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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

billrp No redundancy? (223 comments)

So there's no provision for having the work done at this center be taken up at other centers? The news reports say radar center, but can't the data be routed elsewhere? What it there were a much larger fire that took down the facility for months? Does that mean Chicago becomes a no-fly zone?

about a month ago

Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

billrp Re:Sloppy code (447 comments)

Here's where I see a pointer to an array on the stack getting passed around: In the openssl-1.0.1f release, in ssl/d1_pkt.c in the function dtls1_dispatch_alert(), at line 1731 "buf" is declared as a local array of chars. At line 1758 a call is made to do_dtls1_write() where the third argument is the address of this array is passed. In that function you'll see this pointer being assigned to a field to a heap alloc'd variable. But maybe this is dead code so it's never reached, but there are no comments.

about 6 months ago

Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

billrp Sloppy code (447 comments)

I glanced at some of the OpenSSL C code, in particular the new code that introduced this bug. No comments, no asserts, no cross-checks, stupid variable names (like "payload" for the size of the payload, "pl" for a pointer to the payload data), no suggestions for how to test this new feature (such as what if the request has the payload size field that's not the same as the actual payload). In an unrelated function I saw an array declared on the stack, getting filled up, and then a pointer to this array getting assigned to a field of an argument to this function, and then a return...

about 6 months ago

Blogger Fined €3,000 for 'Publicizing' Files Found Through Google Search

billrp Re:French government (248 comments)

But I thought even if you are found innocent in a criminal trial you could then be tried in a civil trial, which is what happened to this guy, and could also happen in the US.

about 8 months ago

Pending Apple Patent For 'Inferring User Mood'

billrp It seems like any user tracking can be a mood (79 comments)

In a quick skim of the patent I didn't see a definition of mood, so can almost any user tracking be considered mood inference? Suppose I bought something yesterday at Amazon, then something similar today, now if Amazon raises the prices for me on similar items tomorrow - is that an infringement because Amazon detected that I'm in the "mood" to buy similar items?

about 9 months ago

FCC To Consider Cellphone Use On Planes

billrp Is there wireless signal above 10,000 feet? (183 comments)

I thought there's little or no signal strength at 10,000 feet above ground level, wireless antennas are designed for ground coverage, not reaching anything in the sky.

about a year ago

Google Glass Integration For Cars Is Coming: Neat Idea Or Crazy Town?

billrp Glassholes (102 comments)

(yes I saw it somewhere else)

about a year ago

Stuxnet's Earliest Known Version Discovered and Analyzed

billrp We'll soon see a Stuxnet patent (77 comments)

"Method and Apparatus for Bringing Down an Industrial Plant thought the Internet"

about a year and a half ago

Red Light Cameras Raise Crash Risk, Cost

billrp Re:in New Jersey? really? (499 comments)

Except if you ask New Jersey drivers, they will all tell you they are the worst.

about 2 years ago

The Empire In Decline?

billrp So instead of WIndows, what's the choice? (488 comments)

There's really no alternative to Windows for most desktop and laptop usage, and there are "apps" to hide or disable the silly touch UI in Win so that the reasonable Win 7 UI can be used. Trying to use Linux on a laptop or desktop in a real work environment is a deadend, and Macs are a niche - so what's left?

about 2 years ago

Mind-Controlled Robot Avatars Inch Towards Reality

billrp So this would now require drivers to think? (34 comments)

That would be something most people might not be able to do consistently - and when someone begins to daydream?

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Video Monitors For Areas That Are Off the Grid?

billrp A crash gate? (340 comments)

I thought a gate that can be crashed through by emergency fire vehicles was OK to block a road. The gate has a lock for you, and should be enough to keep out unwanteds, but any firetruck would knock it down without blinking.

about 2 years ago

The Blistering Hot Exoplanet Where It Snows

billrp AGW again! (68 comments)

By just observing the weather we've probably already changed it!

more than 2 years ago

AT&T On Data Throttling: Blame Yourselves

billrp Re:Perhaps that is why there's a new focus... (406 comments)

AT&T has the second-best thing: SMS.

The funny thing is - they used to.

With iOS5, any iPhone owner who sends an SMS to another iPhone owner actually sends it through Apple, not over SMS! So suddenly the vast numbers of iPhones they are selling mean a dramatic drop in SMS revenue.

It makes you wonder if that's why the sudden squeeze in other areas, as they need to adjust for making less money from the same customer base.

That's the initial, default behavior in IOS5, but it's possible to disable that and send messages with normal SMS.

more than 2 years ago



Volunteer work for for-profit companies is illegal in California

billrp billrp writes  |  4 hours ago

billrp (1530055) writes "It seems it's illegal to provide volunteer work for a for-profit company in California. You must be compensated for your time, and of course taxes must be withheld. Here's a story about a small winery that was recently busted:

But what about all the user data that is collected by Facebook, Google, etc.without compensation and then sold to advertisers?"

Should this be touted in an Apple iPhone 5 ad?

billrp billrp writes  |  more than 2 years ago

billrp (1530055) writes ""Hidden web code means hackers 'can wipe Samsung Galaxy S3'. Malicious hackers can hide a code in a web page that will trigger a full factory reset of Samsung’s best-selling Galaxy S3 smartphone, deleting contacts, photographs, music, apps and other valuable data, security researchers have discovered.""
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