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How Poor Punctuation Can Break Windows

sqlrob Re:Windows should never have allowed spaces... (94 comments)

So? Same problem exists in bash and friends too. Heck, there's a version of iTunes on Mac that would wipe your drive if you had a space in the volume name.

about 2 months ago
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How Poor Punctuation Can Break Windows

sqlrob Re:Quotes (94 comments)

I wonder how many still have that subsystem, since it became optional. But then again, that's something that might reasonably be installed on a server. If I had it installed, I'd give it a try. .Net definitely fails on a normal system, I don't feel like fudging around enough to try NtCreateDirectory.

about 2 months ago
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How Poor Punctuation Can Break Windows

sqlrob Quotes (94 comments)

Quotation marks are used in the shell environment to make sure that the data inside the quotes is not interpreted by the program as a command.

Except in the cases it triggers the exploit. IMHO, that's the newsworthy bit of this.

Not quoting causes issues is news along the same level as "water is wet". Trying to be secure and breaking things? That's big. At least it's not possible with filenames.

about 2 months ago
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Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

sqlrob Re:I disagree (183 comments)

And they went running to another Open Source compiler. Your point?

about 3 months ago
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Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

sqlrob Re:Reduced rights (166 comments)

A shell / powershell script is plain text.

about 4 months ago
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Critics To FTC: Why Do You Hate In-App Purchasing Freedom?

sqlrob Re:How about... (171 comments)

I don't know that an average cost would actually show that much. With the articles about "whales", it seems that the average would be fairly low.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

sqlrob It's an absolutely horrid idea (185 comments)

It's a horrible and a sample of things that could potentially come in the future.

That is exactly why I say do it. Implement it, and implement it well. The blow back will hopefully be huge and act as a precedent, both in a legal sense and a more informal sense where the entities trying to do it get hit hard in PR and profits.

"The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly." - Abraham Lincoln

about 7 months ago
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The Flaw Lurking In Every Deep Neural Net

sqlrob Well what do you know (230 comments)

A dynamic non-linear system has some weird boundary conditions. Who could ever have predicted that? </s>

Why wasn't this assumed from the beginning and it shown that it wasn't an issue?

about 7 months ago
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The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse

sqlrob Re:Linking to page 100? (293 comments)

So you missed the ones after that saying it just changed the error they were getting?

about 7 months ago
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The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse

sqlrob Re:Apocalypse, Really? (293 comments)

Really?

Better explain all the 0x80070002, 0x80073712, and 0x80070005 errors in my update log then.

And no, I don't think it's an OEM problem since the logs indicate a missing file in the update itself, at least for some of the errors.

about 7 months ago
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OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

sqlrob Re:it's a good effort (379 comments)

There are plenty of alternatives that are present in many embedded devices?

about 7 months ago
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One Billion Android Devices Open To Privilege Escalation

sqlrob Not a problem (117 comments)

This depends on upgrades. Carriers, upgrade?

Hell, my wife and I are on different versions of Android, same carrier, same phone, both say they're fully up to date.

about 9 months ago
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Linux Distributions Storing Wi-Fi Passwords In Plain Text

sqlrob Re:And the problem is? (341 comments)

Has to be readable yes. Has to be plain text? No.

If I give you something encrypted with OpesnSSL and a password, you can break it right? After all, you know everything that OpenSSL does. The wifi password, and any other external credential, should be protected at rest. And yes, it can be done securely even with full source access.

about a year ago
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I'd rather pay for my space latte with ...

sqlrob Great. Just great. (265 comments)

What am I going to do with all these bottlecaps now?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easy Wi-Fi-Enabled Tablet For My Dad?

sqlrob Re: iPad (370 comments)

My parents are in a similar situation. I created them the accounts they needed and sent them Nexus 7.

The nearest Apple store to them is 2 hours away, and a half hour in the car is pushing for my mother. Don't assume everyone has access to an Apple store. Or can even make it out of the house for that matter.

1 year,11 days
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Microsoft Makes an Astonishing $2 Billion Per Year From Android Patent Royalties

sqlrob Re:What about the manufacturers? Google? (304 comments)

but those are only 4.0 or 4.1, so they can't access the Google Play store

Huh? My 2.3 phone accesses the Play store just as easily as my 4.3 tablet.

about a year ago

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