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Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options

toonces33 Re:Smart Cards? (119 comments)

That's true, but there is nothing stopping a USB dongle from using x509 or PKCS#12. Typically any card or token that is also capable of being used for Windows login has these capabilities.

I haven't found enough about this new thing to say how they work yet. The *implication* from Yubikey is that you need a "NEO" version for U2F, and it *sounds* like at least some of these capabilities may be present on that token. I will probably end up ordering one just for grins and giggles, and from there I should be able to query the thing and see whether it really supports x509 and/or PKCS#12.

2 days ago
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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

toonces33 Are they bundling Candy Crush? (204 comments)

Hand me the Windows 10 installation CD, and I will go and get a hammer.

2 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

toonces33 I thought spam and malware (179 comments)

were much greater threats to the internet.

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

toonces33 Re:windows 7 addressed this (577 comments)

On newer versions of Windows, a typical application will no longer have permissions to write to HKLM\Software - any per-run gunk should get stored in HKCU instead, and it is a lot less painful to wipe your profile and start from a clean HKCU hive than it is to reinstall all of Windows.

I have long suspected that the problem is simply bad registry fragmentation, but I haven't tested the theory. For what it is worth, there are tools out there that claim to defragment the registry. I suppose they might help.

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

toonces33 Re: Here's the solution (577 comments)

Years ago, people would joke that "emacs" stood for "Eight megabytes and constantly swapping". At the time, it was meant as an insult. These days, 8Mb is hardly anything.

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

toonces33 Re:Idiot (942 comments)

You say he is not blundering around stupidly, and yet he offered Scotland the opportunity to vote for independence, which I would argue was a monumental blunder right there..

about three weeks ago
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Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

toonces33 Re:Credit cards? (80 comments)

The funny thing is that the other day I took one of the cats into the vet for an exam, and when I went to pay I found that they had a chip card reader, and it worked the way it was supposed to. My the first chip-card transaction in the U.S., and it was at a small mom-and-pop.

I should note that for many months, Home Depot has had chip card readers at their POS terminals, but they are not yet active.

about a month ago
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

toonces33 Then I guess you could say... (222 comments)

that schizophrenia itself has a bit of a split personality.

about a month ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

toonces33 Re:No Dick Tracy calls? (730 comments)

To do that, you would really need to buy two. But I guess the upside is that you would then have the ability to use your apps while taking a phone call.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

toonces33 Re:No Dick Tracy calls? (730 comments)

I was hoping for a Maxwell Smart style shoe phone myself.

about a month and a half ago
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Book Review: Architecting the Cloud

toonces33 Re:One simple question I wish were answered... (75 comments)

There is also the question of how good a job they do with encrypting the data. Who at the cloud company would have the ability to decrypt the data? Are there regular security audits by an outside party who can affirm that the things the cloud company claims are in fact accurate?

It gets even more complicated for enterprise users. What happens when an employee leaves the company? How is access controlled to prevent continued access? What about data that you might possess that you might have received under an NDA? How is this controlled so that this information cannot leak to outsiders?

To me, cloud is all smoke and mirrors. Most cloud providers are really targeting consumers by offering a free service so that they can mine data and deliver more advertisements. The old saying is that if you aren't paying for the service, then *you* are the product. If you are cool with all of this, then go at it.

about a month and a half ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

toonces33 Re:John Conner is a great scam name (251 comments)

I suppose what you could do is go into a long story about how you know of someone with the same name who was convicted of some crime (something pretty lurid - like having sex with animals), and ask them whether they are related. And then go into this long story about what it was that this person supposedly did.

about 2 months ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

toonces33 Re:I know two victims (251 comments)

If we could get a record of the IP addresses from which they attempt the remote connections, one could try and blacklist them. But I suppose once they figured it out, they would move to another ISP.

about 2 months ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

toonces33 Sigh.. (251 comments)

I never get these calls, so I miss out on the fun. Just as well - I am pretty busy, so I don't have a lot of time for hijinks..

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

toonces33 It seems like... (159 comments)

The legislators were mainly interested in getting a price break from Microsoft, and they found a way to do it.

about 2 months ago
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Broadband Subscribers Eclipsing Cable TV Subscribers

toonces33 Good riddance. (85 comments)

If it were not for the fact that my wife is a sports nut, I would have cut the cable long ago. As time goes on, the quality of the programming slides further and further downhill. Undoubtedly driven by the need to create cheaper and cheaper content.

Sports kind of ticks me off. Virtually everyone with cable has to pay for some of it, and yet if you *never* watch sports you still subsidize those who do want to watch it. My feeling is that sports is in a sort of bubble - costs have just risen too far, and eventually there will be a day of reckoning when those leeches will no longer be able to con the populace into continuing to support it.

It will not be too much longer until programs such as "Ow! My Balls" would be the most popular programs on television.

about 2 months ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

toonces33 Re:Don't allow jpg or gif or ... (299 comments)

Yes, now that you mention it, that is true.

But there are a certain number of comments that are either racist trolling or juvenile sexual comments, and those do seem to get quickly downrated.

about 2 months ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

toonces33 Re:Don't allow jpg or gif or ... (299 comments)

Even here, many of the highly rated comments are really just wisecracks which might be funny, but don't add anything to the discussion. Things that are truly offensive tend to get downrated fairly quickly, which I guess is an improvement over most news sites.

about 2 months ago

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