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Comment Re:Should You Use Password Managers? (Score 1) 415

In your post, I read an assumption that a physically secure password tracker implies secure passwords.

One advantage of password managers not captured with a physically secure password tracker is that you can employ more complex (including difficult to type?), changing passwords unique to each system. Some softare password managers do this for you automatically.

Physical security isn't the only attack vector on passwords.

Submission + - Avaya Filed for Bankruptcy Thursday January 19.

skidv writes: I was surprised to discover that the US Subsidiary of Avaya, spun off from Lucent in 2000, has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization of their debt.

ZDNet breaks down the deal in part:

Avaya noted that its foreign affiliates aren't included in the filing and will operate as normal. Avaya said the $725 million in debtor-in-possession financing, via Citibank, is enough to minimize disruption and continue business operations.

Not surprising, Avaya has canceled the planned IPO.

Comment The Windup Girl (Score 1) 95

I just read a book called "The Windup Girl" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... by Paolo Bacigalupi where local environmental police was a major component of the plot.

I enjoyed the book enough to get "Pump Six and Other Stories", a collection of his short stories where I believe he will introduce some of the ideas fleshed out in "The Windup Girl."

Comment A Deepness in the Sky briefly touches on ... (Score 1) 280

I recently started reading A Deepness in the Sky (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Deepness_in_the_Sky ) by Vernon Vinge who briefly touches on this issue.

He speculates that eventually hardware will stabilize allowing code written over the period of centuries to still be used. He says that bugs in old code, (the original designer, coder, maintainer are dead) eventually cause more deaths than hazardous activities like space travel.

I can see how code that hasn't needed TLC for years but is still used extensively (i.e.in chains like awk and grep) could have an impact on computing for years to come.

Vinge also talks about how back doors created by the coders but forgotten over time might be rediscovered and lead to control and manipulation of massive systems that still use those old libraries.

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"David After Dentist" Made $150k For Family 234

It turns out recording your drugged child pays pretty well. 7-year-old David DeVore became an overnight sensation when his father posted a video of his ramblings after dental surgery. To date that video has made the DeVore family around $150,000. Most of the money came from YouTube, but the family has made $50k from licensing and merchandise. From the article: "The one seemingly minor decision to make the video available all over the Internet set off a whirlwind of changes for the DeVore family. Within just four days, 'David After Dentist' received 3 million views on YouTube and the younger David quickly became an Internet celebrity. His father quit his job in residential real estate (did we mention they live in Florida?), and the family started selling T-shirts featuring cartoon drawings of their son post-dental surgery."
Google

Submission + - SPAM: Flickr/Facebook/Google changes prompt big backlash 1

destinyland writes: "How should web services respond when their users are revolting over unannounced changes to their web services? One analyst explains it this way. "There is backlash to change, simple as that." (Thursday's upgrade to Flickr's "Recent Activity" page has already prompted over 3,700 angry posts.) And his solution? Giving users a way to opt out. "You can dismiss it," Yahoo's Tapan Bhatt tells the New York Times, "which is stupid. Or you can try to understand what it is that users are telegraphing." One Facebook user has even launched a group just to protest forced web page designs, and angry activists have even tried swamping Google's headquarters with phone calls and emails to the developers and executives behind recent changes to the iGoogle homepages."
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The Internet

Submission + - SPAM: Accused of tolerating scammers, an ISP goes dark

alphadogg writes: The lifeline linking notorious service provider Intercage to the rest of the Internet has been severed. Intercage, which has also done business under the name Atrivo, was knocked offline late Saturday night when the last upstream provider connecting it to the Internet's backbone, Pacific Internet Exchange, terminated Intercage's service. Intercage president Emil Kacperski said Pacific did not tell him why his company had been knocked offline, but he believes it was in response to pressure from Spamhaus, a volunteer-run antispam group, which has been highly critical of Intercage's business practices.
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Sci-Fi

Submission + - Robert Heinlein's Fan Mail Solution

Hugh Pickens writes: "Kevin Kelly has an interesting post about a letter he found from Robert Heinlein from Kelly's days editing the Whole Earth Catalog with Heinlein's own nerdy solution to a problem common to famous authors: how to deal with fan mail. In the days before the internet, Heinlein's solution was to create a one page FAQ answer sheet — minus the questions. Then he, or rather his wife Ginny, checked off the appropriate answer and mailed it back. Some of the entries in Heinlein's answer sheet are quite illuminating and amusing. Our personal favorite: "You say that you have enjoyed my stories for years. Why did you wait until you disliked one story before writing to me?""

Comment why this is a good thing (Score 3, Insightful) 308

what the internet has done to intellectual property is pit the little guys against entrenched dying large corporate machines. usually all the little guy can do is run and hide. but when its corporate machine versus corporate machine cast in the role usually occupied by the little guy, this is good because google can throw clout into a fight where the little guy can only hope to be popped like a zit. so precedents can fly out of this that can protect the little guy

Microsoft

Submission + - Pirated XP superior to the real thing (apcmag.com)

KrispyXP writes: "One of the annoyances with installing a fresh copy of Windows XP these days is that the driver set is six years out of date, and there's been a LOT of new hardware emerge since then. It's one thing to install the latest graphics driver, but it's another to have to set up everything from the chipset to the storage drivers. Now, a pirated distribution of XP has done what Microsoft hasn't: it has brought XP's driver base completely up-to-date, as well as cutting out all the crap Microsoft ships with XP that nobody wants."

Comment Re:speed (Score 3, Insightful) 267

Better slow downloads than meeting your new Swedish boyfriend in jail.

Even better, how about paying for your movies, games, and music? That way you can download them as fast as you like, and the government won't try to put you in jail even if they spy on you doing it!

I realise this is Slashdot, where "not getting busted for copyright infringement" is apparently categorised as a "right", so I'm probably about to be modded into oblivion -- but hey, that's life, isn't it?

IBM

Submission + - Roadrunner Zooms to No. 1: New Chip Wars? (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "A supercomputer based on the Cell processor found in Sony's PlayStation 3 console has rocketed to No. 1 in the latest Top500 supercomputing ranking to become the most powerful computer in the world. The machine pulls together the power of 12,240 Cell chips and 6,562 dual-core AMD Opteron processors in IBM QS22 blade servers to deliver 1.026 petaflops of data crunching power, making it more than twice as fast as the top-ranked computer in the previous version of the ranking. Supercomputers are one of the first uses beyond the PlayStation 3 for the Cell chip, but others are envisaged. Toshiba has demonstrated a television with a Cell Broadband Engine for real-time upscaling of standard-definition TV to high definition, and for displaying multiple video streams simultaneously for quick navigation of many TV channels. Toshiba also plans to launch laptop PCs with a derivative of the Cell chip called the SpursEngine. Could this spark new chip wars?"

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