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Comment DEC Datrieve (Score 0) 165

Help Wombat and Help Advanced Wombat

Datatrieve was an early Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) database product for PDP-11 and later, VAX Don't know if it ran on the PDP-10 or not..
Don't remember the name of the guy who did it, but it was a well received hack in the field (and us software types didn't care what management thought of it).

Comment More info -- the last of the Block IIA birds (Score 1) 187

The troublesome bird was SVN-23, one of the oldest GPS birds, launched in 1990!
It was the last of the Block IIA birds, and had an expected 8 year lifetime, which it beat by quite a few years!
It featured a combination of cesium and rubidium clocks -- two of each. Now decommissioned -- http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?Do...
Read more of this bird's interesting history -- http://www.schriever.af.mil/ne...

Comment Top 25 from my SSH honeypot-- (Score 4, Interesting) 165

Here's the top 25 captured by my SSH honeypot so far this year as count [account/password]:
2132 [root/root]
2110 [root/admin]
2107 [root/123456]
2107 [root/1234]
2104 [root/password]
2102 [root/root123]
2102 [root/12345]
2101 [root/p@ssw0rd]
2101 [root/123]
2098 [root/1]
2091 [root/test]
1907 [root/wubao]
1905 [root/!q@w]
1905 [root/jiamima]
1905 [root/!@]
1900 [root/idc!@]
1900 [root/!]
1899 [root/!qaz@wsx]
1899 [root/admin!@]
203 [root/superuser]
203 [root/public]
203 [root/power]
203 [root/calvin]
203 [root/alpine]
203 [root/admin123]

Around 400k ssh login attempts so far in 2016, mostly from China.
If someone could explain "wubao" and "jiamima" I would greatly appreciate it!

Comment 902 - 928 MHz Garbage Band (Score 2) 65

Does anyone remember home cordless phones moving off the 902 - 928 MHz band to 2.4 GHz a decade or more ago, to escape all the garbage filling that chunk of spectrum?

Amateur radio operators have that band (33cm) as a secondary allocation -- and can run up to 1500 Watts. Ha-Lo? Good-Bye! It's also primary to ISM (Industrial, Scientific, Medical) equipment. Still a lot of cordless phones, baby monitors, wireless audio and video extenders.

And that's the home of the "new" Ha-Lo devices... Oh, the strategies .AH uses will help some, but they'll still be susceptible to all the other crap already operating on that band. And remember, FCC Part 15 means they have to put up with whatever's out there.

If anything, they're hoping most of that crap has aged out of existence. There's still a lot out there. Oh, it's also ITU region 2 only -- the Americas. No sales in Europe, and no (legal anyway) sales in China, Japan, etc.

Comment Ah, not quite, but for a different reason (Score 4, Interesting) 287

AI's aren't going to replace lawyers in the near term, particularly in discovery - doc production work, but for a different reason.

Why bring in an expensive machine when you can get a swarm of peons for really cheap, and throw them away when you're done?

In most large cities in the country, there are way too many lawyers (yeah, insert favorite joke here), with more being hatched every year. When a big case comes up, or any legal matter requiring a lot of gruntwork, such as going through tons of documents, a lot of law firms hire throw-away lawyers for some times as little as $20 an hour -- and for most of these, they have more folks looking for work than they need. Why would you go with an AI in a situation like that? They're too expensive (at this time), and if the docs are in printed form (which is how the other side will present them to the other side's life as difficult as possible), the docs have to be handled, bates stamped, scanned, and then analyzed. Why not hire a roomful of out of work lawyers $20 an hour to do that, with a few more at a higher rate (say, $30) to do spot check and general QA, eventually feeding to that high priced ($125 an hour) law firm paralegal. And dump them when the task is done.

(Disclosure: I passed the California bar in 1990 and have been through this ratshit. People that save every email they've ever received or sent make a lot of money for law firms handling discovery. Please, don't save all that shit unless it's really needed and useful?)

Comment You don't have to worry about leaks-- (Score 1) 131

--because the FAA says the database will be searchable, so all the info you enter will be available to anybody that wants it.

How long until folks start getting all sorts of exciting offers based on their registrations?

See, isn't that a whole lot better than OPM? Go ahead and enter that credit card number...

Comment Design patents-- (Score 3, Insightful) 127

--cover the ornamental, nonfunctional aspects of a design. Think fins on a car, or the flare of the fenders -- again, ornamental and nonfunctional. There's a set of early design patents on the patterns produced by one manufacturer's water fountains.

Design patents on icons and UI elements go back twenty years or more. Early on they were sort of an arms-race among companies with GUIs (disclosure: I'm a patent attorney and filed quite a few design patents for icons over a period of a few years).

Seeing how they cover, once again, ornamental and nonfunctional aspects of a design, getting sued on a UI design patent practically means someone has done something really stupid, like copying the elements of someone's UI design.

Come on, draw your own slider! Use squares instead of circles at the ends! Do something original! Or be ready to argue that the aspects of the element you copied are functional, and not ornamental.

I"m not a fan of patent litigation, but to get nailed on design patents usually means it's pretty close copying.

Comment N404KR (Score 5, Informative) 147

Look at the track for N404KR on that day (2015/12/02) -- it spent hours circling over the area. It's a Cessna 182T, so a smaller payload capability, but slower with more loiter time over a tighter area.

And it's registered out of a P.O. box in Virginia, along with many similar companies and aircraft.

Nothing suspicious here, move along citizen...

Comment Crock. (Score 4, Insightful) 308

To start with, I have to dedicate a PC to Windows 10 in order to do Windows development for my Pi 2?

Or, I can continue to run Raspbian (Debian) on the Pi and host development on the Pi, or do cross-development on other Linux hosts or my Mac.

I know the overhead/footprint Raspbian imposes, and I know how to carve out the bits I don't need.

How do I do that with Windows 10?

Easy! Stick to Raspbian!

Oh, I realize I won't have access to the latest development tools like Visual Studio, .NET APIs, viruses, trojans, and whatnot infesting on the Windows 10 ecosystem.
Thanks, I'll stick with Raspbian on the Pi, and not having to support a separate Windows 10 box as well.

Comment Simple experiment-- (Score 5, Insightful) 154

Tell people that instead of saying "in the cloud" they say "on somebody else's computer" and see how that goes--

"We store the company's most important information on somebody else's computer"

"We control access to that data by storing it on somebody else's computer"

"We back up all our mission-critical information to somebody else's computer"

"Our data is secure because we store it on somebody else's computer"

Doesn't sound so good, eh?

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