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Chemists Grow Soil Fungus On Cheerios, Discover New Antifungal Compounds

bobdehnhardt No news to me (77 comments)

As the father of teenage boys, I could have told them Cheerios are great at growing fungus years ago.

about a week ago

Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

bobdehnhardt Re:Conservatives crying "no fair"? (283 comments)

To quote Oakland Raiders coach John Madden, "All I want is my unfair advantage."

Sums up just about everyone, really....

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

bobdehnhardt Perfect world (182 comments)

In a perfect world, your employer would jump at the chance to send you, give you full per diem and a room in the conference hotel, rental car, and an allowance for books and materials on sale at the conference.

But as Huey Lewis said, "Ain't no living in a perfect world."

I was fortunate to go to Black Hat and Defcon in Las Vegas for 11 years while I was at my previous (private sector) employer. They paid for all but the first time. For that one, I took leave, paid my own way, and then came back and demonstrated to them the value and knowledge I picked up (mainly by starting just about every sentence with "Well, in a talk at Black Hat..." I got laid off when the company was downsizing, ended up in a public sector agency, which sounds very similar to your situation (great people, interesting work, surprising lack of sticks inserted up people's butts). Same situation - I had to go on my own first, the next year they willingly paid for me to go.

Your employer is at least offering to pay for the training piece, which says that they see some value in this. And I know how hard it is to do things like this on a public sector salary (which is still about 40-50% of an equivalent private sector one). My advice: look for the bargains. Stay at a cheap casino (you can get into places like Excalibur for $40-50/night, sometimes lower) instead of the conference hotel. Walk and use the monorail to get around ($10/day). Eat fast food, or fill up on conference munchies - don't eat in the conference hotel or celebrity chef restaurants, but find the coffee shops and cheap buffets. And most of all, talk to your employer. Tell them you're willing to go on your own dime this time, but when you get back, you'll want to make the case for someone from your group going every year, fully paid.

about a month ago

SteadyServ Helps Keep the Draft Beer Flowing (Video)

bobdehnhardt Re:I do my part (48 comments)

It will scale up to 100 gallons/year, which is the legal limit in the US for homebrewing. That's 20 batches, or 1.6667 per month. Put it another way, it's 960 bottles of beer on the wall. That's more than enough scaling for me.

about a month ago

My resting heart rate:

bobdehnhardt Re:Missing option (169 comments)

Mine is 1,351 per millifortnight. I don't see that as a option either. What's with the sexagesimal bias around here?

about a month ago

SteadyServ Helps Keep the Draft Beer Flowing (Video)

bobdehnhardt I do my part (48 comments)

One 5-gallon batch at a time. And so far, I too have never run out.

about a month ago

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 2 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 5 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 8 months ago

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 a year ago

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 a year ago

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 a year ago

Lessons From the 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.

1 year,9 days

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."

1 year,16 days



Court Strikes Down Net Neutrality

bobdehnhardt bobdehnhardt writes  |  about 9 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 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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