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Comment: Re:IANA Physicist, So... (Score 1) 630

by JasperHW (#46709829) Attached to: Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7
Totally agree that it sounds like it will be a scatter gun at range and wildly inaccurate with an unguided projectile, that's not such a big deal in naval combat. The distances are vast and it's not like there's civilians to accidentally hit.

Naval bombardment of land targets is a whole other story, however.

Comment: Re:What about private companies? (Score 1) 405

by JasperHW (#46569369) Attached to: L.A. Police: <em>All</em> Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation
I agree with you.
However, the government needs so such pretexts and does what it wants when it wants and explains it later. It can kill its own citizens on its own soil in defiance of founding documents with no more repercussion than some tsking from a minority of its (surviving) citizens.

Comment: Re:Existing programs (Score 1) 529

by JasperHW (#46511069) Attached to: The Poor Neglected Gifted Child
Keep in mind your friend doesn't know the invisible parents motivation. I was/am an uninvolved parent from the perspective of the PTA and only ever met with my kids' teachers when it was a scheduled conference. But I talked to them every night about what they learned in school and worked hard to undo the idiot teachings (like Columbus was a wonderful person who loved the native americans, go America!). Now that they're in a high school, we often have conversations about the situation in Syria/Ukraine, the ways advertising undermines someone's self-esteem, beginning economic theory and the like. Basically, I treat school as a wikipedia article - fine for background information and the like, but not to be used to develop a real understanding or opinion on a topic.

Not a stitch of it is seen or known about by any of their teachers.

The other side of the coin is the over-active parents who go in to argue an A-. Sure, they're involved, they care, and they want their kid to succeed, but are they doing anything to achieve those goals? Nope.

Comment: Re:Have you used FireEye? (Score 1) 95

by JasperHW (#46493939) Attached to: Target Ignored Signs of Data Breach
I'll back up what he says and put my name to it. I work for a reseller and I've deployed and managed FireEye, Palo Alto, Cisco, Sourcefire, and Juniper (ScreenOS and the JunOS mess) appliances. They all have their strengths and weaknesses, although they aren't obviously equal. .

Fireye's false positive rate is damn low in comparison to it's competitors. Sourcefire with FireSIGHT is pretty awesome as well (passive fingerprinting of endpoint traffic automatically correlated against breach attempts aka filtering out 99% of false positives for you once it's seen enough traffic on your network), and Palo Altos when you turn on AV, AS, Vuln + Wildfire drop everything suspicious - no human needed so alerts don't necessarily need to be acted on immediately. I've yet to hear of a false positive that was rated as critical or high and that's in dozens or possibly hundreds of installations that I've seen of PA firewalls.

The biggest problem I've seen in a lot of FireEye deployments is they stick it on a TAP port to so the thing can't just drop the suspicious traffic it detects. Half of what it's protecting is dumbass users blindly clicking links that lead to malware sites. That's a hard problem to stop unless you're perimeter security is setup right, and if it's not, all you get from FireEye is endless alerts that there's another dumbass user in your environment. FireEye is freakin badass at detecting and correlating multi-vector attacks like what happened with Target. If the Target admins had put it in inline blocking, there would have been no incident.

Comment: Re: Why? (Score 1) 2219

by JasperHW (#46196801) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!


The hammer quite a bit. The modern hammers with sprung steel heads, claws (and other attachments) and ergonomic handles especially those designed to mitigate RSI have in fact changed significantly.

And how many of those would you consider incremental improvements of the same fundamental design and how many of those were on the level of trying to put the hammerhead in the middle of the handle?

What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to do.