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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."

Comment: Re:Diet/Exercise (Score 1) 384

by Havokmon (#45956409) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

With regards to this subject, lifestyle is one of the biggest contributors to cognitive performance or lack thereof. It only makes sense to start there. If the TV won't turn on you don't first take it to a TV repair man, you check to see if the bloody thing is even plugged and branch out from there.

I agree. So in that he has already researched the problem, shouldn't diet/exercise already have been addressed?

Comment: Re:Diet/Exercise (Score 1) 384

by Havokmon (#45955479) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

Perhaps you need to re-read the question... He reports that he is slow of mind and has difficulty with recollection then asks for help with this. To what do you point to in my post regarding improving his cognitive abilities as off-topic?

You're assuming that he must have a poor diet. That's just as likely as him having a poor sex life. Neither can be alluded to by details in the parent post.

Maybe he should lay off the weed.
Maybe he should take fish-oil supplements.
Maybe he should get a C-PAP machine.

Ok - I suppose - other than lack of sleep since childhood, there's really not much detail to go on and just about any suggestion is a shot in the dark.

Comment: Re:Diet/Exercise (Score 1) 384

by Havokmon (#45954785) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

There are plenty of chemical/herbal compounds that you can take to improve cognitive abilities. However, aside from sleep with respect to controllable factors the absolute most powerful contributors to cognitive abilities are your diet and exercise. Both eating low quality (unhealthy) food as well as a sedentary lifestyle degrade cognitive performance immensely.

My advise to you would be to ditch McRotten and visit your local gym regularly. As a side benefit you just might find yourself sleeping better too.

Huh? Talk about a shot in the dark. Your post is about as on-topic as the "You just need to get more sex, Bro", post.

That said, I do agree with both, but neither really address the OPs issue.

Comment: Re:Cheap architecture + short cuts = DOOM (Score 2) 250

by Havokmon (#45944155) Attached to: Target Confirms Point-of-Sale Malware Was Used In Attack

Yes, I'm not sure why the unencrypted card stripe data needs to be anywhere except in the little black box (LBB) that swipes the card and the bank's computer.

The interface between the cash register and LBB could/should be.

What bank? Here is the basic process:
User (swipe)-> Merchant (dial)-> Front-End Processor (T1) -> card issuer.

At least the first 6 digits need to be unencrypted so the transaction attempt can be routed to the correct bank. Of course, with terminals accepting Amex (15 digits), and proprietary cards - it's probably not even that easy.

As it is, (though I've been out of the biz for 5 years), there are no terminals that encrypt the transaction end to end. The front-ends only accept unencrypted data (via encrypted transmission).

Comment: Medical costs have dropped? (Score 1) 1043

by Havokmon (#45942183) Attached to: Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs
Food stamps feed 1 in 7 Americans and cost almost $80 billion a year, twice what it cost five years ago
a cut of $2 billion a year in food stamps could trigger in an increase of $15 billion in medical costs

So medical costs have dropped $300 billion in the last 5 years? I rather doubt they've dropped at all. It seems to me if we've been increasing food stamps to help people, and food stamps have SOME SORT of correlation with medical costs, they should be SOME SORT of decease in medical costs over the last 5 years.

Comment: Re: Decreased Costs (Score 1) 1043

by Havokmon (#45941989) Attached to: Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

> How about when the girl gets on welfare with one kid you tell her "Here's the pill, here's where you can get condoms.

That's fine in theory. Except for the fact that the people that want to gut Food Stamps also want to destroy sex education and any form of family planning. The openly attack the private organizations that provide birth control pills and condoms to would be welfare mothers.

As a grandfather, let me assure you these private organizations aren't providing 'family planning'. They're colluding with, and encouraging, underage girls to have sex without their parents involvement and knowledge. "But it's 'family planning'" they say. Oh really, do those places meet the partners? hahahaha

I was once as naive as you. Now I'm a grandfather. At best, those places need WAY more oversight.

Comment: Re:Interesting... (Score 1) 180

by Havokmon (#45888401) Attached to: McAfee Brand Name Will Be Replaced By Intel Security

as I and everyone I know stopped using it years ago.

I frigg'n wish. Unfortunately my incompetent security group insists on McAfee. Most people in my office don't even come in on Tuesdays anymore because that's virus scan day. It starts a 1AM and nothing on your machine will work until at least 3PM. If you don't turn your machine on until 7 or 8 PM you'll be lucking to get out of the office by bedtime. McAfee has absolutely no ability to scale CPU usage, it's 100% all the time.

I had the same experience when we were 'integrated' with a new parent company. My (admittedly) VERY trimmed down PCs couldn't handle their McAfee install - but I wouldn't call them a 'security group'. I had to argue with them that 'spyware/malware' was a separate module (a new PCI requirement at the time), which fortunately saved us from installing their crap. They also declared my recently moved db server PCI Compliant because they put it in a physical cage.

I could go on and on about that place - I've never gotten a clearer message to get the hell out.

Comment: Re:What do I care? (Score 0) 146

by Havokmon (#45856281) Attached to: How to Avoid a Target-Style Credit Card Security Breach (Video)

Some debit cards offer a guarantee of loss prevention. Chase issues such cards. Since I got used to using a debit card I rarely handle any cash at all. Most months I have less than $5. in cash for the entire month. It is rare that I go anywhere that won't accept my Chase Visa debit card.

I had 5 Chase credit cards at the beginning of 2013 with about $45k in credit. After they called me regarding ~$50 in itunes charges that I didn't recognize, and I wasn't able to find any record of in my own itunes accounts (and my cards are kept in a safe when not in use), they decided to 're-evaluate' my credit and knocked me down to about $15k in retaliation - on all my credit accounts. Which, of course, knocked my credit score down 10 points.

Bastards. Stay far away from them.

I use technology in order to hate it more properly. -- Nam June Paik