* Posts by Charles 9

6674 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Nvidia GPUs give smut viewed incognito a second coming

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Why is it a bug in Diablo? They initialize the memory with their first frame of rendering. What happened to the framebuffer before them is, frankly, none of their business. It should fall on Google to ensure that when a Incognito page is closed, it's blanked BEFORE it's released. In security terms, this is a memory leak on THEIR part.

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Re: Video driver clearing memory

"But doesn't an O/S kernel zero out regular memory before handing it to an application?"

Why should it? The memory you get from an allocation should be considered to be "undefined", and therefore it should be the applications' responsibility to handle it accordingly, using as you said common memory-fill techniques if necessary.

"GPUs are often touted as having large memory bandwidth, so surely they can use a bit of that to zero out a newly allocated region?"

Again, that's if they WANT that. If you're allocating the framebuffer to say play a video, then zeroing is redundant. You let the video take care of that.

I'm agreeing with the point that if an application is touting a low-trace operating mode, the onus is on the application to ensure low-trace operation.

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How hard can it be to kick terrorists off the web? Tech bosses, US govt bods thrash it out

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Furthermore, what happens when a crisis hits, like a war, and you NEED the government to rally and protect you from the enemy? World War II was a legit example. No single state could muster the forces necessary to defeat the combined Axis Powers, and since we were also deep in the Jim Crow era, there was also considerable friction between northern and southern states. Only the central government can override these frictions and unite the nation in war.

So IOW, you MUST trust the central government at some point, or there's no point in a government to begin with.

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Re: A possible answer !!

But what downsides are there back home? Before you say "terrorism," note that some people hate you for your mere existence. I believe they call that, "Haters gonna hate."

As far as the home turf is concerned, doing nothing is not an option, and the people DEMAND a robust solution. Otherwise, they'll vote you out. So what's a country who demands they be doing something effective to do when there is NO such thing as something effective to do?

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"The problem is that people came to trust government at all."

And the problem behind the problem is that your average person isn't interested in anything as remote as that. They just want to see tomorrow, that's all. The simpler their lives can be, the better. It takes a certain amount of enlightenment to be able to question things around you; most don't have the intellect for that.

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The enemy doesn't NEED backdoors, just a general idea. Unlike us, bound by Rules of Engagement, the enemy can attack indiscriminately. There's no such thing as neutrals to them: there's allies, enemies, and sympathizers, and the latter two are fair game. Thus civilians get targeted instead of, say, military installations.

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And yet, by doing that, they make themselves more vulnerable to enemy action by providing a ready-made, robust solution instead of a homebrew job which can be hit or miss. The one big bug-a-boo about freedom is that it can always be turned against you. Heck, according to the opening of Genesis, GOD learned that the hard way.

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If the people have lost trust in the intelligence agencies, how come they're STILL the agency called upon to keep crazies from blowing up the country? Sounds like hypocrisy to me.

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Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

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Re: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

Don't buy anything, just stick with what you've got because, frankly, most games require it since they're not WINE or VM-friendly.

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Re: With all these brilliant coders out there :

Many times, there is no replacement package, and the hardware is custom, so virtualization is not an option. It's bare metal or bust.

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Re: With all these brilliant coders out there :

"4. For the cases where the Windows tool won't run under Wine or Crossover run Windows in a VM. An old copy of W2K may do fine and won't try to install spyware even if you let it connect to the net."

And if the software balks in the VM?

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Re: With all these brilliant coders out there :

"All we can do is to keep abreast of the security battle and get users to be savvy."

So how do you fix Stupid?

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Re: With all these brilliant coders out there :

"It's called ReactOS and won't be finished for a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggg time."

Judging by their homepage, it hasn't been updated in over a year. Plus their original target was Win2K compatibility. Meanwhile, there have been FOUR major Windows releases since then. They're trying to chase a moving target, and it's getting away from them.

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Re: @ Doug -- Paying for Windows 10 after July

"business related apps"

What if that business-related app is a custom industrial control system that runs on XP and only XP? Changing OS is not an option due to the custom nature of the hardware (which also means it can't be virtualized, so VMs are not an option), and since the hardware's hugely expensive and still being amortized, you can't switch it out.

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Re: Thanks Microsoft

Until you realize that one piece of software you need is Windows-only, won't run on WINE, and acts funny in a VM.

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And then you get hit with a drive-by. BAM! There goes your idea of "being careful". I mean, what if El Reg gets hit with a drive-by, especially on one of its internal (read: won't be filtered) ads?

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Re: Ahh! Registry hacking! Of course.

I do keep the CLI in mind, even in Windows. In fact, I've become pretty adept at Batch Files and VBScript automation, because few things beat batch files for...well, batch operations, doing similar things to numerous files at a time.

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Re: Paying for Windows 10 after July

"World + Dog: "Linux after August! (Whoopee!)""

Later...

"Where's my Fallout 4?!"

Gamers: "Back to Windows in September...and this time for a fee!"

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Plus what about all the NEW games that come along like Fallout 4? I'd love to leave Windows, but let's face it. For serious PC gaming, there's no alternative. Even with Valve's serious push, most games released on Steam (especially the headliners) are Windows-ONLY.

And no, WINE will not save us:

https://www.vg247.com/2015/11/14/steamos-vs-windows-games-benchmark/

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American cable giants go bananas after FCC slams broadband rollout

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Re: A serious problem

What you describe demonstrates capitalism in action. Business customers draw a higher rate, can frequently be metered, and can sign longer-term contracts. These buildings probably agreed to chip in for the gigabit rollout to their area as part of the contract. For an area to get additional coverage (which means extra infrastructure which means additional costs), you usually need either connections (such as getting in on new construction while the ground's already torn up), numbers (if an entire neighborhood contracts to sign up for gas, internet, or whatever, the utility has better incentive to plunk down), or money (affluent areas can usually pony up if they want it badly enough).

This has always been the problem with rural Internet coverage. They lack any of the three. They're sparsely populated, frequently of a lower standard of living, and as a result the community as a whole is lacking in capital. That's why many of them get tied up in sweetheart deals: it's the prime condition the companies will insist before they're willing to go out on a limb.

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Re: Fiber bundles to all county seats

All fine and dandy. Now who PAYS for all that infrastructure rollout?

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Re: It's much the same over here....

It also helps that Singapore and Hong Kong are TINY. Try doing the same thing in the United States where there's tons of sparse population to consider.

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Re: Comcast and Co disagree

If that's the case, then why is no one using it while people clamor for more bandwidth? Any economist would see that as artificial scarcity to their detriment since someone else could come along and find a way to use the dark fiber to undercut them.

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Re: Please can we borrow him

I may be mistaken, but the high price may be due to the need to install a cabinet at that junction (branching out fiber optics isn't always as simple as installing a splitter; the last mile in my Cox neighborhood for example is still copper). If neither she nor anyone else on her street has already signed up for the fiber, then that means infrastructure additions much the way Virginia Natural Gas doesn't run through my neighborhood because no one was interested in ponying up for the pipe (I use propane instead). Now, as it so happens a Verizon FiOS cabinet happens to be in the easement next to my house, so if I wanted to, I can switch (indeed, Verizon has sent many an offer). But since that means boxes throughout the house, the bottom-line price isn't good enough yet.

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Re: Free Internet

So what happens when there's a war or disaster and all the power gets cut. Tablets and networks don't work without electricity. And no too long ago, my neighborhood got blacked out for NINE DAYS by a mild hurricane. Say what you will about books, but physical media still needs to exist as a backup, capable of being used with nothing but manpower.

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Re: A serious problem

Have you ever considered that perhaps this one business near I-95 IS in a blackout zone? I personally know that I-95 can pass by some radio-controlled areas (such as military installations). So where exactly IS this business that can't get help from a cable company three miles down, and what is the cableco's excuse for not rolling out an additional three miles?

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Re: The report MUST be wrong!

Monoplies ARE free-market capitalism. They're just the endgame: what happens when one company beats out all the others and becomes the winner (thus why I also call capitalism "winner economics"). Once you're at the top, you can use your incumbency to stymie challengers.

Furthermore, utilities are a necessary eyesore. They have high upfront costs for infrastructure (meaning you needed a high customer count to spread the costs), AND that infrastructure tends to not sit too well with the customers (thus you rarely see more than one sewage or gas supplier--think two sets of pipes). Thus they only tolerate it as much as they need to due to NIMBY issues, thus utilities tend to be natural monopolies.

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Re: Comcast and Co disagree

"It should be illegal to fill in a utility trench before throwing fiber or at least conduit into it, likewise to touch a power pole without hanging fiber on it."

Except the power company frequently has no relation to the cable/telephone company. Plus it's their property, meaning they can sue for unlawful imposition of costs into their operations. Plus recall that the US is a BIG country. Have you ever assessed the costs of running high-speed fiber from New York to Los Angeles--or longer, Miami to Seattle?

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Catalan town hall seriously downsizes monarch

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Re: Inventive?

That's why I said "can" instead of "will". In places where freedom of speech is not strongly assured, dissing the country's leadership will draw at best dirty looks and at worst LEOs. Your mention of the Sex Pistols expression probably showed England is tolerant enough to let the isolated case slide as a nonviolent protest. In the Catalan case, it appears to be somewhere in between: a summons to explain oneself.

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Re: Inventive?

Looks like YAAC forgot the Joke Alert. I guess you haven't heard of comedian Larry the Cable Guy, have you? He actually made a joke of that, and his typical outfit happens to be sleeveless.

Another joke take of this is to "arm bears". Imagine a poster with an upright bear (a la Smokey) carrying a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun.

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Re: Inventive?

I'm not too knowledgeable of the laws in Spain, but I suspect, like most monarchies, that presenting the reigning monarch in a less-then-respectable light can result in penalties, so that would be what this case will be assessing. What needs to be determined is just where the line is located, and if crossed, just how grossly was it crossed by this diminutive expression? Would it be better or worse, for example, than hanging the original picture upside-down?

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Technically, a militia can be one. That's why the ruling against gun control ordinances in Chicago and DC and the declaration that bearing arms is an individual right (since an individual can be a militia).

That said, the men in Oregon probably figured (correctly) that any kind of effigy or symbolic protest would be ignored (unlike in Europe, men of power in America can usually overlook these kinds of things as just self-expression and not a direct attack on them personally). If you want to get an American politician's attention, you're going to have to be somewhat more forceful in your expression.

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T-Mobile US boss John Legere calls bulls*** on video throttling claims

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Re: Pink?

So what happens when you tunnel into YouTube through a VPN? Now T-Mobile only sees scrambled data. How will they know what you're doing?

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Re: When Unlimited != Unlimited

The reason "setup" and "login" came into vogue is because the style you cite is considered grammatically correct: dangling prepositions (proper style says prepositions MUST have an object, as in "up the creek" or "in the hole").

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Re: It's not throttling

Can this be proven? What if you tunneled your mobile connection through a VPN, for example? Now T-Mobile can't sense the YouTube connection properly.

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When Unlimited != Unlimited

I got in on a deal when they were offering two lines of "Unlimited" LTE (buddied up) for a decent amount of money. So far I haven't really tested the waters, though I do occasionally stream video and do some downloading.

But what really needs to be done is for the FCC to come down on any and all "unlimited" advertising as infeasible in a world of physically-limited bandwidth, be it wired or wireless. Now, "unmetered" is a feasible target, but it must be held to that: absolutely no metering whatsoever, making this impractical for wireless.

As for the YouTube beef, it does sound like a legitimate beef to me. After all, wasn't sweetheart deals (and the favoritism they entail) one of the reasons for the Net Neutrality push in the first place?

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Bloke sues dad who shot down his drone – and why it may decide who owns the skies

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Re: Simple question...

Unless it's a cop rappelling from a police chopper (assume it's SWAT). He's in the line of duty, so he's allowed to trespass if the police have a warrant that grants them forcible entry.

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Re: FAA enforedes airspace restrictions to ground level

They do. Their authority attaches to the aircraft, not the air. As long as it flies and is larger than, say, a foot in dimension, they FAA holds legal authority via various acts that define its authority. That's why FAA regulations apply to aircraft even when they're on the ground.

Where authority over the air comes in is that the FAA can regulate what can go into regulated airspace. So, for example, aircraft that can climb over 500 feet need to follow FAA rules regarding flight plans and so on, so as to reduce the risk of incursions and collisions. They don't have such controlling authority at lower altitudes, but they still have a say over the aircraft themselves.

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Re: FAA

Not when it comes to safety in a vehicle that weighs many tons, operates at over 10,000 meters most of the time in air pressures too low to breathe, and have been known to get pretty finnicky. The primary reason for all the rigamarole is electromagnetic interference; there's a constant concern even one little adjustment will snowball, cause an airliner to crash, kill hundreds of people, and create lots of finger-pointing. Engineering may be the art of making do with as little as possible, but what price a life? How do you accomplish the goals of an engineer when lost lives are not acceptable?

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"That means that the courts has already decided that the drone was trespassing, in a very worrying if not malicious fashion. It remains to be seen whether the lawsuit has any merit or not."

The problem is that the drone is large enough to fall under the FAA's mandate, and their mandate attaches to any and all aircraft, manned or unmanned, bigger than about a foot in wingspan or diameter, regardless of its location within US territorial airspace. The suit (which is being filed in federal court) is claiming this means the FAA's jurisdiction takes precedence, trumping the earlier state court ruling.

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"Although I do find it a little strange that $1500 will cover both his $1800 toy plus his court costs."

Depreciation. Thanks to Chinese knockoffs, drones are getting less expensive by the month. What cost $1800 then is only $1500 now.

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South Korea mandates spyware installation on teenagers' smartphones

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Re: The more you know.....

And here I thought someone was going to go the other way and wonder why I'm talking about either birds or high-ranking churchmen.

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Re: The more you know.....

Apparently, this is because ages in the far east, like Korea, are given as an ordinal rather than a cardinal, so "1st year" makes sense to them.

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NSA spying on US and Israeli politicians stirs Congress from Christmas slumbers

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Re: Seriously?

Even ENCRYPTED communications? Even FIBER communications? Let's see it, then.

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Re: h4rm0ny Seriously, though

And don't think it's not because the Israelis don't say anything one way or the other when their extremists talk. It's like Muslims who don't denounce far and wide when extreme members of their religion commit atrocities. There is no neutrality in a conflict such as this. Silence WILL be construed as tacit acceptance.

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Re: h4rm0ny Seriously, though

Point is that both sides claim God on their side, which means compromise is practically impossible. Especially for that one hill that's ONLY sacred to them when they AND THEY ALONE possess it. When two sides want sole possession of an irreplaceable thing, there's going to be a fight. Even if a third party takes it away or destroys it, that just sets both sides on the third party.

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GCHQ mass spying will 'cost lives in Britain,' warns ex-NSA tech chief

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Re: Right answer, wrong reasons - Lone Wolves

Did Timothy McVeigh and company have any conspirators when they bombed Oklahoma City. What about Ted Kaczynski? The worst school massacre in American history was committed by a single disgruntled farmer who used his tools of the trade. A single rogue pilot can subdue his copilot and crash a jet (we have one confirmed instance and one probable).

You say lone wolves do little damage. I say their capabilities can only increase, meaning you have to pay attention to them or one day they WILL do something catastrophic, like singlehandedly bringing down a skyscraper.

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Re: Right answer, wrong reasons

But by that time it's too late because odds are the way it makes itself known is by exploding. As for trying to figure out who put it in there, odds are there will be no trail because the needle was inserted, say, by people dressed all in black that have no distinguishing features, or from below where cameras don't reach and is impractical to prevent. Or it may have been shot in from a distance: too many opportunities to do this undetected. IOW, find the needle and it barely tells you anything, and you can't figure out who put the needle there. Meanwhile, there are still loose haystacks out there that may also have explosive needles out there, which is why the plods insist on increasing the hay to search: to find the rogue needles.

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Plain cruelty: Boffins flay Linux ransomware for the third time

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That's assuming your malware can get online to call back to the server to hide the private key (the public key doesn't matter). But what if you have to assume you're working offline (such as in an airgapped machine)? Now you have to generate your own key, be able to hide it somewhere the victim can't find it, AND still be able to recall it later to do your dirty work. It's a "hiding in plain sight" scenario.

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Re: Hmmm

"How hard can it be to generate a random number?"

Moderately difficult. Now, being able to REMEMBER that number AND still hide it from the victim. That's another matter. If the malware's designed to be online, then a public key infrastructure can be used so that only the public encryption key stays with the victim (fat lot of good it'll do them). But if the malware has to be able to work offline, then you've got a problem: how to hide it so that the victim can't find it BUT be able to yourself find it later.

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