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Comment: Re:Nothing made after 2000 (Score 1) 195

by Havokmon (#48435621) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Modern cars use proprietary designs and even smallest modification would require you to re-flash software. While it is possible, and there are 'dealer' keys out there, modern cars are overly complex. Your best bet is to get something classic and not too rare.

I agree. Get a Honda from the 90s. OBD2 will give you good insight into the ECU, plus there won't be engine components crammed into every nook and cranny of the engine bay. And the Keys - my god the keys. If you don't want to pay $100 just to copy your key, avoid that proprietary garbage.

I've got a '93 Del Sol. Only OBD1, but fun to drive, parts are easily found and there's a ton of info available about Civics. My 2005 Pathfinder needs a new key, and I can't bring myself to spend that kind of money for what's worth $1 to me.

Comment: Re:yea no - happened in Middle School (Score 4, Interesting) 320

by Havokmon (#48368167) Attached to: Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday
Same thing happened in my Middle School science class. One kid got a hold of the teachers copy of the final, and a bunch of kids cheated - including twin friends of mine. The administration did the same thing - "Tell us if you cheated, and it'll be ok".

The brother admitted to it, and was held back. The sister stayed quiet and moved on to high school.

Comment: Re:HA! (Score 4, Insightful) 102

by Havokmon (#48319565) Attached to: Using Naval Logbooks To Reconstruct Past Weather and Predict Future Climate

"Anything you read in a logbook, you can be sure that it is a true and faithful account."

Says someone who never stood watch in the Navy.

Especially back before satellites and realtime communications Wanna pick up some 'native' chicks?

Oh we're a week late because it was REALLY STORMY at sea. See? It says so in the log book.

Comment: I've done this. (Score 3, Informative) 168

by Havokmon (#48312115) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Single Sign-On To Link Google Apps and Active Directory?
I was InfoSec at a Fortune 500 company that moved to Google Apps and the Security rep for the email migration. SSO and account verification was to accomplished via SAML - so we could restrict non-exempt employees and consultants, etc. Not having worked with it before, I setup SimpleSAMLphp on my Windows laptop using my personal domain on Google. It took me about 40 minutes to get my local AD credentials to auth to my domain on Google.

They paid $1mil for 4 servers to do the same thing.

Comment: Re:no dimocrats (Score 1) 551

by Havokmon (#48301077) Attached to: In this year's US mid-term elections ...

If you're going to put words in your opponent's mouth, make sure they are coherent. I don't believe suffering is limited by economic class. If you are going to claim liberals are elitist (nice parroting of a GOP talking point), say *why* you believe that. Seriously learn to read. I didn't say it's wrong to call someone black, or jewish, or anything at all as a description. Just that some people like to *complain* (how did you miss that word?) about others, and hide behind "you guys are too PC" as a cover. Though more likely they just use PC as either a dog whistle, or as an alarm to raise a panic about liberals.

" For example how wealthy Republicans con poor Republicans into voting away their power" Does that help with why I believe you're elitist? Seriously, learn to read. (Does that help too?).

Comment: Re:no dimocrats (Score 0) 551

by Havokmon (#48300835) Attached to: In this year's US mid-term elections ...

I don't believe in hateful divisions along lines of gender, race, heritage, education level, ... {insert wedge issue}, ... and I don't believe in a "class" system.

Are you saying you don't believe those divisions exist? That's denying the painful reality. Or are you saying that Democrats somehow divide people by acknowledging how some groups of people take advantage of others? For example how wealthy Republicans con poor Republicans into voting away their power by using wedge issues like gun control, abortion, and gay rights.

ahh another "You must be a 1%er if you haven't suffered, and if not then you're obviously a sucker". Yes, both parties are at fault, but damn, liberals are some snobby elitist bastards. I'm athiest nonPCer. Yeah, if the guy is black - it's a description, not a judgement. Get over yourself already, it's almost 2015.

Comment: Re:Open Source? (Score 2) 71

by Havokmon (#46219699) Attached to: How Online Clues Located North Korea's Missile-Launcher Factories

Ah, come on. Open source intelligence? What's unusual about this?

I remember from Tom Clancy's "Clear and Present Danger" where the CIA was watching Cable News, getting lots of information from what was freely available from the likes of CNN and Fox. I also remember watching CNN reporting from Down Town Baghdad while the US was dropping bombs at the start of desert storm. Can you say instant BDA on the raid? "Yes, our power just went out! Good thing we have battery powered equipment so we can show you what's happening next to ground zero. Oh wow, Baghdad TV just went off the air too!" You know that this often happens in real life.

What's important about this story is that the North Koreans messed up, assuming they intended to keep this development a secret. Somehow, I doubt they made a mistake, but this release was calculated, knowing that the west would figure out what's going on. They are simply too controlling.

The assumption is that the west didn't know anything about it. I bet the CIA has rooms full of people going over satellite images of North Korea that would make Google Maps look like something Magellan used.

I would be surprised if the west didn't know about it.

Now, that's totally different from discovering the Icelandic military (is there one?) has ICBMs. I would assume that's not a place we're actively looking to protect ourselves from.

Comment: Re:Serious sample bias (Score 1) 390

by Havokmon (#46113403) Attached to: IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share

The statistics are "collected from W3Schools' log-files..." So an English-language site for people interested in standards compliant web development is now considered an accurate proxy for browser usage? I think not. Predictably, the results are way out of line with, well, pretty much everyone:

FTFY- We all know anyone who does dev in IE isn't concerned with standards compliance.

Comment: Re:that wasn't 'no rules' (Score 1) 127

by Havokmon (#46092187) Attached to: New Zealand Schools Find Less Structure Improves Children's Behavior

I can tell you from experience that 'lack of rules' does not prevent bullying. And that's not what happened here either, from the story. They gave the kids toys, which kept them occupied. That's what happened. Some of the toys were slightly dangerous (like trees for climbing, one example), and that's why they called it 'getting rid of rules.'

This more reminds me of the 'new at the time' Kindergarten teacher "Hi, so your child is restless, do you mind if we tie him to a chair? Our professors say that children "

"Lady, you're telling me you can't control a 5yr old little boy? They're the definition of restless. Is he running around the room? "


"Is he beating on other kids"

"No no, he's just restless and doesn't always pay attention"

"As I said, that's what a little boy does. You have to attract his attention, not expect it. Make it interesting for him - that's your job."

He who has but four and spends five has no need for a wallet.