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Cause and Effect: How a Revolutionary New Statistical Test Can Tease Them Apart

skids Re:I predict (115 comments)

I'm hazy on the details but ISTR sports deriving from wardances which dervied from a desire not to have all your warriors killed just to figure out who got to use the better stream for the following month.

yesterday
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Cause and Effect: How a Revolutionary New Statistical Test Can Tease Them Apart

skids Re:Lies, damned lies, and statistics (115 comments)

Almost any level of accuracy above pure randomness can be fruitfully added to the bayesion inference process. You can pretty harmlessly add the pure noise as well, it's just not going to be fruitful.

yesterday
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

skids Re:Stupid (362 comments)

no MITM injection required

You say that like MITM is harder than setting up a server and socially engineering people to it. It isn't these days.

yesterday
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

skids Re:Stupid (362 comments)

Since many people browse from poorly secured wifi segments, it can happen more than you might think. Also, since a large proportion of wired networks do not have their first-hop-security features turned on (and can't in the case of ipV6 because they lack the features) opportunities are readily available.

yesterday
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

skids Re:Home of the brave? (567 comments)

Yes, and while that can sometimes be funny, and more often be so stupid as to cause me to channel surf, this was bad taste in a way that was neither funny nor boring; it was just bad taste, period.

yesterday
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

skids Re:Stupid (362 comments)

Answer: So that when someone browses to your URL they don't get malware injected into their browser by a MITM.

That said, GP nails it: the problem with SSL is not the tech, it's the that the CAs are money grubbing semi-competent boobs, and the trusted certificate lists are administered by either OS or browser producers leaving a huge open arena for politics and perverse incentives.

yesterday
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

skids Re:503 (362 comments)

Yeah, same here. Kept ending up with certs presented from a CDN's domain.

yesterday
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

skids Re:Home of the brave? (567 comments)

Yeah, really corporate liability concerns are the core of the matter here. Nations and individuals can stand up to assholes like these guys, corporations will only do so when the profit/loss projections favor it. They are truly the weak link.

Not that the movie plot wasn't in rather poor taste in the first place. I kinda cringed when I first saw the ads, as it is sort of in the uncanny valley between an absurd envelope pusher and a bland clown show.

yesterday
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Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

skids Re:Philosophy (125 comments)

Yeah, who's to say the AI wasn't just seeing something we can't. Obviously aliens beamed a subliminal picture of a schoolbus into the TV static and the AI said Oh, a schoolbus!

When, Lord?! When the hell do I get to see the goddamn schoolbus?

2 days ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

skids Re:Seems unintuative (170 comments)

Oh noes! Daywalker Goths!

Now we have to look at all those gross piercings in the full light of day? Ick.

2 days ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

skids Re:Just skin? (170 comments)

Don't try to argue with culturally instilled puritancal "work ethic" a.k.a. self-hate and victim blaming, as it isn't rational, and probably won't go away for quite a few generations yet.

2 days ago
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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

skids Re:Weird article (174 comments)

the blimps don't have cameras, and even if they are installed, the range drops from a 340 mile radius to "dozens" of miles

Even if they had absurdly powerful telescopic cameras, at that angle all they would see in most areas is the tops of trees.

2 days ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

skids Re:YES !! (238 comments)

Yes, we have three brands of edge switches (HP,Cisco,Aruba), Aruba wifi and Cisco routing. NAC is Extreme, Shaper is Procera. Integration is a pain sometimes, but we're well over the hump and now when a vendor walks in to sell us stuff they don't act like they own the place, and requiring standards compliance and interoperability tends to get us the better products in the ong run, IMO.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

skids Re:been there, done that (275 comments)

This. If you can convince some tech company to hire you as a technical writer you'd not only be able to learn a different field as you work, you'd be doing the entire industry a favor since good documentation is teetering on becoming a lost art.

Of course the pay might not be especially great.

2 days ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

skids Re:I don't care what the user has at home (238 comments)

No, he's definitely right. Work/life balance is definitely a factor in retention. If you can't check into your home security cam to see if your dog is chewing on the sofa, that may be worth a couple hundred in salary to you, and tens of those little things add up.

about a week ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

skids Re:Question doesn't match (238 comments)

The technology is better and more reliable.

...but balefully less well documented, and full of feature sets that managers want to turn on that make it less reliable than the old gear/ware.

Really, if equipment and software providers would spend even 10% of what they do on sales on good documentation written by technical writers with priority access to engineers, IT would be 5 times simpler, and the presence of the documentation would more than make up for the lack of a few powerpoint slides and SE visits. Almost ALL my time is wasted trying to either figure out product behavior on my own or rub elbows with enough people until I find someone who can offer proper technical answers.

about a week ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

skids Re:Is it more difficult? (238 comments)

I have to agree with GP. SAN and virtual infrastructure isn't cheap, but neither are competent rack monkeys or business quality switchports. As long as you can avoid some of byzantinisms of managing the VMs it's better to have a sysadmin that does VM management part time than waste your network guy's time doubling as a rack monkey when he needs to be plumbing new features on the equipment. You end up with more talent at your disposal.

about a week ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

skids Re:Is it more difficult? (238 comments)

I keep getting marketing literature from companies promising that. But it never seems that they can deliver on their claims.

Yeah pretty much it goes like this:

1) Outsource existing application, burn out your IT staff on the migration effort, lose some IT staff
2) Try to get new application customized to a new need.
3) Remaining IT staff tied up in meetings and phone calls delineating the new need to the service provider.
4) Refresh all progress made in 3) again when your point of contact at the provider moves on to another company.
5) Eventually end up with consultants from the provider working as many FTEs on premisis as your IT staff did.

about a week ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

skids Re:Cloud (238 comments)

A company is rarely going to lose their shirt because someone found their marketing material in cyberspace

No, but they will surely raise holy hell when there's a BGP problem that kills access to the DNS server for their cloud service app and they can;t get any work done for a day while the ISPs bang it out.

Also some idiot will eventually drop PCI data on the cloud service, even if the service has no place to put it. They will find a way tp let their idiot light shine through.

about a week ago

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MA "Right To Repair" initiative still on Tuesday ballot, may override compromise

skids skids writes  |  more than 2 years ago

skids (119237) writes "MA voters face a complex technical and economic question Tuesday about just how open automobile makers should be with their repair and diagnostic interfaces. A legislative compromise struck in July may not be strong enough for consumer's tastes. Proponents of the measure had joined opponents in asking voters to skip the question once the legislature, seeking to avoid legislation by ballot, struck the deal. Weeks before the election they have reversed course and are again urging voters to pass the measure. Now voters have to decide whether the differences between the ballot language and the new law are too hard on manufacturers, or essential consumer protections. At stake is a mandated standard for diagnostic channels in a significant market."
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House Panel Approves Bill Forcing ISPs Log Users

skids skids writes  |  more than 3 years ago

skids (119237) writes "Under the guise of fighting child pornography, the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation on Thursday that would require Internet service providers (ISPs) to collect and retain records about Internet users’ activity. The 19 to 10 vote represents a victory for conservative Republicans, who made data retention their first major technology initiative after last fall's elections. A last-minute rewrite of the bill expands the information that commercial Internet providers are required to store to include customers' names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses. Per dissenting Rep. John Conyers (D-MI): 'The bill is mislabeled ... This is not protecting children from Internet pornography. It's creating a database for everybody in this country for a lot of other purposes.'"
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CIA drones may have used illegal, inaccurate code

skids skids writes  |  more than 4 years ago

skids (119237) writes "Coders hate having to rush code out the door before it's ready. They also hate it when the customer starts making unreasonable demands. What they hate even more is when the customer reverse engineers the product and starts selling their own inferior product. But what really ticks them off is when that buggy knockoff product might be used to target military unmanned drone attacks, and the bugs introduce errors up to 13 meters. That's what purportedly happened to software developer IISi based on an ongoing boardroom/courtroom drama that will leave any hard-pressed coder appreciating just how much worse their job could get. The saddest part? The CIA assumed the bug was a feature. The tinfoil-hat-inducing part? The alleged perpetrators just got bought by IBM."
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Hacking Big Brother with help from Revlon

skids skids writes  |  more than 4 years ago

skids (119237) writes "All those futuristic full-face eyeliner jobs in distopian cyberpunk fiction might not be that far off the mark. A New York University student spent his thesis time exploring computer vision technology (OpenCV) for ways in which one could confound first-stage algorithms that initially lock onto faces. Then he mixed in a bit of fashion sense to predict future geek chic. Now, whether you want to go for the coal-miner look just to stay out of the data mine, that's up to you..."
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Digital Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets

skids skids writes  |  more than 4 years ago

skids (119237) writes "File this under "no, really?" CBS news catches up with the fact that photocopiers, whether networked or not, tend to have a much longer memory these days. When they eventually get tossed, very few companies bother to scrub them. Coupled with the tendency of older employees to consider hard-copy to be "secure", and your most protected secrets may be shipped directly to information resellers — no hacking required. "The day we visited the New Jersey warehouse, two shipping containers packed with used copiers were headed overseas — loaded with secrets on their way to unknown buyers in Argentina and Singapore.""
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