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Comment: Re:Browser keeps the private key? (Score 1) 179

by spydum (#36774922) Attached to: Mozilla BrowserID: Decentralized, Federated Login

I don't think the browser would ever need to transmit the private key in this scenario. However, yes: if the user or browser was some how tricked into uploading it -- you are compromised. This is still better than passwords, which are easy to attack with dictionaries and rainbow tables.

Comment: Re:Speculating on advantages here (Score 1) 103

by spydum (#36629556) Attached to: UAV Hoisted Tower Powered By Laser Over Fiberoptic

I have to agree -- dirigibles seem like a much more elegant solution -- not requiring a lift power source.

I mean, everyone talks about the power to send up to the copter -- but after that power is spent on lifting the damn thing, what power is left to do any useful work? communication towers, especially transmission towers require a fair amount of power all by themselves.

Comment: Re:Is that all? (Score 1) 162

by spydum (#36629482) Attached to: Hard Drive Overclocking Competition From Secau

Exactly -- I always wondered why this was not done -- is it a limitation of the form factor? Why not have two arms? We already use multiple heads, multiple platters. Seems like you could double the performance or at least allow a minimal cost error checking (single disk-level mirroring?) with such a solution.

Comment: Re:Only one way to fix this (Score 2) 639

by spydum (#36613008) Attached to: Yet Another "People Plug In Strange USB Sticks" Story

These are not solutions. USB devices come in more than just Storage flavors. What if I design my usb "key" to instruct the host machine that I am a "sound card" and I abuse a sound card driver bug?

Sounds crazy right? Except that exact behavior has been done on none other than: Linux.
See: CVE-2011-0712

Comment: Re:Nothing but respect... (Score 1) 349

by spydum (#35534674) Attached to: Heroism Is Part of a Nuclear Worker's Job

Just to further Karhgath's point: just because some sensors detect radiation, does not mean the employees are directly exposed to it. You forget this is still a nuclear facility, with many layer of protection (even if some have been impaired). They aren't walking around in jeans and t-shirts. You can assume they are taking as many precautions as they are required given the circumstances.

Comment: Re:Bollocks (Score 3, Interesting) 620

by spydum (#35495712) Attached to: Cutting Prices Is the Only Way To Stop Piracy

I agree, they won't ERADICATE piracy with lower prices.

I actually think the sales numbers/experiment from Steam/L4D speak more about charging first adopters a premium, then tapering off your pricing as the new hotness factor rolls off, promoting sales later on for basically free. Using that model alone, you can charge less up front, and still taper the prices off and come away with the same net income, just over a longer period.

Comment: Re:I am not on Unix (Score 2) 500

by spydum (#35357072) Attached to: The Decline and Fall of System Administration

Sounds like you have poor unix admins that are exactly the reason this mindset is prevalent. I can tell you from 15+ years as a Unix admin, the only times I have "needed" to reboot were: upgrades (OS or hardware), hardware failure, and testing of init scripts. Real, stable, properly administered systems don't need rebooting. I even think this is fair to say of Windows. The problem is, as already described: there are not many good Windows Admins.

Comment: Re:Testing? (Score 1) 168

by spydum (#35256828) Attached to: London Stock Exchange Price Errors 'Emerged At Linux Launch'

This is a common problem when you operate infrastructure that interfaces with multiple vendors. Sometimes you just have to forge ahead and fix the problems as they come up. I tend to agree with your assumption: lazy vendors not getting on the ball and doing their share of the legwork to stay compatible with the upgrade, who then spun stories about how the LSE's new system is "broken".

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown