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Comment: Re:Pretty cool vulnerability but.. (Score 3, Interesting) 163

by QuietLagoon (#48662433) Attached to: Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector
True. But where this attack is unique is that it installs itself in a boot-level device, not on the hard disk, and executed BEFORE the OS starts running. Even re-installing the OS or replacing the hard drive won't disinfect the system.

Then there's this gem:

The bootkit can even replace Apple’s cryptographic key stored in the ROM with one generated by the attacker, preventing any future legitimate firmware updates from Apple, the researcher said in a blog post.

Comment: NTPd is a mess that needs to be replaced (Score 1, Interesting) 112

by QuietLagoon (#48660797) Attached to: Apple Pushes First Automated OS X Security Update
The ntpd source should have been re-architected and rewritten years ago.

The trouble is the the project seems to be more concerned about adding every last neat new feature, and less concerned about the quality of the software they push upon the world.

It's the openssl fiasco all over again.

Comment: I recently bought a book from Amazon... (Score 2) 291

by QuietLagoon (#48652117) Attached to: Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens
... that had too much use of the word "and," leading to an excessive amount of run-on sentences.

Maybe I should start hitting the Amazon reviews and flagging all the books whose grammar usage I find confusing.

Let's see, this book uses strange and confusing Capitalization, making it difficult to read. Maybe Amazon should suppress it as well.

Comment: What about the Ogallala Aquifer? (Score 1) 330

by QuietLagoon (#48614199) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought
The Great Plains States on the verge of some significant water problems.

The sprawling Ogallala Aquifer in the Great Plains provides freshwater for roughly one-fifth of the wheat, corn, cattle and cotton in the United States. But key parts of the underwater aquifer are being depleted faster than they can be recharged by rain (see map)....

Comment: Aiding the criminals (Score 1) 250

by QuietLagoon (#48603753) Attached to: Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents
imo, the news organizations are aiding the criminals by publishing the material. If the news organizations did not publish the materials, then the leverage the criminals have would be less.

While I do not look at Sony's latest threat tactics as beneficial to the situation, I also think the news organizations should stop their feeding frenzy.

Comment: One major bad assupmtion of the article... (Score 1) 567

by QuietLagoon (#48573373) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait
... that I view everything in a full-screen window. I do not.

Indeed, I do take heart to what the article says, as the individual windows on my desktop are taller than they are wide. But If I were to flip my monitor to portrait mode, I'd get less usable screen real estate, not more.

The author of the article seems to use the desktop monitor the way a tablet is used, i.e., a full-screen window for each app. I do not do that on my desktop, I do not want to do that on my desktop.

The author of the article should try using a desktop monitor more efficiently, and stop putting everything in a full screen window. ;)

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