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When Your Data Absolutely, Positively has to be Destroyed (Video)

scribblej Crazy System Admin (295 comments)

Our former sysadmin purchased a drill press for the purpose of rendering old hard drives unrecoverable. Seemed both fun and practical.

about a year ago
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James Bond Film Skyfall Inspired By Stuxnet Virus

scribblej Re:Bill Gates? (187 comments)

So he wrote a single algorithm, 30 years ago, and did some code review, 20 years ago, and this makes him a computer genius? No.

about a year and a half ago
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Forget 6-Minute Abs: Learn To Code In a Day

scribblej Re:language != logic (306 comments)

Factoring large primes, or any primes, is not only trivial, but fast. Super fast. You meant the products of large primes, I'm sure.

about 2 years ago
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ITC Judge Calls For US Xbox Import Ban

scribblej Re:Public interest (255 comments)

To feel otherwise is to directly admit IP laws do not serve the public interest.

more than 2 years ago
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Student Makes Real-Life Portal Turret

scribblej Nope. (91 comments)

This looks as much like a portal turret as a stick figure looks like an actual human.

more than 2 years ago
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Pirate Bay To Offer Physical Item Downloads

scribblej About time (343 comments)

Thingiverse has already suffered several takedowns of allegedlycopyrighted materials.

Also, they recently overhauled their site, and somhow made it EVEN WORSE, when it was already pretty intolerable.

more than 2 years ago
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Stephen Hawking Looking For Personal Techie

scribblej Re:Wow (289 comments)

...one of my siblings raised a family of 5 on no more than $40,000/year (combined income, many years it was lower - I know this because I helped them with taxes for years). They lived in a small town, originally in a mobile home, but through an FHA guaranteed loan they were able to purchase a small house (and now own it outright).

So this was at least 30 years ago? C'MON, SERIOUSLY? Have you HEARD of INFLATION?

about 2 years ago
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Verizon Adds $2 Charge For Paying Your Bill Online

scribblej Re:Ah, America! (562 comments)

I've never wanted or sought out credit, no credit cards or car loans or anything... so it blew my mind when I went to get a home loan last year and they told me I'd have to get a credit card first, use it for a while, then they'd be able to give me a home loan. Really? REALLY? The guy who's too responsible to need credit in the first place is a bigger risk than the guy you KNOW has $40,000 in debt? WHAT THE FUCK.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tools For Teaching High School Kids How To Make Games?

scribblej No good ideas - (237 comments)

But you can't use something that must be licensed for them. These kids need to learn a skill they can go home and practice - if any of them are going to use the skills they learn from you, the tools required had better damn well be Free and Open to them.

more than 2 years ago
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ISO Updates C Standard

scribblej Re:First post!! (378 comments)

You got +5 funny, but as someone who has to buy his share of ISO documents to get the details of standards in my line of business, they actually ARE signed and numbered, with my name on every page and a notice that says the PDF is for me only and giving it to anyone else is a violation of copyright and such. Really annoying.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Previews Compiler-as-a-Service Software

scribblej Re:I'll just leave this here (171 comments)

That's a brilliant article and should be required reading. It's good enough reason to not use Microsoft's present compilers.

Just for the record, though, the article doesn't seem to suggest anything about actual compilers as a service; it still seems to discuss a normal compiler that runs on your local machine. Very confusingly titled.

more than 2 years ago
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USPS Losing Battle Against the E-mail Age

scribblej Re:A postal service is simply too important. (734 comments)

> Everyone I know either got email in the 90s, or frankly never will get email

Yeah, but that doesn't mean what they said is a lie; first off, people you know is a very biased and tiny sample.

But ignore that; you're forgetting about all the people being born into a world with email and all the people dying having never touched it. That skews the numbers too -- a lot.

more than 2 years ago
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UCLA Develops Stretchable OLED Display

scribblej Re:Lab? Who gives a shit? (39 comments)

I have many products containing OLEDs. They're difficult to avoid these days. If you have a cellphone or other device with a tiny screen, it's as likely as not it's OLED and not LCD.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Kevin Mitnick

scribblej How do you feel? (285 comments)

You were obviously a celebrity /then/ - no one can forget "Free Kevin!"

How do you feel about being a celebrity /now/? Your name is used in the most recent Deus Ex game, and you're in the Internet exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Fake Geeks Dooming Real Ones?

scribblej Re:You're not born with good looks (492 comments)

Yeah... my first thought was that the article author must not have a good-looking wife. I know mine puts in PLENTY of work.

more than 3 years ago
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Libyan Rebels Weaponize Power Wheels Toys

scribblej Re:Creative, but predictable. (310 comments)

Hey, maybe you should hope the USA becomes a country like you just described, first, instead of starting wars all around the globe while praising Jesus.

more than 3 years ago
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Alaska Airlines Jettisons Paper Manuals For iPads

scribblej Re:Misunderstanding of intent (220 comments)

Right, that's obvious bullshit, since I read a book when I fly, and am completely inattentive. No one minds.

more than 3 years ago
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ARM-Based Arduino Competitor At SparkFun

scribblej Waste of money (106 comments)

Considering digilent just announced THIS yesterday, ...

http://www.digilentinc.com/Products/Catalog.cfm?NavPath=2,892&Cat=18

Arduino Uno/Mega compatible, 80mhz, moar pins, on-board ethernet.

$50.

This other thing is crap in comparison.

more than 3 years ago
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AP Files FOIA Request For Bin Laden Photos

scribblej Maybe I'm missing something (518 comments)

Isn't there a photo of dead Bin Laden that's been all over the internet and 4chan?

more than 3 years ago
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German Aerospace Robot Plays Catch With Two Balls

scribblej Re:Dancing with the Robots? (60 comments)

And now it's making coffee like in Pulp Fiction.

"You don't have to tell me how good the coffee is; I MAKE the fucking coffee. When humans make coffee, they make SHIT!"

more than 2 years ago

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Microsoft Dynamics GP "Encryption" Ceasar Cipher

scribblej scribblej writes  |  more than 4 years ago

scribblej (195445) writes "Many large companies use Microsoft's Dynamics GP product for accounting, and many of these companies use it to store credit card numbers for billing customers. Turns out these numbers (and anything else in GP) are encrypted only by means of a simple substitution cipher. This includes the master system password, which can be easily selected and decrypted from the GP database by /any/ user.

"...you DON'T HAVE TO GIVE ACCESS TO THE DYNAMICS DATABASE. What that means is if you create a base user in GP, that user can log into the SQL server and run a select statement on the table containing the "encrypted" GP System password...""

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