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Comment: Re: Agner Krarup Erlang - The telephone in 1909! (Score 1) 342

by The MAZZTer (#48188467) Attached to: An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man
Fast food places near me use a "single line" system. When a spot opens the cashier announces "Can I help the next guest?" or otherwise greet you to let you know they're ready to take your order. No reason why that wouldn't work in a grocery store. I think that chain you were talking about was just doing it wrong.

Comment: Re:Outrage (Score 1) 60

AFAIK DoD contractors are required to keep classified data on a separate network from unclassified data. Classified network should have no internet access. "Closed areas" are used to keep the networked machines physically separate. Set procedures are in place for moving data between the two networks. This sounds like Top Secret data would be travelling across the internet (likely there will be strict standards on VPNs to use and encryption and whatever).

Comment: Title Is Misleading (Score 1) 67

by The MAZZTer (#48045985) Attached to: How Hackers Accidentally Sold a Pre-Release XBox One To the FBI
It wasn't a pre-release Xbox One, it was off-the-shelf components that met Xbox One pre-release specs. However given the systems they hacked, what they have been charged with, and why they might have wanted to assemble one, it wouldn't surprise me if they loaded it with Xbox One development kit software.

Comment: Re:Whatever happens... (Score 2) 191

by The MAZZTer (#47992047) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?
For that matter, assume the school always has full remote access to the hardware they issue to the students. Same reasoning. Don't log into personal accounts from those devices or do anything personal on them. Remember the case of the school that issued laptops to students only to spy on them with the webcams... hopefully nothing like that will happen to you, but at the same time it's prudent to keep anything the school has access to cleanly separated from your child's personal life.

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