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Linux Kernel Git Repositories Add 2-Factor Authentication

Mr_Icon Re:keys are not issued to someone they are generat (49 comments)

Least amount of back-and-forth between the developer and the admin ("sorry, your key has to be at least 2048 bits", "you forgot to sign your mail", "sorry, I sent you guys the wrong key"), plus it helps assure it's a dedicated SSH key and isn't shared between many other projects and therefore copied across workstations. Mostly, though, it reduces hassle.

about a month ago
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Linux Kernel Git Repositories Add 2-Factor Authentication

Mr_Icon Re:keys are not issued to someone they are generat (49 comments)

There is no mistake here -- the ssh private keys are generated on the kernel.org provisioning system, encrypted to the developer's PGP key (which is verified using the PGP web of trust) and then emailed out. The developer then decrypts the ssh private key on their workstation using their own PGP private key. Our copy of the ssh private key is destroyed in the process, so we only keep the ssh public key. PGP web of trust is king in the kernel.org world.

about 2 months ago
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Linux Kernel Git Repositories Add 2-Factor Authentication

Mr_Icon Re:How does it work without a clock? (49 comments)

Yubikeys also support the HOTP standard, which produces 6-digit codes. This is what kernel.org actually uses, not yubikey's own implementation.

about 2 months ago
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Linux Kernel Git Repositories Add 2-Factor Authentication

Mr_Icon Re:Yubikeys? (49 comments)

Battle.net authenticator uses TOTP, so yes, you can. :)

about 2 months ago
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Why Apple Is So Sticky

Mr_Icon Re:The question is (595 comments)

Stick to imperial units -- American buttloads are bigger. ;)

more than 4 years ago
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Humans Continue To Be "Weak Link" In Data Security

Mr_Icon Re:Encrypt your sh*t. Or you aren't a professional (117 comments)

"Bob, I need financial data for all clients bought the WidgetMaster 9000, ASAP!"
"Sure, boss. I couldn't attach it to email for some reason, so I posted it on superfileshare.com."

more than 4 years ago
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Scientology Tries To Block German Documentary

Mr_Icon Re:A point to note (565 comments)

I think the point here is that what we're not really against religion, as much as we're against dogma.

more than 4 years ago
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Spammer Alan Ralsky Pleads Guilty

Mr_Icon Plan of action (144 comments)

Once he's in jail, we need to find out who his cellmate is, so we can send him inordinate amounts of penis enlargement ads.

more than 5 years ago
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Town Fights Cricket Plague With Led Zeppelin

Mr_Icon Pun (190 comments)

Not that shocking -- they normally listen to the beetles.

more than 5 years ago
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Yahoo Pulls the Plug On GeoCities

Mr_Icon Re:RIP (427 comments)

> Many times over the last decade I've ended up on a Geocities website when researching particular subjects...

That's because now it's all on wikipedia.

more than 5 years ago
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The Net — Democratic Panacea Or Autocratic Tool?

Mr_Icon The net (204 comments)

The net is a good way to stay informed.
Unfortunately, it's an even better way to stay misinformed.

more than 5 years ago
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Robot Makes Scientific Discovery (Mostly) On Its Own

Mr_Icon Gender bender (250 comments)

The complexity of Adam is that it has cycles.

No, no, no -- the complexity of *Eve* is that it has cycles.

more than 5 years ago
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Doctors Silencing Online Patient Reviews Via Contract

Mr_Icon Not first amendment! (324 comments)

Repeat after me -- first amendment and other rights provided by the US constitution are ONLY applicable when you're dealing with the US government. When you are dealing with private entities, constitutional rights and freedoms do not apply (think, for example, Non-Disclosure Agreements -- which is pretty much all this is). Yes, doctors now insist on an NDA (for the purposes of CYA) -- that's a WTF, but not a violation of your constitutional rights.

more than 5 years ago
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Banned Words List Carries Its First Emoticon

Mr_Icon speaking of obscene emoticons (333 comments)

There's a Russian joke about emoticons (I'm sure totally made up).
During his first orbit, Yuri Gagarin was asked if he was enjoying the view, to which he responded "the view is three equals eight."
3=8 ("zayebis!" or rough equivalent of "fucking awesome!")

You kinda have to have you mind in the gutter to see this one (but I'm sure most slashdotters will do just fine ;)).

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Calls Today Global Anti-Piracy Day

Mr_Icon Only one day? (500 comments)

In contrast, the rest of the world celebrates the remaining 364 piracy days.

more than 5 years ago

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Mr_Icon Mr_Icon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Mr. Icon writes "Researchers at the Montreal Children's Hospital of the McGill University Health Center have revealed new evidence dispelling the supposed link between mercury and autism. The research team, led by Dr. Eric Fombonne, tested mercury levels in the hair and blood samples from autistic children and their mothers and found that the levels did not differ statistically from those samples taken from non-autistic children. They also demonstrated that there was no correlation between the mercury level and the severity of symptoms and level of functioning of autistic children."

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