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Comment: Re:NoScript (Score 1) 37

by JimDarkmagic (#47935075) Attached to: eBay Redirect Attack Puts Buyers' Credentials At Risk

I've heard there is security advantage to this from the show Security Now. Sites with user-supplied content can host user-supplied content on separate domains to prevent some types of attacks. More specifically, I believe it limits certain types of attacks from malicious scripts using "Same-origin" policy - the browser limits what content from foreign domains can accomplish with content on the domain listed in the address bar

Comment: Re:Sounds Wonderful (Score 1) 295

The DOE already passed "Gainful Employment" rules once. The first time around, a group representing the for-profit colleges sued the DOE and got the teeth ripped out of the rules. The judge decided the metrics that lead to punishments didn't have enough factual basis to back them up, so they were thrown out. These rules appear to the the second attempt, likely prepared with more thought to defending themselves against the schools with deep pockets.

Googling "gainful employment rules" or "gainful employment rules stuck down" will likely provide more information.

Comment: Re:Don't do this! (Score 5, Insightful) 241

by JimDarkmagic (#39987587) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Secure My Life-In-A-Briefcase?

Perhaps the handcuff is extreme, but don't leave it or its contents unattended. Use one hand at the urinal (if applicable), saving the other to hold the briefcase. Use stalls with walls on two or more adjacent sides, keep briefcase on side of toilet with wall. Don't leave it on the convenient little shelf by the door in the bathroom (think I've seen a lot of dumb stuff in the bathroom?) Don't leave the stuff on the table as you walk across a huge room get more food/coffee.

Also, insurance for hardware, encryption for data. IOS has full disk encryption and Android might; truecrypt is cheap and easy to use and each major OS has its own native encryption solution.

Comment: Re:Working drivers... (Score 1) 1880

by JimDarkmagic (#38026180) Attached to: What's Keeping You On Windows?

I agree. I've not been able to get multi-monitor working properly on my radeon 3000 integrated video since Ubuntu 10.04. 11.04 had an issue with windows having no borders and not responding to mouse and keyboard focus changes on the second screen. In 11.10, the proprietary driver just doesn't work beyond mirroring screens. The default driver spawns everything in the exact center of the 3360x1050 desktop after having to manually exit xconf to avoid the 1680x1680 max res problem. Tried PCBSD (unix, I know), couldn't get anything other than the default driver to work. Tried Debian - same problems as 11.04 and no sound. Tried Linux Mint and Kubuntu 11.04, same problems as ubuntu 11.04. All I want is full screen sound, full screen flash on a monitor that isn't stretched out, and for programs to launch on the screen I requested it on.

Also, driver support is still half-assed amongst hardware makers. My brother (2070N) printer's Debian driver is a automatic conversion of a Redhat driver that tries to copy a file to a directory that doesn't exist on Ubuntu by default, so I have to create the directory first before installing if I don't want guaranteed failure. They didn't even try it once before releasing it or they would have caught it.

I'm thinking about trying a redhat distro this weekend, but I don't have great confidence.

Comment: Target the backbones (Score 1) 339

by JimDarkmagic (#35152104) Attached to: Is an Internet Kill Switch Feasible In the US?

Doesn't all the traffic in the US go through a relatively small number of backbone providers at some point? Set up a deal with all of them so you can pull the plug with a phone call. Chances are all the major consumer ISPs use the major backbone providers, so you can quell disruptive thoughts there. Protecting your local power stations depends on if their ISPs use those backbones, too.

Comment: Wanted to buy; didn't (Score 1) 517

by JimDarkmagic (#25928899) Attached to: On Black Friday I...

I shop primarily online. The deals I saw online for "Black Friday" tech goodies weren't much better than those sites' regular prices, so I didn't buy anything. The deals weren't good enough for me to spend the extra cash in my paycheck, so it's all going into savings this week.

I'm not going to sit outside a store in 30 degree weather at 2 or 5 in the morning to wait for the deals that probably won't be there when I get to them because the store only has 25 items at the deal price (I'm looking at you, Best Buy; I can read the fine print you bastards). I also don't want to be trampled, molested, robbed, or killed in the mob to get inside; anyone remember "Tickle Me Elmo" a decade or so ago? Fuck that shit.

Money can't buy love, but it improves your bargaining position. -- Christopher Marlowe