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Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 341

Provided the iPhone is San Bernardino's county property, the privacy issue is nullified. Apple should stop playing the wrong game here and give the FBI what it asks for in this particular case, given everyone knows Apple's security is an illusion anyway. To crack a 4 digit password by brute force attack you simply need to have the delay between attempts set to 0 and the code wiping the data on the iPhone being neutralized. Which is a two lines of code modification in the firmware. No magic here. WIth a 4 digit password using potentially 75 different characters (upper/lower case + number + special characters) you have to try 30 million combinations at most. Something that can be easily done without any specialized hardware or on-steroids computer.

The security is just something you get because someone cannot try 30 million combinations in minutes on your iPhone because he has to wait a few seconds between each trial and is limited in the number of trials before cracking the iPhone becomes useless due to data deletion.

They already likely have the meta data and all history of calls/tests to/from that number. Isn't that enough?

Comment Re:Scanned copies (Score 1) 44

I wish someone would scan the copies and make them available on

I don't think there is anyone that has all of the copies. I have six or seven that I found in garage sales, comic book stores, eBay and one off of Craigslist. I don't think the originals exist, although maybe it's an IP issue or not profitable to release in an electronic format since the market is so small.

Mondo2000 was a quasi-Steampunk, Alternative Music, Subgenius, Drugs and Computing magazine that I was sad to see go away. Wired swooped in to fill the void and was pretty good until they started going for more subscribers. Wired started dropping the edge that Mondo 2000 had at a time when more mom and pops were getting online, so they went mainstream.

The articles Slashdot has been accepting has been so shitty the last few months, but at least in this case it was something I enjoyed. :P

Comment Scalability (Score 2) 274

I would likely build a front-end using a couple HAProxy load balancers hitting an Apache cluster running opencluster. Use red-black trees with mySQL and cluster a few databases across multiple locations. I would build the front-end with Python and html5, as well as using iphython for cluster controls and other fun stuff.

In my case I have a rack of HP p-class blade servers that use an Amazon EC2 Centos box to route inside/outside of EC2. When we test something out we use my cluster at home, then when we roll an app or website out we keep it at my house. If the load gets high, then we simply modify the cluster to bring up slave web servers, cache servers, etc. In our case we build the backend first and can roll out an app or web service for very little money or resources, but if we have success with something we just leave it on EC2 since it can likely pay its own bills.

Comment Re:Thank You (Score 3, Informative) 197

A huge portion of our applications now are enterprise class crm solutions, so easy portability to multiple platforms is something we offer as a courtesy. There is always an officer or VP that must be that special snowflake that requires Apple support, even though the other ten thousand people use Linux or Windows.

We have Amazon EC2 services and simply need front ends for access, manipulation, reporting, etc. We have little to no need to have really amazing, shiny and pretty interfaces. Between ICS and iOS 5.x we have almost identical user interfaces with nice transitions and pleasant looking graphics. The thing that matters is speed of access to S3 buckets and read/write access to EC2 clustered databases. The nice thing is we can compile to Linux, Windows, almost all mobile platforms and have almost identical user interfaces. Instead of spending copious amounts of time on one platform, we create portable interfaces that are nice, fast and compile on just about anything, even the magical over hyped/marketed products. :)


Comment Not that bad (Score 1, Interesting) 197

Check out LiveCode Runtime Revolution and you'll quickly dismiss this complaint, it has support for almost all desktops, tablets and mobile phone platforms. Write it once and it compiles for the platform in native code.

We use the hell out of it for the reason discussed above, not to mention that it allows you to build attractive cross platform products.

Comment Re:Why do we keep doing this? (Score 1) 81

All we need is a global white list that allows trusted communication between peers. In the event spam is being sent from a member of the white list all of the email from that party would be flagged as suspect for 24 hours, then change to spam until the issue is rectified.

The problem is the lack of response from certain parts of the world, where I block tcp/udp connections from already. I have no issues with allowing people to communicate freely, but I have no issues with my libido and no need to buy Xanax.

Comment Old news (Score 3, Interesting) 127

Real time speech analytics for call centers has existed for seven years. The better products came out of Israel, at least the first and second generation IP Telephony capable systems. Inflection based triggers have existed in traditional TDM systems for over twelve years, so not real sure why this specific article is so intriguing. Just about any high end inbound call center will use some form of inflection and emotion algorithmic processing, more so once you get into the arm pit of finance, collections.

The systems I manage process over 500 million calls per month, across multiple industries and pbx vendors. The majority of the volume is processed using Cisco and Interactive Intelligence products, with an assortment of one off custom solutions. Of that 500 million calls per month, over 30% of the calls have used some form of inflection and emotional detection within the last eight years.

*yawn* another slow news day?

Comment Old Technology in a new dress (Score 4, Informative) 157

This technology has been around since the 60's and was used before the Vietnam war, as well as during the Vietnam War makes this non-news.

Do a little research and you will find out that during the Apollo moon mission that Army Intelligence at Ft Hood jammed a frequency outside of the listed bands. Apparently they were field testing high powered multi-frequency jammers before being deployed into Vietnam. The field manual was very light and they were instructed to avoid certain bands that were coded red. It turned out to be a private frequency for NASA, which caused a two minute loss of communication with the Apollo team. The reason they knew about the Apollo comm link was two truckloads of intelligence spooks arrive at the site of their outpost. They were interviewed and informed that they had inadvertently knocked Houston's comms down and caused a two minute panic because the primary frequency and the backup frequency were unavailable for communication with the Apollo astronauts.

VFW halls, best halls.

PC Games (Games)

Blizzard vs. Glider Battle Resumes Next Week 384

trawg writes "You paid for it, you have the DVD in your drive and the box on the floor next to your desk, but do you own the game? That's the question the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will rule on next week in the case between Blizzard, publisher of World of Warcraft, and MDY, publisher of the Glider bot. The Glider bot plays World of Warcraft for you, but Blizzard frowns on this, saying it voids the license agreement — you don't own the game, you only have a license to use it, and bots like Glider invalidate the license. The EFF has a good summary of the case as well. The case is due to be resumed on Monday."

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