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Kaspersky discovers Linux backdoor ..

Max Hyre This is NOT a backdoor in Linux! (2 comments)

RTFA. This is discovery of a Linux attack in an APT formerly targeted only at MS Windows. It's worthy of an article, but not if presented as it is here.

about two weeks ago
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New MATLAB alternative is dirt-cheap and open source

Max Hyre Curious licensing (9 comments)

The report claims it's BSD licensed, but the site talks about downloading a 15-day evaluation, and buying a perpetual license for $8, linked to a specific e-mail address.
Poking around in the download, I found a file (i4j_extf_7_en4o59.html) in the distribution containing

  • o Apache License, Version 2.0
  • o PYTHON SOFTWARE FOUNDATION LICENSE VERSION 2
  • o [various phrasings of the MIT license]
  • o GNU LESSER GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 3
  • o GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 3
  • o UBUNTU FONT LICENCE Version 1.0

So what's the deal? I'm not up for searching the various .jars to find a time bomb, but if there's one there, the licensing says you can remove it and go your merry way. (Of course, if you find the product useful, sending $8 would be a reasonable thing to do.)

about two weeks ago
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Nvidia Cracked

Max Hyre Misunderstanding headlines (4 comments)

Damn! My thought for ``Nvidia cracked'' was that they'd finally reverse-engineered enough to get a Free Software driver running 3-D. Oh, well.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Companies With Poor SSL Practices?

Max Hyre Don't get a new card---get a new acc't no. (141 comments)

FWIW, I've read (too lazy to look up citation) that closing one CC account and opening another can hurt your credit score. Ask your issuer to assign your account a new number.

about a month ago
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Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

Max Hyre No, you shouldn't say ``customers'' (237 comments)

Remember, if you don't pay for it, you're the product, not the customer. As I've remarked elsewhere, I'm willing to pay to keep the classic UI. If enough of us feel that way, we could become the customers.

about a year ago
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Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

Max Hyre It does't matter anymore (237 comments)

Don't look now, but the Beta tagline now reads only ``News for Nerds''.

about a year ago
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Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

Max Hyre How about charging for Classic? (237 comments)

LWN almost went under a number of years ago because its volunteer editors couldn't afford to keep it up. The readers rose up and insisted that they be allowed to pay for it.

Can we do the same for Classic?

I'm a nerd. I read. I'm the one in the museum ignoring the display and reading the description. I want text, easily accessible, clearly laid out, and plenty of it. I'll pay to keep the UI I know and love.

The Beta has none of those characteristics. The Beta site is repellent, unusable, and unneeded. I won't use it, and if ``Classic'' goes away, I won't visit /., and it'll be a pity.

How much do you actually receive in revenue for each user? I suspect I'll match it to keep the status quo. Ask us what it's worth to us. I'd certainly pay $1/month, and would think about $5/month. I bet that I'm not alone.

about a year ago
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Slashdot creates beta site users express theirs dislike

Max Hyre Re:Beta goes or I go. (4 comments)

+1 (But I want to comment, so can't use real mod points.) I've been here since it was Chips and Dips. I've even sent them money on occasion. If Beta's all I can get, I'll take nothing, thank you.

about a year ago
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Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

Max Hyre There's an Ask /. for that (237 comments)

http://slashdot.org/submission... My answers: http://lwn.net/ for GNU/Linux, http://www.theregister.co.uk/ for general nerd news This is sad---I've been here since it was Chips and Dips; I've even paid for it (allegedly for ad avoidance, but I wanted them to know I valued it enought to pay). If Beta becomes the only /. there is, I'll have to bid it a sad farewell.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Once Slashdot beta has been foisted on me, what site should I use?

Max Hyre For general nerdlitude, try The Register (10 comments)

Billing itself as ``Biting the hand that feeds IT'', The Register is a British-based operation with outposts in (at least) the U.S., Australia, and Spain. Its departments include Software, Hardware Science, Security, and the Data Center, among others.

It sometimes speaks in the voice of the British tabloid press, and often includes, among standard stories, a dose of the just plain weird.

Then there's the Special Projects Bureau.

Well worth a look.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Once Slashdot beta has been foisted on me, what site should I use?

Max Hyre For GNU/Linux enthusiasts, only LWN.net (10 comments)

LWN (formerly Linux Weekly News) is such a rich resource that (tens of?...I wish) thousands of nerds pay money to keep it going. Broad coverage, outstanding analysis, wry wit, and a great community keep it on top. If I could have only one nerd news site, it would be the one. Disclaimer: I have no connection with them other than that of a satisfied subscriber.

about a year ago
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Amputee Has Prosthetic Hand Wired To Nerves

Max Hyre Have you noticed the motto change? (72 comments)

The Beta motto is ``News for Nerds''. Looks as if they're admitting that the changes don't matter.

about a year ago
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A Look at Behind 'The Mask' - the New Stuxnet

Max Hyre They mean natural language (1 comments)

As TFA makes clear, they're not referring to computer language:

the authors of The Mask appear to be native in a language previously unseen in other similar pieces of malware - ruling out Russian, English, Chinese, Korean and possibly Hebrew.

That said, the article is no more than a teaser before Kapersky ``unveil[s] all the details on Sunday, 9 February at its Security Analyst Summit....''

about a year ago
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Japanese CCTV System Identifies Criminals by the Way they Walk

Max Hyre Misleading title (1 comments)

Reading the link, it appears that they're not identifying criminals qua criminals—this isn't a Minority Report method, which the blurb suggested.

It seems they're identifying individuals by their gait, so that they can extract that info from CCTV recordings of crimes, and looking for that person elsewhere. The gait info appears to be easier to extract from fuzzy videos than, say, faces.

Unfortunately, they throw around a “99% accuracy” statistic without giving enough info for it to be meaningful. Is that 1% false positive? false negative? For all they say, it could mean in a crowd of 1000, 10 will be flagged.

Of course, some bright person will now suggest we analyze all public camera recordings to find putative criminals. There's no problem if you've done nothing wrong....

1 year,11 days
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Google Faces Off Against Intellectual Ventures In Landmark Patent Trial

Max Hyre Massively useless article (53 comments)

I read TFA, and nowhere does it mention the subjects of the patents in question. What are they claiming? What's the prior art? Without that info this is just a “The trolls are coming! The trolls are coming!” piece of hysteria. Anyone know what it's about? I'm certainly not going to try to figure it out from the patents themselves. My sanity's worth more than that.

1 year,11 days
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Why Your Users Hate Agile

Max Hyre Re:I tell them I feel the same way! (597 comments)

So by the time that you've spent months writing a spec, 50% of what you specified will not be what is actually required.

It's worse than that. In all too many cases, users don't know what they want (though they'll describe it in detail). During the time spent in specification, the users will continue to agree with what they've already said. It's only when they get their hands on the widget that the shoe starts to pinch, and they start changing their tune. Therefore, in those cases it makes a lot of sense to get a dummy UI out fast for them to dirty their hands on: only then will the truth come out.

about a year and a half ago
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World's First 3D Printing Photo Booth

Max Hyre Really popular with the TSA (60 comments)

Now they don't have to confine themselves to 2-D naked women.

more than 2 years ago

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Can I buy the Classic interface?

Max Hyre Max Hyre writes  |  about a year ago

Max Hyre (1974) writes "LWN almost went under a number of years ago because its volunteer editors couldn't afford to keep it up. The readers rose up and insisted that they be allowed to pay for it.

Can we do the same for Classic?

I'm a nerd. I read. I'm the one in the museum ignoring the display and reading the description. I want text, easily accessible, clearly laid out, and plenty of it. I'll pay to keep the UI I know and love.

The Beta has none of those characteristics. The Beta site is repellent, unusable, and unneeded. I won't use it, and if ``Classic'' goes away, I won't visit /., and it'll be a pity.

How much do you actually receive in revenue for each user? I suspect I'll match it to keep the status quo. Ask us what it's worth to us. I'd certainly pay $1/month, and would think about $5/month. I bet that I'm not alone."
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Your Nintendo 3DS pwns you

Max Hyre Max Hyre writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Max Hyre writes "The Nintendo 3DS's terms of so-called service, and the even more grotesquely misnamed privacy policy, make it clear that you are in the service of Nintendo. Specifically, anything you do, write, photograph, or otherwise generate with the 3DS is Nintendo's possession, for them to do whatever, however, whenever, and for as long as they want. On the other hand, if you do something they don't like, they're prepared to turn your device into a doorstop—and you gave them permission when you started using it.

And if you have a child's best interests at heart, don't give it to anyone too young to know to never use her real name, type in an address or phone number, or take any personally-identifiable photos. They might, at best, end up in a Nintendo ad. At worst, who knows?

Some of the details are on Defective by Design's website. I haven't found the full text online yet. If you do, please post it in a comment."

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Your Nintendo 3DS pwn you

Max Hyre Max Hyre writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Max Hyre writes "The Nintendo 3DS's terms of so-called service, and the even more grotesquely misnamed privacy policy, make it clear that you are in the service of Nintendo. Specifically, anything you do, write, photograph, or otherwise generate with the 3DS is Sony's possession, for them to do with however, whenever, and for as long as they want. On the other hand, if you do something they don't like, they're prepared to turn your device into a doorstop—and you gave them permission when you started using it.

And if you have a child's best interests at heart, don't give it to anyone too young to know to never use her real name, type in an address or phone number, or take any personally-identifiable photos. They might, at best, end up in a Nintendo ad. At worst, who knows?

Some of the details are on Defective by Design's website. I haven't found the full text online yet. If you do, please post it in a comment."

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First-sale doctrine lost overseas

Max Hyre Max Hyre writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Max Hyre writes "In a scary 4-4 non-decision, the U.S. Supreme court let stand the Ninth Circuit's decision that the First-Sale Doctrine (which says once you buy something, the maker gets no say in what you do with it) only applies to goods made in the U.S. That Omega watch you bought in Switzerland last year? It's yours now—forever. You can't sell it without Omega's permission.

Omega sued Costco for selling its watches for prices below suggested retail, citing a tiny Omega logo on the goods that it said gave it the copyright holders power to control how creative works are distributed. Costco cited the first sale doctrine, which says copyright holders are only entitled to such protection on the first sale of a work. Without such protection, libraries and book resellers couldn't function.

Suppose they filed off the logo?"
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