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Crytek Ports CRYENGINE To Linux Support Ahead of Steam Machines Launch

AftanGustur A 10 year old rendering engine? (132 comments)

Am I correct in that this is *the* Cryengine, which was developed between 2001 and 2004?

about 4 months ago
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You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

AftanGustur Re:All I Have To Say Is (437 comments)

The car will now require an always on connection to work.

Not only that, but you will be committing a crime if you modify your car so that it doesn't require an active internet connection.

Once again, the criminals will be the only ones to have what they want.

about 6 months ago
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Why the World Needs OpenStreetMap

AftanGustur How "open" in OpenStreetmap? (162 comments)

I have seen so many projects that started as "community data gathering" projects and then went commercial and stopped providing free access when some business wanted to buy them.

So just how "Open" is "OpenStreetMap"?

Can I download the data and set up my own server in case OpenStreetmap closes it's free access?

about 6 months ago
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UK Men Arrested For Anti-Semitic Tweets After Football Game

AftanGustur Re:On Racism and Hate Speech (598 comments)

What you are saying is that my free speech stops where your hurt feelings begin?

about 7 months ago
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UK Men Arrested For Anti-Semitic Tweets After Football Game

AftanGustur In the UK (598 comments)

Your freedom stops where other people's hurt feelings begin.

about 7 months ago
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More Students Learn CS In 3 Days Than Past 100 Years

AftanGustur Great! (287 comments)

Now give them all work at Microsoft as programmers!

about 7 months ago
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IDC: PC Shipments Decline Worse Than Forecasted, No Recovery Expected

AftanGustur The PC market has driven development (393 comments)

This is sad news. the PC market has so far been the one who has driven development and innovation.

Want a bigger disk? Buy a bigger disk and put it in your PC!
Want more memory? Buy more memory and put it in your PC!
Want a faster CPU? Buy a faster CPU and put it in your PC!
Want a faster GPU to play games? Buy a faster graphics card and put it in your PC!

The rest of the market, phones, tablets and consoles is all "consumer packaged components" which are not replaceable or upgradeable.

The whole AMD/Intel war would not have happenbed without the PC.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Tech Job Requirements So Specific?

AftanGustur The evolution of IT (465 comments)

For the last 5-8 years there has been an ever increasing pressure on companies to "do more with less", "document operations" and "create procedures", i.e. to "streamline" all the "cost" centers of the organisation. IT is generally viewed as a "cost center" That is: costs money and does not create any output for the company.

This has led to a mindset where the whole of IT has been defined in terms of "projects" with inputs and outputs and companies want to "buy talent instead of careers" meaning that the company wants your work but not you as a person.

This has then led to companies running most things on "temporary staff" like consultants and contractors.

The effect this has had on IT is that knowledge about the infrastructure, systems, their quirks and how everything works together is not retained in the company and IT operations down to the little details are defined by non-IT people who think in terms of "procedures" "inputs" and "outputs".

So when you see something like "System administrator wanted, has to know XYZ operating system version 10,04 LTR, and the systems HPBS and VLSN" you can be sure that this requirement was written by a non-it person who thinks in terms of "inputs" to a problem.

about 8 months ago
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Code.org: More Money For CS Instructors Who Teach More Girls

AftanGustur Only 5 people allowed in class (381 comments)

I have a hunch that boys will be allowed in CS classes as long as their number dont damage the "40% girls" proportions.

about 8 months ago
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Can the US Be Weaned Off Ethanol?

AftanGustur Re:corn vs algae (330 comments)

corn fields are cheap to operate, ..

Actually, without government subsidies, corn-based ethanol would not be economically feasible fuel.

about 8 months ago
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NSA Chief Keith Alexander Takes His PRISM Pitch To YouTube

AftanGustur Re:Willful or knowing violations (165 comments)

So, just involuntary and ignorant violations, then.

I see what you did here and more people should be doing this, listen to what words he uses and then think, "why is he using these words and could he be trying to sidestep the truth with the use of selected words."

Because that's that he is doing!

about 9 months ago
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Samsung Offers Patent Cease-Fire in EU

AftanGustur Re:The EU must like expensive toys (80 comments)

Apple's patents can all be worked around.

Oh, really?

"Round Corners"

How are you going to design around that one Sherlock?

about 9 months ago
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Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

AftanGustur A Sensor to unlock with Fingerprint? (773 comments)

a sensor built into the home button that will allow you to unlock the device with your fingerprint

That's called a "fingerprint scanner", right?
Apple just put a "Fingerprint Scanner" on it's latest iPhone!

Come on say it: "FingerpriNSA canner"!

about 10 months ago
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Google To Buy Waze For $1.3 Billion

AftanGustur The problem with the Law (153 comments)

Waze is actually illegal in France. If you get cough with a device that can alert you to police presence and the exact location of speed cameras, you will loose 6 points of your permit and get a € 1500 fine.

Yet, Waze is extremely popular in France (the French generally find this law to go against their "liberties").

This has worked up until now because the company that makes Waze does not have any business presence in France, and the French government cannot exercise any pressure against the Israeli company.

Google, on the other hand, does have a business presence in France so these "features" of Waze will likely disappear as soon as Google becomes the owner of the service.

about a year ago
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Economists Argue Patent System Should Be Abolished

AftanGustur Don't be Silly! (376 comments)

The day that patents are abolished, the Chinese will flood the market with cheap copies of pretty much anything and it will be utter madness to spend large amounts of money on any R&D.

Sorry about there not being any effective antibiotics against antibiotics-resistant bacteria, but no one will ever develop them without being able to recover the R&D costs.

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon Patents 'Maintaining Scarcity' of Goods

AftanGustur That explains it.. (240 comments)

A list of eBooks on Amazon, many of which are flagged as "Out of Stock"

Come on Amazon, how can a Free ebook be "Out of stock, many which are even "Out of Copyright":?

about a year and a half ago
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Valve Begins Listing Linux Requirements For Certain Games On Steam

AftanGustur Ubuntu minus the bad decisions. (332 comments)

I surely hope Linux Mint catches on,, it is basically Ubuntu minus the bad decisions Canonical has made recently.

about a year and a half ago
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New 25-GPU Monster Devours Strong Passwords In Minutes

AftanGustur Re:MD5? Windoze XP? INSECURE LEGACY!! (330 comments)

Who gives a rat's ass about such golden oldies? It's been possible for the longest time to fairly quickly crack windoze passwords (if you have the file) and MD5 has been known to be insecure for quite some time already...

Yes and no.

LanMan hashes have been brute forceable for a long time but neither proper NTLM nor NTLM2 have, so hacker have had to "trick" clients into sending the LanMAN hash, or recovering it from the SAM file.

Another trick that is often used to secure the password is to simply not support LanMan.
one little known fact discovered by Urity of SecurityFriday.com is that if a password is fifteen characters or longer, Windows does not even store the LanMan hash correctly. This actually protects you from brute-force attacks against the weak algorithm used in those hashes. If your password is 15 characters or longer, Windows stores the constant AAD3B435B51404EEAAD3B435B51404EE as your LM hash, which is equivalent to a null password. And since your password is obviously not null, attempts to crack that hash will fail.

So, yes and no, security consious companies have been able to protect themselves from brute forceable passwords for over 10 years.

about a year and a half ago
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New 25-GPU Monster Devours Strong Passwords In Minutes

AftanGustur Re:my password (330 comments)

To all you gloom and doom people out there, here's my suggestion. If your password is monkeys1459, change it to monkeys1459monkeys1459. That's 22 letters and equally memorable.

You are assuming that the password test function doesn't text the pattern XX i.e. the same string repeated.

Password crackers actually test a number of permutations, like adding every digit 0-9 to the end of the string, reversing the order of characters, setting the first letter to uppercase, setting all the letters to uppercase, AND, repeating the password.

So your little "trick" is already outsmarted by today's password crackers.

about a year and a half ago

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HBGary developed a attack against Wikileaks.

AftanGustur AftanGustur writes  |  more than 3 years ago

AftanGustur (7715) writes "Through the 50.000 leaked emails, last weekend from HBGary Federal, it has surfaced that the company worked with two other technology companies, Palantir Technologies and Berico Technologies to develop "a strategic plan of attack against WikiLeaks."

The plan included pressing a journalist in order to disrupt his support of the organization, cyber attacks, disinformation, and other potential proactive tactics."

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