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Comment: This does not seem to be news (Score 3, Interesting) 47

by SuperKendall (#46797891) Attached to: Preventative Treatment For Heartbleed On Healthcare.gov

I have no love for Healthcare.gov, but honestly just about every site is sending out notices that people may want to change passwords. Heck, Yahoo *made* me change my password.

Like everyone else they don't know if anything was taken. And frankly, Heatbleed is probably the least of the security issues Healthcare.gov has... I'd be way more worried about backbend systems, and then it doesn't matter what your password is.

Comment: Re:Here's a trick: Don't live in the U.S. (Score 1) 285

by SuperKendall (#46797111) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

The expense of food in the Netherlands is what prompted me to post...

I was living in Amsterdam for a few months a few years ago and I thought food was damn expensive (raw or otherwise) compared to the U.S. Perhaps in the 90's that was true but I think taxes have gone up substantially since then, also the fuel costs used to transport the food.

Comment: Re:Ahh (Score 1) 285

by SuperKendall (#46797101) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

So you're confirming his point that starting out in a civilized country

You mean the ones with statues in every square commemorating one of the many wars you guys have constantly had?

Perhaps one of the ones that is constantly rioting because basic services can no longer be provided by the government...

OK then.

Comment: Re:Here's a trick: Don't live in the U.S. (Score 1) 285

by SuperKendall (#46796687) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

You know, not having to pay for college does wonders.

For everything except your education. And your job prospects...

Although costs for school in U.S. now are so out of hand I would warrant you are better off in Europe since you can easily supplement education for very little, whereas the geas a huge student loan places upon you is nearly unrecoverable even after decades.

Comment: Re:Here's a trick: Don't live in the U.S. (Score 1) 285

by SuperKendall (#46796673) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

I didn't NEED a car in school either, I lived on campus or could also take the bus. But a car gives you a lot more latitude - even in Europe it gets you places not easy to visit by public transport (I've travelled a lot in Europe both by car and train/bus/tram so I know what's what there).

Comment: Re:Here's a trick: Don't live in the U.S. (Score 1, Informative) 285

by SuperKendall (#46796477) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

As if food isn't going to be a problem in Europe, where the food and books and gas are far more expensive...

I was dirt poor as a student in college, but I still managed to eat just fine and have a car I could get away with when I needed a break. No way I could have afforded having and using a car in Europe.

Education

Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common? 285

Posted by timothy
from the rice-beans-eggs-and-kale dept.
Gud (78635) points to this story in the Washington Post about students having trouble with paying for both food and school. "I recall a number of these experiences from my time as grad student. I remember choosing between eating, living in bad neighborhoods, putting gas in the car, etc. Me and my fellow students still refer to ourselves as the 'starving grad students.' Today we laugh about these experiences because we all got good jobs that lifted us out of poverty, but not everyone is that fortunate. I wonder how many students are having hard time concentrating on their studies due to worrying where the next meal comes from. In the article I found the attitude of collage admins to the idea of meal plan point sharing, telling as how little they care about anything else but soak students & parents for fees and pester them later on with requests for donations. Last year I did the college tour for my first child, after reading the article, some of the comments I heard on that tour started making more sense. Like 'During exams you go to the dining hall in the morning, eat and study all day for one swipe' or 'One student is doing study on what happens when you live only on Ramen noodles!'

How common is 'food insecurity in college or high school'? What tricks can you share with current students?"

Comment: Schneier's 11 was well-justified (Score 4, Interesting) 56

Lots of people scoffed at Bruce Schneier for saying Heartbleed is an 11 on the 1-10 scale... I agree that sometimes he goes overboard but this is not one of those times, and the attack mentioned in the article demonstrates this.

The summary is a little muddled on what happened here, but if you follow the link you'll find this is not a security test or a research group showing something could theoretically be done. This is a real live company somewhere just using a VPN many other companies probably use, that had over the course of many hours multiple VPN session hijacked and made use of. That is a huge deal, if one person can do this you can almost bet there is a script somewhere that even the great unwashed hacker masses can make use of.

Comment: You all miss the obvious reason NK agreed to this (Score 3, Funny) 179

by SuperKendall (#46795179) Attached to: Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

Why would NK ever agree to do anything to help South Korea? They didn't care about paying bak the money anyway, so it's not that.

No, the real reason NK agreed to have a pipeline built through the country is they plan to insert NK frogmen spies into the pipeline to infiltrate the south. The beauty of the plan is, they cannot be spied upon the other way due to the pipe flow!

Masterful.

Censorship

Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist 141

Posted by timothy
from the how-is-this-playing-in-peoria? dept.
New submitter rotorbudd (1242864) writes with an article at Reason about Jim Ardis, mayor of Peoria, Illinois, who ordered police to track down whoever was responsible for a parody Twitter account mocking him."Guess the good Mayor has never heard of the Streisand Effect. 'The original Twitter account had a total of 50 followers. The new account has over 200.'"

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