Ask Slashdot: How To Secure My Life-In-A-Briefcase?
There's a company called PacSafe that makes what are essentially collapsible wire cages you can wrap your bag in, and then chain the bag to something solid, like a drain pipe: http://pacsafe.com/
That being said, I went around the world a couple of times without one of these, and did just fine. They tend to draw attention.
Simulators Take the Humans Out of Hiring
Well, it worked for Kirk...
Apple Store Employee Attempts To Form Union
Not a Mac user, and agree their benefits seem pretty good, but wouldn't calling their technical support area the "Genius Bar" imply that Apple does want to hire people a little better than just "expendable?"
Ask Slashdot: How/Where To Start Watching Dr. Who?
Here's a list of which classic Doctor Who stories you can stream through Netflix or Amazon Instant, and here's a list for new (post-2005) Doctor Who.
Why We Should Buy Music In FLAC
Why stop at CD quality? It's an old and outmoded format; most music could be resampled at better aural resolutions. Thomas Dolby's promised to release his next album in higher-than-CD quality formats online.
How many Slashdot polls did you respond to last year?
I read Slashdot through RSS -- I only hit the front page once every few days to see if a new poll is up. With a poll RSS, I would respond to all of them.
Advice On Teaching Linux To CS Freshmen?
Say what you will about Eric S. Raymond, reading his (free) book The Art of Unix Programming is the best way to understand the design philosophy behind any Unix system, not just Linux. And it has general applicability as well.
Saudi Arabia Bans Facebook
The ironic thing is, I spent three weeks in Tunisia earlier this year, and I encountered Tunisian guys offering to Bluetooth amateur porn from their mobile phone to mine. Sneakernet always wins.
Do Children's E-Books Ruin Reading?
Anyone who thinks that interactive books can't be a force for good needs to go read Neal Stephenson.
Massive Number of GoDaddy WordPress Blogs Hacked
You are absolutely correct -- I was a victim of this attack despite using stock Wordpress, with all the latest updates applied. I would have never discovered it, either, if it weren't for Duke University's IT department (the blog was on their subdomain) being incredibly on-the-ball with security checks. Wordpress has unfixed security holes that are being exploited; people need to know!
I keep track of my passwords ...
Had I mod points, you would get them. It's all about the information, Marty!
Truth Or Dare — What Is the Best US Cell Company?
T-Mobile is basically the only US carrier that seems friendly towards folks with unlocked phones just looking for a SIM card. There's also been some rumblings that they might start offering the first prepaid data service in the US; how likely that is, I don't know. I do know that they used to let iPhone users use their prepaid data plan for Sidekicks, but that is no longer possible. They only blocked port 80, though, so you can still check your mail via IMAP, or SSH to a remote sever somewhere! I've even used Opera before, by passing my traffic through an Opera proxy server.
Also, you can get $100 of prepaid credit for $70 by utilizing Bing.com cash back (YMMV) -- and that credit is good for a year. Not bad if you don't do a lot of talking or need port 80.
Network Security While Traveling?
It's quite easy to set up, using the Ubuntu alternate install cd.
Asus Slaps Linux In the Face
I think Microsoft might be making another push to get Windows on more netbooks. There was a poorly-written piece in the Wall Street Journal today warning consumers not to buy netbooks with Linux.
Once, just once, I would like to see a column from them warning consumers that their Windows netbooks will not work out-of-the-box with Office documents -- which is true (what netbook comes with an Office license?).
Google's Obfuscated TCP
Firefox 3.0's self-signed certificate system is much better than the old one because it allows you to store security exceptions, much like in, say, SSH. That way, you will get a warning that the cert has changed in the future, indicating a potential eavesdropper. It eliminates a number of vulnerabilities (although, of course, not MITM attacks on the initial certificate exchange).
I don't understand all the hate for it.
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