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Comment: .NET Compact Framework (Score 3, Insightful) 110

by MtlDty (#48590329) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

I've coded for those WM5/6 mobile devices using .NET Compact Framework, using C#. You might think these things are beyond use, but they're suprisingly capable. We still use ruggedised WM6 devices in warehouses as there still isn't a good cheap alternative.

So coding for them is simple enough, but the underlying OS has a pretty horrible UI by today's standards.

Comment: Re:this is not possible (Score 1) 142

I was watching the Discovery channel documentary on the 9/11 attacks the other night, and as soon as the hijackers turned off the transponders those planes effectively disappeared. The only way to track them would be with ground based radar. (And I don't think we have too many of those in the ocean).

Comment: Reverse Locker (Score 1) 381

by MtlDty (#45896529) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Protect Your Passwords From Amnesia?

I'd like to see Google, or Facebook or some other social media style site implement (what I'm calling) a 'Reverse Locker'

The idea is simple. It keeps stuff secret, but *only* if you log in periodically.

As well as solving the problem asked, the uses are more than you might think. For example I'd like to keep some documents safe until my death, at which point I'm happy for them to be made 'public' (such as a Last Will and Testament, or whatever)

Comment: PCI-DSS. Payment Card Industry Data Security (Score 1) 146

by MtlDty (#45854401) Attached to: How to Avoid a Target-Style Credit Card Security Breach (Video)

Argh. So much bad information here. If you're a merchant and looking to implement a card payment system, you are REQUIRED to follow the PCI-DSS guidelines. If you're even considering holding card details (mag stripe OR EMV), you're probably doing it wrong. Outsource that to a pre-certified PCI-DSS Payment Service Provider.

Comment: Re:My boycott of sony products persists (Score 1) 378

by MtlDty (#37414504) Attached to: New Sony PSN ToS: Class Action Waiver Included

Agreed. I've been boycotting since the rootkits on CDs. Pulling stunts like this is just more ammo for my cannon when I explain to others why I boycott Sony, and they should too.

Though to be fair, the reasons are getting so numerous now its hard to pick the most evil ones from the pile..

Comment: MAC filtering only. (Score 3, Interesting) 458

by MtlDty (#35977858) Attached to: For Security, My Wi-Fi Access Point Relies On:

MAC filtering to keep the casual public away (and to stop well meaning neighbours from accidentally latching onto my network). Absolutely do not use encryption though. I've been doing this for years in the hope that if it comes down to it, I have a loophole from any legal issues that land on my doorstep.

Comment: Origins (Score 1) 167

by MtlDty (#35745538) Attached to: Getting L33t Into the Oxford English Dictionary

To my memory l33t speak has its roots in the 'hacker' (or more correctly 'cracker') subculture. First started appearing on warez releases which would advertise BBS numbers, sometimes listing the numbers in plain text (for anyone to access) and sometimes listing as 'elite only' (meaning private access)

As time passed 'l33t' started appearing when refering to those with access to the private numbers. It was used sincerely for a short period, but soon turned into a term solely for mockery. 'l33t speak' followed soon after, which as everyone knows is where numbers replace l3tt3r5. l33t speak was to my memory only ever used in mockery, frequently in scorn either by those with access refering to 'lamers' without access, or vice-versa.

"If you own a machine, you are in turn owned by it, and spend your time serving it..." -- Marion Zimmer Bradley, _The Forbidden Tower_