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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

ironicsky enough (260 comments)

Three phones, two tablets, two laptops, a desktop, xbox1, smart tv, android tv box, printer

about 5 months ago

TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

ironicsky Re: Fishy (566 comments)

And a TPM chip, something not built in to all computers.

about 8 months ago

Xbox One Reputation System Penalizes Gamers Who Behave Badly

ironicsky Re:Bullying (183 comments)

Use Slashdot's moderation and meta moderation style system. One irate idiot cannot negatively impact the score of a post or a users reputation. Multiple people need to report the same thing for a score to hold, then the meta moderators determine if the score assigned to a post was justified or not.

I assume Microsoft won't allow a single person's review of another user to hold much weight until multiple users are reporting the same thing, Likewise, I assume that users with a good reputation down voting a bad player will have more klout than a user with a bad reputation trying to down vote another user.

about 10 months ago

Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

ironicsky Re:Without her permission? (367 comments)

As a parent, I will never give my kids school permission to access her cell phone, email accounts, Facebook or any other online account. If they have concern about the content of a post she makes, or a message she may have sent, they can raise the concern with me and I'll deal with it accordingly. If they track her online usage while at school, fine - all organizations do it, they have to from a liability standpoint, but demanding her password? I'll raise hell.

about 10 months ago

Google Blurring Distinction Between Ads and Organic Search Results

ironicsky No, not really (187 comments)

Yes, they got rid of the pinkish coloured background from top ads, and removed the separator from the side bar. But the ads are still separated by a grey line, have a yellow icon in front of the ad with the word "Ad" in it, and an exclamation mark in a circle beside the ad blocks. If you can't tell they are ads, you aren't paying attention.

about 10 months ago

School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

ironicsky Other Legit Reasons (417 comments)

Our company has three root certificates installed, and I can't find a single MITM on any domains.

There are other legit reasons for issuing internal root certs, such as accessing secure internal resources, like intranets, email, domain authentication, attendance/payroll systems, etc.

Try going to a secure site, like facebook, and check to see if the cert was hijacked, then you know for sure.

about a year ago

New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression

ironicsky Re:Seem Negligible (155 comments)

But it isn't 10%, its 2-6% :)

But I see the point, with large numbers of files served, it can add up.

about a year ago

New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression

ironicsky Re:Seem Negligible (155 comments)

I make regular contributions to charitable organizations on a regular basis. It gets deducted from my pay cheque every two weeks :)

about a year ago

New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression

ironicsky Seem Negligible (155 comments)

Seems like a negligible improvement. I mean really. With hard drive space plentiful, and bandwidth faster than most users can use at any given moment, saving 20-60Kb on a 1Mb file is like a fart in the wind, even for mobile users.

I'm with the AC in the first post, I use PNG for 90% of my images, since it supports transparency. The file may be slightly bigger, but who cares.

about a year ago

Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

ironicsky turn off the car? (664 comments)

I used to have a truck with a sticky gas peddle. As in I pushed it down and it didnt come back up. I quickly learned a secret... when it happened, I turned the truck off, dropped it to neutral, and breaked.

I knew that when I was 16. Why cant people figure that out 15 years later?

about a year ago

Target's Internal Security Team Warned Management

ironicsky customer service portal (236 comments)

Years ago I worked for one of the two big American cable companies currently merging. I identified a security flaw in the public facing side of their customer service portal, essentially giving access to all the config files, which contained admin credentials in plain text. I proposed simple solutions, like not allowing directory listings of folders, among others.

They shrugged it off, and to the best of my knowledge, last year the vulnerability was still accesaible

about a year ago

Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional

ironicsky Great in Theory (324 comments)

The app is great in theory, but horrible in implementation. I checked out the App Ops functionality and if you don't know what you are doing you can cripple your phone. The problem is it allows you to change the functionality of system apps and core services by denying them access to the device *oops*.

I definitely think this is a needed feature, but it needs to be implemented at installation of apps from the play store. When an app says "We'll need the following permissions" the user should be able to toggle off each one they dont want the app having access to, then use the traditional permissions manager to modify it in the future.. From the App Ops, I learned that Angry Birds accesses your location when you run it. For what user-supporting function? None... There is no reason why it needs access to my location. My Grocery Store locator? That needs access to my location, but not my contacts.

about a year ago

Chrome Will End XP Support in 2015; Firefox Has No Plans To Stop

ironicsky End of Life for XP in General (257 comments)

As of April 8th, 2014, Microsoft is ending all support for their 12 year old operating system. We can't continue to support legacy systems because people refuse to upgrade. There has been THREE full OS versions that have come out since XP. There are people still using Windows 98 and Windows ME, doesn't mean we still provide support for them.

about a year ago

Google's Encryption Plan To Stifle NSA's Dragnet Will Raise the Stakes

ironicsky Network Layer Encryption (216 comments)

I've never understood why encryption isn't already built in to everything we do in modern technology. As far as I am concerned the network card in your computer should generic a one-time public/private key pair for EACH connection it is making or receiving. The public key is transmitted to the other network device which uses it to encrypt the data to get sent back. Once a connection is closed the keys, salts, and other information is destroyed.

It would take a little extra computation on the hardware to make it happen, but the storage requirements for keeping the keys is minimal since each key would, in theory on exist for a few minutes before a connection is closed, and in the case of web traffic, a few seconds.

We could do a way with all sorts of things, like OS level encryption if it was built in by default - or keep it, and add a 2nd level of complexity to the data.

about a year ago

ZDNet Proclaims "Windows: It's Over"

ironicsky Correlation vs Causation? (863 comments)

Two things.

One, Correlation vs Causation? Another article I recently read stated that PC sales, as a whole are down. Why? Because computers built in the last 5 years are plenty powerful for most home users. My 4+ year old, quad core i7 with 8Gb of RAM and 2TB of disk space is alive and well, and fully capable of doing everything I could ever want it to do. Not to mention tablets hitting mainstream (http://newsstream.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/12/pc-sales-down-but-not-out/)

Because of this, I have no need to build a new system, and no need to buy a new OS. OS sales are largely dependent on OEM sales.

Two, every 2nd Windows OS sucks... That is how it has always been. It seems Microsoft does something different and it takes two generations before people accept it.
-Windows 3.1, Awesome
-Windows 95 - Blah
-Windows 98 - Awesome (Compared to the previous two)
-Windows ME - Set it on fire!
-Windows XP - Awesome
-Windows Vista - Blah
-Windows 7 - Awesome (When compared to every other version)
-Windows 8 - WTF?
-Windows ??? - Profit?

Windows is far from dead. Microsoft tried something new, like they did with the Ribbon in Office for Office 2007 - people HATED it. Now, I couldn't imagine using Office without the Ribbon. People hate change.

about 2 years ago

The Leap Motion Controller is Sort of Like a Super Kinect (Video)

ironicsky Re:You've attempted to impersonate me... apk (108 comments)

its a spam bot, best I can tell - its been posting it as first post to almost every article I've read on /. the last couple of days.

Hopefully the fine folks over at /. or Dice get around to blocking it sooner than later

about 2 years ago

Can You Really Hear the Difference Between Lossless, Lossy Audio?

ironicsky Why even use compression now? (749 comments)

Back in the 90's when people had 56k modems, a WAV file was huge (10Mbit per 1 minute of audio) but since then our connections are pushing 100Mbit/second+ (Canada on Shaw) , with a nice average of about 15-20Mbit/second - With this you could download a 3 minute wav (30Mbit) in 1-5 seconds. Yes, I know some people have poor quality providers, or slower connections around 1Mbit a second but still 30-60 seconds isn't bad.

The other limiting factor back then was small hard drives averaging around 50-80Gb which were around $500 in 1999/2000. Now, you can buy 3Tb of storage for $130. 3Tb is enough to store 104,857 - 3 minute WAV files.

Even 64Gb iPod Touches have enough storage for 15,000+ songs in WAV format.

about 2 years ago

US To Deploy Ballistic Missile Interceptors In Response To North Korean Threats

ironicsky A better use (266 comments)

For a billion dollars, couldn't they just fly over North Korea and blow their military and government institutions to the stone age? Hell, could probably be done for a lot less. Instead of waiting for Kim Jong Crazy the 2nd to try and attack North America, why not just stop him before he has a chance.

about 2 years ago

Is It Time To Enforce a Gamers' Bill of Rights?

ironicsky SimCity (469 comments)

With SimCity, I had no idea that it was forced cloud - 100% of the time. No where on the FAQ does it say that you must be online. I assumed that the cloud storage, and Live Service where there if you chose to use it. Like most games that require a central hub for multiplayer, I assumed this was the case here too, just to realize after that I couldn't play for 3 days. I still can't find anywhere that states the game is 100% online

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Employers Ban Smartphones?

ironicsky Re:Good luck (510 comments)

I disagree. You don't have to browse to pr0n sites and download the too good to be true unlimited free pr0n browser, you don't have to use bearshare to download files from people you don't know. If people stuck to reputable sites without going off the beaten path looking for grey area content they wouldn't get in trouble You wouldn't take candy from a stranger in the real world, and if someone said "Hey, I have this awesome 55" 4k TV, its yours for $1,000" You would probably be skeptical, considering they cost around $20,000. People seem to forget to apply the same judgement they use in the real world when deciding whether to trust someone or something to the digital world. Also, in the real world people tend to read warning signs a bit more carefully, online everyone just clicks "OK" when a popup happens without actually reading the message.

about 2 years ago



Mobile Device Security

ironicsky ironicsky writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ironicsky (569792) writes "(For Ask Slashdot)
Slashdotters, I recently switched from an iPhone to an Samsung Galaxy Infuse running Android. Coming from a world of "perfect security" as provided by Apple *sarcasm* to the wide open world of Android, does anyone use any mobile security software that provides the ability to: track the devices location, scan apps for malware/viruses, remotely lock/wipe the device if its misplaced and other useful security features? Are you using a single app/suite or multiple apps to accomplish this? Are the best solutions free or paid?"

Link to Original Source

A Hybrid's Job Title

ironicsky ironicsky writes  |  about 5 years ago

ironicsky (569792) writes "I work at a mid-sized company in which my current job title doesn't really describe what I do. When people ask me what I do and I tell them my official job title(Data Steward) I end up spending 5 minutes explaining to them what I actually do. My director is open to changing my job title if I can figure out what actually describes what I do without running off the side of the page.

About my job...
I am officially in the Marketing Department
I manage a database of client contact information both using the provided admin UI to the software and MS SQL Quering and editing.
I run the companies website (I did not design it), including coding in PHP and managing the MySQL Database that runs the site
I do Seach Engine Optimization and Social Media marketing on our site
I write PERL scripts to automate data file conversions for large jobs
I do minor graphics design for advertisements, product mock ups, and the like.
I do market research and analysis, client segmentation, and general market research
I even do some project management for internal roll outs and planning for major initiatives for the upcoming year.
Periodically I also play tech support to my director and people in my area when the actual IT department is not available.

So with everything I do in my 40 hour week, what would be an appropriate job title? I can't think of anything that accurately describes my position."



Impossible to please

ironicsky ironicsky writes  |  more than 5 years ago A group of girlfriends is on vacation when they see a 5-story hotel with a sign that reads: "For Women Only." Since they are without their boyfriends and husbands, they decide to go in.

The bouncer, a very attractive guy, explains to them how it works. "We have 5 floors. Go up floor by floor, and once you find what you are looking for, you can stay there. It's easy to decide since each floor has a sign telling you what's inside."

So they start going up and on the first floor the sign reads: "All the men on this floor are short and plain." The friends laugh and without hesitation move on to the next floor.

The sign on the second floor reads: "All the men here are short and handsome." Still, this isn't good enough, so the friends continue on up.

They reach the third floor and the sign reads: "All the men here are tall and plain."

They still want to do better, and so, knowing there are still two floors left, they continued on up.

On the fourth floor, the sign is perfect: "All the men here are tall and handsome." The women get all excited and are going in when they realize that there is still one floor left. Wondering what they are missing, they head on up to the fifth floor.

There they find a sign that reads: "There are no men here. This floor was built only to prove that there is no way to please a woman."
Coolest Guy in Canada


Golf & Public Toilets

ironicsky ironicsky writes  |  more than 5 years ago 10. Keep your back straight, knees bent, feet shoulder width apart.

9. Form a loose grip.
8. Keep your head down.
7. Avoid a quick backswing.
6. Stay out of the water.
5. Try not to hit anybody.
4. If you are taking too long, you should let others go ahead of you.
3. You shouldn't stand directly in front of others.
2. Be quiet while others are about to go.
1. Keep strokes to a minimum.
Canada's Coolest Guy


101 Ways to Annoy People

ironicsky ironicsky writes  |  more than 5 years ago 1. Sing the Batman theme incessantly.
2. In the memo field of all your checks, write "for sensual massage."
3. Specify that your drive-through order is "to go."
4. Learn Morse code, and have conversations with friends in public consisting entirely of "Beeeep Bip Bip Beeep Bip..."
5. If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.
6. Amuse yourself for endless hours by hooking a camcorder to your TV and then pointing it at the screen.
7. Speak only in a "robot" voice.
8. Push all the flat Lego pieces together tightly.
9. Start each meal by conspicuously licking all your food, and announce that this is so no one will "swipe your grub".
10. Leave the copy machine set to reduce 200%, extra dark, 17 inch paper, 98 copies.
11. Stomp on little plastic ketchup packets.
12. Sniffle incessantly.
13. Leave your turn signal on for fifty miles.
14. Name your dog "Dog."
15. Insist on keeping your car windshield wipers running in all weather conditions "to keep them tuned up."
16. Reply to everything someone says with "that's what YOU think."
17. Claim that you must always wear a bicycle helmet as part of your "astronaut training."
18. Declare your apartment an independent nation, and sue your neighbors upstairs for "violating your airspace".
19. Forget the punchline to a long joke, but assure the listener it was a "real hoot."
20. Follow a few paces behind someone, spraying everything they touch with Lysol.
21. Practice making fax and modem noises.
22. Highlight irrelevant information in scientific papers and "cc:" them to your boss.
23. Make beeping noises when a large person backs up.
24. Invent nonsense computer jargon in conversations, and see if people play along to avoid the appearance of ignorance.
25. Erect an elaborate network of ropes in your backyard, and tell the neighbors you are a "spider person."
26. Finish all your sentences with the words "in accordance with the prophesy."
27. Wear a special hip holster for your remote control.
28. Do not add any inflection to the end of your sentences, producing awkward silences with the impression that you'll be saying more any moment.
29. Signal that a conversation is over by clamping your hands over your ears.
30. Disassemble your pen and "accidentally" flip the ink cartridge across the room.
31. Give a play-by-play account of a persons every action in a nasal Howard Cosell voice.
32. Holler random numbers while someone is counting.
33. Adjust the tint on your TV so that all the people are green, and insist to others that you "like it that way."
34. Drum on every available surface.
35. Staple papers in the middle of the page.
36. Ask 1-800 operators for dates.
37. Produce a rental video consisting entirely of dire FBI copyright warnings.
38. Sew anti-theft detector strips into peoples backpacks.
39. Hide dairy products in inaccessible places.
40. Write the surprise ending to a novel on its first page.
41. Set alarms for random times.
42. Order a side of pork rinds with your filet mignon.
43. Instead of Gallo, serve Night Train next Thanksgiving.
44. Publicly investigate just how slowly you can make a "croaking" noise.
45. Honk and wave to strangers.
46. Dress only in clothes colored Hunters Orange.
47. Change channels five minutes before the end of every show.
48. Tape pieces of "Sweating to the Oldies" over climactic parts of rental movies.
49. Wear your pants backwards.
50. Decline to be seated at a restaurant, and simply eat their complimentary mints by the cash register.
51. Begin all your sentences with "ooh la la!"
53. only type in lowercase.
54. dont use any punctuation either
55. Buy a large quantity of orange traffic cones and reroute whole streets.
56. Pay for your dinner with pennies.
57. Tie jingle bells to all your clothes.
58. Repeat everything someone says, as a question.
59. Write "X - BURIED TREASURE" in random spots on all of someone's roadmaps.
60. Inform everyone you meet of your personal Kennedy assassination/UFO/ O.J Simpson conspiracy theories.
61. Repeat the following conversation a dozen times: "Do you hear that?" "What?" "Never mind, its gone now."
62. Light road flares on a birthday cake.
63. Wander around a restaurant, asking other diners for their parsley.
64. Leave tips in Bolivian currency.
65. Demand that everyone address you as "Conquistador."
66. At the laundromat, use one dryer for each of your socks.
67. When Christmas caroling, sing "Jingle Bells, Batman smells" until physically restrained.
68. Wear a cape that says "Magnificent One."
69. As much as possible, skip rather than walk.
70. Stand over someone's shoulder, mumbling, as they read.
71. Pretend your computer's mouse is a CB radio, and talk to it.
72. Try playing the William Tell Overture by tapping on the bottom of your chin. When nearly done, announce "no, wait, I messed it up," and repeat.
73. Drive half a block.
74. Inform others that they exist only in your imagination.
75. Ask people what gender they are.
76. Lick the filling out of all the Oreos, and place the cookie parts back.
77. Cultivate a Norwegian accent. If Norwegian, affect a Southern drawl.
78. Routinely handcuff yourself to furniture, informing the curious that you don't want to fall off "in case the big one comes".
79. Deliberately hum songs that will remain lodged in co-workers brains, such as "Feliz Navidad", the Archies "Sugar" or the Mr. Rogers theme song.
80. While making presentations, occasionally bob your head. like a parakeet.
81. Lie obviously about trivial things such as the time of day.
82. Leave your Christmas lights up and lit until September.
83. Change your name to "AaJohn Aaaaasmith" for the great glory of being first in the phone book. Claim it's a Hawaiian name, and demand that people pronounce each "a."
84. Sit in your front yard pointing a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.
85. Chew on pens that you've borrowed.
86. Wear a LOT of cologne.
87. Listen to 33rpm records at 45rpm speed, and claim the faster speed is necessary because of your "superior mental processing."
88. Sing along at the opera.
89. Mow your lawn with scissors.
90. At a golf tournament, chant "swing-batabatabata-suhWING-batter!"
91. Ask the waitress for an extra seat for your "imaginary friend."
92. Go to a poetry recital and ask why each poem doesn't rhyme.
93. Ask your co-workers mysterious questions, and then scribble their answers in a notebook. Mutter something about "psychological profiles."
94. Stare at static on the TV and claim you can see a "magic picture."
95. Select the same song on the jukebox fifty times.
96. Never make eye contact.
97. Never break eye contact.
98. Construct elaborate "crop circles" in your front lawn.
99. Construct your own pretend "tricorder," and "scan" people with it, announcing the results.
100. Make appointments for the 31st of September.
101. Invite lots of people to other people's parties.
Another Daily Joke by Canada's Coolest Guy


Lawyer Joke

ironicsky ironicsky writes  |  more than 5 years ago A lawyer married a woman who had previously divorced ten husbands.
On their wedding night, she told her new husband, "Please be gentle, I'm still a virgin."
"What?" said the puzzled groom.
"How can that be if you've been married ten times?"
"Well, Husband #1 was a sales representative: he kept telling me how great it was going to be.
Husband #2 was in software services: he was never really sure how it was supposed to function, but he said he'd look into it and get back to me.
Husband #3 was from field services: he said everything checked out diagnostically but he just couldn't get the system up.
Husband #4 was in telemarketing: even though he knew he had the order, he didn't know when he would be able to deliver.
Husband #5 was an engineer: he understood the basic process but wanted three years to research, implement, and design a new state-of-the-art method.
Husband #6 was from finance and administration: he thought he knew how, but he wasn't sure whether it was his job or not.
Husband #7 was in marketing: although he had a nice product, he was never sure how to position it.
Husband #8 was a psychologist: all he ever did was talk about it.
Husband #9 was a gynecologist: all he did was look at it.
Husband #10 was a stamp collector: all he ever did was... God! I miss him! But now that I've married you, I'm really excited!"
"Good," said the new husband, "but, why?"
"You're a lawyer. This time I know I'm gonna get screwed!"
Kevin Gordon


0 to 200 in 6 seconds.

ironicsky ironicsky writes  |  more than 5 years ago Bob was in trouble. He forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was really pissed.

She told him "Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE !!"

The next morning he got up early and left for work. When his wife woke up, she looked out the window and sure enough there was a box gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway.

Confused, the wife put on her robe and ran out to the driveway, brought the box back in the house.

She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale.

Bob has been missing since Friday.
The first Journal Entry by Canada's Coolest Guy

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