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Stung By File-Encrypting Malware, Researchers Fight Back

Dwedit Paging file? (84 comments)

Okay, stupid question time...
If someone took a disk image during the time when the virus was in the process of encrypting files, would it be possible to find the key in the paging file?

about a week ago

Final Fantasy XIV Failed Due To Overly Detailed Flowerpots

Dwedit Final Hallway 13 (195 comments)

So how did this game compare with Final Hallway 13?

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Reviewing 3rd Party Libraries?

Dwedit ILSpy (88 comments)

This is not a security analyzer, but ILSpy is the .NET decompiler that I currently use. Red Gate .NET Reflector went commercial only, so this is what's left.

about a month and a half ago

FLOSS Codecs Emerge Victorious In Wikimedia Vote

Dwedit Why does Wikimedia hate batteries? (235 comments)

Mobile devices have efficient hardware support for codecs like H.264, and using something else takes a toll on battery life.

about 2 months ago

Mozilla To Show Sponsored Links To First-Time Firefox Users

Dwedit Jumped the shark (182 comments)

Firefox has jumped the shark.

about 2 months ago

Eclipse Foundation Celebrates 10 Years

Dwedit Re:Still using it (155 comments)

You must be exaggerating, since GW-BASIC required you to manually type in line numbers, just like on an Apple II. Eclipse may be bloated and sluggish, but at least you don't need to type in line numbers.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

Dwedit Re:HOSTS file (731 comments)

But in practice, they're not. Ads are distinguishable from the content, and that's why Adblock works.

about 2 months ago

Eye Tracking Coming To Video Games

Dwedit Re:Almost there.... (102 comments)

Sometimes, you need to look at one thing and type into another, and that would just get in the way.

about 3 months ago

Asm.js Gets Faster

Dwedit How about making the Canvas tag not suck (289 comments)

How about making the Canvas tag not suck?
Seriously, you can give it the most simple test (draw an image every frame, or fill a rectangle), and it will run unacceptably slow. For comparison, a simple Win32 program that changes the background color of a maximized window once per frame has very low CPU usage, but a simple Javascript program that flashes a canvas red and blue every other frame uses 100% CPU usage if the canvas is 1024x768.
Until the canvas isn't the bottleneck anymore, Javascript graphical programs will continue to suck, and no amount of ASMJS magic will help with that bottleneck.

about 4 months ago

IDC: PC Shipments Decline Worse Than Forecasted, No Recovery Expected

Dwedit Happy with core 2 duo (393 comments)

I'm still happy with my Core 2 duo machine, and don't have a dire need for anything newer.

about 4 months ago

Ars Checks Out CyanogenMod's New Installer

Dwedit Re:Slashdot is dead. (143 comments)

Has Netcraft confirmed it?

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Easy, Open Source Desktop-Sharing Software?

Dwedit Old version of PcHelpware (116 comments)

I use a custom build of the old version of PcHelpware, from the creators of UltraVnc. Not the new version, but the old version. The old version of PcHelpware lets me pick the port number, so I can get through restrictive firewalls that only allow well-known port numbers.

However, it's still a bit buggy on Vista/Windows 7, specifically, it crashes whenever a UAC prompt appears. I made a workaround for this, I replaced the main EXE with a stub version that disables UAC when you run it, and reenables UAC after it exits. I also got rid of the Login and Password prompt, because it's completely nonsensical and worthless.

When you want to support a PC, you just tell someone to download the EXE from your website, and run it. And guide them through the process of adding it to Norton's or Mcafee's exclusion list, reassuring Internet Explorer that it's okay to open EXE files, etc.

about 5 months ago

Google Testing Banner Ads On Select Search Results

Dwedit Re:Will Google host their own banners? (185 comments)

Element hiding helper for Adblock Plus helps against the first party ads, since it hides elements on the pages, making the ads never appear or load. Of course, it's much easier to use when the ads say <div id="ad">.

about 6 months ago

Valve Shows How Steam Controller Works In Real Life

Dwedit Non-centering joystick (139 comments)

So for several of the games, the left trackpad seems to be equivalent to a non-centering joystick or Turbo Touch 360 (touch-sensitive gamepad for NES/Genesis, etc).
The non-centering joystick of the Atari 5200 got really bad reviews, and the Turbo Touch 360 was rated the 9th worst video game controller of all time by IGN.

about 6 months ago

802.11ac 'Gigabit Wi-Fi' Starts To Show Potential, Limits

Dwedit My speed (101 comments)

I'm getting 7-9 MB/sec with my 802.11ac adapter, whether on the 2.4GHz band or the 5GHz band. So at least the theoretical speed of wireless G is finally real.
It is much faster than the 2.5MB/sec I was getting on the so-called "a/b/g/n" adapter.

For comparison, on actual gigabit ethernet, I get about 88-100MB/sec.

about 6 months ago

Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

Dwedit Use this as your site layout and I leave. (1191 comments)

If you make this the preferred site layout, I'll simply leave Slashdot. You have competition now, don't fuck up.

about 6 months ago

New Animated PNG Creation Tools Intend To Bring APNG Into Mainstream Use

Dwedit Re:quite a few browsers? (246 comments)

Because PNG beats the pants off of GIF in terms of file size.

about 8 months ago

New Animated PNG Creation Tools Intend To Bring APNG Into Mainstream Use

Dwedit So it's basically an inferior SWF (246 comments)

SWF is a much better file format for animated raster images. You can define an image, put it on the stage multiple times, and move it around and apply affine transformations to it. You don't need to store tons of raw pixel data.
It's also an inferior version of video, since if you're using an animated image to store short video clips, you don't get the benefit of motion compensation and strong compression.

about 8 months ago

Xerox Confirms To David Kriesel Number Mangling Occuring On Factory Settings

Dwedit Re:Sucky thing about digital (163 comments)

The old analog process had nowhere to put the scanned image except onto another piece of paper. This is about scanning and performing bad lossy compression on the scanned documents badly, not copying. Copying is still high quality.

about 8 months ago


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