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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

assassinator42 Re: /.ed? (160 comments)

Almost certainly not from Slashdot. From their stats, most of their visitors are in France.

about a month and a half ago

The Fastest Camera Ever Made Captures 100 Billion Frames Per Second

assassinator42 Re:faster-than-light propagation of non-informatio (122 comments)

Sounds like you could replace the entangled particles with a pseudo-random number generator and get the same result.
You can't say for sure that the other party acted on the result of the particle/PRNG though. You can predict with a high degree of accuracy, but something could have changed (maybe the power went out, or the other side decided to change what happens when it reads a 1).

about 2 months ago

Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

assassinator42 Re:Same cell modems? (201 comments)

Searching brings up Intel, MediaTek, Broadcom and Nvidia.
The Blackphone uses an Nvidia modem; which supposedly doesn't need to share memory.
I'm assuming the Nexus 9 will use an Nvidia modem as part of their SoC as well.

about 4 months ago

The Geek Group's Hacker-Oriented High Voltage Lab In Michigan Damaged by Fire

assassinator42 Re: Never heard of them (65 comments)

I'm from Grand Rapids and studied CS here. Still haven't heard of them. Or if I did I've forgotten.

1 year,27 days

Nintendo Announces $99 Wii Mini For US Release

assassinator42 Re:OK, so what's new in it? (147 comments)

A Gamecube controller is still the best way to play Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Mario Kart Wii, IMO. But they can't be used on the newer Wii consoles and the Wii U.
(Of course I still have a Wii with Gamecube support.)

about a year ago

How Your Compiler Can Compromise Application Security

assassinator42 Re:TFA does a poor job of defining what's happenin (470 comments)

Overflows of unsigned values are well-defined in C (they wrap). (Technically the standard says unsigned values can't overflow because they're wrapped)
Overflows of signed values are undefined.

about a year ago

SDL 2.0 Release Improves 2D/3D Rendering, Better Audio & New Features

assassinator42 Re:Staticlinkable to closed software not a good th (42 comments)

I believe you can actually update the QT libraries on Android separately using Ministro. I don't know if any other libraries do something like this.

about a year and a half ago

Snowden Claims That NSA Collaborated With Israel To Write Stuxnet Virus

assassinator42 Re: Stuxnet claim reduces credibility (491 comments)

Didn't the NSA develop SELinux specifically to compartamentalize data and prevent things like a sysadmin having more access to classified information than they need?

about a year and a half ago

KDE's Plasma Active Ported To Nexus 7

assassinator42 Re:I wish I could "unsee" this.. (55 comments)

Unortunately multiboot does not (yet) work with this.
(Posted from Ubuntu on Nexus 7)

more than 2 years ago

HTC Losing Ground Faster Than RIM or Nokia

assassinator42 Re:Good (280 comments)

Apparently Google hasn't learned from HTC either.
Supposedly the new Nexus phone will have a non-removable battery, 8GB storage, and no microSD slot. (Supposedly a 16GB version will be released later).
At least it has an unlocked bootloader and fast updates, although Google does have an unfair advantage there. But don't expect them to pull the rug out from anyone.

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 Has Scaling Issues On High-PPI Displays

assassinator42 Re:Wha...? (171 comments)

Non DPI aware applications being marked DPI aware is Microsoft's fault. They decided to mark MFC applications (and potentially others) DPI-aware by default (at least when compiled with Visual Studio 2010).
It doesn't help that the GUI designer (at least for Windows Forms) in Visual Studio doesn't work right at non-default DPIs. It also doesn't help that their automatic scaling for Windows Forms doesn't work right (probably why they haven't enabled it by default).
I was assuming a huge part of Metro was fixing the DPI scaling issues. I guess not.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Blocks Arch Linux Handbook Author From Releasing Kindle Version

assassinator42 Re:He's not even the author (242 comments)

Since the books are licensed under Creative Commons, you can upload them to archive.org (see here) and redirect your users there to download.

more than 2 years ago

Russian Hacker Sidesteps Apple iOS In-App Purchases

assassinator42 Re:Apple's receipt verification is broken too (142 comments)

The receipt data is first supposed to be sent to the developer's server. The server then verifies it with the app store. It's up to the developer to make sure communication with their own server is secure.
Still not a very good system IMO. What does Apple use for securing actual app purchases from their store? I'm assuming they have something in place to prevent using a MITM attack to install your own apps?

more than 2 years ago

Internet Explorer Market Share Drops To Almost 15%

assassinator42 Re:Fast but its Bob (423 comments)

The Metro stuff doesn't run on EEE netbooks (at least the older ones) due to not meeting the minimum resolution. Trying to run it on my 10" netbook still brought up the Metro start screen, but trying to open any of the apps did nothing.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Says Your Email Is @Facebook

assassinator42 Re:There is not even a way to remove it! (346 comments)

You can certainly point a domain name at a dynamic IP. Just use a DNS provider (like ZoneEdit) that provides a way to update A records using a dynamic DNS client and set your TTL low.
You still run into issues for the duration of the TTL after your IP changes, but how often does that actually happen now? It's not uncommon for me to be connected for 1 month or more at a time.

more than 2 years ago

Georgia Apple Store Refuses To Sell iPad To Iranian-American Teen

assassinator42 Re:Poetic Justice (1116 comments)

Being against the policies of Israel's government doesn't make people anti-Semitic.
Or are you referring to something more?

more than 2 years ago

Samsung Focusing On Phone Software

assassinator42 Re:bada (124 comments)

They already screw up Android enough as well.

Semi-related comment from the kernel source of my phone: /*This is a temporary piece of crappy code that I was forced to write as I did not figure
out how to properly use the SPI driver in the system. Please resist the temptation of ever using
this code in a good Samsung phone. I will remove this code as soon as I figure out the correct
way of using the SPI driver*/

(That code actually works correctly though, unlike some of the other stuff)

more than 2 years ago

Apple Fires Back At DoJ Over eBook Price Fixing

assassinator42 Re:A lot of words (311 comments)

It remains to be proven that eBooks will last longer.
If your eReader breaks and the seller has gone out of business or just decided to not let you download the books anymore, you loose the books completely.

more than 2 years ago

Free Desktop Software Development Dead In Windows 8

assassinator42 Re:Wait, what now? (462 comments)

The Structured Exception Handling is Microsoft's fault; they have a patent on it (at least for 32-bit) so it can't be implemented in GCC.
Obviously Microsoft has an unfair advantage on the API front as well, since I'm assuming the APIs were written and test primarily with Microsoft's compilers in mind.
I'm guessing they'd have the ability to look at each others' source code as well?

more than 2 years ago


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