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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

yakatz Re:Hmmm (205 comments)

As for the "pull down mirror", that isn't even remotely new technology. Other vehicles have had those for a decade or more. But of course because America - and the American media especially - love Toyota with a great passion, we regard it as a technological marvel.

Toyota has had it also. Not sure why this implies it is new.

about two weeks ago
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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

yakatz Taken out in 2012? (125 comments)

I still get calls from 'Rachel From Cardholder Services' on my cell phone all the time, so I don't know what the summary claims to have "taken out". The linked article even says it is an ongoing campaign.

about two weeks ago
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Nasty Security Flaw In OAuth, OpenID

yakatz Re:Not an inherent problem. (18 comments)

Agreed. Not sure why this is news, or honestly, why it is worthy of being published at all. This is part of the design and if people choose to login even after - the as the example says - Google or Facebook OAuth prompt says You are sending the following information to this site: (as those login methods do), that is their own problem.

about 3 months ago
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Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

yakatz Re:Credible Source? (186 comments)

I am involved with several organizations that are members of Google Grants. As long as you meet the eligibility guidelines (when we applied, you were not automatically accepted if you were a 501(c)(3), but it could have changed), they give you the same benefits.

Google recently renamed the program: It used to be called "Google Grants" and you would get all the benefits at once. It appears that you now need to request each one only if you plan to use it.

about 3 months ago
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Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

yakatz Re:Okay, but... (144 comments)

This sounds like part of the plot of Home Alone 2...

about 4 months ago
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GitHub Launches Bug Bounty Program, Offers Between $100 and $5,000

yakatz Re:GitHub is non-free (14 comments)

GitHub is one of the best designed Project-Hosting-as-a-Service websites that exists. They pay for hosting an untold number of free open-source repositories by selling their services to teams and companies. You can even buy a GitHub appliance that you host in your own network to make sure your code never leaves.

If you want to use one of the "free as in speech" Git platforms, by all means, just do. But if you want a GUI, bug tracker, wiki, web hosting, etc. that cost a significant amount of money to develop - yet whose use is given away for free, use GitHub.

about 5 months ago
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Google Makes It Harder For Marketers To Collect User Data

yakatz Downsides: (195 comments)

Marketers will at least know that the user opened the email because the images were loaded somewhere. See MailChimp's post on the subject. This means that you can not longer look at a message even once without the marketer knowing that you did.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Bitrot Detection For Backups?

yakatz Re:Excellent question (321 comments)

Second shoutout for Crashplan! I have eight computers backing up to one account with "unlimited" storage and versioning.

about 8 months ago
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British Intelligence Responds To Slashdot About Man-in-Middle Attack

yakatz Re: @slashdot: use https per default! (256 comments)

Woops, wrong one. That RFC says not to use it for validation, only for a certificate authority to see if they should issue a cert. I will try to find the correct one.

about 9 months ago
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British Intelligence Responds To Slashdot About Man-in-Middle Attack

yakatz Re: @slashdot: use https per default! (256 comments)

Google Chrome supports certificate pinning so you can't go to a site if the certificate used does not match the known one on the list compiled into the browser, which sort-of solves the wrongly issued certificate problem.
RFC 6844 has a proposed DNS type for verifying the proper certificate was served (requires DNSSEC to make sure the DNS was not tampered with).

about 9 months ago
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Credit Card Numbers Still Google-able

yakatz Re:Nothing for me... (157 comments)

Off-topic, but I have done the same thing. Once upon a time, you had to click submit to moderate, it did not use this "fancy" javascript. I can't find any option to go back to that.

about 9 months ago
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Credit Card Numbers Still Google-able

yakatz Nothing for me... (157 comments)

I tried with the first 8 digits of 6 different cards and founds nothing but Australian phone numbers.

about 9 months ago
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Want To Hijack a Domain? Just Get a Fax Machine

yakatz Re:Really by fax? (162 comments)

I don't have an ax to grind and I certainly don't want to create bad blood, but we can build a castle in the air of people all over the world who understand every English idiom.

I wanted to have one idiom for every letter, but I got tired of it.

about 10 months ago
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Want To Hijack a Domain? Just Get a Fax Machine

yakatz Really by fax? (162 comments)

The only evidence actually quoted that the attack was by faxed change request is the defaced website. Do we trust the "hackers" that much that we believe they made the change by sending a fax? Could the group be giving a red herring?

about 10 months ago
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NYC Is Tracking RFID Toll Collection Tags All Over the City

yakatz Anyone can do it (314 comments)

I did an undergraduate honors paper about reading E-ZPass somewhere besides a toll plaza. Not only were we able to do it easily, we also looked into (but did not follow through) creating fake tags using scanned IDs from other cars.

We were even able to purchase E-ZPass lane equipment from XXXXX (redacted - the lawyers don't want me to say). They did not ask for any verification about what we were going to do with it - if we could come up with the money, they would send it to us.

about 10 months ago
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Amazon Angling For Same-Day Delivery Beyond Groceries

yakatz Seen this before... (193 comments)

I have ordered items (non-food) on Amazon and had the option to pay ....... $3.99! ..... for "Same Day Delivery" in the Washington, DC area. I have no idea how they actually paid for the courier to drive from Virginia to Maryland, since it certainly cost more than $3.99 in gas, but I ordered at 10 AM and had the item by 5 PM.

about a year ago
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Google Gets Consumer Service Ultimatum From German Consumer Groups

yakatz Re:You know... (351 comments)

And those contacts are really good. I have used them a few times.

But as a business user who pays for Google Apps, I don't wat Google to provide direct support for all users because it would likely decrease the quality of the service that I receive.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Undoing an Internet Smear Campaign?

yakatz WHOIS (338 comments)

Check the WHOIS information for the domains. If there is any missing information at all or if the phone numbers or email addresses don't work, you can file a report with ICANN. I have found that many times people will not reply to the complaint which means the domains are shut down within a few weeks.

about a year and a half ago

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Dyn (formerly DynDNS) Discontinues Free Service

yakatz yakatz writes  |  about 4 months ago

yakatz (1176317) writes "Several years ago Dyn cut back significantly on their free Dynamic DNS service. In an email sent to users today, Dyn announced that the service will be ending on May 7th.

The full email:

To our Dyn free hostname users:

For the last 15 years, all of us at Dyn have taken pride in offering you and millions of others a free version of our Dynamic DNS Pro product. What was originally a product built for a small group of users has blossomed into an exciting technology used around the world.

That is why with mixed emotions we are notifying you that in 30 days, we will be ending our free hostname program. This change in the business will allow us to invest in our customer support teams, Internet infrastructure, and platform security so that we can continue to strive to deliver an exceptional customer experience for our paying customers.

We would like to invite you to upgrade to VIP status for less than $20 — a 25% discount good for any package of Remote Access (formerly DynDNS Pro). By doing so, you'll have access to customer support, additional hostnames, and more.

Here's how you get this done in two easy steps:

— Login to account.dyn.com.
— Click here to add Remote Access to your cart at the 25% off VIP rate. The discount will be applied upon checkout.

We thank you for your usage of Dyn through the years, and hope to continue to support you through Dyn Remote Access or other products for years to come. Visit our FAQ page or this blog post for more information.

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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

yakatz yakatz writes  |  about 4 months ago

yakatz (1176317) writes "Microsoft announced that OneNote, including the full desktop program, will be free for anyone who wants to use the program. A version of the program for Mac also appeared in the app store yesterday. This means that a native edition of OneNote is available for most platforms (including iPad, iPhone and Android, but not Linux or Blackberry). Microsoft will continue to offer a paid version of OneNote with "business-oriented" features (including SharePoint support, version history and Outlook integration). The partial rebranding of OneNote also includes some new tools like a program specifically designed to make it easier to take a picture of a whiteboard.
Is this a signal that Microsoft decided that they need to compete with Apple by making their productivity applications free?"

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Google Apps free edition no longer taking new customers

yakatz yakatz writes  |  about a year and a half ago

yakatz (1176317) writes "In the all-good-things-come-to-an-end department, Google has announced that they are no longer taking new users for the free version of Google Apps. An source at Google who would like to remain anonymous said that, like others in the freemium market, they found that businesses outgrew the free service very quickly and want support or more features without paying. Many hosting companies, including the host I use, Namecheap, offer integration with Google Apps to take a load off their mail servers. This move will certainly affect them."
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Tech trouble at London Olympics before it starts

yakatz yakatz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

yakatz (1176317) writes "The countdown clock to the 2012 games in London failed less than a day after it was unveiled. There was also trouble with the ticket payment processing system (which only accepts Visa cards) which did not allow card-holders whose cards' expire before August to purchase tickets.
Not a great way to get started."

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How to do security research

yakatz yakatz writes  |  more than 3 years ago

yakatz (1176317) writes "I am a CS student and I have been looking for a good security related research project.
The trouble is I am afraid of being sanctioned for uncovering security problems in a system. Other students have been threatened with criminal prosecution by University officials (which is stopped when a tenured professor steps in). It seems to be normal now that companies sue to cover up security research instead of fixing the problem.
This story from the Washington Post only deepens my concern.

So my question is: How do you do security research without the risks of ending up in court or in jail?"
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Disturbing trend with computer hardware?

yakatz yakatz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

yakatz (1176317) writes "I have noticed over the last few months that I have had many requests for just-out-of-warranty service for hardware problems.
For example, a customer with a 13-month old computer gets "USB over current error" on ever boot.
I tried contacting Dell, since I have been having the most trouble with Dell computers. Dell regular tech support and Dell parts keep directing me to Dell out-of-warranty support, who wants to charge me a fortune just to re-diagnose that a USB port is broken.
At this point, some of my customers have given up and would just buy the replacement parts, but Dell is making it very hard to obtain exactly the same parts.
I am wondering if anyone else has noticed this trend? Does anyone have any suggestions for dealing with these issues (i.e. talking to manufacturers, not diagnosing the problems)?"
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Google is REALLY dropping IE6 (corrected)

yakatz yakatz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

yakatz (1176317) writes "Google just sent this message to all of the Google Hosted Apps admins:

Dear Google Apps admin,
In order to continue to improve our products and deliver more sophisticated features and performance, we are harnessing some of the latest improvements in web browser technology. This includes faster JavaScript processing and new standards like HTML5. As a result, over the course of 2010, we will be phasing out support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 as well as other older browsers that are not supported by their own manufacturers.
We plan to begin phasing out support of these older browsers on the Google Docs suite and the Google Sites editor on March 1, 2010. After that point, certain functionality within these applications may have higher latency and may not work correctly in these older browsers. Later in 2010, we will start to phase out support for these browsers for Google Mail and Google Calendar.
Google Apps will continue to support Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome 4.0 and above, and Safari 3.0 and above.
Starting this week, users on these older browsers will see a message in Google Docs and the Google Sites editor explaining this change and asking them to upgrade their browser. We will also alert you again closer to March 1 to remind you of this change.
In 2009, the Google Apps team delivered more than 100 improvements to enhance your product experience. We are aiming to beat that in 2010 and continue to deliver the best and most innovative collaboration products for businesses.
Thank you for your continued support!
Sincerely,
The Google Apps team

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Google is REALLY dropping IE6

yakatz yakatz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

yakatz (1176317) writes "Google just sent this email to all of their Google Apps admins

Dear Google Apps admin, In order to continue to improve our products and deliver more sophisticated features and performance, we are harnessing some of the latest improvements in web browser technology. This includes faster JavaScript processing and new standards like HTML5. As a result, over the course of 2010, we will be phasing out support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 as well as other older browsers that are not supported by their own manufacturers. We plan to begin phasing out support of these older browsers on the Google Docs suite and the Google Sites editor on March 1, 2010. After that point, certain functionality within these applications may have higher latency and may not work correctly in these older browsers. Later in 2010, we will start to phase out support for these browsers for Google Mail and Google Calendar. Google Apps will continue to support Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome 4.0 and above, and Safari 3.0 and above. Starting this week, users on these older browsers will see a message in Google Docs and the Google Sites editor explaining this change and asking them to upgrade their browser. We will also alert you again closer to March 1 to remind you of this change. In 2009, the Google Apps team delivered more than 100 improvements to enhance your product experience. We are aiming to beat that in 2010 and continue to deliver the best and most innovative collaboration products for businesses. Thank you for your continued support! Sincerely, The Google Apps team

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LED trafficlights cause accidents, don't melt snow

yakatz yakatz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

yakatz (1176317) writes "A number of cold weather American states are reporting their dismay at finding out that LED traffic lights are so energy efficient that they do not produce enough excess heat to dissipate any snow that covers them."
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ZDNet: Aussie power grid threatened by virus

yakatz yakatz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

yakatz writes "Australian power utility Integral Energy has been infected by a virus which affected executable Windows files across its fleet of desktops."
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New Malware Re-Writes Online Bank Statements to Co

yakatz yakatz writes  |  more than 4 years ago

yakatz writes "New malware being used by cybercrooks does more than let hackers loot a bank account; it hides evidence of a victimâ(TM)s dwindling balance by rewriting online bank statements on the fly, according to a new report."
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Data Breach Exposes RAF Staff to Blackmail

yakatz yakatz writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Yehuda (1176317) writes "

Yet another breach of sensitive, unencrypted data is making news in the United Kingdom. This time the breach puts Royal Air Force staff at serious risk of being targeted for blackmail by foreign intelligence services or others.
The breach involves audio recordings with high-ranking air force officers who were being interviewed in-depth for a security clearance. In the interviews, the officers disclosed information about extra-marital affairs, drug abuse, visits to prostitutes, medical conditions, criminal convictions and debt histories — information the military needed to determine their security risk.
The recordings were stored on three unencrypted hard drives that disappeared last year.

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New bad marketing move from Palm: Not You

yakatz yakatz writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Yehuda (1176317) writes "Wired has a story about a wew Palm document shows prices and plans for Palm Pre.

"We Can't Afford to Sell the Pre to the Wrong Customers"

The text appears in big pink lettering on page 11 of the guide, which explains the the Pre is not for everyone. Titled "Sell the Palm Pre to the Right Customer", the official line is that the Pre is "best suited for non-IT Centric business users." That sounds to us like the Pre isn't up to the job of being a proper business smartphone, and it's for the exact same reason that the iPhone was a hopeless business phone on launch — web apps.
The Pre can't run proper applications, instead using the WebOS, essentially a way to run web pages locally using javascript and CSS. Rememeber the iPhone's web apps? This is the same kind of thing, albeit with local storage for offline use. Palm admits as much. The questionnaire reads thus:

  • Does your company have specific application requirements?
  • Does your line of business require specific product features on mobile devices?
  • If YES, then the Tro Pro is your best mobile device option

Yes. According to Palm, if you are a business customer, you should buy the Treo. The Pre, the much-hyped Palm-saviour, is not good enough for you.

See the entire 21 page document on Engadget"
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CircuitCity.com is back!

yakatz yakatz writes  |  more than 5 years ago

yakatz (1176317) writes "CircuitCity.com is back, after being bought by Systemax (owners of CompUSA, TigerDirect and a bunch of others).
The company has sent out emails to former CircuitCity.com mailing list subscribers announcing the opening."

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New bad marketing move from Palm

yakatz yakatz writes  |  more than 5 years ago Wired report on leaked palm documents

New Palm document shows prices and plans for Palm Pre.

"We Can't Afford to Sell the Pre to the Wrong Customers"

The text appears in big pink lettering on page 11 of the guide, which explains the the Pre is not for everyone. Titled "Sell the Palm Pre to the Right Customer", the official line is that the Pre is "best suited for non-IT Centric business users." That sounds to us like the Pre isn't up to the job of being a proper business smartphone, and it's for the exact same reason that the iPhone was a hopeless business phone on launch -- web apps.

The Pre can't run proper applications, instead using the WebOS, essentially a way to run web pages locally using javascript and CSS. Rememeber the iPhone's web apps? This is the same kind of thing, albeit with local storage for offline use. Palm admits as much. The questionnaire reads thus:

  • Does your company have specific application requirements?
  • Does your line of business require specific product features on mobile devices?
  • If YES, then the Tro Pro is your best mobile device option

Yes. According to Palm, if you are a business customer, you should buy the Treo. The Pre, the much-hyped Palm-saviour, is not good enough for you.

See the entire document on Engadget

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Submitting Stories

yakatz yakatz writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Is it even worth submitting stories?
It seems like ever single one is rejected (or someone else got to it first).

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