeorge I agree (158 comments)

But, I don't think this will happen as a billions of dollars of industry, on both sides of the law, has been built. You have the drug cartels used to the market price and then you have the DEA, etc. who are used to the funding provided by the USG. You legalize the drugs and *POOF* goes the market value of the drugs and the funding to the DEA and all the companies that are fed off via contracts. The majority of the money is now going to the local and state governments in the form of taxes like with cigarettes and alcohol.

about 2 months ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

Zeorge Eastern block has always used VHF and UHF radars (275 comments)

I should say, former Eastern Block, that is. But, this is nothing new and has been known for some time now. They have these huge deployable radar arrays that operate in the VHF and UHF bands. Originally, it was due to their limited technology capability but then it was realized that there was specific advantages to using those bands. Notably, no one else is looking for radar in VHF and UHF so you could be being tracked and have no idea.


This is also how they took down a stealth fighter over Kosovo, they used 900MHz-band cell towers, tuned ground radar station to look for the return, and then manually guided the missiles until they were close enough (probably for the heat signature to become evident) to lock on.


I really hope this was all factored into the design of these multi-billion money pit of an aircraft.

about 2 months ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

Zeorge You pass out and then wake up where??? (406 comments)

20 gallon tank, let's say at highway speed you get 25 MPG... that's quite a distance if you pass out on the highway. Those super-comfy seats and climate control, one drink too much, some nice music... you just might be out for 4-6 hours... 100-150 miles away from where you last remember. Heh.

about 2 months ago
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Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

Zeorge It's a risk assessment (102 comments)

That's what the security process is about. They know they can never know everything but they can make an informed "best-guess". Someone who has engaged in illegal/immoral behaviors in a consistent manner over time is a risk. Someone who has never done anything and has references is less of a risk. Most people though have done stuff in HS and maybe college but no longer partake in said behaviors, this is documented, and an interview is conducted to make a risk assessment on the individual. If you are low enough on the scale then you get the clearance. As you deal with different clearances/jobs/roles there may be actual personality/behavior tests, etc.

For the US you can look this up, the manual is published and freely available.

Yes, yes, yes, the system can be gamed but that's a different topic.

about 3 months ago
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More Forgotten Vials of Deadly Diseases Discovered

Zeorge They are from 50+ years ago! (55 comments)

Wow, they really need to clean up their storage lockers more often. That being said, I don't know how they lost track of them unless it was a specific person doing research at both places and they moved their materials. I wouldn't be surprised if there are/were reams of related research materials.

about 3 months ago
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Maldives Denies Russian Claims That Secret Service Kidnapped a Politician's Son

Zeorge Re:Consipricy nuts, go! (100 comments)

How is it the fault of the US Government when news agencies are going at each other neck-and-neck, to have the latest, sensationalist story (to drive up ad revenue)? There may be some underlying Interpol related stipulation or other legal framework that has to be followed first before any details can be released. The Secret Service HQ is in DC, Maldives are in the Pacific, factor in time zones, operatives working, relaying info, people having to sleep, etc. So, the timeline makes sense. Having a PR statement is important but not as important as other legal things that need to be taken care of first.

about 3 months ago
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Australian Police Use Telcos For Cell "Tower Dump" of All Connected Users' Data

Zeorge Ed Snowden will get sold soon enough... (60 comments)

After all, Obama imposed financial sanctions against Russian officials and Putin's inner circle, can't even use MasterCard or VISA. So, it's only a matter of time before the hard currency those guys have dries up or they get tired of money laundering. Probably won't be a direct trade, some political savvy will be applied to make it look like neither bowed to pressure, etc. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/...

about 3 months ago
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Amazon's Android Appstore Coming To BlackBerry

Zeorge Now, now childrens... (76 comments)

BlackBerry might be a day late and a dollar short on them realizing that have a diminished market share, but they are trying!

Is it too hard to believe that they could not reinvent themselves as an Android device with a robust enterprise capability set? That market still exists and that's what made them viable originally.

In retrospect they should have been thinking of this awhile back as more and more organizations simply want a better smartphone. The iPhone is the most appealing due the sandbox nature of its design and Apple has been steadily been working on enterprise specific improvements. I don't think Apple wanted to fully commit to that as BB had a sizeable market share, factor in risk, ROI, it probably did not make sense, back then. Now, different story, waning of BB hardware and software and I know the USG is looking at iPhones.

about 4 months ago
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Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

Zeorge More than an issue of "source" (207 comments)

An agreement to use Ikea or its likeness (which is what this is about) might be percieved as the allowed use of Ikea products in the manner which they have not designed to be used as such (which is probably another issue at hand).

When I say designed, I mean in terms of safety and expected useful life, etc. All you need is that "one guy" who modifies a table or chair and their is a catasrophic failure that results in personal injury.

The cost of drawing up such an agreement that is valid across all Ikea sectors and all locations throughout the world is going to be very very expensive. I work at a multi-national company and there is a whole lot of work involved on any multi-national activity. It costs a lot of time and money. Way more than what IkeaHackers.net is making in ad revenue.

about 4 months ago
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Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

Zeorge Doesn't work that way (207 comments)

Lawyers cost money and it will cost more than $1/year in order to have a lawyer even pay part-time attention to ikeahackers.net in order to maintain any agreement between the two. Typically, a company pays a firm to protect its trademarks, the upfront cost for a lawayer, who is a patent attorney, who will specialize in protecting an international "brand", will be quite expensive.

The costs to have someone can be rougly broken down as so: their hourly rate, benefits (health/dental, retirment, education, etc), mandated yearly compliance training (if any), administation fees (HR, mangment), office space (if they are not located at the customer site), IT and telco services, and finally, profit.

As you can see, that is way more than $1/year. You simply can not make money if you do stuff for free. You have to charge in order to make ends meet and retain talent.

about 4 months ago
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Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

Zeorge Read the article (281 comments)

No, really, you should take the same amount of time it took you to type that sentence, scan the article, and you'll find the name of the company:

MegaBigPower with a PO Box in Silvana, WA

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: PC-Based Oscilloscopes On a Microbudget?

Zeorge What's your curriculum going to be like? (172 comments)

I ask as if you can get away with a sound card based O-Scope that's a cheap way, and, you can also find software for spectrum analyzer use as well. Quite possibly, repurpose old PC hardware laying around the school, any laptop will do and would do nicely.

This could be combined with a auto shop for car audio stuff so now you have a blending of science with a hobby/fascination that is very common to high school students.

about 4 months ago
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I Want a Kindle Killer

Zeorge Love the paperwhite (321 comments)

It really is just for reading though and I agree giving it the ability to be able to play audio while reading would be fantastic. I'd pay an extra $20 for that which should more than cover the additional hardware and MP3 license. The e-ink display, coupled with tweaking the font size and therefore the line width allows me to read much faster than a paper book.

about 5 months ago
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US Navy Develops World's Worst E-reader

Zeorge I don't understand why they did this (249 comments)

I was in the Navy for eight years and you pretty much bring along what you want to entertain you. I brought along a Basic Stamp kit, a huge wallet of DVDs, we had a media computer for our songs, game consoles, etc.

This is the brainchild of some admiral or captain that wants to be promoted. And, only five? Makes me think that they are going to the ships library (yup we have those too) for use. If anything, the SNCO's will get it and no one else will and even with them the five is not enough.

Just a huge waste of money.

about 5 months ago
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How Dumb Policies Scare Tech Giants Away From Federal Projects

Zeorge Hardware costs are pretty good actually (143 comments)

for the US Army there is PM CHESS and if you have a CAC you can access the purchase list. I have looked items up such as monitors, etc, and the price is not bad at all. Is it the lowest? No, but they are also paying for a guaranteed delivery date. That being said, the prices are competitive to big box stores askin to what we would pay as private citizens.

Same with typical IT/IS/telephoney services. The Government can look at the commercial sector and see the rates and they have a baseline. There is some additional cost to do work with the government so that is factored in, but, trust me its very slight.

So... what happens? What makes it cost soo much? I'll do my best to idenfity what I have found.

1) Unqualified people making poor decisions. I see this a whole lot. Someone will get a GS job due to prior military service (as an officer) and have no real PM experience in the technology they are actually dealing with. There is a difference between managing a military division and a product or service that is IT in nature. But, these people find their way in and make horrible decisions. Spend a lo of money on funding prototypes or owrking models amongst various companies. It can just spiral down from there.

2) PM's not famaliar with the technology or services required. I have seen GS's sign off on someone pulling 50 feet of 50 pair CAT3 cable for ISDN for $5k. No, really. This usually happens because the guy/company that did this knows that the GS guy has no clue and he has every economic incentive to "go for it". Even if they GS does find out, he/she will be more concerned about their career than reporting this mistake.

3) Poor requirements analysis as well as poor alternative sources of COTS equipment. This kinda related to unqualified people doing the job. It's difficult to work with the GSs like I do. I mean, there are a lot of times where we are stunned as the GS guy wipes the table off of all the hard work we did coming up with an agnostic specification for a particular product or service they want. We make it agnostic so that we can have as many companies bid on it for them. But, no. They'll wipe that clean and then arbitrarily choose something for whatever reason and then they get fleeced. Not only that, the month of work by a team of four people has still been paid for and that effort was entirely unrealized.

4) No concept of how the money is spent. This is like #3 above. Just wiping out a lot of work over something petty. I have seen high-level GS's summarily reject a deliverable and demand that it gets redone. What they don't realize is that without going through the official process of refusing delivery of a product (or whatever) they are still paying the same people to do the job again. This happens a lot more than it should.

5) Trusting the wrong people. Those GS's might be trusting the wrong GS (who is inept) or rely on the input from a matrix position contractor. I had an issue when I was in the Navy over air pressure sensors. The Navy price was $4k but I could find them for $10 in quantities of 100 from the manufacturer itself. As the port engineer worked for the same company as the manufacturer of the equipment that was to recieve the sensor it went no where. I tried to push it but I just got in trouble, why?

6) Afraid to admit to a mistake. No really, we are all human. We make the best decision with the information we have been provided with at the time, usually we try and do this. But, sometimes a factor was not accounted for or simply put a bad decision was made. They'll just keep going. There is such a desire to be the perfect boy scout that no one will admit it when they drop the ball. And, this can get really bad when they are all doing it. They all know it and silently acknowledge it but they just keep truckin' along because it's not "their" money.

about 5 months ago

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How Often Do You Change Your Wireless Lan Password?

Zeorge Zeorge writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Zeorge (1954266) writes "I was reading up on passwords and how a WPA is considerbly more secure then WEP. However, I realized that as I never have changed my password, it is still a question of "when" my wifi will be hacked if someone wanted to. Which begs me to ask other fellow Slashdotters, how often do you change your Wireless Lan password?

1) Password?
2) "Set-it-and-forget-it!"
3) Weekly
4) Monthly
5) Quarterly
6) Yearly"

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