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Comment: Re:The guy completely misses the point (Score 1) 22

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#49613401) Attached to: Accessibility In Linux Is Good (But Could Be Much Better)

>> Instead, it's some guy blindly pursuing some nerdy "open source is the best!" dialogue like it was 2003.

Duh - the author's disabled. It's taken him 12 years just to resolve the driver issues on his adaptive devices to write and submit the article from his Linux desktop.

Comment: Re:In other words ... (Score 4, Insightful) 75

>> Law-enforcement officials also don't want to reveal information that would give new ammunition to defense lawyers in prosecutions where warrants weren't used

I didn't get this either - shouldn't this normally be part of the discovery process?
(Remember that scene in My Cousin Vinny where Vinny discovers...er...discovery?)

Comment: Bad headline - this is marketing (Score 5, Insightful) 121

>> also renews the expiring parts of the Patriot Act through 2019

This should be the headline: Bipartisan bill renews Patriot Act for four years, with minor tweaks

In fact, I think there's really no reform. From TFA:
"data would instead be stored by the phone companies themselves, and could be accessed by intelligence agencies only after approval of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court"

Um...guess what happens as soon as this bill is passed? "Hey Obama, er, I mean secret court, can we please continue access all the data from those boxes we installed at the phone companies again? Of course? Well, thanks!"

Comment: Re:"scrambled" version (Score 4, Informative) 71

>> So basically, Google is giving you access to their hash, salt, and saying "Enjoy unlimited cracking attempts...

Not exactly. The 37-bit version is just less than 25% of the full 160-bit SHA-1 so, as the source mentions (https://raw.githubusercontent.com/google/password-alert/master/SECURITY.md) the intent is to keep enough of the password to tell when the same password has been tried twice, but not enough of the hash to allow someone to authoritatively crack it. (I hope - haven't seen the proof of 37-is-the-right-number yet.)

This isn't the first time someone's used hashes with high collision rates to see if the same passwords are being tried without actually storing enough of a hash to flag the password. See this article for a different example (trying to tell badly configured clients from brute forcing attempts): http://www.filetransferconsult...

Comment: All cable providers should try this (Score 4, Insightful) 329

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#49562843) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

I know if my mother-in-law had just the Hallmark channel, the game show network and one other she'd switch providers, even it only saved her 30%.

Alternatively, if there was a way to just get Netflix to stream random stuff in preselected genres all day I could get her off cable altogether - tens of millions of people just want the TV on all the time because they live alone, but can't stand the crap the broadcast networks have during the day and have no need for ESPN.

Comment: No mention of iPad in the summary? (Score 2) 160

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#49559557) Attached to: Google Officially Discontinues Nexus 7 Tablet

As I remember it, the Nexus 7 was part of a strategic campaign by Google to ensure that "tablet" didn't mean "iPad" by introducing a high-quality Android device supported by Google itself to the masses. Now that that mission's largely been accomplished (e.g., if you're just looking for a tablet to browse the Internet and run a couple of simple apps, would you really shell out the extra money buy an iPod?) and there are many high-quality Android tablet alternatives in every form factor imaginable, the Nexus 7 isn't needed so much.

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