top Of the following, I'd rather play ...
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.
top Favorite "Go!" Phrase?
"Git it on." But it's only effective with Vic Romano and Kenny Blankenship providing commentary.
top Favorite "Go!" Phrase?
"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 and a half ago
top Boston Trying Out Solar-Powered "Smart Benches" In Parks
NSA, or someone with (even) fewer scruples. It's only a matter of time before people start getting free malware with their charge.
top In the year since Snowden's revelations ...
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.
top I expect to retire ...
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.
top Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance
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.
top Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job
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.
top Best Valentine's Day gift (as recipient):
The fact that this isn't a listed option only reinforces the "News for Nerds" stereotype.
top Ask Slashdot: What Makes You Uninstall Apps?
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.
top DRM To Be Used In Renault Electric Cars
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.
top DRM To Be Used In Renault Electric Cars
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....
top Lessons From the Healthcare.gov Fiasco
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.
top How long before most automobile driving is done by computers?
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."
top Flowering Plants' Roots Pushed Back 100M Years
Some deep watering and maybe a little Miracle Gro, I bet we can get those suckers down to the Permian.
top Ferrari's New Car Tech Idea: Make Car Go Really Fast
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.
top Home wireless security level?
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.
top Ask Slashdot: Preventing Snowden-Style Security Breaches?
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.
top Birthday Song's Copyright Leads To a Lawsuit For the Ages
I would use this as the music under the title:
I'd much rather pay royalties to Stravinsky's estate than to the publishing company.
top My credits by name in (released) software:
I changed my name to "GOTO" so I could be vilified.
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