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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

LordWabbit2 Re:Paywalls; HTTPS proxy (391 comments)

Your session cookie, which represents your privilege to read the news site, is "sensitive in nature".

It's not a behind paywall, it's a free site. So no, my cookie is not of a sensitive nature, and is only used to keep session state.

Just because your "fellow work colleague" paid for a subscription to your local news site doesn't mean you did as well. Even if the site isn't paywalled, you could install the root certificate of your office's HTTPS proxy and surf through that.

What network administrator in his right mind would hand out the root certificate to the HTTPS proxy?

BTW love the

"fellow work colleague"

it's like you don't have any.

yesterday
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Tor Network May Be Attacked, Says Project Leader

LordWabbit2 Re:would this unnamed group share its initials wit (83 comments)

One of the articles mentions a disgruntled employee against whom a hit had been taken out. Want to bet he ran to the feds because he was scared and ratted on the silk road. I don't attribute any mystical hacking of TOR to the FBI, someone came forward and spilled the beans. The reason the FBI are keeping it quiet is that in this way it seems that the FBI can track you regardless of what you are doing. If they are planning on taking out the main TOR network it's for the precise reason that they CAN'T track you through it, and so taking it out is the only other option. So let's assume they DDOS the TOR directory authorities, if I DDOS'ed someone it would be a criminal offense. Why can they do it without being criminally charged? Also whoever thinks TOR is the "biggest means of circumventing the GFW" is an idiot. You would get much better speed by simply using a credit card to rent a $30 a year vps server in the states and installing squid. Firewall circumvented. Hell, there a plenty of free proxies out there which will allow you to do the same thing. The GFW is a joke, and only stops the ignorant.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

LordWabbit2 Re:Step on it when it doesnt' work (228 comments)

I agree software is shipped without being tested to 99.999% quality. I buy a game on release day, come home slap the DVD in and install it (if it's not a steam game that is) and run it, it checks for patches, and downloads a 22gb "patch". So I stopped buying physical games, most games get released on steam, if I have to download the entire game regardless of whether I installed it from a dvd, I may as well just download it in the first place. I can't remember what game it was, but you could download the patch for the game before the game was even released. That says to me that they sent the code to the dvd fab knowing it was full of bugs.

But

Here's why code is not tested to 99.999% quality.

It costs too much. I work as a developer, I worked for a major bank on their project metrics team, so I had access to all their project data, planning, hours captured etc.etc. To make even a relatively small change to big software costs millions. Impact analysis by senior developers, assessments and documentation from system architects, meetings with management and business analysts etc. etc. All these people are not cheap. Before code even STARTS to change it can cost millions. Then the code changes and you have to do end to end testing, integration testing, regression testing etc. all involving people who pull a pay check, and depending on the code change you may need a new environment (ie. physical hardware) to test the change without impacting the rest of the business. I can hear all the agile pundits screaming, but if your testing cycle involves external parties, like every major bank in the country and the stock exchange, then 'agile' development is more expensive than waterfall development. So, it comes down to the testers to make sure there are no bugs. Developers subconsciously know how their code works, and do their unit testing accordingly, so when they send code to QA they think it's working 100% and there are no bugs. It's up to the testers to push the code in different ways to see if something breaks. But how good are the testers? Are they just ticking the blocks on the test plan? Are they trying weird and wonderful things outside of the test plan to see what happens? Probably not, it's hard to find good testers, it's a boring job. Hell it's hard to find good developers, never mind good senior developers. All of this means that code will never be tested to 99.999% reliability. EVER. IIRC they have had to do 2 patches on the mars rover which is on another bloody planet. If any software should have been tested to 99.999% reliability it should have been the software on the mars rover. But it wasn't, because it costs too much, and software / hardware and it's integration are very very complex things.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

LordWabbit2 Re: Priorities (228 comments)

What if you don't commute using a car, you use a motorbike or bicycle instead. Lot's of times I have put off going home until the rain let up a bit or stopped. We tend to get sudden heavy showers a lot in spring, rains heavily for 20~30 minutes and then stops.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?

LordWabbit2 Re:Step on it when it doesnt' work (228 comments)

Unlike everything we used to buy, back in the day, which worked straight out the box with no issues whatsoever, like a baseball glove and a ball.
Go outside and play!
And get off my lawn!

2 days ago
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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

LordWabbit2 Re: 12 hour factory shifts? (191 comments)

Depends on what you are doing, putting peg A into slot B just needs a warm body. Coding, or doing someone's taxes etc. would definitely degrade over time.

2 days ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

LordWabbit2 Re:503 (391 comments)

If they implement this I will be going back to FireFox as my primary browser (I'm a web developer, I have almost every damn browser installed) I fail to see how going to my local newsite to read about the new antics of our clown politicians needs to be encrypted and load slower because the proxy can't cache it when a fellow work colleague visited the site earlier in the day. I will encrypt what I deem to be sensitive in nature. If the NSA or anybody else even gives a rats ass about me reading the news then good for them. I don't give a rats ass if they do know. My banking however, is a different matter. So a popup when I click on 70% of websites on the internet is going to get annoying damn quick. Do the chrome developers have shares in Thawte or VeriSign or something?

3 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

LordWabbit2 Re:Presidential Oath of Office - how quaint (440 comments)

I used to back in my party days, woke up one afternoon and found someone sleeping in my cupboard. Left him there and went to find something to eat. Once after a serious night out I woke up and someone had cleaned my lounge, still don't know who it was.

4 days ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

LordWabbit2 Re: PRIVATE encryption of everything just became.. (379 comments)

We still have one technomoron here who keeps pushing to move everything to the cloud. We are in a country with dodgy overseas internet connections as it is and this artard want's to move everything offshore!

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

LordWabbit2 Re:Russia, LOL (235 comments)

Like inciting a civil war in Libya then bombing it back into the stone age. Libya used to be a pretty good country to live in before the NATO "intervention" to stop the Libyan government from fighting extremist terrorists, oops sorry, "Freedom fighters", funded by the west and bolstering their numbers with mercenaries. The illegal invasion of Iraq also comes to mind, the US president didn't even bother asking congress to go to war, just brought down 2 towers and no one asked any questions. Why the fvck invade Iraq again? Bin Laden wasn't even in the country?

about two weeks ago
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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

LordWabbit2 Re:These are real engineers, you Ruby weenies. (197 comments)

I am a programmer, it's what I do every day for a living. I am not an "engineer". My father was an engineer, he built power stations, I know the difference. Software "engineers" is a load of crap. You write code. End of story. It's like the fvcking janitor calling himself a Sanitation Engineer. You want to be an engineer then study for 20 years and you too can build power stations, instead of another cookie cutter website. Know your place, and stop giving yourself titles you don't deserve.

about two weeks ago
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Every Weapon, Armored Truck, and Plane the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

LordWabbit2 Lol (191 comments)

Your government has been quietly arming your jack booted police forces with heavy weapons for years, try protest about your corrupt government now. At the same time they have been pushing to disarm the general populace "for the safety of the children" and have engineered spree school shootings to force it down your throats. I think the Russians have more freedom than the Americans now.

about two weeks ago
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How the FCC CIO Plans To Modernize 207 Legacy IT Systems

LordWabbit2 Re:Good For Him (74 comments)

Sigh been there done that, could not agree with you more. A simple scenario to help illustrate your point. We had an old server, started acting up OS wise as well as hardware, so we migrated all our stuff off and switch off the server (luckily we kept it in place, just switched it off). A week later we get a call from across the country. "Please switch the server on again, we're not getting our feeds". Switch the server back on and go looking for the code, find some horribly convoluted COM libraries doing something no one knows what, the guy who probably did it has left, no source, no documentation nada. So we left the server on and walked away, probably still running.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Offers Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

LordWabbit2 Re:There are issues to resolve... (262 comments)

yeah, that's why there is a butt load of police dash cam footage on the web and on tv, because they handled it so well...

about three weeks ago
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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

LordWabbit2 The way of the dodo (171 comments)

Just like video stores, and music shops are slowly dying out, big publishing houses like UbiSoft and EA will slowly lose ground to indie games and people publishing their games via steam. I say good riddance.

about three weeks ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

LordWabbit2 Re: haven't been following... (189 comments)

Put it in your pocket with keys.
Could not agree more, don't care what it's made from, if you do the above, it will come out scratched.
It's like keys that are unobserved in your pocket turn into diamonds.

about three weeks ago
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Regin Malware In EU Attack Linked To US and British Intelligence Agencies

LordWabbit2 Re:How will I explain this to my children (131 comments)

For humans, I agree. Can't remember the authors name or the exact quote, but he said that the two oldest human professions were prostitution and war, not necessarily in that order. Doesn't say much for the human race.

about a month ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

LordWabbit2 Re:Long-term health effects (236 comments)

Agreed, the real value in sticking people into a tin can in orbit is to study THEM, not the tin can. We need to understand the long term affects of low gravity, diet, mental health etc. etc. before we commit to sending them on one way missions to other planets. Lets face it, the first couple of missions to Mars are probably going to be one way. I for one would like to know how to mitigate 'space scurvy' before taking the plunge.

about a month ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

LordWabbit2 Re:What it means (222 comments)

Erm, a simple Radio wave is power being transmitted without wires, albeit not a lot, but it still gets converted back into an electrical charge.

about a month ago

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Zalman goes bankrupt after fraud conspiracy

LordWabbit2 LordWabbit2 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

LordWabbit2 (2440804) writes "The company has filed for bankruptcy in Seoul, after years of its owner, Moneual, bleeding billions of dollars out of the company. But this isn't the only part of the story, it is a full-blown conspiracy with layers of details."
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1.5 million pages of ancient manuscripts online

LordWabbit2 LordWabbit2 writes  |  1 year,18 days

LordWabbit2 (2440804) writes "The Vatican Library and Oxford University's Bodleian Library have put the first of 1.5 million pages of ancient manuscripts online.
The two libraries in 2012 announced a four-year project to digitize some of the most important works of their collections of Hebrew manuscripts, Greek manuscripts and early printed books.
Among the first up on the site Tuesday, are the two-volume Gutenberg bibles from each of the libraries and a beautiful 15th-century German bible, hand-colored and illustrated by woodcuts.
The 2 million pound ($3.3 million) project is being funded by the Polonsky Foundation, which aims to democratize access to information.
The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 and is one of the most important research libraries in the world. The Bodleian is the largest university library in Britain."

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Bit-heist: Over $1mn in bitcoins stolen from Australian online bank

LordWabbit2 LordWabbit2 writes  |  about a year ago

LordWabbit2 (2440804) writes "An Australian bitcoin bank holding over US$1 million of the crypto-currency has been hacked, leaving an unknown number of users with nothing – one of the largest thefts in the currency’s four-year history.

The incident took place on October 26, when the bank was hacked, with 4,100 bitcoins valued at $1.3 million stolen, the service’s operator only known as ‘Tradefortress’ said. He refused to give his name to the press, also stressing he was not much older than 18.

  It took the bank’s owner two weeks to notify the affected customers."

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$30,000 iPhone docking station

LordWabbit2 LordWabbit2 writes  |  about 3 years ago

LordWabbit2 (2440804) writes "The 8ft long speaker dock pumps out a massive 1000 watts of power and weighs in at over 700lbs. Making it the worlds loudest iPhone speaker dock. Unfortunately no specifications are available for whats inside this monster at the moment."
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