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Comment: Really crappy article (Score 5, Informative) 28

by _merlin (#49525769) Attached to: How False Color Astronomy Works

I know I should've expected it given it's on medium, and it's been submitted to /. by its own author, but that's a really bad article. It's full of irrelevant details, stupid comparisons and misleading crap. I understand the concept of "science evangelism" but could you please do it without acting like a total buffoon?

Comment: Re:Poor Design... (Score 1) 73

by _merlin (#49525739) Attached to: Networking Library Bug Breaks HTTPS In ~1,500 iOS Apps

This is where the world is going with per-application library installations on Windows, things like Docker on Linux and application bundles containing libraries/frameworks on OSX. It guarantees that you don't get unexpected application breakage on a library update, but in means a library update requires work for every application using it.

Comment: Re:How about basic security? (Score 1) 380

by _merlin (#49515989) Attached to: Why the Journey To IPv6 Is Still the Road Less Traveled

Yeah, my ISP gives me a static /56 and a dynamic /64, so that's a lot of space to scan. My Windows boxes randomise addresses for outgoing connections, so you can't trivially get addresses to scan by sniffing egress traffic. And on top of that my router acts as a firewall and only allows incoming connections on whitelisted address/port combinations.

Comment: Re:NameCheap (Score 1) 295

by _merlin (#49281415) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice For Domain Name Registration?

Haha very funny. Just one problem: none of my spam actually has anything to do with that. Most of it has something to do with HARP, energy independence, diabetes, saving on mortgages and losing weight. I assume these are things Americans worry about.

Seriously though, I will be doing business in China and need Chinese domain names. I honestly don't know who a reputable .cn registrar is. Hosting isn't a problem.

Comment: Re:So easy to find (Score 1) 132

by _merlin (#49280149) Attached to: Researchers Find Same RSA Encryption Key Used 28,000 Times

It makes you vulnerable to MITM attacks, since when you connect to your camera, you can't be sure it's actually yours and not just another device with the same well-known certificate/key.

It means that if you use a key exchange mechanism that encrypts the session keys with the server key then someone who's extracted the private key from one of these can decrypt communications with any of the cameras using the same certificate/key.

If you use a key exchange mechanism with forward secrecy, extracting the private key wouldn't allow Eve to decrypt all your communications.

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