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Firefox 29: Redesign

drobety Re:more downgrades (688 comments)

> Giorgio (the NoScript guy) knows what he is talking about on this subject, so I suspect despite your screenshot there is still a problem Screenshot is from 2012, for another blocker. HTTP Switchboard doesn't use the problematic API, which doesn't work reliably because it is asynchronous. It injects Content Security Policy header synchronously: it is rock solid in preventing JS from executing. Reputation is something to respect, but hard technical facts come first for me.

about 3 months ago

OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

drobety HTTP Switchboard: NoScript + Request Policy (1482 comments)

It's not because you didn't find it that the browser is not up to standards for secure browsing.

about 4 months ago

Yahoo Advertising Serves Up Malware For Thousands

drobety Does Chrome have a proper NoScript equivalent? (184 comments)

HTTP Switchboard. This puts to rest all the false claims out there that Chrome doesn't have the proper API to block scripts. This thing does what NoScript, Request Policy and AdBlock do all together, plus it has nice privacy enhancing options.

about 7 months ago

Researchers Seek Help Cracking Gauss Mystery Payload

drobety Re:Single Stepping... (229 comments)

Of course they figured the bootstrap, now they need help to figure the key to decrypt the real payload. Very simply stated: create key from environment -> if key == 'hard coded key' then decrypt payload -> run payload

about 2 years ago

Secret Security Questions Are a Joke

drobety Re:Simple solution (408 comments)

I don't mind the stock question, I use a password generator to create the answers, which I store in my local password agent.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

drobety Re:J. K. Rowling (1130 comments)

L. Ron Hubbard!

about 2 years ago

Iran Threatens Legal Action Against Google For Not Labeling Gulf 'Persian'

drobety Re:What's missing? (246 comments)

Never mind, I am a confused old man I suppose.

more than 2 years ago

Iran Threatens Legal Action Against Google For Not Labeling Gulf 'Persian'

drobety Re:What's missing? (246 comments)

Interesting. I checked a few days ago, and the label was "Arabian Sea". Gone now.

more than 2 years ago

High School Students Sue Federal Gov't Over Global Warming

drobety Re:what exactly do they want done... (491 comments)

Whatever bad scenario you cast in your mind when you contemplate doing something about climate change, keep in mind that doing nothing will cause things to get much, much worst. History shows that humans are able to engage in large collective projects if they have the collective will for it. Also, economy thrives and economic opportunities are plentiful in times of great changes, and the reverse in times of great stagnation. I actually think economy would get a huge boost by steering our societies away from the abyss we are now headed, I see it as a win-win.

more than 2 years ago

The Math Formula That Lead To the Financial Crash

drobety It led to crash because... (371 comments)

The Black-Scholes formula leads to crash because it misses components which account for: a) looking at the formula, b) using the formula.

more than 2 years ago

Details Of FBI Surveillance In Lulzsec Takedown Emerge

drobety Re:Leak poisoning (278 comments)

Wikileaks is not just passing on, but also checking and cleaning material. Otherwise it would be Openleaks. Nobody doubted that the Stratfor leak was a fake.

Huh? "Cleaning material"? "Openleaks", the guys who papershred the leaked materials they had? "Nobody doubted that the Stratfor leak was a fake"... "Nobody"? Wait, how exactly do you know it is indeed "fake"? "The trouble with Wikileaks is selection bias"... Hum yes, an organisation dedicated to transparency will usually publish materials which document wrongdoings, that's the bias.

more than 2 years ago

Details Of FBI Surveillance In Lulzsec Takedown Emerge

drobety Re:Leak poisoning (278 comments)

Why would Wikileaks' credibility be undermined? Wikileaks' primary purpose is to publish what is leaked to them, and they did just that in this case:

WikiLeaks believes that best way to truly determine if a story is authentic, is not just our expertise, but to provide the full source document to the broader community - and particularly the community of interest around the document ... Journalists and governments are often duped by forged documents. It is hard for most reporters to outsmart the skill of intelligence agency frauds. WikiLeaks, by bringing the collective wisdoms and experiences of thousands to politically important documents will unmask frauds like never before ... How does WikiLeaks test document authenticity?

more than 2 years ago

AMD Confirms CPU Bug Found By DragonFly BSD's Matt Dillon

drobety Re:cool, but...? (292 comments)

I suppose to be sure he is not confused with the other Matt Dillon.

more than 2 years ago

Mild Electric Shock To Brain May Boost Spatial Memory

drobety Re:Zappy zappy (65 comments)

My stepfather learned 1) to not trust me, and 2) to stop assuming nobody touched that switch he flipped earlier before grabbing the (live) wire

more than 2 years ago

Robert Boisjoly Dies At 73, the Engineer Who Tried To Stop the Challenger Launch

drobety Whistle-blower ostracization (380 comments)

From the 1987 LA Times article:

And for that, there was an additional private cost: resentment on the part of those who had been hoping to avoid, at least in part, official blame. It came from corporate executives, and from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Morton Thiokol's biggest customer. And it came from colleagues fearful that too much exposure of truth might hurt business and cost them their jobs.

"If you wreck this company, I'm gonna put my kids on your doorstep," grumbled one. Someone finally dubbed the engineers "the five lepers."

This is the sad reality: Whistle-blowers are often the target of ostracism from their contemporaries, while usually unanimously admired later in historical context. It's still not easy to be a whistle-blower, if anything, it's harder than ever.

more than 2 years ago


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