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Heartbleed Disclosure Timeline Revealed

rainer_d Re:But when/if has it been exploited? (62 comments)

There are various reports that efforts to exploit this vulnerability go back almost as far as the introduction of the bug to various distributions.

I wonder if someone discovered the bug and sold it to the "vulnerability assessment" industry (which in turn supplies spooks and other government agencies with their exploits so they can perform "lawful interception").
Such a bug would probably sell for a million these days. Or even more.

3 days ago
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They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping

rainer_d That blogger is an airhead (206 comments)

Who receives leaks from Microsoft at an email-account owned by a division of Microsoft?
That's as if Snowden had contacted Greenwald from his BAH account.

Insane.

about a month ago
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Navy Database Tracks Civilians' Parking Tickets, Fender-Benders

rainer_d Abby? (96 comments)

Is that you?

about a month ago
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St. Patrick's Day, March Madness, and Steve Jobs' Liver

rainer_d Re:Had he not waited. . . (129 comments)

Well, he chose to do differently.
His son is into cancer research. Will be interesting to see what he can come up with.

about a month ago
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

rainer_d Re:Is Kim Dotcom a Convicted Felon? (381 comments)

AFAIK: stock fraud. Back in Germany. A dot.com bubble thing. And before that, he got in trouble for hacking servers/networks (turned it into a pent-test business and sold it for big bucks - that's how he got rich the first time).
He's a colorful personality.

about a month ago
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Google and Microsoft Both Want To Stop Dual-Boot Windows/Android Devices

rainer_d Re:Rreferring to complementary goods in general? (153 comments)

If your product relies on a 3rd-party to actually attract customers (and/or make a profit), your business model is flawed and you're doomed.

Are petrol stations doomed because they rely on automakers to bring in customers?

Petrol works for all cars.
Software and OSs doesn't work on all hardware. Esp. mobile.
In addition, petrol stations usually don't get kickbacks from car-manufacturers.
AFAIK, though, a couple of years ago, independent petrol-stations in the UK went bust when supermarket-chains started selling gas below cost for a couple of months...

But hey, if you think that ASUS, Acer et.al. have a viable, future-proof business model: go ahead, their stock is publicly traded ;-)

about a month ago
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Google and Microsoft Both Want To Stop Dual-Boot Windows/Android Devices

rainer_d Note to OEMs, ODMs: (153 comments)

If your product relies on a 3rd-party to actually attract customers (and/or make a profit), your business model is flawed and you're doomed.
.

about a month ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

rainer_d Don't hoard (983 comments)

Were those 20T of original movies and music or just stuff he downloaded via bittorent?

He could have always bought a sufficiently large tape-library from ebay - but I guess the data wasn't worth that much.
That's always the first pair of questions to ask: how much is it worth and how much would it cost to recreate?
If the answer is somewhere between "I don't know" and "Well, it's not that much", then he just should stop hoarding that much stuff.

He could have built a filer with ZFS and sent daily snapshots to a 2nd filer - but that wouldn't have helped him if the house burnt down...

about a month ago
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Government Secrecy Spurs $4 Million Lawsuit Over Simple 'No Fly' List Error

rainer_d Re:What will this do for US academia (239 comments)

Except, these days they go to Switzerland, which is close enough to Germany, pays their PhDs better and has much less bureaucracy (and a lot more common sense).

A lot of people still want to go to the US (the US is also *much* bigger, the being able to absorb a much larger number of talented people), make no mistake, but as you point out: the inertia of such a development is basically unstoppable, once it has started.

about 2 months ago
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Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

rainer_d Re:Maybe I'm missing the point (227 comments)

Shouldn't the shock and horror be that Snowden was able to scrape the juiciest pages from the NSA information dump on basically everyone, without so much as a 403 error?

It was the intranet - I guess they trusted everybody with an AD account ;-)

I believe, though, it's no coincidence that Snowden ended up in the HW office. He was probably aware of the lack of security when he requested the transfer.
God only knows how many guys have downloaded that data before him and sold it to the highest bidder.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

rainer_d Re: Pardon (822 comments)

Haha, there was this saying in Nazi-Germany: "If the Führer knew", usually directed at corrupt official (state and party) - ignoring the fact that the corruption started at the very top.
Similarly, people in Russia write letters to president Putin today when faced with such issues - again ignoring the obvious explanation that it all starts at the top...

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Run a Copy-Cat Installation At Home?

rainer_d Stopped doing it (308 comments)

Mostly, because the hardware is getting more and more powerful - and I don't "invest" as much money in my personal hardware anymore as I used to do.
Thus, spare hardware (and dev-VMs) at work (which we have plenty) are faster than VMs at home.
Plus, if we can show a benefit and it will add to the bottom line (or save a lot of time), we do get a project, time and a budget to build it - on current hardware.
We do have a guy (he's now retired, but still contracts for us...) who has his complete build environment for a software (some 60ish VMs) on a server-sized desktop at home. He bought an LGA2011-board with a 6-core i7 CPU and 64GB RAM just for this.

But he has always preferred to work from home anyway.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Bitrot Detection For Backups?

rainer_d ZFS, of course (321 comments)

but there is a catch: to reliably detect bit-rot and other problems, you also need server-grade hardware with ECC.
ZFS (especially when your dataset-size increases and you add more RAM) is picky about that, too.
Bit-rot does not only occur in hard-disks or flash.
You should really, really take a hard look at every set of photos and select one or two from each "set", then have these printed (black and white, for extra longevity).
If this results in still too many images, only print a selection of the selection and let the rest die.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easy Wi-Fi-Enabled Tablet For My Dad?

rainer_d Re:For bling people (370 comments)

AFAIK, the support for blind-people in iOS is still much, much better than anywhere else.
Not only in iOS itself, but also throughout the apps, too.
Instead of tactile feedback, iOS uses voice-over, where you swipe over the screen and it spells out what you touch (I've never tried it, but that's AFAIK the way it works).
Blind people seems to be OK with that.

about 4 months ago
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SSD Manufacturer OCZ Preparing For Bankruptcy

rainer_d Looks like... (182 comments)

...their business model wasn't that solid, after all.

about 5 months ago
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Cupertino Approves New Apple Spaceship HQ

rainer_d It's a moonshot (172 comments)

I believe Apple should be lauded for trying to build "The best office building in the world".
If the building comes out as expected, it will be a landmark like the Empire State Building (or the (collapsed) World Trade Center (before it collapsed)).

Yes, it could all be had cheaper - but OTOH, it's still better than paying out huge bonuses to the execs or buying more corporate jets. There are a thousand ways to waste money. This way, at least the public gets something in return.

about 5 months ago
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Mobile Devices Banned From UK Cabinet Meetings Over Surveillance Fears

rainer_d Fixed that for you (116 comments)

According to the article, UK security services fear China, Russia and Pakistway have also figured out a way to turn mobiles into microphones...

about 5 months ago
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No Love From Ars For Samsung's New Smart Watch

rainer_d Re:Is anyone surprised? (236 comments)

My watch is solar-powered and syncs with one of the most precise atomic clocks in the world. It doesn't perform any blood-test, nor does it take fitness parameters, though. When a smart-watch emerges that does the clock-thingy well, plus the aforementioned blood-test, I'll be tempted.

about 6 months ago

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Sun to end Try and Buy program

rainer_d rainer_d writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rainer_d (115765) writes "Word from Resellers and a note attached to its Try and Buy offers indicates that Sun's unique program will be discontinued after December 18th. No news on the SUN website.
I never got around trying something (and I would have felt bad for trying something without a real intention or budget to buy).
Hopefully, at least for customers with a proven business-case, there will still be an option to try out stuff on-site."

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IP address management solutions for IPV6?

rainer_d rainer_d writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rainer_d (115765) writes "I was wondering: what IP-address management solutions do people use and what is their plan once they roll out their first set of IPV6 addresse to hosts?
On the first look, I only find commercial offerings.
Feedback on those would also be appreciated."
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How dangerous is the Internet?

rainer_d rainer_d writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rainer_d (115765) writes "Routinely, my helpdesk-staff must handle cases where google complains about a homepage containing malware (usually, the owners lost their ftp-password to some password-grabbing application).
Sometimes, they (helpdesk-staff) go directly to the website itself (even though Google warns everybody to not do this). With IE.
Personally, I use Firefox on a 64bit Linux (no flash, no java). But I found myself asking:
  — is there a lot of malware that is not detected by common AV-software? Is that problem actually "real"?
  — the XP-pcs in question are updated regularly and use an uptodate version of AV-software.
  — if it is indeed a big problem, what solutions are there? Allowing surfing only via a remote-desktop to a locked-down IR?

The helpdesk knows a lot of passwords — I would really not like them to "leak" any of those out via some stupid trojan.

How do you handle "safe browsing"?"

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