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Canadian Spy Agency Snooped Travelers With Airport Wi-Fi

MisterP Very few technical details in this story (159 comments)

"the spy service was provided with information captured from unsuspecting travellers' wireless devices by the airport's free Wi-Fi system over a two-week period."

Like what? Mac addresses? Mac address + IPs it connected to?

"The document shows the federal intelligence agency was then able to track the travellers for a week or more as they — and their wireless devices — showed up in other Wi-Fi "hot spots" in cities across Canada and even at U.S. airports."

How? Did CSEC have a deal with companies providing wifi?

about a year ago

PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

MisterP Re:Current PCs are good enough. (564 comments)

I guess that depends. I have a 7 year old Mac mini. It was a Core Duo. Over the years, i've put in more ram, an SSD and even found a Core 2 Duo cpu that works in it. I just ordered a newish mac mini, not because the hardware isn't good enough but because it'll only run 10.6 (10.7 with some haxing). It will however make a fine linux box.

Newer macs though aren't nearly as upgradable unfortunately.

1 year,15 days

Dropbox Wants To Replace Your Hard Disk

MisterP Pessimism (445 comments)

I find it somewhat disappointing that despite the connectivity options we have today, we still so far from being able to access our own data in a secure and consistent manner that's easy for everyone. It's even more disappointing to see a company like Dropbox solving only the "consistent" and "easy" parts of it. I say it's disappointing because I have problems with the encryption scheme [1] and non-decentralized way they're currently doing things.

As it's been pointed out [2] and essentially beaten to death recently, these things may not matter a whole lot to most people now, I think you have be pretty optimistic to think they won't matter in the future.

[1] https://www.dropbox.com/help/28/en
[2] https://medium.com/surveillance-state/b804de3b5b

about a year and a half ago

System Admins Should Know How To Code

MisterP Coders Should Know How To Sysadmin (298 comments)

I don't think anyone could argue that having skills in both areas isn't a good thing. I've been a sysadmin for 20 years and i've had to do basic development over the years (apache modules, ldap-ifying applications, etc). When it comes to troubleshooting complex problems as a sysadmin and the whole team is whiteboarding, you can tell pretty quickly who understands how systems work below the user interface. This is often only learned through writing code.

The opposite is true for coders too. With a few execeptions, the most competent developers I've worked with have had sysadmin duties at some point in their career. Not that long ago, I had to sit down with a Sr. (Java) developer and explain load balancers and TCP session state.

more than 2 years ago

Jimmy Wales Threatens To Obstruct UK Government Snooping

MisterP Why not just do it? (198 comments)

I understand that wikipedia is a non-profit and has limited resources, but why not just do it? This doesn't seem like a radical stance at all. This should be on their roadmap. Given wikipedia history of taking sides on issues like this, they should be pioneers in doing this sort of thing.

Plain text HTTP is on its way to becoming a legacy protocol.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Releases Windows Server 2012

MisterP Re:Finally tried real pay-for-it microsoft support (249 comments)

I couldn't agree more. I've never experienced support like we get from MS. Just recently we had a 12GB .dmp file analyzed and in less than 36 hours they were able to tell us which shitty 3rd party driver was causing our boxes to BSOD. The vendor that shipped this driver (mentioned in the parent above) is so far, completely useless.

more than 2 years ago

5 Years In Prison For Selling Fake Cisco Gear

MisterP A judge can strip someone of their US citizenship? (239 comments)

"Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [...] also stripped Zhao, from China, of her U.S. citizenship"

What the hell? I was unaware that there are different classes of citizenship. What if a person born as an American did this?

more than 3 years ago

FreeBSD Vows to Compete with Desktop Linux

MisterP Laptops Laptops Laptops! (370 comments)

One of the big problems with any flavour of Linux that I've used is the laptop support. Even though I've always specifically bought laptops with very good linux compatibility, it's still hit and miss. A large chunk of the computers sold in retail stores now are laptops and they're getting more and more popular as the price of them continues to drop. Suspend and wifi needs to Just Work.

What I would like to see is a small core list of laptop models that are essentially "certified" to work. Pick the most popular lines, get them working 100% then add more and more models without breaking support for the laptops that worked previously. Ubuntu in particular seems to have a shockgun whack-a-mole approach to supporting laptops and it's maddening.

more than 8 years ago


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