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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

WD Let me get this straight... (336 comments)

Somebody:
1) Takes nude photos of themselves with an internet-connected device.
2) Has said photos of themselves synchronized with an internet service
3) Is surprised / outraged that said photos are accessed by somebody on the internet.

I'm not saying that those people are to blame, but rather that there is a significant disconnect between technology and users' expectations. And the companies involved aren't making things any better with their hand-waving "cloud" mumbo-jumbo.

about a month ago
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Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

WD Vulnerabilities did not increase (137 comments)

Just because you don't know about vulnerabilities, that doesn't mean that they're not there. The vulnerabilities are present in the code before they are discovered.

Having said that, drawing conclusions from vulnerability counts is usually an exercise in futility. There are many factors that affect how many vulnerabilities are discovered and disclosed. Including availability of vulnerability-finding tools, discovery of novel attack techniques, or simply critical mass of interest in the security field.

about 2 months ago
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Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

WD Re:No explanation for why though? (254 comments)

When on earth did AV detect 95% of attacks? (hint: never)

about 5 months ago
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Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

WD Re:WTF? (188 comments)

"High risk of leaking?" And what would the consequences of such a leak be? The affected vendors are only slightly better off than they were with how it actually turned out with Heartbleed?

When Heartbleed was disclosed, virtually no affected vendor (e.g., Ubuntu, Cisco, Juniper, etc.) had an update available. So there was a window where the vulnerability was public, but nobody had official updates from their vendor that would protect them. You are claiming that this is better than a coordinated release, where there would have been actual updates available to install?

It's not "buddies" that is being discussed here. It's the people producing the software that is affected!

about 5 months ago
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VLC Finally Launches App For Windows 8

WD Re:Costs money (170 comments)

Right. Because the primary concern at Microsoft is that people get the legitimate software that they're looking for: http://i.imgur.com/ydSDGNR.png

Depending on your monitor brightness/contrast and your attention to detail, well, you get the picture...

about 7 months ago
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IE Vulnerability Exposing Banking Logins, Spreading Rapidly

WD Re:If we were serious about security... (93 comments)

The vulnerability is a use-after-free bug triggered by DHTML. If DHTML is a feature that you don't care for, feel free to switch to Lynx or Mosaic.

about 7 months ago
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Dear Asus Router User: All Your Cloud Are Belong To Us

WD Guerilla-style hacking disclosure?? (148 comments)

Give me a break. A vulnerability was disclosed, and then some time after that it was leveraged by attackers in the wild. This is what happens.

about 7 months ago
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Netflix Users In Danger of Unknowingly Picking Up Malware

WD How does this stuff get the green light? (153 comments)

1) This has nothing to do with Netflix. I am a Netflix user and I suspect that my Roku is not affected by the vulnerability in question.
2) Silverlight *does* get updated with automatic updates.
3) The vulnerability in question was fixed in March (MS13-022).

about 10 months ago
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Apple Developing Curve Screen iPhones and Improved Sensors

WD Re:The cost of consonants (243 comments)

You're criticizing the grammar of a submitter's summary? You must be new here.

about a year ago
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Leaked Manual Reveals Details On Google's Nexus 5

WD Re:Crazy tech? (177 comments)

If you'd bother to RTFA, you would have noticed that the phrase "crazy Nikon tech" is hyperlinked.

about a year ago
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First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

WD Crocodile? (618 comments)

A drug that causes scaly green skin and is called crocodile? Ok, I have to admit that I had to look up that this isn't an early/late April fools joke.

1 year,2 days
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SSD Annual Failure Rates Around 1.5%, HDDs About 5%

WD Re:Poor statistics (512 comments)

I tell folks if they want an SSD don't have anything on it they would feel bad if they lost
 
How about you tell people that it's unsafe to use a computer without a viable backup scheme, regardless of the type of drive they use?

1 year,18 days
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German Government Warns Windows 8 Is an Unacceptable Security Risk

WD This is absolute nonsense (373 comments)

Has there been the same sort of outcry for iPhones being unacceptable security risks? I mean, Apple controls what software you can put on the device. And they can pretty much do anything to the device that they want without asking you. For any software that you use, you are trusting the vendor. You trust Microsoft to not push out a backdoor on patch Tuesday. You trust Google to not intercept your banking credentials with an automatic/silent Chrome update. etc. etc... There's no justification to say OMG Windows 8 now suddenly gives the ability for someone else to do something I might not want.

On a technical level (e.g. included exploit mitigations), Windows 8 is safer than any other Windows operating system. Even if Windows does go down the iOS route of only running approved software, does that really make it less safe? Maybe vendors are starting to realize that it's OK if Joe Home User can't run CuteKittens.exe that was just emailed to him.

Don't trust software vendors or other people? Good. Write your own OS and don't plug it into the internet. If you get that far.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Request Someone To Send Me a Public Key?

WD Seriously? (399 comments)

You're asking how to ask a question? You request them to send a public PGP key so that you can encrypt the email. If they don't know what that means, you elaborate and point them in the right direction.

The same technique can be extrapolated to any request that you have in life.

about a year ago
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Ad Networks Lay Path To Million-Strong Browser Botnet

WD Like hell they do (105 comments)

If you care about security, you're running NoScript. And they do not run.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Bug Bounties Flow To Googlers

WD Just like airbags (65 comments)

I mean, if a car has an airbag, that's just an admission that the driver isn't skilled enough. Right?

about a year ago
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Critical Security Updates Coming To Windows XP, 8, RT & Server

WD Re:Something seriously wrong .. (289 comments)

You're implying that the problems are in the compiler, which clearly indicates your lack of knowledge of software and vulnerabilities.

about a year ago
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Memory Gaffe Leaves Aussie Bank Accounts Open To Theft

WD Re:My bank doesn't seem vulnerable (69 comments)

You're joking, right? Please tell me that you don't think you're protected from banking malware because your bank uses POST instead of GET.

about a year ago

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