top Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps
Chen is out of his mind... the iMessage example was pretty much mandating his competitor help him succeed....
On the other hand.... making an app available on which platform is entirely a developer's choice... If he makes a game for iPhone and not for BlackBerry... what are you gonna do to him? Sue?
top FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN
I can understand allowing the feds to hack TOR users... but VPN? Pretty much 100% of corporate environments these days use VPN... they make it sound like VPN is such an underground tool that harbors illegal activities.
top Wireless Keylogger Masquerades as USB Phone Charger
Every keylogger is built with some sort of "stealing" intention in mind.... I dont for a second believe that things like this are made to encourage better security.
If this dude is lucky enough... he can actually steal usernames/passwords and URLs and lots of other things... but then again at public places to steal like airports and hotels... people don't normally use MS wireless keyboards... they simply use tablets/laptops... that's why I used the term "lucky".
top Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman
nm.... I know it's not a hoax...
They must be out of their damn minds!!!
top Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?
Throughout my career... I have been at two jobs where background investigation was not done....
I'm not saying you should give up... but while pursuing a job in this field... you should also consider other alternatives.... They may be far as good as IT... but better than nothing.
Given not a few but several incidents... it's on you and not anybody else's fault... Cleaning yourself up is good.... good for you and for everybody else... I applaud that and wish you much luck!
about a month and a half ago
top The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought
I'm so glad I didn't take a job at Sony after my last time being interviewed by them....
top WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator
Agree with you both about two things
1. Powerful wave movements can rip equipments apart
2. Salt water is such a damaging factor to the equipments
So my thought is that not only a power farm is located in a mild whether area... but also weather forecast data should be used to relocate the farm over an enormous area of ocean surface to avoid damage to equipment... and yet that area is still inside the national territory waters of any particular country... Otherwise they'd have to find a way to protect their investments in international waters.
To get over the damaging nature of salt water... I guess the main materials used to create the farm arms have to be plastic-like... Any metal is such a suicidal design.... particularly iron.
top Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack
Couple years ago I interviewed at SOE (Sony Online Entertainment) in San Diego... I chose not to work for them simply because they were being hammered by Anonymous about the fact that Sony was taking legal actions against a 17 year old for jailbreaking their PS....
Now this... Boy I'm glad I'm not a Sony employee... looks like they've been making lots of enemies with the general public and now it's the time that everything pays back... I want them to be able to recover and keep offering employment ... but at the same time, I want them to stop being such mean and hateful to people who are able to crack the PS devices... or whatever other devices they make... Jailbreaking is legal remember?
top Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?
In 2000 I used to do what you're doing... I ran a static IP block on my home ADSL line which was only under 1Mbps. Ever since Google Apps, I switched and have been happy since.
I imagine working with the listed providers is almost zero results because you wouldn't know where to begin and even if you got to speak to their right person, it would still change nothing.
If the blocks occur all at the same time, I do agree that your IP was obtained from the same source... if you can find that source... you can reason with them... working with the big corps won't be a good idea.
top Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?
Not only monitoring system should look at historical growth versus estimated time left to full, it should also keep track of storage addition, so that I can smartly tell us 3, 2, 1 months ahead, each with one email... and then it should also keep track of sudden increase and send an emergency alert if for example the past 7 days have climbed more than a whole month before... stuffs like that.
All existing monitoring tools these days are not setup that way and I wish folks get more creative and dilligent with their works.
top Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?
I'm working for a company that provides services.... and here's my experience with this
The customer asks to get a high-level person from my company to speak to them directly... asking them to acknowledge the issue and provide an estimates of resolution. In which communication, the provider side also promises to provide a periodic update until resolution is reached. After a certain threshold is reached and the solution is not developed, the customer will cease all funding/payments and escalate all the way to the very highest person in both organizations. This is how you pressure the provider side to live up with their products/services...
top DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook
So this is exactly why Apple would encrypt their entire phone and did not leave a way for them to decrypt their own devices... so that they can avoid situations like this...
Just because a dude works for the DOJ... that doesn't give him the right to invade and abuse the person's privacy... regardless if he/she is a criminal or not... Just because he was authorized to view the contents of her phone, it doesn't mean he can freely use it out in the open any way he wants....
And it makes me laugh so hard that now the DOJ is saying they have the right to do it... that's just plain ignorant...
top FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous
Government agencies... time after times after times have abused their privilege to mandate data from US corporations....
Of course I don't have a problem if the police department wants to know what's on a child abductor's phone... but what about those people who legitimately need to be protected? What guarantees do we have that government agencies will not continue using these methods to gain information that have nothing to do with their investigations?
top Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"
I think living 60 good years is worth a lifetime... then maybe another 10 in retirement to enjoy the "not working" time...
As people age beyond 65... they start having health/personality issues and I dont think I will be any different...
For me, living on is just a burden for my descendants and for this society... At the age of 70... a peaceful ending is probably the most optimal time... This is only my personal opinion of course... :)
top Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet
I would love to see Google/HTC to aim to work with MS to provide a full Office suite for Android on this tablet....
I'm an Apple fan, but I'd like to see competition so that multiple sides of the competition will strive more for the consumers' benefits.
top Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?
For me... I've converted all my AV contents to mp4 format and have them automatically backed up to iCloud....
I do have a decent amount of storage on my reasonably priced service.... I feel confident that my contents are safe with Apple.
top CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"
OMG I'm shocked!!!
There's laws in our country that legalized this? What is that law and where can I find some confirmation?
I'm pretty clue-less in this so I'll just ask straight up...
Is it not against the laws in some ways that Comcast does this? What is the Justice Department and the rest of government authorities going to do about it?
top Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?
I go to this conference at least once every 2 years
top Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?
I definitely want to automate this... but not automate alone... I would build in some monitoring and notification... such as result of each step summed into an email/SMS report.
I would also use a remote host, to send an alert if the host in maintenance doesn't come back within the expected window....
And of course.. even though I'm not gonna be doing the maintenance activity manually/live, but I would still want to find a proper way to know/confirm that the maintenance window was successful before sleeping all the way through.
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