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Comment: Different Scenario (Score 2) 188

by Bretski (#44088987) Attached to: The Return of Surveillance Camera Man
Picture this...instead of the stationary cameras on the wall/ceiling at the drug store, there are employees following people with cameras. I'm betting customers would react the same way as surveillance guy. Funny how the visible attachment of a person to the camera makes all the difference for some reason. Why is that?

Comment: The new Emergency Broadcast System (Score 1) 271

by Bretski (#42307335) Attached to: Cox Comm. Injects Code Into Web Traffic To Announce Email Outage
Not much difference between this and the "emergency alert system" on radio and TV. Content is interrupted and "important" messages are broadcast in its place. Maybe this needs some coordination and oversight by the FCC, and this could become a good thing. Compared to 20 years ago, very few people would realize any benefit from the TV/radio emergency broadcasts, unless it was on the Internet somehow like this.

Comment: Look for more than Windows knowledge (Score 1) 454

by Bretski (#41183681) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Should a Unix Fan Look For In a Windows Expert?
I am a UNIX admin (17 years now). Many Windows admins I've worked with have very little knowledge of networking concepts, Internet workings, and application development/architecture. An effective admin (UNIX or Windows) should have at least waist-deep knowledge of all of these areas. When one has a view of a "bigger picture," they can be an effective troubleshooter, and help in all many areas. The worst admins only know their piece of the puzzle, and are very good at pointing fingers to other groups when they cannot identify where the problem might lie.

Comment: Cool but not all that impressive (Score 5, Informative) 92

by Bretski (#39032967) Attached to: Stanford's Francis Fukuyama Builds Personal Surveillance Drone
Beside the fact that people have been doing this for years, he built this on a multi-rotor heli platform. Flight times for these are usually under 10 minutes, given the power needed to keep them in the air. If he really wants surveillance with long range, he should try a fixed-wing setup, where flight times can be 30-45 minutes. DIYDRONES.COM is a good place to start.

Comment: Not for security, but for life-efficiency (Score 1) 347

by Bretski (#31896558) Attached to: Life Recorder
I've been talking about this for years too. But not for security, just to remember everything. Everything. The important thing about this device would be how the video/audio is stored, tagged/indexed and later retrieved. To make this effective, I'd need an easy speech query mechanism, so I can say "Hey when was the last time I changed the oil in my car" or "What did I do with my wallet yesterday when I got home". Or how about "What was the name of that guy I met 8 years ago at that conference and where did he work"? There are so many tiny events in life that, if remembered, would really help out, so we don't repeat the same mistakes twice. Or just to give "tips" to our future selves, that will always be recalled.
Medicine

High Fructose Corn Syrup Causes Bigger Weight Gain In Rats 542

Posted by timothy
from the subsidies-cause-fatter-corn-farmers dept.
krou writes "In an experiment conducted by a Princeton University team, 'Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.' Long-term consumption also 'led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides.' Psychology professor Bart Hoebel commented that 'When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they're becoming obese — every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don't see this; they don't all gain extra weight.'"

Comment: Wonder if they can block by User-Agent (Score 1) 185

by Bretski (#30658146) Attached to: Kodak Wireless Picture Frames Open To Public

A quick fix that would get 99.9% of us out of people's pics, if the User-Agent string is something unique to the frames. This would only allow HTTP requests from frames, not from desktop browsers. Yes, we can change our user agent string on the desktop browser to match, but like I say - 99.9% of people wouldn't know how.

Security

Hackers Broke Into FAA Air Traffic Control Systems 124

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the those-pesky-nigerian-royals dept.
PL/SQL Guy writes "Hackers have repeatedly broken into the air traffic control mission-support systems of the US Federal Aviation Administration, according to an Inspector General report sent to the FAA this week, and the FAA's increasing use of commercial software and Internet Protocol-based technologies as part of an effort to modernize the air traffic control systems poses a higher security risk to the systems than when they relied primarily on proprietary software, the report said. Intrusion detection systems (IDS) are deployed at only 11 of hundreds of air traffic control facilities. In 2008, more than 870 cyber incident alerts were issued to the organization responsible for air traffic control operations and by the end of the year 17 percent (more than 150 incidents) had not been remediated, 'including critical incidents in which hackers may have taken over control' of operations computers, the report said."

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