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Comment: Incidentally... (Score 3, Interesting) 58

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48921447) Attached to: FCC Prohibits Blocking of Personal Wi-Fi Hotspots
What I find most baffling about the whole affair is how something that one would ordinarily think of as a fairly overtly malicious exploit, spoofing the appropriate management frames to break a network you don't have authenticated access to the configuration interface for, became a 'respectable' tool for 'management', even included out of the box in fancy commercial products from vendors with risk averse legal teams and so on.

This seems like the place where somebody who has been dealing with enterprise wireless gear long enough to have observed the change might be found. Did this 'feature' cross over from what was initially a proof of concept by a security researcher? Was it recognized as a possibility before the standards had even been hammered out and was available from day one? Do we know what vendor adopted it first? Were there any who specifically didn't offer it for legal, rather than technical, reasons?

At this point, it is certainly the case that at least some wireless management consoles adopt a very...possessive...tone, detecting 'rogue' APs, despite those APs being no more or less legitimate than any others, in terms of spectrum use, and offering 'containment' or various similarly clinical euphemisms for dealing with them. How, historically, did it come to be that this nasty DoS trick went all legitimate, even as generalized hacker hysteria can get you a stiff dose of CFAA charges for almost anything that involves a CLI and confuses the DA?

I'd love to have my hands on all the versions of various vendors' wireless management and administration packages, to see how this feature evolved over time. I can certainly see its appeal; but I find it hard to believe that nobody had serious doubts about its legality from time to time.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 2) 58

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48921261) Attached to: FCC Prohibits Blocking of Personal Wi-Fi Hotspots
Less likely. The FCC is pretty clearly within their powers in saying that you aren't allowed to intentionally interfere with other people's Part 15 devices by using your own to generate disruptive RF.

There is no obvious coverage for forbidding the sale of devices having a Part 15 radio component; but lacking a software configuration for providing network access to other devices with that device. They might be able to shove it into the conditions of a spectrum auction, and make it binding on the buyer; but it's more of an FTC problem.

Comment: Re:Great link to a 1912 test for 8th graders! (Score 1) 194

by s.petry (#48920701) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy
I was in particular referring to John Taylor Gatto, and I forget the lady who was the original secretary for the original department who wrote a great book on the corruption and nature of the original program. That people believe it accidental that all of these extreme liberals have been running the department since it's advent is remarkable in my opinion.

Comment: Re:get out of the house more often (Score 1) 432

by s.petry (#48920615) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App
"I" was not performing the experiment, it was ex police and no officer was named in their request. They simply asked the Desk officer "How would I file a complaint against an officer?". There were no departments that provided the information, and the majority almost immediately started to intimidate or threaten to arrest the person asking the question. A few departments did arrest the person asking.

Comment: Thanks for proving my point. (Score 1) 194

by s.petry (#48920595) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

If you were half as intelligent as you thought you were, you would have reserved comment on the test until you actually read the test. Instead, you spout invalid information in complete ignorance, while pretending to be knowledgeable. Fact checking, learn how to do it! Arguing an opinion which is contrary to facts is exactly the definition of delusion.

In addition to fact checking, contemplate really hard on that part I wrote about the appeal to emotion.

Comment: Why use a cable? (Score 2) 171

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#48920541) Attached to: Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator
Does anyone know why they wouldn't sidestep the infeasibility of particularly long cable runs by having the elevator climb the walls of the shaft directly, rather than being raised and lowered on a cable? I imagine that a cable and counterweight arrangement is more energy efficient for shorter runs; but if that isn't an option wouldn't a cog railway style mechanism, with 'track' on one or more walls of the elevator shaft, result in a system where the weight that has to be moved doesn't change at all with the height of the building? There would be some additional weight per unit height from the track structure; but that would be static and connected to the building's frame rather than being forced to support its own weight.

Too energy intensive? Wears too quickly? Safety breaks infeasible leading to risk of sickening plummet to doom?

Comment: Re:A! SS! HO! LE! (Score 1) 217

by ScentCone (#48919125) Attached to: White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

I've heard those things and they often sound like a pissed off weedeater.

You have no idea what you're talking about. A passing car is louder than a small, well-tuned quad with quality balanced rotors at ground level. 30' in the air? Barely audible. There are noisier ones. I work with a 25-pound octo that sounds completely horrifying, and I know when and where to operate it. But thanks for speaking out of ignorance - it helps to put all of this stuff in perspective.

Comment: Re:Poor Alan Kay (Score 1) 192

by lgw (#48918683) Attached to: Bjarne Stroustrup Awarded 2015 Dahl-Nygaard Prize

Without exceptions, you would put in an assertion

Oh? You check for errors in code that gets #ifdef-ed out in a production build? What could possibly go wrong with that plan? (Or do you mean first the check, then the assert, following every function call, further hiding the few lines of business logic in a huge function).

It's quite easy to write "all exception safe all the time" code in C++, in ways that even the junior guys can't screw up. It's not obvious what that coding standard looks like. That's the big problem with C++. Many have never even seen it done right - it's very understandable why business largely moved to managed code.

People see RAII and think "oh, instead of allocate at the top and free at the bottom, I'll allocate in the constructor and free in the destructor". No, you're still doing it wrong if you have any non-trivial destructors outside of a bit of well-reviewed library code.

If you're doing it right, the only avenues for screwing up resource management are adding stuff to a global object and forgetting it there, as with every language.

Comment: MDisc (Score 1) 234

by bill_mcgonigle (#48918659) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

Asking myself the same question, I went with MDisc technology, in the BluRay capacity, in addition to my hard drive backups. MDisc uses an inorganic pigment as opposed to the organic dyes that are common on CD/DVD/BluRay recordables (and degrade over time).

I'll do an MDisc burn every year and move it offsite, to keep with the 4TB ZFS drive I rotate offsite weekly. The MDisc won't get my mp3 or mp4 files, but the stuff I can't recreate.

My best idea currently is to write PAR files of loop-back mounted LUKS volumes and include the PAR software source and ISO of the distro on the disc, in case I need the data in 20 years (emulators should be readily available for 2015 hardware).

I needed a BluRay writer anyway, so I went with this LG and it's been a great drive so far, and at the right price point for me.

Comment: Re:Crontratulations to some of you (Score 1) 128

by Nidi62 (#48918561) Attached to: New Google Fiber Cities Announced

Congratulations to all the upper-class and upper-middle-class neighborhoods in Atlanta,

College park is a shithole. Most of Decatur and Smyrna isn't much better. Sandy Springs has some nice areas but has really bad ones too. As a 28-year metro Atlanta resident, I am really wondering what Google was going for with this selection, as they could have done much better. Peachtree City, Woodstock, Roswell, places like that with 300k+ houses extremely common makes sense; not areas with horrible infrastructure and full of run down apartment complexes and old (not "nice" old either) houses.

Comment: Re:Accidental bugs? (Score 2) 177

by ScentCone (#48917929) Attached to: Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

There must be agencies seeding these projects, commercial and open source, with toxic contributors injected there to deliberately contaminate the code with such bugs. The further fact that one never sees responsible persons identified, removed and blacklisted suggests that contamination is top down.

Or, you are yourself a toxic seed planted by The Man in order to foment FUD and make good people not want to be part of these projects. Or something like that. Give it a rest with the absurd conspiracy crap.

Comment: Re:DVD (Score 1) 234

by lgw (#48917749) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

The cloud makes a great backup. If what you're archiving is small, encrypt it and upload it to a variety of cloud file companies with free offerings - Cloud Drive, OneDrive, DropBox, etc.

For a moderate amount of data, use (encryption and) Amazon Glacier. If you don't know the trick: Amazon offers mail us a hard drive as an upload format for S3 and Glacier, and it's as good as way to do offsite backups as any.

I wouldn't use the cloud as my only archive, but as the offsite copy it's probably more disaster-survivable than most other choices most of us have available. (And affordable if we're talking a few hundred GB of personal stuff, not the entire multi-TB geek archive of "binaries").

If I were a grave-digger or even a hangman, there are some people I could work for with a great deal of enjoyment. -- Douglas Jerrold