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[#] Fri Jun 28 2013 16:42:17 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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When they drop support it means they've fixed all the bugs and closed all the holes, right?

[#] Fri Jun 28 2013 17:36:43 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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*smiles and nods*

[#] Fri Jun 28 2013 17:55:37 EDT from Sig @ Uncensored

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Should probably buy Win 7 while I still can. I don't imagine that is much longer.

[#] Sat Jun 29 2013 10:35:31 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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True for consumer retail, but businesses will have access to it for quite some time yet.  And since the whole world hates Windows 8 and 8.1, they'll probably keep "extending" 7 like they did for XP.

Or you could just keep running Linux :) 

[#] Sat Jun 29 2013 11:41:01 EDT from Sig @ Uncensored

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Again, need it for work. There are certain things just not accessible but through Windows. Worse, new email system requires IE. If anything, we are backsliding.

[#] Sat Jun 29 2013 19:45:03 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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IE? You mean the browser bootstrap they include with Windows that you use to download the browser you're actually going to use?

[#] Sun Jun 30 2013 18:57:56 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Hehe. I've got a retail windows 7 license, so as long as I only want to run one machine in total, I'm covered perpetually when I upgrade to new hardware.

[#] Tue Jul 02 2013 18:19:30 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Paranoia (deep distroy ya) or serious.

NSA Backdoors In Open Source and Open Standards: What Are the Odds?

Since the late '90s, the NSA appears to have stopped its opposition to public cryptography and instead (appears
to be) actively encouraging its development and strengthening. The NSA released the first version of SELinux in
2000, 4 years after they canceled the clipper chip program due to the public's lack of interest.

I have often wondered if the Tor project was a front for the government, I believe it was originally developed
by the US Navy.

[#] Thu Jul 04 2013 20:48:02 EDT from Sig @ Uncensored

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According to wikipedia, it is significantly funded by the gov't,
though I forget the precise details.

[#] Thu Jul 04 2013 20:55:44 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It's pretty clear that the govern-mental made some sort of breakthrough in cryptography at that point.  They likely gained the ability to crack the prevalent forms of strong crypto, possibly even in real time.  That is the only explanation for why crypto changed from being regulated as "a munition" to being "exportable."

As for encouraging development of open source crypto software ... sure ... "let us help you continue the development of a cipher we secretly know how to break."

Well, they may be able to break 3DES but it will be a long time before they can break ROT13 ... because it's 10 more!

[#] Tue Jul 16 2013 11:46:51 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Heh. The code name for Linux 3.11 kernel is "Linux for Workgroups."

[#] Fri Jul 19 2013 11:30:13 EDT from athos-mn @ Uncensored

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Had my first experience with that steaming pile of shit that calls itself Windows Server 2012. Yes, let's take the Windows 8 interface, designed (and reviled) for touchscreens, and throw it on a server. Yeah, that sounds like a fucking awesome idea. 

[#] Fri Jul 19 2013 17:30:47 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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[#] Mon Jul 22 2013 07:18:12 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Ubuntu Forums hacked; usernames, emails and passwords taken.

[#] Mon Jul 22 2013 07:26:17 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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ubuntuforms password can also be used for ubuntuone, launchpad and I am sure other services.

[#] Mon Jul 22 2013 09:21:42 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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According to the article, "While data from the Forums has been compromised they stress that other services, such as Ubuntu One and Launchpad, bare not affected by the breach" but ...

[#] Mon Jul 22 2013 10:50:52 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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For some reason I read that differently, and I thought they used the same password. I know when I signed into
launchpad to change my password it listed ubuntuforms and ubuntu one as part of the ring. I am sure it is a single
sign on across all services.

[#] Tue Jul 23 2013 10:46:13 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Well, I haven't changed my "favorite password for external sites" in about 20 years, so I guess it's time.

[#] Tue Jul 30 2013 07:30:16 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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On the odds of backdoors in OpenSource software:

I recently had a discussion about this topic, I argued that if I was running a government agency or a lizard division (is there a difference?) which needs access to people's computer, I would have at least 23 people working secretly on every operating system provider. If not 50 or 500. They do not need to know about each other, they do not need to be my own personnel, I could just blackmail them. And that would include people working on the BSD/Linux kernels and Haiku.

I was called paranoid and delusional, such a big operation could never be covered up, people would talk about it, etc.

[#] Tue Jul 30 2013 10:57:27 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Hmm... I should think an audit of the open-source code should reveal something.

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