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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release

logicassasin I really wish they would change the name (85 comments)

"Libre Office" is really clunky to say and just sounds bad. Open Office stays on my machine for the sole reason that I like the name better.

4 hours ago
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FCC Prohibits Blocking of Personal Wi-Fi Hotspots

logicassasin The problem is not a wifi policy (126 comments)

The problem was the employees wanting to put their personal devices on the corporate network to surf the web. The corporate wireless network is there strictly for corporate issued machines (laptops and the occasional blackberry), not for Joe Blow's laptop, iPhone, or Galaxy. Employees were unwilling to accept that there's no good reason for their personal crap being attached to the network.

I didn't design the network, I was part of a team brought in specifically to secure it where prior to us there wasn't much of a security presence. The network was like the wild west. Before I left I did manage to deploy wireless security at one site with an eye on rolling it out everywhere with corporate being next.

2 days ago
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FCC Prohibits Blocking of Personal Wi-Fi Hotspots

logicassasin This is a much bigger problem than you might think (126 comments)

I worked NetSec for a global casino/resort company. At nearly every site a few times a month I would send local IT to go find wifi routers plugged into our network. Employees would bring in cheap routers because we didn't allow wifi other than the guest network which was strictly for corporate visitors (ie. sales reps, etc) and they wanted to use their personal devices for whatever. This happened even at corporate, where I sat.

2 days ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

logicassasin wrong company (502 comments)

Creative Labs owns Emu and Ensoniq, not Korg. There are no CL chips in any Korg products.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Feasible To Revive an Old Linux PC Setup?

logicassasin XFree86 is a pain to get working under VirtualBox (176 comments)

I managed to get 320x240 working on a Red Hat 6.2 VM I tried to stand up for nostalgia. Tried a variety of drivers and kept screwing around with the config but ended up just giving up. I cobbled together a P3 from parts I had laying around and installing it there.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

logicassasin Any hardware that can run Mint x64... (452 comments)

... can run Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 without a hitch. Your hardware would have to be P3 class to have issues with Win7+, and even then there's a few upgrades that can be done to make it useable.

about 10 months ago
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Senior Managers Are the Worst Information Security Offenders

logicassasin ^^^ This guy is a Senior Manager (181 comments)

I've heard some of that near verbatim from senior management whenever a new security measure is introduced.

1 year,20 days
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Senior Managers Are the Worst Information Security Offenders

logicassasin do yo u really think senior mgmt will read a book? (181 comments)

what land is this you live in?

No, seriously upper management has ALWAYS been the bane of anything IT related. Every boneheaded request, every response of "well, why can't I do that?" or "... it would just be easier for me that way..." always comes from senior management and no matter how many times you tell them why it has to be done a certain way, they just don't get it.

1 year,20 days
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Porn-Surfing Execs Infecting Corporate Networks With Malware

logicassasin You have no idea... (151 comments)

I caught a VP of one of my former employers surfing tumblr for pics of women that flash their tits in public and ONLY that. He was very consistent when looking for these pics. I got wind of it when I was given access to our Solera Deep See box right after being brought in. I monitored his activity for a week then checked his past activity and, sure enough, big tits flashed in public. Used a tool to capture his IE history: Big tits flashed in public.

I've seen execs that liked to search for wierd stuff, and they're all usually very specific on what they surf for.

about a year ago
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Japan Promises an Ultra-High-Tech 2020 Olympics

logicassasin OCP ED-209 (106 comments)

the ED-209 was the mech that went crazy at the beginning of the movie. The one that looks like it was the model for some of the Mechwarrior mechs.

about a year ago
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Japan Promises an Ultra-High-Tech 2020 Olympics

logicassasin All for naught if there are no mechs on the street (106 comments)

In 2020, I would expect nothing less than armed Mechs patrolling the streets. Not some American OCP ED-209 garbage either, no, only a sleek and shiny Gundam, Veritech, or some other type of mech will do.

about a year ago
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No Love From Ars For Samsung's New Smart Watch

logicassasin How does it compare to existing SmartWatches? (236 comments)

I mean, Samsung is hardly the first company to release this sort of thing. Devices like the Z1 android watch have been around for some time from China for quite some time now and there's a glut of GSM based watch phones coming from there as well.

about a year ago
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How The NSA Targets Tor

logicassasin what??? (234 comments)

You change the mac address by either changing the device you're using or spoofing it. The purpose being to be able to access Hulu again.

Exactly what are you getting at here???

about a year ago
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How The NSA Targets Tor

logicassasin get a new router and get a new IP address (234 comments)

or, if your current router supports changing the MAC address do that and get a new IP. It really isn't that hard to get a new IP from your ISP without calling them up.

about a year ago
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Software Rendering Engine GPU-Accelerated By WebCL

logicassasin and they can't use a 2nd/3rd/4th core why? (84 comments)

I don't get it. Using a video card to render without the video card? Since so many machines on the market have 2+ cores, why not write a software renderer that will sit on one of the extra cores?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Won't Companies Upgrade Old Software?

logicassasin Re: Yes (614 comments)

A computer from 2000 would have trouble with opening the photos in a best of vacation album from a low bend camera for editing (8 megapixels is 22 mb/image).

In 1998, I ran a self built Cyrix 6x86MX PR200 based machine with a mind bending 48MB of RAM. With Win95b installed, I worked on extremely large (for the time) game backgrounds for a small startup company. I had no problems opening up files approaching or greatly exceeding the 8MP size of today's cameras. There was a lot of paging and whatnot, but it was still workable under Photoshop 4.0.

I have in service right now a Dell Optiplex GX200 w/933MHz P3 w/1GB PC800 RDRAM (built in 2000) Running Windows 7-32bit. It handles 9MP pictures nicely. thank you very much.

about a year and a half ago
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Reasons You're Not Getting Interviews; Plus Some Crazy Real Resume Mistakes

logicassasin in summary... (246 comments)

Recruiters are too lazy to determine whether a person who's last position as "Enterprise Data Architect" where listed skills are scoping, implementing, and managing DB2, MS SQL, and Oracle instances requested by internal clients has the skills necessary for their company's "Database Administrator" position.

I read this as "Do the work for HR/Recruiters, they're not intelligent enough to do it themselves".

about 2 years ago
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Twitter's New Transparency Report: Governments Still Want Your Data

logicassasin please re-read your reply (30 comments)

You contradicted yourself.

about 2 years ago
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Twitter's New Transparency Report: Governments Still Want Your Data

logicassasin I find this interesting... (30 comments)

Google has been revealing (via their own transparency reports) that governments want your searches, email, and whatnot that are stored on their servers. Twitter is telling people that the governments are doing the same. I don't think it'll really hit home until Facebook follows suit. Only then will people really "get it" that the government is mining the details of your online life to do whatever they want with it.

I said this before on here: Big Brother was made "cool" and the public welcomed it with open arms. In this case, FB, Twitter, and anything else on the internet along with your cellphones and now your televisions.

about 2 years ago

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Phoenix Police Seize PC's of a Critical Blogger

logicassasin logicassasin writes  |  more than 5 years ago

logicassasin (318009) writes "From the article found here — http://carlosmiller.com/2009/04/02/phoenix-police-raid-home-of-blogger-whose-writing-is-highly-critical-of-them/

"In what should send a frightening chill down the spine of every blogger, writer, journalist and First Amendment advocate in the United States, Phoenix police raided the home of a blogger who has been highly critical of the department.

Jeff Pataky, who runs Bad Phoenix Cops, said the officers confiscated three computers, routers, modems, hard drives, memory cards and everything necessary to continue blogging.

The 41-year-old software engineer said they also confiscated numerous personal files and documents relating to a pending lawsuit he has against the department alleging harassment — which he says makes it obvious the raid was an act of retaliation."

Read an Arizona news article on the raid here: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/03/19/20090319copsblog0319.html"

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