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Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

Z00L00K New weapon in the patent fighting. (137 comments)

Now the parties can call for bricking of unwanted competition phones - or let hackers do the deed.

One week all Samsung phones in service are bricked, the next all Apple phones, the loop will continue until only old Nokia 3310 phones are left.

3 days ago
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Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

Z00L00K Re:Yay for government!!! (137 comments)

The question is rather if there will be a massive OTA bricking of phones through this. Imagine this as a weapon in patent cases - already sold devices will be bricked by the opponent - with or without court order.

3 days ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

Z00L00K Re:Open Source (580 comments)

If I had mod points I would mod parent up!

3 days ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

Z00L00K All programs have bugs. (580 comments)

It's just a question of how many of them that are discovered and how serious they are.

In this case it was a simple mistake, and had serious effects. In other cases the bugs may be caused not by simple mistakes but a very complex chain of mistakes and still just result in a small side-effect.

As I see it - the best way to avoid simple mistakes like missing to set a character limit is to restrict use of languages where this check isn't built into the language itself. C and C++ is good for some coding, but that code has to be strictly reviewed and cross-checked to ensure that it's secure. Other languages has a lower risk of simple mistakes because they don't allow the user to address data outside the boundaries of a declared variable, or they do extend the allocation of a variable when needed.

So looking into languages like Ada, Java, C# and Matlab/Simulink (or the clone Scilab) should be on the list of languages to consider. Even Basic would be worth to consider. Or if you want to be a bit more esoteric Erlang is not a bad choice.

Just be aware that almost every programming language has a basic platform written in C, so it's important to make sure that the platform doesn't have any problems.

3 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Z00L00K Re:Over 18 (630 comments)

If it hadn't made the news, then they would have continued the practice.

4 days ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Z00L00K As a citizen in Sweden (416 comments)

I can file my taxes in two minutes on the Swedish version of the IRS on the web without the need of any special software unless you count a web browser as special.

4 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Z00L00K Re:Over 18 (630 comments)

Magna Charta?

4 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Z00L00K Re:Nope, not okay for either (573 comments)

There are too many versions and variants of the Microsoft operating system.

I think that's the explanation why they see failures in the patches, they can't keep track of all permutations that exists.

5 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Z00L00K Re:Sigh... (630 comments)

And still not posting as an AC.

5 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Z00L00K Re:Over 18 (630 comments)

But they seem to recognize inheritance of debt.

I thought that inherited debt was something that was used in medieval times and in some third world countries to effectively create slavery.

5 days ago
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Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

Z00L00K Even root CA certificates may be at risk. (151 comments)

Be aware that even the root CA certificates can be at risk right now, and that can really cause problems.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Z00L00K Just because I do work with computers (732 comments)

Doesn't mean that I can't do anything else.

Provided I don't lose everything in the apocalypse:

I think that the following will work out:

  • Fixing cars
  • Ham radio operation
  • Building/repairing a house
  • Farming

about a week ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

Z00L00K It's the IRS. (322 comments)

The IRS can get back the money by making sure that Microsoft and the executives there pay their taxes correctly. To some extent the IRS sets their own rules.

about a week ago
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The Comcast/TWC Merger Is About Controlling Information

Z00L00K Re:Just because they dont overlap (107 comments)

So we are heading into the world of Max Headroom at an alarming pace. We are almost there, Detroit is there already. The merge of Comcast and Time Warner Cable will become Network XXIII.

about a week ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

Z00L00K Re:What's wrong with girls in bikinis? (856 comments)

Drought in California and the midwest, floodings elsewhere.

But the overall cause is that we are too many on this planet. At least 99% should go. Time to start working on that stargate.

about a week ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

Z00L00K You don't know what a great discovery is. (292 comments)

You don't know what a great discovery is until it has been discovered.

Some discoveries are done purely by accident.

about two weeks ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Z00L00K Missing option (240 comments)

Never spend any money on apps.

I don't spend money on apps because then I don't have to share my credit card info with the app store and therefore any subversive apps will draw a blank when they try to debit my account.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Z00L00K Re:Not the first time this has happened (640 comments)

generic desert villain.

Muad'dib?

As for the subject - where is the center on the surface of a sphere? If you look far enough along the surface of a sphere you will see your own butt.

about two weeks ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

Z00L00K Re:Glitterboyz on the way (630 comments)

Mount a downsized version on the A10.

about two weeks ago
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Ancient Shrimp-Like Creature Has Oldest Known Circulatory System

Z00L00K Re:If it's not a Mantis (35 comments)

If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck it's hard to tell anything else.

This specimen is in any case quite interesting because it do show that the general body layout was already defined that long ago. It also brings up the question of what did exist before this creature.

about two weeks ago

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Pirate Bay judge 'biased'

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Z00L00K writes "According to several sources like The Local and many Swedish newspapers it seems to have been the case that the judge in the Pirate Bay trial was biased.

The judge who sentenced four men to jail for their involvement with The Pirate Bay is also a member of the same copyright protection organisations as a number of the main entertainment industry representatives in the case, Sveriges Radio's P3 news programme reports.

This means that the trial may have to be redone."

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Passive cooled case also looks cool

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "As any of us know the fans are evil creatures hiding in our computers. Noisy and prone to give up at the worst possible moment. Ville 'Willek' Kyrö has now done something about this problem by creating the "Passive cooling consept case." The end result is a completely fan-less PC.

I have wanted to build a fully passively cooled computer case since I had my first Athlon Thunderbird 800 MHz. That time the fan noise was amazingly high, and manufacturers didnt much care about the noise levels, and didn't offer products for building a quiet PC. Nowadays a quiet PC is not much of a challenge to build, but totally silent? It would require that there were no moving parts at all. But of cource there has to be the compromise of a hard-drive. One could buy a SSD drive, but at least I don't have that kind of money to spend. :)
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Infoworld has a Save Windows XP petition

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "The magazine InfoWorld has started a petition in order to save Windows XP as a product.

Microsoft will end OEM and shrink-wrapped sales of Windows XP on June 30, 2008, forcing users to shift to Vista. (System builders, meaning those who do white-box PCs, can sell XP through December 31.) Don't let that happen!

Millions of us have grown comfortable with XP and don't see a need to change to Vista. It's like having a comfortable apartment that you've enjoyed coming home to for years, only to get an eviction notice. The thought of moving to a new place — even with the stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and maple cabinets (or is cherry in this year?) — just doesn't sit right. Maybe it'll be more modern, but it will also cost more and likely not be as good a fit. And you don't have any other reason to move.
If this is good or not remains to be seen, but there are reasons to not move to Vista (yet), and even if not everyone loves XP it's wide-spread and well-understood (mostly) while a step to Vista can require the same amount of learning as a step to a different desktop like Linux or OSX."
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Disabled runner may not compete with able-bodied.

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "
A Paralympic gold medal winner will not be allowed to compete in the Beijing Olympics later this year after athletics' governing body ruled that his specially-designed prosthetic limbs gave him an unfair advantage over other runners.

The International Association of Athletics Federations ruled that Oscar Pistorius' shock-absorbing carbon-fiber prosthetics gave him a "demonstrable mechanical advantage" compared to able-bodied athletes.
All this according to an article at CNN.

Maybe he has an advantage during the race — but there are certainly disadvantages involved too. And it's not like this equipment will be useful to other runners. End result — a complete PR disaster."
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DuPont dos not like piercing or tattoos

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "The holder of the Swedish site www.teflonminne.org is threatened by a lawsuit from DuPont for the use of the word "teflonminne". (Translates to "Teflon Memory" or "Teflon Storage" — essentially a linguistic joke that means that one has a brain where at least some information doesn't stick.)

The cause is that teflonminne infringes on the product name TEFLON that is registered by DuPont and that they don't like some of the information on his site, more specific two pictures, one of a pierced ear and one of a tattoo.

This is referred in an article in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

A name collection is also started in support for the current owner Stefan Svensson.

And a search on Google reveals more than 30000 uses of the word "teflonminne", and also that there are several other persons and organizations that has registered a domain name with this word.

(Sorry for only linking to Swedish pages.)"
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Invention: Microsoft mind reader

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "And finally in an article at NewScientist — just another proof that Microsoft are the evil overlords of the universe:

Not content with running your computer, Microsoft now wants to read your mind too.

The company says that it is hard to properly evaluate the way people interact with computers since questioning them at the time is distracting and asking questions later may not produce reliable answers. "Human beings are often poor reporters of their own actions," the company says.

Instead, Microsoft wants to read the data straight from the user's brain as he or she works away. They plan to do this using electroencephalograms (EEGs) to record electrical signals within the brain. The trouble is that EEG data is filled with artefacts caused, for example, by blinking or involuntary actions, and this is hard to tease apart from the cognitive data that Microsoft would like to study.

Read the full Microsoft mind reading patent application.
So one must ask: Will the next step be to mind-read you to verify that you aren't running a pirated version of their software?"
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QuickTime plays havoc with RAID in Vista!

Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "This may be old news to some, but anyway...

According to an article there is a serious problem with Vista when Quicktime is used.

I thought I was just unlucky the first time but when something happens two times in the exact same fashion, you just got to check into it a little more.

System is Vista Ultimate 32-bit with RAID 10 on Intel ICH8R chipset. A couple of weeks ago I tried running a .mov file using Apple QuickTime software (latest version) and that is when things started to go downhill. The file seemed very slow to load and eventually QuickTime crashed after a lot of persuasion. Once QuickTime was closed, I was notified of a RAID error through the Intel Matrix Storage Console but the same thing will happen if you reboot during the lockup as well.
The problem here is that a rather normal application is able to cause data corruption on this level. This means that there is an obvious problem with Vista that can be exploited by malware.

Maybe it's the cause of "Beauty is only skin deep but ugly is down to the bone." from where I refer to that Vista has got a new skin of security but under the skin it's still the same ugly security handling."
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Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Z00L00K writes "There is a collection going on to put Tux the Penguin on an Indy 500 race car at http://tux500.com/.

Marketing Linux has always been a tricky proposition. As a community, we have relied on corporations who have a stake in the Linux operating system to market Linux to the world at large. Today, we have an opportunity to change that, and make Linux marketing as much a community effort as Linux development. That effort begins with the Tux 500 project.


Why not make a donation? Hurry up — it will end May 21, 2007."
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Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "Now it seems like Blu-ray also is cracked according to "muslix64" in a post at Doom9.

The supposedly cracked film is "Lord of war" and playable with VideoLan.

It's just to continue to consider the fact that copy-protection only benefits those with resources to circumvent it."
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Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "Wibu-Systems posts a chance of winning of 32,768 Euro via the Hacker's Contest 2007

The challenge is to decrypt the encrypted competition software that is to be protected with a CM-Stick/M for the USB interface. The first contestant who can enable the protected demonstration software to run without a CM-Stick/M and describe the right solution will win the prize of 32,768 Euro. The competition will be completed when the first contestant can enable the protected software to completely run without a connected CM-Stick/M and if the contestant has sent the hidden solution text to Wibu-Systems.

The conclusion of the competition will take place at CeBIT during a press conference on March 15, 2007, 1 p.m., room 13 in the Convention Center by C.E.O. Oliver Winzenried.

So any /.:ers that are up to this challenge may register (registration started January 17, 2007)."
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Z00L00K Z00L00K writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Z00L00K (682162) writes "According to Swedish newspaper Ny Teknik (Swedish article, I haven't found any info about this elsewhere) Airbus moves all the A380 manufacturing to Toulouse instead of having part of the construction made at the Airbus plant in Hamburg.

One of the reasons behind the troubles with the Airbus problems is that different versions of the CAD program Catia was used in Germany and France. The Germans used Catia 4 while the French used Catia 5. Bloomberg has an old article about this.

I hope that somebody will learn a lesson from this and figure out that it is a good idea to be consistent of software use within a corporation."

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