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Comment: Re:Anyone remember voip (Score 1) 410

by awshidahak (#44877027) Attached to: The last time I used a dial-up modem was...
I used to go to a University that would encourage you to use their VPN over dial-up (not as in, "use our VPN, but make sure you're dialing in", but more like, "if you're dialing in, make sure to use our VPN"). It was interesting because you would dial in to their server, and then start the VPN client. Why the dialed-in connection wouldn't just be in their network, I'm not sure.

Comment: Re:Companies shouldn't have this anyway (Score 1) 339

by awshidahak (#44392707) Attached to: Feds Allegedly Demanding User Passwords From Services

  1. 1. A company shouldn't have my password stored anywhere in a form that they can decrypt it.
  2. 2. A company shouldn't have the answers to my security questions stored anywhere in a form that they can decrypt it.

That's why the agency is asking for the salt as well. They're trying to eliminate the parts of the formula that make it so that you can't figure out what the password is. Reverse engineer the impossible formula, so to speak.

Comment: Re:How to protest (Score 1) 339

by awshidahak (#44392611) Attached to: Feds Allegedly Demanding User Passwords From Services

All of my passwords look like that. Randomly generated with special characters. Typically 25 chars long.

They are in a password manager. I don't have to remember them at all...

So basically, you've got all your securely designed passwords stored in one keyring that if one person get the code to, they could use to gain access to all of your passwords. Much more secure storage area than your brain I'm sure.

Comment: Not a big problem (Score 1) 778

by awshidahak (#44161667) Attached to: Firefox 23 Makes JavaScript Obligatory

I've noticed that most of the comments on this page are people being worried about Mozilla taking away functionality from the browser, but... wasn't the point of Firefox to reduce the amount of bloat in the default setup? Mozilla Suite (now Seamonkey, previously Netscape Communicator) wasn't quite Emacs, but it included way more than what many required for their uses, and so Firefox was born to trim all of that stuff out, with the idea that you can add in back in with extensions.

That's where our javascript blocking needs to be happening. Extensions like NoScript, which you can use to block all javascript if you so desire. (Just install it and then don't enable anything.)

Comment: Re:/. crowd != general population. (Score 1) 216

by awshidahak (#43344763) Attached to: Why You Should Worry About the Future of Chromebooks

Most people use a puny 4 inch screen to get to the net via mobile phone networks.

I remember arguing once with a cell phone salesman in the mall with something similar to this. This was back in the days when flip phones were the general fancy phone. Anyway, this guy was trying to sell me one of his service's phones and I asked him if I would be able to use the phone to get internet access to my laptop. His reply completely baffled me at the time (remember, flip phones). He asked, "Why would you want to get on the internet with your laptop when you could just browse it on your phone?"

At that point I figured there was nothing I could say to him to show him my point if he actually preferred to browse on a 2-inch screen by pressing arrow keys.


+ - Firefox OS and Ubuntu Touch: Who Will Prevail at MWC13?->

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An anonymous reader writes ""We are all aware of the current mobile duopoly which is iOS and Android, but at the Mobile World Congress or MWC13, as its commonly being called, there will be a line up of two platforms that attendees will be eager to have a look at: Firefox OS and Ubuntu. Indeed there will be other contenders like Tizen and Sailfish OS, but let’s be honest, if any two open source platforms have a chance of breaking up the mobile duopoly, the best bet is in Firefox OS and Ubuntu Touch." writes Benjamin Kerensa"
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