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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

fsagx Re:Oh it gets better (490 comments)

So it's grazing irony, not center-of-mass double-tap irony.

Putting in my rhetorical ammo box for future use. Thanks!

about two weeks ago

Does Journal Peer Review Miss Best and Brightest?

fsagx Re:Statistical studies (139 comments)

Change that to "One weird trick" and you've got click-bait gold.

about a month ago

Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

fsagx As effective as the Iraqi bomb detector? (158 comments)

The ADE 651 is a fake bomb detector[1] produced by ATSC (UK), which claimed that the device could effectively and accurately, from long range, detect the presence and location of various types of explosives, drugs, ivory, and other substances. The device has been sold to 20 countries in the Middle East and Far East, including Iraq and Afghanistan, for as much as $60,000 per unit. The Iraqi government is said to have spent £52 million ($85 million) on the devices.


about 5 months ago

Google Using YouTube Threat As Leverage For Cheaper Streaming Rights

fsagx Re:worked in the old days (197 comments)

Karma Sutra

LOL. Another way of saying that what goes around comes around, I guess.

about 8 months ago

SpaceX Cargo Capsule Leaves Space Station For Home

fsagx Re:2 tons? (56 comments)

Because nearly everyone forgets about the slug.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Which NoSQL Database For New Project?

fsagx Re:Use PostgreSQL (272 comments)

idempotence is important!

about 9 months ago

Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

fsagx Re:That's it (243 comments)

Just remember to add one byte to the end of any questionable file --> new hash, no takedown.

dd if=/dev/zero count=1 bs=1 >> old_file_gets_new_hash.mp4

about 10 months ago

CEO Says One Laptop Per Child Project Has Achieved Its Goals

fsagx Re:How many... (54 comments)

Not mine. The trackpad stopped working about 2 years ago. I don't know about the other 2,499,999. It was an interesting rugged design, though I was disappointed that they didn't follow through with the early hand crank powered concept.

about 10 months ago

"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

fsagx Re:M$ has repeated it's sins (742 comments)

Nothing sets a mind into cement like being forced into something painful repeatedly.

It's called a "Conditioned Response" and becomes automatic. Hence the term "knee-jerk reaction".

People tend to teach their kids to avoid something that they had to learn the hard way in an attempt to spare them the suffering they had to endure themselves.

I'm still smarting from the double-whammy of Code Red and Nimda.

about a year ago

VA Tech Experiment: Polar Vortex May Decimate D.C. Stinkbugs In 2014

fsagx What about the other vermin in DC? (112 comments)

All the breathless Polar Vortex talk reminds me of yesteryear when the local TV weather people discovered the big, bad "El Nino."

about a year ago

Government Secrecy Spurs $4 Million Lawsuit Over Simple 'No Fly' List Error

fsagx Re:Hubris and Pride (239 comments)

Often an agent will try to fill out a form, hoping that another exceptional agent will catch it. Finally, it goes to court.

about a year ago

Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

fsagx Re:I don't get sperm donation (644 comments)

Donating sperm to two lesbians is a common theme in pornography. Maybe this guy watched too much, and his judgement was adversely effected in this case:

"Two chicks on craigslist want my sperm! Hmmm....."

1 year,22 hours

Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

fsagx Re:Ghostbusters FTW (692 comments)

Q: Have you ever been convicted of a felony?
A: Convicted? ...No.

Q: Are either of you homosexuals?
A: ...no...but we are willing to learn.

1 year,5 days

Interview: Ask Forrest Mims About Rockets, Electronics, and Engineering

fsagx Agreed. Good stuff. (120 comments)

I still have the copies I bought in the 80s. I learned more from these books than from the EE course (the intro EE course all engineers have to take).

about a year ago

Scientists Uncover 3,700-Year-Old Wine Cellar

fsagx Now the fields are dead and bare (122 comments)

Now the fields are dead and bare
No joie de vivre anywhere
Et maintenant we drink a bitter wine...

about a year ago



The PC's Death Might Also Mean the Web's Demise

fsagx fsagx writes  |  1 year,11 days

fsagx (1936954) writes "Keith Rabois thinks so, and he’s not alone. PayPal mafioso Rabois has a good tech track record. After his early involvement in PayPal, he helped bootstrap LinkedIn.

the web is just the long tail of apps that you haven't installed yet.

twitter will be for content. The web is going away because laptops and browsers are.

nobody is going to be using the web soon.

The gist of the argument is this: as app-happy mobile devices become the primary way we compute, the good old browser becomes irrelevant. The hyperlinked, free-flowing, egalitarian, and ubiquitous world wide web will fade away. We will still have the internet, but it won’t be the same wherever you use it. And some will have more power over it than others."
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New Standard for Website Authentication Proposed: SQRL (Secure QR Login)

fsagx fsagx writes  |  about a year ago

fsagx (1936954) writes "Steve Gibson, from the Security Now podcast, has proposed a new standard method for website authentication. The SQRL system (pronounced “squirrel”) eliminates problems inherent in traditional login techniques.The website's login presents a QR code containing the URL of its authentication service, plus a nonce. The user's smartphone signs the login URL using a private key derived from its master secret and the URL's domain name. The Smartphone sends the matching public key to identify the user, and the signature to authenticate it. It may be used alongside of traditional username/password to ease adoption."
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Feds put heat on Web firms for master encryption keys

fsagx fsagx writes  |  about a year and a half ago

fsagx (1936954) writes "The U.S. government has attempted to obtain the master encryption keys that Internet companies use to shield millions of users' private Web communications from eavesdropping. These demands for master encryption keys, which have not been disclosed previously, represent a technological escalation in the clandestine methods that the FBI and the National Security Agency employ when conducting electronic surveillance against Internet users."
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It's remarkably cheap to store the audio of millions of phone calls.

fsagx fsagx writes  |  about a year and a half ago

fsagx (1936954) writes "Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive calculates the cost to store every phone call made in the US over the course of a year. It's surprisingly inexpensive. It puts the recent NSA stories (and reports from the Boston bombings about the FBI's ability to listen to past phone conversions) into perspective."
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