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Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

PhrostyMcByte Re:I wish I'd thought of that (219 comments)

The implication of this is that it's possible to clone a key based only on the signal it gives off. The implication of that is that they're sending out a static password.

Not only is it possible, but it's in common practice. Aftermarket remote starters need to clone your keys. You can get a remote starter for basically any car. It's not like you need a dealer for it either, because car electronics places that install these things will be the ones cloning the keys.

3 days ago
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Security Company Tries To Hide Flaws By Threatening Infringement Suit

PhrostyMcByte So... is the LAME strategy valid? (123 comments)

Some software projects like LAME, x264, and libav claim to skirt around patent issues by only distributing source code, not binaries. I've always wondered if this is a valid workaround, or just some clever devs getting their hopes up.

about two weeks ago
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Direct3D 9.0 Support On Track For Linux's Gallium3D Drivers

PhrostyMcByte Re:Is D3D 9 advantageous over 10? (55 comments)

Is there a reason why it would be useful to make D3D 9 support more complete?

Games only started using D3D 10/11 *very* recently -- the back catalog this could enable is huge, and D3D 9 games are still coming out today. It'd say it's very important to support.

about two weeks ago
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Google Releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images

PhrostyMcByte Re:Just make it fast (77 comments)

This please. My tablet becoming unusable while automatic updates get installed is mind-boggling.

about two weeks ago
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Tiny Wireless Device Offers Tor Anonymity

PhrostyMcByte I wonder how much we can trust it (68 comments)

Making Tor dead simple to use is great, but this is such a nice device for three-letter agencies to target inserting a backdoor into.

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

PhrostyMcByte Re:Linked? (338 comments)

It's quite possible that he means they have artificially slowed down the graphics rendering to provide more cycles to the AI.

This is how I read it as well. Though, pure rendering and lerping should not eat up much CPU especially on consoles. Unless they've got a really inefficient rendering pipeline. I'm curious exactly how much extra AI this would allow them to run.

about three weeks ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

PhrostyMcByte Re:Plot line (238 comments)

Your logic doesn't track. People enjoy a good murder mystery, yet murders are actually uncommon.

Stories are all about exploring the unknown without actually having to experience it. I'd even say violence is a common thread in stories for a similar reason as evil science/tech -- people are certainly hostile toward it.

about three weeks ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

PhrostyMcByte Re:Plot line (238 comments)

I disagree.

So many movies and TV shows have inept, complacent, or downright evil scientists creating technologies that either lose control or are specifically for enacting violence. Or they mishandle something and a plague starts. Or a technology-driven society encroaching on one who's in touch with nature or a hundred years in the past.

And it's usually either a dumb "everyman" who stumbles into the situation and rises to the occasion -- maybe a military guy with a heart of gold -- and saves the day without much science or wit. Heck, look at Bruce Banner -- a brilliant scientist who needs to turn into a dumb tank to fight evil.

The scientists who do good in these stories are rarely portrayed as healthy people. They may be brilliant, but they're also asocial goofballs and usually side characters.

I think he's right on the money. People are hostile to technology and science. A fear of the unknown, a fear of someone being smarter than them, a fear of something clashing with their beliefs, or telling them they need to change their ways.

This trend in media, entertainment, and politics is obvious. There are plenty of counter-examples but on a whole, I think it's very easy to see if you're looking. It must reflect society to a not-insignificant degree, or people wouldn't latch on to it.

about three weeks ago
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Only Two States Have Rules To Prevent Cheating On Computerized Tests

PhrostyMcByte Re:Using the Internet to Look up Answers! Tut Tut! (95 comments)

The odd thing is, after succeeding at exams and leaving education with a glowing set of grades, they'll get a job in which if they refused to use the internet to look up answers, they'd be fired.

This. I have a Stack Overflow tab open up as a pinned tab.

about a month ago
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Object Oriented Linux Kernel With C++ Driver Support

PhrostyMcByte Re:Is it time for C++? (365 comments)

Sorry, but C++ literally cannot offer any feature which is impossible in C

Apology accepted.

So when I mentioned zero-cost error handling, I was referring to an exception handling model that keeps all exception handling code -- your entire catch block -- entirely out of your hot path. It can be put in entirely separate cache lines. Basically ensuring that your non-exceptional code is all as close together and fast as possible.

You can't do this in C. Please prove me wrong! I enjoy learning.

about a month ago
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Object Oriented Linux Kernel With C++ Driver Support

PhrostyMcByte Re:Is it time for C++? (365 comments)

Good C++ is just as fast as good C, and easier for the programmer to optimize. Compiler optimization is on the same level. C++ even allows some interesting things like zero-cost error handling that is actually impossible in C.

about a month ago
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Object Oriented Linux Kernel With C++ Driver Support

PhrostyMcByte Re:Why do people still care about C++ for kernel d (365 comments)

The Windows kernel APIs are all C, there is no C++ in it. You can use a subset of C++ that doesn't require runtime support, but it is unsupported.

Linus hates C++ for a lot more reasons than ABI, and the majority of them are completely uninformed and show a lack of C++ experience.

All the understandability and maintainability worries people have about C++ in the kernel would be easily controlled by standard patch review. Don't like giant template metaprograms? Don't accept the pull request. That easy. Perhaps one of the valid reasons to keep C++ out of the kernel right now is purely that Linus would be unable to review such patches with authority.

Even simple things like classes, RAII, basic templates, and exceptions would do wonders for development.

about a month ago
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JP Morgan Chase Breach Compromised Data of 76 Million Households

PhrostyMcByte And now it all makes sense (76 comments)

My workplace gets regular audits from our clients, usually every 3-24 months depending on how big/paranoid the client is. JP Morgan Chase is one of them.

We could tell the audit this summer was a bit different. It took about twice as long and went into much more detail than usual specifically regarding our tech side. After the audit, we got an unexpected list of demands related to stopping leaks.

Now, we don't handle sensitive financial information for them, so it's possible they were just trying to cover all their bases and we got stuck with security theater. Irritatingly, everyone in IT immediately recognized that the demands wouldn't actually prevent leaks. When you have a company full of employees who regularly use FTP, email, and even dropbox to send files to clients, you're simply not going to be able to prevent it.

After months of back and forth trying to kill some of the more ridiculous demands -- like blocking access to Gmail, which we use for company email -- they simply wouldn't budge. We've been wondering why they're standing so firm about it, and now it all makes sense.

about a month ago
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CloudFlare Announces Free SSL Support For All Customers

PhrostyMcByte Re:CloudFlare is a f.ing nightmare for anonymity (67 comments)

he trouble with CloudFlare is, if you want to stay anonymous on the internet using Tor, you're SOL, as they serve you captchas every 3 pages when they see a connection coming from a Tor exit node.

This feature can be easily turned off in their settings. It is part of their security features.

about a month ago
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Tor Executive Director Hints At Firefox Integration

PhrostyMcByte This isn't going to work. (117 comments)

I'd love to see more people using Tor, but the experience has to change a lot before we can do that.

Being anonymous and secure on Tor is not easy. It's a major inconvenience to disabling browser features like Javascript, and it requires firm behavioral changes from the user.

Putting a mainstream user into the same environment is simply not going to work.

about a month ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

PhrostyMcByte Re:Scorpion ot the rescue! (223 comments)

So did they send in the new Scorpion team to save the day?

They tried, but were having trouble finding a 458 that could transform into a 360 and back in the blink of an eye.

(The dash they flash to while accelerating was a Ferrari 360, not the 458 he was driving)

about a month ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

PhrostyMcByte Re:This is silly (358 comments)

The #2 thing Apple can do is offer songs in Apple Lossless. AAC was a good choice back when 128K was the bitrate of the day. But, in a world where everyone is selling 256K and 320K tracks, I'd rather get my music in a lossless format and convert down to VBR MP3.

A thousand times this. It's been shown that ~192K VBR from a modern encoder is transparent to our ears, so these 256K or higher bitrates are the worst of both worlds: it's not lossless AND it's a waste of bandwidth.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

PhrostyMcByte Re:I am guessing they will make a sequel (330 comments)

They said they wont make changes to Minecraft, so how will they make money?

I've seen kids wearing Minecraft backpacks and shirts, said something like "hey cool! what're you building right now?" only to discover that while they've heard of the game they haven't actually played it.

I suspect these paraphernalia stand to make a lot more money than the game does.

As far as coming out with sequels, I'm not sure how well that would work anyway. Minecraft prides itself on being extremely basic, letting the player provide the creativity. What could a sequel possibly provide that didn't do away with that premise?

Anyway. Worth 2.5 billion? Highly doubtful, especially looking at the lackluster response to anything non-Minecraft they've brought out.

about a month and a half ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

PhrostyMcByte Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

But it sounds like optimizing left turns is what actually improved traffic.

about 2 months ago
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Paypal Jumps Into Bitcoin With Both Feet

PhrostyMcByte Re:Can someone clarify the state of BitCoin? (134 comments)

Bitcoin itself doesn't have any known security flaws. One usability issue is that you can't instantly guarantee a transfer of coins -- nobody is going to be buying coffee with it directly.

It's not so much about problems with Bitcoin, but with Bitcoin "banks" that turned out to be incredibly insecure. The banks were created to exchange paper money for Bitcoins, and to facilitate instant transfers. They just happen to be incredibly bad at it, and because there is no regulation like an actual bank, are pretty much free to be as bad as they want.

Paypal is actually a good fit, as Bitcoin is essentially a decentralized Paypal. Paypal is also pretty well known for the same evils as they aren't regulated like an actual bank either, but they've got a lot of infrastructure and experience that could make them a far better Bitcoin bank than what's available right now.

about 2 months ago

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Judge rules BitTorrent cases must be tried separately

PhrostyMcByte PhrostyMcByte writes  |  about 9 months ago

PhrostyMcByte (589271) writes "TorrentFreak reports that Iowa Judge Stephanie Rose recently put a thorn in the plans of copyright holders hoping to file cheap mass-doe lawsuits against alleged pirates. Rejecting all but one Doe for such a lawsuit, Rose's order mentions that the plaintiffs have failed to demonstrate the five Does in the case were a part of the same "transaction" needed to be tried together, with an uncommon understanding of BitTorrent showing that "...even in all five cases where Doe defendants allegedly have “hit dates” on the same day and close in time, there is no showing that the earlier defendants were still connected to the Internet and actively distributing data through the BitTorrent client at the same time as the later defendants.""
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Japan to fish space junk with kilometers-wide net

PhrostyMcByte PhrostyMcByte writes  |  more than 3 years ago

PhrostyMcByte (589271) writes "JAXA, Japan's space agency, is teaming up with fishing net manufacturer Nitto Seimo Co. to build a kilometers-wide net to orbit the Earth and collect space junk. The net would eventually be pulled by the Earth's magnetic fields to burn up in the atmosphere along with its contents."
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Black hole emits a 1,000 light-year wide fireball

PhrostyMcByte PhrostyMcByte writes  |  more than 4 years ago

PhrostyMcByte writes "12 million light-years away in the outer spiral of galaxy NGC 7793, a bubble of hot gas approximately 1,000 light-years in diameter can be found shooting out of a black hole — one of the most powerful jets of energy ever seen. The bubble has been growing for approximately 200,000 years, and is expanding at around 1,000,000 kilometers per hour."
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Origin of Species to be given for free, with FUD

PhrostyMcByte PhrostyMcByte writes  |  more than 4 years ago

PhrostyMcByte writes "November 24th will mark the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, the pivotal work that helped bring the theory of evolution through natural selection into popularity. Around this same time, Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron is spearheading a plan to pass out 50,000 free copies at universities around the country. The catch? Each copy will be altered to include creationist propaganda and FUD targeting evolution and Darwin himself."
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