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Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

simplypeachy Re:Odd Conclusion (137 comments)

Pfft, as if any Windoze users have IE11 installed. Poppycock! Your figure of "80 days to 5" between "dinosaur" and "current" versions of Internet Explorer are of no relevance. You're clearly in the pay of Micro$haft.

4 days ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

simplypeachy Re:HAHA WUT? (278 comments)

"into using a password manager that holds -unique to every site- passwords that I can't even remember myself at 25 characters of complete ASCII gibberish. And you know what? It's easier on top of being more secure."

Bingo. Why would anyone want to remember all of their passwords? I wouldn't even recognise 99% of mine if you showed them to me.

about two weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

simplypeachy Re:HAHA WUT? (278 comments)

It's a password. It must be unique and secure. With the right procedure in place, this is simple, fast and usable. Anything else is just an excuse.

about two weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

simplypeachy Re:HAHA WUT? (278 comments)

But my method of creating passwords myself only takes three screens-worth of text to describe and has a mere three caveats! Wait, no I got that step wrong. Oh that site doesn't work with the method because I skipped a section.

Oh those early sites used my old method of simply creating passwords which wasn't as good. Here I can explain it all to you, it's simple!

Or I just type Win R->password->enter.

about two weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

simplypeachy Re:I would likje to point out (278 comments)

Create passwords? Remember them? That's what pseudo-random number generators and encryption are for. I haven't got time nor a lax enough attitude towards password management to think I'm better than encryption.

about two weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

simplypeachy "Remember"? (278 comments)

Why would anyone need to "remember" anything other than a handful of passphrases? Let computers remember the 99%. That's the point of them.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

simplypeachy Re:I already have one (381 comments)

Just checked my £30 Timex and it's lost two seconds in about a year. That's what I get for buying cheap. It was worth a bit more retail value - Timex sold me this at wholesale price by way of apology when they couldn't repair my previous Timex. It was 15 years old and they didn't have the parts any more. That cost a whole £40 in 1996.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

simplypeachy I already have one (381 comments)

I'm on my fourth watch and this one even has a date window. I cannot comprehend how a watch can get even smarter!

Full disclosure: I am the son of a jeweller / watchsmith.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Disarm Microsoft's EMET

simplypeachy Re:Let's face it ... (33 comments)

Trying to get Flash to fall under all of EMET's protections is like trying to hit three moving targets. As soon as Flash gets updated, the executables it uses run under different file names and any specific mitigations are then lost. Thankfully, most applications that are easy meat for EMET's good work are a one-off config.

about three weeks ago
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OpenDNS Phases Out Redirection To Guide

simplypeachy Re:Business model (90 comments)

If you're looking to block access to a given list of domains/host names, Privoxy can be configured to do this and no more. If you're actually looking just to do DNS caching on your grandma's computer, try this from an elevated command prompt:

sc config dnscache start= auto
net start dnscache

Then type out 1000 times: I will not turn off the local DNS caching system.

about 2 months ago
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TrueCrypt is dead? What now?

simplypeachy Digital signatures be damned (7 comments)

Despite the fact the linked Windows installer matches the given digital signature and the .exe's integrated digital signature checks out?

Maybe the TrueCrypt developers took all the thanks that we gave them, i.e. nothing but "YOUR CODE QUALITY IS SOMEWHAT UNREADABLE AND USES SOME OLD THINGS!", and have told us to fuck off. Something we rightly deserve.

about 2 months ago
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30-Day Status Update On LibreSSL

simplypeachy Re:The Linux Foundation is not actually that evil (164 comments)

I clicked on the link of the post's submitter, advised them of the error and a link to this thread, and less than three hours from sending the email it was fixed. I don't pretend to understand the politics between /. and the Linux Foundation or yourself, but it might be worth telling /. directly when they make such an error.

about 2 months ago
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Distracted Driving: All Lip Service With No Legit Solution

simplypeachy Re:There's an app for that? (184 comments)

I have a smart phone and the first thing that happens before it goes in my pocket, before getting on the road, is that it is switched to silent and ignored completely. Don't consider your perspective limited, maybe you still care about people enough not to be a potential murderer.

about 3 months ago
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Distracted Driving: All Lip Service With No Legit Solution

simplypeachy Re:There is this button. (184 comments)

I do agree that an individual needs to find their own coping strategies for overcoming their problems, but there is another option. If you find that you are searching for a seemingly complex solution to a habit which causes you to drive dangerously: hang up your keys. You're a murderer in disguise every time you pick them up.

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Data Miner Will Shock You

simplypeachy Correction (164 comments)

It really won't shock me at all. Stupid Privoxy and its list of URL requests :-(

about 3 months ago
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Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

simplypeachy Public-facing disclosure (188 comments)

The real scandal is how organisations are giving information to their users as to how they are affected and what users should do. Many big-name companies are using very specific phrasing such as "key services were not vulnerable", but no mention of secondary services...sounds like a liar's hiding place to me. There are also far too many who don't understand the problem such as Acronis, the Aus bank etc. Then the likes of Akamai who can't make their mind up. Some irresponsibly down-playing the whole thing and of course, the majority of the rest who haven't said sweet FA. In the middle are the poor people who can't be expected to make informed decisions on what they need to do or how exposed they are.

You thought rfc-ignorant, abuse@ ignoring fuckwits, running their company around the Internet with Flash-only sites was bad? This is what happens when their incompetence starts to actually harm people's online security.

about 3 months ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

simplypeachy Re:Max RAM? (353 comments)

You're five years behind. 4GB is not enough for anyone to run a Windows computer at a decent rate. 8GB is the minimum I build with and that's enough for now for most of my customers, be they home or SOHO users. I speak from actually looking at the numbers.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

simplypeachy Re:Ulterior motive (208 comments)

From the EULA with OneNote that I just downloaded from microsoft.com:

"Under our license we grant you the right to install and run that one copy on one computer (the licensed computer) for use by one person at a time, but only if you comply with all the terms of this agreement."
So I won't be able to share between my devices. I could have sworn this was one of the points of OneNote.

"[A license] ...does not give permission for installation of the software on a server or for use by or through other computers or devices connected to the server over an internal or external network."
I read this as "You cannot sync to any of your devices, any collaborators nor via Sky^W^WOneDrive. I could have sworn this pretty much was /the/ point of OneNote.

"If you have not entered a product key during the time permitted for activation, most features of the software will stop running."
I didn't enter a product key (I was never given the opportunity) so I cannot trust the software to continue functioning.

"If you acquired and downloaded the software online, your proof of license is the genuine Microsoft product key or PIN for the software that you received with your purchase, and your proof of purchase from an authorized electronic supplier of genuine Microsoft software."
I was never given a product key/PIN nor proof of purchase, so I believe I will be committing a criminal offence as I would be using unlicensed software.

I did not accept the terms and did not use the software. Unfortunately, as the uninstaller tried to remove several "SkyDrive" directories, when the installer created "OneDrive" directories, I had to wade around in the system and manually rip out bits of it. Real classy, Microsoft.

about 4 months ago

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SourceForge now serving free software with a side of malware

simplypeachy simplypeachy writes  |  about a month and a half ago

simplypeachy (706253) writes "Not that long ago /. reported on Cnet wrapping software downloads with malware. Cnet chose the wrong guy to mess with when it was found even nmap wasn't safe to such underhanded and dangerous practises. Now it seems SourceForge is following in their footsteps as discovered by this Eset anti-virus user. Unsuspecting users will be suffering the joys of InstallCore if they install a hosted project's program that has been wrapped in the malware-bundling platform."
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Phishing Content Served From Autodesk.com

simplypeachy simplypeachy writes  |  about a year ago

simplypeachy (706253) writes "After having a look through today's batch of phishing emails I found it rather unusual that a PayPal phish was littered with images linking to autocad.com, the web site of the popular CAD suite. To my surprise I then saw that the actual phishing page was also hosted on autocad.com — and it was live. In all of the other phishing emails I've seen, the content is served from hacked forums, small web sites and VPS systems that have been compromised. This is the first time I've seen the web site of a well-known brand to be serving up tasty portions of phish.

Autodesk.com doesn't list any webmaster or abuse contacts and has no entry in abuse.net so I'm expecting my report to abuse@ to be ignored."
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simplypeachy simplypeachy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

simplypeachy (706253) writes "According to the Wikipedia entry:

A USB system has an asymmetric design, consisting of a host controller and multiple daisy-chained peripheral devices. Additional USB hubs may be included in the chain, allowing branching into a tree structure, subject to a limit of 5 levels of branching per controller. No more than 127 devices, including the bus devices, may be connected to a single host controller.
There are all sorts of crazy hardware hackers out there. I had a look around and couldn't find anyone who has tried this before — surely someone has!"

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