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Comment: Re:What are you planning to do? (Score 1) 164

by StikyPad (#48935005) Attached to: Drone Maker Enforces No-Fly Zone Over DC, Hijacking Malware Demonstrated

That's all sort of moot -- people who use drones to actually carry out attacks won't give a shit about any law or regulation. (See, arguably, our own use of drones.)

This is a really hard problem. An attack from a small drone would be incredibly difficult to guard against. I'm actually shocked (legitimately) that there haven't been any attacks using hobbyist drones yet, since it's hard to think of a potential target that wouldn't be vulnerable. With the lower barrier to entry into the airspace (and eventually "space" space, presumably), we're going to have to rethink security of critical systems/people beyond just regulations.

Comment: Re:Government Intervention (Score 1) 474

As much as I don't like existing ISPs, I'm not sure I'm really in favor of a government-run (municipal) ISPs either. It's not hard to imagine, like highway funding, the federal government offering money for municipal ISPs, contingent upon compliance with a few minor requirements. Or criminal penalties for "excessive" bandwidth, or unsanctioned usage. Or for it to come full-circle, with private companies offering muni's better, faster connections, and funding it through tolls.

But maybe I'm just a pessimist.

Comment: Re:IPV6 Addresses for all (Score 1) 251

by StikyPad (#48934069) Attached to: One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

There are upsides though. Instead of some random number like 192.168.x.x, you just have to remember fdbc:b4f0:0b6f:ecaa:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx using this simple mnemonic (in honor of the Big Game (not TM) this weekend):

First Down Brings Cheers,
But 4th [down] Feels [like you are a] 0,
Oh, but sicks football
Easy as Can AAahhhhhhhhhh!!!!! (The relaxed Aaah, not the screaming one.)

Then for the interface ID just use something equally easy to remember, like:

Angry Bullet Ants Are
Bad For Eating Because
Bites Bites Bites Bites
Bites Bites Bites Bites

Comment: Re:You Don't Need A Minicomputer... (Score 1) 251

by StikyPad (#48933819) Attached to: One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

I spent about three days digging for the damn thing, but then remembered something a friend had mentioned: the magnetometers in smartphones can be used as metal detectors. I tromped in, borrowed my mom's cell, and found the pipe almost immediately. I'd come within a few inches of it, but then been digging in the wrong direction.

I had a similar situation once, except instead of snow, it was rock and dirt, instead of a feed pipe, it was the exit to the cavern I had inadvertently sealed over, and instead of Valdez, it was Minecraft.

Comment: Re:That doesn't sound bad (Score 1) 427

by StikyPad (#48933495) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

Well, what does "get" mean? Has purchased? As in nobody wants to pay for faster service? Or can obtain, as in everybody else is too far from the nearest DSLAM? I would expect to see the lowest speeds in the most economically depressed areas simply because people have other priorities. Although I'm all for removing various tiers of service. Gigabit for all, I say!

Comment: Re:New ATMs - loads of solutions (Score 1) 368

by StikyPad (#48933361) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

If you wanted to go one step further you could fill some of the glass packs with different chemicals that when combined produced combustion and incinerated the bills further.

No that anyone here is designing or implementing an ATM security system, but something that could/would harm an intruder would probably count as a booby trap, and those are illegal. Nothing worse than having to fork over money to the guy who tried to steal your money.

Comment: Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (Score 1) 368

by StikyPad (#48933279) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

Since the losses due to card fraud are almost entirely borne by the banks, I have to assume it is more cost effective to take the losses than to chip all of the cards.

No sir! In the US, fraud is borne by the merchant. http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog...

You are correct that it's more economical for the banks to incur 0 cost than a non-zero cost, however.

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