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Mozilla BrowserID: Decentralized, Federated Login

spydum Re:Browser keeps the private key? (179 comments)

I don't think the browser would ever need to transmit the private key in this scenario. However, yes: if the user or browser was some how tricked into uploading it -- you are compromised. This is still better than passwords, which are easy to attack with dictionaries and rainbow tables.

more than 3 years ago

UAV Hoisted Tower Powered By Laser Over Fiberoptic

spydum Re:Speculating on advantages here (103 comments)

I have to agree -- dirigibles seem like a much more elegant solution -- not requiring a lift power source.

I mean, everyone talks about the power to send up to the copter -- but after that power is spent on lifting the damn thing, what power is left to do any useful work? communication towers, especially transmission towers require a fair amount of power all by themselves.

more than 3 years ago

Hard Drive Overclocking Competition From Secau

spydum Re:Is that all? (162 comments)

Exactly -- I always wondered why this was not done -- is it a limitation of the form factor? Why not have two arms? We already use multiple heads, multiple platters. Seems like you could double the performance or at least allow a minimal cost error checking (single disk-level mirroring?) with such a solution.

more than 3 years ago

Massive Botnet "Indestructible," Say Researchers

spydum Re:Take 'em offline (583 comments)

DNS traffic from the client may still be used to identify infected hosts -- but it is certainly less simple than it used to be.

more than 3 years ago

Yet Another "People Plug In Strange USB Sticks" Story

spydum Re:Only one way to fix this (639 comments)

These are not solutions. USB devices come in more than just Storage flavors. What if I design my usb "key" to instruct the host machine that I am a "sound card" and I abuse a sound card driver bug?

Sounds crazy right? Except that exact behavior has been done on none other than: Linux.
See: CVE-2011-0712

more than 3 years ago

LulzSec Hacks the US Senate

spydum Re:Is hacking spate supporting internet lockdown? (344 comments)

And how exactly do you "lock-down" the internet? That isn't as simple as flipping a switch. Even the great firewall of china has it's limitations.

more than 3 years ago

Vintage Collection of Tech Failures

spydum Re:17 pencils (160 comments)

If only the security/automation could be programmed to talk -- a portal/portal 2 sound pack would be awesome.
"Target lost.. Are you still there?" from the sentry bots.. 30 seconds before the lights power off due to inactivity.

more than 3 years ago

ICANN Approves .XXX

spydum tl;dr -- money talks (259 comments)

tl;dr: ICANN grew up, and recognized just because they don't have unanimous support on a TLD being suitable, doesn't me they should block it. Oh, and the fees collected for the domains are better than a sharp stick in the eye.

more than 3 years ago

Heroism Is Part of a Nuclear Worker's Job

spydum Re:Nothing but respect... (349 comments)

Just to further Karhgath's point: just because some sensors detect radiation, does not mean the employees are directly exposed to it. You forget this is still a nuclear facility, with many layer of protection (even if some have been impaired). They aren't walking around in jeans and t-shirts. You can assume they are taking as many precautions as they are required given the circumstances.

more than 3 years ago

Cutting Prices Is the Only Way To Stop Piracy

spydum Re:Bollocks (620 comments)

I agree, they won't ERADICATE piracy with lower prices.

I actually think the sales numbers/experiment from Steam/L4D speak more about charging first adopters a premium, then tapering off your pricing as the new hotness factor rolls off, promoting sales later on for basically free. Using that model alone, you can charge less up front, and still taper the prices off and come away with the same net income, just over a longer period.

more than 3 years ago

The Decline and Fall of System Administration

spydum Re:I am not on Unix (500 comments)

Sounds like you have poor unix admins that are exactly the reason this mindset is prevalent. I can tell you from 15+ years as a Unix admin, the only times I have "needed" to reboot were: upgrades (OS or hardware), hardware failure, and testing of init scripts. Real, stable, properly administered systems don't need rebooting. I even think this is fair to say of Windows. The problem is, as already described: there are not many good Windows Admins.

more than 3 years ago

Industry IT Security Certification Proposed

spydum Re:War Cap (102 comments)

To be fair, we have always been combating these things.. It's just in the last 20 years, media has begun to slop catchy nick names to them to sell more eyeballs.

more than 3 years ago

London Stock Exchange Price Errors 'Emerged At Linux Launch'

spydum Re:Testing? (168 comments)

This is a common problem when you operate infrastructure that interfaces with multiple vendors. Sometimes you just have to forge ahead and fix the problems as they come up. I tend to agree with your assumption: lazy vendors not getting on the ball and doing their share of the legwork to stay compatible with the upgrade, who then spun stories about how the LSE's new system is "broken".

more than 3 years ago

Stanford, UCD Researchers Say 100% Renewable Energy Possible By 2050

spydum Re:2050 probably won't be good enough.. (360 comments)

Gasoline is not the only thing derived from petroleum resources.. You will still depend heavily on OPEC for all of your plastics, fertilizers, pesticides, and thousands of other uses. So OPEC will still continue to be pretty difficult to ignore.

more than 3 years ago

Do Tools Ever 'Die?'

spydum Re:vanilla ice = useless tool (615 comments)

I don't know, the guy does pretty good house remodels down in Florida these days.

more than 3 years ago

Last Available IPv4 Blocks Allocated

spydum Re:GONE (312 comments)

Pretty sure you can still mine vespene gas after it's depleted, just has lower yields.

more than 3 years ago

Geek Culture Will Never Die...or Be Popular

spydum Re:I like to think of myself like this... (320 comments)

Come on man, don't you know that was a parable? He doesn't work with actual women, nor would they come over to play video games.

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

spydum Re:This is slashdot? (2254 comments)

Totally agree -- the overall design is much cleaner, but the excessive white space around everything gives the impression of bloated pages..

more than 3 years ago



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