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OpenWRT gets native IPv6 slurping in major refresh

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Come on!

OpenWRT has native ipv6 support, as well as support for a number of tunnel brokers, for I don't remember since when. I have ipv6 on my home system with Kamikaze up and running for several years.

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Judge says there's no such thing as a 'Patent Troll'

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Surely a typo?

“without unduly prejudicing GPNE or confusing the jury.”

Otherwise, I agree with those who pointed out that "patent troll"/"nonpracticing entity" is a distraction. "Real" company using patents to prevent competition is no lesser evil than a troll collecting patent rent.

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We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

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Bravo, but..

Thanks Mr. Worstall for spelling the word of reason! Data gathering in the interest of commerce has indeed quite different implications from data gathering in the interest of the state.

But, monopolization of commercial data gathering greatly simplifies state data gathering, and for this reason is dangerous. I share the view that we'd be better off if more of our Net life happened in distributed systems (similar to email) and less - in centralized (similar to Facebook).

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CERN and MIT chaps' secure webmail stalled by stampede of users

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Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited

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Canon

is to my experience the best in the class that you describe. I've been using IXUS 80is for several years, recently replaced by Powershot SX280hs. The picture quality is quite good for the size/price, looks very decent on a 30x40 cm print. And especially ixus is quite sturdy.

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Crap flap-app flap chap yaps: Yes, FLAPPY BIRD is comin' back

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Anybody remembers SFCave

or its knockoffs? They've been here, like, forever. I remember playing on Palm Tungsten. Admittedly, the ribbon that you had to direct through the tunnel did not flap its wings, though. Sunflat is still alive, though I am not sure that there weren't any earlier versions.

(I want an icon of a man with long grey beard)

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

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Pint

I will tele-toast from 2500 km away

cheers!

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Netflix coughs up to cruise on Comcast

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Re: It's all about balance of payments

That's right, paying per Gb (or having capped tiers, like I have from my provider) is the way. The consumer should pay fair price for the service. That is capitalism.

By the way, the top tier, 100Mbit symmetric without caps costs under $30/mo where I live. Admittedly, we have multi-story buildings, so providing the last mile is cheaper per user than in the US.

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Do they call it free market?

Suppose I am a customer of Comcast's rival, let's call it "YMission". And I pay subscription to Netflix. It means that part of my money goes to help the rival of my provider, who does nothing for me. Why is it legal?

That is not to say, the content providers create the market for the ISPs, making the customers want to have Internet access. If anything, its the ISPs who owe to the Netflixes.

This does not look like capitalism at all.

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The perfect fantasy flick for the online Valentine you've never met: Her

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Paris Hilton

Not only that

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simone_%282002_film%29

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Cicada 3301: The web's toughest and most creepy crypto-puzzle is BACK

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Pint

There are not many people in the world who can pull this off

and most of them know each other, I think. Their effort just might be sponsored by an organisation for which some of them work, but I think it's more likely that they decided to do it for fun, to amuse themselves and to recruit like-minded people into their circle.

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Android antivirus apps CAN'T kill nasties on sight like normal AV - and that's Google's fault

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Wait,

do you mean that on Windows, you allow some third party application to delete your files without asking your permission?!

An that application is closed source, developed by a Russian company owned by a guy alleged to have ties with Russian secret service? And famous for advocating for compulsory real identity on the Internet?

Uh-oh...

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Vladimir PUTIN officially HARDER than CHUCK NORRIS

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Please, please, Please let us see the match!

goes to fetch popcorn

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How Google paved the way for NSA's intercepts - just as The Register predicted 9 YEARS AGO

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Re: I expect to get a zillion downvotes but...

"the NSA probably are after something is flagged it will inevitably end up at the hands of another person who has not been given explicit permission to read your email"

Just as a thought experiment, imagine that NSA establishes an automated system that scans emails, searches for specific signals, and notifies human operators that the people involved are suspect. Without presenting actual emails to the human operators. According to your line of thought, that would be acceptable, no? Human-free system at Google learns something from users' email and make decisions about advertising tactics. Human-free system at NSA learns something from users' email and makes decisions about investigatory tactics. I don't see much difference.

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Vulture 2 paintjob: Kim Jong-un battles flag-waving Brits

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On a second thought,

forget bikini.

Bring Ariadne to Spain for a quick holiday, and let her do the job herself!

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+1 David Stockman's

because it is:

- reminiscent of a bikini

- is red+white+blue as Union Jack

- has the Vulture logo (and in the right place too!)

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Obama to Merkel: No Americans are listening to you on this call

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half-hearted outrage

If Angela Merkel or any other European leaders are so outraged by the NSA practices, they surely ought to show some gratitude to the person who made evidence of such practices public, and give him political asylum. No?

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Web-email king Mail.ru gulps $15k fine, fights govt demand to slurp data

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Because they where not the spooks

In Russia, spooks basically get everything that they want without asking anybody, under the "СОРМ" (SORM) legislation. In this case, the company stood up to a request for data that came from somebody other then spooks, i.e. financial authorities. Nothing to see here, move along!

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Thousands! of! Yahoo! Mail! users! driven! crazy! by! revamp!

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Re: Reply @Rascak

Accessing yahoo mail via IMAP (and presumably POP) is free, this is how I reach it from Android.

For that matter, you can perfectly access gmail with an IMAP client too.

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Tape never died, it was just resting

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Tape never died, it was just rewinding

just sayn'

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Multipath TCP: Siri's new toy isn't a game-changer

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Re: TCP/IP has been multi-path from the git-go.

@jake, err, no it hadn't

Sure enough, IP has always been, and is now, multipath. TCP session, however, is defined by the quadruple of source and destination layer3 addresses, and source and destination (layer4) ports. For a host with multiple interfaces that means one TCP session can use only one interface (at least, the incoming packets can only arrive on one interface). What they are talking about here is having different packets with different pairs of source and desitnation addresses belong to a single TCP session. Standard published in January 2013: http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6824

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NSA in new SHOCK 'can see public data' SCANDAL!

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Social network != "Social network"

Someone on reddit makes a good point:

A lot of people commenting are confused by how New York Times is using the term "social network." They're not talking about Facebook, Myspace, etc. They're talking about the NSA secretly building graphsyour real-life social network without warrants: everyone you talk to, do business with, etc.

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Do you trust your waiter? Hacked bank-card reader TEXTS your info to crims

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Re: Two part PIN?

Or, you could just use chip and pin.

Compromised terminal can show on screen that it's charging $10, but in fact charge $100. The only way is to build a mini display and keypad into the card.

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Torvalds: 'We're not doing Linux95 … for a few years, at least'

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Linus Torvalds let the new name be known in a Git commit

... and regretted shortly thereafter.

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Mail.ru says 'да' to half a BILLION dollars, flogs its 14m Facebook shares

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Black Helicopters

Re: satisfied customer

Depends on who you prefer to be watching you - NSA or FSB. For non-Russian citizens, it might be sensible to prefer FSB. But keep in mind that here you don't have even the token judicial oversight of the FISA court - they just take what they want without asking anybody.

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Cloud backups: Where's my get out of jail card?

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Encrypted backup to rescue

When the data is encrypted (and decrypted for restore) locally on your system, and exists outside only in encrypted form, then the issues of ownership and sovereignty become largely irrelevant. I personally use duplicity.

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Ciseco Pi-Lite: Make a Raspberry Pi trip light fantastic with 126 LEDs

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Re: sudo echo $'The Register on Pi-Lite' > /dev/ttyAMA0

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10134901/why-sudo-cat-gives-a-permission-denied-but-sudo-vim-works-fine

When you use shell redirection, the file is opened by the shell process, that runs under the original userid. Sudo launches the command under root userid, and if it opened the file it would be able to, but it does not, it just uses stdout that was already opened by the shell. If it could.

If the command worked, it means that the file was writeable for the original userid, and running without sudo would also work. So, sudo is either unnecessary, or does not help.

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Holmes

sudo echo $'The Register on Pi-Lite' > /dev/ttyAMA0

will not work.

Exactly why it won't is left as an exercise to the writer.

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What's the most secure desktop operating system?

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Re: OpenBSD

Having a secure OS is not enough. These days, many exploits are very high level: XSS and suchlike. They never leave the browser, so the OS has no chance do deploy its defences.

Qubes mentioned in this thread tries to address this problem by sanboxing multiple instances of the browser in separate VMs.

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Re: Qubes OS

Did not try it myself, but the concept looks about as good as you could get if you need to keep your system usable.

For curious, this is the place

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Snowden speaks from Moscow: 'Obama lies'

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Double speak alert

Putin said "He must stop his work aimed at harming our American partners" ("Он должен прекратить свою работу, направленную на то, чтобы наносить ущерб нашим американским партнерам"). He did not say about it being "harmful to the US" as the author of this piece interpreted it. Putin't "American partners" are not necessary the "US, the Country".

Putin probably still feels that he belongs to the "intelligence community", and perceives the US secret service establishment as his partners, so it makes sense.

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Jiggy Pennsylvania couple busted by 25 bike cops

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Re: Brain bleach required

... or put a warning on it

"Not Safe For Any Environment"

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A simple SSL tweak could protect you from GCHQ/NSA snooping

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Indeed, my Apache with default configuration handshakes with DHE. However, this article explains the performance problem with DH, and solution that is apparently adopted by Google now: they handshake with ECDHE at the moment.

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Boffin

Asymmetric crpyto is used for authentication (to verify the site you're going to isn't spoofed), but the session keys are negotiated by a Diffie-Hellman key exchange

When you do PK authentication you can establish the session key "for free" as a side effect. I guess this is usually done because it somewhat simplifies the handshake.

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Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be

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Re: Pulse dialling?

Where I live, last time I checked, you had to personally visit the office of the phone company and write a paper request to have DTMF enabled on your home line. So, I had to configure my SIP ATA to use pulse dialling.

Speaking of vintage tech, years before that, I was rather thrilled when I had an opportunity to connect a 386 PC running SCO UNIX to the telegraph network with a specialized adapter, and could login and enter commands from a real electromechanical telegraph terminal. At 50 baud!

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Not all data encryption is created equal

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NAS encryption

Arguably, encrypting data on a NAS is pointless.

Encrypting an Android device is mostly useless too.

Encrypting all data on a device makes sense if that device spends most of the time turned off. Such as a thumb drive, for instance. When "they" get the device, it does not contain the decryption key, so your data is safe. Ditto a laptop with FDE if you turn it off while not in use.

Encrypting data on a NAS device only helps against burglary, while the most probable attack is to take over the running device. While it is running, the decryption key is in its memory, and all data is accessible. Ditto Android device in your pocket that has dark screen, but running CPU. Encrypting it may be useful to comply with some stupid corporate policy, but does very little to protect the data from leakage.

What makes sense is to keep select sensitive bits encrypted, such as to keep passwords in a "crypto wallet". In such applications, the decryption key and decrypted data only stays in memory for a few minutes after you've entered the password, and is safely encrypted for the most of the lifetime of the device that carries it.

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LOHAN team regroups for second pop at SPEARS

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Mechanism for emergency mission abort?

Could it be useful to be able to destruct the balloon when it flies outside of the desired area, on command from the ground (if you have an upstream radio channel), or automatically by analysing the GPS data? Would have saved the payload on the last test flight.

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My bleak tech reality: You can't trust anyone or anything, anymore

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yubico

@trevor and all interested should take a look at yubico's products. They are primarily designed to work with LastPass-alikes, but can be used without relying on a third-party cloud service. They are rather open (implement standards, most of the accompanying software is open source), which, to some degree, can solve the trust issue. I use their token to log into my machines locally, using challenge-response mode and open source PAM module.

I am not affiliated with them, just an enthusiastic user.

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WikiLeaks party flirts with Oz law by taking Bitcoin gifts

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Boffin

Re: What's the big deal?

http://zerocoin.org/

Admittedly, one might call it "going out of the way", especially since it is not yet implemented.

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Internet cafés declared 'illegal businesses' in Ohio

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IT Angle

IT angle?

Some Internet cafes in Ohio where running a side business of gambling.

New state legislation would make such side business unrewarding (without affecting the main business).

Some Internet cafes will become unprofitable without said side business and have to close.

So what? Why are we discussing this, again?

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Ancient thumb-driven whirly-wheel smartmobe UI ported to Android

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Internet access permission?

Why would a launcher need it? I think I pass.

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Flat mobe battery? Just light a fire

Eugene Crosser
Holmes

Re: Butane is pointess

In general, batteries have much lower energy density than fossil fuels (including butane). The power output of a camp stove is about 3 kW. However, given low efficiency of the converter, it indeed does not make much sense economically.

It's cool, though.

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Reg hack to starve on £1 a day for science

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Morocco

Cross the sea, and settle in Morocco (or something) for these five days. I think you can get more rice for £1 there than in Spain. Maybe even some lamb.

Then again, in some remote Indian village, with £1/day to spend, you'd be a rich man. Probably.

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Black-eyed Pies reel from BeagleBoard's $45 Linux micro blow

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Memory?

Could be a contender as a "stick it to the back of the monitor" type PC if it had more RAM...

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Are you being robbed of sleep by badly designed servers?

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Re: another advert for supermicro?

Indeed, Supremicro was late to the LOM party. And, at the time when I was in this business, much less reliable than the competition.

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But security?!

I admit my experience with light out management is dated, I am in development for the last seven years. Still - ipmi is rather problematic from the security standpoint. No audit (and usually no source available), no updates if/when problems are discovered, limited choice of connection/authentication methods. This boils down to the need for a well-maintained gatekeeper machine on premises, isolating your management network from the Internet. Which means extra cost in equipment and support, and partly defeats the purpose because you won't be able to remotely handle that machine if it fails. We could afford such arrangement for a datacenter of a few hundred servers, but if you only have a few machines on a remote location, it's uneconomical.

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P2P badboys The Pirate Bay kicked out of Greenland: Took under 48 hours

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Pirate

.so

because Somalia is the home of pirates these days.

That, or apply for a gTLD, as other suggested.

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Google Translate for Android adds offline translation option

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Megaphone

Finally!

I was waiting till I could act like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW9vSgUaXZU#t=1m2s

(loudspeaker because it speaks!)

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LOHAN slips into tight rubber outfit

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How much help does the heater provide? Is it worth at all?

If could be useful to make measurements with the heater disconnected from the battery, for comparison.

If all you can get is 5℃, it may be not worth the effort. -60℃ vs. -55℃ - not likely to make any difference.

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