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Ars Editor Learns Feds Have His Old IP Addresses, Full Credit Card Numbers

rlwhite Re:PCI-DSS (217 comments)

You aren't accredited to be following PCI because nobody is. There is no certificate. There is no special seal of approval. You provided security information to your acquiring bank(s) and you were allowed to process credit card transactions. There's no such thing as certification or accreditation for PCI.

No, there's no certificate, but there is a process of documentation and testing commonly referred to as "certification" before you are allowed to process credit card transactions. I work in point of sale software development and have had to help retail chains overcome problems found in their certification tests. You either don't know what you're talking about, or you're playing a pointless semantic game.

about 2 months ago

Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

rlwhite Google's intent (236 comments)

1. Patents on tech that will have consumer demand, which Google can profit from licensing to automotive manufacturers.
2. How will the consumer use new-found free time while captive in a self-driving car? Google's internet services and mobile devices!
3. The navigation needs of a self-driving car will dovetail nicely with the robotics businesses that Google has acquired. Eventually autonomous robots may free up more of your time to enjoy Google and their advertisers' products.

about 3 months ago

Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

rlwhite Re:The can of worms... (265 comments)

The females and minorities I've worked with have had equal ability. It seems that there's just far more white men in the US that are inclined to be software developers than there are females and minorities who are inclined to do so. Facebook, Google, Yahoo, and many others are merely reflecting the demographics of the broader industry.

Sure, you can emphasize females in computer science education as Google is doing, and you'll likely see some improvement in the numbers, but we'll probably never see a 50/50 split because these inclinations are part nature as well as part nurture.

about 3 months ago

Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

rlwhite Re:My two cents (646 comments)

White Demons. I'd like to see that as a team name and logo.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Automatically Logging Non-Computerized Equipment Use?

rlwhite Re:From working in labs: addressing common solutio (130 comments)

If that's the issue, it would be more efficient to focus on training up front, possibly with annual recertification. Maybe a cheap webcam to catch particularly heinous offenders. Access control isn't worth it under the constraints given.

about 6 months ago

Blood Test of 4 Biomarkers Predicts Death Within 5 Years

rlwhite Re:Risk? (104 comments)

I don't recall the ACA having any provisions related to life insurance. Sure you can keep your health insurance, but the life insurance company will cancel your policy, leaving your family unprotected when treatment fails and you die.

about 7 months ago

Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication

rlwhite Re:If they can... (390 comments)

They already do. You don't think they use that GPS on your phone? A state DOT official told me he uses it to plan and prioritize roadwork. The state DOT buys it anonymized from various companies in monthly batches. If the DOT can do that, you can imagine what they let law enforcement do. We recently had a convict escape a mental health facility, and they located and caught him in another state via his cellphone GPS. Again, a legitimate use in that instance, but as you say, if they can do it to you they will.

about 7 months ago

DEA Presentation Shows How Agency Hides Investigative Methods From Trial Review

rlwhite Re:Fruit of the poison tree (266 comments)

In that case, they should have to reveal the source to the judge in chambers or closed court or something. There must be a means to prevent abuse even when the public and the defendant aren't privileged to see the full evidence.

about 7 months ago

Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

rlwhite Meet the New Boss (664 comments)

Same as the old boss.

about 7 months ago

The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

rlwhite Re:I feel you. (533 comments)

These ads make me feel this way too. To me, leaving coding at my job and doing other things in my off time is very important to avoid burn-out. Pursuing something else I'm passionate about is refreshing, and being knowledgeable in other subjects should further a programmer's career because programming is ultimately about codifying knowledge. This career field is fundamentally cross-disciplinary.

about 8 months ago

Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

rlwhite Re:Pffft (723 comments)

We don't plow for it, but we do salt.

There's a great deal of difference between a light snow somewhere north like Chicago and somewhere down south like Atlanta because our temps during a snow are typically close to the freezing mark, resulting in a wet snow and a cycle of melting and refreezing as ice.

about 8 months ago

CERN Antimatter Experiment Produces First Beam of Antihydrogen

rlwhite Re:First! (136 comments)

The solar wind might not be all that dense, but I still wouldn't chance the antimatter finding a random ion too close to the launcher.

about 8 months ago

Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

rlwhite a grand bargain (510 comments)

I propose that, in exchange for the continued mass surveillance, all NSA employees and everyone involved in NSA oversight shall be injected with a GPS tracking device and forced to wear head-mounted camera, with feeds from both published 24/7 on the web.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

rlwhite rethink the ads you're serving (731 comments)

If I see banner ads or anything else obnoxious, and I can't keep them blocked and still use the site, I'll find what I want elsewhere.

I'm ok with the text-based ads Google is known for, and I'll even click on them when they're relevant to what I'm looking for... because they're not obnoxious! They aim to be helpful!

about 8 months ago

Obama Announces Surveillance Reforms

rlwhite Re:So the hell what? (359 comments)

There's already been a report of one of the FISA judges asking for more funding to expand the court if this kind of change goes through. We can't count on the bandwidth remaining small.

about 8 months ago

Google Releases Dart 1.1

rlwhite Re:If MS wrote dart for IE instead (161 comments)

From the spec: (
"Except as otherwise noted, the content of this document is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License, and code samples are licensed under the BSD License."

about 8 months ago

Google Releases Dart 1.1

rlwhite Re:25%?? (161 comments)

And it appears to be a misquote of TFA too: "Dart’s Javascript output continues to shine. Performance on the Richards benchmark is 25% better than the first release, making runtime comparable to the original JavaScript."

about 8 months ago

Carmakers Keep Data On Drivers' Locations From Navigation Systems

rlwhite They're not the only ones (189 comments)

I was in a meeting today with a state DOT official who showed how his department buys monthly GPS tracking data on all traffic in the state, combined from companies including TomTom, Garmin, AT&T, etc. by a private company and processed by the University of Maryland. He was able to use it to prioritize road improvements and later show the benefits of those improvements. The data he had (average speeds for small stretches of road at hourly intervals) was quite granular and powerful for what he was doing but innocuous from a privacy perspective. The question should be, who else are these companies selling the data to and in what form?

about 8 months ago


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