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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

Hamsterdan Not likely to be abused by "above the law" (223 comments)

"except in an emergency that poses “immediate danger of death or great bodily injury.”

Nope, nothing here to be abused...

Start wearing cameras ladies and gents...

yesterday
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Linux 3.17-rc2 Release Marks 23 Years of the Linux Kernel

Hamsterdan Re:23 years of being a rounding error (102 comments)

That's because you can buy a 400$ PC at Walmart. (the laptop's gonna break in 2 years, but people don't really care about that since they'll be able to buy a new one)

yesterday
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Linux 3.17-rc2 Release Marks 23 Years of the Linux Kernel

Hamsterdan Kinda amazing (102 comments)

"won't be big and
professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones."

"It is NOT protable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never
will support anything other than AT-harddisks"

Yet it runs on about 80% of all cell phones, runs on routers, servers, even on my orange iMac (G3)

Give that man many thanks...

yesterday
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It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

Hamsterdan What are they waiting for? (143 comments)

Deaths? multiple injured people? Why isn't that secured in the first place? With all the news about stuff getting *hacked*, why are they still doing this?

5 days ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

Hamsterdan Solitaire (274 comments)

I stopped playing it, the cards kept flying off the car's dashboard as soon as you get the windows down on the highway

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Recliner For a Software Developer?

Hamsterdan Re:The best seat in the house (154 comments)

Saves time. now you can make room for more food without even getting up.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung Buys Kickstarter-Funded Internet of Things Startup For $200MM

Hamsterdan Re:I'm interested in this sort of thing for my hou (107 comments)

A lock will not stop a determined intruder. But then, unless you are being targeted, they'll just move on to the next target (kinda like the flashing LEDs in car doors)

about two weeks ago
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Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?

Hamsterdan Remove the Bloat (151 comments)

As we're nearing the size limit for IC manufacturing technology, what about reducing bloat and coding in a more efficient manner.

Let's look at the specs of earlier machines

Palm Pilot. 33Mhz 68000 with 8MB of storage, yet it was fast and efficient.
C=64 1Mhz 6510 with 64k RAM (38 useable), also fast and efficient, you could run a combat flight simulator on it (Skyfox)
Heck, even a 16MB 66Mhz 486 was considered almost insane in early 1994 (and it only had a 340 *MB* HDD, and everything was fine. (I bought that in high school for AutoCAD)

Go back to the same efficient and small code, and our devices will seem about 10 times faster and will last longer.

about two weeks ago
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Google Expands Safe Browsing To Block Unwanted Downloads

Hamsterdan Everything? (105 comments)

Any software that opt-ins to install Chrome, set the page to Google, and install the Googlebar too?

Kinda hypocrit since they're trying to sneak their software in downloads themselves

about two weeks ago
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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

Hamsterdan Haven't they read The Stand??? (218 comments)

Why are they doing this? there is absolutely *nothing* to be gained from this, except weaponization. (which is against the convention)

Let's say someone does the same in MIddle East, they would be carpet-bombing the place in the name of "but terrorists".

Seriously, could someone explain to me what could be gained from creating a deadlier critter?

While we're at it, let's add anthrax,HIV and Ebola into it, just to be sure it's deadly enough. Hey, let's bring smallpox back (altough I wouldn't be surprised if there was still some in test tubes somewhere)

about two weeks ago
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UCSD To Test Safety of Spinal Stem Cell Injection

Hamsterdan Re:Worst that could happen? (43 comments)

Agree.

If I was in that situation, I would think exactly the same way. Seriously, is death worse than not being able to move?

about two weeks ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

Hamsterdan Re:reliability (183 comments)

1- Backup
2- Backup
3- Backup

And when SSDs fail, it's not more spectacular than a HDD that won't spin, or a head crash, or its controller going MIA. (you can't swap boards on most newer drives anymore, so good luck getting the data back)

about two weeks ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

Hamsterdan Re:Yay! I can lose my data cheaply now! (183 comments)

And Intel had drives that reverted to 8GB after a reboot, IBM had the Deathstars, Quantum had their Fireballs, Seagate, well, about every model between 500 and 1TB.

*everyone* in the industry comes out with bad products.

about two weeks ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

Hamsterdan Re:Not a barrier (183 comments)

Are you sure it will spin up after 5 years? sure the data will be there, but if the bearings have seized up it won't do any good.

Besides, SSDs are not intended for backup, so it's kinda a moot point.

about two weeks ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

Hamsterdan Re:Not a barrier (183 comments)

Yes it does.

My first SSD cost 240$ for 120GB, that's 2$/GB, many people found that way too expensive. Now that it hovers around 0.50$/GB, it means that for 120$ most people will be able to justify putting one in their system. 240GB is sufficient for almost all usage scenarios (especially laptops). Gives plenty of fast storage and a nice kick in performance without being obscenely expensive. Sure it will take a long time before it gets to price parity with spinning drives (if ever), but the way to build is SSD for OS and apps, HDD for media.

about two weeks ago
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Xbox One Will Play Media from USB Devices, DLNA Servers

Hamsterdan Re:You're not the only use case (112 comments)

Most newer TVs and BD devices have DLNA support (amongst other things). Heck, the one my dad got (Panasonic) allows to browse shared folders.

About 8 years ago I went out of my way to silence the HTPC in the living room with undervolted and underclocked CPU, 80mm fan running on 7v for the CPU, ATItools to reduce the GPU fan speed (and GPU speed itself), I even padded the case to reduce noise and vibrations. I even had to lock the DVD drives to lower speeds because they were sounding like they would take off.

A PC is way too noisy for a living room for my taste, so yes XB one streaming is welcome, let's hope it forces SONY to allow it on PS4

about two weeks ago
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Injecting Liquid Metal Into Blood Vessels Could Help Kill Tumors

Hamsterdan Re:some "problems" (111 comments)

Perhaps, but you don't feed lead to babies.

This is China we're talking about. They were willing to kill their own babies and pets in order to make a little more profit, do you really think they will care about sick people?

about two weeks ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

Hamsterdan Re:Netflix Time Now? (252 comments)

Except that a lot of the ships (and station itself) *have* been redone for the 2007 stories. And I'm pretty sure the people that made the amateur videos would be happy to give them the models.

An amateur redid parts of a battle from DS9 in HD, and was asked by someone from Foundation Imaging to contact him (don't remember where I've read this). DS9 also used motion control for the ships, which makes it even harder, and it could be possible to do it.

http://trekcore.com/blog/2013/...

Since B5 was entirely CGI, it would be easier. If the morons at WB didn't insist to have a 16:9 format for the DVDs, it would look so much better than blowing and cropping the CGI stuff.

http://www.modeemi.fi/~leopold...

In fact, the episode previews on the DVDs look *so much* better, even on a big screen...

about two weeks ago

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Cinavia defeated

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  about 3 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 6 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 7 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 7 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  |  about 10 months ago

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  |  about a year ago

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  |  more than 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  |  more than 3 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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The king of POP is dead

Hamsterdan Hamsterdan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Hamsterdan (815291) writes "LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Times is reporting pop star Michael Jackson has died at the age of 50 after being rushed to hospital in a coma. The newspaper cites city and law enforcement sources in the report. Earlier, the Times reported that the self-proclaimed "King of Pop" had been taken to hospital by paramedics, and was not breathing when they arrived. http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/2009/06/25/9936481-wenn-story.html"

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