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Comment Re:You joke, but maybe this is what needs doing (Score 1) 153 153

Better yet would be if the vendors just took care of it, of course, but given their lack of motivation and alacrity

Perhaps the first step could be to hack the execs' phones and make them send text messages out to all the employees telling them that this patch needs to be pushed ASAP.


Debian Drops SPARC Platform Support 107 107

jones_supa writes: SPARC isn't exactly a highly-used architecture anymore, so the Debian operating system is dropping support for the platform, according to Joerg Jaspert last week in the "debian-sparc" mailing list. He noted that this does not block a later comeback as "sparc64." Following that announcement, a new post today tells us that SPARC support was just removed from the unstable, experimental and jessie-updates channels.

Comment Re: Scripts that interact with passwords fields aw (Score 1) 309 309

Is that like the login form AT&T used for a while to pretend it was all mobile-6-point-oh-like where the password field was a plain text box with a script that turned the letters you typed into dots after you type the next letter?

There's a reason that all the major browsers don't autofill forms until you tell it to.

Comment Re:HL3HL3HL3 (Score 1) 51 51

At this point, HL3 (or even just "HL2 episode 3") is going to become Valve's Daikatana or Duke Nukem Forever. Just following on from the end of Hl2e2 is going to be a huge hurdle (their writer must be at least this good in order to get on this ride) never mind whatever Source engine technology they want to show off.

I think that Newell sees only two possibilities: 1) they never make the game or 2) they make the game and everyone hates it.

Comment Re: A plea to fuck off. (Score 1) 309 309

It's a far sight more memorable than h6FA!j#Aq63K3 which is what developers still think is the golden rule of password formats. I recognize that I'm bad at random, but I can remember made up words just as easily as real ones. Any fan of sci fi or fantasy novels can rattle off a ton of words that aren't standard English. Make a passphrase generator. I've got a script that uses a few *nix dictionaries and finds actual random words. It's like a word of the day calendar except without the definitions. The bad part is that "naughty" words get thrown in the mix, so if I'm ever generating them for other people as a one-use passphrase, I have to vet the list or risk HR.

Comment Re:Didn't upgrade to Yosemite, yay! (Score 1) 129 129

From TFA

"This flaw is present in the latest version of Yosemite, OS X 10.10.4, and the beta, version 10.10.5. If you upgrade to the El Capitan beta (OS X 10.11), you'll be free from the vulnerability as Apple has already fixed it in that preview beta. Once again, if you keep up with Cupertino and install (or buy) the very latest stuff, you'll be rewarded."

lolwhat? That statement is ridiculous. Since when unstable beta is considered keeping up with updates. Well unless "rewarded" is meant as synonym to pwned.

Because there's never security holes in beta software...

Agreed, that statement from TFA is pretty stupid.

The ridiculous part isn't the security holes in beta software. It's that the article assumes beta software is "the latest updates" or that you can get it pre-installed when you buy the latest hardware.

When some people discover the truth, they just can't understand why everybody isn't eager to hear it.