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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

steppin_razor_LA Re:State sponsored hack= state terrorism/act of wa (221 comments)

Just because some vague articles and politicos point the finger at North Korea doesn't mean that it's true. I'm not making any assertions about the truth at this point, but we should be careful before jumping to (potentially violent) conclusions based on hearsay.


"But in their initial public statement, whoever hacked Sony made no mention of North Korea or the film. And in an email sent to Sony by the hackers, found in documents they leaked, there is also no mention of North Korea or the film. The email was sent to Sony executives on Nov. 21, a few days before the hack went public. Addressed to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton, Chairwoman Amy Pascal and other executives, it appears to be an attempt at extortion, not an expression of political outrage or a threat of war."

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

steppin_razor_LA Re:Probably tagged as DHCP (405 comments)

^^ this.

Your likely options are:

1) relay all of your email through Comcast's SMTP gateway (this is what I do w/ TWC)
2) host your mail server elsewhere (extra $$/mo)

about 3 months ago

Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

steppin_razor_LA Re:Copyright violation? (230 comments)

I think it is.

It is one thing to install software on your own computer that serves modified content. When you start serving the modified content to other people, I believe that creates the difference.

If comcast can inject ads, then there would be no problem with ISPs offering "Advertising Filtering" proxy servers for their customers and serving them sanitized content.

about 5 months ago

China Bans iPad, MacBook Pro, Other Apple Products For Government Use

steppin_razor_LA Re:Nonsense (115 comments)

Agreed. The US refused to purchase equipment from Chinese technology companies because of security concerns. Now the tables have turned and we mock them for being isolationists?

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

steppin_razor_LA Re:Firewall != Windows Firewall (348 comments)

The argument for running a windows firewall *in addition* to physical firewalls is that you create a "soft underbelly" if the individual servers do not have their own defenses. Say someone compromises server #1 -- now they can attack server #2 - #4 and have access to a significantly larger threat surface (i.e. Server #1 has direct access to ports on #2 - #4 that you wouldn't want an attacker to see).

The basic principle is - keep your attack surface as small as possible from as many attack vectors as possible. This means inefficiency and overlapping defenses.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

steppin_razor_LA "Yeah... right"... Re:John Smith? (148 comments)

Pretty sure these people haven't spent much time in the courts....

I was sued for defamation by a company over content that someone else published on their site. I was included in the lawsuit because I provided the owner/operator/content-creator/everything of the other site a web analytics tool I created (before the days of free Google Analytics). This was enough to confuse the courts and put me in the position where best case scenario, I spend $40K+ and I "win" and worst case scenario, I spend $40K and lose the case and face a ridiculous judgment.

Unless you are an unemployed lawyer with no assets and plenty of free time, the legal system is a big pile of lose-lose.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

steppin_razor_LA Re:It's too slow. (254 comments)

I'm not going to argue that C# is faster than C++, but 1000x seems a bit surprising. I'm also not sure why you say that C# requires a desktop OS?

about 7 months ago

Mozilla Is Investigating Why Dell Is Charging To Install Firefox

steppin_razor_LA This is concerning why?... (306 comments)

They aren't selling the software they are selling their time to install it for you. Big difference....

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Configuring Development Environment On a Shared Workstation?

steppin_razor_LA Don't get too complicated .... (158 comments)

Install Visual Studio.. it has its own built in web server. You can use SQL express. If you are really worried about system resources, manually start/stop SQL server only when you are developing

1 year,10 days

Ask Slashdot: State of the Art In DIY Security Systems?

steppin_razor_LA X11... (248 comments)

I used their system for a while. It worked adequately enough although if there was a break in, I'm not sure what I would have actually done...

1 year,26 days

The Windows Flaw That Cracks Amazon Web Services

steppin_razor_LA Fail article... (114 comments)

The commentary on resetting passwords in windows is useful/interesting, but this article really doesn't have any special relevance the cloud. Whether or not the storage is a local physical volume or "floating around on dem internets" doesn't make a difference.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Postgres On Par With Oracle?

steppin_razor_LA Re:READ THE MANUAL FFS (372 comments)

Well put. Furthermore, stored procedures can enhance security (i.e. only allow the user that your application is connected to to perform specific predefined actions instead of direct table access). Also, I believe (although I could be wrong) that stored procedures are more likely to benefit from performance optimization within the database than dynamic SQL.

It's a beautiful dream (.NET/JAVA > TSQL in a heartbeat) but putting all of your business logic in your code is just another flavor of cool aid...

about a year and a half ago

Why You'll Pay For Netflix — Even If You Don't Subscribe To Netflix

steppin_razor_LA Not a good anti-network neutrality argument... (292 comments)

The article paints the picture that Netflix should be paying extra money and charging its subscribers extra money to deliver high speed internet to them and that antiquated network neutrality restrictions make the whole thing unfair.

Netflix is now going to be able to offer even higher bandwidth services. In order to take advantage of them, you need a fast pipe (direct to your house and for your ISP to have good connections to the bandwidth sources) this means your ISP may need to cough up some more $s in order to deliver you the content that they are charging you for.

So let's review:
Netflix is paying for bandwidth in order to be able to provide the streams.
Consumers are paying for bandwidth in order to receive the streams.

If you don't purchase sufficient bandwidth from your ISP, then you can get the shiny new streams and you may need to give more money to your ISP if you want the highest quality service.

If you did purchase sufficient bandwidth from your ISP, but they have been enjoying being able to charge you for premium bandwidth (8mb/s down woot!) but they haven't been investing in the upstream bandwidth/peering/etc in order to deliver, then it's time for them to spend some more money on the infrastructure that your bandwidth is for.

The fact that 30% of the traffic is Netflix doesn't make it a Netflix problem. Netflix pays for its bandwidth. I want to stream Netflix so I spend extra $s to buy a bigger pipe. The only problem I see is the carriers raking in huge profits without investing in the infrastructure required.

about 2 years ago

After Aaron Swartz's Death, the Focus Now Falls On the Prosecutors

steppin_razor_LA Re:British Nurse Suicide (430 comments)

Well put.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Software For Learning About Data Transmission?

steppin_razor_LA Re:Sniff buses, other traffic (79 comments)

Best not to start w/ the microwave... :)

more than 2 years ago



Beware Office 2003 SP3

steppin_razor_LA steppin_razor_LA writes  |  more than 7 years ago

steppin_razor_LA writes "In the name of security, Office 2003 SP3 disables a number of features instead of fixing them. For example, Office 2003 SP3 breaks the ability to view TIFFs by removing the file association between them and the Microsoft Office Document Imaging. Corporate users are left with either trying to find a third party TIFF viewer or attempting to replace the removed file association and ignoring the security warnings.

From Microsoft: ".Tif files and .mdi files are no longer associated with Microsoft Office Document Imaging. Additionally, these files no longer open in Microsoft Office Document Imaging by default."

Additional information is available at: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938813"

Link to Original Source



This is my first journal entry...

steppin_razor_LA steppin_razor_LA writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I really don't have anything interesting to say -- I just want to see what the journal system looks like.

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