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Comment: Most plans wont cover that much. (Score 1) 238

by CrAlt (#48859037) Attached to: Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

Can your retirement account cover that?

Most people's insurance plans can also not cover an 8 figure payout. People shop on premium cost alone.. Most have not much more then state minimums. When I was young and had no assets I only carried 40K of liability insurance. Connecticut state min is 20K.

At 20K even totaling out a mid-range compact car will max out that coverage. That's why we have "uninsured/under insured" coverage now. So when some 20 y/o driver with 25K of insurance totals my 60K car and puts me in the hospital my insurance picks up the difference.

If the 6 year old you speak of gets hit by the same driver he is just SOL. Past 25K he will have to sue the driver directly and hope he has some assets.

I do agree that putting your own retirement/home at risk just to save a few bucks a month is foolish. You could end up losing a lifetime of work for a driving mistake or something you have no control over (like your parked car catches fire in garage,burns down condo complex or hurts someone).
 

Comment: Internet of Nope. (Score 1) 163

by CrAlt (#48741201) Attached to: Nest Will Now Work With Your Door Locks, Light Bulbs and More

My "dumb" thermostat has a mechanical limit of 50-90F.
All the way down and the pipes wont freeze and all the way up and it will just burn tons of fuel.. not my house down.

What happens when this software internet facing thing crashes? Or gets hacked? If it locks up in the ON or OFF state that could be very costly.

Internet locks? OK so if the internet is down, I'm locked out?

Are these IoT hypers saying that its a GOOD idea to tie the basic operation of my house to comcast?

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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault 695

Posted by timothy
from the your-fault dept.
iONiUM writes The UN released a new climate change report which concludes that it is indeed happening, and it's almost entirely man's fault. From the article: "The IPCC was set up in 1988 to assess global warming and its impacts. The report released Sunday caps its latest assessment, a mega-review of 30,000 climate change studies that establishes with 95-percent certainty that nearly all warming seen since the 1950s is man-made." However, the report isn't entirely dire. It goes on to say: "To get a good chance of staying below 2C, the report's scenarios show that world emissions would have to fall by between 40 and 70 percent by 2050 from current levels and to 'near zero or below in 2100.'" Below zero of course means mining existing CO2 out of the atmopshere somehow.

Comment: CAPS (Score 1) 291

by CrAlt (#48213065) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

What good is 1G internet speeds if there is a data cap of 300G?

Fiber is great but if its controlled by the same ISPs that happen to also be media companies then its something I don't want any part of.
I have the option of super fast but capped DOCSIS3 here but I will stick with my cheap uncapped DSL. I don't want to have to think about how much a stream will cost or if this next .ISO download will cost me $10.

Cloud

Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video) 409

Posted by Roblimo
from the old-stewball-was-the-most-loyal-server-horse-we-ever-done-had dept.
Curtis Peterson says admins who hang onto their servers instead of moving into the cloud are 'Server Huggers,' a term he makes sound like 'Horse Huggers,' a phrase that once might have been used to describe hackney drivers who didn't want to give up their horse-pulled carriages in favor of gasoline-powered automobiles. Curtis is VP of Operations for RingCentral, a cloud-based VOIP company, so he's obviously made the jump to the cloud himself. And he has reassuring words for sysadmins who are afraid the move to cloud-based computing is going to throw them out of work. He says there are plenty of new cloud computing opportunities springing up for those who have enough initiative and savvy to grab onto them, by which he obviously means you, right?

Comment: Re:Here is some information you may want to know (Score 1) 180

by CrAlt (#46833801) Attached to: Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

On 1, how honest is the "it will interfere with emergency services" reason? I've heard police in particular have unofficially switched to cell phones for sensitive information.

It is honest. Public safety is all up in VHF,UHF, and the 700/800mhz bands. Other then going to digital voice (P25 mostly) there hasn't been much change in the tech. Its just radio.

Cops may use cellphones for sensitive stuff but dispatch and calls for help still use radio. Ambulances still use normal radios and "MED" channels in the clear to talk to doctors on the way to hospitals. FD's use normal low power portables while on site working a fire. If they get stuck that is how they call for help.
If a boater needs help he is still going to call the coastguard on VHF.

There are digital trunking systems that hop around on a SET number of channels but they can still be interfered with if something is operating on their band like anything else.

There are bands like FRS,GMRS,CB,etc that you can mess around on and no one will care. The 27mhz CB band is a total free for all with guys running messy 2KW stations. Since they are contained down there the FCC doesn't care. This would be the best place to play around in IMO.. right in the middle of all the other chaos.

No good will come of messing around on public safety bands. It will get you noticed very quickly and may actually interfere with an emergency call.

You can look up what your area uses on sites like http://www.radioreference.com/...
Its all public info and licensed by the FCC.

Comment: Pace/2wire all listen on 3479/tcp (Score 3, Insightful) 236

by CrAlt (#46811861) Attached to: Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

The 2wire/pace (3600,3800,etc) all have TCP port 3479 open to the internet.This is what you are forced to use if you have AT&T U-verse. There is no way to block it and AT&T says its for "updates and trouble shooting".
http://forums.att.com/t5/forum...

I wonder what great backdoors are in these gateways?

+ - One week of OpenSSL cleanup ->

Submitted by CrAlt
CrAlt (3208) writes "After the news of heartbleed broke early last week, the OpenBSD team dove in and started axing it up into shape. Leading this effort are Ted Unangst (tedu@) and Miod Vallat (miod@), who are head-to-head on a pure commit count basis with both having around 50 commits in this part of the tree in the week since Ted's first commit in this area. They are followed closely by Joel Sing (jsing@) who is systematically going through every nook and cranny and applying some basic KNF. Next in line are Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) and Bob Beck (beck@) who've been both doing a lot of cleanup, ripping out weird layers of abstraction for standard system or library calls.

Then Jonathan Grey (jsg@) and Reyk Flöter (reyk@) come next, followed by a group of late starters. Also, an honorable mention for Christian Weisgerber (naddy@), who has been fixing issues in ports related to this work.

All combined, there've been over 250 commits cleaning up OpenSSL. In one week. Some of these are simple or small changes, while other commits carry more weight. Of course, occasionally mistakes get made but these are also quickly fixed again, but the general direction is clear: move the tree forward towards a better, more readable, less buggy crypto library.

Check them out at http://anoncvs.estpak.ee/cgi-b..."

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