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Report: Federal Workers, Contractors Behind Half of Government Cyber Breaches

Cid Highwind CyberThis, CyberThat, CyberCommand (61 comments)

Dear US military and federal contracting wanker-sphere,
I know you were 30 years late discovering this whole internet thing, so imagery and phrases from 1980s cyberpunk still sound super-duper-cutting-edge to you, but can you please stop using "cyber" as a catch-all for everything connected to computers? Thanks.

PS: When you leave a laptop full of citizen's private information on the bus, and a million people's social security numbers turn up on pastebin the next day, that's called "negligence" not "a cyberattack".

about two weeks ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

Cid Highwind Hackability of hotel locks (150 comments)

An app can hardly be less secure than the current system. Knowing the target's name and room number is all it takes to "hack" most hotel locks - just ask the front desk clerk to make you a new key!

about three weeks ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Cid Highwind Re:The good news (700 comments)

That only worked because the people harmed by having their satellite cards bricked were willfully infringing DirecTV's copyrights, and suing DTV for frying their smartcards would be admitting it in court. At absolute best the pirates might get triple actual damages, but 3x the cost of a smartcard is next to nothing, and then the counter-suits would have been a slam dunk for DTV to win $750,000 statutory damages from each of them.

If FTDI wants to use that strategy they're going to have to contend that every end-user of a device with a counterfeit FTDI chip knew it was fake. Doesn't sound plausible to me, but the US courts are generally tech-idiotic so I suppose it's not entirely impossible.

about a month ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Cid Highwind Re:On the other hand... (700 comments)

They're also playing the class-action lawsuit lottery.

In fact, it might be worth the $5 to buy one of those cheap shit USB-to-serial adapters, let them brick it, and hope the settlement is that they have to give everyone affected a genuine FTDI one...

about a month ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Cid Highwind Re:Every time XKCD 936 is Mentioned (549 comments)

The average user isn't going to have (or be able to write) a secure random word selector. He's going to look at the "new password" field and think up 4 words, and they're almost certain to be related somehow.

about a month and a half ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Cid Highwind Re:Oh great (549 comments)

The hash of "rrrybgdts" is going to be cracked in half a second with the right ruleset. Passphrases don't help the root problem, that "memorable" implies low-entropy.

about a month and a half ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

Cid Highwind Re:Obligatory metric troll (403 comments)

All you have, less the costs you impose on others through pollution, use of state services, etc.

about a month and a half ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

Cid Highwind Obligatory metric troll (403 comments)

We *should* be using L/100km, like everyone else.

And taxing fuel at a higher rate instead of this CAFE silliness. But that's never going to happen because if we know one thing about economics in America it's that all taxes are always bad.

about a month and a half ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Cid Highwind Nope. (320 comments)

They mandate a whopping three hours a week (oh! tyranny!), and that law has been in effect since 1990.

about 2 months ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

Cid Highwind Re:Looney Tunes (320 comments)

So they're just like the 1970s cartoons with one real animator and an army of terrible inbetweeners that you're getting nostalgic for, but with more accurate color...

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Cid Highwind Re:Which users? (269 comments)

They didn't stop, but they did make it opt-in. If something crashes and you click "Close the program and check with Microsoft for a solution", it still beams the core dump up to the Redmond mothership.

about 2 months ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

Cid Highwind Re:not supposed to be on the web! (329 comments)

Well, shit. That's what I get for not ssh-ing into a Mac to check.

about 2 months ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

Cid Highwind Re:not supposed to be on the web! (329 comments)

And it's the developers of all those packages and distros that symlink /bin/sh to bash instead of something minimal and well-audited that we should be screaming at. But "remote root exploit in bash" is sexier (after all, Apple doesn't put procmail on every Mac) so that's what goes in the headline.
 
...and next time someone goes on a rant about systemd versus "the Unix way", remember that daemons passing input from the network to /bin/sh is part of "the Unix way".

about 2 months ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

Cid Highwind Re:Sub Reddits that still aren't banned... (307 comments)

"In a Reddit thread under the title “Every Man Is Responsible For His Own Soul” [sic], Mr Wong wrote: “I did not say ‘we won’t ban any subreddits ever’. I said that we don’t ban subreddits for being morally bad."

Mr. Wong, with all due respect (that's not much for the record). Horse. Fucking. Shit.

  If you make a rule against X (and ban X-related subreddits) but not rules against Y and Z, you're making a moral statement that Y and Z are more acceptable than X. There's just no other coherent reading of those rules. If you're trying to make a community where bestiality and racism are considered morally better than leaked celebrity nudes, that's fine - it's your site, but have the spine to fucking own it.

about 3 months ago
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Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

Cid Highwind Re:Wait, what? (81 comments)

Their business plan was "get acquired by Twitter", and that's not happening.

about 3 months ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

Cid Highwind And he missed the really egregious costs (145 comments)

Selling your house or breaking your lease, truck rental and fuel to haul all your shit halfway across the continent, being unemployed for however long it takes to find a job within commuting distance of your new home, etc.

about 3 months ago
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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

Cid Highwind It's FUD? (132 comments)

Disclosing the existence of a vulnerability destroys a lot of its value, too. People who can stop using Tails until the issue is sorted out will do so, shutting off whatever intelligence could be gathered from them. If these guys had a real-world exploitable vulnerability and a willingness to sell it to the NSA, they would have sold it and said nothing.

about 4 months ago

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Winamp shutting down as of December 20, 2013

Cid Highwind Cid Highwind writes  |  1 year,6 days

Cid Highwind (9258) writes "If you want to download the latest version of Winamp, better do it soon. According to a new banner on the download page, AOL will be pulling the plug on the iconic llama-whipping music player in a month.

"Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date. See release notes for latest improvements to this last release.
Thanks for supporting the Winamp community for over 15 years.""

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IOC Trademarks '2014'

Cid Highwind Cid Highwind writes  |  about 2 years ago

Cid Highwind (9258) writes "The UK Intellectual Property Office has issued a trademark on the number '2014' to the International Olympic Committee. The IOC's legal monopoly on next year covers all 45 possible trademark registration classes, from live animals to fire extinguishers to metal for railway tracks."
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