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Heartbleed Used To Bypass 2-Factor Authentication, Hijack User Sessions

EvilSS Re:Is it just me, or is this just insane? (57 comments)

...researchers independently retrieved the private keys from the intentionally-vulnerable NGINX server...

Intentionally vulnerable - so this wasn't a bug in the NGINX server, it was a feature, right?

They put up a publicly accessible NGINX server with the vulnerable version of OpenSSL to see if anyone could get the private keys from it (they thought that this was not possible from their internal testing). It only took a few hours before they were proven wrong. At the time they had already patched the rest of their systems to address the Heartbleed vulnerability.

2 days ago
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

EvilSS Re:so? (214 comments)

yeah, that will stand up in court.

It has for AT&T, Verizon, EA, Dropbox, etc. Why would General Mills' be treated any different than the other Corporate Masters?

The big difference here is that the agreement is not apparent or possibly even presented to the user at the time or before hand. You can like something on facebook that a friend liked, and you would never see that agreement. Ditto if you tweeted something to their twitter account (which I assume they would include in this). Even with today's corporate friendly courts I can't see how they would not get laughed out of the courtroom for trying to pull this card out.

3 days ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

EvilSS Re:We live like kings and queens already (255 comments)

Games are typically 10GB. You could easily have 10 games installed simultaneously.

Maybe 5 or 10 years ago but not anymore. Here is a quick look at a few of the bigger games I have installed on my PC. Most of these are not even "new" but a year or more old.

BF3: 19GB
Titanfall: 50GB
Medal of Honor: War Fighter: 18GB
Need for Speed: The Run: 16GB
GTA IV: 15GB
Max Payne 3: 30GB
Batman Arkham Origins: 25GB
Batman Arkham City: 19GB
CoD MW3: 14GB
BioShock Infinite: 17GB

3 days ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

EvilSS Re:We live like kings and queens already (255 comments)

Well, 256GB SSD ought to be enough for anybody, and is relatively affordable.

Well, that depends on what you are doing on your machine. If you are a gamer, with game installs running from 20 to 50 GB (I'm looking at you Titanfall!) a 256GB system drive won't go far.

3 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

EvilSS Re:ACLU (1584 comments)

So in other words 'gun control' in America has its basis in racism. Not at all surprising; much of it still does.

Yep. In fact race played a big part in most gun control laws all the way up until the 1970's when it really started to flip to a "liberal" issue due to increasing inner-city violence. Many of the political parties, states, and organizations that oppose gun control today were fighting for it for most of the the prior 100 years, and doing so for almost exclusively racist reasons. Ironically, those same people created the conditions that led to the drug and gang violence we are dealing with today. The early history of the LA street gangs, how and why they came to be is actually pretty interesting.

4 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

EvilSS Re:ACLU (1584 comments)

No, it's not. The view that the 2nd amendment doesn't apply to private citizens did not enter into America politics and courts until the late 1800's after the civil war when gun control laws started being passed as a way to disarm recently freed blacks in the south. Prior to that it was never questioned that it applied to "The People". The DOJ did a very though review of the law going back to the signing of the constitution and they came to the same conclusion that it was an individual right.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

EvilSS Re:Medical doctor (733 comments)

What good would a medical doctor be without CAT,X-Ray,IRM, Ultrasound, antibiotics or vaccines? Go homeopathic?

a new study claims that 98% of the time doctors never run any of those tests but bill for them anyway. They also claim the something like 95% of the medicines they handout are actually inactive or contain sub MED (Minimum Effective Dose)! Bottom line doctors don't need them!

Bullshit. Link to this "study"?

about a week ago
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The Comcast/TWC Merger Is About Controlling Information

EvilSS Re:I don't "consume" content (107 comments)

A better description would be that information flows around me like a river during a flood and I reach down from the bank and scoop out a little bit for a sip on a hot day. Then I turn around and take a walk in the woods. Control that, Comcast!

You may want to avoid analogies about consuming something when you are arguing that you don't consume something else......

Consume
verb
1.
eat, drink, or ingest (food or drink).
"people consume a good deal of sugar in drinks"

about a week ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

EvilSS Re:What is a "proof" that something "could" happen (607 comments)

If someone came along with a counter-proof and that proof held up then yes, it would invalidate the original.

As for using a framework, correct. You have to use certain starting assumptions. In this case they are building on prior work that applies to the theory they are writing the proof for. Going back to the car analogy, you have to take an assumption, for example, that four wheel vehicles exist before you can begin trying to prove that a theoretical concept car can go 60 mph.

Keep in mind we are talking about a "mathematical proof" that something is possible, not "math proves" that something is possible. There is a distinction.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

EvilSS Re:What is a "proof" that something "could" happen (607 comments)

More relevant car analogy: If you have the specs for a car (hp, torque, weight, drag coefficients, etc.) that had not yet been built you could prove mathematically, without it ever actually happening or the car even existing at the time except on paper, whether or not the car could accelerate to 60 mph.

What they are saying here is that, according to the math, the universe could have formed this way. The math does not prevent it so it's a valid theoretical possibility. This does not mean that another model won't show that it could have formed in a different way as well. After all we have three perfectly mathematically valid geometries yet we know only one can be the true geometry of the physical universe.

Now, it would take a lot more than a mathematical model to say that it did form that way.

about two weeks ago
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NYC Considers Google Glass For Restaurant Inspections

EvilSS Re:Better Idea (104 comments)

Here's a proposal for a minor change in the legislation. If this law is all about protecting the consu--I mean citizen, and limiting abuses of the inspectors, providing an accurate record, etc, then instead of the inspectors wearing a recording device, how about requiring those being inspected to wear them instead? Same results, right? Surely the state inspectors won't have ANY problem whatsoever being recorded doing their jobs - if everything's so above board, then they have nothing to fear.

I think they idea here is that the video would pick up what the inspector sees (since it would be sitting on his/her face it would have the same POV). This way if there is a dispute the video can be used to clarify what was seen. I don't see a problem with the owner also creating his own video of the inspection, but I don't think it's fair to do what you say and force the owners to wear a camera during the inspection.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

EvilSS Re:The Post-PC era (294 comments)

Yes, didn't you get the memo?

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

EvilSS Re:Didn't we used to call this "speed reading"? (641 comments)

Certainly I utilize this now to skim Slashdot in seconds....

You may want to slow down enough to at least make sure you are commenting on the right article :)

about two weeks ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

EvilSS Re:Vertical integration needs to be banned (223 comments)

After a while the content producers would realize they didn't need a middle man and go direct. That could be a good thing. It could also be annoying if they force you through their own sites/devices.

"Force you through their own sites/devices" counts as vertical integration.

Not really, no. Even if you want to go that route, then you are back to fragmentation like you see now with netflix/hulu/amazon, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

EvilSS Re:Vertical integration needs to be banned (223 comments)

The problem in the USA is vertical integration.

The cable to get your broadband Internet comes from the same company as the one that provides you with Internet which is also the same as the one that provides you with television.

Imagine if you could take Comcast and split it up into physical cable provider, television content provider and internet provider. No common ownership structure allowed upwards or downwards. Now the ISP company needs to buy access from the cable provider at a wholesale level that should be offered to all ISPs at the same rate.

If there aren't enough IPv4 addresses then just become an IPv6 ISP with an appropriate IPv4 - IPv6 gateway.

I kind of agree with this but there is a problem: The biggest competitive advantage most providers have is their physical network. If you remove that, we end up with a "race to the bottom" situation. That ends up with consolidation of players (since no one can gain a pricing advantage since they would all have essentially the same costs) and pretty much bring us back around to where we are now. At least for internet access. For content, it's who can get the best deals, which will go to the bigger companies. Since the providers would no longer be constrained by region, we would end up with a lot of fragmentation when it comes to content. At least at first. After a while the content producers would realize they didn't need a middle man and go direct. That could be a good thing. It could also be annoying if they force you through their own sites/devices.

about two weeks ago
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The Highest-Flying Wind Turbine

EvilSS Re:About to break a world record! (143 comments)

Voyager leave the solar system every month. The solar system is a ever-growing boundary.

It's not leaving, it's fleeing the solar system which is obviously trying to chase it down.

about three weeks ago
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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

EvilSS DVDs are re-usable (490 comments)

Streams are not. Netflix pays once for each DVD, then rents them multiple times. Streams are not re-usable. I would imagine Netflix's deals include per-stream revenue back to the studios as well as an overall fee.

about three weeks ago
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Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

EvilSS Re:Kickstarter skeptics eat your heart out (300 comments)

Do you really think game companies would use an API that injected third-party* "bullshit" into their games that would do nothing but piss off their users? Or would they instead, just not support it or support a different company's hardware?

*We know they will inject their own bullshit content and DRM, but that benefits them. This wouldn't.

about three weeks ago
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Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

EvilSS Re:Kickstarter skeptics eat your heart out (300 comments)

Of course the founders are saying that, facebook probably even portrayed it to them in that way, but i severely doubt FB will enter the gaming market i am confident that this technology will end up in the IP Graveyard of a giant corporation

Why? Again, it makes zero sense. They might as well burn a pile of cash and stock certificates on their parking lot. They have no IP of any real value to Facebook. What you are saying is that Facebook is going to hand them $2 billion ($400 million of that in cash), and immediately shut them down. That, versus that FB sees the potential for the VR market to be huge and that Zuck wants to get in on the ground floor of it?

Hell, considering how much VC money they had already taken in and they were still struggling to get a product out in the face of rapidly approaching competition from Sony and others, it's probably more likely that the product will make it to market now than before.

about three weeks ago

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