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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

MadCow42 Re:not the point (343 comments)

Example that might make more sense:

You download a program that appears legit (and may be mostly legit, or be a hacked version of a legit program), and are running it.

The program senses inactivity, opens a contextual menu on the screen to prevent the REAL screensaver from kicking in, and opens it's own fake screensaver instead.

When you get back to the computer, it prompts you to input your credentials.

Voila... it now has your credentials, and can wreak utter havoc and destruction (depending on your permissions).

yesterday
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Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

MadCow42 It's a little early (351 comments)

For April fools jokes, isn't it?

4 days ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

MadCow42 ... and there's the problem (480 comments)

"creates an auditable trail linking a person and their vote"

Being able to verify how someone voted defeats the whole point. You need ANONYMOUS, but verifiable voting, if that's at all possible. Otherwise, you get into the whole issue of vote buying, intimidation, public shaming, etc.

about two weeks ago
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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

MadCow42 Re:Time to leave the muslim faith. (490 comments)

Christianity is not much better, if you actually read the bible. Thankfully most churches ignore the parts of the bible that promote exactly the same actions that we criticize "radical Muslims" for... but then again, most Muslims also ignore those parts of the Koran. The difference is that there seem to be fewer "radical Christians" that interpret the bible literally, otherwise we'd be getting it from both sides.

However, if there were more radical Christians, maybe people would realize that Islam isn't the issue... it's religion as a whole that's the problem.

Check out Deuteronomy 20 some day, before you reply.

about three weeks ago
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EFF: Apple's Dev Agreement Means No EFF Mobile App For iOS

MadCow42 Security protects the user too (220 comments)

The things they're complaining about are certainly restrictions on freedom... but they directly address security concerns and protect the user at the same time. It's a walled garden - good and bad. Why can't they simply write a web app for this instead, and stop their complaining?

There's a reason that Apple's devices are smooth, reliable, and stable... and you just can't have that when you live in the Wild West of completely open software. Yes, it means putting some trust in a company to get there, but I don't see that as any worse than the alternatives.

So EFF - I have made large donations to you in the past, but pick your battles and stop wasting my time and money on the bad fights.

about three weeks ago
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Text Editor Created In Minecraft

MadCow42 Re:This isn't pure minecraft (114 comments)

He serializes the data and sends it over a single redstone line... just like you would do in a real computer.

about three weeks ago
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Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

MadCow42 Re:Interesting (293 comments)

You can passively block it, yes. There's nothing preventing you from building a Faraday cage around your home. You cannot ACTIVELY block it though (i.e. broadcast signals to intentionally interfere with it).

about a month ago
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At 40, a person is ...

MadCow42 Re:Yes, I am having fun yet. (286 comments)

Ironic... yours was the last comment on this post just now, and the silly quote below the Slashdot logo at the bottom says "Are you having fun yet?"

about a month ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

MadCow42 Re:First amendment? (250 comments)

Crap. Ok, what's your address? And is that $100 Canadian, or $100 Canadian Tire?

about a month and a half ago
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Kiva Systems Co-Founder: Drone Delivery Could Be As Low As 20 Cents Per Package

MadCow42 If I order a drone through Amazon (92 comments)

If I order a drone through Amazon, will it deliver itself?

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

MadCow42 Re:I like... (643 comments)

I agree 100% - even today, recordings from cop cars only see to be available when it's in the police's interest, and are destroyed or not working otherwise.

The best solution I heard was in the book Lockstep - where police were actually remote controlled robots. One robot was always controlled by an independent 3rd party operator, a civilian. That would ensure accountability and fairness.

about 5 months ago
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Germany Scores First: Ends Verizon Contract Over NSA Concerns

MadCow42 Economic destruction (206 comments)

The NSA has not only undermined our trust in the government (well... that's assuming there was any to begin with), but it's also wreaking huge devastation on our economy. How many US-based companies have lost huge amounts of foreign business due to these revelations?

It's NOT Snowden's fault for revealing these actions. It's the US Government's fault for having their fingers in every conceivable cookie jar in the world, and forcing US-based companies to assist them with it (willingly, unwillingly, and even unknowingly).

about 7 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

MadCow42 "Gun Jammers" are the problem (1374 comments)

So what if all the privately-held weapons in the USA were of this type? do you think that someone (... some 3-letter acronym, maybe... ahem) might design a gun jamming system? What good is the right to bear arms if someone else can simply shut them off on you? Sorry, no go - at least from a mandated-use standpoint. Sure, I can see it being nice for some people who CHOOSE to use it, but not if it's mandated by law.

about 9 months ago
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Fluke Donates Multimeters To SparkFun As Goodwill Gesture

MadCow42 Re:Good PR Move (250 comments)

It's good PR for Sparkfun too. They're getting way more value already than $30k of publicity usually gives you.

about 10 months ago
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How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit

MadCow42 Re:The taxpayers are not Apples sugardaddy (288 comments)

No, I'm not arguing that Apple shouldn't be paying more taxes. Not just Apple, but many large, profitable companies that don't pay much or any tax should pay more.

However, the problem is NOT WITH APPLE. It's with the laws that let them do this. Fix the damn laws, don't blame the companies that use the current laws to ensure they do THEIR job properly (i.e. make money).

about a year ago
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How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit

MadCow42 Re:Right....moron... (288 comments)

Great... then prosecute them.

If you can't, then it's legal.

If you don't like it, change the law. More specifically, if the taxpayers (and politicians) in that area don't like it, then they should change the law. Otherwise, what's the fucking story here?

about a year ago

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Content Filtering Firewall options for the Home

MadCow42 MadCow42 writes  |  about 2 years ago

MadCow42 (243108) writes "My kids are getting to the age of web surfing without my wife or I always hanging over their shoulder. Although they're still in the "innocent" phase (not for long!), it's time that I installed a better content filtering and firewall/spamwall/antivirus/anti-phishing solution on our (mostly wired) home network. I'm gravitating to an appliance-type solution and I'm not afraid to pay a small monthly fee for services if needed, but I'm also Linux capable and already have an Ubuntu server on my internal network (with things like Dansguardian/etc a possibility)... but I don't want to be spending hours manually updating and patching servers and block lists. What affordable solutions would the Slashdot crowd suggest?"
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Environmental marketing that works

MadCow42 MadCow42 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MadCow42 (243108) writes "I run the global marketing team for a large global B2B consumables business. We've already addressed all the low-hanging fruit for reducing the waste and environmental impact of our products from a materials, manufacturing process, packaging, recycling and logistics standpoint (although we haven't capitalized as much as we should on the marketing aspects of those efforts). We also have environmental issues high on the list for new product development. However, as our customers become more and more active in reducing their own impact on our planet, I want to take my company to the next level. Admittedly, this is an offensive/defensive move to grow our business and out-pace our competition — in the end, if there is no business benefit, very few companies will spend money to go beyond what's the minimum they must do. My question for the technologically-informed Slashdot crowd is this: what types of environmental programs, messages, or changes do you think would have the biggest real benefit for the environment, and just as importantly would influence the buying decisions of you and/or your company? Of course, we're also working with our customers on that issue, but many are just now waking up to the issue and aren't educated on what the real impacts and benefits can be. For example, does Carbon Offsetting really make a difference? How about sponsoring specific environmental projects around the world? What types of projects or programs? What is too abstract to be perceived as a tangible benefit to consumers? Where can I make the biggest impact for Earth and for my business with my Marketing dollars? (sorry I can't share more about the specific business... I know it would help)"

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