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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

dreamchaser Re:No thanks (167 comments)

I've looked at Nabu but I really don't see any value in it for me. I can get the same functionality from my smartphone if I want it, and I don't really.

4 days ago
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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

dreamchaser No thanks (167 comments)

I'm often an early adopter of technology, but I'm not interested in this type of product until it's far more unobtrusive and obvious. I can perhaps see a time when having a HUD built into my glasses might be useful, and sure there are times when I wish I could snap a picture of something more quickly than I can by pulling out my phone, but I'm not about to pay $1500 for what amounts to a barely beta product. I won't even go into my concerns about all the data Google already gets from us.

This one day sale stunt is just that, a stunt. They are testing the waters and trying to stimulate demand.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

dreamchaser Diversity (728 comments)

I guess I'm just lucky I have diverse skills. Sure I work in IT security and love to code and all things computer related, but I also know how to hunt and fish and various other stone age level survival skills.

5 days ago
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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

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

WOW, bad spelling and typos. I chalk that up to the beers I am drinking :)

Seriously though, it's not as big a deal as it's being made out to be. Yes it caused a security scramble, and rightly so. No, the sky is not falling.

about a week ago
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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

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

I think you completely missed my point. The hand wringing is useless. Fix it, mitigate it, and try to move on. Any damage that has been done is one. All that cane be done now is to patch and mitigate. All the wrangling going on on the 'net is amusing. The past can't be changed. We can learn from it and move on. There are plenty of ways to stop the bleeding. People are acting like the sky is falling. It's truly sad that you're one of them.

about a week ago
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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

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

Nope. I am a senior engineer for an IT security firm. I fix this shit for a living, thank you.

about a week ago
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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

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

That is why part of the remediation process is new certs. I didn't say it wasn't a pain in the ass, but it's trivial with regards to the amount of work involved.

about a week ago
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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

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

I didn't say it wasn't a pain in the ass. It's just easy to fix.

about a week ago
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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

dreamchaser Mountain out of a molehill (239 comments)

It's amusing how much talk is going on about this. Patching the vulnerability is trivial. All of the major IPS and IDS products out there already have signatures published to remediate it for organizations who for whatever reason can't patch. This is getting silly.

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

dreamchaser Re:Much ado about nothing (245 comments)

If I could tell that to your work I would, because that's the result of bad management and nothing else. There's been ample time to plan upgrades. I feel for you, but I would suggest you start looking for a new job if the place you work for is so poorly managed.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

dreamchaser Re:Much ado about nothing (245 comments)

Nice straw man. Thirty two bit software runs fine on 64 bit OSes these days for the most part. You're comparing apples and rocks, not even apples and oranges.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

dreamchaser Much ado about nothing (245 comments)

Everyone knew long ago that end of support was coming. Most of the enterprises that I consult for have already finished or started migrations to Windows 7. Some have gone to 8.1, but most are moving to 7.

XP has been around for a long, long time. It's time to move on.

about two weeks ago
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To Reduce the Health Risk of Barbecuing Meat, Just Add Beer

dreamchaser Re:Stupid (179 comments)

What a stupid article. Beer is hardly the best source of antioxidants. Blueberries would be a far better choice.

"Eat antioxidants to prevent cancer" ....well thank you captain obvious, we have known this for many years!

Except beer makes an excellent marinade for meats and can be incorporated into BBQ sauce as well.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

dreamchaser Re:Shorewall (186 comments)

The throwing of fecal matter is optional. That's the beauty of open source; it allows the user to have a choice.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

dreamchaser Re:Shorewall (186 comments)

So what do I need to install to configure webmin?

The IQ of a chimpanzee should suffice.

about two weeks ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

dreamchaser Re:Max RAM? (353 comments)

It depends on your use case. If you just surf the web and do email then no, you don't need to max out. I often run multiple VMs while also compiling code, etc. The more RAM for me the better.

about two weeks ago
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Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban

dreamchaser Re: Fuck BlackBerry (205 comments)

The GPU in the Galaxy S4 consistently beats the Ax processors in the graphics department, so no.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers: Rats Didn't Spread Black Death, Humans Did

dreamchaser Maybe (135 comments)

The plague can take 3 forms, at least one of which, pneumonic, infects the lungs and spreads through the air, much like the common cold does. Just because humans had a role in helping to spread it doesn't leave the rats and their fleas off the hook. It is still quite likely that there were multiple vectors combined that caused the rapid spread of the disease.

about three weeks ago
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5.1 Earthquake Hits California

dreamchaser Re:Other quakes today (114 comments)

Point taken, it is unlikely, but 5% is a large chance compared to most quakes.

about three weeks ago

Submissions

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FCC Recommends Sanctions against Comcast

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dreamchaser writes "In a potentially precedent setting move, the FCC has recommended sanctions against Comcast for interferring with filesharing traffic. This has been a hot topic in the past on Slashdot. I am certainly hoping that they really do enforce some sort of sanctions so as to deter other major ISP's from engaging in the same rotten practices."
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New online medical databases NOT covered by HIPAA

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  about 6 years ago

dreamchaser writes "The New York Times is running a piece that points out some serious potential privacy concerns with Google and Microsoft's new ventures to database personal medical information online. Specifically, it appears that this sort of endeavor is not covered by HIPAA. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act governs how and when people's personal medical history can be datamined for reasearch, among other things. Am I the only one whose first reaction to this is 'DO NOT WANT'? Maybe Congress can do something useful for a change and update HIPPA to reflect emerging uses of the Web for such matters. I've already written to mine and I encourage those of you in the US to do the same."
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Arthur C. Clarke Dead at Age 90

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 5 years ago

dreamchaser (49529) writes "I'm not sure I know what to say. There is no story posted, but CNN has a breaking news banner announcing the death of scientist and author Arthur C. Clarke. All I can think to say is, "Thank you, thank you, thank you.""
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Is Comcast at it again?

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dreamchaser writes "I'm a guitarist and frequently record my music to MP3 via a digital mixer/recorder. Yesterday I tried to share a few of my songs with a friend who happens to have Comcast Cable. We were using ICQ at the time and after I shot my friend a picture or two, I tried sending her a song. The transfer fizzled out at about 200k. Tried it a few more times, no luck. Tried another (large) picture and it worked. Scratching my head, I renamed the MP3's to BIN and they whoosed right through the old Internet tube like they should have in the first place.

In light of the previous news about Comcast throttling P2P apps, it now appears that merely trying to exchange a file of a 'bad' type (MP3 in this case) gets your transfer throttled. I do not have Comcast anymore, having given it up for Verizon's FIOS. My question for Slashdot is can those of you who DO have Comcast test this and see if it consistently like is all over? It's beyond ridiculous that one cannot send legal content to a friend via a direct IM connection wihtout having the filenames (and who knows what else) sniffed out and the transfer killed. Is anyone else seeing this? What can we do about it other than raise awareness?"

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Meh, don't bother reading it's just a rant

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 4 years ago

What the FUCK are Facefuck and Shitter icons doing next to everything now? I can't find an option to turn them off. I'll use either when I'm cold and dead.

Like I said I'm just ranting. Just woke up, coffee is brewing, and I hate Facefuck and Shitter.

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Is twitter really Malda?

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Perhaps Twitter is really Rob Malda. The editors and staff certainly don't seem to mind how he abuses the system.

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Thought of the Day

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 5 years ago

If 'No one wants to look dumb' then why does that dorky kid with the guitar DO those horrible MSN commercials?

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Moderation on Slashdot - Why do you care?

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Does anyone really care how they are moderated? Sure, I chuckle at some of the mods-on-crack or mods-with-an-agenda things I see, both mods done to my posts and those done to others. At the end of the day why does it matter?

What is your posting philosophy? I post when I want with what I want and have never cared how I get moderated. Does anyone actually try to post in ways/times/places that will result in high moderation?

Ok, my coffee break is over. I need to get back to work. Bye.

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I never thought I'd see it.

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  about 6 years ago One of those 'Skip this ad and continue' advertisements on Slashdot? That was both funny and sad at the same time.

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We need a new Moderation type

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 6 years ago

We really need a -1 (Fanboi) mod on Slashdot. Fanbois abuse the moderation system as it is by modding down legitimate posts critical of [fill in the blank as applicable]. Let's give people who take Moderation a bit more seriously a tool to fight this.

It could be -1 (Fanboi) or -1 (Zealot) or whatever, but a discrete moderation class is called for here I think.

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dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Ok, for the past few days I get the occaisional popup ad on Slashdot. Why do I find that ironic? I know the site exists to make money, and as a good capitalist I have no qualms with that. I have to wonder if it's necessary for them to run popup ads though, especially given the sentiment against them in the Slashdot community. Hmmm.

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Office Moves

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Ok, today I move my office for the second time in two months. We're moving just down the hall on the same floor in the same building.

This is on a campus of 3,000 people (HQ). We are moving 900 people this quarter! Can anyone out there say inefficiency!!!???

This is just a rant to get it off of my chest. Since part of my responsibility here is managing the IT techs, these moves cause us all kinds of headaches. Not to mention my personal inconvenience (and that of all the other people moving around).

So now I sit here, waiting for the movers to move my furniture. I'm not allowed to move anything myself except my laptop (safety rules).

This process of moving almost a third of the campus in three months time reminds me of those kid's puzzles with the numbers 1 through 15 on little plastic tiles, and one blank spot. You know the ones I'm talking about. Shuffle the pieces around until you get it right.

In a typical (for many corporations)showing of poor communication, nobody bothered to tell the higher ups how much this would all cost. Heh.

Ok, I'm done ranting now. It is my journal after all. This might not be a bad place to rant!

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Mr. Rodgers Dies

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 11 years ago

In other news, Fred Rodgers died this morning. I'm sure the Slashdot community will mourn his passing.

Seriously, I never really liked his show as a kid, but there is no denying how many lives he touched over the years. It was even bigger news here in Pittsburgh where he lived and worked. So long Fred, and thanks for all the puppets.

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Blog?

dreamchaser dreamchaser writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Aren't these journals just blogs? Then again, I guess Slashdot itself is a big huge blog. Most blogs are useless, as is this journal post.

I've never bothered to use this thing before (the journal). Perhaps I should start. There have been many times that I've thought of things that I would like to share with Slashdot that either don't get accepted as articles, or don't fit anywhere and would be woefully offtopic. In my journal, nothing is off topic ;)

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