Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?
I see lots of people complaining above BH stories. While we cannot filter on the stories (only the editors), the web is OUR web. Tampermonkey script: http://userscripts.org/scripts...
Snowden Says No One Listened To 10 Attempts To Raise Concerns At NSA
You can understand the nature of the programs you are maintaining without viewing the material they collect.
HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"
If I am forced out of Classic, I will leave and never look back.
Panel Urges Major NSA Spying Overhaul
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.
Did NIST Cripple SHA-3?
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.
The World's First 3D-Printed Gun
I just saw a TED talk in which the presenter asked this very question.
Facebook, Zuckerberg Sued Over IPO
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 (http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/nnrsdnts/cmmn/rsdncy-eng.html). 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 (http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/E/pub/tg/t4131/t4131-e.html#P201_20183).
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.
Russian Scientist Claims Signs of Life Spotted On Venus
Yahoo Answers is the only site I've ever decided needs to be worthy of the Google block.
Do Data Center Audits Mean Anything?
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.
How many robocalls do you get each month?
You mean something that causes something to churn whenever you see it?
I prefer sexy robocalls from Cowboyneal.
Upcoming Changes To 'Ask Slashdot'
I think /. needs a "this" button. I'd mash it on this post.
Multi-Target Photo-Radar System To Make Speeding Riskier
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.
US Drone Fleet Hit By Computer Virus
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.
Satellite Glitch Leaves Northern Canada In the (Internet) Dark
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.
Mysql.com Hacked, Made To Serve Malware
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.
Making Facebook Self Healing
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.
GPS Tracking of State Worker Raises Privacy Issues
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.
The Rise of Software Security
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.
Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot
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.
New Twitter-Based Hedge Fund Beats the Stock Market
How much of this is attributed to excessive tweets due to, and in conjunction with, a highly volatile market?
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