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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

man_ls Re:It's risky and unlikely to succeed. (689 comments)

I think that'd be a pretty major undertaking; once the devices are "bricked" by setting their ID to 0, the OS can no longer communicate with that device. Seems like it'd be pretty tough to push a patch that way, unless they fix the USB stack to allow guest devices = 0.

3 days ago
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Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

man_ls Possible? (225 comments)

I remember reading somewhere that most pornography can't be copyrighted, because "obscene materials" aren't eligible for copyright protection. Is that still true?

about three weeks ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

man_ls Hahaha (324 comments)

Netflix should have laughed in their faces and told them that if they want to stop Canadians from subscribing, they'd need to get every ISP and VPN provider in the country to block access to it, then continued on happily taking credit card payments and sending traffic to Canada.

It's not Netflix fault that Canada doesn't produce any noteworthy cultural exports. Lots of other good stuff, sure, but TV and movies not so much.

about a month ago
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Next Android To Enable Local Encryption By Default Too, Says Google

man_ls Passcode Options (126 comments)

Unless something has changed with a recent system update, last time I checked the local device encryption for Android disabled the Gesture and PIN input, leaving Password as the only option. I don't exactly care to enter a full-on alphanumeric password every time I take my phone out of stand-by, so the feature is of limited use.

I prefer to use TextSecure. This hooks into the SMS and MMS handlers and redirects them from the internal store, to an encrypted store with an application passphrase. Keeps my phone easy to open up, but keeps the only data I have an interest in protecting safe.

about a month ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

man_ls Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

More systems like this should really have a "duress PIN". Enter a specific number which is different from your unlock code to immediately wipe the device, no 10-retries required.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

man_ls Remember, Microsoft Approves (188 comments)

Lacking evidence to the contrary, it seems Microsoft actively approves this state of things. They have a human performing certification and content compliance, which involves actually installing and verifying these applications:

"Content compliance: Our certification testers install and review your app to test it for content compliance. The amount of time this takes varies depending on how complex your app is, how much visual content it has, and how many apps have been submitted recently."

With that statement, they must be 100% complicit in these scams, because it makes them money when someone bites, and because it keeps the number of apps in the app store up.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

man_ls Re:Sue them for all they're worth (495 comments)

Since I'm replying to an AC post I don't feel a need to include citations, but there's been at least one case where the domains in question were purchased through registrars and registered to owners both outside the United States but because the domains themselves were .com domains and Verizon is the ultimate authority for .com domains, the U.S. simply ordered Verizon to update the global master registry to reflect the seizure and there was nothing to be done about it.

They'd have to use a non-U.S. TLD as well.

about 4 months ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

man_ls Adding to the list... (240 comments)

Our limited education tax dollars have no business funding something so useless to modern society as darkroom photography.

about 4 months ago
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Canadian Teen Arrested For Calling In 30+ Swattings, Bomb Threats

man_ls Excellent work! (350 comments)

This kid should rot in jail for a while, then receive a lifetime ban from emergency services.

about 5 months ago
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.NET Native Compilation Preview Released

man_ls Re:So no more .net redistributable? (217 comments)

I wonder how big a statically linked OpenOffice executable would be on Debian.

about 7 months ago
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.NET Native Compilation Preview Released

man_ls Awesome? RT? (217 comments)

Is this a prelude to allowing compiled desktop applications on Windows RT? Without the CLR overhead, perhaps the ARM would be competitive with an entry-level Intel laptop?

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

man_ls Re:Big Ugly Dishes (219 comments)

I think there's a power density component, too. C-Band signals are broadcast at a lot lower power than the enormously powerful signals put out by the providers which use 18" dishes.

about 7 months ago
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Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

man_ls Asks... (367 comments)

"Asks schwit1, "How is this not a violation of the CFAA?" It sounds like the school was violating Facebook's Terms of Service, too."

Because in our society, laws don't apply to law enforcement officers or other officials. It's one of the perks of those jobs.

about 7 months ago
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Interview: Ask John McAfee What You Will

man_ls Unreliable Respondant? (172 comments)

Given McAfee's penchant for making up wildly outlandish responses to questions he's bored with or finds uninteresting, do we have any reason to believe we'll actually get responses which are anything other than works of fiction?

about 7 months ago
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More On the Disposable Tech Worker

man_ls Half-right. (323 comments)

He's kind of half-right, and the part he's right about is why I left the IT industry entirely. I just couldn't keep up, the skills churn was just too much and I couldn't devote enough time to learning the constant parade of new buzzwords just to continue to be able to do my job, while also having to do my job.

I knew quite a few people who were in various IT careers a few years ago, but have universally washed out and are now technical managers or in entirely different industries. The few who did stick around managed to do so because IT was both their career and hobby, and so they had home labs that were always running the latest-and-greatest of anything. Windows 8 was the straw that broke the camel's back, and I quit. Now I'm a technical manager too.

The industry moves too quickly, and requires a level of continuous retraining that's unlike anything else in existence. I'm not at all surprised it's better - for many reasons - to hire a new temp or employee than it is to retrain someone.

about 7 months ago
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Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

man_ls Re:Multiple Desktops on a Single screen. (389 comments)

As far back as Vista, I've had success running bizarre GPU/Monitor configurations that you'd think would never work but were always perfect. I'm talking 3 GPUs driving 5 monitors, with a GeForce and a Quadro of the same generation in PCIe slots and a 4-gens-back-not-same-driver GeForce in a PCI slot. Or two GeForces and a Radeon. With monitors of all different resolutions going at once.

It's not perfect, sure, but in my opinion Windows multi-monitor support is the most forgiving and easiest to configure of all operating systems currently on the market.

about 8 months ago
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Does Crime Leave a Genetic Trace?

man_ls Lamarck Vindicated? (160 comments)

Does this mean Lamarckian evolution is partially correct after all?

about 8 months ago
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How To Create Your Own Cryptocurrency

man_ls Re:I don't get it (203 comments)

The interesting stuff starts to happen when enough people accept credits of computer time that you don't need to worry about converting it to fiat paper anymore.

about 10 months ago
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The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class

man_ls Re:Instagram didn't replace Kodak (674 comments)

Eh, I look at it more like tipping for good content. Set your browser to automatically send someone 100 DOGE if you click a theoretical "good content" button.

about 10 months ago
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Female Software Engineers May Be Even Scarcer Than We Thought

man_ls It may be an unfixable problem. (445 comments)

I'm a male, but frankly I quit pursuing academic and professional computer science years ago largely on account of the same factors that alienate women. "Computer people" are, by and large, just not people I want to spend time around. Exceptions to the rule at an individual level, of course, but everyone more or less knows what I'm talking about. The dark triad with a sprinkling of misogyny.

It turns out that many people, especially women, probably don't want to "bro down and crush code" - and yet, that's where the culture of the industry lies. Especially at the level a recent graduate is going to get involved in.

about 10 months ago

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