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Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?

birukun Wanting to know hot stuff worked (153 comments)

How did I start?

Age 6 - taking apart any old electronics. old radios, walkie talkies, whatever
Age 11 - Commodore 64 and IBM PC XT comes to the house
Age 12 - learn how to solder, mostly unsoldering components from old electronics
Age 14 - Introduced to Borland C
Age 16 - CB and dabbled in HAM
Age 18 - College for Comp Engineering, only to fail out after spending every hour in computer lab instead of class (uudecode anyone?)
Age 20 - US Navy working on 60s era computers
Age 24 - First Net admin job migrating from Novell to WinNT + First home PC of my own! .....computers ever since along with car repairs, etc
Today - job in cybersecurity doing all kinds of different stuff, with side projects in the Internet of Things related to security

What makes a good hacker today?
Same thing as always, the desire to not just have technology, but the desire to know how it works!

about 3 months ago
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Verizon To Kill All Unlimited Data Plans

birukun Support Mesh Networking (331 comments)

My dream - someday to walk around as my mobile phone is making IP-based calls and getting passed from WLAN to WLAN.

I was wondering when Google was going to buy up some fiber and a frequency space (or maybe use >3Ghz which is currently unlicensed) to support their own infrastructure for Android devices.

I am patenting this post. LOL

more than 2 years ago
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Hacking the Law

birukun California Gun Laws have been hacked (115 comments)

Check out www.calguns.net for a description of a gun law hack in California.

Want to own an AR-15 series rifle in California? You can, thanks to the work of some online collaboration and combination of laws.

In a nutshell, the definition of 'detachable magazine' combined with the poorly written assault weapons law, some case law and testimony from the California Dept of Justice Firearms folks resulted in a movement for building AR series rifles legally in California with all the goodies like pistol grips, etc.

Same principles applied for importation of handguns not on the 'safe' list - import it as a single shot weapon, then repair it so it is back to a semi-auto configuration.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?

birukun Arthur C Clarke (1244 comments)

Rendevous with RAMA

more than 2 years ago
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Chrome Becoming World's Second Most Popular Web Browser

birukun No surprise due to bundling (511 comments)

We are constantly removing Chrome from the software packages that are bundling it. Kind of a turnoff for me.

Just like getting a new PC with all the trialware crap.

more than 2 years ago
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One Week: No Mouse, Just Keyboard

birukun Vi? (364 comments)

What's EMACS?

I thought you meant vi....

more than 3 years ago
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Cyber Command Will Miss Friday's Operational Deadline

birukun Re:The problem is the area where CYBERCOM is locat (156 comments)

AMEN

I live on the West Coast - you can and will find ALL the talent needed out here. Some people like living in DC, but if you want to build some sort of CYBER anything, come out to Colorado, California, or Washington state. (or Monterey - Naval Post Graduate Skewl of R00t? :-) )

more than 3 years ago
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A Video Guide To Akihabara

birukun Not like the old days (121 comments)

Have not been back in years since the whole Otaku scene crap took hold.

I can appreciate the guide to cut through the crap though!

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs Tries To Sneak Shurikens On a Plane

birukun Makes you wonder...... (661 comments)

I wonder what he gets away with when flying within the US?

more than 3 years ago
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Silent, Easily Made Android Rootkit Released At DefCon

birukun I Don't Care (133 comments)

I only do online banking with my phone.... all the important stuff like Facebook and Twitter I ONLY do from my Windows 2000 machine at home. (Security through Obscurity - you should try it sometime)

about 4 years ago
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Onion Story Gets Blown Out of Proportion

birukun Re:Suckaz (641 comments)

I spawn nearly 500 REPLYS and get modded down as a troll?

I was talking about people in the office primarily, who also believe in half the stuff that snopes has proved to be false. Although I should have mentioned I live in California......

WOW

about 4 years ago
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Onion Story Gets Blown Out of Proportion

birukun Suckaz (641 comments)

HAHA I love explaining to my left wing friends that the Onion is not real..... now I can tell teh same to my right wing friends!

more than 3 years ago
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4 Cores? 6 Cores? Do You Care?

birukun Faster but lower power (661 comments)

I don't care how many cores it has.... can it stream HD video without chop at only 4 watts? (Without a video card that requires its own nuclear power plant to run)

more than 4 years ago
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Russian Spy Ring Needed Some Serious IT Help

birukun Passwords (191 comments)

Nothing wrong with writing down your long complex passwords..... UNLESS YOU LEAVE IT LAYING AROUND

The complaint read like a spy novel.... A ready-made Bourne script!

more than 4 years ago
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Best Way To Publish an "Indie" Research Paper?

birukun Standards Organization (279 comments)

Maybe the standards organization that has authority over the system you are working on? Like IEEE for electronics... not sure who does GPS but you may also consider putting a patent on that there algorithm. There's gold in them numbers! (Like CDMA, etc.)

more than 4 years ago
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Louisiana Federal Judge Blocks Drilling Moratorium

birukun Foreign interests (691 comments)

Thank God they are stopping the Russians and Chinese from drilling there.... oh wait a minute.....

more than 4 years ago
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Prices Slashed For Nook, Kindle E-Readers

birukun EBOOK PRICES (255 comments)

Until they drop Ebook prices, they can pound sand...... For those prices, Kindle/Nook should be free

more than 4 years ago
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How To Get a Game-Obsessed Teenager Into Coding?

birukun Your friend needs to man up (704 comments)

Tell your friend to man up and be a father. My son and I are building a custom case for a file server for the house, I have no art skillz but he does. Keeps his appetite for tech up without him doing the brain drain in front of the tube.

FYI - normal teenagers do not spend all their time gaming

more than 4 years ago

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