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Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

_merlin Re:Test servers your self with PoC (301 comments)

Yes, heartbeats are symmetrical. The malicious server can only read the contents of the browser's memory, but that could have your banking details, your Facebook login cookies, your wife's nude selfies, or God knows what else considering everything done through web web browsers these days.

3 days ago
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Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

_merlin Re:Test servers your self with PoC (301 comments)

That's not true. A malicious server can exploit a vulnerable client and read the contents of its memory.

5 days ago
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Vint Cerf: CS Programs Must Change To Adapt To Internet of Things

_merlin Re:But why do we need the internet of things (163 comments)

Well of course: everyone knows an Internet of Things would only really be useful for wankers.

about two weeks ago
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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

_merlin Re:It's made better now (400 comments)

That tyre is still in prototype stage, and I doubt the specialised materials involved could be 3D printed with current technology anyway. Even if they could, you'd never be able to do it is quickly as you could with moulding techniques.

about two weeks ago
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Singapore To Regulate Virtual Currency Exchanges

_merlin Re:With regulations goes... (51 comments)

Then you have the same problem with the encryption keys. Someone will compromise your keys or the encryption and you'll be fucked.

about a month ago
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China Deploys Satellites In Search For Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

_merlin Re:Thoughts (142 comments)

That still makes no sense. Entering Thai airspace wouldn't be considered a violation for a civilian airliner in distress. Civilian airliners don't have "IFF transponders" either, just the usual aviation transponder. If they suffered loss of pressurisation and were still conscious enough to bring the plane down, the first thing to do would be activate emergency locator beacons, followed by distress call, letting ATC know what you're doing on the usual channel, and making sure your transponder is active.

about a month ago
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China Deploys Satellites In Search For Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

_merlin Re:Thoughts (142 comments)

First, Civilian radar depends on transponders, a small transmitted signal from the aircraft that is triggered by the Radar signal. This transponder responds with a "squawk code" (a 4 digit number assigned by ATC) along with some other basic information like altitude. Transponders make it unnecessary to get a "primary" return (i.e. they don't have to get the actual radar signal return) for the aircraft to show up. In fact, most civilian radar installations run with primary returns filtered out because they create visual noise for controllers, because weather and other noise shows up.

That might be relevant if it wasn't in an area heavily monitored by military radar. There is some overlap between where it's expected to be visible on Malaysian and Vietnamese military radar. This does use primary returns, and a B777 is very visible. It must've fallen rather quickly to disappear from military radar so suddenly.

about a month ago
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20 Freescale Semiconductor Employees On Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

_merlin Re:Uh, doesn't every company? (190 comments)

Really? A trading company I worked for would routinely have 20-50 employees on the same flight for company-sponsored weekends away.

about a month ago
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$2,400 'Introduction To Linux' Course Will Be Free and Online This Summer

_merlin Re:Much needed (84 comments)

I'm grabbing my barf bag now. Linux isn't magical, it is an operating system.

I'm sure glad I'm not the only one who reacted that way. In the end, operating systems are tools. I use OSX on this notebook that I use for e-mail, Lightroom and Logic. My work desktop runs Windows. My development system at work is Linux. You choose the tool with the right trade-offs for the task at hand.

about a month ago
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Open Source Brings High-End Canon Camera Dynamic Range Closer To Nikon's

_merlin Re:Awesome! (88 comments)

I'm not being a dick or an elitist. I'm simply trying to point out that firmware replacement won't get you the equivalent of a more expensive camera. The hardware additional features are things that really do matter when you're taking photos in challenging conditions:

  • A pentaprism viewfinder is brighter and easier to focus with in low light than the pentamirrors used in low-end DSLRs
  • Memory card failure happens - having images written to two cards simultaneously can save you
  • Being able to instantly adjust two parameters without going through menus makes life far easier when when shooting things that move
  • Top LCDs show you all the most important settings/stats immediately without the battery drain that having the colour display running would
  • Additional cross-type autofocus sensors work better in low light and with servo/tracking autofocus (e.g. for sports and birds in flight)

Ultimately "prosumer" is just a label - you should always buy the cheapest body with the functionality - but that aside, it doesn't apply to the Canon Rebel/Kiss line. These are very much mass market consumer cameras, with the trade-offs clearly favouring size/weight/price reduction. This isn't inherently bad, as you get a camera capable of taking pretty decent pictures for a relatively low price. But telling yourself it's a "prosumer" camera just makes you look silly, and if you do need to shoot in more challenging situations, you'll really appreciate the additional functionality that you get with something like a 70D.

about a month and a half ago
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Open Source Brings High-End Canon Camera Dynamic Range Closer To Nikon's

_merlin Re:The better solution is to buy Nikon (88 comments)

Wut? Your EVF/OVF thing alone is all kinds of wrong. EVFs don't even have the dynamic range and resolution to match the sensors in the cameras, let alone a human eye with an optical viewfinder. Then there's the issue of sensor burn from bright sources because the shutter has to be open all the time. Have you ever tried focussing in poor light with an EVF? No fun at all. The noise and update rate suck more and more as the light gets more difficult. Speaking of update rate, try shooting anything that moves with your OM-D: birds of prey, motor sport, any other sport, fashion shows. Oh and stabilised bodies still can't compete with stabilised lenses.

about a month and a half ago
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Open Source Brings High-End Canon Camera Dynamic Range Closer To Nikon's

_merlin Re:The better solution is to buy Nikon (88 comments)

I use FX lenses on DX bodies all the time. When you do, you're using the brightest, sharpest part of the imaging circle. It's awesome. Also, Canon EFS lenses have poor build quality for the most part.

about a month and a half ago
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Open Source Brings High-End Canon Camera Dynamic Range Closer To Nikon's

_merlin Re:Nikon is still a step ahead! (88 comments)

I dunno, I abuse my D90 pretty badly, and it just keeps on working perfectly. Maybe I'm just lucky. Or unlucky - if I could actually break it my wife wouldn't mind me buying a new body.

about a month and a half ago
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Open Source Brings High-End Canon Camera Dynamic Range Closer To Nikon's

_merlin Re:Awesome! (88 comments)

Magic Lantern is fucking awesome. It turned my Rebel T2i (550D) into something that I definitely wouldn't have been able to afford.

Have you actually used a prosumer or professional camera? Firmware won't turn your pentamirror viewfinder into a pentaprism. It won't give you an extra command dial that really helps when you're using manual exposure and/or flash. It won't give you a top LCD that you can read while you adjust your settings in direct sunlight. It won't give you additional cross-type autofocus sensors. It won't give you dual card slots. The most useful things you get when you pay more for a camera are in the hardware.

about a month and a half ago
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Radar Expert Explains How To Cheaply Add Radar To Your Own Hardware Projects

_merlin Re:What's in car bumpers? (69 comments)

Radar tends to be used for the collision avoidance features rather than the parking assistance stuff.

about 2 months ago
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Complete Microsoft EMET Bypass Developed

_merlin Re: I want a cookie (116 comments)

Cookie Monster was a prank program that required the user to install and run it with their own permissions. It didn't attempt to reproduce, spread or conceal itself.

about 2 months ago
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DARPA Looks To End the Scourge of Counterfeit Computer Gear

_merlin Re:I assume all electronics and computers are (75 comments)

Well, given this story mentions the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, I'd guess DoD in this context is the Department of Defense.

about 2 months ago
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A Strategy For Attaining Cuban Internet Connectivity

_merlin Re:Control vs. Prosperity (119 comments)

Vietnam has a high standard of education. Overseas students from Vietnam definitely show up at Australian universities with better high school education than the locally educated kids. In my experience, the USSR delivered some highly educated people as well.

It's hardly fair to ignore external factors that affect quality of life in Vietnam. They had the shit bombed out of them by the US and a lot of farmland destroyed with Agent Orange. Then they had the drain on their economy of cleaning up Cambodia in the wake of Pol Pot. Communism is a factor, but hardly the only one.

about 2 months ago
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This Isn't the First Time Microsoft's Been Accused of Bing Censorship

_merlin Re:the mainland Chinese government (56 comments)

There are two governments that claim to be the legitimate government of all of China: one located on the mainland, and one located in Taiwan. Simple as that. There's a similar situation in Korea, where two governments claim to be the legitimate government of all of Korea. Do you call them North/South Korea, or do you make a point of saying DPKR/RoK? Do you call Taiwan RoC for that matter?

about 2 months ago

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Reinventing myself as a troll

_merlin _merlin writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I keep having these thoughts of reinventing myself as a troll. I could try to make first posts, and join the GNAA, and post goatse links and ASCII art, and flame Mac users and other stuff like that.

But then I'd lose karma, and I'd start out at -1, so no-one would see my trolling, anyway, and if I did post something worthwhile, no-one would see that, either.

I could make another account, just for trolling, but that stinks of effort. Oh well, I guess I'll just stay my boring self.

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