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Comment: Re:the quote from the researcher (Score 2) 109

by Wilf_Brim (#43481605) Attached to: Researchers Hack Over a Dozen Home Routers
I disagree. There is a demand for security, at least among some a certain set of consumers. The current problem is that apparently none of the commercially available routers appear to be worth anything when it comes to security. Every time an article like this appears on /. I keep looking for some recommendations as to what to do. And I never find anything. The only recommendation I did find was from Mr. Kitchen, about using an old computer and smoothwall. Well, first, physically that wouldn't work (the cable modem, router, and switch all live up on a small shelf near the patch panel for my house. Yes, I paid $$ to get the place wired). Second, I really doubt my ability to keep a linux box up, operating, and fully patched. Keeping the router's firmware up to date is easy (it checks itself, and will pop up on the admin page when a new firmware is available: some will even flash themselves if you allow it): a unix OS isn't going to be that easy. I really don't understand why some manufacturer doesn't use this as a marketing opportunity. There is a niche here. I'd may more (maybe significantly more) for something that is secure, works well, and meets my needs.

Comment: Re:WTF is the point of BB Balance? (Score 1) 267

by Wilf_Brim (#42740829) Attached to: RIM Unveils BlackBerry 10, Its Big Turnaround Hope
This would protect your personal data only somewhat from the admins at work. Time and time again (in many different realms) the courts say that if your workplace is paying for the phone, computer, fax, cell phone, whatever: they have an absolute right to poke their nose into what you are doing. Maybe BB Balance will totally compartmentalize the data streams, but unless the user has bought the handset and is paying for all the usage Mr. Corporate Drone will be able to stick their nose into your device. Long way around to say that I would never want work data on my personal device, or vice versa.

Comment: Re:This is what happens... (Score 3, Interesting) 200

by Wilf_Brim (#42738241) Attached to: Excessive Modularity Hindered Development of the 787
This. If you get the the bottom of TFA you see what really was driving the decisions about how to design and produce the 787. At the time of the critical decisions for the 787 the head honchos at Boeing were not really Boeing people (a corporation where the key competency for the last 60 years has been the production of profitable commercial airliners.) They came from McDonnell-Douglas, whose key competency was more in the production of military aircraft. The development process of current military hardware is intolerably broken. The old method of subcontracting the design of subsystems and then trying to get them to work together, then just getting more money from Uncle Sam when the result didn't work now results in the aforementioned F22 and F35 (the latter of which may never enter volume production, or at least some variants may not) because complexities have expanded, and costs have likewise increased exponentially. As it turns out, you can't do that with civilian airliners. There aren't friendly Senators and Representatives (whom you have paid off with campaign contributions and subcontractors in their district) to give you more money. And friendly Generals and Admirals (whom are expecting 6 and 7 figure jobs when they retire) who will accept your explanations why things aren't working correctly, and why it's going to be another 3 years to get their gizmo, which doesn't work quite as anticipated. You have shareholders who expect profit, airlines who expect a product in line with what they ordered and expect to pay, and regulators who do not take kindly to aircraft whose electronics bays burst into flames at odd times.

Comment: Re:And on that news.... (Score 1) 138

by Wilf_Brim (#42564651) Attached to: CNET Parent CBS Blocks Review and Award To Dish Over Legal Dispute
I dumped them a while back. Several years ago my media player was full of CNET podcasts. Now, I have nothing to do with them. I'd like to blame it all on CBS, but truthfully they were in decline before the acquisition. This was just the cherry on the steaming pile that is currently CNET.

Comment: Re:I've never really understood (Score 3, Interesting) 204

The good ones don't. I spent about half of my 20 year Navy career in SOF. My last job was at a rather high HQ. I spent a good bit of time working with a senior enlisted: he was working in the Operations department, doing all of the crappy organizational jobs nobody wanted to do. He, for instance, was chief goat herder at the JOC (Joint Operations Center: fancy name for 35 guys with laptops all wanting more [telephones, bandwidth, coffee, whatever]). He did whatever was necessary to keep things going: move copiers, help the comm guys run lines, whatever. Since we pretty much almost always wore utility uniforms I didn't get to see his decorations until he retired. He had 2 Bronze Stars, and one Silver Star. Come to find out he was a [delete explitive] war hero, nearly Carlos Hathcock level sniper during Iraq with a JSOC unit.

Comment: Re:Doing the right thing (Score 1) 302

by Wilf_Brim (#41300841) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Found Calculators?
Agree completely. After doing the right thing when they were misplaced (trying to find their rightful owners) keeping them around and loaning them to students whose calculators have neen lost/forgotten/stolen is a great thing. The only thing that may be better would be a long term loan to students that couldn't afford their own.

Comment: Re:Just turn off the car? (Score 1) 911

by Wilf_Brim (#39676287) Attached to: Mandatory Brake-Override Proposed For All Cars
Welcome to the Nanny State, 2.0 Freedom isn't important, or (to many) even particularly wanted. The public apparently wants safety, or the appearance of safety when it comes to the TSA. Mr. LaHood is capitalizing on this: it doesn't matter that these ideas are a) huge government encroachments and b) of questionable effectiveness, at best, they make it look like he care. We have to do it for the children.

Comment: Re:I hope they get raked over the coals for this (Score 1) 235

by Wilf_Brim (#39647003) Attached to: DoJ Files Suit Against Apple, Ebook Publishers
Likewise. It is episodes like this that make me doubt any conspiracy theory. Most of the big businesses and big governenment people are just either too arrogant or too clueless to realize how dumb they are being. In this case all the major publishers met openly with Apple with the stated goal of getting together to raise eBook prices. Minutes were kept, and there was no effort to hide the meetings or the nature of the discussions. How could anybody with half a brain not consider this to be collusion? Yet they either were too stupid to realize it, or so arrogant as to think that nobody would do anything about it.

Comment: Re:I just bought a test prep book at Amazon (Score 1) 235

by Wilf_Brim (#39646889) Attached to: DoJ Files Suit Against Apple, Ebook Publishers
The price differential becomes even worse when you consider that you give up the Right of First Sale when you buy the electronic version of the book. With the physical test prep book you can loan it to a friend that is going to take the test soon, sell it on Craigslist or where ever, donate to a local library, or otherwise do as you please. You can do none of those things with an ebook. Your ebook isn't reallty a book at all. It is license to read the electronic version of the book, non transferrable and (at least in some cases) revokable. Ebooks should be at least 20% less than the physical form, for that reason alone.

Comment: Re:What is wrong with pornography? (Score 3, Insightful) 230

by Wilf_Brim (#39597027) Attached to: UK Bill Again Demands Web Pornography Ban
This is a nice example of the perception in class that one must maintain solidarity with what is thought to be the mainstream of thought in the class/university. In this case, the perception is that if one doesn't consider pr0n to be a) demeaning to women b) distasteful c) only consumed by the uneducated underclasses d) THINK OF THE CHILDREN (registered trademark Hillary Clinton, circa 1994) e) all of the above then you are a total neanderthal and should be expelled from the university and have your photo posted on a billboard outside of campus emblazoned with the caption: "PEDOPHILE" The reality is that if you got them out of the classroom and got a few drinks in them, they would admit they like some form of what His Lordship in TFA would refer to as "pornography". They just won't admit it.

Comment: Torrents FTW (Score 1) 83

Unlike some of the commenters above, I was able to get the torrent to download. I just had to sit through a 15 second fabric softener ad. Right now the file is using the max bandwidth I've allocated for that purpose (1 Mbps) and it should be done in less than an hour. Stuff like this was made for the BT protocol. Note to the xxAA and their toadies in the various governments around the world who insist (and, in their hearts truly believe) that bittorrent exists only for pirating Ke$hia albums.

Comment: Re:Shit (Score 1) 230

by Wilf_Brim (#39402679) Attached to: Google Cools Data Center With Bathroom Water
Clothes washers are somewhere between grey and black. Where to place them is a bit of a controversy/dillema in those that think about such things. In most situations they are grey water. However, when diapers and the like are washed there is a much higher concentration of fecal coliform contamination than usual: the water is a very dark shade of grey. Washing diapers has become a bit of an edge case, but it is frequent enough to screw up placing the effluent from a clothes washer into a grey water stream.

Comment: Re:Incentive (Score 2) 433

by Wilf_Brim (#39222113) Attached to: Science and Engineering Workforce Has Stalled In the US
The students aren't going into hard science departments because the facilities are outdated. They aren't going into them for the reasons above: the wages are stagnant, mass layoffs are commonplace, the managment views them as a commodity, and H2B workers are brought in to ensure the above stays as it is.

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