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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

bobdehnhardt Social Opportunity (274 comments)

My choice is Poker, because for me, it's the most social of the games listed. When my friends and I were all local to each other (we're now scattered to opposite ends of the country), we'd get together for penny-ante games that were more about conversation, jokes and obscure movie references than about gambling. The big winner of the night might leave $4-5 richer, the big loser might drop $2-3, but everyone would have had a great time.

about two weeks ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

bobdehnhardt Captain Tenneal (701 comments)

"Git it on." But it's only effective with Vic Romano and Kenny Blankenship providing commentary.

about a month ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

bobdehnhardt The Duke (701 comments)

"Let's head 'em up and move 'em out! Yo!"

Oh, for those of you born after 1985ish, "The Duke" refers to John Wayne, not Mr. Nukem.

about a month ago
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Boston Trying Out Solar-Powered "Smart Benches" In Parks

bobdehnhardt Re:how long before (119 comments)

NSA, or someone with (even) fewer scruples. It's only a matter of time before people start getting free malware with their charge.

about a month ago
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In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

bobdehnhardt Re:Snowen? Really? (248 comments)

The "d" was dropped when NSA recompiled the web page in your browser.

Do not worry about the dropped "d". The dropped "d" was never there.

about 3 months ago
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I expect to retire ...

bobdehnhardt Re:how many of these people don't want to retire? (341 comments)

For me, it's financial. I was downsized in 2010 and out of work almost 2.5 years; went through savings, cashed out my 401(K) (at the bottom of the market), lost my stock options because I couldn't afford to exercise them and the company would do a cashless exercise or buy them back. I love my new job, but for retirement, I'm starting at Square One. In a little over 15 years, I'll be 70 (yes, yes, I'm old), and I figure that's the absolute earliest I can afford to retire. If I can do a few more years after that, I'll get a little better retirement package and life will be a bit better.

If I had my druthers, I'd be retiring before 65.Sometimes life has other plans.

about 4 months ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

bobdehnhardt Re:wouldn't matter if it weren't canned (396 comments)

Putin is under no compunction to tell the truth. And there's no reason to expect he would.

Obama is under no compunction to tell the truth. And there's no reason to expect he would.

Hillary is under no compunction to tell the truth. And there's no reason to expect she would.

Kerry is under no compunction to tell the truth. And there's no reason to expect he would.

Boehner is under no compunction to tell the truth. And there's no reason to expect he would.

McConnell is under no compunction to tell the truth. And there's no reason to expect he would.

Ryan is under no compunction to tell the truth. And there's no reason to expect he would.

Equal time, don't ya know. The statement applies to virtually any politician.

about 4 months ago
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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

bobdehnhardt Re:So it's the "tech industry", so what? (287 comments)

Director of Information Security, six-figure income, no degree. Not exactly the "shit-end of the industry". I've known IT managers and directors (and one CSO) who can make the same claim.

Maybe... just maybe... there are career ladders in IT and IS that don't lead to staring at a monitor for hours on end writing algorithms that the users will break.

about 4 months ago
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Best Valentine's Day gift (as recipient):

bobdehnhardt Re:None of the Above (197 comments)

The fact that this isn't a listed option only reinforces the "News for Nerds" stereotype.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Makes You Uninstall Apps?

bobdehnhardt Don't Need 'Em (243 comments)

Working infosec for a dozen years or so, I tend to harden things by default. I view any app on my system as a potential vulnerability, so if I don't need it or aren't using it, off it goes.

about 9 months ago
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DRM To Be Used In Renault Electric Cars

bobdehnhardt Re:DRM not possible in my ride (231 comments)

My point is that buying a new car with DRM is a choice. Don't want DRM? Don't buy new; there are plenty of viable alternatives out there. Or, buy new from a manufacturer that hasn't gone the DRM route. If enough people make those choices, it starts to hit the manufacturers where it counts the most, in the profit/loss statements. Doesn't always work, but it works often enough.

about 9 months ago
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DRM To Be Used In Renault Electric Cars

bobdehnhardt DRM not possible in my ride (231 comments)

I own a 1980 Triumph TR-8. No ABS, anti-lock, traction control, air bags, EFI (it's carbureted), bluetooth, or GPS; therefore, no computers. The most modern thing in it is the stereo, a Clarion from 1993. It's even got manual door locks and windows. Analog clock. Mechanical speedo, tach and odometer.

I'd like to see them try to apply DRM to it.

Sometimes, being a partial Luddite can be a good thing.

Oh, yeah, it's a real kick to drive....

about 9 months ago
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Lessons From the Healthcare.gov Fiasco

bobdehnhardt Re:Alternatives? (501 comments)

For states that set up their own exchanges, there are generally offices available as well as phone lines people can call. Many of the states that opted out are also trying their damnedest to block any perceived successes for the ACA, and have taken steps to hinder their establishment. How much help someone can expect in signing up depends entirely on what state you're talking about.

about 10 months ago
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How long before most automobile driving is done by computers?

bobdehnhardt Personally, never (472 comments)

I have no doubt it will happen at some point, but only after those of us with 30+ years of driving under our belts are either gone or no longer able to drive. I've seen too many malfunctions of new technology over the years; couple that with a lifetime spent in IT and information security and seeing first-hand just how fragile even the most robust systems are, and it comes to too much cynicism to trust my life to a computer like that.

Doubtless someone will point out autopilots on airplanes. There's a lot larger margin of error in the air; planes generally don't fly 4-6 feet apart in high density. If an plane's autopilot is off by 1% or more, that's something that can be detected and corrected for before it becomes a life-threatening issue. If my car drifts 1% on a crowded freeway going 70 MPH, that can become an issue in seconds.

Plus, I doubt Julie Hagerty is available to help motorists if their autopilot "deflates."

about a year ago
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Flowering Plants' Roots Pushed Back 100M Years

bobdehnhardt Re:Damn (63 comments)

Some deep watering and maybe a little Miracle Gro, I bet we can get those suckers down to the Permian.

about a year ago
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Ferrari's New Car Tech Idea: Make Car Go Really Fast

bobdehnhardt Some say... (226 comments)

Can't wait for The Stig to take it round the track. Some say his home computer is a Commodore Amiga, and he still believes 640K is more than enough RAM for anyone.

about a year ago
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Home wireless security level?

bobdehnhardt Oxymoron Alert! (438 comments)

"Wireless Fortress"

Heh. That's cute.

Use WPA2 with AES (not TKIP). You'll be about as secure as you're going to get. Hidden SSIDs, MAC whitelists and static IPs are barely speed bumps to a determined attacker. You gain nothing by using them, apart from administrative headaches and a false sense of security.

1 year,24 days
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Ask Slashdot: Preventing Snowden-Style Security Breaches?

bobdehnhardt No sure way (381 comments)

There's no sure way to protect the data, but this comes close:

1. Unplug the server/storage array/whatever
2. Put it in a safe. Lock the safe, lose the combo.
3. Dig a large hole.
4. Insert safe into hole.
5. Fill hole with concrete.

Of course, even this plan has its flaws: What if the safe is discovered? Your only hope is that it's discovered by a Redditor; it will never be opened then.

about a year ago
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My credits by name in (released) software:

bobdehnhardt Re:I changed my name... (190 comments)

I changed my name to "GOTO" so I could be vilified.

about a year ago

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Court Strikes Down Net Neutrality

bobdehnhardt bobdehnhardt writes  |  about 7 months ago

bobdehnhardt (18286) writes "According to the Wall Street Journal, a federal appeals court has struck down federal rules that had required equal treatment of Internet traffic. The FCC's "open Internet" rules, often referred to as net-neutrality rules, were passed in 2010 and designed to ensure Internet service providers treated similar content on their broadband pipes equally. Verizon Communications Inc. sued to block the rules, saying the FCC lacked the authority to impose them.

On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed with Verizon. The court also threw out an FCC rule that barred providers from blocking Internet traffic outright."

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Barracuda Gear Rooted - By Barracuda

bobdehnhardt bobdehnhardt writes  |  about a year and a half ago

bobdehnhardt (18286) writes "The Reg reports: Multiple Barracuda Networks products feature an undocumented backdoor, leaving widely deployed network and data center gear vulnerable to hijacking. Privileged user accounts were found in various Barracuda appliances, including its flagship Spam and Virus Firewall, Web Application Firewall, Web Filter, SSL VPN, and other gear. The accounts, which Barracuda claims are necessary for remote customer support, cannot be disabled, are hard-wired into the equipment's operating system, and can be assessed remotely via SSH or the local terminal."
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