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5-Year Suspended Sentence For S. Africa's First Online Pirate

The MAZZTer Re:Go after the people who write the software (44 comments)

Going after the people who wrote the software will have no effect, since they do not and cannot control how the software is used. What happened to Napster etc all but ensured that was how future file sharing software would be written.


Google Chrome 34 Is Out: Responsive Images, Supervised Users

The MAZZTer Re:HiDPI (115 comments)

It is in the works. You can check their progress by opening chrome://flags/#high-dpi-support and enabling the experiment.

about two weeks ago

Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?

The MAZZTer Re:Wear the tin foil hat (303 comments)

Noscript and many similar tools allow selective blocking of JS based on domain... 99.9% of ads are served from dedicated domains so you just block them and the main site is unaffected.

about two weeks ago

Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

The MAZZTer Bad Idea. (364 comments)

There is a reason lights already don't alert you to how long until they turn green. If you know when a light is going to turn green, you'll be ready to immediately speed through. But the guy crossing the other way is trying to beat the red light. Suddenly your chances of getting into an accident go way up. Without knowing when the light turns green, it will probably take you a bit longer to get going.

about two weeks ago

Dropbox's New Policy of Scanning Files For DMCA Issues

The MAZZTer Re:Later Dropbox! (243 comments)

encfs looks really cool in that it will transparent encrypt files and they look like regular files to dropbox etc, but they can go on any file system and encfs will still recognize the encryption when they come out. So that's always an option.

Sadly, the Windows port of it that I've tried is really buggy. I had to use it inside a Linux VM to really use it.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Posts Source Code For MS-DOS and Word For Windows

The MAZZTer Re:Why are they posting old source code? (224 comments)

It uses the NTVDM, which emulates DOS. Windows doesn't actually run on top of DOS anymore.

about three weeks ago

Turkey Heightens Twitter Censorship with Mandated IP Blocking

The MAZZTer Just blocked? (102 comments) and are also showing up as IP addresses for twitter.com. So that could help someone maybe (hint: c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts)

about three weeks ago

Mozilla Scraps Firefox For Windows 8, Citing Low Adoption of Metro

The MAZZTer Re:Does Firefox still run on Win8 desktop UI? (200 comments)

Of course it does. Microsoft is very good with backwards compatibility, especially from NT onward, and that's assuming Mozilla wasn't interested in supporting their most commonly used platform (I'm pretty sure Windows is). This is just talking about the port to Metro, which has seen poor reception.

Of course I doubt Firefox would have been a "true" Metro app... I don't think Chrome was... as part of MS' attempt to be anti-competitive with web browsers in Windows 8, they allow the default web browser to inject itself into Metro, but still run outside of the sandbox (otherwise, they would have to use the IE rendering engine! At least AFAIK). But you still want the UI to look Metro. Anyway, if the browser is not the default, it can still run but only on the desktop in its traditional UI. This restriction also applies to IE.

about a month ago

Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots

The MAZZTer Re:So what happens (253 comments)

You have to be a Comcast subscriber to use the service and presumably your account is associated with whatever activity you do, just as if you'd done it from your home connection.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

The MAZZTer Re:Titanium Backup, other Android Apps (531 comments)

As long as we're talking Android, Tasker is invaluable for getting your phone to configure itself based on location, or time of day, or whatever.

JuiceDefender helps increase battery life.

Nova Launcher is just better than the stock launcher and has a ton of features I can't live without.

about a month and a half ago

Thief Debuts To Mediocre Reviews

The MAZZTer Needs a Patch (110 comments)

Right now I'm finding it unplayable, it needs a patch.

  • Game crashed to desktop within five minutes of its first launch, while trying to sign on to their online thing.
  • The online sign in system just doesn't work. If you go to their website it works just fine, but the game client can't log in. No error message or anything, it just sits there.

  • No way to redeem the Steam keys I got, eg the soundtrack and comic book. Probably part of the online system.
  • Voices do not play or play low enough that I can't hear them. This pretty much means I got lost in the first few minutes of gameplay and this was what motivated me to quit and try again later.
  • Some settings don't seem to be properly persisted between sessions, like invert mouse y and subtitles.

  • Performance seems extremely poor. I have a Radeon HF 58xx card and a quad-core 2.67ghz i5. According to the game page I meet the minimum requirements and then some, so I was surprised when, on normal graphics settings (which were recommended to me) the game performed poorly with wild fluctuations in FPS. Most of the time it would be a steady (if ugly) ~40, but then it would drop to 1FPS for a few seconds for no perceivable reason at all.

I am going to have to wait for a patch I guess and hope it fixes most of these issues.

about 2 months ago

Why Your Phone Gets OTA Updates But Your Car Doesn't

The MAZZTer Re:Umm safety? (305 comments)

Considering how many people text while driving, it might PREVENT one!

about 2 months ago

Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

The MAZZTer Re:Exploitable? (511 comments)

The more important bit is that your PC needs to have contacted the cheat DRM server. The only way this should happen is if you have a cheat installed that is trying to contact it. It's not something you would try to do with a web browser without the cheat.

about a month ago

Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

The MAZZTer Re:Not sending history to Valve (511 comments)

If it just MD5ed fhe files, the games would be hacker heaven, since you don't need to touch the files.

There are tons of ways to do this. You can attach a custom DLL to run code, or just inject code directly. You can do this when the program starts up even before it has a chance to run any code itself. You could modify your graphics driver to change the way the game renders so that the game itself sees everything about itself is fine because it is.

Also, files for the actual game are hashed, at least in Source. That is an sv_pure check and is not a VAC thing (though working around it would trigger VAC).

about a month ago

Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

The MAZZTer Re:Still abusive (511 comments)

Fortunately, the DNS cache is only checked if VAC detects you USING a cheat. Furthermore, you can visit cheat sites all day, VAC doesn't care. What it does care about are whether your PC is talking to DRM auth servers used by some cheats... only the cheats are going to be connecting to those servers.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

The MAZZTer Easy (716 comments)

Make an analogy about how politicians don't fix any of their problems and get paid to make more, and ask why you can't do that?

about 2 months ago

Asus Announces Small Form Factor 'Chromebox' PCs

The MAZZTer Re:So... Linux? (125 comments)

Chrome OS uses a special bootloader and some other stuff, but you can install a Linux-based OS on a separate partition (after resizing the partitions) and dual boot it, as long as you can enable "developer mode" on the box so it will boot unsigned code (there's a switch for it on my Chromebook behind the battery). Or you can install one right inside Chrome OS with a chroot, if that's sufficient, again it requires developer mode turned on.

You could probably just blow everything away and put Linux on it alone, but I dunno how you'd go about doing that.

about 2 months ago

Steam Music Now Accepting Beta Signups

The MAZZTer Re:I don't dislike Valve (102 comments)

Winamp can't run on Steam OS, it's Windows only.

It's all about bringing common, expected PC functionality to Steam OS... listen to music, browse the web, and perhaps more with time. Power users can drop to Gnome and do stuff but Valve likely does not find that acceptable for causal users I bet.

about 2 months ago

UK Government May Switch from MS Office to Open Source

The MAZZTer Re:Privacy Issues (273 comments)

AFAIK Google Apps for Enterprises allows you to run Docs on your own server. Of course it costs money. That's the tradeoff of course.

about 3 months ago



The MAZZTer The MAZZTer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The MAZZTer writes "This is slightly creepy. Although it doesn't show much information for Slashdot, stick your own domain name in there and see what comes up. My wiki entry had my name, address, phone number, plus a little map of where I live so anyone who wants to can figure out where to get to me, and a few line biography quoted from my site.

Granted, it's information that's easy enough to collect if you look around, but this site brings it all together. I think the one piece that adds the most creep factor for me is the Google Maps integration and link, although once I figured out it was all aggregated by a bot automatically I started to feel better. Also I can take solace in the fact that it reminded me I had to update my WHOIS information."


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