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Comment: How is this related to the iPhone? (Score 3, Insightful) 125

by icydog (#31001968) Attached to: New iPhone Attack Kills Apps, Reroutes Web Traffic
The "attack" in TFA doesn't mention anything necessarily specific to the iPhone. The attackers got Verisign to sign a cert with the name "Apple Computer." That is a social engineering problem, not a security implementation flaw of the iPhone.

I bet the headline would get even more pageviews if they claimed this was an iPad flaw instead of iPhone.

Comment: Re:Safety Critical (Score 1) 913

by icydog (#30976190) Attached to: Toyota Pedal Issue Highlights Move To Electronics
I have an unmodified 2008 Hyundai Tiburon. It does not have a light sensor so the headlights are fully manual. When I park and turn the key to the off position, the headlights turn off immediately. The parking lights do stay on for a little while though. Of course, I haven't tried this while moving...

Comment: Re:Some quasi-scientific experiments (Score 1) 214

by icydog (#30187426) Attached to: Bing Censoring All Simplified Chinese Language Queries
Unlike in America where it's common to accidentally (or something intentionally) misspell certain words, and tian/tien is a good example of something that might be overlooked in English, it's not something Chinese people will do because (1) there's no alphabet and (2) if you mess something up you get a totally different word

Also, tien isn't a valid Chinese word. So my point is that, unlike what we might do in the West, Chinese people aren't going to misspell it to get the results they want.

Comment: Re:Excellent example of why MS hates GPL. (Score 3, Insightful) 186

by icydog (#30057394) Attached to: MS Pulls Windows 7 Tool After GPL Violation Claim

Microsofts version of open source is that i develop and they take the code, the credit and the ownership.

Yes, because Microsoft's mode of operation is to steal GPL code and try to claim it's theirs until they get caught, at which point they fess up and pretend it was a mistake. Right... I mean, just look at all the other times they stole GPL code!

If in fact that tool used GPL code, it was just some lazy or dishonest developer who used a bunch of code from the Internet and pretended it was his. No proprietary software company would let that slide. Yes, that includes the company we all love to hate.

Comment: Re:But if you can't wait... (Score 1) 220

by icydog (#29674169) Attached to: AT&T To Allow VoIP On iPhone
For $6/mo with Skype, you get "unlimited" calls (10000 minutes) to the US/Canada, a real phone number that rings your Skype, caller ID (both ways), and free incoming calls. You don't get any hardware for that amount of money, though. Also, to the guy calling his gf in China, Skype charges a connection fee. Google is 2.0c/min with no connection fee.

Comment: Re:Outward facing systems ... (Score 5, Insightful) 391

by icydog (#29640253) Attached to: Sloppy Linux Admins Enable Slow Brute-Force Attacks
I agree with your post if only one person needs access to the box (and i agree with PermitRootLogin no always). But while public key auth is great, it just isn't feasible for many applications. For example, imagine you're a cheap webhost that provides ssh, scp, sftp access to your users, Do you require them all to use public keys auth? 90% of them don't even know what that means. What a support headache.

And public keys aren't always that secure either. There are probably still plenty of servers with weak keys from the Debian debacle. What do you do with those users if password authentication is disallowed? Just lock them out and make them call you for a key reset?

Comment: Re:Been using them for years (Score 1) 135

by icydog (#29632447) Attached to: Interview With Jeremy Howard of FastMail.fm
To be fair, the version of Outlook Web Access that goes with Office 14 (2010) is pretty slick... vastly improved over the previous one. I haven't used it on Windows yet, but on Firefox in Linux it does pretty much everything that I do in the native Outlook 2007 interface and does it well. Rather than cripple itself in Firefox like it did it versions before, this one is actually worth using in Linux.

Comment: Re:higher test scores with a simple sacrafice-NCLB (Score 2, Insightful) 1073

by icydog (#29586845) Attached to: Obama Makes a Push To Add Time To the School Year

Yet, a Chinese dropout can get a manufacturing job, make enough money in ten years to retire in the lifestyle they are accustomed to and call it a life.

Yes, China the land of opportunity. That's why so many Americans are flocking to China to work in shoe factories, and why there are no longer any Chinese immigrants looking for a better life in America.

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.

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