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Comment Re:DOS Hackers (Score 1) 615

Sierra Online took it a step further in the AGI engine and invented an early precursor of the scene-bumpmap which allowed their pseudo-3D adventure games to work by using a map-image where depth was indicated by color allowing characters to walk in front or behind objects

The word you are looking for is "depth buffer" or "Z-buffer", and is fairly unrelated to bumpmaps.
It was a well established concept in computer graphics even before the PC had any graphics at all, and was certainly not invented by Sierra. I guess they pioneered it in PC games, but I doubt they were first.
It is still a key technique in raster-based 3D rendering, hard at work in all modern graphics cards.

Comment Pinouts (Score 4, Interesting) 615

RS232 an null-modems are mentioned in TFA, but I'd like to add a detail:
Most of the more hackerish students where I went (ca 1990) knew the minimal pinout for a null-modem by heart so we could improvise one with 3 wires and matches/paperclips/whatever. By the time we graduated LANs and to some degree internet mane that knowledge obsolete, but it sure did save the day a few times, typically for transferring files between different platforms with different floppy formatting.

Comment Re: Here is the support ticket (Score 3, Insightful) 177

Extortion is still extortion.
Even if the thing you are threatening to do is perfectly legal sans the threat.


Being an asshole is still being an asshole.
Even all was legally sound and the other guy could/should have seen your capability to screw him in the terms, securing and exercising that capability is a choice, and that choice can make you an asshole. It is perfectly legal to choose to be an asshole, but don't come whining to me or anyone else when you get called out. Those are the stakes.

If you actively piss off your customers or prospective customers enough to hurt your reputation, that is on you. It's your problem, and it's your fault.

Comment Re:in b4 a hundred "poor little angels" (Score 1) 220

They are leaving you alone. Noone is forcing you to use instagram. If instagram wants to be a safe place for their chosen audience, that is their choice.
It's a photo sharing service, for chrissakes. Not a debating forum central to the survival of democracy. Not a bullying-deathmatch server. Not your soapbox.
If you don't like it, find or make one that does what you want.

Your freedom of speech grants you the right to post what you like on _your_ site.
Noone else is obliged to host your whiny rants, listen to them, respect them, or respect you.

Comment Re:Just amazing (Score 2) 198

The right question is why these devices need security in the first place. Why are they routable from the Internet?

Because they consume and produce medical information about the patient, which in turn need to be transferred to wherever the patient receives medical attention next, sometimes in a hurry.

The clearest case of this dilemma are the boring terminals used for handling patient records: Full and unhindered access is critical to proper treatment, but they also provide just about the most hefty lump of sensitive personal data you can find.

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