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Researcher Finds Tor Exit Node Adding Malware To Downloads

techno-vampire Re:The big question (115 comments)

It's very rare, now, that you download binaries and run them on Linux to install something. Most of the time, what you get is an rpm, a deb or whatever the equivalent is for your distro. Adding malware to such a package without making it uninstallable is not as easy as it is with a Windows executable. I won't say it can't be done, because I'm sure that it can, but I will say it's more work especially as the exact technique depends on what type of package you're working with. And, of course, that gets even more tricky if you're using this service to download updates from your distro's repositories, as you not only have to gimmick the files itself, you have to get the GPG signature to match.

yesterday
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Researcher Finds Tor Exit Node Adding Malware To Downloads

techno-vampire The big question (115 comments)

Does the malware run under Linux? Unless they're able to infect Linux software, I really don't care because that's all I run.

yesterday
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Preferred smartphone screen size?

techno-vampire My Response (160 comments)

None, because I don't use a smartphone. I use an old-style dumb phone and don't even do texting. My phone is for making and receiving phone calls and nothing else.

yesterday
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

techno-vampire Re:No thanks (164 comments)

Let me guess: either you don't have access to a full-length mirror or you never bother to look at yourself in one. Granted, you can't get a good look at your backside that way, but you should have a fairly good idea of what you'd see if you did.

2 days ago
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Brain Patterns Give Clues To Why Some People Just Keep Gambling

techno-vampire Re:Regulation or Legislation? (59 comments)

Anyway, since when was it necessary to study brain patterns to establish if someone is a compulsive gambler?

If you have to ask that question, you've not understood what the study was about. It's not about trying to find out if people are compulsive gamblers, it's about why they are.

5 days ago
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How Whisper Tracks Users Who Don't Share Their Location

techno-vampire Not at all accurate (39 comments)

My connection is on a dynamic IP address. The best any of those services can do is tell you what city my ISP's router is in, and one of the three services tested by iplocation.net (the service pointed to by TFA) managed to get it wrong. And, I'm not the least bit impressed by the claim that the author's location was correct withing 5 miles, as that still leaves anybody looking for you with just over 78.5 square miles to search.

about a week ago
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High-Tech Walkers Could Help Japan's Elderly Stay Independent

techno-vampire Re:Get Off My Lawn (34 comments)

I'm 50 now, which makes me a decrepit old man by Slashdot standards...

I'm 65, and by my standards you're still a kid. I have a number of chronic medical conditions, including osteoporosis, but I still stand straight and don't need a walker, or even a cane. You don't have to be decrepit by the time you're ready to retire unless you don't try to take care of yourself or your health is considerably worse than mine. (Until recently, I was taking 33 pills/day, all but four by prescription.) Yes, it's nice to know that these devices may soon be available for those who need them, but it's even nicer to know that for now, at least, I'm not one of them.

about a week ago
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High-Tech Walkers Could Help Japan's Elderly Stay Independent

techno-vampire Re:Disability Act (34 comments)

In order to be useful to people using walkers or in wheelchairs, buildings need to have ramps instead of, or along with stairs. I don't know about the rest of Europe, but there's a good reason you don't find ramps in England: until recently, adding ramps meant that the Daleks could get in. Of course, now that Daleks can levitate, that's no longer an issue.

about a week ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

techno-vampire Obvious response (238 comments)

Whenever I see, "You'll never believe what ..." I respond with, "You're right; I wont."

about a week ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

techno-vampire Re:Who's in charge? (279 comments)

No, Who's on First.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

techno-vampire Life imitating Art (385 comments)

The idea of a chimp, or other primate being intelligent enough to be considered human isn't new. Heinlein covered it back in 1947 in Jerry Was a Man. If you haven't read it yet, you really need to before discussing this article any further.

about two weeks ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

techno-vampire Re:Copyright Infringment (191 comments)

More monetary penalties, yes. However, if she hits them with Identity Theft, there's a very good chance they'll be spending time in the Graybar Hotel.

about two weeks ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

techno-vampire Re:Copyright Infringment (191 comments)

Better yet: Identity Theft.

about three weeks ago
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US Navy Develops Robot Boat Swarm To Overwhelm Enemies

techno-vampire Re:Until... (142 comments)

This, of course, assumes that the defending fleet doesn't have any effective anti-missile defenses. Subs would be better, of course, if it weren't for our extensive ASW capability. You don't think that the people in charge of the USN haven't thought about how to protect their ships, do you?

about three weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

techno-vampire Re:Every new employee (554 comments)

Why was there such an uproar over Metro? Alas, I never used it so I can't say. It's possible that it wasn't easy to customize, which was one of the things that drove me away from Gnome 3. Right now, I'm using Xfce 4.10, and have it set up somewhat like Win98 SE, except that it has four desktops and I can reach the main menu by right-clicking on the desktop because that's how I like it. The important thing is that there's no One True Desktop for Linux and any company considering migrating to it can do a little bit of pre-rollout experimenting to find what works best for their workforce.

about three weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

techno-vampire Re:Every new employee (554 comments)

You can use X11/Linux, but then you'll have to keep paying the retraining cost for every new employee you hire...

FUD, pure and simple. Most modern Linux DEs look and act very similar to Windows because they're designed to do the same thing. Your typical office worker doesn't need to know more about using Linux than he does about using Windows, meaning that all they need to know is which icon to click on to do what. And, most of the office software for Linux isn't constantly changing the UI, so that once it's learned, it doesn't have to be re-learned every time there's a minor upgrade. And, as far as peripherals go, stay away from the bleeding edge, and the odd are that It Just Works.

about three weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

techno-vampire Re:Businesses don't want to spend money on PCs (554 comments)

Businesses buy Windows. It is hopelessly annoying, but a fact of life.

I know this isn't what you meant, but what I find annoying about this is the fact that they could install Linux for free, saving money (after whatever re-training costs are recovered) and allowing them to lower prices while increasing their profits.

about three weeks ago
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Earth Gets Another Quasi-Moon

techno-vampire Re:That's no Moon (54 comments)

...it appears that four mountainous regions on the rim of Peary crater at the Moon's north pole may remain illuminated for the entire lunar day, creating peaks of eternal light.

Not quite. Unless I'm more mistaken than usual, even those peaks go dark during a total eclipse of the Moon.

about three weeks ago
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My toy collection is ...

techno-vampire Just what kind of "toy" are we talking about? (209 comments)

I have some friends who are involved in BDSM. They tend to refer to the various objects they use with their partners as "toys." If that's what this poll is asking about, I'm going to have to change my answer.

about a month ago
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My resting heart rate:

techno-vampire That depends (169 comments)

Normally, my resting heart rate is in the 70s. However, if I run out of atenolol, my tachycardia takes over, driving it up into the 90s.

about a month ago

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America's first police auto-gyro

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 3 years ago

techno-vampire writes "The auto-gyro isn't a new idea; the first successful flight for one was in January 1923. What is new is that police in Tomball, Texas are experimenting with them for aerial surveillance. With a price tag of only $75,000 and operational costs of $50/hour, they're considerably more cost-effective than helicopters."
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Another AGW alarmist rescued from Arctic

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 4 years ago

techno-vampire (666512) writes "The Herald Sun reports that TOM Smitheringale wanted to prove the world was warming. Now he's another alarmist with frostbite.

It goes on to say that this is actually now the fourth year running that warming alarmists have had to be rescued from expeditions to prove the Arctic is warmer than it actually is. It's a metaphor.

According to the article, AGW alarmists have repeatedly needed to be rescued during publicity stunts trying to raise awareness of the melting Arctic ice cap because of brutal sub-zero weather conditions on the currently thickening ice sheet."

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Charles Darwin's best-kept secret

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 4 years ago

techno-vampire (666512) writes "Two hundred years ago, Ascension Island was a barren volcanic edifice.

Today, its peaks are covered by lush tropical "cloud forest".

What happened in the interim is the amazing story of how the architect of evolution, Kew Gardens and the Royal Navy conspired to build a fully functioning, but totally artificial ecosystem.

By a bizarre twist, this great imperial experiment may hold the key to the future colonisation of Mars."

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Which Linux distro should I choose?

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 5 years ago

techno-vampire (666512) writes "Currently, I'm using Fedora Linux on my desktop, and Puppy Linux on my very old laptop. I do tech support for my sister, who uses Ubuntu Linux. Now, I have a chance to get a brand-new, modern laptop and it occurs to me that this is a chance to broaden my Linux knowledge. The new laptop will mostly be used for browsing, email and wordprocessing, with gaming a minor consideration. If you were me, which Linux distro would you install, and why?"
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Ocean Circulation Doesn't Work As Expected

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 5 years ago

techno-vampire (666512) writes "The familiar model of Atlantic ocean currents that shows a discrete "conveyor belt" of deep, cold water flowing southward from the Labrador Sea is probably all wet. New research led by Duke University and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution relied on an armada of sophisticated floats to show that much of this water, originating in the sea between Newfoundland and Greenland, is diverted generally eastward by the time it flows as far south as Massachusetts. From there it disburses to the depths in complex ways that are difficult to follow. A 50-year-old model of ocean currents had shown this southbound subsurface flow of cold water forming a continuous loop with the familiar northbound flow of warm water on the surface, called the Gulf Stream. "Everybody always thought this deep flow operated like a conveyor belt, but what we are saying is that concept doesn't hold anymore," said Duke oceanographer Susan Lozier. "So it's going to be more difficult to measure these climate change signals in the deep ocean.""
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Using DNA to identify soldiers MIA

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 6 years ago

techno-vampire writes "According to an article at Military.com, the Army is trying to get DNA samples from about 6,300 families of soldiers MIA from WWII, Korea and Vietnam. These will be put in a databank and used to (they hope) identify the remains of servicemen who would otherwise remain nameless. The article includes both a phone number and an email address for contact."
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New rootkit from Sony

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 7 years ago

techno-vampire (666512) writes "An article in The Register reports that a new USB fingerprint authentication device from Sony repeats the CD rootkit exploit of two years ago. The MicroVault USM-F fingerprint reader software bundled with the stick installs a hidden directory under Windows. Either they didn't learn from the PR nightmare last time, or they really thought they'd get away with it this time, but in either case, smooth move, Mr. ExLax!"
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