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Comment Re:Don't have to buy one (Score 1) 207

Very good advise! I used to use this all the time, and it does a good job.

One other capability for new machines is TCG Opal SED drive technology, if what you are after is speed in securely wiping data. First off the drive can be encrypted for data at rest so there is no fear of someone mounting and reading it in the first place. But when they can't even see the partition table it makes it quite hard to mount it in the first place. Then you can just flip a single bit in the drives key and instantly everything in that region is wiped to the equivalent of AES256. The only way to recover it is to set the password back before the drive is reinitialized for some other purpose. You can even set up multiple regions, write or read protect them individually, install a fake (shadow) partition table, or even lock any of them to a pcr in the hardware TPM so partitions are unusable or even non-visible unless the machine was booted exactly in your own prescribed manor. Need to hide your banking data from ransomware anyone?

Comment With Math is there any choice? (Score 1) 192

I have been trying to get back into math for the past couple of years and one of my biggest gripes is there seems to be no good way to take notes on a computer for high level math. Sure you can learn Latex but it is time consuming to write/code and difficult to keep up or draw relations between different formulas. Any good apps out there for this? (Android or Linux preferred) Bonus points if it can actually compute or show connected relations between formulas.

Comment Hope they had the good sense to.. (Score 1) 91

I hope they had the good sense to encode a unique identifier into the LIDAR beam so that each car can tell its own LIDAR reflection from another, otherwise you will see a very different kind of "traffic jam" in the near future. Each car will be jamming the signals of every other car, and nobody will move an inch, not knowing where anything is. I searched the "news story" and found absolutely no indication that they even planned that far ahead. But don't worry, they didn't miss all the important Stock Market information. Now I know exactly what not to buy.

Comment Re:There's a lesson here (Score 1) 401

Agreed, and the Government also owns 'the problem'. The problem, is that the Government was too fast on the button to disassociate the phone from the backup account. Once they deactivated the phone's account there was no way to retrieve all the backup information for it, which should have contained a very good portion of what they wanted to know. Contacts, call logs, images, cloud info, etc. They would not have access to all the 'bits' from the empty/erased records on the physical memory chips, but they would have a good portion of the historical information going back over time, potentially before some of the records were erased.

Comment Threat responce and possible course of action (Score 1) 265

Without knowing what company and what thier actual business model is, my first inclination assuming they have not been hacked, would be are you doing anything that is creating IP traffic that they might be observing, and thus scanning you back?

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A case in point, I once bought an HP/WinME (pls don't ask) machine that came with some undocumented extra software that I didn't ask for, no surprise. The actual purpose of this "keyboard driver" system service was to keep any dialup session active, by pinging a particular IP address. That address was assigned to a company (not the Mfg or even software author) and that company had necessarily black-holed that particular IP address, which could not be changed. My firewall would light up every so often because of probing packets and ICMP coming back from that domain in response to this software on my machine doing really stupid things. I could not turn this feature off without hacking my own machine to remove this system service. Funny how removing a system service keyboard driver has absolutely no effect on using the machine, who would have guessed. In hind sight, I can not blame that company for scanning me because in their eyes I was the intruder, constantly pinging them.

If you are sure that none of that is the case, and you really don't want to disable your fw scan detection then this is what I would do. Make a copy of one of their scans and print it. Write a letter for a cease and desist and address it to their legal department, and sent it via certified USPS mail. If that does not get action then I would seriously consider turning that feature off.

Comment How about a little reverse terrorism? (Score 1) 177

Take the original video off line, and replace it with one of a Special Forces unit taking out the person that posted it on line. Let them all think we have a nice all expense paid resort vacation awaiting them at Guantanamo Bay. All you need do to enter the contest is to post your favourite terrorist slasher video.

Comment Sound investment (Score 1) 210

So, so we are supposed to invest all our retirement funds in an American company that is betting that the Chinese will beat us economically with their socialist version of free trade? Their stock market just tanked not so long ago, should we worry?

Oh, and remember that their stock market reporting and analysis services are completely non-biased. What could go wrong?

Comment I propose a test (Score 0) 588

Invite the child with parents back to the school for conference. Take 10 school rooms at random and place computer equipment in each, all unplugged with no powered up WiFi, but not obviously so. Bring them around to each room and have the child assess that room for their level of comfort 'in attempt to find the best learning environment for the child'. No WiFi in the entire school should be on during this period, and ask the child which rooms were better or worse, except in the conference area, place a completely hidden WiFi transmitter. Sit back and see if they can notice the difference. If the child complains about the conference room and non of the classrooms, then relent and make the required changes, otherwise document the experiment for the court system to decide.

Comment source of frustration traceable to... (Score 5, Informative) 229

The major source of frustration is tied to the lack of compatition. Most areas I know have little option to leave their cable contract because the industry has made sure there are no competing services that would spur their customer service into actually playing nice to retain their customers. They know that they don't need to care because all other options have reduced quality. I for one have no options other than pulling the plug to go with multiple antennas for terestrial broadcasts from 40 miles away, or satellite. No real internet options. The 'last mile' predicament leaves me wondering how much Comcast actually pays to keep the compatition out of my community. Any mergers will only make their position stronger so they can afford to raise prices even more as they reduce what channels I get on my plan. I currentlt have less than half tha channels that I had with Adelphia before that merger, and what I have left is mostly junk other than PBS where there is actually more selection through terestrial.

Comment Re: Dark matter doesn't exist. (Score 1, Funny) 117

Agreed. My own theory does away with the need for both Dark Matter and Dark Energy in one easy to understand step. One only needs to define the photon as a thermodynamic reexpansion of spacetime that was compressed by nearby matter. Gravity becomes an emergent property of spacetime, through the first principals of physics. No magic required. Its about as simple as a theory can get, and as a side benifit it also makes SR, QM and GR mutually dependant. It should be testable, and later papers will help explain the physical nature of both entanglement and the many SR paradox.

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