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Comment: Corporate Diversity? (Score 0) 626

by Nkwe (#49447751) Attached to: Florida Teen Charged With Felony Hacking For Changing Desktop Wallpaper
From the article:

Green was released on Wednesday from Land O'Lakes Detention Center into the custody of his mother.

Really? From the Land 'O Lakes website:

Land O’Lakes, Inc. is one of America’s premiere member-owned cooperatives. We offer local cooperatives and agricultural producers across the nation an extensive line of agricultural supplies, as well as state-of-the-art production and business services. We also are a leading marketer of dairy-based food products for consumers, foodservice professionals and food manufacturers.

I guess they need to add "We also provide a wide variety of incarceration services."

Comment: Re:homeowner fail (Score 4, Interesting) 536

by Nkwe (#49341693) Attached to: Comcast's Incompetence, Lack of Broadband May Force Developer To Sell Home

I was expecting this to be a homeowner fail, but:

Q: Why Didn’t you check this before you moved? A: Oh, but I did. Having broadband of some kind was an absolute requirement for our new home. Before we even made an offer, I placed two separate phone calls; one to Comcast Business, and one to Xfinity. Both sales agents told me that service was available at the address. The Comcast Business agent even told me that a previous resident had already had service. So I believed them.

Another option would be to write availability of high speed internet into the purchase contract for the house - make it a condition of purchase. I took this approach to ensure I wouldn't find out after closing that my house could not get high speed Internet. My offer and contract basically said that I would buy the house if I could successfully have high speed internet installed in advance of the purchase at my cost. The seller accepted the contract, I paid the ISP (in this case DSL from the telephone company) to install the service, the ISP installed the service, and then we closed the house sale. My realtor didn't like it because it was an "unusual" offer, but I said it was a contract and I could put any conditions in it I wanted - the seller just had to agree (and did).

Comment: Re:Security theater (Score 3, Insightful) 224

by Nkwe (#49327477) Attached to: $1B TSA Behavioral Screening Program Slammed As "Junk Science"

The TSA security theater causes more delays than bad weather.

Citation please. While I agree that the TSA is mostly annoying security theater, my personal experience has been that bad weather has delayed me in getting to my destination more that the TSA has.

I travel sometimes every week and it's a pain in the ass. Because of this I always opt out of being scanned and force the pat down.

If you travel that often, why haven't you signed up for the PreCheck program? It lets you go back to the pre 9/11 security screening procedure. Truly frequent travelers can get in the program free via their airline, otherwise the application fee is not significant with respect to other travel costs and is worth it.

I get special satisfaction in doing it especially if I haven't used deodorant that day.

You intentionally frequently travel on a plane in tight quarters with lots of other people and you opt not to use deodorant?

Comment: Government CIO using GitHub? (Score 3, Interesting) 155

by Nkwe (#49279767) Attached to: White House Proposal Urges All Federal Websites To Adopt HTTPS
Interestingly the "edit this page" link on the CIO page (linked in the article) takes you to GitHub. Is our government actually taking advantage of existing services instead of wasting all kinds of money developing their own content management system? Maybe there is hope.

Comment: Re:How about cameras at enter and exit of the rena (Score 1) 188

by Nkwe (#49270163) Attached to: Hertz Puts Cameras In Its Rental Cars, Says It Has No Plans To Use Them

Smells like astroturf in here.

Says the AC. You can check my other posts to see if I have a history of shilling or not (I don't).

Believe it or not I am just a customer who is generally happy with the service. They are more expensive then the lower tier companies, but this is business travel and I am not paying for it. Their cars are generally not very interesting, but I am not a car guy and I just want to get where I am going. Sometime the cars are not new and dirty, this bugs me. But all these things are generally outweighed by the ease of the checkout process.

Anyway my point wasn't to shill for a particular company, rather to point out that I doubt the largest rental car companies are going to mess with ding and dent scams.

Comment: Re:How about cameras at enter and exit of the rena (Score 1) 188

by Nkwe (#49268787) Attached to: Hertz Puts Cameras In Its Rental Cars, Says It Has No Plans To Use Them

How about cameras at enter and exit of the rental place?

No we can't do that as it will end our ding and dent scam.

I travel for business and rent cars a couple of times a month. My experience with Hertz and Avis (top tier business targeted rental companies) has been that they don't do the ding and dent scam. If you return a car to one of these guys and it has all for tires, runs, and has no obvious accident dents, you won't get hassled. On the other hand, companies like Thrifty, Budget, and independents tend to give me the super picky inspection process when you check out and return the cars.

I did just rent from Hertz a couple of weeks ago and it had the new camera thing. It got the post it note treatment. Putting aside the new camera thing for a moment, I get really good service from Hertz. I arrive at the airport, walk to the stall number displayed on the big reader board (or in an email I receive about the time I land), get in the car, drive to the exit, show my ID, and I am on my way. No paperwork, sales attempts at upgrades, etc.

Comment: Don't forget timestamps (Score 1) 343

by Nkwe (#49074819) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?
If you consider SVN, GIT, or any code optimized source control, don't forget that many business users rely on the last date modified attribute of the file to determine versioning. Many source control systems don't care and don't store file modification dates (they store check in dates instead). This can be a show stopper. While as technical people we want to force the concept of version numbers on folks, it is just not in the culture of many business types.

Comment: Re:This has been going on for a while (Score 1) 232

by Nkwe (#49048301) Attached to: Iowa Wants To Let You Carry Your Driver's License On Your Phone

(Disclaimer: I'm a member of Google's Android security team, but the above represents only my own opinions not an official statement. You can certainly believe that they're opinions I will be sharing/pushing internally, though.)

Sweet. Please consider taking this concept back to the team. On the unlock screen have three unlock codes: 1) The normal unlock code, 2) A "limited" unlock code that would allow access to a limited set of applications (and perhaps make the device look like it was mostly empty), 3) a "wipe" unlock code that wipes the device (or nukes the encryption key.) An additional "distress mode" unlock code could be useful as well - this mode would start audio and video streaming to some off-phone storage. The key feature is that these special modes are activated by entering an alternate unlock code (or pattern). That way if the officer (or adversary) is asking you for the code and entering it on your behalf, you would still be able to activate these features.

Comment: Re:Call Center (Score 1) 309

by Nkwe (#49020061) Attached to: Samsung SmartTV Customers Warned Personal Conversations May Be Recorded

So, I imagine the 3rd party is like a big call center with a bunch of people in it. When you say the activation phrase, "OK TV" it connects your tv to somebody's terminal and they hear you say your commands "Channel 20, volume medium" and they push the remote control buttons on their terminal for you.

More likely the recognition software assigns a confidence score to its recognition. High levels of confidence for a command are just executed. Low levels of confidence are probably filed for human review - probably not in real time, but for later analysis to tune the software.

Comment: Re:One more reason to use a wired keyboard (Score 3, Insightful) 150

by Nkwe (#48806637) Attached to: Wireless Keylogger Masquerades as USB Phone Charger

A device that broadcast over sufficiently large range random flood of mouse clicks would be a very effective DoS tool in a corporate settings.

Or a device that broadcast a very specific non-random set of keystrokes. For example you could send the keystrokes to open up a command window followed by the keystrokes to download and execute malware. You could even send the keystrokes to type in the source code and compile the malware or a malware bootstrap process.

"There is such a fine line between genius and stupidity." - David St. Hubbins, "Spinal Tap"