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Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

mmell What ever happened to biometrics? (222 comments)

Two factor authentication for most applications - something you have, something you know will do nicely. Three factor authentication for the sensative stuff - something you have, something you know and something you are.

about a week ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

mmell Just a bit of counterpoint . . . (697 comments)

You do business with someone. Anyone. They pay you in cash.

You go to your bank. They notify you that your cash is counterfeit. You can't spend it. Your money has been "bricked".

(Yes, it's an imperfect analogy. Is there such a thing as a perfect analogy?)

about a week ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

mmell This looks a lot like what Microsoft is doing. (173 comments)

I've seen a similar functionality already present on my old hotmail account. The Windows 8.1 mail interface (used to) sort some emails into metafolders like "social" so on. I immediately disabled it, as it interfered with my habitual way of viewing/scanning email - I was missing inbound messages because of it.

If this is more of the same, I think I'll opt out if/when Google decides to roll it out to the whole wide world. I like GMail (beta) just the way it is. YMMV.

about a week ago
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How Curved Spacetime Can Be Created In a Quantum Optics Lab

mmell Re:Damn (89 comments)

Fry: Usually on the show, they came up with a complicated plan, then explained it with a simple analogy.

Leela: Hmmm... If we can re-route engine power through the primary weapons and configure them to Melllvar's frequency, that should overload his electro-quantum structure.

Bender: Like putting too much air in a balloon!

Fry: Of course! It's all so simple!

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

mmell Re:IP is licensed separately. (224 comments)

To add to this - probably best not to mention any patents you are holding, unless you believe this is specifically what the prospective employer is looking for. From the hiring perspective, I don't want to hire somebody who might reasonably be expected to tell me "I'm leaving to pursue my own independent business prospects now", and I sure don't want to hear "I'm leaving to become your competitor now". All your patent portfolio is likely to tell me is that I don't get to have 100% of your skills and abilities after I've hired you. NDA's and non-compete agreements can only go so far to alleviate a hiring manager's concerns in this area.

Best bet - you can tell 'em all about the work and the accomplishments, but don't specifically mention patented IP. If they want something you've already done, it'll be up to you to determine whether you want to reinvent the wheel for them or try to sell them your patented IP (although I'd advise against the latter).

about two weeks ago
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Rosetta Takes Stunning Self-Portrait 10 Miles From Comet's Surface

mmell Re:What is this supposed to achieve? (62 comments)

Well, it costs a lot of time, effort and money to get anything to or from our moon, and even more to get anything to any of the planetary bodies in our solar system. If we want to exploit space, we might wan to consider exploiting those resources which are nearest to us. Comets and asteroids fill the bill there, so we might want to start by learning if there is anything worth exploiting there.

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

mmell Re: In your opinion, the ends justify the means? (429 comments)

Your candor gives me reason to believe you may be trustworthy. However, the tool you have created is dangerous and you should take steps to control its dissemination.

about three weeks ago
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Antiperspirants Could Contribute to Particulate Pollution

mmell I don't think particulate contaminants evaporate. (70 comments)

Liquids evaporate. Particulates tend to be left behind after evaporation is completed.

Remember: if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

about three weeks ago
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Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

mmell We are Pentium of Borg. (239 comments)

Division is futile. You will be approximated.

about three weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

mmell In your opinion, the ends justify the means? (429 comments)

It's okay for you to redirect packets from a total stranger's computer on a public network to your host. I suppose we should all take your word for it that you're just dropping those packets on the floor?

The nature of this software has already called your integrity into question - or did you suppose that "pure" motives would justify poor ethics?

about three weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

mmell From the author's website . . . (429 comments)

The program then bans those users from the network via ARP Cache poisoning

and

Is this legal? . . . I am not a Lawyer

He knows he's using arp cache poisoning on someone else's network - without even thinking too hard, that sounds pretty schiesty to me. Regarding legality - rather than simply not mentioning it, he goes out of his way to document his ignorance of the potential illegality of running this code. Sounds less like a factual lack of knowledge and more like willful ignorance to me.

The ends cannot justify the means. He has a good end in view, but his means are even worse than the situation he's attempting to address. What other packets is he stealing from (presumably innocent) bystanders?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

mmell You are a sad little child. (294 comments)

Little wonder that you are your only supporter here, your only friend, your only fan. It must be lonely, living in a world all of your own. Don't you ever wonder what it would be like to enjoy friendship, respect, happiness?

Get help, child.

about three weeks ago
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The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

mmell You need to get a sense of humor. (103 comments)

Granted, that joke was old when I was young, but still . . .

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

mmell The linked text appears quite applicable. (294 comments)

Sadly, it probably is beyond my current comprehension. I am not a trained psychiatrist or psychologist.

Then again, my understanding is not what is required. If only Alexander Peter Kowalski were up to the simple task of honest self-appraisal, there might be some hope.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

mmell Is that the best you can do? (294 comments)

Your grip on reality is even weaker than I'd thought. I'm certain (based on your other posts) that you were abused by your father, and possibly your mother as well. Were you also sexually molested, or was it only physical and emotional abuse you suffered?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

mmell APK, you're showing your insanity. (294 comments)

Or do you think anybody here is anile enough to believe that this isn't just you?

Get some help . . . soon.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

mmell No, that hasn't been the subject for a while now. (294 comments)

Nobody here is foolish enough to run a kernel-mode host file manager written by a man who clearly has what is at best a tenuous grip on reality. I know the truth hurts, but until you accept the truth and do something about it you will remain an object of derision and ridicule here.

about three weeks ago

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RIP: ISP's driving the final stake into the internet.

mmell mmell writes  |  about 6 months ago

mmell (832646) writes "I'm sure a lot of Slashdot readers have strong opinions regarding Net Neutrality. I'm also sure that a percentage of Slashdot readers are also aware of DemandProgress.net, an organization which purports to act as a watchdog over certain government actions. Today, their pitch appears to be BREAKING: The End of Net Neutrality.

The website appears to be down. While we've been enjoying VisageTome, AgriVillage, Confection Smash Epic and various other pap streams, it would appear that the vague and undefined "Powers That Be" have quietly retaken their control over the Internetwork of computers we've come to know and love. How widespread is the damage, and is there any chance of repairing it before it's too late?"
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Is Slashdot staying relevant to Nerds that Matter with stuff that's news?

mmell mmell writes  |  about 9 months ago

mmell (832646) writes "Recently, Slashdot unveiled a new look and not unlike virtually every update the people running /. attempt, this proposed, beta change has caused widespread panic and hysteria such as not been seen since the broadcast of H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds. At what point do users of a free service gain a right to destroy that service (evidence of which is clearly visible throughout the site and requires no citation)? Has the average /. user devolved to the level of all the non-slashdotters we used to make fun of?"

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