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Mozilla To Support Public Key Pinning In Firefox 32

cant_get_a_good_nick I hope you can turn this off (85 comments)

We've had some source code theft recently at my job, so we have an SSL MITM proxy that generates a work SSL cert for everything. At first I hated it, but it is a work comp, and they provide a dirty LAN, so just bring your device if you want to browse your mail.

But, this would break Google searches for me. I wouldn't be able to look at any Google site, no Google searches, no wikipedia, no stackoverflow on my work comp with this. Make this a hard to find, no normal person would be able to find it, only geeks can flip the switch, config to turn this off please.

13 hours ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:Stability improvements? (112 comments)

Though I'm sure there are other reasons (maybe better 64 bit tools?) you self answer a bit. Your Point #2 means Chrome crashes early and obviously, making any pointer bugs quicker to be squashed. This means the bugs get fixed fast, fewer make it to Release builds, and you should crash less.

Another reason may be heap size. Even if you don't fill free memory, you can fragment it. Picture what you can put in one 5 gallon bucket, vs what you can put in 5 x 1 gallon buckets. Much less flexible. So if 32 but chrome gets tight on memory becuase of web pages seen and closes, seen and closed and memory fragmented, it may just give up and crash/exit.

3 days ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:Chromium 37? (112 comments)

:) sorry, no mod points today.....

3 days ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:Hello, it is 2014 (112 comments)

Moving to 64 bit means your entire ecosystem needs to move to 64 bit. Is every plug in, including every corporate internal plugin migrated to 32 bit? Even IE still has both builds, for this reason.

3 days ago
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Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

cant_get_a_good_nick Netflix support? (112 comments)

I remember some Chromium build that had Netflix support, a.k.a streaming DRM support. Did this make the cut?

3 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:My opinion on the matter. (810 comments)

Recent? Emacs always felt to me of a huge cluster of code rather than the small tool thing. Just a huge jumble of code.

To be honest, I'm not sure what that means in the argument. Emacs is almost as old as UNIX, older than Linux. Does that mean you shouldn't run it on a UNIX system? I don't, but to each their own. But to pretend that systemd is the beginning of a run down a hill to ruin is kind of odd. There have been big monolithic code blobs dropped on Linux for years. X, the various GUI desktop managers spring to mind.

4 days ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:I'd pay it but... (609 comments)

Or movies.

In the few times where I want to go to a movie at the theaters for the huge screen and better sound, paying $25 for 2 people to sit and watch, I get bombarded by: local restaurant ads, TV ads (if i wanted to watch TV, I wouldn't be in the theater), movie ads, Coke ads, etc. At least the trailers for movies are somewhat entertaining.

It will always be "yeah, i get money by directly charging for content, but I can get more by directly charging for content AND showing ads".

Greed? Dunno, it's capitalism. It's kind of baked in the system. If you were selling a bike, and you were selling it for 50, and someone offered you 100 for it, would you back off and say "no, it's 50". Would you leave money on the table? Or would you rationalize it as an extra 50 that you could do something cool with. If you had kids, would you give that 50 back. If you had a company that you had to pay salaries for your 15 developers, would you turn ad money down? These aren't so easy decisions.

Well, one is easy. Fuck Comcast. They truly are greedy. And they don't pay employees well, so you can't even tell yourself, "yeah, I'm being gouged by a corporation, but at least their employees are eating well". No, they aren't.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:Please stop and think (359 comments)

I was reading this, and the first thing that popped in my head wasn't the Ebola outbreak, but the Syphilis Experiments here in the US. That and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, in which her cells were taken from her and experimented with, without consent or notice, much less compensation. If you've read the book, her kids are still wary of hospitals because of the lies and stonewalling from them. Other than the last line (actually the first phrase only of the last line) of the first paragraph would not work in the US.

about two weeks ago
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Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:Wont matter (158 comments)

Sounds like a bunch of bullshit to justify expenditures on cool new technology which will be quickly mothballed after its found to be useless or ruled by the courts to not be justification for extra scrutiny.

The scary thing is, that's my best case scenario. Worst case? It's used for witch hunts. We have warrantless spying now, do you think they'll put this down once it's pushed back by a court? Maybe it won't be used in court, but just enough to justify "extra scrutiny" of someone, put them on a watchlist they can't get off of.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Who Smuggle Radioactive Materials

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:Old news (66 comments)

Jokes aside, it's kind of interesting to see how much our views of Radiation have changed.

1985? no, but 1965? The first thing that popped to mind were old Uranium toy kits.

I remember a podcast where they used to use a fluoroscope (live X-Ray basically) to size your shoes - see bone structure in real time. A family friend has bad feet because they used a huge dose of radiation to kill his athlete's foot.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

cant_get_a_good_nick RoundRects for everyone! (220 comments)

For those that jibe at the Steve Jobs design aesthetic, so we have a non-Apple company shouting "look at us, we have a metal slab that's a RoundRect too!" Not sure if this makes it more or less silly.

Hmm, a MetalBody RoundRect with 4.7" screen - released right before the iPhone 6 release party.... What are the odds?

(RoundRect was what the Rounded-corner Rectangle was called in old Apple developer docs, either when drawing a button, or using that shape directly in QuickDraw).

about two weeks ago
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Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:It's fine (113 comments)

Or GM X-Body? You'd be in a much worse spot...

about two weeks ago
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Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014

cant_get_a_good_nick It's fine (113 comments)

After Jimmy gets to edit, he'll be welcomed as a hero, with roses tossed at his feet [Citation Needed]

about three weeks ago
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The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

cant_get_a_good_nick Jordan wasn't all that bad... (146 comments)

Please watch the great 30 For 30 episode Jordan Rides the Bus . Even I, as a Chicagoan that grew up in the Jordan era, was surprised at how good Jordan got at baseball. It seems at the end he had quite a few game winning hits. It seemed there was no guarantee he'd be called up to the majors in 95, but any question of that was nixed with the baseball strike that year. I don't think a lot of people knew how much he improved. Even his main man Spike Lee made jokes about Jordan - with a commercial about his struggles with "the wicked double-A curveball..."

Hell, watch most 30 For 30. The 16th Man is as good as most movies out now.

about three weeks ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:Just like C then? (371 comments)

Never heard of this, thanks much! Though obviously by posting earlier I have no opportunity to mod you up :(

about three weeks ago
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Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:Least green logo ever (141 comments)

Blackwater has a bad rep, but their logos don't look too bad. Since I've had a lot of plumbing issues recently, I think of Blackwater in the plumbing sense - sewage.

about three weeks ago
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Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:Just like C then? (371 comments)

We desperately need a language for OS work that is protected more than C is. C was written before millions/billions of network miscreants could attack your machine for days straight with no negative consequences. People still use PHP (shudder) because even though the language sucks, it fills a niche of 1 as a web page/web app language.

Java originally was Oak, a language for embedded set top boxes. It's much much bigger, much different now. Im sure in 1998 people said "we have all the third party libs that we need", then a new target developed, and people made new libraries for mobile devices.

about three weeks ago
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China Cracks Down On Mobile Messaging

cant_get_a_good_nick iMessage? (58 comments)

Does iMessage run afoul of this?

If the encryption is good (and China doesn't have the pull to get access as the NSA does) then maybe Apple products DO pose a security threat .... to the government.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

cant_get_a_good_nick Re:The Story of Mel (637 comments)

As an aside, one of my digs at Steve Gibson is related to this.

Steve has an odd fascination, in 2014, with doing stuff in assembler. Though it's cool to say "hey I can make my own computer by squeezing sand into computer chips", we have a much more complex world now.

Steve "lets worry about security" and Steve "lets write code that may be attacked in assembler, the mode with the fewest checks and constraints against bugs and bad coding" are very much in conflict, almost violently so.

about three weeks ago

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How Do I Secure Windows XP for my Mom?

cant_get_a_good_nick cant_get_a_good_nick writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cant_get_a_good_nick (172131) writes "As the family tech geek, everyone asks me how to get rid of viruses. As I explain malware and the difference between the infection vectors of worms, trojans, and viruses, their eyes (understandably) glaze over. And I can't even tell them what's the best freeware anti-virus + anti-spyware + anti-malware-of-the-day for Windows (I'm a Linux geek myself). I moved my sister from a public IP to a private IP, and saw her eyes wander the room when I tried to explain why it's better for her.

Faced with the choices of getting a family that just understands tech (not gonna happen) getting them to move off Windows (not gonna happen) or letting them get infected (I don't want to happen), what are the best resources for getting a Windows machine relatively safe, and keeping it so? The more i look at this, the more I need to explain malware, DHCP, firewalls, rootkit, Windows update (but avoid WGA), the more I hear them ask for a magic bullet to make it all go away. How can I make Windows security as simple as possible?"

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