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Comment: It was a nice feature in 2003 (Score 4, Insightful) 190

by jd142 (#49527751) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Device Guard For Windows 10
So this feature has been around in some form or another since at least 2003. See https://technet.microsoft.com/... for how to implement it 12 years ago. It included the ability to make generate a hash for an executable, so if you needed people to run foobar.exe version 1.1.1.1, you generated the hash and then people could not run 1.1.1.0 or 1.1.1.2. You could also do certificates from trusted publishers, etc. It looks like there are a few new features, including virtualization options, but this is really just a rebranding of an existing feature to make it more prominent for the end user. Something all corporations do.

Comment: change your username (Score 4, Interesting) 267

by jd142 (#49349545) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

I forget where I first read it, but this sounds like a good workaround. Pick a nice secure-as-you-want password. But each website gets a different username. It sounds like most attacks are of the kind "joe_bob uses P4$$word on amazon, let's see if joe_bob uses P4$$word on this banking site too." They don't seem to be looking to see if joe_bob_amazon is the same account as joe_bob_wellsfargo. Or you could be joe_a_bob and joe_wf_bob.

Even better is if you have some control over your email accounts. They are probably smart enough to see joe.bob@gmail is j.o.e.bob@gmail(although that does let you filter incoming mail a little easier). But if you have control over the domain you have a catch all address and be me_amazon@myplace.com and me_wellsfargo@myplace.com.

Comment: Re:PHP is fine (Score 1) 182

by jd142 (#49322945) Attached to: Modern PHP: New Features and Good Practices
Oh thank god I'm not the only one. The needle/haystack and whether it is str_foobar or strfoobar drives me nuts. Especially since the phrase is "needle in a haystack" but the function takes haystack, needle. I always want to write find(needle, [in a] haystack). Every language has good and points, and bad coders are bad coders.

Comment: Re:That's fine for in the city (Score 2) 341

by jd142 (#49295023) Attached to: Musk Says Drivers May Become Obsolete, Announces Juice-Saving Upgrades
Funny, I was thinking just the opposite. Rural areas would be easier since there are few interactions with other cars. And they'd be able to react faster when a deer jumps in front of you. Of course, getting a heads up infrared would go a long way to avoiding deer at night. Unless it is planting or harvesting time, the odds of seeing and interacting with anything on gravel road here are practically nil. Maybe 1 vehicle for every 10 miles I drive. Computers should find that pretty easy. All you have to do is keep it between the fenceposts.

Comment: Re:The real question in my mind... (Score 1) 341

by jd142 (#49294979) Attached to: Musk Says Drivers May Become Obsolete, Announces Juice-Saving Upgrades
Just out of curiosity, what size city do you live in? I'd love to have a self-driving car so I could spend more time at my mother's instead of leaving early so I don't fall asleep on the 2 hours of boring interstate to drive home. And that's just one example. It's a 5 hour drive to Chicago; I'd love to just pull on the interstate and let the car take over for the ride home after a tiring day. In town for groceries and shopping is probably the last place I would let the car take over. There are more variables, but speeds are slower, and it would keep me in practice. Long drives on the interstate, where there are fewer variables would be the first place I'd use it. Sure, the speeds are faster and accidents are worse, but the cars around you are all going in one direction, approximately the same speed, and there are almost no stops, so less to react to. And if the cars can talk to one another it would be even better. Add in infrared detectors to spot the deer in the ditches in the middle of the night and I'd be set.

Comment: Re:Has anyone studied? (Score 2) 262

by jd142 (#49249675) Attached to: US Wind Power Is Expected To Double In the Next 5 Years
The amount of energy taken out is surely small. It's not like the other side of the windmill has no air movement. The blades only capture a part of the wind's energy; the air has to keep moving beyond the blades, otherwise the wind would hit the blades, stop, and the blades wouldn't move. Gently blow on a pinwheel and you'll feel the air moving on the other side of the pinwheel. No one asks this question whenever we put up a new 10 story building, but they must absorb more wind energy. A 10 story building is a solid block and stops almost more of the wind that hits it; I assume some air is buffeted out and moves around the building, but not much. In addition, wind mills don't run if the wind speed is above or below a certain speed. I want to say something like 25mph, but I can't be arsed to google right now. Buildings block all the wind, regardless of speed. Well, up until the wind knocks them down. I'd bet a whole dollar that the buildings in a single large city like New York, London, Chicago, etc. capture and disrupt far more wind energy that every windmill on the planet today and every one planned for the next 20 years.

Comment: Re:Any experienced teacher already deals with this (Score 3, Funny) 388

by jd142 (#48804301) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them
*THIS* The other thing I wondered about is the different expectations. If your instructor still thinks myspace is where the cool kids hangout, does that mean the instructor knows less? From a student's point of view, yeah, it does, because the instructor doesn't know what the students think is important. Which is where to get the good porn on tumblr (or whatever the kids use these days). And the instructors might even feel the same way. The good teachers who know there stuff and care about the kids may undervalue their abilities because they don't think they can reach the kids on their level because the teacher is still on facebook and the kids are on to the latest. Why, those teachers may still think email is relevant. To a 15 year old, email might as well be the telegraph.

Comment: Versioning (Score 4, Interesting) 181

by jd142 (#48754077) Attached to: Inside Cryptowall 2.0 Ransomware
A lot of people have been talking about backups and the fact that even your backups can be compromised. And that's true. The solution is versioning and rotation. If I'm compromised today, the files on Crashplan will be uploaded as encrypted files. But since they have versioning, I can go back 30 days or so and get the older versions. I may lose some data depending on how long I've been infected, but I'll be able to get some data back. The only other solution is to run a daily/weekly/monthly backup scheme that keeps your monthly backups for a year (or longer if you are really paranoid). It means you need 5 separate disks for each week and then another 12 for each month, which most people aren't going to want to do. Eventually the ransomware people will get patient and encrypt your files but allow access for 3-6 months before telling you.

Comment: Re:America, land of the free... (Score 5, Informative) 720

by jd142 (#48542719) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Well, yes, in the same way that Socrates is mortal because Socrates died.

The thing is, in the good ol' US of A, where less than 10 years ago you could be a felon for owning 6 dildos, we can be pretty darn stupid. http://www.dumblaws.com/law/938. Yes, the law was overturned, but just one example of the way we are tough on crime. And here's some fun with our drug laws. http://netnebraska.org/article/news/938774/how-tough-nebraska-pot-possession-depends-county I like the quote “Let’s say you have a marijuana brownie,” Steller explained. “We would prosecute you for the possession of hash which is a class 4 felony.”

Comment: Re:But the case hasn't even started! (Score 2) 119

by jd142 (#48413467) Attached to: US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

That's not arbitrary; that's a firm and understandable rule. Arbitrary would be if my 10 million dollar donation got me a law in my favor and yours did not. :)

Just like the rule I learned in copyrights class: The Mouse always wins. That means that no matter what the law is or how it has always been interpreted, Disney gets what it wants.

Hacking's just another word for nothing left to kludge.

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