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Comment: Re:Still waiting for a "hackability meter" (Score 1) 145

by brunes69 (#49347611) Attached to: Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak, Researchers Say

Then roll your own OpenID provider. This is what standards are for.

Don't bash federated login just because you don't trust Google.. you don't HAVE to trust them, that is the whole point.

The problem is not Google/Facebook/Yahoo/Twitter, the problem is The Guardian/Techcrunch/ and every other website out there that forces you to make YET ANOTHER account with YET ANOTHER password because they do not support any federated login standards at all.

Comment: Re:Still waiting for a "hackability meter" (Score 1) 145

by brunes69 (#49346657) Attached to: Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak, Researchers Say

If more sites allowed federated login instead of rolling their own half-assed authentication regiemes then this wouldn't be a problem in the first place.

The idea that I am more secure cooking up a "safe password" for instead of logging in securely using Google or Facebook is farcical.

Comment: Poster might be reading too much into this (Score 4, Interesting) 120

by brunes69 (#49334495) Attached to: Uber To Turn Into a Big Data Company By Selling Location Data

As someone who is an SPG member and generally keeps tabs on what new promotions Starwood runs, this is anything but news. Starwood has over the past year or two, as a general strategy, struck up this kind of relationsip with a ton of companies.

- Starwood partners with Caesars Entertainment, where your SPG profile and your Total Rewards profiles can be linked. This means that loyalty shown at Caesars casinos can help you at Starwood hotels, and vice-versa

- Starwood also partners with Delta, where your SPG profile and your Skymiles profile can be linked, in a simmilar capacity - you can earn both skymiles and SPG points for Detla flights and for hotel stays.

- Now, they are doing the same with Uber... same story as above.

Obviously these companies are going to share customer data. However, if you think Starwood has the infrastructure built, capacity or talent to data mine Uber for what restaurants you go to and target hotel promotions, I think you have a bit higher expectations of them than I do. The much more immediate use of these types of partnerships is to encourage cross-brand loyalty for both companies.

Comment: Re:Sooo .. (Score 2) 127

Couple of mitigations

- You can disable this feature if you want

- You can also enable SmartLock which will lock the phone as soon as it gets out of range of another bluetooth device (smart watch or key fob)

- Use android device manager to lock and/or remote wipe the phone as soon as possible after the theft. My wife has the ability to lock and remote wipe my phone from her phone using Android Device Manager, and I can do the same to hers.. you should set this up.

- You could simply hold the power button in while handing over the phone, forcing a reboot and lock

- You could get a NFC button that lets you password lock your phone with a keypress

Comment: Re:could be right (Score 4, Insightful) 331

When my kid reaches secondary school (aka High School), she will no longer be a "child", she will be a young adult. The idea that a 15+ year old can not be trusted with a smartphone, when they drinking, having sex, and in all likelihood doing drugs from time to time, is ridiculous.

People need to stop coddling their kids so much. Maybe that is the indirect cause of some of these issues, kids now unable to deal with the realities of the world as they get older because their helicopter parents never exposed them to it.

Comment: Re:Tickets Are All About Revenue (Score 2) 759

... Except in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, France, and Switzerland, where tickets are about a deterrent.

Because you know, they collect enough taxes to properly fund their civil services like police, so that, you know, they can do the jobs they are supposed to do and not focus on being tax collectors.

Comment: Re:This Song? There's Nothing Tricky About It (Score 1) 386

It actually isn't that cut and dry at all.

If you watch the interviews with Thicke, he readily admitted, long ago even before this court case, that they were trying to create a Gaye-inspired sound. The song is very explicitly NOT infringement, because it is not a copy.. all it is is a sound INSPIRED by the original (ie they are somewhat similar but noticeably different).

This is why this would be such a landmark change if left unchallenged. If inspiration means infringement, then for all intents and purposes, you can no longer listen to any music anymore that you did not personally create. Imagine all musicians being afraid of saying who inspires them, for fear of being sued.

That is what the outcome of this could very well be. Imagine if this was propegated to the written word... every derrivitive story about a prince and a princess, or about a angst-filled teenager playing with demons or vampires, would be considered infringement, since they all inspire from each other.

If an artist can no longer be inspired by another, art will cease to exist.

Comment: Overblown Hyperbole (Score 5, Insightful) 107

by brunes69 (#49229961) Attached to: Lawsuit Claims Major Automakers Have Failed To Guard Against Hackers

In a 2013 study that was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), two researchers demonstrated their ability to connect a laptop to two different vehiclesâ(TM) computer systems using a cable, send commands to different ECUs through the CAN, and thereby control the engine, brakes, steering and other critical vehicle components

So you're telling me that if you have direct physical access to a car's ECU, you can issue commands to it? No shit sherlock. That is THE WHOLE POINT of the CAN bus. The only alternative would be to close down the bus and only allow "authorized" accessories to be connected to it - hello sky-high diagnostic fees and goodbye to useful bluetooth OBD connectors.

Call me when this can be done wirelessly. Oh and yes I did read the "What the companies failed to note is that the DARPA study built on prior research that demonstrated that one could remotely and wirelessly access a vehicleâ(TM)s CAN bus through Bluetooth connections, OnStar systems, malware in a synced Android smartphone, or a malicious file on a CD in the stereo" blurb - which still failed to materialize an actual working example of exploiting a CAN wirelessly.

Comment: The roots of suicide are buried in religion (Score 0, Troll) 498

by brunes69 (#49223573) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide

The primal roots of suicide are buried in religion and thoughts of an after-life. The sooner people wake up to that fact and seek to correct it, the better.

The whole notion of "something better than this" or "anything is better than this" assumes there is a "thing". There isn't. There is nothing. And nothing is not an "escape", it is nothing. Period.

If people did not feel there was somewhere or something better to escape to, they would not be offing themselves.

Comment: Re:The Browser is NOT the OS (Score 1) 166

by brunes69 (#49214047) Attached to: Google Introduces Freon, a Replacement For X11 On Chrome OS

The Windows interface is a GUI, not an operating system. Microsoft wants to limit your applications to those that use the Win32 API to sort of simulate the "Windows is the OS" look and feel, but that's not really what's going on.

The Android interface is a runtime, not an operating system. Google wants to limit your applications to those that use the ART runtime to sort of simulate the "Android is the OS" look and feel, but that's not really what's going on.

The GNU stack is userspace, not an operating system. GNU wants to limit your applications to those that use the glib API, but that's not really what's going on.

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes. -- Dr. Warren Jackson, Director, UTCS