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Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

gweihir Re:Windows only; NTFS only (66 comments)

Also Intel-only. At least on my AMD board it tells me that "I have to disable 3rd party drivers", this despite absolutely current AMD AHCI drivers. Somebody really messed up at Samsung.

4 hours ago
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Safercar.gov Overwhelmed By Recall For Deadly Airbags

gweihir Safe a penny, lose a billion (110 comments)

Always the same thing when the engineers are pushed out of the decision process, and the bean-counters take over. Pathetic.

10 hours ago
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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

gweihir Re:so... (81 comments)

Yes, they sell arrogance combined with incompetence, as a recent observation I made at one of our customers shows.

yesterday
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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

gweihir Re:so... (81 comments)

My condolences on having to actually fix this type of mess. I usually only get to look at it and tell people that the code is insecure and sucks for some other reasons. Decent hourly rate though, do not go lower. Going cheap for software production has to be expensive, or they will never understand what they are doing wrong.

yesterday
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IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

gweihir Re:so... (81 comments)

From recent experience, they provide outrageously expensive and highly arrogant, yet utterly incompetent consultants in the "big data" area.

yesterday
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

gweihir Re:Distasteful stuff, but should not be illegal (446 comments)

From all the effort to fight pictures and not a lot effort to actually prevent children from being harmed, I conclude that the children are not in any way important to the people making these laws. Hence criminalizing drawings, renderings, text, etc. the same as documentation of actual abuse is just logical.

yesterday
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

gweihir Re:Petite girl friends (446 comments)

For pornography, that actually is already the case in some countries like Germany. It is called "Jugendanscheinspornography".

yesterday
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

gweihir Re:Moral Imperialism (446 comments)

The problem is that there are a lot of things some people, sometimes even many people, find not acceptable, but it is still a very bad idea to make them criminal. For example, there are lots of people that do not like atheists. Make that criminal?

And then there is the little problem that all these arguments are based on escalation (i.e. first they look at images then they rape children), while substitution also has merit (i.e. instead of raping children, they just look at pictures). Without a solid scientific basis, outlawing drawings could well result in much more harm to children. Despite what the public seems to believe, there is no "obviously" here. It might even be necessary to allow some people free access (because they substitute), while strictly denying it to others (because they escalate). Any knee-jerk reactions, like the current ones and those of the near past are likely to do more harm than good (i.e. get more children abused), if history is any indicator.

yesterday
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

gweihir Re: Moral Imperialism (446 comments)

So that means a person can paint such images, but cannot look at them or possess them? That does not make any sense. Like most of these laws.

yesterday
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

gweihir Re:Much as I despise trolls (481 comments)

What, you will not allow a budding totalitarian regime to do what it does best, namely terrorize its population? You must be a troll! Off to jail with you!

2 days ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

gweihir That will include badmouthing politicans (481 comments)

Of course. It is just like in 1984: Language gets controlled to that people may not voice their thoughts anymore.

2 days ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

gweihir Re:JavaScript sucks badly (192 comments)

It is also cheaper to have your client's browsers get hacked than your servers. But you are right, the bean-counters are at the root of most evil these days.

2 days ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

gweihir Re:Why the hell... (192 comments)

I know that. That person has the valid excuse that JavaScript was never intended to be used for anything large or security-critical. It was a quickly hacked-together tool to do small things like changing the color of a button on mouse-over. The problem is all the utterly clueless morons that think JavaScript and the browser are suitable for real computing.

2 days ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

gweihir Re:Golden Hammer (192 comments)

That is just not true at all. Maybe look at what secure software engineering can do these days?

2 days ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

gweihir Re:Why the hell... (192 comments)

Thanks, that is exactly what I am saying. If technology is not done sanely, there usually is a huge cost to pay at some time that invalidates all advantaged gotten.

2 days ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

gweihir Re:JavaScript sucks badly (192 comments)

"I want" is not a valid excuse for using fundamentally defective technology. It is just an expression of egomania.

2 days ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

gweihir Re:Golden Hammer (192 comments)

While not impossible to do in principle (see qemu), such a VM is exceedingly slow.

2 days ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

gweihir Re: Golden Hammer (192 comments)

Not everything that comes from the NSA is bad. Also, not everything they do can easily conceal backdoors. Some insight into the subject is required to understand what things comming from the NSA are dangerous.

1. Basically, all crypto that uses "magic constants" without a clear and complete spec of how they were reached is highly suspect. That includes most ECC crypto the NSA has done so far and is likely the reason the NSA and some vendors like RSA are pushing for the use of ECC crypto.

2. On a bit more abstract scale, all crypto implementations that do not have their full design and design rationales published are highly suspect. They often represent a compromised design, that, for example, may in some instances get compromised but not in others. ("compromised design", because it is not possible to verify from the outside whether the implementation is compromised or not and there are both compromised and non-compromised implementations that look the same from the outside.) A good example is Intel RDRAND, which is definitely a compromised design. It has a number of design choices that go way beyond "clueless" and must be intentional. The pathetic excuses of the lead developer and the pressure by Intel to use it as the only randomness source basically confirm things: https://plus.google.com/+Theod...

3. But then there are other things. SELinux is an access control layer, and while configuring it is a bit convoluted until you get the hang of it, there is no complex mathematical magic in there that you can use to hide backdoors. In fact, its implementation is rather simple. Hence it can be easily expected, and intentional security flaws will be very hard or impossible to hide. That is why SELinux deserves a high level of trust.

What people overlook is that the NSA is not monolithic. It has its intelligence devision (the evil scum that basically try to take the Internet away by making it as insecure as they can), but they also have a part that is tasked with actually securing IT infrastructure. While the NSA should be disbanded and its former and current leaders should be locked away for life as recognition for all the evil they have done to the human race, they have done and published some pretty good work as well. And as with any government bureaucracy, the right hand of the NSA does not know what the left hand does.

2 days ago

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