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Satoshi Nakamoto's Email Address Compromised

neokushan Re:WRONG! (65 comments)

Don't allow password recovery.

That is absolutely not a solution. That's braindead idiocy at best. The result is that people will use one password for everything and probably write it down in a few places because if they forget it, they're fucked. Yes, people do that anyway but not allowing a password reset makes the situation much worse.

If your problem is with that "one key system", then perhaps you need to secure that "one key system" better. Twofactor auth on email hardens that single point and makes it very difficult to compromise. If an attacker is still able to compromise it, then I'd wager they'd be able to compromise those other systems anyway.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla Makes Improvements To Model S

neokushan Re:News at 11 (136 comments)

640KM range probably would be enough for anyone.

about 4 months ago
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No, HealthCare.gov Doesn't Require 500 Million Lines of Code

neokushan Re:So now we're trusting blogs face value? (142 comments)

In fairness, it's no more unreliable than the 500million+ lines of code, claim. And somehow much more believable.

about 4 months ago
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PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped

neokushan Re:Encryption (220 comments)

With encryption without authentication, many people will assume they gain some security when they are not.

Not at all. It would appear to the user like any non-TLS site does today - standard address bar, no padlock, nothing. What goes on in the background doesn't matter as far as the user is concerned. In fact, I'd be surprised if many users have even considered that their data is being sent plaintext on the majority of sites. Changing the background to be encrypted would be a good way to block a lot of passive surveillance without making users feel as though their entire online doings are protected without the padlock.

about 4 months ago
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PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped

neokushan Re:Encryption (220 comments)

You've confused encryption with authentication. It doesn't need to be authenticated, the idea is to stop drive-by starbucks script kiddies, mass surveillance. Targeted attacks will always be an issue, even with strong, well auth'd encryption.

about 4 months ago
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PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped

neokushan Encryption (220 comments)

I hope that whatever HTTP2.0 ends up being enforces encryption by default.

about 4 months ago
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Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

neokushan Re:Not denying something is different from forcing (406 comments)

Choosing not to include some feature in your product is exercising your freedom

Likewise, Choosing TO include some feature in your product is exercising your freedom. What's the issue?

Yes, Firefox is bundling in code to handle DRM, but you are never forced to use it. Firefox itself is not becoming DRM'd, in reality it's not entirely different to including proprietary CODEC support - you're free to use it if you want and free to ignore it if you don't want to use it. Ultimately, giving users a choice is the most freedom.

about 4 months ago
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Fixing the Pain of Programming

neokushan Re:Debuggers (294 comments)

How else are people supposed to learn? Stepping through code line-by-line is an excellent way to learn what your code is actually doing. Everyone has to start somewhere. If someone has decades of experience and still works like this, then I have to ask why they're in that position? Who put them there? Why haven't they had performance reviews that highlight this weakness?

It seems that far too many rockstar developers can't fathom that not everyone knows absolutely every facet of development.

about 4 months ago
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AMD Preparing To Give Intel a Run For Its Money

neokushan Re:Only the great Master of Paper can save AMD (345 comments)

I do wonder what the future has in store for the humble CPU. With a huge market shift towards tablets and phones in the consumer area, where power savings are more important than raw oomph, as well as a similar shift in a good portion of the server market, are we starting to reach an era of CPU's being "good enough" for most people and performance to begin stagnating?

Hopefully some good competition between AMD and Intel will keep things fresh and fast.

about 4 months ago
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Researchers Find, Analyze Forged SSL Certs In the Wild

neokushan Re:Flash? I removed Flash to avoid problems! (86 comments)

For someone banging on about security, this statement is laughable:

A plugin would add no vulnerabilities.

Flash is a plugin.

about 4 months ago
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Researchers Find, Analyze Forged SSL Certs In the Wild

neokushan Re:Flash? I removed Flash to avoid problems! (86 comments)

So what you're saying is, Flash is a stupid idea because people have to install it, but a browser addon is a better idea because people have to install it.

about 4 months ago
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DogeCoin To the Moon Via a Google Lunar X PRIZE Team

neokushan To the moon (35 comments)

As ridiculous as the meme is, I feel Dogecoin has done more for cryprocurrency acceptance and awareness in the last 5 months than Bitcoin has done in the last 5 years.

about 4 months ago
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Researchers Find, Analyze Forged SSL Certs In the Wild

neokushan Re:Flash? I removed Flash to avoid problems! (86 comments)

By all means, give me a better way to enable websockets on the majority of browsers out there. Flash is horrible, but most people have it installed and enabled. The same can't be said for much anything else.

about 5 months ago
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Researchers Find, Analyze Forged SSL Certs In the Wild

neokushan Re:Flash? I removed Flash to avoid problems! (86 comments)

Too bad you didn't read the summary properly: The flash object sits on the website, not the browser. The browser just runs it.
For this to work on a wide scale, you can't make everyone install a browser addon. That's just stupid and as bad as flash is, proprietary addons are worse.

about 5 months ago
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Researchers Find, Analyze Forged SSL Certs In the Wild

neokushan Re:More secure browsing... (86 comments)

Why would you exterminate browsers? Do you really want/need an app for everything?

about 5 months ago
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Canadian Teen Arrested For Calling In 30+ Swattings, Bomb Threats

neokushan Re:OR not (350 comments)

Context is so very important.

All you have to do is follow the CCTV footage at the time of the call until you get a shot of their face, or an idea of where they commuted from.

about 5 months ago
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Canadian Teen Arrested For Calling In 30+ Swattings, Bomb Threats

neokushan OR not (350 comments)

Pay phones are often in public areas, which often have CCTV. While it's not quite a direct trace to the home phone, it's almost certainly enough to find out who did it. All you have to do is follow the CCTV footage at the time of the call until you get a shot of their face, or an idea of where they commuted from. You'll also get a description of their build, ethnicity, etc. and then there's likely eye-witnesses for the areas you can't see.

Surely a much better/modern approach is to use some VOIP provider over a VPN. The call quality might not be brilliant but it doesn't have to be. Or perhaps steal someone's wi-fi. There's lots of ways.

about 5 months ago
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Wi-Fi Problems Dog Apple-Samsung Trial

neokushan Re:Um... (80 comments)

Yes, because everywhere that has a power socket also has an RJ-45 connector.

And no, homeplugs are not a reliable solution.

about 6 months ago

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Broadcom open-sources GPU driver for the Raspberry PI

neokushan neokushan writes  |  about 2 years ago

neokushan writes "The BCM2835 used in the Raspberry Pi is the first ARM-based multimedia SoC with fully-functional, vendor-provided (as opposed to partial, reverse engineered) fully open-source drivers, and that Broadcom is the first vendor to open their mobile GPU drivers up in this way."
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Ask Slashdot: Best Help Authoring Tool for a small

neokushan neokushan writes  |  more than 2 years ago

neokushan (932374) writes "The Company I work for has recently, at my behest, decided it was time to update the documentation for their software. The problem is, the documentation is so out of date and inconsistent that it needs a complete rewrite. Ideally, we could do with a Help Authoring Tool, but the company isn't large enough to justify the spend on something like Adobe RoboHelp. Sadly, FOSS solutions are extremely lacking. What does everyone else use? Are there any cheap, or better yet, free HATs out there worth using? How do they compare to the likes of Robohelp?"
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PS3 hacker discusses homebrew, petitions Sony

neokushan neokushan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

neokushan writes "Famed PS3 hacker KaKoRoTo recently released what he calls the "humble homebrew collection" as a way of petitioning Sony to open the PS3 up to homebrew developers (http://humblehomebrew.com/). Now, in an interview, he discusses the future of homebrew, hacking and the recent targeting of the Playstation Network."
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"Humble Homebrew Collection" petitions Sony

neokushan neokushan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

neokushan writes "The Humble Homebrew Collection is an initiative that aims to convince Sony to provide us with a legitimate and official way to create homebrew applications for the consoles that we own.

        We are providing you with a free homebrew game that aims to be polished and look professionally made which includes 33 very good and addictive puzzle games. We've tried to make this homebrew games collection as good as possible so that even the anti-homebrew purists will be jealous of it.

        Homebrew does not equal piracy, and this is proof of it. These games are all free and are released under the MIT license."

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Google's new movie rental service is blocked if yo

neokushan neokushan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

neokushan writes "Google announced their service at Google I/O earlier this month, along with their music streaming service. The service allows users to rent movies to their android devices straight from the Android market. As it transpires, Google specifically locks out users of rooted devices for copy protection reasons."
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The turbulant times of the PlayStation 3

neokushan neokushan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

neokushan (932374) writes "It has now been over 3 weeks since the PlayStation Network was taken down by Sony due to a hacker incursion that has made headlines worldwide. The loss of personal data, the potential leak of credit card data, the lack of security and seemingly slow response from Sony has gamers, developers and privacy experts alike all calling for blood.

There's talk of developers abandoning Sony's platform entirely due to losing a lot of revenue and retailers aren't exactly making a case for consumers to stick with the PS3 as opposed to the competition.

Factor in that the Xperia Play doesn't seem to be shifting games and things are looking pretty bad for Sony. Is this the end of the PlayStation 3? Can Sony recover from this any time soon, if at all? Well, if any company can come back from the brink, it's Sony — and history will show you why."

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Sony Encourages Linux on their Phones

neokushan neokushan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

neokushan writes "It's no secret that Sony has been in the news a lot lately. From the PSN downtime, with the identity theft issue that comes with it, to the numerous court cases launched to try and quell the PS3 hacking Scene.

It may come as a surprise to many, then, that Sony's mobile smartphone division has taken an almost polar-opposite approach — they're actively encouraging developers to create, modify and install customised Linux kernels into their latest lineup of phones, including the Xperia Play, the device that was once known as "The Playstation Phone"."

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