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Ask Slashdot: Local Sync Options For Android Mobile To PC?

micksam7 Re:BitTorrent Sync (146 comments)

+1 for BitTorrent Sync. Works pretty much flawlessly with syncing between android devices and desktops.

about 7 months ago

McDonald's Hacked and Customer Data Stolen

micksam7 Re:Wait... (178 comments)

This is primarily information used by McDonald's giveaways, such as the Monopoly promotion when entered online.

Only names, numbers, emails, and addresses were taken.

more than 3 years ago

Hosting Giants Teaming Against Small Businesses

micksam7 Actually (163 comments)

Softlayer and ThePlanet merged a few months ago. And UK2/"Hosting Services"/100TB simply resells Softlayer's services.

100TB has a bandwidth pool deal with Softlayer, then oversells like mad. SimpleCDN used 100TB [I -believe-] to get excellent bandwidth deals.

Seems like 100TB [and perhaps Softlayer] weren't happy with this.

more than 3 years ago

Low Energy Supercomputing

micksam7 Re:Amps = current, not energy.... (159 comments)

It makes me wonder if they can get away with running on a higher voltage for more power..

about 4 years ago

Google Relents, Will Hand Over European Wi-Fi Data

micksam7 Re:Yea sure (214 comments)

Likely a configuration issue, keeping raw data around for debug info then forgetting to turn it off before deploying it. Google has been wanting to capture network SSIDs and GPS coordinates [war drivers have been doing this for years], likely for cell/laptop location data, but accidentally grabbed all raw packets instead.

more than 4 years ago

Google Relents, Will Hand Over European Wi-Fi Data

micksam7 Re:Great (214 comments)

They opened the can of worms by announcing that they had collected it. If they stayed silent, and shredded the data quietly, they'd probably wouldn't be in this mess and no one would have known they ever did it. Google instead has been trying to make this situation 'right' by being transparent about it, and no one gives a crap about it. The governments certainly are going to grab that data, use it as evidence to prosecute Google, and keep it around for ~other reasons~ for years upon years.

more than 4 years ago

OnLive One Step Closer

micksam7 Re:Compression? (175 comments)

Near the end of the video during the Q&A, they answered a bit about it. They actually created their own compression, then had encoding custom chips made for it.

Basically, video encoding hardware geared exactly to their new compression.

more than 4 years ago

Opera 10.5 Pre-Alpha Is Out, and It's Fast

micksam7 Re:Does it have Adblock? (274 comments)


Right click, choose "Block content", then select elements on a page you'd like to have blocked. Flash, images, iframes, what have you.

May not be as complete as AdBlock, but it's certainly useful.

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Evaluate a Data Center?

micksam7 History (211 comments)

Look at a datacenter's history [recent and past], outages, maintenance issues, customer support, management and etc, in conjunction with their listed redundancies and capacities.

Just because they have two electrics going to each server, doesn't mean a random maintenance tech will flip the wrong switch. :)

more than 4 years ago

How To Prevent Being Hacked Via Backups?

micksam7 Re:Encrypt it (214 comments)

Anything else needing to be done would require a admin to do it, and that's the point.

more than 5 years ago

How To Prevent Being Hacked Via Backups?

micksam7 Encrypt it (214 comments)

Encrypt your backups.

Don't let your backup system have access to your main system.

Allow your main system write-only access to your backup system, for the sole purpose of delivering new backups.

more than 5 years ago

Is Flash Really On 99% of Net Devices?

micksam7 Of course not! (383 comments)

Of course not! It's more like 98.5%

more than 5 years ago

Walmart Photo Keychain Comes Preloaded With Malware

micksam7 Re:Packer (224 comments)

those cases based on what you linked
-> those cases based on what the summary linked.

Slight target issue, appologies.

more than 5 years ago

Walmart Photo Keychain Comes Preloaded With Malware

micksam7 Packer (224 comments)

It's not a virus, it's just a exe packer they used.

Virus scanners have been labeling PE Packers as viruses for ages now, simply because a virus could be packed with them, and it's easier to pick out a packer header than a virus contained in it.

A lot of false positives are caused by this, and this looks like one of those cases based on what you linked. "Generic" "NSPack" "PossibleThreat" in the VirSCAN links give that away.

EXE/PE Packers simply compress a binary and decompress it on the fly, simply to save space or "load faster". Likely Walmart's programmers used one to keep the app's size small on a small device like that.

I've dealt with this situation in size-coding competitions before, and it's not fun. A lot of false positives are caused simply because a packer was used.

Fortunately, some of the better virus scaners actually unpack the software before checking it, or look for valid virus signatures instead of a simple Packer.

This basically is just a case of virus scan companies being lazy.

more than 5 years ago

Sending Secret Messages Via Google's SearchWiki

micksam7 Re:the message (160 comments)

1 & 2:

"1 - This article looks good to me."
"2 - Tape this article to the door of your office!"

more than 5 years ago


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