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NYT Password Security Discussion Overlooks Universal Logins

sarathmenon Re:Single point of failure (127 comments)

Not exactly. I use clipperz.com to store my passwords, and one of the features it provides is a direct login. The way this works is that it submits the password form directly, without you having to visit the website and copy paste the password from clipperz. It's impermeable to keyloggers and clipboard sniffers because you don't copy or type the password anywhere. Now, if your system is already hosed, your could theoretically be hacked. But, at that point you're SOL anyway.

Yeah, I know the drawbacks of using a password manager, and an online one at that. But it's the best tradeoff I've seen. I have to remember only one strong password, and I can just randomly type in unique passwords for the sites I visit. Plus, their architecture is solid.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Up Ante For Disclosure Rules, Increases Bug Bounty

sarathmenon Re:Elite (134 comments)

And also, it's contradictory to what google did earlier this year. They released a zero day for windows and gave microsoft hardly a week to patch it. And as a bonus, they made the disclosure public on a Sunday.

I am all for more industry standard accountability, but this looks very one sided and google choosing to pick the instances where it gets a good publicity.

more than 4 years ago
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We Rent Movies, So Why Not Textbooks?

sarathmenon Re:In France you get book loaned or rented (398 comments)

The college where I studied in India has a similar system. There is a college managed "Book Bank" which cost some two dollars per semester and allowed me to rent 5 books per semester. There was no guarantee of getting a recent edition of any book, but that was okay because the new content could be photocopied from someone in the hostel. The whole thing sort of worked, and of cousre the part I am forgetting to say is that it was funded by government aid.

I could have afforded text books since most major publishers have discounted prices, but this was easier and lesser hassle ;)

more than 5 years ago
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Ten Features To Love About Android 1.5

sarathmenon Re:Are there more than 20 apps for it? (384 comments)

You must be joking. There's lots of apps for Android. Probably fewer than for iPhone, but not dramatically so. I was able to find an app for any task I needed.

On all major mobile platforms I've used, I've been able to get apps for all the tasks I've needed. I don't have an iphone due to all the restrictions on the device, but whenever I see brilliantly made apps like this, I really want to go out and get one.

The success on the platform is due to the fact that there is a lot of choices in apps, and only very few of them suck. It's become the marketleader, and as much as I hate it, I have better success browsing the net using the Iphone user agent on my N810. The N810 has a good browser, that can render content better than the Iphone browser, but market share is why most sites choose to cater only to the iphone while making non-wap mobile sites.

Yes, I hate to say it as the next guy out here, but iphone is the unrivalled smartphone. Google and MS has to do a lot of catchup before they'll get to an iphone level of success.

more than 5 years ago
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Developing World Is a Profit Sink For Web Companies

sarathmenon Re:Here in South America... (203 comments)

I don't speak either of portugese or spanish, but are you looking for something like lower per capita income when compared to the US counterparts?

more than 5 years ago
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Attempting To Reframe "KDE Vs. GNOME"

sarathmenon Re:Both have evolved too in leaps and bounds (455 comments)

KDE has already done it with KDE 2.0 (which IIRC was before GNOME 2.0) which was a complete overhaul from what KDE 1.x was. Doing this in the 20th century was easy, but with the current user base and dependencies, it takes a lot of guts to shelf away backwards compatibility. I was first frustrated with what they did, but the more I look at it, this seems the better choice for them in the long run.

more than 5 years ago
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How $1,500 Headphones Are Made

sarathmenon Re:All headphones are hand-made... (353 comments)

One of the best sub-100$ headphones are the Grado SR80s and the SR125s. The 125s are slightly over your budget, but if you don't mind spending a little extra, they are well worth it. The SR80s might not cut it for you since they feature the 3.5mm jack.

BTW, if you are seriously looking for a good set of cans, browse headphone.org or head-fi.org rather than slashdot ;)

more than 5 years ago
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Amazon Releases iPhone Kindle Software

sarathmenon Re:iStrain? (232 comments)

Give me a phone with e-ink display first.

Is the Motofone good enough? I have one, and it is a calculatorisque display. If you're a gadget freak stay away from it, but at 20 USD I can't complain much about it.

more than 5 years ago
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Google To Sell Truly Open Android Dev Phone

sarathmenon Re:FCC (219 comments)

Write me when you find a cool email client, k?

rickb928. Here you go.

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

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sarathmenon sarathmenon writes  |  more than 8 years ago

sarathmenon writes "Namesys, the company knwon better for the reiser series of filesystems has made a pitch for work in their mailing list today. CCed to LKML and the reiserfs mailing list, Hans Reiser, the founder made an announcement that Namesys was willing to take on custom kernel development. Read the complete announcement here. Is this the way that open source companies fare in the new age of free software? Will this signify that for any software company to survive, there should be stronger rights to the source code that they have? What do other Slashdotters think?"

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Ten Worst Internet Acquisitions Ever

sarathmenon sarathmenon writes  |  more than 7 years ago An interesting take at some of the worst accusations ever - they seem to have atleast covered up list. From the article: As the market for acquiring fledgling Internet companies heats up, it's worth taking a look at all those acquisitions that didn't quite work out. For every Internet acquisition that's successful there seems to be dozens that die on the vine.

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