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Comment: MAC Address Filtering (Score 0) 884

by Coldeagle (#42959491) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

If I were you, I would try implementing MAC Address filtering (basically you white list MAC Addresses that should be allowed to connect). This can be a pain when connecting new devices, but worth it from a security standpoint.

I would also change your SSID and disable broadcast. Reducing transmit power may also help. If you don't have enough coverage with the reduced power, you could also go with power line adapter and setup another AP in the weak area.

Oh and you can also try reducing your key regen time too. If you leave at the default 3600 seconds, then you're also giving him a longer time to try to breakin if he spoofs your mac.

Finally, you can always go with static IP's or if your router is capable, setup DHCP to assign specific IP's to specific MAC Addresses.

Hope this helps!

+ - CNET parent organization blocks review and award to Dish over legal dispute->

Submitted by Coldeagle
Coldeagle writes: It looks as if CNET's parent company, CBS, has laid down the law:

Just one day after CNet named the Dish "Hopper," a new TV recording system that's drawing rave reviews in the tech press, to an awards shortlist, the site's parent company stepped in and nixed the accolade. Because of a legal battle between CBS and Dish over the Hopper's ad-skipping technology, CBS laid down a ban: CNet won't be allowed to even review Dish products, much less give them awards.

Got to love modern day freedom of the press!
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+ - New Type of Clock Keeps Time by Weighing Atoms->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit writes: A new type of clock keeps time by weighing the smallest bits of matter, physicists report. Compared with standard atomic clocks, which work differently, the new clock keeps lousy time. However, by connecting mass and time the technique could lead to a quantum-mechanical redefinition of the kilogram.
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+ - Chinese Smartphone Invasion Begins->

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snydeq writes: "Tech giants Apple, Google, and Microsoft were no-shows at CES this week in Las Vegas, which worked out just fine for Chinese vendors looking to establish a name for themselves with U.S. consumers, InfoWorld reports. 'Telecom suppliers Huawei and ZTE, in particular, have set their sights on breaking into the U.S. market for smartphones and tablets. ... Whether these Chinese imports can take on the likes of Apple and Samsung remains to be seen, but as Wired quotes Jeff Lotman, the CEO of Global Icons, an agency that helps companies build and license their brands: "The thing that's amazing is these are huge companies, and they have a lot of power, but in the United States nobody has heard of them and they're having trouble gaining traction, but it's not impossible. Samsung was once known for making crappy, low-end phones and cheap TVs. Now they're seen as a top TV and smartphone brand."'"
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+ - Why Do Renters Want to Buy NOW?->

Submitted by Moses O
Moses O writes: No matter which surveys you look at, though, more renters are saying they want to buy now than they did in the past. That may come as a shock to some, especially when you consider that the housing market is crawling along at a snail’s pace and the U.S. economy as a whole still has a very uncertain future. So, what’s going through the minds of renters? Why settle down and buy a home NOW?
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Comment: Re:Thats got to be wrong... (Score 1) 168

by Coldeagle (#42030157) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Data Storage Highway Robbery?
It's correct to an extent, but with Salesforce you also get (depending on your edition, but for Enterprise Edition and Unlimited Edition) 20MB per user once you get to the 1GB minimum (basically after 50 users you start accruing 20MB per user). Keep in mind that this is for data storage on the DB (First Name->John...etc), not "file storage" (e.g. word docs, PDF's, etc). Those are still pricey, but less expensive.The "file storage" as they call it comes with a baseline 11GB and 600MB per user. You can purchase 10GB for about $40/month.

Comment: They forgot the XBox 360! (Score 1) 255

by Coldeagle (#41831787) Attached to: Surfcast Sues Microsoft Over Tile Patent
Wow they actually forgot to include the XBox 360's tile system which does the same thing...Still, I can't believe this kind of obvious stuff is still getting getting patented! "Box Ads" have been around for years, I'm shocked they're targeting Microsoft. Google would have made a much bigger target with Google IG, and Google has a lot more $$ than Microsoft at the moment. Also, this Patent was granted in 2004 and Google IG came along shortly there after (2006 or so?)...wow this is ridiculous.

Comment: Re:No one see's a problem with this? (Score 1) 278

by Coldeagle (#39177001) Attached to: US Military Working On 'Optionally-Manned' Bomber
PS3 may be a bad example, but hey Iran has physical access to one of our drones. Who's to say that they couldn't figure some one of getting access to the machine or the broadcasting equipment? When you have something that has the ability to bring death and destruction on a massive scale, you don't remote control it. Even the ICBM's we used to have weren't remote controlled, you programmed the things to go where they were going to go and push the button. That's it no fuss no muss, no chance of an enemy getting control of it and turning it around (not to mention the physics involved, but my point is still valid)

Comment: Re:No one see's a problem with this? (Score 2) 278

by Coldeagle (#39176607) Attached to: US Military Working On 'Optionally-Manned' Bomber
Think of it like this, if it's remotely controlled once, probably not a big issue because I'm assuming that they're only operated for a short window of time in which it's hard to analyze the signals. If you're using a bomber on a long range mission, you're allowing people to monitor the signals for hours and hours. That gives people the ability to track and monitor the signals for holes and/or patterns. Not to mention DoS attacks. Oh and how stealthy could something be with a transceiver with enough bandwidth to handle the video and control feed? Unless it's being controlled by tight beam which would kind of defeat the purpose....

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