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30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

darkain or don't trust the Internet (191 comments)

And those who are extremely educated fall into the "don't trust the Internet" group quite easily. How many security exploits do we need before people stop trusting in various internet services? But not trusting it doesn't mean we stop USING it! We simply alter our actions on the internet.

about a month ago
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FTC Says T-Mobile Made Hundreds of Millions From Bogus SMS Charges

darkain T-Mobile's Reponse (110 comments)

For those not clicking links, this is what T-Mobile had to say about this:

We have seen the complaint filed today by the FTC and find it to be unfounded and without merit. In fact T-Mobile stopped billing for these Premium SMS services last year and launched a proactive program to provide full refunds for any customer that feels that they were charged for something they did not want. T-Mobile is fighting harder than any of the carriers to change the way the wireless industry operates and we are disappointed that the FTC has chosen to file this action against the most pro-consumer company in the industry rather than the real bad actors.

As the Un-carrier, we believe that customers should only pay for what they want and what they sign up for. We exited this business late last year, and announced an aggressive program to take care of customers and we are disappointed that the FTC has instead chosen to file this sensationalized legal action. We are the first to take action for the consumer and I am calling for the entire industry to do the same.

This is about doing what is right for consumers and we put in place procedures to protect our customers from unauthorized charges. Unfortunately, not all of these third party providers acted responsibly—an issue the entire industry faced. We believe those providers should be held accountable, and the FTC’s lawsuit seeking to hold T-Mobile responsible for their acts is not only factually and legally unfounded, but also misdirected.

-- John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile USA

about a month ago
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US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

darkain Re:We want driverless cars TODAY! (216 comments)

Much in the same way regulations for fuel efficiency are wasted because we have fully electric cars now....

about a month and a half ago
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Despite Project's Demise, Amazon Web Services Continues To Use TrueCrypt

darkain AWS Email (75 comments)

13 hours ago, Amazon / AWS sent out the following email:

Dear Amazon S3 Customer,

Amazon S3 now supports server side encryption with customer-provided keys (SSE-C), a new encryption option for Amazon S3. When using SSE-C, Amazon S3 encrypts your objects with the custom encryption keys that you provide. Since Amazon S3 performs the encryption for you, you get the benefits of using your encryption keys without the cost of writing or executing your own encryption code.

Until now, in order to use your own encryption keys, you needed to encrypt your data client-side prior to uploading them to Amazon S3. With SSE-C, you now have the option to securely store your data using keys that you manage, without having to build client-side encryption infrastructure.

To use SSE-C, simply include your custom encryption key in your upload request, and Amazon S3 encrypts the object using that key and securely stores the encrypted data at rest. Similarly, to retrieve an encrypted object, provide your custom encryption key, and Amazon S3 decrypts the object as part of the retrieval. Amazon S3 doesn't store your encryption key anywhere; the key is immediately discarded after S3 completes your requests.

You can learn how to use SSE-C today by visiting "Using SSE with Customer-provided Keys" in the Amazon S3 Developer Guide.

Sincerely,
The Amazon S3 Team

about a month and a half ago
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Americans Hate TV and Internet Providers More Than Other Industries

darkain Re:Funny, they're not my first choices (255 comments)

Comcast IS NBC/Universal.
Time Warner IS... well... Warner Bros.

So yeah. these "ISPs" really are just some of the major players in the movie/music industry.

about 2 months ago
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The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

darkain Re:Note to myself: (373 comments)

And for anyone that has filed a bug report... if you simply list the bug as a "problem", you're doing it wrong. Detailed descriptions, please! Why should it be any different for automotive? Words like these are subjective. Simply stating: "The brakes are having a problem" doesn't say anything about what is really wrong. Stating: "The brakes failed to engage when X pressure is applied to the pedal" says a hell of a lot more.

about 2 months ago
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The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

darkain Re:Note to myself: (373 comments)

Not just that, but we even have an RFC to deal with keywords within RFCs. Its not just exclusion lists, but also required usage lists.

https://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc21... http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc...

People are simply getting bent out of shape because GM defines their language and set of standards for usage of said language. This is true of ALL large companies, and not just in these types of documents. In the tech world, we live or die by these requirements, so why is it a surprise that other industries use them too?

about 2 months ago
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Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

darkain Re:Anti-competitive (238 comments)

Internet Explorer was made free, it helped drive down the cost of web browser software, of which everyone benefited. Microsoft got slammed with an anti-trust suit for it.

about 2 months ago
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GitHub Open Sources Atom, Their Text Editor Based On Chromium

darkain Re:Prime Example of Software Bloat (121 comments)

Not only this, but considering how uninformative this site is, I'm trying to figure out just what I would gain, if anything at all, over Sublime Text right now. Visually from their screen shots, it looks mostly the same? So, besides that, what features ARE there that make this project unique compared to other offerings?

about 3 months ago
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It's World Password Day: Change Your Passwords

darkain Re:Nope. (116 comments)

This is because Microsoft doesn't change stored passwords on Hotmail when they update policies for the service... Case in point, my dummy account from the '90's still has a password that is well under the minimum number of characters required to login. Very short, sweet, easy to remember, and cannot be brute forced because nobody would think to check a password outside of their "requirements"! (oh wait, fuck, I just admitted publicly there are passwords outside of their requirements)

about 3 months ago
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It's World Password Day: Change Your Passwords

darkain Security Tokens (116 comments)

I use security tokens instead of passwords, and then external services use OAuth against this centralized service to verify my identity... passwords? What are those!?

about 3 months ago
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Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

darkain When comments... (301 comments)

When Slashdot comments become full front page stories? This was already posted a few times as comments in the last OpenSSL post.

about 4 months ago
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Sochi Drones Are Shooting the Olympics, Not Terrorists

darkain No Brainer (108 comments)

So the cost of PURCHASING a drone is about the same as RENTING a helicopter for the same time? With the drone, of course, being re-usable, and creating significantly less impact when comparing the results of a potential crash, and can get much MUCH closer to the action.

This is seriously the best of all worlds. Now if only we can get away from the mainstream stigma of the term "Drone", such as going back to the term UAV instead? Really, the only down-side is ignorant media perception of these devices.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Top Black Friday Tech Picks?

darkain Nexus 7 (189 comments)

I picked up the Asus Nexus 7 16GB (2013 edition) for $151.12 off Amazon Prime just two weeks ago... How is $199.99 a deal in comparison?

TL;DR: Nothing is appealing this Black Friday.

about 8 months ago

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darkain darkain writes  |  more than 7 years ago

darkain writes "Over the past week, I have setup a service that allows for notification of new Wii Virtual Console games. This service will send messages to user's message boards on their Wiis when new virtual console games are released. While we do know for now that VC games will be released every Monday at 9am (PST), this will not always be the case. Also, I have setup the service to now accept all regions, not just North America. Per request, I have extended this service to include notification via RSS feeds for those that want it on their desktops. This service also has one major advantage over the other similar "Wii News Letter" services on the Internet, in that it is fully 100% automated. This means that messages are sent out ASAP when games become available, instead of waiting for a person to check for the latest games and then issue out the notifications manually."

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