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Bruce Schneier: A Cyber Cold War Could Destabilize the Internet

galego Flaw in Article Title (124 comments)

*... Could Destabilize the Internet*

This starts off on a flawed assumption, that the internet is stable.

REALLY?!?!?! ... REALLY!!!??!?!?!

about a year and a half ago

Blackboard Buys Moodlerooms and Netspot

galego Re:they can continue for now... (95 comments)

Two words: Leopard ... spots

I think it it's "if you can't beat 'em directly on the field of battle or if you can't buy them out, see if you can choke off their logistical support". People will run from hosted Moodle because Blackboard now runs it (and starves it of good support/innovation). Then some genius administrator who holds purse strings will say "Hey, how about we host with Blackboard!?!?!" ... Not that I've ever seen any thing similar to that happen.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Most Secure Mobile OS?

galego Define Secure / The one not on the network (291 comments)

People throw around the term 'secure' all the time ... what does that mean in this instance?

Does the OS keep apps away from data they shouldn't have access to? Does its browser have the best track-record on drive-by's etc.? Does it mean it has/hasn't been exploited in the wild or not (e.g. Safari is riddled with security problems, but how often is it pwned in the wild?)? Do you want to be able to click links wildly and not get infected (and unicorns and rainbows)? Good security policies and enforcement of them? Criteria for/review of apps in the mobile stores/markets?

So ... what does secure mean for you? Define that and then try ask slashdot again later.

more than 2 years ago

Why Making Facebook Private Won't Protect You

galego Re:Ask Questions of your own first (550 comments)

The specific case from the article wasn't asking them for their password, but that's another good question angle.

more than 2 years ago

Why Making Facebook Private Won't Protect You

galego Re:Here's a crazy idea (550 comments)

This line of logic assumes that showing FB pages contain a bunch of embarrassing and undignified content/activities ...

Cant really come up with an argument there ... Great point! ;-)

more than 2 years ago

Why Making Facebook Private Won't Protect You

galego Ask Questions of your own first (550 comments)

I know this is /. and everything typically has to be boolean/polar, but how about some more processing before rendering a knee-jerk yes|no and running to the high ground of your position ...

Ask the interviewer "Can you tell me what reason you need to see a personal account of mine such as Facebook?" If you're on track to a high-profile position, support of one or one where security is paramount, they may have a reason. I mean ... I know no politicians or folks in the public sector have done inappropriate things such as maintained inappropriate relationships or done shady business using just such accounts, but hey ... it just might happen someday, right!?!?!? So ... they may have a good reason to ask from their side. Some jobs do require background checks. This could be filed under that. That doesn't mean you have to give it to them. It just means that they have a [potentially valid] justification for it. If it's a wal-mart greeter position, I go report them to corporate and/or file a lawsuit. If it's part of the foreign service officer application process with the state department.

Ask/point out that you are uncomfortable with exposing friends/families information (as well as your own). Again, a security/background check may trump that anyway (if it's a condition of the job). While it's a policy, the human in front of you may actually consider that point.

Ask "How do I know what I show you will be kept confidential?" ... "Is any of this recorded digitally?" ... "May I ask how this factors into your selection process?" ... maybe even without being argumentative.

Maybe even ask them ... "Don't you wish you could forget all the inane* conversations/posts/etc. that you've seen doing this?"

Then ... if you don't get the job, ask "Can you tell me why I didn't get the position". If you feel it was related to one of your (or your friends') inane posts on facebook and/or it's discriminatory (e.g. they didn't hire you because they saw photos of you with blond hair on your facebook timeline and they don't like people who dye their hair) ... go for your lawyer ... or move on to a different job interview.

*Because yes, there is a whole heck of a lot of inane stuff on Facebook.

more than 2 years ago

Why Making Facebook Private Won't Protect You

galego Re:easy, set up a dead end friend list (550 comments)

That might work for 3 weeks or so until FB automatically resets permissions to default-world-viewable and you have to manually fix them again.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: One Framework To Rule Them All?

galego One to rule them all, really? (287 comments)

We see how that worked out for Sauron, right!?!?!

more than 2 years ago

Adobe Releases Flash 11 and AIR 3

galego While I want to call Flash out ... (174 comments)

... on it's security-hole-riddled history, javascript in the browser (XSS) is also a favorite attack vector. But at least it is a little less black-boxish.

For security sake, maybe we should just go back to punch cards!?!?!?

more than 2 years ago

RSA's Servers Hacked

galego Re:Can someone please... [Mod parent to 5] (172 comments)

>> Once you pass a certain point, people become far more vulnerable than technology, so improving the technology won't help security.


more than 3 years ago

RSA's Servers Hacked

galego Re:Crap, crap, crap (172 comments)

>> However, even if the hackers got the algorithms for how that works it still wouldn't help them because the algorithm again uses a set of private data (keys) for each installation. The hackers would have to get that data along with the algorithm they presumably have now.

True enough ... but people do dumb/lazy/forgetful things with key files all the time. They have to traverse it from one server to another etc. and leave a copy on a desktop, file share or the like (they intended to delete it when they were done, but some other thing came up and got their attention). Maybe they use a copy of production in a lower-security environment (test/dev). Happens all the time.

more than 3 years ago

Safari/MacBook First To Fall At Pwn2Own 2011

galego Re:A few points to consider (492 comments)

**You misinformed, willfully ignorant and delusional Fanboi's are the reason people on / . hate Macs**

Now I remember why I love to read /. ... the kind, well-spoken base of users that provide for such stimulating conversation.

PS - I run Ubuntu at home.

more than 3 years ago

Safari/MacBook First To Fall At Pwn2Own 2011

galego A few points to consider (492 comments)

1) If you are a security researcher, do you want to win/pwn the MacBook Air or some random brand Winders notebook? To me, the Mac is the bigger/more fun target in an event like this.

2) From TFA: *He said the creation of a reliable exploit was “much more difficult” than finding the vulnerability.'*
Yes, Macs are not safe, but the crack was also not trivial. Something tells me they didn't come up with it on the spot.

3) From TFA: *Bekrar said VUPEN plans to hit Internet Explorer 8 on 64-bit Windows 7 (SP1) later in the contest.*
Well, we can see where they focused first.

4) 'Mac goes down first' is a much cooler headline than 'Sec. team puts all their effort into cracking Mac first, Will try Windows next'

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Censorship Expands

galego Re:Will the Bible be next? (764 comments)

Yes, there are such stories in the Bible. What level of detail do they rise to? I haven't read the stories referred to in TFA (and don't want to), but my guess is they are a little more detailed than the instances referred to in the Bible ... and yes, that does make a difference for many people. Also, what light those acts are painted in is relevant.

Keep in mind that the Bible *recounts what happened* and what happened to those people subsequently... with the intent that we learn correct behavior for ourselves as a result. It is a history and not fiction. For someone to write fiction about such acts, they have to dwell on them a bit in their mind and dream it all up to be able to write it down ... is that a pleasant/ good thing? Not IMHO.

Granted, some will posit that the Bible is fictional ... not my conviction.

more than 3 years ago

Amazon Censorship Expands

galego Interesting how ... (764 comments)

Censorship seems to have become a bad word. Censorship can be good or bad. We use Netflix parental controls to 'censor' what our children might be exposed to ... intentionally or inadvertently. I (amongst others), see that as sound parenting practice, others may not. You could argue whether or not amazon removing a product is even 'censorship'. To some it is good, to some it is bad. If your tax money were running Amazon, then you might have a real complaint. As it is, vote with your feet and/or your money.

If you really have the need for books about incest and pedophilia, go buy them from whomever sells them. If you want Amazon ( or Borders or your library or whomever) to carry them, request it from them. I don't, so I'm fine with this [apparently evil] form of censorship.

Maybe their method for review/censor is over-simplistic or just plain inconsistent. But their choice of what they sell is just that ... their choice. As is your choice yours on where and what to buy.

more than 3 years ago

US Army Considers a Smartphone For Every Soldier

galego New FaceBook Statuses (279 comments)

  • Kicking in Doors in * Province
  • Taking [mortar | small arms | heavy artillery] fire
  • In a sandstorm
  • In a foxhole

... and you know if provided the opportunity, many would actually be updating their FB status from wherever

more than 3 years ago

WikiLeaks Should...

galego Missing Option (469 comments)

Hire Cowboy Neal as a body guard

more than 3 years ago

Meet NELL, the Computer That Learns From the Net

galego Re:Lears (272 comments)

It Leared from the internet folks ... of course it *leared*.

more than 3 years ago

Should Developers Have Access To Production?

galego And the winner is ... (402 comments)

... in a split decision, vi wins. Oh wait ... wrong holy war!

about 4 years ago



Secure File Transfer with windows/.Net hosting?

galego galego writes  |  more than 4 years ago

galego writes "I've done a variety of web development at work and at home. I'm thinking of getting a .Net hosted account to do some work with that. One of the things I always look for when looking at hosting companies is a secure (well, encrypted that is) form of file transfer. For Windows/.Net hosting, are there any good options out there? I've looked around some and I don't really see any so far. I tried once to set up sftp on windows on a system at work (that is without paying for some custom/proprietary version), and it didn't go so well. Some *n*x hosting companies don't offer sftp, but if they allow ssh, then I can at least use scp. I'm not seeing anything equivalent with Windows/.Net hosting ... suggestions?"


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