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Google devs: Tearing Chrome away from OpenSSL not that easy

foxyshadis

Re: Could this happen with LibreSSL too?

One thing this article didn't approach is that Chrome is based on NSS, not OpenSSL, and the totally different APIs are what make the drop-in so painful. If it was just OpenSSL to BoringSSL or LibreSSL, it would be much smoother. (Well, not so much in LibreSSL's case, since all of the neat kludgy platform-specific hacks were removed, making it much less portable at this time.)

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Hey Intel – that new Pro 2500 SSD looks awfully familiar

foxyshadis

Re: I hearby revoke your techie creds

Not really, no. Idle for a laptop is around 10-25W depending on what you have inside. The savings are less than one percent (significantly less if you have an older laptop). Getting an extra minute or three on a full charge is nice, but hardly substantial.

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HP, Microsoft prove it again: Big Business doesn't create jobs

foxyshadis

Re: I don't know why all the red tape is needed.

Smaller SMEs are by far the worst about abusing their employees, because they know they're too small for regulators to care about, and they'll just declare bankruptcy and vanish if they do get caught. The hospitality and restaurant industries are particularly bad, but small business in general all does it.

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Intel teaches Oracle how to become the latest and greatest Xeon Whisperer

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Smells like copy-protections

Am I the only one who thinks Oracle is going to use this to enable or disable cores depending on what you pay? They'll probably drop you down to one core if you get a bit behind on your licensing, as well....

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Popular password protection programs p0wnable

foxyshadis

Java? On iOS?

This article makes much more sense if you replace every "Java" with "Javascript".

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Qualcomm fires DMCA shotgun at alleged code thieves on GitHub – including itself

foxyshadis

Re: These are getting too much

That's absolutely not true. 17 USC Section 512(f):

(f) Misrepresentations.— Any person who knowingly materially misrepresents under this section—

(1) that material or activity is infringing, or

(2) that material or activity was removed or disabled by mistake or misidentification,

shall be liable for any damages, including costs and attorneys’ fees, incurred by the alleged infringer, by any copyright owner or copyright owner’s authorized licensee, or by a service provider, who is injured by such misrepresentation, as the result of the service provider relying upon such misrepresentation in removing or disabling access to the material or activity claimed to be infringing, or in replacing the removed material or ceasing to disable access to it.

I don't see anything about WHO you represent and a lot about WHAT you claim to represent.

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Sysadmins rejoice! Patch rampage killing off nasty DDoS attack vector

foxyshadis

How do you suppose they do that? Subpoena ISPs for the names of their customers? Not every public-facing server has a public domain name, some are just badly misconfigured.

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DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

foxyshadis

Re: Even more confused by the choice of Micro SD slot now

CF is dead, and its successor XQD was stillborn. SD is up to 280MB/s compared to CF/XQD's 168MB/s maximum, and hardly any new cards have been released for years. Lexar's 3333x would be amazing but it's been vaporware for 6 months, without even pricing released, while SD continues to advance.

Regarding the SD size problem, SD to MicroSD adapters exist just like MicroSD to SD. Just buy one. Outside of the DSLR world, MicroSD is where the entire memory card industry is going, so it's no surprise. (I'm just insanely appreciative that a slot was included; even Google dropped them.)

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foxyshadis

Re: Why bother making things so thin?

Removing the screen is the first step to every Surface repair, so yeah. Surface and Surface 2 do have replacement screens available, so Surface 3 is almost certain to get them too.

I'd argue that the screen is "fragile" since it's thin enough that Microsoft probably won't be able to repair it, and will have to replace the screen each time. Sturdier glass would lower repair costs for them as well as everyone else.

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foxyshadis

Re: Can it play Crysis?

@JDX

That was a reply to the Canon 6D comment.

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foxyshadis

Re: Still News?

I think you're deeply confused about how repairable most technology is, Dave. In particular, iPhone 4 and up are actually pretty easy to repair, it's only the older ones that are a pain in the ass. They have high repairability scores. Thousands of people a day use iFixit guides to repair their stuff, whether the manufacturer supports it or not.

So no, no one actually KNEW that it wasn't repairable until the attempt was made; quite often they are.

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foxyshadis

Re: Planned obsolescence

I'm sure if people were obsessed with buying the thinnest, lightest cars that could also exceed 200MPH while barely sipping gas/leccy, cars would also be basically unserviceable. (Some are anyway, just ask any mechanic what they think about working on an Audi.)

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Oracle shares pummeled after giant reports glacial growth

foxyshadis

Re: So where was the growth supposed to come from?

I think you're looking at the wrong year -- US corporate spending is finally opening up in a big way this year, after trickling up for the past couple years. It's mainly Oracle who isn't benefiting from all of this, from the looks of it.

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Protecting code's secrets wins ACM prize

foxyshadis

This sounds like missing the point entirely

Most non-trivial unpackers are already based on tracing and reassembling the code as it executes, or by having completely reverse-engineered the packer. I don't understand what this solves, since all of the routines that programmers will want to protect are also likely to be the ones executed most often. I'm not aware of many obfuscation schemes that are easily beaten by "algebraic methods", so this lands squarely in the land of "fancy tricks that impress programmers but have no real-world applicability".

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What can The Simpsons teach us about stats algorithms? Glad you asked...

foxyshadis

So... what's the options, then?

Deciding how to normalize this disparate data into something that can be combined into a single dataset is basically why Mr. Fancy Math gets paid to crunch numbers. How about expanding the article with that?

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Fat-fingered admin downs entire Joyent data center

foxyshadis

Re: op/admin

You don't consider the BOFH an administrator?

Well he administers the pints, that's for sure.

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

foxyshadis

Re: XP x64 screwed?

If enough people care, whole "alternative update" sites will spring up, that will repackage Server 2003 updates for XP x64 and all the Vista/7 and supported XP variations for mainline XP (or simply "obtained" from companies that retain support contracts). Then you just repoint update.microsoft.com in your hosts file and poof, updates and false sense of security are yours for the taking.

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SpaceX billionaire claims Air Force official 'likely' made job-for-spy-sat-contract deal

foxyshadis

Re: Wait a minute...

The tweet leads me to believe he felt out both SpaceX and Aerojet before the contract was awarded. If SpaceX had offered the position, who knows if they'd have the contract right now? (And a lawsuit from Aerojet instead.) There are people that corrupt out there, but it's impossible to know if Correll is one. It's conjecture until it gets to court.

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foxyshadis

Re: I reckon Musk has the goods on Correll about trying to get a job off Spacex

No one gives a damn about that, people have been going back and forth between military and civil service for centuries. I mean, no one likes it, but at this point only bushy tailed university students think that they can change anything. What gets people up in arms about this and other blatant instances is approving a sweetheart deal right before you get a sweetheart deal back from the same company. That just makes everyone angry; people like to think they have a voice, no one likes to be reminded that companies buy and sell all of the laws no matter what the people think.

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Get cracking on STARTTLS says Facebook

foxyshadis

Re: Not bad for the big leagues

This must be why you failed science classes. Look at the units again.

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Powershell terminal sucks. Is there a better choice?

foxyshadis

Re: Can't you mix them?

Sure, Powershell can be used purely as a drop-in replacement for Perl, but the only reason you use Bash everywhere is because it's everywhere, but so is Powershell in Windows. Leave the Bash/Perl/awk/sed ghetto behind, there are enough scripting languages that make doing everything from top to bottom simple now.

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French software developers are all beautiful women

foxyshadis

I assumed they're trying to go for the "so bad it's funny" angle, because they can't possibly be serious. It looks like something a high student would make for their first web design project. (All it's missing is the flashing UNDER CONSTRUCTION GeoCities-era banners.)

And if they are....

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Whaddaya mean, NO REFUND? But I paid in Bitcoins! Oh I see...

foxyshadis

Re: Bitcoin is strongly deflationary

The real problem with Bitcoin is that it was designed to wildly enrich early speculators, leaving the rest of us with very little reason to use it -- basically transferring our wealth into their pockets upon buying in. So far that seems to be the only impact it's had.

It's always hilarious reading about people who think inflation shouldn't exist, as if the human population isn't constantly growing. If we were completely stable and stagnant, then zero inflation would work just fine, but aside from that something has to give when more people participate in an economy. This is basically the Bitcoin problem, people who already have some wealth would rather hoard it, since the value of that wealth increases as the economy grows. Inflation helps oil the economy in that case.

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It's GOOD to get RAIN on your upgrade parade: Crucial M550 1TB SSD

foxyshadis

Re: Disappointing real world results...

You're out of your flipping noggin. The 4K numbers are 50-100x what you'd see on the top end consumer platter drives, and sequential read/write at over 3x. I don't think it's fair to compare this to enterprise 15K drives, if that's what you mean. (Where it's only 20x the 4K, what a slouch!)

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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

foxyshadis

Re: Forget pixel count/density

@ Martin-73

Why? The film-look is what draws people into suspension of disbelief for the movies. There's a reason that US TV is moving from 60i to 24p: It gives people the impression of extra polish, of larger-than-life production, and more immersive. It may not be rational, but neither is entertainment in the first place.

Maybe future generations that grow up entirely without film's limitations will see 120fps as most immersive, rather than highlighting the unreality of the medium. Headsets that eliminate all outside distraction might be the key. To me and most people today, it just screams FAKE FAKE FAKE like some kind of low-budget soap opera, because the eye is constantly interrupted by the borders of the TV.

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foxyshadis

Re: Laptop resolutions... (@Pascal)

It's not disingenuous at all. Microsoft introduced scaling in XP, improved it in Vista, and apps have slowly improved ever since. All but a few that try to reach deeper into the system than they're supposed to easily support Vista-style fallback scaling, even if it is a bit blurry it's not much worse than having a monitor with that crappy physical resolution anyway. Anything that supports (or can be coerced into using) real scaling gets all the benefits.

Games are a whole class of suck, given how many run like crap on low- and mid-range systems anyway. If driver writers stopped forcing resolution changes and let the card upscale games with extra sharpness, you wouldn't have to make the tradeoff between crappy monitor scaling and disabling features. Some work with Windows scaling and some freak out, which isn't surprising given how badly most are coded anyway. If you game heavily, you already deal with worse issues than your screen resolution.

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

foxyshadis

Re: A good whine

In the world of Champagne, £12.99 isn't all that cheap; perfectly acceptable bottles exist at £4 or £5, although that's definitely "cheap" and lacks some of the fun bits of bubbly that real sparkle lovers appreciate. By the third glass you'll be too tipsy to notice anyway.

With Dom Perignon, Cristal, and Krug, all you're buying is the name... in other words, impressing your client into a contract or your date into sexytimes. Quality doesn't matter at all.

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Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?

foxyshadis

Re: ha

For only $200thousand-$2million more in license costs, plus doubling whatever they pay currently for DBA expertise, they could have managed an extra 1-2% performance! Absolutely gobsacking amazing.

A fully tuned MySQL or Postgres is right up there with all the heavyweights in raw performance, until you need advanced site clustering capability. (And SQL Server is just starting to catch up there.) You seriously think a startup gives two shits about that?

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Not just websites hit by OpenSSL's Heartbleed – PCs, phones and more under threat

foxyshadis

Debug malloc

For most apps it's bound to be a useless waste of time, but I wonder how many security bugs in OpenSSL itself may have been prevented by always using a secure malloc.

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Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades

foxyshadis

Re: These are beta drivers.

Don't stick your head in the sand, full release drivers from all of of major vendors have crash bugs too, especially with non-AAA or newly released games. Check any forums. They're merely less common with release versions, which is reason enough for me to stick with them as I get older.

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foxyshadis

Re: You missed an important development

Boss would just remote in/screen-share if he cares that much.

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Forkin' 'L! Facebook, Google and friends create WebScaleSQL from MySQL 5.6

foxyshadis

I'd be much more interested in a comparison of WebScale vs My vs Maria, to be honest, both upsides and downsides. It sounds quite rosy, but there has to be a downside over it not being integrated.

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Molyneux: Working at Microsoft is 'like taking antidepressants'

foxyshadis

Re: "Like taking antidepressants"

The window theory really isn't it; there's just lots of things that can go wrong with brain imbalances with millions of variables, and short of a non-existent total brain mapping and diagnosis, docs have to start with the common drugs and work their way down to the weird and unusual. Unfortunately, if you're unusual, a common drug might pull you in exactly the opposite direction and lead to more debilitating depression or psychotic crazy.

They help far more than they hurt, but they aren't perfect, just like the rest of life. Trying a few is the only real fix unless you manage to get your personal life in order int he meantime.

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Microsoft's SQL Server 2014 early code: First look

foxyshadis

Re: There's a news article on this?

Am I the only person out there who thinks that MariaDB/MySQL, SQL Server (express and full), Firebird, Postgres, and DB2 are all -frickin' awesome- databases? (I tolerate Sybase and its crappy admin tools, and it's hard not to loathe Oracle.) And sqlite, let's not forget that too.

Not only are they all suited to wildly different environments and project scales, they're all absolutely insanely powerful, featureful, bug-free, and easy to use, compared to what I had to use in the 90's and early 2000's. I'd be quite happy to work with any and all of them. The only MS databases I dislike are the various flavors of Compact, its sqlite competitors which were never easy to peek into to debug, but LocalDB has vastly improved that.

Reading comment sections on any technology site, I feel like retards rooting for sports teams are running the asylum.

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The revival of survival – the gaming genre that refuses to die

foxyshadis

Sir, You Are Being Hunted

You want a survival horror game without zombies, see the title. It's so cruel and unforgiving it gave me bad weather on the brain, though, every moment of helplessness and crushed hope distilled into a game.

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Another one bites the dust: AVG kills its remote access service

foxyshadis

Well

That's certainly the most passive-aggressive way to end a news article.

I think most techies understand that the niche thrives precisely because there isn't a unified remote access or screen-sharing mechanism in modern OSes, though. Port-forwarding and configuring VNC or RDP? Please, no. NX, RDP are fantastic for general remote working, once set up, and most VNC flavors rather less so, but none package it all up into a simple pre-configured control panel usable across all OSes with all the bells and whistles like TeamViewer and LogMeIn.

It's not that the niche is about to collapse, it's that there's apparently no room for too many players. The elephant in the room, Citrix, just about has a lock on the market, but they missed their chance to dominate the freemium end with GoToMyPC years ago.

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

foxyshadis

EVE's triumph

Geez, guys, way to pile on about how much you hate a game that wasn't even marketed to you. This is a monumental moment of history for EVE and MMOs in general, enthralling thousands of players around the world, something that would have been a server-crashing event in the past and instead was executed flawlessly. It was EVE's Gettysburg. Let them have it, instead of taking the opportunity to let the world know how much you don't care but have to post anyway.

American Civil War nerds aren't far removed from EVE players (I wonder how much overlap there is), I wonder if there will be re-enactments and remixes of this battle in the future. The visuals are pretty spectacular, but sped up to full speed, it's just a ludicrous field of smoke and confusion and awe.

Now that they see the attention it brought, I wonder if they'd be inclined to designate a "World Cup" event one day a year, an epic battle for fans around the world to watch.

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HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT

foxyshadis

Re: Less than generous respawn points ... rehashing whole swathes of levels again and again

Now you're being oblivious, Ragarath. Out of the thousands (often tens of thousands) of hours that go into Indie games, adding a routine that scales every enemy's stats up or down by a percentage is a rounding error, and adding or subtracting a few opponents in each scene is so simple it was always in low-budget NES games. They're already spending hundreds of hours balancing the game's fights and feats as it is, after all, why not simply scale it too?

Or haven't you ever wished for a hardcore mode on a game you felt was far too easy, that doubled the difficulty and disabled saves? Did you ever wish they'd taken a few minutes to make it that much more exciting for you?

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foxyshadis

Re: Less than generous respawn points ... rehashing whole swathes of levels again and again

There's a reason even most Nintendo-hard games had a difficulty switch before you start (and some modern ones let you ratchet it down if in-game if you die too much): Some people relish the high that comes of conquering frustration, some just want to experience the game in a way that's more personal than a let's play but less than a soul-crushing death-fest. Not everyone wants to be Sisyphus.

Having both an easy and hardcore mode increases sales, and in the end, that's what keeps more games coming out. The alternative is usually artificial difficulty combined with the hated in-app purchases.

(Obviously does not apply to fanatically insane grind games like Super Meat Boy.)

Having no save points at all just sounds like developer laziness, though. Even perma-death games let you pick up if you suddenly have to leave.

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Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'

foxyshadis

Drama queens

Or more likely, creative writing 101 trolls. Over 200 reviews in the last 48 hours, immediately after a Reddit link, and not one Amazon Verified?

https://i.imgur.com/Ep4sEEY.jpg

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Judge orders Yelp.com to unmask anonymous critics who tore into biz

foxyshadis

It's a good thing they're defending if it's borderline, but defamation is defamation, trying to be anon doesn't change that.

Guys, get over your petty Yelp phobia. They're not the same company they were in 2010, and it's pretty sad that every story about them ends up with dozens of people piling on about how shady they seem. They're a place to find a new spot to eat tonight, but you'd think they were breaking knees and calling in fake health reports on anyone who doesn't pay them -- something obviously not the case if you actually visit any listing. Even the "sponsored" listings have negative reviews these days.

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Low power WON'T bag ARM the server crown. So here's how to upset Intel

foxyshadis

Re: ARM in the data centre is a certainty unless Intel can find a way to kill it.

The smallest Jaguar Opteron is 24.5mm x 24.5mm, while the smallest Ivy Bridge Xeon is 37.5mm x 37.5mm. The Haswells are the same size. Not sure where you got 160mm^2.

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Drawers full of different chargers? The IEC has a one-plug-to-rule-them-all

foxyshadis

Re: MagSafe is neat

The MacBook Pro will complain if you feed it a 45W connector, but it'll work fine. However, if you run the system hard, it not only won't charge, it'll continuously run down the battery until you ease off. That's why the 85W adapter is necessary.

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Mozilla: Native code? No, it's JavaScript, only it's BLAZING FAST

foxyshadis

Re: Low-level "arcane" nonsense...

What's new is the assembler backend that converts it back into machine code, without the overhead of a JIT or having to support any of JS's millions of corner cases. Read harder, do some research next time.

Asm.js is no different from any other intermediate object code prior to being fully linked, except that it's directly executable by any other standard engine as well. Might as well say C's .o files are a mess.

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COW a-BUNG HER, dude! 'Secret Santa' Bill Gates buys lass a HEIFER

foxyshadis

Re: Hate him but...

Gates clawed his way to the top with a sociopathic need to win. Once he got married, had kids, and got older, he realized how much damage he'd caused, stopped micromanaging, set out to help the world, and eventually retired. He may be an ambivalent character overall, but he was redeemed, even if his former company still isn't perfect.

Larry Ellison on the other hand....

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Google's Dart on target to replace JavaScript? That'll be the day

foxyshadis

Re: Translation

The problem isn't that Dart isn't fast - it is, consistently around 25-30% better than regular JS - it's that their V8 engine has been improving. Dart used to be 50-60% better, and hasn't gotten any faster, but V8 has improved tremendously in the same time frame.

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Toshiba tweaks SSD model: She's flashy, but she's not dense ENOUGH

foxyshadis

Going from 4:1 to 5:1 isn't much.

Dropping to such a low process size is almost entirely about cost savings at this point, so the $/GB will be much more important than raw performance once the real drive comes out.

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Bitcoin price SOARS after US SENATE hearing on 'legit' currency

foxyshadis

Whelp...

It looks like it's already down to $450 and still falling. So much for that, one hell of a short-lived bubble there.

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Miss Teen US 'sextortion' hacker pleads guilty

foxyshadis

So people caught with possession of child porn often get 2+ year sentences and put on the sex offender list, even if it's mostly converted to probation. This guy MADE child porn from unwilling victims, may well have distributed it, and he gets a mere 2.5 year sentence that will probably also be mostly converted to probation. Something is wrong here, I thought we were supposed to come down hardest on the creators.

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foxyshadis

Re: No Off Switches?

If you can disable them in software, then RAT hackers can enable them in software. Kind of obvious.

And they sure as hell don't ALL have LEDs, and even of the ones that do, some have driver hacks to turn off the LED.

Unplugging or covering is definitely the best way.

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