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Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

Likes Microsoft Re:If you regulate properly, we'll stop our busine (286 comments)

Sounds like a serious threat. Better cave.

It sounds to me like the CEOs have been eating their Wheaties and reading up on their Ayn Rand... Seriously, though, I love how the letter makes it sound like all the brouhaha is coming from a "concerted publicity campaign by some advocacy groups". I just looked at the FCC's public docket for response to Wheeler's previous proposal, and there are at least 10,000 responses. Even my state of Tennessee, not necessarily the most friendly to to Federal regulation, had 500 comments. I looked at a random sampling from TN, and couldn't find one posting with any particular love for the current regime of large ISPs. Words like "oligarchy" and "monopoly" were quite common.

about 3 months ago
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How To Prevent the Next Heartbleed

Likes Microsoft Re: How about (231 comments)

TFA mentioned these advantages of the C-family as well.

about 4 months ago
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Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?

Likes Microsoft Re:De-facto reality (303 comments)

... Websites are now designed with little/no graceful degradation. ...

Whatever happened to designing for accessibility?

about 5 months ago
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Drive-by Android Malware Exploits Unpatchable Vulnerability

Likes Microsoft Re:errr that's Unpatched not Unpatchable (120 comments)

I find this disturbing. I'm a latecomer to the Android phenomenon. As it turns out, I bought my daughter a Pantech Marauder phone (http://www.pantechusa.com/phones/marauder) in late 2012, which runs 4.1-JellyBean, and my sons just received Kurio 7 tablets for Christmas (4.0-IceCreamSandwich). Both devices are unlikely ever to get an official update to 4.2+. As far as I can tell, the patch in Android 4.2 is described here: https://developer.android.com/...

"WebView.addJavascriptInterface requires explicit annotations on methods for them to be accessible from Javascript"

Google appears to have treated this as an API issue. I.e., "the API up to 4.1 was insecure. We now will require method annotations going forward for the JS to execute them." I could care less if backporting this change to earlier versions broke a bunch of apps. It's an easy enough change for those apps to go and insert the explicit annotations. I think Google has made a conscious choice here to not cause apps to break in the name of security, so that their platform can appear to be "more stable".

about 6 months ago
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Fake Academic Journals Are a Very Real Problem

Likes Microsoft Re:Fakery (248 comments)

In fact, at least when it comes to the web presence of anything to purports to be a journal, one Web of Trust site would already be up to the task, with browser plugins available. Users just need to crank down the "Trustworthiness" know on any flim-flam journal site they come across. One just needs to hope that hordes of creationists and climate-change deniers don't then start gaming this for their own agendas.

about a year ago
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GAO Finds US Military's Critical Technologies List Outdated, Useless

Likes Microsoft Technology is not just computers/software (71 comments)

I've looked over the comments on this thread with frustration, seeing that the conversation swiftly derailed into being *just* about Crypto. The MCTL covers all areas of technology that may be deemed militarily critical. It is not really possible to find a publicly hosted .gov or .mil site that gives much info any more, but this university page stills shows the 20 areas covered: http://www.wright.edu/rsp/Security/T1threat/Mctl.htm , including things like space systems and nuclear technologies.

about a year ago
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LTSI Linux Kernel 3.4 Released

Likes Microsoft Re:Not very long term (61 comments)

Ubuntu's current practice is a 5 year term for LTS. Microsoft's 10 years leads to supporting pretty ancient stuff (in Internet time, anyway). They were forced to extend XP support all the way to 13 years since Vista and Windows 7 can't run reasonably on a lot of the hardware that XP was happy on.

For the previous decade, I personally think 5-8 years somewhere is a good LTS term for operating systems and kernels.

Now that CPU's aren't really getting faster, just more cores and energy efficiency, perhaps 10-20 years may again be reasonable.

about a year and a half ago
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LTSI Linux Kernel 3.4 Released

Likes Microsoft Distros? (61 comments)

Are there any distributions that are known to plan on using this? Debian would be a natural fit, I suppose.

about a year and a half ago
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LTSI Linux Kernel 3.4 Released

Likes Microsoft Re:LTS (61 comments)

I'm surprised. I thought 8.04 LTS, 10.04 LTS, 12.04 LTS & 12.10 were the only currently supported releases.

about a year and a half ago
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Researcher Develops Patch For Java Zero Day In 30 Minutes

Likes Microsoft Re:Code review (57 comments)

TFA incorrectly called this a zero day. It has to be known to be actively exploited in the wild first.

about 2 years ago
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Advertisers Never Intended To Honor DNT

Likes Microsoft Does this even work? (308 comments)

Is there even any good proof that all this tracking is even more effective for the advertiser's customers, than not tracking?

about 2 years ago
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App Developer Says Stolen UDIDs Came From Them, Not FBI

Likes Microsoft Re:Dont trust anonymous (180 comments)

As a true conspiracy nut, I would not put it past 1. the FBI to have gotten its data from Blue Toad or 2. Blue Toad covering up for the FBI.

Exactly. The FBI doesn't have to have gotten the data directly from Apple or NSA hackers or somesuch. However, you can't discount that the hackers might have been motivated to lie in order to smear the FBI, too.

about 2 years ago
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Apache Patch To Override IE 10's Do Not Track Setting

Likes Microsoft Re:Two wrongs do not make a right (375 comments)

I don't necessarily disagree with your point. I guess my thought is that who are the advertisers to say for sure what I am and am not choosing?

Oops. Need to check if I'm logged in when I comment. Above comment I'm replying to here was mine.

about 2 years ago
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Apache Patch To Override IE 10's Do Not Track Setting

Likes Microsoft Re:Two wrongs do not make a right (375 comments)

Advertisers and sites that depend on them don't want to admit that choosing to use a certain browser and allowing itts default settings *is* a choice. They are also free to request the user to turn DNT off before they serve up key features. They apparently *really* don't like the idea of having to explicitly ask, "can I follow you wherever you go after this"?

about 2 years ago
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US-CERT Discloses Security Flaw In 64-Bit Intel Chips

Likes Microsoft Score one for Vista (181 comments)

XP, Win7, and Server Core are affected, but somehow, Vista isn't!

more than 2 years ago
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US Security Services May 'Have Moles Within Microsoft,' Says Researcher

Likes Microsoft Re:Ockham's razor (228 comments)

Not to belabor the obvious. This is one reason open source, over time, is more secure that closed source. Which would you rather rely on, software that has source code anybody can look at, or software that only the development company and the military of the world's sole superpower can look at?

Of course, nefarious elements can put subtle security bugs in open source projects, but one hopes over time that the community is able to find and eliminate them.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Beef With Windows Phone?

Likes Microsoft Zune Lover turned Windows Phone Lover (1027 comments)

Full Disclosure
I had a free classic original Zune from my days as a Microsoft SDE. I ripped my 300+ CD collection to it, and loved it, never having owned an iPod, but seeing it as vastly better than my old crappy MP3 player. I longed for a "Zune" equivalent to the iPhone. When it was announced, I saw Windows Phone as the natural way to have consolidate my Zune with a my cell phone.

I am on Verizon, so I am stuck with a single model, the HTC Trophy. I love it, and my only complaint I ever have about it is this: Everywhere I look, apps are written for the more successful iPhone and Android platforms. It seems that except where Microsoft has ponied up some cash for the effort, the more popular apps don't get ported to it.

more than 2 years ago

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Self-Hosted E-mail Alternatives

Likes Microsoft Likes Microsoft writes  |  about a year ago

Likes Microsoft (662147) writes "It seems likely that the NSA's PRISM program is an extension of previously known efforts to tap and record large portions of information-rich internet traffic. Namely, as discussed in Security Now #408, the NSA is probably tapping internet traffic close to where it goes in and out of the likes of Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, as well as large ISP's. Most SMTP e-mail traffic is unencrypted in any way, and I don't like the idea that even without a warrant, the government can be snooping my communications in a catch-all dragnet.

I read the Slashdot discussion, Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosted Gmail Alternatives. However, I am mainly interested in getting my e-mail traffic away from the fat pipes that the NSA is most likely to be drinking from. I would be willing to consider a high-quality, low-traffic webmail service that might sidestep at least some of the surveillance. Of course, since I subscribe to one of those large ISP's (Comcast), and don't have much other choice in my location, I would need to be able to connect using well-secured SSL in the browser or with POP/IMAP."

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