OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks
Amusing fact: the primary author of systemd is the same guy that brought us pulseaudio. Why do we do this to ourselves?
IBM Looking To Sell Its Semiconductor Business
If only Dice was willing to sell it's slashdot business to someone who understood the audience it has served historically.
Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone
Well, I could make the case that "X to Y" is more like a mail header. "Consider Z" does stand as a sentence on its own...
Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone
Yeah, then I changed my sig :)
4K Is For Programmers
the monitor is not 4k, it's 3840x2160 which is only UHD. 4k is 4096x2160.
There is no "4K". What you're referring to is DCI 4K.
And 3840 x 2160 is "4K UHD", so it's as much "4K" as "DCI 4K" is. (Though to the extent that actually having at least four thousand pixels across would be a defining characteristic of any "4K" resolution, the DCI standard has more "4K-ness".)
Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?
stricter "quiet hours" than the municipal code provides
I used to think HOAs and deed restrictions were the tools of reactionary conservatives whose top priority was maintaining their property value. Then I made the mistake of moving into a neighborhood where people let their dogs go outside at 3:00 AM and bark at who knows what.
Now I'd gladly relocate into an area with an active HOA if it meant a strict ban on barking dogs during the sleeping hours with stiff fines for violations. (Presumably enforcement would be swifter and more certain than calling the cops, who either don't care or show up after the barking has stopped.)
Court Rules Against Online Anonymity
If the goal of the unmasking is to determine whether the Yelp complainers were actual customers (as the fine article states) couldn't the judge be provided the names of the Yelpers and the list of Mr. Hadeed's customers and make that determination without revealing their identities to Mr. Hadeed or the public at large? (I'm not saying it's morally or legally correct for anyone to know the identity of the Yelpers, but this would seem preferable to telling Mr. Hadeed who the complaining customers were, enabling him to harrass them.)
Winners and Losers In the World of Interfaces: 2013 In Review
2013 failed to produce industry-altering innovations
UX: the field of taking something that's familiar and works well and replacing it with some as different and as "sleek" as possible regardless of the critical importance of visible affordances, constraints, natural mappings, etc.
"We've replaced your boring 20th century 'steering wheel and pedals' interface with our new three shells interface. Drive safe!"
The only people bemoaning a lack of "industry altering innovations" in user interface are the people who want to be paid to throw out every principle of designing things to be usable.
Run Netflix On OpenSUSE
I assume you watch Netflix yourself, let me know if I'm wrong.
You know how when you see a movie in a theater and it has a conclusion that's full of emotion or has a surprise twist... and the credits start rolling and you have a moment to absorb what happened.
What if instead of having that moment, the film being projected shrunk to a tiny corner of the screen and trailers for other movies started playing?
"SO YOU JUST WATCHED SCHINDLER'S LIST. YOU MIGHT LIKE THE PIANIST!"
"SO YOU JUST WATCHED THE SIXTH SENSE. YOU MIGHT LIKE FIGHT CLUB!"
Do you agree that this would be annoying and would be doing the audience a disservice? (I'm hoping that you do.)
If you were watching a box set of a great TV series, would you WANT to see a still and a plot summary (rife with spoilers) of the next episode appear the instant that the end credits started rolling?
To me, this seems like a disservice, yet it's exactly what Netflix does. Worse, Netflix doesn't see any need to provide customers with an option to disable it. Are they so intent on encouraging binge viewing that they don't care about shitting all over the user experience?
I already registered my complaint (sans profanity) with one of their CSR chat people.
The only solution I've heard is to buy a Roku, but I'm not inclined to spend money on a device which doesn't do anything my PC can't do EXCEPT play Netflix content without crassly jamming suggestions and spoilers in my face at the end of a video. (And how can I know that this disease won't somehow start manifesting on Roku?)
I'm much MORE inclined to simply direct my monthly entertainment budget to Hulu Plus or Amazon Prime or some content provider that doesn't provide an experience that's qualitativly worse than going to a theater.
What say ye?
Will You Even Notice the Impending Robot Uprising?
But the good news for people writing software is that this is the last job that will be automated. Once AI is strong enough to write quality software it will be able to improve itself at a dramatically increased pace and the intelligence explosion described by I.J. Good will take place, after which human affairs presumably will no longer be administered by human intelligence.
Canada Post Announces the End of Urban Home Delivery
Canada Post is phasing out urban home delivery
Well, delivering homes sounds awfully resource intensive and is probably a departure from their charter to deliver mail.
NSA Uses Google Cookies To Pinpoint Targets For Hacking
I guess we're just supposed to assume that any reports like this were made possible by Snowden unless someone says otherwise?
Australian Spy Agency Offered To Share Data About Ordinary Citizens
Why doesn't the summary mention Snowden?
US Gov't Circulates Watch List of Buyers of Polygraph Training Materials
I've pointed out how traitors from Ames to Snowden all passed the Polygraph with flying colors.
I wouldn't regard someone as a traitor for drawing attention to previously unreported violations of constitutionally guaranteed protections against unreasonable search and siezure.
Healthcare.gov Official Resigns, Website Still a Disaster
There are certain users for whom Windows (7) will provide all the functionality they need without ever needing an additional driver
I can guarantee you that any random desktop or server is likely to need far more drivers downloaded and installed to fully function under Windows than any reasonable Linux distribution. Troll begone.
Stolen Adobe Passwords Were Encrypted, Not Hashed
scrypt aims to defeat highly parallel cracking systems.
The scrypt function is specifically designed to hinder such attempts by raising the resource demands of the algorithm. Specifically, the algorithm is designed to use a large amount of memory compared to other password-based KDFs, making the size and the cost of a hardware implementation much more expensive, and therefore limiting the amount of parallelism an attacker can use (for a given amount of financial resources).
As an aside, the people with "password" and "123456" as their passwords clearly weren't taking security seriously and should expect to be the first ones compromised.
One In Five Sun-Like Stars May Have an Earth-Like Planet
The notion that intelligence will continue to be meat-based (and thus subject to aging and death) for the indefinite future is quaint.
Linux 3.12 Released, Linus Proposes Bug Fix-Only 4.0
After version 2.99 would come 2.100
It seems unfortunate that the most common version numbering scheme bears such a strong resemblance to floating point numbers (but doesn't work like floating point numbers).
Comcast Donates Heavily To Defeat Mayor Who Is Bringing Gigabit Fiber To Seattle
You're lucky I don't have mod points today.