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New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

shortscruffydave solution? (172 comments)

The backdoor applies the MD5 hash function to the value and sends a query to reddit.com. The query template is as follows: https://www.reddit.com/search?... Here MD5_hash_first8 is the value of the first 8 bytes of the MD5 hash value from the current date. The reddit.com search returns a web page containing the list of botnet C&C servers and ports published by criminals in comments to the post minecraftserverlists under the account vtnhiaovyd.

So...get Reddit to nix this query and deny the functionality to the botnet?

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

shortscruffydave Re:Why? (549 comments)

Fair point, and I must admit that I was thinking more about self-inflicted rather than externally-originated extinction. That said - and I don't have any strong opinion one way or the other - should mankind really consider itself the pinnacle of evolution that must preserve itself at all costs? If an extinction-level event comes along, then maybe mankind should go the way of the dinosaurs, and let evolution come up with an alternative (an improved mankind v2.0) out of what remains. ( I realise that I've basically just paraphrases Falken's speech from the movie Wargames, but the point still stands).

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

shortscruffydave Why? (549 comments)

Why would we need to populate Mars in order to preserve humanity? In case humanity managed to wipe itself out on this planet? If that's the case - humanity has managed to f*** up so catastrophically as to destroy itself on its home planet - then it doesn't deserve to be preserved.

about three weeks ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

shortscruffydave Re:What a fool (302 comments)

You will find that police dispatch radio systems aren't standardized in the UK too.

Yes they are - the Airwave system has been in use across all UK police forces for a number of years

about three weeks ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

shortscruffydave Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

I think the elephant in the room is that most women have babies. They love those babies and they want to stay home with them.

Where I work - medium-sized development shop - I can recall one or two females who went on maternity leave and never came back, and several who dropped to part-time after they had kids. Not one single male changed working patterns after fatherhood.

about a month ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

shortscruffydave Re:What do they mean (serious question)? (140 comments)

That higher resolution is because you're looking at an image captured from an aircraft flying at a much lower altitude than a satellite.

about 2 months ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

shortscruffydave Re:50cm limit was on selling, not taking photos. (140 comments)

Exactly. Satellite imagery of better than 50cm resolution has been available from European satellites for some time. This is just the USA playing catch-up in the commercial marketplace

about 2 months ago
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London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

shortscruffydave Re:Who the F gets to live without competition? (417 comments)

Indeed. Jack Rosenthal's "The Knowledge" gives a great insight into how they learn all of this...it's available on DVD and is worth tracking down.

about 5 months ago
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London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

shortscruffydave Re:Who the F gets to live without competition? (417 comments)

What these drivers are asking for is a special privilege to be a superior class of citizen: To be spared any natural competition.

And what they're doing is not protesting. It's throwing a tantrum.

In saying that, you demonstrate that you have no idea how good London cabbies are at their job, an dhow hard they have to work to get to that position.

They are vetted and must have no criminal record, and they are regulated by the Public Carriage Office

The Knowledge is notoriously difficult, and leads to them having an encyclopaedic knowledge of the streets of central London - something like every street in a 10 mile radius of Charing Cross, every hotel, cinema, theatre, etc. Every time they've been put into competition with a SatNav, the route they calculate *in their head* is superior to anything that technology can come up with.

There's no way some guy with a smartphone app can be seen as anything like a peer for a proper London Cabbie.

about 5 months ago
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For the First Time Ever, the FAA Is Trying To Fine a Drone Hobbyist

shortscruffydave "Drones" vs "RC aircraft" (297 comments)

Everyone seems to be getting all gussied up about drones, but (excuse my ignorance here) what's the difference between drones and remote control aircraft? People seem to have been playing happily with the latter for years, but when they get called "drones", they're seen as evil?

about 6 months ago
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Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain

shortscruffydave Engines (353 comments)

If the main thing about this aircraft is it's high speed, it seems odd to me that the replica is going to be powered by engines which will only allow it to reach a fraction of the quoted max speed

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

shortscruffydave my preferred approach (716 comments)

Accept that there will be a certain degree of bugginess in code, and cater for this in project timescales, workload allocation, etc. As bugs get teased out of the product, they get fixed. It's all part of the process, and implicitly it's accepted that developers will include some bugs in their code (for which the testing process is included in the development lifecycle) BUT....there is a limit as to how much bugginess a single developer can be responsible for. When their output drops below an acceptable standard, i.e. bugs:code ratio is not good enough, then they get fired.

about 8 months ago
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Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain

shortscruffydave Re:Picasso (360 comments)

Copying your work to give away for free or to sell should have a much much shorter leash, as should the privilege to restrict others from creating new things based on your work. 5 years seems more than enough to me in this digital age.

Why? Why the hell should that be the case? If I pour loads of MY time and MY effort and MY resources into creating something, then it's MY creation and I want to keep it then I can, because it's MINE.

Sorry, but it just boils my p**s that everyone these days just thinks they have a God*-given right for unfettered access to anything they like for free,

* other deities may be available

about 9 months ago
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Would Linus Torvalds Please Collect His Bitcoin Tips?

shortscruffydave Re:$136? (231 comments)

The US dollar is backed by the world's largest economy

Please remind me, how big is the national debt of the country with the world's largest economy?

about 9 months ago
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More Bad News For the F-35

shortscruffydave What's left of the UK Navy (401 comments)

At least the UK's carrier building programme is running slow...it'd just be embarrassing if we had carriers but no planes to put on them....

about 9 months ago
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20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent

shortscruffydave Re:Soylent Grey is really _____ ! (543 comments)

It's not green, so it doesn't have people in it yet. So what secret will we discover is the ingredient in Soylent Grey?

Old people

about 9 months ago
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Why Birds Fly In a V Formation

shortscruffydave Re:This is new? (207 comments)

Now that they've got that one nailed down, they should do a similar study to test certain long-held theories about bicyclist behavior in the Tour de France.

You mean maybe the birds can fly long distances because they're off their faces on drugs?

about 9 months ago
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

shortscruffydave Re:Holy tone-deaf (1431 comments)

“We encourage our patrons to remember that they are sharing a common wish to be entertained and to treat their fellow moviegoers with courtesy and respect.”

Is there any greater display of courtesy and respect for someone than not shooting them dead?

about 9 months ago
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Debug.js: A JavaScript VM and In-Browser Debugger In Pure JS Generators

shortscruffydave Re:man I wish (34 comments)

I know nothing about java,

This is about JavaScript, so that shouldn't be an issue then....

about 9 months ago

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ISPs to target illegal file sharers

shortscruffydave shortscruffydave writes  |  more than 6 years ago

shortscruffydave (638529) writes "As reported in this BBC story ISPs are going to be taking action against people engaged in file sharing. If it's just to act against illegal file sharing, then I guess that's fair enough as their actions are intended to prevent illegal activity on their networks, but there's no detail in the story as to whether they can differentiate between illegal and legal file sharing."
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Apple defacements.....or not?

shortscruffydave shortscruffydave writes  |  more than 6 years ago

shortscruffydave (638529) writes "The Register is reporting on a series of anti-Apple-Fanboy defacements on a series of websites. The thing is, the defacements aren't really hacks at all, at least according to one publisher who says images posing as defacements on Apple Matters and iPhone Matters were, in fact, ill-considered "publicity stunts" that were designed to appear as breaches."

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