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

Gaygirlie Re:News: Not just webservers use OpenSSL! (54 comments)

Speaking of routers, DD-WRT is vulnerable, but only if you use its VPN-service. It doesn't use OpenSSL for anything else, and if the VPN-service isn't enabled then there's not even that.

9 hours ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

Gaygirlie Re:We do not need solid state to replace platter d (253 comments)

Mmmmno. Hybrid drives are convenient, I give you that, but they are very limited in what sort of information they have about the data and its uses and if/when a new filesystem format comes around which the drive's firmware doesn't understand the drive falls back to dumb block-based caching. Cache done on OS-side of things have access to things like frequency of use, what sort of situations are the files used, expected ranges of reads and writes in the various aforementioned situations, new, improved filesystems, actual content-type, which user or users are logged on and so on. The hybrid drive, for example, cannot know who is logged in or that the user likes to e.g. listen to certain playlist while doing image-manipulation -- it doesn't know how to predict these situations and preload/cache things accordingly.

2 days ago
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All Packages Needed For FreedomBox Now In Debian

Gaygirlie Re:In plain English, what's a FreedomBox? (53 comments)

Look, its easy. On the https://wiki.debian.org/Freedo... page, theres a link to Learn about Freedombox, which Im sure gives useful information on the project.

A huge bunch of various talks and presentations that are only meaningful to someone who is already familiar with the project? No, that's far from clear and easily-accessible for someone who is not familiar with the stuff, and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FreedomBox seems like the most reasonable available explanation for it. And yet, it's totally not enough.

I still don't really get what they do or what they want, and I really have to say that this kind of approach really doesn't endear random people to the project -- people, that might otherwise start contributing to it. It wouldn't take them much more than a day or two to explain it all on their website and make the project and its developers more approachable, but alas, I get the feeling they want to maintain their own, precious little clique instead.

3 days ago
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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

Gaygirlie Re:Really limited? Ridiculous. (245 comments)

But there aren't many, if any, high visibility PC games that go out of their way to be hostile to KB/M.

Why would games even need to be KB+M - hostile? How does the capability of choosing to use one or the other form of input somehow work against using gamepads for people who like them?

Further more, there's no unified controller to design against.

Tbh, most developers just design against Microsoft's controller.

about a week ago
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Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?

Gaygirlie Re:solution (303 comments)

I'm sort of playing devil's advocate here because I hate pop-up ads, but you could put up a pretty strong argument that people accessing free (advertising supported) sites with adblock are the parasites.

Personally, there are two big reasons for why I block ads: 1) they're way too often enormously annoying, selling all the things I couldn't care less about and they make it hard to actually concentrate on the content I am on the website for in the first place. 2) they're one of the most popular ways of spreading malware on the Internet. Probably the most popular, in fact. I just do not trust ads. The websites I visit are generally more-or-less trustworthy, but the ads may come from anywhere in the world and from any sort of unscrupulous bastards. I just am not willing to compromise my security for a small amount of monetary benefit for the website-owner.

about two weeks ago
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Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?

Gaygirlie Re:solution (303 comments)

Not in this culture. We need to get back to a culture where you willingly pay what things are worth.

It's not that simple as that. If all websites moved away from advertisement-/user-tracking-based income generation to just blocking everything out until you pay a subscription fee then a lot of all the information on the Internet would instantly be locked away from children, the poor, 3rd-world residents and so on. Free (as in gratis) access to information is enormously beneficial on the global scale and I certainly do not wish for us to move away from that.

about two weeks ago
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Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

Gaygirlie Re:Thanks for peptuating (164 comments)

To be honest, when I was using anti-depressants the world certainly didn't feel happier or more comfortable or some silly stuff like that. Those drugs didn't make me happy or joyous, they aren't some sort of a magical happy-pill. No, they flatten feelings -- both the bad ones, but also the good ones. Sure, they helped get over the worst times since they flattened out the bad feelings I had, but in the end I stopped taking them because they also flattened out the good things.

Not that my rant really means anything or has much to do with Molyneux. Just felt like sharing what it was like for me.

about three weeks ago
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Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

Gaygirlie Re:Okay (517 comments)

If the placebo effect actually is effective, then it should be considered a form of medical treatment. Don't underestimate the placebo effect and human psychology.

You are totally misunderstanding what I said. I am not dismissing placebo - effect, I am saying that you can't just list everything that could have such an effect as medicine nor can you claim your faith healing - method or whatnot is effective medicine when the effect isn't actually due to your healing method at all -- it's because of placebo. You'd be attributing to your method something that is actually an effect of something else. So no, you can't just go and do that. If the healing effect is due to placebo - effect then say so, say that it is due to the placebo, not that it's due to your healing method.

I have no idea where you got the idea that I was dismissing the placebo - effect.

about three weeks ago
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Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

Gaygirlie Re:Okay (517 comments)

Not really. Placebo - effect, indeed, is well-known and it does have tangible effect, but these people are claiming their products or methods actually work, not that they have a working placebo - effect. I mean, it would be entirely different thing if these people just wanted their products and/or methods to be listed under things that are known to have a placebo - effect. Besides, almost anything can have such an effect if you just believe it to have an effect -- should we then allow anything and everything to be listed as medicine?

about three weeks ago
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Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

Gaygirlie Re:Wikipedia ruined the internet (517 comments)

Most of the information on Wikipedia is "biased, misleading, out of date, or just plain wrong."

Based on.. what? Your comment seems biased and misleading and could possibly be just plain wrong. Is your comment just based on your personal impression? Have you actually gone through and examined most of all the content available on Wikipedia? No? Well, gee.

Even worse, most of it is plagiarized, drawing eyes away from the books, smaller sites and other sources that produced it.

And yet, while doing that it makes it much more easier to find both the sources and relevant information. If Wikipedia didn't exist finding all that information would be a major hassle, especially considering a lot of the sources mentioned are behind various paywalls, only available in physical forms or whatnot.

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

Gaygirlie Babylon 5, or something else? (276 comments)

Do you ever feel that you'd like people to remember you for something else besides just Babylon 5 and if so, what do you yourself feel you'd wish people to remember you for?

about a month ago
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Replicant Hackers Find and Close Samsung Galaxy Back-door

Gaygirlie Re:Who's behind that back-door ? (81 comments)

Either this is a back door, or they are the worst software engineers ever.

A back-door is something that was placed there with the specific intent of providing access to the system even against the system owner's wish, so that's my point: it doesn't seem like that was the intent. It just sounds like it was there for this service, but they never really fully thought out the scheme and just went with whatever they first came up with. Granted, I'm only guessing here, but for once I'm going to go with the "it's incompetence, not malicious intent" - defense.

about a month ago
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Replicant Hackers Find and Close Samsung Galaxy Back-door

Gaygirlie Re:Who's behind that back-door ? (81 comments)

When I heard this news earlier today I couldn't help but think that it's not really a back-door. Samsung has had a service on their phones for years that allows you to track your phone and remotely wipe it if someone stole it or you lost it or something. Performing file I/O on the system? Well, that sounds exactly like something you'd need to do if you were to wipe the phone clean!

about a month ago
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Google Blocking Asus's Android-Windows "Duet"?

Gaygirlie Re:Still open legally (194 comments)

It's still open in the sense that legally you can do whatever you want with it.
It's up to you if you want to make Google happy or not.

Google can deny you from adding Google's apps and services on it, though, and the moment you ship an Android-device without those you're removing a lot of the reason for why an Average Jane or Joe would want an Android-device in the first place.

about a month ago
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Glamor, X11's OpenGL-Based 2D Acceleration Driver, Is Becoming Useful

Gaygirlie Re:Vs compositing? (46 comments)

I wonder, how does it relate to compositing engine? Ain't surfaces already drawn using GPU accelerated function when using GL-based compositing ?

The windows themselves should be drawn via the GPU on a modern compositing engine, sure, but the window - contents themselves have nothing to do with compositing managers; an app, depending on what UI-toolkit it uses, may be drawing its buttons and text-entries and scrollbars and whatnot via software, H/W-accelerated and somewhat outdated 2D-acceleration, or via the 3D-engine. Many drivers these days don't bother even trying to support the whole range of 2D-accelerated methods and some drivers don't bother supporting such at all, so the toolkits that still use these methods basically fall back to software-rendering.

about a month and a half ago
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Italian Researchers Demonstrate 'Powerloader' Suit

Gaygirlie Re:only 50Kg? (57 comments)

Considering their size, all the heavy-duty supports in them and the fact that they're mostly used in cargo-bays one could assume that they're designed to lift at least a weight of one ton. Remembering the movie they were also surprisingly fast and nimble, but with totally rigid feet -- I can't remember there being anything the sort of toe-like structures or bend in the feet -- so they'd suit poorly for any sort of outdoors/rescue/whatnot missions, but could support heavy loads. It's all just guess-work, though, about a fictional exoskeleton :)

about a month and a half ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

Gaygirlie Re:Yes (627 comments)

Yes, it does. It leads people to rely on building the application with the IDE instead of issuing standard Makefiles or using build systems like autotools or CMake.

Why do you assume that an IDE wouldn't be able to generate standard Makefiles? I don't know about Visual Studio, but all the IDEs I've tried have certainly been able to use autotools and standard Makefiles.

about 2 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

Gaygirlie "Would you be better off programming with Notepad? (627 comments)

Eh, I don't think so. IDEs are great and all that and what tools you use doesn't matter in the end; what matters is that your code does what it's supposed to do reasonably-efficiently and without any "misfeatures." These tools usually also allow you to reach your goal faster than if you were to do everything manually, and in many cases time is money -- hobbyist coding being a separate issue. The language, the tools and so on really matter only in cases where you're developing for very limited systems, like e.g. embedded systems.

That said, I never found an IDE I felt at home with and I've always just typed everything away manually in Nano in a Linux-console...

about 2 months ago

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Ask Slashdot: cheap ARM-boards not gimped by software?

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  about a year ago

Gaygirlie writes "For a while I've been ranting online and offline about the possibilities and prospects cheap, ARM-based boards like e.g. the Raspberry Pi or the Pandaboard could provide, what with giving youngsters cheap computers to learn with, simple home automation systems, cheap HTPCs or TV-connected emulation boxes, always-on video chat systems, and so on and so forth — the possibilities are nearly endless!

These systems, however, are seriously gimped by poorly-designed drivers, constant breakage of features and the generally disheartening lack of support by the SoC manufacturers. I like e.g. the hardware of the Cubieboard at only $49 as it's quite well rounded all around and provides a good selection of connectors for most tasks, but... well, the Mali-400 drivers apparently break all the god damn time (#1), and the video acceleration — features are available only via the proprietary Cedar-library — no GStreamer, no Phonon, no OpenMAX, not a single standard method is available (#2.) A good example of what this means is VLC: VLC only works from console (#3,) no GUI, and since Cedar lacks YUV420 there's no OSD, either! (#1, #2, #3 )

With the above in mind, does anyone know of any boards in the planning where the software is actually guaranteed to work properly, be supported for longer than six months, and offers access to all the capabilities the H/W possess? Also, what are your thoughts on the matter as a whole?"
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Valve officially acknowledges Steam for Linux

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  about 2 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "While it has been known for quite a while now that Valve is indeed working on a Linux-port of Steam they haven't actually admitted to the fact before. Well, now they have on their Steam for Linux — blog with the announcement that they're targeting Ubuntu 12.04 at first, are hard at work at optimizing their already-native port of L4D2 and will in the future try to support other distributions as well."
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Multiword passwords secure or not?

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "An article over at Gizmag says: "It's a meme that's been doing the rounds on the internet in recent years: multi-word pass-phrases are as secure as long strings of gibberish but with the added benefit of being easy to remember. But research from Cambridge University suggests that this may not be the case. Pass-phrases comprised of dictionary words may not be as vulnerable as individual passwords, but they may still succumb to dictionary attacks, the research finds."

I find this to be twisting of words and general concensus; of course any password whatsoever is going to be insecure against offline attack, and using common, popular words is going to make guessing the password much easier. But is this really an issue in a world where most attacks are done online? Should general populace still be coaxed into using randomly generated passwords?"

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Quantum coherence found fueling photosynthesis

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "Ars Technica has posted an interesting article about new findings regarding quantum physics and photosynthesis. Their excerpt for the article: "Physicists have found the strongest evidence yet of quantum effects fueling photosynthesis. Multiple experiments in recent years have suggested as much, but it has been hard to be sure. Quantum effects were clearly present in the light-harvesting antenna proteins of plant cells, but their precise role in processing incoming photons remained unclear."

For those unaware of what coherence and quantum coherence means I suggest reading the appropriate Wikipedia page: Coherence (generic) and Quantum coherence"

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Victory for music locker services?

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "Michael Robertson, the owner and founder of the MP3Tunes music locker service, has been locked in a copyright infringement case with EMI Records for a while now, especially because of the Sideloading search engine that is tacked along with the locker service. Now the case has been resolved though: EMI Records won. But lost on all the accounts that actually really matter.

Michael Robertson is a man known to not shy away from legal fights and is known to always be seeking new boundaries to push. He founded the MP3Tunes service in 2005 with mostly the money he gained from running Linspire back in the day."

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Sony after visitors on Geohot blog

Gaygirlie Gaygirlie writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Gaygirlie writes "Yet another interesting twist has appeared in the Sony vs. Geohot case: judge has allowed Sony to subpoena all visitors to Geohot's blog and any related YouTube videos, no matter if they just visited the blog by a chance or actually contributed something. Also, Geohot's Twitter account was handed to Sony on a silver platter.

Read the story for more details and prepare a massive facepalm for the sheer stupidity of it all."

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