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Notch Won't Certify Minecraft For Windows 8

blowdart Re:Why does Win8 get WinRT's hate? (303 comments)

Metro apps need to come from a store. Desktop apps do not. Win 8 on x86 has a desktop anyone can use. WinRT does not (it has a desktop, but it's only available to Office). So WinRT is restricted to store delivered applications.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft: As of October, 1024-Bit Certs Are the New Minimum

blowdart Re:Why 1024? (207 comments)

A bunch of hardware (think Cisco routers, load balancers, etc.) only generate CSRs with 1024bit keys.

more than 2 years ago

MSFT Reaches Out To Hackers: 'Do Epic $#!+'

blowdart CNN Censored it. (249 comments)

It's not censored in the pictures of the slogan that neowin has or SCM Magazine.

It wasn't that hard to search for either. However it was probably harder than the knee jerk reaction shown above.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Backs Away From CISPA Support, Citing Privacy

blowdart Re:Microsoft and Law Enforcement Agencies (132 comments)

Of course Apple and Google do the same things for their phone OSes. And then there's those god damn open source commies who want an authoritarian government - they must do, there are rather a lot of Linux based forensics tools. Microsoft is giving away technology at no cost to help law enforcement gather data from computers? So is open source. Get over your bad self.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Most Secure Mobile OS?

blowdart Re:The Most Secure Mobile OS (291 comments)

Other OSs achieve better security by DESIGN

Then perhaps you ought to look at the Windows Phone design. Aside from the limited ability to do stuff that each app is constrained by (and the checking of those permissions by the marketplace publishing process) applications are isolated from each other, both in terms of memory access and file system access. What it does lack is full device encryption.

MS Whitepaper on Phone Security

more than 2 years ago

Rob Malda (CmdrTaco) Joins the Washington Post

blowdart So ... (232 comments)

We can expect to see the same news story every day for three days? (Then a correction entitled Dupe?)

more than 2 years ago

Lawyer Demands Pacemaker Vendor Supply Source Code

blowdart Re:It's not forced on her (334 comments)

For setting it's run time parameters. I have a friend with a brain implant (from the same company). It sits on a nerve bundle and shocks it in order to stop cluster headaches. However it needs adjusting, both under his control and then it also needs proper recalibration every couple of years. He has a remote control, and the doctors can recalibrate without having to open up the back of his skull again.

However it's not wifi (and I'd be surprised if the pacemakers were either), but it does have remote connections with, ummm, yea, seemingly no authentication whatsoever,

about 3 years ago

Mozilla Offers Alternative To OpenID

blowdart Re:Simplicity (105 comments)

Client side authentication? Funny, there already was a standard for that with SAML, Microsoft's CardSpace. Now Mozilla are trying to force their own tech down? At least MS, at the time, opened CardSpace (and SAML) to a full blown standardisation process, and it was usable (with a plug-in) in both IE and Firefox.

about 3 years ago

Windows Admins Need To Prepare For GUI-Less Server

blowdart Re:It would be good to have optional GUI (780 comments)

Or you use remote administration tools. This isn't exactly new anyway, Windows 2008 has had "Server Core" installations which haven't installed a UI layer at all. Those tend to be used for AD boxes, or Hyper-V hosts or IIS servers.

about 3 years ago

Crowdsourced List of SOPA Supporters

blowdart Listened to reason? (180 comments)

Reason? Caved into public humiliation more like. Reason had nothing to do with it, bad publicity, losing customers and losing money was what caused it - and remember GoDaddy had a clause where SOPA wouldn't apply to them anyway.

more than 3 years ago

In-Vitro Muscle Cells, It's What's For Dinner

blowdart But is it kosher? (619 comments)

Serious question - if you clone pig meat, without the animal ever being grown, it won't have hooves - so is it kosher? What if you clone human meat from a volunteer? Is that cannibalism?

more than 3 years ago

60 Years of Business Computing Started With Tea Shops

blowdart Re:It was a smashing success. (89 comments)

Actually, being a brit in the US I can answer this. English cucumbers are different, it's down to variety. The US cucumbers tend to be more knobbly and thicker skinned, and need peeling. The English cucumbers are what we'd get in the UK, sold sealed in plastic, thin skinned and go in my gin and tonics.

Don't get me started on bacon.

more than 3 years ago

No Windows 8 Plot To Lock Out Linux

blowdart Re:I doubt that Microsoft would try this (548 comments)

Add to that it's doubtful you'd want to protect a server like this. Lets take bitlocker as an example, as that's an existing Microsoft security technology. It requires a TPM chip, and those aren't common on server boards. Plus, if you reconfigure and reboot you get a BIOS prompt, and you can't easily deal with those remotely. I really doubt this would be rolled out in data centers.

more than 3 years ago

The RMS Tour Rider

blowdart Re:Parrots? (373 comments)

And the pattern for the parrot must be open and free so others can compile their own parrots from scraps of material and discarded belly button lint.

more than 2 years ago

GlobalSign Web Server Hacked, But Not CA

blowdart Re:Or simple copy all newly issued certificates? (35 comments)

And that's meaningless. When you submit a certificate signing request to a CA you are sending the public key of the certificate you want validated. The CA performs their checks, then signs that public key and sends it back to you, where you pair it with your private key that has never left your possession and you have a full certificate.

So copying the certificates wouldn't be a problem, heck that part of the certificate is viewable to any browser.

more than 3 years ago

Dutch Government Revokes Diginotar Certificates

blowdart Re:Untrust Diginotar (78 comments)

Don't forget that the automatic untrusting in Windows doesn't affect browsers with their own CRLs which ignore the OS, like, err, Chrome and Mozilla, those needed to be updated separately.

more than 3 years ago

EU Central Court Could Validate Software Patents

blowdart Re:Good for me? (77 comments)

it's basically impossible to get out of debt by declaring bankruptcy, the way you can in the US.

Not true at all. I'll use the UK as an example because that's what I know. When starting in business you simply create a Limited company And Limited means limited liability. So the company can be sued for debt, but your exposure as a director is limited to the amount initially invested (most typical), or the amount you guarantee when you take on directorship.

Personal bankruptcy works much like the US with a credit history ding for six years, and debts written off after a year.

more than 3 years ago

Calling BS On Unpaid Internships

blowdart Re:Do what the Federal Government does (427 comments)

our agency simply couldn't hire interns and pay them nothing anymore. So no we hire Externs. Change one letter and now their work is Free

Interns -> Externs is two letters. No wonder the patent office is fucked.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Brands WebGL a 'Harmful' Technology

blowdart Re:Microsoft should know... (503 comments)

Microsoft is only attacking WebGL because it competes with their interest.

Does it compete with John Carmack's interests? Doubtful, but he agrees

I agree with Microsoft's assessment that WebGL is a severe security risk. The gfx driver culture is not the culture of security.


more than 3 years ago



Google index site removal tool has gaping hole

blowdart blowdart writes  |  more than 3 years ago

blowdart (31458) writes "Google today disabled their webmaster tools after it was discovered that anyone could use the tool to remove any site from the google index.

The exploit was pretty simple, all anyone had to do was to have a google webmasters tool account and edit a query string parameter on a valid removal to point to a domain they didn't own/"

Link to Original Source

Microsoft release their ASP.NET MVC as open source

blowdart blowdart writes  |  more than 5 years ago

blowdart (31458) writes "Since its initial release the Microsoft MVC package has been free (as in gratis) with the source available on Microsoft's own open source hosting platform, CodePlex. Scott Guthrie blogged yesterday that it was now licensed under the MS-Pl, an OSI approved open source license. The MS-Pl has no platform restrictions and provides broad rights to modify and redistribute the source code. It's another example of toe dipping into open source with developer tools and platforms, MEF (Managed Extensibility Framework) is another .NET Framework component that's MS-PL, as is the DLR (Dynamic Language Runtime), IronRuby, the Ajax Control Toolkit and Silverlight Toolkit. WiX, a toolset to write install packages, is licensed under the Common Public License.

Is this now the start of a trend, with a major platforms released under an open source license? Does it make sense for developer tools to be open sourced without affecting their core business of selling operating systems and software?"

blowdart blowdart writes  |  more than 7 years ago

blowdart (31458) writes "gnu is promoting ogg vorbis though www.playogg.com.

This is the perfect example of how not to do it; promoting a free audio format is laudable, but they promote it by suggesting to users that they .... download an entirely new media player.

iTunes users won't give up iTunes just for a codec. WMP users won't give up WMP just for a codec. In fact there are ways to get Ogg into those players; but what do GNU do? ignore how users currently work to push an open source media player along with the codec. This just is not realistic. There must be a better way, right?"

blowdart blowdart writes  |  more than 8 years ago

blowdart (31458) writes "Kim Cameron, Microsoft's Identity Guy has discovered that Sony and Apple have changed the rules. The permissions for Bob Dylan's Modern Times, a Sony record, does not allow 6 tracks to be burnt to CD. Oh and it looks like you're not told about this until you try to burn ..."


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