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Dropbox and Google Want To Make Open Source Security Tools Easy To Use

moxsam Don't get fooled again (24 comments)

After the Snowden leaks, every tech company that wants to be taken serious needs to improve on their security, do some crypto on the user backend and generally be more open. Or at least pretend to.

Remember that Google's goal is not to improve security but to win over more customers, in other words make you choose their service over another company's service, even over a much more secure one. This kind of campaign to improve is what might tip over many potential costumers and choose Google after all, contrary to all rational thinking. It's cheap to do for Google given their internal resources, it's simply necessary in order to keep a foot in the market and so it's nothing unexpected or generous, and therefore it's definitely nothing to get excited about as a potential customer.

The question is: Is it good enough to keep the spooks from not looking? Answer: Probably not. So move along.

about two weeks ago
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US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

moxsam The Best of the Best of the Best (162 comments)

We are here because you are looking for the best of the best of the best, sir!

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Label Your Tech Gear, and If So, How?

moxsam Good ol' soldering iron (250 comments)

Give your gear a proper branding. Yeehaw!

about 7 months ago
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Is Google Glass Too Nerdy For the Mainstream?

moxsam Re:Problem is.... (533 comments)

Maybe that's why nobody likes hipsters?

about a year ago
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Is Google Glass Too Nerdy For the Mainstream?

moxsam Re:Problem is.... (533 comments)

Glasses, normal or Google, have to be worn in order to fulfill their function. And wearing glasses no matter how expensive they are is more uncomfortable than not wearing glasses. The same reason many people can't seem to like 3D cinema, they simply don't like wearing glasses.

about a year ago
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Steve Ballmer: We're a Devices and Services Company

moxsam No, you are not. (295 comments)

And you will never will be.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Equipment and Furniture For an Electronics Hardware Lab?

moxsam Furniture! (208 comments)

Don't forget that you will need a good workbench and a good chair. And lots of shelves! Heating (in case it's not inside your house or apartment) and a sink in the actual lab is nice, too.

about 2 years ago
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Robert X Cringely Predicts More Mininuke Plants

moxsam Re:I'd be open to it, but good luck with everyone (430 comments)

It may be conceivable but it's not true. I know because I live in Germany, and I know for a fact that "FernwÃrme" is not done with nuclear plants (besides nobody would want it) and it's not done anymore since the 60s. Every home and every building has their own central heating unit here. The only thing that was heated by a nuclear plant besides the rivers in Germany that I know of is an open air bath next to the Neckarwestheim reactors, of which one of the two going to be shut down because of the events in Japan, too by the way.

more than 3 years ago
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Robert X Cringely Predicts More Mininuke Plants

moxsam Re:I'd be open to it, but good luck with everyone (430 comments)

I live near 5 nuclear plants (120km radius), of which one (KKW Stade) has been taken off the net a few years back. Now my government is going to shut down two more plants (Krümmel and Brunsbüttel) because of the INES 6 event in Fukushima. And I can tell you that with each reactor shutting down I feel more relieved.

The big irony is that it's going to make no difference to the supply of electric energy in my country. That's all bullshit lies. Germany is going to export a little less electricty to other countries now. Which means the electricity cartel is making a little less money. Crocodile's tears.

more than 3 years ago
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Robert X Cringely Predicts More Mininuke Plants

moxsam Re:I'd be open to it, but good luck with everyone (430 comments)

That's either a lie or a weird joke. In France and Germany you do not buy hot water from nuclear plants. Almost everyone heats up their water in their home using central heating that runs on gas.

more than 3 years ago
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Why We Should Buy Music In FLAC

moxsam Re:If you want CD-quality audio, buy CDs (550 comments)

I'm not sure what's so complicated about this.

You really don't know? It's complicated to get it error-free onto your PC! Red Book has no reliable error detection mechanism like Yellow Book.

So why should I buy an Audio CD if I'm never going to listen to it anyway? But only rip it once or twice. They're simply a nuisance compared to downloaded music files. Please, go listen to some vinyl, grandpa.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple in Talks to Improve Sound Quality of Music Downloads

moxsam Re:red herring (450 comments)

MP3 doesn't use fixed linear quantization. So the whole concept of using a lossy codec on 24bit audio is shady. The bitdepth for a given sample depends on what the encoder thought was the enough. And so MP3s or AAC in that respect can be decoded to 16bit or 24bit, but what dynamic range the audio really maintened is not up to the decoder anymore.

Yet I heard a rumor Apple already uses 24bit sources to convert to AAC, but the audible benefits are non-existant, as there are no audible benefits from switching from 16 bit to 24 bit PCM for listening. 16bit sourced AAC is different to 24bit sourced AAC, but 24bit sourced AAC has a lesser dynamic range than the original, in fact it should come very close to the dynamic range of a 16 bit sourced AAC file.

The only benefit is that when you already have 24 bit lossless files in your data center it would be totally superfluous to quantizie them to 16bit before the lossy encoding, since all modern lossy encoders that are relevant accept 24 bit input.

more than 3 years ago
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The Inner World of Gov-Sponsored White-Hat Hacking

moxsam HBGary is the archetypical black-hat firm (146 comments)

Just because what they did may be legal, although I have my strong doubts it actually was, doesn't mean that they are not black-hat hackers. They obviously have no morals, thus they are a black-hatted.

more than 3 years ago
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Confidential Data Not Safe On Solid State Disks

moxsam Re:Not so fast, Batman! (376 comments)

I'm not sure but I think once I have the pre-boot authentication in place, I can install a different OS.

No, sorry. System encryption always needs a device/disk driver in the OS. The decryption code does not run on top of the kernel like a rootkit.

And if I'm wrong, the only thing they might learn (with a lot of effort, recovering scraps of data total overwrite failed to remove, as per The Article), what OS I use. No 3rd party software, no registry and the likes. The end. I can encrypt the system volume the first thing after I'm able to run a first program on the system. All the other software, all modifications to the registry and so on, will run on the encrypted disk.

Sure, of course. All you said.

more than 3 years ago
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Confidential Data Not Safe On Solid State Disks

moxsam Not so fast, Batman! (376 comments)

For a system drive you have to at least install the OS before being able to encrypt it with TrueCrypt or its fork DiskCryptor.

That's not a problem if you don't save any personal data to the drive after installing the OS and before a system encryption, but nevertheless this depends on how wide you define personal data. Is the choice of OS, any registry key, choice of software, isn't that personal information, too?

more than 3 years ago
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Has China Already Flown a Space Plane?

moxsam First unofficial video footage leaked (176 comments)

This was apparently filmed by a passenger of a commercial airliner somewhere above China...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEg9T_OC0Zo

more than 2 years ago
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Has China Already Flown a Space Plane?

moxsam Here is the first unofficial video (176 comments)

This was apparently filmed by a passenger on a commercial airliner flying over China...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEg9T_OC0Zo

more than 2 years ago

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