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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Cid Highwind Re:Which users? (259 comments)

They didn't stop, but they did make it opt-in. If something crashes and you click "Close the program and check with Microsoft for a solution", it still beams the core dump up to the Redmond mothership.

yesterday
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

Cid Highwind Re:not supposed to be on the web! (325 comments)

Well, shit. That's what I get for not ssh-ing into a Mac to check.

2 days ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

Cid Highwind Re:not supposed to be on the web! (325 comments)

And it's the developers of all those packages and distros that symlink /bin/sh to bash instead of something minimal and well-audited that we should be screaming at. But "remote root exploit in bash" is sexier (after all, Apple doesn't put procmail on every Mac) so that's what goes in the headline.
 
...and next time someone goes on a rant about systemd versus "the Unix way", remember that daemons passing input from the network to /bin/sh is part of "the Unix way".

2 days ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

Cid Highwind Re:Sub Reddits that still aren't banned... (307 comments)

"In a Reddit thread under the title “Every Man Is Responsible For His Own Soul” [sic], Mr Wong wrote: “I did not say ‘we won’t ban any subreddits ever’. I said that we don’t ban subreddits for being morally bad."

Mr. Wong, with all due respect (that's not much for the record). Horse. Fucking. Shit.

  If you make a rule against X (and ban X-related subreddits) but not rules against Y and Z, you're making a moral statement that Y and Z are more acceptable than X. There's just no other coherent reading of those rules. If you're trying to make a community where bestiality and racism are considered morally better than leaked celebrity nudes, that's fine - it's your site, but have the spine to fucking own it.

about three weeks ago
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Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

Cid Highwind Re:Wait, what? (81 comments)

Their business plan was "get acquired by Twitter", and that's not happening.

about a month ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

Cid Highwind And he missed the really egregious costs (145 comments)

Selling your house or breaking your lease, truck rental and fuel to haul all your shit halfway across the continent, being unemployed for however long it takes to find a job within commuting distance of your new home, etc.

about a month ago
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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 2 months 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 3 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 4 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 months ago

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Winamp shutting down as of December 20, 2013

Cid Highwind Cid Highwind writes  |  about 10 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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