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After Launch Day: Taking Stock of IPv6 Adoption

growse Re:Privacy Concerns (244 comments)

Just unplug your internet connection. Voila, a private network.

more than 2 years ago
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GreenSQL is a Database Security Solution, says CTO David Maman (Video)

growse Re:Please forgive my likely stupidity (108 comments)

If you're talking to a senior exec about database replication, you're doing it wrong. They don't care. They just want the text link to be green, and don't understand why these crazy-haired people underneath them keep banging on about unimportant things like database replication.

more than 2 years ago
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Do Slashdotters Encrypt Their Email?

growse Re:No (601 comments)

Interestingly, the comic isn't making a commentary on the usefulness (or not) of cryptography. It's making fun of people who don't properly evaluate all their threats when they design security systems.

more than 2 years ago
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Pop Artists Support Megaupload; Universal Censors

growse Re:Ah good old Kim (255 comments)

The guy recording them gets copyright on the recording of the performance. Which he can't use for commercial purposes without explicit consent of those in the recording.

more than 2 years ago
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Muslim Medical Students Boycott Darwin Lectures

growse Re:I have problems with this (1319 comments)

Ah, the people who miss off the most important part of the 2nd law. They're a fun bunch of illiterate idiots.

about 2 years ago
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Which OSS Clustered Filesystem Should I Use?

growse Re:Repeat after me: (320 comments)

I'm thinking along this line, I've got a Nexenta box, but planning on migrating to Solaris 11 / OpenIndiana and running crashplan on it.

My issue is how to approach the ZFS block devices exposed as LUNs on FC. Solaris can't peek inside these (they're formatted as either VMFS-5 or NTFS), so crashplan can't do file-based backup on them. Short of getting a subscription for every client and the NAS as well, I can't see a better solution :(

more than 2 years ago
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OS X Notifier App Growl Goes Closed Source

growse Re:going open to closed (270 comments)

"Gnu.org don't get to own the definition of 'software freedom'"

Yes, they do, since it was RMS who has coined this term.

Richard Stallman invented neither freedom nor software. Both are widely used generic Engliah words. You might like to think he owns the concept of 'freedoms as they pertain to software', but wishing it doesn't maker it so.

And now, in the spirit of this, I'm going to redefine 'conflake cake' to mean 'Richard Stallman'.

more than 2 years ago
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Android 4.0 Source Code Coming "Soon"

growse Re:I thought (203 comments)

They've got plenty of choice for the stuff that isn't under the GPL.

They've already released the GPL components I believe.

more than 2 years ago
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OS X Notifier App Growl Goes Closed Source

growse Re:going open to closed (270 comments)

Gnu.org don't get to own the definition of 'software freedom' any more than I get to own the definition of 'cornflake cake'. GP's point is these things are inherently subjective. Referencing someone's opinion as a definition betrays a rather closed mind.

more than 2 years ago
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Download.com Now Wraps Downloads In Bloatware

growse Re:GNU to the rescue (397 comments)

How is the wrapper based on a GNU GPL'd source?

about 3 years ago
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Facebook To Pay Hackers For Bugs

growse Re:XSS (54 comments)

Why would they sanitise their inputs, gIven that XSS is caused by output content encoding bugs?

about 3 years ago
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Most Enterprises Plan To Be On IPv6 By 2013

growse Re:Wrong survey audience (167 comments)

You appear to fail to understand networking, IPv6, IPv4, routing and the scale of the problem that IPv6 is solving.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 11.10 Down To 12-Second Boot

growse Re:Boot times? (221 comments)

But I like swearing at my computer!

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu 11.10 Down To 12-Second Boot

growse Re:Boot times? (221 comments)

Post to undo mistaken mod. Doh.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Password Data Stored In Plain Text

growse Re:There's useless, and then there is USELESS (261 comments)

Apps can't read the database on non-rooted phones. So yes, you need physical access so you can root the phone first to get at the data.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Password Data Stored In Plain Text

growse Re:Public key cryptography (261 comments)

And that's brilliant, but what I'm saying is a private key is just a long password. They fall into the same password-factor space of 'something you know'. By thinking that a private key makes you any more secure than a password on the basis of anything other than password length is wishful thinking.

I believe you're also free to set your Gmail password to be 100 characters, making it effectively 'unguessable'.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Password Data Stored In Plain Text

growse Re:Public key cryptography (261 comments)

It's a good idea, and Google already do this. Scroll to the bottom of gmail and on the right there's a link that opens a windows giving a list of current open logged in sessions, as well as a history of sessions, giving datetime, IP address and type (Mobile, browser, IMAP, etc.).

more than 3 years ago
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Android Password Data Stored In Plain Text

growse Re:Sorry, disagree that SHA/MD5 is a solution (261 comments)

And where does the iPhone store the encryption key protecting those passwords? On the device? Makes it a little bit useless then.

Go look at a blackberry to see disk encryption done properly - the key is not stored on the device, it's the derived from the user passphrase.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Password Data Stored In Plain Text

growse Re:Public key cryptography (261 comments)

Given that a certificate is effectively just a very very long structured password, what stops me pinching the cert off the phone and using that to sign into the relevant service? A certificate doesn't solve the problem, it just changes the terminology slightly. It's still bits and bytes stored on the phone that can be used as a secret to access a service as a user.

If you want a device-specific password, Google already support that for their services through their two-factor authentication with application specific passwords.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Password Data Stored In Plain Text

growse Re:Encrypt The Phone (261 comments)

Blackberry's do exactly this. It works well, but a lot of people argue against the convenience. The thing about security controls is that they're rarely convenient, so it's always a trade-off.

more than 3 years ago

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Steve Jobs vowed to 'destroy' Android

growse growse writes  |  more than 2 years ago

growse writes "The Associated Press has obtained excerpts from Walter Isaacson's authorised biography of Steve Jobs in which Jobs threatened to "destroy Android, because it's a stolen product.". Jobs went on to say "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong.". Do Apple hope to destroy Android by persuing Samsung (and others) in court?"
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growse growse writes  |  more than 7 years ago

growse writes "It seems that even the most every day tasks can cause Vista to deactivate itself and require reactivation. Ed Bott has written about his experiences with such issues and includes a screenshot gallery of what the user experiences when Vista decides to deactivate itself. Microsoft has a support document about the issues here.

Is this an indication of more anti-piracy screwups to come? It seems that we're past the point of anti-piracy measures being only inconvenient for pirates, so now that legitimate users are being affected will they start to look for other OS options?"

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