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Comment: Better safe than sorry (Score 2) 65

by ACalcutt (#42965595) Attached to: Notification of Server Breach Mistaken For Phishing Email
We got one of these notices at our university. After trying to determine if the message was spam we decided it was likely real, but suspicious due to the link to a 3rd party website that redirected to educause to reset the password. I ended up going to their website and calling the number they listed there (which was different from the one given in the email) just to verify that the email was legitimate before we entered information into the webform.

Comment: Re:Licensing? Severs? (Score 5, Informative) 190

by ACalcutt (#31604568) Attached to: Open Source Alternative To Google Earth?
Google Earths main benefit is its KML format. Google documents the KML format very well ( http://code.google.com/apis/kml/documentation/topicsinkml.html ). I use google earth with my wireless network scanner ( www.vistumbler.net ). It has allowed me to do some interesting stuff with the wireless data, for example. - We have a wireless database with over 100,000 Access Points. This creates a 75MB kml files of access points. Google maps is unable to load a KML of this size directly. (see our full KML http://www.vistumbler.net/wifidb/ --> Daemon Generated kml) - I have a feature to export signal history to google earth as a 3d/colored/line above the earth (see http://forum.techidiots.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=278&start=0&hilit=Signal+Mapping ) - I have a feature called AutoKML which automatically creates 4 kml files. One of track you have driven, one with active APs, one of Dead APs, And one with the current GPS position. With a "Network Link" google earth updates the changes in the kml file at a specified interval and displays them. I can also specify a view height and current location, so I can make google earth follow my current location (and show me the active APs I am detecting). These are only a few examples of what I use google earth for. I'm sure there are much more creative uses for it.

Comment: Re:malware (Score 1) 362

by ACalcutt (#28642423) Attached to: Comcast DNS Redirection Launched In Trial Markets
its transparent to the user... unless you register your ip you do not have the option to disable the redirection for example...a ping of www.google.com gives this with charters dns servers

>ping www.google.com
Pinging www.l.google.com [64.233.169.103] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 64.233.169.103: bytes=32 time=18ms TTL=244

but when using opendns (without OpenDNS proxy disabled) gives this

>ping www.google.com
Pinging google.navigation.opendns.com [208.67.217.230] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 208.67.217.230: bytes=32 time=14ms TTL=49

notice www.google.com resolved to google.navigation.opendns.com

Comment: Not only clicking will get you spyware (Score 0) 226

by ACalcutt (#28342785) Attached to: The Next Ad You Click May Be a Virus
You don't even need to click the ads. When I was using Adbrite for ads on my website I started getting driveby spyware just by visiting my website. It installed right from the ad (i'm guessing by way of flash). I dropped Adbrite and haven't looked back. Eventually google approved my adsense application and I am now using them...no problems since

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