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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

Culture20 Re:So to cicumvent the screen locker... (358 comments)

Xroach: places animated roaches under their open windows and the roaches scatter when the windows are reduced or closed.

yesterday
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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Culture20 Not advanced (235 comments)

They're not advanced because they're all Hulks!

2 days ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Culture20 Re: That's a nice democracy you have there... (390 comments)

Direct democracy or GTFO. For anyone who wants to cry "mob rule", quick quiz before anyone should give a shit what you think: 1) how many times in history has the electoral college disagreed with the popular vote?

The federal government of the United States of America is a federation of (supposedly independent) states. The electoral college and Congress are set up in ways that make the states more important than their constituent citizens. This is by design because of the nature of the union. Marriage between X and Y is a union between X and Y. Their children, A, B, C, and D have no say in the continuance or divorce of said union.

Also, direct democracy is rule by people who have enough time on their hands to vote on everything. That's retirees and internet trolls.

3 days ago
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Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

Culture20 Re:FBI 3 (194 comments)

Or even better: "Google Handed Data of Three Wikileaks Staffers to FBI"

3 days ago
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Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

Culture20 FBI 3 (194 comments)

Did I miss something? Did they skip FBI 2 just like Windows 9? That headline could be written in a less confusing manner: "Google Handed Three Wikileaks Staffers' Data to FBI"

3 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

Culture20 Re:No way! (512 comments)

Show me an unbiased politician, and I'll show you a politician who will care more about the bribes than the issue.

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

Culture20 Re:Cry me a river (253 comments)

so what the [censored] do they actually DO all day long. all year long.

Create Star Trek parody videos. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... And according to the video, they also play Wii.

about a week ago
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The Current State of Linux Video Editing

Culture20 Re:Maybe its time for a change. (223 comments)

download enough ram

Mount an NFS share to /dumbidea then dd a huge new file to /dumbidea/superslowswap and mkswap /dumbidea/superslowswap ; swapon /dumbidea/superslowswap
This might not run as desired.

about two weeks ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

Culture20 Re:Cause, or effect? (348 comments)

Are sedentary people more likely to die, or are people more likely to die sedentary?

Dead people are more likely to be sedentary.

about two weeks ago
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Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

Culture20 Re:Hello insurance fraud (199 comments)

The problem with such a program is that the insurance company has the data from other dongles on the same roads. Presuming there are timestamps on the accelerations, they can model traffic flows. If everyone is stopped at a stoplight in the reconstructed model but your fake data shows you driving through the light at speed limit minus one, their analysis program will know something is wrong with your data. Investigation ensues.

about two weeks ago
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Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

Culture20 Re:Is it really a surprise? (199 comments)

Some companies will happily spend money and people on the security problem, but individual people within the company refuse the spend the time, using workarounds to skip having to deal with security. Sometimes this means using the computing resources nonsecurely, but other times it means avoiding using the computing resources.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

Culture20 "We do listen to users" (551 comments)

"Their impotent wails of despair give us sustenance."

about two weeks ago
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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

Culture20 Re:Pope Francis - fuck your mother (894 comments)

The job description of Pope includes believing at heart "if a man strikes you on the cheek, offer him the other cheek [to strike]." This does not preclude defense of others, but it also doesn't suggest an allowance of escalation in defense of others. If a man strikes my mother's cheek, I can strike his cheek to defend her, but if the same man merely calls her an ugly name, from where does the call to violent reaction spring? Righteousness or wrath? Hopefully Francis will think about that some more.

about two weeks ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

Culture20 Re:What a monstruous... (553 comments)

Ask Slashdot: I want to dress up as systemd for Halloween this year. Do you have any costume tips for dressing or acting like systemd?

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

Culture20 Re:The longer you live...Cancer could be your rewa (273 comments)

*YOU* aren't organized as you for more than the time of a fleeting memory... So what?

Within a certain fuzziness, the cells comprising my body are organized as "me" enough that others recognize me as me and not as someone else.

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

Culture20 Re:The longer you live...Cancer could be your rewa (273 comments)

Controlled cancer is the key because cancer cells in the right environment can live forever.

But they can't live forever organized as you or me.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 30-Day Deadline For Disclosing Security Breaches

Culture20 Re:Not a bad idea... (125 comments)

I have an email in my spam filter with a sent time of year 2060. Either it's really from the future, or email timestamps are largely worthless.

about two weeks ago
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Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

Culture20 conscientiousness and openness (249 comments)

What does grit have to do with conscientiousness and openness? I would consider grit to be the opposite of both.

about two weeks ago
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Sloppy File Permissions Make Red Star OS Vulnerable

Culture20 Re:Good ol' 777 (105 comments)

change the group access to Apache's [group](sic). Once the group is correct, change the permissions to g+r if necessary.

This is one of the reasons I would like nested groups for POSIX, but it will never happen because people think it's too Microsoftish.

about three weeks ago

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Facebook forces your information to be public now

Culture20 Culture20 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Culture20 (968837) writes "I just hopped on FB, and went to change my status (yes, I was going to say what I ate for lunch). A popup appeared, saying it wanted to change all my information into links. Being a geek, I chose the "edit them individually" method since I didn't know if the links would be correct. Then I read the following text:

Confirm the Pages that will be on your profile
Uncheck any Page you don't want to link to. Linking to education and work Pages may also create additional Pages, such as for your major or job title. If you don't link to any Pages, these sections on your profile will be empty. By linking your profile to Pages, you will be making these connections public.

If you don't link to any Pages, these sections on your profile will be empty. By linking your profile to Pages, you will be making these connections public.

You are about to remove this information
If you don't link to any Pages, the following sections on your profile will be empty:
  • Work and Education
  • Current City
  • Hometown
  • Likes and Interests

They're empty now. Others have noticed this too."
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MS IE out-of-band security bulliten; New Firefox

Culture20 Culture20 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Culture20 (968837) writes "MS just published a security bulletin for the latest IE exploit(s):
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS08-078.mspx
There's also a webcast at 1PM PST.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032399448&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

In other browser news, Mozilla just released Firefox 3.0.5 and 2.0.0.19 today. 2.0.0.19 is the last 2.x, and there will be no security updates. Upgrade to 3.0.5 and use an addon if you've been holding back for url-bar related reasons. Still no official MSI from Mozilla, so Windows admins, prepare your installations with care."

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