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Comment Re:HTTPS is not safe either (Score 1) 622

Sorry, but you seem to not understand how SSL keys and Certificate Authorities work. You never send your private key to the CA, you send a certificate signing request. The CA verifies the information and sends back a certificate, signed, ensuring the public key corresponding to your private key is valid.

Yes there are still flaws, CAs can be abused to issue fraudulent certificates for your domain. Using this fraudulent certificate, someone (the NSA) can MITM the SSL connection, present the fraudulent certificate to the user, the browser will accept since it is signed by a CA, and continue. But they cannot get your SSL key via the CA and decrypt existing traffic.

Also, you can prevent SSL decryption even if someone has the private key, by using Diffie-Hellman key exchange rather than RSA key exchange.

Comment Re:Is this even a legitimate voting app from Faceb (Score 1) 80

I checked the link in the summary: and it consists of an iframe that loads the remote site

Was Thuzi contracted by Facebook to perform this vote? Why would they be? Thuzi appears to be some sort of online social media marketing firm. Looks fishy to me.

I did some further digging and on the Facebook legal terms & conditions page I found a reference to the Facebook Site Governance page, so it appears to be legitimate.

Comment Re:LOL, epic fail ... (Score 2) 80

So if you already have your permissions a little restrictive and don't allow apps, when you go there you get confronted with this:

Start Now Apps and Games
You are about to use Facebook Site Governance, a Start Now app. These apps start with your name, profile picture, other public info and friend list to immediately personalize your experience on Facebook.
Opt Out at Any Time
There are two ways to stop using this app and its personalization features. The first few times you use it, click Disable in the banner at the top. You can also remove it in App Settings.
To opt out of all Start Now apps, visit your Instant Personalization Settings. Learn more about instant personalization.

So, in order to participate in this voting, you need to agree to even more access by this thing just to find out what it looks like.

Facebook really are a bunch of asses aren't they? This is the same setting which wants to be used by apps and games to give them access to all of your data.

Will someone please lock Zuckerface into a room with a bear or something?

I believe you are prompted with this request for permission because I don't think this is an actual application or voting page from Facebook. This is an application from a social media company called Thuzi. The 'voting page' linked in the summary contains an iframe to I don't think this is legitimate.

Comment Is this even a legitimate voting app from Facebook (Score 1) 80

I checked the link in the summary: and it consists of an iframe that loads the remote site

Was Thuzi contracted by Facebook to perform this vote? Why would they be? Thuzi appears to be some sort of online social media marketing firm. Looks fishy to me.

Comment Re:Put stuff in sealed plastic cases? (Score 1) 434

The whole obsolete hardware craze is really a little overrated, as when it happened in the past, it was always with pretty damn obscure hardware. Of course not everybody has a machine around to read some old NASA tapes, so you will have trouble reading those in a few decades, but pretty damn near everybody has something around to read USB.

Ok, well let's think back to 25 years ago. 25 years ago was 1987, what storage medium was around back then that we could read easily now? 3.5" floppies were around, the 1.44mb high density format was brand new for 1987, how easy is it to read a 3.5" floppy disk these days? No computer comes with a floppy drive, you'd probably be able to find a USB floppy drive so it IS possible to read the disk (if the disk is still good). So it is perfectly understandable to be concerned if media from 2012 will be usable in 2037, despite your believe that the obsolete hardware craze is 'overrated.'

Personally, I'd store whatever on raw media like an SD card, since readers may exist in the future for SD->whatever-new-interfacethereis. A hard drive in 1987 may have had an MFM interface to it, see many MFM->SATA interfaces these days? Nope. But do you see floppy->USB interfances? Yup. So that's why I'd stick with a raw storage format like a floppy or SD card, and not stick to something with its own interface like IDE, SATA, or USB.

Comment Misleading Headline (Score 3, Informative) 411

The headline states that the laws are only available via a $200 license, but that is not the case. The laws currently exist in two forms, a paper version and an electronic version that is stored in a proprietary format. The paper copy is held in multiple 3-ring binders and would cost $656 to reproduce, and in order to read the proprietary electronic format you would need to license the software required for $200. No one ever said the laws themselves were copyrighted. They are also available to view for free in multiple public locations, "White said copies of the code, with updates early this year, are on file at the Schenectady Public Library, Schenectady County Supreme Court Library, the Schenectady County Community College Library and several other locations."

So you can see that no one is preventing anyone from viewing the laws, the problem is if you want your own personal copy it just isn't financially feasible at this time. Luckily the city realizes this and they're working to get a copy of the code online, which will be accessible for free. It shouldn't be this difficult to view city laws electronically so searching is simpler, and this is a good example of why we shouldn't use proprietary formats. Although your content is owned by you, you're limited to what you can do with it because of the format it's in.

Submission + - Nigerian "Scam Police" shut down 800 web sites\

Sooner Boomer writes: "Nigerian police in what is named Operation "Eagle Claw" have shut down 800 scam web sites, and arrested members of 18 syndicates behind the fraudulent scam sites. Reports on, and Pointblank give details on the busts. The investigation was done in cooperation with Microsoft, to help develop smart technology software capable of detecting fraudulent emails. From Breitbart "When operating at full capacity, within the next six months, the scheme, dubbed "eagle claw" should be able to forewarn around a quarter of million potential victims.". So maybe Microsoft does a little bit of good after all."

Submission + - HTC Finally Releases Hero Source Code (

An anonymous reader writes: After months of prodding by developers, HTC has finally released the long requested Android source code for the HTC Hero. This follows up on a previous recent report on Slashdot concerning device manufacturer HTC's perceived stonewalling over releasing source code for the device after repeated attempts to initially obtain source were met with vague responses, which is covered here.

Submission + - Virus-Like Particles May Mean Speedier Flu Vacines (

An anonymous reader writes: As the world struggles to produce enough H1N1 vaccine, Technology Review reports on two human trials involving so-called virus-like particles (VLP) vaccines, which promise to be much faster to churn out. VLP vaccines use a protein shells, grown in either plants or insect cells, that look just like real viruses to the body's immune system but that contain no influenza RNA genetic material. A company called Medicago grows its VLPs in transgenic tobacco plants, while another, called Novavax, uses a "immortalized" cells taken from caterpillars. Providing they pass safety regulations both techniques should be able to produce an influenza vaccine more quickly than current methods, using just the DNA of the virus.
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Submission + - SPAM: FCC takes first step toward net neutrality rules

alphadogg writes: The Federal Communications Commission has taken the first step toward creating formal net neutrality rules, despite a huge lobbying effort from opposing groups in recent days. The FCC voted Thursday to open a rulemaking process and begin receiving comments on a proposal to create new net neutrality rules following a contentious debate on whether new regulations are needed. The FCC is still months away from voting on the final regulations, but the rules, as proposed, would allow Web users to run the legal applications and access the legal Web sites of their choice, while prohibiting broadband providers from selectively blocking or slowing Web content. Providers could use "reasonable" network management to reduce congestion and maintain quality of service, but the rules would require them to be transparent with consumers about their efforts.
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Submission + - New 0-day Exploit For Wordpress . Solution Include (

surfdurp writes: There was New 0-day Exploit For Wordpress released on 18th Oct . this blog post includes details about the same , it also includes solution . but know wordpress has looked into the problem and has released Wordpress 2.8.5 so please upgrade ur wordpress as this exploit can lead to heavey server usage upto "47".

Submission + - Mac OSX Leopard Leaked (

hey0you0guy writes: Somebody has uploaded the beta copy of Leopard to a file sharing site for download. The beta copy of Leopard, the next version of Mac OS X handed to developers last week by Apple, is available on a file-sharing site for downloading. Apple's legal department tends to frown on things like that. Or, at least they did when the same thing happened with a beta copy of Tiger, the current version of Mac OS X released in April of 2005.

Submission + - Hollywood's new anti-pirate posters

newtley writes: "Things are terrible, claims Hollywood, introducing new anti-pirate posters. Last year, the entertainment cartels claimed counterfeiting and file sharing were prime causes of deteriorating world economies. But, quoting from the Havocscope global index of illicit markets, movie and music piracy were way down the list at 16th and 20th respectively, said p2pnet. Despite these earlier spurious claims, things have worsened dramatically. Right? Wrong. Havocscope says movies have moved up only four notches to the 12th position, and music is now two steps further down, not up, at position # 22."

Submission + - Are Most CS Students Getting a Raw Deal?

Jason Luther writes: "Are most Computer Science students in universities and colleges around the world getting a raw deal? That's what it seems like; especially when you look at all the evidence and realize just how many hundreds of thousands of students are putting long hours and thousands of dollars into studying something that they just won't do well in... Given the disparity amongst the "coding talent" present in different students, is it the universities' duty to inform students of the real hardships encountered in the programming world, and the fact that it's not experience alone that makes a good programmer?"

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