Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?

Comment: How do buy it now? (Score 1) 63

by mystik (#49687125) Attached to: (Hack) and Slash: Doing the LORD's Work

It seems that LORD is in a weird copyright state.

Original developer sold the rights, but the company that holds those rights seems to have gone MIA. It seems he's tried reaching out to them, but they're not responding to him or anyone else, or even new sales. He still has the sources, but legally cannot release them.

All it would take is these guys:

to grant permission, and LORD *COULD* be ported to more modern systems, rather than trying to figure out bizzare ways to emulate a 16bit systems and expose them to the public internet.

(or waiting 70+ years)

Comment: Have you tried spamhaus? (Score 1) 405

by mystik (#48380051) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Check here:

I've operated my own mail server on a VPS for years. Rackspace voluntarily lists their IP spaces to prevent spammers from just buying a vps for a few hrs, sending out spam and then trashing it. Occasionally I need to remove my IP from the blacklist.

Comment: Re:Replaceable computer (Score 1) 317

by mystik (#44176145) Attached to: Why Automakers Should Stop the Infotainment Arms Race

This is not an insurmountable problem -- so long as the 'head' is user-upgradeable, and offers all and any 'modern' connections.

The Interface to the car's electronics has largely been stable. IIRC the CAN/ODB/ODB2 bus are extensible. RS232 has been around since 1962. It would not take much effort to define a simple, *OPEN*, and extensible monitoring + control protocol over any of these connectors, but they seem to not want to.

Comment: Re:Cell phones are usually tied to a person (Score 2) 445

by mystik (#42203537) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Need a Phone At Your Desk?

Grandstream is good for "cheap" phones of acceptable quality. They just recently announced this:

Although it might sound nice to have the whole interface be a touch screen, I think that the hard-keys for dedicated functions end up improving the usability of the device.

Comment: Re:I'd love to ! (Score 1) 601

by mystik (#38430462) Attached to: Do Slashdotters Encrypt Their Email?

If I could, I totally would.

This argument doesn't make sense though. Even in public traditionally, there's always been a fairly reasonable expectation of privacy, (despite what the law says) because you expect you can only be heard within earshot of your chat. Only recently that technology is affording the law a means to observe + record these interactions " in public " are we starting to push right up against that definition.

Keep in mind a single email won't be sensitive, but a bunch of emails in aggregate can potentially be. And besides; if you encrypt just that 1 sensitive message in a mass of unencrypted 'less sensitive' messages --- it's going to stick out like a sore thumb, and an attacker (be it lawful or unlawful) will focus all their resources on that 1 message.

I think you're just not paranoid enough.

Comment: I'd love to ! (Score 4, Informative) 601

by mystik (#38430010) Attached to: Do Slashdotters Encrypt Their Email?

My sig (since 2002/2001) on /. has been "Why arn't you encrypting your email?".

The answer is simple -- there was never a critical mass of people exchanging keys nor was there an easy-to-explain web of trust, nor was there a simple, free reliable certificate authority.

In 2002, Outlook Express offered integrated s/mime encryption + digital signatures. Once you installed your certificate (which, was simply double clicking a .p12 file, and entering your import password), you could encrypt or sign email going out, with a single click. It verified signatures in inbound email too, all in an integrated UI.

No one I knew used it.

Even today; Windows Live mail + Thunderbird offer integrated s/mime encryption. Maybe 1 or 2 of my technically literate friends use it. And of those 2, i think only one persists using it to this day.

Back then, when all I had was my Palm Pilot IIIxe, I thought "Whoa. I hold in my hand a portable computer that I can use to exchange digital signatures with". I even kept my pgp key in a note I could beam to someone, given the chance. Never happened.

Nowadays, even AGP on Android doesn't let me exchange keys with someone meet on the street, on the off change they happen to use it. Secure key exchange would be a trivial problem for today's smart phones (provided the carrier isn't using carrieriq to swipe your data....), but there still is no critical mass to make this worthwhile.

And, with most folks using webmail, You'd have to come up with a hackish way to encrypt mail client side (pgp copy/paste to the clipboard? w/ Rich text? attachments?), or just hand your keys to your provider. Doing the encryption server side would make the service provider an easy target for legal and hacking threats.

It's a tough nugget to crack, and it's not going to be solved until mail encryption is as easy to use as Facebook.

Comment: Re:No, that's not a solution (Score 2) 548

by mystik (#37929578) Attached to: No Windows 8 Plot To Lock Out Linux

Remote attestation will verify the trust all the way to the root platform key, be it Microsoft's or another vendor.

The power to install my *OWN* key, means *I* have the power to trust that *my* server, with *my* software has not been compromised. This is kind of a big deal, and helps protect against all sorts of rootkits.

A toggle that is simply "Use MS's Key" and "Use no key at all" is not an acceptable option.

Comment: Re:Why is this a problem? (Score 1) 1797

by mystik (#37818456) Attached to: Ron Paul Wants To End the Federal Student Loan Program

Well, this is discussing a 'loan' program, not a 'grant' program, so the government is on the hook only if folks default on these loans.

That aside, how do you give folks who *are* motivated, and whose parents emphasize the important of education, but just aren't financially able to do so?

I have kids now, but between the loss of equity in my home, and the rising cost of living, I have no idea how I'm going to be able to afford the same opportunity my parents gave me to my kids.

I 100% agree with you though, there needs to be a emphasis on a culture of learning, and the unfunded NCLB crap forces schools to spend on these useless programs instead of programs to inspire children and parents.

Comment: Re:Why is this a problem? (Score 1) 1797

by mystik (#37816616) Attached to: Ron Paul Wants To End the Federal Student Loan Program

The government collects money and redistributes it in a way that [supposedly] improves the nation and the people in it.

Do you want to live in a nation where there are no educated people to work alongside you? Where the only college-educated folks demand a salary that unnecessarily raises the cost of goods (further increasing inflation)?

The *real* problem is that you need to invest *more than you'll make* to acquire a job that pays a wage that has any hint of ever paying a living wage. And large companies are just moving labor to countries where it's cheaper to employ people, so the investment is proving to be worthless.

Fewer and fewer jobs remain that do not require college educations, and the quality of life for these folks are poor, with few options out. It's no longer sufficient to work hard and be successful, you have to get lucky, or come from money already.

Comment: Re:Google pack :( (Score 1) 167

by mystik (#37299728) Attached to: Google To Shut Down 10 Products

I know that they OSSed it, but the value add is chasing all the current versions of software out there, and packaging them into silent installs.

I was not aware of Ninite, but as numerous replies to this post point out, it looks like it's a pretty nice replacement, with many more options, including software that we frequently used in our system

...there can be no public or private virtue unless the foundation of action is the practice of truth. - George Jacob Holyoake