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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

zerro Re:Home of the brave? (580 comments)

That's the plotline for Team America 2, but don't think Sony's gonna carry that ;)

3 days ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

zerro Re:Prolific (700 comments)

(was just starting a response when I saw this)

Prolific has had this problem for a while with PL2303 chipset counterfeits.
They started a terrible shoot-the-completely-unaware-user campaign:
Starting a few years back with XP drivers, they started giving a nondescript "error 10" and refusing to start the driver when a counterfeit chip was loaded. On recent mac versions of the driver, they fail even more silently - just not transferring any bits. The funny thing is, the counterfeits usually work well when not on a crippled version of the prolific driver (or an open source).
Consumers here don't know the difference and just say - wow I have a crappy cable that doesnt work at all.

Would have been much better if they just displayed a message stating the facts when they detected a non-genuine cable - something to the effect of "hey we have detected a counterfeit chip in your cable - return to the dealer/vendor/manufacturer."

This would have been totally more effective at putting back-pressure against using counterfeits on the manufacturing/supply chain...
Alas - I guess it's cause I dont have an MBA that I can't see the wisdom in these tactics...

about 2 months ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

zerro Re:I must be in the minority. (467 comments)

yeah, in 20 years, i suspect being a millionaire would be like what it is today to earn a "six-figure income" - which is B.F.D.
I remember when I was a kid in the 80's, a "six figure income" was meaningful. Now in some places where software development is a common trade (cough: silicon valley), six figures is just-getting-by

about 8 months ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

zerro Re:Holy shit (467 comments)

and it wont be worth what it is today in the future..
look at that gold price... someone mentioned the price of gold should be looked at less as a "price of gold" as much as a measure of the devaluation of the dollar over time...

about 8 months ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

zerro Re:Another case for open source firmware. (242 comments)

"Effectively, they are taking away functionality that I have already paid for."

You mean to say that you already paid DynDNS for service? If so, I dont see how this affects you, as you are a paying customer.
If you are talking about something you paid to a hardware/software company for a router which had dyndns feature - generating value for the said router vendor, but no revenue for dyndns - I'm not sure I understand the fairness in your argument.

about 8 months ago
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The Spy In Our Living Room

zerro Re:1984 (148 comments)

In Kapitalist Amerika, TV watches YOU!

about 10 months ago
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Ampere Could Be Redefined After Experiments Track Single Electrons Crossing Chip

zerro Re:Gravity is not constant... (299 comments)

Thank you, for devolving this into a Monty Python joke!
+1

about a year ago
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30% of Americans Get News From Facebook According To Pew Research Poll

zerro Re:the other 40% (194 comments)

lolz you beat me to it!
I was going to say
"the other 30% get it from Fox News. Source: Fox News"

about a year ago
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Samsung Offered StackOverflow Users $500 For "Organic" Publicity

zerro SHOCKING!! (146 comments)

Just another payola scam, nothing to see here folks...

about a year ago
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NSA Backdoors In Open Source and Open Standards: What Are the Odds?

zerro Re:They tried scare tactics with OpenBSD (407 comments)

And if you are really serious about finding backdoors, etc, you wont just pore over the source code, but do a thorough analysis side-by-side with the disassembled binaries in IDA, and look for unexpected things...

about a year and a half ago
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NSA Backdoors In Open Source and Open Standards: What Are the Odds?

zerro Re:Alternative (407 comments)

^ this one. ding ding ding.
Paraphrasing old Brucie on this:
Why would an attacker spend time trying to get through your steel-plated triple-deadbolted front door, when they can throw a rock through your kitchen window and crawl in?

All it takes are some unchallengeable secret court orders, and off to your nearest cloud/service provider to suck down all your datas.

about a year and a half ago
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NSA Backdoors In Open Source and Open Standards: What Are the Odds?

zerro Re:This is stupid (407 comments)

It's always interesting to see what (some of the best attempts at) intentional code obfuscation can look like:
http://www.ioccc.org/

about a year and a half ago
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NSA Backdoors In Open Source and Open Standards: What Are the Odds?

zerro Re:Well they COULD put a backdoor in some OSS... (407 comments)

Why backdoor just one brand of compiler (since there are several), when you could backdoor the architecture?
I'm pretty sure there is a special sequence of intel instructions which open the unicorn gate, and pipe a copy of all memory writes to NSA's server.

about a year and a half ago
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Introducing the NSA-Proof Crypto-Font

zerro an obvious joke... (259 comments)

because Sang Mun == anagram for "Man Guns"

about a year and a half ago
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The Only, Lonely Protester at CES (Video)

zerro Re:Sucks, I guess, (259 comments)

And you will not take any pictures, play any games, listen to music, or work on a computer! ;)

about 2 years ago
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The Only, Lonely Protester at CES (Video)

zerro Re:Sucks, I guess, (259 comments)

It's worse than just that. Starting my gripe:
I wanted to buy a $2.80 rubber dust cap (for the usb and hdmi ports) on the side of my nikon d3100. That is one of the very few "user replaceable" parts that "Nikon Parts" website sells. The shipping on the $2.80 rubber cap? Try more than 10 dollars. I think it was 12 bucks or something to ship to Texas. Now that is a straight rip-off, but when I checked it seems that the "Nikon Parts" online store isn't really Nikon but being run by somebody else. So seems I cant even get parts from Nikon.

about 2 years ago
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The Trouble With Bringing Your Business Laptop To China

zerro Re:That's only one of the problems (402 comments)

hrmm. When I buy certain chips/kits from TI's websites, it made me go through an export control interview and application.
What if you are buying from a non-US distributor in a non-US country. Do US trade/export laws still apply?

about 2 years ago

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