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Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

toonces33 Re:Rootkit (186 comments)

I could see someone making a movie about this. But it probably wouldn't be Sony.

about a week ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

toonces33 Re:Someone has (270 comments)

Well if you don't mind paying 50-100$/pound of coffee, I guess the Keurig thing works out for you. And I suppose if you only drank one cup per day, it might still work to your advantage.

about a week ago
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Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987

toonces33 Re:Time to stop adding features, and audit instead (170 comments)

That's not a problem that is unique to Linux however. Many commercial products have the same issues - the marketing and planning people want new features as that helps them sell upgrades and maintenance, and in the past those sorts of things were prioritized higher than things like a security audit which management concluded weren't something that one could sell.

It is only when customers demand security audits of the products that they buy that this will change.

about two weeks ago
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Security Experts Believe the Internet of Things Will Be Used To Kill Someone

toonces33 How about an internet connected toilet.. (165 comments)

that you can flush from your smartphone.

All fun and games until a hacker gets in and causes it to overflow.

about three weeks ago
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BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

toonces33 Put legs on it.. (120 comments)

and you would have a fine table.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

toonces33 A lot of different things. (516 comments)

Yes, underground lines are less likely to be knocked out, but going underground is quite expensive, and someone has to pay for it. And the cost to the end user for things like spoiled food and so forth aren't borne by the power companies - their only cost is the cost of the electricity that they don't sell and the cost of the repairs. That being said, in our area, they are in the process of burying a subset of the lines that are considered to be the most problematic (the ones that are knocked out most frequently and affect a lot of customers).

That being said, for overhead wires you *must* keep the tree branches away from the wires, and the way to do this is with tree trimming. It used to be that power companies had an annual budget for tree trimming to minimize problems, but my understanding is that to maximize profits they have cut way back on this and just deal with the outages as they occur.

about three weeks ago
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Google Chrome Will Block All NPAPI Plugins By Default In January

toonces33 Re:May be irrelevant (107 comments)

It is funny - I have been getting more and more frustrated with Firefox. They add all sorts of crap, but do nothing to resolve longstanding problems.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

toonces33 Re: First and foremost (176 comments)

The Payroll/HR stuff can be contracted out - especially if you don't need a full time person to do the job. Our neighbor works as a consultant providing exactly these types of services. If you become successful, and you grow then you can hire a fulltime HR/Payroll person..

That makes it easier to focus on your core functions.

about a month ago
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

toonces33 Great. (171 comments)

Every time they overhaul things, they break stuff right and left. Why can't they leave things alone that are working properly?

about a month ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

toonces33 Re:Err on the side of warmth (367 comments)

You are assuming that a warming climate is more helpful, but you could have a warm dry desert which doesn't help any of us. Or it may be that in some areas it will be a desert - in others it might be more like what you describe.

There are no guarantees that the outcome will be one to our liking.

about a month ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

toonces33 Re:Global warming is bunk anyway. (367 comments)

In the arctic and antarctic there is plenty of warming - the ice sheets and glaciers are thinning, and that is something that is very measurable.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

toonces33 For VW/Audi (195 comments)

You need to get VAG-COM from Ross-Tech. A little pricey but it does an incredible job of letting you configure the car.

about a month ago
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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

toonces33 Re:No thanks... (212 comments)

They have computers there? Who knew!

about 1 month ago
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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

toonces33 Re:No thanks... (212 comments)

The transport itself - most likely not. They wouldn't be spending all kinds of time and effort to break into certificate authorities so that they can generate their own "trusted" certificates for whatever websites that they wish.

The notion that there are "trusted" root certificates is where the problem lies. But I have not seen anyone come up with a workable alternative.

about 1 month ago
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Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

toonces33 So people can post pictures of corporate lunches? (91 comments)

Or maybe lolcats with motivational messages from the CEO?

Seriously - F***erberg is just trying to blow more smoke up the backsides of people on Wall Street and try and convince them that he has a plan for "growth". If they were to admit that they have maxed out the number of people, the stock price would plummet.

about a month ago
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New Book Argues Automation Is Making Software Developers Less Capable

toonces33 The problem is... (212 comments)

that as time goes on, you end up using more and more complicated and advanced tools (oftentimes built out of a multitude of 3rd-party components that get sewn together like a sort of Frankenstein monster). As long as everything works properly everything is fine. But when they stop working for some reason, you have a problem. As a developer, the inner workings of the tools are by design pretty opaque, and yes in *theory* you can download the source and try and debug the thing yourself, but that's an incredibly poor use of ones time.

about a month ago
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New Facebook Update Lets You Choose News Feed Content

toonces33 Re:Reinventing the RSS Wheel (54 comments)

You can keep telling yourself that, but nobody is buying it.

about a month ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

toonces33 Re:Why would customers even care if it's more secu (130 comments)

Well, it can lead to identity theft for one thing which is a huge pain in the neck. It ultimately means that we all pay for it in terms of higher fees for credit cards and also fees being charged to merchants.

about a month and a half ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

toonces33 Re:IBM no longer a tech company? (283 comments)

The reports are that the cloud provider part of the business is losing stunning amounts of money.

about 2 months ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

toonces33 Re:/. is getting more and more unbelievable !! (217 comments)

You can divide learning Chinese into two parts, really. Learning to speak is one thing. Learning to read and write the characters is quite another.

Personally I didn't find the spoken language all that difficult - I found the sentence structure and the grammar fairly straightforward. Some westerners have difficulty with the tonality - I guess I think of it as being that there are just certain ways you pronounce things. In English you can screw up pronunciation by putting the emphasis on the wrong syllable - using the wrong tone in Chinese is sort of similar.

The written language introduces all sorts of interesting issues, and you have to learn how the characters are classified in order to properly use a Chinese dictionary. All characters have a radical (oftentimes suggestive of meaning) and a phonetic component. Once you learn how to classify the characters, you can sometimes "sound out" a word - sometimes to discover that it is one that you already know but had forgotten what the characters were.

about 2 months ago

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