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Comment: Is NSA being just a little Schizophrenic? (Score 1) 360

First they publish the SELinux security enhanced architecture for all of the Linux community to use, to be safely computing. A really great technology, and highly advisable.

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Then they put all the people on the black list that might want to *read* about SELinux, or other technologies, before using it?

Come on, you either want people to be safe _from_ hackers (the bad guys) or arrest all the hackers (software engineers). Maybe someone needs to buy them a current dictionary including the many uses of the common word "hacker" and what it really means in which context?

Comment: Re:This is telling (Score 2) 365

Microsoft has given up trying to promote the Surface as a ...

... saleable machine. Rather than dumping their excess, in public view of shareholders, they are now even more willing to take a more substantial loss, so long as they can still claim X millions of units sold . Better than tossing them like with the Surface RT. Shareholders will likely complain if they try that one again.

Comment: Re:way to over simplify the issue win the summery (Score 5, Insightful) 174

by hAckz0r (#46862039) Attached to: SCOTUS Ends Novell's Anti-Trust Cast Against Microsoft
No, what they did was to dup Novell into developing a complex product using an API that they provided, but planned on changing at the 12th hour to defeat their competition out of the gate. Their goal was to make Novell look so bad in the eyes of the consumer that nobody would ever trust the product again. This is pure maliciousness and way over the top. Its one thing to simply not give information, its entirely another to mislead and make your competition do what you tell them, and then change it so that it is guaranteed not to work.

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Bottom line: If you shake hands with Bill Gates you had better count your fingers.

Comment: Re:Don't mind being sold (Score 2) 154

by hAckz0r (#46859271) Attached to: Comcast Offers To Shed 3.9 Million Subscribers To Ease Cable Deal
Better if it were every other neighbour. That way there would have to a second cable company's cable in the ground and some actual competition in the neighbourhood. Satellite doesn't count as competition if what you are after is voip or Internet access. When you are the only game in town it doesn't matter how many subscribers your local monopoly has. Selling and buying any number of subscribers doesn't make any difference to the locked-in consumer.

Comment: Re:1-600 kilotons (Score 1) 172

by hAckz0r (#46825267) Attached to: Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought
Yes, and the story line would have been a lot different if they had just come out and said that only two were greater than 20 kilotons. Now compare that fact with the statement "Hiroshima was a 15-kiloton device" to put things more in perspective. Granted, you don't want one falling on your city, but it isn't going to kill millions more with deadly radiation after the impact either. Its the aftermath of the A-bomb that was so gruesome. Until the asteroid gets big enough to create a 'nuclear winter' the risk to humanity in general is fairly small.

Comment: More sanitary than the dirt he pissed on. (Score 1) 332

by hAckz0r (#46804917) Attached to: Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All
In survival manuals they will often tell you to piss on open wounds if you are unable to find a source of clean water to help clean out a dirty wound. Why? Because not only will the urine fluid flush out the bacteria but it will also kill a percentage of them.

In the early days (colonial and uses-of-urine-442390/?no-istbefore) it was common for people to brush their teeth with urine, because it helped whiten the teeth and the ammonia can kill some of the bacteria that caused gum disease.

Historic uses for urine
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/...

Comment: Investors are just figuring this out? (Score 1) 150

by hAckz0r (#46790453) Attached to: Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0
I guess they are used to using it to watch their stocks, probably the one useful thing on that site.

I have been forced to sign up for YahooGroups over the years just so that I can have my email address stolen by spammers and receive copious supplies of electrons in the form of Viagra emails. We could run the planet on that electricity coming across the wire. I learned long ago to use disposable email addresses and to block all other than the Yahoo mail servers just to keep the spam under reasonable control. I would dump it in a heartbeat if the projects I needed would just move elsewhere. No such luck.

Comment: Administrator mentality - see, hear, & do noth (Score 1) 798

I could have been this kid back in Jr High school. I might even have done exactly what this kid did back then, if recording devices didn't weigh a ton. Yea, I'm dating my generation here.

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Bullying was out of control, even back then. Its nothing new except for the media is finally covering it. I was no the receiving end of that bulling up until the day I took Aikido. My instructor was an elderly woman weighing in all but about 86 lbs soaking wet. That class change my life. I had started taking Judo 9 month earlier but it had not yet come in handy for anything. After sitting in on just one Aikido class at the ripe old age of 13, only watching, I threw and pinned my adult Judo instructor using an Aikido move in a sparing match when I was just supposed to be the practice dummy for class demonstration purposes.

Since graduating from high school, I have also taken Taekwondo, Shaolin Kung Fu, and Kenjutsu, but I always come back to Aikido in a time of need and/or a delicate situation. Its just more useful in everyday life. You merely use the opponents own energy against themself, by understanding the physiology of the human body and how it can and can not move. The philosophy of not hurting the opponent is the best part of it, and therefore useful for almost any kind of bad situation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

My last encounter with such a school yard bully was as a bystander in a high school metal shop class, only I just couldn't stand there and watch it happen. The Class Clown (aka dumb F*@ck ) took a hand full of metal shavings off the lathe and went to shove it down this one kids shirt, and my own hand wound up going in right behind. I clinched his fist so he could not let go of the metal shavings, pulled his hand out slowly, squeezing his hand with around 90+ lbs of pressure, and then gently rolled him across the shop bench table with one hand. All 200 lbs of him, while I was about 150lbs at the time. Its proof that with enough thrust even pigs can fly....

The administration, as you might guess did nothing, so the mighty sward of 'do-nothing-ever' cuts both ways at times.

A little bit of self confidence can allow you to talk your way out of bad situations a lot more easily. Simple fact, its no fun to pick on someone who is just not afraid of you. The bullies are after the feeling of control they get when someone submits to their will, and they won't get any kind of satisfaction like that here.

Comment: Re:Not a useful paper (Score 1) 189

by hAckz0r (#46766127) Attached to: The Security of Popular Programming Languages
I think 'slot' is a misinterpretation of someone else's pronunciation of SLOC, or source lines of code, but its usually used in (kilo) k-sloc or (mega) m-sloc when talking about errors in software. if you are talking about just sloc you are in deep trouble bug wise.

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Another possibility is in GUI programming there is a such thing as a slot, which is essentially a callback routine associated with an interface control. However applying that definition to an error count metric is troubling since there is no standard size for a callback.

For what its worth, whatever language NGINX is written in is not the one to use, the site gateway is apparently down, implicating a bug in the web software serving the article. Maybe the hackers are trashing the servers right now? I would have liked to have been able to read the article on broken web software, but the web software was broken.

Comment: Re:Weaponize (Score 1) 101

by hAckz0r (#46634165) Attached to: How a 'Seismic Cloak' Could Slow Down an Earthquake
Very true. Waves have both constructive and destructive interference, and the sources would have to be perfectly aligned to really negate the energy. That of course means your cloak would need to be deep inside the earth exactly where the seismic energy is coming from. And good luck at injecting enough energy to affect trillions of tons of rock exactly in phase with a seismic wave that you didn't know was coming exactly at that instant. This kind of nonsense could only happen on April 1st.

"I've seen the forgeries I've sent out." -- John F. Haugh II (jfh@rpp386.Dallas.TX.US), about forging net news articles

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