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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

rvw Re:If that's what you want (647 comments)

Then switch from Java or Python to Groovy. It's got a REPL tool like Python and Ruby, compiles to Java bytecode with tight Java interop and usually looks more like Ruby or Python than most people's Java code. That and it's a substantially more marketable language than any dialect of BASIC.

Better learn them the basics in a programming language that will be around for the next 10-20 years. Python will, but Groovy? Never heard of it, or heard of it and forgot about it. I wouldn't recommend it. It will learn some people skills that are useful for simple tasks, on any platform. Some of them will move on to other languages, and for those people it doesn't matter if it's groovy or python. But for those who learn only one language - this one - it will matter.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

rvw Re:Stands to reason (181 comments)

So by their own standards, the US had used an act of war against a foreign nation. Will they be attacking themselves, seeing as they're the world's police?

Who cares. They can't convict them for those A-bomb tests thanks to Putin, with Guantanamo they can't complain about Camp 14 or 18, and the link to Saddam Hussein is a dead end. Now they can bring in the corporate lawyers - much more effective!

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 35 Arrives With MP4 Playback On Mac, Android Download Manager Support

rvw Re:Breaks my Adobe Reader plugin (177 comments)

Now, if Firefox could finally render TeXt, we could get off of HTML altogether.

There! FTFY! You need a good spellchecker and you're done! ;-)

about two weeks ago
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Inside Cryptowall 2.0 Ransomware

rvw Re:Cyptowall is very sophisticated (181 comments)

Cyptowall is very sophisticated. It will go into online backups and encrypt them too. If you are using a common online backup it can find those and encrypt those too. The best protection against this is a usb backup in a drawer.

Cyptowall was recently being distributed by yahoo ads via a compromised flash ad http://news.yahoo.com/yahoo-ad.... You could have received it by going to your favorite news site.

I use Crashplan. Couldn't they use a canary of some kind? In my online account I define a file that is just plain text or a key. I upload the text content of that file to my account while the local backup software doesn't know about this. I point to where this file is located in my backup, and it should be identical. Whenever this file is encrypted (or changed), I get an alert via mail. Then I know something is messing with my backup or with my local files.

about three weeks ago
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Inside Cryptowall 2.0 Ransomware

rvw Re:Cyptowall is very sophisticated (181 comments)

The best protection is to pull your backups not push. You have whatever is performing you backups connect into the machine, and then pull the backups, not having your machine being backed up connecting to the destination and pushing. That way, the machine can be compromised but it has no clue that it's even being backed up (since it's simply a share that's being used.)

Great and interesting, good to be aware of this possibiilty! But what if the machine that is pulling is infected? How do you know that is not happening?

about three weeks ago
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Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

rvw Re:In other news... (163 comments)

No one uses thunderbolt for mice.

People need a mouse, see it laying around, try to plug it in the USB port, it doesn't fit, they see another port, it fits, the mouse doesn't work. Will they throw it away? no probably not - they will put it back. Then: repeat scenario!

about a month ago
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Devuan Progress Report Published

rvw Re:good job Dev Juan (184 comments)

Do you package burritos?

They code in spaghetti!

about a month ago
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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

rvw Yes and the US has lost its first cyberwar (221 comments)

The US has lost its first cyberwar to North Korea, I read in the newspaper today. I think it's utter bullshit. This is not a cyberwar between two countries. Nothing of relevance has been lost. So one major companie got hacked and they lost all their data and have to pull back a movie - how important is that? I think it is quite big, but nothing compared to war between countries. If NK could shutdown the powergrid, take over some drones and use them to attack the US Navy with just online hacking, that would come close, but this does not compare.

about a month ago
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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

rvw Where to find a good RFID blocking wallet (110 comments)

I would like to buy a simple RFID blocking wallet. I can find a lot of them on Amazon, but none seem to have a coin compartment. I currently use a Lifeventure wallet, and I would like to get something similar. Ideally it would have the outside blocked, the inside not. So when you open it, you would be able to hold the card to an RFID scanner, without having to take it out.

All suggestions are welcome!

about a month and a half ago
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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

rvw Re:signal blocking (110 comments)

If you build radio signal blocking into all of your pockets, doesn't that also screw up your cell phone from getting a call?

And the downside is?

Phone getting hot and battery drowned.

about a month and a half ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

rvw Re:This should be tested out... (388 comments)

Can MPAA.org be removed?

Great idea, but I bet they will figure out a paid verified DNS registration that will prevent this. Better - it's there yet: TLS with those green bars!

about a month and a half ago
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Uber Limits 'God View' To Improve Rider Privacy

rvw Re:Decentralization (76 comments)

Maybe uber can make the taxi unions an offer they can't refuse.

The offer: free rides for your familie and we tell you what they do!

about a month and a half ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

rvw Re:Or better yet (281 comments)

At the bottom of the ocean.

On another planet

In another dimension

about a month and a half ago
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Monochromatic Light As a Species-selective Insecticide

rvw Re:Wow (44 comments)

Humans are. That little amount of blue a the right time is enough to seriously compromise your melatonin production and greatly degrade your quality of sleep.

And you mean to say that at the wrong time (say somewhere in the morning) it could greatly improve our quality of life during daytime?

about a month and a half ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

rvw Re:All for poisioning the well (285 comments)

One downside would be that since it clicks on everything what is being told to advertisers is that you are interested in all that stuff.

So your profile could look like you want hello kitty, mercedes cars and dating sites.

That is a poisoned profile. The problem is that you will soon get targeted ads for very rare things because you are one of the three people who clicked. Another and bigger downside is that those ad companies not only get the clicks, but get to follow you around the net, and if they ditch the clicks, it might give them a very valuable profile.

about 1 month ago
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Sony Employees Receive Email Threat From Hackers: 'Your Family Will Be In Danger'

rvw Re:That Word (184 comments)

Um, I don't if you're aware, but Islam didn't invent English. The word you're describing is "submission" or perhaps "conformity." "Peace" means, in English, what it means - Islam doesn't get to define that.

But it gets to use an English term in misleading way, which is good to point out. An English speaker familiar with the proper meaning of "peace" would likely misunderstand.

the English speaker isn't misunderstanding, they're being intentionally misled. That is a very big difference. They are perfectly understanding the intended message.

Is this an example of Orwellian language or Doublespeak - saying the opposite of what you mean, to confuse your audience? If so, once you know it, you know the weak spot in their reasoning.

about 2 months ago
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A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?

rvw Re:I believe forking it is still possible (274 comments)

That's the usual method of solving these problems. Wonder why no one is trying to do that if the fundraising is so controversial?

Yeah I wonder too. Forking a project, even a complete database - no problem. Forking servers, that's a bit more difficult. But we have Amazon, fire up those instances! Who's going to pay that? My $10 donation (actually did that) won't bring us far. Then wait - nobody's visiting?! Ten visitors a day, mostly from the same IP, your IP?! Wait, can you fork those domain names as well?

about 2 months ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

rvw Re:German cars (525 comments)

Well they also make better beer than the piss water the germans make.

Well that may explain the bad driving. The bad roads are notorious and don't help.

about 2 months ago
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Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack

rvw DMCA takedown action for abuse of GOP Hashtag (155 comments)

Can't they fight this with the DMCA or something for abusing the GOP hasthag? I bet those hackers will have shit running through their pants when they hear this!

Young man, Are you listening to me
I said, young man, what do you want to be
I said, young man, you can make real your dreams,
but you've got to know this one thing.
No man, does it all by himself
I said, young man, put your pride on the shelf
And just learn to play with the D.M.C.A.
I'm sure they can help you today

It's fun to play with the D.M.C.A.
It's fun to play with the D.M.C.A.
They have everything for young men to enjoy.
You can hang out with all the boys.
It's fun to play with the D.M.C.A.
It's fun to play with the D.M.C.A.
You can get yourself clean
You can have a good meal
You can do whatever you feel.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

rvw In a Soviet Lada (195 comments)

In a Soviet Lada, you will be hacked!

about 2 months ago

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Bill Gates Thinks Thomas Piketty's Attack On Inequality Is Right

rvw rvw writes  |  about 3 months ago

rvw (755107) writes "Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates essentially concurs with French economist Thomas Piketty's landmark book on income inequality, according to a review Gates published on his own blog Monday. Those "most important" conclusions? High levels of income inequality are bad, capitalism cannot fix inequality on its own, and government action can help break the vicious cycle in which inequality begets more severe inequality.

It's appropriate that Gates reviewed the book, because he and his philanthropic foundation are actually mentioned to buttress Piketty's argument. After he became a very, very rich man, Gates stopped laboring and focused instead on giving away his money. Yet, more than a decade later, his wealth has actually skyrocketed. In 1998, Gates' net worth was valued at $50 billion. By October 2014, that number had increased nearly 60 percent to $79.3 billion, despite his having given away tens of billions of dollars."

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Dutch experts hack Google Glass

rvw rvw writes  |  about 7 months ago

rvw (755107) writes "Dutch computer experts have devised a trick for infiltrating and taking over Glass, Google's information glasses. With a few rows of additional software, hackers can take photos and make films without the Glass wearer even knowing. These images can then be sent to another computer. Anyone with malicious intentions can use a USB stick to enter a 'script' in the glasses at an unguarded moment which then allows them to take control."
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Dutch woman gets first complete skull replacement with 3D printed skull

rvw rvw writes  |  about 10 months ago

rvw (755107) writes "Three months ago, a Dutch woman had her complete skull replaced by a 3D printed artificial skull. She has a disease which results in skull bone getting thicker, which would result in too much pressure on the brain. The operation was done in the hospital of the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. It's the first time a complete skull has been replaced. With 3D printing they could make an exact copy of the skull. Before they used cement to replace parts of a skull, but this was never a precise method."
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Will life on earth end when Fukushima 4 collapses?

rvw rvw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rvw (755107) writes "Mitsuhei Murata, former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland and Senegal, wrote a letter to Ban Ki Moon: I raised the crucial problem. of N0.4 reactor of Fukushima containing1535 fuel rods. It could be fatally damaged by continuing aftershocks. Moreover, 50 meters away from it exists a common cooling pool for 6 reactors containing 6375 fuel rods! It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world depends on NO.4 reactor. This is confirmed by most reliable experts like Dr. Arnie Gundersen or Dr. Fumiaki Koide.

He states it would destroy the world environment and our civilization."

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Dutch telecom provider KPN hacked

rvw rvw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rvw (755107) writes "Dutch biggest telecom and internet provider KPN has been hacked. Between 20 and 27 january a group of Russian and Dutch hackers has been able to enter the network via an unpatched server. They claim to have had access to all systems, including basic phone services. The first week, KPN tried to solve the problems themselves, but that didn't work out. Only after a week they alerted several authorities about the breach. At 27 january they declared "code red", after which 100 people worked 24/7 to patch and reinstall servers. Just yesterday the news came out. They say they waited with the news to protect their customers."
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WhatsApp verfication check flaw

rvw rvw writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rvw (755107) writes "Using a prepaid phone without credit, you can take over another WhatsApp account. During installation WhatsApp asks you to enter your mobile phone number and sends out an SMS to verify the number. Because the SMS is not sent, but is accessible, you can send the SMS via a mobile service, using another phone number. The account is then linked to your phone, and will be disabled on the other phone."
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The wikileaks mirror list

rvw rvw writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rvw (755107) writes "Wikileaks is subject to several attacks, and were kicked out by Amazon and their DNS-provider, moved to a swiss domain, which is now offline as well. Now the site is hosted or mirrored by Dutch provider e-Dot and mirrored by Dutch public broadcaster Powned.tv. In Germany and Finland the same is happening. I don't know how long these sites will last, but how about making a list of all sites here?"
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rvw rvw writes  |  more than 8 years ago

rvw (755107) writes "Dutch voters in 35 cities will be using paper and pencil again for the November elections, as their SDU voting computers are unsafe. The computers emited radio signals that can easily be detected at a large distance, which would make secret voting impossible. Source: International Herald Tribune.

SDU, a big publisher in The Netherlands, uses Windows XP computers for their voting machines. Most Dutch cities use NEDAP voting computers, which are being revised now as it was possible to read out votes by using a modified TomTom navigation system. Each computer gets a new chip which cannot be modified, and all computers are sealed. Furthermore, TNO, an independent Dutch research institute, will test the NEDAP voting computers. See WijVertrouwenStemcomputersNiet (We don't trust voting computers) for more information."

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