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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

Kardos Re:I feel safer with NSA than Google (272 comments)

Google won't torture you by mistake. Well, as far as we know, anyhow.

2 days ago
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Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

Kardos Re:Any criticism? (125 comments)

The only weakness is that it needs to be repeated on newer ssds as they hit the market. The results of this test are relevant for drives released back when the experiment started in 2013, less so for drives released now and even less so for future drives. As the manufacturers realise that the drives are lasting much longer than they are specified to, they'll decide they are overengineered and rework them to wear out quicker. Aside from the obvious cost cutting benefit, it also keeps the market segmented in various grades between "low end consumer ssds" and "high end enterprise ssds".

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

Kardos Re:In my experience - (488 comments)

> For bug tracking and reporting issues my experience has been either I get no response or I don't have the capabilities to supply the developer with the information they need to track the bug down.

You don't need to find the bug.... you just need to make it reproducible. A reproducible bug report is essentially as good as finding the bug itself; once the dev can follow your steps to reproduce it, he'll find it in short order. If you're getting no response, it's either a dead project, or your report is not specific enough. There's no upper limit on the time investment needed to solve a "it crashed when I was using it", but "it crashed when I open this file" is readily fixed.

about two weeks ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

Kardos Youtube (206 comments)

So basically, youtube?

about a month ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Shares Most, But Not All, Bugs It Finds

Kardos Re:Double speak (170 comments)

> "By orders of magnitude, when we find new vulnerabilities, we share them"

I wonder how many ways they've thought of to misclassify freshly discovered vulnerabilities as old.

about a month and a half ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Shares Most, But Not All, Bugs It Finds

Kardos Double speak (170 comments)

So I assume all the deliberately introduced vulnerabilities are excluded from the tally because they technically "did not find them" ?

about a month and a half ago
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New GCHQ Chief Says Social Media Aids Terrorists

Kardos Meet the new boss... (228 comments)

.. same as the old boss

about a month and a half ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

Kardos Re:card key as backup (150 comments)

> So, how to accomodate non-smartphone users? Different floors with bluetooth vs card key? Just don't go to that hotel?

They could have a box of 'loaner phones' that they hand out...

about a month and a half ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

Kardos This is a great idea (150 comments)

Hotel door app requires access to contacts, shared files, camera, microphone, GPS, SMS, internet, dropbox, google drive, online banking, ....

about a month and a half ago
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Facebook Sets Up Shop On Tor

Kardos Re:Words. I can't even. (125 comments)

It seems like they are viewing tor as a "free vpn" so people can use facebook without their employer/school/etc knowing what they are doing.

about a month and a half ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

Kardos Re:Remove It (522 comments)

Proprietary? You're ill informed. The code that writes those files is part of systemd. Anyone with a computer can grab a copy and rewrite them.

about 2 months ago
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Lennart Poettering: Open Source Community "Quite a Sick Place To Be In"

Kardos It's not the open source community .. (993 comments)

it's people in general. Anyone remotely famous gets plenty of "internet abuse". It's a side effect of being known. Politicians? check. CEOs? check. Bankers? check. Celebrities? check. Religious leaders? check. Reporters? check. Whistleblowers? check.

about 2 months ago
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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

about 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 months 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 5 months ago

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

Kardos Kardos writes  |  about a year 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  |  about 6 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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