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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

stewsters They have no accountability (130 comments)

So they are selling vulnerabilities to hackers rather than telling the source maintainers? That's irresponsible at best.

2 days ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

stewsters Buy a bad phone, what do you expect? (289 comments)

If you want a good lg phone, buy a Nexus 5 without a contract (~$350) and get monthly plan with unlimited everything plan ~$45.

3 days ago
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Preparing For Satellite Defense

stewsters Re:New potential battleground? (116 comments)

What kinds of countermeasures are available? You can't intercept a laser, or is there some kind of coating they use? You can't easily dodge with the amount of fuel most satellites have. If there is another full scale war vs a major wold power, I don't think our satellites will last long. Hopefully we have practiced using other sorts of navigation.

about a week ago
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New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

stewsters Update yo software (165 comments)

For those who don't read articles, this appears to happen if you don't auto-update your software and are running php. Not to many details on what versions of software they are using, but it may be a time for a sudo apt-get upgrade.

about a week ago
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Interviews: Ask Dr. Andy Chun About Artificial Intelligence

stewsters Re:Broader implications (68 comments)

This is what I came to ask. I imagine any system with a lot of sensors and measurements of success (like the subway uptime) would be the low hanging fruits.
If the idea of self driving cars becomes popular in the next 15 years, you could mitigate a lot of traffic issues with correct planning (assuming a majority of the drivers use it).

about a week ago
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Mozilla Doubles Down on JPEG Encoding with mozjpeg 2.0

stewsters Facebook could do more (129 comments)

If Facebook really wanted to help reduce global bandwidth and was willing to play hardball, they would just switch their images to webP suddenly, and display a message to update your browser if you cant see them. Microsoft would have to fold if suddenly their browser didn't show images. Not sure if FB is large enough to survive the backlash, but if they are we could see new codecs in IE within the month.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla Doubles Down on JPEG Encoding with mozjpeg 2.0

stewsters Re:Hard to get excited. (129 comments)

Who's to say they don't have a few coders working on better video codecs? They seem at least to be hiring for video chat: https://www.facebook.com/caree... Every bit counts with a site their size. Google doesn't even close its tags.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

stewsters Re:We all hate legacy code (536 comments)

That is a really shitty comparison, they cheat and try to make Java look a lot slower than it is.

The Java version they used was 5 years old, asked the system what the total memory and free memory used was during the loop multiple times per iteration (none of the other ones ask in the loop even once), and uses immutable Strings rather than a StringBuilder.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

stewsters Spring Boot (536 comments)

Java, using Spring Boot with an AngularJS frontend.

about three weeks ago
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Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Heads Into Home Stretch

stewsters Re:Public Failure (68 comments)

"The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers."

- Socrates, 469-399 B.C.

Don't worry too much. The children will grow up, and invent some shit that we haven't even thought of yet. Sure they may seem dumb to us now, but a few will learn and lead the rest.

about three weeks ago
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The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

stewsters There are a few things we can do. (205 comments)

Underlying dangers: the user?

What we should do is research safe alternatives for languages (http://www.rust-lang.org/), more sandboxing of who can access what (SELinux, AppArmor), and better and simpler libraries (LibreSSL). No plugin Auto-run for untrusted sites.

Antivirus is cool and all, but its not as good as fixing the bugs. Unfortunately it is more profitable.

about a month ago
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The Security Industry Is Failing Miserably At Fixing Underlying Dangers

stewsters Re:There's no money in being secure (205 comments)

Also programmers would start getting paid like doctors, so costs would rise. (doctors who's patients were undergoing targeted attacks)

about a month ago
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Searching For Ocean Life On Another World

stewsters Obligatory (49 comments)

Attempt no landing there.

But seriously, cool stuff.

How do they plan to send communications back to earth from under the ice? I assume they will have a rover on the surface that will communicate with the diver and possibly a satellite, that will communicate with us.

about 1 month ago
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US House of Representatives Votes To Cut Funding To NSA

stewsters This is a start (164 comments)

This is good. We should not pay to have our products secretly weakened.

about a month ago
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Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

stewsters Use Git (387 comments)

This is why distributed version control is important (git/mercurial), even if you think SVN is easier. Sometimes your remote server will disappear, whether its hackers, fires, or someone forgot to pay the bill.

about a month ago
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Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

stewsters Re:Another case of 'same, but with a computer' (216 comments)

What if someone cuts the water or power to the hospitol and mixes suger in the gas of the generator? There is no reason this should specifically include computers and not other attacks.

about a month and a half ago
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DARPA's Cyber Grand Challenge Offers $3.75 Million In Prizes

stewsters So we are building a machine that can counter hack (10 comments)

Of course, the whole point of a Cyber Doomsday Machine is lost, if you keep it a secret. Why didn't you tell the world, eh?

about 1 month ago
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Google Announces 'End-To-End' Encryption Extension For Chrome

stewsters Re:So they are begginig the monopoly (100 comments)

The advantage is that Google does not have to give them anything that will decrypt your messages if they get subpoena, they have to get the key from the message receiver. Which means the person who got the message either gets tipped off, or they have to hack your computer.

about 2 months ago

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