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Why Are Operating System Version Names So Absurd?

wastedlife Re:Because... (460 comments)

I think you accidentally a word there.

about 2 years ago
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Why Are Operating System Version Names So Absurd?

wastedlife Re:Huh? (460 comments)

As I mentioned, it didn't make sense, but at least it is supposedly straight from the people who made it.

about 2 years ago
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Why Are Operating System Version Names So Absurd?

wastedlife Re:Huh? (460 comments)

98 and ME never mattered to "home users", but NT did? What planet were you on in the late 90s and early 00s?

The Windows Team did once make an announcement as to why it is 7, it makes about as much sense as your reasoning, but at least it is straight from the people who made it: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/archive/b/windowsvista/archive/2008/10/14/why-7.aspx

To summarize:
1. Windows 1.x
2. Windows 2.x
3. Windows 3.x, NT 3.x
4. Windows 9x/ME, Windows NT 4.x
5. Windows 2000 (NT 5.0), Windows XP (NT 5.1)
6. Windows Vista (NT 6.0)
7. Windows 7 (NT 6.1)

about 2 years ago
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Why Are Operating System Version Names So Absurd?

wastedlife Re:Solaris? (460 comments)

You missed a couple of NT releases, here is the complete list:

3.1, 3.5, 3.51, 4.0, 2000, XP/2003, Vista/2008, 7/2008R2, 8/2012

I can't blame you for missing 3.51, although it was a separate release from 3.5. I also can't blame you for completely dismissing the existence of Vista, I know I would like to.

about 2 years ago
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Bonobos Join Chimps As Closest Human Relatives

wastedlife Re:Bonobo Chimpanzee (259 comments)

I read about this yesterday on Ars. In the second-to-last paragraph, they talk about how Bonobos are well within the standard deviation for chimps, so genetically speaking, they should be the same species. I believe they were even once considered to be the same species, but were separated due to the size and behavior differences. In light of this new evidence, I believe it may cause them to be considered a "sub-species", much like dogs are to wolves.

more than 2 years ago
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LightSquared Files For Bankruptcy

wastedlife Re:What technology? (138 comments)

I have only seen bits and pieces as this story came up so I'm curious, why were they allowed to license the spectrum in the first place and why was the space so "cheap" if it is so important that it not be used in the way they intended? Was it licensed for a particular use and they wanted to use it in a different way?

more than 2 years ago
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Dropbox Releases Revised TOS

wastedlife Re:No problem. (90 comments)

Actually, dropbox only syncs changed blocks of files, and truecrypt volumes use a block cipher, so the entire volume isn't resynced every time, just changes. One caveat, is that you need to turn off truecrypt's default setting to not change the modify timestamp of the file or dropbox won't know that a change was made. So it actually does work pretty well for truecrypt, as long as you are only making changes on one machine at a time.

about 3 years ago
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Firmware Troubles For Old Xbox 360s, Possibly PS3s As Well

wastedlife Re:that doesn't make any sense (196 comments)

The discs are still dual-layer DVDs, but the new "format" is a different partition scheme that opens up an extra gig of space for game data, at the expense of space that was dedicated for some other purpose. That seems like it should be a pretty minor change, so the rest of the update probably slips in other changes such as DRM.

The theory on why this is requiring a hardware replacement for some users is that this forces a flash of the dvd drive firmware. Some revisions have a dvd drive that is incapable of being flashed, so the firmware may be causing those revisions to be unable to read disks.

more than 3 years ago
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Dropbox Accused of Lying About Security

wastedlife Re:"Lied" is a strong word. (265 comments)

"Lied" is the correct word, even if it was not done with malicious intent. I am a user of Dropbox, and from the start realized the claim that nobody can access my files without the password was incorrect or at least poorly worded. For one, the client does not appear to store the user's password. Secondly, you can access the files via a web interface and can share files publicly or with other Dropbox users. Lastly, it would be impossible to perform deduplication if each user's data was encrypted separately. Sure, there may be policies and separation of information preventing employees from accessing files, but there has to be a single key in order for that infrastructure to work. The bottom line is, if you are storing sensitive data, make sure it is encrypted locally first. Dropbox synchronizes only changed blocks, so Truecrypt volumes work well. You do have to disable the security feature that prevents the file system from updating the modification timestamp, though.

more than 3 years ago
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Unarchiver Provides LGPL RARv3 Extraction Tool

wastedlife Re:Most distro's already include unrar don't they? (183 comments)

It really depends on the "unrar" that you are comparing it to and how much you care about using open software.

GNA unrar is based off of an old version of RARLAB unrar, and does not support RARv3. It is GPL licensed.

RARLAB unrar, while the source is provided, has restrictions preventing it from being considered "open". One of these restrictions is that it cannot be studied to recreate the RAR compression algorithm.

Since this new implementation is open, the code could be studied to make an open source application to create RAR files, instead of just extract them. This is not allowed with the unrar source.

Note: Some of the above info was sourced from Wikipedia.

more than 3 years ago
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Dropbox Attempts To Kill Open Source Project

wastedlife Re:Encryption? (250 comments)

I did not word it very well. What I meant was that Dropbox only synchronizes changed blocks of a file, instead copying the entire file every time there is a change. Since Truecrypt uses a block cipher (XTS is the mode of operation), Dropbox is able to synchronize changes to the Truecrypt volume very quickly.

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix CEO Hesitant To Fight Cable

wastedlife Re:Comcast isn't a monopoly everywhere (366 comments)

FiOS offers TV in addition to internet access. AT&T is one of the larger DSL providers in my area, and they offer TV with their UVerse service. Many other DSL providers have close partnerships with Satellite TV companies to provide bundles as well.

more than 3 years ago
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Dropbox Attempts To Kill Open Source Project

wastedlife Re:Encryption? (250 comments)

The files are encrypted, but Dropbox holds the key. This is how you can access the files through the website and share folders directly with other Dropbox users. It means that your files are susceptible to intrusion, so encrypt anything secret yourself before sending to Dropbox. Truecrypt volumes do work in Dropbox because it uses a block cipher(only changed blocks are synced, not the whole volume), but you do need to disable the option to not update modification timestamp in order for syncing to work. KeePass 2.x encrypted databases also work well, unfortunately KeePassX does not support writing to KeePass 2.x databases as of now.

On topic, the headline and summary are blowing this way out of proportion. Dropship fakes the hashing algorithm to make Dropbox think you have a file that you don't. Dropbox already supports both public links for files and folders, and can also privately share folders between accounts. I don't know of any legitimate purpose for Dropship that isn't covered by built-in features.

more than 3 years ago
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Americans Favor Moratorium On New Nuclear Reactors

wastedlife Re:Time for a serious effort on renewables (964 comments)

That is why we need fast breeder reactors. These use far less fuel and have much less waste. We do need to find a better cooling solution, I agree there.

more than 3 years ago
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Mobile Phone May Rot Your Bones

wastedlife Re:Just took phone out of my pants pocket. (220 comments)

Where would you propose to keep the phone instead? Shirt pocket? If its a choice between an extremely small variation in bone density of my hips or the thing sitting right next to my heart, I think I would pick the hip every time, even if there is no evidence that I've seen that it will affect your heart.

Also, perhaps the reason geeks jump in defensively is because most of these articles sensationalize the issue. As another poster pointed out, on average the BMD of the phone wearing side was 0.3% lower than the non-phone wearing side and the BMC 1.3% lower. This is a minute difference, especially considering that normally you would expect to find a difference between the two sides. "May Rot Your Bones" is vastly overstating the implications of this study.

more than 3 years ago
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MS Wants Laws To Block Products Made By Software Pirates

wastedlife Re:/. News Network (617 comments)

It's a good thing Microsoft's hardware divisions do not use any parts imported from Asia.

Oh wait....

more than 3 years ago
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George RR Martin Finishes A Dance With Dragons

wastedlife Re:Lots of hate for Jordan? (279 comments)

George R.R. Martin has stated in the past that he has directed his notes and unfinished writings to be destroyed when he dies. So, if we want this series concluded, he needs to finish before he dies or depend on fanfiction (which he opposes).

more than 3 years ago
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Backdoor Trojan For Windows Ported To Mac OS

wastedlife Re:It was just a matter of time (263 comments)

Just because you do not frequently encounter it, doesn't mean it isn't used by others. darkComet is not a trojan. A trojan is something that either installs some sort of malware or is itself some sort of malware under the guise of being a legitimate application. Also, having a secure OS does not prevent a trojan, because the software is installed willingly by the person administering the machine.

darkComet is a normally useful tool, that is being used by a trojan called Blackhole RAT(the actual trojan they should be talking about in this article). There are plenty of trojans and other malware out there using netcat or VNC to control machines remotely, does that mean netcat or VNC are trojans?

more than 3 years ago
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Why Google Wants Your Kid's SSN

wastedlife Re:TL;DR Version (391 comments)

And unless this has been stated otherwise, once they realized they had more data than they intended to capture, they brought it to the attention of the government of each country this happened in. The best analogy I can think of right now is if they were running scans find what frequencies were being used by ham radio operators in what locations and found that they had recorded snippets of conversations. I'm not sure if that is a good analogy though, is it illegal to record from a ham?

more than 3 years ago
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Backdoor Trojan For Windows Ported To Mac OS

wastedlife Re:It was just a matter of time (263 comments)

As much as people want to think otherwise, there is a direct causal link between marketshare and the amount of malware for a given OS.

Can you explain why there are far fewer exploits for Apache and *nix than for IIS and Windows? Linux and UNIX web servers are the vast majority in every marketshare evaluation that I have seen. Being that these servers can contain valuable information about hundreds or thousands of individuals instead of one desktop user, it would seem those should be the bigger target. It is true that Windows has gotten far more secure after they overhauled the code and adopted a similar security model to many *nix distributions, however there is still a huge marketshare of people that have not upgraded to those versions.

more than 3 years ago

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Microsoft Certifications

wastedlife wastedlife writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Been taking Microsoft certification tests for my job. The questions have a fantastic way of throwing you off by pouring tons of needless information at you. I fully expect the next test I take to have a question something like this:

You are a network administrator for Foo Corp. You have 3 kids, a wife, and four mortgages. Your only value is your job and your life insurance. Your kids hate you, and your wife would have divorced you years ago if it weren't for them. You have a strong suspicion that she is sleeping with your neighbor. With sales declining rapidly, your boss was forced to lay off 10 more employees, yourself included. As you sit down to your desk for the last time with a heavy sigh, you choke back the tears and log in. You open a remote desktop session to the Domain Controller running the PDC emulator FSMO role using the default Domain Administrator account. You need to disable the accounts of the ten employees. How do you proceed?

  1. Tell your boss to do it himself, you don't work here anymore, what does it matter?
  2. Go to the "Control Panel", open "Administrative Tools" and then "Active Directory Users and Computers". For each account that needs to be disabled, find it, right-click, and choose "Disable Account".
  3. On each Domain Controller, run the command "dcpromo /forceremoval" to demote the server to a member server without doing a final synchronization. Afterward, use gasoline and a set of matches to set fire to the data center. Walk away from it all mumbling something about a stapler.
  4. The loss of your job is the final straw. You tell your boss you are going outside for a smoke, even though you quit 6 years ago. After picking up a pack of smokes and a lighter from the convenience store downstairs, you light one up, and take a heavy drag. An hour later, a bystander tells a police officer that they heard you mutter "Fuck this" right before walking in front of the bus.

HINT: The answer is always "C", unless it is Slashdot, in which case the answer is "3" because lettered lists are not supported.

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