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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

wirefarm Re:Hmmm (230 comments)

"code red worm ..."

Those words gave me a twinge of nostalgia.
Yes, I just got a bit sentimental about an old buffer overflow.
Sysadmin Things (tm)... :-)

about two weeks ago
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Telegram Not Dead STOP Alive, Evolving In Japan STOP

wirefarm Re:Makes sense (144 comments)

As to faxes, handwritten business communications are not at all unusual among older companies, due to the fact that typing kanji was not as straightforward process 20 years ago as it is today.

I've sent telegrams in Japan, but only to couples who were getting married and whose wedding I couldn't attend. I've never seen them used for other things, but a wedding is likely to have a few telegrams read at the reception.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

wirefarm Re:Keep it COTS! (194 comments)

Stop grasping at straws, you dullard.

While you're bickering over semantics, I'm demonstrating to the original poster how I have put together a working, reliable system that actually helps people deal with the tragedy that is Alzheimer's. Think about that for a minute, will you?

You're a zealot and a bore.
This is why people don't like you.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

wirefarm Re:Keep it COTS! (194 comments)

Explain to me how *any* of what you suggest would actually add any value whatsoever over the current setup.

We have a reliable, working system in place, after all. It has proven itself over and over, allowing us to communicate easily with her, with ambulance crews and with doctors. It has brought some peace of mind to both her and the family.

You offer nothing.
Your opinions are worthless.

Zealots like you give the open source movement a bad name.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

wirefarm Re:Keep it COTS! (194 comments)

Yeah. That's so much easier

I can see trying to explain to some minimum wage nursing home assistant how to open a terminal and open a new tunnel. Right now, all I have to do is ask them to restart the laptop and everything works.

You seem to want to wage a war of Open Source vs all things Microsoft, but I won't play along. I'm telling you that this is a system that has been working well for a couple of years. If it breaks, I'll probably replace it with Linux, Skype, Chrome and TeamViewer. After all, while I happen to be well-equipped to use Linux and SSH, the other people involved are not.

Now will you please give it the fuck up?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

wirefarm Re:Keep it COTS! (194 comments)

Nice troll.

That said, I am speaking from experience. Old laptop, with Windows in this case, plus Skype, plus TeamViewer, has worked for my family for several years, doing just what the OP is looking for.

But let's look at your assertion that you don't need TeamViewer in Linux. This would be possible, if I were the IT guy at the home, but as it is, I'm not. They have a wireless network for residents and visitors and the staff had to ask around just to find the PostIt note that had the WiFi password. Do you really think that I'll have much luck getting a local IP address reserved for this laptop and then getting the necessary ports opened and NAT rules put in place to be able to tunnel in?

As it is, we use TeamViewer and I can tell other family members, of varying technical skill levels, to start up a movie on Netflix for mom when they are finished Skyping

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

wirefarm Am doing this currently (194 comments)

Forget trying to set it up for the other residents as a group. The staff and administration will likely freak out over the privacy implications and HIPAA laws or whatever. Offer to help other families do it on a one-by-one basis as I outline below:

My mother is in a rest home for the past few months and she's lost the ability to do much of anything on a computer.

Still, we manage to video conference with her every day, with almost no problems and no work required on her part.

The cost was negligible and the setup trivial. Here's what we did:

Scrounge an old laptop. For this, my brother donated a late-model thinkpad. It runs some version of Windows, currently. If it gets a virus, I'll wipe it and install Ubuntu, but it's been fine so far.

Install Skype, with an account created for the elderly person. Set it so that only people on their friends list are allowed to call. Set it to auto-answer incoming calls. Add family members to the person's friends list, but do so carefully, as anyone you add will be able to pop on any time they like.

Add TeamViewer, in case you need to log in and restart Skype, add someone, or even start a movie on Netflix or YouTube.

Our setup has worked well in practice for two years, including scenarios like talking to ambulance crews and LifeAlert, before she went into the home and talking with her doctors and other caregivers at the home. She spends time every day visiting with an infant grandson she hasn't yet met, so it's had a huge impact on the quality of her life.

Some people will complain that they don't like Skype, or they want to use FaceTime, but another family member isn't on IOS or whatever, but by now, everyone knows that if they want to call mom, they just use Skype.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

wirefarm Keep it COTS! (194 comments)

Our family tried those. We bought 2 of them to talk to mom, but while they work for a while, they seem to just die after a few days. Sure, a reboot, reconnect to wifi and re-login sets it all good again, but that's a lot to ask.

We went with regular skype on an old thinkpad.

Do yourself a favor and install TeamViewer as well.

about a month and a half ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

wirefarm Why I joined: (213 comments)

I listed my membership on my résumé, along with the ACM logo.
This was 15 years ago and I was a contractor around Washington, DC, doing many short-term contracts.

Yes, it was effective.
In the course of interviews, the interviewer would often tell me that they had been meaning to join, or had heard of it, but not once that they were themselves a member. Just a little psychological advantage, I guess. This helped,too, because I never went to college.

That said, I got absolutely nothing from their articles or other content.

about a month and a half ago
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Humans Not Solely To Blame For Passenger Pigeon Extinction

wirefarm Re:Regardless of any 'sensitivities'... (53 comments)

Oh, man. Did I do that?
Of course I did

"Auk"? "A-U-K"? Nope, I've been sitting at a terminal too long for that to *ever* look right

about 2 months ago
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Humans Not Solely To Blame For Passenger Pigeon Extinction

wirefarm Re:Regardless of any 'sensitivities'... (53 comments)

Apparently they were fairly awful creatures—flocks of a few million birds blackening the skies, decimating crops and crapping on everything.
Couldn't we direct our sympathies to a more like-able creature? Wooly mammoths or great awks, perhaps?

Maybe we eradicated them and it's actually a *good* thing. It's not quite the same as how we (as a species) are still hunting the poor ortolan

Call me insensitive, but I really hate pigeons.

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Data Miner Will Shock You

wirefarm Re:link (164 comments)

It's also not available to facebook accounts that are under "administrative hold", the term they use for accounts and those under subpoenas and national security letters.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

wirefarm Bicycle Mechanic (737 comments)

If the apocalypse were to come in my lifetime or a couple centuries after, there would be plenty of bicycles that would be tremendously useful if there was someone to keep them running.

about 5 months ago
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Goodbye, Google Voice

wirefarm Re:Don't worry about that (166 comments)

I'm with you guys. I lived overseas when I signed up for Grand Central, which became Google Voice, so I could get a US number for my mom to call me on, that I would route to a skype number (it's harder to keep the same skype dial-in number if you're as forgetful as me at keeping a balance on it).

Now I have Google Voice going to an app on an old iPhone with no cell service, and use WiFi for 99% of my calls, occasionally sending the traffic to any number of 'burner' phones if I won't be near WiFi.

The funny thing is I had never noticed the MMS issue.

When I'm at the computer, I use the Hangouts plugin for chrome to make and receive calls and it works well, where before I had to be logged into the right Gmail account and have the page open for it to ring. If you use Chrome, I highly recommend it.

about 6 months ago
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Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

wirefarm Re:Middle Initial (227 comments)

Jerry: David Berkowitz, Ted Bundy, Richard Speck...
Alice: What about them?
Jerry: Serial killers. Serial killers only have two names. You ever notice that? But lone gunmen assassins, they always have three names. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, Mark David Chapman...
Alice: John Hinckley. He shot Reagan. He only has two names.
Jerry: Yeah, but he only just shot Reagan. Reagan didn't die. If Reagan had died, I'm pretty sure we probably would all know what John Hinckley's middle name was.

about 7 months ago
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Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like

wirefarm Re:Until you experience the speed ... (338 comments)

I had gigabit in Japan in 2007 or do, as did my girlfriend across town.
I could mount a disk at her place using AFP and a little port forwarding and play movies from her disk as well as if they were on my desktop.

Seriously sweet, especially considering that in around 1999 or 2000, the best you could get was 56K ISDN and evening rates where you didn't pay by the minute.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting an Uncooperative Website To Delete One's Account?

wirefarm Re:call them (171 comments)

One funny side effect of feeding Facebook red herrings is that for a while, I was getting ads targeted at dating for Latvian seniors

about 9 months ago
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Do Is Done

wirefarm Pity (51 comments)

It was a very simple, very clear service that I could actually use with non-technical clients for project management.

Good thing is, you could probably duplicate the functionality in Ruby on Rails in a weekend

about a year ago

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Streetview seen as culturally insensitive in Japan

wirefarm wirefarm writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jim O'Connell writes "Global Voices has a translation of an excellent open letter to Google by Osamu Higuchi, explaining that Street view is too invasive for Japanese traditional values when used in residential areas. Having lived here for ten years, most recently in an older residential area, I can attest to its accuracy — Living in such close proximity to your neighbors, it becomes necessary to "not look" at everything that you might be able see from a place such as the street, where you may have a legal right to be. The cultural boundaries are simply different than those of the US."
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