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Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

sgt scrub Re:Yay for government!!! (101 comments)

1) Snarf IMEI numbers and access devices as they pass by using an exploitable bluetooth bug.

2) Send letter to people telling them you own them and will do evil things to them if they do not pay up.

3) profit ???

4) Send letter to phone service using info snag'd from bug.

My name is Passer Bye. My phone is stolen. The phone info is...

5) Send new letter.

6) profit ???

3 hours ago

Steam's Most Popular Games

sgt scrub Interesting numbers (82 comments)

According to steam:

Out of 2,750 titles tracked 4% were interesting/playable to gamers using steam.
I wonder why people are discouraged about buying games without playing them first.

That 4%, the top 110 games, have made approximately $8,000,000,000. And that is just 50% of the sales numbers, "represents about 50 percent of the registered sales on the service".
It doesn't sound like piracy is making much of a impact to me.

5 hours ago

Civilization: Beyond Earth Announced

sgt scrub w00t! I died! (85 comments)

Now aliens can swoop down and destroy the two cities I finally got updated with a wooden wall. I can't wait! Anyone know what tech in the tech tree comes after pottery? I don't expect I'll get that far in the new version either.

4 days ago

Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

sgt scrub unfair! (195 comments)

Comcast starts out against Yahoo! and Facebook, two complete weenies compared to the companies Time Warner had to beat get the spot. Take EA, Koch, and Salie Mae, and put them in a blender and you won't get a mixture. All 3 turds have the exact same stink and consistency. It says a lot to see Monsato come out dirtier than a company that fought its way through that pile. Time Warner totally should have won.

about a week ago

A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

sgt scrub Re:Resolution is everything (135 comments)

If a personal gaming device, like a PSP or Genesis, was released built into a VR headset people would buy it. I don't know if it would be the next big thing; but, I can see it being sufficiently successful.

about a week ago

A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

sgt scrub Re:Resolution is not the hard-to-solve problem.. (135 comments)

Wouldn't the refresh rate be the greater factor over resolution in reducing latency? I don't see the connection with resolution and latency.

about a week ago

A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

sgt scrub Re:Transparent OLED (135 comments)

\o/ internet pr0n is going to be even better!

about a week ago

How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

sgt scrub Curse the anti doughnut! (202 comments)

I'll believe the hype when I see the geeks using it turn buff. Not that I'd put down my doughnut and use it.

about three weeks ago

Yahoo May Build Its Own YouTube

sgt scrub Oh the irony! (162 comments)

15 years ago Yahoo! destroyed broadcast.com, something that was better than YouTube will ever be. Now they have decided to start broadcast.com minus the in-house professionals that encoded and streamed the content for you. In April 1999, Yahoo! acquired the company for $5.7 billion (or over $10,000 per user) in stock and renamed it ...

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

sgt scrub Bummer (423 comments)

I've been dreading having to roll that big'ass barrel of unused XP CD's out the door. That thing is freakin heavy.

about three weeks ago

Navy Database Tracks Civilians' Parking Tickets, Fender-Benders

sgt scrub Re:Is this a map of teabager counties? (96 comments)

Where is the large Navy port in Texas? Where is there water deep enough for a ship in New Mexico.

about three weeks ago

Docker Turns 1: What's the Future For Open Source Container Tech?

sgt scrub Oh man? (65 comments)

Run a minimalistic Linux box? Check.
Put software on a virtual disk so I can chroot with a restriction to the device? Check.
Build software statically linked to the libraries in the build directory so they don't need access to the rest of the system? Check.
Know that it would be popular and might make monies? Doh!

about three weeks ago

Docker Turns 1: What's the Future For Open Source Container Tech?

sgt scrub Um (65 comments)

You say that like its a bad thing.

about three weeks ago

Startup Employees As an Organized Labor Group

sgt scrub of course (107 comments)

I would think that would be obvious since "all the good people" go to Yale.

about three weeks ago

Startup Employees As an Organized Labor Group

sgt scrub Heads up! (107 comments)

I used to tell people working for a startup was the best experience they will ever have. My first two were great. However, I've been burnt twice too. After dedicating every waking hour to a startup only to see it get sold and not getting anything but the salary while you've worked there is bullshit. The only thing I can say about being a startup employee now days is, "Get in writing that you are a partner". If they say no, walk away. Don't ever believe someone will give you a fair share out of the goodness of their heart. Those people have moved on to owning basketball teams or starting new companies with really stupid names so all they do all day is golf.

about three weeks ago



Who will be our cyber security team?

sgt scrub sgt scrub writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sgt scrub writes "LOLITA BALDOR wrote a nice piece for the Associated Press, noting the lack of people for government cyber security positions. For people with large student loan debts for that masters in IT, there is hope. It looks like the government has noticed that low pay for qualified technology people is one reason they are having "retention issues". However, another reason they believe they are having issues is lack of training.

The recruiting and retention of cyber workers is hampered by a cumbersome hiring process, the failure to devise government-wide certification standards, insufficient training and salaries, and a lack of an overall strategy for recruiting and retaining cyber workers, the study said. "You can't win the cyber war if you don't win the war for talent," said Max Stier, president of the Partnership for Public Service, a Washington-based advocacy group that works to improve government service. "If we don't have a federal work force capable of meeting the cyber challenge, all of the cyber czars and organizational efforts will be for naught."

Since a lot of Slashdot folks are experienced in technology security, what approach do you think will be best to secure the nation. Hire people with less training at lower salaries and train them? Or. Pay more for staff that already have the skills needed for the salaries found in the business sector?"
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Illegal CD's smell different.

sgt scrub sgt scrub writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sgt scrub writes "I've never thought about sniffing my CD's before buying them but that is all about to change. According to this Yahoo! news article, dogs can be trained to tell the difference between a legit copy of a DVD and one from those pesky pirates.
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — A DVD-sniffing anti-piracy dog named Paddy has uncovered a huge cache of 35,000 discs in Malaysian warehouses, many destined for export to Singapore, industry officials said on Wednesday.
Paddy was given to Malaysia by the MPA to help close down piracy syndicates who churn out vast quantities of illegal DVDs. The dog is specially trained to detect chemicals in the discs."

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Fixstars buys Terra Soft

sgt scrub sgt scrub writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sgt scrub writes "If you have put Yellow Dog Linux on a PS3, Pre X86 Apple, or have an interest in the CBE (Cell Broadband Engine), you will be pleased to know that Fixstars has purchased Terra Soft.

"A Cell/B.E. software developer and long-time user of Yellow Dog Linux, Fixstars has great faith in Yellow Dog Linux," said Satoshi Miki, CEO of Fixstars. "This business acquisition allows us to offer a reliable and stable Linux distribution with sense of ease for our customers. I have no doubt that in the expanding Cell/B.E. ecosystem we will offer the best Cell/B.E. solution of the High Performance Computing generation."

I can't think of any group of people better suited to expand the Cell horizon."

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