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Submission + - Sharing ransomware code for educational purposes is asking for trouble (

Mark Wilson writes: Trend Micro may still be smarting from the revelation that there was a serious vulnerability in its Password Manager tool, but today the security company warns of the dangers of sharing ransomware source code.

The company says that those who discover vulnerabilities need to think carefully about sharing details of their findings with the wider public as there is great potential for this information to be misused, even if it is released for educational purposes. It says that "even with the best intentions, improper disclosure of sensitive information can lead to complicated, and sometimes even troublesome scenarios".

The warning may seem like an exercise in stating the bleeding obvious, but it does serve as an important reminder of how the vulnerability disclosure process should work.

Comment Re:a bit young (Score 1) 99

My daughter,

does not have anywhere near the expertise you have, nor am I sure she ever will as she hasn't shown any kind of aptitude for this sort of thing.

That being said, her school bought a 3-d printer, and it's the shear wonder of the thing that excites her. They have to pay some nominal amount, depending on the size of whatever it is they want to print, and I'll happily give her a dollar to get some trinket printed, only because she finds the thing so fascinating.

That kind of excitement and wonder is hard to teach, buy, instill, etc... And here is a piece of technology, for a tiny dollar amount, that does that for her. I have no idea where it will lead, and in fact fully recognize that it may well not lead anywhere. But maybe, just maybe, it gets here jazzed on technology, certainly in ways that extend beyond what her i-device does.

Comment Re:Move more, eat less (Score 1) 496

It works because there is a lag in the time you are satiated to the time your stomach tells your brain you are satiated.

People consume far more calories than they really need, very early in a meal. Many, if not most people, will eat to a feeling of "fullness". That feeling is a somatic feeling.

The nerve signal to your brain, saying you have enough calories for energy now, can arrive to your brain some 15-20 minutes after you begin to eat, even if you've consumed more than enough calories to get through.

Eating slowly gives your brain time to catch up to your gut, and hence when you arrive at your caloric needs, your brain can tell you that you have had enough. This feeling of "fullness" is nervous system fullness, not the somatic "fullness" people think about when they think of feeling "full".

Drinking water doesn't help with calories per se, but it does give the person the "feeling" of being full (somatic), and can help slow eating down until the brain catches up. Same thing with eating slow, and putting your utensils down between bites.

Comment Re:Yes. It will. (Score 2) 146

Not sure how this is rated as +5 "Insightful". I to had not heard of "PewdiePie", but something called "Google" and "Wikipedia" tells me that he is quite the online celebrity, with an estimated net worth of $12,000,000 (yes, that's 12 Million dollars). You might think he's a "douchebag", and maybe he is a "douchebag", but his "douchbaggery" could buy and sell yours many times over.

Comment Re:But ... but ... gas is below 2 bucks man! (Score 1) 168

You are partially correct,

that the Middle East doesn't set prices, but Saudi Arabia has increased output:

and many analysts believe the increase in production is to make the price of other extraction technologies unprofitable. They may become profitable again, but when fuel prices are this cheap, it makes it difficult.

Comment Re:Why are you a corporate shill? (Score 1) 111

'..Why did you..."

because he's an idiot. And one of the most overrated, over-hyped idiots of the last 20+ years. It's hard to think of anyone who comes to mind even comparable.

Gladwell has a gift to take something that *easily* can be explained in a few pages, and turn it into an entire book, full of the same repetitive idea, chapter after chapter.

How he has become so popular is beyond me. The only thing I can guess is that he deludes people into thinking they are smarter for reading his stuff. I read a couple of his books and immediately saw him for what he was.

And really, why is this even a Slashdot interview?

Comment An interesting caveat (Score 5, Insightful) 216

" settled Thursday in a move that the woman's attorney speculated would deter future police "retaliation." ... "

But then this:

"...that she was "exercising a clearly established First Amendment right when she attempted to film the traffic stop in the absence of a police order to stop filming or leave the area."

Seems to imply that if the police had ordered her to stop filming or leave the area, then she could have been arrested had she continued.

So really, doesn't this just mean that Police will now simply order people to stop filming or leave the area in order to end the filming?

Comment Re:Offensive (Score 1) 622


let me fix this for you:

[edited for clarity]
"Passing should be the same for everyone. How long did we have racial profiling laws that made it impossible for equality to exist? Now, in one move, Virginia wants to completely defeat that. If they are going to profile kids based off their race, do they also seat kids based off their skin color; black kids at the back, Asians at the front so they can answer the question more easily, whites in the middle to be forgotten, with Hispanic students seated where ever? This is the same idea, just a different spin. This entire concept is offensive and unethical."

Good thing you are a black, disabled student. Otherwise you would not pass your writing test in Virginia. Feel free to graduate and move on.

Comment Re:Whats the difference... (Score 1) 486

But those numbers do not appear to be adjusted for inflation, which you have to take into account when making comparisons like you are. In 1990, the median income was around $49,000, in inflation adjusted dollars. In 2010, it was also just a tad under $49,000.

take care,

Comment Re:Without remorse there is no rehabilitation. (Score 1) 161

While i agree he likely didn't cause "some of the most ammoral and harmful acts in modern computing history", when you say this, "he didn't really damage much of anything" who then is he aplogizing to?

"However, I do regret the effects that my activities had on my family and the companies that were damaged by my actions."


Comment Interesting presentation on TED re: Child Safety (Score 3, Informative) 493

Came across this TED presentation last year:

Definitely an interesting take on this whole issue of child safety regulations. The book (written by the presenter in the video above, Gever Tully) entitled "50 Dangerous Things (You should let your kids do)" is a really nice read.


Comment Re:Kinda (Score 1) 456

While I certainly understand the sentiment, the issue here is that this person cannot end their own life. They require, are requesting in fact, that someone end their life for them.

So, one could make the argument that someone should be free to do what they want with their body, provided what they do doesn't impinge on the lives of others. On the other hand, no one is obligated to honor this individual's request, simply because this individual wants to exercise control over his own body.


Comment Another outstanding reference for R: "R in Action" (Score 3, Informative) 91

Not having read the O' Reilly book,

I can't draw a comparison between the two, but I have been extremely pleased with "R In Action" by Robert Kabacoff

and it can be found here:

It's a work in progress, in that some 90% of the book is written. Pre-ordering the electronic version gives you the ability to download chapters as they are written, plus a final e-copy (or hard copy if you pay more) when it's completed.

I have a high degree of familiarity with SPSS and SAS, and am learning R to get around the crazy licensing issues of the aforementioned programs. I have been very pleased with Kabacoff's book, as I had *no* familiarity with R before grabbing "R in Action." The publisher/author support a forum where purchasers can identify errors and/or make suggestions for improvements before the book goes to final press.

Not sure if it is competition for "R in a Nutshell" or simply an additional reference, but worth checking out if you want to learn R. It's been very helpful for me.


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