* Posts by Nuno trancoso

138 posts • joined 20 Oct 2007

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Sophos waters down 'NHS is totally protected' by us boast

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Re: Training users

You should be stripping out exe's from emails and replacing them with links to files. Repack the original to an archive and make sure the link has some obvious message like "If you open a virus, you'll be sacked. No if's, no but's, out the door".

Won't stop them ofc, but will give you cause to get rid of them.

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Apple fanbois are officially sheeple. Yes, you heard. Deal with it

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The Apple sheeple taking offense are so amusing. Wonder if they realize that their but hurt retorts are precisely what marks them as sheeple, fanbois and zealots all rolled into a unsightly package...

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It's OK to fine someone for repeating a historical fact, says Russian Supreme Court

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Re: Fact-checking, we've heard about it

Whatever their decision, if they accepted an expert witness willing to lie and deny something that is pretty much public knowledge, credibility's already shot one way or another.

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FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

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Maybe

Maybe we should. We start the adult conversation by pointing out to the US public that:

a) only they will be subjected to this

b) only they will be vulnerable

Given a+b it will be easy to show 'merkans that what the FBI REALLY wants is to freely snoop on the US citizens, because basically ROTW doesn't give a f***ing f**k about their backdoors and will happily go about making it's own crypto even stronger.

It's not like the US public doesn't distrust the government already, shouldn't be too hard to convince them about this one, it sounds... like truth.

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Re: "Collecting information". Yes. We are.

"manual on how to do Stalinist purges". You made my day DAM :)

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US spectrum auction falls short by, oh, you know, $66bn thanks to tightwad mobile giants

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Re: The economy...

LOS might not be a issue once Google has 99999999999999999999999999999 baloons roaming the skyes.

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MedSec's 'hackable pacemaker' report autopsy: Bombshell crash claim in doubt

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Isn't this the kind of shenanigans that usually land people on the "not so good" side of the SEC?

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USBee stings air-gapped PCs: Wirelessly leak secrets with a file write

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Coat

Missing piece...

So, you have an air-gapped pc, let's assume for either security, confidentiality, or both. But it has exposed USB ports. Seriously?

Ok, so let's assume you will be allowed and/or forced to use some USB storage, for say, backup storage, in case internal storage goes titsup, or because internal storage is read only and nobody wanted to put a secondary r/w medium in it. Whatever. Now you have transmission capabilities.

And all that security/confidentiality issues that lead to an air-gapped pc, didn't lead to a (modestly) secured space. So much so, a fellow bad person can be just in range to pick up said transmission.

And of course, you need someone else to plant the code for the tool that you'll use. Someone that has unchecked access and permissions to the box so he can just drop in a tool that will be allowed to run.

Interesting from an academic point of view, but if this gives you any loss of sleep, you are already doing it so wrong it will be the least of your problems.

Think i'll write a paper about using a large mallet and leaking data by bit banging it (literally) on the wall while someone else picks it up with a seismograph. Devs are known to be weirdos so pretty sure no one will question the odd behavior. Coat. Mallet. Door.

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Nimbus Data dedupe patent

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So, they have a hash A that can be split into B+C. Using a block of data that is a lookup table of B+pointertodata you can read another block of data that is a lookup table consisting of C+pointertodata+usecount. How non trivial...

Next patent, you use a hash function big enough to be split into 4 pieces, so that yaddayaddayadda.

It's crap like this that gives software patents a bad name through and through.

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Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

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The weird thing is that in previous fails, Millenium and Vista, they backtracked in a single generation, XP and 7. Now we have 8,8.1,8.2,10, and no sign of them giving up.

Maybe just me, but i'd say this points to someone's ego just plain not being able to accept their "new shiny" was actually a turd from the go.

Given that business is about profit, maybe it's time said person is shown the door... For shareholders good et all.

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League of lawsuits: Game developer sues cheat-toting website

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Re: Devops

That is true, but RIOT is incapable of even catching the equivalent of a "stuck key" bot, nevermind the ones that actually can play 1/2 decently.

This lawsuit is basically smokes'n'mirrors. They don't give two tweets about it and aren't willing to fix it, down to the broken reward mechanics that allow said bots to level up, and the community is getting pissed at this state of affairs.

Cue in lawsuit to make it look like you do give two tweets while you still do no work at all to fix things. Brilliant.

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Just came from a game where it was 2 people vs 8 bots... Sigh.

For one, how is DMCA gonna affect Peru and Germany? Seems RIOT's lawyers are as clueless as their developers. Which brings us to two, how can they fail catching bots that don't even try to go unnoticed? The sad things do the same s**t over and over, even a braindead anti-cheat could catch that...

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Old fashioned engineering: HPC cluster kids would like to thank their fans. No really

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Re: Reward

You're thinking "sustained" and not "world record". Which is always a misleading thing about records of any kind. If you're going for wr, you go for broke, pushing it to the near edge of failure. If you go for sustained, you sometimes even push it DOWN just in case.

Not sure about current GPU trends as i quit that long ago, but on the CPU front, atm you're basically limited by mobo and psu build quality. Sadly, wifi and flashy neons are a much easier sell to punters than decent quality power.... There's a small niche market there,but no takers i guess.

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Blighty's nuclear deterrent will get a software upgrade amid cyber-war fears

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Re: BAE Systems will carry out the upgrade

Like for example? Or you mean the usual problems triggered by idiots that install every piece of junk they come across? Stripped down to basics XP's with a non-changing payload of apps/drivers are quite rock solid.

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FBI iPhone unlock order reaction: Trump, Rubio say no to Apple. EFF and Twitter say yes

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While i do stand with Apple on this issue, can't help but think they brought it upon themselves. 4 digits?

Just give the FBI what they want then push an update next day that turns that into "variable length (of user's choosing) full alphanumeric (with special chars)" unlock code. And "enlighten" the users about the "why". Cue TLA's shitting a brick. And add a TrueCrypt like layer of plausible deniability. Watch another brick come out.

Until encryption is taken seriously and becomes a "done deal" ie, there's nothing anyone can do to "help" third parties, it will always be open to these kind of shenanigans. This will only stop once it becomes a de facto that you can't break it unless the user cooperates, and make it so you can't really tell if he has or has not.

The means and tech have been around since like forever, it's only the will that's been lacking.

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Romanian cops bust ATM 'jackpot' cash-grab suspects in EU-wide op

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Given that that particular business is "insecure by design", this isn't really news. As long as they can write it off as losses and it still costs less than proper security, this will keep happening.

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Reverser laments crypto game protection, says wares dead after 2018

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It will hold true if they keep locked in the "bragging rights" mentality. If they push past through that, you'll see them come up as a "community" writing actual frameworks and not "personal tools". Security did it, VX'ers are doing it, reverser's are the next logical step.

Moment you can rely on a framework to "auto-unwrap" anything known and that can be expanded as unknown comes into play, "protection" is a moot point.

p.s. i don't support piracy, it's just that i support DRM and anti-cheat|hack|crack shitty rootkit like software even less.

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

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The Gimp<>PS/RawTherapee<>AdobeCameraRaw views pretty much says all that's needs to be said about the state of FOSS graphics apps in particular, and UX in general.

They fail because while (some are) technically on par (or even superior), they're coded by tech minded people that reply to the rest with the usual "don't like it, fork it". Because while they wrote it, they don't make a living USING it for REAL WORK. Or they'd know how bad it sucked.

Commercial endeavors can't afford to pull stunts like that because, who would have thought, they make a living out of it, not a hobby. No customers, no money.

Hope lies in the Firefox/Thunderbird/OpenOffice/Natron/etc camp, that figured that it was 10000x better to just copy a proven UX/paradigm than trying to come up with some half-assed innovation. And given M$ is losing it's grip on "usability", now it's as good a time as ever for FOSS to stop it's knee-jerk attitude and start "stealing" people away just by being "more usable".

As for the headline, nah. While PS7 has (lot less) "hot features", it works lot faster from a usability viewpoint. And starts up WAY faster than GIMP or CS6 ever will.

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Canadian live route map highlights vulnerabilities to NSA spying efforts

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Meh...

All it shows is that people (even IT) still don't grep that ANYTHING sent over a public network, be it the Internet or good old Snailmail, is open to eavesdropping. Thus, logic would say that if it's to be kept private, it must be made private BEFORE transmission.

Properly securing the endpoints and payload data would always ensure the TLA's could at best say "we know x sent A to y, but we have no clue what A is", but as usual, in good ol' human fashion, we go about wasting time "fixing" the symptoms instead of dealing with the "disease" at the core.

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Now you can tailor Swift – Apple open-sources the whole shebang

Nuno trancoso

Oh wow...

Just some two weeks ago i was having a chat with my c# teacher musing on how even M$ was "getting in bed" with Android while Apple was still pathetically trying to leverage the "developer tax". Seems they woke up.

Too bad the horses have long bolted and world+dog has moved on. iThings had their moment, but like their predecessor overpriced underspec'ed boxes, they're now a bling niche turf too.

Only this time there's no St. Jobs to come back and point towards the light (no pun...).*

*not sure Job's would have helped here given he'd probably be against this move. But without his vision to "get the next big thing DONE RIGHT" Apple is doomed to go back into the slow death of the PowerPC era.

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Researchers say they've cracked the secret of the Sony Pictures hack

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Coat

re: Off host logging not in place then ?

"local logging on systems used purely as throw-away entertainment"

We're still talking the IT angle right? Coat, just in case..

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Kids' tech skills go backwards thanks to tablets and smartmobes

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Re: Why IT Skills; What IT Skills?

"Today, while an IT student needs to know how to program, the average student doesn't."

Beg to differ. The way i see it, programming is one of the "endgame" supersets of problem solving. And that skill is useful for world+dog. You have to be able to understand the problem, think about it in a logical way, devise a solution and then test said solution against your problem. If it fails, you have to do some critical analysis of said solution, find the flaws, implement the fixes, test again. Sounds like a general "real world" skill right?

Doesn't need to be real "heavy coding". You can "imprint" the relevant mindset with very light coursework in a very short time span.

IMHO, the issue with the "smartphone/tablet generation" isn't the smartphone and/or the tablet. It's the sheer fact we've crippled their basic skill set (reading, writing, math/logic) to atrocious levels. If they can't understand the problem and critically think about it, they will obviously fail at solving it..

Instead of nurturing the next generation of thinkers, we've engaged them in a mass Pavlovian experiment, and they're worse of than the dogs were because they only get to drool over "virtual gratification" compared to tasty real food.

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Smartmobe brain maker Qualcomm teases 64-bit ARM server chip secrets

Nuno trancoso
Coat

I have a dream

That one of these days VIA gets off it's collective ass and starts bringing what it already has to the general market at a sensible price...

While not as fast as Intel or as power saving as ARM, they do fill that nice spot where it doesn't use too much power, isn't that dog slow AND runs Win.

AMD also has Geode in that niche, but neither company seems to be interested in truly giving it a decent chance.

:Get the pj's and off to bed, dreaming of a low power 8 core that runs Windoze and costs <€100

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To save mobile web, we must destroy JavaScript, HTML and CSS

Nuno trancoso

Sigh...

And poor me thinking they actually wanted to get rid of the whole miserable thing and come up with a decent new one.

The problem, deep down, is that this wretched combo has become an ungodly mess of a hack on a kludge on a workaround on a tech that wasn't meant to do any of it.

Quite honestly, it's time to put it to rest and come up with something that's designed from the ground up to do what it's doing now.

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping one per cent of EU energy

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@ Ivan 4

Quite likely. My own bill which includes a fair mix of day/night hours "only" shows 52% from wind sources. "Only". But we're kinda blessed with a place where sun shines through the day and wind runs all night, other places might fare less well.

Despite that, it doesn't give you the right to bury head into sand. Especially since the less you do now, the more you pay later to hop on the moving train, assuming you still can and don't just end up buying all your supply. We sucked up the costs not because it was efficient, but just because in the long end it would leave us stuck with "no option" as the only option.

Bit of common sense does need to apply though. Production is only 1/2 the equation. Consumption is the other 1/2. If your consumption keeps increasing as it has, there won't be enough power to fuel it in the long term. OTOH, if you lessen your consumption, you already saved. But most savings come from stamping out bad habits we've acquired during the "cheap fuel" part of history, so people are quite reluctant on that. Think "better insulation instead of heating/cooling" and you get the idea of change/reluctance.

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Cyber poltergeist threat discovered in Internet of Stuff hubs

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Wasn't this expected?

I mean, if security isn't taken seriously in the "right" circles, is it sane to expect it to be taken seriously when it comes to "consumer stuff"?

Anyway, to reduce exposure to the problems of IoT is simple. Reduce the T part you own. Amazing how much space, physical and mental, is taken up by crap you don't really need but just happen to have...

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Affirmative wrist action: Pebble Time raises 20 MEELLION BUCKS on Kickstarter

Nuno trancoso

hmmm...

I'm not even sure what the smartwatch thing is all about. I stopped using a (dumb)watch since i started having to lug a mobile around and that's some 15y back...

Given that said "smart" watches need a "smart" phone to do more than basics that would NOT require such a hefty price tag, you now have to lug and care for two pieces of junk instead of one.

Guess one for hipsters where form will beat function all the time.

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SCREW YOU, net neutrality hippies – AT&T halts gigabit fiber

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Guess it's a "other side of the pond" thing. Back here nobody does it till somebody does it. And somebody does it to steal market share from, erhmmm, other somebody.

Thus, when 56k was the norm, everyone was providing 56k and nobody cared about anything else. Then somebody did cable and everyone was rushing to do cable. Then ADSL. Now fiber.

Guess that a "universal" roll out on a big place like the USA is harder to achieve, but smaller local ones might just be within reach for the likes of Google, and that's enough to give a nice one finger salute to the likes of AT&T.

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ISPs are stripping encryption from netizens' email – EFF

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Re: Meh!!

Not quite, and the point being made.

TLS would protect you from sniffing in transport, you don't get assurances from sniffing at the endpoint. PGP (or any other form of content encryption) will protect your content from both transport and endpoint sniffing, but leaves the metadata in the clear.

Still, as far as i'm concerned, content encryption is really the only way to go. Endpoints already proven to be less than concerned about end user privacy, and they are even required to "play ball" with the powers that be in certain places. Most of them bastions of "democracy and civil rights". Yeah right...

Worst case scenario with content encryption is that said powers that be get to know who sent something to whom. Subject can be total nonsense as far as you think of it.

Maybe it's time to bring back the 1990's (80's?) "terrorist/plane/bomb/whatever" email junk content till they give up the ghost. Make so much noise that any signal you might extract is so costly it's unsustainable.

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DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides

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I'd say this one has a bright future till the fix. Most idi.. people i know suffer from a supernatural attraction to open every piece of junk .pps they get sent.

Ah well, haven't had a really good work week since Nimda/CodeRed, was due...

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In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web

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Replace politicians with engineers under a strong leadership and you'll be done in a weekend.

Decisions by committee, the best way to never get anything (properly) done.

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

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Re: Pretty nasty

No, you're just tampering with it in a malicious way. Wanna bet how well that goes down? It's already bad when someone bricks hardware unintentionally, but doing it on purpose? Gonna go down real well...

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Nuno trancoso

Re: Pretty nasty

Pretty much. And as someone said already, bricking peoples things will just make lawsuit chasers happy. There's absolutely no way to defend the course of action they took. IANAL, but i'm sure those that are are already doing the happy dance. Heck, ppl might start willfully bricking their stuff just to join in on the action.

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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

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While i'm no fan of BigCorp's, i'm even less of morons like this and legal systems that actually support them.

Any decent place and the moron would have been sent to mental care given he espoused the belief that he could get wings by drinking red bull. Only to be released if/when he proved capable of making the distinction between reality and fairy tales. And his legal counsel would be disbared for actually taking up the case and (eventually) wasting the court's time.

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

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Interresting but...

Wouldn't work for me.Not how i roll and would make my life a nightmare. At my "peak" i was keeping about fifty or so moderate to long alphanumeric usernames/passwords in my head. Occasionally i'd mix a user/pass, but i'd remember them all.

All of them were generated by KeePass, but the decisive factor came after. I had to read and type them to see if they "felt right". If they didn't, i'd try to "fix" them because i could "feel" where the wrong part was. If they did, no more work needed. It is my honest belief that passwords can feel "right" or "wrong" to different people thus making them easier/harder to memorize.

While this might seem a bit esoteric, i'm pretty sure there is an underlying explanation as to why certain random sequences "feel" different..

Probably the same underlying mechanism that makes certain note/chords sequences "feel right" when listened to and others be just noise.

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Revealed: Malware that forces weak ATMs to spit out 'ALL THE CASH'

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Nice new spin...

First off, it's nothing "outrageous". I still hold dear something i once read that i cant quote verbatim but went along the lines of "If they have physical access, you don't own the box anymore". Oh so true.....

What i thought hilarious was that the thieves seem to have a lot more foresight than the banks. They actually had what amounts to proper planning.

Limiting the withdrawal time windows to some days on some hours meant that even if someone went "rogue", they couldn't hit everywhere and blow the cover. Also made the problem look more like a system glitch. Also lets the malware sleep lot more, thus laying low under the radar.

But the icing on the cake was the "phone you boss" feature. I mean, it's...priceless. The malware wants ThePowersThatBe to confirm it's clear to go. Now, wouldn't it be nice if the ATM BIOS/OS was as concerned? A nice lill message as in "I detected something new, please enter confirmation code or i brick the ATM".

Ah well, as someone pointed, banks won't care much. Their overall profit margin is good enough to cover these "glitches". Would cost more to do a proper job than to write off the loss.

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Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables

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Re: Proprietary software vendors - what do they do?

Non free *nix ditros - what do they do?

- Build a system using other people's work or more likely outdated versions of other people's work. Or sometimes cutting edge that don't really work all that well or have been extensively tested.

- Take customers' money

- Take whatever time it takes and push updates as you feel like. Answer phone if the sucker, i mean customer, actually has a support contract.

That's adding value right there too.

That said, Slack fan and will die one, but i see no difference between Proprietary and Enterprise *nix. Same poopoo different smell. And source availability is only meaningful if you have the in house expertise to fix/apply it yourself, whether the FOSS people like to admit it or not.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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The Holy Church of Sound.... again...

Religion and this early in the morning... needed extra coffee...

Why are we still banging this old drum, and why hasn't it been settled one way or the other by the most simple means? Which is.... SAMPLE THE OUTPUT.

Hook up the relevant measuring devices, play the CDD/FLAC/ALAC/MP3 and compare it. Are there differences? Yes, yes but not relevant? Repeat all along the signal chain to the end, ie, where you'd plug in the speakers. Now measure what was supposed to have come out vs what actually came out. At each step once more.

Willing to bet that you'll end up figuring that the differences as you moved down the chain became much bigger than they originally were. And that's not "quality difference", just different artifacts produced...

p.s. anyone claiming their signal chain isn't changing any little bit of the input is per definition an "audiophile". Delusional with deep pockets.

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Bash bug: Shellshocked yet? You will be ... when this goes WORM

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Re: Too much ado about almost nothing...

Now you have two, but you get the benefit of an explanation. This is NOT a problem with the exposure method, be it CGI or whatever. It's a problem with Bash not properly parsing vars. Trying the "it's not supposed to be used for" defense is just about as good as Job's "you're holding it wrong" stunt... A spade is a spade and a vulnerability a vulnerability.

And your comment only proves that Open Source has long moved from a "philosophy" to a religion, shock full of dogmas and unwilling/unable to face (even substantiated) criticism. and like a "good" religion, you obviously must be "right" thus can do no wrong. And along comes the usual "it's not important/relevant/substantial" excuses zealots, especially the devs, are so fond of.

Grow up, a turd is a turd, and if you call it an OpenTurd it still won't smell like roses :)

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Re: I may be being stupid here

Not so much but then again yes.

The problem is not that you know you have to sanitize input so much as having to know WHAT to sanitize it against. Or to make it more clear, to avoid passing inputx, you first have to know inputx was bad news. And unless you can convince me that you are aggressively (re)parsing and conforming your input, which i doubt anyone is, guess what, you're doing the basic checks just like everyone else, and this will go though.

Can't resist the temptation to bash the zealots (pardon the pun). So, again, there goes the many eyes theory down the drain... The reverse on the contrary is quite true. Once you get many "bad eyes" looking at you, the nasty water starts popping out of the sewer lid.

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EU dangles $6bn threat over Google in endless search abuse probe

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Oxygen consuming parasites

The EC by any other name. Just another fine example of why we need to get rid of those resource consuming scumbags.

If i ran a search engine, it would be MY call what is relevant or not. MY metrics, MY decision. And if the users "promoted" me to be the de facto standard, then i guess it would be proven ipsis facto that i had gotten it right and the competition hadn't.

If i decided to use one part of my business to promote another, where is the wrongdoing? It's like saying a car manufacturer can't make and promote it's brand of tires should it wish to do so. Stupid at best.

Once more the EC shows it's cluelessness and willingness to pander to the lobbies of the "unfit" that feel the need to claw back by legislation what they lost in the "open market of free choice".

In truth, if i was Google, i'd just pack up and go. Close shop in the EU, take my business elsewhere and give them the finger. It's not like that would stop people using it and the EC would have trouble justifying to former employees why they'd been sacked and to governments why they'd lost revenue from G's European ops.

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Snowden shouldn't be extradited to US if he testifies about NSA spying, says Swiss gov

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All it takes is for that nice guy (cough) Mr. Putin to go along. You wouldn't open that can of worms during the worst part of Cold War nevermind right now.

And all it takes if for him to even think that what Snowden has to say could throw a wrench into the EU/Nato "unified potential plans" about Ukraine.

Heck, if what he has to say can even muddy the waters some, it's a great deal. Even when the whole EU agrees about something, it takes months to do anything. Throw a small dissent at it and it turns into "takes forever".

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Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

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Bassackwards...

That's how he got it. Granted, it might kick (some) digital watches, and maybe makers, into the gutter, but it won't make even the cheappo mechanical's sweat.

Because, and i'm sure that's something Apple hates, wearing a mechanical clock is in and by itself a statement. That you're not on the MEETOO bandwagon and couldn't give less a donkeys ass what the current trend of groupthink is.

Ah well, he was probably just trying to make the fanboys fell warm and fuzzy inside anyway...

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

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Re: Another 'could be' law?

You know, i thought just that too. If the cops can't tell if it's against the law or not, wtf are we paying them for?

I for one would expect someone from their legal team to have advised them, before you know, they doing something they can't and ending themselves in court....

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Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years

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Re: Semantics

Your own post reflects the truth. "he deprived him of money that could have been made".

There's a huge difference between could and would. A bit of common sense will tell you that most of the people that would consider a cam, or would consider a buck for a cam WOULD NOT pay a full price ticket. Or a full price DVD.

Also, unlike what other poster seems to think, whether or not you would buy is not related to whether or not you could do so. Many people that could still would not, because that's how they go about. It's either free or they go without, despite the fact they can afford it.

True revenue loss is when someone that COULD afford it and WOULD buy it doesn't because he got it "free". Which is what? 0.005% of the cam watching freetards? Less?

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Just goes to show how far law and justice drifted apart...

In a fair world, anyone would have agreed that while his actions were against the law, they warranted no jail time, which in his case will probably do more harm than good. 5y "forced" community service? Sounds lot better, certainly lot more useful and would save taxpayers money twofold.

As for revenue loss, joke all around. Anyone willing to watch a cam version, free or not, is precisely the kind of people that WON'T pay for a movie ticket, a DVD or anything at all.

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Heartbleed implicated in US hospital megahack

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Not saying this is the case, but poor Heartbleed seems to be supporting a really heavy load on it's shoulders. Data breach? Heartbleed. Security fuckup? Heartbleed. etc etc etc...

Maybe we should have a HB every month so that no f***wit that should be sacked on sight ever looses his job again.

Not that it happens a lot mind you, since "the system" seems to be tolerant towards negligent dimwits. Maybe because negligent dimwits are running "the system", go figure...

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Exploit emerges for LZO algo hole

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Software that takes outside data is open to attacks. Software that uses other software in it's operations extends it's own attack surface. Repeat that cause that's what a plugin is. Anything non trivial?

No cookies to El Reg to have failed to notice "can only happen if you use uncommonly huge buffer sizes where you have to decompress more than 16 MiB (> 2^24 bytes) untrusted compressed bytes within a single function call" which kinda makes it obvious why a video app was chosen as target.

And some apps/distros didn't update in 11 days against a problem that might likely affect 0.00000001% of their users. How sloppy.

From reading up on it, seems "someone" got pissed that they got dismissed on the grounds of "not life or death" so decided to get his 15m by showcasing the potential while omitting the likelihood.

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Silent Circle takes on Skype, Viber, mobile telcos with crypto-VoIP

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Re: "Encrypted" PSTN calls?

Quite right. Only can be given serious thought when the encrypt/decrypt part is made at the mobile/handset.

Quite an opportunity for any kit maker that decides to do cheap gear that fills that void... How hard can it be for them to do it...

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

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Re: Today's Pro Tip

Not cold, just a sad side effect of keeping the activities she engaged in a criminal act. In (more civilized) countries that decriminalized both, she might have called for help and the poor sod might be alive.

As is, she just had to weight potential manslaughter + more vs certain conviction on prostitution and drug charges. Loss-loss anyway you look at it so taking uncertain vs certain becomes the rational choice when this version of fight-flight takes place.

Pretty much illustrates that, once more, the "war on x" only hurts people and helps no one. Well, might help the guys making billions out of dealing drugs, and maybe that's why it keeps being illegal...

One would think we'd remember how Prohibition only helped THE MOB and how the end of the world didn't come to pass when it was repealed...

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