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Google Beefs Up 2-Step Verification With Physical USB Security Key In Chrom

stoborrobots Yubikey? (2 comments)

Google reinvented Yubikey?

1 hour ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

stoborrobots Re:Are you patenting software? (224 comments)

At the same time, the RSA patent is the perfect example of why software patents are a bad idea: the RSA patent essentially patents a mathematical formula. Should I be able to get a patent for solving a previously unsolved mathematical equation?

4 days ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

stoborrobots Re: as the birds go (608 comments)

... "by", not "out of"...

about a week ago
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Google Finds Vulnerability In SSL 3.0 Web Encryption

stoborrobots Re:How legacy is legacy? (68 comments)

According to the summary, this isn't about browsers, it's about servers - the browsers choose to fall back to SSL3 to cope with broken servers.

If we stop supporting SSL3, then the browsers won't be able to speak to those old broken servers...

about a week ago
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Crowdsourced Remake "The Empire Strikes Back Uncut" Now Complete

stoborrobots Re:Don't title your stuff "$OriginalTitleHere Uncu (55 comments)

Wright's First Law of Gender Discernment: Everyone you meet on the Internet is a man, possibly over 50, probably overweight, most certainly balding.

(Note also, Wright's Qualification to the Laws of Gender Discernment: These laws do not govern the population of the Internet in its entirety; they are only valid for the population of the Internet that you will actually meet.)

about a week ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

stoborrobots Re:Get a clue... (993 comments)

Plus Ubuntu's upstart... And DJB's Daemontools... And runit... And EpochInit... and busybox's init...

about two weeks ago
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Details of iOS and Android Device Encryption

stoborrobots Re:So what you're telling me (146 comments)

I can understand implementing screen locking without device encryption; that's the state my phone currently is in, and it provides exactly the level of protection I require at this point in time - prevents casual snooping or misuse, but does not protect against a dedicated attacker.

Under what situations would device encryption be useful without a screen lock? Your phone data can be read by anyone who gets their hands on it, since the unencrypted data is exposed to anyone who swipes right...

I can't think of any good reason that your screen lock password should be weaker than your device password...

about two weeks ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

stoborrobots Re:How about... (482 comments)

Except that Siren markets itself as a Tinder-style hookup app: its tagline is "Charm the pants off someone", and they've stated taht they're happy about being seen as the anti-Tinder...

about three weeks ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

stoborrobots Re:How about... (482 comments)

There's a finer distinction at play (which I think you might already have noticed, but are not commenting on):

Currently female users receive X undesirable messages and Y desirable messages, with X much much larger than Y.

Removing photos on a conventional dating site drops both X and Y to near-zero.

The goal is to drop X to zero, while keeping Y as near as possible to the current value.

It is theorised that this is an impossible goal as long as men are doing the messaging, because the creeps will always out-message the sensible guys. ... BUT... this app doesn't attempt to do that. It does what you're suggesting - drop the incoming message numbers for the women to zero, and force them to take the action. The men don't/can't message the women at all. The men have to prove their worthiness by providing suitable pictures and answering daily questions in an interesting manner. The women can then make the first contact.

about three weeks ago
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CloudFlare Announces Free SSL Support For All Customers

stoborrobots Re:Puts the hurt on StartSSL. Good on 'em! (67 comments)

Passport scan to get a free certificate?

I've been using StartSSL for years, for a number of certificates - all they verify for the free cert is that I can click on a link sent to the postmaster address for the relevant domain...

If you want anything other than basic class-1 certificates for a single hostname there's a cost, and a more involved process; but that process is similar regardless of who does your identity verification.

If you want free class-1 certificates, there is no additional cost, and no super-secret documentation to send around.

I have no experience with StartCom's organisation verification process. However, for domain-verified class-1 certificates for individual hosts, they offer a free, immediate, trouble-free process which involves no more than clicking a link in my email.

about three weeks ago
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Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You

stoborrobots Re:IT IS THE ONION!!!! (98 comments)

I assumed you were trying to be funny. But yeah, not everyone knows all of the mystery TLDs...

about a month ago
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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

stoborrobots Re:Search algorithm failure and Yelp (249 comments)

This is the kind of failure that dead tree media warned us about.
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They feared that it could be used to suppress protest or support unpopular rule.

Your sig is eerily appropriate here...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

stoborrobots Re:Dial up can still access gmail (334 comments)

... most viruses require a constant high speed connection...

You must be new here - I'm young in internet years, but even I remember the number of viruses flying around in the days of floppy disks and dial-up modems, long before constant high speed connections...

about a month ago
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Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation

stoborrobots Re:it's over: the media (in the US) have moved on. (267 comments)

Or simply temporarily leaving them behind? I'd leave my phone on the desk in my office if I was going to meet a contact I didn't want associated with me...

about a month ago
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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

stoborrobots Re:Discounted not free (121 comments)

Yep, I see it more like the razor/blade "loss-leader" model, or the "first one's free to get you hooked" free-samples model, rather than the "freemium" model...

about a month ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

stoborrobots Re:I'm open to it (826 comments)

Monolithic?

Postgresql runs a database server. That's it. Postgresql doesn't include a mailserver just because it needs to send alerts.

Apache runs an HTTP server. That's it. Apache doesn't include DNS and OCSP servers just because sites hosted on it will need name resolution and certificates.

OpenOffice, I'll give you that one. It combines multiple applications into one for historical reasons. I don't like it, but I don't use it so I don't have a dog in that fight.

Monolithic (in the sense used here) implies the combination of multiple essentially independent functions into a single application. Just because Apache and Postgresql are big applications doesn't make them monolithic.

about 2 months ago

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GAO finds inadequate planning and oversight caused HealthCare.gov cost blowout

stoborrobots stoborrobots writes  |  about 2 months ago

stoborrobots (577882) writes "The Government Accountability Office has investigated the cost blowouts associated with how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) handled the Healthcare.gov project. It has released a 60-page report entitled Healthcare.gov: Ineffective Planning and Oversight Practices Underscore the Need for Improved Contract Management, with a 5 page summary. The key takeaway messages are:
  • CMS undertook the development of Healthcare.gov and its related systems without effective planning or oversight practices...
  • [The task] was a complex effort with compressed time frames. To be expedient, CMS issued task orders ... when key technical requirements were unknown...
  • CMS identified major performance issues ... but took only limited steps to hold the contractor accountable.
  • CMS awarded a new contract to another firm [and the new contract's cost has doubled] due to changes such as new requirements and other enhancements...

Larry Seltzer has more over at ZDNet."
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Sea-Tac Airport runway access, no questions asked!

stoborrobots stoborrobots writes  |  more than 6 years ago

stoborrobots (577882) writes "The Seattle Times is reporting an incident where two civilians got unescorted access to the runway at Sea-Tac Airport in a van with names unasked, ID unchecked, and vehicle unsearched.

When [retired Army lieutenant colonel Greg Alderete] realized he had driven a van onto a runway tarmac at Sea-Tac airport — and that no one had asked his name, checked his ID or searched his vehicle — well, he just about lost it."I was appalled," Alderete says. "If you go in the airport's front door, they take away your tube of toothpaste. But the back door? That's the weakest security of any critical facility I've ever seen."
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