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Comment: Re:Undetectable Heartbleed bug? (Score 1) 152

by Swave An deBwoner (#46721355) Attached to: Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

The popular press incorrectly "reports" lots of thing that are just plain wrong. However already explained that such detection was possible if an IDS were looking for the fingerprint:

Can IDS/IPS detect or block this attack?

Although the content of the heartbeat request is encrypted it has its own record type in the protocol. This should allow intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS) to be trained to detect use of the heartbeat request. Due to encryption differentiating between legitimate use and attack can not be based on the content of the request, but the attack may be detected by comparing the size of the request against the size of the reply. This seems to imply that IDS/IPS can be programmed to detect the attack but not to block it unless heartbeat requests are blocked altogether.

It's just that now that a patch is available most folks would rather just fix the problem than watch their systems get compromised. And like Johann Lau already noted, not many sites keep an archive of all the network traffic that has passed through their site, so retrospective analysis is extremely unlikely.

Comment: Re:Without James Sinegal, Costco is not well manag (Score 1) 440

Isn't it time to admit that there is no real scarcity of food, and cutting food stamps has nothing to do with economics but with pure cruelty?

Agreed. Or maybe not pure cruelty, maybe stupidity is part of the mix.

But I also have to agree that your post is offtopic because Costco does not accept food stamps.

Comment: Re:Car dealerships (Score 1) 229

by Swave An deBwoner (#46494669) Attached to: Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

Yes, thanks, I know about measuring PD on one's self but given that it was already measured "professionally" I hoped to have that result (which, if I understand the law, is my property because it's part of my health care record).

And there's no reason I couldn't use FLEX with Zenni but I had about 2 hours before every optician in my area closed, on a Sunday if I recall, to spend the money having put things off all year long. I didn't have a current prescription so I needed an optometrist to determine it for me before I could order anything. And for what my FLEX paid at LensCrafters I could have bought roughly 40 pairs of glasses at Zenni. In fact, about a year or so later, I ordered two pairs from Zenni for around $12 each and they were every bit as good as what I got from LensCrafters. But I needed the prescription and I needed it that day or the FLEX would have evaporated.

Comment: Re:Car dealerships (Score 1) 229

by Swave An deBwoner (#46493483) Attached to: Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

The one and only time I went to LensCrafters (to burn FLEX money that was expiring that day) they gave me the prescription, after I requested it, hand-scribbled on a scrap of paper, but they refused to give me the PD measurements. Finally the decent guy who did the final "try-on" of the glasses surreptitiously scribbled down the PD values while smiling and saying that they don't normally want to do that.

I'm not sure whether LensCrafters or FLEX is the worse offender; I actually think that the FLEX rules were designed to encourage wasteful "health care" spending on behalf of the "health care industry".

(For non-US folks, FLEX is money deducted from one's paycheck that is available for use for "health care" expenses without being taxed first. But it expires at the end of the year and if you don't use it by then, you forfeit it back to your employer.)

Comment: Re:Still worth it (Score 1) 276

by Swave An deBwoner (#46488757) Attached to: Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

Let's say I make 100 orders in a year. That's $1 per order for shipping. Now, you're right, I could probably get some of those free. And there are other's I'd pay say $8 for 2 day. And yet others I'd pay $15 for overnight. You know what? If it takes even 1 minute per order to figure out which is which $100 a year is CHEAP - my time is worth a lot more than that.

Dammit! The time I spent reading your post just cost me $100. But at least I didn't have to think, so it was worth it. A++++++. Would read again.

Comment: Re:Other question: how to remember a forgotten pas (Score 1) 445

by Swave An deBwoner (#46317469) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

Hypnosis. You'll either remember the forgotten password or you will become stiff as a board and members of the audience will be able to sit on you while you are placed like the seat of a bench between two chairs. Hopefully you'll remember the password. And then bark like a dog.

Comment: Re:There are no comments (Score 1) 410

by Swave An deBwoner (#46272085) Attached to: Obama To Ask For $1 Billion Climate Change Fund

If by "meat" you mean "beef steak", then it's not usual to find such low prices but it's not that far off; ground beef does come out pretty cheap sometimes. But I include pork, poultry, and organ meats in the "meat" category, so, since you asked, I shop in New York City ...

Typically packaged dried beans are $1.50-$2.00 per pound; canned beans are typically $1 per 15 ounces.

Today one of the local supermarkets has "chicken livers" for $0.99/lb, "whole chicken" for $0.99/lb, "boneless chicken breasts" for $1.99/lb, "whole boneless pork loin" for $1.99/lb, "whole chicken legs" for $0.99/lb, "beef liver" for $2.29/lb.

I'd say that relative to dried beans at $1.50/lb, the prices for "fresh meat" are surprisingly low.

Milk can be purchased for around $2.50/half-gallon while soy milk ranges from $3/half-gallon to $5/half-gallon.

This is all in large part due to the inhumane "factory farm" treatment of dairy cows who are kept virtually immobile and dosed with hormones (rBST/rBGH) that make them produce about 1.5 times the normal amount of milk; this also results in painful mastitis and foot problems for the cows but increased profits for the factory farms. Feedlot cattle "ranches" yield cheap beef. Tightly packed coops filled with chickens whose beaks have been burned off yield cheap eggs.

Well, you asked :-)

Comment: Re:There are no comments (Score 1) 410

by Swave An deBwoner (#46265615) Attached to: Obama To Ask For $1 Billion Climate Change Fund

The waste of up-converting feed stock into live stock will be reduced by increasingly poorer climate conditions. Since the ratio of petrochemical energy in to food energy out is something like 10:1 all food will get expensive


Yes, yes, and yes. However maybe some food will get less expensive; right now in most supermarkets, soy milk is more expensive than cow's milk. And I've seen meat sold cheaper per pound than dried beans. Right now, our food economy is upside down.

Comment: Re:Does not sound like a good idea to me. (Score 1) 202

The AC is referring to the practice of "mixing in" with ordinary civilians, especially with women, children, and hospitals. The idea being that if the terrorists (they are indeed bringing terror to the neighborhoods in which they do this) are targeted, the collateral damage of women, children, sick people, etc., is a big public relations bonanza for them.

Because the best flak jacket is a crying baby after all.

Comment: Re:Distressed Babies? (Score 1) 123

by Swave An deBwoner (#46214081) Attached to: AOL Reverses Course On 401K Match; CEO Apologizes

Well Pablo Picasso fathered Paloma when he was 68, not that he would have used birth control had it been available through his medical insurance plan, but since you mentioned it ..

As for the "cervical pap smears for your male child", would you mind very much if I asked you to provide a citation? This sounds like a very interesting bit of arcania if it is true, though I doubt that it's true.

From Sharp minds come... pointed heads. -- Bryan Sparrowhawk