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Comment Re:Gee thanks (Score 1) 28

In case you haven't seen it yet: See Comet Catalina tomorrow morning before dawn

I'd post this as a story but it would probably go front-page on the 2nd.

Actually, comet Catalina is expected to be brightest next week, when it is closest to Earth. And it could have a gas outburst at any time, which will make it much brighter no matter when that occurs.

Comment Re:God I hate to say this, but (Score 3, Interesting) 562

I agree with him.

There was way too much slovenly fan service in that movie. As I expected with a Disney movie, it played it totally safe and took no chances. It looked test-marketed to within an inch of its life.

A real filmmaker would have made his own film, not just remade someone else's.

Took no chances? No implied interracial love triangle? No "female persona" for the robot? No killing off of main characters?

I actually agree that half the movie was lifted from IV-VI, but I happened to like that. I wanted to see a Star Wars movie, not an action film that used the Star Wars name and character names (like the same director did with Star Trek).

Comment Re:AVG used to be good and then about 4 years ago (Score 1) 170

MSSE was great, but the catch rate has really fallen off in the past 2 years. For a free AV bitdefender or avira are where it is at. Avira tends to be spammy, while bitdefender is quiet, so there in is my current top of the heap. Add in a free MalWareBytes scan every 2 weeks, a good adblocker, and non-ISP DNS and you can't get much better. If you think you are infected, MalwareBytes anti-root kit, hitman pro, and malwarebytes, and adwcleaner are a good combot to get most stuff out. Source, I manage a shop that does lots of residential repairs (ie 80% viruses).

Reading this, I had no idea how much I enjoy Ubuntu. Thank you for reminding me.

I'm sure that this is how the Tesla owners feel when they hear about somebody replacing a water pump, or a leaky valve cover, or fouled plugs, or a muffler, or a fuel pump, or an ignition coil, or a cam bearing, or an O2 sensor, or a fuel injector, or even doing regular oil changes and yearly smog tests.

Comment Re:Claws Mail (Score 2) 388

Second the recommendation for Claws Mail. If I leave my Thunderbird open and exercise it for several days it grows to 6 GB RAM use and beyond.

You already knew that somebody would say this, but it's likely that one of your plugins is bad. Would you mind mentioning the plugins that you use? I use Conversations and Virtual Identity plugins, and I'll have Thunderbird open for _weeks_ at a time with no issue. And I'm a rather heavy user.

Comment Re:Same setup for MacBook, except for online backu (Score 1) 132

Like you I have a script that locally encrypts with my own private key before upload. That private key I keep in my Owncloud.

I would love to see your script, if you don't mind sharing. Mine is "in development" i.e. I still prefer to do it all manually which means that backups do not happen as often as they should.

Comment Re:Same setup for MacBook, except for online backu (Score 1) 132

Sure, but it's a bit more involved to use:

Let me quote something from that page:

$0.007 per GB

And of course I encrypt the files locally before uploading them. My private key remains private, and I have it backed up as well on physical media in disparate locations, not online.

Comment Re:Here's a historical (unknown) point-of-interest (Score 1) 85

Each warhead is manufactured differently and as a result, the timing of the operations needed to set it off differ. If the right key isn't present, then the timing parameters are decrypted wrong and the warhead doesn't go off.

I'm not sure of the specifics of this case, but nuclear warheads in general will explode with inaccurately timed lens explosives. It will have much less mass go critical before the reactions start, and thus will go BOOM instead of BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM, but it will most likely attain some level of criticality and react.

Comment Re:Same setup for MacBook, except for online backu (Score 1) 132

I currently use BackBlaze, and it's soooooo damned stable, light-weight and easy to use... I wonder if there's self hosted alternative?

BackBlaze stores your private key on their servers:

That doesn't seem very private to me. In fact, when you want to restore your data, the data is decrypted on the BackBlaze server, then zipped and the zip file is sent with the unencrypted files. You can add a passphrase to the private key, but again this passphrase needs to be entered into the BackBlaze website so that the files can be decrypted on the server. They promise not to store the passphrase. I love promises.

Comment Re:Hope the bastard gets a nice long stretch (Score 4, Insightful) 53

I dread to think what could happen to some of the information about those kids and who might use it to target youngsters if he's sold it. VTech have been criminally negligent here too so one would hope some heads role, but this little turd really deserves the book thrown at him.

My daughter just this week received a VTech tablet as a gift. We could not connect it to the network due to this hack, and it took me a few minutes to put one and one together to realize that _this_toy_ was the one whose network was hacked. Of course, I had just warned her a few minutes beforehand about entering personal information into the device.

As a parent of a child with this tablet, I am _happy_ that this guy broke in. The VTech company is completely negligent, and I'm furious that they would not encrypt the communications and have such egregious flaws. I'm a software developer and I know that all software has bugs, but this isn't a bug. This was a choice by VTech to use unencrypted communications and to not use best practices in their DB communications (prepared queries). If this Brit hadn't broken in, somebody with worse intentions would have.

I don't personally verify that my bank has good locks, and I don't personally verify that my health care provider's employees have each received proper certification. I have to trust many entities in my life, VTech was one, but when the bank doesn't even bother to lock the safe, or the health care provider slaps a Dr badge on anybody with a white coat, then we have justified reason to be angry not with those who opened the safe but rather with those who left it unguarded.

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