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Comment Re:Wow (Score 2) 50

Because even unlimited plans are limited......pick one and there's a cap (usually right around 22GB for some reason) where the speed will drop. If you hit that cap often enough, you'll be dropped from the carrier. It's in the fine print.

And they aren't "cheap" unless you're a single person making decent money or with few other bills to pay. Family plans save money vs a bunch of individual plans, but they still aren't cheap.

Comment Re:Got bit by this 2-wks ago at latimes.com (Score 1) 35

I typically run with two different "users" logged in to Chrome and I have each user on a different monitor. One user is for sites where I want to save credentials and the other is for sites I don't......harder for a site to use Facebook if it's running under a different Chrome session. Because I have two monitors, I've seen an attack similar to the one described in the article, but it was obvious because only one monitor got the "Operating System Error" message.

Comment Re:Where's the parallel port (Score 1) 299

I used to have a USB to serial adapter......I never used it, so it go freecycled off to someone else, but I've also seen them for parallel ports and 3.5" floppy drives. The U means Universal.....let's use it as such. I don't need a new proprietary port on my laptop waiting for people to build modules for my laptop's manufacturer's port.

Comment Re: Unity? (Score 1) 255

outside of win and fruit, a geek had to read and study

My second biggest gripe about Linux. I can't just install some flavor or another on my Mom's computer and give her an easy book. If I install it, I'll get tons of calls when she wants to accomplish something and I'll have to tell there ---- well, there are about 20 different ways to do it, but none of them are "mom-friendly".

My biggest gripe is that the world of Linux is so fractured because of all of the different opinions on the "right" way. Choosing between 20 different distros and 5 different window managers and 3 different package managers can make it really hard to pick the "best" option.

Comment Re:Obviously... (Score 1) 255

the loss of paid-for licenses with hardware failure

Any sufficiently large organization (such as a school district) should have better management of their licenses such that they aren't tied directly to a single piece of hardware. I know from experience (my wife was a teacher for many years) that the school districts don't usually have a good technology program, but that's because they don't pay well and the knowledgeable will likely be working in the private sector. But a hardware failure should NEVER be the reason you lose a license.

Comment Re:"IT" is on its way out (Score 2) 272

I would say cloud is best for smaller companies but as the company grows large enough and can afford to have specialized people, you bring it back on-prem. A small business can't afford to have a team of expensive engineers (network, storage, server, etc.) so you "outsource" that job to the cloud. Then, when the business is started, you can bring on those types. Large companies already have the experts and don't necessarily need the cloud.

Comment Re:How do you know? (Score 1) 279

I'd be interested in a description of the ideal configuration for a home network that includes IoT devices.

Should I have multiple routers so that I "nest" my networks. So have one network "right off the Internet" for less secure things such as IoT and then have a more secure network as a sub-network to the IoT network? So the IoT network can't see anything in the sub-network but is also protected by whatever firewall settings I decide to set?

Comment Re:Do away with them (Score 1) 89

Actually the problem of forcing initialization prior to knowing a value (at least in terms of actual data) is that you then no longer know the difference between "just a default" and "actually the same value as the default".

A possible scenario:

A woman becomes pregnant but has not yet had her child. The doctor wants to create a health record for that child for tracking purposes.

Baby.Name = {empty string}
Baby.Birthday = {1900/01/01}

The same doctor also happens to be the doctor for the oldest man in the world.

OldMan.Name = {Mathusala Jones}
OldMan.Birthday = {1900/01/01}

Now, the same doctor wants to run a report for everyone who has a birthday in January because it's time to mail them their annual birthday card. Oops....little Bobby Tables gets a birthday card even though he hasn't even been born yet.

So, you could add an additional boolean for every "nullable" field that tracks "is default".......or you could just use null like everyone else. Your code is basically the same:

if (isDefaultBirthday) { /* do something */ }
if (Birthday == null) { /* do something */ }

Comment Re:What's the price of your integrity? (Score 5, Informative) 338

The point was that if you're making $60k and then given the choice of train your replacement and continue to draw another month's worth of $60k plus some severance package to keep you on your feet for a few weeks so you can look for a job.........or walk and receive $0. It isn't that the fictional person couldn't live on $60k.....it's that the safety net only exists if you agree to train your replacement.

Comment Re:Bullshit - Neither OS X or Windows work that wa (Score 4, Informative) 82

The USB device pretends to be an Ethernet adapter. Once the adapter is installed, the PC attempts to communicate with the network. The other portion of the box is running code that will automatically respond as if it's a domain controller so that Windows will attempt to authenticate using the existing credentials. This request includes the password hash. The software responds "thanks for the hash!". Unplug everything and go home to break the hash on your own time.

The OS isn't running any software from the device, the device is just taking advantage of the default behavior (authenticate to the new network).

Comment Re:Rubby Ducky (Score 3, Informative) 82

Hak5.org (blocked from work, so no direct link) sells the Rubber Ducky and the Turtle (the actual device used in the attack). Rob (aka Mubix -- the guy documenting the hack) does a fair bit with Darren Kitchen, the main guy behind Hak5.

Also, Darren and Shannon (the co-hosts of Hak5) consulted on Mr. Robot.


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