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Using Google Maps To Intercept FBI and Secret Service Calls

g0es Not in jail? (137 comments)

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong but it seems that he violate wiretap laws by listening in to the conversation. Neither party knew he was listening in. I would have though for sure they would have charged him for listening which in reality wasn't necessary to prove his point.

about 7 months ago

Should companies start using drones for common tasks, like package delivery?

g0es Re:Bad choice for delivery. (378 comments)

Drones, at least the quad copter style, cannot fly level,. They must tilt in the direction of travel. It makes them a poor choice for any package that must stay level. So for Amazon, fine, for Dominoes it would be a disaster.

Wouldn't it be simple enough to resolve this issue with fitting the "claw" that holds the pizza on a gimbal so the pizza can remain level during flight?

about 9 months ago

City's IT Infrastructure Brought To Its Knees By Data Center Outage

g0es Re:Or... (102 comments)

Well it seems that they had the redundant systems in the same building. when designing redundant systems its best to avoid common mode failure when ever possible.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Low Cost Way To Maximize SQL Server Uptime?

g0es SQL 2012 (284 comments)

You may want to look at what they are doing with avalibility groups. You can avoid the shared storage with avaliblity groups and could cut your hardware costs a bit. assuming you your software support SQL 2012. Link

more than 2 years ago

NoSQL Document Storage Benefits and Drawbacks

g0es Disappointing (96 comments)

I was really hoping for a more in-depth description of what NOSQL has to offer over other DB options.

more than 2 years ago

IT Positions Some of the Toughest Jobs To Fill In US

g0es of course (886 comments)

Working in IT in most organizations is soul sucking.

more than 2 years ago

Researchers Can Generate RSA SecurID Random Numbers Flawlessly

g0es What you have (98 comments)

I have never understood why software tokens have been allowed to be considered a "factor" in multi factor authentication. Particulary when it is stored on the same laptop/computer that the user is utilizing to connect to the secure resource. Doesn't it make more sense to have each factor seperated by an air gap or alternate communiation channel? That way if the system where the users is typing a password is compromised only the password is compromissed with possibly the ping from the token which would be a one time key. Even if the one time key and the password are comprimised the attacker basicly has to use it at the same time.

more than 2 years ago

NY Judge Rules IP Addresses Insufficient To Identify Pirates

g0es Re:To be fair.... (268 comments)

And as for people who run unlocked wireless routers and let anybody in the neighborhood utilize their bandwidth, I have zero sympathy.

Right, because we should expect 100% of the US population to understand network security and know how to properly secure a wifi router. Makes perfect sense!

Exactly, and i will take it one step further. What if they do thier best to secure their device but it only allows the use of protocols with know security issues. Think WEP when that was about all there was for a home user. Hell my parents got a new cable modem/router/access point from their ISP and the thing only supprted WEP. That was last year! I also think people should be able to share their wifi with whoever they want and not have to worry about being held responsible for what someone else does with it.

more than 2 years ago

NY Judge Rules IP Addresses Insufficient To Identify Pirates

g0es Seems Optimistic... (268 comments)

that it will stem the tied of frivolus mass lawsuits. My guess is they will just pick a different tactic. I suspect that we will see some court decisions and or laws past that will make the person paying for the service assocated with the IP address responsible for all traffic that is sent or received.

more than 2 years ago

Does Telecommuting Make You Invisible?

g0es yes (275 comments)

I only work one day from home a week and I miss out on a lot. I find that I have to pester people far more often to get updates about projects or issues.

more than 2 years ago

What's Keeping You On Windows?

g0es Work (1880 comments)

I primarily OS X and Linux at home but I continue to use Windows at work so I keep test systems around at home to keep up on the latest Microsoft technology. Every IT shop I have worked at out of college has been all Microsoft.

more than 2 years ago

US Wants Cybersecurity Protection Plan For Cars

g0es Great Idea (87 comments)

Though I would guess that the automotive industry will effectively bribe, oops I mean lobby, any stiff requirements that DOT would require of them based on the roadmap.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Curbs Wi-Fi Location Database

g0es Can't normaly be changed? (69 comments)

Really? Last time I checked even most windows NIC drivers allowed you to change the MAC address. Granted it's still set on the card for this purpose it could be adjusted pretty easily.

more than 3 years ago

Banks Faulted For Fake Antivirus Scourge

g0es Re:Payment processors need RICOing (117 comments)

Credit card payment processing is the ideal complicity/trace/choke point for much of the world of spam and crimeware.

Why doesn't the FBI turn the next prosecution into a RICO prosecution and drag a payment processor and/or bank and some of its executives into the prosecution?

A few 20 year jail sentences and $250,000 fines plus forfeitures would make many processors think twice about their "man in the middle" role.

Spam and scareware wouldn't be worth doing if you couldn't get paid for them -- no matter how scared I am, I can't manage to shove a $20 into my monitor.

I don't see them ever making the banks accountable for this. Hell they didn't even make them accountable for the mess they created with the mortgage crisis. The banking industry just has to much power and will argue that putting checks in place to prevent this will inhibit free trade and would be a burden to them. But hell lets try and see what happens. I would love to see them take some responsibility.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft's Hottest New Profit Center: Android

g0es Re:Wasn't TomTom one of them too? (276 comments)

From what I remember Tom Tom was Linux based and Microsoft went after them because of the file system they implemented for map storage which i believe was FAT based.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft's Hottest New Profit Center: Android

g0es Patents (276 comments)

Anyone have any links on exactly what these patents are? I find the patent system incredibly frustrating. It would be one thing if these patents weren't so vague and open to interpretation, but with the way they currently are how the hell can you even create something that doesn't infringe on someone's patent? I guess I would fee differently if I had patents to profit from.

more than 3 years ago

Drug Vending Machines

g0es What could go wrong (97 comments)

It's a clever idea, but what is making sure they take the drugs?

about 5 years ago

Subverting PIN Encryption For Bank Cards

g0es Federal reserve (182 comments)

The Federal reserve banks should be pushing for a standardized way to handle the communication between all the competing banks, much like how they handle checks with Check21.

more than 5 years ago


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