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Comment: Re:So what are people using anyway? (Score 4, Interesting) 83

by Resol (#49425481) Attached to: TrueCrypt Alternatives Step Up Post-Cryptanalysis
Interesting, perhaps its the way I use it I don't need full disk encryption. Most of the stuff I consider important and confidential is pretty small (tax return files, bank statements, etc.) What I need is small virtual disks that are encrypted so that I can easily move them around and access them. Perhaps it's extra naive of me, but I put a small true crypt archive on a server that I trust, and can then mount it from there on Linux, Windows, Mac, and iOS (I actually still have an operational NeXTStation, but I don't think there's a true crypt for that.) Maybe there's a better approach for what I'm doing?

Comment: Re:Pera gets rich of other's backs ... (Score 1) 225

by Resol (#49425257) Attached to: How Ubiquiti Networks Is Creatively Violating the GPL
I apologize for offending you, it was certainly not my intention. Rather, I intended it (along with the ducks! comment) to indicate that I appreciated that I was suggesting another vendor with similar products that also has "issues" with making source available. Next time I'll leave out the emoticon. I am interested to know what you suggest for indicating that text you've written is meant to be sarcastic, ironic, or other. Do you just avoid using constructs that are common in speech in your writing?

Comment: Pera gets rich of other's backs ... (Score 5, Interesting) 225

by Resol (#49424393) Attached to: How Ubiquiti Networks Is Creatively Violating the GPL
I used to work for a company that was meant to be a partner of Ubiquiti -- from the first meeting with Robert, one could tell this was not going to be a "share and share alike" partnership -- more likely it was going to be a one party gives, the other takes partnership. We as partners needed access to some parts of the code, and in meetings said we'd like to get the source, and given that it was built on GPL'd code, we figured it would be a non-issue. How wrong we were. Basically told that was never gonna happen, not for us, nor anyone else that wanted it, it was their IP. Robert's one of Forbe's 10 youngest billionaires. He's gotten stinking rich off others, and refuses to give back. It certainly douses your faith in the human spirit somewhat. Anyway, not that it's much better, but you can always buy from MikroTik (ducks! ;-) )

Comment: Re:Security through obscurity (Score 1) 481

by Resol (#46867739) Attached to: US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks
Well, I suppose it's possible that the systems were small enough back then that they were able to prove that the systems were correct to essentially eliminate bugs, but as you point out, once past the physical security, I suspect there's a number of new techniques that could be brought to compromise the systems - even without exploiting what might be called traditional flaws.

Comment: Re:Maybe this will help helos get mainstream (Score 1) 110

by Resol (#44717357) Attached to: NASA Scientists Jubilant After Successful Helicopter Crash
Thanks for this explanation. So, I guess what you are saying is that to make things more economical, effort should be made into making the equipment less complicated and more rugged to reduce the maintenance aspects. I suppose this doesn't bode well for the personal jet packs we've all be promised for so many years! ;-)

Comment: Maybe this will help helos get mainstream (Score 1) 110

by Resol (#44713115) Attached to: NASA Scientists Jubilant After Successful Helicopter Crash
Seems about time they start doing this ... others have been doing similar activities with cars and planes. Helicopters have always seemed like a good idea to me, but generally are outside the financial reach of most of us (I've only been on one 20 minute sightseeing tour in Hawaii and it was $200 or $10/minute/passenger - there were 5 passengers). I wonder how much of my fare was to cover insurance premiums? Perhaps with more data for the actuaries to work with, the flight costs could drop to the point we could see helo transportation rival busses / small planes.

Comment: Take a break! (Score 1) 418

by Resol (#41563921) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Am I Too Old To Retrain?
Sounds like you're experiencing some burnout. I say take a break - the dip in the management pool wasn't far enough away. Do something else entirely for a 12-18 months. I did this, and after a couple years I found I had all the motivation I needed to get my development skills honed up. As others have pointed out, many of the skills you learned years ago can be very valuable, provided you figure out how to apply them to the new world order. Getting out of the game for a while will give you the perspective you need. I'm not saying this is easy or even financially smart ... you'll probably take a significant cut in pay to do the "new thing" and when you come back to development you will be competing with younger folks ... but you'll have the same hunger and passion that they have (maybe even more), so you *will* be able to compete. Best of luck!

Comment: Solar, wind, and synthetic rigging ... (Score 1) 340

by Resol (#41326863) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech For a Sailing Ship?
Since the sailor is familiar with Slashdot, I think he's probably all set for the electronic tech ... I'd concentrate on supplying power to all the gadgets he's likely to bring along - solar, wind gen, towable water gen, battery banks for storage ... And he should also consider some of the new tech for sails and rigging -- many of the synthetics can be worked with by the owner (no need for swaging, etc.).
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+ - FCC Asked To Reassess Cell Phone Radiation Guidelines->

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An anonymous reader writes: A government report released on Tuesday says the Federal Communications Commission needs to update its guidelines for limiting cell phone radio-frequency exposure limits. The limit was set in 1996 to an exposure rate of 1.6 watts per kilogram, and has not been updated since. The report does not advocate in favor of any particular research, and actually points out that the limit could possibly be raised, but says the FCC has not kept up with research on the subject one way or the other. An executive for The Wireless Association said, 'The FCC has been vigilant in its oversight in this area and has set safety standards to make sure that radio frequency fields from wireless phones remain at what it has determined are safe levels. The FCC's safety standards include a 50-fold safety factor and, as the FCC has noted, are the most conservative in the world.'
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