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Scammers Work Around Two-Factor Authentication With Social Engineering

Sparr0 Re:Account security (186 comments)

They could get the serial number off your token generator and compromise the token provider's database. I've replaced token generators with software token generators in the past to streamline helpdesk operations, we had a database full of the token keys. If that got compromised, it would be bad.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Acquires Feature Phone App Maker Snaptu

Sparr0 Re:"Feature"? (4 comments)

I'm familiar with j2me apps, and their availability on phones in general and symbian phones specifically.
My question was, is "Feature" a platform (like "Android" or "iOS"), or a marketing name, or just an adjective (like "triple-A" or "mobile")?

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Acquires Feature Phone App Maker Snaptu

Sparr0 "Feature"? (4 comments)

What does the word "Feature" or term "feature phone apps" mean here?

more than 3 years ago
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Nexus S Beats iPhone 4 In 'Real World' Web Browsing Tests

Sparr0 Re:Android/iPhone UI performance (260 comments)

A) We obviously have different priorities. I'll continue to be happy with other devices and you'll continue to be happy with Apple devices. That won't change.

B) Your argument, as a whole, is bunk. Apple users switched to the iPod when it was, at best, a weak contender in the MP3 player market, and to the iPhone from other phones, smart or otherwise, in 2007, when there were no third party apps for the iPhone and Steve Jobs was saying there never would be, because web "apps" should be good enough. No "software ecosystem" and no sign of one. No matter how awesome the iDevices get, this sort of behavior will always remain telling of some significant driving force behind these decisions that has nothing to do with the quality of the device. Apple will never revamp their pricing due to competition, because Apple users will keep buying Apple products no matter how they compare to the competition.

more than 3 years ago
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Nexus S Beats iPhone 4 In 'Real World' Web Browsing Tests

Sparr0 Re:Android/iPhone UI performance (260 comments)

If the animations on the Android device always lag behind or are always jerky then you have a point, but not one related to this subthread. We are specifically discussing situations where the otherwise-smooth animation is interrupted. *Something* is causing that interruption, and that something has a higher (well, likely the same) priority as the animation, and that's how I want it to be.

I would rather have no animations and a faster system. This is why I have "eye candy" turned off in my desktop window manager. People who like the way Apple devices handle this situation are the same people who have animations on their menus in their desktop OS. They make it appear smoother and prettier, and really just slow down every single menu operation by some fraction of a second.

more than 3 years ago
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Nexus S Beats iPhone 4 In 'Real World' Web Browsing Tests

Sparr0 Re:Android/iPhone UI performance (260 comments)

If the animation slows down, that's a good sign that SOMETHING else is going on behind the scenes and the CPU isn't idle. If the CPU was idle then there wouldn't be anything to slow down the animation.

more than 3 years ago
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Nexus S Beats iPhone 4 In 'Real World' Web Browsing Tests

Sparr0 Re:Android/iPhone UI performance (260 comments)

There are only so many CPU cycles to go around. By showing you that nice smooth 60FPS scrolling animation, they are slowing down something else that probably has some actual productive function. Would you rather have a smooth transition that takes 1 second or a jerky animation (or none at all) that takes .5 seconds? The different answers to that question are what separate "Apple Users" from the rest of us.

This goes back to the iOS app startup "screenshot" requirement. Apple requires apps to include a screenshot to be displayed before the app completely opens, to trick users into thinking the phone is faster than it is. The practical effect is that every single app is 20-100kB larger and starts a fraction of a second slower, but "Apple Users" don't care about that, they just want it to be prettier.

more than 3 years ago
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GPS threatened by LightSquared broadband

Sparr0 Neighboring band? (1 comments)

If their transmissions extend into the GPS band then they will be violating their waiver and subject to having their transmitters shut down.

If your GPS is sensitive to that other band when it shouldn't be, it's broken.

Where's the problem?

more than 3 years ago
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Survey: IT pros cheating more, tattling more

Sparr0 Brain Dump materials? (1 comments)

Does this refer to using copies of tests to study, or clandestinely during a test to really-really-cheat?

more than 3 years ago
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Court Says California Stores Can't Ask Customers For ZIP Codes

Sparr0 Re:or Radio Shack (461 comments)

As in Fishead's comment above yours, they use this for returns. If you lose the receipt, they can pull up your purchase history, at every RadioShack in the country, by your name and zip code, or name and phone number, or any other unique identifying information.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Setting Up an Offshore IT Help Desk Ethical?

Sparr0 Site is useless with the new layout (3 comments)

I haven't seen anyone else's comments, or any front page stories below the top 5, since the new layout went live. There's nowhere to go for help. Maybe someone will respond to this post before I give up on /. :(

more than 3 years ago
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AT&T Sued For Systematic iPhone Overbilling

Sparr0 Re:AT&T's Fault? (265 comments)

3 megabytes in 10 days is six 2kB packets per hour. I don't find that unreasonable at all. My PC generates more ARP traffic than that.

more than 3 years ago
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Things I like about the New /.!

Sparr0 Re:Not so hot here (8 comments)

I'm referring to front page stories, not comment threads.

Currently on the front page I see a different one of your journal entries, three collapsed grey stories, and one expanded green-header story. Below those is a button labeled "Many more". Clicking that button produces a rotating progress indicator for a second, then nothing else.

more than 3 years ago
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Things I like about the New /.!

Sparr0 Not so hot here (8 comments)

I take it that the 'Many More' button on the front page works for you? It doesn't for me, on any platform :( I can never see more than the handful of top front page stories and have mostly stopped visiting the site now.

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Executes 40 Search Warrants For 'Anonymous'

Sparr0 Re:Website access is not unauthorized (221 comments)

The newspaper theft references apply to the LOIC specifically, but not to something like my WalMart example or a very-very-distributed DOS such as the /. effect, where any single person is NOT exceeding the normal scope of authorization.

That is, if I take all of the free newspapers, it is very likely that I am breaking the law. But if I take one newspaper, and you take one, and Bob takes one, none of us have committed a crime. We haven't even conspired to commit a crime (since we actually did the thing, and it wasn't criminal).

more than 3 years ago
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FBI Executes 40 Search Warrants For 'Anonymous'

Sparr0 Website access is not unauthorized (221 comments)

The problem with calling a DDOS "unauthorized access" is that the access is implicitly authorized by the server being on the internet. The real world analogy here is getting your hundred closest friends to visit WalMart and go through the checkout lines VERY VERY SLOWLY. You have the intent to negatively impact their business, and you are acting recklessly, but that is only 2/3 (well, more like 9/10) of the criteria for violating the laws in question here. You are not using their store without authorization (they have to TELL YOU TO LEAVE before they have any legal relief for your being there).

more than 3 years ago
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Slashdot Launches Re-Design

Sparr0 Smaller screens? (2254 comments)

My screen is 720 pixels wide (and 1280 pixels tall). I have to lower my text zoom to 80% to get the front page to fit on one screen. At 100% the normal view is too wide. At 120% it switches to the no-sidebar view, but it doesn't shrink back down. WTF?

more than 3 years ago
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IRS Nails CPA For Copying Steve Jobs, Google Execs

Sparr0 Re:The Joys of employeehood.... (509 comments)

What client? In this hypothetical, the client is the one hiring a CPA from India.

more than 3 years ago
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IRS Nails CPA For Copying Steve Jobs, Google Execs

Sparr0 Re:The Joys of employeehood.... (509 comments)

Other than to put "CPA" on their job application, why would the Indian accountant need certification as a CPA?

more than 3 years ago

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New layout remains broken?

Sparr0 Sparr0 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Sparr0 writes "I continue to be mostly unable to use Slashdot on the new layout.

It looks like this.

5 stories on the front page, 4 of which are usually collapsed by default. I can't tell why the top story appears as a speech bubble from the search box, there's usually a "tip of the day" type of note in a speech bubble there. Clicking the "Many more" button yields a circular progress animation for a few seconds, then back to "Many more" with no new stories. The "Fullscreen" link at the bottom seems to do nothing. Clicking the 2pm/1pm buttons shows me a specific hour block of stories, I think.

When I click on stories I am usually greeted with a false opportunity to get first post:
This story has 0 Comments ...
This discussion was created for logged-in users only. ...
Post a Comment

I also can't normally find any way to submit a story. I had to refresh the page a dozen times to get the link for this page from a tip-of-the-day bubble.

There are many other ways in which the new layout is much less useful or usable than the old. Why did this leave beta and get foisted on us? Why haven't I seen any other discussion of this, on the few stories where I can see comments? And, most importantly, where is the best place to ask questions like this, when you're having problems using Slashdot so you can't really ask on slashdot?"

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Workaround for slashdot RSS homepage bug

Sparr0 Sparr0 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Sparr0 (451780) writes "To work around the current bug causing the slashdot front page to be served as an RSS feed, disable the "Low Bandwidth" setting on the Help & Preferences > Index > General page, or the equivalent setting for the Beta Index if you use it."
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Sparr0 Sparr0 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Sparr0 writes "Since Microsoft's announcement that DirectX 10 will not be released for Windows XP, which means no Shader Model 4.0 and no Geometry Shaders, I have been waiting for news of game developers switching to OpenGL in order to get the best graphics on the best hardware on the most popular gaming OS... But there is nary a whisper of such. Will such a shift occur, even if only in small amounts? When? Why not? It is probably safe to say that Unreal Tournament 3 (AKA UT2007) will have OpenGL as an option in Windows, but that is both unsurprising and also a long way off. Ditto for Quake Wars, and most anything else that we already knew was going to have a native Linux clients. But where are all of the other big names with Windows-only offerings? Why haven't we heard from Valve, Blizzard, Sony, or EA, to name a few?"
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Sparr0 Sparr0 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Sparr0 writes "Christopher Soghoian, the subject of a recent story, has now had his home raided. Details can be found on his blog, including a scanned copy of the warrant. Boiling down some of the legalese, the charges (if any are filed) will be "conspiracy to knowingly present a false and fictitious claim upon or against the United States, or any department or agency thereof in violation of USC 18 secs(2,371,1036,1343,2318) and USC 49 secs(46314,46316) and 49 CFR 1540.103,1540.105" (edited for brevity). The bad news is that he really did break the law. The good news is that Senator Charles Schumer did too, on an official government website no less. The outcome of this trial will be academically interesting, at least. At best, it could result in ruling against some portion of the law(s) that the TSA operates under."
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Sparr0 Sparr0 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Sparr0 writes "Apparently PayPal did not get the message the first time. Today they decided to freeze the entire accounts (not just the funds in question) of anyone selling PS3 or Wii consoles on eBay. Console Connector has the story. Things are only going to get uglier from here."

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Workaround for the RSS homepage bug

Sparr0 Sparr0 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

To temporarily work around the bug where the front page is served as an RSS feed, click any story, then Help & Preferences, then Index, then disable 'Low Bandwidth'.

The same goes for Beta Index if you are using it.

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