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Paramount Claims Louis CK "Didn't Monetize"

lucidlyTwisted Re:Didn't monetize = Al didn't get paid. (288 comments)

If he can make a few mill from fans, why should he care if he's a "nobody"?
Heck, if all he can make in a year-or-two is $100,000 from fans; is that so bad? People get to see his work and he still earns a comfortable salary.
One can't eat fame not use it to shelter from the elements.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Trustworthy VPN Service?

lucidlyTwisted Re:Is it legal? (193 comments)

Copyright infringement. That used to be a civil mater...

more than 2 years ago
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EFF Files Brief To Allow Users Access To Their MegaUpload Files

lucidlyTwisted Why don't people learn? (60 comments)

"The Cloud" is not a complete back-up solution, do not rely on it. It may well form park of your solution, but you really should have other copies on media you can control directly.

more than 2 years ago
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Notch Wants To Make a Firefly-Inspired Sandbox Space Game

lucidlyTwisted Please! (227 comments)

I hope this gets made. It's not like Braben is going to pull his finger out and make "Elite 4". And even if he did, given his recent attacks on the second-hand market, I don't think I could bring myself to buy it from him. Sorry, not "buy", "license the ability to play" and until such times as Mr. Braben decides he needs more money and changes the DRM codes.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Seeks Patent For "Search By Sketch"

lucidlyTwisted Re:prior art (104 comments)

Wow - now that is good!

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Seeks Patent For "Search By Sketch"

lucidlyTwisted Re:Prior Art (104 comments)

That's what I was thinking. I am not sure how well TinEye copes with "fuzzy" searches and my crap drawing, but even if TinEye is poor at it, MS's latest wheeze is just an obvious refinement of a pre-existing service.
Still, this is the USA and they will allow patents on anything.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Anti-Google Video Campaign

lucidlyTwisted Pot, meet kettle (304 comments)

Yeah, like Hotmail does not do mails scanning and MS loves you.
Please.
If you are using any free service, then you are the product. You messages and actions will be catalogued, mined, indexed, profiled and sold for profit. If you do not understand that, then you are an idiot.

more than 2 years ago
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Defendant Ordered To Decrypt Laptop Claims She Had Forgotten Password

lucidlyTwisted Re:Inside my HD there are two very important files (1009 comments)

If you've not managed your system so that logfiles don't exist, that isn't the problem of the "hidden volume" system

Oh, no argument there at all. Most people will simply say "It's in a hidden volume, I'm safe! ROFL" and ignore the fact that various other things happily log what they've been doing, leading to evidence of said hidden volume.

And never mind logs, if one has a 100mb TrueCrypt file, but the mounted volume only reveals 1k of space...one's going to have some more questions to answer.

Note : I'm reading what your saying as "the files containing visible and hidden TrueCrypt (or something else) volumes AND ONLY THOSE FILES AND NOTHING ELSE WHATSOEVER" have been cracked by the spooks and the results described in public in formal court proceedings".

Yeah, pretty much. The case I was thinking of is rather old now (and I can only find a couple of [dodgy] links to it): http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:CvUs7ezVExQJ:myreader.co.uk/msg/1303199419.aspx+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk
Was it a "simple" brute force of a short password? Probably, the actual technical details of what went on are unknown to me. I wish I could find a better link that that one.

Which brings us back to earlier points. Simply using TrueCrypt (and others like it) is not enough, they need to be used properly.

more than 2 years ago
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Defendant Ordered To Decrypt Laptop Claims She Had Forgotten Password

lucidlyTwisted Re:Inside my HD there are two very important files (1009 comments)

That is not the case. If you forget the password to your encryption before you are ordered to decrypt it you have a defence under s. 53(2) RIPA.

I guess the trick is being able to prove when one forgot. I have only heard of people being sent down for not handing keys/passwords over, not of a successful "forgot" defence.

more than 2 years ago
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Defendant Ordered To Decrypt Laptop Claims She Had Forgotten Password

lucidlyTwisted Re:Inside my HD there are two very important files (1009 comments)

Forgot to add: Or they gain evidence of a hidden volume by digging through log files and "Most recent files" etc.

more than 2 years ago
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Defendant Ordered To Decrypt Laptop Claims She Had Forgotten Password

lucidlyTwisted Re:Inside my HD there are two very important files (1009 comments)

Then they simply ask for both passwords.
Don't hand them over, or claim there is only one? Off to jail you go. (I don't think plausible deniability has been tested in a UK court yet).
Or the file gets taken to the spooks and cracked (and yes, this has happened).

more than 2 years ago
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Defendant Ordered To Decrypt Laptop Claims She Had Forgotten Password

lucidlyTwisted Re:Maybe it was ... (1009 comments)

Then you better get ready to be Big Bubba's new bitch.

more than 2 years ago
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Defendant Ordered To Decrypt Laptop Claims She Had Forgotten Password

lucidlyTwisted Re:Inside my HD there are two very important files (1009 comments)

This wouldn't fly in the UK (under Part III of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA)).
You forgot? Tough.
You used some honey-pot ruse like this? Tough.
Either you give the key/passphrase to decrypt the file when requested or go to jail. End of discussion.

Sounds like the USA is trying to bring in similar measures via precedent.

more than 2 years ago
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Central Europe Countries Continue to Oppose ACTA

lucidlyTwisted Re:There's still some hope. (111 comments)

The last time it happened? Oh, round about the time some dangerous up-start invented the printing press. And look at all the trouble they caused!
It ruined economies and nation were aflame!
Err...or not.

more than 2 years ago
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Spanish Extremadura Moving 40,000 Desktops To Linux

lucidlyTwisted Re:Europe is broke , Linux to the recue (137 comments)

They're not moving to Linux though, they are simply moving from a customer Linux distro (called "Linex") to Debian, purely because they were finding maintaining their own distro too much of an overhead.

about 2 years ago
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What Happens To Your Files When a Cloud Service Shuts Down?

lucidlyTwisted Re:Is it an interesting question... (592 comments)

If you rely on one company to copy your data on to 10 bazillion drives, it counts as 1 back-up.
The company is a single point of failure; it goes down, you lose all 10 bazillion copies.
Keep the master local (on a RAID, if that makes sense).
Dupe the master to a first back-up
Dupe that to tape or something, move it off-site.
3 copies; 2 media; 1 off-site. [minimum]

Simples.

more than 2 years ago
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Raspberry Pi $25 Linux Computer Now In Production (Video)

lucidlyTwisted Re:Ardino competitor? (196 comments)

That's what you have with the Pi - a full GNU/Linux system. There's demos of it doing all kinds of crazy stuff, e.g. running Quake.
About the only thing it does not come with is an enclosure.
And if you are confused about price variations - that's because there are two model.
I can't wait to get my hands on one.

more than 2 years ago
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Raspberry Pi Has Gone To Manufacturing

lucidlyTwisted Re:Not vapourware! (374 comments)

Ah yes, oft to get the error message:
"Something is using the drive but I'm not going to tell you what and I am not going to even let you force the matter. You'll have to close all applications, then I may deign to let you have the device back. Maybe not. You'll have to reboot me, sucker. Bu-wa-ha-ha-ha-ha!"

Windows holding on to USB devices is a bloody PITA. Sure, I can find the lock after a bit of process inspection but I'd hardly call that intuitive.

more than 2 years ago
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Oracle's Latest Java Moves Draw Industry Ire

lucidlyTwisted Re:Oracle and Java (372 comments)

Recent OpenJDKs; as in, withing the last year? No, not one hiccup (loads of third party; Apache Commons, Faces etc in use). My employer doesn't even support OpenJDK or the OS I'm using for dev, I just treat it as an extra layer of testing (and I can swap JDKs/OSs easily enough). Curiously enough, my "illicit" system seems to run much better than a lot of the others - not sure if that is a function of OpenJDK or the OS. Hmm...time for some metrics methinks.

I have seen comments of some issues with some of the Collections (usually disparity between hashCode and equals) and am pretty sure that bit us, but as I say; nothing of late.

JRockit however? Thar be dragons! Just glad it's no me who has to deal with it.

more than 2 years ago

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