* Posts by Charles 9

9707 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Windows Server ported to Qualcomm's ARM server chip. Repeat, Windows Server ported to ARM server chip

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Re: Open BIOS?

Since ARM systems come from a whole different ecosystem, one based on memory maps and fixed hardware designs, basic operations and enumerated buses are likely to be approached from a whole other angle, one that may see something completely different from a BIOS like x86 does. After all, PC-based Macs didn't have to wrestle with that kind of stuff and went straight to EFI, just to name an example.

Having said that, you can't be sure there isn't some kind of uber-root mode hidden in ANY kind of system, regardless of the architecture. Indeed, they may reside in an even lower level than that: say in the network chips.

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Ex penetrated us almost 700 times through secret backdoor, biz alleges

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Re: Temptation is a terrible thing...

""Anger is a wind that blows out the lamp of the mind" - Robert Ingersoll."

Ah, but wind doesn't always blow out a flame. Sometimes it stokes it instead. After all, wind is a bane to firefighters, not a boon.

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Re: Temptation is a terrible thing...

I'd counter, "Then explain berserkers, who wield their swords IN a mad rage."

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Re: How about his replacement?

But what if it WAS someone they knew? What if there really WAS someone in the firm named Jeff Manning complete with records and so on?

Besides, there's also the possibility he knew the audit was coming and found a way to conceal the name FROM the audit using root tricks and so on.

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Re: @AC: top man

"it was a chance for the bank to audit what that officer had been doing."

But AGAIN, who audits the AUDITOR? Especially since the firm was of a type where they lacked a second IT person with the same level of expertise? Besides, someone THAT high up would probably know enough to be able to hide their stuff FROM auditors.

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Scammers hired hundreds of 'staff' to defraud TalkTalk customers

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But according to the article, they sometimes DO use actual stolen account information.

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee refuses to be King Canute, approves DRM as Web standard

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That app tended to be Flash and Silverlight, which also meant Linux tends to get locked out of the loop. You really want to go back to stuff like that?

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"They're doing that themselves. Seriously, £13 to see a film at the cinema? Plus the £1 extra for the extra 6 inches of legroom, and the £1 extra for the "Blockbuster surcharge" if it's the opening weekend... plus the £millions it costs for popcorn, sweets, drinks etc... it's a £20 trip each time."

And yet people are willing (yeah, even eager) to pay up. The latest Wolverine film Logan is ranked #4 among R-rated movies on opening weekend (the #1 in the US as of now happens to be another Marvel film: Deadpool). Sounds to me like we have less say than we think. People are voting with their wallets, and we're losing.

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Re: And will this DRM realise its been run in a VM and is a chocolate teapot?

First, it's a TRANS-crypter, so the output is still encrypted.

Second, you need an HDMI 2.0-level output (which means HDCP-2.0+) to still receive 4K above film rate. Otherwise, it's downscaled (1.4 only has support for 4K at film rate). So you still have the same problem. Also, compared to 2.2, 2.0 is lossy (4:4:4 to 4:2:0). Plus they may block 1.4 down-conversion for protection reasons, only allowing 4K at 2.0 and up.

Third, have you seen the price tag?

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Re: Any Restriction Placed on the Internet

They said the same thing about photocopying bank notes. Guess what? They found a way through watermarking and then mandating detectors into the printing (or in the video case, encoder chip) logic.

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Re: Say bye bye to private infromation

"Starforce had the potential to be exploited in such a manner as to shift the balance in the control of information around the world, with Catastrophic results had it still existed in that format in today's political environment. Do we really want to hand that sort of control to our browsers?"

Trouble is, they'll insist and withhold content if they don't get their way. And remember, we're not the majority who willingly pay bookoo bucks to sit down in crowded, noisy cinemas and pay robber's fees for cheap junk food. If you're surrounded by idiots, you're basically outvoted. You lose.

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Given the anarchy given by the IoT, a stateful Internet where anonymity is nigh-impossible will probably be the next step.

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Re: All the whining in the world - 2

But then again, is it worth it? Is it really a jail if no one WANTS to leave? After all, the planet is pretty much a jail, too, since we can't live in space and we lack the tech or know-how to leave for the near future.

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Re: The stupid thing is....

One, the images can be watermarked to block camming (that's how Cinavia and the like work, they can be built into the encoder chips so they can't be circumvented--the codecs are under patent and can be licensed with conditions), and two, there's still a loss of quality involved crossing the analog gap this way, especially with stuff like 4K where details are important, and there's still the need for extraordinary conditions to ensure a consistent result (one good shake and your shot is...shot). That's why cams are almost always either a last resort or the realm of the impatient.

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Re: "NOTHING beats FREE"

"Rubbish, Charles. CONVENIENCE beats free. Fandom and the desire to support your favourite content creators ALSO beats free. All an artist has to do is build a relationship with their fans, and provide their works in an easy to use, easy to transfer manner. Of course, that won't keep the coke train running for the increasingly-irrelevant middlemen. Tough shit for them."

Not necessarily. Haters gonna hate, and life on tour isn't what it used to be. Billy Joel's first #1 hit, "Piano Man," was based on the night he was just scraping doing playing in a bar. Many can't even get beyond that point and just fade into obscurity and you never hear about them. If you say tough shit for the middlemen (who you usually NEED to really get past the tour life due to their connections), you're basically saying tough shit for live music because that's life. Sometimes, the only way to make it is to make a deal with the devil; sad but true.

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Re: All the whining in the world...

"And what would ge the result? Well, nothing really. There will still be new content created and distributed. If you knew anything about history you'd know that there weren't even copyright laws back when the greatest creative geniuses the world has seen were creating wonderful art. Mozart, Shakespeare, Haydn, and Beethoven, for example: they all created great works anyway. No DRM, not even copyright."

Yes, but then the common people didn't have access to them. They were all commissioned...by the RICH. Want to go back to those days when art was only done by commission by the rich who could afford the artists' price demands?

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"Because phones aren't general purpose computing devices despite all claims to the contrary? Secondly they're not as secure as you might think - keys *can* be retrieved from them if they were worth the effort."

But risky. Many of those keys are housed in suicide circuits (think FIPS-compliant modules) which wipe if you try to read them directly. And the effort clearly isn't worth the reward at this point since even new smartphones with the feature built-in (not to mention things like ARM's TrustZones) would make very attractive targets yet they haven't been broken. This may have to do with the most fundamental signature checks being against ROM, making them impossible to defeat without performing a preimage attack (and if you can pull off a preimage attack, there are government agencies that would like to talk to you).

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Re: The stupid thing is....

"And go after the major profitable pirating organisations and leave the students alone."

Most of the pirating organizations live in countries hostile to the West, making apprehending them nigh-impossible (because those states are tacitly encouraging them).

"The reality of the medium is that its copyable. Learn to live with it. Copyright is, today, completely unenforceable. That is the lesson the music business had to learn with the demise of the 'studio album' bands."

4K BluRays can't be copied. They're encrypted end-to-end, including the player and the display. Unless they can break the end-to-end encryption used on many smartphones, DHCP 2.0 should remain strong for a while (yes, even the master key has a safeguard since many movie discs are serialized and require Internet registration). The 4K rips you see now come from WebRips, not BDRips.

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Re: The stupid thing is....

They don't care about screeners there since most of the quality will be lost. They care about screeners in cinemas since it breaks their timetables.

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"This isn't actually strictly true, and effective DRM isn't actually possible. It's just shit to put in browsers for the sake of putting it in. If it can be built it can be broken."

Oh? How come they can't do that with smartphones, then? There are still plenty of phones for which custom OS's are impossible because they use CPUs with mandated black-boxed encryption (the key is stored in the CPU and not accessible directly) that enforces signature checking and the like?

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"Seriously, screw the media cartels."

You REALLY want to screw the media cartels? There's only one way they'll listen. Get lots of people to stop going to cinemas.

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Re: insanity

"What big content want is end-to-end control of the entire distribution channel. This includes them having the ability to run arbitrary code on your machines. No doubt they will also continue lobbying until they get the next piece of the puzzle: namely, being able to bring you to court if you try to circumvent these "protections" on devices that you and you alone own."

WRONG. They'll fix that by making it so you only LEASE them and make it a Hobson's Choice so you have no other option. If you REALLY want to make the movie companies pay attention, convince people to boycott cinemas and stop watching ANY movies in ANY form. Only when you can hit them in their most lucrative money stream will they notice you.

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Re: Better than plugins

"That's an important distinction, and it costs us absolutely nothing, other than having to show a bit of backbone."

Except it's all hollow bravado. The content providers are the types who hear, "Over my dead body," and respond, "If you insist..."

IOW, sometimes you have to pick your fights. And since people still flock to cinemas, we wouldn't win that fight. The average joe wouldn't be able to tell the difference and frankly wouldn't give a rodent's donkey about whether or not it's an open standard or not. Gimme my movie is all they want, which is why Netflix is making a killing, too, IN SPITE of proprietary standards.

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Re: "NOTHING beats FREE"

Tell that to World of Goo. He released a game cheap as chips and people STILL pirated it, EXTENSIVELY. And he had proof of it, too.

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Yes, they do. They ONLY cede those rights when the copyright expires. That's why their name is attached. And we're talking about how new releases which are MEANT to be within copyright's purview.

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Re: And will this DRM realise its been run in a VM and is a chocolate teapot?

Except this time BluRay players can ONLY be set-top boxes AND they REQUIRE the use of encrypted host processors. Based on what I've seen in the smartphone front, encrypted OS images HAVE NOT been cracked (the keys are stored on the processors themselves and contain suicide circuits and the like, think FIPS-compliant crypto modules), and they use government-standard encryption algorithms which means if they can find a way to crack them, they'd have a lot bigger fish to fry.

IOW, this time they've done their homework. The video streams are never presented on the wires in a decrypted format until they reach the actual screens (HDCP 2.0 mandates this IINM), by which time the data is too large (raw pixels) to capture in a lossless way.

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Re: And will this DRM realise its been run in a VM and is a chocolate teapot?

They don't work with 4K discs because they use HDCP 2.0, which uses different keys and IINM forbids the use of splitters.

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Re: DRM means you don't own your content

"And to do anything else you want to to it or with it unless that act is specifically illegal."

That includes PHOTOCOPYING it.

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Re: And will this DRM realise its been run in a VM and is a chocolate teapot?

But I bet you they're NOT coming from BluRay rips, though. And I think many of them aren't real 4Ks but upscaled 1080s passing off as 4Ks. Plus some of those copies are supposed to be watermarked.

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No, THEY get the final say because they're the providers. The seller ALWAYS gets the final call. They don't HAVE to sell or provide, AND they can give ultimatums: take it or leave it. If you leave it, it's YOUR loss, not theirs (they can always find another customer).

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Re: All the whining in the world...

But that's searching for unicorns because NOTHING beats FREE.

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"Get the MPAA and RIAA DRM out of our tv equipment (HDMI/HDCP) and stop it getting baked in to the internals of our browsers.

The media companies should be able to utilise the peoples internet but not shape it to become their own content delivery content network where they have control over who can play what and where along with what websites can be seen at their behest."

Trouble is, it's ultimately THEIR content. Copyright means they get the final say on where their content gets shown and under what conditions. If you can't abide by those conditions, just don't watch. But since they still make a killing, that would put you in the minority.

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Re: And will this DRM realise its been run in a VM and is a chocolate teapot?

Yes, actually. Malware can tell using timing attacks and so on. DRM systems can do the same, and there's really no way to prevent them, say, doing time trials and using external time servers (which you can't block) to figure out if they're in a VM or not.

Why do you think 4K BluRay players are so strict? They know all the tricks and are working extremely hard to keep all those doors closed. PCs aren't allowed to touch the stuff, only set top boxes, and those are encrypted up the wazoo, including using new DHCP keys (some even require online registration).

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Re: DRM means you don't own your content

You NEVER own that content. It's ALWAYS been LICENSED to you. That's what copyright is all about.

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Re: Any Restriction Placed on the Internet

It's also, as Sir Berners-Lee notes, inevitable due to simple realities. The content providers can withhold and stick to the classic models; people still pay bookoo bucks to sit down at cinemas, and so on. People come to them, not the other way around. So unless you want to abandon the Internet, you better hunker down. If it isn't EME, it'll be something else completely proprietary but, because it's the only show in town, accepted.

PS. Thumbing down that simple fact isn't going to make it any less true. Their content, their rules. Take it or leave it.

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RadioShack bankruptcy savior to file for, you guessed it, bankruptcy

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Re: Aw. Nothing like the smell of hot solder --

Unless, of course, it's the day off and you're doing a rush repair job that needs a little component and you can't wait on an overnight (because then you're back at work and the spouse will get mad). When it comes to something that absolutely MUST be done by the end of the day, you can't beat brick-and-mortar places.

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YouTube TV will be huge. Apple must respond

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Re: Once you have accustomed people to watch things for free...

What if it turns people off instead? I for one don't like being pushed. The best products sell themselves, after all.

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Re: Nice advert you have there.

It still may be worth it to plenty. I know plenty of people who aren't team-loyal but simply watch what's available. I'm one of them, and what I want from sports is a close contest; it doesn't matter who's playing. As for the other channels, people may be able to live without the likes of Animal Planet, and while the unbundled Internet price goes up another $10, that's more than offset by the fact that $50/month is the bare minimum price for just local channels and a few essentials like CNN. The usual cable TV bill is closer to the $100 range as I've said, especially now that cable TV's all digital which means cable-ready TVs really aren't anymore, meaning box rentals of nearly $10/month per TV (and most households have at least two because the spouse doesn't want to be held hostage over channel choice). Then there's the additional $10/month charge if you want to record shows (more if you want more at a time), taxes, extra fees, etc. Trust me, I took a long and hard look at all those associated fees just last month because I was restructuring my subscription in a bid to save money. Jumping wasn't practical because the two other providers in my neighborhood have basically settled into a cartel with the first, and their overall rates aren't different enough. In my particular case I wouldn't want YouTube TV because I like to personally record my shows (at least by sticking I have access to an unencrypted HD stream I can run to a PVR box), but not everyone's in the same boat.

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Um...yes, and then some. Don't forget things like dinner and bed can be done WITH the TV on.

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Re: Since when did Google ...

According to the article, this time they're paying for it and passing on the costs via the $35/month subscription. IOW, they're playing by the rules.

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Re: Nice advert you have there.

"There is a limit to how many monthly subs people can bear. $35/month is a hefty one on top of Sky/VM and the latest Galaxy phone from EE."

Except if you "cut the cord" and only use the cable company for broadband, you can come out ahead since your average cable TV subscription starts around $50/month and can usually go as high as $100/month+ once you factor in boxes (which you can't buy outright or transfer between services, remember, especially since they're now all-digital so your TV can't do it) and channels which are intentionally split into different packages.

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Wearables aren't dead but apps on wearables might be

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Re: Most classes of useless products fail quietly

"For example 3d on an LG 4k OLED is the best version of the tech yet, but by the time it was available, the industry was about to give up on 3D and now it's been canned, so nobody gets to enjoy it."

But the odds are the fad would just fade anyway. It's not what people really wanted, which is lightfield 3D voxels a la The Jetsons where you didn't need glasses (problematic if you already wear them) or particular positioning (which kills lenticulars like Nintendo's 3DS) to work. Sure, there are fans, but there were plenty of detractors, too. I'm among them since watching Avatar through those polarized glasses was underwhelming and gave me a headache.

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BONG! Lasers crack Big Ben frequency riddle BONG! No idea what to do with this info BONG!

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Re: Puzzled why they went up the tower steps

"Pah! They've been bouncing lasers off reflectors on the moon since the 1970's. And IIRC measured moonquakes with them too."

But to what level of precision? I believe the precision needed with the Big Ben experiment was on the scale of sub-millimeters. Could they measure the deflection of the lunar surface during a moonquake to the micrometer?

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Autonomous cars are about to do to transport what the internet did to information

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Re: Wrong Problem

No, because you still need the same amount of road infrastructure as you would now, simply because the roads you use now are the SAME roads bulk transportation needs to get everything everyWHERE. That's the weak link with trains: they can't go the last mile. That includes to your driveway or mailbox.

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Re: Wrong Problem

How can you use PRT for cargo, though, especially HEAVY cargo that's too fine-grained for a train?

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Li-ion king Goodenough creates battery he says really is... good enough

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The problem with the tech is that it's not very energy-dense. Thus why you have to use honking big containers. It's rather cumbersome for anything below distribution-level storage. It's also rather temperature-sensitive and not very useful in potentially-cold climates (below 10°C) because you suffer crystallization that cold.

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COP BLOCKED: Uber app thwarted arrests of its drivers by fooling police with 'ghost cars'

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Re: I'm sure this will look good in front of the judge

"My smartphone sits mostly discharged by the computer (since the moment you think of calling someone the battery drains 90%) and I generally use a dumbphone that can give me a few days standby and several hours talk. I'd forgotten about the access some apps want to ask for, and also didn't realise you need a CC for Uber (CC use is still relatively rare in NZ)."

Uber has pay-with-cash prepaid cards, though, at least in the US (saw one loaded just yesterday). Does Uber require you to register in order to use those?

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Prisoners' 'innovative' anti-IMSI catcher defence was ... er, tinfoil

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Re: Wouldn't it be cheaper...

But since you can't have that kind of guarantee (Wanna bet? I just corrupt the guarantor), SOMEONE'S gonna gamble...and get away with it. And with stakes that high, the reward can trump the risk.

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CloudPets' woes worsen: Webpages can turn kids' stuffed toys into creepy audio bugs

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Re: Grab the burning torches and pitchforks

Unless, of course, your computer is owned and can do it FOR YOU.

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Raspberry Pi gives us all new 'Pi Zero W' for its fifth birthday

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That's PURSE-flattening because wallets tend to hold the bills/notes.

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