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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

Cid Highwind It's FUD? (132 comments)

Disclosing the existence of a vulnerability destroys a lot of its value, too. People who can stop using Tails until the issue is sorted out will do so, shutting off whatever intelligence could be gathered from them. If these guys had a real-world exploitable vulnerability and a willingness to sell it to the NSA, they would have sold it and said nothing.

about a month ago
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Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

Cid Highwind Re:pure rubbish (394 comments)

"normal draw is less than 140 watts, put it in standby and get 15 watts"

That's less than 500, but still an order of magnitude more than a set top box should need! IIRC power supply ratings on Apple TV and Roku box are both under 10 watts, real usage is probably 3-5. Add a WD green or similar hard drive (6-8W) and a couple of tuners and encoding ASICS and it still shouldn't break 20 watts at full load.

about 2 months ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

Cid Highwind Re:What a joke.. (186 comments)

One device to compromise. If malware infects the LAN-of-things gateway, it can tell your pillows to play deadmau5, tell the lights to flash, and tell the security system to upload shower-cam photos to facebook.

(But then, computer viruses that just annoy the user with sounds and flashing text are deader than dial-up. Connected home malware would probably wait silently for bad weather, then lock you out and demand 0.25 bitcoin to let you back inside, or steal your amazon credentials when the refrigerator orders more milk, or turn on everyone's air conditioner at the same instant to DDoS the power grid.)

about 3 months ago
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XMPP Operators Begin Requiring Encryption, Google Still Not Allowing TLS

Cid Highwind Re:End to End is the goal (121 comments)

Because I already have one Facebook profile, and it's more than enough. I don't want to have to maintain another one just to keep rating Android apps or commenting on Youtube cat videos.

about 3 months ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

Cid Highwind Re:we don't know what happened AT ALL (582 comments)

"Yes, we can trace the changelogs in the software & note who was checking the changes and missed them, but that all can be circumvented."

Actually it can't. That's kind of the point of git.

"The fact is we don't know if Heartbleed was an honest mistake or not...we don't know who knew and when..."

We do know who and what and when, because the person who wrote it and the person who signed off on it have commented publicly about the bug.

Maybe you're thinking of Apple's "goto fail" SSL exploit where we really don't know who or what or when and probably never will because it's not likely Apple is going to release their RCS logs.

about 5 months ago
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WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

Cid Highwind Re:CNN argues it's worth the money (257 comments)

Ok, how about Draw Something?

Zynga paid $180 million for Draw Something's 10 million users, tried to monetize the userbase by adding the sort of pay-to-win "features" that ruined Words With Friends, and they all left.

about 6 months ago
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Facebook To Buy WhatsApp

Cid Highwind Re:And if they make me have a Facebook account... (199 comments)

Facebook says they don't, law suits against Facebook Ireland say they do (and that it's a violation of EU data privacy laws).

Personally, I think it would be too easy for a company that has the data on hand, and no concept of "boundaries" or "no, that's creepy" to resist. They already have millions of users complete address books from the find a friend feature, faces of people they know IRL tagged in photos, locations from check-ins, etc. it's just a matter of writing the right queries to tie them all together into a barebones profile. They either built shadow profiles for non-FB-users until the legal complaints started, or they still do but they keep them in US data centers where "your data is our trade secret" trumps "I never agreed to that!".

about 6 months ago
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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

Cid Highwind Die, cable, die. (578 comments)

Is this a money play by Comcast/NBC to get some subscribers back?

Obviously.

Should the FCC step in and require NBC to at least provide a stream of their OTA content?

No, but the IOC should, if they want the games to be a thing Americans still watch in 15-20 years. The FCC already failed when they allowed the anti-competitive Comcast/NBC merger in the first place.

about 7 months ago
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The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden

Cid Highwind Re:Why sell a money press? (250 comments)

The difference is marginal utility. You can only use one shovel at a time, owning a hundred shovels doesn't let you mine gold any faster than the guy with only one. Someone with a hundred Bitcoin mining rigs can mine 100x as many Bitcoins as somebody with one.

If there's no drop-off in marginal utility as you own more of the machines, and if we assume anyone who has the skills and capital to manufacture ASIC Bitcoin miners obviously has the skills and capital to use them (safe assumption, IMO - the required skills are the ability to lift a computer and plug it in, and the capital is just rack space and electricity), why sell them?

about 7 months ago
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Former Dev Gives Gloomy Outlook On Linux Support For the Opera Browser

Cid Highwind Re:For Those Who Forgot about Opera (181 comments)

Opera users typically were hardcore about it, and would only let go when you pried their cold dead hand away from it.

Truly, Opera is the Eudora of the web browser world.

about 7 months ago
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Tesla's Having Issues Charging In the Cold

Cid Highwind The anti-Tesla marketing machine is amazing (476 comments)

Mercedes bursts into flames on the freeway? Doesn't make the news.

Tesla bursts into flames on the freeway? Front page of Slashdot!

Chevy won't start when it's minus 40 degrees? "Yup. They do that."

Tesla won't charge when it's minus 40 degrees? Front page of Slashdot!

Whatever the shadowy consortium of conventional car dealers is paying you guys, it's worth every penny. Keep it up.

about 7 months ago
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Security Vendors Self-Censor Target Breach Details

Cid Highwind POS transactions down, muggings and burglary up (115 comments)

The downside is, if the dickhead in Russia uses your credit card number to order a new iPad, you'll get that money back with only a minor hassle; if your cash is stolen, it's just fucking gone.

about 7 months ago
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Security Vendors Self-Censor Target Breach Details

Cid Highwind Re:Why? (115 comments)

It is for Target management!

What the good guys know will be quoted (inaccurately) on cable news; shoppers and shareholders will find out how badly they're screwed. What the bad guys know stays on obscure forums in .ru.

about 7 months ago
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OpenBSD Moving Towards Signed Packages — Based On D. J. Bernstein Crypto

Cid Highwind Re: Very surprised that it took this long (232 comments)

That's backwards.

"Disc" is a non-trademarkable dictionary word for any round, flat object.
"Disk" is a shortened form of "Diskette", which was an IBM trademark for 8" floppy disks (and later their 5.25" and 3.5" descendants).

about 7 months ago
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Americans To FCC Chair: No Cell Calls On Planes, Please

Cid Highwind Re:FCC Shouldn't Ban It, But Airlines Should (340 comments)

We shall all fly at the lowest common denominator, because that's how the US airline industry works. No airline enforces the rules on carry-on bag size so everyone can get on and off the plane in less than 20 minutes, or offers no-crying-baby flights, or more legroom, or still serves real food in coach. If one allows phone calls, the rest will within a week.

about 7 months ago
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SpaceShipTwo Sets a New Altitude Record

Cid Highwind Re:For the rest of the world (117 comments)

Completely true, if you go to a real source and not the passenger infotainment display. Tune in air traffic control, and there will generally be a) everything spoken in English b) altitude given in feet c) velocity given in knots.

about 8 months ago
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Emacs Needs To Move To GitHub, Says ESR

Cid Highwind Re:The real question is about Emacs (252 comments)

It is absolutely Emacs' fault that that the default keybindings are still set up for MIT Lisp machines (Super and Meta? In 2014? Really??).

It is also emblematic of the problems within Emacs' user community that they can say with apparent seriousness that the problem is every keyboard and OS since nineteen-seventy-fscking-five "breaking compatibility" with Emacs, instead of their own failure to adapt to a changing environment.

about 8 months ago

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Winamp shutting down as of December 20, 2013

Cid Highwind Cid Highwind writes  |  about 9 months ago

Cid Highwind (9258) writes "If you want to download the latest version of Winamp, better do it soon. According to a new banner on the download page, AOL will be pulling the plug on the iconic llama-whipping music player in a month.

"Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date. See release notes for latest improvements to this last release.
Thanks for supporting the Winamp community for over 15 years.""

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IOC Trademarks '2014'

Cid Highwind Cid Highwind writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Cid Highwind (9258) writes "The UK Intellectual Property Office has issued a trademark on the number '2014' to the International Olympic Committee. The IOC's legal monopoly on next year covers all 45 possible trademark registration classes, from live animals to fire extinguishers to metal for railway tracks."
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