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Ars Reviews Skype Translator

mmell Google+ (28 comments)

Worthless. A complete failure. Except . . .

It just so happens to have a video chat capability that integrates quite well into the Android ecosystem. It's actually superior in some ways to Skype, but (being part of Google +) nobody has ever heard of it - not even the NSA (?). Microsoft doesn't want to screw Skype up badly enough to force people to discover any of a number of alternatives. RIght now, the only thing maintaining Skype's dominance in video chat is the size of the user base. Force [Linux|Android|iOS|downlevel M$] users to find an alternative and that advantage disappears. Users are so damned fickle that way . . .

2 hours ago
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Grinch Vulnerability Could Put a Hole In Your Linux Stocking

mmell Why, yes you did. (64 comments)

I make it a point to ignore the ignorant. TTFN, Al.

4 hours ago
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Grinch Vulnerability Could Put a Hole In Your Linux Stocking

mmell Let me make sure I understand this . . . (64 comments)

Fixing the issue is as simple as managing PolKit authorization rules or properly managing group privileges for users.

I get the impression this means that we're looking at a PEBKAC issue rather than a software bug. Sorry, I know of no OS which can be secured against PEBKAC exploits.

Also, to exploit the PEBKAC error requires the Chair to be locally attached via the system console. Uh, hate to bust your bubble guys, but if somebody has console access (physical access) to a server they OWN that server for all practical purposes. I'm surprised they didn't note the "insert a CD and reboot" exploit for hacking a system - it's about as usable and extremely well documented.

5 hours ago
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Hackers Compromise ICANN, Access Zone File Data System

mmell Why, thank you! (97 comments)

Coming from you Al, that's a compliment!

5 hours ago
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Hackers Compromise ICANN, Access Zone File Data System

mmell Who are you? (97 comments)

(N/T)

5 hours ago
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Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have

mmell Assuming they escaped, the penal system worked! (76 comments)

Think about it - they obviously didn't reoffend, right? If they had, they'd have been detected and returned (probably with a few extra bruises) to the Rock. Therefore, in the case of these three men the system worked perfectly - whether they escaped or not.

9 hours ago
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Hackers Compromise ICANN, Access Zone File Data System

mmell Re:Some people better be out of a job... (97 comments)

I'll bet he could tell you. He has written a hostfile manager that guards your home, brings you your slippers and makes your coffee in the morning.

9 hours ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

mmell Not a bad idea. (340 comments)

It won't do any real long-term good, but not a bad idea. Sadly, my experience is that the average internet user won't know or care what SSL even is. C'mon - we had a hard enough time getting the internet's user base to understand "locked green padlock = good, unlocked yellow/red padlock = how bad do you want your pron?".

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yesterday
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NASA Tests Feasibility of 3D Printing on the Moon and Other Planets

mmell The biggest problem is fluid dynamics. (56 comments)

Fluids (the stuff generally coming out of the print heads of most 3-D printers) just don't behave the same at <.001g as they do at 1 g.

yesterday
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

mmell I can see it coming . . . (175 comments)

Your search - Sony - did not match any documents.

Nor did Movie title, or Sony BMG artist. Why is nobody going to see our movies or buy our artists' music?

about a week ago
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Possible Dark Matter Signal Spotted

mmell Re:The best part: (65 comments)

Yeah. We can call it "Higgs matter" instead. Or maybe "God matter".

Parallel observation: letting programmers name the programs they're writing is about as smart as letting the marketing department actually write the code.

about a week ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

mmell Putin wouldn't return it. (234 comments)

In fact, Alisher would be well advised never to let Mr. Putin even see the medal. I can see Mr. Putin simply putting the medal in his pocket and making sure everyone knows how his old pal Alisher "gave it to him".

Just sayin'.

about a week ago
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Just-Announced X.Org Security Flaws Affect Code Dating Back To 1987

mmell Re:Wha?!?!!! Yup, you betcha! (170 comments)

That's why most respectable Linux administrators don't run X on servers. Most of us just turn off that pesky GUI so that we can get work done.

I don't suppose M$ has some kind of command-line mode for their servers? Some sort of Disk Operating System which could be used to provide a runtime environment for applications and services without requiring the use of a large, resource-hogging graphical interface which (as has been pointed out) is a great place to find exploitable code.

It's proprietary code! Surely the vendor has the most noble and idealized motives in making sure their code's not merely good enough to sell, it's actually good, with highly trained and competent professionals dedicated to ensuring their customer's safety after they take the money.

about two weeks ago
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Bluetooth Gains Direct Internet Access, Security Enhancements

mmell I don't really want my to communicate (46 comments)

At least, not over 'the net' . . . although I suppose the three-letter types already have plenty of telemonitoring in place if I somehow disconnect my toilet from the internet.

about two weeks ago

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RIP: ISP's driving the final stake into the internet.

mmell mmell writes  |  about 8 months ago

mmell (832646) writes "I'm sure a lot of Slashdot readers have strong opinions regarding Net Neutrality. I'm also sure that a percentage of Slashdot readers are also aware of DemandProgress.net, an organization which purports to act as a watchdog over certain government actions. Today, their pitch appears to be BREAKING: The End of Net Neutrality.

The website appears to be down. While we've been enjoying VisageTome, AgriVillage, Confection Smash Epic and various other pap streams, it would appear that the vague and undefined "Powers That Be" have quietly retaken their control over the Internetwork of computers we've come to know and love. How widespread is the damage, and is there any chance of repairing it before it's too late?"
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Is Slashdot staying relevant to Nerds that Matter with stuff that's news?

mmell mmell writes  |  about 10 months ago

mmell (832646) writes "Recently, Slashdot unveiled a new look and not unlike virtually every update the people running /. attempt, this proposed, beta change has caused widespread panic and hysteria such as not been seen since the broadcast of H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds. At what point do users of a free service gain a right to destroy that service (evidence of which is clearly visible throughout the site and requires no citation)? Has the average /. user devolved to the level of all the non-slashdotters we used to make fun of?"

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