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Comment: WazHack (Score 1) 669

by chris-chittleborough (#46284399) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?
I really like WazHack, a roguelike from a one-man operation. (How indie can you get?) It's Nethack redone as a side-scroller, with animated 3D characters and monsters. Better yet, it was released on Steam earlier this week (http://store.steampowered.com/app/264160/), is still 15% off and now runs on Linux.

Comment: Long story short: scam websites (Score 1) 90

The 1000+ websites mentioned in the post are (supposedly) part of a "cold-calling investment scam using the name ‘Global Capital Wealth’". The Australian Securities and Investment Commission, the federal corporate regulator, has ordered that their IP addresses be blocked, which also catches innocent websites co-hosted at those IP addresses.

The Australian Federal Police also asks ISPs to block websites listed by Interpol as containing “'worst of the worst' child pornography", apparently via DNS (news reports mention "domains" and "URLs"), but perhaps also at the IP level. Most ISPs have complied; at least one has refused.

[My take: There may be a case for corporate regulation bureaucrats to get some websites blocked, but only at DNS level and only in smaller numbers. Blocking extreme child porn sites via DNS would be next to useless, so I hope they also block at IP level.]

Security

+ - Certificate Authorities Unite in The Name of SSL Security->

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CowboyRobot
CowboyRobot writes ""We felt SSL needed a leader," says Jeremy Rowley, associate general counsel for DigiCert, which, along with Comodo, Entrust, GlobalSign, Go Daddy, Symantec, and Trend Micro, today officially launched the new organization. "We felt a group of CAs, rather than one CA," was a better approach, he says. The first line of business for the new Certificate Authority Security Council (CASC) is to push the adoption of online certificate status protocol (OCSP) stapling for Web server administrators, software vendors, browser makers, and end users. OCSP stapling is a method of revoking invalid or expired digital certificates. It's an enhancement to the OCSP protocol that basically eliminates the need for Web users to check OCSP responses with the CA, and is more efficient because the Web server caches the response from the CA."
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Comment: This is about how much money NASA gets (Score 1) 318

by chris-chittleborough (#38857009) Attached to: Lunar Base Foe Romney Endorsed By Lunar Base Supporters
Gingrich says he'll use big monetary prizes to get private enterprises (Bigelow, SpaceX, Armadillo, etc) to build the infrastructure. (He carefully left that detail out while campaigning in Florida.) Mike Griffin and other long-time NASA people would prefer the existing approach: giving NASA lots of money to spend in the sponsoring politicians electorates. (Why was Mission Control in Houston, of all places? LBJ put it there to boost the local economy.)

Comment: SysV init "simple and elegant"? (Score 1) 433

by chris-chittleborough (#38234914) Attached to: Red Hat's Linux Changes Raise New Questions

The current init system is "simple and elegant"? The one with lots of shell scripts in /etc/init.d, and symbolic links in /etc/rc[0-7S].d to those links? Symbolic links with names like "K09dm" or "S51cups", where the first 3 characters are highly significant?

I disagree.

(Moreover, both upstart and systemd are significantly faster than the current system.)

Comment: No, FastMail have kept improving their service (Score 1) 78

by chris-chittleborough (#32059936) Attached to: Opera Acquires Fastmail.fm
Actually, FastMail have continued to improve things in lots of small ways. They may not have rewritten their web UI again ... but they have kept tweaking an already-excellent system.

The FastMail team have an extraordinarily high level of clue. No wonder Opera got out their chequebook ...

Comment: PortableContacts.net and security (Score 1) 80

by chris-chittleborough (#31556968) Attached to: Mozilla Labs To Bring Address Book To Firefox
Good news: web pages do require approval (through a permission dialog) to access address books. The extension's author says:

[T]here are two APIs. The internal “importer” API, which can only be accessed by [Firefox] extensions, allows you to perform arbitrary network and OS-level operations to get information into the system. The external “content” API, which can be accessed by any web page, allows you to request access to contact data (and then starts the “permission” dialog, where the user can choose what access to grant).

This website seems to be the place to find out more.

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