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Comment: Re:In my corporate environment.... (Score 3, Insightful) 1307

by alc6379 (#35857872) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do I Give IT a Login On Our Dept. Server?

Yeah, what the worlds needs is some disgruntled employee putting a computer in their office that will dump client data out a particular port without IT knowing what is going on.


Besides, it shouldn't kill them to white list your server on one freaking port.

No... It can kill them. You're running an application that isn't approved, and they haven't weighed the vulnerabilities. An open port is always a target for exploitation, which is why the IT department needs to be able to audit the machine and ensure what software is installed, so they can mitigate those vulnerabilities.

I'm going to guess that if this person set up a server just say, in their office, this machine is on a network segment that may not be as firewalled-off as a data center may be. That means if something malicious does happen to this server, there's a greater chance of infection elsewhere, as well as some risk of productivity loss. Besides, the machine itself doesn't have to be the target of attack-- it can just be the jumping-off point for something bigger, once they've installed tools to probe the network.

Especially when you're in a healthcare setting, privacy is a big issue. You could conceivably have someone post patient data in a calendar appointment, even. If that connection isn't TLS encrypted, and the devices not properly managed, it just takes one theft of a device sitting in a coffee shop to result in a serious breach of privacy and patient trust, even if the thief doesn't access the data that might be contained on the device.

Comment: Re:Sounds like... (Score 1) 232

by alc6379 (#35510242) Attached to: Apple Moves To Stop Kids Racking Up iTunes Bills

On top of that, my son is on the autism spectrum. Receiving a reward at home, maybe an hour or so later, is well beyond his present understanding.

You should have mentioned that in the first place. Yes, you can keep a child quiet and calm in a new and intriguing environment without handing them some device like an iPod. Parents have done it for years. You have a special circumstance where you've found an approach that works that might honestly be ill-advised for others.

Comment: Re:MS is doing that (Score 1) 345

by alc6379 (#34037078) Attached to: Ray Ozzie's Departing Memo a Warning To Microsoft

It is just as modular as any other OS now-- they just don't provide the users the opportunity to change the shell or other components.

The iPhone is just as open as any other device now -- they just don't provide the users the opportunity to change the applications or other components.

There's a difference between "open" and "modular"-- "modular" simply means interchangeable components, and implies nothing about who is capable or authorized to do it. Conversely, just because something is "open", that doesn't mean it's going to be trivial to yank out one component and replace it with another, just because one has the source code or schematics for it.

Comment: Re:MS is doing that (Score 3, Informative) 345

by alc6379 (#34018968) Attached to: Ray Ozzie's Departing Memo a Warning To Microsoft
Have you really been paying attention to the latest Windows OS's? Server 2008 isn't "monolithic"-- if you look at Server Core, there's not even an "explorer" to run. There's just a command shell, sitting on top of the Windows kernel.

I'm not a fanboi, but I do give credit where credit is due-- It's been a long time since Windows was as monolithic as you are suggesting. It is just as modular as any other OS now-- they just don't provide the users the opportunity to change the shell or other components. In this sense, it's perfectly reasonable to say that there's a modified Windows kernel, and WP7 just has a different interface to that kernel, same as iOS, or Android.

Comment: Re:software? dell wants like $150-$300 for office (Score 3, Insightful) 606

by alc6379 (#33929502) Attached to: Generic PCs For Corporate Use?

(Dell warranties may not like you having 3rd part ram)

Not true. If you put in 3rd party RAM, they just expect you to take it out or put in the OEM RAM before they troubleshoot it. And it makes sense-- you go and buy some "high density" crap RAM from PriceWatch that isn't guaranteed to work with the chipset on the machine, it's just standard practice to make sure that it isn't causing the problem.

Hardware Hacking

Grad Student Invents Cheap Laser Cutter 137

Posted by samzenpus
from the frugal-cutting dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Peter Jansen, a PhD student and member of the RepRap community, has constructed a working prototype of an inexpensive table-top laser cutter built out of old CD/DVD drives as an offshoot of his efforts to design an under $200 open-source Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D printer. Where traditional laser cutters use powerful, fixed-focus beams, this new technique dynamically adjusts the focal point of the laser using a reciprocating motion similar to a reciprocating saw, allowing a far less powerful and inexpensive laser diode to be used. The technique is currently limited to cutting black materials to a depth of only a few millimeters, but should still be useful and enabling for Makers and other crafters. The end-goal is to create a hybrid inexpensive 3D printer that can be easily reconfigured for 2D laser cutting, providing powerful making tools to the desktop."

Comment: Re:You don't get it (Score 1) 136

by alc6379 (#33246300) Attached to: HP Board Sued Over Hurd Departure

Easier, yes, but according to the agreement(s) you agree to when starting the PC for the first time that might invalidate the PC's warranty. That kind of greasy dickery is hardly beyond them.

Sorry that's just not true. Computer companies are bound by the terms of their warranties to make sure their hardware works. If you've installed another OS, or wiped what was there, they still have to troubleshoot and/or replace parts.

Comment: Re:Ethics (Score 1) 102

by alc6379 (#31764310) Attached to: Perks & Paintball For Employees At Cybercrime, Inc.


It's called integration. If you're going to participate in a certain society, then you have to follow that society's norms. It doesn't matter what YOUR culture follows, you're participating in a DIFFERENT culture now.

Take your hypothetical island. Would I have legal recourse if someone was murdered, being it's not against the law? Probably not. But, I'm not longer in MY society, where outright murder is illegal. But, you mean to tell me there's still not repercussions and negative consequences to an act like murder, theft, or fraud?

Take murder. You have no idea what that person could have had planned. The victim could have been on his/her way to pick up a sick relative. The victim could have been the bread winner of a household, and now that family is going to struggle.

Theft: You took a resource that didn't belong to you. The rightful owner of that resource now is inconvenienced, if not put through outright hardship by not having that item. Steal money from that person; that may have been their food money, or rent money. Now that person is potentially hungry or out of a home. Fraud can be placed in the same category, because it is essentially theft by deception.

THAT is the part that defies culture. There are repercussions to the action, and generally it's someone else losing out because you've done something dishonest, rather than working through conventional means to get your due. If a culture doesn't recognize that the action is dishonest, fine, but I really doubt that the victims who have the act perpetrated upon them are going to be so peachy with what happened.

As for this particular group of people, they were interfacing with a culture that frowns upon theft and fraud. As such, THEY were wrong. Using your own logic, they attempted to force their beliefs that theft and fraud was OK, which conflicted with the culture they were contacting. That imposition of beliefs is wrong.

Comment: Re:Ethics (Score 1) 102

by alc6379 (#31633634) Attached to: Perks & Paintball For Employees At Cybercrime, Inc.

I don't know about you, but to me, the "context" (not culture) of a theft sometimes makes a difference.

E.g. stealing $10 when your family are starving is and entirely different thing than stealing $10 million when you are filthy rich.

Think about that.

...Not to me. Theft is theft. You're taking a resource from someone else that you didn't work for, and that you haven't earned. You have no idea what that $10 could have been allocated for-- you may have just taken $10 that was going to go to you anyways, out of a charity, perhaps. There's really no reason for it.

With as little faith as I have in humanity, I still do feel like there are enough resources out there that you don't have to steal in order to survive. There is enough charity (I don't mean charitable organizations, just people willing to give and to help) that you can get by.


China's Great Firewall Infects Other Countries 178

Posted by Soulskill
from the trial-run-successful dept.
angry tapir writes "A networking error has caused computers in Chile and the US to come under the control of the Great Firewall of China, redirecting Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube users to Chinese servers. Security experts are not sure exactly how this happened, but it appears that at least one ISP recently began fetching high-level DNS information, from what's known as a root DNS server, based in China. That server, operated out of China by Swedish service provider Netnod, returned DNS information intended for Chinese users, effectively spreading China's network censorship overseas."

Comment: Re:Ethics (Score 3, Insightful) 102

by alc6379 (#31625580) Attached to: Perks & Paintball For Employees At Cybercrime, Inc.

We are talking the Ukraine here. Let's not automatically superimpose American sensibilities on someone that comes from a drastically different culture and lifestyle.

Let's have a little charity for someone who hasn't grown up as extravagantly privileged as us.

I've never understood this rationale. How is theft in the Ukraine any different from theft anywhere else? I'm sure many people make an honest living there, just like every other country. You can't put a "cultural" spin on fraud or theft.


8-Core Intel Nehalem-EX To Launch This Month 186

Posted by Soulskill
from the double-the-cores-for-only-twice-the-price dept.
MojoKid writes "What could you do with 8 physical cores of CPU processing power? Intel's upcoming 8-core Nehalem-EX is launching later this month, according to Intel Xeon Platform Director Shannon Poulin. The announcement puts to rest rumors that the 8-core part might be delayed, and makes good on a promise Intel made last year when the chip maker said it would release the chip in the first half of 2010. To quickly recap, Nehalem-EX boasts an extensive feature-set, including up to 8 cores per processor, up to 16 threads per processor with Intel Hyper-threading, scalability up to eight sockets via Intel's serial Quick Path Interconnect and more with third-party node controllers, and 24MB of shared cache."

Time to take stock. Go home with some office supplies.