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Inside Cryptowall 2.0 Ransomware

johanwanderer Re:Malware (181 comments)

don't allow your users to be admins on their local machines,

Ding ding ding ding ding... whenever anyone came to me for malware-related help with Windows, I make sure that they no longer have admin privileges before I let them back in. Create a separated local admin account for them if necessary, but their everyday web-surfing and mail-reading account should not need admin privileges.

about three weeks ago

Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

johanwanderer Possibly new approach (197 comments)

On the other hand, New Scientist reported on a new approach with leaky (non-infinite) multiverse that can explain away both of these uncertainties. It's at least an interesting read.

Ghost universes kill Schrödinger's quantum cat

To quote:
"THE wave function has collapsed – permanently. A new approach to quantum mechanics eliminates some of its most famous oddities, including the concept of quantum objects being both a wave and a particle, and existing in multiple states at once."

about a month and a half ago

Comcast Forgets To Delete Revealing Note From Blog Post

johanwanderer Net neutrality... (114 comments)

Or, we can just have one cable, and everyone provides their own packet framing. Oh wait, I think that was what net-neutrality was all about, wasn't it?

about 2 months ago

New Long-Range RFID Technology Helps Robots Find Household Objects

johanwanderer Re:Why? (38 comments)

Or the people to not move them after the robot dropped them off.

about 4 months ago

Harvard's CompSci Intro Course Boasts Record-Breaking Enrollment

johanwanderer Re:Linux, cryptography, HTML and JavaScript. (144 comments)

It's CS50. It's not even a 100-level classes. This is their way of saying, pay us $X for 3 course credits and see if you would even like to continue down this path.

The title should be: 1 in 8 Harvard students hopelessly undecided about Computer Science.

about 5 months ago

Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

johanwanderer Re:Pumped storage and transport (245 comments)

I'm just curious about the "C" shaped canal idea. What is the advantage of it? And what is the use-case that you envisioned?

about 5 months ago

Facebook Seeks Devs To Make Linux Network Stack As Good As FreeBSD's

johanwanderer Why not just use FreeBSD then? (195 comments)

It might be a silly question, but why don't they just use FreeBSD in that case?

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

johanwanderer Undertaker? (509 comments)

Until you become the last person on earth, anyway.

about 7 months ago

It's Not a Car, It's a Self-Balancing Electric Motorcycle (Video)

johanwanderer Re:No (218 comments)

You do it in the same way everyone else who rides motorcycles do, with a tight turn :) and get out and push it back when you need to.

about 7 months ago

Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

johanwanderer They have already done this a while back (475 comments)

A friend of mine already got hit with this 300 GB limit more than a year ago. At the time, I think they're just targeting their top 1% customers. Now they're just targeting the rest.

about 9 months ago

Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

johanwanderer The brake? (800 comments)

If a collision is unavoidable, they'd just brake as hard as they can without skidding, and hope the other side can maneuver out of the collision.

about 9 months ago

Wine On Android Starts Allowing Windows Binaries On Android/ARM

johanwanderer Re:Capt Keen (140 comments)

Just get DOSBox for Android. It should run Commander Keen without problems. I even booted Windows 3.11 on it just for kicks. Everything seems to work fine.

about a year ago

Largest-Yet EVE Online Battle Destroys $200,000 Worth of Starships

johanwanderer Re:It sounds cooler than it is... (463 comments)

You should read the Doom Star series by Vaughn Heppner: Star Soldier. He have put a lot of thoughts into the matter.

1 year,2 days

23-Year-Old X11 Server Security Vulnerability Discovered

johanwanderer My XServers run on Windows (213 comments)

It's kinda funny, but all my XServers run on Windows these days, and only run once in a blue moon, so I can access that one or two stubborn applications that requires X. Not that it makes it less of an issue.

1 year,23 days



Team creates multicellular life in the lab

johanwanderer johanwanderer writes  |  about 3 years ago

johanwanderer (1078391) writes "A team of biologists from the NSF has successfully created multi-cellular life using brewer's yeast. After sixty one-day cycles of selecting for clustering behavior, they managed to create hundred-cells clusters. The cells are "related", and remain attached even after cell division."
Link to Original Source

BD+ Virtual Machine Cracked

johanwanderer johanwanderer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

johanwanderer (1078391) writes "ExtremeTech and ArtTechnica is reporting that SlySoft, a developer of DVD cloning software, claims to have completely cracked the BD+ DRM protocol guarding Blu-ray discs. The ExtremeTech article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,2277472,00.asp?kc=ETRSS02129TX1K0000532 And its content is as follow: SlySoft, a developer of DVD cloning software, claims to have completely cracked the BD+ DRM protocol guarding Blu-ray discs. BD+ is a small virtual machine environment included on Blu-ray discs; HD DVDs lacked the feature. Last year, SlySoft said it had hacked the BD+ environment to allow encoded movies to be ripped to a hard drive and viewed using a specific version of its CloneDVD software. Now, SlySoft is claiming that version of its AnyDVD HD program has completely broken the BD+ copy protection, allowing transcoding of the video into an unprotected form. About a year ago, SlySoft cracked HD DVD. "Admittedly, we are not really so fast with this because actually we had intended to publish this release already in December as promised," Peer van Heuen, head of High-Definition technologies at SlySoft , said in a statement. "However, it was decided for strategic reasons to wait a bit for the outcome of the "format war" between HD DVD and Blu-ray. "On top of that, we first wanted to see our assumptions confirmed about the in the meantime released BD+ titles regarding the BD+ Virtual Machine," van Heuen added. "We are rather proud to have brought back to earth the highly-praised and previously 'unbreakable' BD+. However, we must also admit that the Blu-ray titles released up to now have not fully exploited the possibilities of BD+. Future releases will undoubtedly have a modified and more polished BD+ protection, but we are well prepared for this and await the coming developments rather relaxed." Theoretically, the BD+ code can be replaced if a player manufacturer discovers that the player has been hacked. However, it wasn't clear at press time whether the AnyDVD HD release would either prevent the modified BD+ code from being overwritten, or whether an updated release would be be necessary, as van Heuen seemed to imply."

A Two-Time Universe?

johanwanderer johanwanderer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

johanwanderer (1078391) writes "A Two-Time Universe? Physicist Explores How Second Dimension of Time Could Unify Physics Laws... For a long time, Itzhak Bars has been studying time. More than a decade ago, the USC College physicist began pondering the role time plays in the basic laws of physics the equations describing matter, gravity and the other forces of nature. PhysOrg reports on how a second time dimension could solve the problems with current theories."

johanwanderer johanwanderer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

johanwanderer (1078391) writes "In March 2007, scientists may have discovered a new state of matter, leading to more fundamental understanding of the universe, that it may be a string-net liquid. An experimental solid, coined herbertsmithite contains an electron arrangement that was previously deemed imposible. It is theorized that electrons (and other more fundamental particles) are end points of strings (thus explaining entanglement) in a string-net liquid."


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