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Comment: Re:Single point of failure (Score 1) 127

by sarathmenon (#33498978) Attached to: NYT Password Security Discussion Overlooks Universal Logins

Not exactly. I use clipperz.com to store my passwords, and one of the features it provides is a direct login. The way this works is that it submits the password form directly, without you having to visit the website and copy paste the password from clipperz. It's impermeable to keyloggers and clipboard sniffers because you don't copy or type the password anywhere. Now, if your system is already hosed, your could theoretically be hacked. But, at that point you're SOL anyway.

Yeah, I know the drawbacks of using a password manager, and an online one at that. But it's the best tradeoff I've seen. I have to remember only one strong password, and I can just randomly type in unique passwords for the sites I visit. Plus, their architecture is solid.

Comment: Re:Elite (Score 2, Insightful) 134

by sarathmenon (#32974208) Attached to: Google Up Ante For Disclosure Rules, Increases Bug Bounty

And also, it's contradictory to what google did earlier this year. They released a zero day for windows and gave microsoft hardly a week to patch it. And as a bonus, they made the disclosure public on a Sunday.

I am all for more industry standard accountability, but this looks very one sided and google choosing to pick the instances where it gets a good publicity.

Comment: Re:In France you get book loaned or rented (Score 1) 398

by sarathmenon (#28587141) Attached to: We Rent Movies, So Why Not Textbooks?

The college where I studied in India has a similar system. There is a college managed "Book Bank" which cost some two dollars per semester and allowed me to rent 5 books per semester. There was no guarantee of getting a recent edition of any book, but that was okay because the new content could be photocopied from someone in the hostel. The whole thing sort of worked, and of cousre the part I am forgetting to say is that it was funded by government aid.

I could have afforded text books since most major publishers have discounted prices, but this was easier and lesser hassle ;)

Comment: Re:Are there more than 20 apps for it? (Score 1) 384

by sarathmenon (#27901625) Attached to: Ten Features To Love About Android 1.5

You must be joking. There's lots of apps for Android. Probably fewer than for iPhone, but not dramatically so. I was able to find an app for any task I needed.

On all major mobile platforms I've used, I've been able to get apps for all the tasks I've needed. I don't have an iphone due to all the restrictions on the device, but whenever I see brilliantly made apps like this, I really want to go out and get one.

The success on the platform is due to the fact that there is a lot of choices in apps, and only very few of them suck. It's become the marketleader, and as much as I hate it, I have better success browsing the net using the Iphone user agent on my N810. The N810 has a good browser, that can render content better than the Iphone browser, but market share is why most sites choose to cater only to the iphone while making non-wap mobile sites.

Yes, I hate to say it as the next guy out here, but iphone is the unrivalled smartphone. Google and MS has to do a lot of catchup before they'll get to an iphone level of success.

Comment: Re:Both have evolved too in leaps and bounds (Score 3, Informative) 455

by sarathmenon (#27386015) Attached to: Attempting To Reframe "KDE Vs. GNOME"

KDE has already done it with KDE 2.0 (which IIRC was before GNOME 2.0) which was a complete overhaul from what KDE 1.x was. Doing this in the 20th century was easy, but with the current user base and dependencies, it takes a lot of guts to shelf away backwards compatibility. I was first frustrated with what they did, but the more I look at it, this seems the better choice for them in the long run.

Comment: Re:All headphones are hand-made... (Score 1) 353

by sarathmenon (#27207993) Attached to: How $1,500 Headphones Are Made

One of the best sub-100$ headphones are the Grado SR80s and the SR125s. The 125s are slightly over your budget, but if you don't mind spending a little extra, they are well worth it. The SR80s might not cut it for you since they feature the 3.5mm jack.

BTW, if you are seriously looking for a good set of cans, browse headphone.org or head-fi.org rather than slashdot ;)

Announcements

+ - European Parliament rules sharing isn't illegal

Submitted by andyteleco
andyteleco (1090569) writes "Yesterday, 25/04/2007, the European Parliament voted in favour of a proposal to modify the EU Parliament and Congress directive regarding penal measures destined to enforce Intellectual Property rights. the directive finally establishes in Article 3 that the member states will be responsible of considering as a criminal infraction all intentional IP offences committed at a commercial scale, as well as complicity and/or incitement to these offences. According to Amendment 13, Article 2 of the directive excludes culpability of the acts performed by private users for personal non-profit usage. Read the entire text"
Real Time Strategy (Games)

+ - World of Warcraft Prequel Announced!

Submitted by Rebelgecko
Rebelgecko (893016) writes "Today, Blizzard has announced a new game in the Warcraft universe, Warcraft: Heroes of Azeroth Warcraft: Heroes of Azeroth (or just WHOA for short). Like the first three Warcraft games, it will be a real-time strategy game. There will be not one, not two, but FOUR different available box covers. The events of the game occur 15 years after the end of the Second War."
Bug

+ - World's most expensive train ticket?

Submitted by BeerCat
BeerCat (685972) writes "The UK National Rail site can search for journeys between different destinations, and will also display the likely fare. Unless, the journey is from Oxford to Hawarden (about 170 miles by road, according to Google Maps), travelling tomorrow from 08:00, in which case the fare will be £179,769,313,486,231,570,000,000,000,000,000,000,0 00,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,0 00,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,0 00,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,0 00,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ,000,000,000.00

The site even notes "We are sorry, but we couldn't find any First Class tickets available. You can try searching in different times or dates for available First Class tickets". Which is probably just as well."
Novell

+ - De Icaza Pleads for Cooperation Between Mono, .Net

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suka
suka writes "In a recent interview with the online edition of the Austrian daily Newspaper "DER STANDARD", Mono project-lead Miguel de Icaza pleads for a cooperation between Mono and Microsofts .Net: 'I think that the deal should include a technical Mono/.NET collaboration, and even go as far as Microsoft recommending Mono for all of their developers looking at migration'. The whole interview has some other interesting bits, like de Icazas thoughts on an open sourced java and infos about upcomping versions of Mono."
Upgrades

+ - OGRE 1.4.0 Released!

Submitted by Game_Ender
Game_Ender (815505) writes "The OGRE Team is proud to announce the release of OGRE 1.4.0, codenamed 'Eihort'. OGRE is an open-source, cross-platform real-time 3D rendering engine including all the latest features you would expect, and this version introduces such things as SSE/SIMD support, more advanced lighting and shadowing techniques, threaded loading and much more. Full details can be obtained from the official announcement and change log."

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