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SSDs Cause Crisis For Digital Forensics

ymgve "Simple" solution (491 comments)

The solution to this would be to add a new command to the ATA spec, call it FREEZE or something. If a drive receives this command, it won't do any writing/erasing, neither on its own or in response to ATA commands. Then you just create write blockers that also send this command.

Of course, this both requires new drives and new write blocker hardware, so it probably won't be implemented.

more than 3 years ago
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Cell Phone Use Tied To Changes In Brain Activity

ymgve Re:Could it be something else? (191 comments)

Maybe it was actually caused by the phones being muted? Since the you're so used to hearing something when a phone is placed against your ear, and you often spend a moderate effort trying to separate the sound from the phone from background noise, maybe the lack of any sound at all made their brains try extra hard to listen for the expected sound.

A nice control would be some non-cellphone device that looked and acted like a phone, could be either muted or not, but only played a pre-recorded message and didn't produce any EM radiation.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubisoft's Draconian DRM Patched?

ymgve Not completely dead. (233 comments)

I just looked into this a bit more, and if what I understand is correct:

These games do NOT require you to be always-on anymore
Splinter Cell: Conviction
Silent Hunter 5
Assassin's Creed 2

These games STILL requires you to be always-on
The Settlers 7
Prince of Persia 2010
Hawx 2
Probably a few others

As an aside, the the way they "fixed" the always-on issue is a bit interesting - instead of issuing new patches for the various games, they now download a separate program for each game that does what Ubisoft's servers used to do.

more than 3 years ago
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Witcher 2 Torrents Could Net You a Fine

ymgve Re:Leaking (724 comments)

You don't need to seed a single byte to get the IPs of everyone on a torrent. Just ask the tracker/DHT network, and it willingly gives away all info about seeders/peers. This is by design, as torrents were never intended to be used for illegal means.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Designers Hate Crowdsourcing

ymgve Re:Angry? (569 comments)

As an example of thorough work done by a real design agency, here is a 90-page PDF style guide from the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. (Not in English, but the images should speak for themselves.)

You won't get anything comparable for $250 on 99designs.

more than 4 years ago
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OAuth, OpenID Password Crack Could Affect Millions

ymgve Re:Answer to brute force attacks (304 comments)

Have timing measurements ever been exploited online in practice? I would assume that over the internet, any difference in timing would get drowned out in the timing noise of a dozen routers, switches, heck, even possibly cable quality - making any reliable measurement impossible.

more than 4 years ago
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Malware Targets Shortcut Flaw In Windows, SCADA

ymgve Re:Default SQL username and password in HMI (214 comments)

Server=.\WinCC;uid=WinCCConnect;pwd=2WSXcder (+1 for what appears to be a reasonably random looking password

Only random looking. Glance down at your keyboard as you type in that password.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubisoft DRM Problems Remain Unsolved

ymgve Re:eff them (430 comments)

If you're talking about VAC-banning then you're just factually incorrect. If not then I'd be interested to know of an example, because I've never heard of somebody's entire Steam account being banned. Phished, perhaps, but not banned.

Google "disabled Steam account". They ban people for various things, mostly related to billing issues. If you want to experience it yourself, try purchasing something with a credit card, then dispute the charge. Poof, no more account.

more than 4 years ago
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Do Car Safety Problems Come From Outer Space?

ymgve Not even a software problem (437 comments)

They might have a slight point if the stuck accelerator problem actually was caused a software problem.

But since the problem has been shown to be a floor mat, or, in some other cases, a faulty mechanical design, what does this article have to do with anything?

more than 4 years ago
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Ars Analysis Calls Windows 7 Memory Usage Claims "Scaremongering"

ymgve Re:So (334 comments)

Just turn off the pagefile.

Windows can't page when it doesn't have a pagefile. Problem solved. At least it works for me.

more than 4 years ago
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86% of Windows 7 PCs Maxing Out Memory

ymgve Had a similar problem with XP (613 comments)

I haven't tested Windows 7 yet, but I was always annoyed that XP seemed quite fond of prioritizing disk cache over background applications. Every time after I had been playing a game, my web browser/email client would be slow as molasses because it was completely swapped out and it would take minutes before it went back to normal speed. So I did the one thing that a lot of people think is some kind of blasphemy.

I turned off swap.

And never looked back. I don't have to worry about disk trashing when changing between programs anymore, the whole system feels faster and I've never run out of memory, despite only having 3GB. Something was definitely flawed in the XP memory management.

more than 4 years ago
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$860 Million In Fines Handed Out For LCD Price-Fixing

ymgve Re:I just wonder (151 comments)

There are nearly as many computers in the real world using SDRAM and DDR SDRAM as there are using computers using DDR2 or DDR3.

They are also owned by people/companies that would rather buy a new system instead of adding more RAM.

more than 4 years ago
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Xbox Live Class Action Being Investigated

ymgve Re: features being revoked (453 comments)

Bull. Shit.

My Xbox hasn't been online in months and I have both installed and played games from the drive while it was offline. Try again.

more than 4 years ago
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US Government Using PS3s To Break Encryption

ymgve Re:Nvidia 8800GT PS3 (570 comments)

Why would you want the double-precision version? Crypto is all about integer math.

more than 4 years ago
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US Government Using PS3s To Break Encryption

ymgve Nvidia 8800GT PS3 (570 comments)

My 8800GT gets about 100 million passwords per second when cracking MD5 and SHA1 hashes. I thought the CELL was supposed to make the PS3 faster?

more than 4 years ago
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Researchers Outline Targeted Content Poisoning For P2P Data

ymgve Re:Paper summary (201 comments)

Bittorrent has data integrity checks for every chunk

So does edonkey. These people have no clue what they're talking about.

more than 4 years ago

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