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Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

silas_moeckel Re:This probably ignores cost of decommissioning (409 comments)

Because reprocessing works, there is little reason to store high level waste it's valuable feed stock to our current commercial plants. New designs do not intentionally make a lot of weapons grade byproducts to feed cold war arms races.

about two weeks ago
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Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

silas_moeckel Re:And when you include end-of-life costs? (409 comments)

Shh the eco freaks dislike fission get with the warm fuzzy of does not actually work tech.

Fission works ok now, we have the tech to use more efficient cycles, hell we have the tech to reprocess the fuel rods for existing plants.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

silas_moeckel Re:Before leaving the server (116 comments)

You can skip the overwrite on a SSD just trim the whole thing reads will be all zero's as it's an unassigned block. If you need to protect the data that much you destroy the drive.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

silas_moeckel Depends on the DC (116 comments)

I would never expect new drives on a leased box as it's a leased box. Nor would I expect them to sanitize my data before handing it to a new customer. I work with a lot of hosting companies and it's not very uniform. One dirt cheap place runs everything through dban before handing it back others not so much. If you need to insure this happens expect to pay for it.

about two weeks ago
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Extracting Audio From Visual Information

silas_moeckel Re:Yeah, only if one speaks in extremely low tones (142 comments)

From the looks of it a 1d array might work rather well and get the frame rates required. I didn't say generic cell phone just fitting in the form factor or close enough to not be suspicious. This could fit in existing security camera form factors (the 18 ish inch long all weather enclosures commonly used) that are so common as to be forgotten.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

silas_moeckel Re:Software Documentation is bad everywhere (430 comments)

We fired the tech writers 20 years ago and told the devs to do it. Remember Dec with it's bookcase of manuals? When we paid people to document they documented, I'm sure some better than others but they did it. RHEL has a decent set of docs to go with it, far from perfect but workable and obviously it works for Centos as well.

about two weeks ago
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Extracting Audio From Visual Information

silas_moeckel Re:Yeah, only if one speaks in extremely low tones (142 comments)

And with good optics the camera could be just/nearly as far away. Laser is old know tech so places will have countermeasures and detection setup. Miniaturization can also come into place where you can shove the camera into a cell phone etc.

about two weeks ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

silas_moeckel Re:Applies oversea or applies to local access? (502 comments)

The problem is that is a direct analogy this is a third party. This is forcing a neutral third party to potentially commit a crime because a us court ordered them to.

about three weeks ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

silas_moeckel Re:Moving information for Freedom.... (502 comments)

No it should not. Getting a warrant in the country the data is stored is not a high bar. Yes this means in most civilized countries you can not get a warrant to look for something that is legal there. This is a good thing.

In this particular case it looks like the DOJ is fishing as getting a court order in Ireland for a legit criminal case should be easy.

about three weeks ago
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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

silas_moeckel Re:Oh think of the fun when drivers update firmwar (205 comments)

One example given was a keyboard that can guess your password (watch for the first string you type) and then wakes up your pc in the wee hours to send the keylog to collections web sites. You need not install anything into the OS.

We already know that the NSA has swapped hardware in transit. This just makes it even easier. Often their is no facility to read the firmware back from these devices without physically accessing it and even then it may not be possible.

about three weeks ago
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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

silas_moeckel Re:Oh think of the fun when drivers update firmwar (205 comments)

http://www.usb.org/developers/... has been around for a decade and a half. I'm sitting in front of a USB mouse that gets firmware updates. I've flashed USB keys with new firmware. USB devices can and do contain nonvolatile firmware not just flash drives and not just what is general accessed by the OS.

about three weeks ago
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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

silas_moeckel Re:Oh think of the fun when drivers update firmwar (205 comments)

I'll repeat.

Sure this is the case with any hardware and MS but you would assume a secure facility would lock it down. But USB now you have the sneaker net issues.

about three weeks ago
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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

silas_moeckel Oh think of the fun when drivers update firmware (205 comments)

Windows loves to install USB drivers for all sorts of things. A couple NSA letters later and MS is now sending NSA payloads. They do not even have to ever touch the hardware.

Sure this is the case with any hardware and MS but you would assume a secure facility would lock it down. But USB now you have the sneaker net issues.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

silas_moeckel Re:It Depends (348 comments)

Yes you should config iptables, If you thing all it's supposed to do is block inbound access your not really using it well. You should be locking down outbound as well per user/group. So rules for a LAMP stack box might only allow some very specific outbound connections from nobody, outbound packets to your log server, outbound connections to your config server and inbound connections to SSH from your jump box. Frankly I would not run a LAMP box in the modern day rather splitting up a web server box a DB box running on top of a VM server. Possibly adding in an application specific firewall/proxy/load balance VM in front. Allowing for you to expand laterally as needed.

Mind you I nearly never see just a LAMP box, you end up with an ecosystem once you add in backup, separate storage and compute tiers, management and monitoring applications etc etc etc.

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Confessions

silas_moeckel Re:Moved and still they call (234 comments)

I sorta did that with AT&T, ordering DSL I specifically told them that the phone line was down from the pole to the house and they needed to dispatch a tech to correct that. Was using my own DSL modem and waiting to see that they had come out and fixed it. I got a bill for service and took nearly an hour and 2 escalations to figure out the wire did not connect to my house yet meant they had not provided service yet.

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Confessions

silas_moeckel Re:Comcast Business is anything but! (234 comments)

This is a problem all over the world with ISP's providing "smart" devices now often incapable of running in dumb mode. Buy your own modem 60-100 bucks at staples solves a lot of hassles since the tier 1 guys do know how to activate a customer owned cable modem (or DSL box for that matter). Frankly the concept of my ISP running my firewall scares me.

about three weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

silas_moeckel Re:Don't allow missils to be fired... (868 comments)

So one of two things needs to happen, an internal uprising overthrowing hamas or an external invasion to liberate them. I think that falls under my options 2 hit them with cluebats.

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Confessions

silas_moeckel Moved and still they call (234 comments)

So I moved out of a Comcast area. It was 3 rounds of what can we do to keep you, to cancel. Apparently I no longer live in a Comcast area is to hard to process. I've since gotten a call trying to get me back.

I ready did not have much of a problem with internet from them, though my new Optimum service is faster and cheaper (75/25)

about three weeks ago

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