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Comment Misleadling article (Score 1) 152

According to KPN, the hacked website was not part of the CA's issuing system. Assuming they're being wholly truthful, this article is pure sensationalism: A company has a non-critical website that's hacked: whooptie.

Of course it's bad PR: it doesn't inspire confidence in their other security matters. However, its just as likely that they're concentrating on their actual business (managing certificates), and the site was an afterthought. In any case (maybe I'm just cynical) it doesn't surprise me that a very low traffic, low volume site is negligently secured.

Totally misleading headline.

Comment Re:Beginning of the end (Score 1) 445

Yeah; people seem to have this idea that because FF will change versions several times a year that this mean they'll see the same amount of change and the same amount of plugin breakage several times a year they used to see just once every year or two.

Of course, that's nonsense - development speed won't go up by an order of magnitude; it's just a different (and better) way of packaging essentially the same changes.

I kinda hope they adopt something like chrome's auto-updater for an even less intrusive experience.

Comment Re:Misleading article & summary (Score 1) 45

It's more akin to saying that SQL is broken because some versions of PHP allow SQL injection. The bug was in two common library implementations and can be fixed merely by updating the library... I also love how the article sensationalizes the issue and calls this a "serious" vulnerability... how exactly is this vulnerability going to be exploited in a "serious" fashion? That sure doesn't sound easy to do for most openid uses...

Comment Re:The concept of OpenID doesn't seem very secure (Score 1) 45

Not quite; it trains your users to only ever enter their password into precisely one site. In addition to which, under common usage you'll already be signed in and will rarely need to enter a password in the first place.

Also, your openid provider is free to use a less risky authentication method. E.g. if you use google's you might use two-factor authentication; a process that would be far too complex and annoying if it needed setting up for every site, but hardly problematic if used for just one or two.

Comment Re:Finally, a reasonable lawsuit (Score 1) 547

Except of course if the entire lawsuit is merely a cynical ploy to garner media attention, and relying on the fact that filing the lawsuit will be covered, but that dismissing it later isn't nearly as exciting.

Why else wait 2 years after the show to file? It's not like the show was top secret - and since the racing is prefilmed, they'd even had had plenty of time to review the cars before the show ever airs.

Dishonest litigation isn't something to be applauded - and it seems to me that's what they're into.

Comment Re:By 2050? (Score 1) 695

I'm not sure which "certain jurisdictions" you refer to, but assuming those countries participate in the European Convention on Human Rights, any such remants are void anyhow.

Note that though blasphemy per se is legal, that doesn't mean it's use is always; e.g. incitement to violence can be a crime and might contain blasphemy.

Comment Re:Typical Euro politics (Score 3, Insightful) 695

Yeah, 2000 is pretty much 1960.

With microwave ovens.
And teflon kitchenware.
And mobile phones
And digital cameras
And the world wide web
And slashdot
With commonly distributed measles vaccine
And mass-produced insulin
And VCR's & DVR's
And The Pill (approved in 1960)
And barcodes
With some understanding of genetics & proteomics
Having found Cosmic microwave background radiation (aka confirming the big bang) ...etc

Really, 2000 is pretty much 1960 indeed!
I bet the changes in 40 years will be similarly... unimpressive.

Comment Re:Are they kidding? (Score 4, Insightful) 356

The question, however, depends on context. Within the context of OS's, Windows is not generic - there's no generic Windows OS, just microsoft's. Outside of that context, microsoft can't assert its trademark: you can still sell windows (the glass panes) or software using windows (the GUI element) irrespective of the fact that an OS has that name.

Similarly, Apple is allowed to call itself Apple despite the fact that an apple (the generic fruit) is a common word, and despite the fact that the name famously could cause confusion with Apple Records - context matters.

Within the context of application stores, the term app store is rather generic. Comparing this the the mark Windows seems like a publicity stunt rather than a real legal argument - it's not convincing at all. If they were selling a phone called app store, or shoe polish or whatever - they'd have a case. But they're calling an app store (the generic term) app store (the trademark).

That's like trying to trademark the word Apple for a particular brand of apples - good luck with that...

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 2) 286

Note that the customers are not still paying - assuming TiVo isn't lying anyhow. They say customers have not been billed since November and that service until June 2011 will be free. For a device last sold in 2002, that doesn't sound unreasonable. Sure it's annoying, and the hassle and price-bump may cost em goodwill, but it's hardly an extreme step.

Comment Re:2x the power (Score 1) 497

Not that it's likely, but it's possible natural-gas -> electricity -> heat-for-cooking is more efficient than natural gas -> heat-for-cooking. Firstly, the loss due to transport is different (possibly greater), and secondly, kitchen stoves may not be as efficient as the huge power station at collecting the heat from the gas's combustion.

Comment Re:2x the power (Score 1) 497

An old dishwasher I had passed 5kW while heating - perhaps intentionally, perhaps due to age+corrosion. Lights would dim when it was on, and turning other things on was generally unwise. I'm not sure whether the power use or the fact that it *didn't* blow the fuse was more disturbing. What do you mean, fire safety?

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