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Comment Re:Paypal too (Score 1) 69

PayPal and eBay shared the same keyfobs for a long time, but sometime about two years ago, PayPal logins stopped working for me and nobody from their side could figure out why. Long story short, the only fix was to turn off the keyfob and use PIN codes sent by SMS.

I am not sure if this really impacts security as PayPal was trivially easy to social engineer and have the keyfob taken off a target account, so having a keyfob on your account really didn't mean that much.

Now eBay is doing the same thing. Oh well.

Interesting - my fob never stopped working. I changed over to using the android app instead of the physical fob (because my old fob looked like it had been through the wash too many times), but I've never had a problem with it.

My guess is that Paypal/Ebay don't actually know enough to debug subtle problems with the system, so you got screwed.

Annoying, and now we all get to be annoyed.

Note that so far my sign-in still works with the app - they haven't actually started forcing people off of the fob yet.

Comment Re:Terrible (Score 1) 407

Honestly, the way the article is worded, it sounds like the 'safety doors' were supposed to lock out the other robots, rather than say a breaker being flipped. I'd love to know how those doors are supposed to work, I'd also love to know whether what she was doing was supposed to be done with the robots powered or not (not everything can be done with them powered down).

Comment Re:What happens if you don't give notice? (Score 1) 114

If I understand correctly, in India it's more or less illegal to have more than one job at a time. So, they have this thing called a 'relieving letter', which your old company gives you on the way out the door. You need this in order to become legally employed at your next company. (My understanding is that this law is intended to make as many people as possible employed by preventing one person from taking up two jobs. I've no idea if it's really working or not, and as in every culture, there's surely lots of under-the-table stuff going on).

So, they can basically prevent you becoming employed.

Yes, this sounds VERY strange to those of us outside of India, And from the little bit of reading I've done, it seems like some less-than-honest employers play games with these letters on a regular basis.

So, it's a totally suck-tastic situation for the employees, and I think that the guys petitioning the government are probably on the best track they can be.

Comment Re:Death To All Jews (Score 1) 920

I think virtue signaling is far more harmful to society than some moron's stupid jokes.

I tend to disagree, because human beings tend to take their ideas of what is OK and what isn't from the things they see around them. If you let small shit go, then it may embolden a moron to up the ante and do something worse. Broken Windows Theory, basically.

As for the doofus in question, there's always a line and if you cross it, you can expect to get spanked. For this one, I think the line is pretty easy to see, and if he's dumb enough to cross it, well, here we are.

I also think his assertion that the 'old media' are afraid of independent content producers - honestly, this dude isn't who the media are afraid of.

Comment Headline (Score 1) 594

Ars Technica DID fix the headline at some point. It no longer implies that Musk said Unions were morally outrageous. The fact that they originally ran with that headline is...not a good thing.

Is there any evidence aside from Moran's statement that he's been with Tesla 4 years? Because if he has, it SERIOUSLY undermines Musk's contention that he's paid by the UAW to organize. I'd like to see Musk's evidence of that assertion, if any way.

Also: IF the UAW did pay someone to go to work somewhere else just to try to get the workers their to unionize, I would consider that a pretty reprehensible thing to do. Such a person is lying about why they are on the job, and are taking a job away from someone else, so no that's not OK.

But presently I don't think there's any evidence that's happened here, and baring actual evidence, I think Musk should probably shut up.

I would encourage the UAW to advertise where these workers are likely to see it, and try to make contact with as many of them as they can. These people could probably use the support of a union, and there's no reason it shouldn't be the UAW.

Comment Re:dubious business pretices (Score 1) 27

I thought of a domain that I would really like to have. I first tried to go to it in my browser and got a 404 error.

404 is an actual error code from a web server at the other end. That means someone ALREADY HAD the domain you thought of. Someone who does have working name servers, but whose web server is kinda crap (not surprising for a domain squatter).

Further, in order for Namecheap to have pulled the trick you described, they'd have be your DNS server, which they aren't.

The way to buy a domain name is to NOT try to hit it, ping it, or lookup the whois data first, but rather just go to your favorite registrar and try to buy it.

NOTE:If you want to get some clues about the domain you tried to buy, you can lookup the domain whois data at something like https://www.whois.net/. Among other things in that data set you'll see the creation date, and thus how long they've owned the domain.

Comment Wade through... (Score 4, Informative) 477

Honestly, if there's a stack exchange site (for instance, stackoverflow.com for programming questions) for it, I ask there - the Q&A focused design is far from perfect, but the 'attitude' answers don't last long, and are removed pretty quickly.

It's got other problems of course, but for this particular problem, the Stack Exchange model works pretty well at keeping the stupid and useless answers to a lower level than other sites.

Beyond that, you've got to search out communities that aren't full of jerks and a-holes. Sadly, there's at least one in every crowd, but some communities are better at ejecting bad actors than others.

Comment This seems strange (Score 4, Interesting) 173

Given the amount of money and time poured into these products, you'd think they'd have done proper EMI susceptibility at some point. It's moderately expensive, but easy enough for LG to afford.

If I owned one of these, I'd have to be pushing for them to take it back - there's bound to be other devices that trigger the problem than routers.

Comment Oh this just gets better and better... (Score 4, Insightful) 67

>Furthermore, the group that has hijacked the most MongoDB and ElasticSearch servers is also selling the scripts it used for the attacks.

Well yea, they've extracted much of the money they are going to get from the victims (people are fixing things, or failing to pay because they've been hacked 6 times in a row and have no idea how to get their data.)

>But the researchers also identified 124 Hadoop servers where the attacker simply replaced all the tables with a data entry named NODATA4U_SECUREYOURSHIT. "What's strange about these attacks is that the threat actor isn't asking for a ransom demand," reports Bleeping Computer. "Instead, he's just deleting data from Hadoop servers that have left their web-based admin panel open to remote connections on the Internet."

I was wondering when we'd start to see this kind of activity. I suspect we'll eventually start to see this with the IoT devices - someone will hack the botnet code to brick (perhaps temporarily, perhaps permanently) devices that are infectable, so as to reduce the havoc those devices are causing. Morally I can't justify breaking other people's stuff just because they are a pain in my ass, but clearly there's someone out there who doesn't share my values.

Comment Re:not quite (Score 1) 52

I think their only hope is to actually make the minilab tech work, then sell the technology to some big medical player who can go through the required testing without the Theranos people being at all involved.

I suspect that what they'll ACTUALLY do is screw around, run out of money and close the doors. It'll be interesting to see if anyone actually buys their IP - even at fire sale prices, it's somewhat tainted if you want to actually produce a product. I can't imaging anyone who does anything based on this tech (or hires any of their people) isn't going to get a little extra scrutiny from the FDA.

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