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A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

ameen.ross Re:Identical devices (194 comments)

Especially in corporate environments it's rather common to buy devices in bulk. They are often maintained by IT staff, ensuring the software stack installed on it is identical as well. Not to mention the external IP addresses.

3 days ago
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A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

ameen.ross Identical devices (194 comments)

I can see the privacy implications this has, but how in the world would such a method successfully discern between 2 identical devices?

3 days ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

ameen.ross Re:LEDs (278 comments)

I guess I'm not the only one who was a bit confused about that.

I just recently had one of my first LED bulbs fail (the most expensive one at that). It was an 8W dimmable bulb and it still flickers so I suspect the controller is broken and not the LED itself.

Got 2 new 12W bulbs this week for only €10 a pop, sent from China. And I love them. Just need to wait and see now how long they'll last.

about two weeks ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

ameen.ross Re:It's 2014 (349 comments)

I still have an SVGA CRT lying around that's from between 1990-1994 and it also doesn't suffer from burn-in. It does suffer from temporary image persistence, though. Resolution goes up to 960*600 (for some odd reason it's not 960*640), so it's still kinda usable.

about three weeks ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

ameen.ross Re:It's 2014 (349 comments)

I've never ever had burn-in issues with my 19" Philips CRT bought in 2005. OTOH, I've had a pretty severe case of burn-in on a SGS2 AMOLED display, but the tech is much younger so it's not entirely unexpected.

about three weeks ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

ameen.ross Re:Why do we have screen savers? (349 comments)

Do you also see a huge bar at the bottom of the screen in Gnome 3? Or do you just not use Windows all that much

about three weeks ago
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The Internet's Own Boy

ameen.ross Re:Cowards way out (194 comments)

Hes

the cowards way out

Judging by their spelling, I'm absolutely positive they have a Slashdot account.

about three weeks ago
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AMD, NVIDIA, and Developers Weigh In On GameWorks Controversy

ameen.ross Re:AMD supports openGL just fine (80 comments)

That's interesting. Coding as a kid, I more or less came up with the same principle for my little programs. I also later figured that it was misguided to leave robustness up to the implementation, instead of the specification (or in my case the function definition).

API functions that have any reasonable expectations for default values should just define those defaults, not silently default to something seemly random and completely undocumented.

about 2 months ago
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Water Cannons Used Against Peaceful Anti-TTIP Protestors: the Next ACTA Revolt?

ameen.ross Re:Protests were Illegal. (142 comments)

And I am a native Dutch speaker, and while (West) Flemish has its own ISO language code, they're really Dutch dialects and they are much more intelligible to me (and most Dutch) than West Frisian. West Frisian, now that is a language in its own right, even though it's spoken in Friesland, a Dutch province.

about 2 months ago
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Water Cannons Used Against Peaceful Anti-TTIP Protestors: the Next ACTA Revolt?

ameen.ross Re:Protests were Illegal. (142 comments)

You mean the "Vlamingen"?

To be fair, though, I like the Flemish dialect more than standard Dutch. More refined.

about 2 months ago
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Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

ameen.ross Re:Grammar (329 comments)

All of my old CDs will play will play, albeit with some skipping.

about 2 months ago
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It's World Password Day: Change Your Passwords

ameen.ross Re:Not happening. (116 comments)

That's great, in theory. In reality it will just lead people to create very easy to remember passwords, since people are good at routine and not at things that change constantly. Those easy passwords, in turn, are much more easily cracked. How would you mitigate that risk, increasing the password change frequency?

I've worked with highly sensitive systems (*ahem* the Ogone payment system for one) that use silly policies like these, and yet are horribly unsafe. At one time when I tried to login with an expired password I got an error message saying that the password was not "completely" valid and that I should understand that the password is case-sensitive! Well, that message implies that they can do a case-insensitive check, which means they don't even hash passwords.

In my experience these policies just shift the responsibility for proper security to the end-user. Even though, in theory, it may act as a complementary security measure, in practice that's counterproductive for 99% of users. Also it is more often than not used as the only security measure (apart from the basic $input == $password).

about 3 months ago
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Heartbleed Disclosure Timeline Revealed

ameen.ross Re:"Independent" discovery? (62 comments)

Thank you. I've been saying this from the beginning and am very annoyed that every time people write about Heartbleed, it links to Codenomicon's site. Even if it was an independent discovery (which it wasn't) then it's still too much credit. People should just link to the official CVE...

about 3 months ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

ameen.ross Re:um.... (311 comments)

What's more, if you are able to remember the details of the experiment, you are more than capable of remembering a few decimals of what is probably the most widely known constant in mathematics.

about 3 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Will You Need the Windows XP Black Market?

ameen.ross Re:Finally (245 comments)

Except any Youtube downloader (including for mobile phones) have no trouble whatsoever downloading that video.

about 4 months ago
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Linux 3.14 Kernel Released

ameen.ross Re:Release day (132 comments)

To be fair, they did release it in month 3 '14

(Replied to wrong comment at first)

about 4 months ago
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Linux 3.14 Kernel Released

ameen.ross Re:PI KERNEL (132 comments)

To be fair, they did release it in month 3 '14

about 4 months ago
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Bitcoin's Software Gets Security Fixes, New Features

ameen.ross Re:LOL .. 0.9.0? (173 comments)

So would you prefer unstable software labeled "release quality" with a version number of 9.0?

about 4 months ago
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Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

ameen.ross Re:"conspiracy theory" is loaded language (395 comments)

To make matters worse we often see obnoxious theories introduced to confuse issues and maintain a status quot.

That's called muddying the waters and I frequently point that out to people I consider naive as well as people who exaggerate, IE the tinfoil hatters.

There are plenty of conspiracies and often the only conspiracy theory is the one where the conspirators are made out to be the victims.

about 4 months ago

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