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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

ashpool7 Yep (190 comments)

Voter intimidation is easier when you don't have to get them to register for an absentee ballot ahead of time.

about 2 months ago
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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

ashpool7 Patents (213 comments)

Last time I checked the ACM was pro software patents, but I can't verify that is the case now because as others have said, their website is awful.

about 2 months ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

ashpool7 Re:It's already going on... (353 comments)

Don't worry, once they've used you as a beachhead into requiring the devices for all car insurance, I'm sure there would be no unintended consequences of setting a precedent for allowing your insurance company to monitor all sorts of things that are going on about your car.

about 2 months ago
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Report: 99 Percent of New Mobile Threats Target Android

ashpool7 Re:Market Share (269 comments)

No, I agree with that statement. I just don't agree that separating the app procurement from the OS makes it any less about the OS/platform/whatever, because the OS dictates how you get them.

about 5 months ago
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Report: 99 Percent of New Mobile Threats Target Android

ashpool7 Re:Market Share (269 comments)

in regards to iOS, the store and the OS are inseparable

in regards to Android, the OS allowing side-loading is the avenue that allows malware to enter

technically, it might matter as to if you say it's an OS issue or a "platform" issue, but practically, the nature of the OSes make the difference on this issue moot

about 5 months ago
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Report: 99 Percent of New Mobile Threats Target Android

ashpool7 Re:Market Share (269 comments)

So, the iOS solution is to not _let_ users install apps from untrustworthy sources.

Android doesn't have a solution... so... there's that.

How is that not an iOS vs Android issue?

about 5 months ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

ashpool7 Re:A simpler cure (240 comments)

That's why the change occurs on Sunday morning, not Monday...

about 6 months ago
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The Second Operating System Hiding In Every Mobile Phone

ashpool7 Without any exploit mitigation (352 comments)

Somebody please tell the iPhone dev team that baseband security is so bad. They've been terrible at finding and exploiting these problems since the A5 baseband in the iPhone 4S.

â¦. :-P

about 10 months ago
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Sony Issues Detailed PS4 FAQ Ahead of Launch

ashpool7 Re:Conflict of interest (312 comments)

Probably the larger issue that drives this is that they can do *some* kind of check on the system before they hand over the BluRay decryption keys. That way they have some leverage over somebody who would⦠I don't know⦠get the master key and use it on their BluRay player binary.

about a year ago
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GNUstep Kickstarter Campaign Launched

ashpool7 Re:Shooting for 10.x? (131 comments)

Easy portability from OS X to Linux/FreeBSD.

Many programmers and server admins moved to OS X as their desktop machine because of its Unix base. You can have a nice desktop, commercial app support, and not be far away from a command line environment.

If GNUStep can get compatibility, then developers can cross target OS X and Linux with their apps.

Windows has nothing in common with Linux. All you're doing by throwing money at Wine is perpetuating the Windows Way Of Programming. At least with GNUStep it starts with the assumption of Linux or BSD Unix.

about a year ago
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Secure Boot Coming To SuSE Linux Servers

ashpool7 Re:Secure Boot ISN'T! (135 comments)

I know you want to be like x86 != ARM, which is fair, but UEFI == UEFI

It would be great if you could just uncheck a checkbox at boot time, but this standard was made so that you can remove that checkbox and still claim standards compliance. That's the rub.

about a year ago
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Secure Boot Coming To SuSE Linux Servers

ashpool7 Re:Secure Boot ISN'T! (135 comments)

You're not forced to install antivirus programs nor is there a scheme to prevent you from removing them.

I'm not speculating about "people," I'm talking about the "people" accused of turning their brains off when Secure Boot gets brought up. These are the same people who don't like the locked bootloaders on the iPad and especially on Android phones and tablets.

about a year ago
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Secure Boot Coming To SuSE Linux Servers

ashpool7 Re:Secure Boot ISN'T! (135 comments)

What *is* the same between the Surface Pro and the Surface (RT), is that UEFI and Secure Boot are being used.

Back to the original topic, this is why people do not want Secure Boot. Here is a company taking the standard and doing *exactly* what people were afraid the company would do with it. It's no longer "speculation."

about a year ago
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Secure Boot Coming To SuSE Linux Servers

ashpool7 Re:Secure Boot ISN'T! (135 comments)

Except the OEM can prevent this from being an option for you.

about a year ago
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Code Released To Exploit Android App Signature Vulnerability

ashpool7 Re:Hint: real-life hacking is all automated (81 comments)

Do Google Play downloads go over SSL? Does Google Play fail to work if the SSL verification fails against the installed CAs? Does that Raspberry Pi have its SSL cert installed on the phone?

It's not that easy...

(...or maybe it is, I'm assuming Google wasn't stupid when it comes to the first two questions.)

about a year ago
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Secure Boot Coming To SuSE Linux Servers

ashpool7 Re:Secure Boot ISN'T! (135 comments)

Why do the OEMs get to add keys? Why can't I load the key myself from UEFI or another side channel?

This is why secure boot triggers "do not want." Motherboard manufacturers are trying to wedge themselves in as gatekeepers where they were previously not.

about a year ago

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Friends and Foes

ashpool7 ashpool7 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Explanations:

Friends: User accounts of "famous and respected" people
Modifier: +6
(Opinions valued.)

Foes: User accounts of trolls that frequently get modded to +5 because of stupid moderators
Modifier: 0
(Mark them as successful trolls.)

Notes:
Eagle5596: Inexperienced elitist
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/03/30/1346246&tid=

DAldredge: Disadvantages are fatal flaws. Troll
http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=104781&cid=8924813

ObviousGuy: thinks CS majors are just code monkeys. Tends to post deceptively incorrect things.
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=106467&cid=9063092

dada21: Similar to ObviousGuy
http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=172430&cid=14358107

ccarson
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=211442&cid=17214410

TheRealMindChild (IP block bant recently too... wonder why)
http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=284555&cid=20419147

DavidSell: Microsoft shill

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