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Firefox Will Soon Offer One-Click Buttons For Your Search Engines

NotInHere Re:stupid right away (100 comments)

iarchive! archive.org

First I've thought this would be a portugese exclamation mark then I realized it got displayed the right way, so its most likely no unicode.

yesterday
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Firefox Will Soon Offer One-Click Buttons For Your Search Engines

NotInHere stupid right away (100 comments)

unless I use a screen-keyboard, I need to change my hands from the keyboard to the mouse and back again for this "one-click-experience". Thats stupid. My setup has "one keypress search" (ok actually two if you count whitespace), which is far more better. I use an already existing feature. My most important search sites get such shortcuts. My current prefixes are:

w : en.wikipedia.org
s: en.wiktionary.org
d: duckduckgo.com
a: web.archive.org (link down? just paste URL, pos1 and a + space)
g: google.com
y: youtube.com

Best thing is, it isn't cluttered up with all that ebay or other sites. Disadvantage of course is that I have to set it up on each computer I use firefox on.

2 days ago
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Slack Now Letting Employers Tap Workers' Private Chats

NotInHere Re:Pretty good idea if it is your computer (78 comments)

Yes you can monitor stuff even with TLS, but that's far less than without encryption. So my company knows that my smartphone connects to whattsapp.com on port 443 and exchanges 2kb of information.

2 days ago
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Slack Now Letting Employers Tap Workers' Private Chats

NotInHere Re:Pretty good idea if it is your computer (78 comments)

The network shouldn't matter unless you count installing some shiny cisco app or accepting companie's CA as "network setup".

2 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

NotInHere Standards (330 comments)

A company should be abled to offer any services they want, but they should have to make sure they don't create lock-ins, eg through their own proprietary standards. If whattsapp users could communicate with skype chat users, we'd get rid of lots of problems. Its like with energy. There are lots of devices, but they all work with one energy grid, at least with the EU connector. And still, there are only a few large energy companies running most of the power plants. But when I have to buy new devices the moment I switch the energy company, I think twice before the switch.

5 days ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

NotInHere Re:Booyah! (246 comments)

It seems it does matter, at least for Tablizer.

about a week ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

NotInHere Re:But ... But ... But ... (519 comments)

One of the problems I have with nuclear fission technology is the fact that old plants are still on-line. With new plants we know how to make them secure.

about a week ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

NotInHere Re:Well that's a start... (162 comments)

No, this law should have tabs!

about a week ago
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HTML5: It's Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile

NotInHere Re:Can someone expolain what's so great about HTML (133 comments)

In firefox, you have various options to disable parts of HTML5:
webgl.disabled: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/s...
network.websocket.enabled
full-screen-api.enabled ...
And if there is demand to disable HTML5 for certain websites on a click-to-play basis, either somebody will write an addon or the browser does it already itself. For example getusermedia asks for your permission before giving access to the camera.

about a week ago
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HTML5: It's Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile

NotInHere Re:The wait was unnessesary (133 comments)

Actionscript is only a language just like javascript too. Its only the APIs that make Actionscript as powerful as it is. And lot of those are still proprietary.

about two weeks ago
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HTML5: It's Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile

NotInHere Re:Can someone expolain what's so great about HTML (133 comments)

but the platform was intentionally designed to make it impossible for security reasons.

Perhaps thats true for some technologies, but as user agents didn't add those features to the web, all of those shiny features landed in flash or silverlight and ended up being less secure and more broken than before. Soon every website told you to install flash because it was so new and so cool.

So browser vendors had the choice: either add the features to the browsers themselfes, or rely on one company (Adobe, silverlight came later) and their "Browser inside a Browser".

Of course HTML5 is less secure, and especially WebGL allows the web (traditionally a very dangerous place) to access the graphics card without a dense safety net. But otherwise you would have unity web player or other technologies, which are basically punching holes exactly there where you build your safety net.

HTML5 isn't less secure because people wanted it to be less secure. They wanted to obsolete plugins, but still meet the Web's users demands. Do you have flash installed?

about two weeks ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

NotInHere Re:Municipal WiFi (106 comments)

Getting access to the wire should be only the first step of a successful MITM, but yes the WiFi attack is the easiest if you know your target.

about two weeks ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

NotInHere Re:Municipal WiFi (106 comments)

VPN is a good idea whenever using a public Internet service, since not all sites are encrypted and you don't really know who you're connecting to.

And you know your VPN better? You know and trust every of the stations appearing on the traceroute list when run on your VPN-ed network interface?

about two weeks ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

NotInHere Re:Municipal WiFi (106 comments)

Yes, I also hate "free" WiFi where you have to login first, or install some stupid app. It should just simply work without all that.

about two weeks ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

NotInHere Re:Wifi what about the poor saps (106 comments)

still it can be through an app you have to install.

about two weeks ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

NotInHere Re:Wifi what about the poor saps (106 comments)

I'm not blaming you for not RTFA, but if you did you would find that you actually still can make phone calls with those stations. However, you won't have a handset anymore. Making phone calls will be free.

about two weeks ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

NotInHere Re:Not to be justifiably paranoid, but (106 comments)

Usually also everybody else in that area can access the data. Encrypt your connections and live with it.

about two weeks ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

NotInHere Re:Municipal WiFi (106 comments)

First, the MAC is nothing fixed (unlike IMEI which is pretty much fixed by closed-down driver software), and second, WiFi APs are far more cheaper in buying and getting a license to send than 3G or LTE masts. The only solution for our internet needs is a dense mesh of APs, whether its WiFi or LTE. But as I've said, WiFi is cheaper and far more open than mobile connections.

"NSA class intel" is not exactly the case: if people use end-to-end encryption, the WiFi owner only sees which website I visit, but not which page on the website. Giving access to people's data to everybody and not just NSA, is like giving weapons to everybody and not just the state. Wasn't this something you americans like?

about two weeks ago
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Robots Put To Work On E-Waste

NotInHere Re:Just Saying... (39 comments)

... and save humanity from an evil autopilot.

about two weeks ago
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Longtime Debian Developer Tollef Fog Heen Resigns From Systemd Maintainer Team

NotInHere Re:Not resigning from Debian (550 comments)

What do you think is the greatest misconception people not liking systemd have about it?

about two weeks ago

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Leaked documents show EU council presidency wants to impair net neutrality

NotInHere NotInHere writes  |  about a week ago

NotInHere (3654617) writes "The advocacy group "European Digital Rights" (EDRi) reports from leaked documents that the presidency of the council of the EU Italy plans to remove vital parts from the telecommunications package that introduced net neutrality. The changes include removing the definition of "net neutrality" and replacing it with a "reference to the objective of net neutrality", which EDRi critizises impair enforceability. Also the proposed changes would allow ISPs to "block, slow down, alter, degrade or discriminate" traffic in order to meet "obligations under a contract with an end-user to deliver a service requiring a specific level of quality to that end-user". EDRi writes that "[w]ith all of the talk of the need for a single digital market in Europe, we would have new barriers and new monopolies."

The council of the EU is one of its two legislative chambers. The EU parliament can now object or propose further changes to prevent the modified telecommunications package from passing. Currently, Italy is presidency of the council of the EU."
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Hungary to introduce 62 cents/GB internet tax

NotInHere NotInHere writes  |  about a month ago

NotInHere (3654617) writes "In Hungary, the government of Victor Orban wants to impose world's first traffic-based tax of 150 HUF (0.62 USD) per gigabyte of internet traffic. According to economy minister Mihaly Varga, this has been neccessary to "plug holes in the 2015 budget", and to compensate for the people's move of communication habits from 2 cents per min taxed POTS to the untaxed internet. This tax has not just raised criticism by telecom providers, but also resulted in heavy revolts, even though the government later announced to cap the tax at 700 HUF for consumers and 5000 HUF for businesses, and let the telecom providers pay the remaining part."
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Mozilla publishes Online news site "The Open Standard"

NotInHere NotInHere writes  |  about 1 month ago

NotInHere (3654617) writes "According to its Mozilla wiki page, the Open Standard will "explore the role of openness and transparency in all aspects of society". Since the writing of that wiki page, the article "Welcome to The Open Standard" has been published, so The Open Standard (how it got its name here) is officially launched. The article currently has rendering difficulties on my desktop, therefore I'll paste it here:

From its start, Mozilla has advocated for the open, transparent and collaborative systems at work in our daily lives. This is the next step in that mission.

Welcome to The Open Standard.

From the beginning, Mozilla has dedicated itself to advocating for an open Web in wholehearted belief that open systems create more opportunity for everyone.

From its advocacy work to web literacy programs, to the creation of the Firefox browser, Mozilla has exemplified the journalism adage, “show, don’t tell.” It’s in that tradition that we’re excited to bring you The Open Standard, an original news site dedicated to covering the ideas and opinions that support the open, transparent and collaborative systems at work in our daily lives.

We advocate that open systems create healthier communities and more successful societies overall. We will cover everything from open source to open government and the need for transparency; privacy and security, the “Internet of Things” vs. “pervasive computing”, to education and if it’s keeping up with the technological changes. The bottom line? Open is better.

This is just the beginning. Over the next few months, The Open Standard will open itself to collaboration with you, our readers; everything from contributing to the site, to drawing our attention to uncovered issues, to crowdsourcing the news.

We thank you for joining us and hope you will make us a regular part of your day.

Best,

Anthony Duignan-Cabrera
Editor in Chief
The Open Standard"
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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

NotInHere NotInHere writes  |  about a month and a half ago

NotInHere (3654617) writes "Only three days after the large public has known about ChromeOS to disable ext2fs support for external drives, and linux users voiced many protests on websites like reddit, slashdot, or the issue tracker, the ChromeOS team now plans to support it again. To quote Ben Goodger's comment:"

Thanks for all of your feedback on this bug. We’ve heard you loud and clear.

We plan to re-enable ext2/3/4 support in Files.app immediately. It will come back, just like it was before, and we’re working to get it into the next stable channel release.""
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Firefox 33 gets Cisco's OpenH264

NotInHere NotInHere writes  |  about 4 months ago

NotInHere (3654617) writes "As promised, version 33 of the Firefox browser will fetch the OpenH264 module from Cisco, which enables Firefox to decode and encode H.264 video, for both the <video> tag and WebRTC, which has a codec war on this matter. The module won't be a traditional NPAPI plugin, but a so-called Gecko Media Plugin (GMP), Mozilla's answer to the disliked Pepper API. Firefox had no cross-platform support for H.264 before."
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India forged Google SSL certificates

NotInHere NotInHere writes  |  about 5 months ago

NotInHere (3654617) writes "As Google writes on its Online Security Blog, the National Informatics Centre of India (NIC) used its intermediate CA certificate issued by Indian CCA, to issue several unauthorized certificates for Google domains, allowing to do Man in the middle attacks. Possible impact however is limited, as, according to Google, the root certificates for the CA were only installed on Windows, which Firefox doesn't use, and for the Chrom{e,ium} browser, the CA for important Google domains is pinned to the Google CA.
According to its website, the NIC CA has suspended certificate issuance, and according to Google, its root certificates were revoked by Indian CCA."
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Are the hard-to-exploit bugs in LZO compression algorithm a hype?

NotInHere NotInHere writes  |  about 5 months ago

NotInHere (3654617) writes "In 1996, Markus F. X. J. Oberhumer wrote an implementation of the Lempel–Ziv compression, which is used in various places like the linux kernel, libav, openVPN, or the Curiosity rover. As security researchers have found out, the code contained integer overflow and buffer overrun vulnerabilities, in the part of the code that was responsible to process not compressed parts of the data. Those vulnerabilities are however very hard to exploit, and their scope is dependent on the actual implementation.
According to Oberhumer, the problem only affects 32 bit systems. "I personally do not know about any client program that actually is affected", Oberhumer sais, calling the news about the possible security issue a media hype."
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Mozilla launches student coding program "Winter of Security"

NotInHere NotInHere writes  |  about 6 months ago

NotInHere (3654617) writes "Mozilla has introduced a new program, called MWoS or "Mozilla Winter of Security", to involve university students into security projects. The attending students will write code for a Mozilla security tool during (northern hemisphere) winter. Unlike GSoC, attending it involves no monetary payment, but the student's universities are expected to activlely cooperate and to give the students a credit for their work. From TFA:

MWoS is a win for all. Students get a chance to work on real-world security projects, under the guidance of an experienced security engineer. Professors get to implement cutting-edge security projects into their programs. Mozilla and the community get better security tools, which that we would not have the resources to build or improve ourselves."

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