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Illinois University Restricts Access To Social Media, Online Political Content

mindcandy vote with your wallet (130 comments)

Universities (including the public ones) are a business like any other and are highly sensitive to voting with one's wallet.

At the one I work at we actually go to great lengths *not* to monitor, record, or police what students do beyond what's needed to keep the peace.
we also invite students to bring their game consoles in after major releases so we can fine tune stuff to ensure decent latency.

tl;dr somebody is having power trip there and/or just bought a shiny new piece of oppressionware and checked all the boxes.

about three weeks ago
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When Spies and Crime-Fighters Squabble Over How They Spy On You

mindcandy Re:What's it going to take? (120 comments)

You are forgetting that the having conduct ruled unconstitutional only precludes the recipient being prosecuted in the US criminal courts for it, assuming the transgressors get caught doing it, you weren't killed in the process, and you were on US soil when it happened.

about 1 month ago
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When Spies and Crime-Fighters Squabble Over How They Spy On You

mindcandy Better than nothing? (120 comments)

So, can I claim this as a victory under the "enemy of my enemy" philosophy?

Of course what goes without mention here is that "high shelf" just means they have to go through the trouble of getting the trial itself declared a matter of national security, meaning they can classify the entire charade (pfft, speedy and public what?).

about 1 month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

mindcandy Re: Speed tests (398 comments)

"speed tests" (the consumer oriented public sort, eg: speedtest.net) are a joke because Oookla (et.al) encourage the ISPs to run a local copy of it .. and naturally the configuration favors the *most local* one by default .. so unless you're paying attention or use a geek-oriented test (of which there is no shortage, but not quite as easy to use) you are just testing the "local loop" portion of your connection.

I should point out here that the CIR (bandwidth you are promised) is generally only stated in terms of the local loop, since normally that's all that your access-ISP has control over.

FWIW you can download the Oookla (speedtest.net) client to run on your own network, which is rather handy if you want to test out that fancy 802.11ac wifi setup (or whatever).

about 1 month ago
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Cybercrooks May Have Stolen Billions Using Brazilian "Boletos"

mindcandy Re: I don't get it. (69 comments)

We do, it's called an invoice.
You get one with practically every dead-tree bill, just take the slip into most grocery or corner stores and you can pay it.

about 2 months ago
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Cybercrooks May Have Stolen Billions Using Brazilian "Boletos"

mindcandy ~$7500 per transaction? (69 comments)

3750000000/495793 = 7564.25 per transaction .. even if it's the Real (Brazil's 'dollar') it's a little less than half that in USD.
If the crooks are smart they are shaving a'la Superman3 and not stealing it outright but that's a huge per-transaction average.

about 2 months ago
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What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

mindcandy Re:Be polite (286 comments)

Just say "I do not consent to this search
This .. and remember kids (and cops) .. that whole "digital breadcrumb" thing cuts both ways.

Even using an "imager" on a device (usually) creates a ./messages log entry which is handily timestamped with ntp sync'd clock accuracy.

about 3 months ago
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Former NSA Chief Warned Against Selling NSA Secrets

mindcandy bridge for sale (138 comments)

I don't know if I'd brag about my tenure there in the context of selling security consulting.

The whole Snowden affair demonstrated that they still managed some epic fails.

But sure .. 600k? .. I'll take two, because that's how we roll with government spending.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Feasible To Revive an Old Linux PC Setup?

mindcandy Time+Effort = yes (usually) (176 comments)

With enough time and effort (money being #3, but two outta three is generally all that's needed) .. yes, you can make it work.

If it's just an academic exercise then go for it, try and find hardware from the same (or earlier) era than the disks.

If you really want to flex an embedded device you'll be better off using recent distributions as those are customized for the hardware. Just because it's old software doesn't mean it'll run fine on newer (but underpowered) devices.

BOTH hardware and software have improved over time.

about 3 months ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

mindcandy Re:Relevant Skills (355 comments)

If you think all the iPads in the office are being used for business then your MDM sucks.

about 4 months ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

mindcandy uphill and snowy (355 comments)

geez, when I was a kid we had to play around with the chemicals under the sink for entertainment ..

about 4 months ago
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Second Federal 'Kill-switch' Bill Introduced Targeting Smartphone Theft

mindcandy Re:"... as a means to reduce theft." (158 comments)

Why not a remote kill switch for Rolexes?
Or money ..

be careful what you ask for.

about 6 months ago
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Second Federal 'Kill-switch' Bill Introduced Targeting Smartphone Theft

mindcandy Re:"... as a means to reduce theft." (158 comments)

True .. it's like the stupid car radios where you have to enter a code when the battery dies.
If it gets stolen, the thief realizes sometime later that it's useless, and it's still stolen.
Meanwhile, every time YOU have a dead battery or replace it, you have to dig around and find the stupid tag, or pay the dealer $100 to tell you.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Automatically Logging Non-Computerized Equipment Use?

mindcandy FWS/students (130 comments)

Call your student employment office and post N/20 jobs .. where N is the number of hours/week the lab is open.
FWS students can work 20hrs/wk according to their visa, but it must be an on-campus job. As such, there are tons of students needing a job.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Automatically Logging Non-Computerized Equipment Use?

mindcandy Re:Logging non-computerized equipment use (130 comments)

Have fun with the electrical inspector on that one .. but it's a good idea in theory.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Automatically Logging Non-Computerized Equipment Use?

mindcandy Not worth it .. (130 comments)

There are tons of ways to do this .. problem is they will all cost more than what your'e trying to accomplish.
As I like to tell the bean counter types .. "what you seek is a technical solution to an administrative problem"
You have cameras, so that's your "abuse" answer .. you said you use logbooks but compliance is poor"
Solution: Random daily audits and punish any non-compliance.

Also, consider the cost for all the inter-departmental billing and your time in managing all this foolishness .. and ask "is this really worth it?".

Source? : I am security@ for a large .edu and I deal with a lot of this BS.

about 6 months ago
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Inside Boeing's New Self-Destructing Smartphone

mindcandy FIPS-140 (162 comments)

FIPS-140 (and 140-2) address exactly this. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

At FIPS-140 Level 4, the crypto keys are stored on a unit that actively monitors for attack by environmental, electromagnetic, and physical methods.The physical is usually handled by a mesh of gridwires over the die.

The problem, of course, is Boeing is in bed with the government for Billions (Trillions) of dollars worth of military hardware, so don't think they'd sell you an Android phone before having a friendly chat with their friends at [A-Z]{3}.

about 7 months ago
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Intel's New Desktop SSD Is an Overclocked Server Drive

mindcandy Not really (111 comments)

Intel (and everybody else) does this for good reason .. high endurance components (Milspec, server, whatever) are usually designed for tolerances far beyond the actual spec, because manufacturing issues can cause the tolerances of the finished product to deviate somewhat.

If they design a [gizmo] to operate at 1.5ghz and sell it as a 1ghz chip knowing full well there is plenty of overhead but chances of failure running it at 65% of design are pretty much nil, yay for them for meeting the rejection rate.

Then along comes marketing and says "hey, we can sell the rest of them at 1.5ghz as consumer units" .. and the failure rate there doesn't really matter as much because you just print a disclaimer about "your data may go poof" and RMA the broken ones. As long as the defect rate is low enough to remain profitable, yay again.

about 7 months ago

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Sonicwall license servers (DRM) offline

mindcandy mindcandy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mindcandy (1252124) writes "Sonicwall's license server (their products use a draconian web-license system that retrieves a license file every hour) had a hickup last night and invalidated everyone's license keys for their "Email Security" product (and perhaps others) .. thus, no customer is able to login. Calls to their tech support are dumped immediately into voicemail with the message "all technicians are busy, please leave a message".

— ~~ SonicWALL Email Security Alert (6.2.2.1071) ~~ —
[Summary: Your Email Security licenses have been reset.]
Details: Host Name: *ourmailhost* Description: The Email Security licenses have been reset at 12/02/2008 04:18 EST. The email filtering will not be working.
TimeStamp: LocalTime: Tue Dec 2 04:18:49 2008 GMT: Tue Dec 2 09:18:49 2008
Additional Information: Recommended Action: Please contact SonicWall Technical Support.

It seems the server is totally down ..
$telnet licensemanager.sonicwall.com 443 Trying 204.212.170.143... telnet: Unable to connect to remote host: Connection refused"

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