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Comment Reasonable (free or non-free) Alternatives? (Score 1) 86

I currently use StartCom certificates for my personal web server and email server (no, not related to Hillary). But I also use their client certificates (S/MIME).

I also use a backup MX service for my mail server, but recently that has changed hands and the price has started to go up.

So it would be nice to find a one stop shop to fill these needs:
    1. Backup MX service (possibly with spam filtering service)
    2. SSL certificate for a single domain (no wildcards, single server name is fine)
    3. S/MIME client certificates

Free is nice, but I am willing to pay a small annual fee for the services (currently pay for Backup MX). I currently create my own key and CSR, I do not like sites that generate the keys for you or require any software. I should be able to upload the CSR, and get a certificate back (after validating I own the domain, of course).

Any recommendations? If I cannot find anything reasonable, I will have to go back to self-signed certificates. I could live without the S/MIME, but having that is nice being its the only easy way to encrypt email on iPhone's Mail app.

Comment Can we have "Trash All" back in the Mail app too? (Score 1) 50

Typical Apple - add a much needed and awaited feature in iOS 9 in the Mail App, where you can go into a mail folder and hit Edit, and in the lower corner, have the option to Trash All messages.

In iOS 10, Apple removed this feature, but the Trash folder still retains a "Delete All" button in the same spot, but every other mail folder has now reverted to ios 8 behavior. That is, to delete all messages in a folder, it now requires Edit, then tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap swipe tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap swipe tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap Delete. But I can Mark All as Read, or Flag All, but nope, why would you want to Trash/Delete All?

And to this day, one still cannot collapse/expand hierarchical IMAP folders. I gave up on this feature and renamed some of my more frequently used mail folders to start with A or B so that they show up near the top of the alphabetically sorted list (such as rename "Spam" to "Blocked").

Any recommendations for a Mail App replacement? I want to leave my messages stored on my IMAP server, some of the ones I have tried were nice, but involved synchronizing all messages in all folders to the iphone, which I do not want, or did not support S/MIME through the Contacts properly for encryption/signing.

Comment Re:COURAGE (Score 1) 316

There are some very nice (and small) USB SD card readers. Loss of the SD card slot is understandable in my opinion. I usually use my USB card reader when I transfer files off my camera since most desktops do not have a dedicated SD card reader anyway. (My camera does have Wi-Fi, but turning on the radio, connecting to my network, and transferring files at WiFi speed doesn't compare to just copying the files directly off the SD card - the simplest method in Linux IMO).

Loss of USB Type A ports is far far bigger deal, and quite a headache. Now you will need a USB-C hub with type A ports just to use about every peripheral that is out there today.

Courage is it? Forced obsolescence is more like it. Thanks Apple.

Comment Re:COURAGE (Score 1) 316

Yes, we will have to go back to the USB SD Card reader to transfer files. Except, no, wait, we will also need a USB-C adapter to hold the USB SD card adapter. I am guessing there are not too many USB-C SD card readers out there (certainly not in the possession of most people who still have USB 2.0 adapters they purchased years ago).

It is almost getting to the point of having a single "port" on the laptop and then having to have a hub device that breaks out all the useful things, like Ethernet, USB, HDMI, etc. In fact, I believe years past we used to call those.. docking stations. Except now you have to carry around your own docking station to make the laptop semi-useful again.

Not sure these ultrabook style devices are a win-win. I like the lighter weight, and most of the time you have to go the Ultrabook route to get the newer high-res screens (2560 or 4K), but the lack of IO - my bag didn't get any smaller. Instead of one big laptop that could do everything (including a DVD-RW burner), now you have to carry around endless drives, adapters, cables, hubs and power bricks with you. Yea.

Submission + - NSA Deputy Proposes Dedicated U.S. Cybersecurity Team (

An anonymous reader writes: Curtis Dukes, the NSA Deputy National Manager for National Security Systems, has urged the government to rethink their cybersecurity strategy as a whole, and find a way to unite separate departments to create a cohesive security policy to combat cybercrime. Speaking at a public policy think tank, Dukes outlined the lack of inter-agency cooperation that he believes is endangering national security, observing that managing the response requirements of different departments involved in cybercrime creates a delay of days — or even up to a week — when responding to a cyberattack. “I am now firmly convinced that we need to rethink how we do cyber defense as a nation.” he said. “By the time we get that sorted we are at a disadvantage when it comes to an adversary and how they can attack us in that regard.”

Submission + - Unregulated Use Of Facial Recognition Tech Threatens People's Privacy (

Orome1 writes: Facial recognition tech is a boon to law enforcement, but without strict regulation and safeguards, it poses considerable risks to the privacy, civil liberties, and civil rights of law abiding citizens. Unfortunately, that’s the current situation in the US. An extensive and in-depth report by the Center for Privacy & Technology at the Georgetown University Law Center has revealed just how extensively the technology is used by law enforcement agencies. And even though the academics received limited information after filing official requests to police departments around the country, that information combined with the available FBI data paints a worrying picture.

Submission + - Government Monitoring Scheme For Intelligence Employees Would Run 24/7

An anonymous reader writes: The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is soliciting contributions for a 42-month series of trials aimed at developing sensor-based methodologies to continuously assess an individual's fitness for a post, even in their private lives. The project is entitled Multimodal Objective Sensing to Assess Individuals with Context (MOSAIC), and intends to build ‘unobtrusive, passive and persistent’ sensor-derived methodologies to monitor an individual’s stability and physiological responses, as well as their cognitive functioning. The scope of the sensors is described as ‘anything that can collect data from a consenting study participant throughout that participant’s daily life, to include time at work and outside of work’, and would involve monitoring of social networks, time of day, ambient temperatures and other conditions, sound and ‘personal interactions’. The core aspects of job performance that MOSAIC is seeking to parametrise are task performance, ‘organisational citizenship behaviors’ and ‘counterproductive work-behaviors’.

Submission + - DNA testing for jobs may be on its way, warns Gartner (

dcblogs writes: It is illegal today to use DNA testing for employment, but as science advances its understanding of genes that correlate to certain desirable traits — such as leadership and intelligence — business may want this information. People seeking leadership roles in business, or even those in search of funding for a start-up, may volunteer their DNA test results to demonstrate that they have the right aptitude, leadership capabilities and intelligence for the job. This may sound farfetched, but it's possible based on the direction of the science, according to Gartner analysts David Furlonger and Stephen Smith, who presented their research Wednesday at the firm's Symposium IT/xpo in Orlando. This research is called "maverick" in Gartner parlance, meaning it has a somewhat low probability and is still years out, but its potential is nonetheless worrisome to the authors. It isn't as radical as it seems. Job selection on the basis of certain desirable genetic characteristics is already common in the military and sports. Even without testing, businesses, governments and others may use this understanding about how some characteristics are genetically determined to develop new interview methodologies and testing to help identify candidates predisposed to the traits they desire.

Submission + - SPAM: Just 2 weeks in the mountains can change your blood for months

schwit1 writes: The human body begins adapting to high-elevation environments as quickly as overnight, and these biological changes can last for months — even after the person has returned to lower elevations.

For the first time ever, scientists comparing the blood of mountain hikers have observed how multiple changes affect the red blood cells' ability to retain oxygen in low-oxygen environments — and it happens within hours.

The find contradicts an assumption that’s lasted for half a century suggesting that humans in high-altitude environments start producing new red blood cells that are more capable of supplying oxygen to their muscles and organs than the average human’s blood.

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Submission + - Proliferation Of Vulnerable Open Source Components Creates Growing Risk (

Orome1 writes: Analysis revealed the growing risk caused by the proliferation of vulnerable open source components. Veracode found that a single popular component with a critical vulnerability spread to more than 80,000 other software components, which were in turn then used in the development of potentially millions of software programs. Approximately 97 percent of Java applications contained at least one component with a known vulnerability.

Comment Re:Great Idea. (Score 1) 377

I should refine my last statement that I do not use the 3.5mm jack during the day while I am at work. However, I DO use the 3.5mm jack quite extensively when I am mowing the grass, going for a walk, or listening to music when falling asleep (and leaving my lightning port connected to a charger overnight). I would like a slightly thicker phone if more battery life could be had - as it is now I can only get by always charging my phone overnight, AND by topping it off while I am at work by leaving it connected to a dock, AND I always have it plugged into my car stereo via USB. Even with all that, sometimes late in the evening I will dip below 20% battery.

Comment Re:Great Idea. (Score 1) 377

The problem with an external adapter, and with lightning connector headphones, is that the DAC has now been moved from inside the phone to the external dongle or headphone.

For audiophiles, this was standard practice (to use an external DAC) even with the 3.5mm jack, because the iPhone's internal DAC was limited to 24-bit/48kHz. But now with cheap dongles and cheap headphones, the built-in DACs could be quite inferior for audio quality, or if decent, raise the cost (rather than one decent DAC in the phone, now every connected headphone/dongle has to provide it's own DAC and draw power from the phone).

I don't like Apple removing the 3.5mm jack, but now that I use Sennheiser's as my primary headphones at work, I no longer use the 3.5mm audio jack and use an external dock to charge my phone and drive my headphones (still have to turn the volume to near max to drive them). I think the market for external DACs with added bonus of phone battery charging capability will be on the rise (see Oppo HA-2 and the like). Incorporating such features into a phone case even better.

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