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Inside the Great Firewall of China's Tor Blocking

TSHTF Re:My college did it easier (160 comments)

Tor has changed since you read last... "Bridges" were added to Tor and are not listed in any central directory.

Tor bridges

more than 2 years ago
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Cnet Apologizes For Nmap Adware Mess

TSHTF Half-assed apology (231 comments)

What a half assed apology. They didn't apologize for fucking up, but instead the unrest they caused.

The bundling of this software was a mistake on our part and we apologize to the user and developer communities for the unrest it caused.

more than 2 years ago
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AWS Load Balancer Sends 2 Million Netflix API Reqs To Wrong Customer

TSHTF Easy fix below (58 comments)

Use rewrite rules to do a 301 redirect to goatse.cx when the host is api.netflix.com!

about 3 years ago
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How To Evade URL Filters With (Not-So) Fancy Math

TSHTF Technical details here (162 comments)

The linked article is next to worthless. The real details are in this blog post.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Are Digital Hearing Aids So Expensive?

TSHTF Netbooks aren't DME (727 comments)

On a recent flight, I heard an older man talk to the woman he was sitting next to about this same issue.

Hearing aids tend to be classified as DME (durable medical equipment). Medical equipment has a higher support cost than netbooks, and the insurance companies are happy to pay. The cost of entry in the DME market is much higher the netbook market.

Although there is a huge market for the product, the liabilities involved in selling these products significantly raises the risk, and therefore the price, in such products.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubisoft's Authentication Servers Go Down

TSHTF Nice response from an Ubisoft rep (634 comments)

It's worth looking at how a Ubisoft rep replies to a post that gives users information on how to use the now-broken service:

Please do not post about illegal activities and or downloads.

The response summarizes the situation appropriately:

WTF I posted a link to google that shows how to play since UBIcraps servers are down and you call it ILLEGAL activities? RAbble rabble! I will never buy another ubisoft product and I advise you to do the same!

more than 4 years ago
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Long-Term Storage of Moderately Large Datasets?

TSHTF Amazon AWS? (411 comments)

It might not be the cheapest option, but with Amazon's AWS, you can snail mail them a copy of the drive with the data and they're store it in S3 storage buckets.

more than 4 years ago
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New Chrome Beta Adds Privacy Controls, Translation Option

TSHTF Re:Google? Privacy? (181 comments)

You don't have to "trust" their browser at all.

The source code for Chrome is freely available. If you find any features that are unfriendly towards privacy, you're free to modify the source.

more than 4 years ago
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Another ACTA Leak Discloses Individual Country Data

TSHTF Re:History being made. (133 comments)

I think people are upset because this accord is being hammered out in secret behind closed doors, and citizens of the affected countries are only aware of progress on the treaty through leaks.

There's a correct way to "come to grips" with these problems, and that way is by discussing these issues in the open, and allowing for review and comment on what's going on.

more than 4 years ago
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Another ACTA Leak Discloses Individual Country Data

TSHTF Just walk away (133 comments)

I don't think there's much chance of changing the American negotiators views on this, but I'm still going to contact my representatives in Congress. Nothing will likely come out of it. If you are a /.er in a more reasonable country, say New Zealand or Canada, I beg you to contact your MPs and demand transparency in this process. We shouldn't have to find out about the progress of negotiations through leaks.

more than 4 years ago
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Gmail Moves To HTTPS By Default

TSHTF Re:Wait, what? (275 comments)

Not always the case anymore. Web browsers and servers have implemented persistent connections (keep-alive) for a while. It's in the RFC.

more than 4 years ago
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Citibank Denies Reported Breach Linked To Russian Gang

TSHTF Paywalls suck (53 comments)

Article is behind a paywall. Search for it with Google News, and the WSJ will let you read it all.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Attack On the Mobile Market Rumored

TSHTF Re:Anonymous Coward (324 comments)

It would just go over the air as data. For example, 1500 minutes of G729a voice uses (4.12kB/s * 60 seconds * 1500 minutes) = 370 MB

The question is what kind deal Google could cut with the carriers to provide nothing more than 370MB a month of data transit.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Attack On the Mobile Market Rumored

TSHTF Re:"High-tech phone service?" Maybe if it worked.. (324 comments)

Here's another data point for a random end-user: I've used Google Voice to the tune of approximately 1200 minutes per month for the last four months and haven't experienced service issues with receiving calls or placing calls. I've made very few international calls, however.

more than 4 years ago
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Home Router For High-Speed Connection?

TSHTF Re:Linux PC (376 comments)

The Cisco ASA 5505 is a good choice, but prepared for a bit of a learning curve. For ASA 8.2, the command reference guide weighs in a 3534 pages. If the command-line scares you away, the integrated web management (ASDM) works well for what it is. The 5505 has no fan, provides an 8 port switch (including 2 PoE ports), and is probably slightly greener than an old box running Linux.

more than 4 years ago
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Fedora 12 Lets Users Install Signed Packages, Sans Root Privileges

TSHTF Re:Of course there isn't a problem (502 comments)

Because the package management system runs as root, may install setuid files, or system daemons which contain vulnerable code; an unprivileged user cannot normally do this.

Sure - only signed packages can be installed - but signing a package won't make those pesky buffer overflow vulnerabilities go away.

about 5 years ago
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Fedora 12 Lets Users Install Signed Packages, Sans Root Privileges

TSHTF Of course there isn't a problem (502 comments)

Certainly there can't be a problem here, says the Fedora team. According to the release notes, there are 15,000 packages which can be installed by these unprivileged users. That's a lot of fscking code -- surely some of it is poorly written. Consider this scenario: Package X suffers a critical {local, remote} root vulnerability. If the vulnerability isn't public, any local user (and maybe remote ones too!) has root. If the vulnerability is public, there is often a long window between downstream fixes and Fedora fixes. In either case, this is a security issue. The Fedora team really should have put this in the release notes and reconsider this implementation in the first place.

about 5 years ago
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BlueHippo Scam Collected $15M, Only Shipped One PC

TSHTF Re:Instead of referring to just "Blue Hippo" (216 comments)

From the court documents linked in the article: Joseph K. Rensin is the sole owner and shareholder of BlueHippo Funding, LLC. FTC 26. Mr. Rensin acted as Chief Executive Officer of BlueHippo from its inception in 2003 until July 20, 2009. See FTC 28 at 7-8; FTC 22G at 3. As CEO, BlueHippo's corporate officers, including the Chief Marketing Officer, reported directly to Mr. Rensin. FTC 28 at 20-22. In addition, Mr. Rensin was involved in BlueHippo's day-to-day operations, "manag[ing] the overall structure and direction of the business" and "overseeing the senior management team in formulating strategy." Id. at 22; FTC 22G at 3.

about 5 years ago

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Skype Encryption Revealed

TSHTF TSHTF writes  |  more than 4 years ago

TSHTF (953742) writes "Just weeks after Skype unveiled a public API for the service, a group of cryptographers led by Sean O'Neill have successfully reverse engineered the encryption used by the Skype protocol. Source code is available under a non-commercial license which details Skype's implementation of the RC4 cipher. Is it just a matter of time now until there is a true open-source Skype client?"
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Will Google's New "Go" Language become "Issue 9"?

TSHTF TSHTF writes  |  about 5 years ago

TSHTF (953742) writes "On Tuesday 10 November, 2009, Google officially unveiled their Go programming language. Soon thereafter, Francis McCabe, the creator of a much older programming language known as Go!, published a bug report opened an issue in the Go language tracker. In the issue ticket, he asks Google to change the name of their new language, as he had "been working on a programming language, also called Go, for the last 10 years." So far, the most popular alternative name in the bug report is "Issue 9", which pays homage to Plan 9, the role of former Bell-labs developers in the new language's development, and the issue number as filed on the bug tracker. The naming controversy is also being covered in Information Week."
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Sidekick Data on Microsoft Servers "has been lost"

TSHTF TSHTF writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TSHTF (953742) writes "T-mobile has informed sidekick users that based on Microsoft/Danger's latest recovery assessment ... [data] that is no longer on your Sidekick almost certainly has been lost as a result of a server failure at Microsoft/Danger. This includes all contacts, pictures, and related data which was stored on remote servers, and not the sidekick device. In reporting the issue, CNet suggests the outage may cast a dark cloud over online Microsoft services, as "key tenet of that approach is that businesses and consumers can trust Microsoft too reliably store precious and valuable data on their servers.""
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Neutron Bomb: IBM and Multinational Outsourcing

TSHTF TSHTF writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TSHTF writes "Robert Cringely, who in 2007 wrote of massive layoffs at IBM is at it again. In his latest post, Neutron Bomb, Cringley touches on the economic pressures from shareholders and their effect on American workers. Is there really a "cult of shareholder value" in corporate America? What, if anything, can or should be done about it?"
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Rumors of a new administrator for the TSA

TSHTF TSHTF writes  |  more than 5 years ago

TSHTF writes "The Obama Administration is nearing the time to make appointments to the TSA and DHS. In light of this, The Identity Project has compiled a list of ten questions for nominees for the TSA and DHS. While it is doubtful most representatives in Congress would ask a question such as "Should the government maintain records of the travel or movement of people who are not suspected of a crime or subject to a court order authorizing surveillance and logging of their movements? Why or why not?", the list of questions provided by the Project are critical to understanding nominees views on privacy in a post-hope America."

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