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Prime Minister to French Government: Favor FOSS Wherever Possible

gregarican Re:Bad PDF (112 comments)

Or maybe they authored the original using LibreOffice??? *ducks*

about 2 years ago

Malicious PhpMyAdmin Served From SourceForge Mirror

gregarican Re:Duh. (86 comments)

Why would any web admin tool have open access from any public IP in the first place? I know that the way I handle things for what I host here I limit access to certain narrow IP subnets that cover where the regular admin users would be coming from. Then if someone cannot access the tool because they are temporarily coming in from a different IP range then I can add that on the fly. You figure that, combined with some mechanism for temporarily disabling login access after a set number of failed attempts in a set period of time, makes things at least a little more secured.

This is all outside of the PHP arena that I'm talking about, but the concepts should be similar, no?

about 2 years ago

Malicious PhpMyAdmin Served From SourceForge Mirror

gregarican Re:Which is the scary part? (86 comments)

My biggest concern as someone who has a SF project out there (albeit decrepit), is what auditing/security measures does SF employ to screen their mirroring hosts? You'd think that there would at least be some high-level auditing performed to ensure that all of the open source code is somewhat secure...

about 2 years ago

Apple vs. Nokia, RIM and Motorola On Nano-SIM Standard

gregarican Re:Coolness Factor? (144 comments)

Good point that I neglected to take into account! As a person who has tried to replace my iPhone battery these devices are indeed densely packed (to put it mildly). A few millimeters here and there saved means more horsepower and features for sure...

more than 2 years ago

Amiga Returns With Lackluster Linux-Powered Mini PC

gregarican ..but wait...there's more!!! (343 comments)

Looking at their website, they also have the C64. And they even go further back in time. Reminiscent of my old VIC-20 I used to tape-load games on (only to have the tape be wrinkled and encounter load errors) they have the VIC. Although it looks suspiciously like the "reissued" Amiga they are trying to sell.

Lemme see...beta-status operating system. Check. Way overpriced hardware. Check. Free Linux distro. Check. Taking a brand name and using it as snake oil (much like Guns 'N Roses is doing now). Check. Where do I sign up????

more than 2 years ago

Apple vs. Nokia, RIM and Motorola On Nano-SIM Standard

gregarican Coolness Factor? (144 comments)

What was the compelling reason for developing this? An overwhelming consumer need? Not really. It's not like folks are/were clamoring for something that's even smaller and easier to lose. Perhaps the reason was to claim a certain coolness factor in that it could be accomplished. Like making a teeny, tiny credit card that people could lose on a frequent basis.

Perhaps the smaller form factor lowers manufacturing, production, and distribution costs by 60% as well? Or having a different SIM card receptacle in devices would mandate consumers belly up to the bar. Those could be the only other justifications that I could see.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Barring Certain Staff From Buying Macs, iPads?

gregarican True for Any Large Corporation? (416 comments)

Company expenses cannot be used by employees for purchasing competing products? I'm aghast with surprise! Oh yeah, this is Microsoft we are talking about. So it's news *rolls eyes*

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Demos Metro UI For Enterprise Apps

gregarican Re:Embrace Metro (116 comments)

My smart money says is will reside in the land of Microsoft Bob and Clippy...

more than 2 years ago

Former Nokia Exec: Windows Phone Strategy Doomed

gregarican Re:Former employee doesn't like old job? Fascinati (447 comments)

Now, ex-Nokia exec Tomi Ahonen, is calling the Nokia's Windows Phone strategy 'a certain road to death.'

There are two layers of bias. The first is the tone of the submitter. Then there is a the second layer with the ex executive. All we need is a Netcraft meme thrown in for good measure...sigh...

more than 2 years ago

Liberating the Laws You Must Pay To Read

gregarican New Age Math? (223 comments)

spent $7,414.26 to buy 73 [...] 25 copies of 73 standards works out to $273,750,000

Am I the only one who doesn't get the math? Or does the judge exponentially impose penalties under copyright protection?

more than 2 years ago

RDP Proof-of-Concept Exploit Triggers Blue Screen of Death

gregarican Re:XP, Server 2003 (128 comments)

Actually newer versions of Windows are also included in the patch. Of course learning this would require one to read past the often-incorrect or often-shortsighted summaries :-P

more than 2 years ago

RDP Proof-of-Concept Exploit Triggers Blue Screen of Death

gregarican Ouch... (128 comments)

I tried to go to the March 2012 Microsoft Security Bulletin on their website and got a 404 Error. Guess they're updating it with new info? BTW I tested the sample Ruby code that was published and the BSOD worked like a champ on a couple of my older boxes here at work. Good thing I don't use RDP on any Internet-facing hosts. Only through a VPN...

more than 2 years ago

Gamestar Mechanic Teaches Kids to Write Their Own Computer Games (Video)

gregarican Re:What has this site come to? (55 comments)

If you're anonymous then how will we recognize you? *scratches head*

more than 2 years ago

Report: Amazon Cloud Backed By 450,000 Servers

gregarican Re:Just as important... (45 comments)

How long do the diesel generators last?

As long as folks can supply it with fuel, right?!

more than 2 years ago

Book Review: Google+: the Missing Manual

gregarican Obligatory... (104 comments)

...Sixth Sense movie quote. "I see dead people."

more than 2 years ago

Warp Drives May Come With a Killer Downside

gregarican No brakes!!! (458 comments)

Not sure about the theoretical effect of stopping, since the original theory postulates that once riding that warp bubble there's no way to stop...

more than 2 years ago

How Citigroup Hackers Easily Gained Access

gregarican Re:Seriously, what the fuck! (371 comments)

I had the same thing happen! My mortgage is through Citi and I kept on typing out these long "secure" messages to them and forgot about the illegal characters. Had to keep retyping. Nice sanitizing!

more than 3 years ago



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