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Comment: Locationless phone (Score 1) 259

by yusing (#44314725) Attached to: DOJ: We Don't Need a Warrant To Track You

Your location is detectable because your phone has a transmitter inside. Unless it is free to operate, it will not transmit, and your location cannot be calculated. It requires power to operate. (For the optimists out there, it also requires not being in airplane-mode to operate.) It requires being in "free-space" to operate.

You are therefore free to decide when, and when not, you wish your location to be known. Perhaps you know someone who can install a power-off switch in the phone (or convert the ringer switch to one). Or perhaps you have a phone which lets you remove the battery, or know someone who can modify the phone so that the battery can be removed. Or perhaps you wish to carry the phone in a Faraday-cage-style bag or can.

There are options. Of course you'll have to be willing to give up some convenience. They are hoping you'll not be.

Comment: confining javascript (Score 2) 238

by Skapare (#44314719) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Automatically Sanitize PDF Email Attachments?

Javascript should not be given the capability of doing damaging things, It should be confined to a narrow execution context that is limited to being able to do only the things that enhance the experience of that ONE information resource. Dynamic layout is certainly a useful thing. Dynamically changing your system is not. It should not have access. I blame the developers. It doesn't matter if it is mail or web. It might do cute things inside a PDF like give you a calculator for a certain algorithm the PDF is written about. But it should not be able to access even /etc/hosts on your computer.

Comment: Re:Encryption? What Encryption? (Score 1) 56

by pilot1 (#44314717) Attached to: How To Compete With NSA By Hacking a Verizon Network Extender

And while it is the governmental ones that scare us for having a potential for abuse, it is those others that have done actual damage to millions of computers and hurt millions of people already — through spamming, identity theft, and spying.

How the hell is encryption going to help with spamming or identity theft?

Comment: Re:If the FTC wants to cut bullshit patent suits (Score 1) 92

by jfengel (#44314715) Attached to: Patent Trolls Getting the Attention of the Feds

The FTC doesn't issue patents. That's the Patent Office. They're not even in the same department. The USPTO is in Commerce; the FTC is an independent agency.

The whole point of an independent agency is to provide checks and balances, so that the departments don't feel compelled to cover up for each other and can try to compensate for each other's mistakes. Unfortunately, that can also mean that the left hand doesn't know, or like, what the right hand is doing.

"The government" isn't a big monolithic entity. Even the President has limited ability to interfere with many of the agencies. That has advantages and disadvantages.

Comment: Re:Reagan appointee ordered breakup, Clinton dismi (Score 1) 92

by Lunix Nutcase (#44314713) Attached to: Patent Trolls Getting the Attention of the Feds

Reinventing history I see. The DC Circuit Court that ruled unanimously that the case be remanded was made up of 1 Carter appointee, 3 Reagan appointees, 1 Bush Sr. appointees and 2 Clinton. So blaming Clinton is quite disengenuous since the majority of the justices were Reagan and Bush appointees. Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, the district judge it was remanded to never heard the new case because the Bush DoJ dropped the breakup plans and chose to settle 2 months after the Circuit Court's ruling.

Robert Byrd's KKK membership that he dropped 6 decades ago? Strom Thurmond's fibuster from 1957? What relevance do either of those have to do with anything the GP said? Also what do the CDA and COPA have to do with anything? Especially when both passed with huge Republican support and COPA was defended by John Ashcroft when the ACLU brought a lawsuit against it.

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Journal: MLB Betting – NL Cy Young Favorites

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Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg is not even a footnote to the NL Cy Young race this year, despite the hype surrounding him in spring training. The online betting experts actually have a whole list of candidates for the NL Cy Young award that may wind up surprising a lot of people. ( http://www.sportsbetting.com/sports-betting/baseball/mlb/nl-cy-young-favorites-378)

Comment: Re:Old news? (Score 4, Informative) 133

by dido (#44314697) Attached to: Colliding, Exploding Stars May Have Created All the Gold On Earth

Not sure if that is true. Ordinary stellar nucleosynthesis can only produce elements up to iron, because nuclear fusion of iron or any other heavier element produces less binding energy per nucleon, and thus cannot be a viable means of producing energy for a star. The s-process that takes place in stars prior to going supernova is capable of producing elements like gold, all the way up to bismuth. Heavier elements are produced by the r-process, that is supposed to occur in core collapse supernovae.

Comment: You know (Score 2) 133

by EzInKy (#44314695) Attached to: Colliding, Exploding Stars May Have Created All the Gold On Earth

You blow up one sun and everyone expects you to walk on water!

To those who talk about this encouraging mining remember, the more you have a something the less valuable it tends to be. Sure gold has many industrial uses, but its main value is its perceived relative scarcity. Change that and you will essentially achieve the opposite of the alchemist's dream and turn gold into lead.

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The European Commission has warned Google that it needs to make stronger concessions in its offer to settle a pending antitrust action that's based on the way it presents search results. The European Commission heads the Executive Branch of the...
In European Antitrust Fight, Google Needs to Appease CompetitorsNew York Times (blog)
Google told to find new solution for European search antitrust rowThe Guardian
The search company could get stuck with a fine of $5 billion if it can't convince ... DailyTech
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Comment: Re:Something wrong with this picture! (Score 1) 175

by Areyoukiddingme (#44314689) Attached to: Peru To Provide Free Solar Power To Its Poorest Citizens

Finally, another red herring: Why must PV factories use self-produced electricity to manufacture PV cells and panels?

A red herring, but not even a particularly convincing one. It's perfectly possible to power a PV factory with PV. Nothing electrically or mechanically prohibits it. Eventually, it will happen, if you wait long enough. It doesn't even require on-site electrical storage, if the silicon wafers are purchased from somewhere else. That's the only process that has to run uninterrupted for more than daylight hours.

Someday there will be a PV-powered PV factory. Bet on it. It's not like fusion will ever work for power generation...

Comment: Re:javascript? (Score 3, Interesting) 238

I think you are thinking PostScript. PDF requires that all computations resolve to a well defined value based on information contained within the document (i.e. not turning complete). So then of course Adobe had to add a turing complete language back in.

I don't know if any implementations are stupid enough to implement this(at least without some very careful sanitizing); but(in addition to ramming in javascript and the ability to embed basically anything at all, thanks for nothing 'rich media annotations'), they even added: Launch Actions!

"12.6.4.5 Launch Actions
A launch action launches an application or opens or prints a document. Table 203 shows the action dictionary
entries specific to this type of action.
The optional Win, Mac, and Unix entries allow the action dictionary to include platform-specific parameters for
launching the designated application. If no such entry is present for the given platform, the F entry shall be
used instead. Table 203 shows the platform-specific launch parameters for the Windows platform. Parameters
for the Mac OS and UNIX platforms are not yet defined at the time of publication."

Your Standards Compliant Solution for executing arbitrary binaries with arbitrary parameters. No need for messy, version-sensitive, exploit code! Combine with javacript and web-interaction support to build documents that search the target's hard drive for interesting things upon being opened... Or(miracle of miracles!) build a PDF that runs the adobe update utility when you open it, you're sure to find something new every time!

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Journal: NFL Betting – 2013 New England Patriots Preview

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The New England Patriots have endured more than any other NFL franchise this offseason. It won’t be enough to stop them. Time and again the online sports betting skeptics have pointed out the flaws in the Patriots’ design, and time and again Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have responded. New Engla ( http://www.sportsbetting.ag/sports-betting/football/nfl/2013-new-england-patriots-betting-391)

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Journal: Construction Updates for Paras Tierea

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Comment: Take A Step Back (Score 0) 238

Re-evaluate the use-case for the whole PDF attachment. I can't think of a single _good_ reason to use it, ever. If somebody tries to give a false reason why it's a necessary format, just explain to them in technical detail why it's bad. I'm hoping that somebody can reply to this with a _genuine_ reason why sending a PDF (Pretty Damn F'ked) attachment to an e-mail is either necessary or optimal. 'It's good looking' sounds like a weak reason.

Comment: You Don't (Score 5, Interesting) 238

For a long time, I thought like you, that it was my duty to ward off and protect the "children". After a while, you realize 2 things.

First, it is most likely your duty to inform and educate. Do that. Do it well, do it loud, and do it as often as you can. When someone eventually opens up one of those attachments, it will get around, and peer pressure will make everyone else gun-shy. After a user or two of mine got bit by an attachment, and I had repeatedly warned my users about these things.. I ended up with people at my desk occasionally asking..can you come look at this.. it just looks funny.. it was all about the peer pressure and not wanting to be That Guy who clicked the stupid link.

Second, and I hate to say it, this is what we do, and this is job security. You can't save em all Hasselhoff, if ya did, there would be nothing left to do..
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Journal: Ashes 2013: Alastair Cook senses second England win | Mail Online

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Australia have fallen short in sight of the winning post on three occasions during their last three visits to England — at Edgbaston in 2005, Cardiff four years later and now at Trent Bridge — and the limitations of the current squad mean they face a huge task to stop themselves going two down ( http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket/article-2367472/Ashes-2013-Alastair-Cook-senses-second-England-win.html)

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Comment: Re:Why are you doing this? (Score 1) 238

by tftp (#44314653) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Automatically Sanitize PDF Email Attachments?

I want to say that passworded files will often just ignore the password prompt and display normally, and if a PDF can be read, it can be printed.

It's because there are two passwords; one to open for reading, and another for other purposes. Let me open Acrobat and tell exactly...

  • Four security methods: None, Password, Certificate, Adobe LiveCycle DRM
  • Password uses AES256; encrypts all, all ~metadata, only attachments
    • Require password to open: Y/N
    • Require password to print: Y/N (if Y then select output resolution)
    • Require password to edit: Y/N (many options)
    • Enable copying of text, images, etc.
    • Enable screen readers

The certificate security seems to support that too. It's a complicated cardhouse, and I wouldn't want to become responsible for hacking it. Not as a volunteer, at least (no "thank you" if it stops a virus, but all the blame if it breaks someone's workflow.) Generally, if a PDF is signed or certified or encrypted, it's off limits. I do sign PDFs now and then, and I have seen workflows where *every* PDF is signed (the government does that.) Those are not something you dare to hack - those are often multimillion contracts awarded to your company.

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Journal: College Football Betting – 2013 Kansas Jayhawks Preview

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Last season was the first year in Kansas for head coach Charlie Weis who previously coached at Notre Dame where he saw his fair share of failure as well. The team is moving on from the disappointing Dayne Crist era this season, and is hoping to become a legitimate sports betting choice for college f ( http://www.sportsbetting.com/sports-betting/football/ncaa/2013-kansas-jayhawks-betting-377)