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Comment "Pleeeease wipe me!" -- any dev mode Chromebook (Score 1) 489

You have to put your Chromebook into developer mode

And there's the deal breaker. The Chromebook firmware, when put into developer mode, practically invites anyone who turns it on to wipe the whole thing. At power on, it displays "OS verification is OFF -- Press Space to re-enable" (screenshot), but the owner's roommate doesn't know that she can push Ctrl+D to proceed with booting. Instead, she'll probably press Space, see a message to the effect "Reenabling OS verification will erase everything. Press Enter to continue" and do what it says.

I can handle the command line stuff. I can't handle the constant threat of loss of work that isn't committed yet and the use of the machine until I can return home to install media.

Comment Player's Choice game going for $60+ (Score 1) 109

Oh yeah, ancient used players choice versions of popular Nintendo games selling for $20 gets on my nerves.

If you're referring to used copies of the Player's Choice version of Super Smash Bros. Melee for Nintendo GameCube, it's probably demand from tourney[cigarettes]. A quick Google search shows it going for $60-$70 across multiple sellers.

Comment Internet activation killed PC games at GameStop (Score 1) 109

The same kind that decided a decade ago that PC games were no longer worth carrying.

That was decided for GameStop when Valve introduced Steam. Before Steam was a download store for PC games, it was the Internet activation method for Half-Life 2. Once more PC game publishers adopted Internet activation, GameStop could no longer accept used PC games.

Comment Re:Never saw that coming (Score 1) 250

Assuming DNSSec gets deployed as it should

Not likely as long as domain registrars that bundle DNS service charge extra for DNSSec. <cough>GoDaddy</cough>

someone in the same coffee shop will be able to passively snoop, but won't realistically be able to be in the middle of the communication unless the infrastructure is badly broken.

It is in fact "badly broken." If Starbucks Wi-Fi is "attwifi" (as it often is) and an attacker with two radios makes a bridge with the other end having the SSID "Starbucks", a first-time visitor won't know the difference and will likely choose to associate to the rogue AP.

At that point, your endpoint is untrusted

In the case of Fullscreen API, HTTPS strengthens the identity of the entity that made the endpoint appear less trusted. Under current policy, when an origin goes full-screen for the first time, the browser presents a "cancel or allow" prompt showing the hostname in big letters. But with cleartext HTTP, the user can't be sure that he's communicating with the intended origin instead of an active attacker.

Comment So fucking what? (Literally). (Score 5, Insightful) 600

So the guy's a pervert: does that mean his code quit working? Is he trying to fuck other contributors? Has he done anything to anyone without their consent?

I've worked with plenty of people in my time who are into things that I don't approve of, from voting for socialists to trying to be Heinlein characters, but if they don't bring it to the office, it's none of my business. That goes double for an open-source project where they're donating their work.

Enough with the goddamned neo-puritans. There's work to be done, for fuck's sake.

-jcr

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