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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

bondsbw Re:If it's accessing your X server, it's elevated (374 comments)

I'm not familiar with writing apps for X, but are you saying that every program that displays a window in X can log all keystrokes including in windows that are not associated with that program?

If so, I'm staying away from X for now on.

If not, I'm not sure what your point is. The malicious application would need to display a fake lock screen, convincing enough to fool the user, before the user would type in their credentials. Only then would that app be able to elevate.

3 days ago
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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

bondsbw Re:Uh, okay? (374 comments)

It is. They just failed to mention that it was is a year on Pluto.

3 days ago
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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

bondsbw Re:So to cicumvent the screen locker... (374 comments)

Hmm. I think by this time your security is already out the window and a borked lock program is the least of your worries.

Just because an application is running on your system doesn't mean it has elevation. But if it pretends to be your lock screen and convinces you to put your password into it, it may be able to gain that elevation.

3 days ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

bondsbw Re:Ugly as it can be? (208 comments)

buttons that can't be distinguished from other UI elements

In the X11 graphic, I see at least 4 different button visuals:

        - thin border with shadow
        - bold border with no shadow
        - 3D-style border
        - buttons without any border (menu buttons)

And text entry uses a 3D-style border just like some of the buttons.

How exactly is this better?

3 days ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

bondsbw Re:Ugly as it can be? (208 comments)

Wait, you said they look alike. Now you are touting the differences. Which is it?

3 days ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

bondsbw Re:Ugly as it can be? (208 comments)

If you can't see the difference between X11 and Yosemite, I'm just going to ignore the rest of what you have to say on the subject of graphics.

3 days ago
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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

bondsbw Re:jessh (397 comments)

This makes sense, but I would be afraid of employers that attempt retribution for failing to show up at work (for non-critical duties).

Perhaps a compromise could have worked, the government does not shut down the city but it does provide an official warning that requires employers to allow workers to make their own judgment call without retribution. (By this I mean, the employee may not necessarily get paid for missed time, but they also can't get fired for failing to show.)

4 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

bondsbw Re: The solution is obvious (579 comments)

I was that GP. You misunderstood my post.

We received updates. We just stopped receiving updates before our devices were even 2 years old. Actually most of the devices got their last update before 1.5 years.

4 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

bondsbw Re:The solution is obvious (579 comments)

The earliest mainstream Galaxy device to have 4.2 was the S4 so I'll assume you have that. As it stands, it hasn't been 2 years since release and Lollipop is likely to come to the device before the 2 year mark, and that's as far as we know it will be updated.

Not sure what your point is... 2 years is good for Android, but compares poorly with competition.

4 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

bondsbw Re:No fuck off (461 comments)

Actually it isn't useless. Having emergency responders spread out, instead of gathered at the station, can significantly reduce response times in the event of an emergency.

This was one of the subjects of a friend's Ph.D. dissertation. He used it to show that while random spread can reduce emergency response times, creating patrol routes that target hot spots based on time of day can reduce response times nearly in half (compared with random spread).

4 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

bondsbw Re:The solution is obvious (579 comments)

I was that op. I know what I said, thanks.

The topic was support timelines, not whether Apple was perfect. What you said, "just ignore antennagate", clearly went off topic.

Do you have anything to contribute regarding the actual topic at hand?

5 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

bondsbw Re:The solution is obvious (579 comments)

No, what I want is some guaranteed level of support for consumer electronics.

If I buy something I don't expect it to be unsupported in under 3 years.

I agree. But you act as if Apple were the worst about this, when in reality they tend to be one of the best among mainstream tech brands (although, as I stated and others have corrected me further, they are not perfect).

5 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

bondsbw Re:The solution is obvious (579 comments)

Making a conclusion based on what you say a person said (but they didn't actually say it) is called a strawman argument.

5 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

bondsbw Re:The solution is obvious (579 comments)

Had I known they were killing off the iPod classic I'd have replaced mine ... because it has no OS to be upgraded until it's broken.

Need I remind you about your original complaint on this thread: "Companies expect you to buy the new hotness all the time, and stop expending resources on older platforms."

Yet now you've changed your tune, you only want products that were the new hotness at the time but where the company stopped expending resources once it became older?

Ok.

If it wasn't for the fact that I still need some Windows software, my next desktop would be Linux. As it is, it might be worth it to buy a copy of Win 7 and run it in Virtual Box.

Ah, so that's the meat of the matter. You just don't like Apple. It has nothing to do with the topic of the conversation, which is how long support is offered on a product.

5 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

bondsbw Re:The solution is obvious (579 comments)

Ok, well after that I can understand your hesitancy to get Apple products in the future.

But do realize, that was an outlier and is atypical of what Apple does. I doubt you would see that from them again. Whereas their primary competitor has such an abysmal record that 2.5 years would also be considered an outlier (just in the opposite way).

5 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

bondsbw Re:The solution is obvious (579 comments)

It would be a major improvement if Android products were supported for even 2 year contract periods.

Google should require manufacturers to provide all Android updates for 2 years minimum and 2 minor versions minimum, and security updates for those minor versions for 4 years minimum.

5 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

bondsbw Re:The solution is obvious (579 comments)

2.5 years is pretty good compared with many Android devices. My wife and I have owned 4 Android devices between us, and none of them received updates even 2 years after their initial release date.

Also I suspect you picked on the first iPad because it was the worst. I can't recall any mainstream Apple product that was supported for less time. Many of them are supported for 4 years or more.

5 days ago
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

bondsbw Re:DirectX is obsolete (133 comments)

Really, I have to wonder what Microsoft is thinking these days.

Maybe they want to win back the consumer market they lost? Perhaps diversify a bit?

I just appreciate that they need to compete, and they are forcing their major competitors to bring new things to the table. Otherwise we might be looking at a repeat of mid-2000s, with stagnation like happened in Windows XP and IE 6... just with Apple or Google at the helm this time.

about a week ago
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Brought To You By the Letter R: Microsoft Acquiring Revolution Analytics

bondsbw Re: Why oh Why (105 comments)

That's not Oracle that's ANSI/ISO SQL Standard. Complain to them.

From what I can find, the standard length is 18. That appears to be a minimum, not a maximum.

Regardless, everyone else that matters supports more. Why not Oracle?

30 characters seems pretty long to me.

[Insert obligatory 640K quote here]

It's plenty if you have standards to abbreviate everything and remove all vowels. Of course, when your NMNG_CNVNTN_RQRS_UNDRSCR_CHRCTRS

oops too long

about a week ago

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Identical Twins May Not Have Identical Genetics

bondsbw bondsbw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

bondsbw (888959) writes "'In a scientific double-take, new research is challenging the long-held belief that identical twins have identical genetics,' according to researchers Jan P. Dumanski and Carl Bruder at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Department of Genetics. 'Using cutting-edge technology, the researchers found genetic differences in every set of twins, according to the study published online in the American Journal of Human Genetics.' Studies of identical twins have helped scientists distinguish hereditary and environmental factors when researching human development and behavior. This discovery, using 'some of the most advanced genetic analysis equipment in the world,' may impact future studies of obesity, Parkinson's disease, asthma, and other health issues. 'Scientists have always known there were differences between identical twins. Some of the differences were so slight that only a mother could spot them, while others were profound, such as one twin developing a fatal disease while the other remained healthy. "So far it has been blamed on environmental factors," Bruder said.'"
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