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Comment: Only the incompetent need the media to inform them (Score 1) 64

by uolamer (#48464961) Attached to: The People Who Are Branding Vulnerabilities

A lot of people have no business being in charge of the security of a server. Those are the same people who need the media to bring an exploit to their attention. They might fix Heartbleed but they never fix CVE-2014-wxyz and others and their server is probably already compromised or could be anyway. Some of the hackers will help keep your system up to date, since they don't want some other hacker taking one of "their" servers.

I found Heartbleed very simplistic and how it went unnoticed for so long is impressive. Why the hell did it let you specify the number of characters to send back and never check that?

Comment: Re:Note to HotHardware (Score 1) 227

by uolamer (#48422431) Attached to: Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

Exactly. I was thinking the same thing. Most the images looked virtually identical, but the main image where the PC showed more detail I just see jpeg artifacts as you said. I looked up at the URL and saw .JPG and thought.... wow you went through all this trouble to show which was better and you ruined your visuals by using JPG when PNG was right there probably one drop down box away when you were saving the images.. At this rate I am not sure if they save the screen shots in JPG then put them together in say Adobe Photoshop then saved them in JPG yet again..

+ - Microsoft losing the schools to iPads and Chromebooks

Submitted by dkatana
dkatana (2761029) writes "Microsoft licensing scheme, high cost of support and difficult management of devices are the key factors making schools drop Windows for better alternatives as iPads and Chromebooks.

Google is making a dent on education with Chromebooks. The internet giant has been promoting the use of Chrome OS with specific tools for schools to manage the devices, their apps and users. Its Chromebooks for Education program is helping schools deploy large numbers of devices with an easy management system.

While Google is successful with Chromebooks as school laptops the clear winner on tablets is Apple. iPads are a the preferred platform for schools deploying tablets as digital learning devices."

+ - Groceries Delivered, With a Side of Guilt Over Good Jobs 1

Submitted by curtwoodward
curtwoodward (2147628) writes "Getting your groceries delivered isn't exactly a new idea. But in many large U.S. cities, it's never been easier, with tech companies of all sizes competing for dollars from time-strapped shoppers. After trying out two versions of online delivery services, this reviewer was left feeling they were pretty equivalent — but also had some serious worries about whether the people doing the work had good jobs, or were being exploited in the "independent contractor" economy."

Comment: Re:Home vs Corporate (Score 1) 192

by uolamer (#48296903) Attached to: Windows 8 and 8.1 Pass 15% Market Share, Windows XP Drops Below 20% Mark

Speaking for workstations/desktops: Every business I know or dealt with has no plans to go to Windows 8.x, ever. They all buy desktops that might come with Windows 8 but they just get imaged to Windows 7. Most of them lagged getting away from XP and they just now got to 7. My best guess is Windows 10 will be the successor after it comes out and proves to be stable and usable as a desktop OS.

I heard one tech recently say something about how we should upgrade to Window 8 and it pretty much made me laugh. Why would we? By the time we finished rolling out Windows 8 and working out the kinks Windows 10 would be out, our Windows 7 is stable and will be supported for many more years.

Comment: How to disable SSLv3 and test it. (Score 1) 70

by uolamer (#48274677) Attached to: Google To Disable Fallback To SSL 3.0 In Chrome 39 and Remove In Chrome 40

How to disable SSLv3 and test it.

(not affiliated with site, simply found it useful)

Comment: The man that inspired this: McArthur Wheeler (Score 5, Informative) 306

by uolamer (#48255409) Attached to: We Are All Confident Idiots

"The study was inspired by the case of McArthur Wheeler, a man who robbed two banks after covering his face with lemon juice in the mistaken belief that, as lemon juice is usable as invisible ink, it would prevent his face from being recorded on surveillance cameras." - Wikipedia

In 1995 McArthur Wheeler actually tested this beforehand with a camera. One way or another his test proved he was invisible, at least to himself.... (lens cap maybe? bad film? somehow didn't get himself in frame when taking the picture?).. He robbed two banks in plain daylight. Later was showed the CCTV footage and still didn't understand how it captured his face..

I read about this a few months ago and just found this to be one of the funniest things. Imagine doing something so stupid a whole psychological theory was inspired.

Comment: 2600 meetings (Score 5, Interesting) 71

by uolamer (#48248015) Attached to: 2600 Profiled: "A Print Magazine For Hackers"

I went to the 2600 meetings in Houston several times in the very late 90s. They were pretty interesting, but the most interesting thing was how we had people taking our photos from a distance. I remember about 8pm in the evening someone dressed in a FedEx uniform taking our photo... We waved to him and tried to get him to come over.. He didn't seem interested. It was a gathering in plain clothes in public with nothing really drawing attention to it being a meeting of any sort.. Just was interesting.. Figure it was just another little star on my profile the government was keeping on me. Paranoid? Well they knew quite a bit about me when they came to knock on my door one time...

Comment: Re:200 dollars is too expensive (Score 1) 94

by uolamer (#48156413) Attached to: Eggcyte is Making a Pocket-Sized Personal Web Server (Video)

I agree, before I would do all that I would just setup a server maybe at..

and run a site from there.. I can can setup any level of encryption, authentication, etc I want and not have to charge, carry that thing around, rely on wifi and sell out $200.

Comment: T1? (Score 1) 174

by uolamer (#48121795) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?

I don't have an answer to accomplish what you are talking about however....

You can typically get a T1 line installed anywhere.. The prices vary, last one I had was $400 a month but that was about 30 miles from the closest city 10 miles down a paved country road and another mile or so down a dirt road and almost 200 miles from the closest city with an internet backbone. You might find out you can get a T1 or something along those lines for less than I was at that time.. I split my connection with my neighbor..

Comment: Re:huh? (Score 1) 269

by uolamer (#48004581) Attached to: 2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

Impressive that GM/Chevrolet managed to get from design to production with this in place and no one bringing up this fact. I have known about 'one party consent states', 'all party consent states' and wiretapping laws for decades. I could have understood if this was video only, the moment you put audio the whole game changes and it is baffling no one there caught that or stopped it..

The use of anthropomorphic terminology when dealing with computing systems is a symptom of professional immaturity. -- Edsger Dijkstra