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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

The MAZZTer Re:Propaganda won't help this time (503 comments)

in addition to having lost citizens in the crash

I would think so too, but apparently as of this morning we're still not sure any Americans were even on board (?!?!) despite knowing when it happened that there were 23 on board. Of course maybe they're referring to actually finding and identifying bodies, I dunno.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla Doubles Down on JPEG Encoding with mozjpeg 2.0

The MAZZTer Re:And I just want Firefox not to shit itself (129 comments)

Start Firefox up in safe mode and see if it still happens. Chrome did right doing extensions the way they did... the way Firefox did it, it's near impossible to tell the difference between a problem caused by the browser or one of its addons.

about two weeks ago
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Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

The MAZZTer Re:Windows (126 comments)

Yup, if you disable Windows Update and refuse to keep your PC up to date with the latest security fixes, you are going to get malware.

about two weeks ago
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FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

The MAZZTer Re:Can I play Descent on it? (133 comments)

Descent is currently on Steam, I would be shocked if they did not bundle it with some mechanism for modern systems (probably DOSbox, as others have mentioned).

about a month ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

The MAZZTer Re:Umm, ctrl+c/ctrl+v? (681 comments)

The Start Screen made a few critical improvements to the Start Menu, it just had the misfortune of being bundled with Metro.

Namely, it eliminated a few problems caused by third-party developers cluttering up the Start Menu with extraneous folders and shortcuts (no more nested folders). Now you can have a better organized Start Screen but still have access to all those extra shortcuts if you need them.

Bringing these enhancements back to the desktop would certainly be welcome, at least by me. Also, IIRC Tiles support was already announced for the Windows 9 Start Menu. So, like Android widgets or the already-existing desktop Gadgets... could be useful. I probably won't use them, though, except maybe for the weather.

about a month ago
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Exploiting Wildcards On Linux/Unix

The MAZZTer Re:PowerShell (215 comments)

I assume from this article that Linux replaces * with filenames before the command sees it. AFAIK DOS/Windows the wildcard is handled by each specific command. dir * displays the same listing as just plain dir does, while passing dir a bunch of directory names will display the contents of those directories (like ls does... I guess that explains that behavior! It always confused me). PowerShell, at least as far as Get-ChildItem, seems to work the same way as dir (except it does not take multiple directory names in parameters).

about a month ago
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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

The MAZZTer Re:so how is Kickstarter not liable? (448 comments)

4 needs to be "start a class-action suit against the ACTUAL fraudsters". IIRC there was a story floating around the internet about such a lawsuit recently and the backers won.

Of course, this is because the kickstarter was a scam. If the actual product isn't delivered but the company was acting in good faith, you have no case. You're not guaranteed to get anything out of a kickstarter; it's an investment, and some investments fail.

about a month ago
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Nokia Extorted For Millions Over Stolen Encryption Keys

The MAZZTer Re:Feature or bug? (89 comments)

The problem is that any applications signed by the key would look like they were officially approved by the company, even if they were not. There would be no way to differentiate them... that's the purpose of the key!

about a month and a half ago
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Chinese Gov't Reveals Microsoft's Secret List of Android-Killer Patents

The MAZZTer Re:If generic and common behavior patents are... (140 comments)

I assume the patents themselves are public, just mixed in with all the other ones. Searching for existing patents to something specific you're trying to do would hopefully uncover the specific ones you're looking for.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Fixing Windows 8 Flaws, But Leaving Them In Windows 7

The MAZZTer Re:Dear Microsoft.... (218 comments)

The problem I have for Windows 8 is that the keyboard DOES pop up when hitting a textbox... when I have a hardware keyboard attached.

That said, I am developing a touch-friendly web app, so as a cube farm drone, touch is very useful for me. :)

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

The MAZZTer Re:FUnny (202 comments)

Whoops, didn't see the hidden post up there, guess I just came full circle.

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

The MAZZTer Re:FUnny (202 comments)

Congratulations, you've figured out Chrome OS! :)

about 2 months ago
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Rubik's Cube: 40 Years Old and Never Meant To Be a Toy

The MAZZTer Re:Does the Google Doodle actually work? (105 comments)

Works for me with that version.

Make sure if you're using blocking extensions (Noscript, etc) that they are allowing frames and JS from gstatic.com and google.com.

Also make sure WebGL is working (I dunno if it uses it or not but it looks 3D) in chrome://gpu/).

about 2 months ago
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Applying Pavlovian Psychology to Password Management

The MAZZTer Re:Forcing password changes is never a good idea (288 comments)

I think the idea is you'd let the user know. "This password would take approximately 4.5 days to crack. For your security, you will be required to change this password after 3 days. Alternatively, you may pick a longer, more secure password to lengthen this interval (for example, a 16 character password will only require a change after XX years)." Or something.

about 3 months ago
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Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

The MAZZTer Re:Done Already (327 comments)

This is for desktop... not sure about the mobile ports of Chrome.

about 3 months ago
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Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

The MAZZTer Re:Please try harder. (327 comments)

Bad guys can already do this right now, and the url still shows the bank's domain, so non-technically inclined users are no less protected.

Technically inclined users probably never navigated to the url in the first place.

Your specific example is a flaw in the specific website, and there is little Chrome can do when a website is coded in a insecure way that persists across all browsers (and web standards).

about 3 months ago
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Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

The MAZZTer Re:Bad Idea (327 comments)

You type in the URL just like normal. This only affects how urls are displayed while you navigate around. Clicking on the "chip" shows the full url and allows you to edit it as normal.

about 3 months ago
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Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

The MAZZTer Re:Ummm yeah they could (327 comments)

The "chip" is just the domain name, which is trivial to work out client-side.

about 3 months ago
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Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

The MAZZTer Re:And the question of the day is... (327 comments)

I imagine it is to help combat phishing. Seeing store.steampowered.com with the green lock will, for sure, mean you're actually logging onto Steam, while any attempt to phish with a different domain will show something different (and many phishing domains are quite different, they just try to prey off of people not knowing how to isolate the domain).

about 3 months ago

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The MAZZTer The MAZZTer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The MAZZTer writes "This is slightly creepy. Although it doesn't show much information for Slashdot, stick your own domain name in there and see what comes up. My wiki entry had my name, address, phone number, plus a little map of where I live so anyone who wants to can figure out where to get to me, and a few line biography quoted from my site.

Granted, it's information that's easy enough to collect if you look around, but this site brings it all together. I think the one piece that adds the most creep factor for me is the Google Maps integration and link, although once I figured out it was all aggregated by a bot automatically I started to feel better. Also I can take solace in the fact that it reminded me I had to update my WHOIS information."

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