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Oct
13
comment Putting my PGP ID/link on printed business cards
@LateralFractal we printed with ~6 modules of quiet zone vs the 4 minimum in the spec. We never experimented to see if a larger one might've helped (didn't know it was a factor before today).
Oct
13
comment Putting my PGP ID/link on printed business cards
@LateralFractal a few years ago I worked on something on Android using QR codes around v13 in size (~400 bytes); and even printed ~3.5" on a side we had trouble getting anything below a flagship level device to read them reliably. Cameras are better now; but I'm still skeptical of them being able to read that much off a business card sized code.
Oct
12
comment Privacy of Image search with https
Instead of trying to audit the CA list directly (it's going to be full of companies you need but almost certainly have never heard of); spot checking the CA used at home and work are the same. ex my employer uses a product called Bluecoat to monitor network traffic and for anything not on the whitelist it will come up as being secured by bluecoat.employer.com, instead of by the normal CA.
Oct
4
comment Do I need a bachelor's degree to break in information security?
At the end of the day a bachelors degree has become the modern day white collar union card. Possessing one is neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for being qualified to do the job; but as was the case with installing electrical wiring in our fathers or grandfathers time there are a lot of job sites where it doesn't matter how good you are, you're not going to be hired without one.
Sep
28
comment Is replacing bash with another shell a prudent step?
@muru was that just making it so they could plug their LibreSSL fork in as an alternative?
Sep
17
comment Trying to understand why signatures in root certs “are not used”?
@user53029 either the hash needs to be broken (which happened in 2008 with MD5 hashed certs) or the CA needs to be compromised. Most CA's use heavy physical authority including measures like keeping the root certificate itself offline to prevent catastrophic damage in the event of a hack. security.stackexchange.com/questions/24896/…
Sep
17
comment My IP address (with a NAS) is targeted by a hacker. What to do? Should I be worried?
@LucasKauffman my point is that although they still brand their products as NASes; personal internet server that also serves files is a more accurate description of what they've turned into. That's a device that needs to be connected to the internet for most of what it's designed to do.
Sep
16
comment My IP address (with a NAS) is targeted by a hacker. What to do? Should I be worried?
@LucasKauffman consumer NASes from companies like Synology or QNAP have heavily expanded from only being file servers to include streaming media server, light web server, and "personal cloud" features to differentiate themselves from their cheaper competition.
Sep
12
comment Tell people that I can encrypt emails
I'm surprised that Outlook shows a confusing mess for S/MIME; since I know it supports signing or encrypting email via smartcards.
Sep
9
awarded  Good Answer
Sep
9
comment Why is GSM still used?
@RichHomolka I'm almost certain your "slightly off topic" was the reason the question was asked....
Sep
8
awarded  Yearling
Sep
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
8
comment Why is GSM still used?
@TylerH 2g was first deployed in 91, 3g in 98, and LTE in 08. At the tail end of the time range range, I could see Verizon choosing to deploy an LTE successor on it's current 2g spectrum. Lastly, while it's an OT debate here I'm of the opinion that the needs separate spectrum to operate on criteria that marked 1g vs 2g, and 2g vs 3g transitions; is a more appropriate differentiator for when 4th generation cellular systems came into being than a purely arbitrary speed number.
Sep
8
awarded  Editor
Sep
8
revised Why is GSM still used?
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Sep
8
answered Why is GSM still used?
Sep
8
comment Why is GSM still used?
@Polynomial in context I think he was asking about why 2g networks are still around when 3g has been out for many years.
Aug
14
comment What does “sandboxing” mean for Chrome OS?
+1 for the last paragraph. ChromeOS only competes with Windows\OSX\Conventional Linux for the subset of users who only use their computer to run a web browser.
Aug
13
comment Can we trust antivirus software?
The greed/stupidity of RSA has demolished your first point. :(