top Fedora To Have a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" For Contributors
Ask yourself this - how could someone in Syria contribute to code they've never seen before?
The same way that Western goods make their way to any country under export control, through intermediaries.
Coke can't sell to North Korea. Coke however can be sold (or made) in China and then gets
shipped across the line to North Korea.
Is it really hard to imagine that Syria or Iran might be able to download from an intermediary country that might have a mirror of the distribution? Or had someone travel to such a country to download it? Or just went through a VPN or proxy? Or...
top Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad
No where does it say that the
original password of the deceased was requested and/or provided. Apple could just as easily reset the password to something that was known, and then provided the reset password. Or provided some other reset mechanism to allow the requester to set a new password.
top Child Porn Arrest For Cameron Aide Who Helped Plan UK Net Filters
I don't know. Police officers generally tend to know that drugs are illegal and enforce such laws that make them illegal without possessing a stockpile of them at their personal desk and/or at their home. They don't have to "research" the drugs by physically possessing them outside of an operational or laboratory (aka non-official) setting.
The same thing can be said for just about any illegal activity. You don't have to actively go out and find it to learn about it. You don't have to murder, beat, or rape to know that the actions are illegal to craft a law against them. Or to speed in a car, launder money, or commit tax fraud...although those last ones are probably bad examples as I'm sure many politicians are practicing experts in those areas...
top How To Take Apart Fukushima's 3 Melted-Down Reactors
Right. Because one disaster is made better by using the few people that demonstrated that they are some of the worst options for operating a nuclear power plant. Yeah if may make a few people feel better, but in the end you'll have just as bad if not worse disaster plus a bunch of dead radioactive worthless executives to also contend with.
top The Rescue Plan That Could Have Saved Space Shuttle
really cool kids read it when posted by NASA.
top The Emerging RadioShack/Netflix Debacle
They haven't asked for phone numbers (or anything else really) for ages. At least at all the stores around here.
top The Emerging RadioShack/Netflix Debacle
When I enter the store and they ask me "Can I help you find anything?" I reply "Not likely."
top Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation
It's similar, but there is one major difference. Race is one of the protected criteria for civil rights. Sexual orientation isn't universally protected yet, particularly when it comes to private employers.
top EFF Reports GHCQ and NSA Keeping Tabs On Wikileaks Visitors and Reporters
I think it's safe to presume that you, as well as every other internet user, were already under surveillance to some degree even before this story was published.
top A Mathematical Proof Too Long To Check
Run the program a few times, so the probability of errors in the output is close to zero.
No. If it's indeed a proof the probability of errors must be 0, not just close to it.
top Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?
similar to how Macrovision tryies to fuck up VCRs by throwing off their tracking
Macrovision works by inserting a fake sync pulse into the vertical blanking portion of the signal. The automatic gain control (AGC) of the VCR sees this and tries to adjust for it, but results in screwing up the visible portion of the signal. This can be defeated by going old school and running the signal through an old VCR that doesn't have AGC. As usual, old tech can be used to defeat new tech.
top More Bitcoin Exchanges Forced Out of Sync After Massive DDoS Attack
You still have exactly the same number of bitcoins regardless of what the exchange rate is. Therefor, their wallets or funds are still exactly the same. They just might not buy as much as they once did.
I didn't see everyone bitching and moaning when their value skyrocketed with absolutely no good reason, so they can't bitch and moan when they plummet under similar circumstances.
top The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden
Good lord. If Beta is this bad, do you have any idea what a steaming pile of shit Alpha is?
top HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"
top Lawmakers Threaten Legal Basis of NSA Surveillance
Is this REALLY about the NSA surveillance? Or is it about leverage for Congress critters, particularly Republicans, on the Executive branch?
"You want your PATRIOT Act renewed? You need to cut back on your surveillance. And my surveillance, we mean repeal Obamacare (or whatever the bill(s) du jour are)."
Besides, whether or not the NSA surveillance is authorized, do you think the NSA gives a fuck. They are going to do it anyways. They'll just have to be sneakier.
top HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers
Bug fixes aren't defects, they are new product enhancements. Yeah, that's it.
top Adobe's New Ebook DRM Will Leave Existing Users Out In the Cold Come July
Oh, and ignoring all the above: why should I have to update the firmware or software on my ebook reader? It's an appliance. I don't expect to update the firmware on my TV, microwave or rice cooker. Why should I? It works now.
Nothing is forcing you to upgrade, since you know what you are doing and can find "alternate" sources. For the millions of ebook readers that don't have a clue what they are doing and think that they must buy their ebooks from Amazon, B&N, or whatever their device is configured to use, they don't know they have a choice when the store informs them that they need to upgrade to be compatible with the updated store. "Want to buy more books? Upgrade your device's software. It's free and easy!"
top Rome Police Use Twitter To Battle Illegal Parking
I'd much rather have no parking at all rather than too much, as then you can at least walk or bike.
Screw that. It's 10 degrees currently and we're suppose to get 6-8" of snow . I'm not walking/biking in that.
Maybe that works for you when you shut down the city/town when there's a flurry in the air. That doesn't work here.
top Press Used To Print Millions of US Banknotes Seized In Quebec
Legal definition of uttering is to publish, offer, or put into circulation. So saying "counterfeit money" isn't legal, but presenting a counterfeit note is. That presentation is the uttering.
top Yahoo Mail Resets Account Passwords After Attack
Maybe they were. As the Target security breach demonstrated, if you can intercept the information prior to it being hashed/encrypted, it's still usable.
For an example, say a website's authentication process code is compromised. It works exactly the same as it always has been, but prior to hashing the supplied password to compare to the saved salted & hashed value (exactly the way it should be), an extra function call is made that saves the username and password to some data store (text file, remote database, emailed, whatever). While the website is still at fault as their code was compromised, it wasn't that the password database wasn't properly protected. They just used a different vector to get the information.
Or, and probably much more likely, it was what you say. It was some crappy security on a website that saves that information in plain text...probably even in world accessible text file.
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