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While Coding, How Often Do You Refer To Language Docs?

unfasten Re:Never... (303 comments)

since it clearly states - "While coding, ...."

if you don't code, you don't answer...

But he isn't a coder so he wasn't able to properly exit the While loop...

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 Igniting Touchscreen PC Market

unfasten Re:Is it going to be like last time again? (257 comments)

I believe HP was one of the companies affected the most, and I notice they're not listed in these new manufacturers.

From the summary:

, NextWindow, which already supplies HP's market-leading TouchSmart line, and Dell's Studio One

They're not listed as a new one because they've been selling touch screen computers, successfully, for awhile now. The TouchSmart line was introduced in 2007.

more than 5 years ago

I Appreciate The Ergonomics Of My ___ The Most

unfasten Re:Car's seat (460 comments)

You might want to try something like this or this. Car seats turned into office chairs.

The first one even keeps the power adjustments, though that one looks more like a proof of concept than something you would actually want to use.

more than 5 years ago

Comcast the Latest ISP To Try DNS Hijacking

unfasten Re:Cox opt out (352 comments)

You're free to do that with Comcast as well. Here's a list of all their DNS servers by location. It lists primary and secondary DNS servers for the hijacking and non-hijacking servers.

more than 5 years ago

Ads Retroactively Added To Wipeout HD, Soon Others

unfasten Re:I can already see (299 comments)

Providing free patches, partially funded by advertising revenue to you is not.

It's not free, nor was the original game. Wipeout HD is $19.99 and the expansion is $9.99. So these people are paying $30 for this nice new "feature".

Quote from http://blog.us.playstation.com/2009/07/17/wipeout-fury-developer-diary-new-game-modes/

Before I talk about what I've been up to on the WipEout HD Fury expansion pack, I would just like to let you know that the pack will be available from PlayStation Store on Thursday, July 23rd for $9.99.

more than 5 years ago

RadioShack To Rebrand As "The Shack"?

unfasten Re:Missing the point of the brand... (629 comments)

Just imagine if you could walk into a Radio Shack and have a selection of stuff like what you can get from Digikey and Newegg combined. That would totally kick ass.

Just add a Hackerspace in the back and it would be perfect.

P.S. To any prospective business out there, I, and I'm sure the Anonymous Cowardon above, would be perfectly fine with you stealing this idea and implementing it. It's encouraged.

more than 5 years ago

Google CEO Schmidt Leaves Apple Board

unfasten Re:Sorry Eric (128 comments)

It's been interesting watching Apple and Google get more negative comments on Slashdot over the last few months (or the last couple of years in Apple's case).

I think the criticism of Apple is partly because of their inherent need to have control, which clashes with a community of geeks who love to hack at things, find non-obvious/non-intended uses for them, and just generally gain more knowledge. That then boils over when, like you said, some Apple fans are so quick to jump on any criticism at all (see: Reality Distortion Field).

Google, on the other hand, has a lot to do with privacy and their enormous databases. I also think that after seeing what happens when one company becomes too big/has too much control (Microsoft), the slashdot crowd is being a lot more vigilant to possible abuses. It seems too many people are quick to implicitly trust and not question anything for no other reason than "It's from Google", which can easily lead to bad things when left unchecked, as it did with Microsoft.

more than 5 years ago

Google CEO Schmidt Leaves Apple Board

unfasten Re:only mp3 players left (128 comments)

Google Search Appliance is a single purpose server to provide in-house search services. It's basically a search program that happens to come with a server, not a server to be used for anything.

Xserve is a general purpose server. Google only competes with Apple here if your only intention for the Xserve was to implement a custom search engine on it. Even if that were the case, the main selling point for Google in that instance wouldn't be the hardware, but in the performance of their search method compared to your own. As far as I know, Apple doesn't sell their own search algorithm so it still wouldn't be competing with Apple.

more than 5 years ago

Scammer Plants a Fake ATM At Defcon 17

unfasten Re:A long time ago... (394 comments)

It's also something Frank Abagnale did, as noted in his book The Art of the Steal . Link goes to an excerpt from the book, start at the last paragraph on page 118.

more than 5 years ago

Scammer Plants a Fake ATM At Defcon 17

unfasten Re:Easy to avoid (394 comments)

Have customers just select a password for each account. Retailers would verify the password the same way they verify CSC numbers now,

Visa and Mastercard have already implemented this option. The only problem is the store has to be capable of handling it, and not all of them are, unfortunately.


The account number is simply placed on the card, and authentication comes from physical ownership of the card. (PINs don't count because they are unfortunately verified based on machine-readable information on the card itself.)

This is wrong. PINs haven't been stored on the card for a long time (I'm not even certain they ever were for all cards). You can easily check this yourself with a relatively cheap reader, or you can build one yourself.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Drops Windows 7 E Editions

unfasten Re:Obsolete (423 comments)

Not only that but they can make web tools Live/Bing/Hotmail work best with their browser - influencing users of those tools to almost be forced to to use IE.

They've already been bitten by that one. They blocked all browsers except IE from accessing MSN.com. After two days of people making noise about it they let everyone view MSN again.

Did they learn? No. Less than two years later they served a stylesheet to Opera (and only to Opera, other browsers received a working stylesheet and IE had its own) that deliberately broke the display of the page. They served Opera the IE stylesheet, which displayed fine, after some more complaints.

Was that enough for them? No, they tried again with hotmail. They sent Opera an incomplete javascript file that was missing a required function to empty the junk e-mail. Other browsers were sent a different javascript file.

I don't think they'd dare try again with how closely the EU is monitoring them now.

more than 5 years ago

Censorship Struggle Underway In Iceland

unfasten Re:Think about it yourself... (251 comments)

It was 500 billion in Icelandic currency (krona), not 500 billion euro or USD.

According to xe.com:

500,000,000,000.00 ISK = 3,904,722,881.3900 USD

However, the wikileaks summary says "45 million to 1250 million euros". I haven't read the post that the GP links, except to check the currency type, to find out where it gets the 500 billion number.

more than 5 years ago

HTML 5 should support ...

unfasten Re:Perhaps I'm Naive, but (392 comments)

Because that leads to exactly what we have now...using Flash for video. And a private company isn't going to cater to every niche platform/architecture.

Also, it's still left to the browser to implement. What specifying a format in the HTML5 standard does is allow the browsers to actually implement the feature since it gives them something concrete to reliably settle on. With HTML5 in all the major browsers, webmasters will then know they have another option that is widely available. This allows them to switch their video over to Theora|H264 and using the VIDEO tag, without worrying about isolating any users and knowing a wider array of devices will be supported.

As it stands now, for most web video you have to hope Adobe cares about your particular OS/Platform enough to cater to it (or that your platform will even let you use it, a la iPhone) . With an alternative standard implemented then all you have to worry about is if your browser, of which there are many to choose from, supports HTML5. There is no worrying about a private third party plugin that also comes with a fair amount of security holes.

more than 5 years ago

Beautiful Security

unfasten Re:Additional recommended reading (81 comments)

For those interested: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/book.html
And a link straight to the book: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/musicfiles/manuscripts/SEv1.pdf

Quote from the author:

My goal in making the first edition freely available five years after publication was twofold. First, I wanted to reach the widest possible audience, especially among poor students. Second, I am a pragmatic libertarian on free culture and free software issues; I think that many publishers (especially of music and software) are too defensive of copyright. (My colleague David MacKay found that putting his book on coding theory online actually helped its sales. Book publishers are getting the message faster than the music or software folks.) I expect to put the whole second edition online too in a few years.

I have a hard copy of this, and while I've only read a select few chapters I have to say I enjoy the book. Definitely recommended to anyone who has a interest in any kind of security, be it information security or anything all the way upto securing a nuclear missile.

more than 5 years ago

Yahoo's "Chicken Coop" Data Center Design

unfasten Re:um...grats? (111 comments)

...people can be logged into iGoogle, and still block adsense and all the other crap they disapprove of.

You are logged into their servers. They don't need all that fancy javascript and other voodoo to track you. They know exactly who you are because you're sitting there screaming it at them. All they need to do is log it straight to your account.

Sure, AdSense on other sites might be blocked but anything you do on their servers while logged in is easily logged on their end.

more than 5 years ago

On Realism and Virtual Murder

unfasten Re:Unpopular but interesting. (473 comments)

The source is cited but apparently you couldn't be bothered so here you go:


And here's an article that talks about it: http://www.historynet.com/men-against-fire-how-many-soldiers-actually-fired-their-weapons-at-the-enemy-during-the-vietnam-war.htm/print/

In a squad of 10 men, on average fewer than three ever fired their weapons in combat. Day in, day out - it did not matter how long they had been soldiers, how many months of combat they had seen, or even that the enemy was about to overrun their position. This was what the highly regarded Brigadier General Samuel Lyman Atwood Marshall, better known as S.L.A. Marshall, or 'Slam,' concluded in a series of military journal articles and in his book, Men Against Fire, about Americaâ(TM)s World War II soldiers. Marshall had been assigned as a military analyst for the U.S. Army in both the Pacific and Europe. The American, he concluded, comes 'from a civilization in which aggression, connected with the taking of life, is prohibited and unacceptable... The fear of aggression has been expressed to him so strongly and absorbed by him so deeply and pervadingly - practically with his mother's milk - that it is part of the normal man's emotional make-up. This is his great handicap when he enters combat. It stays his trigger finger even though he is hardly conscious that it is a restraint upon him.'

more than 5 years ago

In Canada, No Expectation of Privacy On the Net

unfasten Re:In New York, No Expectation Of Privacy In Your (206 comments)

For things in plain view. As in things they can see through your windows. For instance, if they see a pound of weed on your passenger seat then it's fair game.

They can't search the inside of your car or make you open the trunk. That is, unless they suspect you of a crime and are going to arrest you or if you let them (which you don't have to). But in that case they won't ask and they'll just search the car while you're handcuffed in the back of the cruiser.

I realize that means nothing when you're dealing with a cop on a power trip that's willing to lie on a final report. It is good to know though when dealing with most cops, especially the one's who can get very demanding and try to intimidate you.

more than 5 years ago

Ad Networks the Laggards In Jackson Traffic Spike

unfasten Re:Didn't notice... (176 comments)

I think my post may make it look like I'm running a *nix variant, but I'm running Windows. My firewall is set to allow any local network connections out of convenience. I hadn't even thought about blocking port 80 before and if I were just starting to use the hosts file to block ad servers that would be the best way. As of now though, I've come to like the logging part (and my firewall wouldn't make as detailed logs) and will be keeping this setup until I grow bored of the logs.

more than 5 years ago



How often do you exercise?

unfasten unfasten writes  |  more than 5 years ago

unfasten (1335957) writes "How often do you exercise?
  • Once a day
  • A few times a week
  • A few times a month
  • A few times a year
  • All the time! My right forearm is a rock...
  • Does answering the door for the pizza guy count?

Federal Informant Threatend Hacker into Theft

unfasten unfasten writes  |  more than 6 years ago

unfasten (1335957) writes "It seems Brian Salcedo, the computer cracker who was sentenced to 9 years in prison (the longest sentence ever given for a cracker at the time) for attempting to steal credit card numbers from Lowe's in 2003, was threatened by a Secret Service informant to follow through with the scheme after he had doubts. Salcedo started to get nervous and wanted to back out after he found out that Lowe's had detected him on the network. But the informant, 27 year old Albert Gonzalez (a.k.a. "CumbaJohnny" and "Segvec"), who is the main defendant in last week's indictment connected to the theft of over 40 million credit card numbers, was working with the Secret Service at the time Salcedo alleges Gonzalez threatened him to follow through with the deal (while insinuating he had organized crime connecitons). Salcedo is now going to try and challenge his 9 year prison sentece, which was upheld in 2006, on the basis of entrapment."


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