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Ask Slashdot: Security Digests For the Home Network Admin?

HFShadow Re:Use a long random password (123 comments)

"That seems to be enough"

Until you don't upgrade your kernel/sshd/apache and get hit by an exploit. Long password won't help you when there's an application exploit, which if you're using secure passwords, is the exploit you're likely to see.

I subscribe to oss-security which is quite useful in keeping abreast of things, but may be overkill for a home webserver.

more than 2 years ago

Anonymous Posts Audio of Intercepted FBI Conference Call

HFShadow Re:They aren't heroes (336 comments)

If you can't make an argument without making some stupid stereotypical nazi comment, you probably shouldn't be making the argument.

It's not that it's wrong to watch the government, it's wrong how they do it.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Technical Advice For a (Fictional) Space Mission?

HFShadow Do your homework for you? (203 comments)

So you want us to write a story for you? Isn't this the point of you writing it?

more than 2 years ago

Why the NTSB Is Wrong About Cellphones

HFShadow Re:Obligatory conclusion (1003 comments)

So what you're saying is that you pulled some random stuff about Einstein out of your ass and are trying to use it as justification for your argument?

more than 2 years ago

Another Dutch CA Hacked

HFShadow Re:CA System - Has Never Worked As Intended. (152 comments)

Having every major browser vendor issue a software update, is far from what i'd consider to be "working". Why don't we have proper CRL's?

more than 2 years ago

Free Software Activists Take On Google Search

HFShadow Re:Well (254 comments)

This has been solved by distributed computing a long time ago, you simply get more than on worker to check the results and if anything looks fishy chuck away everything from that worker.

Not that this makes this any better of an idea.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Camera For Getting Into Photography?

HFShadow Re:Canon or Nikon (569 comments)

He said "I don't mean that in the sense of photography as a hobby or a profession, but simply as a method for taking images" and you recommend an SLR? Seriously?

more than 2 years ago

Linux Kernel Developer Declares VirtualBox Driver "Crap"

HFShadow Re:They have access to the source... (357 comments)

Because they have better things to work on than someone else's code? It's not their problem, they don't care about virtualbox and rightly so.

more than 2 years ago

Satellite Glitch Leaves Northern Canada In the (Internet) Dark

HFShadow Re:Is the internet in Canada 100% satellite? (282 comments)

No, there's absolutely no way this carries 40% of our telecom traffic. Maybe 40% of Northern Canada, but not 40% of Canada. Do you realize how much fiber there is near the border and how much data people push?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Laptop + DSLR Backpacks

HFShadow Re:Lowepro Fastpack 350 (282 comments)

Similar here. I have a 15" dell that's a little thick that fits in (it's tight) with a 7d and lenses / misc gear quite well. Works well as a carry on bag, but I find it too big for a day pack. Day pack, I use separate bags.

more than 3 years ago

Cellphones Get Government Chips For Disaster Alert

HFShadow Re:No legitimate use (374 comments)

There's a pretty simple example that proves you wrong, you even mentioned it in your post: Japan's warning system.

Here's a pretty good article about it:,8599,2059780,00.html

In principle, I think this is a very good idea. I'm not American and I wish we (Canada) had something like this in place, I think it's stupid the US doesn't yet. Everyone here is raging about the privacy / spam concerns, but do you really think that'll end up being a problem? It'll be a one way push and they'll use it for emergency services (I hope). You don't see people turning on the old school TV emergency tone / message for political spam do you?

In today's world of instant communications, it seems silly to not have a way for the government to send out emergency notifications quickly.

more than 3 years ago

VMware Causes Second Outage While Recovering From First

HFShadow Re:VMware shows its PR colors. (215 comments)

Agreed. They seem to treat it as some magical instance where touching the keyboard breaks things, as though this was written by someone's grandmother.

How did one engineer touching a keyboard when he shouldn't, take everything down? I don't think I could do this at work unless I was really trying hard. This is a really shitty response, especially compared to the writeup that amazon put out.

more than 3 years ago

Does Wiretapping Require Cell Company Cooperation?

HFShadow Not required, just makes it easier. (174 comments)

Long story short: It makes it easier, but it's not required. If they've got it, they can just copy the call at the switch level. If they don't, they can: Install software on the persons phone, sniff + break the radio waves, bribe a telco employee, plant software on the towers (see - really interesting read), or i'm sure they've got more methods.

Cell phone's aren't secure.

more than 3 years ago

Egypt's Net Ruled By Phone, Not Kill Switch

HFShadow Obvious? (102 comments)

Um, duh?

Did we really except Egypt to have organized enough to have a big red button for him to push? A lot of people communicate these days by phone, especially when you can't email them.

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

HFShadow Story link color is hard to find (2254 comments)

Hopefully you're actually reading these, I agree mostly with the other people who say too much white space and lack of contract (could use some black lines somewhere, i dunno, it just feels bland). Biggest thing I've noticed is link color.... on my dell laptop which is "color calibrated" with an external spyder the light blue of the links do NOT stand out against the gray of the text. The first story I tried to read I had difficulty finding the link in the text until I knew what to look for.

more than 3 years ago

Should Employees Buy Their Own Computers?

HFShadow Re:Good for everybody but the IT guy? (498 comments)

Did you read the article? Or maybe even skim it? Instead of basing your comment entirely off the summary?

In particular:

Staff taking advantage of the scheme must buy a three-year service contract. "From that point forth the device is their responsibility, and not that of the company," adds Mr Hollison. "We don't asset manage it in any way. "If they want to fill it full of photos and videos of their children, they're free to do so, because the connection back to Citrix is securely in the data centre.

So they're not running any business apps on their laptop, that's all at the dc on their citrix setup. They're also responsible for maintaining their own gear. Sorry, what was your argument again?

more than 3 years ago



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