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Insurance Claims Reveal Hidden Electronic Damage From Geomagnetic Storms

dAzED1 Re:Is this news? (78 comments)

solar flares != geomagnetic storm. solar flares /cause/ geomagnetic storms, but the storms can persist past the incident of the flare. At least, according to my understanding...

about three weeks ago
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Insurance Claims Reveal Hidden Electronic Damage From Geomagnetic Storms

dAzED1 throw some light on the issue? (78 comments)

Isn't that what caused the problem in the first place, someone (in this case, the sun) throwing some light (in this case, a solar flare) on the subject (in this case, Earth's magnetic field)? Fighting fire with fire only goes so far, people...

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?

dAzED1 Re:Are you a creepy guy who wants to video tape pp (421 comments)

I was online in 1994 (heck, I owned/operated an ISP...) and I'd prefer it over the internet of today. There was tremendous practical value at that time - especially for research/academics.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

dAzED1 Re:Advice? give up. (478 comments)

I don't know why you're the only poster that seems to understand why the subby wants this. He's basically trying to get slashdot to crowd-think for him, to solve a technical "problem" - allowing them to charge $10 each for crappy pictures instead of letting passengers take their own damn pictures. Just drive the damn limo and stop being a dick. If people want the photo service, offer it - but don't break their cameras just to force them to buy your pictures. And I hope the passengers of the limo are all made very well aware of the presence of your cameras is well - else you're in for some serious issues.

about 5 months ago
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Ubuntu To Switch To systemd

dAzED1 Re:why not the new thing? (279 comments)

You're right, it's just easy. As for the preview - when forced to do it every time, it can become something one ignores. All this yammering about "beta" and I'm still pining for the previous version of slashdot :P

about 6 months ago
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Ubuntu To Switch To systemd

dAzED1 Re:why not the new thing? (279 comments)

oh boo, slashdot dropped the pre tag? Dorks. "As mentioned, the central responsibility of an init system is to bring up userspace. And a good init system does that fast." = that was a quote from that original post about systemd

about 6 months ago
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Ubuntu To Switch To systemd

dAzED1 why not the new thing? (279 comments)

There's this new thing called "init.d" which makes things really simple - you can start a system up and step through things, and though the boot takes 5 seconds instead of 1 second, that isn't really a problem.

Once I read the original post about systemd, and all the other let's-invent-a-problem-to-fix nonsense surrounding init.d, I literally hung up my hat and stopped being a syseng. I was a unix guy starting in 93, so it was probably time anyway, but it was the straw that broke my back, as it were.As mentioned, the central responsibility of an init system is to bring up userspace. And a good init system does that fast. I especially "loved" this line: As mentioned, the central responsibility of an init system is to bring up userspace. And a good init system does that fast. No. A good init system does it reliably, with no drama and no politics. A good init system allows one to easily determine the state of a system, and doesn't assume things like GUIs and such. A good unix init system does all this with commands which can be piped and parsed easily with grep and awk - two things the original post about systemd actually complains about. The idea that a unix person would complain about grep and awk was so mind-boggling to me that...well, I just hung up the hat. You did all this nonsense, just to save a few seconds? Because what, the only thing linux is used for, is laptops? Meh.

about 6 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

dAzED1 Re:Pipe-dream Utopia (888 comments)

How about, whatever income allows you to have enough in savings/retirement such that you can have a $70k lifestyle during said retirement, yet still retire before you're too old to enjoy the retirement? Which is to say, if you want more than $70k/y, maybe it's so that later on you can have $70k/y without working, and are then free to pursue creative goals while your mind still works. You know, the sort of works you'd be free to pursue at age 18 in a post-scarcity world.

about 6 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

dAzED1 Re:Pipe-dream Utopia (888 comments)

"no one would need to work, yes, but more importantly, no one would *want* to"

Such a boring argument. Are you not aware there are already people who do precisely that? Volunteerism, the OSS community, people who make a very deliberate decision to work a more altruistic job at 1/10th the pay, turning down full-paying jobs (yes yes, they get paid...only because we don't have a society where food/shelter/energy are given away). It's the core argument to capitalism - that without money to encourage productivity, no one would work - and it ignores the fact that for all but a very brief blip in the history of our species, that is precisely what happened - people worked without being paid money. They worked as a community, to accomplish collective goals.

about 6 months ago
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Confessions Of an Ex-TSA Agent: Secrets Of the I.O. Room

dAzED1 Re:Better ideas anyone? (393 comments)

seemed like he was building to insanity. A guard on every flight is already being done, and isn't far-fetched. But sure, does get a bit crazy at the end ;)

about 6 months ago
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Confessions Of an Ex-TSA Agent: Secrets Of the I.O. Room

dAzED1 Re:Better ideas anyone? (393 comments)

uhh...a hole to the outside, suddenly depressurizing the plane while at 30k feet, would be a really, really bad thing. What we should "try" is metal detectors and dogs - you know, the stuff we were using /before/ all this, and which worked substantially better.

about 6 months ago
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Confessions Of an Ex-TSA Agent: Secrets Of the I.O. Room

dAzED1 Re:and the TSA exists because... (393 comments)

so you want me to quit my job for 3 months? I already scaled back flying as much as possible, riding my harley for any trip under 400 miles (regardless the time of year, or the weather). Yes, I could get another job...guess what though - someone else would take my place, and still be flying.

about 6 months ago
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Quentin Tarantino Vs. Gawker: When Is Linking Illegal For Journalists?

dAzED1 Re:I'm an open society guy, but... (166 comments)

are you serious? That's not even in dispute. They offered a bounty for it - like they have for many other things. Leaks about ipad pre-launch, private photos of celebrities, etc - their entire business model is doing exactly that. Convincing other people to do morally questionable, if not outright illegal, activities - then making profit from ad views from those who come to look at the story. That is the entirety of their business model.

about 6 months ago
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New 3D Printer Can Print With Carbon Fiber

dAzED1 Re:i don't get it (141 comments)

First result from me when I google "useful things with a 3d printer" is an article which includes a garlic press, cherry pit remover, and door hook. All these things require more strength than what consumer-level 3d printers can actually muster. Getting more strength in the process is indeed an issue, so...permit me to disagree that there isn't someplace worthwhile between ABS and true carbon-fiber...

about 6 months ago
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Device Mines Precious Phosphorus From Sewage

dAzED1 Re:Every utopian prediction (96 comments)

"systems which fail will cease, and systems which work will succeed" - how, pray-tell, is that not an accurate view of natural systems?

about 6 months ago
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Quentin Tarantino Vs. Gawker: When Is Linking Illegal For Journalists?

dAzED1 I'm an open society guy, but... (166 comments)

" I'm just saying that there's a journalistic reason for Gawker to do what it did"

Err...what "journalistic reason" could there possibly be for offering a ransom for an illegal activity, then publishing the results of that activity, for the sole purpose of generating adview/click revenue? Aside from gawker not even having any journalistic content, what in the world is the "journalistic reason" for that?

Now that said, I think there's a moral/ethical reason for creators to willingly do it - and somewhat for the consumers to share it even if it is against the will of the one who created it - but that's because I'm a biased open society guy, and a complete nutjob. I can't though, in all my madness, envision a world/perspective/banana in which there is a "journalistic reason" for this. Someone help me here?

about 6 months ago
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Device Mines Precious Phosphorus From Sewage

dAzED1 Re:Every utopian prediction (96 comments)

but it's not some intelligent entity that's "better" at it than us

are you so afraid of religion that even science scares you? Over the course of billions of years, systems which fail will cease, and systems which work will succeed. A working system is/was present; saying we could be "learning from nature" means little more than being observant and realizing that many of our problems have already been solved in the system (aka Nature). Where the system has a solution which is too slow, or has a few steps we don't like per se, maybe we tweak it a little...but when you learn from someone you don't simply mimic them - that's not learning. When you learn from someone, you take what they are showing you and adjust it to fit your experiences. Like we can, with Nature.

"some intelligent entity..." - yeesh! Lighten up, Francis!

about 6 months ago
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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen Cancels RSA Talk In Protest

dAzED1 Re:Guilty and impossible to prove innocent (248 comments)

wouldn't it be cool if there were any chance that a FOIA request could somehow get a line-item budget of all payments to outside companies, by the NSA, so that such a list could be parsed to find payouts such as the one to RSA?

about 7 months ago
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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen Cancels RSA Talk In Protest

dAzED1 Re:As an American (248 comments)

"Why are you not rioting then?" - several riots were attempted to be formed, but the NSA learned about them through their surveillance programs, and blew up the areas in question with drones, declaring them terrorist attacks. They then used their control over the internet to squash all news about it.

about 7 months ago

Submissions

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IBM "loses drives," exposes 1.9m HeathNet insurers

dAzED1 dAzED1 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dAzED1 writes "Along with 1,900,000 other people, I received a letter from Health Net a few days ago letting me know that "information includ[ing] details such as [my] name, address, health information, Social Security number, and [my] financial information" was on the drives. This, just one year after another major HIPAA violation from Health Net just one year ago. Why such data was stored in an unencrypted manner, such that merely having the drives exposes the data, will have to be determined. Health Net has already offered free signups to the Debix Identity Protection Network."
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solar power pre-deployment to Afghanistan?

dAzED1 dAzED1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dAzED1 writes "My little brother is heading for training at 29 Palms as a Navy Corpsman with FMF. He gets a [Sailor|Soldier|Marine]'s pay, so while he can't afford gadgets, I can; since he'll be in a LAR unit, I was thinking of getting him a small video camera, an IPod, and some sort of solar recharger. Whatever he takes he'll have to be able to carry in his pack, which is already going to be heavy with his medic gear.

Other than the weight issue, I am having problems finding a solar recharger that doesn't get wildly differing reviews as to basic quality. He'll have plenty of sun, few clouds, but it needs to be light, effective, and robust. With price not being much of a concern, what would you suggest for accomplishing this? Advice on a small robust video camera would be appreciated as well."
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PKI/CAC authentication implementation/migration

dAzED1 dAzED1 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dAzED1 writes "I've inherited a task for which I cannot yet prepare myself, but will have to resolve as quick as possible, once our current stumbling block is overcome. The company I work for is close to acquiring a .mil address so that we can use CAC authentication, which they are driving that all DoD systems use. Problem is, we can't access the info about CAC usage until we have the .mil, and once we have the .mil, we'll need to implement CAC usage very quickly. Who in the /. community has implemented PKI authentication, especially CAC, and has tips so that I can prepare myself for the quickest response when that day comes? No sensitive information please, obviously...just suggestions on what I could test before-hand. And yes, several of us here do have CACs to use, they're just (seemingly) worthless since we can't reach the .mil certificate authority (yet)."

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dAzED1 dAzED1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

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You know, there are lots of ways in which I disagree with cmdr and co these days, BUT...this place is certainly still a labor of love for them that they've put years and years of effort in to. Letting them earn a tiny bit of money from me isn't a bad idea. They are providing a service.

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