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Comment Re:Very much not new (Score 1) 22 22

No, you wouldn't -- at least, not with any sensible topology.

The way it usually works is like this: You present your Wiegand card to the Wiegand reader, some magic RF resonance happens, and a stream of bits is produced on a wire.

At the other end of this wire, buried deep in the bowels of the building, is a computer (embedded or not) which verifies that your bits are the correct bits. If they are correct, it closes a relay that makes the door open, and (optionally) signals the reader to provide feedback to the user (blinking LED, sound, etc). If they are incorrect bits, it doesn't do anything with the door, and (optionally) provides feedback to that effect (in the form of a blinking LED, sound, dumping poison gas).

Getting access to the data lines at the reader does not magically equate to physical access to the building, except in Hollywood movies and horrifyingly-bad installations (whereby the insecure reader itself does the numeric verification, and/or uses its own internal relay controls the door).

IOW, you can pry the reader off of the wall and twist any wires together that you want..and nothing happens at all except perhaps a blown fuse somewhere upstream and a headache for whoever has to clean up your mess.

Comment Re:Netflix, Amazon, Hulu (&& wtf is up wit (Score 1) 100 100

Slashdot's 3rd-party linking is now worse than even CNET, Target, Walmart, etc.

All hail our new corporate overlords. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. The king is dead, long live the king.


The writing has been on the wall for years, now: Why are we still here?

Comment Re:Legacy system based on Fox DB (Score 1) 617 617

MS-DOS never ran on an 8080, because MS-DOS didn't exist for the 8080, because the first IBM PC was based on a 4.77MHz 8088 and MS-DOS as we know it was not yet a thing until IBM approached Microsoft about an operating system for said IBM PC.

Meanwhile, an 8086 was a 16-bit CPU with a 16-bit bus, and the (somewhat later) 8088 was a 16-bit CPU with an 8-bit bus. They used the same (16-bit) instruction set.

tl;dr There has never been an 8-bit IBM PC, therefore there is no historical reason for 8-bit MS-DOS.

Comment Re:It was a BlackHat / DEFCON publicity stunt (Score 1) 26 26

Competent UNIX admin? Let me submit that it's just not needed to be competent with UNIX: You just need some basic knowledge of the concept of a subnet, and it might help to know what a broadcast domain is.

Anyone who can configure a venerable WRT54GL with OpenWRT or Tomato or DD-WRT and isn't afraid of a 900MHz ISM-band Ubiquiti (or other) radio can do this.

It's just Ethernet frames that happen to encapsulate IP. No big deal.

I mean, FFS: A couple of years ago I built such a system. A wealthy customer was having a party, and was having circuit issues on the bonded T1s at his house (yep, really) and Really, Really wanted his Sonos system to be reliably online to stream music for his guests.

We sent his wife to the Verizon store, and she came back with an LTE Wifi hotspot. I set up a WRT54GL running Shibby's Tomato-USB as a wireless client put the LTE hotspot in a window where it had reasonable signal. We had another WRT54GL working as a wired client off of this (triple-NAT? so what), which in turn plugged into the Sonos mesh with some Cat5.

DHCP figured out the addressing automagically; all I needed to do was make sure that each WRT54GL was issuing a unique subnet so Linux's routing tables weren't confusing itself.

And....done. It was an ugly hack thrown together late on a Saturday with parts on-hand and it got the party going just fine.

Which is the same as, or perhaps slightly more complicated than, a ProxyHam setup.

Oh, and ProxyHam is easily traceable, too: I haven't actually had my hands on Ubiquiti's 900MHz gear, but their 2.4GHz 802.11N stuff has an excellent and honest spectrum analyzer built-in with the default firmware. I would be shocked and amazed if their 900MHz parts differed in this regard.

A $100 radio, some graph paper, a directional antenna, a working brain and some mobility is all you need to use to triangulate the "isolated" end of a ProxyHam/ProxyGambit connection that is actively being used down to at least the household that the signal emanates from.

Alternatively, any spectrum analyzer that covers whatever band it is that is used to backhaul to the user's location can be used to locate them fairly easily: You can try, but at the end of the day you can never hide while broadcasting with a radio -- especially since we've largely abandoned frequency-hopping spread-spectrum (which was actually rather hard to narrow down using traditional tools).

Comment Re:Give it at least 13 more years (Score 1) 391 391

The functional difference between a microprocessor-controller washing machine and an electromechanically-controlled washing machine is insufficient to deem one robot, and the other not a robot.

In both cases, the use is the same: Dirty clothes go in. Time passes. Clean, damp clothes come out. Humans do the rest of the work, just as they have now for a very long time.

A modern front-load saves roughly zero human labor over a 60-year-old front-load.

Comment Re:Worst possible example. (Score 2) 87 87

The Macon-Bibb Fire Department gets 13 thousand calls per year and has to respond to all of them.

I don't see that number anywhere in the link you provided.

What I do see is that it has a population of 156,462, over 266 square miles. The FD has a budget of $25.6 million. None of that seems unreasonable.

13,000 fire calls, though? Detroit, Michigan is blatantly famous for its ongoing and recurrent structure fires with its population of ~688,000 [citation]. Even Detroit only sees 30,000 fire calls a year, of which 7,000 involve fires that are actually fought.[citation]

Give me a citation that actually supports your claim, or GTFO.

Comment Re:Give it at least 13 more years (Score 1) 391 391

The first electric programmable computer was installed in 1943, and now there pretty ubiquitous. Give robots another decade and they'll catch up.

Or you could say they're already here. I have a robot which washes and drys my dishes, another that washes my clothes, two that make me ice. Several which play video content. One which opens and closes my garage door. Heck, they're everywhere.

You don't have robots to wash and dry your dishes, or your clothes. Or make ice. Or play videos. Or open or close your garage door.

You have a multitude of relatively dumb machines that do simple things: They spin and/or open and close valves, sometimes with a timer or a small number of sensors (turbidity, etc) to control when the valves open/close and which direction to spin the motor(s).

These dumb machines were doing most of these things way prior to 1943.

A robotic laundry machine will collect the clothes from a pile, sort them as a good housewife would, launder them as appropriate for the material and color, dry them automatically, sort them based on wearer, and stock them as household needs dictate. A good robotic dishwasher will take your stacks of dirty dishes, make them clean, dry them, and install them back in the cabinet where they belong.

These are things that aren't happening and aren't close to happening.

So why wait another decade for robots to catch up? What's special about that 10-year figure other than the fact that you pulled it directly out of your ass?

Comment Re:Country run by oil barons does nothing!!! (Score 1) 195 195

Similarly, in the last 37 years since Chernobyl

The Chernobyl disaster was in 1986, which was 29 years ago...not 37.

I look forward to your reply when you get this message in the next few weeks, and hope to have your response in the next couple months!

Big words for a guy whose own figures are off by 8 years.


Facebook's New Chief Security Officer Wants To Set a Date To Kill Flash 283 283

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook's new chief security officer, Alex Stamos, has stated publicly that he wants to see Adobe end Flash. This weekend Stamos tweeted: "It is time for Adobe to announce the end-of-life date for Flash and to ask the browsers to set killbits on the same day. Even if 18 months from now, one set date is the only way to disentangle the dependencies and upgrade the whole ecosystem at once."

If money can't buy happiness, I guess you'll just have to rent it.