* Posts by Jamie Jones

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El Reg offers you the chance to become a Master Investor – for free

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Re: I would love to attend

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^'amanfrommars1''s long lost American cousin!

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Google research bods hope to LICK BATTERY life limits – report

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Arrrrghh

Get rid of that awful article pic

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Woeful groans over Game of Thrones' spill on piracy sites

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Re: Not on PB yet

" Try kickass.to it is better than PB."

Try reading the comments you are replying too, Mr/Miss/Mrs/Ms Coward!

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Facebook preps for class action lawsuit as angry EU mob lawyer up

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Re: Then expect to pay for Facebook

I don't disagree with any of that, apart from the bit about all services being forced to charge EU residents.

Sure, they may not be able to make as much profit, but advertising worked before the sorts of harvesting we're talking about here, and I'm sure these services will find a way to still turn a profit without charging, which would be a commercially destructive decision.

Still, I agree with your general point, but meh. I think it's still worth it - if people want to explicitly sign away this info for discounts, then let them, but as it stands, I'm sure most people don't realise how much aggregated info on them is out there, and if privacy laws are being violated, then the perpetrators need to be called to task.

From what I understand, consumer protection with regards to buying retail products is stronger here than in America, but the consequence of this is that goods are usually more expensive here as a result. Again, meh, I don't know which I prefer, but I do realise the consequence of these laws.

cheers!

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Re: Then expect to pay for Facebook

I don't know enough about this case to comment specifically.

However, as already mentioned by previous commentators, existing law takes priority over EULAs, so we are far more protected by default by European consumer laws than you are in corporate-run America.

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A MILLION Chrome users' data was sent to ONE dodgy IP address

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Re: What amazes me...

Roger, ..........seriously?

Glad you left tech support - nothing more infuriating than calling when a server is down, and being told the solution is to reboot my computer, but it sounds like you'd have been at home in that environment!

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Re: What amazes me...

Roger! You've already been advised to stop digging any further, yet full steam ahead, you continue regardless!

Reread the comments you are replying too. They explain it clearly (Hint: off screen)

"Really? At the risk of feeding the trolls, you're dead wrong. On every windoze machine I've used, hitting print screen captures what's on the screen as a bitmap rendering to the clipboard. Using, for example, paint shop pro, in the past I have successfully produced a new image (ctrl+v) showing that very rendering. All I had to do then was crop the resulting bitmap image to my satisfaction, and presto, one screencap. I encourage you to try it for yourself."

This thing grabs the webpage, not the screen. This doesn't just save cropping - it means that if a webpage is so big as to require scrolling, you don't need to take screenshot, scroll down, take next screenshot, scroll down, take next screenshot etc.etc. and then finally crop and merge the whole collection of images.

"Your slice of humble pie is on the shelf by the door."

*cough*

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Microsoft drops Do Not Track default from Internet Explorer

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Re: No

"I'd trust any server-side DNT as much as I would a Welshman at a sheepfarm

Says a Mr Jones. Care to share something with us?"

Yep, Welsh born and bred with a passionate hatred of restraining orders! :)

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A company can advertise and receive revenue from impressions and clickthroughs without tracking a user across multiple sites.

DO NOT TRACK != DO NOT ADVERTISE

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Re: No

Ouch! A bit(!) harsh on poor Doug who actually made a good point - without legislation, no company is going to honour a DNT setting if it defaults to on. - it's going to be hard enough as it is when it defaults to unset!

I'm all for privacy, hate tracking, and I'm sure Doug does too - that doesn't mean he's incorrect.

As an aside, I'd trust any server-side DNT as much as I would a Welshman at a sheepfarm - legalized or not.. The worst offenders will be those dodgy ones with no care for the law...

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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Re: It's called freedom, folks

"Christian family who have the right to their own brand of religious beliefs. Anyone crying about discrimination is being an ass."

No.

Religion is what these dumb morons use as an excuse for their biggoted discrimination.

What if someone said their religion meant they disapproved of anyone without blonde hair and blue eyes? Or what if it meant they disapproved of blacks?

Or when you talk about freedom to hold religious beliefs, I assume we need to add "as long as they are Christian"?

Yes, religion is an excuse for biggots. Did you see that flourist interviewed on CNN who said she would not serve gays because of her Christian beliefs? Yet when pressed, she would serve adulterers (even though that is one of the 10 commandments, whilst homophobia isn't) explaining it away as a "different kind of sin"

So.... Biblical scholar able to prove her gods written words are incorrect, or arrogant person who is even more all-knowing than her god, or cherry-picking homophobic closeminded dumb arse?

CNN video link: Why one Georgia florist won't serve gay couples: https://youtu.be/ZJTtENk2dMk

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

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"So your not bitter? get over it"

His not bitter what?

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Chelsea Manning sets up low-tech Twitter account from prison

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Re: health care costs

"Easy, @skeptical i, you're missing the point, and your anti-Americanism isn't doing your mental health any favors."

Did you even read his/her post? He/she *is* American, and never wrote anything that could be considered anti-American.

Anyway, both of you transphobics are missing the point. How about putting the blame on the endless billions spent on your war machine in the first place? Or the corrupt health system that overcharges for everything, and the corrupt insurance companies, and the practice of companies buying politicians.

There are far more deserved cases to critiscise for reducing your social welfare funds.

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Silicon Valley gets its first 1Gbps home bro– oh, there's a big catch

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WTF?

Cupertino is the real name?

I always thought it was an El-Reg pun

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Re: Topics like these...

" By all means have attractive women AND men at such events (it's sales after all) but I too agree that woman shouldn't have to dress like strippers/sci-fi hookers/Anime peado fantasy schoolgirls, just to sell tech products."

I think it's depressingly sad that 'Booth Babes' can improve the sales of security tech, and despair at the caveman comments you sometimes hear.

But banning? That's not fixing the problem, just burying it under the carpet.

Wouldn't it be nice to see a successful "babeless" stall where they emphasise their product is so good, it doesn't need marketing gimmicks?

And the people who choose to do these jobs are not forced to - it's ironic how many posters here playing the sexism card are assuming these women are brainless bimbos...

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Re: Context, context....

" I've met men who wear shorts all year round (and no, they don't live in sun drenched climates)"

I live on the sun drenched coast of errr. South Wales, and the last time I didn't wear shorts was to a funeral 5 years ago.

Mind you, this is a place where in winter, you see queues outside ice-cream shops rather than coffee shops (Joes Icecream FTW! )

You always get some comments in winter, whilst someone wearing an above-knee skirt doesn't.

As for when it's cold (especially windy) , I can be colder on my chest, wearing t-shirt and jumper than my legs.

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BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

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Re: Whats the point of home SIP anyway?

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"Which is pretty lame on ElReg, I think you will agree.""

No, I wouldn't actually. Do you buy a car from a garage or build one from a kit each time you get one? Right. Same thing. Different people have different interests. Deal."

His point was that ElReg is a techie site. The analogy regarding a car would apply if the comment was written on a kit-car enthusiasts website, thus showing it's actually not as stupid as you make out.

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Re: SBC?

"The fact that article indicated that they were running on a telephone system called FreePBX isin't a giveaway that they wanted to do the job on the cheap?"

Those who have ever used FreeBSD would strongly disagree.

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AT&T, Verizon and telco pals file lawsuit to KILL net neutrality FOREVER

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Re: In the words of Chris Rock from Lethal Weapon 4

Um... He's dead.

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Re: The GOP has started already

"Matt Wood, policy director at advocacy warrior group Free Press told the Washington Post: "These companies have threatened all along to sue over the FCC's decision, even though that decision is supported by millions of people and absolutely essential for our economy. Apparently some of them couldn't wait to make good on that threat."

A statement like that only make sense in a country where the government is for the corporations, and not for the people.

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Apple Safari update BORKED private browsing

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Re: surprised?

I've got off my arse and done something about it.

Updates for those who are interested are here: http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2471257

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Re: surprised?

I purposely didn't list them because I haven't reported them yet...

However, whilst I suspect it's an unlucky coincidence, those 2 were the only 2 I've checked, leading me to conclude that 'private browsing' mode isn't really taken seriously as an option, so didn't consider it all that important.

Based on this article, it seems I was wrong...

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surprised?

At least 2 current and popular Android browsers do the same thing.

Never rely on 'private browsing mode'!

If you really need to do something less traceable, use something from a trusted group that specialises in this area, not some browser afterthought written by Johnny 9-5 employee.

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Browsers which leak data in incognito mode.

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Browsers which leak data in incognito mode.

In the comment section of article http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/18/apple_safari_update_borked_private_browsing/, I mentioned that the Android browsers I've checked store all sorts of stuff whilst in "private/incognito browsing mode", but wouldn't name them, as I hadn't reported it (http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2467909)

Being downvoted, presumably for not reporting it, or for suspected bull pooh, has prompted me to get off my arse and do it. I'll post updates in this thread.

In the meantime, hss anyone else noticed anything similar? I never saw private browsing mode as more than a gimmick that doesn't do much more than update your viewable history, but apparently it's taken seriously...

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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Re: We at least we had just one MS standard browser

" We at least we had just one MS standard browser"

Hmmmm. MSIE 6, MSIE 8,9, 10 ...

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Re: surely there was a reason that IE became so popular?

" Wow, didn't mean to start a shit storm. I wasn't looking to offend anyone."

By using the "word" 'sheeple' you instantly made everyone reading your post think of commentard Matt Bryant.

It could only go downhill from there...

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Man hauled before beak for using drone to film Premiership matches

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Re: Not dangerous, Actually need *less* restriction and less paranoia

" My small 250 machine will happily hit around 50 mph and my fat bird is a bit slower (but much heavier)"

Don't let her hear you calling her that!

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Re: Not dangerous, Actually need *less* restriction and less paranoia

" I have flown a typical consumer drone into myself at speed to demonstrate how safe they are. The scratches were not any worse than falling into a thorny bush."

You, of course,, repeated this scientific experiment with your 3 year old child / arthritic grandmother / heavily pregnant wife as test subjects?

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Re: cool music - can anyone identify it ??

I don't know, but if you like this sort of stuff, check out the earlier stuff from Mortiis

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Zombie SCO shuffles back into court seeking IBM Linux cash

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"It's a shame El Reg took away the grave stone icon."

You mean this one? ----------------------------->

*grin*

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We need copyright reform so Belgians can watch cricket, says MEP

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Re: Do not

" do not watch any sport on TV, sport is for doing, not watching)"

"Sport is not a spectator Sport" - Jamie Landeg-Jones, 2007.

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Is the DNS' security protocol a waste of everyone's time and money?

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Re: DNS Sec isn't the problem

" I am not an expert in networking, however as I understand it, unless I set my recursive DNS server to generate my own cache of queries by using the primary authoritative sources for every request, then at some point I have to trust the information coming to me via intermediaries is legitimate."

That's correct, and that's what I meant - priming your server from the root servers rather than forwarding to other recursive nameservers.

You don't then have to care what state your ISPs servers are in.

Also, caching works at all levels of the lookup, so it's not as if you're constantly traversing from root.

(e.g. after the first lookup of blah.co.uk, your local server will remember where to go next time it wants to resolve a .co.uk address.)

[ If you are really anal, you could slave/download the root zone locally anyway! ]

Speedwise? If your ISPs nameserver doesn't already have a cached entry, it has to do the same thing your server would do directly.

Even if it is cached, a few extra milliseconds *once* per site won't be noticeable, and even that assumes your ISPs server isn't slightly delayed by all the other people using it.

"After all, the major peering networks need to have this information, and they have lots of people employed to ensure that it is correct. At the end of the day the situation always comes down to the cost/benefits of who should you trust."

I doubt ANY peering uses DNS!

But anyway, for a techie who knows what they are doing (I.e. I wouldn't expect this of grandma), doing this saves time, as you are reducing the number of points of failure, and ensuring your results haven't been altered (of course, this is assuming we are just talking about server operators altering results rather than hacking)

"What I object to in my example above is the unadvertised corruption of the DNS information being passed on to me by sources that are marketed as "trustworthy". My ISP diverting traffic to its own services is one thing - that is expected, and I can bypass it by specifying an external DNS source. Google DNS or OpenDNS diverting my traffic back to my ISP instead of to the public internet or to their own services is quite another. Especially since OpenDNS markets

itself as a trusted independent supplier of DNS information, yet has clearly entered into commercial agreements with ISPs to support their traffic management."

I agree with you in principle, but I fear you may have things a bit confused:

Firstly, 'ISP diverting to it's own service' .... NOOOO! Why would that be OK? Not unless ordered to by a court.

Secondly, 'Google or OpenDNS diverting...' should also be a no-no, but..... :

Basically the resolver shouldn't alter the result at all, but return the same you would get if resolving directly.

However, are you sure this is happening? What you describe is how CDN systems work - if the site concerned has a caching proxy within your ISP, then it's DNS itself will return the address of your local ISPs server - this has nothing to do with third-party manipulation.

(Apologies if I'm not too clear.... It's hard to concentrate as I've finally got fed up of my constantly noisy neighbour, and decided to drown out her shit with very loud bass-heavy happy hardcore.... Passive-agressive? moi?)

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www != internet

" There are better DNS security proposals circulating already," he argued. "They tend to start at the browser and work their way back to the roots. Support those proposals, and keep DNSSEC code off your servers.""

DNS is used for more than web sites.

Also, whilst he makes some valid points (root chain-of-trust and out-of-date crypto), DNSSEC is not fundamentally broken.

The legitimate people who have problems with it are generally trying to do something 'sneaky' that DNSSEC is designed to stop (as it's similar to what the bad player do.) However, people like Google have proved these problems can be resolved.

I don't know.... Calls to 'abandon DNSSEC' remind me of the calls by those that don't understand IPv6 to abandon that too.

And in an age where technological implementations are dictated by bean-counters, and not the techies, speed/success of deployment means bugger-all.... How many times have long resolved security issues raised their ugly head just because 'management' wouldn't budget the fixes?

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Re: DNS Sec isn't the problem

Why not cut out the middleman completely and use your own recursive resolver?

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Google adds evil-code scanning to Play Store

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Re: billions?

I was one of the many who spent a billion last year...

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Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage

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Re: No-one here is surprised...

No. This isn't about pseudo top level domains, but the way hostnames can be represented dotless within their local domain.

Using the "domain" or "search" commands within /etc/resolv.conf to add the domain name automatically to dotless host names is a well established mechanism, and has been the default on UNIX systems since forever.

From resolv.conf(5):

domain

  • Local domain name. Most queries for names within this domain can use short names relative to the local domain. If no domain entry is present, the domain is determined from the local host name returned by gethostname(3); the domain part is taken to be everything after the first ‘.’. Finally, if the host name does not contain a domain part, the root domain is assumed.

search

  • Search list for host-name lookup. The search list is normally determined from the local domain name; by default, it contains only the local domain name. This may be changed by listing the desired domain search path following the search keyword with spaces or tabs separating the names. Most resolver queries will be attempted using each component of the search path in turn until a match is found. Note that this process may be slow and will generate a lot of network traffic if the servers for the listed domains are not local, and that queries will time out if no server is available for one of the domains.

The issue isn't so much the new domains as such, more the practice of allowing dotless domains (I.e. the top level) resolve A/AAAA/MX records.

A study was done, and it was determined that this shouldn't happen. However, ICANN rejected that proposal.

Paul Vixie on the subject: http://www.circleid.com/posts/20110620_domain_names_without_dots/

And here is the SSAC recommendation

Also see: http://www.ipmirror.com/news/updates/icann-new-gtlds-status

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No-one here is surprised...

This short of shit is the tip of the iceberg.

What about .reallysuck, .really-sucks .sucks-big-time etc.etc.

Another more important thing....

Type

ping android

at the command line.. Something I noticed when I'd forgotten that I'd changed the name of one of my devices to something less generic...

Lovely

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Someone should register the British version...

.isnotallthatgoodactually

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This ISN'T Net Neutrality. This is Net Google. This is Net Netflix – the FCC's new masters

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Re: God help us now...

As f\r as I'm aware, the US government is one of the better ones at pushing IPv6 adoption.

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Re: You are absolute fools!

Ahh yes. Nothing like a return to the good old Dickensian Workhouse days.

You and your fellow "Get your government hands off my medicare" teaparty morons are the unknowing puppets of the Koch brothers et al.

Idiot

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Bulk interception is NOT mass surveillance, says parliamentary committee

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Re: What ass clowns...

WELL SAID, anon!

However, the thing is, it's the government not us that don't seem to know the difference, and as they aren't here commenting, I'm puzzled about who you could be referring to.

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Legalising London's bed-hopping economy is POINTLESS

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Thanks for the article photo...

... it helped me understand what a bed is, and what it's used for.

The article was enriched tremendously as a result.

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Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

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Dracula?

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Broadband routers: SOHOpeless and vendors don't care

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There seems to have been a few obsessive downvoters in this thread...

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: Joseph Eoff

Love and marriage,

Love and marriage,

Go together like a horse and carriage....

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Re: Were you so disappointed that the shitstorm had died down...

I read, and enjoyed, the article too.

The annoyance was trying to read other articles, with the thumbnail flashing back and fore amongst the links to other articles over the right of the screen.

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Were you so disappointed that the shitstorm had died down...

... that you had to include *animated* gifs (that stupid one related to the photoshop story)

Seriously guys, I'm sure whoever is driving all these changes secretly works for a competitor...

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Superfish: Lenovo ditches adware, but that doesn't fix SSL megavuln – researcher

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Re: About that root certificate...

"I think, and other readers are invited to correct me, that the problem is that all clients have a known, installed, self-signed root CA certificate. If you have an identical copy of the root certificate (something that is normally kept secure, and probably off-line), then you can generate SSL certificates for anything, knowing that they will by accepted by any Lenova client."

My point was that this depends on whether the *superfish* proxy accepts such a certificate as valid - the web clients on the machine are irrelevent if they go through the superfish proxy.

"I think, and other readers are invited to correct me, that the problem is that all clients have a known, installed, self-signed root CA certificate. If you have an identical copy of the root certificate (something that is normally kept secure, and probably off-line), then you can generate SSL certificates for anything, knowing that they will by accepted by any Lenova client."

ummm, well yeah, that's exactly what I wrote (though whilst you got an upvote, 2 moronic plebs downvoted me with no explanation, or mitigation for their lack of brain cells)

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