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How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

BitZtream Re:Everyone who can spy on you, will (78 comments)

... The guy with a gmail address think mozilla doesn't sell him down the river? Seriously?

Who pays Mozilla to use them as the default search engine ... Which I turn harvests every bit of data possible.

12 hours ago

GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

BitZtream Re:Spare Change (318 comments)

That may be true in some countries, but not in America.

In America you have to actively refuse help in order to be in continual pain or homeless.

I HAVE been poor, there is no excuse for hunger or suffering in the US, there are programs to help.

The problem is not that they are poor, its that they don't want to be helped, the reason for this could be any number of things from simple depression to severe mental disorders, but it IS NOT because help is unavailable.

A severe tooth abscess can be handled by the ER if its that bad and no publicly funded ER will turn down you down, its illegal. I know, I've been in EXACTLY that spot. And for reference, alcohol does pretty much nothing at all for tooth pain, you're far better off packing clove powder around it to numb it and treat the infection than drinking yourself silly, unless you drink enough to pass out ... in which case you have to stay drunk or the sobering up process will be FAR worse.

2 days ago

Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

BitZtream Re:What a shame (266 comments)

If you think about the tech from the time, you'd realize they were shitty.

Battery life ... would have been crappy
Display tech ... would have been crappy
Touch screen ... would have been crappy, resistive touch if at all
Processing power ... would have been crappy
GUI hardware acceleration ... would have been nonexistent from a practical perspective.
Connectivity ... bad wifi or ridiculously over priced cellular modems that killed the batteries even faster.

As soon as the non-techie guys in the company saw it, though would have canceled it in a heart beat, it would have been an embarrassment ... much like pretty much EVERY tablet before the iPhone/iPad era. Android may be fine now, but before they iPhone, pretty much every mobile device was asstastic. A few die-hard geeks (myself included) had things like old high end nokia smartphones or windows ce devices, but they were entirely the realm of high end geeks who would put up with the quirks

2 days ago

How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

BitZtream Re:Open source was never safer (580 comments)

You do realize that encryption is security through obscurity ... right? ActiveX is just a plugin system, just like XPCOM in firefox, but you know that too ... right?

Please don't quote shit that you utterly fail to understand. The only part you got right was that IE was buggy as shit. Of course, so is Firefox, but you ignore all the security fixes it has gotten. The only thing is does better, and that Microsoft sucks at is time to fix, which while extremely important, is only part of the equation.

+5 insightful ... the ignorance runs deep here.

3 days ago

Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

BitZtream Re:Anonymous (168 comments)

as long as you don't share anything reveling.

So its pretty much useless then? I realize the point of what its doing, but its fairly trivial with software running at or near exit nodes to figure out who's doing what and who they are. I have no doubt the NSA is capable of doing it. Put me in an IRC channel with 20 people I know and have chatted with for some time, randomize their nicks, give me an hour and I can tell you who most of them are based on their conversation patterns alone, and I'm just observant, not software combing EVERYTHING you do.

Doesn't mean you shouldn't try to be anonymous, but just that its PRETTY FRAKING HARD to do if you're doing it in public view, regardless of how hard you try to hide.

3 days ago

Carpenter Who Cut Off His Fingers Makes "Robohand" With 3-D Printer

BitZtream Re:Better to make a hand extension for dangerous w (91 comments)

Why not let a "prosthetic" hand take the injury in the first place?


Once the fingers are lost, no prosthetic will be as good as the original.

The answer to your question is the reason you're asking the question in the first place.

3 days ago

Carpenter Who Cut Off His Fingers Makes "Robohand" With 3-D Printer

BitZtream Re:Good for him (91 comments)

Instant stop? You can stick your finger into the blade at full speed and it will stop before it breaks the skin.

Both my table and chop saw have it, and I have all my digits in full working order, which is important for someone who uses their fingers all day long (Software engineer)

3 days ago

Carpenter Who Cut Off His Fingers Makes "Robohand" With 3-D Printer

BitZtream Re:Medical Device Certification? (91 comments)

Because the insurance industry won't allow it.

Obamacare is nothing more than a free ride and bonuses for the insurance industry. It brought them more customers at higher rates than they had before. EVERYTHING about Obamacare favors insurance companies.

There is no way thats going to end without a massive shift in public perception. As long as people keep thinking Obamacare is a good idea, the insurance companies win.

3 days ago

Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

BitZtream Re:Wanna give up on these guys yet ? (571 comments)

An error code which is fairly unique and stands a good chance of returning the correct, related web pages if you search for it in any search engine.

3 days ago

Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

BitZtream Re:Wanna give up on these guys yet ? (571 comments)

Where do you get imap mail that doesn't offer some form of webmail? Even Exchange does.

Second, ruling out the most common user errors/issues is the FIRST thing you do. Other applications generally give different styles of error messages in their rejections, allowing you perhaps to figure it out easier.

When you hear hooves stampeding in America ... you look for horses, not zebras.

I hope you don't do desktop support or consider yourself a good debugger, you seem to have no experience.

3 days ago

Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

BitZtream Re:Happy.. Happy.. Joy.. Joy.. (78 comments)

Why would it piss the government off? All it does is distract you from what they are doing while you dance around like you've scored some big win.

Its no different than Obamas' peace prize. Its stupid and shows just how much of a sheep people like you are.

Yay! Prizes for everyone ... even thought they haven't done anything.

Congratulations, you're EXACTLY the kind of person that causes these sort of problems to go so long without anything being done about it because you're more concerned with a pat on the back than resolving the issue.

3 days ago

Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

BitZtream Re:it still amazes and saddens me... (78 comments)

Where is the law that makes it illegal to spy on our allies?

Citation needed

3 days ago

Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

BitZtream Re:Good (78 comments)

No he doesn't. Nothing he did promoted any values associated with any current Nobel prizes. Perhaps you should learn what the Nobel prizes are about rather than just spewing 'give him an award' first. You can certainly argue that he deserves recognition if you want, but the Nobel prizes aren't things that just get thrown around ...

On that same note, nothing the Guardian nor WaPo did in this case makes them worthy of a Pulitzer. Someone else did all the work for them.

Oh shit, nevermind, I forgot that getting a Nobel prize now days is pretty meaningless, hence Obama has one, it just goes to show how meaningless they are with Barak Bush Jr getting one before he ... did the same thing as the guy everyone hated, but more so, exactly the opposite of what he said he was going to do.

No, I don't even approve of how Snowden went about doing what he did, but a Nobel prize is just insulting at this stage. (I do approve letting the American public know the NSA was spying on its own people, full stop)

3 days ago

First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

BitZtream Re:memset() is bad? (171 comments)

That and memset in windows doesn't zero by default, as an optimization, until the page is hit (or some such pattern that I don't fully recall)

Theres a specific kernel API for zeroing memory because memset, even if called, may choose not to do anything. ZeroMemory is the generic way, SecureZeroMemory removes the 'option' to actually do the zeroing from the kernel and always does it.

Using memset to scrub memory on Windows, then not doing anything with it that requires the memory to actually be in active use ... the memory will never be written too.

3 days ago

First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

BitZtream Re:A triumph for FOSS (171 comments)

Yes ... you can meta-audit ... how's OpenSSL working for you?

Open source is only useful if someone looks AND has the skills to understand it.

Just being open source doesn't mean dick and you fanboys really should get that through your head. You all stand around waxing on about how 'many eyes' see it ... assuming SOMEONE ELSE is looking ... and no one actually is because ... because ... 'its open source! anyone can look!!@$!@%!@%&'

When are you guys going to actually come back to reality. OSS is great for many reasons, but that doesn't magically make it better than any particular piece of non-OSS. Stop pretending it does.

3 days ago

First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

BitZtream Re:also (171 comments)

The NSA doesn't target anymore than a fisherman targets every tuna.

They are doing a dragnet, if you become a person of interest ... THEN they have this big collection of data on you to use, but before that, you're just another random datapoint that they aren't expending resources on ... or wasting their precious exploits on.

3 days ago

First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

BitZtream Re:Technically if an NSA backdoor existed (171 comments)

If you find a back door, you publish it IMMEDIATELY, and let the NSA found out that you know about it by reading it on Google News.

Their security letter doesn't do much at that point.

What do you do, find the bug and then go ask them if you can publish it?

3 days ago

First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

BitZtream Re:To Crypt or Not To Crypt (171 comments)

I don't think you understand whats going on. PBKDF has absolutely nothing to do with 'protecting' your password. Its done because passwords suck ass for encryption keys.

TrueCrypt is taking your password and turning it into something USEFUL as a key for encryption, not 'protecting it'.

Standard passwords are pathetically low on entropy, a full twitter or SMS post is still not 256 bits of useful entropy, and its unlikely your passwords are anywhere near that. I admit I don't know your password, but if you're only using the standard character set, I can safely say its pathetically low on entropy. You need full binary keys generated from good random sources, but you'll never remember that, will you? Imaging trying to type it somewhere.

What the hashing does is takes your password and contorts it into a larger key that is more useful than whatever pathetic string of text you throw at it. It does so in such a way that, like all hashing processes are supposed to, you can't go backwards because bits are discarded along the way.

2000 rounds is pretty low, but thats only a tiny small part of the encryption/decryption process. And your password (as I understand true crypt) really just projects are larger private key, which is what is actually used for encryption. Its been a while since I've looked at or used TrueCrypt, so I may be wrong about that last particular bit.

For a full description: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

I do write encryption software for a living. And again, its not about protecting your password or making it harder to guess, its about turning your crappy password into a useful encryption key, nothing more.

3 days ago

Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

BitZtream Re:No it releases updated for hardware (571 comments)

They have you wipe the device clean and reinstall the OS from scratch.

Flat out false.

First they do some basic diagnostics, then they tell you to return to an Apple Store if possible, or they'll arrange to have it shipped if the store is too far away, depending on your warranty, that may mean you pay for shipping.

I've had 3 hardware failures in the last 14 years (I switched when OSX 10.0 became available to the public), none of them required me to 'wipe the device clean', as that wasn't the problem. My latest 'failure' was simply that my display was one of the Retinas' that ghosted slightly if you left the display static ... in my case I intentionally left it on for 8 hours and ... yep, ghosting for a few minutes after that. Took it too the Apple store, they ran the hardware diagnostic (Hold D while booting on modern Macs), then the screen test for this purpose ... it didn't quite meet the requirements for replacement (ghosting had to be visible for more than 15 seconds or something) ... but since the guy saw what I was talking about, he put it in for a replacement display anyway. Oh, we're out of those displays, come back on Thursday ...

They also replaced a main board in an older laptop due to water damage and a one because I dropped it with a USB device plugged in and it landed on the USB device. Obvious hardware problems require no OS reinstall.

4 days ago



FTC Offers 50k for an effect way to block robocalls

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  about a year and a half ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "

The Federal Trade Commission is challenging the public to create an innovative solution that will block illegal commercial robocalls on landlines and mobile phones. As part of its ongoing campaign against these illegal, prerecorded telemarketing calls, the agency is launching the FTC Robocall Challenge, and offering a $50,000 cash prize for the best technical solution.

Apparently mandating that telephone companies filter invalid caller id data from their customers and prosecuting the violators of robocall laws is too much effort."
Link to Original Source


Mozilla partners with Microsoft Bing for a special

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "Mozilla has officially sold out, this follows on the heels of the revenue sharing agreement with Twitter. Mozilla now has an official distribution that defaults to using Bing for the search box and home page."
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Office 2010 Beta Released

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "Microsoft has begun notifying people about the availablility of the Office 2010 beta. Don't bother trying to download it with anything other than IE however, it would appear at least for the moment that Safari on OS X (With Silverlight) and Google Chrome on Windows just sit at a page with a twirly when attempting to download after signing. IE on the other hand works instantly so it doesn't appear to be a load issue."
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Google Chrome is out of Beta

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "This morning Google announced that Chrome is out of Beta, and showing improvements for plugin support, most notably Video speed improvements. It also contains an updated javascript engine claiming that it operates 1.4 times faster than the beta version, and work has begun on an extensions platform to allow easier integration with the browser by third parts. The original Google blog post can be found here: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/google-chrome-beta.html"

BitZtream BitZtream writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BitZtream (692029) writes "I'm curious as to how slashdot readers would handle my current situation.

I ordered a Wii bundle on June 6th from ebgames.com and paid the extra for overnight shipping. On June 8th the Wii product page said: Orders placed before 6/8/07 will be shipped on 6/11/07.

On June 11th, nothing happened on the ebgames.com status page for my order so I emailed them. The response was typical:

We apologize for the shipping delay this order has experienced. We are
currently investigating the problem; we will fix the problem and get
this item shipped out as soon as possible.

Later that evening my order status changed to 'Processing'. It hasn't changed since. So today, (June 13th) I called them twice. The first time was around 5pm EST and I was told the order had shipped and I will get it on the 14th. So I wait till this evening, around 9pm and call back to get a tracking number since I'm a bit skeptical. Now I'm told my order has not shipped, and it will be shipped tomorrow and I will get it on Friday, the 15th, at which point I promptly state that I expect my shipping charges to be reduced. No deal, they won't do it. Okay, cancel the order, the won't do that either.

This is entirely unfair in my eyes. I can drive to the local ebgames store and buy a Wii right this instant, but then I'll end up with two and have to go through the process of selling one.

I have very little faith that I'll get it on Friday now since they've obviously lied about it being shipped once already.

My question is simple, is there anything that I can do to get out of this deal other than contest the charge with the credit card company since they already have my money?"


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