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Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

tom229 Re: So you have to install an app... (112 comments)

What confuses me is that android has the exact same walled garden approach by default. You have to manually allow "untrusted source" installs. Apple, of course, doesn't allow this because then they wont get their 30% cut (it has nothing to do with security - sorry folks).

If you want to do this on ios, you jailbreak , and make your device more functional, but arguably less secure if you don't know what you're doing, or you're some sort of chimp.

Talking about security used to mean how free from vulnerabilities and exploits a platform was. It would seem things have devolved into a conversation about which platform more readily allows the town dullard to shoot himself in the foot. It's a political conversation indeed.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Best Books On the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla?

tom229 PBS (140 comments)

I didn't check if anyone recommended this yet, but pbs made a documentary "Tesla - The Master of Lightening". I thought it was amazing, and it's available on US Netflix.

about two weeks ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

tom229 Re: Here's the solution (577 comments)

Arch, good guess. You're obviously using something debian based, probably Ubuntu. I haven't used Ubuntu in some years, but I don't remember them actively supporting the use of a ports-like system. It would certainly be possible in Ubuntu, but without community involvement, rather pointless.

Give Arch a try in a VM. I've yet to encounter a piece of software that hasn't had the source converted to a make package by someone in the AUR. Using the AUR is as simple as downloading the tarball, extracting, running makepkg, resolving dependencies, then pacman -S .

Oh, and don't use the base arch installer unless you have a lot of time on your hands. Go with something like ArchBang.

about two weeks ago
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Snowden's Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy

tom229 No Google (210 comments)

Living without [a google account] is certainly possible. I've been doing it for years. I would agree that "app" developers seem obsessed with publishing their offerings through a single medium, that takes 30%, and requires their users to buy into the google/apple ecosystem. However, I blame this on the typical "app" developer being a mindless dullard, addicted to the status quo. The entire IT spectrum has been infested with these types of late. It's been frustrating.

about two weeks ago
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Cyanogen Inc. Turns Down Google, Seeing $1 Billion Valuation

tom229 Re: Google just pissy (107 comments)

While the Android core operating system is free, the Android branding and "Google Apps" are not. In order to use either of these on your version of Android you need a license from an authorized testing facility that ensures the GApps suite functions properly. This is Google's one catch to providing the world with a free mobile operating system, and I think that's probably fair.

Regardless, I think many people wouldn't be happy if cm automatically included GApps, since the lack of that proprietary spyware is the main reason to use it.

about two weeks ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

tom229 Re: Here's the solution (577 comments)

make uninstall Also compiling from source should rarely be necessary. Most modern distributions will include a ports like system that will allow you to compile source into a fake root, use the information gathered to build a package, and then install the package with your package manager. This ensures everything is cleaned up properly upon package removal. Of course even building a package for the software is probably unnecessary as it's very likely someone has already done it for you. Linux' package management is vastly superior to both Windows and osx (don't you just drag a folder into the garbage can? Give me a break). You just have to know what you're doing.

about three weeks ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

tom229 Re:Joke's on them (172 comments)

Much cheaper than VPN too. I use one, and have been for the last year or two. I've always been curious how it works though. My current theory is that it must exploit a function of the netflix protocol that uses a separate domain to authenticate the stream than it does to stream the content. Thus your dns provider can detect dns lookups to this address (lets say authenticate.netflix.com), proxy the authentication for you, and then let the stream between you and netflix's servers commence directly once youre authenticated.

Could anyone elaborate and provide a complete low level understanding of how this works?

about a month ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

tom229 The Regulation Bureaucracy (364 comments)

Laws that prohibit you from being on your phone while driving are doing nothing but further spiraling the nanny-state out of control.

Here in Alberta Canada we have the province now wasting even more money on this silly regulation with advertisements that beg people not to "crotch watch". Of course this is referring to the fact that everyone just tries to hide their texting-while-driving behavior which, ironically, makes the practice even more dangerous then when you could do it in the open.

But who am I to fight the prevailing mentality that we need to regulate away every single issue with society, no matter how minor? The actual people making the decisions have to be smarter than me right? I guess that's why a third of my income goes to pay their salary along with the monstrous bureaucracy created by all this regulatory nonsense.

about a month and a half ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

tom229 Re:Passwords don't need to be killed (383 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 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 4 months ago

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Jar Jar a Major Character in New Star Wars Movie

tom229 tom229 writes  |  about a year ago

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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