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Cage Match: Ubuntu Linux Vs. Windows Vista {Download Squad}

Apr 28th 2007 12:34AM Bah I'm so sick of the security argument.

Let's assume that Ubuntu (which I like) or Mac OS X which I also like, got the market share of Windows.

You would start hearing about a lot more exploits running around for both of them. If you're gonna right a virus or you're a script kiddie, might as well go after the 4 in 5 chance operating systems. 80% market share and thats a conservative effort.

The same thing happened with Firefox, everyone ran around saying how great it was, hugely secure and then it became popular and now you see Mozilla exploits all the time.

Simple economics applies to whoever the idiots are that write malicious code too.

Google launches GOOG 411 {Download Squad}

Apr 6th 2007 6:48PM Damn... I can't wait to head to the liberry.

haha, j/k, that's another winner for google in my book!

Clipperz: online password management {Download Squad}

Apr 4th 2007 8:16PM I don't work for Clipperz, and I am certainly not suggesting that any system is flawless or fullproof. But as it were the largest security flaws as of late have been social engineering.

1) clipperz doesn't know your passphrase, they have said that the strength of your account is directly linked to your passphrase. So yes if someone knows your key and login, they will be able to get your data. But thats true of any user/password verification, they aren't claiming biometric security here.

2) PGP uses a few different crypto algorithms if I'm not mistaken, I haven't used it in awhile. But there are some fairly mathmatically proven ways to be as relatively sure your system isn't going to be compromised. Twofish is a good system, there are plenty of others. Lots of unpatented open-source crypto algorithms in fact. If a major widely used AES cypher turns out to be broken, then there are going to be more problems than clipperz website being compromised.

I don't think they are making their source code "open" to make it more secure, they are making it "open" to show there are no backdoors that in fact anyone with some programming knowledge can look at the system and be able to discern what steps are being taken to protect their data.

3) Your last points, one they have an offline option, so you can d/l and use it if you don't have access to the internet. That would also work if you their website was down for some reason.

and your last point, No offense to clipperz, but if a person is able to crack the crypto security that clipperz is using, they should prob be working on some guaranteed information. If they are that good, go hack a govt. system or world bank. Why hack to find out what my password is for playboy.com; there's no guarantee that their time will actually result in some measurable amount of tangible information.

Clipperz: online password management {Download Squad}

Apr 3rd 2007 9:13PM Yeah after taking a look at their website, it is rather ingenious.

So the passwords are encrypted and stored on their website, even if they were "hacked" they wouldn't get the unencrypted information.

Now keeping that in mind and the chart located on http://www.downloadsquad.com/2007/03/27/a-1-second-reminder-why-you-should-use-better-passwords/ using their service you can now pick that 14 character password, use upper & lowercase, use numbers and special characters and then sit back and rest assured that it'll be 150 billion years before someone knows your login info!

Now just watch out for key loggers... =P

Forum post of the day: How do you justify your $15? {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2007 8:48PM I will say that I used to come up with some fairly entertaining ideas and ways to occupy my time before WOW. I would do more side jobs, work on web sites, things of that nature. I think more than the 15 dollars a month is the loss of productivity for some of the things that weren't necessarily tangible, but were still productive.

Boredom used to be a great motivator for me to come up with new ideas, now I can just log into WOW and many times it doesn't get old, if I get bored I play an alt, if that gets boring, I go back to my main. I one could ever quantify a dip in innovation because of a game or time sink. I can't watch TV for hours, I can't watch Movies for hours, in fact I would say WOW is about the only thing I can do for hours at a time without getting bored quickly or falling asleep, and it requires enough mental capacity that I'm not usually thinking about other things, unless I'm farming of course.

Win a copy of Vista Ultimate {Download Squad}

Jan 30th 2007 1:39AM I would love a copy of Windows ultimate. I have been waiting to upgrade my machine, but I would try it if one arrived at my doorstep! =)

Guild banks? Someday! {WoW}

Dec 3rd 2006 4:24PM Everquest 2 did a great job with player housing and GuildBanks. And by great job I mean they actually had something and it worked. The Bank was viewable and what you could take out was done by rank & everything. It was quite a system. I don't think they need to copy it, I am sure they have some ideas of their own, but when I switched over, this was by far the feature I missed the most.

Engadget Black Friday giveaways (part 3): T-Mobile Dash! {Engadget}

Nov 24th 2006 8:52PM I hope I win, but then again I never win anything!

Engadget Black Friday giveaways (part 2): Nikon D40 DSLR! {Engadget}

Nov 24th 2006 8:51PM I'd love a digital SLR...

Engadget Black Friday giveaways (part 1): Xbox 360 Premium pack! {Engadget}

Nov 24th 2006 5:11PM I want to give this to my best friend, he doesn't have a next gen system! Let me win!