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Comment Re:Zero-days are not "back doors". (Score 1) 82 82

Zero-days are not "back doors".

Unless the zero day flaw was put there intentionally, as back doors are put there intentionally, a zero day flaw is not a back door, it's just some incompetent who should be employed asking me "Do you want fries with that?", rather than employed writing security sensitive software. In other words: your average bad programmer.

I think the implication of the story is that they are put in there intentionally, at least some of them.

Comment Re:Isn't Flash extinct? (Score 1) 199 199

I care about none of those things. Youtube uses html 5 just fine.

How do you get to the HTML5 version of YouTube? Whenever I play a YouTube video, it uses Flash. I know this cause if I right click on a video a menu pops up and one of the options is "About Adobe Flash Player". Is there a different URL for the HTML5 site, or is there a settings menu somewhere where I can change it?

Comment Re:Reasons I'm not a judge. (Score 3) 331 331

I don't believe someone needs to die to warrant a bigger sentence. The fact is, this psychopath put many people in harms way and got their doors broken down and live guns pointed at them. The fact that nobody died is a miracle

If the Swat team response to an unverified phone call is to put people's lives at such severe risk as you describe, the problem is with the police, not the teenage idiot who placed the fake calls.

Comment Re:hmmm (Score 1) 86 86

prohibit the private registration of domains which are "associated with commercial activities and which are used for online financial transactions

I'm not sure I have a big problem with this. If you do business with a company that can just disappear, that'd be a bummer. That said, you shouldn't do business with a company like that, but people aren't always smart.

I've registered several domains in the past and never been asked if they were for personal or commercial use. Are domain name registrars now going to be in the business of policing how domain names are used? At the present time, I don't think they have any involvement in how a domain is actually used, and many are used for multiple purposes, some commercial and some not. Who exactly is going to be responsible for doing this kind of content policing? If it is the registrars, I imagine the cost of registering a domain will go way up to cover their labor costs in monitoring content.

Comment Re:Frosty (Score 1) 141 141

They would report to the parents, without notification to the student

Gotta call bullshit on this. It's illegal for a university to release that kind of information to anyone other than the student without their consent. Minors attending university have to do special paperwork to address this, but adult students have 100% control over information release to third parties.

That's actually not true. Specific information, such as grades, financial, and medical records are generally protected by laws in most states, and can't be released to parents without the student's consent, but I'm not aware of any such laws which cover other random information such as locations of WiFi access points that students have been using.

Comment Re:IMAX sucks (Score 1) 190 190

For the first few times I saw IMAX it was good. Then IMAX decided to create just a large flat screen and slap IMAX logo to wring cash. The large flat screen is nowhere near the IMAX parabolic dome screen.

I think you're confusing IMAX and OMNIMAX. OMNIMAX has the dome shaped screen.

Submission + - Password storage service LastPass hacked.->

BitterOak writes: LastPass is a service which claims to securely store all your passwords in one safe place. According to this story, it proved not to be quite as safe as claimed. Apparently they were hacked. Hackers obtained people's e-mail addresses, password reminders, and encrypted versions of their master passwords. With these encrypted passwords, hackers could run brute force attacks to obtain weak passwords very easily. And the reminders may help them to figure out more secure passwords as well.
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