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I am a Systems Engineer with many years of experience in electronic systems, including communication systems, network systems, and radar systems, with a focus on signal processing and architecture. "Know your customer and his/her needs." My hobbies include photography, yachting, software development, writing, and foreign languages.

If you don't know what to do with your spare time, go walk your dog. If you don't have a dog, walk someone else's dog. It's a better way for you to spend your time than what you are doing right now. If you think you don't have any spare time, then you probably don't have a dog.


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awarded  Popular Question
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comment Why are chips safer than magnetic stripes?
As an aside, how is a chip used in online transactions? Is it just as safe as an in-person transaction? What I see is that a backup magnetic stripe can be used, but that seems counterproductive to the whole reason to have a chip in the first place. citi.com/credit-cards/template.do?ID=chip-technology-questions
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accepted How are open-sourced operating systems and software kept secure?
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awarded  Scholar
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accepted How can passwords be stolen from Yahoo?
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comment How can passwords be stolen from Yahoo?
That makes sense. The news reports sounded as if Yahoo had acted irresponsibly. Apparently, news reporting can be inaccurate at times. (Who would have guessed?!)
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asked How can passwords be stolen from Yahoo?
Feb
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comment How are open-sourced operating systems and software kept secure?
Good comments. I suppose that it would easily be detected if the main repository for a signed open source distro were to be compromised, as the signature check would fail. And every checked out copy would probably have a full change history with intact signatures. So the people controlling the distro could recover easily enough. Why do we trust those people, though? Where can I get a better idea of how that process really works (with Linux, for example)?
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awarded  Student
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asked How are open-sourced operating systems and software kept secure?
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comment What should I do when my boss asks me to fabricate audit log data?
+1 for saving the current log. You can email it to yourself at your work email address. The company would be in a world of hurt if they deleted the email if they conform to Sarbanes-Oxley (look it up). (Section 802: "... fines of up to $1,000,000 and/or prison terms for 'whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates any record or document with intent to impede an investigation.'" :)
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