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Comment Other things (Score 1) 611

Kermit - For file transfers etc.
BBS for information exchange.

For programmers:
ASCII graphics, and using the grphic characters above 127 to make blocks, lines etc.
Dot Matrix Printers, PCL, PostScript. Now nobody knows the language of the orinter anymore. And PostScript is still in PDF and is very powerfull.

And everybody knew at least some machine language. I coded my ZX-81 using the ASCII table in the manual. It had decimal, hex, Ascii char and Z-80 Mnemonic.
PEEK and POKE was the commands used at the time.

Comment Elsewhere (Score 1) 172

I am in Denmark, and I have a $11/month subscription. This is a small subscription with limited 12GB data and 12 hours of outgoing calls to other providers (free within the provider). for $1.50 extra per month, I could switch to 20GB/10hours.

Since I am in Denmark, I do pay for my own phone (no contract can be longer than 6 months, so we pay full price for phones). And we actually have unlimited calls and data for DKK 119/month = $17. And I am pretty sure it is unlimited since it is $3 more expensive/mo than the 20GB.

Comment The reason is huge (Score 4, Interesting) 587

How many great software products have you seen being invented and created in India ? Is the number around null ? Or is it a large NULL ?

There are many reasons why Indians are not really a threat, and it is not only the language problem. It is their culture. Been in a startup in Bangledesh for 3 months, most employees from Indian universities. They work very hierachical, and not independent. It is almost impossible to make an employee choose between a blue and a red ball, we want hios managers approval first. I could not get my employees to to code things using stuff not part of their curriculum. I had to train them in those chapters in their book from university that was not part of their university education. Their attitude is, that it is better do make nothing than to make a mistake. They don't know the word no. They can't say they can't do it, but would rather delay forever.

Now I am in a large company, and the code quality we get out of India, no matter what huge front company we use, is nowhere as good as an average local person with a bachelor in CS can deliver. Their missing ability to think and read documentation, and explore is a killer.

The big threat comes from christian countries, countries with our culture. The threat comes from eastern europe and south america. They think more or less the same way. They can work independent. If they don't get an answer, they will decide on a direction to go. Even if they go the wrong direction, it is stillbetter than looking out the windows until the boss comes around.

And one important fact that you forget is, that brain workers, including IT developers, has a salary way above average salary in whatever country they are from. Personally, I would say it takes 3-5 average indians to be as efficient as an average westerner. that is $10.000-$15.000/month. So there is not good economi in using indian developers if they are available locally.

Outsourcing of jobs is mostly operations, where it is accepted that the level will be much worse at half the cost. And partly development because you can't get the skills locally. Operations today is waiting for the server to burn and then piss on it. Nothing proactively, except from scheduled reboots. So whatever is outsourced to india is not the same thing as the comanies used to get. They get less $ for $. They could save more money by deciding on the same service level with inhouse staff, and fire 90% of IT operations staff, and use external consultant when things are bad. They would even get a better service from that solution. Outsourcing to india is the new black. Everybody does it, nobody is happy, but because everybody does it, it must be the best.

Submission + - SPAM: Microsoft O365 down for 30+ minutes. DNS Attack ?

terminal.dk writes: We experienced downtime on all incoming mails to O365 for 34+ minutes this morning, starting around Nov 2 08:54:07 CET.
The issue was, that DNS lookups did not work for mail.protection.outlook.com and its subdomains.
Was this another DDoS attack ? Was Microsoft the target, or colatteral damage ?

Comment Medical hacking (Score 3, Insightful) 104

Medical hacking is the way forward. The established industry will fight it, but there are so many engineers and other tech people out there that will come up with solutions to their own problems, or that of their families.
This is not the first time we hear about this. Many of the problems in the health industry is continously monitoring, and reacting upon values. This is just as much an IT discipline as a medical discipline. With low power computers (Arduino as an example), all types of sensors being available for cheap etc, we are almost where the computer industry was around 1975-80. engineers and hobbyists will hack together such devices. It is trivial to monitor blood glucose using a sensor on i2c. You could add 2 for redundancy. Then write code, and decide what to do with abnormal values.

The problem for the established industry is, that things will get invented by users before the medical industry gets there = no patents.

Comment Re:So forgetting a password (Score 1) 796

No. If he has forgotten the password, then he does whatever is possible for him to help execute the search warrant - when he comes up with wrong guesses he is no longer in contempt and can walk freely.

The only defense here is to claim the password is forgotten, and give some wrong guesses to th police, then he can walk free. For many people, the password is not remembered, I certainly do not remember all my passwords. But they are remembered in the fingers. I can type them even if I can not write them down or tell them to others. After some time, this finger memory weakens. The court should accept that.

Comment Security (Score 1) 101

They need to come up with some security, such that the enemy can't take it over like existing $50k drones.
Having experience with both quads and planes (not copters, too difficult to fly), I see advantages in both. Plane made of foam is light weight, long flight time and distance, little noise, but of course can't stay stationery, a bullet is no problem, unless it kills battery or motor. With a flight controller, they are easy to fly. Quads are dead if hit by anything. Short flight time and range. But can stay in place, and fly where there is less room. But they make a lot of noise.

250 size is probably what is needed. But it needs new radio tech for both video and comms to stay secure, and difficult to jam. And GPS is not a trustworthy option, will be jammed since it is trivial to to. It is just 2 frequencies. 1575.42 MHz and 1227.60 MHz. Clearly GPS was never designed by the military for military purposes.

Comment It is easy (Score 1) 610

Just use the fingerprints of the criminals. Or clone the phone and brute-force the pin-code.

Or use all the rest of the logging taking place to see who they communicated with and when, and ignore the little data on the phone. A phone is just a computer. The problem is, politicians don't realise this.

Comment What is wrong (Score 1) 72

What is wrong with those rules ? They are still more relaxed than what we have everywhere outside city areas here in Denmark.
Max 7 kg = 15.4 pounds vs US 55 lbs
Max 100 meters = 328 ft vs US 400 ft.
We have LoS only - But can use spotter that can take over.
We must move away from other aircraft (which normally have to stay above 150 meters / 500 ft)
We don't have the clear conditions requirement, but still Line of sight

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