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Comment: Google+ (Score 3, Interesting) 67

by mmell (#48629833) Attached to: Ars Reviews Skype Translator
Worthless. A complete failure. Except . . .

It just so happens to have a video chat capability that integrates quite well into the Android ecosystem. It's actually superior in some ways to Skype, but (being part of Google +) nobody has ever heard of it - not even the NSA (?). Microsoft doesn't want to screw Skype up badly enough to force people to discover any of a number of alternatives. RIght now, the only thing maintaining Skype's dominance in video chat is the size of the user base. Force [Linux|Android|iOS|downlevel M$] users to find an alternative and that advantage disappears. Users are so damned fickle that way . . .

Comment: Let me make sure I understand this . . . (Score 1) 116

by mmell (#48628881) Attached to: Grinch Vulnerability Could Put a Hole In Your Linux Stocking

Fixing the issue is as simple as managing PolKit authorization rules or properly managing group privileges for users.

I get the impression this means that we're looking at a PEBKAC issue rather than a software bug. Sorry, I know of no OS which can be secured against PEBKAC exploits.

Also, to exploit the PEBKAC error requires the Chair to be locally attached via the system console. Uh, hate to bust your bubble guys, but if somebody has console access (physical access) to a server they OWN that server for all practical purposes. I'm surprised they didn't note the "insert a CD and reboot" exploit for hacking a system - it's about as usable and extremely well documented.

Comment: Assuming they escaped, the penal system worked! (Score 4, Insightful) 87

by mmell (#48626255) Attached to: Did Alcatraz Escapees Survive? Computer Program Says They Might Have
Think about it - they obviously didn't reoffend, right? If they had, they'd have been detected and returned (probably with a few extra bruises) to the Rock. Therefore, in the case of these three men the system worked perfectly - whether they escaped or not.

Comment: Not a bad idea. (Score 2) 391

by mmell (#48622673) Attached to: Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites
It won't do any real long-term good, but not a bad idea. Sadly, my experience is that the average internet user won't know or care what SSL even is. C'mon - we had a hard enough time getting the internet's user base to understand "locked green padlock = good, unlocked yellow/red padlock = how bad do you want your pron?".

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