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Bit9 Hacked, Stolen Certs Used To Sign Malware

kbob88 Smooth Move (65 comments)

Let me guess: these Bit9 geniuses are all ex-RSA employees?

about a year ago
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Wikipedia Is Nearing "Completion"

kbob88 Still not finished (248 comments)

I just looked on Wikipedia for what happened on October 28, 2012, and there's nothing there! The 29th doesn't look very complete either. Jeez, how sloppy. So clearly it's not finished yet...

about a year and a half ago
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LG's 84-inch 3840 x 2160 Television Doesn't Come Cheap: $17,000

kbob88 Going to replace my windows (152 comments)

I can see people eventually using these as 'windows' on interior walls. Now we just need 4K video feeds from scenic locations like Yosemite Valley and we can all enjoy the view!

about a year and a half ago
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U.S. East Coast a Hotspot of Sea-Level Rise

kbob88 Sweet! (266 comments)

That beachfront property I bought in West Virginia will be worth millions! Going to go out and buy a surfboard today! And will go buy a Hummer 2 to speed things along! Surf's up, dude!

about 2 years ago
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Google Vs. Microsoft: a Tale of Two Interviews

kbob88 Microsoft interviews have changed (215 comments)

Well, that was a fairly lame article...

Anyway, I interviewed with Microsoft back in 1989 or 1990, and it appears that things have changed since then. Back then, they definitely were more focused on technical questions. I don't remember anyone asking anything about customers or business or communications. It was all technology, with a bit of design thrown in. The position wasn't even a hard-core programming job. Since I was a few years out of college, the customer/business/communications questions would have been nice, since I would probably would have been better positioned to answer those than the college seniors, as my then current job had me working with customers a lot. Their recruiting group was horribly disorganized back then also -- they switched recruiters and the job at the last minute, so no one (myself, the recruiter, the interviewers) was properly prepared. I suppose they've probably fixed that since then... One of the weirdest things was the "cult of Bill" -- whenever you asked a question, the answer seemed to always be prefaced with something like, "Well, Bill thinks that..." Even questions that had nothing to do with technology or Microsoft, like "what do people in Redmond do for fun?" "Well, Bill thinks that being fit and active helps the brain, so a lot of us like to mountain bike..."

about 2 years ago
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Allowing the Mind To Wander Aids Creative Problem Solving

kbob88 Huh? (185 comments)

I'm sorry, what were you saying? I was, uh, solving problems...

about 2 years ago
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Privacy Advocates Slam Google Drive's Privacy Policies

kbob88 No problem... (219 comments)

They can take my encrypted files and index, reproduce, modify, publish, etc them to their heart's content! I really look forward to seeing derivative works created from my gpg-encrypted files! Similarly, I can't wait to browse to web pages publicly displaying the contents of someone else's 700MB encrypted file; reading that will be a great cure for insomnia!

But more seriously, I can see Google wanting to have some capabilities for their ad/marketing businesses, but some of these (create derivative works, modify, publish, publicly display?) are really unnecessary. Looks like the product manager forgot to review the ToS after the lawyers were done with it. Oops.

about 2 years ago
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Travelling Salesman, Thriller Set In a World Where P=NP

kbob88 Oblig xkcd (165 comments)

Does the movie contain anyone ordering food in a restaurant like this?

about 2 years ago
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Apple Snubs Security Firm That Spotted Mac Botnet

kbob88 To paraphrase Steve J... (409 comments)

"It's not the job of Russian security firms to know where our security holes are"

And also, Macs only get malware "when you hold it wrong"

about 2 years ago
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Army Reviews Controversial Drug After Afghan Massacre

kbob88 Re:Nasty stuff (195 comments)

Yeah, I've used it for a few trips, and it does make you have really weird, bizarre dreams. Crazy stuff. I'm not sure I would go back on it. I didn't go psychotic or anything, but I'm a pretty even-keeled person. Anything that affects your brain that much could definitely have bigger consequences for someone who's a bit unstable to begin with.

about 2 years ago
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Facebook: Legal Action Against Employers Asking For Your Password

kbob88 Re:Sure, I'll give you that FB password... (504 comments)

But you probably didn't get that root password as part of the interviewing process. That's what I'm talking about!

about 2 years ago
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Facebook: Legal Action Against Employers Asking For Your Password

kbob88 Re:Sure, I'll give you that FB password... (504 comments)

I imagine your usage of that password will be just as ethical as theirs, too. So yeah, fair trade.

Oh, completely ethical! Trust me! I just want to validate you all are a company that I want to be part of. As part of that analysis, I'll be poking around your servers to ensure that you have the proper security, logging, and auditing set up correctly. And review your financial and accounting software. And I want to make sure that you're friends with the right sort of other companies, and that you're not posting any inappropriate or obscene files on your servers, of course. Don't want to join a company and later have it blow up in a security or financial scandal. I mean really, I can't afford to have my reputation tarnished by being associated with *that* kind of company, can I?

about 2 years ago
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Facebook: Legal Action Against Employers Asking For Your Password

kbob88 Sure, I'll give you that FB password... (504 comments)

Right after you give me the root password to the company's servers!

Seems like a fair trade to me...

about 2 years ago
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Looking For iPad, Police Find 750 Pounds of Meth

kbob88 Re:$35 Million Dollars (195 comments)

The actual lesson is: Criminals are bloody stupid. If I had $35 million worth of drugs in a place, I would avoid doing anything that could get the police into my place. Like stealing an iPad. Or even picking one up that someone left on the train or bus.

They're even stupider than you think. The police didn't have a search warrant, so they just asked if they could come in, and the people in the apartment said yes. Can you believe it? They've got $35mm worth of meth and they invite the cops in? They must have been under the influence of drugs at the time...

By the way, to give credit where credit is due, it was detectives from Palo Alto who found the meth, not San Jose police, although the apartment was in San Jose.

more than 2 years ago
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Brewing Beer With Free Software

kbob88 Doesn't Work (83 comments)

This software doesn't work at all! I downloaded it and it installed fine. Then I ran it, and waited for like hours, and no beer yet! Here I am sitting with my mug under the USB port, and nothing is coming out. Jeez. Damn open source software. The USB port is for input / output, right? Well, where's the damn output?

It said something about hops, so I did lots of hopping and even a little jumping, but to no avail.

Wait a minute, it's saying something about adding water. Let me go pour some water into the keyboard and see if that helps...

more than 2 years ago
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Smartphones More Dangerous Than Alcohol, When Driving

kbob88 Not a problem (358 comments)

This is BS. I'm posting this from my mobile phone while speeding down the freeway at 80 mph, and look no problems whatsoev (*&$&*# NO CARRIER

more than 2 years ago
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Voting System Test Hack Elects Futurama's Bender To School Board

kbob88 Re:Ruby on Fails? LOL (210 comments)

I think "properly written" is the key phrase there, which applies to any technology implementation.

Ideally, they would have used the gpg libraries or gpgme and called it directly from the Ruby code. But that's harder, so they chose the easy way and got burned.

more than 2 years ago
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Voting System Test Hack Elects Futurama's Bender To School Board

kbob88 Re:Ruby on Fails? LOL (210 comments)

Yeah, and I believe you. That's why I can't find any experience RoR developers to hire. Our recruiters can't find anyone either. They're all busy.

more than 2 years ago
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Voting System Test Hack Elects Futurama's Bender To School Board

kbob88 Re:At least (210 comments)

I agree. Asking the community to test the system out does show remarkable common sense and good intentions, which seems to be lacking in e-voting community.

Unfortunately, they did not have the common sense (or perhaps judgement) to hire a technical team that knew what they were doing when comes to security. Which is not good in any project, but seems like a huge lapse of judgement in an e-voting project.

They also appear not to have hired an independent security review group to scan the code and review the implementation, or if they did hire one, they hired one that was no good.

more than 2 years ago

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Walmart.com Price Glitch Sets Prices at $10.99 and $369.99

kbob88 kbob88 writes  |  about 5 months ago

kbob88 (951258) writes "Walmart.com discounted hundreds of items late last night by up to 90% off, in an apparent pricing glitch. The glitch lasted until this morning, when the site went down for maintenance. It's not clear whether Walmart will honor purchases made at these prices, but some people have reported successfully purchasing online and picking up at local stores this morning. Was the site hacked, or did some poor IT slob forget to properly constrain an update query? Walmart isn't telling for now."

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