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Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

Hamsterdan Re:WTF? (200 comments)

What do you expect? as long as Harper is in power our rights will slowly go away. Now excuse me, someone's knocking at the door...

8 hours ago
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AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

Hamsterdan Re: Non-story? (80 comments)

I doubt they'll do it for free. It's uncompetitive and the FCC should step in (but won't)

9 hours ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

Hamsterdan Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (503 comments)

"Why would FTDI have to ensure their driver doesn't break chips that aren't theirs?"

There''s a difference between not testing and breaking stuff.

yesterday
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

Hamsterdan Re:Lol... (279 comments)

And you can also run Windows on it (via Bootcamp, Parallels, or both), so you also have access to all Win applications if you want.

yesterday
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test a Wide Range of App Ideas

Hamsterdan Re:Unpaid labour? (72 comments)

"No, those were bugs, or things the software wasn't designed to worry about. What produced the malware and spam market? MS' laxity in *everything* system security related, maybe?"

It's probably not related to the fact that MS had around 95% market share, that every ISP was configuring IE (since Netscape cost money), and most people didn't bother to pay for the trial AV installed on their store-bought discount computer.

OSX started getting targeted by malware when it gained market share (and now profitable for malware writers). Don't worry, if Linux ever nears 10% market share it *WILL* be targeted too...

yesterday
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Hamsterdan Re:Is this legal? (687 comments)

Since the common customer will have no idea that it can be done (or how), it is for all purposes *bricked*. Guess who the customer will blame? the manufacturer, not the counterfeiter. So basically FTDI is harming legitimate manufacturers. Hope they get sued into oblivion for that...

2 days ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Hamsterdan Re:On the other hand... (687 comments)

It's more likely customers won't know about the counterfeits and blame the original company. Not a good idea...

2 days ago
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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

Hamsterdan Re:Still more work to be done (209 comments)

"And there is still no way to remove the obtrusive Search and Task View icons from the taskbar"

That one bugs me too, especially when activatng the taskbar on multiple monitors. I wouldn't mind if they were only on the main monitor, but thay are on all of them (back to display fusion I guess)

4 days ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Hamsterdan Re:Funny but Microsoft is the most open ecosystem. (172 comments)

Tell that to HP. My laserjet 1012 doesn't have any drivers for 7, yet it works if I force it as a 3055.

Manufacturers should be required by law to provide drivers for at least 5-10 years. All the perfectly good and working hardware that gets recycled or trashed is mind boggling...

4 days ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

Hamsterdan Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (328 comments)

"even most Linux distros do not explicitly encourage the use of dual-booting"

It's part of the setup when you install linux

5 days ago
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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Hamsterdan Re: I don't follow (369 comments)

And PC makers never sold power cords that melt (HP), batteries that explode (Dell), Laptops with GPUs that pop from their solder (all with some nVidia), and eeePCs with cheap battery packs that die within a year (ASUS).

Real easy to bash on one company when they all do it.

5 days ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Hamsterdan Re:Of course! (566 comments)

Because "quite a few" is more than one ?

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Hamsterdan Re:Of course! (566 comments)

at 7x10 feet, if you can fit a few of them in your bedroom, you probably live in a basement

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

Hamsterdan Sure (213 comments)

And I'll bet the less they earn the better they are...

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Video Speed on FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

Hamsterdan "Bypassing congested links" (1 comments)

Those same congested links that weren't so congested if using a VPN?

In other words, by paying, the artificial congestion was removed...

That's why ISPs shouldn't be TV providers too...

about two weeks ago
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Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

Hamsterdan Re:Claim is BS. (155 comments)

And that's why the digital dash in my Grand Marquis was a VFD...

about two weeks ago
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Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

Hamsterdan Re:Claim is BS. (155 comments)

"and more prone to failure than an LCD display"

at -30C your LCD might not react properly until it has warmed up.

As for analog gauges being more prone too failure, I wouldn't be so sure about that

about two weeks ago

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Apple Denies Any Breach Of Its Systems In Celebrity Photo Leak

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 2 months ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Apple has released an official statement in response to accusations that its iCloud storage system might be somehow behind the recent leak of a large number of nude or otherwise private celebrity photos, whose victims included Jennifer Lawrence. In the statement Apple denies any breach within its systems, but does concede that celebrity accounts were compromised by attackers using standard phishing techniques to guess user names, passwords and the answers to security questions.

Apple’s statement in full:

        CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities. When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple’s engineers to discover the source. Our customers’ privacy and security are of utmost importance to us. After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved.

        To protect against this type of attack, we advise all users to always use a strong password and enable two-step verification. Both of these are addressed on our website at http://support.apple.com/kb/ht...."

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Cinavia defeated

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 4 months ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Cinavia's anti-piracy technology has been a thorn in the side of many file-sharers, who are unable to pay pirated files on their DVD-players without being interrupted by a warning message. In a breakthrough development, software vendor DVD-Ranger has cracked the protection, including for popular movies downloaded from pirate sites.

Cinavia’s anti-piracy technology relies on a unique type of watermarking that allows it to remain present in pirated movies despite re-recording, transcoding, compression, or other type of transfer."

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Farscape movie in the works?

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 8 months ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage is in talks to star in the pilot for an HBO series scripted by Sydney-based Justin Monjo and produced by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films.

The prolific Monjo is also writing the screenplay for Farscape, a movie spin-off of the sci-fi series that ran on the Nine Network and the Sci-Fi Channel in the US, for Jim Henson Productions, to be directed by Brian Henson.

Dinklage would play a dwarf detective in The Beasts of Valhalla, based on a series of novels by the late George C. Chesbro. Monjo read the books years ago but could not think of an actor who was right for the role of the sleuth named Mongo until he saw Dinklage in Game of Thrones.

“It’s a grounded sci-fi series,” says Monjo, who flies to New York next month to discuss the project with Dinklage, with whom he has corresponded. “HBO and Red Hour think he’s the perfect guy for the part and are very excited about the project.” The intention would be to shoot the one-hour series in 2016 after Dinklage finishes Game of Thrones.

Monjo was one of the writers on Farscape, which ran from 1998-2002, followed by the 2004 miniseries Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, co-produced by Jim Henson Productions and RHI Entertainment."

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Toshiba Completes Acquistion Of OCZ Technology Group

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 9 months ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Right on schedule, OCZ Technology is receiving an injection straight to the heart via Toshiba. After falling into bankruptcy last year and nearly instantly being rescued by Toshiba, the latter has announced today that it has "finalized the purchase of substantially all assets of OCZ Technology Group, making it a wholly owned subsidiary and Toshiba Group Company." Effective immediately, the Group company will operate independently as OCZ Storage Solutions, which means that we'll yet again see OCZ storage products making the rounds and breaking benchmark records."
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Who makes the best disk drives?

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 9 months ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Backblaze, which open sourced their Storage Pod a few years ago, is now giving drive failure rates. They currently have over 27,000 consumer grade drives spinning in Backblaze storage pods.

Almost 13,000 each are Seagate and Hitachi drives, almost 3000 Western Digital drives and a too small for statistical reporting smattering of Toshiba and Samsung drives.

One cool thing: Backblaze buys drives the way you and I do: they get the cheapest drives that will work. Their workload is almost hundred percent write. Because they spread the incoming writes over several drives their workload isn't very performance intensive either."

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Germany: We Think The NSA May Have Tapped Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cell Phone

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  1 year,1 day

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "The German government's spokesman said it believes Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone may have been monitored by the National Security Agency, Der Spiegel reports.

Obama "assured" Merkel that the U.S. "is not monitoring and will not monitor" her phone calls, but there was no mention of the past.

Merkel said that targeting her phone would be unacceptable."

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Time Capsule Has Steve Job's Computer Mouse

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  1 year,28 days

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "The time capsule was buried in 1983 during the International Design Conference in Aspen, Colo., and was supposed to be exhumed in 2000, but when the landscape changed, the time capsule was lost. The capsule was uncovered by members of National Geographic Channel's Diggers team who worked closely with one of the former design-team members who buried the capsule, Harry Teague."
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Parcel sensor knows your delivery has been dropped

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Called DropTag, the gadget combines a battery, a low-energy Bluetooth transmitter, an accelerometer and a memory chip. Stuck on a parcel as it leaves an e-commerce warehouse, it logs any g-forces above a set risky shock level that it experiences. The idea is that when the courier puts it in your hands, you turn on Bluetooth on a smartphone running a DropTag app and scan it before you sign for it."
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Skype Introduces Ads Into Free Windows Voice Calls

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Hey, Windows users — seeing ads in your Skype calls? Fret not, it isn't a rouge version of the software; it's just a new twist on "free" VoIP calling. Skype has today announced the launch of Conversation Ads, finally, a way to make cash off of free calls. These new display ad units will appear within the calling window of users who do not have Skype Credit or subscriptions when they're making 1:1 Skype-to-Skype audio calls using Skype for Windows. Strangely, no other platforms — desktop or mobile — are mentioned; perhaps ads are being ported elsewhere as we speak."
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Apple finally releases Flashback Security Update for older machines

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Apple released an update to kill the Flashback malware several weeks ago, in early April. However, until today, Cupertino had yet to issue a patch for users running its older operating system. Apple's Flashback Removal Security Update removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware. If the Flashback malware is found, a dialog will notify the user that the malware was removed. A second update disables versions of Adobe Flash Player that do not include the latest security updates and provides the option to get the current version from Adobe's website. If you're running anything earlier than Mac OS X v10.5.8, you'll also need to update your OS before you can install these two new updates."
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Symantec: Anonymous stole source code, users shoul

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 2 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Symantec has confirmed that the hacker group Anonymous stole source code from the 2006 versions of several Norton security products and the pcAnywhere remote access tool.

Although Symantec says the theft actually occurred in 2006, the issue did not come to light until this month when hackers related to Anonymous said they had the source code and would release it publicly. Users of the Norton products in question are not at any increased risk of attack because of the age of the source code and security improvements made in the years since the breach, but the vendor acknowledged on Tuesday night that "Customers of Symantec's pcAnywhere have increased risk as a result of this incident.""

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Apple website hacked

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "After idahc successfully discovered vulnerabilities on an Apple business website, a dump of more than two dozen usernames and hashed passwords appeared on Pastebin — though he claims the data was not posted by him. Access appears to have been gained via a flaw in a survey posted on the Apple Consultants network site that was being served from abs.apple.com. That server remains offline for the time being, presumably while Apple attempts to batten down the network hatches.

While idahc admits that the situation is “not yet serious,” the breach still means that Apple could find itself scrutinized by the same people who have recently gained entry into dozens of high-profile sites — from PBS and Citibank to just about every Sony site and service imaginable."

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cia.gov under DDOS by LulzSec ?

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "The CIA website at cia.gov is currently inaccessible, having apparently fallen foul of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack by hackers.

Almost inevitably, fingers are pointing towards the notorious LulzSec hacktivist group who have made a name for themselves recently with a series of attacks against corporations, organisations and websites — sometimes forcing them offline, and on other occasions stealing personal information by exploiting security flaws.

A post to LulzSec's Twitter feed appears to confirm their participation in the attack..."

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RSA finally comes clean: SecurID is compromised

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "RSA Security is to replace virtually every one of the 40 million SecurID tokens currently in use as a result of the hacking attack the company disclosed back in March. The EMC subsidiary issued a letter to customers acknowledging that SecurID failed to protect defense contractor Lockheed Martin, which last month reported a hack attempt.

SecurID tokens are used in two-factor authentication systems. Each user account is linked to a token, and each token generates a pseudo-random number that changes periodically, typically every 30 or 60 seconds. To log in, the user enters a username, password, and the number shown on their token. The authentication server knows what number a particular token should be showing, and so uses this number to prove that the user is in possession of their token."

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Wanne buy PSN Credit Card info?

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "The ongoing PSN saga has taken a dramatic turn for the worse with evidence that hackers responsible for the PSN breach last week are attempting to sell users' credit card details online.

It's believed that hackers have obtained unencrypted databases including names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, email passwords, date of births, credit card numbers, expiry dates and the all important security codes found on the back of credit cards."

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Networks Block GoogleTV

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 4 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "ABC, CBS and NBC are blocking TV programming on their websites from being viewable on Google Inc.'s new Web-TV service, exposing the rift that remains between the technology giant and some of the media companies it wants to supply content for its new products.

Full-length episodes of shows like NBC's "The Office," CBS's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," and ABC's "Modern Family" can't be viewed on Google TV, a service that allows people to access the Internet and search for Web videos on their television screens, as well as to search live TV listings. Logitech International S.A. and Sony Corp. began ...

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303339504575566572021412854.html#ixzz136swdEfQ"

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Rogers pulls HTC Dream off shelf due to 911 fix.

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "The Rogers HTC Dream is not having a good start to 2010, actually the Dream is turning into a bit of a nightmare. First the beloved Android was informed that it would not receive an upgrade to a new OS and stay exactly how it is Dream owners didn’t like this news and decided to revolt. Rogers heard the feedback and said Dream customers can upgrade to a Magic if they wish.

However, news came early this morning from Rogers that the HTC Dream has been pulled off the shelf from all locations and online. The reason is because an urgent software fix that is needed for 911 calls to be completed. Kinda important. All Dream owners were contacted by text message about the issue."

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Delete a file shooter for OS X

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Lose/Lose is a video-game with real life consequences. Each alien in the game is created based on a random file on the players computer. If the player kills the alien, the file it is based on is deleted. If the players ship is destroyed, the application itself is deleted."
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