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Comment: Re:Ugh - The "classic" control panel is the best. (Score 2) 274

by Lehk228 (#48207885) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone
stop finding, just type, the top right search bar from the control panel will find just about anything by name or description, just like the new start menu (winkey then type what you want)

as far as i am concerned win 7 is the pinnacle of the MS windows UI. I used 8 "metro"/"modern" once it was such utter shit i will never use it, steam OS is close enough I will switch to linux full time and only buy steam games that work on linux or wine.

Comment: But disabling GSM when possible is still smart (Score 2) 23

by IamTheRealMike (#48207581) Attached to: Deutsche Telecom Upgrades T-Mobile 2G Encryption In US

GSM (2G) encryption did not authenticate the cell tower, whereas UMTS (3G) and above do. Cell tower authentication should break devices like the Stingray and other forms of fake base station, unless/until governments start forcing cell carriers to hand over the signing keys for tower identities. But as devices like Stingray exist more or less exclusively to get around the warrant requirement and no carrier would assist in that way without a court order, that places the police in the awkward position of asking a judge to write an order than can only be for avoiding the same judges authority....

Comment: Re:6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine (Score 5, Interesting) 96

by cusco (#48206759) Attached to: 6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine

No, he's thinking of the US military's insistence on bulldozing an airfield well into the protected archeological zone of Babylon, destroying (IIRC) an unexcavated mound and a minor temple in the process. (Then to add insult to injury, they abandoned the project because it wasn't needed, something they were told well before starting work.).

+ - China performing SSL MITM attacks on iCloud

Submitted by IamTheRealMike
IamTheRealMike (537420) writes "Anti-censorship blog GreatFire has published a story claiming that SSL connections from inside China to Apple iCloud are being subject to a man in the middle attack, using a self signed certificate. Apple has published a knowledge base article stating that the attacks are indeed occurring, with example screenshots of the SSL cert error screens used by popular Mac browsers. Unfortunately, in China at least one natively produced browser called Qihoo markets itself as "secure", but does not show any certificate errors when presented with the self signed cert. Is this the next step towards China doing systematic SSL MITM attacks, thus forcing their population onto Chinese browsers that allow the surveillance and censorship to occur?"

Comment: Re:Don't be ridiculous (Score 1) 318

by cusco (#48192787) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

There are access control systems in a couple of local hospitals here that are over 20 years old, one hasn't been rebooted in at least 8 years. There are controllers for a local power dam that have been in place and working since the 1970s. There is a lot to be said about the reliability of old-school hardware that more modern equipment can't hope to match.

Comment: Re:A rather empty threat (Score 1) 547

by IamTheRealMike (#48189867) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

The problem is that some factions in the non-systemd camp are pursuing systemd "emulation" by using shims and forks. That way you just get a second rate systemd, and it will remove any motivation from upstream projects to support anything else than system. Using Ubuntu's "logind" is a short term gain, but a strategic failure for the non-systemd camp. They need their own implementation of needed infrastructure, not just copying or emulating systemd.

It sounds a lot like the non-systemd camp have no idea what they are actually for, they only know what they are against. So this kind of thing is not surprising to hear.

The "UNIX philosophy" is an empty slogan that switches people's brains off. It sounds great, until you try and build a real system with the features modern users demand, and then it turns in to an exploding nightmare of combinatorial complexity as every program tries to abstract itself from every other program in the name of political correctness. As already noted elsewhere, the programs people use serverside Linux to actually run barely resemble the UNIX command line tools and that's for good reasons ...

Comment: Re: Moral Imperialism (Score 5, Interesting) 467

by IamTheRealMike (#48188407) Attached to: Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Is there really someone so stupid that they cannot tell the difference between a cartoon drawing and a real child?

There appears to be an entire united kingdom whose legal system is populated with such people.

Just FYI, the rule against illegal cartoons exists in the USA too. The Supreme Court struck down attempts to use CP laws in this way as being obvious nonsense, so Congress just went ahead and amended the law to make it explicitly illegal as opposed to implicitly illegal.

Unfortunately a lot of crap like this ends up being brought into otherwise sane legal systems thanks to pressure from the USA to "upgrade" national laws to meet the "latest standards". Japan has been pressured for years to tighten its CP laws, being publicly named and shamed etc - the primary justification for not doing so was fear of false positives. Like this one. And like the notorious cases where two teenagers can legally have sex but not photograph themselves doing it.

Fact is, politicians love being able to say they made the law tougher on paedophiles. It's a sure popularity winner. So it's inevitable you end up with idiocy like this.

Comment: Re:Things once thought impossible... (Score 1) 345

by cusco (#48181239) Attached to: The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

Most of the matter and energy that makes up the universe is still undetectable to us except on the gross galactic scale, somewhere between 60-95 percent depending on who's estimating. I think that leaves a little wiggle room. BTW, cold fusion wouldn't exist at "human scale", it's an atomic scale phenomenon.

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