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Comment: Re:Why not use something better for RNGing the Lot (Score 1) 342

by lengel (#49470903) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket

Like I dunno a physical mechanism that relies on nuclear decay to decide what number to hit. They aren't that complicated, they aren't any more dangerous than a smoke detector and unless you can hack physics (at which point you probably no longer care about money) you can't really mess with them.

In any case this just goes to show the old adage holds true, your system is only secure as its weakest component. Also something about all security measures pretty much flying out the window the second someone has physical access to your hardware etc etc.

I would not have to hack the physics, I would hack the detector.

Comment: Re:Completely dumb (Score 1) 342

by lengel (#49470839) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket

the prize was claimed by a lawyer representing a shell company out of Belize. .

Which is a quite a big red flag in itself.

Not really, most people that win that kind of money don't just walk into the 7-11 and ask they deposit 15 mil into their checking account. They get a lawyer and often would rather be unknown then have it publicly announced under their real name.

Except in many cases the lottery T&C in fine print on the ticket states you agree to be publicly identified when you buy the ticket if you win. It is great PR for the lottery association to parade the winner in front of the press so it comes across as "see anyone can win and change his/her life forever".

Comment: Scratch again (Score 1) 315

by lengel (#49445347) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce a 7-Year-Old To Programming?

Yes. Scratch is what I would recommend also. My children love it and have moved on to more advanced things after enjoying scratch. Turtle was another early "programming" language they were introduced to and enojoyed. LEGO Mindstorms is a good next step, but expensive to use. I would not start there because you have sunk money into something that may not ultimately be an interest.

Comment: Re:Hence it's behind a firewall (Score 1) 249

by lengel (#42264053) Attached to: Zero Day Hole In Samsung Smart TVs Could Have TV Watching You

Since the article is very light on details there is no way to be sure, but I assume the attack vector came in through the web browser. I honestly can't imagine this TV having open ports to be directly attacked from the outside. Why would it need these? On top of this I also would suspect the LAN to have a firewall that should also be blocking any ports left open on the TV for whatever reason.

Comment: Re:Headers (Score 3, Insightful) 562

by lengel (#41979275) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: AT&T's Data Usage Definition Proprietary?

A bushel is a bushel, a head is a head, a pound is a pound, and a gigabyte is a gigabyte.

Except when it's a gibibyte. Chances are his router uses 1024 bytes per KB, and AT&T are using 1000 bytes per KB.

No wonder it is proprietary information.

Except by my math, this only accounts for a 2.4% difference.

Comment: My interpretation (Score 1) 373

by lengel (#37872322) Attached to: The RMS Tour Rider

How I read the VERY long post:

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Buy my book.

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