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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 a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

neokushan Re:Raspberry PI (420 comments)

I haven't encountered a grey screen issue, is there a specific occurrence for that? Skipping generally works fine for me, sometimes it does that thing where it seems to miss a keyframe and it looks a bit funky for a few seconds but aside from that, it works fairly well.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

neokushan Re:Raspberry PI (420 comments)

Large AVI's are no problem for me. Again, he's using Linux Mint on his (presumably?) server, so using NFS shouldn't be an issue if the overhead for SMB proves too much.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

neokushan Re:MiniDLNA (420 comments)

I've found the 360 to be extremely hit and miss when it comes to decoding certain media. MKV's especially are a nightmare with it. I ended up using my PS3 for streaming for a long time, but realistically nothing quite beats the likes of XBMC for media support.

I've had a raspberry pi since launch (I got one of the first batches) and XBMC was quite flaky at first, especially with things like DTS decoding but right now it's very stable and I find I have few issues these days. There's the odd MKV that gives it trouble, but it's usually an issue with the file (such as it using a high bitrate or something).

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

neokushan Re:Raspberry PI (420 comments)

In fairness, I use a Raspberry Pi myself however I use it as an XBMC machine plugged into my TV, rather than the media server. I let it access the files directly, via an NFS share and it works incredibly well. It can also use SMB if you're a windows user (and in fact, I'm running a Windows server, but since it has NFS support and that has a lower overhead, that's what I use), as well as various other protocols - and there's a plex plugin for it.

The OP isn't prepared to put some arbitrary hours in to getting his current setup working and if he values his time, dropping $35 on a PI seems like a reasonable option to me as it can be setup in just a few mins. It's literally a case of sticking the RaspBMC image onto an SD card, plugging it in and when XBMC boots, telling it which paths to scan for media.

They're cool little devices to have anyway and using XBMC on it means he doesn't have to run anything special on his existing Linux box.

about 3 months ago
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Target Confirms Point-of-Sale Malware Was Used In Attack

neokushan Re:Cheap architecture + short cuts = DOOM (250 comments)

Good for them, they'll end up pissing away more money than it costs to replace the terminal. Their loss. If people aren't capable of managing long term business expenses, that's not my or your issue.

about 3 months ago
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Target Confirms Point-of-Sale Malware Was Used In Attack

neokushan Re:Cheap architecture + short cuts = DOOM (250 comments)

Retailers are 100% liable today. And that's the problem!

No they're not. Retailers pay a % of the transaction for "anti-fraud" measures, as part of the interchange fee.

about 3 months ago
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Target Confirms Point-of-Sale Malware Was Used In Attack

neokushan Re:Cheap architecture + short cuts = DOOM (250 comments)

Until there's a shift in liability that means merchants are suddenly liable for card fraud. Suddenly spending a couple of thousand on a new terminal is more cost effective than dealing with thousands in fraud every month.

And it just so happens that's what's happening, with the liability shift beginning next year. There's currently a scramble behind the scenes to get everyone up to scratch before then. It's going to be messy, there's going to be casualties but like it or not, it's happening.

about 3 months ago
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Target Confirms Point-of-Sale Malware Was Used In Attack

neokushan Re:Cheap architecture + short cuts = DOOM (250 comments)

That is essentially how EMV works. Transactions can be done offline, but the card can override the terminal and force it online (to the host) to proceed. Cards will do this for a whole number of reasons, making it difficult to predict. Data is cryptographically signed between card and host, so the terminal cannot tamper with it without voiding the whole transaction.

If the card demands to go online and the terminal does not, it doesn't fall back, it just fails.

about 3 months ago
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Target Confirms Point-of-Sale Malware Was Used In Attack

neokushan Re:Cheap architecture + short cuts = DOOM (250 comments)

This isn't a fault of EMV or chip technology, it's a fault of the banks and their attitude towards security.

However in those instances, you still cannot clone a card (Unlike magstripe, which can be cloned trivially). While PIN makes it much more secure, there's still a huge benefit from moving to EMV. I.e. things like this target hack wouldn't have been possible under EMV cards, PIN or no PIN.

about 3 months ago
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Target Confirms Point-of-Sale Malware Was Used In Attack

neokushan Re:Cheap architecture + short cuts = DOOM (250 comments)

tap to pay = RFID == lower security

Can we not spread bullshit and FUD on /. please?

The "tap to pay" interface is linked directly to the smart card. There are some protocol differences to handle the faster nature of the transaction, but it's still EMV, it's still just as secure as the chip itself, it's just contactless.

Even if the terminal itself was compromised and you could read the chip directly, you won't get anything useful from it. Sure, you'll get track2 data (i.e. the magstripe information) but it's useless for EMV as an EMV transaction has several layers of security. Encryption, hashing, cryptograms, essentially there's no way to replay a transaction even if you capture every bit of data from it. In EMV, the terminal isn't trusted, it just acts as an intermediary between card and host. Both the card AND the host can decide to decline a transaction. The card, at any point, can force a terminal to go online if it's not satisfied with the terminal (and will occasionally do so just for the sake of it, because certain floor limits have been hit) and if the terminal doesn't do this, the transaction is cancelled.
AT BEST, a criminal could remotely pass through your card's APDU's wirelessly to another transmitter to perform a fraudulent transaction but contactless payments are limited by a maximum spend (usually something like $15 or $20) and will often still require your PIN to proceed.

Your scaremongering isn't helping anyone, it's just causing people to stick with magstripe which is so insecure it's utterly laughable.

about 3 months ago
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Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'

neokushan Re:If you're concerned... (351 comments)

It takes 51% of the network to manipulate bitcoin.

What % of control do you think regular banking systems have and how much is required to manipulate that?

about 3 months ago
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Cairo 2D Graphics May Become Part of ISO C++

neokushan Re:Sure, why not (430 comments)

Thank fuck someone on slashdot has some sense!

How dare we evolve computers to make things easier for everyone. How dare we rip off as much boilerplate code as possible and create utilities that help with tedious or repetitive tasks! I mean what the hell were we thinking, Computers weren't meant to make our lives easier, were they?!

about 3 months ago
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Embedded SIM Design Means No More Swapping Cards

neokushan Re:why? (192 comments)

What, like all modern smartphones?

about 4 months ago
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Embedded SIM Design Means No More Swapping Cards

neokushan Re:why? (192 comments)

I know he was trolling, but he never said it was too heavy...

about 4 months ago
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The Quest To Build Xbox One and PS4 Emulators

neokushan Re:Locked down tighter than a CEO's wallet (227 comments)

I never claimed that WINE was an emulator, but that doesn't mean its codebase couldn't be used as a starting point for an Xbox One emulator. The whole OS doesn't need to be emulated necessarily, just the parts of the OS that the software hooks into. Then again, if the emulator is high-level enough then the actual OS itself could run on it, though this would be a copyright nightmare but nothing new for emulators (BIOS files for PSX, Dreamcast, etc. being prime examples).

about 4 months ago
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The Quest To Build Xbox One and PS4 Emulators

neokushan Re:Why? (227 comments)

Well, if something partially emulates a system but isn't 100% accurate, what do we call it if not an emulator?

about 4 months ago
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The Quest To Build Xbox One and PS4 Emulators

neokushan Re:Why? (227 comments)

License authentication is largely irrelevant, an emulator would just ignore any licensing flags and play content indiscriminately. As for MP, that is a different issue and one faced by all platforms, but it's not inconceivable for emulators to be able to form their own network.

The 360 can already play networked content outside of Live, it was little more than disabling a ping limit for local multiplayer. Not quite as elegant as a fully-fledged Xbox Live replacement but a start.

about 4 months ago

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Broadcom open-sources GPU driver for the Raspberry PI

neokushan neokushan writes  |  about a year and a half 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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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