* Posts by chroot

31 posts • joined 26 Jun 2018

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now

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Re: Proudly ignorant

That will have to be denylist, not blocklist.

Remember when we warned in February Apple will crack down on long-life HTTPS certs? It's happening: Chrome, Firefox ready to join in, too

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Re: Is there any advantage left by using commercial certs?

In what browser do EV certificates still show up differently?

Snapping at Canonical's Snap: Linux Mint team says no to Ubuntu store 'backdoor'

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zip and unzip

May I suggest zstd?

Micros~1? ClippyZilla? BSOD Bob? There can be only one winner. Or maybe two

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Hilarious

I just read Blue Screen Merchant and it is hilarious. Since it is not among the options, I voted for Micros~1. Brilliant.

As Zoom bans spread over privacy concerns, vid-conf biz taps up Stamos as firefighter in totally-not-a-PR-stunt move

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Alternatives

Has jitsi decent quality?

There is also the Norwegian alternative whereby.com, formerly appear.in. They are not very good at choosing a catchy name, but their security may be better. They haven't had their "zoom moment", so it hasn't been scrutinised yet.

We're number two! Microsoft's Edge browser slips past Firefox in latest set of NetMarketShare figures

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Re: Why the decline of Firefox?

Don't have that problem at all. There is a refresh profile function in Firefox: go to Help → Troubleshooting information and there is a button to refresh.

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Re: Why the decline of Firefox?

One of the reasons is that anytime you use any Google service, you get an alert to install a secure browser: Chrome.

'Unfixable' boot ROM security flaw in millions of Intel chips could spell 'utter chaos' for DRM, file encryption, etc

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Re: A backdoor ?

I work for No Such Agency!

At last, the fix no one asked for: Portable home directories merged into systemd

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Common

You overlooked the quite common situation where people work at home a one or more days per week.

No Mo'zilla for about 100 techies today: Firefox maker lays off staff as boss talks of 'difficult choices' and funding

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Re: I like firefox..those 1000+ what are they doing?

I think you don't realise how complex the render software is. Have you ever looked at the specs of grid or flex, for example. Having two teams of five people working on that, won't cut it.

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Removed features

So what are those features that were removed and so important?

I had to say goodbye to Morning Coffee when Firefox made the extensions more secure. Do I miss it? Not at all.

I like the steps that Mozilla is taking with Firefox the last years. Hey, even Pocket plays nicely with my Kobo e-reader. Should it have been a core function? Well, Mozilla bought it, so I don't blame them. If you don't like it, hide the button. Does anyone complain about their car having an ash tray? Didn't think so. And you can't even hide it.

What's that? Encryption's OK now? UK politicos Brexit from Whatsapp to Signal

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Actually, there are apps, such as R2Mail2, in which you cannot make screenshots using the Android feature.

Whipping out a camera is another deal, of course.

We are absolutely, definitively, completely and utterly out of IPv4 addresses, warns RIPE

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Most email services do not support IPv6

A few weeks ago I was astonished to discover that most email services do not even support IPv6, such as Microsoft's (hotmail.com, outlook.com), Apple's (me.com) and many hosters. Notable exception: Gmail.

Bad news: 'Unblockable' web trackers emerge. Good news: Firefox with uBlock Origin can stop it. Chrome, not so much

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Re: I'm forced to wonder

"change the 'erase cookies on exit' to 'erase cookies when tab is closed'."

That is what the Firefox extension Cookie Autodelete does. I mostly accept anything and it's gone the moment I close the tab.

Ask, Allow or Block is like Vivaldi browser's version of Snog Marry Avoid for popups in 2.9

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Mozilla is doing a very decent job with the privacy features in the latest versions. Although not yet enough to get rid of the privacy and security extensions.

You can easily secure America's e-voting systems tomorrow. Use paper – Bruce Schneier

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What about other applications?

If paper is the only secure way to vote, why can we rely on electronic services for banking, government services, etc? Or shouldn't we?

Frustrated Brits can dump mobile providers by text as of today

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Joke

Re: Criminals, number spoofing

They've thought of that and also introduced the STAC to terminate the contract. The article does not say if there are more steps.

I'll just clear down the database before break. What's the worst that could happen? It's a trial

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Re: BTDTGTTS

I always use "reboot". Much harder to mistype.

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ssh ProxyCommand

daisy-chained ssh? Try ProxyCommand in your .ssh/config!

Have you always wanted an algorithm that can search like Bing? Well, if you change your mind, one's on GitHub now

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Re: No thanks

> Want to find something specific where the general public misuses a term completely incorrectly? You won't find a thing with BING because their "vectors" keep steering you back to what "everyone else" is talking about.

And Google does not do that?

For these things I go directly to Wikipedia; no need for a web search engine.

Encryption? This time it'll be usable, Thunderbird promises

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Re: The trouble with PGP is that

SMTP does server-to-server encryption. PGP and S/MIME do end-to-end encryption.

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Re: PGP is better than the alternative

We use S/MIME in our company and it is extremely easy to use, once set up.

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Mug shot

So where can we order that fancy mug?

Hot on heels of 2.0, Vivaldi 2.2 adds tab session management among other goodies

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Tabs

Firefox introduced enhanced tab management in version 64, just a few days ago. I don't know how they compare, though.

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/64.0/releasenotes/

Stroppy Google runs rings round Brussels with Android remedy

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Re: Ha

> If someone wants to build a new phone OS, or a better search engine... GO AHEAD. Google isn't stopping them.

Not true: they will do everything in their power to stop them.

Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

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Re: I've always liked RSS

> RSS is still the best way to consume day-by-day data on the 'net.

I agree. The sites that I read most are the ones that have an RSS feed.

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Re: Thunderbird

I use Thunderbird for RSS for many years; I lost the count. I love it that it treats each item as a message that can be marked read (or not), tag it, star it, filter it, etc. I use it for about 50 feeds: news feeds, software release information, status logs from providers, etc

RSS was improved in Thunderbird 60: you can now tune the update interval for each feed, which is cool: status updates from providers every few minutes, some feeds every few days, etc. It is mentioned as "* NEW Individual feed update interval" on this page:

https://www.thunderbird.net/en-US/thunderbird/60.0/releasenotes/

HTTPS crypto-shame: TV Licensing website pulled offline

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HTTPS by default?

Now that Chrome makes it alarming to visit any HTTP site, why doesn't it just try HTTPS first? HTTP can be an optional fallback with an informative/alarming notice.

Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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Re: The Netherlands

The country known as the Netherlands is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The whole of the Netherlands is in the EU.

In non-startling news, EFF says STARTTLS email crypto is mostly done wrong

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Implicit TLS

Is this a new discussion between Implicit TLS and STARTTLS? The IETF recommended as recently as in February to ditch STARTTLS and use Implicit TLS.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/02/01/ietf_attacks_cleartext_email/

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