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Comment: Re:NO, all candy bar (Score 1) 367

I swear by Lee jeans, but to be very specific, the Lee 'Brooklyn' model which I have only found for purchase in Europe. Comparable 'loose' jeans, (not really loose on biker thighs) from Lee in the U.S. are slightly different, and not nearly as nice IMHO. I wish I knew where to buy them in the U.S. It seems companies like Jockey and Lee have totally different products for the E.U. and U.S. Lee used to have a 'Portland' that was even better than the 'Brooklyn', but that was years ago.

What was a most-pleasant surprise for me was to discover my 4" Nokia N9 fits perfectly tucked into the right-hand 'change' pocket. Really perfect and super comfortable, and it still leaves the larger right-hand pocket free and useful; and the phone doesn't roll around in it, look weird, etc. No one can even tell I have a phone on me. The U.S. version of the closest Lee jeans for me (not sure what the model is called) leaves the phone sticking about halfway up and out and not nearly as nice or comfortable. Probably for this reason alone, I'll stick with 4" phone factor, but there's other reasons too, like I plan to keep the N9 for a long time.

Comment: Re:Biaised article and subject (Score 1) 427

by SpzToid (#47549223) Attached to: Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

It could've been an accidental overdose, although reports from The Prosecution regarding the video evidence seem to indicate the alleged and easily identifiable tattooed hooker was rather cold-hearted given the accident/situation, and more than willing to walk away from all of it entirely, with the curtains drawn once it all went down, perhaps even with some sense of thrill given her past praise published on the internet for the TV series known as 'Dexter'. She could have looked around for a phone somewhere and at the very least dialed 911 as quickly as possible.

If this case was a result of Google Exec stress, then it has to due with the levels of competition not just in order to compete and to survive within Silicon Valley, but also the extremely high cost simply trying to live to get a job in the first place, and then subsequently have anything close to an actual life there. Some will survive and survive very well, and others will not. Which is what this story is all about. Stress is stress after all.

I think Charles Dickens even wrote a book on the subject called a Tale of Two Cities. Economists have termed this phenomenon as economic disparity; which of course drives competition.

But a psychotic self-absorbed young hooker might also be the predominant story here.

+ - New SSL server rules go into effect Nov. 1->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "Public certificate authorities (CAs) are warning that as of Nov. 1 they will reject requests for internal SSL server certificates that don’t conform to new internal domain naming and IP address conventions designed to safeguard networks. The concern is that SSL server digital certificates issued by CAs at present for internal corporate e-mail servers, Web servers and databases are not unique and can potentially be used in man-in-the-middle attacks involving the setup of rogue servers inside the targeted network, say representatives for the Certification Authority/Browser Forum (CA/B Forum), the industry group that sets security and operational guidelines for digital certificates. Members include the overwhelming bulk of public CAs around the globe, plus browser makers such as Microsoft and Apple. The problem today is that network managers often give their servers names like “Server1” and allocate internal IP addresses so that SSL certificates issued for them through the public CAs are not necessarily globally unique, notes Trend Micro's Chris Bailey."
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+ - Two Cities Ask the FCC to Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet 2

Submitted by Jason Koebler
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "Two cities—Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Wilson, North Carolina—have officially asked the federal government to help them bypass state laws banning them from expanding their community owned, gigabit fiber internet connections.
In states throughout the country, major cable and telecom companies have battled attempts to create community broadband networks, which they claim put them at a competitive disadvantage. The FCC will decide if its able to circumvent state laws that have been put in place restricting the practice."

+ - Dropbox Says Privacy-Savvy Users Should Add Their Own Encryption->

Submitted by Carly Page
Carly Page (3529197) writes "When asked for its response to Edward Snowden's claims that "Dropbox is hostile to privacy", Dropbox told The INQUIRER that users concerned about privacy should add their own encryption. The firm warned however that if users do, not all of the service's features will work."
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+ - MS squeezing SQL Server customers on licensing->

Submitted by yuhong
yuhong (1378501) writes ""Microsoft's SQL Server business has hit the $5 billion mark in terms of annual revenue and is growing like gangbusters, according to CEO Satya Nadella. " What Satya did not mention is where this revenue comes from. According to an article from CRN, "Licensing experts believe this stunning figure is primarily due to the company raising prices last summer for many of its enterprise products [such as SQL Server].""
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Comment: This could totally work out (Score 2) 129

by SpzToid (#47499025) Attached to: Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

Edward Snowden certainly has name recognition in the security space, which in branding terms equals big money. He's got his share of wild and crazy times overseas doing various hijinx not always on the up and up, sorta just like other security specialists of an earlier generation. Sure, in terms of branding alone Snowden could easily become the next McAfee, and he's still very young!

And isn't as if they weren't both wanted on international warrants either; and street cred. does sell sneakers.

Comment: Re:Derp (Score 1) 168

by SpzToid (#47497275) Attached to: New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

Yes, you are right and I stand corrected. In fact late yesterday, I happened upon a blog post teaching me the same explanation you gave me just now:

when we start SSH on port 22, we know for a fact that this is done by root or a root-process since no other user could possibly open that port. But what happens when we move SSH to port 2222? This port can be opened without a privileged account, which means I can write a simple script that listens to port 2222 and mimics SSH in order to capture your passwords. And this can easily be done with simple tools commonly available on every linux system/server. So running SSH on a non-privileged port makes it potentially LESS secure, not MORE.

Thank you for your important clarification regarding my security practices.

Comment: Re:Derp (Score 2) 168

by SpzToid (#47483745) Attached to: New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

Start your security process by not using port 22 for ssh, and instead using some random, legal 5-digit port number. Then block IPs from anyone doing a port scan. Also, setup port-knocking prior to any authorized user even starting to login using ssh. Of course certificates should only be used, not passwords for authorization. That should go a long way to keep the bad guys out.

Also bots tend to have the same user-agent strings, which tend to be obscure in and amongst themselves. These obscure, identifying user-agents can also be blocked, once identified.

To read and actually make sense of machine logs, the free ELK Stack rocks! Here's a guide to setup your own machine, for the purpose of reading logs in a very user-friendly way.

Comment: Re:Those bloody sepratists! (Score 1) 752

by SpzToid (#47476617) Attached to: Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Replying to myself here. I was being sarcastic dammit. 'Separatists', in the most-classic sense, typically don't have such sophisticated weaponry or manpower at their disposal, when they 'rebel'. Duh.

I even cited with photos of what a BUK missile battery looks like. Please don't think I'm some sort of anarchist, okay?

Comment: Re:Why fly over a war zone? (Score 1) 752

by SpzToid (#47476303) Attached to: Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Up until this period of time, airspace at that altitude, over this region, wasn't in any way shape or form considered to be a war-zone, I can assure you. Or else that commercial flight would not have been there in the first place. I do not believe this particular international commercial flight up there was something like an isolated event either. Now your point in retrospect perhaps...

Comment: Those bloody sepratists! (Score 2) 752

by SpzToid (#47475879) Attached to: Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

That rag tag militia got lucky it seems, with a direct hit no less. Those light ammunitions gathered from round the house, what the odd Klashnikov and what have you.

Speculation at this point is this is what those rag-taggers managed to bring it down with:

In every non-trivial program there is at least one bug.