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Comment: Re:But not to give them a chance to correct it fir (Score 1) 404

It's

It's is short for it is or it has. This is a 100% rule. It cannot be used for anything else. If you cannot expand it's to it is or it has, then it is wrong.

Its
Its is like his and her.

Read more at http://www.grammar-monster.com/easily_confused/its_its.htm#ofYKtpWvWVT8w4VO.99

Comment: Re:But not to give them a chance to correct it fir (Score 1) 404

The only reason not to do would be if you knew someone was already taking advantage of the vulnerability in the wild.

Or worse, if you didn't know someone was already taking advantage of the vulnerability in the wild.

Not telling the sysadmins of the world that their systems are potentially at risk is a far worse crime than telling the attackers that they assuredly are.

Comment: Re:The trouble with using Google accounts (Score 1) 91

by tringstad (#43680835) Attached to: How the Syrian Electronic Army Hacked The Onion

...a mobile phone capable of receiving SMS messages...

I have yet to see an implementation of 2-factor authentication that uses this method; only poorly written articles by journalists who have misunderstood what they've read, and repetition of said articles by misinformed slashdot commenters.

Can you provide evidence of one that does?

Comment: Re:A few items (Score 2) 338

by tringstad (#42208113) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old Technology Coexisting With New?

Where were you that you were using 10baseT ethernet in the 80s?

Although it technically existed, the standard wasn't published until 1990. I personally didn't have any interaction with it until around 1992.

I have never seen with my own eyes anyone using 10baseT over Cat 3 cabling. I've heard rumors, but never seen it. In my experience, prior to the introduction of Cat 5 most people who were using 10baseT were doing so over coaxial cable.

Cat 5 cabling wasn't introduced until 1991 or 1992, and wasn't widely available for commercial use until sometime in the mid 90s.

-Tommy

Comment: Re:Will it work with glasses? (Score 2) 93

by tringstad (#42124549) Attached to: Kickstarted Oculus Rift VR Headset Shipping In March/April

Impossible? Care to explain why?

Carmack seems to think otherwise:

"While the headset is light and fits well, the player can't wear glasses under the current design. If you move the display further from your head you lose field of view. There are things they can do with sharpness in the software, or they can create adjustable optics that remove the need for glasses, but those are problems that will be solved in the retail version. "Astigmatism I could correct for with a fragment program," Carmack told me without skipping a beat. This is the world we live in; your vision problems can be solved in software."

From:
http://penny-arcade.com/report/editorial-article/behind-the-scenes-with-the-oculus-rift-the-hardware-that-could-change-the-w

Comment: Re:Never rely on a single authentication method. (Score 2) 122

by tringstad (#41254247) Attached to: UPEK Fingerprint Reader Software Puts Windows Passwords At Risk

if biometrics are used to back up the assertion of the username ...

Biometrics is intended to replace the username, not "back it up".

... in a supplied username/password combo (in 2-factor authentication) ...

Username/password combinations are NOT 2-factor authentication. 2-factor authentication is more along the line of the OP's first two examples of something you have plus something you know. For instance, my gmail account is secured using Google's 2-factor implementation and my smartphone:

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/advanced-sign-in-security-for-your.html

... they feel a little more like authentication than identification to me.

Hopefully this is no longer the case.

Comment: Re:Never rely on a single authentication method. (Score 4, Insightful) 122

by tringstad (#41253393) Attached to: UPEK Fingerprint Reader Software Puts Windows Passwords At Risk

Biometrics are not and should not be used for authentication at all, they fall under the category of identification.

Good article on the differences between Identification, Authentication, and Authorization here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc512578.aspx

There is even a section which addresses biometrics specifically.

Google

+ - Google Drive coming as early as April->

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techfun89 writes "The wait may finally be over for the rumored Google Drive or GDrive. GigaOm's Om Malik says that it will be launched the first week of April.

"According to the details from my sources, Google is going to offer 1 GB of storage space for free, but will charge for more storage. The market leader Dropbox currently offers 2 GB for free. Google's product will come with a local client and the web interface will look much like the Google Docs interface. Interestingly, it will launch for Google Apps customers and will be domain specific as well. Google has also built an API for third party apps with this service so folks can store content from other apps in the Google drive. My sources are impressed, so far with what they have seen."

Google has fumbled in the past like with their initial release of Google Music without any record labels, which they later fixed. Google Play could to have ties to GDrive for storing things like digital movie content. So the potential exists for big results from Google Drive."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:marijuana legalization issue was Painful to Wat (Score 1) 709

by tringstad (#28201891) Attached to: Open Government Brainstorm Defies Wisdom of Crowds

If you believe that you can be in a society and not affect other members of your society (especially the young, impressionable ones, and the ones that aren't so happy with their status quo), then you've been sober and plain ignorant way too long.

There, fixed it proper. Argument remains the same.

-Tommy

Comment: Re:Modern version (Score 1) 240

by tringstad (#27852183) Attached to: A History of <em>Rogue</em>

You are the man. Best 99 cents I've ever spent in my life.

I bought it a week or two ago, and not many nights have gone by that I haven't played it at least for a little while sitting at the bar waiting for friends to show up.

I have to admit though, the one thing I don't like about it is the graphics. The lack of ASCII definitely makes the game feel oddly different even though the mechanics are the same.

Now go make me a NetHack port... I'll pay triple for it!

-Tommy

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