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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

Rashkae Re:So many comments worried about NSA... (210 comments)

Replying to my own comment, reading some of the other comments that were posted since mine, I see have some reading up to do on this new fandangled SNI thing.. That's one problem barrier down :)

about a week ago
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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

Rashkae So many comments worried about NSA... (210 comments)

So I'm just going to send everythign in plain text instead. That'll show em.

If you need true secure communications, in as much as any such might be possible, there are other solutions for that, which don't involve any kind of central authority. (As soon as you have a central authority, you have the weakest link of attack for a larger target.)
This is encryption for everyone else, so passwords aren't being sent in the clear willy nilly by everyone who connects to their favorite sites from public wifi spots, (as an example of a real potential problem with today's security practices.)

That being said, I think they are wrong about this being the missing piece... if it were that easy to use https everyone would at least be using self signed certs by now. The standard has to be updated to reflect the reality of shared IP virtual domains. And why no TLS for http traffic yet? Even if there is no authorative signing, the web browser could then at least warn you if the cert of the a kown server suddenly changes, indicate potential MIM.

about a week ago
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Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats That Correlate To Drive Failures

Rashkae Re:Cool data but... (142 comments)

If the PC has less than optimal cooling, it's possible, even l iikely, the drive temperature will exceed operating specs at some point. Even if there is no ill effect or any long term problem, the BIOS will forever more report "Imminent Drive Failure" on every boot if BIOS SMART is enabled.

about two weeks ago
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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

Rashkae EXT Devs not listening to people's requests (345 comments)

I searched 2 years ago for a means to mount ext4 filesystems with system assigned file ownership. I found many bug request asking for just such a feature, (and exactly for this reason, so the file system can be used on a device that is meant to be portable across different systems.)... but the devs handily found excuses to not do it. Maybe this will light a flame under the nether regions of the kernel devs in charge of the filesystem. EXT? is a great filesystem over all, and I wouldn't hesitate to use it for any system or permanent data drive, but what is really needed now, is a journaled filesystem that is designed with features for system protability.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Brings Chrome OS User Management To Chrome

Rashkae Re:I care, because Firefox is going to copy this. (68 comments)

Actually, Firefox did it first. Profiles, and the profile Manager have been part of Firefox since the beginning, or so near, I can't remember otherwise. It's just bypassed on start-up by default, unless you know how to start with Profile Manager to get it going.

about 3 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Rashkae Why is this so difficult? (1198 comments)

Leaving assite entirely the debate over death penalty to begin with, when we have to put down our pets, vets don't seem to have any trouble putting them to sleep, (and then inject more and more until sleep becomes permanenet.) Maybe the state just needs to fire to their medical experts and hire some country vet?

about 7 months ago
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Secure Boot Coming To SuSE Linux Servers

Rashkae Re:Secure Boot ISN'T! (135 comments)

Interesting summary on that TDL4, thanks...

After all this time, i still remember the good ol' days having to clean up MonkeyB... it's nice to see the old timer ideas getting put to more modern/criminal use

about a year ago
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Living In a Virtual World Requires Less Brain Power

Rashkae Rats are the worst subject (89 comments)

Rats have poor eyesight and navigate by smell and tactile (whiskers.). the real story here is that they used any brain power at all.

about a year and a half ago
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Java 8 Delayed To Fix Security

Rashkae Laughable (135 comments)

If security was at all a real concern, let alone a priority, java would never install itself as a plugin in every browser it can find, ready to run arbriary code from untrusted sources, by default and with every update. All credability here has been lost ages ago.

about a year and a half ago
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Will Legitimacy Spoil Bitcoin?

Rashkae Bitcoing needs regulation protectoin form Ponzi (490 comments)

I think more regulation on Bitcoin trades can only serve to help protect people from Ponzi schemes. No, I'm not like those other people who call Bitcoin a Ponzi, they are not. However, the exchanges that are now springing up are amost a perfect recipe for one. Someone sets up an exchange, pople open accounts to which they deposit money to engage in bitcoin trading, exchange operators help themselves to funds, either for operational expenses or to line their pockets, and instead back the accounts with bitcoin, bitcoin innevitably suffers a 'market correction,' there's a run on the cash accounts, and the exchange can't keep up with the cash withdrawals, voila, classic ponzi.

about a year and a half ago
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US Attorney General Defends Handling of Aaron Swartz Case

Rashkae Re:What an ass. (276 comments)

Nope, they couldn't even charge him for Tresspass, The closet was publicly accessible... (and was even being used by some of the public as a coat closet.) Using the network jack he found in there, however, was a no-no.)

about a year and a half ago
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US Attorney General Defends Handling of Aaron Swartz Case

Rashkae Re:Not long for this administration (276 comments)

Not exactly correct. He *did* have legal access to Jstore. Where his mistepped is creating a automatic "spider" to fetch the articles for him, against terms and service.

about a year and a half ago
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US Attorney General Defends Handling of Aaron Swartz Case

Rashkae Re:All the way to the top. (276 comments)

The 'crime' here was violatoin of terms of service. It was the equivalent of having out too many library books at the same time. It is the *same* Federal crime as creating a Facebook or Google+ profile under an assumed name.

Prosecuters refused any plea bargain that did not involve jail time because Aaron was politically emberassing to some.

about a year and a half ago
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Why a Linux User Is Using Windows 3.1

Rashkae Re:Old software? (415 comments)

It's a pity Slashdot doesn't let you delete comments when you realize how badly you goofed :)

about 2 years ago
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Why a Linux User Is Using Windows 3.1

Rashkae Re:Old software? (415 comments)

That should be as easy as *not* installing Trumpet Winsock. (No TCP/IP in Win 3.1) As far as Internet goes, Win 3.1 was a really secure system. Malware writes had to be creative and resort to tricks like infecting Boot Records and binary to infect systems.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Actual Best-in-Show For Free Anti Virus?

Rashkae Re:Simple (515 comments)

I should have been more clear. In Thunderbird a mail 'folder' is a single maidir file.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Actual Best-in-Show For Free Anti Virus?

Rashkae Re:Simple (515 comments)

Nix on that one. MS security essentials is the only anti-virus that did more damage than an actual Virus. With default settings, SE took it upon itself to delete an entire e-mail folder in thunderbird, silently and with no warning, because of a simple e-mail virus. Not quarantine, mind you, just outright delete.

more than 2 years ago
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Kubuntu To Be Sponsored By Blue Systems, Rather Than Canonical

Rashkae Re:Good (99 comments)

I should have been more clear. I was talking about the menu bar.

The the previous versions of Unity I tried, the menu bar would be hidden at the top of the screen until you moused over it to see the menus.

more than 2 years ago
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Kubuntu To Be Sponsored By Blue Systems, Rather Than Canonical

Rashkae Re:Good (99 comments)

Does Unity still play Hide the Menu? That might seem like a pet peeve, but I think that right that demonstrates just exactly how much attention is put to "useability" of Unity.

more than 2 years ago

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