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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

dutchwhizzman Other factors? (398 comments)

So maybe they also worked 10-20 hours a week longer than the control group? Maybe they ate different things? Maybe they lived in a more urban environment?

There have been so many of this sort of researches carried out that came to the wrong conclusion that while this is worrying, I doubt that there's actually any scientific value in this at all.

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How Whisper Tracks Users Who Don't Share Their Location

dutchwhizzman Not everyone is on dynamic IP (39 comments)

There are plenty of people that are on a static IP that is tied to the box in the end of the street or a few streets further away. Not only that, but depending on what other characteristics they may find on your usage of the line/IP, they can still tie it to you without reasonable doubt if they have estmated location. Even "some doubt" may be enough for an employer to finger out you are behind something and things could cost you your job.

2 days ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

dutchwhizzman No they won't (554 comments)

They will run in a VM that is hosted on a hypervisor in windows 10. 16 bit apps have been treated "special" since I believe windows 2000, where they got their own process and if you had to kill one 16 bit application, they all went with that. I'm no windows expert, but I believe that since either Windows Vista or possibly Windows 7 they got hypervisored and there was no longer a separate process but an actual VM running for them.

about three weeks ago
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

dutchwhizzman Google Books (171 comments)

YouTube was purchased, Google's own initiative Google Books is has been using this exact method. Even though YouTube is now mostly annnoying it's users and mostly paying people for ads served, not for content, before Google bought it it was doing the same thing.

about three weeks ago
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Analyzing Silk Road 2.0

dutchwhizzman Average price? (68 comments)

236 dollars buys you what? A boatload of cocain? One MDMA pill? That's no way to get any relevant information out of research.

about three weeks ago
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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

dutchwhizzman Beacons? (153 comments)

So now we have to turn off our phones too if we don't want companies to follow us in their stores? We solved this for WiFi (random MAC addresses), I do hope they will solve it for LTE before it's implemented.

about three weeks ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

dutchwhizzman Nothing to do with language (329 comments)

First of all, it's Bourne shellcode and bash has extensions to it. Second of all, whether the programming language is bad or not is totally not relevant. It's the parser in the shell itself that has some fundamental flaws because it executes code inside environment variables that are totally unchecked. You could have a brilliant programming language and still make the exact same mistake.

While you may say that is "by design" it is not common for Bourne shell to do so and most of shell scripts are written to be Bourne shell compatible. By choosing to allow this to happen, Bash programmers made a giant hole in shell security.

about three weeks ago
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NVIDIA Begins Requiring Signed GPU Firmware Images

dutchwhizzman It totally depends what you want (192 comments)

Intel has I believe all their Linux drivers fully open sourced. However, they're not really fast compared to AMD or NVidia. AMD has two driver versions, their closed source catalyst driver and the open source one. The catalyst driver is much faster, energy efficient and can do more tricks than the open source one. NVidia is sort-of supporting Nouveau and has their own binary driver as well. The "sort of supporting" is much limited compared to the amount of AMD is pouring in the open source version of their drivers, but it has improved greatly recently.

Depending on what you are looking for in terms of bang for buck, speed or features each of these might be "the best solution" for your needs. If you want CUDA or openCL, you'll be looking at closed source though, there's no serious support for open source drivers for relevant hardware (yet).

about three weeks ago
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Acer Launches First 4K Panel With NVIDIA G-Sync Technology On Board

dutchwhizzman Slashvertisement (64 comments)

Come on since when does a price for a stupid TN panel matter?

about three weeks ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

dutchwhizzman Valid warrant: no such thing (354 comments)

There is no way they can come with a valid warrant forcing you to decrypt your phone. If they can prove there's evidence on that phone, they already have it. If they can't prove it, you would be assisting in your own conviction and you can't be forced to do so. Unless the constitution is changed, there can't be a law that will make any warrant to decrypt your phone legal and valid.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March

dutchwhizzman Denial of service (93 comments)

How easy is it to lock someone's account and access to all of their data in the cloud, by simply throwing 5 bad logon attempts at their account name? How would you feel if someone were to do that every hour, using a botnet, forcing you to go to an apple store, show your ID and have your finger print scanned just to unlock your account?

Yes, this may be slightly exaggerating the situation, but simply locking someone's account because someone else made 5 attempts to log on to it isn't going to work in practice. You'd be having to deal with oodles of users that got locked out of their stuff and tarpitting only slows the brute force attempts down.

about three weeks ago
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Fedora 21 Alpha Released

dutchwhizzman Will it come with proprietary AMD graphics driver? (37 comments)

Will it come with proprietary AMD graphics driver? Will they have a rescue mode for the live boot? Can they install on a partition without having to format it? Fedora 18 had all these useful features, 20 didn't have them anymore. Next thing you know, Fedora 22 won't even have Linux anymore, just logos and an installer that gives you wayland and a browser....

about a month ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

dutchwhizzman 5 dollars (264 comments)

It will cost Apple 5 dollars or less on a phone that will cost over 500 dollars (without a contract) in the store to upgrade it to 32G. It's not a matter of physical space in the phone because they have 64G and 128G models as well. This is purely so they will sell more 64G phones to people that think 16G isn't enough.

about 1 month ago
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Data Archiving Standards Need To Be Future-Proofed

dutchwhizzman Many other reasons to store data (113 comments)

While you may be right about the current use we have for DNA, it's very likely that medicine will have many more uses for it in the future. Prices on genome sampling are going down rapidly too, so it's reasonable to use this as an example why we might want to store data error free for at least a century.

There will be many more things we want to store. Remember all those old city records and paper books? The news paper archives? early 20th century cellulose film? All those data sources have their problems and we have already lost a lot of information that is valuable to us now. Your parents and grand parents color photographs have lost a lot of the color in them already. Not just the prints, but also the negatives. Those VHS video tapes of your dad growing up? They're turning into noisy images right now.

People have plenty of reasons to come up with a proper way to store data in such a way that it's still accessible for future generations, or themselves later in life.

about 1 month ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

dutchwhizzman Cultural acceptance (460 comments)

I've read an article about the same sort of problem but then about ISIS/IS mass raping women and little boys in their war and the lack of public outrage about that. It seems that rape is a culturally accepted practice in the USA. Given the fact of unsolved and unreported rapes withing USA borders and their military, it's hard to find proof that rape *isn't" accepted, even if it's technically a crime.

about a month ago
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

dutchwhizzman GIMP (270 comments)

It's not as if their excellent communication skills or competitiveness with professional programs has anything to do with it. They even got a reference in a Tarantino movie which I am sure was to honor their excellent contact with the graphics design professionals.

about a month ago
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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

dutchwhizzman Modpoints (241 comments)

Where are modpoints when you need them. This is an historic posting that needs at least 5 positive.

about a month ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

dutchwhizzman We have (353 comments)

All of Europe has internet and it's faster and cheaper even in the most remote areas. Actually, you should try building out the infrastructure of *our* size and then get back to us.

about a month ago
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How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

dutchwhizzman Antiquated features, disloyal to paying users (97 comments)

Flickr made paying users regret paying for their service, since they suddenly gave away almost all of the premium features for free. Antiquated features aren't really updated (where's the password protected gallery?) and the forum/app that they have to request features is broken since months. At this sort of pricing/service, I'll get a VPS and use that for hosting my pictures before my subscription us up for renewal again...

about a month ago
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eBay Redirect Attack Puts Buyers' Credentials At Risk

dutchwhizzman Yes there was (37 comments)

Although a vulnerability to XSS isn't directly a hack of eBay, it *is* a hack of everyone visiting that page. *Every* visitor would be redirected to the malicious page automatically and their credentials would be stolen there if the user would re-enter them. Since eBay left their website vulnerable to this sort of malicious automatic redirect, abusing this vulnerability to place malicious code on eBay's website is technically a hack.

about a month ago

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Facebook breaks net neutrality to buy users

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  about 8 months ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "Facebook is convincing partner mobile operators in third world countries to unlock not the entire internet, but just facebook for it's subscribers with a special "facebook only" subscription. By doing so, they are promoting a model where an ISP or operator can charge a fee per web site, instead of flat access rates to the entire network. With the recent agreement between Netflix and Comcast where netflix has to pay Comcast to provide proper service to it's already paying subscribers, we're seeing a worrisome future for flat fee data plans emerge."
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New Super Doping Winter Olympics undetectable?

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  about 9 months ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "A journalist bought a substance known as "full size MGF" that is said to be undetectable by current doping detection methods. The substance has only been used in clinical animal trials and is supposed to reinforce muscle tissue. The press in Europe is running a big story that the drug can't be detected and people that spend 100,000 dollars will have an unfair advantage at the Winter Olympics. While current methods may not be able to detect the substance used, it is inevitable that future detection will be possible. Shouldn't the question be rephrased to "Will the samples taken from athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics contain traces of full size MGF?""
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Hackers vs Police paintball match

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  about a year ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "In a small town in the Netherlands, people from the hacking scene, police, cyber soldiers and several government agencies gathered to discuss their differences. (https://www.opcyberpaint.nl/ Dutch Language, as well as the video link below) This time, not only words were used, but paint ball guns were chosen to make arguments that words just could not bring across. Pictures can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/40532667@N08/sets/72157633705123865/"
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Oracle knew for months about java 7 zeroday

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "Polish security researcher Adam Gowdiak submitted bug reports for the current Java 7 zero day exploit that's wreaking havoc all over the Internet months ago. It seems that Oracle can't or won't take such reports seriously? Is it really time to ditch Oracle's java and go for an open source VM?"
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Kimble out on bail

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "Kim Dotcom, Also known as the hacker Kimble, owner of MegaUpload has just been released on bail. The judge thought he wouldn't be able to flee, because he won't have access to his money. The question is now, if someone has dozens of bank accounts and a safe room, wouldn't he be burying some maple leafs around the globe as well?"
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Monty Python to reunite for movie

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "The surviving members of Monty Python have announced they will make a new movie. It will be titled "Absolutely Anything". Graham Chapman won't be there to join them anymore, but they think the movie will still be in the spirit of "Life of Brian", "The meaning of Life" and other movies they made in the past."
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TomTom reorganizes 10% of staff away

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "Today, Tomtom, fabricator of location and route planning software and devices, announced a big reorganization. Once the biggest player in the market, TomTom is now one of the many companies offering a little box or an app that guides you to where you want to go. Also the built in navigation features of many new cars eat away at TomToms empire, it seems. Roughly 10% of the staff will have to find employment elsewhere. About half of them will be fired, the other half will not be replaced when their contracts end."
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Southern hemisphere yellowstone sized caldera foun

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "Uturuncu is a Bolivian supervolcano. Research suggests that it has an eruption frequency of roughly 300.000 years and the last eruption was, give or take a few years, 300.000 years ago. Research suggests that it started raising in a 70 km circumference by 1 to 2 centimeters per year, making it the fastest growing volcano on the planet.

Break out the tin foil hats, and store plenty of canned beans, because it may just erupt before Yellowstone pops it's cork."

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Binary usenet groups prohibited in the Netherlands

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  about 3 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "Amsterdam based Usenet wholesale provider News Service Europe has been mandated by the court to remove all copyright infringing content on their servers, or face severe financial penalties. Dutch copyright MAFIAA organization BREIN has won a court case making the usenet provider responsible for the content posted on other platforms than their own.

Could this be the end of usenet as we know it, or will an appeal be won by NSE? Why didn't the judge make the provider that allowed the posts responsible? Why did the judge not honor the "cancel message" procedure that technically exists in the NNTP protocol?"

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Dutch court bans Samsungs Android 2.3 devices

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "Today a Dutch court banned the Galaxy S, Galaxy S2 and the Ace. The ban will only apply to these devices when running Android 2.3 and is effective starting October 15th. The ban is based on apples scrolling patent and this is "fixed" in Android 3. It is expected that Samsung will upgrade to Android 3 very soon, probably before October 15th."
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Google to cut off most of Labs

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "Bill Coughran, SVP for Research and Systems Infrastructure, announced severely limiting of Google labs. They won't pull the plug completely, but the nifty features in several google apps that were available via labs, will most likely not get updated, and fewer new ones will appear."
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Plan to test Shakespeare remains for marijuana

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "A team of scientists has submitted a formal request to test the remains of William Shakespeare for drugs. Notably, for marijuana, since remains of clay pipes found in his garden have been tested positive for four-twenty. If they get permission, we may have to adjust our view on his world famous plays quite substantially."
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MicroSoft Office 365 goes live

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "MicroSoft today officially announced the worldwide launch of their in-browser office collaboration suite. They have recently been communicating that they are planning on a cross browser, cross platform support for all their apps in the future. Now is the time to see if they can live up to that plan and if it's any good."
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Bittorrent and uTorrent sued for protocol

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dutchwhizzman writes "Bittorrent and uTorrent are sued for using techniques in their clients and the bittorrent protocol. From the article it appears that technologies are used that were submitted in a 1999 patent, that was approved in 2007. This itself is not uncommon, but reading what technologies are used, HTTP could very well be prior use, or violating at least part of the same protocol."
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Fedora refuses to fix broken flashplayer in 14_64

dutchwhizzman dutchwhizzman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

dutchwhizzman (817898) writes "After over 150 entries in a bugzilla bug over Adobes' broken 64 bit flash player, there still is nobody that is fixing the problem. Even Linus Torvalds himself has given his comment that no matter who broke it, Fedora should just fix it, since the end users don't care. Fedora developers so far refuse to revert a change to glibc that triggers the bug in Adobes's software, "because the bug is in Adobes' software and Adobe knows it's in there".

In the mean time, end users are left with glitches and broken sound in their 64 bit OS experience, and only a few found the cause and remedy for this in the bug description. Right now there is even a plea to stop submitting comments to the bug, in the hope that the developer might want to revisit it and read what should have been done weeks ago. Is it really so that developers, in this time and age, can dictate what gets commented to a bug and what gets fixed in such a big community project, just because they are the ones with write access to a repository?"

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