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Data Exposed In Stratfor Compromise Analyzed

joe_cot Re:A new way to mitigate credit card fraud (141 comments)

If they stored CVV, they'd be in a hell of a lot of trouble. PCI compliance requires not storing the CVV. However, as stated earlier, a lot of places don't require CVV. *None* of the cards should have CVV stored, so there's no real difference between expired and unexpired.

more than 2 years ago
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GNOME Shell No Longer Requires GPU Acceleration

joe_cot Re:"fall-back .. to be eventually depreacated" (237 comments)

So does Ubuntu, it's just hidden. "sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback", then choose Ubuntu classic from the login menu.

more than 2 years ago
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Exploiting Network Captures For Truer Randomness

joe_cot Better ways to do random (189 comments)

As a number of commenters have pointed out, /dev/random is actually way more random than what this article suggests doing. If you want stuff that actually is more random, or need a lot more random data, here are some options.

  • Random.org provides random data generated by radio noise. You can get as much random data as you'd like. Gaming websites download their random data in 5MB chunks to use for card shuffles and dice rolls.
  • HotBits is a similar idea, but uses radioactive decay instead of radio waves
  • If you want to do it in house, you can do so with a smoke detector and a webcam. This was submitted to slashdot in 2006
  • Finally, if you need a ton of random numbers, and they must be random, you can buy RNG hardware

What do i do? if I don't really care if it's random, I use the RPG from the programming language I'm using, or /dev/random. If I really, really care that it's random, I download a chunk of data off random.org, and either use that for the numbers, or use it to seed my RNG. For the most part, anything more than that is overkill.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Counts Down To XP Death

joe_cot Re:Really? (766 comments)

You can still run programs from Windows 1 in Windows 7. In both cases, that doesn't mean that said software doesn't have security issues, and it doesn't meant that anyone is supporting it.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Counts Down To XP Death

joe_cot Re:Really? (766 comments)

But Edgy is not the same as Maverick. There is likely very few to no packages that haven't been changed in the process. Ubuntu is saying that your version is EOL, and you need to upgrade, same as Microsoft. The only real difference is that Ubuntu is free and Windows is not. But no one cries foul because Ubuntu no longer supports Edgy.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Counts Down To XP Death

joe_cot Really? (766 comments)

Windows XP is almost 10 years old. Find me a Linux distro that supports 10 year old versions, on the desktop.

No one cried foul when Windows 98 was EOLed, after only 8 years. That was because they liked XP. Microsoft has pushed back the EOL on Windows XP multiple times due to complaints, but it's time to move on.

If you dislike Vista and 7, use something a different operating system. Don't pretend Microsoft should support 10 year old software.

more than 3 years ago
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The Case of Apple's Mystery Screw

joe_cot Not a particularly effective road block (845 comments)

A quick Google found a cheap and easy kit for removing and replacing these screws. You can probably get the screwdriver alone for less.

My guess is that the point, like most roadblocks on customers, is to discourage casual hobbyists from messing with their devices. Everyone else can get around it pretty easily.

more than 3 years ago
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Pay What You Want — a Sustainable Business Model?

joe_cot reddit example is incorrect (133 comments)

reddit didn't say "pay what you want" for upgraded accounts. They said "hey, we really need some money", hinted that people might get something in return, and let them donate.

What they got was upgraded accounts, for a duration based on how much they had donated, and trophies saying that they were "charter members".

So there's a big difference there. For the Humble Indy Bundle, it's "pay what you want" and you get the same thing. For reddit, it was initially "pay what you want", with no indication as to what you were getting, and what you paid affected what you got.

more than 3 years ago
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New Toshiba Drives Wipe Data When Turned Off

joe_cot Not deleted, encrypted (239 comments)

From the scant details in the article and summary, it appears that the drives are encrypted, and the "wipe" consists of getting rid of the encryption key.

Calling that a "wipe" is rather misleading in my opinion. Toshiba's in for one hell of a liability issue if their encryption is ever cracked -- though I'm sure they'll take care of all that in the fine print.

more than 4 years ago
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Cow Clicker Boils Down Facebook Games

joe_cot Cult of the dead cow (237 comments)

If you're going to make a viral app as a satire of other apps, you should prepare your site to at least stand one slashdotting.

more than 4 years ago
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DRM vs. Unfinished Games

joe_cot Re:Yep, that totally works in practice (462 comments)

Correct, but you can't use the normal DLC with a pirated copy of the game, but you can use pirated DLC with a pirated copy. So you're "forcing" pirates to also pirate the DLC. The old "Cut off your nose to spite your face" strategy still doesn't work very well for downloaded content.

more than 4 years ago
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DRM vs. Unfinished Games

joe_cot Yep, that totally works in practice (462 comments)

Yep, totally worked for Dragon Age, for example. You can't get the DLC if you have a pirated copy of the game, so you definitely can't download giant bundles of all the DLC that can be decrypted and plugged into the game. Said DLC isn't up on torrent sites 2 days after the release.

If you're going to release DLC with micro-payments, don't "punish" pirates by forcing them to also not pay for your DLC.

Only way to really combat piracy is to have an online element that only works with a valid CD key. That won't stop piracy, though; it'll just make it less useful.

more than 4 years ago
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VP8 and H.264 Codecs Compared In Detail

joe_cot Something to think about (170 comments)

While looking at encoder comparisons, keep in mind this post from a x264 developer about cheating on encoder comparisons. I'm not saying that these guys are cheating, just things to look out for.

more than 4 years ago
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Adobe (Temporarily?) Kills 64-Bit Flash For Linux

joe_cot Re:Flash itself supports H.264 (272 comments)

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His point was that the big feature for 10.1 was hardware acceleration for flash (and therefore h264), which Linux doesn't get. Linux gets nothing but downsides from this.

more than 4 years ago
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Turkey Has Reportedly Banned Google

joe_cot Real Time commentary? (531 comments)

I'm not seeing much real time commentary on twitter, mostly dozens of people Re-Tweeting the same article. If you want to see the commentary, search #TurkeyCensorGoogle -"Access to certain Google services blocked from Turkey"

more than 4 years ago
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How Do You Sync & Manage Your Home Directories?

joe_cot Different tools for different purposes (421 comments)

  • If you're keeping track of code, use a code repository. Subversion, GIT, Bazaar, etc.
  • If you're trying to keep config files, documents, pictures, etc synced, use DropBox.
  • For bookmarks, use one of the numerous Firefox bookmark syncing extensions, or the Del.icio.us extension (or use DropBox to sync your .mozilla/firefox folder).
  • For multi-GB files, use a portable hard drive, or rsync with a file server in your house/office

I wouldn't recommend using one tool for every purpose. I wouldn't want to store multi-GB files in SVN, and I wouldn't want to store all my code on an external hard drive. Maybe using DropBox, or rsyncing with a server somewhere would work.

more than 5 years ago
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Where Does a Geek Find a Social Life?

joe_cot Re:Things I have found helpful (1354 comments)

This might get me some flak, but I've found that there are at least a few females in Ubuntu LoCo teams. LoCo teams in my experience do a wide range of things, from doing Install Fests, to having GeekNics, to having Linux LAN parties. I don't know if the California Team is active, but it might be worth a try.

Please only pursue joining the team if you actually give a frak about Ubuntu or doing Linux stuff, though. Women don't join Ubuntu groups to be hit on.

more than 5 years ago
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Blu-ray Adoption Soft, More Still Own HD DVD

joe_cot Of course there's a high number of HD DVD players (685 comments)

Even though blu-ray won, there were still tons of HD DVD players. They went somewhere, and it wasn't landfills. Stores had fire sales on HD DVD players, many selling them as upconverting DVD players.

more than 5 years ago

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Why I Hate Vonage, and why you should too.

joe_cot joe_cot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

joe_cot writes "Commercial VOIP providers such as Vonage (and Comcast Voice, Voicewing, Skype, and most other VOIP Companies you've probably heard of) use the SIP protocol and Asterisk-like PBX servers as their backbone, yet most people have never heard of either. VOIP providers lock you out of the option to directly connect to other VOIP users, costing you money and quality. If people don't start taking a hard line over how much their providers limit their service, we'll be transferring from an analog telephone system to a VOIP system full of walled gardens, which still use the analog system to connect to each other — our providers will rake in free money, and we'll be the ones paying for it."
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