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Comment: Re:Amusing.. (Score 2) 138

by HTMLSpinnr (#44172079) Attached to: Ubisoft Hacked, Account Data Compromised

gMail flagged Ubisoft's email as spam and potentially bogus. I wonder how many people will think it's just another phishing attempt and ignore it now.

I actually read the source of the email to confirm the embedded links were legitimate before marking it as "Not Phishing".

Really sucks for Ubisoft that their notification system will go unheard by many GMail users!

Comment: What about Mac OS X and ATI/AMD? (Score 1) 457

by HTMLSpinnr (#44094193) Attached to: PlayStation 4 Will Be Running Modified FreeBSD

"BSDs in general currently lack manufacturer supported full-feature AMD graphics driver, which leads to the conclusion that Sony and AMD have likely co-developed a discrete driver for the PS4."

Really? What about the BSD-like Mac OS X and the ATI nee AMD Graphics chipsets used in the Mac Pro and Macbook Pro? Or is that relationship so far removed that AMD couldn't use that intellectual property in partnership with Sony?

Comment: One time password on time limited access (Score 1) 284

by HTMLSpinnr (#43946923) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Best To Disconnect Remote Network Access?
Configure your VPN headend to authenticate against a RADIUS host that is configured for a one-time-password. You must provide that one-time-password to the vendor each time they wish to connect. The second time the same password is used, it should be denied. This should NOT be a token-derived password they posses, but rather something they must get from you over the phone after authenticating themselves in some other way.

Ensure that the connection has a timeout of some reasonable time that won't kick them out of a legitimate activity.

Comment: What migration path? (Score 1) 413

by HTMLSpinnr (#43564129) Attached to: My most frequent OS migration path?
I use all three daily! Dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu on my desktop at home. MacBook Pro at work (no boot-camp), along-side a RHEL 5 desktop, Ubuntu laptop, and a Windows 7 desktop. Where I work, folks regularly use two OSes between their laptops (Win/Mac/Ubuntu) and development desktops.

Thus, there really was no migration path, unless you count giving up Windows 7 for a Mac 4 years ago as my primary work machine.

Comment: TrueCrypt? (Score 1) 171

by HTMLSpinnr (#43220805) Attached to: Cubans Evade Censorship By Exchanging Flash Drives
Despite export controls, one has to wonder if they'd be better off protecting themselves w/ encryption on these drives, in case of undesired interception. It's unfortunate that encryption bans can't distinguish between malicious government intent and citizens avoiding the restrictions applied by the same oppressive government.

Comment: Monitoring Fail (Score 3, Insightful) 176

I find it hard to believe anyone who maintains such a large fleet of services wouldn't have setup some sort of trivial monitoring (I know they own a product or two) that would include SSL Certificate expiration warning. 30+ days out, a ticket (or some sort of actionable tracking mechanism) should have been generated, alerting those responsible to start taking action. Said ticket should have become progressively higher severity as the expiration date loomed (meaning nothing had been updated), which in any sane company, would have implied higher and higher visibility.

That way, if an extensive test plan for such a simple operation was required, they had plenty of time to execute upon it and still not miss the boat.

Working with MS in other ways, and combined with both the lack of foresight and inability to act quickly, just shows that this sort of customer-forward thinking just doesn't exist inside the MS mind.

Comment: Re:Still no microSD? (Score 3, Interesting) 297

by HTMLSpinnr (#41807301) Attached to: Google Announces New Nexus Smartphone and Tablets
I'm not the OP, but in my case, At least 7GB of the ~13GB available on /sdcard (partition, not actual removable media) in my Nexus S is music which I listen to on occasion - mostly in my car or on a flight. The balance (when closer to full) is pictures before transferring to local network or cloud storage or Apps installed to USB (no longer required for Nexus 4's monolothic partition), etc. Amazon MP3 with CloudDrive storage solves the balance of my music problem (you don't have to marry yourself to Google Play for everything). For most, it's simply silly to carry around your entire collection. It's unlikely you'll want all of it available, thus learning to place effective selection criteria when picking what goes to your device helps manage the size constraint.

Personally, I'd feel constrained by 8GB, but not by 16GB once you realize that even 8GB of "music" is more than anyone needs unless they're spending a TON of time away from the balance of their library. What will put the squeeze on things are 8MP photos and full HD video. Provided I can offload my photos to cloud storage (via Wifi thanks) or home storage, I can live with this level of storage. Thus, I'll be buying the 16GB version to replace my Nexus S.

Now if they had 32GB at $429, this would be a compelling compromise/price point, and would shut down many of the "it's too small" comments.

Comment: Re:No Strings Attached? (Score 3, Informative) 297

by HTMLSpinnr (#41807125) Attached to: Google Announces New Nexus Smartphone and Tablets
There's a bit missing in those details. $299 buys the 8GB version, and $349 buys the 16GB version. There is no 32GB version, and a CDMA/LTE version was not announced - these are solely Pentaband HSPA+ devices for now. Or... you can ultimately pay more and go T-Mobile subsidized if you can't handle that much out of pocket at once with $199 out of pocket and $20/mo in subsidies for at least 20 months (Value plan, or $20 more/mo for the plan in general over Value for 2 years if Classic plan).

Comment: It's all about the content (Score 4, Informative) 354

by HTMLSpinnr (#40964835) Attached to: How Will Amazon, Barnes & Noble Survive the iPad Mini?
Amazon and Nook are all about consuming content. Initial tear-downs of the Kindle Fire purported them to be built at a loss, or at the very least, sold "at-cost". The profits are in App sales, Kindle books, Newsstand subscriptions, and Music/Video content.

Thus, if their consumers are running iPad minis, Amazon already has most of that taken care of. There's a Kindle app for iPhone and iPad, and they've recently released the Cloud Player (music) for iPhone and Amazon Instant Video app for iPad. Those loyal to their content will still be consuming it, regardless of the device. Amazon doesn't have a foothold in all facets of iPad like they do in Kindle Fire or other Android devices (i.e. Appstore), but it's "good enough", right?

To a lesser extent, same applies for B&N. NOOK apps are available for both.

Now the risk for both of these companies is those who aren't loyal to a content provider and the default presence of iTunes.

Comment: Understand your choice of license... (Score 4, Informative) 240

by HTMLSpinnr (#38486586) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Best To Deal With a GPLv2 License Infringement?

This is probably a bit of hindsight advice, but try to understand the license you choose for your work before releasing under said license. Releasing code under GPLv2 w/o understanding how downstream "users" can legally use it doesn't help when you have to question the legality of someone charging money for the work. If they provide the source and attribution to your work, they're good to go.

If this wasn't the intended use, then consider a different license that more agrees with the ideals which the code was released under. Granted - if you reassign your code to AGPL or something of that sort, many people will either not comply or avoid the work entirely to avoid needing to disclose *their* surrounding source too.

Comment: No, the bits will get wet! (Score 5, Insightful) 332

by HTMLSpinnr (#38303118) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Your Data Safe In the Cloud?

::rimshot::

No, seriously - depending on the cloud service, aren't buckets of data encrypted in such a way that only the owner of the data can access them? Cloud service providers may be required to hand over data, but do they have the means of handing over the encryption keys along with it?

For certain cloud services where you're uploading via browser, they may be encrypting your data post-upload, so the request to decrypt may be more trivial. However, if you manage your own (like S3 backups) - or simply use a service that encrypts BEFORE uploading, I'm not sure there's a whole lot Amazon or some other provider could do to hand over the data in any usable form.

Those who are concerned about security of their data should ensure that the backup is encrypted in an acceptable method, or simply stash it in an encrypted container before storing it "online" (I realize there may be limitations of scale with that suggestion).

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