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Comment: Re:Linking ID to Hardware (Score 1) 178

by whysanity (#41531041) Attached to: Graphics Cards: the Future of Online Authentication?

Not necessarily. Think about the implication of the hardware acting as a "something you have" token in two-factor authentication. Today, a common implementation is to prompt for additional information or receive an email/text to confirm identity before setting a cookie to allow the particular device to be recognized.

Doing the same with a unique profile of the hardware would allow that device to permanently exist as one part of two-factor authentication, with a password being the other piece. This would--by far--be the most common use case. A friend borrowing your computer? They could log into their account with a simple email/text verification (a la Facebook) and their standard credentials. But since you've already tied that hardware to your account, you get to skip that step.

It needn't be all doom & gloom. There are practical applications.

Comment: One small problem... (Score 2) 969

by whysanity (#39377041) Attached to: Bring Back the 40-Hour Work Week

I don't expect many people would disagree with the assessment, except those pesky "people" called corporations. For many companies, their workforce is paid a flat salary and any concept of "overtime" doesn't mean more money paid out, let alone time and a half.

To hire an extra worker for those extra hours means spending more money, something that does not align with the capitalistic goal of earning as much as possible.

Comment: Flaw summary (Score 4, Informative) 49

by whysanity (#37571750) Attached to: Security Flaw Bypasses AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II Screen Lock

FTA: "If you have a PIN or an unlock pattern set, all you have to do in order to bypass it is simply tap the lock button to wake the display and then let the screen time out and go black. Tap the lock button again and low and behold, the unlock screen is gone and the phone can be accessed with no PIN or pattern input whatsoever."

Comment: Re:Stick with two bags (Score 1) 282

by whysanity (#37095920) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Laptop + DSLR Backpacks

Just because you can't see the argument for a single bag doesn't mean that there isn't one. For example, when I recently traveled to Peru, I rarely let my backpack out of sight—I didn't random hostels enough to leave thousands of dollars of equipment there, nor did I have a vehicle. That said, I did very well with a single piece of luggage, the Calumet BP1500 Large Backpack. It fit my 13" Macbook Air (with plenty of room for a larger laptop), my DSLR with a couple lenses and requisite accessories, in addition to clothes and whatever else I needed to survive for 10 days. All with enough space to bring back souvenirs.

The simplicity of a single bag was a boon when cramming myself into a taxi colectivo for 2 hours with a dozen strangers. Honestly, I'm not sure there would have been room for extra luggage.

As for the author's request, most details can be found on the product page, but in my opinion, the best part of that bag was having a hip belt to take the admittedly heavy load off my shoulders while hiking.

Comment: VPS (Score 3, Interesting) 456

by whysanity (#31226296) Attached to: Things To Look For In a Web Hosting Company?

You get what you pay for. If you want total control, man up and take it! Get a VPS from Linode or Slicehost and configure the server exactly how you want. They offer similar service for similar prices. To get you started, Linode has a LAMP StackScript available that can have you up and running in about 2 minutes. From there, configure Apache for multiple vhosts and you're all set.

The downside is that ultimately, yo're responsible. The upside is that they don't touch your stuff and are expandable nearly instantly

Comment: Funny you should ask... (Score 1) 258

by whysanity (#26433993) Attached to: Microsoft Tag, Smartphone-Scannable Barcodes

...because I outlined potential uses 5 days earlier.

Probably my favorite idea is a type of scavenger hunt with clues that are decoded from Free Text tags posted around the city. Find a tag, decode the clue, leading you to the next tag, etc.

The other great use would be integration of a tag into your address book, so that if you want to transfer your contact info, just let someone snap your vCard tag off your phone screen.

Music

New Royalty Rates Could Kill Internet Radio 273

Posted by Zonk
from the one-of-my-favorite-things-about-the-internet dept.
FlatCatInASlatVat writes "Kurt Hanson's Radio Internet Newsletter has an analysis of the new royalty rates for Internet Radio announced by the US Copyright Office. The decision is likely to put most internet radio stations out of business by making the cost of broadcasting much higher than revenues. From the article: 'The Copyright Royalty Board is rejecting all of the arguments made by Webcasters and instead adopting the "per play" rate proposal put forth by SoundExchange (a digital music fee collection body created by the RIAA)...[The] math suggests that the royalty rate decision — for the performance alone, not even including composers' royalties! — is in the in the ballpark of 100% or more of total revenues.'"

Comment: what abou LCOS? (Score 2, Interesting) 98

by whysanity (#15788853) Attached to: Recommendations for a 50" (or Larger) Display?
another technology out there that you didn't mention was LCOS. it's similar to a DLP in size. sony is just about to release thier a2000 series which will sport 1080p resolution and 1080p inputs (thereby satisfying your request for more than 768 vertical resolution). there are tons of input types, so you shouldn't have to worry about getting the video to it.

the 50" should be available in the next week or so. they have a 55 and 60 inch projected to launch in the near future. there are a few reviews available with a quick google search, but for the most part, people are waiting (and anxious) to see this new model.

Microsoft Talks Daily With Your Computer 686

Posted by samzenpus
from the what-could-go-wrong dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft Corp. acknowledged Wednesday that it needs to better inform users that its tool for determining whether a computer is running a pirated copy of Windows also quietly checks in daily with the software maker. The company said the undisclosed daily check is a safety measure designed to allow the tool, called Windows Genuine Advantage, to quickly shut down in case of a malfunction." The EULA is suppose to disclose this daily call-in feature. Lauren Weinstein, who is co-founder of People for Internet Responsibility, was one of the first people to notice the daily communications to Microsoft. Report from Yahoo.com"

Why Web 2.0 Will End Your Privacy 233

Posted by timothy
from the hot-local-girls-want-to-meet-you dept.
An anonymous reader writes "This is a pretty good insight into some of the dangers of social networking and website customisation -- marketing and loss of privacy. When marketeers know who your friends are and what you are all into, it makes their advertising a lot more effective. From the article: "Why are the companies worth so much money? Why is MySpace worth over half a billion dollars without a proper revenue model? Why is Digg allegedly pitched at over $20m (at the last count) without any idea of where money is going to be pulled from? The answer is - data. Information. Marketing. Every detail about you and me. That is where the money is."

The Pirate Bay Is Back Online 934

Posted by timothy
from the have-those-responsible-been-sacked? dept.
Many readers have submitted news that The Pirate Bay is back online, operating for now as "The Police Bay." Writes one anonymous submitter: "Pirate Bay got new hardware, moved the servers abroad and used recent backups. So the only bad side-effect of this police raid is that hundreds of clients of the ISP PRQ still have not got their servers back from the police. When the police did the raid on Wednesday, they took Pirate Bay from Bankgirot's secure server room. Then they also took all the servers in PRQ colocation facility STH3, effectively disabling a lot of small companies. The connection between PRQ and TPB? - Same owners, nothing more, this is beginning to become a huge scandal in Sweden with coverage on TV and all newspapers 4 days in a row."
Games

Journal: pc games

Journal by whysanity

i just want to say, that if you're looking to try a new, cool game, battlefield 1942 is definately on my list of shizzle games right now. the combination of quasi-objective team play with the use of classes, multiple weapons, and multiple vehicles truly makes it a great game. it's damn close to reality for a lot of things too. i've never had an experience like i've had playing battlefield 1942. it's defo worth the $40. the good news is that if you've got a geforce 2 or better vid card, the ga

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