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Comment Re: pointless (Score 2) 150

Just because you have a "smart" TV doesn't mean you're stuck using the "smart" bits. Plug in an HDMI cable or three to the video source of your choosing, and you never have to touch the smart OS stuff unless you want to.

Just because it has a network connection doesn't mean you have to connect it to a network.

Comment Re:Obsolete (Score 1) 96

Bots creating GoFundMe pages have replaced bums, no need to stand on the street holding a tin cup when you can create a bot to create an online story of distress and have it beg money for you.

That's what this article is about. There are two bots standing on the street corner holding their tin cups, jostling each other for position, and spilling half their money in the process. The AI is converging on a solution using cooperation, where each bot assesses the traffic, and parcels out the begging duty to the robot more likely to succeed with that particular potential donor.

In other words, "two bots one cup".

Submission + - Google has demonstrated a successful practical attack against SHA-1 (

Artem Tashkinov writes: Ten years after of SHA-1 was first introduced, Google has announced the first practical technique for generating an SHA-1 collision. It required two years of research between the CWI Institute in Amsterdam and Google. As a proof of the attack, Google has released two PDF files that have identical SHA-1 hashes but different content. The amount of computations required to carry out the attack is staggering: nine quintillion (9,223,372,036,854,775,808) SHA1 computations in total which took 6,500 years of CPU computation to complete the attack first phase and 110 years of GPU computation to complete the second phase.

Google says that people should migrate to newer hashing algorithms like SHA-256 and SHA-3, however it's worth noting that there are currently no ways of finding a collision for both MD5 and SHA-1 hashes simultaneously which means that we still can use old proven hardware accelerated hash functions to be on the safe side.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 1) 389

Many of those private schools are only interested in providing thought silos so that kids cannot ever get honest opposing views.

Kind of like how the public schools and colleges have been doing for decades now with the progressive views and agendas....?

Hell, you try to espouse anything remotely conservative in one of the public school "thought silos", and you get shouted down and silenced. At colleges, the situation is even more harsh where you risk violent protests and physical violence at worst, or possibly expulsion and bad grades at the least.

Comment Re:U.S. profits too??? (Score 1) 174

The EU is applying the back taxes to worldwide profits, as Apple is choosing to transfer those profits to the EU

Apple doesn't transfer U.S. profits to to the EU, so how is it fair for the E.U. to tax Apple on U.S. profits again exactly?

That, kids, is why they play this game.

There are $14 billion reasons why the EU is playing this game but legality or fairness is not one of them.

Ireland does not charge taxes for profit made in other countries. Apple transferred their profits to Ireland to avoid paying taxes in other countries. If they transferred US profits to Ireland then, yes, they do have to pay tax on it. This is because of the way that Apple transfers the money - as a patent licensing fee. The subsidiary in Ireland is making a profit on all those fees they paid to Ireland worldwide.

Comment Re:These two may have been least at risk (Score 1) 54

There are plenty of people I know who would fall for this, because they simply don't know. They were issued a laptop for work and were told it was secured through a VPN, but don't understand how networks or routing actually works. They think they're secure only because an expert told them that VPNs are secure.

And not all VPNs are secure. Corporate VPN solutions are increasingly looking to split tunnelling to cut costs: internal corporate IP addresses are correctly routed to the VPN tunnel interface, so things like internal email and corporate web sites are all secured, but the external IP addresses (Google, Microsoft, Slashdot, etc.,) are left to route through the local gateway, reducing bandwidth through the corporate network. So if your wireless adapter connects to a WiFi Pineapple using one of those corporate laptops (thinking it's connecting to a conference AP or something), the rogue AP will faithfully route the still-secure VPN traffic to the proper corporate headquarters servers, but it will just as happily MiTM the rest of the regular unsecured traffic, scanning for credentials, cookies, API keys, or whatever other external sites the computer may happen to access. They could expose personal email account credentials, various web apps, DNS requests, discovery packets, or other loud network traffic. And this allows scenarios where the browser gets cache poisoned while browsing the unsecured web, then used to connect to an internal corporate web site where the malicious cached javascript echoes all the booty back to the attacker.

Of course, you expect the tech folks at the RSA conference would know how it all works, but a significant fraction of the attendees are not tech employees. There are no doubt many finance people; executives with expense accounts and instructions to "come back with a security contract"; salespeople; politicians; and the press in attendance.

I just hope the guys with the rogue access points are no worse than gray hats who are posting them on a Wall of Sheep somewhere at the conference, and not actually hacking the attendees.

Comment Re:I'll never understand (Score 1) 144

"Partner" is a generic way to refer to someone's primary romantic relation in a gender and relationship neutral manner. In this case, maybe the woman was his wife, maybe she wasn't. When talking to a group of people, saying "feel free to bring you partner to the party," is way less awkward than saying "girlfriend, boyfriend, spouse, or domestic partner".


I have never in my life heard the term "partner" for a normal straight couple....

Comment Re:I'll never understand (Score 1, Troll) 144

Hell, THIS is the part that's confusing me...

One father who live-streamed his partner's labour on Facebook last May,

Ok, usually they use "partner" when referencing gay guys these, are we really worrying so much about a private video going public, when we have here, of the first man on earth GIVING BIRTH?!?!

I've never heard of a normal heterosexual couple being referred to as "partners" before...girlfriend, wife, sister (in KY)....but never partner, I thought that was the pure domain of the homosexual set...?

Comment Re:Globalization vs. Protectionism (Score 4, Insightful) 202

On the other hand, a lot more poor countries in the world, which would happen with de-globalization, means increased immigration, legal and illegal, to rich countries.

Well, if we started guarding and enforcing borders like they did in the can keep them out for the most part. I'm talking only about the illegal immigrants.

Legal immigrants are welcome, but the process must be followed and any country should be able to regulate amounts and types of immigration (skill level, etc).

Comment Re:Yeah, no thanks. (Score 1) 85

That suggests such a small pool of people that it is a viable probability. I've worked in several different companies, all in the same field, for over 20 years and nobody at any one of them knew anybody from anywhere else. The idea that networking is of paramount importance isn't viable.

Your mileage may vary.

Of course you can get a job without contacts.

But networking makes it easier.

As I'd mentioned work with people you get along with and respect. They or you move on to other jobs. I mean, these days, staying at ONE place isn't usually going to advance you $$ the way changing jobs every 3-4 years.....

Anyway, as people you know stay in touch. Then say YOU need a job. Well, it sure is much easier to start by reaching out to friends you know to get your foot in the door.

Ask yourself, who's going to get first and likely best shot at a new position? Someone who comes in recommended, maybe even a personal introduction before an interview even comes up....and is vouched for by someone already there and trusted....or, someone who's only contact with the company is a faceless resume in a file folder in some HR desk?

I do it for folks I know...they do it for me.

Sure you can cold call, cold interview....but it sure is easier doing it through a network of people you've worked with over the years and getting that foot in the door and getting your name to the top of the list is often the difference in getting a job or not.

It can also work the OPPOSITE way...if you are someone that I've known of, that isn't competent, or who is difficult to work with...guess who the manager or hiring person is told NOT to hire, put at the bottom of the pile or in the circular file bin? Hmm?

Yeah, it pays to build networks, and it is also as important to not burn bridges or be an unsociable asshole.

Comment Re:Yeah, no thanks. (Score 1) 85

I'm not saying you don't have to have skills.

But I find I work at a place. People like me and how I work.

They then go on to other places, I stay in touch. If I need a job, I reach out to them and they put me in touch with people at their place they are at now and I get my foot in the door ahead of some people that simply only have a faceless resume in a file somewhere.

I do the same whenever a former worker I like is needing a job...I put them in ahead of the crowd, sometimes a job is "found" for them if they are good enough.

Comment Re:So we're talking Auto Generated Bad Lip Reading (Score 3, Informative) 52

Yeah, the auto generated CC is pretty bad.

But I did read, that it *IS* very much worth your while to put accurate CC on your videos, as that it supposedly highly figures into your Google rankings.

I found that after I transcribed my videos, my rankings did shoot up higher on plain old Google searches and I think also on YouTube suggestions,, looks to be worthwhile to do if you want max hits.

Comment Re:Competition is good! (Score 1) 84

Yep...this is great.

I'm on Verizon, and at Xmas I found I was about to run over my data, so I bumped it from 6-8GB...which was at $70/mo.

I fired up the Verizon app on my iPhone and checked and switching from that to unlimited, actually saved me $5 a month...dropped me down to $65/mo for data.

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