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Book Review: Threat Modeling: Designing For Security

freeschwag Secuity by Obscurity (32 comments)

We are strictly forbidden from transmitting or showing any sign or color of our "threat level" with the idea that the enemy won't know our preparedness. However, a slight oversight in this policy means...no one inside the fence knows what's going on either. :/

about 6 months ago
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The Whole Story Behind Low AP CS Exam Stats

freeschwag Wyoming Bashing ? (325 comments)

Most people don't understand the situation there. Least populated state in the Nation. Lots of oil there, but it ain't no Texas. I grew up there and my HS didn't even offer the SAT. We were lucky to be given the opportunity to take the ACT at all. Funding is thin, as it is for most school systems, and I believe that is the prime motivator.

The country bumpkin factor is high, and hicks don't have much need for dem confounded computers and such, the tractor ain't gonna drive itself! (You just wait Mr. Bumpkin, that tech is out there already.)

Keeping the population in state is a challenge, and I'm sure the powers that be aren't keen on giving them tools to empower them to follow a CS path that automatically jumps them out of state. UW and LCCC (Laramie County Community College, widely known as Last Chance Country College) aren't well known for their tech programs.

about 7 months ago
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Six Electric Cars Can Power an Office Building

freeschwag Increased effeciency?? basic math says: doubtful (296 comments)

Let's approach this from an electronics 101 perspective...

Corporate power costs aside, lets look at absolute power usage.

The AC/DC (charge car) and DC/AC (power building from car) conversion is inherently lossy which typically range from a baseline of 75% to an absolute best case scenario of up to 94%, so even with the best setup available (highly unlikely), a 6% loss in and 6% loss out would vastly overshadow a 2% gain. I'm skewing the numbers as far in thier favor as possible and still comes out to a 10% loss in power transfer alone.

Specific peak/offpeak pricing and length of time the office is powered, or the charge time of the cars is not shown, so calculation of the actual power (Kw/H) in and out is impossible due to a lack of information.

My take...yearly savings of $4800 (corporate power is about 1/10 residential power in my area, so $48000 to the average joe) doesn't jive with daily power cycling of six very expensive battery packs. Hope the warrantee covers it :)

The article doesn't specify the amount of time

about 9 months ago
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Arizona Approves Grid-Connection Fees For Solar Rooftops

freeschwag Meanwhile In Kalifornia.... (363 comments)

Current smart meters just run backwards when you generate power, no second meter or upgraded equipment is needed. They have it locked down out here, to the benefit of the 1% of course. Current regulations do not allow private home solar systems to sell excess power, your bill can go to zero and any excess is free bonus to the power company. :/ I'm surprised they don't impose a fee here to "offset" the cost of accounting for and distributing that excess. :)

about 9 months ago
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6TB Helium-Filled Hard Drives Take Flight

freeschwag Re:Helium Leaks (297 comments)

Helium is a signficantly smaller molecule. I'm familiar due to experience with pressure calibration. Even with best efforts at sealing a system, leaks are all but impossible to prevent. Ambient pressure inside the drive would reduce leeching, but even differentials caused by atmospheric condidtions is going to make swings that will invariably change the internal mix. As noted in other comments, 5 year warrantee, and few things are designed to last more that a year or two these days anyway. What's your reasonble expectation of life of anything you buy these days? I said reasonable, not preferable.

about 10 months ago
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Is It Time to Replace Your First HDTV? (Video)

freeschwag Forced Turnover (418 comments)

Quality is out the window on these and they are going to start dropping out by default anyway. I was looking at Sony and Panasonic for a long time as they have long standing tenure of higher quality tronix....opted for the Panasonic 50" Plasma 1080p goodness. Looks awesome.... just out of warrantee, power supply starts buzzing, got it fixed, few months later same symptom.... TV's used to last a lot longer but that's not good for yearly profit reports... If your not buying a new one every 2-3 years max the corporate engine just isn't going to be happy....you lemmings better not dissappont the 1%ers :P

about a year ago
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Interview With Professor Potrykus, Inventor of Golden Rice

freeschwag Re:Natural Selection anyone ??? (400 comments)

whoops posted anon by accident, referencing the sig that isn't there....Epic fail self...Epic fail....

about a year ago
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Uber Tip-Skimming Allegations Could Spark National Class Action

freeschwag This is not the Tip you are looking for. (167 comments)

What tips? Am I doing it wrong or mistaken? I was under the impression Uber is an all inclusive, slick googlemap enabled app to summon a black car, autobilled to CC, jump in , get to destination, get out. No tip requested or required.

1 year,2 days
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Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

freeschwag Other... (627 comments)

Backtrack 5 (technically a Ubuntu release) but stands on its own as a wondrously fabulous tool

1 year,21 days
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Patent Trolls Seeking Wi-fi License Fees?

freeschwag BEST Defense Ever!!! (347 comments)

One my ex bitches wrote me a bad check...CA law puts a lot of power in your hands if you get a bad check. However you have to contact them by registered mail with the legal document saying they owe you double the amount. The best defense? All she did was refuse the letter. You power goes out the window. Nothing to do past that but small claims court. I have yet to see a penny that is owed me.

If you don't know the sender, don't accept registered mail, there is no legal requirement to do so. Return to sender, you've never been notified of whatever is in the letter, no problem. :)

about a year and a half ago
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Europe's Largest IT Company To Ban Internal Email

freeschwag forced email (601 comments)

we are forced, and push it on upper management, to keep everyone on the straight and narrow. Otherwise, backstabbers galore would have open season to blame anyone for almost anything.

Boss: What? I didn't tell you to buy new computers last week, oh yeah? well prove it or yer fired for unauthorized expenditure of funds.....

Lackey: Here's the email boss, now lets go talk to YOUR supervisor :P

more than 2 years ago
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Adobe Putting PDF Reader In a Sandbox

freeschwag software noob but... (225 comments)

IANAMCSE but.....(I am not an MCSE :) )
Is there just no possible way to develop software that is NOT exploitable?

more than 4 years ago
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Warships May Get Lasers For Close-In Defense

freeschwag laaame video (482 comments)

Really? do they really think we all believe the Navy/Raytheon has the same video capability as say, 1957?
Black and white splotchy jerky dropped frames....really, are the lemmings really that gullible?
Come on now, my phone takes better video then that....
Why am I betting dollars to doughnuts that was highly doctored to fuzz out details, considering camera tech these days, it would be exceedingly difficult to make a video that bad with out significant digital intervention.

more than 4 years ago
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Working Toward a Universal Power Brick For Laptops

freeschwag This will never fly, accessories are big $$$ (365 comments)

Why, because the accessories market is a billion dollar enterprise. Can I get the same standard connector deal on cell phone power connectors too (this topics been tackled on /. a few times if I recall.) For example: WTF, why did they flatten the standard microUSB from Razor ver 1 to Razor ver 2?Not like the new one was uber thin and needed that flatter connector, but sure as shit, I had to buy a new car adaptor, and unless you get a cheap chinese knockoff on eBay those things sell for an assraping $30-50 in the ATT (Anal sTreTching) store.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Intel Wants To Network Your Clothes Dryer

freeschwag Really, all good intentions aside... (330 comments)

"Ultimately, it's not only about saving money, but also reducing load on the electricity grid by removing needless power use."
Bullshit, ultimately it's about intel finding a technical niche for some bling gadgetry that they can envision selling to most every home in the country if not world, are we so lazy we can't turn off our own TV? Pretty much, who gives a shit how much power the dryer uses? ALOT, mine pops a dedicated 20 amp breaker regularly. I ususally run it just as I'm going to bed so way off of peak hours, just for my convenience really, not due to any conscious effort of when "peak hours" are. We're all getting "smart meters" here in San Diego soon, so you can google your power usage anyway, doesn't that make this tech pretty much moot?

more than 4 years ago
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Is Cyberwarfare Fiction?

freeschwag What is it like No Such Agency? Come on.... (205 comments)

Um aren't there any gov'y related peeps on this board?
Fiction? not hardly, Cyber-warfare quite some time ago became the 4th official platform just like other kinds (Sea, Air, Land) many years ago and the Air Force has an entire division with standard command structure in place.

more than 4 years ago
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Will Adobe Sue Apple Over Flash?

freeschwag Re:I'm not conflicted (980 comments)

BAH I'm with em NO FLASH ADS, oh wait, they just introduced the new iAD api in the latest firmware...eff me..

Why isn't my cell service free when my effing screen has more ads than cable TV? Oh I pay for that too. dang.

They eff you in the drivethru that's all I gotta say.

more than 4 years ago
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What Be Yer Favorite Talk Like A Pirate Day Phrase?

freeschwag Some good lines I've heard of late... (415 comments)

Arrr, I need some Taaar Taaar sauce for me fish sticks, matey!

When I was a wee lad, I used to play with lil green Arrrrmy men.

I've got a few other's, but it's just downhill from there... :P

more than 6 years ago

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