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Comment: Re:Wild climate in N. Sweden. (Score 1) 122

by Securityemo (#40903137) Attached to: Managing Servers In the Frigid Cold
Naah, now you're pushing it. -30 is the usual minimum range for the whole of lappland, maybe -35 when it's really cold. But yeah, the summers are hot, you can swim outside in the rivers if you really want to. As for the reasons for the location of the datacenter, you're forgetting Luleå technical university.

Comment: Re:No surprise there (Score 1) 515

by Securityemo (#40160539) Attached to: The Poor Waste More Time On Digital Entertainment
There's also the kind of people that have no need to "be a part of society". I consider myself very lucky to be psychologically wired like that because otherwise I'd probably have grown up depressed in the manner that you're describing. I've seen it happen to others.

Also, do realize that people with truly poor executive abilities literally doesn't feel worried about things until they slap them in the face.

Comment: It's not just impulse control, but... (Score 1) 515

by Securityemo (#40160305) Attached to: The Poor Waste More Time On Digital Entertainment
ADHD is inheritable to a high degree, and even someone without the full-blown disorder can have traits of it. I don't think it's that simple though as many poor people I've observed actually exhibit good impulse control and reasonable planning/executive abilities. I think that it's a general inability to make their will and drive manifest (or a lack of such in the first place) that results in poverty, no matter the underlying cause. Someone could, for example, be so socially inhibited or incompetent that they can't get a good job.

Comment: Re:Well of course we are (Score 1) 374

by Securityemo (#39856207) Attached to: Is Humanity Still Evolving?
I believe that the blind following of rules is a result of trying to adapt to an alien social environment, not one that is innate. A normal person stuck in a society of (functioning) autists/asperger people would be equally at loss, and would have to make up rules to get along. My mother has stated that she had to reason in this manner, both regarding me and regarding "aspie" colleauges and friends.

Also, for me at some point the rules turned into intellectual models about human behaviour that tries to relate my emotions and thoughts to those of others and thus lost much of their rigidity.

Backdoor Found In Arcadyan-based Wi-Fi Routers 59

Posted by timothy
from the no-auth-cat dept.
Mojo66 writes "A recently reported flaw that allowed an attacker to drastically reduce the number of attempts needed to guess the WPS PIN of a wireless router isn't necessary for some Arcadyan based routers anymore. According to German computer publisher Heise, some 100,000 routers of type Speedport W921V, W504V and W723V are affected in Germany alone. (Google translation, original here.) What makes things worse is the fact that in order to exploit the backdoor, no button has to be pushed on the device itself and on some of the affected routers, the backdoor PIN ("12345670") is still working even after WPS has been disabled by the user. The only currently known remedy for those models is to disable Wi-Fi altogether. Since all Arcadyan routers share the same software platform, more models might be affected."

Comment: Re:Useless (Score 1) 404

by Securityemo (#39804523) Attached to: Study Suggests the Number-Line Concept Is Not Intuitive
Wouldn't it be more accurate to say that numbers might be innate to the human perception of reality? If our brains worked differently we might use an entirely other way of viewing quantities that, for example, relies entirely upon geometry or some other, completely alien faculty not just for expression but for actually thinking about them - like those of a mind (hypothetically, that of a little green man from alpha centauri) that sees reality as a continuum and doesn't think about discrete objects or groupings as such. Who's to say that such a mind wouldn't have a more accurate view of reality?

A friend of mine has dyscalculia, and he doesn't grasp arithmetic or more than very basic numeral manipulation - yet he obviously can judge quantities and can intuitively reason abstractly about logical relationships between things. He just can't do math like we others can.

Comment: Citizen (Score 1) 146

"Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to test a prototype software program designed to trap filthy Communists and Mutants inside a simulation of the life of a Red-level warehouse worker that Friend Computer has laboriously constructed. Unfortunately, the manual is marked Blue and cannot be accessed by a Red-level citizen such as yourself. Attempting to access the manual without clearance is Treason and punishable by termination. Friend Computer wishes you godspeed."

Comment: Transparency (Score 2) 478

by Securityemo (#39755183) Attached to: Whistleblower: NSA Has All of Your Email
While this is certainly rather awesome, as a non-US citizen I think they should be open about it. Even if everyone else already assumed that they monitored everything they possibly could. Also, how did they ever think they where going to keep a domestic operation of that scale secret?

Besides, how could they monitor foreign computer/internet-based espionage and other such things without actually monitoring the entire domestic network? If they where more open about this they could perhaps release information about botnet activity or similar useful data.

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990