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Controversial Torrent Streaming App 'Popcorn Time' Shuts Down, Then Gets Reborn

drkstr1 Re:The numbers game. (199 comments)

Instead of directly managing and funding research, the government could provide tax breaks for companies who hire programmers that contribute to open source (presumably on projects beneficial to said company). They could also provide funding in the form of grants to orgs that create new and useful software, of which society as a whole benefits from.

about a month ago
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Dead Drops P2P File Sharing Spreads Around Globe

drkstr1 Re:Time to do more in Seattle (174 comments)

Hello fellow Seattleite. I will keep an eye out for your work. :)

about 6 months ago
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Dead Drops P2P File Sharing Spreads Around Globe

drkstr1 Re:Better idea (174 comments)

Meant to say creating and deleting files. Editing would actually be protected by umask, but is not the issue here.

about 6 months ago
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Dead Drops P2P File Sharing Spreads Around Globe

drkstr1 Re:Better idea (174 comments)

Wow, someone that can say "Raspberry Pi" but can't google "file permissions on linux" or umask.

Nice snark there rtard. If a user has permission to "edit" a directory, this includes both editing and deleting files owned by the same user. File permissions or umask will not help you there. I suppose you could rig the system to create a new user for every mac address that connects, but that could be easily circumvented. Im sure it's possible someone, just not as easy as googling how filer permissions work.

about 6 months ago
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Will New Red-Text Warnings Kill Casual Use of Java?

drkstr1 Re:Applets only (282 comments)

Java as an idea was great....write a program that compiles once and the binary can run on anything.

<rant> Java as an implementation has failed miserably for just the reason mentioned by the parent. I have encountered too many apps that won't run unless a specific version of the VM is available.

Then there is Tomcat, evil software container...I have lost too many hours of my life trying to keep that beast happy....just today I got an email from a colleague who wants to restart tomcat weekly because something is causing it to leak file descriptors. More than 1024 files open at the same time...I could probably figure it out, but that would again be more hours lost to java. </rant>

You just have crappy Java developers, it has nothing to do with Tomcat. The same thing would happen to any "always on" Java program that loads leaky external code. Don't feel bad, most of the Java code I've seen is total crap. You usually just don't notice it because of the short life-cycle of the process, unlike Tomcat.

about 7 months ago
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Malware Now Hiding In Graphics Cards

drkstr1 Re:Seriously? Did no one see this coming? (125 comments)

Measures could have been taken... but then again, what better way for the NSA and other government spies to infiltrate a computer independent of an operating system than this? Seriously.

Perhaps this?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/23/intel_stuns_world_with_wakeon3g/

NSA already have a hidden 3G enabled backdoor straight in to your CPU and can even power up computers remotely and provide power to HDDs and access them remotely.

It even has it's own OS within the chip so your OS of choice doesn't matter

You say it as if fact, but you must have missed this line in the article: "No evidence is offered for the assertions detailed above."

about 7 months ago
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New Operating System Seeks To Replace Linux In the Cloud

drkstr1 Re:So... no separation between system and userspac (335 comments)

You get access to the configuration which can then relay any incoming data to some outside target.

IANASA (systems administrator)... but why would this matter? Presumably the host OS would restrict the ports this thing can use. A compromised app on Linux with access to the world on some port could relay any incoming data to an outside target as well... right?

True, but it seems like Linux would have a better separation between the running process and a usable system environment, making that kind of attack more difficult. I'm sure these guys would have thought of that though. It really all just depends what is accessible from the root process. Sounds like fun.

about 7 months ago
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SSD Annual Failure Rates Around 1.5%, HDDs About 5%

drkstr1 Re:Do the math (512 comments)

I can tell you have never used an SSD. At a certain point, more RAM becomes hardly noticeable. That SSD drive I got was the single most noticeable improvement in productivity I've gotten out of a computer part.

about 7 months ago
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Gut Bacteria In Slim People Extract More Nutrients

drkstr1 Re:Another excuse? (212 comments)

Actually, no. Laziness and/or lack of discipline is the reason for being over weight.

So which are you then? lazy or undisciplined (martial arts fail?)

I am both of those things. I agree my choice of words were poor. When i say over weight, I was really meaning obese, such as I was not so long ago. It definitely detracted from my point, which was to say that A) It wasn't until I had a reason to really want it that I was able to start living a healthy life style, and B) There are some advantages to being a big guy who eats well and exercises.

Having a night to sleep on it, I suppose I should consider myself lucky that my only excuse was my own lack of will. It was inconsiderate of me to think that everyone is so lucky.

about 7 months ago
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Gut Bacteria In Slim People Extract More Nutrients

drkstr1 Re:Another excuse? (212 comments)

I think you missed my point. I'm still quite round myself (and I like it that way). I realize I will never be as skinny as some people who never have to lift a finger. Although I think you will find quite a few women who prefer a man with some meat on their bones. ;) That doesn't mean I can't still be healthy. Being healthy and fit has nothing to do with your size, and everything to do with how you choose to live.

about 7 months ago
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Gut Bacteria In Slim People Extract More Nutrients

drkstr1 Re:Another excuse? (212 comments)

I didn't mean to sound insensitive. I agree there are many reasons why it can it can be harder for some people to lose weight. I know I have to work very hard at it, and I will never be as thin as some people. At the end of the day, I have never met an obese person who ate healthy and exercised. You can always try harder. That's the one reason we have control over, and the only one that matters. Maybe there really are reasons that make it impossible to lose weight. Probably more often than not it's simply a matter of will, and how badly you want it.

about 7 months ago
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Gut Bacteria In Slim People Extract More Nutrients

drkstr1 Re:Another excuse? (212 comments)

Actually, no. Laziness and/or lack of discipline is the reason for being over weight. While it may be more difficult for people who are "naturally fat" (such as myself) to get fit and toned, putting in the required effort does in fact work. Not only that, you will have a better body than people who are "naturally skinny." I used to weigh 300 lbs @ 6'6" before I started doing martial arts. It's only been a year and I'm down to 235. I pound the crap out of the skinny guys (all in good fun of course). The key to getting fit is finding a physical activity you enjoy, and try to be the best at it. I don't eat well because I want to lose weight. I do it because I want to be good at martial arts.

about 7 months ago
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Write Windows Phone Apps, No Code Required

drkstr1 Re:I think it's a great idea... (210 comments)

Who says you have to use MS development tools to write for Windows? I don't.

about 8 months ago
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Former Student Gets Year In Prison For College President Election Fraud

drkstr1 Re:Ah, no... (274 comments)

That is my question too... What did they detect? Who was watching the network so closely as to notice this? Why? Is there an ongoing privacy violation going on by schools to keep their networks clean? It just kinda leads to more questions... Who's watching the watchers?

Don't be so dense. Some people probably complained when they went to vote but the computer said they already voted. A few more of those complaints and it would not be difficult to figure out what's going on. At this point they only needed to see which IP address is casting all the votes generating the complaints.

about 9 months ago
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What Charles G. Koch Can Teach Us About Campaign Finance Data

drkstr1 Re:WTF is income equality? (238 comments)

That wouldn't work at all, at least in Washington state. The EBT cards have a pin like a debit card. For someone to use your card after it was lost, they would also need your pin. The card would be deactivated if reported lost, but your account balance would be the same regardless. I know this because I was on food stamps myself once. It was not the life of luxury, as some people seem to think it is.

about 10 months ago
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Alaskan Middle Schoolers Phish Their Teachers

drkstr1 Re:Good thing... (215 comments)

Novell huh? If they had used USERLST and CHKNULL and they never would have gotten caught. Just find all the accounts that never had a password set and sign in to "set your password for the first time." I had a whole list of throw away accounts to use during my angsty teenage years. I got these instructions from the help menu. LOL, I thought I was so 1337 back then.... such a script kiddie, haha.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are There Any Good Reasons For DRM?

drkstr1 Re:The best reason for DRM (684 comments)

Is that it limits information sharing.

The biggest problem that the internet caused is that it destroyed culture. Worldwide.

Everyone has this common generic culture now.

This kind of culture didn't exist before the internet. Before the internet, you actually had societies develop and advance the arts. But, if you didn't notice already, culture has pretty much frozen since around 1995.

People wear the same clothes as they do in 1995. Style hasn't advanced like it did from the 50's to the 70's. Or from the 70's to the 90's.

People listen to the same kinds of music.

They use the same grammar and language from 20 years ago.

And so on.

It's a pretty well documented phenomenon, and a great Vanity Fair article from a couple years ago describes this perfectly: http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2012/01/prisoners-of-style-201201

The whole idea of information being free and shared by everyone is actually destructive to society, since that means information becomes devalued when culture becomes democratic. It devalues professional tastemakers, causing populist sensibilities to take hold, which is the exact cause of cultural stagnation. Democratic sensibilities are always obvious, and can never advance the state-of-the-art that professional tastemakers can.

So, not everyone needs to see the same movies, listen to the same music, and so on. It is perfectly fine to limit these items, to make sure there ARE "have-nots". People don't HAVE to have every single goddam song in their library.

We really do need to limit the spread of information, through costs, DRM, or other means, to cause society to advance. Right now the world is frozen in 1995, because information is too open.

Seriously, it is perfectly fine to not know things or to have things. Your life is going to be just fine. But the democratic population wants everything.

Limit them.

Why is this modded -1? I'ts actually a pretty interesting argument, and one I had not heard before. Moderators, using your points as means for censorship makes YOU the bad guy.

about a year ago
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LivingSocial Hacked: 50 Million Users Exposed

drkstr1 Re:How do admins keep salts secure? (80 comments)

And for the record, the fail is in my own reading comprehension. I misunderstood the GP''s comment.

about a year ago
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LivingSocial Hacked: 50 Million Users Exposed

drkstr1 Re:How do admins keep salts secure? (80 comments)

The point of the salt is that previously generated and downloadable rainbow tables are of no use. Making new ones would kindof defeat the purpose, as you're effectively brute forcing a tough, hashed password anyway at that point.

This is why it's good practice. It helps mitigate complexity concerns over user supplied passwords, and can make cracking multiple account pwd hashes unrealistic.

I should have just modded this up instead of posting my one word comment. My bad.

about a year ago

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