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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

ls671 Re:ET Phone home (170 comments)

Well I could always block encrypted traffic and implement introspection rules or allow encrypted traffic and implement MITM. It is my LAN and there is absolutely nothing apple can do about it ;-)

47 minutes ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

ls671 Re:ET Phone home (170 comments)

UPNP is disallowed on my router. It could very well be a UPNP attempt but it would just make my point about iphone devices phoning home and trying to tell apple servers that they are listening for mother ship commands on a specific port. UPNP is typically used so internal LAN devices can tell the router to listen on the router public port and redirect the packets to the device.

Not such a great idea, I just redirect ports manually if I need to run a game server or what not.

Note that I support UDP conntracking so if the iphone device was just trying to communicate with apples servers. I wouldn't see what I see and the devices could communicate freely.

In my case it looks like the device and apple servers assume it used PNP with success on the router but those packets just get dropped.

about an hour ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

ls671 ET Phone home (170 comments)

Friends with wireless access and iphones coming to my place seem to be phoning home in some way.

I detected apple trying to connect to some UDP ports on my router only when those iphones were around.
   

4 hours ago
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Millions of Voiceprints Quietly Being Harvested

ls671 Re:US Customs (85 comments)

I think this article confirms that either this is already happening, or will very soon.

Well, speaker recognition dates as far back as facial recognition does.

4 days ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

ls671 Re:Great! (545 comments)

And yes, a cert is just a public key bundled with other data like signing authorities and certificate chains. You still have to keep your private key apart in order for a cert to work. Anyways, this is basic PKI. It didn't fly back then for end users so I would be puzzled if password managers did now;-) Marketing approach ?

about a week ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

ls671 Re:Great! (545 comments)

Gitlab web interface kind of work like that. It allows you to paste multiple public keys to access git through ssh although users don't have shell access, only git access through ssh. Next step would be to reuse those keys for web based authentication.

One problem I can see is that although browsers have been supporting cert auth for years, I don't think that public key auth is supported in a standard way yet between clients and http servers.

Oh well, going with self signed certs would achieve basically the same results I guess.

With the correct tools, the whole process could be as transparent as using a password manager for end users. For some reason, we ain't there yet apparently.

about a week ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

ls671 Great! (545 comments)

Reading TFA, this guy just reinvented public/private key infrastructure where your password manager acts as your keystore.

In any case where a so called "password manager" could be used, we would be better off using a keystore. You loose ease of logging in from different devices in either case. One needs to carry around its password/key database in both scenario or store it in a centralized database.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

ls671 Re:Hoax (972 comments)

Of course, everything is a hoax and scientifically impossible until the day it is proven to actually work.

Nonsense.

Most real inventions go the other direction...

Most claimed inventions ....

Most everything that is real is known to be real before it works, and most everything that is a hoax actually is a hoax.

Most people have the same reasoning has you do.

Most innovations come from people who think differently than the mass.

Most people have a resistance to change and that slows down progress. What is the hurry to call it an hoax?

I would say wait until it is proven to be a fraud before declaring the would be inventor guilty.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

ls671 Re:Hoax (972 comments)

Also, General Relativity, thousands of times more important (and difficult) that E=mc2, didn't happen. It was all a dream.

Just to be sure, isn't E=mc2 is a special relativity postulate?

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

ls671 Hoax (972 comments)

Of course, everything is a hoax and scientifically impossible until the day it is proven to actually work.

about a week ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

ls671 Re:SSH Advice (428 comments)

Your sysadmin should do that for you at the server level:

in sshd_config:

ClientAliveInterval 30
ClientAliveCountMax 60

about a week ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

ls671 Parrots and chimpanzees (152 comments)

In other news, parrots who live with humans learn to speak human languages and some chimpanzees living with smokers have even learned to smoke cigarettes.

I guess those things are bound to happen when two species hang together when their anatomies allow to.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...

about two weeks ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

ls671 Re:not complicated...monopology (346 comments)

is ***profit*** for Verizon & other teleco's really that complicated?

Considering that US has private prisons while Sweden is closing its prisons, you have a point I guess...

http://www.theguardian.com/soc...

about two weeks ago
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Nobel Prize In Chemistry Awarded To Trio For Microscope Advancement

ls671 Re:Nobel prize for Microsoft advancement (29 comments)

Also, maybe they wanted to give a Nobel prize to both trios:

Physics: Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura.

Chemistry: Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner

And the second trio fitted better in chemistry than in physics.

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobe...

about two weeks ago
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Nobel Prize In Chemistry Awarded To Trio For Microscope Advancement

ls671 Nobel prize for Microsoft advancement (29 comments)

Nobel prize for Microsoft advancement.

Oh, sorry, I misread.

about two weeks ago
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Robot Arm Will Install New Earth-Facing Cameras On Space Station

ls671 Pfff... (40 comments)

"Canada's robotic Canadarm2 will install the next two Urthecast cameras on the International Space Station, "

Everybody knows space is full of ether so they are obviously "Ethercast cameras".

Come on editor!

about two weeks ago

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Interesting review on global warming

ls671 ls671 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ls671 (1122017) writes "I am currently listening to an interesting video presentation on global warming by Warren Meyer. You can get the torrent from Mininova at:

http://www.mininova.org/search/?search=Catastrophe+Denied&cat=0

Please note that Mininova only offers legit torrents since a while now, so no piracy involved in downloading it ;-)

Although the guy would be categorized as a "skeptic", he doesn't deny the temperature is rising so he doesn't sound to "extreme" in presenting his point; he seems to be mostly reviewing the evidence provided by what he calls the "climate alarmists". He seems to be doing a pretty good job at it and he seems to be using a rather scientific approach.

Anyway, have a look at it if you are interested on this topic. Also, this seems to be fresh (late 2009, early 2010) ;-)"

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Boy Floats Away In flying saucer looking Balloon

ls671 ls671 writes  |  about 5 years ago

ls671 (1122017) writes "FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A 6-year-old boy is floating over northeastern Colorado in a homebuilt balloon and authorities are racing to try and rescue him.

The balloon, in the shape of a flying saucer is covered in foil and filled with helium. It has a compartment for a passenger underneath. It lifted the boy into the air near Fort Collins Thursday morning after the balloon became untethered at the boy's home.

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/21306839/detail.html"
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EtherApe to monitor your network traffic

ls671 ls671 writes  |  about 7 years ago

ls671 (1122017) writes "I like to monitor our systems with tail -f on the various log files and going back into them if needed to understand what happened but this tool is just too cool. I now keep it running on my desktop reserved exclusively to the tail -f of the log files side by side with the xterms. Read More Here"
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Stratum 1 ntp server myth

ls671 ls671 writes  |  about 7 years ago

ls671 (1122017) writes "There is a myth that prevails in the ntp community; it is better to connect to low stratum (e.g. stratum 1) servers in order to get more precise time. This is false quite often. It is explained here along with examples of poorly configured ntp servers."
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Linus on debugger

ls671 ls671 writes  |  about 7 years ago

ls671 (1122017) writes "A few months ago, I wrote in Slashdot that I do not use debuggers, except to reverse engineer code. CryBaby then started to pick on me telling me I was stupid and too lazy to learn how to use one. I felt all alone in the world since I do not know many people that share my views on this subject ;-) I searched for opinions and I was glad to find that Linus shares my views. Is there only Linus, 3 other guys that I know and myself thinking this way or there are more people agreeing in the /. crowd ? Read details here"
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Apache reverse-proxy to secure your infrastructure

ls671 ls671 writes  |  about 7 years ago

ls671 (1122017) writes "This article explains how to set up a secure and efficient environment. Logically, it is comparable to the setups used in large corporations like banks, governments, military, insurance companies etc. We will do this using a single computer with 4GB RAM, apache mod_proxy in reverse proxy mode and the freely available vmware-server. Read the article Here"
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Fooling around with deep cycle batteries and UPS?

ls671 ls671 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ls671 writes "I have been experimenting with deep cycles batteries connected directly to APC UPSes for a while and I have grown tired of fooling around with battery chargers (since UPSes can't handle recharging a deep cycle battery). I was looking at a cost of approximately 5000$ to implement a robust solution and I finally came up with a solution that only required to invest 1000$ more than I had already done. You can view the results here."

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