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Become an SSLAdmin In a Few Easy Steps

daeg Re:The CA's are not doing their due dilligence (64 comments)

I switched to DigiCert a few months ago and they are much more "rapid" than rapidssl was ever for us.

Our original account with Rapid was under one company name. We subsequently changed the holding company's name on a later request and apparently our account was flagged for manual validation 100% of the time. Each time we renewed it would take 4 or 5 days of faxing forms, confirmations, phone calls from hell, etc.

The nice thing was, at the time, they were one of the few SSL providers to allow unlimited re-issuance. Digicert does too, and has even better prices AFAIK.

(Note: I don't work for them or have any financial interest in them)

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox Beta Touts Advanced Engine, Solves 8 Flaws

daeg Re:ACID3 (493 comments)

Did you actually use MS's implementation of web fonts? They made some proprietary font for no reason at all. They are trying to open it as a W3C standard now but that will hopefully fail completely. We already have enough font standards without introducing yet another format.

more than 5 years ago
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Firefox Beta Touts Advanced Engine, Solves 8 Flaws

daeg Re:ACID3 (493 comments)

Uh, 3.1 has web fonts.

more than 5 years ago
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Securing PHP Web Applications

daeg Community more unsecure than the language (229 comments)

The community and fleet of developers available to PHP is far and away the more vulnerable than register_globals could ever be.

Modern code bases, books, and examples are STILL being written using string concatenation to build SQL! These examples are teaching these dated, insecure methods to novices, thus guaranteeing these horrible practices will propagate for a long, long time.

more than 5 years ago
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Solar Panels Reach $1 a Watt

daeg Re:thats nice (381 comments)

Mildly toxic? Just edit Wikipedia.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows Server 2008 One Year On — Hit Or Miss?

daeg Re:whats it give us? (386 comments)

I run a single windows server. I hate that an IIS update requires me to reboot the machine. Why can't I just restart IIS?! The only consistent update that never requires a reboot is the smart filters update. Very annoying.

more than 5 years ago
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Sun's Mickos Is OK With Monty's MySQL 5.1 Rant

daeg Re:Uhm (155 comments)

The problem is, MySQL hasn't had a stable, crash-free release in MANY years. The version you think is stable is only stable with your data set and queries.

about 6 years ago
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Firefox 2.0 Update To Remove Phishing Detection

daeg Re:RHEL4 support anyone (351 comments)

Couldn't you extract just that library from an RPM and stick it in a path that Firefox would find it?

about 6 years ago
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Firefox 2.0 Update To Remove Phishing Detection

daeg Re:Why would anyone use FF2? (351 comments)

Firefox 3.1 is introducing some preferences where you can, IIRC, disable sources of information AwesomeBar queries. I think you could tune it to remove those results. There are addons as well that pre-prioritize the results to be more like Firefox 2.

about 6 years ago
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Firefox 2.0 Update To Remove Phishing Detection

daeg Re:A security update that reduces security (351 comments)

Firefox 3 does not tell Google which sites you are visiting. It downloads a local version of the blacklist and queries it locally.

about 6 years ago
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Firefox 2.0 Update To Remove Phishing Detection

daeg Re:A security update that reduces security (351 comments)

If you're talking about on Linux, 3.1 is fixing some of the fsync issues that made it slow on some boxes.

about 6 years ago
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Free Resources for Windows Perl Development

daeg Re:win32 a first-class citizen? (117 comments)

How much of the server growth is due to capacity, though? I'd like to see some numbers comparing how many users a Windows Server host for a web application can support versus, say, BSD, for the same application. I looked around a bit but couldn't find any.

about 6 years ago
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Would You Add Easter Eggs To Software Produced At Work?

daeg Re:Professionally Signed (747 comments)

That analogy is a bit off. Opening the hood of your car is a common operation. Easter eggs should be uncommon to the point that most users will never locate them.

about 6 years ago
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Would You Add Easter Eggs To Software Produced At Work?

daeg Re:Ask yourself one thing. (747 comments)

And you know, some of us in management like when people stand up to us. I don't know everything, and never will, nor do I want to. That's why I hired you (I hope). If I have to dictate everything to you and you bow to my every whim, (a) you're more worthless than your interview hinted at, and (b) you're never going to get anywhere.

about 6 years ago
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How To Help Our Public Schools With Technology?

daeg Re:Schools don't need technology (378 comments)

If you think those things are limited to inner city schools you are sadly mistaken.

about 6 years ago
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The Gene Is Having an Identity Crisis

daeg Re:Surprise, surprise! (257 comments)

Sometimes you have to ignore the bigger picture to make progress in the short term. Very few problems are solved trying to solve the macro picture without focus on the micro, IMO, and most macro problems are solved only after a shit-ton of micro problem solving. [Note: macro/micro doesn't refer to physical scale]

more than 6 years ago
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Attack Code Found For Recent Windows Bug

daeg Re:Hmmm... (184 comments)

Well, to be fair, their discussion took place on Wiki pages, so it was either Ubuntu 8.04 or HAHAHHAYOUSUCKCOCKS.

more than 6 years ago
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Successful Moonlighting For Geeks?

daeg Re:Fix the house, skip the 2nd job (448 comments)

Skip the chicks, the pickings are better on the other side of the fence.

My geek cooks, cleans, helps with outside chores and house maintenance, and lets me kick his ass in various multi-player games AND doesn't require expensive flowers.

more than 6 years ago

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Panic of failing QuikSCAT satellite overlown

daeg daeg writes  |  more than 7 years ago

daeg (828071) writes "We previously read and discussed about the aging QuikSCAT weather satellite used to help predict tropical storms. It turns out that the panic is likely overblown and the loss of the satellite won't have any dramatic effects on forecasting at all. Some in the National Hurricane Center are now calling for Director Proenza's resignation over this and his overall handling of the center."
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Passwords in small companies

daeg daeg writes  |  more than 7 years ago

daeg (828071) writes "As any person in a small company can tell you, we have too many passwords and too many people know them because the defined job roles are very lax. The programmers know our shipping password because they've had to ship things before and the administrative assistants know our printer passwords, for instance. Are there any easy ways to manage these types of passwords securely? If an employee leaves, we have to change all of the passwords (particularly for the places that do not allow multiple delegate user accounts) and simultaneously tell everyone the new password, which is tedious and error prone, at best. What are some methods that have worked in your small companies?"
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daeg daeg writes  |  more than 7 years ago

daeg (828071) writes "PHP 5.2.2 and 4.4.7 have been released with a plethora of security updates. Many of the security notifications come from the Month of PHP Bugs effort, and range from double freed memory to bugs in functions that allow attackers to enable register_globals, to memory corruption with unserialize(), to input validation flaws that allow e-mail header injections, with an unhealthy sprinkling of other bugs and flaws fixed. All administrators that run any version of PHP are encouraged to update immediately."

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