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Narco-Blogger Beats Mexico Drug War News Blackout

lukas84 Re:Drugs Don't Kill Like Guns Do (518 comments)

Switzerland has very low murder rates, yet any adult citizen (with no prior convictions) can buy a gun - all you need to is fill out a form, wait a few days and you get your gun.

No full auto unless you get special permits and carrying them also requires a special permit (without permit, you need to carry them in a locked container).

more than 4 years ago
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Cache On Delivery — Memcached Opens an Accidental Security Hole

lukas84 Re:Let me see if I understand this (149 comments)

Besides, one could easily secure this by using IPsec and machine certificates.

I'm not a Linux admin, but that's how i would do it on Windows.

more than 4 years ago
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The Recovery Disc Rip-Off

lukas84 Re:Gotta wonder... (551 comments)

OEM Windows WILL activate online, it doesn't always though. Sometimes you do have to ring up, usually if the number has been activated too many times but sometimes just straight off the bat.

No, they don't. They DID, several years ago, until Microsoft changed that.

SBE licenses, on the other hand, WILL activate online. Many people confuse these two, and call SBE licenses "OEM" licenses, since they're meant for small PC vendors.

more than 4 years ago
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The Recovery Disc Rip-Off

lukas84 Re:Gotta wonder... (551 comments)

You can't activate OEM licenses online - you have to do it by phone.

more than 4 years ago
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California Tracks Parolees With GPS, Then Ignores Alerts

lukas84 Re:Just dial it in... (160 comments)

An explosive collar can easily be designed to just kill the wearer.

more than 4 years ago
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SeaMicro Unveils 512 Atom-Based Server

lukas84 Re:Vitual center (183 comments)

A VCPU will always max out at the speed of one real core.

SMP will only bring you so far - i'll bet 8 VCPU VMs on Atoms will be beat by a 2 VCPU VM on a Core 2 Duo.

more than 4 years ago
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Australian Buyers Say They Were Told "No iPad Without Accessories"

lukas84 Re:Bad summary (412 comments)

There have been many cases of trojaned iWork/iLife packages on Piratebay.

Not a problem if you only install legitimate software, but the issue exists and it will only get worse as Apple gains more marketshare.

more than 4 years ago
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Gizmodo Not Welcome at 2010 WWDC

lukas84 Re:I do not have a problem with this ... (395 comments)

So Apple's internal communication policies suck. Not his fault.

There's a drawback to everything being hush-hush.

more than 4 years ago
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Gizmodo Not Welcome at 2010 WWDC

lukas84 Re:I do not have a problem with this ... (395 comments)

Didn't the guy who found it made a reasonable effort by calling up Apple, asking them if they want it back?

Apple's poor information policy, of course, prevented the guy or gal on the switchboard knowing what a prototype looked like, that one was lost and that someone tried to return a legit device - but that's purely Apple's fault.

more than 4 years ago
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Gizmodo Not Welcome at 2010 WWDC

lukas84 Re:I do not have a problem with this ... (395 comments)

Didn't the guy who originally found the prototype call up Apple, and they didn't want it back?

At least that's the story i've heard. Assuming this is true, i don't see an issue with him selling the device.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Reportedly Ditching Windows

lukas84 Re:The Backstroke (1003 comments)

Ever heard of a little thing called AppArmor? [wikipedia.org] One simple tweak of a configuration and the web browser has no access to the local file system at all barring its own config files. You could also very easily run the browser as another user that has extremely limited privileges.

Curiously, that's exactly what IE 7/8's protected mode does on Vista/7. And that's enabled by default.

Is AppArmor, with those restrictions, enabled by default in a popular distribution of Linux? As far as i know, most ship with an AppArmor capable kernel and some profiles - but they're usually not enabled.

Google's problem right now is that they're not running a "corporate IT" - all their developers have a lot of freedom on how to run their desktop. While this is great for the individual developers, from a security standpoint, this will always be a nightmare.

While there might be some very security-conscious people like you working there, others may not be overly concerned with security.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Reportedly Ditching Windows

lukas84 Re:The Backstroke (1003 comments)

So in your opinion, neither Chrome, Firefox nor Opera have any security issues that could give you at least local user privileges?

And with local user privileges, there's not much missing for to get local administrative access - there are several local root exploits on Linux every year. And even if not: All the important data is accessible without administrative privileges - in the users home directory.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Reportedly Ditching Windows

lukas84 Re:The Backstroke (1003 comments)

Google was compromised by an IE6 security hole.

This hole only affected IE6 running on Windows XP. If they had been running IE7 or IE8, they would've been safe for the most part.

If they were running IE7/IE8 von Windows Vista, there wouldn't have been any issue, as this issue was never exploitable on Vista with protected mode enabled for IE.

(Windows 7, to be fair, wasn't out long enough to be broadly deployed).

In the end, it's Googles own fault. Poorly administrated OSX or Linux systems will get hijacked just the same.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Reportedly Ditching Windows

lukas84 Re:Flamebait (1003 comments)

Be aware that Small Businesses can purchase SBS, which is very, very cheap (1000 bucks for the server software including 5 CALs for everything, 800 bucks per additional 5 users).

Schools have special purchase programs - they usually pay 5-10% of the list price, sometimes even less.

In both cases, the licensing cost pales to the hardware infrastructure, internal IT people and/or external consultants.

No, Microsoft's software is not expensive. Even Office is cheap at 300$ for the Home and Business version, per PC.

more than 4 years ago
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Mixed Signs On the State of IT Education

lukas84 Re:Or you could get an MSCE (257 comments)

I just hope you're not a Windows shop.

I have an MCSE (and most of the certificates MS offers) for a single reason - my current company needs them for the MS partner program, so i get paid to do those exams and keep them current.

There are a lot of people who cheat using braindumps or similar methods, but if you know your stuff and can read fast they're easy and you can be out in 30 minutes.

more than 4 years ago
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H.264 and VP8 Compared

lukas84 Re:How did they chose the frames? (337 comments)

An expert that uses .GIF (which is restricted to 256 colors) and frames which are not the same?

I'm sorry, the article is worthless as it is.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Warns of Windows 7 Graphics Flaw

lukas84 Re:GUI is still there for remote desktop and it's (262 comments)

I'm not sure if being paranoid is the right step - careful, sure, paranoid - no.

In the end, the goal of IT is to enable it's users to be more productive. Sometimes overparanoid IT guys can make life more difficult for the Users - this should be minimized.

All of the Windows Server components are always on-the-disk in Server 2008/R2. IIS on the disk, whether you use it or not. But only when enabling it you'll actually get the services you need for it.

This doesn't hurt. It doesn't compromise security.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Warns of Windows 7 Graphics Flaw

lukas84 Re:GUI is still there for remote desktop and it's (262 comments)

So you wrote a lot and it even makes sense and considers most of the cases.

But Aero is disabled by default in Server 2008/R2. So there's no harm - it's available if you need it, but it doesn't affect your security with just being there.

more than 4 years ago

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Microsoft to stop testing with Pearson Vue

lukas84 lukas84 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

lukas84 writes "According to this Pearson Vue FAQ, Microsoft is going to stop testing with Pearson Vue. No idea why, and i have found no official announcement of this. Rather interesting, because most testing centers located near Horgen are primarily Pearson Vue. Information from Vue directly is spotty:

We have not been informed of the reason for this decision. Feedback we have received from Microsoft employees and partners over the years has been overwhelmingly positive. Please contact Microsoft for details.
And things seem to happen rather quickly:

Between now and 31st August 2007, Pearson VUE can register candidates for any Microsoft exam that is delivered by 31st December 2007, via any means of payment. After 31st August Pearson VUE will only be able to register candidates with pre-paid vouchers, as long as the exam is delivered by 31st December 2007.
Straight from my Blog"

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lukas84 lukas84 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

lukas84 writes "I've written about privacy concerns with Windows Vista's Shadow Copy feature. This feature allows users of the better Windows Vista editions to restore files from a direct online backup, without having to restore from tape.

This however brings new problems, as many people do not know about this new feature, and might consider data deleted which is still on their computer. Especially clearing your browser history might not do what you expect it to do."

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lukas84 lukas84 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

lukas84 writes "With Office 2007, Microsoft changed the rules for OEM versions again — they're now called MLK. You no longer get media with your MLK License, you will have to order them from Microsoft together with receipts of your new PC.

Not every reseller seems to obey these new rules, as i've written in my article about this particular problem."

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