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Mir Won't Ship Even In Ubuntu 14.04

malloc Re:No kidding? (111 comments)

Several years ago I wrote a transport mechanism on top of VNC that allowed you to access high end graphics services (read OpenGL) from devices without any hardware acceleration to speak of

What was this project called? The functionality sounds very similar to VirtualGL, but the history sounds like a different project.

about a year ago
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Schmidt, Daughter Talk About North Korea Trip

malloc "WTF were they thinking?" (187 comments)

In that (quite interesting) post the author frequently wonders "WTF were they thinking?". E.g. did they think we would not notice that the screens on all the computers on both floors were identical? My wife is from China where not so long ago everthing was identical, down to the progaganda art on the wall. Her immediate answer when I asked her was "duh, they don't care what the delegates thought, the whole exercise is to show pictures to the local NK population about how the great foreign technical leaders liked the NK technical office". I think we tend to forget that: it isn't the delegates that Pyongyang is afraid of, its their own people.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Current State of Linux Email Clients?

malloc One more step: Conversations Add-on (464 comments)

If you want Thunderbird to act like Gmail then you need to:

  • 1. (like above) put replies in folder being replied to. (I also put sent messages there, so the whole conversation's in one place)
  • 2. Install the Thunderbird Coversations add-on. I like the conversation view better than Thunderbird's default. It also lets you reply on the same page if you want.

about 2 years ago
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Apple and Google Joining Forces On Kodak Patents Bid

malloc Re:Imagine (97 comments)

Imagine 50 Million for Wine.

One could be hung over for long time on that. Unless, of course, you meant to say "imagine $50 million for improving Free apps so Wine isn't needed".

about 2 years ago
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Ubuntu Asks Users To Pay What They Want

malloc Re:I just hope they don't get discouraged (280 comments)

Ultimately, eCommunism is parasitic.

Just look at the software universe with all these individuals and companies using GPL products, contributing back so everyone benefits. If this parasite continues who knows how many hours might get wasted on doing real work instead of reinventing the software wheel, and messing with licensing servers.

Oh, wait, trying to compare communism to GPL software (which is what Stallman promotes) is like saying "I don't want everyone to share this nice view," since if we had a painting of the view and all tried to posess it simultaneously it wouldn't work. Software isn't a physical good; you can copy it without taking it away from someone else.

about 2 years ago
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Canadian Scientists Bind High-Temp Superconductor Components With Scotch Tape

malloc Re:Irrelevant headline (97 comments)

That, and what's with "a Canadian dude did this, lets put a Canada logo on this story" instead of "oh, a technology story, lets put a tech logo".

Unless I just uncovered the fallback plan: if it doesn't work out then Blame Canada!

more than 2 years ago
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Researcher Finds Security Holes In FAA's New Flight Control System

malloc Re:But of course. (60 comments)

That's your phone ringing. A phreak from the 80's begs to differ:

{cheap, secure enough}: choose one.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition: Taking Back the Crown

malloc Re:I'm done with spendy, top of the line cards (132 comments)

What card are you running that has limited palette? I haven't had that since I gave up my ISA Trident 9000 card. (For sake of argument I'm considering a 24-bit RGB signal as "unlimited". Consumers aren't going to go worrying about a 10-bit LUT in their hardware).

more than 2 years ago
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FDA: Software Failure Behind 24% of Last Year's Medical Device Recalls

malloc Heart Terminated Remotely (128 comments)

Karen Sandler has a great talk about how pacemaker-type devices (she has one) are completely closed-source, nobody (including the doctors who install them) cares, and the FDA doesn't/can't do much more than rubber stamp the software. Most of these devices now have unencrypted wireless access.

sudo kill -9 heartbeat Is a real possibility with these devices.

more than 2 years ago
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Skype 4.0 For Linux Now Available

malloc Re:Oh Linux... (196 comments)

Maybe they just fixed their usage of V4L. A lot of cameras didn't work unless you did a stupid hack like :

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype

more than 2 years ago
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MD5crypt Password Scrambler Is No Longer Considered Safe

malloc Re:Use cases (212 comments)

For places that need better passwords, $ md5sum - lot of random text pounded on the keyboard and result is something like 24a53bc05c6f216e340aa8d5dc08b605

That checksum becomes the password.
 

Using an md5sum greatly reduces your keyspace, so while it may still be strong enough for your needs, it's significantly weaker than you'd expect for a 32-character password.

[0-9a-f] is 15 characters. 15^32 = 4 x 10^37

Using a normal key range:
[0-9a-zA-Z+symbols] 62 + ~32 symbols on a standard US keyboard = ~94 characters. 94^19 = 4 x 10^37

Thus, you are entering in 32 characters but only getting the strength of 19.

more than 2 years ago
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Canadians Protest Wind Turbines

malloc "it's a wonder that any one would be against..." (533 comments)

"It's a wonder" NIK282000 can spout off like this. It's very easy to be against having a wind tower in your back yard. Many people buy or live on rural properties for the aesthetic value. They're sick of the skyscrapers downtown. If you put up wind towers it looks like an alien moonscape to many (and in case you haven't actually been around, out in the country they go up in droves; there's never one, there's rows of them stretching to the horizon). So, drastically affect the aesthetic value then a) people want to move out and b) people don't want to move in. It doesn't take a genius to see what's going to happen to property values. (I know someone who's ~$1million farm lost 30% value). If what is essentially a lack of zoning took $300k from you then you'd probably be "wondering" a little less.

Again this is a zoning issue. We have laws so you can't open a gravel pit/industrial factory/etc. wherever you want so people can have peace of mind about property values. Wind towers are no different, except since it's "green energy" people seem to put on their stupid hats before thinking about it.

more than 2 years ago
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DHS Monitors Social Media For 'Political Dissent'

malloc Re:Hey DHS (385 comments)

At least hitting the DHS' SNR should be easier: The Romans could ignore everyone else once they got their man. The DHS has to consider everyone a person of interest.

more than 2 years ago
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10,000 Commits To an Open-source Project

malloc ...but (101 comments)

...but committing to an open source project means anyone can verify the claim.

more than 3 years ago
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Gitbrew Releases OtherOS++ PS3 Linux Dual Boot

malloc +1 (240 comments)

+1

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox On Linux Gets Faster Builds — To Be Fast As Windows

malloc Re:A good summary of Linux on the desktop (306 comments)

Fair enough. Since GCC 4.1 was released over 5 years ago maybe we're really discussing software projects simply not taking advantage of what's available.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox On Linux Gets Faster Builds — To Be Fast As Windows

malloc Re:A good summary of Linux on the desktop (306 comments)

I think that the lack of guided optimization on gcc is a fair indication that Microsoft offers a better compiler

Maybe I've misunderstood your meaning, but wasn't the whole point of this article that with a newer gcc you can use guided optimization and link-time code generation ?

Maybe its just because I use MSVC and gcc every day, but when MSVC lacks even C99 support I find it hard to call it a "better compiler".

-Malloc

more than 3 years ago
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Kaspersky Source Code In the Wild

malloc Re:And, in other news... (154 comments)

I don't disagree but I think, by the same token, people that can't (or are too lazy to) read the assembly are less likely to have the m4d sk1lls (or attention span) to do something very serious with/to the anti-virus program. But, as you say, once you get into "ticked the general populace off" territory (instead of just "highly-skilled dude working for evil overlord for big$" territory), having the easier-to-read source laying around won't help.

more than 3 years ago
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Kaspersky Source Code In the Wild

malloc Re:And, in other news... (154 comments)

This means the black hats pretty much have a roadmap to use to trash Kaspersky AV. Even if they didn't use much of the previous code it most likely will allow them to see how the Kaspersky AV team treats PC resources like memory, giving them a good idea of where the weak spots are. Bad news for Kaspersky users I'd say.

The moment you give someone your binary you've given them your code, just in a harder to read format. Any black-hat that cares will merely read the disassembly. Original source code not required.

-Malloc

more than 3 years ago

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Airplane Alternative for Accessing Secure Network?

malloc malloc writes  |  more than 4 years ago

malloc (30902) writes "I'm trying to solve a problem between some code I maintain and a remote customer's application. For a several weeks we have been locked in an ugly loop: start: me->email(try this); sleep(day or more because they're on the other side of the world); them->email(interpretation of results); goto start; The obvious thing is to get a remote ssh connection, but because of "network security rules" they won't allow it. The last time I had this situation I ended up flying to the customer site to do something a remote connection could have solved in a few hours. Though the economics of flying are stupid, my inner geek chaffs even more at the principle of flying meat around the world to do what network technology was exactly designed for: sending my keystrokes to a console. Putting the "they should fix their security policy" retort aside, are there any practical solutions? Using IM instead of email would be better, but still stupid: manually copying my commands to their terminal and pasting the results back. I really want a terminal program that has an "OK" button they can hit to allow my command to run and send the result back, but my google-foo doesn't turn up any such thing. Are there any "monitored" terminal applications like this? What have you done in this situation?"

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