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GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

Kardos Re:Watermarks? (126 comments)

I can think of a $12 experiment that would answer that question

4 days ago
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Massive Russian Hack Has Researchers Scratching Their Heads

Kardos Re:Alternatively... (102 comments)

That would be because any (competent) backdoor will be encrypted and cryptographically signed with key(s) known only to the TLA. Consider a router -- it passes all packets normally unless it finds one that is properly signed, then it extracts and executes the payload, fully opening up the device to the whims of the TLA. In lieu of someone leaking or determining the key, it would be extremely hard to identify such a backdoor.

about three weeks ago
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Massive Russian Hack Has Researchers Scratching Their Heads

Kardos Assume your credentials are in that database ... (102 comments)

... and change all of your passwords today. This is the best way to devalue the 'massive database'. Then sanitize your SQL queries!

about three weeks ago
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Cell Phone Unlocking Is Legal -- For Now

Kardos Re:OMG (135 comments)

Thanks for your insightful contribution that doesn't suck.

about a month ago
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Cell Phone Unlocking Is Legal -- For Now

Kardos Re:ineffective political pandering (135 comments)

> and it may kill some business models that could have brought phones to the poor with no monthly charges

If a potential business model relies on creating a captive market via legislated freedom removal, it's a bad business model, full stop. Cell phone subsidization plans are already protected by contract law. The additional criminalization of unlocking is unnecessary.

about a month ago
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Old Apache Code At Root of Android FakeID Mess

Kardos Re:Malicious Actors? (127 comments)

Really? The summary describes a software flaw with grave security implications, and you weigh in with some whining about the use of 'actor' and a mediocre quality sentence?

Education time: Some words have multiple meanings. Actor is one of them.

    actor
    noun: actor; plural noun: actors
    1. a person whose profession is acting on the stage, in movies, or on television.
    2. a participant in an action or process.

It's bog standard to use the second sense in this context. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

about a month ago
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Old Apache Code At Root of Android FakeID Mess

Kardos Re:Open Source Dangers (127 comments)

I see it as good news that security software is getting more attention. There was a lot of bug backlog that's finally getting fixed. Each bug a bug is fixed we slowly and steadily eliminate attack vectors. Heartbleed is undoubtedly one of the drivers of this renewed attention, as are the revelations that nation states are actively working to exploit weaknesses. Patching bugs is one of the ways ordinary people can work against mass surveillance.

> Despite the fact that, as in Heartbleed, hyped to the max, very few actual bad things seem to happen.

Not all exploits get noticed. If your old laptop was keylogged, and a year after you got a new laptop you discovered that you were a victim of some sort of identity theft--- would you ever trace it back to the keylogger? If your $device was part of a botnet used for some sort of click fraud, would you notice?

about a month ago
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Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

Kardos Re:Worst Response of all Time (176 comments)

So, you would have preferred a positive sounding statement indicating that they are aware that some users have privacy concerns and a vague reference to ongoing efforts to address these concerns?

I didn't find that response "worst of all time". It came across as lacking in the bullshit department, almost refreshingly so, actually.

about a month ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Kardos Re:Trusting a binary from Cisco (194 comments)

Seems like a problem with a simple solution: Cisco needs to publish their build procedure.

about a month ago
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LibreSSL PRNG Vulnerability Patched

Kardos LibreSSL not ready for deployment yet (151 comments)

> The OpenBSD project late last night rushed out a patch ...

Sensationalist introductory sentence. LibreSSL is is not used in any production environment, there is no "rush" here.

It is an early version released to solicit feedback. Feedback was provided, resulting in a bug fix. This is *exactly* anticipated outcome.

about a month and a half ago
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How a Supercomputer Beat the Scrap Heap and Lived On To Retire In Africa

Kardos Re:And why not (145 comments)

But when the capital cost of the machine is zero, the higher power cost is not to bad.

about a month and a half ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Kardos Re:Why? (753 comments)

TPTB can freeze credit cards, bank accounts, etc on a whim, but can't freeze a wallet full of $20s.

about a month and a half ago
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CDC Closes Anthrax, Flu Labs After Potentially Deadly Mix-Ups Come to Light

Kardos Killing the employees seems a bit harsh (89 comments)

> Employees not wearing protective gear worked with bacteria that were supposed to have been killed but may not have been.

So the employees didn't use protective gear during their work, and that got them slated for a killing? I can understand trying to contain an outbreak, but one would think they should have been quarantined and tested for infection before commencement with the killing. Who's in charge of this mickey mouse operation anyway?

about a month and a half ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

Kardos Re:How the fuck? (346 comments)

It's the "they have lots of money" effect that ensures their requests are read and acted upon, rather than automatically filtered out and discarded.

about 2 months ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

Kardos So can I (346 comments)

make the same request when I accidentally reply-all to save myself 'reputational damage'? Or does this only work for large companies with lots of money?

about 2 months ago
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Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

Kardos Shocking (170 comments)

"Government declines to voluntarily give up its power, news at 11!"

What exactly was the expected outcome again?

about 2 months ago
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Amazon's Android Appstore Coming To BlackBerry

Kardos Finally (76 comments)

Now we get all the benefits of Blackberry's excellent hardware AND all the apps of Android. They should have had this a year ago!

about 2 months ago
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NRC Human Spaceflight Report Says NASA Strategy Can't Get Humans To Mars

Kardos Re:Just give the NASA budget to Elon Musk (206 comments)

SpaceX doesn't have the R&D hurdle that NASA had to achieve LEO. SpaceX first to mars? That seems unlikely. Perhaps if we gave them a sustained budget comparable to mid-60s NASA levels for a couple decades. Or, we could just fund NASA, they are quite competent.

about 3 months ago

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University of Tokyo scientists levitate and move objects in 3D using sound

Kardos Kardos writes  |  about 8 months ago

Kardos (1348077) writes "Scientists at the University of Tokyo have demonstrated levitation and movement of objects in three dimensions using focused sound waves. The technology uses a phased array of speakers to produce an "ultrasonic focal point" capable of suspending small objects. The position of the focal point can be moved (gradually) leading to a control of an object's position in three dimensions. Parlour tricks aside, what are the uses and limitations of this technology? What would be the largest object one might control with such an array?"
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Hawking to accept position in Waterloo, Canada

Kardos Kardos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Kardos (1348077) writes "Despite the denial of rumours, Hawking has accepted an appointment as a distinguished research chair at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario Canada. It appears that Hawking will only spend summers in Canada but should lead to a close partnership between the recently founded institute and Cambridge University."
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