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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charges

colfer mixes special ed (671 comments)

The special ed kids with learning disabilities are mixed with the ones with behavioral/emotional disabilities in this school. In other words, people that get made fun of, and people that are a danger to them. Sheep and wolves. Must make the regular classrooms nice to remove both the slow learners and troublemakers.

The same thing happens in homeless shelters, where it's hard to protect the defenselessly mentally ill from the bad guys. And prisons, where a lot of mentally ill people live due to the policies of our country.

Another problem in this case is that the police and the judge are an extension of the school administration, and see themselves that way. Also, it is a small Western Pennsylvania school district surely dominated by athletics. Also, we don't know the full story. This could be the best school in the world, but I somehow doubt it.

9 hours ago

Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

colfer $1b corps (266 comments)

They all need to be contributing to OpenSSL or a fork.

In a typical year the OpenSSL project receives about US$2000 in donations.

This week we have received roughly 200 donations totaling nearly
US$3000. Amounts have ranged between $0.02 and $300, and I notice that
some individuals have made multiple contributions.


Security theater is sometimes more like security exhaustion.

3 days ago

Why the IETF Isn't Working

colfer Re:Margeret Thatcher? (103 comments)

Narayanan is agreeing with Thatcher by the way.

3 days ago

Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

colfer Re:Whatever you may think ... (444 comments)

Clearly $billion corporations like RedHat are going to spend more time auditing code commits, with or without lawsuits. Google found this bug and I wonder what kind of fork / NSS migration / whatever solution will emerge. NSS is from Mozilla, and Google revenue funds Mozilla.

Maybe it will go as far as "OpenSSL considered harmful" and anything linked to it will be flagged. That would be too sensible.

5 days ago

Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

colfer Re:What I want to know is... (239 comments)

Here's a sad post from one year ago:

Is it possible to ensure by a configuration parameter, that curl uses OpenSSL, and not NSS to retrieve https content? I need to ensure this, in order to enforce compliance with FIPS140-2, which RHEL6.2 has certified?


By the way I know NSS does a lot of FIPS compliance, but part of the Heartbleed problem for the "normal" user is that it is hard to tell what openssl is linked into. We had it in our web server daemon even though shell "openssl version" showed a good version.

about a week ago

Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

colfer Re:Mountain out of a molehill (239 comments)

You were better off using non-SSL, unless you were on wireless or something easily snooped. I'm not aware http:80 servers have a little query that gets you memory dumps. Do I misunderstand?

about a week ago

Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party

colfer Re:BASIC is where M$ got its start (146 comments)

And if you haven't seen ASCII-art porn images come clacking out of a teletype with a phone-cradle modem to a time-sharing computer, then you weren't there (thankfully perhaps). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

Briefly I had to deal with compiled programs on decks of IBM cards. BASIC was much nicer for a student doing small programs because it was interpreted and you could fix it as you went along (in memory). Those card decks looked cool on Hawaii Five-0, but one syntax mistake in a cobol or fortran program and you had to wait another two hours to get your homework done.

about a week ago

Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party

colfer Re:BASIC is where M$ got its start (146 comments)

Line numbers were great. You could add line 15 at any time!

But M$ gave us BAT files, which are terrible.

about a week ago

Five-Year-Old Uncovers Xbox One Login Flaw

colfer He's done it before. (196 comments)

From TFA:

It's not the first time Kristoffer has flashed his tech skills.
“He’s figured out vulnerabilities 3 or 4 times,” said Davies.
At age 1, Kristoffer got past the toddler lock screen on a cell phone by holding down the home key.

about two weeks ago

Amazon's Fire TV: Is It Worth Game Developers' Time?

colfer Amazon mysteries (88 comments)

Amazon's primary interest in this device *seems* to be to drive sales on Amazon Instant, not to serve as a general purpose streamer like Roku (though it does that too). There's some confusion in the business press about what Amazon is up to, but this is a likely guess. It doesn't want to be reliant on Roku, ChromeCast, Sony, etc., and would like to have a sticky ecosystem like Apple.

The other theory is that Amazon believes users will prefer it as a premium branded product, again like Apple. The product does not need to compete with Roku on price, in that case, but does need to compete on features.

about two weeks ago

Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

colfer Re:No (824 comments)

I think most of the work is done by Mozilla's own paid engineers, except on community projects like Seamonkey and, now, Thunderbird. I could be wrong.

about three weeks ago

$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

colfer Re:I don't entirely disagree (653 comments)

If you're going to buy cheapo electronic parts, you should buy a decent multimeter for testing.

about a month ago

Camera Module Problems May Delay Samsung's Galaxy S5

colfer How many megapixels is enough? (70 comments)

These are photographs, not telescopic images of the universe. How many megapixels does a camera phone need? Are people going to be sending me the full pictures and then I have to spend time reducing them to a reasonable size?

about a month ago

Up To 1000 NIH Investigators Dropped Out Last Year

colfer Re:Give It Ten Years (111 comments)

Where is this magical place you think the Social Security Administration should have been saving your contributions? In the stock market? Cubes of cash? Mutual funds? Maybe something safer? Treasury bonds? Well, that's what they did.

about a month ago

Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

colfer Re:Or maybe... (149 comments)

And any email system is a PITA to run. And if your spam filtering is not as good as Gmail's, you will hear about it. I'm surprised web host ISP's have not outsourced this stuff off their servers - except the 3rd party email companies cost as much as web hosting itself. That tells you it is expensive to run an email service.

about 2 months ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Label Your Tech Gear, and If So, How?

colfer Boomerangit? (250 comments)

Product page says "BoomerangIt Packs and Subscriptions are no longer available for purchase." I can't find anything written about it in the last seven years, except this: http://boomerangit.wordpress.c...

Even its offshoot the National Bike Registry seems a it moribund.

about 2 months ago

Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer

colfer Re:So I was sitting behind a Gbus/Fbus on 85 today (692 comments)

SamTrans runs an express bus between from SF and Palo Alto, but that's only halfway to San Jose. Too many counties!

about 3 months ago

Oil Train Explosion Triggers Evacuation In North Dakota

colfer Re:Thanks Obama... (199 comments)

NPR ran without follow-up a rail industry spokesperson saying "99.9997% of all rail trips occur without serious incident." Without giant fireballs in the sky? Yes, we knew that already!

The workers on the train managed to unhook some of the cars that had not yet caught fire. No free speech for them though, so we get the shill.

about 3 months ago



Canadian judge: Cisco & US prosecutors in caho

colfer colfer writes  |  more than 2 years ago

colfer (619105) writes "A former Cisco exec was arrested while testifying in a hearing at a Vancouver Hotel, and spent a month in jail awaiting U.S. extradition. Now the Canadian judge says it was all a setup, with Cisco convincing U.S. prosecutors to fabricate Homeland Security charges against Peter Adekeye because he had sued Cisco. Judge McKinnon calls it "unmitigated gall" by the feds in San Jose."
Link to Original Source

colfer colfer writes  |  about 7 years ago

colfer (619105) writes "From today's Independent

The plant is winter-flowering heather, and botanists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, many of them heather experts who have recognised the source of its active ingredient, now expect it to be the next must-have plant in British gardens. Demand is already high. Nurseries and garden centres in some areas are having trouble finding sufficient supplies as word spreads of the plant's unexpected properties.
But not everyone is happy about this new discovery. One woman shopping at a Wyvales in Dorking yesterday said: "It's amazing. My husband has never shown any interest in gardening before, but now he's out there night and day fussing over his heathers. Frankly, I preferred it when he left the garden to me and wasn't so frisky."


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