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Comment: Excellent Service. (Score -1, Troll) 75

by fferret (#43326231) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Goes On Sale In US, Sells Out
I've purchased a RPi Model B via Allied. They have great customer service, and a friendly sales staff. After ordering online, I got a confirmation phone call from their CS department, confirming the order and wanting to know if they could help out with any issues. One issue: Order backlog is high, but they do keep you informed of ETS. +1, would order again.
Data Storage

+ - Ask Slashdot: Living Virtually?

Submitted by fferret
fferret (58662) writes "A lifelong Science Fiction fan, the concept of continuing to exist as a virtual copy post-mortem is familiar and desirable. I want to see what the future will be like. Mobile, sessile or otherwise, given the recent developments in brain imaging, understanding the structure of the brain, decoding signals, and the decreasing cost of the electronics involved, how far off are we from adding ourselves to our daily backup routine?"

Comment: Re:Banal solutions.. (Score 1) 251

by fferret (#37539390) Attached to: Man-In-the-Middle Remote Attack On Diebold Voting Machines
You've missed the point. Secret ballots protect each voter from reprisal for their vote. Given the heated political environment these days, I'm pretty certain that if your suggestion were followed, there would be post-election reprisals, ranging from discrimination to criminal acts.

Comment: Concerned. (Score 1) 251

by fferret (#37538950) Attached to: Man-In-the-Middle Remote Attack On Diebold Voting Machines
I'm an election judge, and I forwarded this to my county Board of Elections, with a note recommending we need to conduct a machine inspection, along with a review of how the machines are physically secured. Once the machines are fielded to the polls, usually days before the election, we need to find a way to seal them at the poll until they are used. On the subject of DRE versus other methods of vote registration/counting, I agree that DRE is still an inherently un-secure technology, but my county/state made a massive investment, and cannot afford to replace them. The best thing we can do as poll workers is to take whatever steps needed to reassure the voting public their vote is accurately recorded and secure from tampering at the poll. We have no control beyond that.
Piracy

Sony Gets Nasty With PSBreak Buyers 246

Posted by Soulskill
from the give-it-a-rest dept.
YokimaSun writes "The war between hackers and Sony over the PlayStation 3 has now taken an even more sinister turn, with Sony going after not just shops but actual buyers of the PSBreak dongle, threatening them with fines of many thousands of Euros and forcing them to sign cease-and-desist letters. It seems Sony will use any means necessary to thwart both homebrew and piracy on the PS3."

Comment: a tough choice.... (Score 2, Interesting) 1270

by fferret (#33944868) Attached to: Given one free trip to the past in a time machine, I would..
I dithered over this one. Seriously. I'm in very bad shape financially. I have spent most of my life helping others. I ultimately selected right a wrong, but I wavered between that and go back a few years and invest in something. I have held the belief that helping others would be repaid in good karma, but it's harder and harder to believe that. It certainly hasn't been financially rewarding. I haven't had a full-time job in 2 years. I'm almost 50, and my age certainly hasn't helped me in the IT job market. I lopped 15 years off of my 30-year career and that hasn't helped. I realize I'm whingeing, but finding myself making a hard choice over a Slashdot survey (for Ghod's sake!) has revealed to me the depth of my emotional turmoil. I don't _want_ to be a selfish asshole, but is that really going to be the only way to survive?
It's funny.  Laugh.

Facebook Post Juror Gets Fined, Removed, Assigned Homework 539

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i'll-do-it-tomorrow dept.
eldavojohn writes "A Michigan judge removed a juror after a Facebook comment and also fined her $250 and required her to write a five-page paper about the constitutional right to a fair trial. The juror was 'very sorry' and the judge chastised her, saying, 'You violated your oath. You had decided she was already guilty without hearing the other side.'"
Networking

Journal: Open-source networking?

Journal by fferret

I'm blogging about CIsco Systems for NetworkWorld's Cisco Subnet subsite. A recent post mentioned open-source networking and the WRT54G, but a Google search doesn't turn up much in the way of projects, save for network monitoring/maintenance and the WRT54G. Am I not looking in the right spots? Is there a site for FLOS hardware?

Communications

Illinois Bans Social Network Use By Sex Offenders 587

Posted by timothy
from the good-feel-measure-vs.-bad-feel-felons dept.
RobotsDinner writes "Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law a bill that bans all registered sex offenders from using social networks. '"Obviously, the Internet has been more and more a mechanism for predators to reach out," said Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), a sponsor of the measure and a governor candidate. "The idea was, if the predator is supposed to be a registered sex offender, they should keep their Internet distance as well as their physical distance."'"
Security

+ - L2TP IPSEC VPN on Ubuntu Jaunty?

Submitted by
fferret
fferret writes "I've been slowly introducing FOSS into my workplace. In refurbing my boss' laptop, (HD died, replaced w/another.) he requested that I put Linux on, along with Windows. I installed Jaunty, and Virtualbox for WinXP. Everything is running great, but I am stumped by one thing: the lack of information or directions on setting up an L2TP and/or IPSec VPN. Extensive googling gets me much lamentation that this important aspect of secure computing has been too long neglected by Canonical and the community. There are also tantalizing hints of a procedure to do this that is long, involved, and may require a small rodent to be sacrificed. I now regret the decision I made on behalf of my firm to bail on the Cisco Pix 500 for a Checkpoint. Cisco is a snap(-in in NetworkManager, that is.). I call on the /. hivemind!"

Comment: Re:Worse yet... (Score 1) 194

by fferret (#27430885) Attached to: New Legislation Would Federalize Cybersecurity
I take your point, but frankly, anyone who connects command & control system to an external network, let alone The Internet is just asking for trouble. I can see remote access out-of-band, using dialback and caller ID screening. Also, we cannot let ourselves get stampeded into more regulation by fearmongering like this. Folks who take the time to think about it will realize that this rapidly becomes a game of diminishing returns. If you think the budget deficit's big now, just wait until we add a new agency, and regulations for them to enforce. I might add that we are going to trust the Fed to get it right, and these are the people who could not get systems implemented for the IRS, the FAA, etc. Need I go on? Ah, but I hear you say, they can hire some of the best and brightest consultants in the business! Sure, but they've done that before as well. How's that new FBI case management system working out for ya, Sparky?

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