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One might think points 1 through 3 were caused by a bit too much of point 4.
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Re: "the stuff that Flash does is considerably more involved than that - to give some examples: optional user-selectable captioning, overlaid annotations, DRM, inserted ads, active content"
-DRM (but who wants it?)
-Full screen (currently full-page is possible)
Don't you think if "they" were capable of faking a moon landing to such an extent then "they" would be able to also lie about the newer, real astronauts not being the first?
FAIL because nutjob conspiracy theorists never let logic get in the way of a good argument with a devil's advocate.
The problem is any image based CAPTCHA will have a finite library to draw from which can be learnt once.
The example I saw had flickr images drawn from a keyword like "kitten" or "cute", in theory increasing the image pool continuously. However it takes next to no effort to build a list in advance with the same keyword search.
Furthermore it asked you pick 3 out of a 3x3 grid of assorted animals. There is a 1.2% chance of correctly guessing at random. In comparison a regular 8-character, alphanumeric text is only 0.000000000035% guessable.
Although image recognition is harder to write than OCR the underlying security was much, much worse.
Finally the competition was Re-CAPTCHA which is not only less-intrusive to a site's layout but also serves a dual-purpose, the kitten-cha never stood a chance.
"We received complaints that free porn DVDs were being offered to everyone who spent £5 or more on beer and burgers."
And did the complaint end with "...but a burger 'n' large chips only comes to £4.50"?
Seriously, what sort of young, drunk clubber EVER complains about free porn at 3am?
+1 for your interpretation of open source CMS. That's right on the money.
-1 for dismissing all linux design. Ubuntu has shown it's possible even if gnome is too much like the competition.
(By way of comparison here is a summary of installing a new OS...
Windows: I'm going to need a graphics driver, bugger the CD is scratched, why is the first search hit always spam, god this website is so slow, no I don't want to fill in a questionnaire, no I don't want to register first, what's with all these adverts I can't see where to click, yes I want to trust the download, yes I want to run the download too ffs, I didn't ask for you to reboot you POS!
Ubuntu: What's that skippy? You already have nvidia drivers? Oh look it's working.)
An ISP employing deep packet inspection will be able to spot BitTorrent connections regardless of what the client is reporting. For a spy outside the ISP's gateway it's a simple matter to connect to the supposed port and find out if it's really sharing said file.
In essence this exploit appears useless but we're not given a chance to confirm the story ourselves because Kieren McCarthy in San Francisco gives not one reference and has shown a poor grasp of the subject at hand. (e.g. "No sooner had Napster been taken down than a new method of file sharing, BitTorrent, was rapidly adopted.")
For the uninitiated Gnutella, WinMX, FastTrack and eDonkey all had their time in the spotlight before BitTorrent bloomed late.
(My reference: http://www.slyck.com/story1314.html)
...if they have a manufacturing fault, or overheat, or receive sharp knocks or vibration, or experience power fluctuations, or are short circuited by moisture/insects/hair/other foreign matter, or are struck by cosmic rays, or any of hundreds of unpredictable phenomenon.
Pedant I may be but please don't assume absolutes so readily.
Mine is the one correctly labelled 'overcoat'.
All proposed solutions including NoScript fail to block the simplest of CSS-history leaks; That of specifying a unique background URL for :visited links. Then simply check which of the URLs have been requested. It also escapes attention by not sending the results back by XmlHttpRequest.
Even by rendering first with links in the unvisited state then rendering a second time does nothing to stop the leak and nearly halves browsing speed.
A more reasonable compromise was to restrict the visited status by a same-origin policy. It was downloadable from safehistory.com but sadly it's unmaintained and incompatible with modern browser versions. Also there still remained the chance of history sniffing as part of an XSS attack - albeit slightly reduced.
The only way to plug the leak is to turn off layout.css.visited_links_enabled for good.
My parents and teachers tried to pass that one off on me too but I was smart enough to realise that's just so they can get on with their day without interruption from whoopy cushions, stink bombs and hand buzzers. After all, April 1st is April 1st for 24 hours, do you only celebrate Christmas Day for the morning?
On linux try turning off Compiz or any window manager that uses hardware acceleration. Flash's acceleration is incompatible with those. Without it can run much faster but is still as buggy if not more so than the Windows equivalent.
I haven't tried alternatives like Gnash or swfdec because they lack support for newer version files.
(Thumbs down for closed-source, proprietary vendor lock-ins)
The SUN and the WIND combine to grow PLANTS, which you harvest + ferment to make GAS which goes in the magical box that converts hydrocarbons to electricity.
Alternatively you could wait for the plants to be eaten by animals, die, degrade into fossil fuel and use that, but that's much lengthier and controversial for some reason.
I'm voting for deliberate malapropism too simply because of all the grammar Nazis who can't take a joke. Whoever thought that a Windows user could have had a sense of humour?
(I love posting in internet arguments in reply to posts correcting others' posts. Double bonus in this case for trans-forum pedantry. Now someone needs to 'STFU' or mention a famous dictator.)
No one got hurt. There are no victims. You might be able to claim copyright infringement but since Matt Groening is unlikely to ever publish porn it can't be called loss of earnings. I don't believe what Kurt did was an offence, just a bit sick. He needs help not a fine.
I have one of those keyfobs too and am happy with the security it brings. You are right it should be brought to consumer banking too. However I wouldn't trust it as a mobile app, there's too much opportunity for a hacked smartphone to intercept the cypher key used in generation.
Also if the bank phones me they use the more trustworthy method of quoting half my postcode/DOB/security question and asking that I complete it. That is decent secret sharing and wish chip & pin machines did something similar.
As I understand it some of the securecode-type variants let an account holder upload a picture which is shown back to them at checkout to gain their trust. This is poor secret sharing as it's wide open to MITM attacks, mitigated further by the use of iframes.
(Thumbs up for one time passcodes)
If the megacorps don't like the low profits then surely there's a small company or startup who would be interested. The nature of a free market means that *someone* must be trying to sell tip driven rotors. I sense that's not the full story, perhaps The Register can do a 'forgotten tech' piece on the Voljet.
"Least that way no-one would have had to see pictures of him lounging around the pool."
It is my experience that the sort of men who bathe in skimpy trunks, take their shirt off at football or dress in drag for the xmas panto are compelled to do so regardless of the occasion. Being rich or popular or simply notorious is not the cause but merely their current excuse. In other circumstances they will find some other socially accepted explanation to strip in public and exploit it.
We all remember the office tragedy that arose from The Full Monty; Fattening middle aged bosses believed they could be sexy.
For the sake of public decency people like Zuckerburg must be locked up! Won't somebody think of the children??
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