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Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

Shemmie Re:Maybe I'm missing the point (227 comments)

It's terrifying, really, that it seems like there's no granular, highly-tuned security system in-place for all this; rather a "You have permission to view", "You do not".

about 10 months ago
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Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

Shemmie Re:Maybe I'm missing the point (227 comments)

To reply to myself; no, the shock and horror should be that there is a database out there with everything in it. :/

about 10 months ago
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Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

Shemmie Maybe I'm missing the point (227 comments)

Shouldn't the shock and horror be that Snowden was able to scrape the juiciest pages from the NSA information dump on basically everyone, without so much as a 403 error?

about 10 months ago
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Chromecast Now Open To Developers With the Google Cast SDK

Shemmie Re:More HDMI dongle devices coming (104 comments)

I used Plex and Chromecast all over Christmas. It streamed very well indeed. It'd occasionally crash (as in the movie would stop playing suddenly), but it'd usually remember where the movie got to, and pick up where it left off - and I never needed to restart the media server.

All in all, very impressed with how Plex and Chromecast play together - mixture of file formats / quality were attempted, and all played at first time of asking.

As a by the by, I'm British, and got mine via the grey-market; if you're considering it, I can highly recommend it. All I need now is an UltraViolet player for Flixster, which will hopefully come with the SDK out, and my movie needs are completely sorted.

about 10 months ago
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Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?

Shemmie Correlation does not imply causation (249 comments)

The best manager I ever had was non-technical.

The worst manager I ever had was non-technical.

The best manager was best, because she was a superb manager of people.

The worst manager was worst, because she was a crap manager of people.

about a year ago
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NSA Drowns In Useless Data, Impeding Work, Former Employee Claims

Shemmie I don't get it (120 comments)

not collecting everything, but we do need the tools to collect intelligence on foreign adversaries who wish to do harm to the nation and its allies.

Foreign adversaries.

Like the Germans, French, Spanish, British, Israel and other Americans?

about a year ago
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Snowden Gives Alternative Christmas Message On Channel 4

Shemmie Jesus Christ (224 comments)

The majority of posts, on /. of all places, slamming Snowden for "blah blah blah, PR, narcissist, looking to make money off this."

This guy has effectively destroyed his own life, and the lives of those around him, to tell us, the plebs of the world, the truth that our Governments have been hiding from us.

And you're tearing a strip off him?

about a year ago
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Lockbox Aims To NSA-Proof the Cloud

Shemmie Pricing? (292 comments)

£500 a year for 20 users, and 15 GB?

Really?

about a year ago
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Lockbox Aims To NSA-Proof the Cloud

Shemmie Re:I like the idea (292 comments)

Another service offering:

SpiderOak uses AES256 in CFB mode and HMAC-SHA256. SpiderOak uses a nested series of key scopes: a new key for each folder, version of a file, and the individual data blocks that versions of files are composed from. Having keys with such limited scope allows for selective sharing of chosen portions of your data while keeping the remainder private.

        Most importantly, however, the keys are never stored plaintext on the SpiderOak server. They are encrypted with 256 bit AES, using a key created from your password by the key derivation/strengthening algorithm PBKDF2 (using sha256), with a minimum of 16384 rounds, and 32 bytes of random data ("salt"). This approach prevents brute force and pre-computation or database attacks against the key. This means that a user who knows her password can generate the outer level encryption key using PBKDF2 and the salt, then decipher the outer level keys, and be on the way to decrypting her data. Without knowledge of the password, however, the data is unreadable.

        SpiderOak accounts also include a 3072 bit public/private RSA key pair. This is currently not used for anything, but is included with all accounts with the expectation that SpiderOak will add multi-user private collaborative and sharing features which would necessitate the use of the the public/private keys.

https://spideroak.com/ .

about a year ago
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Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of Doctor Who

Shemmie Re:Perfect (242 comments)

I will give you that. I'm hoping a new Doctor gives it a chance for a personality reboot. And writers reboot.

about a year ago
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Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of Doctor Who

Shemmie Re:Perfect (242 comments)

Same here - I loved Tom Baker, and in my head, I'm thinking a Tom Baker-ish, slightly darker Doctor. With a touch more gravitas than Matt Smith.

about a year ago
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Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of Doctor Who

Shemmie Perfect (242 comments)

Could easily go on to become one of the best Dr Who's ever.

The best of Malcolm Tucker

about a year ago
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Google Is Bringing Chrome Remote Desktop App To Android

Shemmie Hm (104 comments)

Am I the only one who's gone from 'oooo, that's cool!' to 'I'm not sure I feel comfortable with that' with a lot of new technology from 'the big guys' recently?

Google own my life. And by extension, my Government, other Governments, security agencies, and many corporate interests own my life.

I've known this forever (and tried not to think about it too much), but with recent disclosures, it's really brought it all home.

All tech I look at now I'm finally asking "So... what data does that give you access to?". It's taking time to figure out a migration path for all my current solutions, but I'm slowly trying to find a route where I'm in control of my data. I know that this probably makes me an idiot, and those that were always privacy concious can laugh - but meh, it's better late than never to come to this realization that I can't trust any third party. Isn't it?

about a year ago
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Bolivian President's Plane 'Rerouted Over Snowden Suspicions'

Shemmie Where's the global campaign to say "This is wrong" (621 comments)

Threaten to make piracy more difficult in the USA, and watch as the biggest websites in the world make a big deal of it.

The Government of most western countries piss over our liberty, while the global super power spies on all of us and chases a whistle-blower all around the globe with the intent of destroying his life, and the best we can manage is a few angry geeks muttering online.

Seriously?

about a year ago
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Anxiety Gaming Wants To Offer Mental Help Via Game Console

Shemmie Re:sounds reasonable (63 comments)

This, basically.

As someone with anxiety issues, online FORUMS are fantastic, as they allow for shared discussion. I'll be damned how the gaming community, not known for there most sympathetic nature as a whole, would help in these situations.

I'm reminded of that all-time great, http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/03/19

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Confirms Xbox One's Phone Home Requirement, Game Resale Rules

Shemmie Re:Deal breaker (581 comments)

I totally agree. Owned (and loved owning) two 360's, but I won't be touching the One with a barge pole. Microsoft seems to have taken the relative success of the 360 as a "Well, now we can do what the fuck we like".

about a year and a half ago
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Python Trademark At Risk In Europe

Shemmie Easily resolved (122 comments)

Everyone hits social media, hard - their name won't be worth toffee in the tech world. Which is ironically who they are trying to sell to.

Make it clear you wouldn't do business with them - and wait until they relent.

about 2 years ago

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Berners-Lee - Digital Economy Bill 'major threat'

Shemmie Shemmie writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Shemmie (909181) writes "Sir Tim Berners-Lee has described the UK's Digital Economy Bill as a "major threat". Perhaps the advisor to the Government on digital issues, the 'Father of the web' and the man responsible for the Governments Data.gov.uk initiative can do more than over 20,000 voters have managed, and get the bill over-turned? It will require more than 15 MP's to turn up, though."
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Demonoid back online

Shemmie Shemmie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Shemmie (909181) writes "You can't keep a good pirate down. Demonoid is back online, with a new Administrator on board. Deimos has stepped down, and has handed over control of the site to Umlauf."
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Creative burn more bridges

Shemmie Shemmie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Shemmie writes "Daniel_k has announced his intention to cease work on Creative drivers. Creative apparently pointed out that having someone increase sales of their products, for free, was a very good deal for them. "I'm not releasing a patch to enable DDL on any X-Fi neither Crystalizer for Audigy because, as they've pointed out to me, providing an alternative for their customers is good for them and increase their sales, specially when someone is doing it for free. Given the current situation, I cannot let this happen."
Full scoop on the Creative forums, while the post remains.

Creatives offer of a free X-Fi 2 apparently did not sway him."
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Shemmie Shemmie writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Shemmie writes "Creative Labs, after months of silence, have come out and stated they will extend ALchemy support to Audigy soundcard users — for a price.

Microsoft removed hardware DirectSound in Vista, leaving only a software emulation — and so ALchemy is used as a method of converting calls to the DirectSound API used by games into OpenAL calls — re-enabling EAX sound in games.

Creative have finally agreed to support Audigy users using Vista as a games-machine — as long as they are willing to pay for the "low-cost upgrade" to re-enable previously free features."
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Shemmie Shemmie writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Shemmie (909181) writes "Anyone following Creatives progress at creating sound drivers for Vista will have noted it's been a long and convoluted history. Their support forum is filled with angry and confused customers, some of whom have simply given up waiting for fully working driver release. A thread about contacting Customer Support got closed.

One of their moderators apparently apologized to the angry mob for Creatives SNAFU at dealing with this — and promptly had his message, and replies to his message taken down in an apparent "Over-ruled" decision by Creative.

What is going on at Creative?"

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