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Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Using Its Gyroscope

nimbius this has been a passive attack for a while now. (91 comments)

originally researchers analyzed the data in the following categories. wobbling or wiggling in android devices indicated stress patterns, while violent shaking concluded frustration or rage. Finally, a single impact for iPhone devices registered as a trip to the genius bar and an unpaid credit card bill.


Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

nimbius Problem solved. (166 comments)

https everywhere.
and for those of you wondering why slashdot redirects to http, it could be any number of conspiracy theories but the most obvious: a BigIP appliance controls ssl handoff and they dont have the licenses for every freaking connection.

5 days ago

Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

nimbius a poor parallel (417 comments)

Call of Duty is nothing like actual war. instead, you should make the kids go camping for 3 days with nothing but ritz crackers, peanut butter and beef jerky. at the end, when they want to come home, phone them and let them know they did a great job so they get to camp for 3 more days. Occasionally drop off toilet paper and a roll of smartys, tell them its good for their morale. At the end of this 3 days, insist they stay 3 more days but this time leave a gas generator running next to the tent. If this is done in July, remember to stop by and stand near the generator telling bad jokes. Insist that they should appreciate it because its part of your effort to boost their morale as well. replace the beef jerky with baby food randomly. At the end of the week, take them a package of socks, gatorade and deodorant, then remove it and apologise as its for another kid with the same name also camping.

5 days ago

The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

nimbius speaking as a senior engineer (160 comments)

young engineers find that they spend a lot of time with bureaucracy, the pace is slow, their projects often get canceled or delayed, and the creative job satisfaction is poor.

Yes. im sorry you had to find out this way, but most engineering work is a bureaucratic rats nest. most of the meetings you're involved in are already pre-determined. That is, tens or hundreds of meetings in the past, before you were hired, determined the scope and pace of the particular project you've been tasked to work with. I dont task my young engineers with small tediums like compressor analysis or or structural meshing to torture them. New hires and college grads need to understand the fundamentals of our project before they dive into the bigger picture. the thermodynamic elements of most projects are a moebius strip of endless complexity few people under 10 years of experience with the company could ever comprehend. If you want creative freedom, pack your cube and go be a designer. Creative freedom may make you feel good, but when we're designing a thermonuclear power plant turbine, your special snowflake idea isnt being rejected because we dont like you but because our design has 40 years of in-the-field testing and functionality, and includes a fully scoped maintenance cycle that keeps america from celibrating its very own chernobyl.

projects can and do get cancelled. deal with it, because its rarely the result of anything you did. Maybe the nation-state that wanted your new jet engines decided to spend the money on ethnic cleansing, who knows. dont take it personally. make sure you at least learned something from that project. Finally, i cant stress this enough: you are an engineer, and the pace should be slow. part of that is in your software. ansys, nastran, and fluent jobs will run for weeks at a time, wiping your ass to make sure your design or part is solid and incapable of immolating a school under normal operational parameters. you can quicken the pace by specifying realistic resources to use before you submit to the simulation cluster, and optimizing your simulations instead of queueing them up, locking your screen, and going off to lunch. monitor your checkpoints for failures in convergence. use the latest software instead of demonizing it. run it multicore, and for god sake stop being retiscent and stubborn about new shit that can help you like simulation timing blocks. and another thing, close the application so your license is returned to the pool and can be used on other projects, most of which yours depends on.

now get off my lawn.

5 days ago

Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

nimbius not sure how this is news. (165 comments)

the fact that a public library is better than a private corporation is pretty much a fact of life.

about a week ago

Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

nimbius as a rider, a lot of questions still remain. (126 comments)

the excitement about the ironman theme seems to have eclipsed some major questions that I feel haven't been answered for many riders. call me a hater, but I guess the customer reviews will need to answer these:

1. what is the weight of this helmet?
2. did we ever solve the battery issue? how long, really, does this thing last?
3. im sure skully is all ears in san francisco, where your average motoring speed is well under 35, but can this thing communicate with me at highway speed?
4. is this device water resistant?
5. can it be charged from my bike like my phone?
6. what about riders with glasses?
7. many bikes already include bluetooth interfaces, how does Skully play with them?
as it stands, i can only see the helmet being adopted by vespa riding hipsters and the 20something lowered litrebike crowd; both of whom never leave main street or the comfort of first gear. anyone familiar with interstate and cross country riding already enjoy most everything skully provides. radio, pandora, gps, bluetooth, camera (front and rear) as well as realtime weather and traffic. its all been there for around a decade and already interfaces with bluetooth equipped helmets that are far more battle tested.

about a week ago

Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

nimbius still the same galaxy. dont worry. (220 comments)

For those wondering if the dimensions will change with the rounded edges, dont worry. the Galaxy Alpha will still continue to ship with mounting equipment for roadside billboard, stadium jumbotron, and IMAX auditorium. It will also still include the ever popular 130 decibel klaxon for informing you of Amber alerts at 5 AM on a saturday.

about a week ago

A Look At Advanced Targeted Attacks Through the Lens of a Human-Rights NGO

nimbius to understand the attacks, understand NGO. (25 comments)

to learn why The Chinese government has designated the WUC and its affiliate groups as a terrorist organisation, people must understand where NGO's came from and why they exist. "non-governmental organization" only came into popular use with the establishment of the United Nations Organization in 1945. it however intensified throughout the cold war as a means by which capitalist nations (namely the united states) could covertly do everything from back the nicacaguan contra to overthrow the government of Iran. At best, they are a destabilizing force as evidenced in Action Aid and Christian Aid which effectively condoned the 2004 US backed coup against an elected government in Haiti. NGO's cheerlead for projects like privatized water and healthcare in mozambique as they are not formally held to standard and adherence within the host country. 'showcase' projects and parallel programs that prove to be unsustainable can and do often show up alongside, but not in partnership with, government efforts.

the World Uyghur Congress is headed presently by an exilee in the United States since 2005 after six years' imprisonment in China for leaking state secrets. it is an umbrella term for an organisation of once small, weak and fractious Uyghur nationalist groups, including the World Uyghur Youth Congress, formed in November 1996. it is at most a separatist group with a line-item budget in the federal government and a testament to americas schitzophrenic relationship with china. We hate communism and dictatorial rule, but the 213 billion in trade this year seems to revise our outlook considerably. We sure hate terrorism but when the 2009 Ãoerümqi riots struck, we couldnt be bothered to care about how our NGO orchestrated and planned the event.

about a week ago

The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

nimbius just ask carriers. (247 comments)

googling verizon, comcast, and time warner it seems like their original pledge in 2012 to start rolling out ipv6 has quietly halted. most of their sites simply say "check back" while others imply certain undisclosed service areas may be exposed to both 4 and 6. forums are another story, with most customers and techs confirming the support exists, but either modems arent enabled to receive ipv6 due to bugs, or the support is broken in all-in-one devices in the case of DSL.

speaking from a linux neckbeard standpoint, i dont care. ive had competent functional v6 support for almost a decade and in many cases implemented it for pay. In my experience the problems associated with implementing v6 are related to companies angry about any downtime at all, or vendor specific appliances that just cant for some reason or another. they either lied about their ipv6 support, only partially support routing IPv6, or have egregious bugs in their implementation that cause stability problems in the rest of the network. Hosting providers have done an excellent job of supporting it from what ive seen, and most (with the exception of godaddy) are very generous in their IP offerings (i get 30 with ramnode.)

about a week ago

The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

nimbius I for one am enjoying our new quiet. (145 comments)

As a senior engineer, im glad to get some downtime before the "next revolution." I certainly havent had to patch any hacks or bugs related to our transcontinental wonkavator. this week ive done nothing but drink pina coladas and enjoy a long vacation instead of worry about vendor lock-in and incompatibility, which as we all know was solved during the IT Revolution(c). thanks to the IT revolution (and especially the cloud) ive had plenty of time to spend with friends playing my favourite games, which in no way were encumbered by a lack of reliable infrastructure to play them on (thanks again IT Revolution!) Technologies used in the corporate data center like DRAC and EFI PXE have worked so well that i dont even have to worry about security vulnerabilities or bugs. gone are the days when disk and ram shortages were commonplace, as are the days when disks were specifically coded to certain vendors and controllers.

about a week ago

Twitter Reports 23 Million Users Are Actually Bots

nimbius twitter bots can be helpful. (84 comments)

companies like ramnode and pingdom often have twitter interfaces to automagically notify customers of potential or actual outages. Call me a graybeard but I for one feel like thats laziness. Back in my day we wrote scripts to notify our customers, and in turn they visited our out-of-band notification box to see what the trouble was. Often times these boxes could fail over, if things were bad enough, pbx and irc for tech support. using twitter as a surrogate OOB channel means, in my opinion, you dont care about accountability when it comes to notifying customers.

about a week ago

Chinese Researchers' 'Terror Cam' Could Scan Crowds, Looking for Stress

nimbius I can just see the convicts now. (146 comments)

inmate: So youre the new guy. I got 15 years for murder. what did you do?
new guy: suspicion of terrorism at a train station. The cops said their new camera detected my enormous amount of stress.
inmate: thats gutsy. So, did ya pull it off? the terror attack?
new guy: if by terror attack you mean a taco bell breakfast, then yeah. Im sure theres a plumber and a janitor that are pretty terrorized by me.

about a week ago

DEA Paid Amtrak Employee To Pilfer Passenger Lists

nimbius the DEA isnt about drugs. (127 comments)

This is probably rather controversial, but it should be said. The DEA was never created in order to police drugs.
Richard Nixon created the DEA in part as a reaction to the 60's neo liberal counter culture, and in part at the behest of southern constituents in response to the 1964 civil rights amendment. this is evidenced by the fact that the DEA targets disproportionally minority communities for enforcement, regardless of the well documented fact that affluent communities exhibit similar levels of drug posession. its also supported by the lack of any DEA presence or investigation during the iran contra scandal as well as the existence of numerous politicians and heads of state whom have repeatedly divulged their consumption of narcotics despite our nations zero tolerance policy.

as the push for drug sentencing reform continues, the DEA is finding itself increasingly useless as anything but an obstructionist wing of the government clinging for federal dollars. Blowing a million dollars on an amtrak mole despite existing access is just one example, but their raids on California dispensaries and legislative obstructionism shouldnt be ignored.

about a week ago

With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

nimbius A bit of context on the "anti-american" president. (322 comments)

i know its offtopic, but adding the "anti american" thing is redundant. the US has a well documented 12 year history of funding and training contra rebels to burn down hospitals and schools in an attempt to dissuade the country from communism and socialism. The big news here is that american regional power does not appear to have had any ability to slow or stop this project, whereas 30 years ago a south american country partnering with an openly communist superpower would have likely put an aircraft carrier in the region.

about two weeks ago

New Car Heads-Up Display To Be Controlled By Hand Gestures, Voice Commands

nimbius a great technology for the United States. (142 comments)

As an american ive been using hand gestures and voice commands in traffic for years now.

about two weeks ago

Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

nimbius its interesting, but only if you dont use facebook (130 comments)

Articles like this are, for those of us who dont care to shackle ourselves to zuckerbergs moneytrain, technically interesting. For those of you with a facebook account however it should be insulting and demeaning as the equivalent of a farmhand explaining the latest milking machine or stun bolt to a herd of angus.

its completely OT, but i still feel obligated to say it. Facebook isnt interested in you as a person, theyre interested in you as a product.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

nimbius Google isnt bad. (194 comments)

Google's offering for video conferencing, albeit through plus, ive found to be really reliable. I am however at a loss for a solution to the problem of all those bullets whizzing through the house though...

about two weeks ago

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant Dismantling Will Cost $4.4 Billion, Take 20 Years

nimbius of course theres plenty of fucking money (343 comments)

Edison CEO Ted Craver says there's already enough money to pay for it, because Ted can declare bankruptcy on Southern California Edison, making the property a superfund site for taxpayers to pay for. SC Edison would then emege through chapter 11, restructure itself, and continue service in Southern California under another name. its precisely what Hooker Chemical Corporation did after the love canal disaster.

about two weeks ago

Unboxing a Cray XC30 'Magnus' Petaflops Supercomputer

nimbius Too little, too late. (71 comments)

We finally have a candidate system on which we can attempt to run crysis, and what happens? Crytek goes under.

about three weeks ago

PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

nimbius its why devs cringe. (180 comments)

As a devops (christ i hate that word.) engineer, the fact that the lack of a formal specification was overlooked for 20 years has been and is currently a big red flag for any legitimate software project. It was the knee-jerk reaction to Jakarta/Tomcat/Struts and ultimately java based, head first strict-type coding that turned programming projects into concentration camps. It emerged during a period when programmers were still struggling to determine how to present content to users sustainably, instead of having to write the entire page in perl. IMHO this is too little too late.

This is entirely opinion, but having lived with web n.x for 15 years, Python has emerged a juggernaut to contend with in RESTful coding environments. it learned from PHP's mistakes and walked away from perl with a firm understanding of what made it uncomfortable from the debug standpoint. things like CherryPy, TurboGears, pylons and even pecan can turn a proof of concept in a day, and can easily and quickly be scaled across the infrastructure.

about three weeks ago



Fedora 13 released

nimbius nimbius writes  |  more than 4 years ago

nimbius (983462) writes "Fedora 13 was released today, and contains many new features including a command line interface for networkmanager, experimental 3d in the Nouveau driver for Nvidia, Rhythmbox iPod Touch and iPhone music management and experimental support for Btrfs."
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