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Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

healyp Free Credit Monitoring for Life! (111 comments)

Target offered a free year of credit monitoring after last year's breach and now this. As long as one major retailer makes the same mistake every year we'll all have free credit monitoring for life!

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

healyp Re:Don't. (408 comments)

Depends on the state. If you're traveling with a weapon through Massachusetts and that weapon is stolen from you and then used to commit a murder- you will end up standing trial for murder with the thief who stole your weapon.

about 7 months ago
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Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

healyp Re:Regular Wallet (272 comments)

It's my hope that we can get past all of that as well. GEICO, Cigna and Liberty Mutual have apps for your insurance cards already. I'm hoping that one day the various DMVs can move to an electronic ID card as well. It works for Estonia doesn't it?

about 7 months ago
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Vast Surveillance Network Powered By Repo Men

healyp Re:The solution (352 comments)

I was attempting to compile a Haar Cascade for license plates- roughly following this: http://note.sonots.com/SciSoft... It took weeks to get to stage 13 before I shut it down. I'll have to take another look at it and prune my sample data one of these days.

about 10 months ago
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New York Turns Rest Stops Into 'Texting Zones'

healyp Re:This makes no sense. (165 comments)

Yea, but it does sound like a really excellent way to spend millions of dollars on new road signs.

about a year ago
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Cadillac SRX Converted Into Self-Driving Car

healyp Re:this is why (149 comments)

Too true. I've seen more than a few boneheads execute that maneuver.

about a year ago
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Sprint May Have Unlimited Data Plans, But Not Unlimited Customers

healyp Re:t-mobile is the best low cost carrier (207 comments)

I would check the local coverage maps before you make that decision. I have T-Mobile and their coverage is still awful outside of the big cities.

They are by far the cheapest big name provider. I have a $30 unlimited data/text + 100 voice minute pre-paid plan. At .10/min after that you could go over by another 150 minutes and still come in cheaper than the next cheapest option, or supplement with Hangouts/Skype/etc. and not go over at all.

None of the other providers comes close to the price, I have a Nexus 4 so I only have GSM to choose from AT&T's offering is not unlimited, it only includes 2GB of (if you don't add any more with a data package) and that's $60/mo, A comparable Simple Mobile plan(unlimited, first 4GB at 4G) it's $60 Straight Talk has an "unlimited web access" plan for $45, still more expensive than the $30 with T-Mo.

But again, my phone becomes almost completely unusable anywhere outside of the NYC Metro or inside a big building since the T-Mo frequencies don't penetrate buildings well.

about a year ago
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Tor Tests Undetectably Encrypted Connections In Iran

healyp Re:Automated steganography (157 comments)

This is true of AIM buddy icons as well. Back in the day I tried my damnedest to insert secret messages into my buddy icon but it kept getting reprocessed every time.

more than 2 years ago
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Evolution Of Debian Package Dependencies Resemble Predator-Prey Relationships

healyp Re:Genesis 1:1 (58 comments)

Why would God be using sudo?

about 3 years ago
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How Windows Gets Infected With Malware

healyp Re:Java JRE (373 comments)

Why don't you update the DRAC firmware? Unless your DRAC's are beyond ancient. Why, just this week I went through the process of getting all our DRAC5 cards up to Firmware 1.60 and DRAC6 cards up to 1.70. Now they all work on any browser and on Linux even- though it does require the sun-java package on Linux, IcedTea/OpenJDK doesn't cut it.

more than 3 years ago
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Book Review: Scalability Rules

healyp Re:Don't mix the vendor networking gear? (54 comments)

Second this. In principle I'm against vendor lock in and shoddy support for standards, but when half the phones in the office go down because the Dell and "Cisco" Small Business(re-branded Linksys) switches stop recognizing VLAN settings from the D-Link...it starts to make sense why you want to keep the environmental variables to a minimum. Yes, this really happened. Replacing the Cisco and Dell with an old pair of D-Links made everything go back to normal.

more than 3 years ago
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NYC Mayor Wants Traffic Camera On Every Corner

healyp Re:Trying to get fired? (262 comments)

Says you. I thought he was doing the Hugo Chavez by amending the term limits and was planning to be Mayor For Life.

more than 3 years ago
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Installing Linux On a 386 Laptop

healyp Re:Heh... (260 comments)

Yea, I had to exclude ubuntu as well when I was picking a distro for an AT&T Globalyst 380TPC I was trying to get running, a 486 as well. Free/OpenBSD wouldn't install but NetBSD did, 5.1 the current version even.

more than 3 years ago
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Thunderbird Unseats Evolution In Ubuntu 11.10

healyp Excellent (283 comments)

Now if they'll just put pidgin back in instead of empathy.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: CS Degree Without Gen-Ed Requirements?

healyp Re:You underestimate the value (913 comments)

True dat. OP is looking for a trade school, which I don't disagree is a good way to go. Especially the way things are headed. It makes no sense to spend 100K+ on an education to graduate into a shit job market and spend the rest of eternity just trying to pay back the loans. If the goal is putting bacon on the table then he may be better off not putting in the money to get a degree.

But to your point, I finished my BS in CS last year and work in the field now, and to be quite honest the most important classes for me were not Computer Organization, Operating Systems, Programming Languages or even the Crypto/Security classes. Yes I would be less effective on the job without them, but I got much more out of my Ethics, Uptopian Literature, Science and Fiction Literature, Democratism and Anarchism classes. Those classes engaged critical reasoning skills, which surprise, surprise happens to be pretty fucking important in our field, no matter which end you are on Networking, SysAdmin or Developer. Plus Snow Crash and Hitchhiker's Guide were some of the assigned reading in the Lit class, and I never, ever would have even heard of White Noise, He, She and It, The Periodic Table which were also pretty excellent. Sure, appreciation for literature doesn't pay the bills, but you gotta enjoy something right?

I believe that attending a 4 year school isn't a decision to make on a whim as a career booster. Though the market has sort of dictated this, you should only be spending the effort on an advanced degree if the pursuit of knowledge, not a paycheck is what you're after. With such a heavy push on going to college these days the experience is becoming diluted and a lot of people who shouldn't be there are, and are stuck holding the bag of student loans when they're done - see College Inc.

TL;DR: If you want to be a technician that gets paid well for implementation/installation - save yourself the money and go to a trade school, or better yet get a union job. My uncle retired from NYCTA and has a banging pension the likes of which you'll probably never see again in the private sector

more than 3 years ago
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Turning Memories On/Off With the Flip of a Switch

healyp Re:For everyone looking at the FedEx arrow: (86 comments)

I've lost the game on account of /. more times than I can count. I don't keep account records of course because that would involve losing the game.

more than 3 years ago
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New Projects Use Phone Data To Track Big Cities' Mass Transit Use

healyp They already have and release ridership info (75 comments)

http://mta.info/persdashboard/performance14.html

http://www.mta.info/developers/

Though these are just aggregates of turnstile data, so they know that X people entered at Times square and Y people exited at prince within about a 4 hour resolution(the scheduled turnstile audits). The only new thing this scheme would add is to tie the specific entrances and exits together. I'm not sure how useful that actually is, you can extrapolate the most frequently ridden lines based on the aggregate entrances and exits from it. Plus to tie it to particular riders, anonymous or not is an AWFUL lot of data to process.

more than 3 years ago

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