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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

operator_error Re:There are still any payphones to replace ? (106 comments)

That YouTube video points out each cellphone currently generates $40 - 60K annually in services. Also, it says the most valuable asset that these units offer is the pre-existing infrastructure of power and telecommunication cables. They're not going anywhere, although collecting coins to complete phone calls might not happen much longer.

4 days ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

operator_error Re:My guess? (106 comments)

That's a feature, not a bug. Oh wait.

4 days ago
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

operator_error Re:Gerald Bull was an amateur. (337 comments)

If I'm reading and understanding you correctly, you're suggesting that 150kT should be enough for anybody, right? (Although wouldn't 20Mt would be oh so grand.)

Huh, amateurs. Who'da thought otherwise?

about a week ago
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Microsoft Aims To Offer Windows 10 Upgrades For All Windows Phone 8 Lumias

operator_error And the Lumia 900? (77 comments)

What about the once-flagship Nokia Lumia 900? Oh sure, nevermind; that phone will always be stuck at Windows Phone 7.5. As TFA says, only Windows Phone 8 will be upgraded. Pity those fools that trusted Microsoft and their %$#@! Windows Phone when they bought their new, first ever released (non-linux, non-symbian) Nokia Lumia, complete with new and shiny Windows Phone 7.5.

It would be very interesting to learn the stats on those buyers' subsequent smartphone purchases, assuming that was possible.

about a week ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Shutdown, Rival Dark Net Markets Grow Quickly

operator_error Re:News=Where to find drugs (86 comments)

Let's say you really wanted to buy drugs on-line because you thought it was a good idea for whatever reason. Do you trust your own ability not to be traced (which is paramount), in addition to the quality of encryption and other feats provided by your dealer. That's a real risk. Plus, how many of these sites are honeypots, (and when/if they get busted, and their encryption isn't up to snuff they might as well be honeypots for purposes of this discussion)? Buyer beware.

Evolution in this case means not only good customer service, but quality encryption as well. Beware of dependencies, no pun intended.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Won't Do In-Flight Wi-Fi After All

operator_error Re:AT&T (35 comments)

Sounds like a classic FUD move, by a huge player with vested interests in the Dumb Pipe market.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

operator_error ElasticSearch, Logstash, Kibana (ELK Stack) (147 comments)

The ELK Stack might be an option. In my field, (many) web servers can stream all their logs off-site in Real-Time using Logstash Forwarder (or instead they might use rysnc, or rsyslog, or...). A central server, in the secure private intranet perhaps reads and indexes this log data, (that's ElasticSearch, which is sort of like a personal Google for your logs, any logs of any kind, or other Big Data). Kibana is a user-friendly Angular.js application and presentation layer. If you're familiar with NewRelic for server monitoring, you can save views just like when using that tool.

http://jakege.blogspot.nl/2014...

Okay, maybe this is sort of like 'when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail', but this suggestion is the extent of my background in this area. Although I have had an itch to scratch, and so far, this is my best open-source result.

There's a ton of citations you should search for yourself, but I'll provide one I found that might start to help. Using this tool, it is fairly easy to parse out the myriad of hacker efforts at attacking the servers for example; even when you're the NY Times.

about two weeks ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

operator_error Re:Another Idiot Tempts the Fates (219 comments)

The US Feds are apparently working with the Gardaí of Dublin, and someone got caught with encrypted, but unlocked computers containing client CRM data. Now lots of dark sites all over the world are suddenly being exposed.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/b...

about two weeks ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

operator_error The Golden Gate Bridge (594 comments)

How many people died in the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge?

Eleven, although until February 17, 1937, there had been only one fatality, setting a new all-time record in a field where one man killed for every million dollars spent had been the norm. On February 17, ten more men lost their lives when a section of scaffold carrying twelve men fell through the safety net.

http://goldengatebridge.org/re...

In other Googling I found an average of 120 people commit suicide annually on that bridge.

Should the bridge go away now?

Now that's one way to look at the question of whether or not a space tourism endeavor is worthwhile. Personally I think the environmental impact, vs. For Who and For What Purpose is a major issue. To me those are just incredibly wealthy people looking for fun ways to spend their money. This isn't like trans-Atlantic air travel in the 20th Century, which actually had a clearly demonstrable economic and societal purpose.

On the other hand, I can well believe nothing would have stopped those gentlemen under similar conditions from trying again. This is what they did as a career for-life, and economically speaking, they had a good employer and seeming economic benefit to do what they did.

Full disclosure: I am only a software guy. I try to do backups, but am only so-so there.

about three weeks ago
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Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

operator_error Re:Was pretty obvious (284 comments)

The LA Times has recently covered how Electronics For Imaging (EFI) clearly underpaid Indian immigrant laborers. $1.21 an hour in Silicon Valley, 122 hours in a week, and no overtime. Thank goodness EFI got caught!

http://www.latimes.com/busines...

Still, I don't think the non-IT general public knows an industry called IT *labor* even exists. Except for the Obama-care website snafu that is. (Maybe in Oregon, the folks there know about Oracle Corp. by now) Millions of iPhones are begging for greater robotic assemblies, because those gizmos don't build themselves, and it'll happen.

about three weeks ago
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

operator_error Re:And in other marketing opportunities (165 comments)

Where do you think Skynet will be sourcing its replicants from? C'mon, look at the timeline and start to do the math, then all this makes perfect sense.

about a month ago
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BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

operator_error Re:Is it open source yet? (124 comments)

For my workgroup/use-case we looked into Syncthing/Pulse and ruled it out because another requirement of ours is read-only sharing/distribution. So far, we're still stuck using the official Bit-Torrent Sync. In other words, so far, given our long list of fairly strict requirements, Bit-Torrent Sync sucks less then everything else.

I'm hoping git annex assistant will pass testing once I get to it. We're trying to distribute files using wifi at open-source conferences, using some kind of LAN technology, since we tend to quickly congest conference wireless/hardware facilities, and can't reliably work with an outside server. In our experience so far, Bit-Torrent Sync sucks less then everything else we've tried.

about a month ago
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BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

operator_error Re:Is it open source yet? (124 comments)

Here's an 'unofficial' open-source bit-sync client:
www.yeasoft.com/site/projects:btsync-deb:btsync-server

It doesn't install on .rpm based distros so far as I can tell. I have a use-case that calls for drop-dead-easy cross-platform sync, and I'm leaning towards using git-annex assistant, but haven't had time to thoroughly test it yet.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

operator_error Re:I can already see it (172 comments)

But what would that possibly accomplish? Or right, it can run Windows.

A few weekends ago I read about someone that can bootup Windows 95 on their smartwatch.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets...

about a month ago
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Ubuntu Turns 10

operator_error Gnome3 FTW! (110 comments)

Agreed. Gnome3 user here; and I like it! Me no likes Unity; although I can start to see how I might use it, due to recent evolutions.

Also FWIW, every single non-techie, former Windows XP refugee I've turned onto Ubuntu Gnome3 likes Gnome3/Ubuntu also. They tell me they can't believe they used to live that way.

about a month ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

operator_error That boat is bigger than Larry's! (275 comments)

Larry Ellison doesn't have a boat that comes close to that. C'mon Larry, you're losing your Mojo dude! And its made in Korea!

Of course his (Russian) Mig29 could probably sink it.

What's it gonna be Larry? Are you gonna kick ass or chew gum?

about a month ago
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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

operator_error Re:Mac Mini (109 comments)

Ummmm, err VMware on Intel CPUs, all the way. And LMGFTY.com is your friend.

about a month ago
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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

operator_error Re:Mac Mini (109 comments)

You must be doing it wrong. VMware, all the way.

about a month ago
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NSA CTO Patrick Dowd Moonlighting For Private Security Firm

operator_error Re:Conflict of interest is just what they do (83 comments)

Retiring and getting millions funneled into your pockets is far more lucrative than being promoted a rank.

The converse is also true. It simply isn't possible to enlist in the service past 39-42 years of age. Also, never underestimate the power of attrition. Now that you now, profit(!), right? God Bless America.

But seriously, think about the *many* that have truly made sacrifices for the entire country.

about a month ago

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'Frozen' songwriters next write about an awkward computer repairman

operator_error operator_error writes  |  about two weeks ago

operator_error (1363139) writes "A new musical from the Academy Award-winning songwriters of "Frozen" will tell the story of a socially awkward computer repairman named Dan who becomes attracted to Lindsay, a t-shirt designer. But his overactive imagination keeps getting in the way of a potential relationship.

"Up Here" will delve into the overactive imagination of its 30-something protagonist, bringing to life the "circus of judgmental, neurotic, ever-changing characters that rule an ordinary man's mind.""

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OwnCloud Developer requests removal from Ubuntu repos: multiple vulnerabilities

operator_error operator_error writes  |  about a month ago

operator_error (1363139) writes "ownCloud developer Lukas Reschke has sent an email to the Ubuntu Devel mailing list, requesting that ownCloud (server) is removed from the Ubuntu repositories because the package is old and there are multiple critical security bugs for which no fixes have been backported. He adds that:

        "Those security bugs allows an unauthenticated attacker to gain complete control about the web server process".

However, packages can't be removed from the Ubuntu repositories for an Ubuntu version that was already released, that's why the package was removed from Ubuntu 14.10 (2 days before its release) but it's still available in the Ubuntu 14.04 and 12.04 repositories (ownCloud 6.0.1 for Ubuntu 14.04 and ownCloud 5.0.4 for Ubuntu 12.04, while the latest ownCloud version is 7.0.2).

Furthermore, the ownCloud package is in the universe repository and software in this repository "WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu security team" (you should see this if you take a look at your /etc/apt/sources.list file) so it's up to someone from the Ubuntu community to step up and fix it. "If nobody does that, then it unfortunately stays the way it is", says Marc Deslauriers, Security Tech Lead at Canonical.

You can follow the discussion @ Ubuntu Devel mailing list.

So, until (if) someone fixes this, if you're using ownCloud from the Ubuntu repositories, you should either remove it or upgrade to the latest ownCloud from its official repository, hosted by the openSUSE Build Service"

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Studies Conclude Hands-free-calling & Apple Siri Distract Drivers

operator_error operator_error writes  |  about a month and a half ago

operator_error (1363139) writes "In many cars, making a hands-free phone call can be more distracting than picking up your phone, according to a new study from AAA and the University of Utah.

In-dash phone systems are overly complicated and prone to errors, the study found, and the same is true for voice-activated functions for music and navigation.

A companion study also found that trying to use Siri — the voice control system on Apple phones — while driving was dangerously distracting. Two participants in the study had virtual crashes in an automotive simulator while attempting to use Siri, the study's authors reported.

In response, Toyota said the study did not show a link between cognitive distraction and car crashes.

"The results actually tell us very little about the relative benefits of in-vehicle versus hand-held systems; or about the relationship between cognitive load and crash risks," said Mike Michels, a Toyota spokesman."

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"Shellshock" may be partially patched, but it's still highly dangerous

operator_error operator_error writes  |  about 2 months ago

operator_error (1363139) writes "David A. Wheeler, a computer scientist who is an acknowledged expert in developing secure open-source code, posted a message to the Open Source Software Security (oss-sec) list this evening urging more changes to the bash code. And other developers have found that the current patch still has vulnerabilities similar to the original one, where an attacker could store malicious data in a variable named the same thing as frequently run commands. Norihiro Tanaka, a Japanese open-source developer, noted the problem in an e-mail to the bug-bash list today. By using an environmental variable called cat—the same name as a Unix utility that can concatenate files—he was able to bypass the fixes in the latest bash patch and pass through executable commands. Wheeler noted this vulnerability as well, in an email to both oss-sec and the bug bash list:

I appreciate the effort made in patch bash43-026, but this patch doesn't even BEGIN to solve the underlying shellshock problem. This patch just continues the "whack-a-mole" job of fixing parsing errors that began with the first patch. Bash's parser is certain have many many many other vulnerabilities; it was never designed to be security-relevant. John Haxby recently posted that "A friend of mine said this could be a vulnerability gift that keeps on giving.” Bash will be a continuous rich source of system vulnerabilities until it STOPS automatically parsing normal environment variables; all other shells just pass them through! I've turned off several websites I control because I have *no* confidence that the current official bash patches actually stop anyone, and I am deliberately *not* buying products online today for the same reason. I suspect others have done the same. I think it's important that bash change its semantics so that it "obviously has absolutely no problems of this kind".

In other words, “Shellshock” may be partially patched, but it’s still highly dangerous on systems that might use bash to pass information to the operating system or to launch other software. And it may take a significant change to fix the code."
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Nokia announces MeeGo 1.2 for Developers w/ N900

operator_error operator_error writes  |  more than 3 years ago

operator_error (1363139) writes "Jukka Eklund at Nokia writes to the Meego Dev list: "I am thrilled to announce a little thing we started at Nokia. Basically we want to have MeeGo running in N900 device, so that it's really usable as your daily development device. Basic Handset UX should work, phone calls, SMS, web browsing. So we are concentrating on a few selected features and polish those to be "perfect". It might mean that we leave out some things in MeeGo 1.2 trunk for this edition, but that is not the default intention.

We are doing this fully on the open, and I hope this is an interesting project where we all in the community work towards the same goal: have a great MeeGo edition in the N900. This work is naturally based on the great work done already by N900 adaptation team lead by Harri and Carsten.

The wiki is up here: http://wiki.meego.com/ARM/N900/DeveloperEdition. It will populated with more information as we go, thanks for the patience.

Br,
Jukka
Developer Edition product manager" ...Also folks, be sure to stay tuned for the new Nokia N950 meant only as a (likely) unsubsidized Developer's hardware refresh of the N900. Only rumor has it that it will not arrive with a slide-out keyboard. How important is having a N900-style keyboard to you, along with the new Meego Love Nokia software continues to offer?"

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