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Comment Re:How specifically does it work? (Score 1) 78

( self reply because this is slashdot without edit ability )

Oh ffs, this has nothing to do with signing into Yahoo ON your mobile phone.

> After set-up is complete, users will only have to type in their Yahoo Mail addresses when logging in from a new browser or device to prompt the Account Key log-in process. Yahoo will send a push notification to their smartphone where they can simply hit âoeyesâ to allow the new login. If users tap the notification theyâ(TM)ll be taken to a screen with more detail, such as what type of device is trying to log in and where in the world they are signing in from.

This is about using your phone and it's APP (or even an alternative e-mail address elsewhere) as a final "yes log me in on the device X in the world that just asked to log me in".

This is two factor without the second factor. Instead of sending a code to your phone, they simply send a hyperlink to your phone or alternate e-mail address asking you to confirm a login from elsewhere.

Notice the "second e-mail address" thingie. Yup, if plebs turn that on, e-mail addresses are chained together and someone stealing your gmail account will now have access to your yahoo account.

Hmmm, this is a neat idea, sure is a good idea for grandmas and the like. If it wasn't for the fact that people loose their phones all the time. And having users chain together mail accounts to allow them to recover their account when they loose their phone... eh, sounds dicey...

Comment How specifically does it work? (Score 1) 78

Does anyone actually have a reference to an article describing SPECIFICALLY how it works? Yahoo is being REALLY vague in their press releases, presumably to keep the plebs from getting confused or concerned. (All they say is "look, easy and safe".)

Everyone here is assuming they're sending an SMS code, but the descriptions from Yahoo read like this:

> To sign in, you'll just need to tap "Yes" on the notification we send to your phone.

Are they using MMS? (Multi Media Texts?)

Is their App reading your text messages!?!? Effectively using SMS as a side channel?

You know what comes next -- heavy attacks upon PHONE COMPANIES to steal phone numbers. The creaky ancient phone system is going to bust open under this... everyone's personal phone numbers are going to get slammed on a regular basis. Rich, famous, and powerful people especially.

Comment Re:these are WORM drives (Score 1) 219

Maybe they'll do something neat like putting in one non-shingle platter.... (yeah yeah, cylinders, but still...) Or maybe everyone will do something really neat at the driver/OS level like putting one regular drive or one SSD in the array of shingle drives, and let zfs handle the optimization.

Personally, a 10TB drive would be perfect for many of us for the collections of .... stuff .... we have, that is write once and never write ever again, or if we do we don't really care about write speed. Any random read/write loads I have goes onto an SSD.

Comment Re:propagation delay (Score 1) 720

Yeah, I'm with all of you. If he's seeing symptoms for a long cable run, it's not any kind of "lag", it's flat out signaling loss and interference problems.

We should also point out that the physical specifications for some protocols and the high signaling rates may make it such that over a certain length, no type of cable will work.

For example - networking protocols and gear are designed for "not short distance" runs, but even they top out around 100m.

A quick similar google for hdmi shows that beyond the 15 meters (50 feet) distance you need very good quality cable, and that much longer than 30m (100 ft) is not doable.

Solution? Fiber. Not cheap though, $1700.

Comment vast hyperbole, just like last time (Score 1) 789

> The British government source told CNN on Friday that Russia has moved 4,000 to 5,000 military personnel -- a figure far higher than one U.S. official's earlier claim of 1,000 troops.

Oh great, once again an "anonymous government source" is the basis for the media's coverage of a pending war?

No fucking way.

NONE of the independent media that has travelled to eastern ukraine has found actual russian troops.

> the Ukraine Defence Minister claims Russia has made threats that they're prepared to use tactical nuclear weapons to stop further resistance.

The Ukrainian government is the second least trustworthy news source involved in this conflict. This is the most idiotic infalmatory statement I've heard in ages.

The funniest thing is that weeks ago when the Ukraine forces were "winning", they didn't want to stop for talks but the rebels and Moscow did. Now that the rebels have the upper hand, Ukraine wants to talk but the rebels don't (or at least not without a partial pullback of Ukraine forces).

Comment Re:That's Russian citizen's loss. (Score 1) 206

I don't know, thousands of small companies run forums online for customer interaction and customer support purposes. If this law is written in a bad way, BAM, suddenly no Russians will ever be allowed to create accounts on those forums, and no small company is going to go rent a server in Russia and dedicate engineer time to tying the two together so that Russians can register and login to a forum in Russia, but yet still see a single view of all the public posts and threads that exist on the "internal Russian" site and the external general site.

Literally, this means that forum owners need to put a little line on their registration page saying "sorry, no Russians allowed". And despite that, there's the possibility that the companies would suddenly be liable and in violation of Russian law for existing/prior users, and any users who sign up anyways, and any Russian users who sign up while obscuring their identity or origin (and what, are you a small company really going to put in filters on source IP addresses and hope that covers you, etc etc etc).

I understand the intent of the law, but I bet they write it loosely enough that they shoot tends of thousands of companies the world over in the foot.

Comment Re:Complying with all regulations is no excuse (Score 1) 146

> they can kill 13 people with impunity

That's a gross over-generalization, or rather hyperbolic spin on reality.

Do you drive a car? You help kill 100,000 Americans a year, by deciding to drive. And 20,000 pedestrians, and 10,000 cyclists. With complete impunity as long as it's an "accident" (statistical likelyhood with sufficient statistical reality).

Comment Re:Vulture Communisim: the Russian System (Score 1) 149

> What I don't understand is why anyone would invest a single dime of their own money in a business operating in a country where the instant an investment starts paying off, someone else will come reap all your rewards.

They don't. Not any more, not to the same extent. Russia actually took a significant economic hit when the investment money slowly evaporated over the past 10 years, but it's hidden by the rise in the price of oil and gas (at least gas in Europe, still, so far..).

Comment This article has NOTHING NEW, journo is an idiot (Score 1) 227

What's that? The pings "got longer"? OMG I've never heard that before, that sounds like new information!, post. post. post. post. post.

Ummm, except this was all published FIVE DAYS AGO, simply in a more useful form:

They've been searching based on this "new information" since TUESDAY:

Slate, FutureWise, Jeff Wise, and Timothy, are all idiots who are FIVE DAYS OUT OF DATE.

Comment Re:Link to Detailed Account: Anyone Know Air Route (Score 1) 227

WHAT? That article is from 8 days ago!!! It's still talking about the Andamaan sea!! It says NOTHING about the search off Australia.

The diagram I saw two days ago showed all seven pings and their exact times (11 minutes past each hour), and that is how they have come up with these small slices of the arc. This article specifically states that:

Here is the image I'm talking about:

What the NTSB has done is very simple. Assume it's most likely the plane is travelling at a steady speed, not too fast, not too slow, and mathematically match that to the available ping locations. BAM, you have the smalls slices shown there. All of the other areas would require the plane to do wierd things like turn around after the last ping, or slow down excessively, or speed up excessively.

OP's story/article is a pile of baloney, just like most media coverage. ALL of the pings have been used to create the new search areas, the ones that they've been carefully searching SINCE TUESDAY.

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