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Attack Tool Released For WPS Setup Flaw

zefrer Re:US gov't only? (164 comments)

What's going on is that supposedly white hat 'security' firms are actually writing cracking software for assorted goverments. Meanwhile cracking software is illegal in many countries unless you happen to be the goverment or aforementioned 'security' firms.

Nothing to see here, move along now and so on..

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Medfield SoC Specs Leak

zefrer Re:Dubious (164 comments)

Not this again.. It doesn't matter that it is superior, and I'm not saying it's not, because all current CISC based CPUs translate their instructions into RISC before executing, making them indistinguishable, performance wise, from purely RISC based designs.

Fact is there are no purely CISC based designs anymore, haven't been any for more than a decade now, and perpetuating the myth that x86 is CISC and is slower than RISC helps no one.

more than 2 years ago
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Experimental Virtual Graphics Port Support For Linux

zefrer Re:Pff, nothing new (74 comments)

You neglect to mention that said standalone 3D cards were physically connected to the 2D card via a pass-through cable which was what sent the video signal from one card to the other, allowing it to appear on your monitor.

This is a software solution of the same effect that will work on any card, even remote cards on different machines. Hardly the same thing.

more than 2 years ago
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Final Fantasy XIV Subscriptions Returning, PS3 Version In 2012

zefrer "Version 2" (96 comments)

Meaning a complete re-write of what still is a failure. A re-write that was obviously necessary from the start. Why they're keeping version 1 going is anyone's guess.

more than 2 years ago
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Linux 3.0 Will Have Full Xen Support

zefrer Re:Meanwhile (171 comments)

Again, not true. You cannot 'just use the xen 4.1 hypervisor'. You seem to be completely ignorant of how much work there is in adding dom0 support in a kernel which is fortunate for you only. And the last opensolaris in august 2010 did not have dom0 and nor does openindiana. [1][2][3]

[1] https://www.illumos.org/boards/1/topics/561
[2] http://wiki.openindiana.org/oi/7.+Virtualization
[3] http://opensolaris.org/jive/thread.jspa?threadID=134657

more than 3 years ago
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Linux 3.0 Will Have Full Xen Support

zefrer Re:Meanwhile (171 comments)

Not true. The xen hypervisor is matched to the xen version running which is matched to the underlying kernel. It is impossible to take the 4.1 hypervisor and use it in Solaris without xen _dom0_ 4.1 support in the Solaris kernel. "It might require some work" is just about the greatest understatement ever uttered. Never mind that you can't even start on said work as Solaris' kernel is not open source and the last opensolaris source code that was released did not in fact have dom0 support. So yeah..

more than 3 years ago
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Linux 3.0 Will Have Full Xen Support

zefrer Re:Meanwhile (171 comments)

Just had to reply to this.. Sun forked Xen 3.1 something like 4 years ago, yes. That same fork, Xen version 3.1 is what is still being used today in Solaris and Sun had previously (pre-buyout) said they would not merge to any newer versions of xen.

So while Solaris can claim Xen Dom0 support it is no where near the capabilities of current Xen 4.0 and with no plans to update you're stuck on 3.1 with support only coming from, now, Oracle. Yeah, awesome.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Open Source SNORT Dead?

zefrer Re:GPLv2 Plus "Non-GPL" (127 comments)

"I get that if the code is their copyright, they can dual license at will. But doesn't the above mean any contributions from either a community or "Membership" cannot themselves be GPL, since any code accepted will in turn be distributed "non-gpl" among the membership? Also, are there "multiple tiers" of "non-gpl limited license"?"

I think you misunderstood. If you obtain a copy of the source code that is licensed and distributed as GPLv2, as they claim to make available, and you then make a patch for that code then your patch must also be available under GPLv2. Otherwise there would be a license violation.

On the other hand, if you buy support, they will give you the source code under a non-gpl license which they have every right to do since they own the copyright for the original source. This can not contain any GPLv2 only code (unless under the original GPLv2 license), say from contributors that got the code under GPL. This is mainly for companies wishing to make changes to the code without having to release their changes under the GPL.

That said, requiring a 'support contract' so that they provide you with the code under a different license is pretty low.

about 4 years ago
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Promised Platform-Independent GPU Tech Is Getting Real

zefrer Re:can it be done in software? (102 comments)

Uh not quite. Old mainframes were deliberately given a 'block remote access' switch that gives full control to the console to the person physically at the mainframe. That's a feature, not a cripple-me switch.

more than 4 years ago
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Licensing Issues Shut Down Pandora Outside US

zefrer A case of "wtf" (248 comments)

In a case of what would be best described as "wtf", I work for a US company in the UK that uses a US based proxy for all web connections. As such I can connect to Pandora which is not available in the "UK" but can not connect to Spotify which is only available in the "UK" in a non-subscription basis.

Obviously the internet cares not about borders so why are companies being forced into ridiculous limitation that are so easily bypassed for the sake of laws invented before human beings even conceived the idea of what eventually became the internet.

about 5 years ago
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Facebook VP Slams Intel's, AMD's Chip Performance Claims

zefrer Re:Sun.... (370 comments)

Uh not quite. Web servers sure, database? I think not. Having actually tried to do what you're suggesting, all those threads are no good if each of them sucks in terms of performance.

Webservers/fileservers sure but it is too expensive to consider unless there aren't any other viable, cheaper options - which there are plenty of

more than 5 years ago
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Facebook VP Slams Intel's, AMD's Chip Performance Claims

zefrer Re:Well I suppose... (370 comments)

Have you ever _used_ a coolthreads server? Sure it has lots of hardware threads but that's not going to do you any good if each of those threads runs so very very slowly.

Having run benchmarks, a single Ultrasparc T2 (5120, 32 threads) performed on par with a single core of an Athlon Opteron 2000...

It's not an accident that the Sparc architecture is dying off

more than 5 years ago
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Ultra-Thin Laptops To Be Next Intel-AMD Battleground

zefrer Um, snapdragon? (125 comments)

I'm sure Intel would like all of that pie and unfortunately for us, they are willing to do anything to get it. Including strong arming Asus when they showed an Arm based chipset running on Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform (running Android no less). A quick intervention from Intel and Microsoft and Asus was saying that 'the project is on hold' while sharing a stage with a VP from each of Intel and Microsoft.. Story on slashdot a couple days back.

Oh and these arm based devices can run all-day(apparently), nevermind 8 hours.

http://gizmodo.com/5273723/asus-demos-snapdragon+based-eee-pc-with-android

more than 5 years ago
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UK Government Announces Broadband Tax

zefrer Re:Pointless (252 comments)

Sadly, in same position as you.
As a case in point, I come from a backwater country of a population of less than a million with broadband speeds of barely over 1Mb (theoretical..) and my current connection with BT is _far_ worse than that.

Take that as you will.

more than 5 years ago
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EC To Pursue Antitrust Despite Microsoft's IE Move

zefrer Re:Missing the point (484 comments)

As has already been stated, when developers to make separate code for *one* browser than what they're using for any other browser and are hit with bugs that only happen on that one browser because that browser is not standards compliant then that by itself is opposed to innovation and creation of said standards as well as their continued development.

You are of course entitled to your own opinion but the fact of the matter is this:

Microsoft's business practice in regards to IE and windows is _illegal_.

more than 5 years ago
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EC To Pursue Antitrust Despite Microsoft's IE Move

zefrer Re:Missing the point (484 comments)

http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2009/05/safari-and-mac-os-x-hold-steady-for-april-while-iphone-climbs.ars

IE: 66%

In April 2009. Sure firefox grabbed market share. Is it enough? No. Is it beating IE? No. Is it beating the world's worst browser, IE6? By 3%.
  There was a time when IE was the best browser because it was the only browser and every site out there was coded for IE, not for the web, not per W3C standard nor common sense.

Firefox has not proven that innovation works, firefox has proven that the only thing that was keeping back innovation was IE.

more than 5 years ago
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EC To Pursue Antitrust Despite Microsoft's IE Move

zefrer Re:Missing the point (484 comments)

Please re-read.

Let me help you:

The argument is not that no other company bundles browers with their operating systems

more than 5 years ago
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EC To Pursue Antitrust Despite Microsoft's IE Move

zefrer Re:Missing the point (484 comments)

Perhaps. Not really an argument tho, it hasn't happened.

If you think the prevalence of IE is not a good enough example of stiffling innovation well then where have you been the past 5 years? We're talking about a line of browsers for which sites have to specifically code for. A line of browsers where 'standards compliancy' is a swear word. A line of browers were, even now in 2009, most corporate intranet sites will *only* work with them and no other browser.

more than 5 years ago
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EC To Pursue Antitrust Despite Microsoft's IE Move

zefrer Re:Missing the point (484 comments)

The difference is Apple does not have a monopoly and, critically, does not abuse its position of monopoly *and* by doing so stiffling competition and innovation.

If you still do not understand what I'm saying please have a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Product_bundling and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tying_(commerce). They are *both* prohibited by law.

You may think it's "unfair" that Microsoft is having to pay for its success - the point is competitors in a different field should not have to suffer because of Microsoft's monopoly in another field.

more than 5 years ago
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EC To Pursue Antitrust Despite Microsoft's IE Move

zefrer Missing the point (484 comments)

The argument is not that no other company bundles browers with their operating systems.

The argument is that a company which maintains a *monopoly* in as far as what operating system people are more likely to use is abusing this position of monopoly to push their own browser which is in turn stiffling innovation and advancement in browsers.

Evidence is everywhere of this. Do you really thing IE6 deserves its market share? Whenever a company abuses its position to push a competing product at the expense of other companies trying to compete with it then yes, that is due cause for the law to step in.

more than 5 years ago

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France passes 'three-strikes' law

zefrer zefrer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Zef (729860) writes "The BBC reports that "[a] controversial French bill which could disconnect people caught downloading content illegally three times has been passed by the National Assembly.""
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zefrer zefrer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

zefrer writes "Several users have noticed suspicious activity from the MMORPG Final Fantasy XI Online after their recent update(March 7th).

Apparently, unlike Blizzard and WoW, Square Enix, the makers of the game did not notify the users of this change, nor did they change their privacy policy to reflect this change. Upon investigation, a privacy conscious user was told that POL, the program used to login to the game which is what does the "checking" of your processes, does these checks in line with Paragraph A1 from their Privacy Policy which states that:

"During registration, we ask you to provide us with certain information that personally identifies you (referred to herein as "Personal Information"). Personal Information may include your name, date of birth, telephone number, mailing address, E-mail address, and credit card account information, as well as any other information that may be used to identify you."

Obviously there's nothing stated in that paragraph about the client being allowed to scan running processes on your computer and send back information without your knowledge or consent."

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