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Comment: Re:Drones? (Score 1) 158

by thegarbz (#48931193) Attached to: Drone Maker Enforces No-Fly Zone Over DC, Hijacking Malware Demonstrated

They called them quadrocopters before even the cheapest and most basic models got FPV allowing you to fly it way out of sight and at long ranges, autonomous flying, and all the other things we normally would have equated with military reconnaissance gear.

Technically they have always been drones. Now though even the toys start resembling military drones.

Comment: Re:How will it work? (Score 1) 158

by thegarbz (#48931177) Attached to: Drone Maker Enforces No-Fly Zone Over DC, Hijacking Malware Demonstrated

Probably no different than any of the other geofencing modes on many quadrocopters out there. It will simply refuse to keep flying forward.

Geofencing is something that has been around a while and it's actually quite a good feature if you want to hand the remote to someone's kid or something to play with. Then they can't fly it away.

Comment: Re:Can someone explainn (Score 3, Insightful) 158

by thegarbz (#48931171) Attached to: Drone Maker Enforces No-Fly Zone Over DC, Hijacking Malware Demonstrated

True except for one issue. They are bloody noisy. So if any covert operation is the goal and you don't have the many MANY thousands of dollars needed for a drone capable of imaging from high altitudes with long focal lengths it will be painfully obvious that someone is looking.

A telescope however is often very discrete.

Comment: Re:not the point (Score 1) 367

by thegarbz (#48931151) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

What? You're still comparing a lockout of a device to a scenario where processes need to be physically halted. Stop moving the goalposts and MS is most definitely better.

And I'm wrong about the run level but I'm right about the runlevel? That is the most amazing argument I've heard all day.

In any case your argument sounds like Linux locking is just as secure as windows if you impose all these additional handicaps on windows, and then narrow the linux scenario down to one specific configuration.

And no, runlevel 5 is most definitely NOT the default on many linux distributions. Maybe it is if you pop Ubuntu in, then you have your little victory. Oh wait but that also then depends on which Ubuntu you download. 2 of the 3 distributions intended for computers default to runlevel 2 and stay at that default once the GUI is installed.

Comment: Re:What's more irritating? (Score 1) 247

by thegarbz (#48930231) Attached to: One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

The funny thing is your hatred is only really directed at the marketing of two things which have been used elsewhere from decades. Both are actually good ideas.

The idea of remote access to information, remote backup, and online services have been around for longer than the internet. Just now when someone uses a fancy name like "The Cloud" people freak out about it.

Likewise the idea of continuous monitoring of assets to gauge reliability and potential cost savings opportunities has been around since factories were first built. But it's only now that someone has given it a crappy name IoT and marketed it to common joe outside of the process / automation industry.

Comment: Re:not the point (Score 1) 367

by thegarbz (#48929751) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

Hibernate != lock.

Locking a screen maintains all the programs in the background and happens without consideration of what is running. The hibernation process is a bit more like shutting down and standby. Both of them have the same hooks into processes just like the screensaver does. There are ways that programs need to interact with these systems to prevent them from happening so you don't for instance end up with a screensaver in the middle of watching a movie, or hibernate the system while in the middle of a download.

You may notice that if your laptop hibernates due to low battery it will ALWAYS hibernate, just that hibernating due to closing the lid is not a priority given above apps that would not handle the result gracefully.

Comment: Re:FUCK YOU WHAT THE FUCK IS IOT (Score 5, Informative) 247

by thegarbz (#48929739) Attached to: One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

Smart, but if we're going to substitute the jobs of editors with Google then maybe we should go all out. Instead we're paying useless editors who don't actually do their job and circumventing it through a tongue in cheek website that provides you with a Google search.

Also I'm in China you insensitive clod. Can you Bing it for me instead?

Comment: Re:not the point (Score 1) 367

by thegarbz (#48928787) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

So...what you're saying is "people who aren't security conscious continue to be vulnerable to attacks that exploit their sloppiness and/or lack of attention"?

You joke but think about an un-educated but security conscious example. In windows the OS lock screen reigns supreme. Windows+l, or closing the lid works in every scenario, it doesn't matter if I have full screen video, context menus, a program preventing sleep / screensaver functions the computer will lock on an external event.

Now you have a linux desktop. Your employees are security conscious but not necessarily smart. The receptionist needs desperately to go to the bathroom, does what she does to lock the screen but it doesn't work. Now do you think that someone will sit there waiting for IT support to tell her why her *worthless lockscreen isn't showing up while needing to go to the bathroom? Of course not.

Security is always defeated by if it's function is complex / unreliable from an end user point of view. Any security that significantly negatively impacts the user will be met with circumvention attempts.

*I say worthless because while I haven't used locked screens recently I remember a few years ago I bypassed an Xfree86 lockscreen by force closing the X11 session using ctrl+alt+backspace. The end result is X restarting and dropping me onto the desktop logged in as the user.

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