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China Looks To Linux As Windows Alternative

l_bratch Re:Finally! (222 comments)

Citation needed.

about 2 months ago
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Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

l_bratch Re:So (373 comments)

Presumably, if the DNS cache /is/ even used to detect cheating, then it's just one part of some weighting system. Even this is just assumption. We don't have enough information yet.

about 5 months ago
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Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

l_bratch Re:So (373 comments)

I'm not speculating which possible thing I think is more likely, I've only been trying to point out what we *don't* know, to try to counter the stated-as-fact unknowns that various articles have been giving.

(I'm all for getting an answer from Valve about what's actually happening.)

about 5 months ago
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Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

l_bratch Re:So (373 comments)

There's no evidence that anything from the DNS cache is sent home at all - perhaps the processing is done locally.

Of course local processing/data can't necessarily be trusted, but this may be just be one of many tests performed to decide the statistically likelihood of cheating.

If anything from the cache *is* sent home, then I will be just as angry as you. At the moment there isn't any evidence for that though.

about 5 months ago
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Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

l_bratch Re:So (373 comments)

Yes. However, presumably if Valve are using the DNS cache for cheat detection, then it's just one of many factors that they use to determine the probability of cheats being used.

about 5 months ago
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Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

l_bratch Re:So (373 comments)

The decompiled file appears to be "VAC3-MODULE-bypoink.dll", which sounds like it's come from the Windows version of Steam. My Linux version of Steam has no .dll files, only .so files as expected. Perhaps this is limited to Windows.

about 5 months ago
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Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

l_bratch Re:So (373 comments)

Do you have a source for this?

about 5 months ago
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Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

l_bratch Re:So (373 comments)

I agree that it's very invasive if the list is returned to Valve, however I can't find any evidence that it is. The code originally posted only details the *reading* and hashing of the DNS cache, with no sign of *transmitting* it.

As far as I can see, numerous headlines and articles since the code was posted have made the claim that the list is sent to Valve, without any evidence.

about 5 months ago
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Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

l_bratch Re:So (373 comments)

The claim is that the operating system's DNS cache is scanned, not any particular application's history.

about 5 months ago
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Small Town Builds Its Own Gigabyte Network; Cost To Citizens $57/month

l_bratch Re:bits and bytes (269 comments)

Now that I think about it, neither gave a frequency, so both can be correct. Perhaps the title was implying per eight seconds and the summary was implying per second.

Probably not though.

1 year,13 days
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Small Town Builds Its Own Gigabyte Network; Cost To Citizens $57/month

l_bratch Re:bits and bytes (269 comments)

If we assume that the AC was just poking fun at the title/summary disagreement, then it was a fair comment.

1 year,13 days
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Facebook Letting Everyone See How Much Data-Center Power It Consumes

l_bratch Re:Tagged "whocares" (86 comments)

You're quite right. I was only looking in the HTML for this thread, but it's still in the title for the the main homepage.

about a year ago
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Facebook Letting Everyone See How Much Data-Center Power It Consumes

l_bratch Re:Tagged "whocares" (86 comments)

The text persists in the head within a link title:

<link rel="top" title="News for nerds, stuff that matters" href="//slashdot.org/" >

But it does indeed seem to be gone from any normally viewable place, sadly.

about a year ago
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MacKinnon Extradition Blocked By UK Home Secretary

l_bratch Re:MacKinnon or McKinnon? (258 comments)

It should be Gary McKinnon. The /. headline is wrong.

about 2 years ago
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Mozilla Downshifting Development of Thunderbird E-Mail Client

l_bratch Re:Gah (378 comments)

$ file thunderbird-bin
thunderbird-bin: ELF 64-bit LSB executable, x86-64, version 1 (SYSV), dynamically linked (uses shared libs), for GNU/Linux 2.6.9, stripped

I've been running 64-bit Thunderbird for years!

about 2 years ago
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Among APs I detect, the secured:unsecured ratio is:

l_bratch Re:Hole196 (277 comments)

Thanks for the information, that is very interesting. At least it appears to be as secure as a normal wired network, though.

about 2 years ago
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Among APs I detect, the secured:unsecured ratio is:

l_bratch What is secured? (277 comments)

My wireless network is WPA2 protected but the key is in the SSID. That was anybody can use it, but wireless clients can't sniff each other's traffic. Is that secured or not?

more than 2 years ago

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ARM claims PS3-like graphics on mobile GPU

l_bratch l_bratch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

l_bratch writes ""British computer chip designer ARM has unveiled its latest graphics processing unit (GPU) for mobile devices.

The Mali-T658 offers up to ten times the performance of its predecessor."

ARM claims that its latest GPU, which will be ready in around two years, will have graphics performance akin to the PlayStation 3. If this has acceptable power consumption for a mobile device, could we be seeing ultra-low power hardware in high-end PCs and consoles soon?"

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Adobe starting to kill Flash

l_bratch l_bratch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

l_bratch writes "Good news! Adobe is beginning to kill off Flash, starting with mobile support.

"Instead the company will focus on development around HTML5 technologies, which enable modern browsers to do essentially the same functions as Flash did but without relying on Adobe's proprietary technologies, and which can be implemented across platforms.""

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PC gamers crush console brethren in teamwork compo

l_bratch l_bratch writes  |  more than 3 years ago

l_bratch writes "Since December 22nd DICE have been running a competition between each target platform of their latest Battlefield expansion — Bad Company 2: Vietnam. Players were required to complete a large number of "team actions" in game, in order to unlock a hidden, remastered version of the Operation Hastings map from the original Battlefield: Vietnam. PC gamers have completed the task, whereas gamers on both console platforms are only about half way there."
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It's Official: Valve Releasing Linux Source Engine

l_bratch l_bratch writes  |  more than 4 years ago

l_bratch writes "Valve Corporation has today rolled out their Steam Mac OS X client to the general public and confirmed something we have been reporting for two years: the Steam content delivery platform and Source Engine are coming to Linux. This news is coming days after we discovered proof in Steam's Mac OS X Client of Linux support and subsequently found more Linux references and even the unreleased Steam Linux client. The day has finally come and Linux gamers around the world have a reason to rejoice, as this is the biggest news for the Linux gaming community that sees very few tier-one titles."
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