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HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"

mclearn Fuck Beta: I've been here for 13 years (573 comments)

If I am forced out of Classic, I will leave and never look back.

Fuck beta.

about 10 months ago

Panel Urges Major NSA Spying Overhaul

mclearn No Statement on Dual EC DRBG? (242 comments)

I find it extremely interesting that Appendix E of that report does not discuss the NSA's role (or not) in twiddling with Dual EC DRBG. It's the only crypto component that they've been explicitly called out on, and it's not discussed.

about a year ago

Did NIST Cripple SHA-3?

mclearn Re:Brother in law works at NIST (169 comments)

NIST and NSA have all sorts of partnerships (look at NIAP as an example). On the whole, however, they are distinct organizations with some overlapping function. NIST, for example validates cryptography implementations through the CMVP and the CAVP. Also of note is that the NSA has two arms: an offensive arm and a defensive arm. I'm somewhat annoyed with the /. crowd for not recognizing this and realizing that it is the offensive NSA arm which is potentially responsible for deliberate cryptographic weakening.

about a year ago

The World's First 3D-Printed Gun

mclearn Prescient... (846 comments)

I just saw a TED talk in which the presenter asked this very question.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook, Zuckerberg Sued Over IPO

mclearn Re:So that's really why he gave up his citizenship (445 comments)

Actually, although your message is clear, the details are not entirely correct. Regardless of how long you are outside of the country, if you have strong ties in Canada (a house, a wife/husband/children/family, bank accounts, etc.) then you are still considered a "factual" resident for tax purposes ( You must still FILE taxes, but you don't (necessarily) have to PAY taxes. You pay taxes only on income received from Canadian sources. Any so-called "Worldwide income" is exempt from Canadian taxation as long as there is a tax treaty with the counterparty country (

If you live outside of the country for more than 6 months (6 months plus one day), then you aren't afforded medical insurance. Hence, snow birds who fly back and forth from Canada every 6 months.

about 2 years ago

Russian Scientist Claims Signs of Life Spotted On Venus

mclearn Re:Yahoos (272 comments)

Yahoo Answers is the only site I've ever decided needs to be worthy of the Google block.

about 2 years ago

Do Data Center Audits Mean Anything?

mclearn Need to see the criteria (84 comments)

I've always been amazed at things like SAS 70 which, as the poster states, is based on self-defined criteria. The most shocking part, if I recall correctly, is that the criteria are not publicly consumable! This is the worst part of it all and the key part which needs to change.

more than 2 years ago

How many robocalls do you get each month?

mclearn Re:I miss the obligatory cowboy neil option (228 comments)

You mean something that causes something to churn whenever you see it?

I prefer sexy robocalls from Cowboyneal.

more than 2 years ago

Upcoming Changes To 'Ask Slashdot'

mclearn Re:StackOverflow competior? (230 comments)

I think /. needs a "this" button. I'd mash it on this post.

more than 2 years ago

Multi-Target Photo-Radar System To Make Speeding Riskier

mclearn Re:Revenue or Safety? (506 comments)

Wow. The multi-target radar system is *more* complicated than your proposal, is it? I'd like to see how you quantify your variables and make it hold up in a court of law.

Look, I'm all for simplicity especially when it comes to rules and laws, but anything that is "relative" is asking for interpretation and hence, more complexity.

about 3 years ago

US Drone Fleet Hit By Computer Virus

mclearn Re:Spread by removable drives? How hard is this? (370 comments)

Actually, TFA believes that the vector was a removable drive by which they periodically update their map collections.

Use of the drives is now severely restricted throughout the military. But the base at Creech was one of the exceptions, until the virus hit. Predator and Reaper crews use removable hard drives to load map updates and transport mission videos from one computer to another. The virus is believed to have spread through these removable drives. Drone units at other Air Force bases worldwide have now been ordered to stop their use.

more than 3 years ago

Satellite Glitch Leaves Northern Canada In the (Internet) Dark

mclearn Northern Canada != Canada (282 comments)

Remember, Canada is a big place. 75% of all Canadians live within 90 miles of the US border. So keep this in mind while you read all of the comments saying what a calamity this is for Canadians. Northern Canada -- and I say this as a Canadian, though some may disagree (like we disagree about what it means to be in Eastern Canada or Western Canada) -- generally are those who live above 55-60 degrees N which is an exceptionally small percentage of the total population.

more than 3 years ago
top Hacked, Made To Serve Malware

mclearn Re:Watch the video on the page, informative (81 comments)

I believe it was a multi-tiered attack in that Java, Flash, and PDF exploits were all tried. What is shown in the video is that the Java attack was successful.

more than 3 years ago

Making Facebook Self Healing

mclearn Re:Complexity arising from simplicity (74 comments)

TFA specifically uses an example of a failed hard drive to describe the workflow. You can see that a failed hard drive is something small, easily diagnosable, and -- in the greater scheme of things -- easily fixable.

Now, if you recall what happened with AWS in April, they had a low-bandwidth management network that all of a sudden had all primary EBS API traffic shunted to it. This was caused by a human flipping a network switch when they shouldn't have. Something like this is not something that happens all the time, has little, if any diagnosable features, is not well-defined to have a proper workflow attached to it, and needs human engineers to correct. This is an example of a complex, large-scale problem.

Read the article, it's actually quite interesting.

more than 3 years ago

GPS Tracking of State Worker Raises Privacy Issues

mclearn Re:What was the state thinking?!? (173 comments)

It doesn't sound like you read the article, but your questions are still just as valid. TFA states that they had not exhausted all non-GPS solutions to tracking him. But then it fails to go on the say why they felt they needed to track him in ANY capacity in the first place.

...but if I show up on time during the week and do my job

The TFA does indicate the employee "filed improper time sheets" and eluded to the fact that a "...pattern of misconduct and the difficulty of constant in-person surveillance justified the technique". Guess what, folks? It is not justified. Someone should be fired for this.

more than 3 years ago

The Rise of Software Security

mclearn Cynical (79 comments)

The vast majority of commentors I've seen on both /. and the article itself are all kinds of cynical and this does not help /., and it doesn't help the community. It makes me sad.

Yes, we realize that you are an amazing h4X0r capable of creating code devoid of buffer overflows, race-conditions, (all sorts of) injection attacks, etc. Perhaps you've forgotten there is a spectrum of programmers and like it or not, you are probably an AVERAGE coder. (They don't call it average because everyone thinks they are great.) A programmer will always make assumptions about the underlying environment and will always have to sacrifice security functionality in the name of time/resource-savings. And in case you haven't noticed, some systems do not actually require DoD-level security with zero vulnerabilities. They merely require a level of security commensurate with the environment it runs in. It's one thing to design a system for physical attacks or reachable through a public IP and another thing entirely to protect against measured threats within a managed network environment or air-gapped system.

There is a wide spectrum of security risks and a wide spectrum of programmers and development practices. Corporations generally match them up appropriately, which is why you don't see outsourcing of internal top-secret DoD systems out on rent-a-coder.

more than 3 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

mclearn Thanks cmdrtaco (1521 comments)

There's nothing I can say that others haven't already said. I was introduced to this site in 2000-2001 and by then the uids were already in the high 5 digits. I also remember actually being able to have an email conversation with cmdrtaco about some bug or another on /. and being a little amazed at receiving an actual response within 15 minutes. It was - it *is* - the seeming connectedness of us nerds on /. that makes it one of the true cornerstones of the Internet.

more than 3 years ago

New Twitter-Based Hedge Fund Beats the Stock Market

mclearn Volatility (209 comments)

How much of this is attributed to excessive tweets due to, and in conjunction with, a highly volatile market?

more than 3 years ago



Cell phones don't increase chances of brain cancer

mclearn mclearn writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mclearn (86140) writes "A very large, 30-year study of just about everyone in Scandinavia shows no link between mobile phone use and brain tumours, researchers reported on Thursday. Even though mobile telephone use soared in the 1990s and afterward, brain tumours did not become any more common during this time, the researchers reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Some activist groups and a few researchers have raised concerns about a link between mobile phones and several kinds of cancer, including brain tumours, although years of research have failed to establish a connection.

"From 1974 to 2003, the incidence rate of glioma (a type of brain tumor) increased by 0.5 per cent per year among men and by 0.2 per cent per year among women," they wrote. Overall, there was no significant pattern."

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Australian Telco Sends Live Holograph of CTO

mclearn mclearn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mclearn (86140) writes "Telstra, the largest telco in Australia, beamed a live 3D holograph of their CTO from Melbourne to Adelaide for a conference.
"We've all seen this sort of thing in futuristic sci-fi movies, but the reality is that it can be done here and now, as we have just demonstrated.""

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