×

Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Remote Malware Injection Via Flaw In Network Card

faloi Re:Limited to Broadcom only? (49 comments)

Intel uses IPMI, which tends to not have quite as many management hooks into higher level functions as ASF. There are still plenty of things that can go horribly, horribly wrong with a bad IPMI implementation...but they're more likely to be exploitable because of something on the system side than something on the NIC side.

more than 4 years ago
top

Remote Malware Injection Via Flaw In Network Card

faloi Not a big surprise (49 comments)

A lot of IPMI and ASF code is an open door into at least some portion of the overall system. As NICs become more and more "intelligent," there's going to be more opportunities to exploit the NIC architecture and any subtle flaws because of the communication path into the system itself. Couple that with a rush to get stuff out the door faster and cheaper...and more of these issues will crop up.

more than 4 years ago
top

MPAA Shuts Down Town's Municipal WiFi Over 1 Download

faloi Re:Geneva Conventions (323 comments)

If you don't like it, seek out politicians that are taking MPAA money and get them out of office. Then it's less likely lawmakers will turn a blind eye toward them when they go nuts.

more than 5 years ago
top

Time Warner Expanding Internet Transfer Caps To New Markets

faloi Heh. (394 comments)

It's neither here nor there, but I recently switched away from Time Warner in Austin. My cancellation call included the sales speech that they didn't cap usage like some other plans. I resisted the urge to tell her that Time Warner would be soon, because they're following the trends.

more than 5 years ago
top

Senator Proposes Nonprofit Status For Newspapers

faloi Re:1st Amendment? (426 comments)

They do. Obviously nonprofits including, presumably, newspapers that go this route if it's approved can editorialize about what the city/state/country needs most and be ok. But naming a specific candidate is a violation of IRS rules.

more than 5 years ago
top

Wikileaks Pages Added To Australian Internet Blacklist

faloi Re:Happiness is Mandatory! (437 comments)

I'm afraid if you're not ultraviolet, you can't ask that question. Can you tell me if the chainsaw looks like it's going fast enough, look closer.

I loved that game.

more than 5 years ago
top

UK To Mull High Video Game Taxes — To Fight Knife Crime

faloi Tax potentially stolen goods? (615 comments)

Assuming for a minute that it's because the youth feel the government has no control over them that they're stabbing people, why wouldn't they just steal the games and/or music that causes they're behavior?

more than 5 years ago
top

"Authors Guild" Skims Half of Google Book-Rights Settlement

faloi Re:Who Are These People? (271 comments)

They certainly don't represent the majority, or as near as I can tell any, of the writers I commonly read. My best guess is that they're making a lot of noise trying to scare writers into thinking their guild is necessary to protect them from the eeebil copyright infringement, all the in hopes of annual dues. That is only a guess, though.

more than 5 years ago
top

Microsoft Brings 36 New Features To Windows 7

faloi Re:MMMmmm (509 comments)

You are seriously trying to tell me that out of the many thousands of people who tested the Beta, these were the only real problems that they encountered that MS has bothered to fix for the RC?

I'm not a big fan of MS...but no. What they're seriously trying to get you to believe is that on top of the fixes that are going into the RC, they added a lot of simple fixes and posted about them to attempt to maintain buzz about their new OS.

more than 5 years ago
top

Senator Diane Feinstein Trying to Kill Net Neutrality

faloi Re:I don't get Net Neutrality (873 comments)

The biggest down side for me, as I understand it, isn't so much having different pricing schemes for different traffic. It's the ability to re-direct or block traffic the ISP doesn't like. Let's say that Time Warner and Yahoo! enter a deal. Suddenly people who have Time Warner as an ISP can't go to Google. Or any other "competing" web-site. Or even if you can get to the competition site, it's 5x-10x or more slower than the preferred engine.

Carried out to extremes, it could mean that you could only visit Turner broadcasting (subsidiary of Time-Warner) sites in a reasonable manner, because they're the preferred sites. And they could block any content that might be seen as infringing on any of their corporate copyrights, regardless of whether it does or not (no DMCA counter-notices when the DMCA wasn't involved in blocking the material).

At its worst, it gives the ISPs the ultimate control over the content their users see, and how they see it. Would it get that bad? Honestly, I don't think so. But knowing that nowadays a lot of people get service from a single provider (cable, Internet, phone), a significant number of people might find the idea of switching providers tougher because of all the other changes...if they even have another option (besides dial-up or doing without).

more than 5 years ago
top

Senator Diane Feinstein Trying to Kill Net Neutrality

faloi Shocked! (873 comments)

A Congresswoman from California that received huge campaign contributions from people in the entertainment industry trying to back-door language to "protect" her primary contributors from the eebbils of copyright infringement? No way! And throwing in the "protect the children!" language. Next you'll tell me that she wants to force content on radio stations.

more than 5 years ago
top

Author's Guild Says Kindle's Text-To-Speech Software Illegal

faloi Re:To hell with them! (683 comments)

I went and looked at the member website list of the Authors Guild, and on a quick inspection it looks like I'd have to go out of my way to actually be infringing one of their books. Obviously people with different tastes in books might run into them more often, but this seems like even more of a bad idea on their part than normal.

more than 5 years ago
top

AMD Launches New Processor Socket Despite Poor Economy

faloi Re:What's the point in wating for markets to turn (215 comments)

Not to mention that the money has already been spent for R&D. Spending the money for R&D, then sitting on it because the time isn't perfect is, as you mentioned, the best way to increase the gap. And have the added bonus of being out cash on something that won't sell.

more than 5 years ago
top

Vanguard Dev Talks About the Game's Future

faloi Re:Heh (86 comments)

Vanguard has always been aimed at a select "hardcore" group of people who feel that any MMO you can play without it being a full time job is for noobs.

Actually, when I tried it real recently (when the new newbie island was in beta), I was shocked at how noob friendly the game really is. Soloing content was doable, maps were pretty straight forward. The things that got to me were the bugs (couldn't complete goblin starting quests without at least two GM petitions), and the sheer repetition. I remembered again the glory days of watching TV while playing Everquest, and how long it took me to realize that if I'm doing something to keep from being too bored in a game, it's probably not a good game for me.

more than 5 years ago
top

Ubuntu Wipes Windows 7 In Benchmarks

faloi Re:Install time... (781 comments)

The same people that are likely to be counting the number of mouse-clicks it takes to perform a default install.

more than 5 years ago
top

Washington State Wants DNA From All Arrestees

faloi Re:Self-incriminiation and the 5th amendment? (570 comments)

My understanding, and I'm not law degreed so it probably doesn't carry much weight, is that the 5th basically frees you from having to give damning testimony against yourself in a trial. Witnessing against yourself when you know your guilty puts you in a bit of a bind...it's perjury if you lie and are caught, and pretty much throws out the "proven" part of being proven guilty.

The police are allowed to use evidence that could constitute witnessing against yourself (teeth impressions, finding the bloody knife in your hand at the murder scene), assuming they meet the criteria for a reasonable search and seizure. Getting DNA off everybody as a matter of course has a better shot of getting thrown out because it's unreasonable seizure under the circumstances than because of any 5th amendment concerns.

Heck, the feds have my DNA because of military service. I'm sure those weren't destroyed when I got out.

more than 5 years ago
top

WarCloning, the New WarDriving?

faloi Re:Why? (154 comments)

With RFID you need a lot more than a photocopier and laminator to make a fake drivers license.

Yeah, you also apparently need a couple of hundred bucks worth of stuff. And the added "advantage" to RFID is that most people will probably actually believe it's secure and take the scan at face value, making it easier than ever to pass off fake ID most places.

more than 5 years ago
top

Marijuana Could Prevent Alzheimer's, New Study

faloi Re:Rational (807 comments)

Hey, where's the roadside test for vicodin? Prescription codeine or morphine? Dextromethorphan?

They may not have a roadside test, but a lot of prescription drugs are searched for with a blood test after the arrest. Marijuana lingers for so long that, even with a blood test, it's difficult to pinpoint when the drug was taken.

more than 5 years ago
top

Mars, Mercury May Have Formed From Earth and Venus

faloi Where do planets come from? (73 comments)

Sometimes when a mommy planet and a daddy planet love each other very much...

more than 5 years ago
top

Sniping Could Be the Next Killer iPod App

faloi Re:A light source on a sniper rifle? (461 comments)

I doubt it'd be used much in the field, at least not without some heavy modification to the iPod. I can't imagine it's resilient enough to meat mil-spec standards off-the-shelf. Once it's out there, I'd bet the spotter uses it more to get rapid numbers to feed to the shooter than the shooter uses it. The spotter can keep it mostly concealed and hide the light.

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

top

More fun for the RIAA, artists want their money

faloi faloi writes  |  more than 6 years ago

faloi (738831) writes "Apparently the RIAA has, in what shouldn't be a surprise to anybody, not actually been paying the artists any money recovered in their crusade against file sharers. After waiting for the RIAA's form of trickle down economics to supply the artists with money, some artists are considering suing the RIAA to obtain their share of any settlement money. Claims that legal activity has eaten up most of the settlement money isn't being looked on too kindly by the artists."

Journals

faloi has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?