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US Seeks China's Help Against North Korean Cyberattacks

jones_supa FBI evidence (69 comments)

It seems that even the FBI's evidence isn't watertight. They only claimed that the tools used were similar to attacks that had previously originated from North Korea.

The FBI said technical analysis of malicious software used in the Sony attack found links to malware that "North Korean actors" had developed and found a "significant overlap" with "other malicious cyber activity" previously tied to Pyongyang. But it otherwise gave scant details on how it concluded that North Korea was behind the attack.

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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

jones_supa U.S. stands by its assertion (216 comments)

Here's an update: North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion

The FBI said technical analysis of malicious software used in the Sony attack found links to malware that "North Korean actors" had developed and found a "significant overlap" with "other malicious cyber activity" previously tied to Pyongyang. But it otherwise gave scant details on how it concluded that North Korea was behind the attack.

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Boeing and BlackBerry Making a Self-Destructing Phone

jones_supa Sounds familiar (66 comments)

Is this the same phone that was talked about in February?

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Boeing and BlackBerry Making a Self-Destructing Phone

jones_supa "But it can be circumvented!" (66 comments)

Cue in the comments on how that security feature is not completely perfect, so therefore it has to be completely useless.

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The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

jones_supa Re:The day the music and freedom died. (128 comments)

Sums up the mickey mouse laws that Sony, Disney and their ilk have created in the industry. It has nothing to do with copyrights it has everything to do with control of content.

I don't see a problem with Disney still retaining full rights to Mickey. The company still exists and actively uses the character in their works.

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Anyone Can Now Launch Their Own Version of the Pirate Bay

jones_supa Re:The Legit Bay (79 comments)

That would certainly be an exciting idea! A website about true sharing of free culture and entertainment. Sign me up.

2 days ago
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Scientists Discover That Exercise Changes Your DNA

jones_supa Re:What does this mean...? (56 comments)

Testicles generate sperm. Prostate generates semen which then flows to testicles and mixes with sperm.

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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

jones_supa Re:Bad for small business owners (391 comments)

Well, that once again boils down to the fact that HTTPS isn't perfect. It scrambles the content but does not hide the length of the message and it cannot hide the IP address of the client. But still, HTTPS provides more security over HTTP.

3 days ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

jones_supa Re:Self-signed certificate (391 comments)

Because then a man-in-the-middle can inject a new certificate, which claims to be yours. There's no way to tell whether that certificate is actually from you or not, unless it is verified down to the root level.

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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

jones_supa Re:The major downside to this.. (391 comments)

The major downside to this is promoting the idea that an https connection is "secure", because especially when it comes to https, there are so many different attacks to level against both an end user and a host that we'd be better using a risk grading system.

A security feature does not have to be perfect to provide value. The user is still significantly more protected with HTTPS than with HTTP.

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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

jones_supa Re:Stupid (391 comments)

It's good to warn about those too, because there's still the risk that the attacker is seeing which specific pages you are viewing.

3 days ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

jones_supa Re:So perhaps /. will finally fix its shit (391 comments)

If a 3rd party already has control over your traffic flows where they can inject content then you are already fucked, encryption or not.

That is not true.

3 days ago
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Godot Engine Reaches 1.0, First Stable Release

jones_supa Urho3D (54 comments)

Has anyone used the Finnish Urho3D engine? It's odd that it isn't more well known, as the feature list certainly packs a punch.

5 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

jones_supa Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

What operating system and player were you using?

5 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

jones_supa Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

50c covers only the manufacturing cost of the disc.

5 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

jones_supa Re:So the media dick-waving goes into the next rou (302 comments)

Not that the movie, the game, the song, the whatever was bad. Oh, far from it. There's great movies, songs, games and whatever else out there. I just cannot agree with the licensing terms. Dear copyright industry (I used to call you content industry, but let's call a spade a spade and be honest here, your business focus is copyright, not content anymore): A contract needs two parties agreeing on it. And I simply cannot agree to your conditions, while you're unwilling to offer conditions that I could agree with. In other words, no sale will take place here.

Fair argument, but please take care of your part too, to respect the license agreement. The artist didn't intend it to free distribution. You said "a contract needs two parties agreeing on it". If you are the party not agreeing, stay away from that content. Don't buy that media, but don't pirate that either. Use entertainment that is licensed in other terms. Otherwise you are sending a contradictory message.

Analogy: if you pirate the content, it's like not putting up with a woman's terms, but still wanting her so badly that you rape her.

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Major Security Vulnerabilities Uncovered at Frankfurt Airport

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  2 hours ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "According to a report published in this Sunday's edition of the mass-circulation Bild am Sonntag newspaper, investigators sent by the European Commission found it surprisingly easy to smuggle banned items past security at Frankfurt Airport. It said undercover investigators posing as passengers were able to smuggle weapons or other dangerous items through security every second time they tried to do so. One of the biggest problems was improperly trained staff, who were often not able to recognize dangerous items when viewing the screens they use to look at x-ray images of baggage. The staff is sourced via a privately owned service provider. Germany's Federal Police said they introduced new measures immediately after learning of the security deficits to ensure that passenger safety was guaranteed. Fraport AG, the company that operates the Germany's biggest airport, also took the findings seriously and begun an operation to retrain a total of 2,500 workers."
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Finland Announces an Anti-Laser Campaign for Air Traffic

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  5 hours ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Trafi, the Finnish Pilots' Association and STUK, the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority have launched a joint campaign against air traffic interference with the title "Lasers Are Not Toys". Ilkka Kaakinen from Trafi says that laser pointers interfering with air traffic is a real problem in Finland. "We receive reports of several cases of laser interference every month and every one of them is potentially dangerous", Kaakinen says. Last year, 60 cases of laser pointer interference were reported in Finland, and the figure for this year was at 58 in November. Despite the continuing interference, only one person has been caught misusing a laser pointer in this way in Finland. That single person was not convicted of a crime, as the court was not able to establish intent. Kaakinen says that other countries hand down severe punishments for interfering with air traffic, even years-long stretches in prison. He also reminds that it is important for users of laser pointers to understand that the devices are not toys, and that children should be warned of the potential danger in using them irresponsibly – or ideally, not given one at all."
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North Korea Responds to Sony Data Breach Claims

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  yesterday

jones_supa (887896) writes "A North Korean official said that the secretive regime wants to mount a joint investigation with the United States to identify who was behind the cyber attack against Sony Pictures. An unnamed spokesman of the North Korean foreign ministry was quoted by the country's state news agency, KCNA, describing US claims they were behind the hack as "slander." "As the United States is spreading groundless allegations and slandering us, we propose a joint investigation with it into this incident," the official said, according to Agence France-Presse. Both the FBI and President Barack Obama have said evidence was uncovered linking the hack to to North Korea, but some experts have questioned the evidence tying the attack to Pyongyang."
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Hewlett-Packard Is Working On A Revolutionary Computer and OS

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a week ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Hewlett-Packard is planning to take an extremely ambitious step toward giving a refresh to the architecture of a traditional computer and its operating system. The company's research division is working to create a computer which HP calls The Machine. A key idea is that HP's design shall use memristors for both temporary and long-term data storage. There would also be other novel features such as using optical fiber instead of copper wiring for data buses. Next summer the team aims to complete an operating system designed for The Machine, called Linux++, bundled with emulation tools to run existing applications. Linux++ is intended to ultimately be replaced by an operating system called Carbon, which is designed from scratch for The Machine. The chief architect of the project is Kirk Bresniker and a working prototype of The Machine is expected to be ready by 2016."
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Also Lenovo Recalls LS-15 Power Cords

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "US Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that Lenovo is recalling a batch of laptop AC power cords due to fire hazard. The power cords have been bundled with IdeaPad brand B-, G-, S-, U-, V- and Z-series laptop computers and Lenovo brand B-, G- and V-series laptop computers. The recalled power cords are black in color and have the "LS-15" molded mark on the base of the IEC 60320 connector. The company seems to have been bitten by the exact same problem that HP faced this summer. Lenovo has set up an info page for affected customers."
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Microsoft Flight Simulator Is Making A Comeback

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Microsoft Flight Simulator X from 2006 is still very popular among flight simulator aficionados, despite X-Plane offering a much more up-to-date product. In July of this year, Microsoft licensed the rights for the Flight Simulator franchise to Dovetail Games (responsible for Train Simulator). Dovetail is now releasing a "supersized" version of the classic — Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition features over 20 aircraft, 80 missions, 24,000 airports, and an updated multiplayer mode. It also comes with both Flight Simulator X: Deluxe Edition and the Acceleration Expansion Pack, with more goodies to come next year. Most interestingly, the company reiterated that it is "working on its own original titles based on Microsoft's flight technology"."
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The Pirate Bay Is Still At Coffee Break

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "The Pirate Bay has been down for less than a day and already the rumor machine is firing on all cylinders. Contrary to several reports in the Sydney Morning Herald and elsewhere, The Pirate Bay has not been resurrected and is not operating under a new domain. Not yet at least. The previous longer pause in operation was in 2006. Back then the cause was a huge police raid that targeted The Pirate Bay in its Swedish homeland. Now, eight years later, the significance of the situation is somewhat similar. A domain mentioned in many of the resurrection reports being the "new head of hydra" is the Costa Rica based thepiratebay.cr. However, even that domain is not a mirror, but just a proxy, and all of them are either broken or offline right now."
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Linux 3.18 Released, Lockup Bug Still Present

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about two weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "As anticipated, Linus Torvalds officially released Linux 3.18. The new version is now out there, though that nasty lockup issue has still yet to be resolved. Dave Jones is nearing the end of bisecting the issue, but since it also affects Linux 3.17 and not too many people seem to get hit by the lockups, Linus Torvalds decided to go ahead and do the 3.18 release on schedule. Linus was also concerned that dragging out the 3.18 release would then complicate the Linux 3.19 merge window due to the holidays later this month. Now the Linux 3.19 kernel merge window is open for two weeks of exciting changes."
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Windows 10 Adds Battery Saver Feature

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "In past builds of Windows 10 Technical Preview there has been an interesting feature called Battery Saver, but for the time being it has been just a mockup. In a leaked build 9888, the code is now in place. Battery Saver, as the name implies, will help your mobile device make the most out of your battery. This feature works by limiting the background activity on your device when the mode is activated. You can turn the feature on any time but there is also a setting to have it automatically turn on when the battery capacity goes below a user-defined percentage. Considering that this build was not supposed to make its way out of Redmond and that the company is not releasing any new builds this year, this may be the best look we get until the Consumer Preview arrives."
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Samsung's Open Source Group is Growing, Hiring Developers

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Almost two years ago, Samsung's open source team was just one person: Linux and FOSS advocate Ibrahim Haddad, head of the open source group at Samsung Research America. The new Open Source Innovation Group at Samsung is now 40 people strong, including 30 developers, devoted full-time to working on upstream projects and shepherding open source development into the company. The group is hiring aggressively and plans to double the size of the group in the coming years. Their first targets are project maintainers and key contributors to 23 open source projects that are integral to Samsung's products, including Linux, Gstreamer, FFmpeg, Blink, Webkit, EFL, and Wayland. They plan to eventually start hiring more junior open source developers as well. Just about every Samsung product, from phones and tablets to home appliances, uses open source software, said Guy Martin, senior open source strategist at Samsung. Martin also mentions the importance of funding: "You already see this in the Linux kernel, where most people who contribute are paid to contribute. And you'll see that more and more.""
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Armies of Helper Robots Keep Amazon's Warehouses Running Smoothly

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Amazon is continuing to maintain its vision of an automatic warehouse. Since acquiring robot-maker Kiva, a Massachusetts company, for $775 million in cash in 2012, the e-commerce retailer has been increasingly implementing automation at its gargantuan fulfillment centers. This holiday season, Amazon's little helper is an orange, 320-pound robot. The 15,000 robots are part of the company's high-tech effort to serve customers faster. By lifting shelves of Amazon products off the ground and speedily delivering them to employee stations, the robots dramatically reduce the manual labor to locate and carry items. The Kiva robots, which resemble overgrown Roombas, are capable of lifting as much as 750 pounds and glide across Amazon's warehouse floors by following rows of sensors. Because Kiva-equipped facilities eliminate the need for wide aisles for humans to walk down, eighth-generation centers can also hold 50% more inventory than older warehouses. As Amazon is doing well, the company says that increase of automation hasn't yet led to staff reduction."
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10-Year-Old Runs for Job of Town Council Chief

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "A little girl with red eyeglasses has applied for job of town council chief in Finland. The application deadline for the job of leader of Kemijärvi municipality passed on Friday last week, and among the candidates vying for the top spot was 4th grader Mili Kasurinen. If she gets the post, half of her day would be dedicated to her municipal tasks, and the other half attending school. In the name of fairness, she would thus also accept a part-time salary. Mili says she holds environmental issues close to her heart. "If the town's kept clean, tourists are likely to be happier here", she says, and adds that fishing is a great way for visitors to enjoy their time in the town. She also believes old people deserve respect. Her granny lives nearby and they have a nice time together. So is she worried about missing out on the job because of her age? "Yes it's a worry, but I'm not going to start complaining about it", she says. "I would get on and do my job, and I definitely wouldn't let the town down", she insists."
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Bad Lockup Bug Plagues Linux

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "A hard to track system lockup bug seems to have appeared in the span of couple of most recent Linux kernel releases. Dave Jones of Red Hat was the one to first report his experience of frequent lockups with 3.18. Later he found out that the issue is present in 3.17 too. The problem was first suspected to be related to Xen. A patch dating back to 2005 was pushed for Xen to fix a vmalloc_fault() path that was similar to what was reported by Dave. The patch had a comment that read "the line below does not always work. Needs investigating!" But it looks like this issue was never properly investigated. Due to the nature of the bug and its difficulty in tracking down, testers might be finding multiple but similar bugs within the kernel. Linus even suggested taking a look in the watchdog code. He also concluded the Xen bug to be a different issue. The bug hunt continues in the Linux Kernel Mailing List."
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Windows 10 to Feature Native Support for MKV and FLAC

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about three weeks ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Windows Media Player is going to become a more useful media player for those who want to play geeky file formats. Microsoft has earlier confirmed that Windows 10 will come with native support for Matroska Video, but the company now talks about also adding FLAC support. Microsoft's Gabriel Aul posted a teaser screenshot in Twitter showing support for this particular format. It can be expected to arrive in a future update for people running the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Not many GUI changes seem to be happening around Media Player, but work is done under the hood."
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Fire Damages 750-Year-Old Oak Tree, Possibly Poland's Oldest

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "A suspected arson fire in southwestern Poland has damaged a 750-year-old oak tree believed to be the country's oldest. The tree is nicknamed "Chrobry" after a medieval king, and its trunk circumference is more than 10 meters and height more than 28 meters. The oak is protected by law and an arsonist faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. The deputy chief forest ranger in Szprotawa, Jerzy Wilanowski, said Monday that firefighters battled the blaze for more than 30 hours last week using water and foam. He says authorities will know in May whether the tree survived if it grows new shoots. Wilanowski says he knows of a case of an old oak tree surviving a fire."
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Advanced Regin Rootkit Might Not Come From Russia or China

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Regin is still hot stuff in the line of sophisticated espionage toolkits used to target a range of organizations around the world. As already reported by Symantec, it's one of the more complex pieces of malware around, and just like many of the other toolkits it also has a long history behind it. The Finnish information security company F-Secure first encountered Regin nearly six years ago in early 2009, when they found it hiding on a Windows server in a customer environment in Northern Europe. This malware installs a rogue driver with an innocuous name of "pciclass.sys", which acts as a rootkit, but can make the system BSOD too. During 2013 and 2014, as F-Secure has been analyzing the later versions of Regin, the complexity and the level of sophistication in the attacks has become very evident. Regin is placed in the same category of highly sophisticated espionage campaigns together with the likes of Stuxnet, Flame and Turla/Snake. Now F-Secure believes that this malware, for a change, isn't coming from Russia or China."
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Eizo Brings Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "Eizo has introduced an interesting new PC monitor with a square aspect ratio: the Eizo FlexScan EV2730Q is a 26.5-inch screen with 1:1 aspect ratio and an IPS panel with resolution of 1920 x 1920 pixels. "The extended vertical space is convenient for displaying large amounts of information in long windows, reducing the need for excess scrolling and providing a more efficient view of data", the firm writes. Therefore, this should be the perfect monitor for those who have wished for more vertical screen estate. The monitor also offers flicker-free (non-PWM) backlight and reduced blue light features to avoid scorching users' eyes. Additionally, a presence sensor is included, which allows to automatically lock the workstation when the user leaves."
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Google Break-up Plan Emerges From Brussels

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "The European parliament is poised to call for a break-up of Google, in one of the most brazen assaults so far on the technology group's power. The gambit increases the political pressure on the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, to take a tougher line on Google, either in its antitrust investigation into the company or through the introduction of laws to curb its reach. A draft motion seen by the Financial Times says that "unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services" should be considered as a potential solution to Google's dominance. It has the backing of the parliament's two main political blocs, the European People's Party and the Socialists."
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Windows Kernel Version Bumped to 10.0

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "In Windows, the kernel version number is once again in sync with the product version. Build 9888 of Windows 10 Technical Preview is making the rounds in a private channel and the kernel version has indeed been bumped from 6.4 to 10.0. Version 6.x has been in use since Windows Vista. Neowin speculates that this large jump in version number is likely related to the massive overhaul of the underlying components of the OS to make it the core for all of Microsoft's products. The company is working to consolidate all of its platforms into what the company calls OneCore, which, as the name implies, will be the one core for all of the company's operating systems. We will be curious to see if this causes any software comparability issues with legacy applications."
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GTK+ Developers Call for Help to Finish OpenGL Support

jones_supa jones_supa writes  |  about a month ago

jones_supa (887896) writes "OpenGL support under GTK is getting into good shape for providing a nice, out-of-the-box experience by default on key platforms for the GTK+ 3.16 / GNOME 3.16 release in March. For a few weeks now within mainline GTK+ has been native OpenGL support and as part of that a new GtkGLArea widget for allowing OpenGL drawing within GTK applications. Since that initial work landed, there's been more GTK+ OpenGL code progressing that right now primarily benefits Linux X11 and Wayland users. While good progress is being made and improvements still ongoing to the GNOME toolkit, GNOME developers are requesting help in ensuring other GTK+ backends can benefit from this OpenGL support. If you are using or planning to use GTK+ 3 on Windows or OS X, and you know how to use OpenGL on those two platforms, please consider helping out the GTK+ developers by implementing the GdkGLContext API using WGL and AppleGL."

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