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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

McDutchie Re:Thunderbird too (112 comments)

Thunderbird is not dead at all, it's just been relegated to community maintenance mode (like SeaMonkey has always been). There was a lot of press blather about how that amounted to the "death" of Thunderbird, meanwhile its users are happily downloading security updates with the occasional new feature, and continuing to use a relatively stable program. Considering what they're doing to Firefox, I think this is a good thing.

about 3 months ago
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A Year After Snowden's Disclosures, EFF, FSF Want You To Fight Surveillance

McDutchie Re:No point encrypting if you're the only one... (108 comments)

And yet, as I point out, Apple has done it with iMessage. A lot of sites encrypt their traffic with SSL.

Both of these are surely compromised by the NSA by now. Certainly SSL is.

I think the real problem is one of standards.

That is a really good point. The move to closed systems is a disease that is killing the internet.

about 6 months ago
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A Year After Snowden's Disclosures, EFF, FSF Want You To Fight Surveillance

McDutchie Re:No point encrypting if you're the only one... (108 comments)

This argument hasn't changed in twenty years, in spite of massive improvements in ease of use. Apparently, it's impossible to make it "easy enough" for the average user. I think this means ease of use actually has very little to do with the problem. The problem is with the average user's priorities. People value convenience more highly than privacy, and as long as people don't change those values, encryption will never take on. Typically people will only change their priorities under threat of dire and immediate consequences for them personally. Everyone will lock their door so they don't get burglarised. But email privacy is too abstract and invisible still. It's going to take some huge cases of identity theft, with real monetary loss, to get people to change â" and then people will probably sooner abandon email than use email encryption. Finally, the kind of convenience that you propose necessarily will render the whole thing insecure. Letting strangers (like Google) manage your private keys defeats the whole purpose.

about 7 months ago
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Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw

McDutchie Re:Microsoft Opened Themselves Up for Lawsuits (345 comments)

Oh and don't forget which OS it was that gave us heartbleed. Was it Windows? No no no no, was it OSX? No no nooo no, was it Linux? yeah yeah yeah yeah!

How does this utter shit get modded up to +4? Heartbleed is an OpenSSL bug. It's got jack to do with Linux (or any other OS). That is just the worst in the parent message. Everything else is misleading as well.

about 8 months ago
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OpenBSD Moving Towards Signed Packages — Based On D. J. Bernstein Crypto

McDutchie Re:Floppy disks? (232 comments)

Another good reason I found on a relevant mailing list thread is that testing on a large variety of architectures often exposes bugs that remain under the radar otherwise (but may still come to bite users as security holes). That large variety is only available by supporting legacy architectures.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Remotely Deleted Tor From Windows Machines To Stop Botnet

McDutchie Re:A Microsoft Killswitch (214 comments)

prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom)

Yup, that's 2005 alright. Or even 2004 and 2003.

Hardly inspires confidence that they haven't updated the description in nearly a decade.

about a year ago
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Intel Dev: GTK's Biggest Problem, and What Qt Does Better

McDutchie Re:GTK is trash (282 comments)

Adobe Reader and Flash for Linux are GTK-based.

about a year ago
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Rigging Up Baby

McDutchie Over-monitoring is problematic (117 comments)

While the breathing and sleeping alerts will calm a lot of parents,

I would argue the opposite is more likely to happen. Most parents are not qualified to properly interpret these data, and over-monitoring can cause excessive anxiety and obsessive-compulsive tendencies.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Security, In Light of NSA Crypto-Subverting Attacks?

McDutchie Re:Ken Thompson, Anyone? (472 comments)

How can you be sure that both other compilers don't have a parent compiler that is infected?

David A. Wheeler addresses this question in his dissertation.

about a year ago
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Opera Picks Up Webkit Engine

McDutchie Re:Monoculture, here we come (again) (314 comments)

Spam in email is a solved problem because spam filters have become convenient and more than good enough.

Cryptographic signing solved the header forgery problem a long time ago, and the major providers all add signatures to the headers.

about 2 years ago
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Opera Picks Up Webkit Engine

McDutchie Re:Monoculture, here we come (again) (314 comments)

What? There is no TCP/IP monoculture. There are many different TCP/IP implementations. All of them interoperate without problems because there is a well-defined standard. That is not monoculture, that is standardization. They are fundamentally different things.

about 2 years ago
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Bill Gates Answers Questions From Redditors

McDutchie Re:Long done (154 comments)

You're wrong. When I posted his last post was hours old and he had posted an update thanking people for the great AMA and ending it.

How typical of Slashdot that some AC gets upvoted to +5 for blatantly lying.

about 2 years ago
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Opera Picks Up Webkit Engine

McDutchie Monoculture, here we come (again) (314 comments)

This is bad news. Another step on the way to browser monoculture, with all the problems that can bring. Next thing Firefox will switch to Webkit and we'll have only Webkit browsers and IE left.

about 2 years ago
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Bill Gates Answers Questions From Redditors

McDutchie Long done (154 comments)

Slashdot is late to the game. Don't bother posting there. Gates is long done answering questions.

about 2 years ago
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What To Do When an Advised BIOS Upgrade Is Bad?

McDutchie Only upgrade firmware if you have nothing to lose (467 comments)

After bricking three successive broadband routers using firmware upgrades recommended by their respective manufacturers, my position on firmware upgrades is simple: NEVER do them, unless you have nothing to lose (i.e. if your device is working so badly that you would need to replace it anyway).

about 2 years ago
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Ask Richard Stallman Anything

McDutchie Why look like a tramp and behave like an asshole? (573 comments)

This is a serious, though exasperated question, born of years of frustration with the leader of ideals I subscribe to:

Why in all of the universe don't you bother to look basically presentable and behave in a basically likeable way? Do you really not realize that you are the Free Software movement's greatest liability because of your shitty appearance and behaviour? How does this basic fact of humanity manage to evade you for all these years?

about 2 years ago
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Slackware 14.0 Arrives

McDutchie Re:Installing the new version... (183 comments)

You can still install via floppies...

No, you can't. The kernel hasn't even fit on a floppy for many years now.

more than 2 years ago
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Slackware 14.0 Arrives

McDutchie Re:Why Slackware? (183 comments)

Simplicity and long-term convenience. The complications caused by those "conveniences" of other distros have a way of getting in the way at unexpected moments and making life very inconvenient. Doing the configuration right the first time by learning to understand what you're actually doing may take extra effort but pays off in the long run.

more than 2 years ago
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New Judge Assigned To Tenenbaum Case Upholds $675k Verdict

McDutchie Re:Who cares (312 comments)

Kill a man and you get off easy.

No you don't. Knock it off with the hyperbole, reality is more than bad enough.

more than 2 years ago

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Dutch govt has no idea how to delete tapped calls

McDutchie McDutchie writes  |  more than 5 years ago

McDutchie (151611) writes "The law in the Netherlands says that intercepted phone calls between attorneys and their clients must be destroyed. But the Dutch government has been keeping under wraps for years that no one has the foggiest clue how to delete them (Google translation). Now, an email from the National Police Services Agency (KLPD) has surfaced, revealing that the working of the technology in question is a NetApp trade secret. The Dutch police are now trying to get their Israeli supplier Verint to tell them how to delete tapped calls and comply with the law. Meanwhile, attorneys in the Netherlands remain afraid to use their phones."
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Judge: Fake Simpsons cartoon 'is child porn'

McDutchie McDutchie writes  |  about 6 years ago

McDutchie writes "An appeal judge in Australia has ruled that an animation depicting well-known cartoon characters engaging in sexual acts is child pornography. The central issue in the case was whether a cartoon character could depict a real person. He ruled that the animated cartoon could "fuel demand for material that does involve the abuse of children," and therefore upheld the conviction for child pornography."
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UK ISPs censor Wikipedia page, serve fake 404

McDutchie McDutchie writes  |  about 6 years ago

McDutchie writes "Suddenly, access to Wikipedia from most major UK ISPs has become painfully slow. The reason: all your connections to Wikipedia are being transparently proxied through a single IP address, and the article about the 1970s Scorpion album, Virgin Killer, is blocked, presumably because of the cover image. The proxy serves fake 404 Not Found error page, so you wouldn't know about the block unless you were familiar with Wikimedia's regular 404 page. Wikinews has more on this."
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Second Life Auto-Bans Accounts, Keeps US$350

McDutchie McDutchie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

McDutchie writes "What happens when a Second Life user transfers 100,000 Linden dollars (about US$350 at current sell rate) from his alternative to his main avatar? That's right: both accounts instantly go "poof" with no warning, explanation or recourse. Linden Lab stonewalls its customer and keeps the US$350. With this kind of story as well as recently introduced trademark idiocy and the extreme and ever-increasing instability and unreliability Second Life has been experiencing for months now, I wonder if the writing is on the wall. For how much longer will Second Life be around?"
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