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Breaching Air-Gap Security With Radio

khasim Re:Not that hard to defeat (69 comments)

That would work.

And I think that the summary kind of misses the point of what "air-gapped" means. It does NOT mean that your system is invulnerable. No system is invulnerable.

It DOES mean that it can ONLY be attacked by someone with physical access to it. Or someone with control of the hardware manufacturing / transportation channels prior to the computer being installed in the secure location. So you're removing potential channels of attack AND reducing the number of potential attackers.

Now you need metal detectors at the entrances. And "no lone zones" where EVERYONE is accompanied by someone else. Depending upon the level of security that you want.

6 hours ago

Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

khasim Re:We can do that thing you like (229 comments)

Installing via the command line is nice. But it isn't what I want.

I want a package system that locks the files down so that package X owns abc.dll and will not allow package Y to overwrite it.

And searchable. What package installed abc.dll? What packages depend upon that package?

2 days ago

Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

khasim Re:Theft. (141 comments)

So the best solution is to have neither?

No. The best solution, as I have stated, is to have the books needed to pass the standardized tests.

Look, Apple is offering to donate iPads. They are NOT offering to donate chemistry textbooks.

And that is the problem. By donating the iPads, Apple gets a tax write-off and the schools end up with broken/stolen tech that ate up resources.

a. Apple could pay their taxes and the government could use that money to buy those books.

b. Apple could donate those books INSTEAD of the iPads.

c. Apple could donate a portion of the proceeds of selling those iPads.

Why isn't Apple working on getting the books that would cost a lot LESS than those iPads? Because Apple is looking out for Apple. And using those kids as PR.

To say that "nothing" is better, because the iPads will just get stolen anyway, is just a cynical rationalization by people that want to feel smug and superior, criticizing these donors, while doing absolutely nothing themselves.

I've just given you three scenarios that would be better.

You are the one claiming that Apple's only option is to donate iPads.

2 days ago

Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

khasim Re:Theft. (141 comments)

An iPad probably has a bit higher black-market value than a textbook on High School chemistry.

And cannot take the same amount of accidental water damage.

Or accidental falling damage.

And requires more infrastructure and support to maintain it.

Meanwhile, the poorest schools cannot afford the books that are written for the standardized tests that those students have to pass.
Choose the "Why Poor Schools Can't Win at Standardized Testing" link. They're blocking links from /. for some reason.

2 days ago

Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

khasim Re:Theft. (141 comments)

First off, I'm amazed that none of them have stolen. I'd have expected at least a few thefts before the criminals realized that they could not be used/re-sold.

Secondly, that's more infrastructure that needs to be maintained and secured. With associated training as the staff changes jobs.

It isn't just the tech. It's the day-to-day support and the annual contracts and such. It's happened before and it looks like it will happen again.

2 days ago

Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

khasim Mod parent up. (141 comments)

"Underprivileged" schools really need basics like text books, notebooks, and pencils for the kids.

And teachers.

If you really have to deploy technology then make it something like a Raspberry Pi. Low theft risk. Easy replacement. And $750 million will buy a lot of them AND books, paper, pencils, teachers, etc.

Wasn't there a recent story about how some schools could not afford the text books with the answers that went with the standardized tests?

2 days ago

Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools

khasim Theft. (141 comments)

Apple is sending out $100 million worth of iPads, MacBooks, and other products.

This will just make them attractive targets for theft.

Not to mention the replacement/repair costs as they get damaged over the school year.

2 days ago

Can Ello Legally Promise To Remain Ad-Free?

khasim For the "TL;DR" ... (153 comments)

Yes, they can legally promise that (it is not illegal to say that they promise that).

No, their service is not legally bound by that promise forever. There are many instances and eventualities that could change it. And probably will if they get sufficient market share.

3 days ago

Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

khasim And this quote. (233 comments)

... "a sophisticated entity that used commercial, nonattributable spyware thatâ(TM)s proprietary to a government agency: either the CIA, FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency or the National Security Agency."

So the software is "commercial" but also "proprietary to a government agency" that cannot be identified.

I think that she does not understand the meaning of the words she is using.

But I also think that our government probably was spying on her. And lots of other people. Just not in the way she describes it.

4 days ago

First Commercial Mission To the Moon Launched From China

khasim Nope. (73 comments)

... if I am to compare the two I would say that the USA is becoming more and more socialistic (turning more and more pinko) while China has turned blue, deeeeep blue

You might want to compare the limits of freedom for individuals in both countries.

And then look at "Totalitarianism" and "Authoritarianism" in addition to "Socialism" and "Capitalism".

European Democracies tend toward Socialism without the "pinko" label.

Or, to put it another way, who ran against China's current President in the last election and how many votes did s/he get from the public?

4 days ago

US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

khasim Re:Physical requirements are not all that tough (307 comments)

I think I'm agreeing with you.

If the mission requires having a "cyber warrior" join a team that will infiltrate some facility then they certainly should be able to meet the physical qualifications, use a gun, etc.

Yup! But that "Facebook warrior" would probably have a different MOS.

But the "Facebook warrior" who will never be deployed and will never see actual combat would be a GS-something.

The problem (IMO) is with the military officers trying to bulk up their careers by being associated with a new division or whatever. No matter how bad the idea is or how much it hurts morale.

4 days ago

US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

khasim Re:Physical requirements are not all that tough (307 comments)

I got out in 1990 after serving for 7 years.

Sure, I probably could have spent a lot of time working out and gotten to that point, but what's the point?

So that the other people in your unit know that they can depend upon you to perform the physical requirements of being in a war zone.

Anytime you introduce a selective pressure for one attribute, you're unwittingly selecting AGAINST other attributes.

And I agree with that. 100%. Dr. Hawking wouldn't be physically able to serve (even if he wanted to). But you would want him working on your side.

Do you want the best "cyber warrior" you can find, or the best "cyber warrior" who also happens to be able to do 13 pushups too?

I prefer to substitute "Facebook" for "cyber" in these articles. It puts them in perspective.

But that isn't the question. The question is whether these "Facebook warriors" will ever be deployed to a war zone.

If yes, then they need to meet the physical requirements the same as every other soldier.

If no, then hire them as civilians. Skip Basic and AIT and everything else. Classify them along with all the other GS-whatevers.

4 days ago

US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

khasim Re:Good luck with that (307 comments)

Not only that but if they change the physical requirements it's going to have a lot of repercussions.

First off, Basic Training. Is there going to be a "cyber warrior only" camp for that?

Secondly, promotions. Will the promotion points for Physical Training be altered for "cyber warriors"?

Also, you have to pass Physical Training tests every year to stay in. Will the guy who cooks the food the "cyber warrior" eats be held to a higher physical standard than the "cyber warrior" is?

I'm thinking that Lt. Col. Sharlene Pigg does not understand anything about morale or esprit de corps.

5 days ago

Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion

khasim Midichlorians (267 comments)

Good luck with your Midichlorian count.

Or is he Orthodox Jedi? I think they reject the prequels as heresy.

Or is that Reformed Jedi?

5 days ago

High Speed Evolution

khasim Mod parent up. (282 comments)

The important part is that we are NOT seeing such rapid changes amongst the PREDATOR population. So this is not unusual at all.

The lizards that are not sticky enough to climb out of reach of the predators are the lizards that get eaten by the predators.

about a week ago

Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

khasim And now the opposite view. (553 comments)

Way too many people don't realize that our current economic and political system would not survive if critical thinking skills became commonplace.

Possibly. Although the same can be said of every other economic and political system as well. Which is a bit of a problem. People are messy. And each person has his/her own priorities and beliefs and weirdness.

We are destroying our own planet in the name of making 0.01% wealthy, and most of us, most of the time, are perfectly content to participate in the process in any way that pays decently and offers "interesting" work.

Just because someone exercises critical thinking does not mean that that person will come to the same conclusions that you have. They probably aren't starting with the same objectives as you.

Which is why companies DO NOT WANT real critical thinking skills.

They want people who think like they do and who come to the same conclusions that they do based upon the same information that they have.

about a week ago

FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

khasim Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (571 comments)

And even without the law it seems fairly simple.

You do not INTENTIONALLY break equipment that you do not own. You do not do that. No matter how you feel about that equipment. Particularly when the person who now owns said equipment has no idea that there is a problem.

And I'd be wary of any company that could not understand that.

about a week ago

Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

khasim Re:I guess you missed Kent State? (152 comments)

Non-lethal weapons would allow protestors to protest without getting killed.

Protestors should be able to protest WITHOUT the police using either lethal or non-lethal weapons against them.

The important thing here is to take away the governments ability to kill.

Except that you are not doing that.

You are providing the police with pain-compliance (aka "torture") devices.

And as can be seen in many news reports, once the police/government has them, they will use them. And that use will not be INSTEAD of more lethal options. They will be used when the victims do not IMMEDIATELY follow the orders of the police. Even if those orders are illegal to begin with.

Those weapons will be treated as a "force multiplier". Not as a preferred option over lethal force.

about a week ago

Cisco Fixes Three-Year-Old Telnet Flaw In Security Appliances

khasim I'd worry anyway. (60 comments)

That makes sense on one level, but using telnet is a bad habit one shouldn't get into.

I agree. A better habit is setting up and using SSH.

Not only that but "defense in depth". Do NOT rely upon your perimeter defenses to stop all attacks. It only takes one person with a compromised laptop and you're cracked.

1) these were default passwords that everyone on the team knew

SSH can be set up the same.

2) the development VLAN is secured from outsiders

Until it is compromised.

Remember, in defense you have to be right on everything all the time. An attacker can just stumble into something you missed. Like someone's laptop that was brought in when it should not have been.

about a week ago

Making Best Use of Data Center Space: Density Vs. Isolation

khasim Mod parent up. (56 comments)

Nor are they "isolated". All of the blades connect to the same backplane.

And moving VM's between individual blades is a hassle unless you use some form of shared storage. Which makes them even less "isolated" but more redundant.

This reads more like he just wanted to show off that he calls blade servers "dense isolation".

So is it better to have a bunch of isolated servers which reduces the VM domino effect in exchange for increased hardware maintenance? Or just a few massive servers and be ready for the 4 am call to replace a CPU at any given moment?

VM is not magic. Also look into "fail over".

If you have to be called in to replace a CPU at 4 am then you have not planned correctly.

about two weeks ago


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