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Comment Re:Security through Antiquity? (Score 1) 481

We still manufacturer magnetic thin films on flexible media, for the last few 3.5 inch floppies and other purposes, and I'd imagine that you could get away with putting a very low resolution magnetic pattern on film capable of a much finer one (though not the reverse)

Not necessarily--not all magnetic thin films are the same. Ones capable of storing a higher density of magnetic patterns have a higher coercivity (i.e., it takes a higher magnetic field strength to change the magnetization). The write heads in drives designed to write on lower coercivity media aren't strong enough to write on the high coercivity media. Which is why you can't use a 5.25" HD (1.2MB) floppy in a DD (360KB) drive.

Comment Re:Editorializing (Score 1) 171

Of course a 3.5" floppy drive can damage a disk. The head is in contact with moving media. Should it damage the disk? No. CAN it damage the disk? Certainly.

Which is why they cleaned the floppy drive before putting the disks into it. "The primary concern was damage to the disks during the reading process. While impossible to eliminate without using extremely expensive equipment well beyond the reach of involved parties, it was believed this risk could be minimized by using a recently cleaned and tested floppy drive for copying ..." -- from the report detailing what they did.

Not sure why there seems to be this assumption that because they made an "image" of the disks, they must not have used a regular Amiga floppy drive. These days I often make images of hard drives... I don't take the platters out in a clean room and use some special microscope to do it. I plug in the drive as normal and use software. Similarly, they imaged the floppies by using a regular Amiga floppy drive, albeit connected to a fancier floppy controller card that can even image disks that may have errors.

Comment Re:Editorializing (Score 1) 171

Most serious software archivists would simply plop the disks in a floppy drive connected to a Kryoflux, or similar device, and be done with it.

And that's exactly what they did. They imaged the floppies with KryoFlux connected to a known-good, clean, Amiga floppy drive. TFA has a link to the technical details.

Comment Re:de Raadt (Score 1) 304

Bitch about this instead. A fucking static checker found heartbleed.

No, it says, "Coverity did not find the heartbleed bug itself", which very clearly means that Coverity did not find Heartbleed. And Coverity themselves confim that Coverity does not detect the problem (though in response, they've added a new heuristic that does detect it, but no word on how the new heuristic affects the false positive rate).

Comment Re:IRS has free online tax filing (Score 1) 386

It's not exactly the IRS's service; it's offered by the Free File Alliance, "a nonprofit coalition of industry-leading tax software companies partnered with the IRS to provide free electronic tax services."

I use them too... definitely beats driving to the main post office at midnight to make sure the return (or extension) is postmarked in time. :)

Comment He only gave Google 2 days before going public? (Score 5, Informative) 152

So, no thanks to TFA, I found the actual bug report, and it turns out the guy went public less than 2 days after reporting the bug to Google. Talk about impatient. And it's not true that "Google issued a low-priority label to the bug when he reported it, until he wrote about it on his blog and the post started picking up steam on social media". It's true that it was originally given a low-severity label at first, it was bumped to medium a day-and-a-half later, then up to high a few hours after that--around the same time that he went to reddit about it. Not exactly sure if it was before or after, since I don't know the timezone of the times reported on Chrome's issue tracker, but one of the comments from Google says that they had already bumped the severity rating before they knew about him going public.

Comment Re: Clearly vaccination is to blame! (Score 1) 558

Why are people so quick to say vaccines are connected? Wait until some weirdo declares that soap causes autism, and see how the world behaves even after the claim is debunked times over. Just like with vaccines. Enjoy the smell of the (literally) unwashed masses then.

Because soap doesn't normally contain a mercury compound as a preservative.

OK, but vaccines for kids don't normally contain a mercury compound as a preservative either.

Comment Re:What the f*** Walmart? (Score 1) 455

Now, they likely do have some valid complaints here.

But bitching about a slow transition away from magnetic stripe cards when *you are one of the last retailers to install NFC payment terminals* and more importantly *knowingly skipped the start of migration during your last payment terminal upgrade cycle* is bullshit.

What does NFC have to do with anything? What Walmart wants is the contact chip, not contactless. And their terminals have supported those for years... However, I've never gotten one to read my EMV card (supposedly they do work in some stores that have a significant number of international customers).

Comment Re:Chip and PIN (Score 1) 455

the most likely scenario for paying for the switch is that banks will offer their customers a "New, more secure card!" for the low, low price of ($10? $20?).

They don't cost any more than non-chip cards. I requested EMV cards from both Citibank and Bank of America (via online account management) and didn't have to pay anything.

Comment Re:I suggest the ultimate legal protection: (Score 1) 15

Yes, and how do you trust your "visitors"?

You don't trust yourself? And even if you don't, how does that reveal info on who is running the hidden service? Of course you know your own entry point into the Tor network; the Tor client even shows you. netstat shows you. But if you want to find/sue the person running the hidden service, you need to find that person's entry point.

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