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Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

parkinglot777 Re: Only for root users (114 comments)

I think even most casual users will wake up and cancel the request

This actually makes me laugh :P Sadly, a casual user is not as logical as you think.

about two weeks ago

Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

parkinglot777 Re:Missing the point (129 comments)

my firsthand experience has been that software developers "lacking" a CS degree have displayed a marked tendency to produce more functional, reasonably secure, and efficient/scalable code than their CS counterparts.

And that is what I don't understand. Why do people keep relating CS with programming directly? Programming skill is NOT a required skill in the field for CS as long as CS students can get/develop the alogithm to work with any assigned language they work with. In other words, CS students learn to use a language to demonstrate how they understand the concept and are able to implement. They do NOT learn different languages to be an expert in those languages. I know many of my CS friends who understand algorithms but can't really code! That doesn't mean they can't finish the degree, but it means they may not be a good programmer/developer if they are going to work in software development.

PS: It also depends on school they have been to because some schools are more lenient than others in order to get the degree...

about two weeks ago

"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

parkinglot777 Re:Why..... (259 comments)

But they still pay a smaller amount than people with a larger income.

Hmm... You are missing something... You are using "quantity" against "subjective feeling" in this case. Let's say you are making $10,000 a year and you are taxed at 10%, so it would be $1,000. Then another person is making $1,000,000 a year and he is taxed at 10% also which would be $100,000. Now, let's talk about what you said. Yes, the $100,000 is much more than $1,000; however, what do you feel if you are losing $1,000 from your overall $10,000? Do you think you should spend money on a new iPhone with the left over amount when you may not have enough money left to pay rent/car? How about the other guy who still has $900,000? Would he still be able to spend money on "the same" item you may not be able to afford? If you are going to argue about different life styles, that is a totally different topic.

The "quantity" and "subjective feeling" should be considered together in the taxes talk. They are collerated but could be looked at from different points of view. The poor look at the "smaller" amount as a big chunk of money to live on. On the other hand, the rich look at the "bigger" amount as a loss in their investment. They both are NOT the same because the former is for neccessity/living and the latter is for making more money (getting richer). Therefore, arguing on how much taxes should be paid by using only quantity alone would be ignorance. It is extremely difficult to find a happy medium between these two. That's why the progressive rate tend to be favorlable and used (in democratic countries).

about two weeks ago

Indonesian Cave Art May Be World's Oldest

parkinglot777 Re:You mean... (77 comments)

6000 years ago, right?

Prove that it isn't only 6,000 years old. You can't, the best that can be said is that it is consistent with what we would expect from something 40k old.

I thought the GP (AC) is making a joke, but the parent post (another AC) takes it a serious way...

about three weeks ago

Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

parkinglot777 Re:Does that mean they'll get to vote? (385 comments)

It would be like a child murdering another child. There would be sanctions, probably confinement, treatment, possible partial culpability for the owners/parents etc.

What are you going to do with a wild chimp (no "human" owner/guardiance)? And what are you going to do with the chimp's parents because they are partially response to the murder of another chimp???

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Capture the Flag Training

parkinglot777 Re:Not a good idea (102 comments)

demand that computer science courses are replaced with programming ones.

Sorry, but your stereotype is OFF.

Computer Science is not teaching you to do "programming"! If you want to replace the core course with "programming," you are picking the wrong major. You should rather change your major and go on Information Technology/System instead because they do learn more in programming (look at their course catalogue).

about three weeks ago

Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

parkinglot777 Re:Common Core Failed (389 comments)

Rote memorization through 10 (or 12 in the US with 12 inches in a foot).

If "rote memorization" is what I think (multiplication tables), then kids in Asia are required to memorize up to 12 as well, but may also memorize up to 25 as an optional which is very common.

about three weeks ago

Test Version Windows 10 Includes Keylogger

parkinglot777 Re:What do you expect? (367 comments)

How long does it take a user to find the correct button to dismiss a dialog? How many users use keyboard navigation rather than the mouse to navigate dialogs? How many times do the people who do use keyboard navigation hit tab without typing doing anything that would modify the field? All of these things require a keylogger (or a camera pointed at the screen) to find out and give valuable data when designing a UI. You'd hope that there's something client side that filters out anything that might be a password and aggregates some of the data, but it's all information about the end user that you need to collect to do a good job at UI design.

I agree that they need to collect data in order to improve thie OS. But what MS did is to take the easy way out! There are many traditional indirect ways to get to the same goal, but they need to collect lots of data and have experts analyze the data, let alone the cost to get this work done. Using keylogger is a direct, easy, cheap, and intrusive way to do the work! If those who don't care, it would be fine for them; however, many laymen do not understand what security and privacy are. If MS want to use keylogger, they should display a SUCCINT and HUGE text at the installation to let those who are installing know what they are doing (i.e. "This test verion of windows comes with KEYLOGGER to automatically provide us the feedback. If you do not want it, do NOT install the OS!") instead of play with words (and pretend) to make people feel that their texts entered are not being logged.

about three weeks ago

Lost Sense of Smell Is a Strong Predictor of Death Within 5 Years

parkinglot777 Re:OMG, lol (139 comments)

A big issue is the small study size with limited data.

So, it more points to promising lines of research than proving anything.

I agree that the sample size is too small and the result could be the one hit wonder. If they keep researching and allow publishing of any result (both support and against), I am quite certain that the outcome is much lower.

However, it is a common sense that humans would face more danger if their olfactory becomes malfunction (if you think about it). Why? What are the purposes of smell? One is to help you identify what is good and what is bad. Even though it is more subjective, it is a very common tool for screening any possible toxic to your health. Without smelling, you may accidentally walk into an area or room full with poison or danger (i.e. gas).

Also, smell could enhance your appertize. If you do not or cannot smell, you may not be hungry when you should. As a result, you may not consume enough nutrient each day and could weaken your body.

Last but not least, smell helps you identify what you should put in your mouth. Smell relates to your taste. If you do not smell, you may not know how bad the food you are eating. Try to do it by closing your nose and eat something smelly. You would see that whatever you eat is no longer that smelly; besides, its taste is a bit different (more toward bland). So if the food is already bad, it could cause trouble to your stomach because you do not properly smell and/or taste it.

So to me, it is NOT a promising lines of research but rather a confirmation of common sense. Death can be related to many many factors! Of course, losing smell could be one of them, but making it as a big player in the death is non sense.

about a month ago

Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

parkinglot777 Re:I measure taste like a food critic (103 comments)

leaf to hold it all together

Not really. The flavor of the leave is mild but helps your taste bud and eases the spiciness as well.

As the GP said, real Thai food has strong balance; however, it also depends on where you get the food. Each region has different preferable taste. Normally, Northern part tends to be mild to medium spicy hot, Eastern part is medium to hot, the Central part is mild, and the Southern part is medium to very hot.

I guess it is the reputation that Thai food has to associate with peanuts and/or coconut. This is NOT TRUE especially peanut. Most Thai dish does not contain peanuts. Many does not contain coconut and peanuts. I guess the reputation comes from curry dishes (most of them contain coconut but not all types). For peanuts, I guess it is from Pad Thai (but I never order it with peanuts). By the way, Sriracha is NOT a traditional seasoning in Thai but rather a brand name of hot source that makes its name to the west. They don't usually use it in Thailand.

"krueng therm" (literally "engine fillup")

a better literal translation of "khrueang toem" is "additional ingredient"

I had trouble for a while trying to figure out the word "Krueng therm." As the parent post said, "Krueng" can be "engine" or "ingredient," but using the word alone will not give you a clear meaning like that! In Thai, the word does not have a complete meaning until you put it in a context. However, it gives you a sense of something that usually has more than one thing involved, and the word is a noun. The word "therm" or "toem," if I guess correctly, means to fill or to add. However, no Thai people would ever use these 2 words together. Thai people either use "Krueng Proong Ros" ("Proong Ros" means to season food) in a formal way. As you see, the word "Krueng" is in there to indicate the word as a noun. Or another word that Thai people would use is "Puang Prick." The first word means a bunch of (normally you would see 4 different kinds of seasoning). The second word means chilli (which indicates some if not all of them contains chilli as an ingredient). I know that some Westerners would want to make fun of the word, so go ahead. If you don't know, the "F" word in English is actually a type of vegetable in Thai, so go figure.

about 1 month ago

Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

parkinglot777 Re:Walked past Security Theatre (217 comments)

I'm so glad that so many people were able to participate in the extended season of Security Theatre. Too bad the iPad patron missed out. Well, at least at first...

I would think this comment to be more "funny" than "insightful" though. The reason is that this kind of event would happen to any kind of securities -- dame if you do and dame if you don't -- but many people do NOT see it that way.

Let me put it in a simple model. The man is either a terrorist or not, and the security decision either arrest him or let him go. So there are 4 possible ways that the situation can occur: the man is a terrorist and security arrest him, the man is a terrorist and security does not arrest him, the man is not terrorist and the security arrest him, and the man is not a terrorist and the security does not arrest him.

The first possible way would be a news, but appreciation may not really be that high from people. I would also ask, how many of those who already dislikes security at the airport would say? Would they say "Oh it is their job"? Would they really appreciate their work? Very likely not.

The second possible way would also be a news later, but the security would be chopped into pieces. It has happened before and I don't see that it will not happen again. They will be called "incompetent" and many other names. I don't blame those who call them names for this kind of event, but for myself, it also depends on how the situation happened.

On Saturday morning, a man got off a plane at Sydney Airport in Australia and was so enchanted by the fascinating content on his iPad that he walked into a domestic terminal without bothering to go through security.

The third possible way is this situation because the precautious causes chaos but no harm found. It is annoying and frustrating, of course, but I would try not to criticize them because it is the man's fault. He, who ignores his surrounding, goes through the terminal without going through the security. What if he is a terrorist? If I were working as the security, I would not take a risk to ensure others safety over the noise from people that blame me on my precautious.

The last possible way, as you know, is not very important; however, there will be some people posting about it and say negative thing about how incompetent the security is (again) -- dame if you don't -- even though there is nothing happened.

So overall, I think the situation is appropriate. No harm found and I think it is an unfortunate event to happen...

about a month ago

CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

parkinglot777 Re: feminists controll the law! (195 comments)

Next we should go after Apple and Microsoft. It's well established that 98.28% of all electronic stalkers, harassers, and domestic abusers used either Windows or osx to do it.

What the fuck is wrong with the world that the seller of a tool can be arrested because some customer chooses to use it for nefarious purposes. I sure hope people don't start using cars to commit crimes because I like having a car. Oh wait...

I can't imagine how your post could get insightful. I guess, so many people do not read TFA but rather throw in their opinion.

Your analogy fails. Now let me give you another one. Let say someone is selling bombs (not kits or tools, but ready-to-use bomb). Do you think it is wrong to arrest the person because his/her customer chooses to use it for nefarious purposes? My example is a bit extreme but you should get the picture why this software, which could do harm more than good, would get you arrested.

If I remember correctly, a similar app was offered in a show "Shark Tank" called "Cate apps" or something similar. The apps has very similar functionality in the sense that it can intercept the incoming message or phone call on your own phone, so that others but you would not see. They gave a new name as "Cheater" apps. However, this app goes even further than that. It can intercept both incoming and outgoing (see quote below) many things: Call Recording, Call Interception, Recorded Surroundings, Electronic Mail, SMS, Voicemail, Contacts, Photos, Videos, Appointments. Once the phone has been installed with the app, you can monitor all of those without having the phone!

The app was designed with numerous functionalities that permitted it to intercept a variety of both outgoing and incoming wire and electronic transmissions to and from the smartphone on which it was installed.

I understand that many people (including myself) want "freedom," but the real "freedom" does not come with privacy and/or security. Unless you live alone in the middle of no where and completely no interaction with others in anyway, you have to pick the scale between freedom and privacy/security.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

parkinglot777 Re:password manager (191 comments)

sha265(md5("hunter2" + ""))

I don't think it is necessary to double encrypt your password or increase security; especially the way you do (using SHA256 and MD5). A good explanation about why double/triple/etc encryption may not be necessary can be found at http://security.stackexchange.... (look at the answer to the question).

about a month ago

Popular Wi-Fi Thermostat Full of Security Holes

parkinglot777 Re:Will this internet of things die already? (103 comments)

Or, perhaps more to the point of this entire thread, a "smart" thermostat that gets hacked and ends up costing you 4x what it should.

Or a logging server that gets hacked to determine if the motion sensor has been tripped in the last hour or two, indicating an empty house ripe for theft.

If and only if you are being targeted. I have no idea why a person who can hack or like to hack would go around and mess around with anyone randomly. There must be a reason why. Hacking is not something you do and expect no consequence (backfire). If you are smart enough to cover your track, then again it is even more questionable why you would go around and do it randomly? Even theft, it is not worth while to select a random house with the system to rob. Why? The theft may get only worthless junk from the house and is not worth the risk.

And yes, dismissing these scenarios as "impossible" is exactly how the hell this kind of weak-ass security mentality spreads.

I agree that they should not implement something and disregard the security, but your reasons is not enough for the argument. If you simply said the reason they should have better security just in case to save their behind for any security incidents, I wouldn't disagree with your reasoning.

about a month ago

Obama Presses China On Global Warming

parkinglot777 Re:The pot calling the kettle black (261 comments)

China wouldn't need to burn so much coal if we in the West stopped using them for their child labor just so we can have iStuff and other bling a little bit cheaper.

I am not sure why the parent post is marked as insightful??? Wouldn't China still use coal if they are not being hired to do the labor work? If their children are forced to work, does that mean the West force them to? Or the local contractors? Or it is simply their own will because many of Chineses are so poor and want to make money regardless what others (especially westerners) rules are or what they think? The culture of Chineses, who are poor, is that they want to make a few bucks if they can rather than sit around doing nothing because they do NOT have government to spoon feed them (both children and unemployed). So if there is an opportunity regardless what kind of work is, they WILL do it (may or may not be happy but resources to buy food comes first).

So I do not understand why should the parent post blame the West for whatever they are now and being insightful... :-\

about a month ago

To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

parkinglot777 Re:Corporate taxes (410 comments)

The easiest solution is to tax the velocity of money. Similar to VAT tax, but applies to all monetary exchanges of all types, from bank transfers to buy a house. The lone exception would be all cash (real greenback) transactions.

Err, no. Your propose is going to push more pressure on middle class people. Most middle class people do not carry cash that much but credit card because they have credit (poor people likely don't!). If you force everything to be taxed but cash transaction, do you think rich people will not use with cash instead too? Your propose does not help but rather make it worse. Furthermore, your proposal would easily increase crime because people need to carry cash more and more. Also, don't you see that your propoal will create "double" or "triple" taxes because a transaction may not simply end in one process before it gets to the final destination...

about a month ago

To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

parkinglot777 Re:Corporate taxes (410 comments)

Stop calling them loopholes.

Loopholes are unintended.

Hmm... How about intended loopholes? :-P

about a month ago

Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

parkinglot777 Re:Bigger is better for some, bigger... (277 comments)

Guess it really depends on how big your pockets are.

I think some people have a purse to put the phone in, and some people have a holster to keep the phone outside their pocket. So it also depends on how people keep their phone...

about a month ago

DuckDuckGo Now Blocked In China

parkinglot777 Re:A Big Compliment! (82 comments)

It may be Chinese law, but at the same time, isn't it protectionism? Some Chinese search engines out there will certainly be profiting from the Google ban, where as Google is being blocked from doing business in China.

That's just a bonus for them. In other words, it is a win win siutation for them (not for others). The control is the main reason if you look closely.

Why isn't there a lawsuit against this practice? No complaint in the WTO (where China is member)? In the age of information technology, censorship and free market don't really work with each other.

You are thinking as a westerner... The system of complainig works if both sides respect the system. Do you think China care about this when it comes to against their own point of view?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

parkinglot777 Re:Ya, but... (392 comments)

Do you know how many people I know who were CS majors, write very badly formed code? A lot of them. Do you know how many people I know, who do an excellent job in IT, who have liberal arts degrees? Probably about the same number of CS majors who write badly formed code.

I hope you know that your statement above does NOT invalidate my statement at all but rather a fallacy. 1)You create another statement which has no correlation to my statement (CS grads code badly form code) and attempt to invalidate my statement with it, 2)You do not establish any evidence that those who have Liberal arts degrees could form codes better but rather make it out of the thin air by saying so, and 3)My statement does not say that ALL English Lit grads have badly formed code but rather state my highly doubt in their coding ability (look at the word "may").

I've been writing computer programs since I was 8. I did not need a degree to get into the IT industry. Because I was already established on a career path, when I did go to school, I did something I *wanted* to do versus something that people think I *should* have done. In my case it was a BA in Philosophy.

I am not sure of your meaning of the word 'IT industry'. If you are thinking about computer in general (programmer/developer, not tech support on the phone or best buy geek squard), then I also hope you do NOT associate CS with the IT industry. Even though CS grads could work in the IT industry, the study is focusing more on academic and research industry. If you really want to be making money in the IT, Software Engineer is the way to go, not CS. To me, CS is more in depth in concepts and algorithms; whereas, SWE is more in rules and usabilities.

about a month and a half ago


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