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Documentation As a Bug-Finding Tool

tecker I'd believe it... (188 comments)

I have caught a number of problems documenting my code. When you describe what it is supposed to do and you realize that it really doesn't do that then you can correct as such. I would say I have found more incorrect behavior rather then show stopping bugs. However if we had shipped the product with the code the way it was we would have probably called it a bug so it is probably the same either way.

more than 2 years ago

Raspberry Pi Production Delayed By Factory's Assembly Flub

tecker Re:Why the magnetics? (132 comments)

AH! Had not considered the magnetics to be an isolation thing. Thanks Maud'Dave. Hopefully other will see this (or your other post). If I could post and mod I would rate this up.

I feel a bit foolish now.

more than 2 years ago

Raspberry Pi Production Delayed By Factory's Assembly Flub

tecker Why the magnetics? (132 comments)

Can someone explain to me what advantage a magnetic 8P/8C connector has over a non magnetic one? I have no idea where this would be used. My cables have that little lock tab not a magnet. Does it not need the little tab anymore (that always breaks off)?

more than 2 years ago

Desura Linux Game Client Goes Open Source

tecker I'm guessing.... (94 comments)

Im guessing that they do want to support Linux as a platform but the maintenance of the thing is killing them. Linux gamers exist but for the small numbers they provide I but the upkeep of the client is killing them time wise. Open sourcing the client makes sense if this is the case, otherwise why bother?

more than 2 years ago

Latest Humble Bundle Hits $1 Million

tecker Re:And once again I don't hear about it. (276 comments)

Really? I got at least 3 emails from them. The "New bundle going"!, the "Hey, Trauma just got added FOR FREE!!!1!", and the "DOOD! SpaceChem is now in there as well hurry up!" email. You sure you gave them the right email address? Try re-registering or a different email (mine worked via gmail).

more than 2 years ago

The Google+ API Is Released

tecker Well its a start (154 comments)

Read only makes it easy to start with. Maybe now tweetdeck and others can get view capabilities. If I can see things on G+ I am likely to go over and post.

The trick with Write is the authentication. Now google has to figure out how to do an authentication scheme it likes (read "they developed to take over the web") for that to happen.

about 3 years ago

TN BlueCross Encrypts All Data After 57 Disks Stolen

tecker Re:$6 million? (140 comments)

Assuming 100% markup profit margin over baseline (common practice really) were looking at a baseline cost of $3 mil.

Now we need to factor in an encryption scheme that works across Windows, AIX, etc with enterprise support backing it up say $1.2 million to licence for all servers and locations (seem low but hey) and we have $1.8 million to spend.
Now we gotta pay people some prices to do that work so lets say $.5 million (500,000) so about $100 per man hour (bout right) and we have $1.3 to spend.
Now pay the electrical company for all that processing time (depending if they had THEM process it or they did it on their servers) at about $.5 million and we have $.8 million (800k) to explain.
Throw in some training for a few Ks to ensure the techs know how to handle the system lets say 100,000k for that (ouch! hey that is specializations ya know) 700K to go.
Maybe a little software rework (even if it wasnt really necessary) for another 100k and we have 600K to explain.
Opps forgot the "maintenance contract" which is often 10% of the sale price so 600k and lookie there, 6million blown pretty quick.

Thanks for shopping.

more than 3 years ago

Sniffer Hijacks SSL Traffic From Unpatched IPhones

tecker Breaks Jailbreak (94 comments)

Problem is that applying this update for something that is not likely exploited in the wild will hose your Unteathered Jailbreak. Reports on twitter are that redsn0w pointed at 4.3.4 (or 4.2.9) will work for getting a tethered Jailbreak. Many jailbreakers likely wont bother.

Wonder if someone will patch this like they did the PDF exploit and put it on Cydia.

more than 3 years ago

Real-Time Text Over Jabber/XMPP/Google Talk

tecker Wave extension coming to life (106 comments)

I thought that when Google announced Wave they said it used XMPP for the communications. I assume this is just a formalization of what was created back then?

more than 3 years ago

Yet Another "People Plug In Strange USB Sticks" Story

tecker Re:so? (639 comments)

"known USB" means that the Serial Number is known to the central IT manager and approved for use. Not just "oh look this is a legit Cisco" or "nifty a MS flash drive" as know. The flash drive is brought in and signed off for use. Then the only flashdrive based attack is one where a flash drive is lost, infected and then returned.

Besides, bling drives are usually small anyway and suck. I would be very suspicious of a "bling" drive that was of any large size.

more than 3 years ago

Australian ISPs To Start Filtering the Internet

tecker Re:Dupe isn't even a day old!! (151 comments)

Dupe isn't even a day old!!

Oh I am going to be modded into oblivion for this, and likely loose some karma, but it was actually ~27 hours (4:20 am for article1 on 6-23, 7:19am for article2 on 6-24).

However this trend is quickly becoming problematic and approaching same front page dupes and soon both in the 15 count RSS feed. Do the editors even read the site?

more than 3 years ago

Australian ISPs To Start Filtering the Internet

tecker How will this help? (151 comments)

What I want to know is how filtering of these sites will help at all.


Here is what I am seeing. Austrailia blocks these sites and what happens:

  1. Technology is downloaded and used to get around this filtering (VPNs,alternate DNS,etc.)
  2. New sites pop up creating a game of whack-a-mole
  3. Lawsuits and public outcry killing the project
  4. Long shot but the viewing of these sites might go down

Now you will notice that nowhere on that list does the terms "kiddie porn sites go away" or "kids stop being exploited" appear. It will continue to happen at places around the world, I honestly think response will go 1-2-3-4 in Australia, and the intended purpose will never happen. Want a better option one that is even more sinister? Honeypot em. Dont filter. Trap em. Watch the sites you Blacklist, observe the people going, trace and trap the network and strike hard.

Block sites. Everthing ventured, nothing gained.

more than 3 years ago

Japanese Scientist Creates Meat Substitute From Sewage

tecker odd I thought that existed... (417 comments)

Odd, I could have sworn there was something like this already...... AH! Right. "Tofu."

more than 3 years ago

Ars Technica Review Slams Duke Nukem Forever

tecker Coulda just use UT3 as a starting point but no... (462 comments)

I always thought that DNF would be easily done as a Unreal Tournament 3 mod. Massive weapon set (10 or more depending on numeric reuse), maze like levels, good look and feel engine (ur3), jiblets and bits code ready. Thought it would have been easy. Guess they wen their own way and screwed it up.

I played the demo. The instant I had to juggle weapons I gave up on it. Duke deserves better. Try again Gearbox.

more than 3 years ago

Fired Gucci Employee Accused of Attacking Network

tecker Re:Moral of the story (62 comments)

Um nothing? I play with them next to my HDs all the time and the backups still work fine. Of course this is my personal machine and I am not to paranoid about the backups getting hosed.

We also took some HD magnets (scrapped from an old HD we just wiped) and tried to zap a stack of remaining HDs to be wiped with them. No luck. We could still read the data off of it when we tested to see if the magnets worked so we had to DBAN each and every one of them.

Buckyballs next to the tape archives.... well that's a different story.

more than 3 years ago

Fired Gucci Employee Accused of Attacking Network

tecker Wait he used old passwords? (62 comments)

Why wasn't this guys password deactivated? Did Gucci actually have common all-powerful known to all the engineers? We did that at our little IT shop because we didn't have full control of the network (we were a first response team to the main IT guys). It seems like you would give the guys some logins to use to things, use LDAP or ActiveDirectory groups to put them in the admin user level, and then when they leave/fired/downsized/outsourced/etc revoke them from the admin group(s).

How many times do we need to read "Fired techguy used his/known admin passwords to cause hell" before someone catches on?

more than 3 years ago

GameStop To Build Its Own Gaming Tablet?

tecker OnLive next? (53 comments)

Why doesn't GameStop just buy OnLive and make a special tablet to play their service? Gamestop could promote this as a feature of the play tablet to allow play of many major titles on a portable device.

more than 3 years ago

Last.FM To Require Subscription For Mobiles and Home Devices

tecker Re:Ok, Next .... or not cause your stuck. (173 comments)

if you have satellite radio you can listen for free online

You can listen online for free? News to me. My Sirius package doesn't have internet access last I checked. Maybe I need to try logging in.

Oh, and just how do you get any of those services on your XBOX360 or other device that ONLY has Last.FM?

more than 3 years ago

Chrome Is the Third Double-Digit Browser

tecker Re:Realistic analysis of he daa (299 comments)

This correlates to IE market loss, so it is reasonable to suggest that chrome users are abandoning IE.

The simple fact could be that Chrome does not require administrator privileges to install. Users at offices where we are not given admin rights can install Chrome over IE and use it without slogging through a helpdesk ticket for something IT deems unnecessary. This may account for the growth we see as users are looking for more freedom and the bells and whistles a more modern browser with the ability to install extensions without needing better permissions.

Perhaps we are seeing a leveling out as those who want a different browser are finally being exhausted and entering a "long tail phase".

more than 3 years ago

Database of Private SSL Keys Published

tecker Re:Dumb question... (200 comments)

Yes. In the configuration there is a way to turn off wireless config access. Dont remember where it is (probably under the administration tab) but its an enable/disable radio choice.

more than 3 years ago


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