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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

Narcocide Re:So offer a cost effective replacement (185 comments)

Which, interestingly enough, a one-time-use, generated-on-the-fly, disposable credit card number would ALSO protect you against...

3 days ago
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Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

Narcocide Re:So offer a cost effective replacement (185 comments)

My guess is it was actually shut down due to pressure from the government (*cough* NSA *cough*) to increase transparency in online credit card transactions. This would have made it far too easy for people to anonymously spend money on drugs and prostitutes.

3 days ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

Narcocide Re:PHP vulnerability - don't know. (316 comments)

AFAIK yes, by default, if you backtick to open a shell command, but not if you use shell_exec().

And, incidentally, neither of which you should be doing in the first place on any publicly facing web server. They've both generally been considered bad practice for scalability as well as security concerns since long before this particular BASH vulnerability got a buzzword name.

Also, don't run your webserver as root.

4 days ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

Narcocide Re:PHP vulnerability - don't know. (316 comments)

AFAIK yes, by default, if you backtick to open a shell command, but not if you use shell_exec().

And, incidentally, neither of which you should be doing in the first place on any publicly facing web server. They've both generally been considered bad practice for scalability as well as security concerns since long before this particular BASH vulnerability got a buzzword name.

4 days ago
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Flurry of Scans Hint That Bash Vulnerability Could Already Be In the Wild

Narcocide Re:PHP vulnerability - don't know. (316 comments)

AFAIK yes, by default, if you backtick to open a shell command, but not if you use shell_exec().

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

Narcocide Terminology is everything with old people. (179 comments)

Don't call it a "dashboard" because they think that just because its packaged differently and called something else it must not therefore be what they want. Call it "Realtime Reporting" and be done with it. Its not, strictly speaking, realitime, but that matters very little; its not strictly speaking a dashboard either.

5 days ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Narcocide LOL! (590 comments)

Trying to ruin 4chan's rep. Hilarious. They must be new to this internet thing.

5 days ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

Narcocide Re:Fascism at its finest! (383 comments)

Well, probably not how much soap you use, but they very well may limit what chemicals are allowed to be in soap that the vendors sell. They've already banned phosphorous in dishwashing detergent.

5 days ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

Narcocide Re:Dumb idea (383 comments)

You're missing the reality of the situation. They already have a place to dump it; pretty much anywhere you go in Seattle there are *three* (not two like in Los Angeles) different "trash" bins. One is for recycleables, one is for compostable waste, and one is for non-recycleable, non-compostable waste. This isn't about making it illegal for people to get rid of too much uneaten food, its just about creating a law to make using the right bin for it enforceable. They already did it for the recycleables almost a decade ago.

5 days ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

Narcocide Re:Well of course. (356 comments)

They're going to think we're a bunch of tossers.

Uh, I'm afraid I have some bad news for you...

5 days ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

Narcocide Re:Only CGI scripts affected? (399 comments)

Exactly. Don't pass unsanitized environment variables directly to your system shell and its not a problem. Anyone doing this with a cgi script should be slapped.

about a week ago
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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

Narcocide Go ahead, turn it off! See if I care! (241 comments)

While I'd love to imagine the hilarity that would ensue if Russia were to attempt to completely disconnect the internet in order to run their own entirely isolated private one, I doubt this is in reality what would happen. Even if they managed to keep most or all of their population from getting traffic from international social/news networks in, I have the sneaking suspicion that somehow the SPAM would still find its way out.

about two weeks ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

Narcocide Shocked, I say! Simply shocked! (183 comments)

Lack of regulation and oversight breeds rampant victimization of the labor force?!

about two weeks ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

Narcocide Re:"forced labor" (183 comments)

Isn't that the GOAL of Capitalism??

Only if you ask a Republican.

about two weeks ago
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

Narcocide For real? (106 comments)

Maybe next they could invent an artificial organ that would make me less angry.

about two weeks ago
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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

Narcocide Re:I'm not surprised (92 comments)

To be fair, you do partially have a point there; the official Canon printer drivers certainly support more of their own printers than CUPS does. I can tell you that without even looking at Canon's official driver install. However, the total amount of printers supported by CUPS, since it includes a sampling of most major manufacturer's printers (and all of the features of most of said printers) utterly dwarves what any one manufacturer supports currently in their own drivers in Windows. Yes, the average age of the list doesn't necessarily include as many printers released THIS YEAR (another partial point to your statement) but it also doesn't exclude printers that used to work simply because they're old enough that Canon wants you to buy a new one so they simply merged out support. What you're getting in that 17MB (probably less than 10MB really, for normal users - my installation case is an exception because I use multi-arch and compile a lot of packages on my own) is basic or complete support for a broad cross section of printers going back for more than a decade, not just the most recent offerings of one manufacturer's last 2 years of flagship products. Note this figure also includes the documentation.

But that doesn't really mean Canon's software is in and of itself bloated and horrible necessarily. If I had to bet on it, my guess would be that 28MB of the 30MB used by the Canon driver install is a hidden video of the developers eating birthday cake.

about two weeks ago
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The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

Narcocide Re:Here's what'll happen. (131 comments)

You forgot the part where they'll also come up with a lame, poorly-concocted excuse to bill the customer extra for it anyway, and get away with it.

about two weeks ago
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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

Narcocide Re:I'm not surprised (92 comments)

Well I too have a bunch of optional stuff that objectively speaking, I REALLY don't need, like bluetooth support (not to mention all the extra drivers and the development headers for compiling stuff, and a bunch of filters packages that I don't even know what they're for, in both 64-bit and 32-bit format due to compiling multi-arch stuff on this system) but I'm still sitting on a total install base of a bit less than 17MB. If Canon actually needs 30MB just for their own drivers and presumably the printing system itself is part of the Windows kernel, I think something is REALLY REALLY wrong.

about two weeks ago
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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

Narcocide Re:I'm not surprised (92 comments)

Before you just sign off and assume that 30MB is a completely acceptable install size for a single printer driver or a single group of drivers from a single printer manufacturer simply because HP somehow manages to waste a whole order of magnitude more space, compare that to the installed size of the Linux CUPS printing subsystem and its ENTIRE DRIVER SET FOR ALL SUPPORTED DEVICES.

about two weeks ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

Narcocide Not a huge surprise to me. (269 comments)

My parents are both dumber than dirt but I'm way smarter than them.

about three weeks ago

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