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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

mystikkman Re:The difference (265 comments)

A long time went between the discovery and the fix available to the public. The ignorance and history rewriting is getting painful to watch in these comments.

http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/s...

about a month and a half ago
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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

mystikkman Re:One huge customer - schools (345 comments)

Yet you don't cringe at all the snooping that Google is doing with student the information.

http://mashable.com/2014/03/19...

>I know that kid's data is saved to their Google Drive - automatically.
Where it can be mined for showing ads.

Fantastic, indeed, but for Google, not for the students.

about a month and a half ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

mystikkman Re:What about other devices? (421 comments)

To get around this, MS can sell a hardware dongle that costs $$$ that happens to come with free Windows, and Windows only runs if that hardware dongle is present. That way they can do the same thing that Apple does.

about 2 months ago
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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

mystikkman Re:At home too (185 comments)

Kolab charges a license fee.

about 3 months ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

mystikkman Re:Hmmm (230 comments)

What about multiuser systems that are used as remote desktops? What about privilege separation? Why should a user logged into a machine be able to read keystrokes of all the others even though they're a normal user and not root? That doesn't happen with Windows.

about 3 months ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

mystikkman Re:Hmmm (230 comments)

Linux had and has a string of security issues, including things like this.

http://theinvisiblethings.blog...

Try doing that on a Terminal Server.

What multiuser security again?

about 3 months ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

mystikkman Re:must me false (230 comments)

Windows 7 is not Windows Server

about 3 months ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

mystikkman Re:must me false (230 comments)

So now we have "Windows" isn't "Windows" argument? Look, Microsoft has kept the basic features of "windows" including how the user interface operates all the way though from 3.1.1. They have brought along a lot of baggage in the process. People, users, administrators expect that the next version will work much like the current one. I remember the jump to NT, what a mess. But Microsoft had no choice but to break a lot of expected behavior though the years, many times for security reasons, but they bring a lot of the baggage along and are forced into compromises in security in the effort to keep their user base. They couldn't just make the changes they needed to, or a lot of folks would have bailed to Linux, which had the security, and wasn't in need of change.

Yes, "Windows XP" wasn't the next version of the "Windows ME" codebase and doesn't have it.

Similar UI != same code base
just like
React OS != Windows XP

Server OS != Desktop OS

Server use cases and audience != Desktop use cases and audience

Compare CentOS with Windows Server.

If you want a further locked down machine and featureless default install, there's Windows Server Core.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-u...

Compare Ubuntu(not Ubuntu Server) with Windows 8.

It's like me complaining that Linux comes with Amazon ads preinstalled and uploads search keywords to Canonical(like it does in Ubuntu) while Windows comes with a heavily restricted browser that doesn't even run JavaScript or download files without a lot of tweaking(Windows Server).

Get it?

about 3 months ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

mystikkman Re:Hmmm (230 comments)

Where do you think the designers of NT came up with that idea? Hmmmmm? Wouldn't have been Unix now would it?

Wrong again, it was designed by someone who quite hated Unix.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Cutler
http://www.theverge.com/gaming...
Windows NT's primary inspiration was VMS.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O...

Windows NT did not start less secure.

about 3 months ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

mystikkman Re:Hmmm (230 comments)

Do you remember DOS? Windows 3.1.1? Security was woefully lacking, it wasn't even a concern. At the same time, Linux was being developed, with the security model it has today, mostly unchanged. Windows has gong though many revisions and changes in the security design from ZERO security and no such thing as having separate user accounts to where we are now. Linux started out, very similar to what it is now.

Please stop repeating that, it stopped being true as of 10 years ago since Windows ME was the last OS based on DOS/Win 3.1.1 code.

XP, Vista, 7 and 8 are all based on the Windows NT family which was developed with security in mind and separate user accounts etc.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...

about 3 months ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

mystikkman Re:Hmmm (230 comments)

So when Linux gets infected, it's the users fault but when Windows gets infected, it's Microsoft's fault[1]?

[1] http://yro.slashdot.org/commen...

Gotta love Slashdot logic.

about 3 months ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

mystikkman Re:JAVA (230 comments)

The applications you mention are all Open Source, which people on here keep insisting are secure.

about 3 months ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

mystikkman Re:must me false (230 comments)

Windows boxes? They come out of the install process wide open with a whole raft of dangerous services turned on.

Can you list what dangerous services are turned on by default on a Windows Server install? If you don't it's a pretty sign that you have no clue about what you're talking about and last used Windows about 15 years ago.

about 3 months ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

mystikkman Re:Hmmm (230 comments)

So this isn't a really fair comparison you are making. Linux is BY DEFAULT more secure than Windows, mainly by design. Microsoft has made great strides of late, but fundamentally they are starting from a weak position (remember Windows 3.1?) and you have to install components to make it more secure, where Linux starts secure and gets security downgrades when you install and configure stuff. Either way, if you don't manage your server, you will have problems.

The point of comparison should be between the server OSes. So, do you really think Linux on the server is more secure than Windows Server 2012R2 ?

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

mystikkman Re:Well... (171 comments)

Mozilla is the only hope left in the browser market. The rest are controlled by mega corps. Witness the recent ramrodding of video DRM into W3C standards by Google, Microsoft and Apple, all of which have their own DRM implementations.

Not to mention Firefox being forced to support H.264 playback, after Google promised and backtracked on removing support from Chrome. Based on the above two cases, I guess it's already too late, corporate control has taken over the web.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

mystikkman They won't (126 comments)

They won't fix it. They make a ton of money from those ads, make Windows slow down and look bad so they can push heavily locked down Chromebooks that techies seem to sing the praise of.

I completely fail to comprehend why most Slashdotters seem to push everyone towards DRM'ed iPads and Chromebooks that put Palladium to shame instead of more open Windows PCs.

I guess it's more about Microsoft hate and the desire to bring them down than software freedom.

about 3 months ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

mystikkman Re:Good (225 comments)

Content creation? You mean only English essays, right? Can the students even install and use a proper compiler or something like AutoCAD? Photoshop?

A heavily DRM'ed up "laptop" that no one can do anything except be forced to Google cloudservices to even login and a browser is a rational choice now? Not to mention Google Apps and email which helpfully uploads everything to the Google Cloud.

It pulls Palladium to shame since you can't install any apps except those provided by the Google overlords.

This proves that all the Slashdot talk about software freedom is thinly disguised Microsoft hate since everyone here seems to be pumping up heavily locked down iDevices and Chromebooks.

about 4 months ago
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Google Testing Gmail Redesign

mystikkman Indeed (218 comments)

If it's anything like the new Google maps, no thanks. Its atrocious and no one can find anything that was previously accessible.

about 6 months ago
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Google Now Arrives In Chrome For Windows and Mac

mystikkman Re:Watch out (74 comments)

Google will track which stores you visit if you turn on Google Now on your Android phone.

http://digiday.com/platforms/g...

Not just Android phones, even iOS devices.

If iOS users open their Chrome, Gmail or Google Maps app in a store, their location can be deemed a store visit

Even the Gmail app snoops on you. Why does it need your location? Sigh.

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

mystikkman Tired... (860 comments)

Tired of all the hit pieces on Microsoft. This is like Fox News on Obama.
Please make it stop.

about 9 months ago

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GMail Chat/GTalk sending chats to wrong recipients

mystikkman mystikkman writes  |  about a year ago

mystikkman (1487801) writes "In what is a serious bug, GMail Chat/GTalk/Google Hangouts is sending messages to unintended recipients. ZDNet has confirmed first-hand that the glitch is present within Google Apps for Business accounts, including those that have not yet switched over to Google's new Hangouts platform. Messages appear to be visible on the mobile version of Hangouts. There are multiple reports of this issue."
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Google serves Microsoft a C&D to takedown Windows Phone Youtube App

mystikkman mystikkman writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mystikkman (1487801) writes "After years of complaining to the EU and others about Google not allowing Windows Phone access to the same Youtube API features used by the Android and iOS apps and Google's refusal to make one for Windows Phone, Microsoft recently went ahead and released their own app featuring even a download button. However, Google served a Cease and Desist on Microsoft today to immediately take down the app citing lack of ads. In response, Microsoft commented that it would be more than happy to add ads if only Google would give them access to the API and indirectly accused Google of trying to cripple Windows Phone by refusing it access to one of the most popular apps on smartphones and citing Larry Page's comments at Google I/O calling for more openness in the tech space.

Given how much of humanity's video content is locked into Youtube, looks like Google needs to append "except on Windows Phone" to their grandiose mission statement: "Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.""
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Gabe Reviews the Surface Pro

mystikkman mystikkman writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mystikkman (1487801) writes "Gabe of Penny Arcade fame has reviewed the Microsoft Surface Pro from a refreshingly new hands-on and real life perspective compared to normal tech industry reviews which give meaningless scores. He talks about his experiences with using it to draw the Penny Arcade comic on vacation and also talks about gaming and battery life. Surface Pro's release was met with high demand and low stock causing shortages"
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Gabe Newell Reviews the Surface Pro

mystikkman mystikkman writes  |  about 2 years ago

mystikkman (1487801) writes "Gabe Newell of Penny Arcade, Valve and Steam fame has reviewed the Microsoft Surface Pro from a refreshingly new hands-on and real life perspective compared to normal tech industry reviews which give meaningless scores. He talks about his experiences with using it to draw the Penny Arcade comic on vacation and also talks about gaming and battery life. Gabe famously called Windows 8 a catastrophe previously. Surface Pro's release was met with high demand and low stock causing shortages."
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Windows 8 Sells 40 Million Licenses In Just One Month

mystikkman mystikkman writes  |  about 2 years ago

mystikkman (1487801) writes "After selling 4 million copies in just three days, Microsoft announced today that it sold 40 million copies of Windows in the first month of general availability. Also, the upgrade sales of Windows 8 are higher than with Windows 7 in the month since launch. Microsoft says there are already some developers who have made more than $25,000 on their Windows 8 apps. That number is significant because Microsoft gives developers an 80 percent cut on all app sales over that figure, as compared to the industry-standard 70 percent on competing app stores. Other notable milestones include reaching 25 million users of the new Outlook.com and beating the entire multi-hundred million strong Android devices' web usage in just 10 days after launch. What does this mean for the much vaunted post-PC era? Combined with the much awaited Surface Pro coming out in January, will 2013 be the year of Windows 8 desktop and tablet?"
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iPhone Location-Data Tracking Can't Be Turned Off

mystikkman mystikkman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mystikkman (1487801) writes "The iPhone continues to store location data even when location services are disabled, contrary to Apple’s previous claims.The Wall Street Journal did independent testing on an iPhone and found that even after turning off location services, the device was still collecting information on nearby cell towers and Wi-Fi access points.This discovery challenges some of Apple’s claims. As Wired.com reported last week, the company explained in a detailed letter last year that it deliberately collects geodata to store in a comprehensive location database to improve location services. In the letter, Apple noted that customers can disable location-data collection by turning off Location Services in the settings menu.

“If customers toggle the switch to ‘Off,’ they may not use location-based services, and no location-based information will be collected,” Apple said in the letter. That doesn’t appear to be the case from WSJ’s testing, as well as multiple independent reports from customers who had the same results. While Apple seems to deny it's tracking anyone and blames Android for doing so, the real question is what is the need to store the data on the device at all."

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Apple violates copyright in Samsung lawsuit filing

mystikkman mystikkman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mystikkman (1487801) writes "In an ironic twist in the lawsuit against Samsung(reported yesterday), Apple seems to have blatantly copied two of the images straight off AndroidCommunity.com(with even part of the cropped watermark visible in the filing) and from Engadget’s Myriam Joire. Not good to be caught straight up copying images while suing your competitor for just having a similar 'look and feel' of icons. Maybe they thought no one would notice?"
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Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy Phone and Tablet

mystikkman mystikkman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mystikkman (1487801) writes "In the latest patent suit to hit the smartphone industry, Apple is suing Samsung, alleging the Galaxy line of phones and tablets infringe on a number of the company’s patents. “Samsung’s Galaxy Tab computer tablet also slavishly copies a combination of several elements of the Apple Product Configuration Trade Dress,” Apple says in its suit, noting that Samsung’s tablet, like Apple’s uses a similar rectangular design with rounded corners, similar black border and array of icons. Apple previously sued HTC over Android. If Samsung is found infringing on the software, all the Android OEMs could be vulnerable."
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Apple applies new App store rules inconsistently

mystikkman mystikkman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mystikkman (1487801) writes "Apple has approved updates to the Kindle and Netflix iOS apps despite them not including any provision for in app purchases that must pay out 30% to Apple. Apple has previously rejected the free Readability and Sony e-reader apps for selling subscriptions outside the app store. The new policies received a lot of scorn from subscription sellers like Last.fm. The bigger question is, come June 30 when the new rules are actually supposed to kick in, will Apple pull the Kindle and Netflix apps from the iDevices if they don't cough up 30%?"
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