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Security Researcher Finds Hundreds of Browser Bugs

MeanMF Re:Is Chrome not affected? (145 comments)

Chrome is a WebKit browser too.

more than 3 years ago
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Horizontal Scaling of SQL Databases?

MeanMF What company? (222 comments)

Please post the name of your company so we can learn more about what kind of data you're storing and what kind of issues you are seeing. And so we can avoid using your services until you hire somebody competent. Thanks.

more than 3 years ago
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Income Tax Quashed, Ballmer To Cash In Billions

MeanMF Re:I live in Seattle. (650 comments)

Income: $30,000
Standard Deduction: -$5,700
Taxable Income: $24,300
Tax on first $8,375 @ 10%: $838
Tax on remaining $15,925 @ 15%: $2,389
Total Tax: $3,227

Did you look up what current tax rates are? That person would pay about 37% more in tax under your plan ($4,409 vs $3,227). They'd have to put nearly $5,000 per year into savings just to end up with the _same_ tax burden.

On the other hand, a person making $250,000 per year and spending $150,000 of it would end up paying less than half of what they do now ($65,736 vs $32,009). Even if they spend every penny, they'll still only pay $55,000 for a savings of over $10,000.

more than 3 years ago
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Cheap Software Tools Give New Life To Stop-Motion Animation

MeanMF Re:How can it be cheaper? (111 comments)

RTFA... "To simulate movement and expression, animators bend or twist their objects ever so slightly between shots, a painstaking process that makes it difficult to achieve consistency from frame to frame. But now, software can help remedy that, with programs that help check the alignment of the camera and the lighting of the scene while letting the animator flip between recent images to see if the items are moving realistically. That part of the process — synchronizing the shots — was what made it difficult for amateurs to make a good movie."

more than 3 years ago
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Convincing Your Employer To Go With FOSS?

MeanMF Confluence is Open Source (369 comments)

Atlassian makes the source for all of their products available to anybody who buys a license. It doesn't cost anything extra, and even the $10 starter licenses come with full source.

more than 3 years ago
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Video Games Linked To Reckless Driving

MeanMF Ridiculous (337 comments)

That's just nonsense.. Without all those extended training sessions playing Forza, I'd never be able to drive safely on the highway at 90+ mph.

more than 4 years ago
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Dedicated Halo 2 Fans Keep Multiplayer Alive

MeanMF Re:LAN Play? (239 comments)

You're correct - you can use Xlink Kai to play with other people over the Internet for free. It works fine and there are typically hundreds of Halo 2 players online at any given moment. It's also popular in countries where Xbox Live isn't available.

more than 4 years ago
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Cyber Gangs Raise Profile of Commerical Online Bank Security

MeanMF Re:No thanks, nanny bank (140 comments)

I'm not asking them to secure anybody's PC or home network. But there are measures that they can take on their web site to make it much more difficult for somebody to steal my money, even if my PC is completely compromised. Using an out-of-band confirmation would help. Another way would be to do anomaly detection - check IP addresses, transaction patterns, dollar amounts, where the money is going, etc. I'm sure there are other things they can do too.

It's very similar to credit cards. Banks are on the hook for credit card fraud. Regardless of how security-conscious I am, there is a chance that my wallet might get stolen or somebody might grab my credit card number out of a database somewhere. The bank knows this can and will happen, but in this case they're not allowed to hold me responsible for the losses. So instead they spend money on security measures to detect and limit the most common kinds of fraud. They created software that can quickly sniff out unusual buying patterns, transactions from other countries, shipping address different from billing address, etc.

more than 4 years ago
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Cyber Gangs Raise Profile of Commerical Online Bank Security

MeanMF Re:I like Bank of America's approach (140 comments)

But I think that at the moment their financial interest is in making online banking fast and convenient, not making it secure. Maybe someday people will begin to stop using online banking, but we're nowhere near that point yet. One sure way to drive people away today would be to implement mandatory two-factor authentication or other inconvenient security measures. A lot of people would take their business elsewhere. No bank is going to do that unless ALL of the banks are forced to do it. And that means either regulation or making them responsible for the losses.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Behind Intel's USB Competitor?

MeanMF Re:Move the computer to the basement (332 comments)

My computer is already in the basement.. I ran a 50' DVI cable and some USB extender cables that I picked up at Monoprice and it works great.

more than 4 years ago
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Cyber Gangs Raise Profile of Commerical Online Bank Security

MeanMF Re:I like Bank of America's approach (140 comments)

Yes, that's pretty much the point of the article. As long as the banks aren't responsible for the losses, they have little incentive to spend money securing their systems. They just focus on generating as much business as possible, which means less focus on security and more focus on making things easy for users. If they were at least partially responsible for the losses, then they would not allow Joe Sixpack or anybody to do a funds transfer without SMS or some other better form of authentication. Or they would implement other measures like anomaly detection which have worked reasonably well in reducing credit card fraud losses.

more than 4 years ago
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Cyber Gangs Raise Profile of Commerical Online Bank Security

MeanMF Re:So close ... and yet ... (140 comments)

It'll give it to the attacker to log in with.. And it'll tell you that you entered the wrong code and that you need to try again.

Or it'll let you log in and quietly submit a transaction on your behalf every minute or two while you're logged on.

more than 4 years ago
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Cyber Gangs Raise Profile of Commerical Online Bank Security

MeanMF Re:I like Bank of America's approach (140 comments)

Making it look like the initial login failed is one way, another is to tell you that your session timed out and that you need to reauthenticate to continue. If you're a very security-conscious customer you might catch on, but the overwhelming majority of people are going to be fooled by this. If the SMS message told you exactly what you were authorizing, it would go a long way towards defeating this kind of attack. Unless the attacker can intercept and modify the SMS message before it gets to you, you're going to see what's really going on.

SiteKey is practically useless. People either don't notice that the picture is missing, or they're so used to answering security questions that they just go ahead and do it without thinking.

more than 4 years ago
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Cyber Gangs Raise Profile of Commerical Online Bank Security

MeanMF Re:No thanks, nanny bank (140 comments)

The point is that as long as banks are not responsible for the losses, they have no incentive to implement strong security measures on their websites. A large number of the current attacks on customer PCs could be eliminated if banks didn't let people do everything with just a username and password. Imagine how bad credit card fraud would be today (or how few people would use credit cards) if you were responsible for fraudulent use and not the bank.

more than 4 years ago
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Cyber Gangs Raise Profile of Commerical Online Bank Security

MeanMF Re:I like Bank of America's approach (140 comments)

For it to work correctly, the SMS or other out-of-band message should include the details of the transaction that you're authenticating. Otherwise a MITM attacker could make you think you're just logging in when actually you're authorizing a wire transfer.

more than 4 years ago
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Which Breakthrough Is Most Likely?

MeanMF Re:OK, let's see... (903 comments)

Sharks with frickin' lasers might not be practical, but at some point Mythbusters is going to run out of different ways to blow things up.

more than 4 years ago

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