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FBI Investigates 'Sophisticated' Cyber Attack On JP Morgan, 4 More US Banks

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Honest question from a non-USian (98 comments)

Back in the mid-90's, when I just getting started, the web development company I was working for in Chicago got hacked via some remote exploit in IRIX. It was a small business with only six people, but the local FBI branch did send an agent over to collect information when we notified them of the breach.

4 days ago

How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Development cycle (232 comments)

I've been using *nix systems for about 23 years so maybe I'm just old school, but what exactly is so difficult about compiling and packaging third-party software yourself?

These days most everything uses autotools and it's pretty simple to create the necessary files for the packaging system.

As for support, isn't that why you hire experienced people that can help themselves?

5 days ago

The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Incredibly wise advice (119 comments)

I think the takeaway here is to not work on your birthday.

5 days ago

US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:How to regulate something that is unregulateabl (172 comments)

As long as you keep your private key secure no one can take your Bitcoins. You can generate your private key on a non-networked computer and write it down, then transfer your coins to the public address.

Assuming you trust your printer, Mycelium is working on a USB plug to make paper wallets.

about a month ago

New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations

h4ck7h3p14n37 Thanks, but no thanks (121 comments)

we believe that setting up common sense rules of the road is vital to the long-term future of the virtual currency industry, as well as the safety and soundness of customer assets.(We think the situation at Mt. Gox, for example, made that very clear.)

It seems to me the Bitcoin community has been doing just fine without regulatory "assistance". Sure some people got burned by Mt. Gox, but I'm okay with that being one of the risks if it allows me to avoid government meddling. The State is a hell of a lot more of a threat to me than some shyster like Karpeles.

about a month and a half ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Only because they're stupid. (435 comments)

Of course, the FBI has way too many people that need to deal with technology that really don't understand it in the slightest. Years ago I had to disappoint an FBI agent that I was helping by explaining to him how things really worked. He was getting samples from all the different printers so that they could make a database to identify what printer printed something like they used to do with typewriters. I had to explain to him that the fonts are totally programmable and have no unique characteristics to that printer. Also, that the inks and toners are actually made by only a handful of companies, and are again, not unique to the printer. He was very disappointing with the information.

Maybe that's why some printers add secret watermarks to their output?

about a month and a half ago

FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:don't drive with nobody in it? (435 comments)

Why stop at cars? Once this technology is developed we could have things like roaming vending machines, automated fast-food stations, small courier bots, etc.

about a month and a half ago

Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:This makes sense. (280 comments)

Years ago I went through a SOX compliance process for a B2B website I worked on. I can't recall the name of the auditor, but it was one of the giant companies in Chicago. They sent us a clearly green auditor who had apparently taken some internal courses in how to perform an audit of computer systems (and billed a ridiculous hourly rate). One of the controls they insisted on was routine password expiration. When I challenged the auditor as to explain how it improved our security posture, they were unable to come up with any response other than that's what they were told was necessary. I suspect 90 days became the standard because the biggest auditors said so.

about a month and a half ago

Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:E-mail? (346 comments)

Many large companies automatically encrypt emails with a certain keyword in the subject line. The large investment bank I worked at used to do this.

What's shocking to me is that the contractor was able to reach gmail at all. We were restricted to only connecting approved devices to the corporate network and could not access any websites unless we were connected to the bank's VPN and were routed through their filtering proxy.

about 2 months ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

h4ck7h3p14n37 fvwm2 ftw! (611 comments)

I just need something simple that gives me virtual desktops and the ability to launch xterms.

about 3 months ago

OKCoin Raises $10 Million To Become China's Largest Bitcoin Exchange

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:The point of an exchange (48 comments)

An exchange is a place where buyers and sellers can meet to do business and where the price of goods is determined. You place an order with the exchange and it tries to fulfill your order given the other orders in the system. Some exchanges allow you to trade on margin, where you're only required to post a portion of the money for your deals and the exchange covers the rest. Exchanges make their money by charging a small fee per transaction.

Say you want to buy 100 Bitcoins, you open an account with an exchange and fund it via some method like cashier's check, money order, wire transfer, credit card or cash. You can then enter various types of orders. A market order would be fulfilled at whatever price the market happens to be at, while a limit order would specify a certain price (or better). Now, there may be no one on the exchange able to fulfill your order of 100 bitcoins, but there may be ten people who can sell you 10 each, or maybe two people with 50, etc. The exchange will manage this all for you. If you placed a limit order and no one is around to sell you those last 10 bitcoins at the price you wanted, then that part of your order will go unfulfilled.

An exchange is not a bank! You should not keep assets in your exchange account unless they are actively used to trade.

about 5 months ago

Obama Administration Transparency Getting Worse

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Most Transparent Ever! (152 comments)

Given that very large percentages of the population can't be bothered to cast a ballot during elections, how can you claim that money in politics is the problem?

about 5 months ago

US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Fuck religion. (903 comments)

It Depends on the religion. Some sects of Christianity allow contraception (e.g. Methodists), while others, like the Roman Catholic Church, do not.

about 8 months ago

US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Fuck religion. (903 comments)

No, the whole point of health insurance, like any type of insurance, is to hedge against risk. Risk pooling is just one way of helping to ensure it's profitable to issue policies. If I decide I don't want to risk having to pay for cancer treatments, I can pay a premium for an insurance policy to hedge against the risk of developing cancer. If I know I'm not going to be having children, why would I pay a premium for maternity coverage?

An individual should absolutely be able to choose which risks he wants to hedge against and which risks he doesn't. That's the big problem with the minimum essential coverage requirements in the Patent Protection and Affordable Care Act, it forces everyone to pay for coverage they may neither need, nor want. Insurance does not equate to healthcare, although people like to confuse the two. You can always pay cash for services. If I'm relatively young and healthy, with plenty of cash in the bank, it may make sense for me to carry a high deductible catastrophic plan that does not cover routine services that I can pay for with cash.

If the goal is universal health coverage, then we should be opening free clinics, new medical schools and offering scholarships to people who want to be trained. The PPACA did none of this, it was simply more regulations on an already over-regulated industry.

about 8 months ago

How long do your computer mice last?

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Who uses mice? (361 comments)

I agree, the Logitech Trackman Marble FX rocks. I've got two that I bought back in the 90's and I'm thinking about buying some more off eBay.

I never understood why Logitech stopped producing them, or why someone else didn't license/copy the design. Fits the hand and wrist well, the large ball has some heft and spins freely and I found the thumb cutout useful for finer movements.

about 9 months ago

First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Gross, but... (618 comments)

It's not just opiates. There are plenty of classes of drugs where ignorant physicians prescribe inappropriately and get people addicted or harmed. Then the doctor blames the patient for the problem he created, labels them "junkie", refuses to see them or help with a taper which then pretty much forces them to seek out the black market.

Read up on what happened to the people who got hooked on Paxil before the physicians knew it was addictive. Doctors actually told people their withdrawal symptoms were due to mental illness and kept on prescribing. Or read some stories of people who were prescribed benzodiazepines incorrectly and lost years of their memories.

about a year ago

First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Gross, but... (618 comments)

Gee, you think? It appears that American society has collectively learned nothing from the Prohibition days.

Rather than trying to understand why people use drugs or doing something to help people, society at large just likes to judge and label them "losers". For a supposedly "Christian" nation this is pretty f'ing pathetic.

I live in Chicago and have seen what happens to people when they can't get access to treatment or when they decide to take a trip to the 'hood for their fix. Most of the addicts I have known have wanted to quit, but the help's not there for them in many cases. One of my ex-girlfriends died from an overdose a few years ago. Thankfully some of the other people I knew were able to get clean after many years of trying.

We should be pursuing harm reduction strategies, but again, these are just "losers", so it's good if they die. Right?

about a year ago

Robotic Bartender Programmed To Recognize When You Are Ready For a Drink

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Put even more people out of work (90 comments)

Don't most people expect to converse with their bartender? How's that going to work?

Hello patron, my name is bartender Sbaitso.
I am here to help you.
Say whatever is in your mind freely,
Our conversation will be kept in strict confidence.
Memory contents will be wiped off after you leave,
So, tell me about your problems.

about a year ago

Emotional Attachment To Robots Could Affect Battlefield Outcome

h4ck7h3p14n37 Robot? I'd have an AbuseBot. (194 comments)

Based on my past history of swearing at and smacking tech gear (it works!), I'm pretty sure any robot I worked with or acquired would suffer nothing but abuse from me.

And what's with people trying to make robots cute? I want mine to look mean as hell, remember Maximilian from the Black Hole? That guy was freakin' awesome!

Granted, I've been attached to some of my cars and felt really shitty when I crashed one, but it's just a car. It can be fixed and there are others out there.

about a year ago

What's your favorite medium for Sci-Fi?

h4ck7h3p14n37 Missing option: short story (322 comments)

Holodeck was an option, but not short story? I'm offended.

about a year ago



Network Solutions DNS is Screwed Up

h4ck7h3p14n37 h4ck7h3p14n37 writes  |  about 6 years ago

h4ck7h3p14n37 (926070) writes "It looks like Network Solutions has managed to really mess up their DNS servers. Not only are they returning incorrect results for valid domains, but they're also returning results for invalid domains.

dwiest@dfwdamian.vail: dig ; > DiG 9.3.3 > ; (1 server found) ;; global options: printcmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER> DiG 9.3.3 > invalid.domain ; (1 server found) ;; global options: printcmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER

There's an article over at InfoWorld about this."


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