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Comment: Re:bye (Score 1) 524

by ron_ivi (#49754943) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

something leaner and meaner, focused militantly on privacy and even going so far as to deliberately not support portions of HTML5 (e.g. DRM).

Pretty close to what Chromium is.

It stripped AAC, Flash, and other patent-encumbered parts.

I had hope for the dillo minimal browser, but not supporting javascript is getting pretty tough with many websites these days. Also hopeful that IceWeasel becomes the sane alternative if the Mozilla guys go crazy like this.

Comment: And: of which communication types (Score 5, Insightful) 142

by ron_ivi (#49687447) Attached to: House Votes To End Spy Agencies' Bulk Collection of Phone Data

Also -- why the focus on a tiny subset (just Metadata) of a dying communiation system (phone).

It'd be far more interesting if they'd do something about far more invasive (not just metadata, but content too) that's being captured from (presumably) all internet traffic (skype, email, etc).

Comment: Re:Security clearance (Score 0) 420

by ron_ivi (#49654855) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Moving To an Offshore-Proof Career?
Doesn't work that well; since there are enough close-partner-countries that much of that work can go oversees as well. For example, you'll notice the [Navy's new railguns have BAE logos on them]( so those jobs can be offshored to the UK. Outsourcing internationally is everywhere now.

Comment: not outside the jurisdiction of the NSA (Score 3, Interesting) 135

by ron_ivi (#49652007) Attached to: Dropbox Moves Accounts Outside North America To Ireland

That's not a security move

It's also not outside the jurisdiction of the NSA.

Recall that the NSA is a DoD sub-agency --- so is quite restriced from spying on US Citizens inside the US. However DoD intel agencies are much more free to spy on international -- in fact, it's their main job.

It seems to me this moves it INSIDE the jurisdiction of the NSA.

Comment: Re:Not authorized is worse than unconstional. (Score 1) 237

for congress ... behavior of the nsa ...

The whole thing is silly because it's re-directing the focus to a tiny subset of some archaic historical communication system (phone call metadata).

It's like saying that they shouldn't get to make maps of smoke signal fire pit locations.

This is all just to distract people from their bulk collection of internet communications; and giving politicians an opportunity to say "see, I'm tough on privacy" without actually accomplishing anything significant.

Comment: Re:The good news is... (Score 4, Insightful) 211

by ron_ivi (#49589959) Attached to: Yes, You Can Blame Your Pointy-Haired Boss On the Peter Principle

It was horrible. I did a really crappy job.

Sadly, you were probably better than the guy before you and the guy after you.

I venture to say that just because you realized you were doing a bad job, you were already doing a better job than the vast majority of managers (especially ones who think of themselves as "good").

Comment: Re:Words without actions are meaningless (Score 3, Insightful) 107

by ron_ivi (#49511019) Attached to: D-Link Apologizes For Router Security

"We're sorry we've solve you shitty products but will replace it at our expense" is actually doing something.

The ideal response in my mind would be: "We're sorry - so here's how to unlock the boot-loader and here are third-party open source firmware providers that we tested for you."

Comment: Browsers getting too complex (Score 3, Insightful) 237

by ron_ivi (#49302243) Attached to: Every Browser Hacked At Pwn2own 2015, HP Pays Out $557,500 In Awards

Is it reasonable to expect browser makers to hold their own in an arms race against exploits?

The problem is that browsers are trying to become an OS - with all the complexities associated with one.

If we want back to a world where HTML was mostly about content -- that could be displayed in everything down to things like the Lynx browser -- they coudl be made secure.

People wanted more, though -- so they decided to allow extensions like Java Applets, Flash Plugins, and ActiveX controls. Obviously more complex, those were not surprisingly insecure.

So now people decide to take all the complexity and insecurity and build it directly into the browser itself?!? WTF.

Makes me miss gopher clients. Maybe we should go back.

TL/DR: Javascript+HTML5 is the new Java applet + Flash Player + ActiveX control.

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