How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?
Three phones, two tablets, two laptops, a desktop, xbox1, smart tv, android tv box, printer
TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker
And a TPM chip, something not built in to all computers.
Xbox One Reputation System Penalizes Gamers Who Behave Badly
Use Slashdot's moderation and meta moderation style system. One irate idiot cannot negatively impact the score of a post or a users reputation. Multiple people need to report the same thing for a score to hold, then the meta moderators determine if the score assigned to a post was justified or not.
I assume Microsoft won't allow a single person's review of another user to hold much weight until multiple users are reporting the same thing, Likewise, I assume that users with a good reputation down voting a bad player will have more klout than a user with a bad reputation trying to down vote another user.
Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password
As a parent, I will never give my kids school permission to access her cell phone, email accounts, Facebook or any other online account. If they have concern about the content of a post she makes, or a message she may have sent, they can raise the concern with me and I'll deal with it accordingly. If they track her online usage while at school, fine - all organizations do it, they have to from a liability standpoint, but demanding her password? I'll raise hell.
Google Blurring Distinction Between Ads and Organic Search Results
Yes, they got rid of the pinkish coloured background from top ads, and removed the separator from the side bar. But the ads are still separated by a grey line, have a yellow icon in front of the ad with the word "Ad" in it, and an exclamation mark in a circle beside the ad blocks. If you can't tell they are ads, you aren't paying attention.
School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA
Our company has three root certificates installed, and I can't find a single MITM on any domains.
There are other legit reasons for issuing internal root certs, such as accessing secure internal resources, like intranets, email, domain authentication, attendance/payroll systems, etc.
Try going to a secure site, like facebook, and check to see if the cert was hijacked, then you know for sure.
New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression
But it isn't 10%, its 2-6% :)
But I see the point, with large numbers of files served, it can add up.
New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression
I make regular contributions to charitable organizations on a regular basis. It gets deducted from my pay cheque every two weeks :)
New Mozilla Encoder Improves JPEG Compression
Seems like a negligible improvement. I mean really. With hard drive space plentiful, and bandwidth faster than most users can use at any given moment, saving 20-60Kb on a 1Mb file is like a fart in the wind, even for mobile users.
I'm with the AC in the first post, I use PNG for 90% of my images, since it supports transparency. The file may be slightly bigger, but who cares.
Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration
I used to have a truck with a sticky gas peddle. As in I pushed it down and it didnt come back up. I quickly learned a secret... when it happened, I turned the truck off, dropped it to neutral, and breaked.
I knew that when I was 16. Why cant people figure that out 15 years later?
Target's Internal Security Team Warned Management
Years ago I worked for one of the two big American cable companies currently merging. I identified a security flaw in the public facing side of their customer service portal, essentially giving access to all the config files, which contained admin credentials in plain text. I proposed simple solutions, like not allowing directory listings of folders, among others.
They shrugged it off, and to the best of my knowledge, last year the vulnerability was still accesaible
Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional
The app is great in theory, but horrible in implementation. I checked out the App Ops functionality and if you don't know what you are doing you can cripple your phone. The problem is it allows you to change the functionality of system apps and core services by denying them access to the device *oops*.
I definitely think this is a needed feature, but it needs to be implemented at installation of apps from the play store. When an app says "We'll need the following permissions" the user should be able to toggle off each one they dont want the app having access to, then use the traditional permissions manager to modify it in the future.. From the App Ops, I learned that Angry Birds accesses your location when you run it. For what user-supporting function? None... There is no reason why it needs access to my location. My Grocery Store locator? That needs access to my location, but not my contacts.
Chrome Will End XP Support in 2015; Firefox Has No Plans To Stop
As of April 8th, 2014, Microsoft is ending all support for their 12 year old operating system. We can't continue to support legacy systems because people refuse to upgrade. There has been THREE full OS versions that have come out since XP. There are people still using Windows 98 and Windows ME, doesn't mean we still provide support for them.
Google's Encryption Plan To Stifle NSA's Dragnet Will Raise the Stakes
I've never understood why encryption isn't already built in to everything we do in modern technology. As far as I am concerned the network card in your computer should generic a one-time public/private key pair for EACH connection it is making or receiving. The public key is transmitted to the other network device which uses it to encrypt the data to get sent back. Once a connection is closed the keys, salts, and other information is destroyed.
It would take a little extra computation on the hardware to make it happen, but the storage requirements for keeping the keys is minimal since each key would, in theory on exist for a few minutes before a connection is closed, and in the case of web traffic, a few seconds.
We could do a way with all sorts of things, like OS level encryption if it was built in by default - or keep it, and add a 2nd level of complexity to the data.
ZDNet Proclaims "Windows: It's Over"
One, Correlation vs Causation? Another article I recently read stated that PC sales, as a whole are down. Why? Because computers built in the last 5 years are plenty powerful for most home users. My 4+ year old, quad core i7 with 8Gb of RAM and 2TB of disk space is alive and well, and fully capable of doing everything I could ever want it to do. Not to mention tablets hitting mainstream (http://newsstream.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/12/pc-sales-down-but-not-out/)
Because of this, I have no need to build a new system, and no need to buy a new OS. OS sales are largely dependent on OEM sales.
Two, every 2nd Windows OS sucks... That is how it has always been. It seems Microsoft does something different and it takes two generations before people accept it.
-Windows 3.1, Awesome
-Windows 95 - Blah
-Windows 98 - Awesome (Compared to the previous two)
-Windows ME - Set it on fire!
-Windows XP - Awesome
-Windows Vista - Blah
-Windows 7 - Awesome (When compared to every other version)
-Windows 8 - WTF?
-Windows ??? - Profit?
Windows is far from dead. Microsoft tried something new, like they did with the Ribbon in Office for Office 2007 - people HATED it. Now, I couldn't imagine using Office without the Ribbon. People hate change.
The Leap Motion Controller is Sort of Like a Super Kinect (Video)
its a spam bot, best I can tell - its been posting it as first post to almost every article I've read on /. the last couple of days.
Hopefully the fine folks over at /. or Dice get around to blocking it sooner than later
Can You Really Hear the Difference Between Lossless, Lossy Audio?
Back in the 90's when people had 56k modems, a WAV file was huge (10Mbit per 1 minute of audio) but since then our connections are pushing 100Mbit/second+ (Canada on Shaw) , with a nice average of about 15-20Mbit/second - With this you could download a 3 minute wav (30Mbit) in 1-5 seconds. Yes, I know some people have poor quality providers, or slower connections around 1Mbit a second but still 30-60 seconds isn't bad.
The other limiting factor back then was small hard drives averaging around 50-80Gb which were around $500 in 1999/2000. Now, you can buy 3Tb of storage for $130. 3Tb is enough to store 104,857 - 3 minute WAV files.
Even 64Gb iPod Touches have enough storage for 15,000+ songs in WAV format.
US To Deploy Ballistic Missile Interceptors In Response To North Korean Threats
For a billion dollars, couldn't they just fly over North Korea and blow their military and government institutions to the stone age? Hell, could probably be done for a lot less. Instead of waiting for Kim Jong Crazy the 2nd to try and attack North America, why not just stop him before he has a chance.
Is It Time To Enforce a Gamers' Bill of Rights?
With SimCity, I had no idea that it was forced cloud - 100% of the time. No where on the FAQ does it say that you must be online. I assumed that the cloud storage, and Live Service where there if you chose to use it. Like most games that require a central hub for multiplayer, I assumed this was the case here too, just to realize after that I couldn't play for 3 days. I still can't find anywhere that states the game is 100% online
Ask Slashdot: Should Employers Ban Smartphones?
I disagree. You don't have to browse to pr0n sites and download the too good to be true unlimited free pr0n browser, you don't have to use bearshare to download files from people you don't know. If people stuck to reputable sites without going off the beaten path looking for grey area content they wouldn't get in trouble
You wouldn't take candy from a stranger in the real world, and if someone said "Hey, I have this awesome 55" 4k TV, its yours for $1,000" You would probably be skeptical, considering they cost around $20,000. People seem to forget to apply the same judgement they use in the real world when deciding whether to trust someone or something to the digital world. Also, in the real world people tend to read warning signs a bit more carefully, online everyone just clicks "OK" when a popup happens without actually reading the message.