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Researchers Discover SS7 Flaw, Allowing Total Access To Any Cell Phone, Anywhere

CajunArson Re: Intercepting encrypted communications! OMG! (88 comments)

In that case, give up: They own your Linux kernel and you don't even know it. You might as well go with a closed-source backdoored solution since maybe they have a harder time patching it so the backdoor is less reliable.

If the NSA can sneak in with some nearly undetectable hack to the SS7 protocol 20 years before cellphones even become widespread, you stand absolutely no chance of securing a complex open source project where code commits happen fast & loose.

Hell, the legitimate kernel developers who know they have introduced a kernel-panic inducing bug because it's causing loud & obvious crashes still can't track down the exact source after at least two major kernel releases!

2 days ago
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Researchers Discover SS7 Flaw, Allowing Total Access To Any Cell Phone, Anywhere

CajunArson Re:Intercepting encrypted communications! OMG! (88 comments)

Since you assign God-like powers to the NSA, give up now because nothing is secure. They slice through any encryption with a pocket calculator. They've kidnapped you and implanted mind-recording devices in your head and then wiped your memory! You live in an episode of the Prisoner but without the trippy 60's music!

2 days ago
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Researchers Discover SS7 Flaw, Allowing Total Access To Any Cell Phone, Anywhere

CajunArson Intercepting encrypted communications! OMG! (88 comments)

Uh.. the whole point of transport layer encryption is that you assume an attacker can record your communication and the encryption prevents the attacker from figuring out the real contents of the communication.

If you know for a fact that no unauthorized party can actually tap to your communication channel.. you don't even have to bother with the encryption in the first place.

The rest of the issue is due to the fact that the SS7 protocol is a byzantinely complex and very very old standard going way WAY back before data security was taken into account.

For all the people saying this is some intentional backdoor... if the NSA really were that smart to sneak this into a design-by-committee standard where hundreds of engineers spent years niggling over details, then you might as well give up now because you just said they are smart enough to insert backdoors into the Linux kernel or any other complex open source project too and they'll get away with it for decades before they get caught.

2 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

CajunArson Re:Failed state policies (424 comments)

So what your saying is that if we took all the illegal -- uh "undocumented" immigrants from third-world countries that Obama lets in and dump them into the socialist paradise of Cuba that America's healthcare statistics will look massively better than Cuba's.

Oh, and that infant mortality statistic is complete B.S. In Cuba, they just let the premature babies die and it never counts as a live birth to mess up the statistics. In the U.S. they bend over backwards to save babies but since they aren't always successful, the statistics get skewed.

Proof: http://www.nationalreview.com/...

4 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

CajunArson Re:a riveting diplomatic exchange no doubt.. (424 comments)

"US Government: yeah no problem. thanks for letting us run a torture prison in your country without complaining about it"

Cuban Government: Yeah, that amateur-hour operation down at Gitmo is not impressing us. We've been doing the real thing to any political dissident we don't like for the last 60 years. You just wet your panties because some terrorist had his feelings hurt.

4 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

CajunArson Re:Failed state policies (424 comments)

There's exactly one fact that actually counts about Cuba's "universal healthcare": When Comrade Fidel gets a cold, the doctors that treat him are flown in from Spain via charter jet.

Don't believe me? Even pro-Castro sources flat out say it: http://www.laht.com/article.as...

The rest is a bunch of empty Michael Moore fapping.

P.S. --> Shouldn't the embargo make Cuba stronger? After all, the Revolution shouldn't be contaminated by evil American Capitalist Imperialism.. right?

4 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

CajunArson Re:Easier method (447 comments)

And if you rich and black in Chicago, and get pulled over by police, it's not like they're going to ask you for your check stub before they unload their sidearm into you.

    --> What a pathetic joke. Since this obviously happens all the time in your racist deluded fantasy world, please post one article.. JUST ONE... from the last 30 days in Chicago where a black driver who pulled over for police was gunned down for no reason. Go ahead, I'm waiting.

5 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

CajunArson Re:Tired of this shit (447 comments)

Yes, I'm sure you just printed out that copy & pasted screed as your homework for your "cultural sensitivity" indoctrination course at the community college.

I hope the $20K in debt you'll get from that class is worth it when you are working at Starbucks bitching about all those evil whiteys who show up at 6AM for their cups of "white privilege".

5 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

CajunArson Re:Let's put Jews in virtual Palestinians in Gaza (447 comments)

Yeah, it would be interesting to see what happens if the residents of Gaza were turned into civilized people who were industrious and turned Gaza into an economically prosperous beachfront resort and started winning Nobel Prizes, just like regular Israel.

It would be a bit of a change from murdering their own children to dig tunnels underneath their neighbors for the sole purposes of indiscriminately murdering people they've never met.

5 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

CajunArson Re:Easier method (447 comments)

"You tell your kids not to go to Chicago because of the crime, I tell mine not to go because of the police." --> "Politically Correct" racism, just as bigoted as some redneck telling his kids not to go to an integrated school because of the black kids.

Yeah, because the only way any black kid in Chicago has ever come to an untimely end was because those evil racist cops gunned him down for no reason. /Liberal self-reinforcing prejudice.

You obviously don't like your child very much if you want to convince him to mouth off to police instead of respecting them like anyone else should. If you really think the police are doing something wrong, the appropriate place to deal with it is in a courtroom, not some racial-war street fight that you are guaranteed to lose. You might find that if you drop your race-war attitude towards the police and treat them like human beings, they might just not be as "racist" as you think they are.

5 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

CajunArson He's already an illegal... (440 comments)

None of this crap would have been necessary in the first place if the police actually enforced these things called "immigration laws" instead of using this type of surveillance to set a precedent where they can do it to anybody and everybody for whatever reason.

5 days ago
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Google, National Parks Partner To Let Girls Program White House Xmas Tree Lights

CajunArson Gender discrimination is cool now? (333 comments)

Apparently it's OK to be sexist as long as it's in the "correct" direction.

Fun factoid: If the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) had been passed in the 1980s, then this little government side-show would be black & white unconstitutional... I'm pretty sure the supporters of the ERA wouldn't have liked the outcome...

about three weeks ago
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Intel Processor Could Be In Next-Gen Google Glass

CajunArson Re:Had access to Glass for an afternoon... (73 comments)

So if you don't think it wasn't a problem.... then it WAS a problem.

Oh, and battery life (or lack thereof) in Google Glass is another big issue.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Core M Notebooks Arrive, Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Tested

CajunArson I recommend the Helix 2 (78 comments)

The Helix 2 is a more reasonably priced convertible 2-in-1 from Lenovo. The screen resolution isn't quite as high, but it's still a very reasonable 1920x1080 on an 11.6" display. I've run the thing on batttery for 8 solid hours doing standard office type work with wifi enabled and it performs very well.. and unlike the Yoga 3 it is truly a fanless design.

You might want to hold off until the "pro" keyboards that include the addtional battery become more widely available. Those should boost the battery life up to around 12 hours or so.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions

CajunArson Re:Dumping (75 comments)

Uh.. I thought companies making profits was evil. Shouldn't we be applauding Intel for not making any money? Would you insult the Raspberry Pi project for giving away free devices?

I'd much rather live in a world with a made-up "Intel monopoly" that doesn't exist where Intel is literally the largest contributor to the Linux kernel that isn't a Linux-specific company (look it up, Intel is usually #3 right after the Linux foundation & Red Hat) vs. the very real ARM monopoly of intellectual property minefields, backdoored binary firmward blobs, opaque drivers, and poor support.

about a month ago
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Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions

CajunArson Re:Dumping (75 comments)

Venn Diagram:
1. People who claim that x86 can't run Android.

2. People (like me) who actually own Baytrail Android Tablets and have seen what they can do first hand (hint: for $150 I got a tablet that's flat-out better than an iPad Mini. I also get the warm & fuzzy feeling of supporting the only Android hardware vendor in the world that supports Linux with both money, developers, and gobs of GPL compliant driver code).

3. Overlap between the two circles: Empty Set.

about a month ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

CajunArson Depends on Embargo Lift (474 comments)

It's one thing to prevent game review sites from playing one-upsmanship over each other by "leaking" early reviews (that are often incomplete and based on beta versions of the game). However, once you can buy the "finished" product, the only reason to have a continuing embargo is that you know the product sucks but you don't want to share that information.

Another strategy: Have game review sites flat out say that an embargo for a certain game is NOT lifting prior to the game going on sale. I know lots of NDAs have Fight Club clauses (you do NOT talk about the NDA).. but a clever game review site could probably get around that without actually saying "The Assassin's Creed Embargo Does Not Lift Until 11PM" or something similar.

about a month ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

CajunArson Re:Astonishing grasp of the obvious (350 comments)

I'm sure her wife appreciates that ringing endorsement of anti-manness.

about a month ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

CajunArson Re:Am I missing something? (350 comments)

Nice try Bennett. Nobody in their right mind would call anything you say "educated" or "meaningful". Instead we use words like, "malignantly narcissistic," and "full retard."

about a month ago
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Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

CajunArson I can haz experiments too! (350 comments)

First we'll post a video of ISIS beheading an innocent hostage.

Then we'll post a video of ISIS beheading Bennett Hasselton.

Afterwards, we'll look at the massive differences in the level of outrage, which is to say we'll have a kegger to celebrate Bennett's demise.

about a month ago

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Running Old Desktops Headless?

CajunArson CajunArson writes  |  more than 5 years ago

CajunArson (465943) writes "I have recently dug up an old P4 that is in fine working order and done what any self respecting Slashdotter would do... I slapped Linux on it to experiment making an NFSv4 server. One other thing I did was to remove the old AGP video card to save on power since this is a headless machine. Now... I removed the video card after the installation, and I'm doing just fine as long as the machine will boot to a state where networking works and I can SSH to it.

My question for the Slashdot audience is: Is there a good solution to allow me to login to this box if it cannot get on the network? I'm looking for solutions other than slapping a video card back in. In my case, I will have physical access to the machine.

A few caveats to make it interesting: This question is for plain old desktop/laptop systems, not network servers designed to run headless. Also, I am aware of the serial console, but even "old" machines may only have USB, and I have not seen any good documentation on how and if USB works as a substitute. Finally, if there is any way to access the BIOS settings without needing a video card that would be an extra bonus, but I'm satisfied with just local OS access starting from the GRUB prompt. I'm all ears for advice from any Slashdotters with these setups running."

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Microsoft Censors... Its own Naughty Santa

CajunArson CajunArson writes  |  about 7 years ago

CajunArson (465943) writes "The Register has a story about a rather naughty Santa. It appears that the seemingly nice holiday service provided via Windows Live Messenger took on a mind of it's own. When the AI version of Santa Claus began to talk dirty to underage children, it appears that the ghost of Microsoft management present decided to sent AI Claus packing back to the digital north pole."
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Intel open-sources parallelization Framework

CajunArson CajunArson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CajunArson (465943) writes "An interesting article over at Ars Technica discussing Intel's recent release of its http://osstbb.intel.com/">Thread Building Blocks 2.0 templating library for C++. This library provides a higher level of abstraction for writing parallel code than normal POSIX or Windows threads provide. It has been pushed by Intel in the past as a similar concept to OpenMP, although its template nature means it is much more focused on C++.

Some interesting notes on Intel's earnestness in open-sourcing the project: Released under GPL version 2, it runs on non-Intel CPUs (even non-x86 as in the G5), and it is already ported to Linux and Solaris as well as Windows."
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CajunArson CajunArson writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CajunArson (465943) writes "The Beryl Project which is a fork of the well-known Compiz desktop compositing project has just released version 0.2.0. The anouncement is here.

Having used Beryl from the SVN tree I can say that it has made quite a few improvements, and while it continues to borrow from the Compiz core it also has some fun plugins like the group plugin and wall plugin that can actually help usability on the desktop in addition to just being pretty eye-candy."

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Carnegie Mellon MSIN Master's Program?

CajunArson CajunArson writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Well this is my first slash-blog entry, lets see who'll bite!

I am presently an undergrad at Purdue University and will finally be graduating with a BS in Computer Engineering in May.

My number 1 choice for graduate schools, Carnegie Mellon, just accepted me into the MSIN Master's program. If you are a current or former student in this program, is it a good idea? I've studied all the material on the CMU site, and it looked so interesting that I specifically applied to that program. What have your experiences been? Has it met your expectations?

Thanks for anything you can tell me!

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