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Comment: Open Wireless - Protections for Client? (Score 1) 184

by Marcaen (#47293929) Attached to: EFF To Unveil Open Wireless Router For Open Wireless Movement

The FAQ and info on https://openwireless.org/ doesn't seem to address security and privacy from the "guest user" point of view. They do have a link at the top "Using a network named "openwireless.org"? Check out important information about this network." which provides information for a guest user - but only mentions about being considerate and not abusing the service.

How does a user establish trust with each Open Wireless access point in order to determine it is not a rogue/fake AP? How are potential guest users being educated, besides a mention of HTTPS Everywhere? (Which most potential guest users don't really understand, and can also easily be manipulated into overriding SSL security warnings, such as one that may come up if the guest is being routed through a mitm SSL proxy.)

If this does become more widespread, I could definitely see a lot of money to be made for "Open Wireless VPN proxy" subscription services. But if the point is to "help change the way people and businesses think about Internet service" then shouldn't the guest user security issues be in the forefront with at least as much important as the host?

Comment: Cue Babel Fish... (Score 5, Funny) 813

by Marcaen (#42877655) Attached to: Missouri Legislation Redefines Science, Pushes Intelligent Design

That last sentence sounded strangely familiar:
        "If biological intelligent design is taught, any proposed identity of the intelligence responsible for earth's biology shall be verifiable by present-day observation or experimentation and teachers shall not question, survey, or otherwise influence student belief in a nonverifiable identity within a science course." ....

`I refuse to prove that I exist,' says God, `for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.'
`But,' says Man, `The Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. QED.'
`Oh dear,' says God, `I hadn't thought of that,' and promptly disappears in a puff of logic.

Firefox

IBM Makes Firefox Its Corporate Browser 152

Posted by kdawson
from the good-thing-orange-goes-with-blue dept.
e9th writes "Ars Technica reports that IBM has adopted Firefox as its company-wide browser. Firefox will be installed on all new employee computers, and all 400,000 employees will be encouraged to use it. Speaking of encouraging Firefox use, IBM VP Bob Sutor blogs: 'We will continue to strongly encourage our vendors who have browser-based software to fully support Firefox.' I hope this means that if IBM can't navigate a vendor's site with Firefox, they'll just look elsewhere."
Mozilla

Firefox 3 Performance Gets a Boost 550

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the powers-of-ten dept.
jason writes "Mozilla has been working hard at making Firefox 3 faster than its predecessor, and it looks like they might be succeeding. They've recently added some significant JavaScript performance improvements that beat out all of the competition, including Opera 9.5 Beta. And it comes out to be about ten times faster than Internet Explorer 7! Things are really starting to fall into place for Firefox 3 Beta 4 which should be available in the next week or two."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Diebold Leaks 2008 Election Results 196

Posted by samzenpus
from the vote-early-vote-often dept.
samzenpus writes "With all the scrutiny that Diebold has received in past few years you'd think that they would be more careful but apparently due to a malfunction in some machines, they have leaked the results to the 2008 presidential race early. Hopefully this will be the nail in Diebold's coffin. Surely we have another company in this country that can run a sham election better."

Power corrupts. And atomic power corrupts atomically.

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