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Microsoft Suggests Heating Homes With "Data Furnaces"

andrewd18 Re:Had one of these (209 comments)

During my freshman year in college, I was running Gentoo. On cold nights I would set Portage to recompile OpenOffice six times and then I would turn the CPU fan up before going to bed. It kept my abysmal little dorm room quite warm. :)

more than 3 years ago

Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous

andrewd18 Re:So, who is the thief? (279 comments)

From the comments in TFA, as written by one of the authors:

We don't set out to to de-anonymise the thief - we are researchers, not law enforcement, and we are just using that as an example to show its possible to trace the flow of Bitcoins around the network.

It is possible to use Bitcoin in a way that is almost certainly anonymous, in the same way it is possible to get almost certain anonymity on the Internet, by using encryption, onion routing, and never associating your identity with your actions.

Our point is that you don't get this anonymity automatically, and that most casual users of Bitcoin may not be anonymous, even though many of them may believe they are.

The system looks more anonymous than it is.

This, of course, is something we've already discussed ad nauseum here. :)

more than 3 years ago

Pastafarian Wins Right To Wear Colander In License Photo

andrewd18 Re:"treat others as you would want to be treated." (689 comments)

Wouldn't you want someone to notify you of this horrible transgression so that you can fix it and go to heaven?

I see that exact rationale used all the time. It makes me sad.

more than 3 years ago

Thunderbird Unseats Evolution In Ubuntu 11.10

andrewd18 Re:Exchange support (283 comments)

Yes and no. Yes, in that it sends and receives e-mails just fine. No, in that Exchange calendar support (which we use heavily here at my office) is still ridiculously fubar, even with the Lightning addon. [comments based on Thunderbird 3.5 & Lightning about 3 months ago]

more than 3 years ago

X-Men: First Class

andrewd18 Re:Until Marvel Regains Control... (226 comments)

... Marvel doesn't give a shit about doing faithful comic book movies as much as they care about making movies that people actually want to see.

Agreed. As nerdy as I am, I'd rather see a fun comic book movie with a new canon than a faithful retelling of old canon that produces a movie I regret watching.

more than 3 years ago

X-Men: First Class

andrewd18 Re:Contradictions with the previous films (226 comments)

See, I just made the assumption that Bryan Singer said, "I wasn't involved in X-3 so I'm ignoring everything it did." Considering how awful I thought X-3 was, I was more than happy to accept that premise.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Homeschool Curriculum For CS??

andrewd18 Re:Qualified? (364 comments)

I'm not the only one who's encountered people who are experts in their field, yet lack the ability to coherently explain even the basis because they don't have the skills to do so.

I work with them. *sob*

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Homeschool Curriculum For CS??

andrewd18 Re:Send them to public school (364 comments)

As someone who was homeschooled for 8 years, I can confidently say that it did not hamper my people skills in any way. There are plenty of opportunities for homeschooled kids to socialize. Most locales have homeschool meet-ups and coordinated events. Mine had over 50 kids; plenty of opportunity to learn about bullies, idiots, and especially know-it-alls. :)

more than 3 years ago

Internet Could Mean End of "Snow Days"

andrewd18 Re:I would have been happy with that (223 comments)

Get prescribed amount of work done, then do whatever you want for the rest of the day.

I was homeschooled from fourth grade through twelfth. This is pretty much what I did, except I did it in week chunks. My mother would plan out the school year in advance then hand me my workload for a given week. I would then crank through as much as I could, often getting my work done on Wednesday, leaving Thursday and Friday for leisure time.

That schedule allowed me to start up my own computer repair business when I was 16. It was great - I could schedule clients during normal business hours when I might have been in school wasting time for the slower kids to catch up.

more than 3 years ago

Internet Could Mean End of "Snow Days"

andrewd18 Re:Me fail English? Thats unpossible! (223 comments)

If only the submitter hadn't spent so many snow days at home instead of in school learning proper grammar! Oh, the humanity!

more than 3 years ago

Pandora App Sends Private Data To Advertisers

andrewd18 Re:Foul playback (198 comments)

If you're willing to assume that all companies are going to keep your data safe, you're awfully naive. Whether or not they should is one thing... whether or not they will is another.

Besides, it's not like you couldn't have seen this coming. When you install the app to your Android phone, you get the following screen:

This application has access to the following:
* Network communication (create Bluetooth connections, full Internet access, view network state, view Wi-Fi state)
* Your personal information (add or modify calendar events and send email to guests, read contact data)
* Phone calls (read phone state and identity)
* System tools (Bluetooth administration, change network connectivity, change Wi-Fi state, modify global system settings, prevent phone from sleeping, automatically start at boot)

If that doesn't scream "We are going to take data about you and sell it", I don't know what does.

more than 3 years ago

USB Autorun Attacks Against Linux

andrewd18 Re:It's bad but not the end of the world. (274 comments)

99.99% of the world doesn't really give a shit about what you have on your home pc's hard drive

Correct. Instead they care about installing a keylogger to your hard drive and then accessing your credit card information.

more than 3 years ago

NASA Confirms Discovery of Organism With Phosphorus-Free DNA

andrewd18 Re:Hardly deserves the "New Life" headline.. (380 comments)

This wasn't "bred" or modified by the scientists from an existing bacterium, it was occurring naturally in Mono Lake and was transported to the lab for concentrated study. That was the second-to-last question answered in the NASA TV broadcast.

more than 3 years ago

Analyzing CAPTCHAs

andrewd18 Re:A new captcha idea. (105 comments)

Except those can be solved brute-force with a simple "yes" or "no"... you're guaranteed to be right half the time. You'd need questions with more ambiguous or context-sensitive answers like:

If train A leaves Chicago traveling 100MPH and train B leaves New York traveling 150MPH and the distance between the two cites is 600 miles how far from New York will it be when the two trains meet?

And you thought word problems would never be useful!

more than 3 years ago
top Declares Independence From Oracle, Becomes LibreOffice

andrewd18 Re:Pronounciation? (648 comments)

I supposed we should just all consider ourselves fortunate it wasn't called FavreOffice.

I know! Think of all the personal data that could be intercepted if it was named FavreOffice!

more than 3 years ago

Broadcom Releases Source Code For Drivers

andrewd18 Re:The world just got a bit nicer. :) (350 comments)

From the B43 development website:

not working yet * IEEE 802.11n

That's all 802.11n devices. You know, those things that have been on the market for like 2 or 3 years? From TFA:

Broadcom would like to announce the initial release of a fully-open Linux driver for it's latest generation of 11n chipsets.

about 4 years ago



Hundreds of Thousands of Microsoft Web Servers Hac

andrewd18 andrewd18 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

andrewd18 writes "According to F-Secure, over 500,000 webservers across the world, including some from the United Nations and U.K. government, have been victims of a SQL injection. The attack uses an SQL injection to reroute clients to a malicious javascript at, or, which uses another set of exploits to install a trojan on the client's computer. As per usual, Firefox users with NoScript should be safe from the client exploit, but server admins should be alert for the server-side injection.

Brian Krebs has a decent writeup on his Washington Post Security Blog, Dynamoo has a list of some of the high-profile sites that has been hacked, and for fun you can watch some of the IIS admins run around in circles at one of the many IIS forums on the 'net."

Link to Original Source

XenSource Inc. Aquired by Citrix

andrewd18 andrewd18 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

andrewd18 writes "Citrix Systems, Inc. announced on Friday a definitive agreement to acquire XenSource, Inc. The press release emphasizes Citrix' continued interest in the growing virtualization market, particularly in the desktop sectors, but also touches on their strong relationship with Microsoft. Is this another embrace, extend, exterminate tactic?"

New Tool Automates Webmail Account Hijacks

andrewd18 andrewd18 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

andrewd18 writes "According to the Washington Post's Security Fix blog, a tool was debuted at the Black Hat conference that makes it simple to hijack webmail services over a wireless network. While the dangers of unencrypted data transfer on a public wireless network have been around for some time, this tool presents the first example of an automated webmail hijack. Since the tool uses a cookie based attack, it works whether or not the user changes his or her password. This tool could potentially automate the attack of any user on a wireless network, so long as the website the user logs into does not encrypt its login information."
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