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Ask Slashdot: How To Secure My Life-In-A-Briefcase?

at.drinian PacSafe bag cages (241 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Simulators Take the Humans Out of Hiring

at.drinian Kobayashi Maru (143 comments)

Well, it worked for Kirk...

more than 2 years ago

Apple Store Employee Attempts To Form Union

at.drinian Re:Wow. (1008 comments)

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?"

more than 3 years ago

Why We Should Buy Music In FLAC

at.drinian Better than CD (550 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

How many Slashdot polls did you respond to last year?

at.drinian Is there a poll RSS? (149 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Advice On Teaching Linux To CS Freshmen?

at.drinian The Art of Unix Programming (467 comments)

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.

about 4 years ago

Saudi Arabia Bans Facebook

at.drinian Re:Internet Blackholes... (227 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Do Children's E-Books Ruin Reading?

at.drinian A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (149 comments)

Anyone who thinks that interactive books can't be a force for good needs to go read Neal Stephenson.

more than 4 years ago

Massive Number of GoDaddy WordPress Blogs Hacked

at.drinian Re:Sadly nothing new with Wordpress (112 comments)

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!

more than 4 years ago

I keep track of my passwords ...

at.drinian Re:Passport, not password. (414 comments)

Had I mod points, you would get them. It's all about the information, Marty!

about 5 years ago

Truth Or Dare — What Is the Best US Cell Company?

at.drinian T-Mobile, almost like a decent non-US carrier (395 comments)

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.

about 5 years ago

Network Security While Traveling?

at.drinian Full Disk Encryption (312 comments)

It's quite easy to set up, using the Ubuntu alternate install cd.

more than 5 years ago

Asus Slaps Linux In the Face

at.drinian Anti-Linux netbooks in the WSJ today... (644 comments)

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. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124346723960760371.html 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?).

more than 4 years ago

Google's Obfuscated TCP

at.drinian Re:Firefox isn't helping (392 comments)

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.

more than 6 years ago



How would you redesign the TLD hierarchy?

at.drinian at.drinian writes  |  more than 2 years ago

at.drinian writes "Last week, we heard about the many applications for new top-level domains that have been put forth by various businesses and organizations. ICANN, of course, has come under heavy criticism for its process. If you didn't have the accumulated baggage of 30 years of DNS, how would you redesign things? .public and .private TLDs only? No TLD control? Country-level domains?"

747 Engine Control Systems have a Telnet Vulnerabi

at.drinian at.drinian writes  |  more than 3 years ago

at.drinian writes "In this post, penetration testers claim that they were able to access a 747's engine management system while in-flight, with nothing more than access to the cabin entertainment system. They could've "re-tuned" the engines while in flight."
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