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Comment: Re:Redbox Instant (Score 1, Interesting) 364

by Necroman (#47196001) Attached to: Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

Your packets are just taking a different route to get to Netflix, so you are bypassing the bottleneck that is normally hit when accessing Netflix. As an end user you have no way to pick the route your packets take unless you proxy through another server (such as a VPN does). So Verizon isn't throttling, they just have overloaded interconnects to certain networks. This probably means that sites beyond Netflix/Youtube are effected by the problem, it's just not as apparent to end users.

+ - Google Boosts Security of Gmail Infrastructure->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Google announced on Thursday that its Gmail service would use added encryption to protect against eavesdropping and keep messages secure. "Starting today, Gmail will always use an encrypted HTTPS connection when you check or send email,” Gmail security engineering lead, Nicolas Lidzborski, wrote in a blog post.

Lidzborski said that 100 percent of email messages that Gmail users send or receive are encrypted while moving internally. “This ensures that your messages are safe not only when they move between you and Gmail's servers, but also as they move between Google's data centers—something we made a top priority after last summer’s revelations,” he said.

Joseph Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, told AFP that Google's encryption "would make it very difficult" for the NSA or others to tap into email traffic directly. "I'm reluctant to say anything is NSA-proof," Hall said. "But I think what Google is trying to do is make sure they come through the front door and not the back door."

In December, Microsoft said it would “pursue a comprehensive engineering effort to strengthen the encryption of customer data” in order to protect its customers from prying eyes and increase transparency."

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+ - Microsoft pays for positive XBox One coverage, requires breaking FTC rules-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft, partnered with Machinima, has put forth a promotion for YouTube personalities — make a video about the XBox One and get money for it. Problematically, they also require that the review not mention anything negative and not disclose that they're getting paid, which breaks FTC disclosure rules. Microsoft has a well-known history of astroturfing, but is this the first proof of them doing it illegally?"
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Comment: Re:Bury those cables (Score 1) 291

by Necroman (#45663057) Attached to: Google Fiber In Austin Hits a Snag: Incumbent AT&T

Austin rarely gets freezing rain weather (that can bring down trees and utility poles). The worst Austin could get would be high winds that could bring down trees (which may topple utility wires). It's cheaper and easier to put up poles than to have to dig. Plus when you need to run new cables (like what Google is doing), it is a lot cheaper to add these. If google had to go and burry new cables throughout the entire city, the costs would be a lot higher.

Comment: Re:Warranty isn't the only factor (Score 1) 270

by Necroman (#45603461) Attached to: For First Three Years, Consumer Hard Drives As Reliable As Enterprise Drives

I spent a short stint working for a SAN company in their drive group. You are definitely correct about the firmware within drives that SAN companies ship with their drives. The primary reasons for custom firmware on SAN harddrives that I remember: disable write-cache, change timeouts/retries, and most important: lock-in.

There was no way to go from the off-the-shelf version of the firmware to the SAN companies version of the firmware (well, nothing that was public, and that process was very tightly controlled). The SAN could then verify that the drives were running their specific firmware, if they were not, the drive would be rejected.

Comment: Re:Simple... (Score 1) 187

by Necroman (#45213449) Attached to: Automakers Struggle With Pairing Smartphones To Car Infotainment Systems

I think it's important to remember how complicated the full mechanical/electrical system of a car is. Over the life of a model of a car (normally 3 years), there will be hundreds of changes to the manufacturing process. This could mean sourcing different parts, changes to how different components are made, and lots of other junk. Rolling out a firmware update that works across all the different models of that car can be very difficult for them.

Comment: Re:Currently searching - some Brother ref (Score 2) 381

by Necroman (#45211969) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best SOHO Printer Choices?

When I did my printer hunting a little over a year ago I ended up with a Xerox 6505. I was looking for a color printer, and they have overall good reviews. When you are looking at toner, there are fairly cheap aftermarket toners you can get for Xerox printers that keep costs down.

One thing I looked for in a printer that would let it work on any OS was that it could accept PCL and PostScript (that way you don't need a print driver). Though, still having a printer driver is nice for configuring little things (like duplex printing if your printer supports it).

This data is out-of-date at this point, but I put together a spreadsheet of all the different printers I was considering.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As4u6h7EmJ5sdHhRalNzMl9OV2x6Q2xRSU0zdjJHcEE&usp=sharing

I don't remember my exact issues with HP and Brothers printers at this point, but the one thing I did like about Xerox versus some of the others was their toner cartridges were stand-alone from other components. So it made it cheap to get after-market toner.

Comment: Re: He is not an expert... (Score 1) 303

Do you have more information on Apple's security track-record? Seems to me to be much better than Microsoft or Android.

No, this is not true. Two main notes:

1) The only reason people hear about Android "malware" is because antivirus companies are allowed to provide antivirus software for Android. Rarely do they mention that it's people downloading pirated apps from shady third party app stores after they've disabled all the security features.

2) All those "jailbreaks" for iPhones? Those are ALL security exploits. If they can be used to jailbreak the phone, they can be (and have been) used to completely pwn the phone.

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