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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

dszd0g Re:If nothing else (451 comments)

Even the paid version of AVG now spams pop-up advertisements. Definitely do not go with that.

I tend to use AV comparatives as one place to compare how anti-virus products are stacking up:

2 days ago

In-Flight Service Gogo Uses Fake SSL Certificates To Throttle Streaming

dszd0g Re:Get What You Pay For (163 comments)

ISPs are like all you can eat restaurants. In your example it would be like an all you can eat restaurant making enough food for one person and letting 1 million through the door. They have to estimate what the average person eats and make sure there is enough food for everyone they let through the door.

The difference is that most all you can eat restaurants will start turning people away at the door when they know they are going to run out of food. ISPs just keep selling to more customers even when they know they don't have enough bandwidth.

about three weeks ago

Tips For Securing Your Secure Shell

dszd0g This is probably not the site you are looking for (148 comments)

Anyone else getting "This is probably not the site you are looking for" at the top of the page, and at the bottom of the page after the blog it says:

"You attempted to reach stribika.github.io, but instead you actually reached a server identifying itself as a shape shifter humanoid reptile alien. This may be caused by a misconfiguration on the server or something more serious. An attacker on your network could be trying to get you to visit a fake (and definitely harmful) version of stribika.github.io. You should not proceed."

The SSL certificate matches stribika.github.io so according to my browser I am going to the correct site. I am not sure if this is meant to be humor or if there is some sort of additional interception detection. I have no idea what it would be doing beyond the SSL checks?

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Biometric Authentication System?

dszd0g Re:most biometric sensors have significant issues (127 comments)

It is my understanding that retinal scans can be effected by health conditions. Pregnancy, diabetes, glaucoma, retinal degenerative disorder, AIDS, syphilis, malaria, chicken pox, lyme disease, leukemia, lympoma, sickle cell, congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis, and significant cholesterol change can all apparently cause a retinal scan to change. While some employees may find detection of these conditions as a good thing, other employees may find it invasive.

Research seems to indicate that iris scans change over time. Companies that use Iris scanners need to rescan everyone every year or they get false negatives, which may or may not be an issue.

I think using an ID card scan like was mentioned above, makes the most sense.

about 2 months ago

Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

dszd0g Does this apply to the TSA? (249 comments)

Does this apply to the TSA who regularly searches laptops and cell phones?

about 7 months ago

Study Linking GM Maize To Rat Tumors Is Retracted

dszd0g Re:'no definitive conclusions can be reached' (341 comments)

What we know about GMOs is that there are no known examples of harm caused by them that can be reproduced by scientific peers.

You mean like Monsanto's Newleaf Potatoes?

There was first the Dr. Arpad Pusztai study that showed it caused "damage to the intestines and immune systems of rats fed the genetically modified potatoes."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%81rp%C3%A1d_Pusztai

Industry and the Royal Society of Medicine declared Dr. Arpad's study flawed and his study was considered discredited.

Then it turns out the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences had conducted a similar study that found similar results. Except this study had been suppressed by Monsanto for 8 years.

Major US food companies, like McDonald's and Frito-Lay, used Newleaf Potatoes for a few years before consumers complained about GMO "frankenfries."

It would be one thing if GMOs were being developed to taste better, grow larger, etc. However, most GMOs that are being developed either seem to be for either producing their own pesticides or to allow more pesticides to be used on them. It's not complex logic that putting new and more poisons on our food could cause us harm. Especially, when so many studies are coming out linking various diseases to pesticide use. Slashdot just recently an article linking Parkinson's to pesticide (http://slashdot.org/story/13/11/26/1956243/how-heroin-addicts-helped-scientists-link-pesticides-and-parkinsons). Pesticides have been linked to being a cause of Autism (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3404662/) and other diseases.

about a year ago

Elevation Plays a Role In Memory Error Rates

dszd0g Re:Heat related? (190 comments)

As single event upsets (SEU) are caused by cosmic particles which create alpha particles. It makes sense that equipment higher in the rack would absorb more of the alpha particles and block them from systems lower in the rack, but I am not a physicist. Alpha particles are relatively easy to block with shielding.


As the link said, this was first theorized in 1978 and supercomputer companies have been designing systems with this in mind for decades.

about a year ago

Elevation Plays a Role In Memory Error Rates

dszd0g This isn't news (190 comments)

This isn't news. Companies that make supercomputers have known this for decades. The one I worked for 15 years ago used a high elevation test environment in Colorado to verify error correcting capabilities. Even the article says that the results were not a surprise.

about a year ago

Alfred Poor Says HDTV Manufacturers are Hurting (Video)

dszd0g Re:Obnoxious 2 minute commerical for IBM crapware (307 comments)

I had been holding off on installing AdBlock Plus as ads are how most Web sites make their money, but I stopped watching this commercial at the 1 min mark and installed Adblock Plus. I plan on just disabling on sites with annoying ads though. No more youtube ads for me.

about a year ago

Alfred Poor Says HDTV Manufacturers are Hurting (Video)

dszd0g Re:Holy unskippable ad! (307 comments)

Ya, I stopped watching after 1 min. Even that was excessive. This ad is enough to make me look into youtube ad blocking.

about a year ago

Legislation Would Prohibit ISPs From Throttling Online Video Services

dszd0g Re:Video only? (222 comments)

I would word it "any legal content." You wouldn't want to word it "ANY" as that would mean they wouldn't be allowed to block malware or DoS attacks and such. If ISPs weren't allowed to block DoS attacks that would be crippling.

about a year ago

Israel Helped the NSA Spy on Former French President According To Documents

dszd0g Re:French media isn't credible when they blame Isr (215 comments)

USA basically confirmed and said it was not a joint operation with Israel.

If Israel wasn't involved they would have denied israeli involvement.

The Israeli office of the Prime Minister denied and the USA said it wasn't a join operation. I'm not sure what more you want.

I don't know how you can argue that lack of proof that Israel was involved proves that they were.

As far as reputable sources for the Le Monde being found guilty, google "Le Monde found guilty racist defamation". There are dozens of other places that provided the news. Pick whichever ones you do find reputable. Wall Street Journal has it behind its pay wall, but I didn't want to link to a pay wall.

about a year ago

Israel Helped the NSA Spy on Former French President According To Documents

dszd0g Le Monde found guilty of "racist defamation" (215 comments)

In fact, this newspaper has even been found guilty by a French court for "racist defamation" against Israel and the Jewish people in the past.


As a poster below pointed out, the NSA practically confessed to the spying:

The American authorities noted that the activities of the intelligence service "were carried out according to law."

And the documents in the article stated that the NSA said it wasn't a joint operation with the Israelis. The Israeli prime minister's office made an official statement claiming they were not involved.

All evidence points to the NSA with no Israeli involvement.

This article is nothing but antisemitism and has no place on Slashdot.

about a year ago

Israel Helped the NSA Spy on Former French President According To Documents

dszd0g French media isn't credible when they blame Israel (215 comments)

If it was the Guardian making this claim, it would have some bearing. They have some authority in the leaks and have the source material to find this information.

French media just likes to blame Israel and Jews for everything, so I find little credibility to this article.

Unless I missed something in the article, everything basically says the US and Israel both deny having any involvement in spying on the French. The Guardian printed that it was the NSA that was spying on the French. While I wouldn't be surprised if Israel also spied on the French, I have not seen any such evidence provided.

The French article seems to take Israel's denial and that because Israel wasn't mentioned in the leaked NSA documents as the responsible party that obviously they must be involved.

These kind of Israeli/Jewish conspiracy theories appear regularly in French media, but they don't belong on Slashdot. My Dad's family is from France and Belgium and it is amazing some of the stuff I've seen my grandparents read in French mainstream newspapers. Antisemitism is apparently so bad in France today that Jews that had left France pre-WWII and moved back have been leaving again because they don't feel safe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Jews_in_France#Post-World_War_II:_North_African_Jewish_migration - See the "Antisemitism and Immigration" section).

about a year ago

The Chinese Telecom That Spooks the World

dszd0g Better title (153 comments)

The Chinese Telecom That Spooks the Spooks

more than 2 years ago



CA Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

dszd0g dszd0g writes  |  about 5 months ago

dszd0g (127522) writes "The Court of Appeal of the State of California has ruled in Cochran v. Schwan's Home Service that California Businesses must reimburse employees who BYOD for work. "We hold that when employees must use their personal cell phones for work-related calls, Labor Code section 2802 requires the employer to reimburse them. Whether the employees have cell phone plans with unlimited minutes or limited minutes, the reimbursement owed is a reasonable percentage of their cell phone bills." Forbes recommends businesses that require cell phone use for employees either provide cell phones to employees or establish forms for reimbursement, and that businesses that do not require cell phones establish a formal policy."


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