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GSOC Project Works To Emulate Systemd For OpenBSD

rb12345 Re:/etc/inittab (314 comments)

It's still possible in daemontools to run a shell script wrapper from /etc/service/foo/run around some real server in Java/Erlang/whatever. Stopping the service with "svc -d /etc/service/foo" will then entirely fail to kill the server process. I would imagine that the systemd's cgroup suport would avoid this happening.

about a month and a half ago
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Qualcomm Announces Next-Gen Snapdragon 808 and 810 SoCs

rb12345 Re:"There's zero benefit a consumer gets from that (47 comments)

There's a reasonable argument for moving to 64-bit on security grounds too. The increase in virtual address space makes ASLR far more effective since there are many more options for positioning compared to 32-bit code. On top of that, any attacks are more likely to hit a unallocated page as opposed to anything useful (with some limitations of course).

about 7 months ago
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New MU-MIMO Standard Could Allow For Gigabit WiFi Throughput

rb12345 Re:Cool, but (32 comments)

You can do that easily enough as it is. One way is to set up multiple SSIDs per radio with separate PSKs. Another way is to use WPA2 Enterprise with one username/password pair per device.

about 7 months ago
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"Piracy Filter" Blocks TorrentFreak for 4 Million Sky Customers

rb12345 Re:Add DNS for "legitimate" sites (122 comments)

My post certainly wasn't meant to recommend that it should be attempted! It was intended to reply to the OP's comment that:

If mainstream media sites get (automatically) blocked then perhaps the backlash might force TPTB into either removing the requirement to block or require the ISPs to use a blocking mechanism with less potential for collateral damage.

Blocking "mainstream media sites" would upset journalists more and get far more publicity. TPTB probably care more about their own sites being available and not having to pay more staff to do the work by hand. Either way, this will probably be fixed within the week.

Answering your actual question: perhaps, but I seriously doubt the torrent site will care much either way since they can no doubt get away with blaming Sky or the content industry for the blocks anyway. The cynical view is that they'd get far more self-promotion that way too...

about a year ago
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"Piracy Filter" Blocks TorrentFreak for 4 Million Sky Customers

rb12345 Re:Add DNS for "legitimate" sites (122 comments)

If they were aiming for truly evil exploitation of automated blocking, they wouldn't block any of those. They'd get the DVLA tax disc renewal site blocked instead and, given the automatic fines now, you'd easily upset a twelfth of Sky's userbase who'd need to switch back to manual methods. Alternatively, you'd aim to block HMRC in late January and block the rare people doing tax-returns at the last minute...

about a year ago
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BT Chief To Become British Government Minister

rb12345 Re:What an absolute c--t.. (47 comments)

Wikipedia looks to be more misleading than wrong in this case. It seems to be using "member of Parliament" to mean members of either House, whereas the term "Member of Parliament" is pretty much reserved for members of the House of Commons. In short, you can be a "member of Parliament" without being a "Member of Parliament"...

about a year ago
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Microsoft, BSA and Others Push For Appeal On Oracle v. Google Ruling

rb12345 Re:Not only wrong, but 100% wrong (191 comments)

Finding APIs copyrightable could get extremely interesting if parts of HTML5 or new network protocols count and were implemented in GPL-licenced code first... Would that essentially prevent Microsoft and Apple from legally implementing those standards?

about a year and a half ago
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iOS Developer Site At Core of Facebook, Apple Watering Hole Attack

rb12345 Re:Okay.... this is a new one. (88 comments)

Traditionally, you had "spear phishing" attacks which had attackers sending malware or phishing emails directly to their targets. This is relatively easy to spot and filter. The "watering hole" attacks work by compromising a trusted third-party site used by the targets. For example, if your attacker know you read Slashdot or use some specialised forum site, they could attempt to compromise those sites and use them to host exploits as part of the normal pages (infected banner ads or modified page content).

about a year and a half ago
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FTC Gets 744 New Ideas On How To Hang Up On Robocallers

rb12345 Re:What is really needed ... (281 comments)

My ideas on this would work less well, but still be reasonably effective: simply check that any non-withheld numbers are actually valid! I have seen a lot of (admittedly UK and not US) calls apparently coming from numbers that cannot possibly exist. For example you would see calls where the local part is too short, or simply see invalid area codes. If you know all the valid number formats and area codes for domestic calls, you can drop all calls that do not fit. I'd also suggest wildcard-blocking for end users, too.

Another option would be to have the telcos automatically and freely lookup return routes for each call. If the openly announced number has no reverse route the inbound call should be null-routed. You would then have three cases: valid-but-possibly-forged domestic numbers, withheld numbers and international/not-available.

about a year and a half ago
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NTLM 100% Broken Using Hashes Derived From Captures

rb12345 Re:How to harden an XP machine ? (155 comments)

By default, XP allows inbound NTLMv2 authentication from remote clients but does not use it outbound to authenticate to remote servers. The same setting that makes XP refuse LM/NTLM also enables outbound NTLMv2.

about 2 years ago
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Best reader-submitted /. logo of October 2012?

rb12345 Re:Robot bugs? (137 comments)

Replying to myself, the date each logo was posted is the number to the left of the logo. If you just want to see the robot bugs, the image is at http://a.fsdn.com/sd/logo15_jacsba8.gif.

about 2 years ago
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Best reader-submitted /. logo of October 2012?

rb12345 Re:Robot bugs? (137 comments)

They're the animated entry for the 10th of October. The "bugs" appear as white circles moving randomly, and when they collide with the centre of a letter stroke (or a stopped bot) within the letter outlines, they stop.

about 2 years ago
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Real-Time Cyber-Attack Map

rb12345 Re:This map is inaccurate (36 comments)

Enough previous trolling to get a terrible karma rating (dropping initial scores to -1), plus a 50:50 moderation split between Troll and Insightful, apparently.

about 2 years ago
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Advertisers Blast Microsoft Over IE Default Privacy Settings

rb12345 Re:Shouldn't Apache be blasted for ignoring DNT to (558 comments)

If I had any mod points, I'd have modded you Insightful for that. I was wondering myself why Apache itself should care about the header at all, since DNT should not affect the server's access or error logging. Unless the Apache developers intend to track every visitor by default, of course, in which case I can see nginx and the like becoming popular on scaling grounds...

about 2 years ago
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Is an International Nuclear Fuelbank a Good Idea?

rb12345 Re:cheap diablo 3 (187 comments)

Isn't that what the flag is for?

more than 2 years ago
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US IPv6 Usage Grows To 3 Million Users

rb12345 Re:IPV6 on AT&T Residential DSL (155 comments)

Wouldn't link-local addresses be used for the transfer network?

more than 2 years ago
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New Moxie Marlinspike Tool Cracks Crypto Passwords

rb12345 Re:Needing PEAP-TLS-MSCHAPv2 (71 comments)

Cisco's VPN client definitely has this in password form, where you have a group user/password plus additional username/password. It also has certificate authentication, but I don't know if it allows certificates to be used in place of passwords while retaining the group+user authentication though. The open-source vpnc client apparently does not support certificate authentication either.

more than 2 years ago

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