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LastPass Password Service Hacked

Radhruin Re:KeePass (268 comments)

They will only get lots of passwords from people who are foolish enough to select a brute forcible password as their master. Picking a simple master password is stupid. Storing encrypted data on the internet isn't necessarily stupid.

Not to mention, if you generate random passwords for every service, it's not much labor to just go ahead and generate new ones when situations like this occur. All LastPass clients automatically update to use the new passwords, no big deal.

IMO the convenience of having a central password repository outweighs the dangers. It's a risk, certainly, but not a big one, as long as you have a sane master password.

more than 3 years ago
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Windows 7 Trumps Vista By Reaching 20% Share

Radhruin Re:Windows 7 (404 comments)

I'm not a windows expert by any means (mostly use Linux) but I use Windows at work...

  • Productivity. The new start menu is worth the upgrade cost alone. The task bar is also a huge improvement (although I tend to use full application names instead of the default icon only). I can't live without Aero Snap anymore.
  • Security. Not running everything as admin actually works well. Lots of new security features, some of which IE takes advantage of (you'll notice that many 0-day exploits are defeated by IE8 running in protected mode, which I don't believe works on XP).
  • Management. I think many AD features require windows vista or higher. You might find some of this useful.

more than 3 years ago
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Bing Loses More Money As Microsoft Chases Google

Radhruin Re:Competing Isn't Cheap (317 comments)

This is exactly right. This simply reflects an increase in investment in OSD, an investment executives assume will pay off down the road. And even looking at Bing over the last year, they've made some pretty major improvements.

more than 4 years ago
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Opera 10.50 Beta Out, With Competitive JavaScript

Radhruin Re:Vega (143 comments)

IE9 has hardware rendering as well, and it really makes a massive difference.

more than 4 years ago
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Google To End Support For IE6

Radhruin Re:Ding Dong (272 comments)

Not even close. Acid 3 tests various behaviors across nearly 20 different standards, most of which are hundreds of pages long.

more than 4 years ago
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Google To End Support For IE6

Radhruin Re:Epitaph (272 comments)

Interestingly, this is still supported by Microsoft. Presumably there are a few customers out there with IE5 on Win2000 machines yet.

more than 4 years ago
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Google To End Support For IE6

Radhruin Re:Ding Dong (272 comments)

To answer your first question, no, I have yet to see any browser that is 100% compliant.

more than 4 years ago
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Google To End Support For IE6

Radhruin Re:Ding Dong (272 comments)

IE9: 32. Unfortunately that number is from 2 months ago after only short development. At any rate, significant progress is being made.

I use IE9 5 days a week, I promise you it's not the new IE6.

more than 4 years ago
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Freeciv As Benchmark of HTML5 Canvas Javascript Performance

Radhruin Re:IE8 performs awesome, as usual (246 comments)

I think what info we've released publicly with IE9 is promising. New and vastly improved javascript engine, hardware accelerated rendering, lots of new standards support (and we're highly active in ECMAScript v5 and joined the SVG working group). Oh, and did I mention, we now do rounded borders?!

more than 4 years ago
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Bing Gaining Market Share Faster

Radhruin Re:Bing is pretty good (406 comments)

I've found that bing is useful in specific circumstances. For example, try searching for a restaurant in Bing. I find the interface much better, and the conglomeration of reviews to be far more helpful and interesting. This goes for most product searches as well. Bing maps also has a cool feature where you can get directions based on current traffic conditions. Handy for when you want to get someplace when the city is gridlocked in rush hour.

Searching for programming related questions, though, it's next to worthless for some reason.

more than 4 years ago
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All GPLed Code Removed From MonoDevelop

Radhruin Re:Why doesn't Miguel just go to work for Microsof (443 comments)

Actually, Mono is completely different from Wine, and not even Wine is an emulator. It's a native implementation of the CLR and other .NET tools that run on Linux/BSD/etc. If you want to compare it to something, compare it to the JDK.

more than 4 years ago
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The "Hail Mary Cloud" Is Growing

Radhruin DenyHosts will not save you; disable passwords (102 comments)

This is a distributed effort, and any one host will not hit your machine more than once. You could configure it to block entire country's subnets, but that's still only marginal protection.

What you want to do is disable username/password authentication on your ssh hosts. This is one of the first things I do. Set up your machine's public and private key, copy your public key to all your other machine's authorized_keys file, and edit your sshd config and add the line "PasswordAuthentication no". Now, broken crypto libraries aside, you will be safe from this sort of attack.

about 5 years ago
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Web Open Font Format Gets Backing From Mozilla

Radhruin Re:Does anyone else long for the days... (206 comments)

Why? Because the web is about much more than sending words and bytes back and forth. It's about communication, of which there are many forms. Wanting to use a certain font to convey a certain message is valid. And of course you will always have the choice of whether or not you want to display those fonts, just like you can choose to disable javascript, images, and css if you really want to. And the choice of whether or not you want to visit sites that wish to exercise greater creative control over their medium will always be yours as well.

I don't understand the objects to this all over Slashdot. Do you really want to be staring at Verdana, Arial, and Times New Roman for the next 100 years?

about 5 years ago
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Web Open Font Format Gets Backing From Mozilla

Radhruin Re:Brillian idea (206 comments)

I think we can all agree that not providing features for creative control of a medium because some people might make a pile of feces out of it is a terrible idea.

about 5 years ago
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Ubuntu 9.10 Officially Released

Radhruin Oh, and flash just works (744 comments)

Also, flash worked out of the box somehow. I haven't investigated how yet, but I haven't had any flash problems yet and I certainly didn't install it manually. I'm on an AMD64 platform as well.

about 5 years ago
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Ubuntu 9.10 Officially Released

Radhruin Very positive experience so far (744 comments)

My experience with 9.10 so far has been extremely positive.

I did an upgrade at first, and then a complete reinstall. The upgrade process went very quickly, and I only had one problem - that my network card became "unmanaged" again. This is some remnant from my 8.10 install back in the day. Besides that, there were no problems and my desktop was exactly as I left it.

The install process from scratch also went well. The partition manager is pretty friendly, and the (I think) new time zone selector is actually easy to use. I also don't need to do a whole bunch of stuff to determine my keyboard layout -- it defaulted to US english and that was that.

The desktop system itself is much improved. The changes to Nautilus are welcome. The side bar is more user friendly, and the folders and such look a lot better.

The notification system has some improvements so it's not quite as useless -- multiple consecutive notifications from the same application drop into the same notification window, and there's a sort of glass effect when you "mouse under" the window, making that absurd behavior a bit more palatable.

My graphics card (GTX 280) was supported after downloading some binary drivers (although I had to restart to enable full desktop effects).

My sound card (X-Fi Fatality edition) is finally supported in kernel, although I had to use amixer in order to get my mic working. The new sound mixer, though, is FAR more user friendly.

I've had no problems so far with EXT4, and my load times in Heroes of Newerth have decreased since the upgrade.

The font rendering. It's much better across the board. Firefox sees the biggest improvement, likely due to the upgrade to 3.5. Font rendering used to be far worse than Windows and is now on par with Mac (I prefer the bolder, smoother look of Mac fonts, personally).

The HDD diagnosis tool is also handy. As soon as the upgrade completed and the tool ran, it warned me of some SMART errors on one of my drives. It's pretty easy to dig into the drives and run diagnostics and such.

Empathy is still bad, and I switched back to pidgin after a few minutes of use. For example, I had to find an hidden check box just to "enable" the account and get it to connect. The UI is also not so hot.

Overall I haven't regretted the upgrade at all, which is more than I can say to 9.04.

about 5 years ago

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