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Comment: Re:How it's done: Link to article. (Score 2) 309

by Smallpond (#49158309) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?

That's a great article. So to answer the question in the summary, the way to verify your firmware is:

        Buy an identical replacement drive
        Use the vendor tool to install the same firmware version
        Use the tool described in the article to read the firmware from each drive over JTAG
        Compare the two copies to see if the suspect drive has been modified.

Comment: I've got one (Score 1) 129

by Smallpond (#49011777) Attached to: Replacing the Turing Test

A test of intelligence should be dealing with unforeseen input. The problem with chatbots is that they are just giving pre-planned responses. How about trying to land a rocket on the moon while being bombarded with spurious input from a radar device that was accidentally left on? Given the computers in use by NASA in 1969 that's pretty intelligent behavior.

Another would be landing a rocket on a small floating platform. We'll see how that plays out tonight.

Comment: Re:Guy allegedly does something stupid (Score 1, Insightful) 327

by Smallpond (#49008087) Attached to: Swatting 19-Year-Old Arrested in Las Vegas

If police response was less drastic, there would be no swatting. The problem is that police don't just show up, knock on the door, and ask if everything's OK They show up assuming that people in the house are armed and likely to shoot at them. The swatting perpetrator is hoping that people will die and should be prosecuted for attempted murder. If USA did not have its weird belief that guns make you safer then maybe fewer people would be pulling guns out during domestic disputes and fewer would consider it a pastime to incite armed invasions.

Comment: Re:Or maybe (Score 2) 252

by Smallpond (#48929581) Attached to: One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

Not the same. Embedded development was mostly about reducing cost by replacing custom mechanical and electronic devices with microprocessors and software. IoT is about taking inexpensive things and adding features in order to boost revenue, and also to create new revenue streams by collecting and selling personal data.

Comment: Re:It's a little early (Score 1) 351

by Smallpond (#48899759) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Oh, I assumed it was DNA as in GMO... but it's just DNA... that makes a lot of food!

Possibly more interesting to know which foods are free of DNA. Which would indicate they either had nothing to do with any living organism, are highly processed or both!

Marshmallow peeps are DNA-free!

Comment: Re:Solution looking for a problem (Score 1) 151

by Smallpond (#48846391) Attached to: Being Pestered By Drones? Buy a Drone-Hunting Drone

How big a market is this "defensive" drone problem? Seems more likely the market is bullies chasing down innocent drones

Seems like you are a child who lacks a bass understanding of how drones
are used in the real world.

If you ever leave your mother's basement you are in for a shock, son.

The treble with that remark is that it's totally off-key.

"Well I don't see why I have to make one man miserable when I can make so many men happy." -- Ellyn Mustard, about marriage