* Posts by Suricou Raven

1485 posts • joined 20 Jun 2007

Psssst: If you wanna be rich, make the next privacy Robocop app

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Re: No shit, Sherlock!

Only partially effective, unless you want to verify every time the code comes down. Javascript can be altered easily. Sending every user a 'null operation' script would get notice, but they could easily target it at anyone the NSA's algorithm considers suspicious.

To be any good, encryption needs to run at the client end. What we really need to see is integration into something like Thunderbird.

Not that it matters. People don't actually email that much any more: The masses just communicate through facebook messages.

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Unreal: Epic’s would-be Doom... er... Quake killer

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Re: Ah yes

That would be Facing Worlds, where you could snipe straight into the enemy spawn area.

spawn-snipe. spawn-snipe. Spawn-snipe.

I wrote a UT2k4 mutator that replaces the sniper rifle with the 'petrifier rifle' - those it hits don't just die, but their corpse is frozen as a statue in mid-death. Makes some nice statue gardens around spawn. It's gameplay purpose is to provide a visual indicator of areas under sniper fire.

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Re: Technically brilliant, incredibly dull.

By ut2k4, it was inverted: Meshes were far faster to render than world geometry, to the point where the approved map-making technique was to use world geometry for rough shape but then static meshes for all the fine detailing.

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Re: I've

It took me hours to figure out the exit!

You need to activate a switch, then leave the room, go down a hallway, and wait at the end for a platform to arrive.

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Acer silences Thunderbolt

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Re: Makes no difference

"Are you sure about that?? Have you tried moving around a few hundred gigs of data over USB2 any time recently??"

How often does the average person do that? Maybe a couple of times a year to back up the family videos*. The only people who routinly shift such large amounts are pirates and professionals in a few data-heavy fields.

*Hah. The average person doesn't make shif backups anyway.

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Mature market.

The PC market matured. There's no more massive expansion, because everyone who needs or wants a PC now has one. There's no more upgrading, because the technology reached the point of 'good enough' around the Core 2 Duo - ancient chip now, but still quite capable not just of office work but playing games too. There will always be some sales for replacements and general economic/population growth, but the big boom is over.

Phones and tablets are advancing fast enough to keep the upgrade demand high - the average life of a phone before replacement is still only a couple of years.

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Jelly Bean finally overtakes Gingerbread in Android share

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Re: Old version == second devices?

And hand-me-downs. Dad gets a phone, mum gets his old one, oldest child gets her old one, and so on down the pecking order it goes until youngest-child is SMSing from a three-line text-display on a numeric keypad.

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Inventor lobs spherical, throwable camera

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Bad example.

Radio doesn't work very well in fire. Fire is, surprisingly, actually a conductor of electricity. Test it if you want - get a flame and poke multimeter probes into it, measure resistance. Blue flame works better.

You can get voice through, but high-bitrate digital isn't going to be at all reliable.

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HTTP 2.0 interop tests slated for August

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The core of the internet generally lets any protocol through - that's how it was designed. It's all those NAT/PAT boxes at the edges that are the problem - the ones used on almost every single company network, and every home with more than one connected device. Yet another problem that IPv6 would solve.

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Dell explores wearable computing as PC base crumbles

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Bluetooth interface, vibration alert, make it the ring indicator for your mobile.

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Re: really? Nobody saw the iPad coming? Netbooks HELLO!

It doesn't help that OEMs themselves killed the netbook - from a business perspective, the race-to-the-cheapest just isn't profitable. The margin on netbooks was terrible. Once the 'ultrabook' class came along with much higher prices and thus the possibility of a higher margin, it doesn't take a business genius to realise that every netbook sold is potentially an ultrabook not sold.

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Brit server maker Avantek puts its back into ARM servers

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I see a use.

So it's only good for loads that need lots of computing at very low cost-per-watt, but a minimum of communication between processes? Cryptanalysis comes to mind.

I'd say to ask the NSA, but they already know.

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Optical archival system - where to buy from?

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A little googling shows the per-gig cost of even the largest capacity cartridges are far above hard drives, even excluding the drive. So far above, you could afford to double up the drives for redundancy and still come out ahead.

I fail to see what advantages this offers over archiving to disk or tape. What's wrong with magnetic storage? It works, proven history, widely-supported and usually very reliable.

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Tickle my balls, stroke my button and blow the fluff from my crack

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Re: Mac Right Button

You still can.

Apple trackpads and the Magic are capable of right-clicking too, but under OSX this capability is disabled by default. Once you tick the box in system preferences, right-clicking is just a two-finger tap on the pad or a click on the right-hand side of he Magic.

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Re: I have a 7 button mouse for gaming ...

FPS Gaming is an area where buttons are good: You can't afford the fractional-second delay of moving a hand on the keyboard. Even a bumbling FPS player online is going to need at least four buttons (Fire, alt fire, next weapon, previous weapon), with two of those being handled by the scroll wheel. If you want to be at your best then most games can use more. If you can bind center button to 'Bloody enemy just rocket-jumped up onto my sniper position, get out the shotgun' then you've found a way to save yourself a precious half-second of scrolling through weapon selection or moving a hand from the movement keys to weapon select and back. Half a second really matters when the enemy is turning to point his rocket launcher at your face.

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EU crackdown will see tougher sentences for stupid cyber-badhats

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Re: Impose Maximum or Minimum Sentences?

Neither. The directive is for a minimum maximum. Confusing, I know.

What it means is that all members must have a maximum sentence for the covered 'cyber' crimes that is at least two years, or five for infrastructure.

That doesn't mean members have to sentence everyone convicted to five years - it means they are required to give judges the option of at least that sentence. Judges are free to sentence to less, and individual countries are free to set a maximum higher than the directive requires.

So in most situations, this isn't going to change anything. The only times it'll have any effect are when someone either commits a crime serious enough to earn a sentence higher than the a previous maximum since increased by this directive, or when someone upsets the Powers That Be in government and earns themselves a 'throw the book' order whispered in the prosecution's ear

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US Navy coughs $34.5m for hyper-kill railgun that DOESN'T self-destruct

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Re: Revolutionise what?

It's been done. Japan and France have used them. The planes are tiny, and used folding wings to fit into the bay. They weren't used for combat, but reconnaissance. Obsoleted by improvements in radar and sonar tech.

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Re: Nifty

5) Winning the pumpkin-launching competition.

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Re: Revolutionise what?

With a 200-mile range, I'm thinking shore bombardment. Easier than shelling logistically, and none of the risks of flying bombers.

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Patriot hacker 'The Jester' attacks nations offering Snowden help

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Unimpressed.

Wow, he took down a public-facing website and email server for a low-security government sub-sub-subdivisision. He's yet to successfully steal any information or down any target of real importance. The only time he has done anything other than pathetically unskilled DoS attacks was a XSS exploit to inject some fake articles into some rather low-circulation newspaper website.

The Jester is full of hot air. All he does is DoS the most vulnerable of targets and brag about his 1337 5k1115.

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US states: Google making ad money on illegal YouTube vids

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Re: Don't most people use AdBlock?

The minimum age to purchase alcohol in the US is 21, with most states setting the same limit for possession. The forged identity document is a rite of passage there - no-one wants to wait until 21 to sip their first beer.

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Bolivian president's jet grounded so officials can look for Snowden

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You'd need Russian operation for that. If he is slipping away, it's down into a basement somewhere for some pliers-assisted questioning. I can't imagine Russia giving up a haul of intel that juicy. They've probably got more bugs than Windows ME in his hotel room right now.

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Re: last month the US was complaining about China's spying as though nobody ever did such a thing

Only because they don't have access to the fibers. The UK is probably tapping all internet traffic in and out of Belgium though. Guess where the ocean-spanning cables land.

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Re: Stop the Pigeon

It's more complicated than that. The studio liked to reuse their popular characters in different settings: Dick and his sidekick appeared in three programs: Wacky Races, Perils of Penelope Pitstop and Stop that Pigeon. Penelope appeared in two of those, as did the Ant Hill Mob - but not appearing as the same named characters or professions.

It could be seen the animated equivalent of the same actor appearing in many different films playing different characters, but always the same archetype. Think someone like Laurel and Hardy: They played different characters every film, but really they were always playing their own act and everyone loved them for it.

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AT&T patents P2P content tracking system

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Re: ... Insert Foot

You'll need to throw in a distributed CAN/Cache too, otherwise the first viral video is going to bring half the network down.

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Using encryption? That means the US spooks have you on file

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Re: That's fine

Then we need to encrypt absolutely everything that can be encrypted. The sheer volume of data that flows over the internet would too much for even the NSA to store. They have to justify their budget to someone - asking for another billion dollars worth of hard drives is going to cost some political favors.

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Re: reverse steganography

That's the idea behind the one-time pad. There are many (as in 2-to-the-lots) possible keys that return what looks like a legitimate message. One for every possible message. Thus it's impossible to determine which is the right key, if any.

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Re: scare tactic

I've considered that as an idea for a super-secure VPN for corporate laptops. Have a trusted computer at the office generate a giant OTP. One copy goes on the VPN server, and one on the company laptop before the trip to China. Packets from the laptop to the VPN server are XORed starting at the beginning of the OTP, packets going the other way are XORed starting at the end. So long as the laptop is maintained physically secure, it'd be unbreakable. Eventually the OTP would be depleted, but that's just a matter of having a large enough pad - you could easily use a hundred-gig pad these days, which is plenty to last for the duration of a business trip.

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US cops make 'first ever' Bitcoin seizure following house raid

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It does make one difference: Once the case of over and offender sentenced there will still be the issue of what to do with the coins (assuming they have the wallet password). Potentially they could be treated as siezed assets and turned into funding for the department, either via exchange into dollars or selling at auction. It's possible the police department may wish to do that, but they could also face pressure from above by administrators or politicians who do not wish to 'legitimise' bitcoin as a currency, and will instead order the wallet be simply deleted.

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Idaho patriots tool up to battle Jihad with pork bullets

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Re: Square bullets

Not more effective. Just more painful. The idea was round bullets would penetrate easily casing a lot of deep internal damage, while square bullets would catch at flesh and leave a shallower but wider, more severe wound. Round bullet means target drops dead, square means they drop in agony and slowly die of blood loss.

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Play the Snowden flights boardgame: Avoid going directly to Jail

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Re: Alternative explanation..

Thus all the journalists. If the Russian government wants to disappear him for interrogation, they'll have to be very careful about it - there'd be terrible political fallout if they openly displayed the Bad Old Days were still running.

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Re: Private , he going to have to go private

He won't be funding anything right now: The US will certainly have ordered his assets frozen, so all he has to pay his way is the money he could carry, and that's probably almost all gone on the flight to Russia. Wherever he goes, he'll need someone to foot the bill.

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Snowden dodges US agents in Moscow, skips out on flight

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Re: @sisk It's not illegal, but it is uncool

But they have a warrant: It says to hand over anything and everything. That makes it legal. The place is described (everywhere) and things specified (all of it).

It's obviously violating the spirit of the constitution, but that isn't important. The law isn't about spirit, and it's barely about intent. It's about what the words actually say.

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Privacy expert dismisses PRISM-busting typeface as 'art project'

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Correction:

PGP/GPG rely on the prime-number thing. Truecrypt does not. It uses a different type of encryption entirely. Somewhat amusingly, two of the three cyphers it supports were developed on behalf of the US government.

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Telly psychics fail to foresee £12k fine for peddling nonsense

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Re: They are not alone in promoting nonsense

They have seperation in law, but not in practice. We have seperation (mostly) in practice, but not in law.

Really it comes down to democracy. When the population is intensely religious then politicians pandering to them, promising to protect the religion and spouting off about their faith will get elected - regardless of what the law has to say on the matter. While if the population is less religious, and regards what religion they have as a purely private affair (as most of the UK does), politicians attempting the same stunt will be laughed out of office. A democracy reflects the views of the constituents. That's the idea. Even if those views are in conflict with the law - though that situation, if persisting long enough, will self-correct as the law is revised.

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HPC geeks ponder 100 petafloppers and quantum supercomputers

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How do you rank them?

If quantum computers can be made practical, there will be call for the 'quantum top 500.' What would you measure the capability of a quantum computer in?

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Icelandic biz baron: 'I have a private jet waiting in China for Snowden'

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Re: Sounds sorta familiar...

The US and China aren't on 'favors for friends' terms. I'm sure China would hand him over, but they'll want something of value in return. Likely something we won't hear about - a provision changed in some obscure treaty, or US support in a vote at some UN committee. This is one leaker - it's not world-changing. In international diplomacy, he isn't worth much.

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Gartner magicians conjure technological TUBE MAP

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If you read it long enough, you can feel your hair getting pointier.

It doesn't take much study to realise it's actually just a load of buzzwords arranged randomly and connected by equally random lines. Why else would 'microsensors,' 'virtual actors' and 'gamification' share a line?

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When Apple needs speed and security in Mac OS X, it turns to Microsoft

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Upvote upvote upvote... Bah, only lets you do it once.

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Re: Eh?

Microsoft has been pushing their own propritary and parented exFAT filesystem as the 'new FAT32' for portable media. I imagine they will be very much unwilling to support anything that competes with that.

It's the same basic business sense that leads them to not-support any codecs other than Windows Media and now h264 out the box: If you're betting millions of dollars on technology X becoming dominant, it'd be a very silly manager who lends their support to X's rivals.

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Re: Hmmmmmmmm

Upgrade, no. Repair, yes. When you're running a few hundred laptops, hard drives and batteries die on a weekly basis. It's very much desireable to be able to swap in a new one rather than wait a week for a manufacturer replacement.

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Hey fanboi, is that an EXPLODING BATTERY in your MacBook Pro?

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Not any more. The older models let you, newer ones took that ability away.

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Soylent days and soylent nights

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vanadium?

That's one of the most micro of micro-nutrients. They even remembered the obscure one.

You need very little of it.

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Julian Assange: I'm quite happy to sleep on Ecuador's sofa FOREVER

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Re: This would be an Assange view of the law.....

Until the US submits their own extradition request.

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Norks taunt, yank Yanks' crank over PRISM: US is 'rights abuse kingpin'

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We are not the target audience.

The piece was written for domestic consumption. The people of NK were raised with news like this every day - I imagine most of them believe it by this point. They'll know their own government is an oppressive dictatorship, but probably think the rest of the world is even worse.

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PC makers REALLY need Windows 8.1 to walk on water - but guess what?

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It's not that hard to see the problem

Of course sales are down. Everyone who could possibly want a PC or laptop has one now. That state was reached years ago, so the industry kept running on upgrades. Now even upgrades are drying up as computers just aren't becoming obsolete as quickly as they used to. All that's left is population growth, replacements for failed devices and a slow trickle from those who finally decide their old P4 is past it. The boom years are gone.

Tablets will go the same way, eventually. But not for a while yet.

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Boffins build headless robo-kitties

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With a convenient carrying handle.

Why don't all cats have one of those?

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Report: Foreign owners blocked T-Mobile, Verizon from NSA snoops

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Re: Polls

Do you believe pornography should be blocked for an households, or only those with children?

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Girls, beer and C++: How to choose the right Comp-Sci degree for you

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Re: Pascal had a use (for me at least)

I know that book. I came across it a few months back. It was actually very useful to me, due to being so outdated now - it covered a lot of tricks for performance optimisation that modern coders simply don't learn because they have no need. Things like the 'trap' matching record at the end of an array in linear search, so you can skip the n<max comparison in a for loop, or the old merge sort algorithm for tape storage that happens to do quite nicely if you want to sort your too-big-for-RAM array without sending heads dancing back and forth across the platter.

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Culture Sec: You - Google. Where's the off switch for all this filth?

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Re: Cor!! I got a lot of hate - and rightly so i guess...

I run a network based filtering system professionally.

It's really not as effective as you'd like. Even with SSL interception, at best the filtering accuracy can match client-based systems. It is trickier to circumvent though

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