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Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

aitikin Re:uh - by design? (160 comments)

I live in the pro audio world, almost at the bleeding edge of it I might add. What the other poster stated about sub 5ms latency is true. Get yourself an HDX system and test it out. Also, there's this, this, the entire Apollo line, and even an entry level interface that's Thunderbolt based.

IMHO, nothing will compare to using a mixer, but that's for the functionality and quality. I would never pitch a Mackie as a decent recording system, live sound, sure, but, unless you've got an Onyx, it's crap for recording (and even then, just decent). A mixer to me is something like this. My interface is a Fireface 800 and I have 0 perceived latency (so long as I'm not sending anything into the DAW for processing on my cue mix, or merely playing back from the DAW and recording new tracks). To claim something as 0 latency would be incorrect for everything, there will be latency. To claim that the conversion process adds less than X ms of latency is what we're talking about, and the Thunderbolt stuff from MOTU (not even a stellar name in the industry) is leaps and bounds beyond my Fireface (it should be, my interface is 8 years old now), clocking in at sub 1ms at the hardware itself (seen in info note in the link above), with the Fireface being a respectable 5ms at the lowest.

Long story short, if you're looking for the lowest latency and a professional setup, Thunderbolt or PCIe is king. If, as it seems from the photo you posted, you're working in a prosumer or entry level situation, than USB will suffice.

(Other sources: I work in pro audio. A number of years of experience behind the board in both live and recording environments on everything from small projects to working with the likes of Bob Mintzer. Much of my knowledge comes from the real world.)

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Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

aitikin Re:uh - by design? (160 comments)

So in the pro audio world you find stuff hanging out in the parking lot?

Depending on who you are. My old boss literally got a Fairchild compressor from someone's backyard. Another friend got a 2" tape machine from someone's parking lot (next to the dumpster).

But, to the point, GP said nothing about a parking lot. "Discovering a Thunderbolt device at all..." does not mean finding it hanging out in the parking lot, it means that, the tech is oh so rare to begin with, that it's nearly impossible to find period.

2 days ago
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Thunderbolt Rootkit Vector

aitikin Re:uh - by design? (160 comments)

The one mitigating factor is that literally no one uses Thunderbolt for anything, so it's not like anyone's likely to be coming across random compromised Thunderbolt devices. Discovering a Thunderbolt device at all would be out of the ordinary.

You're obviously not in the pro audio world.

2 days ago
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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

aitikin Re:Whether it was NK or not doesn't matter (236 comments)

...an insane ruler...

It's understandable that he's insane. Think about it, it's always tough being the fat kid in school, imagine how it feels being the only fat kid in the country.

4 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

aitikin Re:Land of the free (579 comments)

I think faking terrorist threats is a teeny tiny bit against the law.

And that's stopped Sony when?

about a week ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

aitikin Re:Nerd Point of Contention (222 comments)

N64 was not the beginning of the "3D era on consoles." That would be Sega 32x, Sega CD, or at the very least Playstation.

If you want to be picky, it would be Game Boy:

X

or SNES if you mean set top console:

Star Fox

about two weeks ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

aitikin Re:WTF ? (289 comments)

I don't like the censorship, but would it be fair to discuss if the material is more than tangentially relevant in a biology textbook?

I admit, I haven't taken a bio course in about 25 years. I could conceive of this in a sex ed class (not that that would happen in arizona), a reproductive biology class.... a medical class, a human biology class.

Really? You don't understand how or why explanations of a biological process belongs in a college level text? REALLY?

Seriously, ALL OF YOU, keep your politics out of science. Even if Republicans bring it in, keep the politics out.

I don't understand where A SCIENTIFIC TOPIC discussing SCIENTIFIC FACT is politics.

human contraception efficacy? It's barely relevant.

Sure, human biology might be barely relevant to you, but in a discussion in an educated class (again, COLLEGE LEVEL TEXT, so I'm assuming some degree of actual education), it's extremely relevant. That'd be like someone taking a college level algebra course and never talking about permutations. It's only sensible to expect that to be discussed.

about a month ago
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DHS Set To Destroy "Einstein" Surveillance Records

aitikin Re:Constitution and multiple parties (71 comments)

There is no such "favoring" anywhere in the Constitution. We have multiple parties and, in fact, one of them was — the Whigs — once strong enough to gain major chunks in Congress and the Presidency.

Uh, have you read the 12th Amendment? I quote the first relevant section, "...if such number [of electoral votes] be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed..." by definition forcing it to mean 50.0000001% or greater (AKA a majority). So, if 3 candidates are in the running, one gets 10%, one gets 45% and the other gets 45%, no one wins. Following that scenario, "...the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President..." means that, whoever has the majority most members in the OUTGOING House, will (almost undoubtedly) have the winner. Therefore, we would have to magically elect at least a reasonable percent of third parties to have even a REMOTE chance of a third party mattering. Frankly, the 12th is one of (if not) the worst amendments created, not only permitting the focusing of parties, but downright endorsing it.

What confuses many people — including, it seems, yourself — is that in the US we do not vote for parties. We vote for individuals. The individuals may or may not choose to affiliate with a particular party, but such affiliations are not binding. An elected lawmaker can quit/join any party without any official consequences to his position.

I'd thank you to not put words into my mouth, nor attempt to extract thoughts from my mind. I have not voted for a party, ever, in my life. I have always voted for whomever I felt had the most reasoned decisions, the most education, and the most experience as to whatever posting they were applying for.

about a month ago
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DHS Set To Destroy "Einstein" Surveillance Records

aitikin Re:Elections have consequences... (71 comments)

all the stuff that also happened under a "conservative" president.

Lets not beat around the bush. This has little to do with "liberal" vs "conservative", this has more to do with "democrat" and "republican". Not ideaologies, but formal organizations with well defined leadership and central planning. They are both guilty in varying degrees.

Honestly, what is amazing is that if you watch the "third party" debates, across the board, all canidates involved are dead set against this sort of thing. This includes the Greens, Libertarians, and even pretty standard conservative "Constitution Party".

And people wonder why I feel we need to amend the Constitution to stop favoring the 2 party system...

about 1 month ago
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A Brilliant Mind: SUSE's Kernel Guru Speaks

aitikin Re:This is wrong (61 comments)

What's happened to /. this isn't about Ubuntu or RedHat?

Seriously? Ubuntu? If you were here as long ago as you imply, you'd be asking about Debian or Slackware.

about a month ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

aitikin Windtrap (167 comments)

So, a mini-windtrap? Kinda cool.

about a month ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

aitikin Re:I'm sure it will suck (242 comments)

Political drama? HBO has shown they can do those too (and do them well) with West Wing :)

Uh...Did you mean NBC? Cause HBO didn't carry The West Wing...

about a month and a half ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

aitikin Re:But DC is different,no? (588 comments)

It's still Federally illegal. Even in any state that it is "legal" it can still be prosecuted. It won't be under the current president, but that can change in 2 years.

Mod parent up. Even if it is legal in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and DC, it's federally illegal. I would be surprised to see the DEA crackdown on it, but legally, they could. Obama has stated that this issue is not of major concern to him and will not be seeking prosecution.

about 1 month ago
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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

aitikin Re:That was quiet (175 comments)

Red Bull didn't sponsor him because they gave everybody who ever drank their product $10.

about 2 months ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

aitikin Am I dense? (191 comments)

I thought that law enforcement had always been allowed to do this in sting operations and the like. The police are under no obligation to tell the truth when confronting a potential suspect. Yes, their wording to her may have been deceptive, but, frankly, I don't have much faith in someone saying, "Yes I gave them consent to use my photos, but not like this!" It sounds a good deal like buyer's remorse.

If the officer in question were reasonable, he would have used images that are in public record of her, so I can see the outrage to that portion as reasonable, but, frankly, I don't see how this is terribly surprising and front page news.

PS...since when is BuzzFeed considered to be even remotely a reputable news source?

about 3 months ago
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Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

aitikin Re:Possible? (225 comments)

Pretty sure you're in the wrong there bub. About the only things that come to mind are choreography and fashion designs. Otherwise, most things are copyrightable.

about 3 months ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

aitikin Re:How about... (482 comments)

No programming though, she's a music teacher. If it isn't midi, she's clueless about computers.

Introduce her to Max/MSP sometime. You two might find a new, shared passion.

about 3 months ago
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eBay To Spin Off PayPal

aitikin Re:Then eBay can become a bank. (76 comments)

"Then eBay can become a bank. "

Since July 2007, PayPal has operated across the European Union as a Luxembourg-based bank.

But within the US they are not considered a bank, allowing PayPal to freeze funds of US citizens with no legal reason or ramifications. Additionally, point to make towards the OP, PayPal has owned Bill Me Later for a long time, and have been lending for years.

about 3 months ago

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First usage, now cell phone calling on US Airlines

aitikin aitikin writes  |  about a year ago

aitikin (909209) writes "The Federal Communications Commission will propose allowing passengers to use their cellphones on airplanes, people familiar with the matter said.

While phone use would still be restricted during takeoff and landing, the proposal would lift an FCC ban on airborne calls and cellular data use by passengers once a flight reaches 10,000 feet, an FCC official said."

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Apple Retailer facing Class Action Suit over Employee Bag Checks

aitikin aitikin writes  |  about a year ago

aitikin (909209) writes "Former Apple employees say the company requires workers to stand around without pay for up to 30 minutes a day while waiting for managers to search their bags for stolen merchandise."
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Inventer of the Mouse dies at 88

aitikin aitikin writes  |  about a year and a half ago

aitikin (909209) writes ""The inventor of the computer mouse, Doug Engelbart, has died aged 88.

Engelbart developed the tool in the 1960s as a wooden shell covering two metal wheels, patenting it long before the mouse's widespread use.

He also worked on early incarnations of email, word processing and video teleconferences at a California research institute.

The state's Computer History Museum was notified of his death by his daughter, Christina, in an email.""

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Microsoft's Creative Director Resigns

aitikin aitikin writes  |  about a year and a half ago

aitikin (909209) writes "Well, looks like his commentary was not so well received internally either, although it's unclear whether it was voluntarily or forced.

Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth is no longer with the company following last week’s “deal with it” comments. The news comes via Polygon, who confirmed with two sources that Orth has departed.

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How to Choose the Better Linux Distribution?

aitikin aitikin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

aitikin (909209) writes "I've been out of the Linux world for a few years, living in the relatively un-walled Garden that has gradually become more walled... That being said, I'm looking to head back to the Linux world. Back when I was actively using Linux, I was using Gentoo primarily, but I kind of had the mentality of, "if it ain't broke, don't stop tinkering!" Now I'm a little older and my desktop is no longer something that I can just let go down due to a package conflict or a circular dependency and I still want similar customization. I'm trying not to start a flame-war between distros but I'd love to hear the pros of some that I have or haven't heard of. My end all be all goal for this is this project, but like I say there, it'll be a while coming."
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Web Hosting for a newb?

aitikin aitikin writes  |  more than 4 years ago

aitikin (909209) writes "I'm currently helping out a friend who is trying to put together a website for his business and is very eager to get started but we have not figured out a webhosting solution yet. It is mostly and informational website and as suchit does not require much in the way of upkeep beyond the typical information updates, however he needs the ability to upload decent file sizes (multiple files up around a couple hundred megs, some even to gigs) and have them accessible preferably through a changeable password protected system. While the focus won't be rich interactions, having a music player and video streaming available is required. He is not exactly the most tech savvy individual, doesn't have the administrative know-how to manage a website without usage of tools like iWeb, and I do not have the ability to maintain it for him, so a "set it and forget it" type mentality is going to be necessary for anything that's public facing. He knows his way around FTP and SSH well enough to upload all the necessary files, is working on the layout, and has most of the media he needs put together, however he has yet to register the domain. In my searches I found this post from February however it takes a much more nerdy focus than he will be able to achieve (as expected given this is /.). I know he has a significant interest in the use of subdomains, although he's not exactly sure what he will be using them for at this point, he wants to have them readily available. I personally do not run any websites and while I can code and have limited experience, I don't want this to become a project that I will have to deal with regularly. I'm sure that many amongst you have had this sort of occurrence before and as such, any advice from the /. community would be much appreciated."
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aitikin aitikin writes  |  more than 8 years ago

aitikin (909209) writes "Apple recently changed their license for the OS X kernel. According to semthex's post, Apple has reworded the APSL to prevent him and others from open sourcing the kernel hacking under the APSL:

"This file contains Original Code and/or Modifications of Original Code as defined in and that are subject to the Apple Public Source License Version 2.0 (the 'License'). You may not use this file except in compliance with the License. The rights granted to you under the License may not be used to create, or enable the creation or redistribution of, unlawful or unlicensed copies of an Apple operating system, or to circumvent, violate, or enable the circumvention or violation of, any terms of an Apple operating system software license agreement.""

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