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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

tom229 Re:Passwords don't need to be killed (382 comments)

I was going to post this but you beat me to it. I already use this method, somewhat, for anything that supports 2-factor auth. Weak and/or easy to remember password accompanied by a code generated from my private key.

Anyone looking to change the paradigm needs to remember there's only 3 ways to secure things: something you know, something you are, and something you have. With that in mind what you've suggested is the most user friendly and secure way to go about it.

The only other suggestion I would have is a paradigm shift to passphrases instead of short passwords. But I can hardly take credit for that idea.

about a week ago
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UK Police Won't Comment On The Tracking of People's Phone Calls

tom229 Re: It's not extra-judicial (52 comments)

No true revolution can be held up by a single man. We'd all have to be leaders.

That being said, privacy violations will never spawn a revolution. The average person is motivated by short term conveniences, not long term ideals. Keep the population fed, busy, and entertained and you should be able to get away with anything.

about two weeks ago
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Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

tom229 Re: Snowden is a traitor (266 comments)

While it suits your irrational argument to argue the law in black and white terms, you have to know that the law is far from that.

If a criminal breaks into your house, assaults you, you shoot him, and he happens to die, we don't call that murder and give you a more lenient sentence because you were defending yourself. We call that self defence.

Equally so, technically what Snowden did "broke the law". But that's a pretty obtuse way to look at it considering the greater good he achieved by demonstrating that our own government is, and has been, breaking the law.

What he did was in defence of our nation. He has more courage and character in his nail clippings than you have in your whole body. Now turn off Fox news and develop your own opinion.

about two weeks ago
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The Oculus Rift DK2: In-Depth Review (and Comparison To DK1)

tom229 Also announced (54 comments)

future features include "single sign on" via retina scan using your Facebook account. This will help us strategically align corporate offerings right into your eyeball based on our patented technology that tracks each and every movement, interest, and desire of you and your friends.

Seriously, the Facebook acquisition already ruined any potential this product might have had.

about three weeks ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

tom229 Re:Really people? (139 comments)

Even though a lot of those things you listed aren't free (Chrome data mining, IE requires a windows license), I will submit that it's not entirely accurate that nothing is free. Charity is certainly free.

Regardless, I was making a generalization. And every person should live day-to-day based on the assumption that nothing is free. Then we can go back to having an informed, intelligent, and responsible society that doesn't require babysitting via regulation in every aspect of their lives. I don't really appreciate the prevailing mentality that whenever there's even a minor issue in society, we regulate it away. Regulation creates bureaucracy, and trust me, in the long run you don't want more government bureaucracy.

about a month ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

tom229 Really people? (139 comments)

Nothing is free. If Google has to explain that to you, you might have a hard time with the rest of your life.

about a month ago
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Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

tom229 And in other news (140 comments)

The sky is blue.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Working On a New Website Comment System

tom229 Good (142 comments)

Now I can flame them for abandoning their perfectly secure old sync method in favor of a "simpler" but much less secure username and password scheme.

To their credit, the move was widely praised on "tech sites"(1) as a welcome change.

(1): "tech sites" - Websites created or managed by hipsters with iPads that know what a partition is and wear NERD t-shirts. They also reformat their mom's computer from time to time. See: slashdot, arstechnica

about a month ago
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Public Interest In Great White Shark Devours Research Site's Servers

tom229 Re:Slashdot? (57 comments)

504 Gateway Time-out

Currently doing my part to slashdot the site. As of 10AM PST it is down.

about a month ago
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

tom229 Facepalm (435 comments)

My god this shit needs to stop. Affirmative action is just as ridiculous and hypocritical today as it was the day it was suggested. There is nothing to see here - Yahoo has a female CEO for crying out loud.

about 2 months ago
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Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

tom229 Re: Why? (309 comments)

Your sarcasm is concerning. You should be far less eager to support that level of restrictive control.

about 2 months ago
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In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

tom229 Re:Does it really matter? (248 comments)

I don't mean to offend, so let me first apologize if I do. But, I really don't like this defeatist attitude. We, the people, are supposed to have the power. Not the corporations, and certainly not the government. Through a combination of giving up, being apathetic, and being ignorant we are, day by day, forming our society to be well suited to a despot.

One of the main benefits of a capitalist society is that the real authority is money. Even though the government has carte blanche to print money whenever they want, the populace as a whole will still always have the power just by our sheer numbers. We have the purchasing power and we all need to start voting with our dollars.

I certainly don't have all the answers but here are some great places to start:

1) Stop supporting the cloud. The cloud does not benefit you. Say no to shit like Office 365, Google drive, and Chrome OS. Don't willingly make your life dependent on online services that care nothing for your privacy.

2) Don't support Apple, Google, or the new Microsoft. These companies all have a culture that values controlling the consumer and locking them into walled gardens. Say no to it, despite the minor conveniences they may provide. Buy an international phone and run Cyanogen mod. Use duck duck go. Granted it will be more difficult, but there are way around using these industry titans. If you have to choose one, stay away from Apple. They are, by far, the worst.

3) Bring your support back to local companies. If you're a sysadmin, programmer, or even just a regular consumer, outsource your infrastructure locally. Get a local VPS and put everything there. Stay away from the big guys.

4) Don't buy Cisco, Linksys, or anything American. The American companies, whether their fault or not, have proven to be the worst offenders as far as selling out to their government. Punish the American economy by spending your dollars elsewhere.

5) Get rid of Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Google+, and any other software that insists on centralized control and exploitation of it's user base. If you can't get rid of social media, for the love of god don't use your social media accounts as your single sign on provider. If a website or service demands an account, get a throw-away email address and never give them your true identity. If they only support SSO from social media, refuse to use that website.

We can do it. There's no more new land to run to, colonize, and wipe the slate clean. Running and giving up is no longer an option. We have to stand and fight.

about 2 months ago
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Sony Winding Down the PSP

tom229 Re:Too much competition (85 comments)

Leave the touch screen computer people to their delusions. Did you know they are completely replacing workstations and laptops any day now?

about 2 months ago
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Sony Winding Down the PSP

tom229 Re:Piracy (85 comments)

My thoughts exactly. Piracy is extremely easy on the DS. It's so easy you basically just need to know how to purchase a special cartridge and copy files to a micro sd card.

The DS' success can be attributed to their unique IP, the low price, or the high build quality, but personally I think all these features break down to one thing: kids. DS was/is the platform for kids aged 4-14. You'd be hard pressed to find a kid in this age bracket that doesn't own one. The device is cheap, the games are cheap, you can beat the shit out of the thing and it wont break. It has novelty features like a 3D screen, a wide variety of exclusive titles that directly appeal to kids, and easy to configure parental controls. It's the dream platform for kids... and for parents to buy for their kids. You know... so their not bothering you asking you questions or breaking your things.

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

tom229 Re:"HTML5 video" doesn't actually exist. (202 comments)

Amongst all these trolls and flamebaiters perhaps you can explain this a little better.

I know there are containers (mp4, avi) and codecs (h.264, vp8) so where exactly does something like DASH or HLS fit in here? Is this the streaming protocol for the video? If so is it contained within the file like the codec is?

AFAIK the code to implement html5 video looks something like this:
<video>
<source src="video.ogv" type="video/ogg; codecs="theora,vorbis""/>
<source src="video.mp4" type="video/mp4; codecs="avc1.42E01E,mp4a.40.2""/>
</video>

Nowhere in there is a streaming protocol defined.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

tom229 Nexus 5? (259 comments)

I could be wrong, but isn't the Nexus 5 both 4G and LTE?

The wiki page for it claims:

GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Model LG-D820 (North America)
CDMA band class: 0/1/10
WCDMA bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
LTE bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41
Model LG-D821 (Rest of World)
WCDMA bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8
LTE bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20

So it looks like the LG-D821 would be her best option. She might not have LTE in North America but will still have GSM. I not an expert on this subject so definitely do some more research. Good luck!

about 3 months ago
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A Different Kind of Linux Smartphone: Samsung To Sell Tizen-Based Model Z

tom229 Big mistake (105 comments)

Anyone who's used Samsung software knows it's a steaming pile of shit (touchwiz anyone). They need to stick to what their good at... Hardware.

about 3 months ago
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Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

tom229 Re: Misinformation? (493 comments)

I had it at 25. It wasn't that bad. Mild fever for about a day. Itched like hell though.

about 3 months ago
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Gen. Keith Alexander On Metadata, Snowden, and the NSA: "We're At Greater Risk"

tom229 Re: probabilities? (238 comments)

There's more to it than that. These libertarians all circle jerk each other over a revelation that money equals debt and inflation is a hidden tax on the people. It likely all started with the zeitgeist movement, which is merely an extension of the wild ramblings of Acharya S.

What all these new age libertarians fail to realize is that for most of history the world ran exactly how they are advocating. The invention of "easy credit" isn't a genius conspiracy perpetrated on the people by shadowy unknown figures, but rather an attempt to empower the common man with privileges like land ownership, and starting his own business. Banks, or anyone for that matter, wouldn't lend you hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy property if it had to come out of their own pocket. This means the only people able to buy land, would be those with the cash on hand, or more accurately, the rich. History is full of elite aristocracies of business' and land owners that existed actual tyrants over the common man. I don't think anyone really wants to go back to that times.

That being said, the banking system certainly isn't perfect. Allowing a private entity to have so much control over our money supply is probably a bad idea. At the very least the central bank should probably be government controlled and not for profit, with the sole ability to lend money through brokerage arms. Private banks would thus have to become brokers for the publicly owned central bank. Of course, given the titanic industry that is private banking, it would be a massive and messy undertaking to make a change like this.

about 3 months ago

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Jar Jar a Major Character in New Star Wars Movie

tom229 tom229 writes  |  1 year,28 days

tom229 (1640685) writes "Due to there recent acquisition of the Star Wars Franchise, a movie is already in production. Disney Starwars team has decided to go back to the basics in their approach to this new movie. An insider source has said that Naboo will be the main setting for this new blockbuster. Also Jar Jar Binks will be featured as a major character of the new movie."
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Ask Slashdot: How do I protect my business from the poor decisions at Microsoft?

tom229 tom229 writes  |  about a year ago

tom229 (1640685) writes "I am the senior sysadmin for a medium sized business (about 100-150 end users). Currently we use redundant VMWare ESX hosts running a series of Microsoft Server 2008 R2 servers. All desktops are Windows 7 and nearly everyone heavily relies on Office 2010 for their day-to-day work.

Given the recent change of direction at Microsoft, it has me worried over how heavily we rely on them. They are already forcing me to buy OEM licencing for Server 2012 with downgrade rights to 2008R2. How long until this is no longer an option? How long until I'm forced to have an XBox interface on my server machines?

I'm not naive enough to assume I can migrate my users from their dependency on MS Office just yet, but I am interested in migrating the core infrastructure away from Microsoft Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange as a good first step.

I'm decently versed in the debian flavors of linux so I would easily adapt to a solution based on something like Ubuntu Server. I discovered with the help of google that Samba 4 aims to do this, but it is currently in alpha and some popular projects built around it have already been abandoned. There's also a product called Zentyal, but I'm a bit confused by their monthly pricing model.

Are any of my fellow sysadmins having the same concerns? I can't in good conscience have all my eggs in Microsoft's basket any longer. What is the best way to transition from a corporate MS environment?"

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