Slashdot is powered by your submissions, so send in your scoop


Forgot your password?
Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! No Flash necessary and runs on all devices. ×

Comment Okay, what's the business model then? (Score 4, Insightful) 234

Which leaves us with the interesting question of LastPass's business model.

1) Advertising? Knowing every site you visit - AND YOUR PASSWORD?

2) "We have a benefactor". Yeah. Except that maybe that benefactor is the NSA. Or is it the GRU? Or is it the MSS (China's NSA)?

No matter how I slice it, I can't figure out an angle that isn't kinda creepy.

Comment Re:Is the implication that fresh water is bad? (Score 1) 159

Submerging plants in drinking water reservoirs is doubleplusbad. Not because of the carbon emissions, but because the rotting plants will give the water a bad taste for fifty years or so.

When the state of Massachusetts built the Quabbin reservoir in the 1930's, they did their level best to take out all of the wood and plants that would rot; clearcutting the forests, relocating, demolishing and carting, or burning farm buildings in place. Only the stone foundations remained. They even removed the railroad ties of rail lines. The result was a reservoir that is still the major reservoir of Boston to this day.

Comment Yet another reason why Adblocking and Scriptblocki (Score 4, Insightful) 96

Yet another reason why adblockers and scriptblockers are essential.

Not just because ads chew up your pay-by-the-byte bandwidth, but because they are actively serving up malware.

Sorry, all you ad-supported sites... find another business model. Your current methods are dying a very painful death.

Submission + - ORWL Open and secure computer Not So Open.

Dr. Crash writes: ORWL (the open-sourced physically secure computer) crowdsourced on CrowdSupply has revealed their licensing model.... which isn't closed, but not much better.
* Schematics only "rendered" — as PDF, impeding mechanized analysis for holes. "Source" (i.e. Cadence files) requires an NDA
* PCB layouts are available only as Gerber files. "Source" (i.e. Allegra files) again requires an NDA
* Mechanical CAD files and BIOS: Only via NDA.
Is it just me, or does it strike other readers that for a computer that's supposed to be open-sourced and inspectable, releasing only the equivalent of "assembly code" (PDFs of the schematic, Gerber files) and requiring an NDA for the BIOS and mechanical security just doesn't cut it? in particular, revealing only the PDF'ed schematics and the Gerbers make it essentially impossible to improve the device, and without the BIOS being inspectable, the security of the whole system is completely compromised.

Read the release info yourself at:

Comment Don't bother - even if your password is strong.... (Score 1) 210

Unless there's money involved, I don't bother with a strong password.

Why? Because even if my password protocol and tradecraft are bulletproof, most sites aren't. Sites get
compromised so often that even a good password will fall in a year or two. Or your password _manager_ gets

So... why bother? Start with "Password#1!" (which almost all sites will accept as "strong" and
when (not if, when) that compromises, move to "Password#2". And so forth.

Okay.... don't use the word "password". Use "Starbucks#1". Or "Galactica#!".

Other than a very few sites worthy of _trying_ to protect (your bank and maybe your primary email) one password
shared across all sites is more than adequate because compromise is inevitable. Make the cost of
compromise as close to nil as possible; that's the optimal behavior. I mean, who cares if your brownie
recipe gets trashed?

And never, ever store a password that can be turned into money on anything more connected than a
post-it note in your wallet next to your Benjamins.

Comment bloody stupid (Score 2) 97

There is no way to spoof a fingerprint sensor with a 3D printer. It would take extremely precise printing, far better than any 3D printer the local cops are like to have and a very precise fingerprint. And a sensor that has no ability to note discrepancy with living tissue. So I am claiming complete bullshit pretense of far more powers than cops have.

Heck, I have to recalibrate my iThing fingerprint patterns every month or so to get it to recognize the real thing.

Comment Bullshit (Score 1) 148

They are only trying to protect rent seeking schemes that almost exclusively benefit labels and studios and not actual creators. The goal is to maximize access and further creative while rewarding creators. Anything short of that is simply not good enough and introduces too many negatives including limiting how much benefit we can get from our technology and criminalizing everyone who may attempt to fully utilize the abilities of the technology.

Comment Tit for Tat (Score 1) 765

Many businesses, especially software companies (my main experience) don't give employees any notice before firing them, downsizing, layoffs, etc. So what right do the have to expect notice when the employee is the one that ends it? Why don't they get a bad rep for the abrupt end of the relationship if that is a thing? It also depends on the company. Some companies want people to leave immediately as a general policy when they know for sure they are leaving.

That said I usually give at least two weeks notice when possible and there aren't extenuating circumstances. Sometimes they want that two weeks or more and sometimes they don't.

Comment context (Score 1) 117

In the context of +AC we get a lot more work done in a lot more condensed brain power spaces in all weather but true design for natural cooling or heat dissipation is less valuable in that context. Not surprising. All powerful innovation changes the context and thus what is of relative value compared to what else. So?

Slashdot Top Deals

"The C Programming Language -- A language which combines the flexibility of assembly language with the power of assembly language."