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New Windows Kernel Vulnerability Bypasses UAC

Soko Re:Registry (303 comments)

Really? Switching to text files would magically fix this??

This flaw is not related to how the registry is loaded and/or interpreted, actually it's not the fault of the registry at all - it's a kernel exploit. The mitigation is to tweak *permissions* on a couple of reg keys that should have been tightened up in the first place. It's akin to allowing SUID root on the sudoers file and a kernel vulnerability that allows $BAD_GUY to use that fact - it's not the file itself.

Whether the info is in a database of binary values or a database composed of text files laying around a hard disk is immaterial - the permissions to change said config info would have made this a non issue.

Yes, Microsoft have been idiots, but they are trying to clean up thier act. If you're going to dis them, dis them for missing the reg key permissions, not the registry itself - al much more valid argument.

more than 4 years ago

Would You Die To Respect a Software License?

Soko Re:This is old news (233 comments)

Keith is already dead, his brain just don't know it yet. The D&R license is likely for him, I think.

more than 4 years ago

I prefer my (non-technical) books to be ...

Soko I prefer printed and bound. With a side of modern. (390 comments)

The UI is simple and elegant - you need no help file in order to operate it. The DRM stops immediately after you pay for the book. If you take proper steps, it will be preserved for a very long time, with no worries as to whose digital format it's in. The device can work with the power of one candle. Printed and bound books are timeless.

That being said, I like electronic versions too - the speed at which they can be copied are unmatched, they go wherever you do fairly conveniently and can be updated very quickly. You can zoom in and make the text as big as you want. Annotation and quotation are a breeze.

The best of both worlds would be a hardcover book, with a sleeve on the inside cover that has a USB type device that you can get the contents digitally to whatever device you want. Hell - if Bluetooth gets cheap enough, you could get it wirelessly from the book itself.

Hey, a man can dream.

more than 4 years ago

National Satiety Alert System should be set at ...

Soko Re:Obvious missing option... (272 comments)

Achh, laddie, then the TSA will 'no where to be puttin' tha brrrrooom stick, righ' up yer kilt.

more than 5 years ago

Facebook To Preserve Accounts of the Dead

Soko Re:This isn't a DOS attack. (292 comments)

Snuffing it on facebook before your time is not much of an issue, as they explicitly don't disable the account's ability to actually log in. If you wake up one day to find out you're dead, you can still log in, and that provides a pretty decent avenue for contesting the claim.

And I'd rather not go into how I know.

Lemme guess - You're Jesus and after Your resurrection Facebook screwed you over?

more than 5 years ago

Russia's New Official Holiday — Programmer's Day

Soko Pffft. What about BOFH^WSysadmin Day? (306 comments)

This should be a holiday before Prog-Rammers get one. After all, we're left cleaning up the mess that these people make of our systems.

(Yeah yeah, I know - the endless recursive fork() was a typo, you need root to make your job easier, you need more CPU, the SAN sucks, etc. Give me your budget and I'll do something about all that, K? HTH, HAND.)

Yes, I'm trolling, but without us on the job the Prog-Rammers would be staring at a black or blue screen.

more than 5 years ago

FTC Shuts Down Calif. ISP For Botnets, Child Porn

Soko Re:legitimate content (224 comments)

...and the answer is "Didn't you do a risk analysis of the provider you hosted your income bearing site with?".

Darwin, dude - if you didn't know that your provider was seriously at risk of being taken out by the feds due to the actions of whom you were sharing space with, then your stupid ass starves as does your family's. Just Darwin at work.

more than 5 years ago

If life gives you lemons, you should make ...

Soko When life gives you lemons (393 comments)

cut 'em in eighths and get the salt and tequila.

more than 5 years ago

Green Is In At CES, But Is It Real?

Soko Re:The specific attributes (165 comments)

#00ff00 maybe?

Thank you, I'll be here all week! Try the #00ff00 eggs and ham.

T, FTF Sam-I-AM.

about 6 years ago

Apple's Life After Steve Jobs

Soko Re:Missing Option (405 comments)

Sorry, Jobs himself killed all the Apple clones...

about 6 years ago

Overclocked Memory Breaks Core i7 CPUs

Soko Re:About overclockers: (267 comments)

Push what limits?

You're not pushing a cpu, it was designed to run faster! Just bined lower.

You're not overclocking overclocking ram at 2v. Its designed to run with that voltage!

This isn't an overclocking issue, its a design flaw by Intel. Not our fault you can't see the forest for the trees.

Run a CRC on your brain, sparky, you dropped a bit or two.

The Nehalem CPU is designed to run at JDEC Spec of 1.5V, but can handle 1.65 without being binned. Yes, the RAM is designed for 2V, but the CPU wasn't - use the RAM, take a chance on killing the CPU and voiding your warranty.

60nm parts have 25% more area in which to absorb electrons and 25% more dielectric between elements than a 45nm part, so of course they could handle more voltage without damage. It's a design flaw in material physics, not the processor.

more than 6 years ago



Asus Eee laptop reviewed by Ars Technica

Soko Soko writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Soko (17987) writes "Ars Technica has a very thorough and informative review of the ASUS Eee laptop to go with their previous article explaining how the little PC could make for big changes in the PC market.

Ars' Ryan Paul reviews the highlights and lowlights of the diminutive PC and shows how to turn the Eee geek friendly in short order. Earlier Jon Stokes provided the analysis of what the Eee could mean in the not too distant future"


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