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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Securely Store Private Information For Posterity?

Renderer of Evil Few things (257 comments)

Fujitsu ScanSnap 1500(M)
1Password (or equivalent)

Scan important documents and shred or hide the originals if necessary. Store all passwords in 1Password and give the master unlock key to couple of your friends.

Encrypt, zip and put it on cloud storage. Setup a calendar repeating event (or a chron script) that checks if you're alive every 6 months. Point that to a file called IF_DEAD_PLEASE_READ_ME.TXT for instructions.

You could do this in 1 afternoon.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Yanks Toddler's Speech-Enabling App

Renderer of Evil Re:Side Loading (573 comments)

what good does that do for the users?

In a nutshell, less shovelware, malware, and other garbage which makes for a nicer neighborhood.

The quality of the apps on the App Store is a manifestation of that.

more than 2 years ago
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Windows RT Will Cost OEMs Over Twice As Much as Windows 7

Renderer of Evil Re:we are in the era of Good Enough (310 comments)

Lets be honest, this is about Office.

Microsoft is still living in that fantasy land where MS Office is relevant or necessary to everyone with a computer.

Apple's Pages and Google Docs cover about 95% of the consumer population. I'm not even mentioning all the 3rd party, dirt cheap apps which have carved out their niches and do some tasks far better without the pricetag or the bloat of Office suite.

I do love unending analyst guarantees (10 year running) how Office is this one thing that will turn the tide by making Microsoft cool and relevant again. Then the kids will finally discover the joys of mail merge and start sharing their hip-hop playlists with their friends at the Microsoft store.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Yanks Toddler's Speech-Enabling App

Renderer of Evil Re:Side Loading (573 comments)

Don't you wish you could just decide for yourself what you could were allowed to install on your device?

You don't need to wish. Any developer can provision own devices to sideload any apps they choose, they just can't sell it on the App Store without approval, which is entirely within Apple's rights. It's their house.

The original article is a giant appeal to emotion. I'm sympathetic to author's cause, but assuming that SfY was previously on the App Store it means it can continue to live on locally provisioned iOS devices.

From here the argument is entirely legal and has fuckall to do with freedom.

more than 2 years ago
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Who's Pirating Game of Thrones, and Why?

Renderer of Evil Re:I have HBO... (1004 comments)

You get it 3 hours earlier. The torrent clears in under 5 minutes.

I have HBO too but only watch a few old shows on HBOGo through the iPad. I don't even know which channel HBO is on out of possible 700 channels. Been a subscriber for over 5 years, must have accidentally tuned in maybe once or twice on a TV.

Torrents are convenient. It's not even about piracy for some people.

more than 2 years ago
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Wil Wheaton: BitTorrent Isn't Only For Piracy

Renderer of Evil ISOs want to be free (354 comments)

Some of these Linux ISOs are owned by HBO, MGM, Fox, and Universal.

The last Linux ISO I downloaded was Avengers R6 release.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Auto-Disables Old Flash Players In Mac OS X 10.7.4

Renderer of Evil Re:Imagine (155 comments)

Imagine you taking your meds this morning.

more than 2 years ago
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Nokia Sues HTC, RIM and Viewsonic

Renderer of Evil Re:Confirmation (146 comments)

Are you trolling, or just stupid?

Apple has paid Nokia a hefty sum in addition to ongoing royalties to settle the patent case out of court.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Planning To Build Private Restaurant

Renderer of Evil The Menu (234 comments)

1. Walled Garden Salad
2. Beleaguered Sea Bass
3. ThaiPad

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Aims 'One Tablet Per Child' Program at Developing Countries

Renderer of Evil Re:Fail. (93 comments)

This is pretty much spot-on. Intel is latching on to every dumb idea to get back into the growth sectors but not having much luck. Everything they do these days is reactive.

The funny part about this initiative isn't that Intel is scraping the bottom of the barrels now, it's that ARM-based chips are a far better value proposition for this type of thing - the very reason they're being clobbered in mobile space.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Manufacturers With Better Labor Practices?

Renderer of Evil Free-Range Smartphones (375 comments)

I have this hookup in Napa Valley which supplies me with free-range electronics. It comes from a commune where they manufacture phones and laptops using sustainable, cruelty-free paleo techniques. Their R&D division is an ayuhuasca hut.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Versus Google Innovation Strategies

Renderer of Evil Re:need new killer product family every 5 years or (187 comments)

Billion dollar revenue products that redefine the company. Google has had about three: Search, Adwords, and Android.

Search and Adwords are intertwined. You can't really separate them if you're talking about these products in the context of revenue creation.

Android, on the other hand, is a net loss for Google. 2/3rds of search traffic on mobile comes from iOS devices for all that marketshare Andy Rubin keeps talking about. Android development costs + Motorola acquisition put the entire project in the red by about 15bn+.

Google doesn't have 3. It has only one product that generates billions. All roads lead to Adwords and that's 97% of Google's revenue.

more than 2 years ago
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Nokia CEO Blames Salesmen For Windows Phone Struggles

Renderer of Evil Re:"...only show phones they think might sell." (435 comments)

iPhone was introduced in 2007. They've had 5 years to catch up.

They're not going to catch up with hardware R&D this late in the game. They don't control the entire stack (software+market are owned by Microsoft) and hardware features are in many ways secondary - it's a glass screen encased in plastic or aluminum.

Comparing Apple of 2003 to Nokia of today is insane. Apple was on solid footing by 2000 with a diverse portfolio of products that actually generated revenue for the company.

In short, Nokia is dead like Palm.

more than 2 years ago
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LG To Pay Licensing Fees To Microsoft For Using Android

Renderer of Evil Re:You are making some assumptions (359 comments)

Put it this way - do you honestly believe that Microsoft Research laid the groundwork for Android?

No, that would be Apple.

more than 2 years ago
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Why We Agonize Over Buying $1 Apps

Renderer of Evil Re:SHOULD "Apps" Cost Something? (523 comments)

Linux user [...] everything comes without strings attached

Therein lies the rub.

more than 2 years ago
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Dropbox Accused of Lying About Security

Renderer of Evil Re:Call me back... (265 comments)

Point is, he has exposed their lies and it made the rounds on all tech news sites. His researched compelled an FTC investigation.

What have you done?

more than 3 years ago
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RIM Collapse Beginning?

Renderer of Evil RIM's future is dim (305 comments)

I'm not really sure what they could do at this point to turn the ship around.

Much like Microsoft they sat on their ass for the last 5 years. I think it's too late for them, as it was the case with Nokia. At least you know that Nokia has a foothold in the consumer market with some smartphones, a ton of burners and a fairly strong brand.

Blackberry is synonymous with corporate and boring. It's a glorified pager for rapidly-declining business segment. There is virtually no enthusiasm in the platform and mainstream consumers don't even think of Blackberries as smartphones.

Instead of fixing the godawful BlackberryOS and wooing developers they go and create a 7-inch picture frame without any compelling features. Then they get offended after every tech blog ridicules the product.

In my opinion, RIM will continue to decline until it becomes a manufacturer like General Dynamics with products like Sectera Edge (the one Obama uses). Niche products for niche markets. The money is in the mainstream, consumer segment.

more than 3 years ago
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Armenia Makes Chess Compulsory In Schools

Renderer of Evil Good move (300 comments)

I studied 2 years of chess in Armenia, beginning from grade 4 in a 10 year secondary system. Of course, this was during Soviet times and you were allowed to choose from a range of subjects. It wasn't compulsory. My grades in other subjects improved dramatically as a result.

Really glad this is happening.

more than 3 years ago

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Become an SSLAdmin In Few Easy Steps

Renderer of Evil Renderer of Evil writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Renderer of Evil (604742) writes "With news that it is rather ridiculously simple to mimic authority with many webmail providers in order to coax an SSL certificate authority (CA) into creating one for the domain, a canadian security expert has decided to take it upon himself to see who out there is actually vulnerable and provide information to the public on how prevalent this issue is as we speak. Out of eleven webmail services chosen at random and without prejudice, just under half of them permitted him to register with credentials (ssladmin) that allowed to create an SSL certificate in their name. In most of these cases, there was a pre-existing, legitimately-acquired certificate."
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