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Ask Slashdot: Cyber Insurance. Solution Or Snake Oil?

iivel Re: Windows == negligence (71 comments)

Way to pick a 10 year old OS. Current NIST and US-CERT advisories have everyone on a pretty even playing field. Unless we're going to have our office personnel running secure BSD, OS comparison is pointless without discussing overall governance.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Cyber Insurance. Solution Or Snake Oil?

iivel Re: Really? That's a question? (71 comments)

Law of diminishing returns. There are a few good journal papers looking at the optimum investments into IS from game theoric and other modeled approaches In short: at some point the economic investment of continued improvement is offset by the likelihood of that vulnerability being exploited. At that point if the risk is still above an acceptable level your only real option is transference.

about a year ago
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The Leap: Gesture Control Like Kinect, But Cheaper and Higher Resolution

iivel Re:What's wrong with keyboards? (192 comments)

Personally, I'll be registering for a developer kit; or buying one outright to help a friend of mine with ALS. Since she's severely limited in movement, the ability to control her computer (and thereby much of her enviornment) via small recognizable gestures would be a drastic improvement for her quality of life.

more than 2 years ago
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Industry IT Security Certification Proposed

iivel Re:Oh good. (102 comments)

And funny enough, the Microsoft implementation of the Rijndael algorithm still hasn't been verified as FIPS 140-2 compliant - so you have to run 3DES (even on a server 2008 system). Try enabling it sometime and running a .NET website ... great and useless precompilation messages. HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa\FIPSAlgorithmPolicy\Enabled

more than 3 years ago
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Recent HP Laptops Shipped CPU-Choking Wi-Fi Driver

iivel Re:Uneeded to start with. (243 comments)

Except that the wireless zero configuration utility has a defect allowing retrieval of WEP/WPA keys and should never be used on a system where any form of security is an issue.

http://secunia.com/advisories/17064/

more than 3 years ago
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America Losing Its Edge In Innovation

iivel Re:Only... (757 comments)

That's not a new theory in organizational behaviour and group dynamics. Machivelli wrote on this very subject and given the choice it is better to rule by fear - by fear you gain respect, you just must be careful not to let it fall into hate.

Much research has also been done that shows that personality is much more important than intelligence when developing leadership traits when attempting to influence people (OB by Kreitner and Kinicki [2008] is a good read on the reasearch that supports your statement) ... though it is not just a US thing.

more than 3 years ago
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America Losing Its Edge In Innovation

iivel Re:They once were (757 comments)

Reply to myself ... yes I realize that there are professional terminal degrees that end in a doctorate now (such as in pharmacology, engineering, eduction, etc.), and that in some countries (the UK for example) the PhD is distinct from other doctorates. I'm not certain that it makes a difference to the argument though.

more than 3 years ago
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America Losing Its Edge In Innovation

iivel Re:They once were (757 comments)

Just to note: "Doctor" is a reserved title for anyone that has completed postgraduate studies in any derivative field of philosophy (PhD).

This is the argument that often shows up when discussing engineering. A degree in any field of engineering would make one an engineer, as would (IMO) enough experience with the concepts in the field/applicable industry certification. Being an MD on the other hand is like being a PE ... a very specific type of doctor.

more than 3 years ago
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America Losing Its Edge In Innovation

iivel Re:They once were (757 comments)

No, if someone has a PE then they are a PE. There are other internationally recognized forms of engineering.

engineer [en-juh-neer] –noun
1. a person trained and skilled in the design, construction, and use of engines or machines, or in any of various branches of engineering: a mechanical engineer; a civil engineer.
2. a person who operates or is in charge of an engine.
3. Also called locomotive engineer. Railroads . a person who operates or is in charge of a locomotive.
4. a member of an army, navy, or air force specially trained in engineering work.
5. a skillful manager: a political engineer.

–verb (used with object)
6. to plan, construct, or manage as an engineer: He's engineered several big industrial projects.
7. to design or create using the techniques or methods of engineering: The motor has been engineered to run noiselessly.
8. to arrange, manage, or carry through by skillful or artful contrivance: He certainly engineered the election campaign beautifully.

Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, etc. are all valid uses of the term and have equivilent education/certification to a PE that is recognized internationally. (Maybe not in specific countries [that use the term engineer very specifically] true, but in general - unless you'd like to go back a few centuries and redifine engineering ...)

more than 3 years ago
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Google Releases Software To Iran

iivel Re:Home of the Free (286 comments)

This decision came down in Terry v. Ohio. Note in the decision that the scope of the "frisk" does not constitute a search and must only be used to find weapons.

"In this case, for example, the Ohio Court of Appeals stated that 'we must be careful to distinguish that the "frisk" authorized herein includes only a "frisk" for a dangerous weapon. It by no means authorizes a search for contraband, evidentiary material, or anything else in the absence of reasonable grounds to arrest. Such a search is controlled by the requirements of the Fourth Amendment, and probable cause is essential.' " (392 U.S. 1, at 16, Fn 12, quoting State v. Terry, 5 Ohio App. 2d 122, at 130)

more than 3 years ago
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Google Releases Software To Iran

iivel Re:Home of the Free (286 comments)

The "identify" portion of the law doesn't allow them to require ID though (unless operating a motor vehicle or some other specific situations). The supreme court has weighed in on this one and has been understood to mean that verbally stating your name/address or other required information is enough. See Hibel v. Sixth Juicial Court of Nevada.

more than 3 years ago
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New Bill Would Put DHS In Charge of 'Critical' Private Networks

iivel Re:Wording is vague. (193 comments)

Most of the DHS standards come from combined work with NIST, US-CERT and the NSA. They're all pretty good at what they do.

more than 3 years ago
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Gigabit Wireless Will Link Smartphones To TVs

iivel Re:OK, great (75 comments)

I'm in a similar boat to the AC. Our shop has everyone running dual-30" monitors at 2560x1600. The "high-performance" Dell workstations that we have use the Quattro cards (with dual DisplayPort +1 DVI-D).

Monitors are the Dell btw .. I do think they are a bit on the overpricy side; but as has been discussed in numerous /. threads - not much is going into the DPI increases of larger screens since 1080p & therefore the price isn't dropping.

more than 3 years ago
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Gigabit Wireless Will Link Smartphones To TVs

iivel Re:OK, great (75 comments)

Why differentiate between TVs and monitors when looking at the near future? They are so close to convergance and the volimnous content available online will have the tuner portion that makes it a TV nearly moot.

Additionally, anyone using resolutions/frequencies higher thatn 1920x1200 60Hz can appreciate DisplayPort.

more than 3 years ago
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Meet NELL, the Computer That Learns From the Net

iivel Re:Project Page (272 comments)

There is some truth to your statement, but there are a number of sites dedicated to scholarly works or reference data. Google scholar is a good starting point for many things, findlaw provides access to court decisions and interpretations, and any number of sites are dedicated to journals and scholarly publications (even in the field of science).

Now if you're getting to all of your news sources through fark or /. --- yeah, you're out of luck.

Point being; if you know where to look there are tons of valuable educational and reference resources to be found on the net (didn't /. do a review on an online set of courses not long ago). I've been listening to this series as of late: http://webcast.berkeley.edu/course_details.php?seriesid=1906978371 , though I hear that Harvard has a good set of podcasts available as well.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels?

iivel Re:Solution (1140 comments)

Or...run your monitor in a non-native resolution - sure they won't look perfect, but depending on your hardware it certainly is doable.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels?

iivel Re:Losing resolution (1140 comments)

Agreed. I have 2x DELL 30" monitors on my dev system. Each is running at 2560x1600 --- I've never had so much screen real estate.

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs Tries To Sneak Shurikens On a Plane

iivel Re:and... (661 comments)

Yep; the secure area of the airport is "secure" ... that's why flights returning from overseas have to be rescreened and baggage handlers don't require any "real" background investigation.

about 4 years ago

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