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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

rthille Re:If it helps: (85 comments)

What friends? I'm a programmer, damn it!

2 days ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

rthille Re: DMCA (Defamation) (245 comments)

The headline is wrong. The ISP is removing the mail server's announcement that it supports STARTTLS, and your mail client/server sends your email unencrypted.
The solution to that is using SMTPS on 465, where encryption is presumed, not negotiated. But that was deprecated soon after the RFC came out in favor of TLS. It's almost like someone was thinking ahead and wanted the internet to be less secure:
http://cr.yp.to/talks/2014.10....

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Echo: a $200, Multi-Function, Audio-Centric Device

rthille Re:One of the features is "always on" (129 comments)

> Will it start reminding us to wash hands — if it hears flushing, but not running water in the sink?
That would be awesome! It'd save me yelling it at my GF's two boys (9 & 12)...

about three weeks ago
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What People Want From Smart Homes

rthille Re:Reliability (209 comments)

In 50 years you never had a bulb fail? I'm skeptical...

about three weeks ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

rthille Re:don't use biometrics (328 comments)

You really think that the data is gone when you select 'delete' in the app?

about a month ago
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Smart Meters and New IoT Devices Cause Serious Concern

rthille Re:in Soviet Russia, TV watches you! (168 comments)

It couldn't get on my network without my hard-to-crack wifi password.
But it could secretly join some neighbors' open wifi, or an xfinity wifi, or...

about a month ago
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Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

rthille Re:Why so high? (223 comments)

I took "didn't have physical connectivity to the DB" to mean that they used Wi-Fi for extra security :-)

about a month ago
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

rthille Re:It helps to actually use the thing. (296 comments)

Actually, prior to just recently the cheapest mac mini was $599. I forget exactly when it jumped up to $599 from the earlier (initial?) $499

about a month ago
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Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

rthille Re:USB Device Recommendation (121 comments)

Note that you need a new NEO, and you (for good security reasons) can't update the firmware on your old NEO to do FIDO U2F.
Or at least I couldn't get mine to work, and AFAICT from reading their announcements that's the case.

about a month ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

rthille Re:symbols, caps, numbers (549 comments)

Divorce? That worked for me... :-)

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

rthille I don't want NFC for payments... (336 comments)

I want it for external encryption, with my Yubikey Neo. Until that works, I'm unlikely to upgrade from my 4S.

about 2 months ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

rthille Re:Bullshit (207 comments)

Not sure how I did it (I keep my 4s in a pocket with just a polishing cloth), but I've got a 1/4" scratch on mine. I've dropped my 3s in the past, but never dropped my 4s.

about 2 months ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

rthille Re:in the meantime : (204 comments)

Oh sure, but I'm a software developer who live in emacs with multiple frames spread across two 2560x1440 27" monitors with each frame usually split into 6-10 windows. 30Hz is just fine for that.

about 3 months ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

rthille Re:in the meantime : (204 comments)

I just bought a Seiki 39" 4K TV for use as a monitor. I paid $329 (USD) because I was too slow to get the sale price at $299.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

rthille Re:Simple (635 comments)

No, because that doesn't work with sudo. Real pros use:
cat | [sudo] tee [-a] filename

about 3 months ago
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Securing Networks In the Internet of Things Era

rthille Re:Avoid IoT at all costs (106 comments)

If you need the key embedded in the chip in your fridge, and the engineers weren't complete idiots and they aren't all the same, then downloading a script may not be enough, you may have to hook up a sensitive a/d converter and run 1000s of probes to determine the key. The potential pool of people who would do such a thing to avoid ads on their fridge is much smaller than those who would simply cover the screen with their kid's art.

about 2 months ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

rthille Re:Ethernet still the best (260 comments)

I figure once you've got 5 Gbit, you're good:
http://web.forret.com/tools/vi...

That's 5Gbit for 4K video (the movie size, not the TV size, but at the higher TV frame rate), completely uncompressed...

about 3 months ago

Submissions

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rthille rthille writes  |  more than 8 years ago

rthille writes "The big news from Apple was just iPod & iTunes related. Still no video iPod, but you can buy movies from the iTunes Media Store."

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Doing it again...

rthille rthille writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Once again I'm training to run a Marathon and raising money to help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in their fight against blood cancers. If anyone has followed tomhudson's advice and sold their house at the peak or otherwise has some cash and the need for a tax deduction, you can donate here: http://robert.thille.org/Donate/

For more information about what I'm doing and why, see here: http://robert.thille.org/Recreation/TNT/

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What would you record?

rthille rthille writes  |  about 8 years ago

I've thought about the increasing amount of data I'm amassing over time about my life: CC receipts, GPS way-points, photos, etc. If you could wear or have a device implanted, and you could "magically" completely control who had access to the data, what data would you choose to record about yourself and your surroundings?

A basic list to start:
GPS location (would additionally need inertial for underground/water/inside)
Body Temperature and other physical/medical stats
Calories consumed/expended
Other humans/animals nearby
Clothing worn
Images of surroundings
Thoughts?

Eventually, most/all of this would be possible to record. What would you _want_ recorded? What would you most be afraid of others having access to?

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