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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

daveime Re:JPEG2000 replaced JPEG (377 comments)

"Same-origin policy is a nightmare for use with CDNs"

It's not *that* big a deal. We've been using Rackspace CDN solution, and they allow you to set "Access-Control-Allow-Origin:*". After that it's just a matter of enabling CORS in your AJAX, which is one line of jQuery. Then you can fetch data from anywhere without your browser croaking.

about two weeks ago

Safari Stores Previous Browsing Session Data Unencrypted

daveime Re:Local file (135 comments)

> Look, even if someone gets local access to your files, you are still less fucked if some of them are encrypted.

Which is total bollocks if the encryption key is on the same machine. A computer that is rooted is no longer secure, any data that can be decrypted locally is the same as if it was plaintext anyway.

1 year,7 days

Google Is Building a Way To Launch Chrome Apps Without Installation

daveime Re:Google Chrome virtual machine? (135 comments)

This. Did we learn nothing from IE6 and the ActiveX legacy?

At a time when developers should be writing stuff that works across any browser (HTML5, CSS, JS), Chrome is trying to divide the web again with things that "only work" in their browser.

1 year,20 days

CMU AI Learning Common Sense By Watching the Internet

daveime End Result? (152 comments)

I imagine that once the learning phase is complete, the AI will respond with a single phrase.

"Tits or GTFO".

1 year,25 days

Happy 50th Doctor Who

daveime Re:Download here for those that missed it (211 comments)

> At the same time as everyone else. It was simulcast in 75 countries, out of 194 ... SE Asia got almost zero coverage. Thank heavens for torrents.

1 year,26 days

Happy 50th Doctor Who

daveime Re:Watched (211 comments)

what sort of techno geek uses the same device for 400 years and doesn't even update the OS?

Anyone using GNU HURD?

1 year,26 days

Happy 50th Doctor Who

daveime Re:Tom Baker (211 comments)

Eccleston *was* asked, the prick just decided to do a Tom Baker 25 years on ... maybe we'll see him in the 75th ...

1 year,26 days

Ars Checks Out CyanogenMod's New Installer

daveime Re:User unfriendliness strikes again unfortunately (143 comments)

Why not just wipe the FLASH completely, then your battery will last 500x longer! You won't be able to do anything useful (which for most people does actually include Facebook) ... but at least you won't have the odious, mind-numbing, soul-destroying task of plugging it into the wall socket every night.

about a year ago

GIMP, Citing Ad Policies, Moves to FTP Rather Than SourceForge Downloads

daveime Re:BT (336 comments)

> Filezilla does not save site passwords encrypted on your system

Because having the decryption keys on the very same machine is SO MUCH SAFER !!!

about a year ago

RSA Warns Developers Not To Use RSA Products

daveime Re:No point pussy-footing around (128 comments)

The AES s:boxes already have an algebraic solution in themselves, as do every step of the process, rotates, xors, sums mod 2^32 etc. The problem is the combinatorial explosion that happens even over the course of one round when you combine all the operations, meaning there's so many simultaneous equations to solve, you'd need huge amounts of plaintext and corresponding cyphertext to even establish a few bits of the key.

about a year ago

Linus Torvalds Admits He's Been Asked To Insert Backdoor Into Linux

daveime Some people ... (576 comments)

... can't tell the difference between humour and reality.

Torvalds said no while nodding his head yes is a JOKE people, not a fucking admission. Please, save the tinfoil paranoia for Reddit, and keep the serious tech discussions here.

about a year ago

UK Mobile ISP Blocks VPN, Citing Access To Porn

daveime Re:You can switch it off. (195 comments)

And if *everyone* simply opted out, it wouldn't make a damn of difference, as the Government would merely have a very cheap and up-to-date census of everyone in the UK. But no, you have to be fucking "precious" about it. You are exactly the kind of person who shouldn't be looking at porn, I can just imagine you in a darkened room giggling like a 6 year old while surfing the forbidden fruits. Man (or woman) the fuck up. Telling someone you like porn is not a sin.

about a year ago

Schneier: The US Government Has Betrayed the Internet, We Need To Take It Back

daveime Re:Bruce, read a history book (397 comments)

The irony of someone talking about "taking back the Internet" on yet another thread about the "big bad NSA" ... posting from a fucking Google+ account?

Are you taking the piss, or are you really that fucking stupid?

about a year ago

'Half' of 2012's Extreme Weather Impacted By Climate Change

daveime Re:Correlation is not causation, FFS. (417 comments)

> The only realistic solution to global warming is to bring greenhouse gas emissions, particularly CO2, down to a net zero level. Anything else is just window dressing. So basically ban cows, because Methane is a greenhouse gas, and ban electric kettles because Water Vapour is a greenhouse gas? Would you listen to yourself? BAN ALL THE THINGS!!! If I can't have a cup of coffee in the morning, or munch on a juicy steak, then what's the point of living anyway?

about a year ago

UK ISPs Secretly Start Blocking Torrent Site Proxies

daveime Re:How futile. (82 comments)

> Doesn't that worry you a little bit?

No not at all. The Court Order lists sites that can be blocked, and *dedicated* proxies that effectively point to the same place.

It does NOT give the BPI the power to "shut down any site it wants" and other hyperbolic statements that are being bandied about in the media.

Using Slippery Slope arguments is a nonsensical thing to do. Are you seriously trying to tell me that if they block some political activists site, he's not going to just register another domain and have the site back up in 5 seconds, and then scream blue-murder all over Twitter and Reddit ?

Let's stick to the facts. The BPI are playing whack-a-mole, and right now they have a considerably bigger "whacker" than in the past. Is it going to inconvenience some cheap bastards who want fr33 st00f ? Possibly. Is it the "end of the Internet as we know it, police state, 1984, dystopian nightmare etc etc". Fuck off, seriously.

about a year and a half ago

Google Glass: What's With All the Hate?

daveime Re:Why the hate . . . (775 comments)

Insightful comment, but about 20 years too late. Everything you accuse Google Glass of encouraging has already happened with smartphones.

People you are physically talking to will put YOU on hold while they read that "oh so important" Facebook message.

A group of teens meeting for the evening requires only a table, chairs and a 4-gang socket to charge their bloody devices on. They'll happily sit there for hours at a time NOT looking at each other, but at their iPads.

Idiots in restaurants who HAVE to photograph every starter, main course and sweet and then rush to post them on Facebook, while the meal is still in progress.

People who will happily spend hundreds of dollars on the latest iBrick, not because it's technically superior, but because it will make them "look good" in the coffee shop.

We have reached the most technically "social" generation, and yet at the same time, are the most anti-social bunch of cunts you could ever wish to meet.

And now we'll have to contend with them constantly squinting at their own foreheads, when they should be concentrating on things like driving, or walking in a straight line, or heaven forbid, fucking TALKING to the person they are with.

So like I said, no use in closing the barn door now, the horse has already bolted, careened off down the village and was last seen heading towards the knackers yard.

about a year and a half ago

PETA Wants To Sue Anonymous HuffPo Commenters

daveime Re:Oh brother (590 comments)

I'm pretty sure the fractions of Islamic radicals comes AFTER the blowing each other up bit ...

about a year and a half ago

FiOS User Finds Limit of 'Unlimited' Data Plan: 77 TB/Month

daveime Re:Sounds reasonable to me. (573 comments)

Yes, "unlimited" doesn't exist because there are a finite amount of atoms in the universe.

about a year and a half ago

Bitcoin's Success With Investors Alienates Earliest Adopters

daveime Re: Think of the planet! (158 comments)

As opposed to burning 1000s of megawatts of energy the world doesn't have, sure.

about a year and a half ago



Facebook "Virus" doing the rounds ...

daveime daveime writes  |  more than 4 years ago

daveime (1253762) writes "Earlier today my wife saw a video posted on her Facebook, that had been recommended to her by one of her friends. It's of a girl in a short skirt with the caption "[your name], this is without doubt the sexiest video" ...

After clicking on it, she was presented with a page asking her to allow full permissions to her data and friends lists. As you may already be realizing, it is not in fact a video at all, but a Facebook Application. Like many other innocent souls, she clicked on the Allow button. Five minutes later, every one of her friends had been spammed with the same post on their walls, only the names had been changed.

When I saw this, I promptly recognized a very nice bit of social engineering, a sexy video apparently sent to you by one of your friends, you really want to watch and blindly click the Allow button without thinking. Boom, the Application designer now has all your personal info, and a list of all your friends to spam and harvest from also. It's been reported to Facebook, and it remains to be seen how long the Application stays active.

The speed this thing has spread in just a couple of hours is amazing, and comes only one day after Facebook announced their "sitdown" meeting regarding privacy issues.

While my personal stance on Facebook has not changed i.e. don't post anything publicly you don't wish to be public, this new viral aspect has me wondering (a) why it has taken so long, the tools have been there since the outset, and (b) could this signal the beginning-of-the-end for Facebook, as more and more Viral Applications start to appear ?"

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