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Comment Re:Why do airlines overbook? (Score 1) 575

While this particular situation was vile.... and had nothing to do with overbooking-

This is incorrect. Yes, overbooking allows the carrier to maximize profit, but the flier *does* benefit. Lower prices are a side effect of seat use efficiency. Furthermore, consider the alternative: you buy a ticket, and that's the end of it. If you miss your flight, you forfeit the cost.

I recently missed a flight on Delta due to traffic and the dumbass TSA. Delta shrugged and plunked me on the next flight, no fees, no worries. I have no way of knowing, but given how long it's been since I've flown on a non-capacity flight, I'm sure my seat didn't go unused. If they didn't overbook, I doubt the outcome would have been as favorable.

As an aside: I *always* build slop into my travel plans (after all, there are uncertainties in air travel, like weather) and I always volunteer to be bumped. Ticket refund AND $800? Sheeeet, that's this flight free and 2.5 round trips to Vegas for me! I'm in!

Come to think of it, I remember reading about a system a while ago- far in advance, book tickets to/from big college towns around Thanksgiving, head to the airport, and wait for the offers to fly. Worst case, you might have to spend Thanksgiving in Miami. Wouldn't that suck.

Submission + - New Destructive Malware Intentionally Bricks IoT Devices (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A new malware strain called BrickerBot is intentionally bricking Internet of Things (IoT) devices around the world by corrupting their flash storage capability and reconfiguring kernel parameters in order to one single processing thread. The malware spreads by launching brute-force attacks on IoT (BusyBox-based) devices with open Telnet ports. After BrickerBot attacks, device owners often have to reinstall the device's firmware, or in some cases, replace the device entirely.

Attacks started on March 20, and two versions have been seen. One malware strain launches attacks from hijacked Ubiquiti devices, while the second, more advanced, is hidden behind Tor exit nodes. Several security researchers believe this is the work of an Internet vigilante fed up with the amount of insecure IoT devices connected to the Internet and used for DDoS attacks.

"Wow. That's pretty nasty," said Cybereason security researcher Amit Serper after Bleeping Computer showed him Radware's security alert. "They're just bricking it for the sake of bricking it. [They're] deliberately destroying the device."

Comment Re:Faraday cage (Score 1) 246

LMGTFY! Why, yes, I can point you to a supplier of Faraday cages for buildings. Several of them. Love that Google machine.

You can also use conductive paint or Aluminum foil. Having worked inside Faraday cage buildings, I can tell you that the mesh shielding is only really used for windows so some daylight can get through and complex joints where it's easier than the other methods.

J-.

Comment You've got to be fucking kidding. (Score 2) 88

And now you've got to shell out for an SDN infrastructure, too.

That's a cute idea, but he's obviously never had to operate or troubleshoot issues on a production enterprise network. What happens when an machine changes IPs in mid-tcp conversation? I have stuff that maintains ssh sessions for days, the client isn't doing constant nslookups to see where the server has gone. Not to mention the fact that sshd is going to interpret the client IP changing as a session-hijacking attack.

That's just one example, the more I think about it leads me to downgrade my opinion to "dumbass".

J-.

Comment Maccarran airport post-DefCon? (Score 1) 169

Sheeeeeit. You want to get a bomb on a plane? Just fly out of Maccarran after DefCon is over. I stay until the end; by the time I fly the out (with all my exposed-wire-paraphenalia) TSA's collective mind is more completely blown than usual. They don't even look twice.

There's always some lovely stories at the talks about attendees' experiences at their origin airports, though. I can't imagine what those guys must think.

And, to all you naysayers: Forrest M. Mims is indeed the man, and quite famous. Just because "kids today" aren't forced to learn analog basics before doing hardware hacking stuff and *you* haven't heard of him doesn't mean squat. (See also: Steve Ciarcia).

Comment The media self-selcts for idiots, that's why. (Score 1) 294

I have noticed, through the years, an interesting thing about the mass media: *every* time I read something about a topic in which I'm very knowledgeable, it's inevitably wrong. And I don't mean geeked-out minutae wrong, but fundamentally flawed in some way.

Journalism is a very non-technical (non-scientific, non-statistics) degree program. Furthermore, it yields a very low paying job. It's *highly* competitive- so the salaries suck, especially with the move to news that's more entertainment than not, and all the Homecoming kings and queens types want to be on the TeeVee. Why on Earth would any geek want to put up with that crap? And be paid poorly to boot? I also have a theory that the idiots that pay a bunch of money for a degree with crappy salary prospects are being funded by their parents, who apparently don't know any better either- or have enough money that they don't care. So we wind up with a bunch of people that haven't struggled financially, or worked hard to attain a tough science degree- is it any wonder that we have a generally Leftist media?

I'm sure there's some out there that really care and want to be the next Woodward or Bernstein, but unless you're talking about JAMA or or a trade rag, forget quality science reporting.

Comment NO! None of you have the target audience correct! (Score 2) 190

From the RPi foundation's mission statement:

"But we felt that we could try to do something about the situation where computers had become so expensive and arcane that programming experimentation on them had to be forbidden by parents; and to find a platform that, like those old home computers, could boot into a programming environment. "

The point of the thing is to be a cheap platform for learning programming and principles of Computer Science. They go on to say that the multimedia capabilities were added to make it interesting to kids that weren't interested in a purely programming oriented device. I have to think the GPIO capability is basically for the same reason, although they don't mention it explicitly. I believe the charter was expanded at some point to include third-world students.

*ALL* the RPis require a power supply, SD card, cables, mouse, keyboard, etc. The only thing the Zero really lacks compared to (some of) the other versions is Ethernet and multiple USB ports. AND ITS $5.

The fact that the Pis have become attractive to hackers doesn't make your needs paramount. If you're using them for embedded system development and it's such a pain in the ass to move cables around, you have enough money- if you don't already have most of the crap in your closet- to buy two complete setups. (I do, with 2-3 each of the various versions of Pi). It's not that expensive.

RPis absolutely fulfill their intended purpose, even if the single core models are a little pokey. While pushing things beyond their envelope is admirable and What We Do, you can't really complain if things get a little sketchy outside of expected operational modes.

Comment Re:Hipsters fight over limited supplies of juice (Score 1) 554

Hee hee hee... I've noticed this phenomenon myself. An idea occurs to me that I may start doing:

1. Put "hybrid" or similar sticker on car
2. Purchase standard orange extension cord
3. Park in green spot
3. Plug one end in charger, stick other end under hood / up through bottom of car, whatever

Free close parking!

Bonus if you carry rechargeable gadgets with you (laptop, etc) that you hook up to charge off the free juice.

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