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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

un1xl0ser Re:set -o nounset (329 comments)


While others have noted that the asterisk circumvents appropriate use of globbing, there are really three fixes.

1. Defensively check the setting of the variable and presence of the directory to print reasonable error messages.
2. Use 'set -u' or 'set -o nounset' to avoid any unset variables.
3. Do not include the unnecessary astersisk to avoid globbing and fall back on modern operating system safe defaults when a bare / is specified.

I only include #1 because when using set -e and set -u as recommended by Pashley (among others), you should probably handle the things explicitly and gracefully for something to be run by an end user.

about two weeks ago

Netflix Announces Streaming Only Plans and Higher Prices for DVDs

un1xl0ser Re:my life sucks (488 comments)

Not in Haiku form? srsly?

my life is a sham
two day wait makes my wrists itch
please pass me a knife

more than 3 years ago

Newsday Gets 35 Subscriptions To Pay Web Site

un1xl0ser Re:Alternative way in (177 comments)

Except for the fact that they revamped their website for about 4 million dollars. So to get 35 paid subscribers from that web redesign and have their traffic fall from 2.2m to 1.5m (per month) ... well that may not be epic fail yet, but it is getting close.

more than 4 years ago

Priest Tells Poor To Shoplift

un1xl0ser Re:Father Tim Jones of England (86 comments)

Agreed, although Jonathan Swift was Irish. I'm American, so close enough as far as I am concerned.

more than 5 years ago

Scientology Charged With Slavery, Human Trafficking

un1xl0ser freeloader's debt (802 comments)

So if the defendant is trying to get back pay, then aren't they just going to pull the "freeloader's debt" thing, and sue him for unpaid auditing?

more than 5 years ago

Murdoch To Explore Blocking Google Searches

un1xl0ser Re:I don't think I get it... (549 comments)

I think they are trying to separate themselves to state that if you want the news, come to us and do it properly.

Riiighhht. When I want news done properly, I'll PAY FoxNews to do it properly. Just think about that for a second. The only reason anyone should be remotely concerned about this is because he now controls the WSJ.

Have you ever searched for some information, and Google gave a hit where the surrounding text of the query already answers your question? And then not clicked the website?

No, not for news. Try searching for "2009 election results" or "apple earnings 2009" and see if you can make sense of it (although "who beat rihanna" actually kind of worked). Nobody can use that crap. Even Google News doesn't provide usable news in their largest digest. FoxNews.com charging would be fun to watch, glad to see them go first.

more than 5 years ago

Critical Flaw Discovered In DD-WRT

un1xl0ser Re:Security through obscurity works. (225 comments)

It is trivial to write a script (on Windows or Unix) to simply attack the default gateway. Hopefully, that is what they do as opposed to using the default configuration, but maybe they aren't so cl3v4r.

more than 5 years ago

Nielsen Recommends Not Masking Passwords

un1xl0ser Re:Masking passwords doesn't do much (849 comments)

Do you think that more people record passwords via CCTV cameras and RF, or shoulder surfing? Now what happens to that number when you remove masking?

Does masking help, yes. Is it fool-proof security, no. It is a layer, and a decent one at that. The biggest issue is that it does reveal length, which really is way too much. No echo is better.

more than 5 years ago

Nielsen Recommends Not Masking Passwords

un1xl0ser Re:Um, here's a thought. (849 comments)

Howzabout we make it optional, so people can decide for themselves?

If we let lusers decide for themselves, they would choose weak passwords, write them down on post-it notes and stick them to their screens, take out full-page adds in the New York Times with them in 256 pt Arial.

Seriously, end users don't understand security. Maybe it can be an advanced setting. ;-)

more than 5 years ago

Nielsen Recommends Not Masking Passwords

un1xl0ser Re:hunter2 (849 comments)

Good security involves locking out the user after a certain number of attempts in order to stop a "dictionary attack". I just had to reset a users PW twice this afternoon because she locked herself out of her account. Sure, it's extra hassle but the security is worth it.

Unchecked, and with low thresholds, this can make it easy for a malicious person to deny service to valid users. Blocking requests from that particular IP address is a far safer option. Introducing long delays before authentication can be attempted again could also be used.

If you think that you are adding to security by locking out users that types the password in 5 times, 10 times, or maybe even 100 times, you are fooling yourself. If you require strong passwords (e.g. 3 classes, at least 8 characters), there is no way anyone is going to do an online dictionary attempt with that few amount of tries.

more than 5 years ago

Nielsen Recommends Not Masking Passwords

un1xl0ser Re:Masking passwords doesn't do much (849 comments)

Right, and when we unmask all passwords, people will just shoulder surf, much easier! No recording equipment, plausible deniability, easy to do in public places. It's a real win-win.

I'm not sure that you really thought this through.

more than 5 years ago

John Hodgman Asks Obama, "Are You a Nerd?"

un1xl0ser Re:Of course not (147 comments)

He's Jesus Christ himself. ;-)

Are the two mutually exclusive?

more than 5 years ago

Do We Need Running Shoes To Run?

un1xl0ser Re:Of course we don't need running shoes (776 comments)

Pretty much any benefit that post-reproductive individuals have on the survival of their offspring (or the species in general) is a "use" for those individuals.

Including, but not limited to:
meat (cannibalism)
care of other offspring

Am I missing something?

more than 5 years ago

Can rev="canonical" Replace URL-Shortening Services?

un1xl0ser Re:Arbitrary (354 comments)

SMS is limited to 160, but twitter wants to be to add a username, so they limit it to 140.

You were close.

more than 5 years ago

Should Google Be Forced To Pay For News?

un1xl0ser Re:Not us. (322 comments)

The fact that the post was modded up as Insightful is a joke.

Oh well, it's only /.

more than 5 years ago


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