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Comment Re:Seems wrong to me (Score 1) 227

" Perhaps not even "ford compatible gas tanks" because a patent cover the tank design."

You clearly have never part shopped for car parts.. You cannot prevent aftermarket parts as you state it. There is no law stating that you cant produce ford compatible gas tanks in any country that i am aware of. Thats why you often have multple people who make gas tanks. Don't believe me? look it up.

These companies simply want to bring computer licensing models to things like toner carts and that is BS. The rulings for the courts were probably printed on re-manufactured toner cartridges. Who the hell buys brand name toner? Lexmark should be focusing on making their printers cheaper to run (use less power, use less toner), not creating a monopoly on cartridges. Guess which is easier though.

Comment Re:Dictionary attack? (Score 1) 45

"By all appearances, Apple's assertion that this is a collection of information obtained from other sources, rather than an actual iCloud leak, appears to be true"

"Most of the people admitted to reusing the password on other major sites, though a few claimed they hadn't."

I re use passwords too. There ain't no one who doesn't. That some had unique passwords is significant, yet you gloss over that. You can think that some users are lying, but i'll bet its for real. I re use passwords, but for very important services they are of course unique. Having remote whipe on a phone seems to fall in that category, so I am inclined to believe that some are telling the truth.

If even one is, it means that somewhere got compromised. Maybe they only have a few hundred accounts, but still, they probably do have the ability to do what they say they can do, and most users should change their passwords in any case.

can't be too careful...

Comment Well (Score 3, Interesting) 160

I've used a craigslist plumber, as well as other craigslist services. Did the job, no leaks years later. Paid cash, was happy.

If this has a rating system, it is far better than craigslist.

Bring on more person to person direct services trade facilitated by the internet! Sure you get the odd unqualified lout, but a ratings and reward system would correct some of that. If the company gave refunds, i would start looking at what i can farm out personally on a cold canadian day when i dont want to get under the vehicle.

Comment Re:Well (Score 1) 502

"facebook is public folks. That shits posted straight there and it sure as hell isn't the posters anymore when it hits faceboooks servers."

I don't have a facebook, but i never meet even one single person around me for whom that is true anymore.

If everyone around you livestreams their life, do you get to opt out? seemingly the answer is increasingly no. And people rationalize it as it is a private company, you dont own your info and that they are stupid, as justifications.

Is that a justification for widespread mass surveillance? because the majority of the populace "opted in" and are sheeple? Is my privacy just considered collateral damage these days? Or should all laws consider these kinds of abuses for stupid people on their behalf (and in the end, mine).

Comment Re:Well, yes. As they should. (Score 1) 502

If anyone thinks this is wrong, I'd like some of what you're smoking.

Oh yeah great so you catch that obvious terrorist. What about the other 99.9% false positives that this scheme will generate? You constructed your argument in such a way as to seemingly ignore that. Means that you are so scared of terror you don't care about becoming a police state. They did their job i guess on you.

You clearly never tried to enter the US as a non citizen. They will deny you even from places like canada, for seemingly minor infractions (criminal record, saying you ever did any drug EVER). And this is just some minor checklist stuff, you smoked a joint 20 years ago, but it means you cant travel in the USA, or you lie like most folks. Either way, i would think there is lots of questionable content on most peoples facebooks, that POLITICALLY motivated inquisitors could use against one.

All this does is persecute a bunch of innocents to catch the very occasional superterrorist who, while being a terrorist mastermind, is too stupid to log out of facebook on their phone.

Comment Re:Why don't people understand... (Score 1) 203


The focus of my job, nor my companies is security. However if someone is on the lan with DDC (Digital Data Control) and other systems, access control for instance, they have an even better shot of pulling something like this off. For all you know, they had a default system with default security credentials and no Vlans or any other of even the most basic controls. I get your point, but it could have easily been an inside job, by even say, a guest in the hotel.

Most small businesses i see, have zero vlans and access their cameras, pos, hvac, and access control from the same network that is available in the wall ports. Sure a hotel SHOULD have better security than that, but realistically, do they?

Comment Re:So how does it help again? (Score 1) 152

Most cable testers are not put inline, so that if your cable is bad, it doesn't fry anything. Tha'ts one of the points of a cable tester. That it can independently test cable. For instance, you don't need a switch to check an ethernet cable (and even if you did plug a bad cable into a switch, there is logic there not to overwhelm and fry the equipment on every POE switch i have seen. Ports rarely fry in my experience. XLR testers, while very low power, also operate on the same principle.)

The point he is making is not that its not "in line" its that it shouldn't have to be, and since it obviously does not stop the device in question from drawing too much power it will most likely not prevent damage to the device. The same way that if you hook a multimeter on 10amps into your car charging system and crank it, your gonna have a bad time. So the device does not work on preventing anything and is therefor only mildly interesting as a power meter for USB, OR if the cable isn't completely and catastrophically bad and you manage to react in time.

Comment Re:The bathroom door(tm) firmware upgrade? (Score 1) 181

"Please Mr Hype and Ms Hyperbole - explain it like I am five - what is the quantifiable risk that somebody will bust through my firewall and attack my IOT device that generally does not communicate out side of my network."

Ah i bet your the sort to not run a virus scanner either because "i dont get viruses".

Scenario #1: Shit happens. Someone on your network gets rooted somehow (trivial in the windows world) and now scripts on that PC run 100 exploits, one of which is to search the local network for bathroom doors that the clueless lusers never update because "my bathroom door isn't on the internet".

Unless you have an active monitoring of your network firewall you would never detect it either. Which is 95% of home users. Even I only run pftop when i perceive there to be a problem. Thankfully i am not rich enough for any IoT devices to be that concerned, but as the last few months show, hacked IoT botnets are a giant problem for everyone, rich and poor. Of course this is all on the manufacturers, so nothing will be done unless the industry is far more tightly regulated.

Comment Clear Language (Score 2) 274

Exactly. Having done this for a few years, CLEAR LANGUAGE is very important. There are english courses dedicated to that concept, but its pretty simple to grasp.

"Yes, that's probably a virus. Delete it."

While not exactly technically accurate, leaves absolutely no ambiguity. You would never tell the user to change their password, because obviously, they are being told that already by a third party so you telling them that would be an explicit validation of the problem and cause them to immediately act on it.

That he says a typo is to blame is icing on the cake really. Like someone who went over reading bad correspondences they made and desperately searching for any reason that it is not their fault.

Language of course, can only help if your direction is sound. And with that many screw ups in a tiny email, it was clearly not. This guy does seem like a bad admin at this point and perhaps, clueless. lor knows there are plenty of them

Comment Re:futurist (Score 1) 522

"It's not any different then the "we're going to run out of oil/gas/etc in 10 years." That has been repeated since the 1970's."

Gas was slowly getting more expensive till the saudi's dumped dumped all the oil on the market a few years ago. This collapsed the alberta economy as well as Venezuelas.

No one knows how much oil they have in saudi arabia.

And fracking will really end a portion of humanity so that doesnt make us survive longer either.

Comment Re:How is this different from a mechanic? (Score 1) 161

"I'ts crazy that computer repair houses are still a thing."

I dont disagree with the gist of your post, but this is silly. Having a slightly older teen, I would say that neither he nor any of his friends disassembles PCs in any way. (They may be able to remove the cover and stare at it if it makes a weird noise, as most adults could too). I have obviously taught my son how to do it, but I think what a lot of people forget, is that we, the people who were there at the dawn of the computer age, had to fix everything ourselves. You pretty much couldn't own a computer without knowing how the damn thing worked and how to fix it when you broke it.

I really think that is missing from my sons life. He has the skills, I taught him. But he has no passion for the art of repair at all. His friends just never learned. So I think really its great that your son likes to do that and maybe i should have tried harder to get my son into it while he was still younger, but not everyone who had a mechanic as a dad grows up to be a mechanic.

Personally I think it skips a generation with some combination of genes and experience. My grandfather could build anything, but my dad takes his car to the dealership every single time.

But yeah, the good techs get picked up by a corporation sooner or later, or are the ones running their own businesses. I think actual computer stores would do better than an office supply store all around though. Repairs definitely lead to purchases in that situation. Its like taking your car to canadian tire as opposed to a real mechanic

Comment um specs? (Score 5, Insightful) 259

I actually went to read the article and expected a proper comparison with actual benchmarks. Instead, find a one liner as quoted in the summary. Come here and everyone says the obvious thing i missed with all the abbreviations: Final Cut Pro is a mac application.

Fuck this apple fanboi and his trolling!

shame on you slashdot for bothering to link it in the first place! *newsflash!* know-nothing nobody SAYS SOMETHING! stop the presses!

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