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Comment: Re:written by the NSA (Score 1) 60

by MrNiceguy_KS (#49753619) Attached to: Academics Build a New Tor Client Designed To Beat the NSA

For Tor to be effective, more people need to use Tor. The problem is, people using Tor are usually people needing to (or wanting to) hide something, not the "more" people needed.

This is why I make it a point to fire up the Tor browser at least a couple of times a week. It's not because I'm doing something I want to hide, it's that everybody should be free from having to live under the all-seeing Eye of Sauron. If they're going to watch all Tor traffic, they can watch my webcomics and funny cat pictures.

Comment: Re: Warning!!! (Score 2) 116

by MrNiceguy_KS (#49448691) Attached to: 'Let's Encrypt' Project Strives To Make Encryption Simple

Amen to this. The proper response to, "If you don't have anything to hide, what are you worried about?" is "I'm worried about what will happen if I don't hide *everything*," followed up with, "Unless you've got a good reason to be looking, mind your own damn business."

I absolutely support the idea behind this project. I support encryption everywhere, for everyone. I don't want to live in a world where the only people who are worried about encryption are drug dealers, child porn collectors, international spies, and government folks trying to catch the first three. I don't want to live in a world where use of encryption automatically qualifies as "probable cause".

In a sense, it's almost like a business having an email retention policy in place. There's nothing suspicious about a company with a policy in place where they automatically delete emails after a certain time period. A company that has a mass purge of old mail 3 hours after being served with a subpoena looks like they have something to hide. In the same vein, if I have an encrypted flash drive that's in the back of my freezer inside a box of fish sticks, that looks suspicious, but if I have full-disk encryption on my desktop, my laptop, and my phone, I'm just taking a wide approach of "secure by default".

Comment: Like the form-factor, but the price is crazy (Score 1) 22

Seems way overpriced, but not a bad design. I own a Lenovo Yoga 10, and I've been very happy with it. The barrel edge really does make it much more comfortable to hold than other tablets I've used. (I'll add that I paid less than half of what Dell's asking for this thing, even without a keyboard. And seriously, 16GB internal storage? I know it's got an SD slot, but still...)

Comment: Re:Nice resolution (Score 1) 96

by MrNiceguy_KS (#49174845) Attached to: Valve and HTC Reveal "Vive" SteamVR Headset

The only time I got motions sickness from a game was in the "crashing starship" level in Jedi Knight. Played through the Descent 1 and most of 2 without trouble, though when playing, I tended to throw out any preconceived idea of "up" and "down". But in the Jedi Knight level, there was an up, there was a down, and it was constantly changing. Never got to the point of throwing up, but I did have to lay down for a bit till my head and stomach came to and agreement on up, down, and keeping my stomach contents contained.

I'm really looking forward to trying VR with a space sim - shame it's been so long since any good ones have been released. I know Freespace II has been open-sourced, so if nobody's added VR support yet, I'm sure somebody will.

*Ctrl-tab - google oculus rift freespace* Looks like it's in progress -- Holy crap, I forgot about Star Citizen! *makes mental note to dust off flight stick*

Comment: Re:Only for the first year (Score 1) 570

by MrNiceguy_KS (#48888749) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Oh, sweet Lord, yes! A few of your points in particular:

1. Default apps for many file formats are ridiculously dysfunctional Metro versions. This means users are cast into Full Screen Hell, showing Beelzebubs re-imagining of a PDF reader, image viewer or music app, designed for those confined in the darkest levels of hell. Escaping from these apps is actually hard. Noone can hear you scream.

Whoever designed the included Metro apps should be chained to a helpdesk and doomed to provide support to elderly computer users who are confused as to why their new computer doesn't work like their old one. And this is coming from someone who regularly provides support to elderly computer users who are confused as to why their new computer doesn't work like their old one. Normally I'd say it's the sort of frustration I wouldn't wish on anyone, but it's exactly what I'd wish on the Win8 UI designers.

4. Settings Schizophrenia. Where is that setting? Full-Screen-Hell-Mode or Control Panel? Or (gasp) BOTH? Oh My @#(&$ing GOD!

Holy crap, yes! The Win7, (or was it Vista?) switch to nested control panel categories was bad enough, but at least you could easily switch it to classic. But this? Two different Control Panel universes with no good way to know what is where? The really scary thing about Windows 10 is that they're supposedly considering doing away with the classic Control Panel altogether and hiding all the system settings in Metro-land.

Anyway, you may feel less anger and pain about the above than I do but the point remains that Win 8's peculiarity (See, I can be nice too) isn't confined to having a start screen instead of a start menu.

The sad thing is that there are actually some things about Win8 I actually like. I've gotten it tweaked enough that the parts I hate generally stay the Hell out of my way. But Windows 10 really, really, needs a global "Disable Metro, yes really, yes everywhere on the entire damn computer" button

Comment: Re:Will it treat the "Allahu akbar!" infection? (Score 1) 84

by MrNiceguy_KS (#48764825) Attached to: Microbe Found In Grassy Field Contains Powerful Antibiotic

IANA psychologist, but here's the armchair difference as I understand it: Sociopathic behavior is driven by some misguided version of self-interest, whereas psychopathic behavior acts without regard to self-interest. For a simple (over)generalization, if you piss off a murderous sociopath, he will stalk you and attempt to kill you at a time and in a manner where he believes he's most likely to get away with it. If you piss off a murderous psychopath, he will likely attempt to kill you immediately with whatever he happens to have at hand, up to and including strangling you with his bare hands in front of a group of law enforcement officers.

Comment: Re:Number of interviews... (Score 1) 454

by MrNiceguy_KS (#48467391) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

I always hated group projects in gen-ed classes in college.

I'm in my second semester of going back to school pursuing an engineering degree. So far, I've had a group project both semesters, and have had good experiences in both. They have both been in engineering classes, rather than gen-ed, which makes a lot of difference. The only downside is that I learned if the group project is a research paper, and the group consists of Kushal, Hatim, Stanislav, and Josh, it's going to be Josh that gets stuck doing all the final edits. Not to criticize the rest of the group; they're smart guys who did good work, but the writing needed a bit of cleanup by someone for whom English is their primary language.

In one of the earliest meetings for the group project this semester, one of the girls in the group said, "I always hated group projects in high school, because I always ended up being the smart one that got stuck doing all the work. I don't mind them now, because we're all 'the smart one'."

Comment: Re:This was no AP. (Score 1) 339

by MrNiceguy_KS (#48264319) Attached to: LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

Not even close. Looking at the other responses, I'm clearly not the only one who's thought of this joke.

My personal favorite SSID that I've seen was when I was eating at Buffalo Wild Wings. I went to connect my phone and saw their public hotspot, but someone nearby had set up one called "pubes in my bww". I'm assuming it was just some customer with a sense of humor, but I like to think it could also be either an unhappy neighbor or a semi-disgruntled staff member.

Comment: Re:This was no AP. (Score 2) 339

by MrNiceguy_KS (#48250239) Attached to: LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

... for a few dollars (or as others are pointing out "zero dollars", which a few dollars approaches asymptotic to zero) you can incite bureaucrats to attack the air traffic system.

Cheap phones in AP mode with maliciously-chosen SSIDs, randomly distributed at airports = instant DoS attack against the US air travel system.

Doesn't really seem like Al Quida's style, but I imagine people at Amtrack and Greyhound might be interested.

Comment: Re:Oblig xkcd (Score 1) 220

by MrNiceguy_KS (#48141223) Attached to: VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

Actually if you "stick to the story" there's only 50 dollar bills to choose from and once chosen it's eliminated from the set so 50*49*48*.... = 3*10^64 combinations. Less if any of the bills have identical last digits, which is likely due to the birthday paradox. And if they were just counted and put in an evidence bag most the bills are in the right order. If they count the ones, either in order or reverse order and the only thing you need to figure out is where a few fivers or tens go that's cryptologically pathetically weak. And if it did disappear down some pocket, well there goes your evidence that there actually was a pile of cash making up your password. Worst, the police will probably take this as gloating on your part by showing off your perfect yet obviously constructed get-out-of-jail free card. I think the good old "I don't recall" works better.

If the pile of cash disappears down some pocket, then when you are dragged to court to produce the password, you explain the password storage method to the judge, and the fact that no pile of cash was entered into evidence shows that evidence tampering occurred. Assuming you are in a legal jurisdiction where the rule of law holds any sway, this should get the case thrown out.

If you're in a jurisdiction where this doesn't apply, you're pretty much screwed anyway, (and it's all but guaranteed that your pile of cash disappeared into a pocket rather than the evidence locker.) Granted, in a no-rule-of-law jurisdiction, I'd recommend this method only for data you would literally rather die than give up. The Powers That Be aren't going to stop torturing you once you tell them about your password method, they'll keep torturing you hoping that you're lying and you really can produce the password if they push hard enough. At some point, you'll really wish you had a way to give them the password.

An obvious variation of this is to have a pile of cash that contains 48 bills, with a password constructed from the serials as described, plus something extra you have memorized and inserted in specific spots in the sequence. Then when dragged before the judge, you say that the password was from the serials of the 50 bills you had next to the computer. "What, there's only 48 now? Well, you can try the existing sequence and brute force the remaining digits, but since there are 2 bills missing, there's no way to know for certain where in the sequence to insert the missing digits for the brute force attempt, and since the stack was obviously tampered with, there's no guarantee that the remaining bills are in the original order."

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