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Facebook Test Will Let You Message Strangers For $1

cormander Re:Reminds me of the old "email tax" idea (325 comments)

This might be true with most spamming, but in certain industries, only having to spend a dollar for an almost guaranteed read of the message is really, really cheap. Hire up a legions of human spammers in India to start sending facebook messages to sell something expensive. Somebody's gonna do it.

about a year and a half ago

Interviews: Ask Free Software Legal Giant Eben Moglen

cormander Bypassing the API (56 comments)

On a similar topic; what about when the code bypasses the API altogether, and writes code changes directly to memory? Things such as kernel hot patches come to mind, and more specifically, ksplice. A modification to the code on a GPLv2 program is made, but no linking or APIs are used. How bound by the GPL, if at all, would this program be?

about 2 years ago

Gut Bacteria Exert Mind Control

cormander Love potion (221 comments)

It seems now that we're that much closer to making a love potion.

about 3 years ago

Woman Trademarks Name and Threatens Sites Using It

cormander Bad for Business. (273 comments)

I say let her send her cease-and-desist letters. It will only make for less networking on her part, and less business for her as a direct result. She's digging her own grave. The fair use clause in US copywrite law would prevent her from winning most (if not all) lawsuits she files. You can talk about a trademark as long as you don't infringe upon it.

more than 3 years ago

Typically, I get N pieces of snail mail per day;

cormander Re:Less than one a day? (228 comments)

So you're saying that your mailbox is a real-life example of the schrodinger's cat problem? I think I'll start using this mail analogy instead; I've met many people that lose interest (or, in a few cases, freak out) as soon as I say that "the cat is dead".

about 4 years ago

Typically, I get N pieces of snail mail per day;

cormander Re:1 to 2 pieces per day??? (228 comments)

You should see my PO Box after a week-long vacation. All my mail is smashed in there, and I find it surprising it's not accompanied by a nasty-gram from the postal man. No wonder these guys "go postal" after a while, no way to release their rage.

about 4 years ago

How Much Smaller Can Chips Go?

cormander Depends on your definition of "chip" (362 comments)

Referencing science fiction, Star Trek's Voyager was the first ship to utilize bio-neuric computer technology. I imagine that the cells in the sacks are smaller than any chip that the Enterprise D had. I would consider the cells in Bio-neuric computer technology as "chips", and it exists in our brains. We just don't know yet how to harness it. So yes, smaller computer chips are possible.

more than 4 years ago

Can Twitter and Facebook Deal With Their Dead?

cormander Re:So serious (284 comments)

Just use a dead-man's switch. The program checks to see when you last updated your FB account, and if it's been more than a few weeks, it starts its random posts.

more than 4 years ago

Iron Baby

cormander No Baby War Machine? (139 comments)

They only show a white baby, so there is no racial diversity. If they had Baby War Machine, then all would be good.

more than 4 years ago

How Smart Are You?

cormander We may be smart, but... (584 comments)

"Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!" --George Carlin

more than 4 years ago

The $8,500 Gaming Table You Want

cormander Re:Pool Table (260 comments)

You know you can cover the pocket holes, right? Pool table + something to cover holes = worry free dice roll game table.

more than 4 years ago

The World's First Commercially Available Jetpack

cormander A deal with Paramount? (303 comments)

Or is it just a coincidence that this jet pack becomes available around the time of Iron Man 2 movie trailers hitting the internet?

more than 4 years ago

Best Resource For Identifying Legit Applications?

cormander Re:Feel free to use my method (255 comments)

Okay, so from what you're saying: rootkit != malware Good to know, reinstalling my OS after getting hacked is a big pain in the ass.

more than 4 years ago

Are you working right now?

cormander Re:Missing coption (338 comments)

Get setup with a continuous integration environment and that no longer becomes a valid excuse. Trust me, never EVER setup a continuous integration environment...

more than 4 years ago

Whatever Happened To Programming?

cormander Band-aid approach (623 comments)

"pasting not-quite-compatible libraries together and patching around the edges" is quite an acceptable form of programming, and can take some real skill to do well. It's called the band-aid approach, which is effective for small, startup companies looking to get off the ground, and large companies looking to save a buck.

more than 4 years ago

Sony Patents Game Demos With Feature Erosion

cormander Re:The 'Hood (200 comments)

You're making the assumption that computer games are addictive. I can stop anytime I want.

more than 4 years ago

In a structure of N stories, I'd prefer my office be ...

cormander Take the stairs to floor N (467 comments)

As the height of the building goes up, the size of my waist goes down. I'd love to work near the top floor in a 30 story building, it would eliminate the need for me to exercise on my own time.

more than 4 years ago

The Billion Dollar Kernel

cormander Re:Salary (289 comments)

Depends on where they live, of course. 31k to someone in the Philippines is a fortune, while someone living in California would go bankrupt on that salary.

more than 4 years ago



Security Engineering - The Book - For Free

cormander cormander writes  |  about a year and a half ago

cormander (1273812) writes "The 2nd edition of "Security Engineering" by Ross Anderson has been made available online for free. You can also buy it at Amazon . The Book covers security topics of a wide range; Psychology, Economics, Nuclear Command and Control, and pretty much all things IT.

I especially like the cryptography quotes at the top of Chapter 5."

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