* Posts by Suricou Raven

1485 posts • joined 20 Jun 2007

Four firms pitch hi-def DRM for Flash cards

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Re: CPRM?

Content Protection for Removeable Media. A very, very similar scheme. It's present in all Secure Digital cards: That's what the 'secure' part indicates. It just isn't used by anyone. Ever. An abandoned DRM scheme. The demand wasn't there, as commercial sales of content on SD card never took off, and hardware players all went with competing methods based on tying files in some manner to devices rather than media. There was no interest in media-tying, because the only advantage that could give would be in allowing users to re-sell their purchased media second-hand. A feature content suppliers actively opposed.

If you remember a big panic a few years back about DRM being built into hard drives, CPRM was the technology being panicked over.

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CPRM?

This all seems very familiar.

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Own a drone: Fine. But fly a drone with a cam: Year in the clink

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Re: Tricky one

That would be 'The Light of Other Days.' Good book.

Do not confuse with the short story by the same title. They are nothing alike. Just a coincidence in naming.

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Re: a pole?

Don't forget the traditional method: Binoculars or telescope.

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Boffins FREEZE PHONES to crack Android on-device crypto

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Re: Very interesting but somewhat redundant?

They'll lock the phone completely for some time after a number of failed attempts. Trying it via the usual entry means would work, eventually, but take a lot of time. You'd need to make something like a little robot that could operate the touchscreen.

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Re: Are you for real?

Does anyone *want* a BB jailbreak?

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Re: capacitor-based overwrite

That would complicate the process, but there would be other ways to ensure abrubt powerdown and reset. Open case and short pins, perhaps. Or magnetic pulse - I've done that to a mobile before while using it to film a can-crusher I built.

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Any storm in a port

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Re: I'm sure I can beat 37 out of 37

It's a quantum thing. USB ports have 1/2 spin.

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Arista wants to DANZ for high freaky traders

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Not there, James

Network taps. Latency isn't such a huge issue on the taps themselves: The every-microsecond-counts trades don't go through them in order to execute the trades. This stuff is used to analyse the trades after the event in order to better understand the nature of the traffic and thus how to fine-tune the rest of the network to shave off another infinitesimal slice of latency.

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Forget wireless power for phones - Korea's doing it for buses

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Re: AC @ 10:05 -Wet blanket time

I like China's solution more. Pantographs at bus stops only. Busses have ultracaps. They'll only go for a few minutes on a charge, but that's enough to get from one stop to the next - and they charge so fast, they can get back up to full capacity in the time the bus is parked there.

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British, Belgian boffins battle buffering bandwidth bogeyman

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Re: Not: Bufferbloat, but regulatory bloat

Not so practical on the internet though. For one thing, everyone would decide that their packets are by far the most important.

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Samsung laptops can be NUKED by ANY OS – even Windows: new claim

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Re: Recovery...

People still flatten clothes with 'irons' long after they ceased to be made of iron.

The term 'BIOS setup' will outlast the BIOS itsself.

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Linux Foundation ships UEFI Secure Boot workaround

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Re: Designed for Windows? ..

"Do you think the UEFI issues are part of some machiavellian strategy out of Redmond ?"

Actually, yes. This is Microsoft we are talking about. Considering the company history of lock-in and dubious business practices, would you put it past them?

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Illicit phone rings in Sri Lankan inmate's back crack

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Bit dim.

Did he forget to turn it off first?

I'm surprised it could get signal. Watery flesh usually blocks those wavelengths fairly well.

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11-YEAR-OLD code wizard hacks Greedy RuneScape geeks

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He'd better go into hideing then.

Before some government tries to prosecute him as a cyber-terrorist.

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Seagate squeezes out 4TB desktop monster

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Re: But at what price

Makes some sense as a power-and-cost saving trick. The reason for SATA (and IDE before that) drives in USB enclosures has always been to take advantage of the economy of scale that comes from the big production lines. But with the increasing sales volume, it might make sense now for drive manufacturers to run a second line for USB-interfaced boards. They can keep the same mechanical side, after all: Same mechanics, different board attached.

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Microsoft 'touches 16k shop workers' to flog Windows 8 hard

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Technology change?

What change would this be? The only major changes in laptop technology over the last year has been the introduction of touchscreens on a lot more models, and that is something Microsoft themselves demanded.

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Study: Gay marriage support linked to pr0n consumption

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Not the most reputable.

A little googling shows Paul j Wright is a nobody - I can't find any other paper he has written at all, or even any mention of him. Ashley k Randall has done a little more, but only got her PHD in 2012. It looks to me like two newcomers to the field confronted with the great problem of graduate researchers trying to establish themselves by studying something a little controversial.

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First video inside thinking fish's brain captured by boffins

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Re: I'm not so worried

Can't be measured yet. It's only a limit of technology - there's nothing magical going on.

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Samsung mocks Apple lawsuit in SuperBowl teaser ad

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Superbowl fans are busy right now.

There's a minor scandal going on in the world of handegg. The Raven's linebacker Ray Lewis has been publicly accused by Sports Illustrated of taking performance-enhancing drugs, after he was caught trying to find a source for growth hormone. He then proceeded to dig the hole a little deeper by claiming that no less than Satan himself, old red-and-horny, was personally responsible for this slander upon his reputation. The accusations leveled no less than a week before he is due to receive a 'Lifetime of Inspiration' award from a prominant Christian sporting body.

It's all of dubious foundation right now - speculation based on what may be just circumstantial evidence. Only time will see if the accusations are indeed true or not, but it's already got the fans of the sport divided.

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Linux boot doesn't smash Samsung laptops any more

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Re: Sorry, wrong.

Samsung (Or whoever makes the firmware for them) wrote an off-spec implementation and probably tested it only using Windows. Determining that it booted Windows fine, they apparently decided that it was done.

We've been here before. Exactly the same issue was had years back with the early days of ACPI: Many mainboards used not-fully-compliant implementations that worked for Windows, and didn't bother to test for any other OS. It's the unending curse of linux. Outside of the server space, it is such a niche OS still that there is little to no incentive for manufacturers to even test if their hardware works, much less go to the expense of releasing drivers.

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Meet قلب, the programming language that uses Arabic script

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Re: Translate?

Good for the languages own keywords. Not good for the many libraries that use english-language function names. A problem that قلب also fails to solve.

Does embedding a right-to-left language word in a left-to-right language sentence like that cause arabic speakers annoyance?

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I went the other way. I learned to program first on an old DOS machine running quickbasic that I got second-hand, and picked up American spelling from there. My english teacher constantly marked my spelling as incorrect, resulting in a battle of wills that lasted for years: I refused to change my spellings, arguing that spelling is a consensus and the US, with it's much greater population, was now the greater authority on english spelling.

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ITU signs off on H.265 video standard

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Silly resolution.

Human perception just isn't that good under normal viewing conditions. Are these technologies marketed to eagles?

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Re: Damn!

A pi can transcode, but the quality of the transcode - how good it looks at a given bitrate - depends largely on how much processing power you can throw at it. A pi has only a little. If you do the 'up to eleven' quality settings, not even a quad-core i7 processing 480p will do it in real time. Your pi could take months go work through one DVD.

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Pope: Catholics, go forth and multiply... your Twitter followers

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Re: Romans 16:17-18

Not always. Sometimes the language used appears to be an idiom specific to the time, and thus meaningless to an outsider, and there are a few words which are simply lost because they survive in no other texts and their meaning has been long forgotten by speakers of the language.

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Re: They'd be better off...

I'd expect the richest hunting ground to be the lapsed Christians - perhaps the majority of the UK, people who profess Christianity but more out of tradition then real belief. They just need a good kick to realise they are not practicing their claimed religion.

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Backdoor root login found in Barracuda gear - and Barracuda is OK with this

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Why is there even a password?

Public key auth, Barracuda. USE IT! If you must have remote access - and they sell managed solutions, so the need is understandable - you don't use passwords. You use public key. You then have exactly one online computer that holds the private key (Plus offline backup for disaster recovery) and make it act as an authenticating SSH proxy, like a MITM attacker would. That's the way to do it right.

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Re: SSH scans?

Move SSH off of port 22. That way the people running scans won't find it. Any determined attacker focusing on you specifically is going to scan the whole range, but at least opportunistic script kiddies won't waste your bandwidth and clutter your logs.

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Next-gen H.265 video baked into Broadcom's monster TV brain

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Re: Very bad demo

The hardest thing to handle is actually overlayed independant motion. It really messes up the motion estimation algorithm. There's only one place you encounter video like that naturally, though: Moving water. If you want to see a codec screaming in pain, film some rough water.

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Only as good as the encoder.

x264 has been finely tuned by the best in the field. Even if the h265 specification is superior, it'll start off far behind in quality of implimentation. Hopefully it'll be close enough to h264 that much of the x264 encoder can be simply reused and modified.

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Raytheon to build low-orbit, disposable satellites for DARPA

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Re: I'm thinking

When a sat burns up, there is nothing left. Except the biggest ones - the gyro wheels are durable things, but if there is any risk of debris making it to ground level intact the operators would just aim for ocean.

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Re: "ALASA" is FALCON reborn?

Understandable, right now, given how good a job the the private sector has done these last few years.

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Beware the coming of the ROGUE CLOUDS, wails Symantec

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Re: Solution: Block dropbox at the proxy.

It helps when your business is a school. If you want to get five minutes of productivity out of the students in a day, the first thing you need to do is make sure all the game sites they know are blocked. The second is to get the teachers paying attention for the ones who bring in games on their USB stick.

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Solution: Block dropbox at the proxy.

Works for us. We block all means of transfering data that don't leave an accounting trail, except for USB keys. We can't disable those, as the IT office door is partly glass and would not withstand the onslaught of an angry mob.

Doesn't affect me though. I need no dropbox: I wrote my own quick-and-dirty filelocker software. It runs on a webserver VM I rent for other purposes. Just a little perl, but it gives me a web interface for submitting a file, and returns a link to where the file ends up. Minimal, but functional.

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Fans of dead data 'liberator' Swartz press Obama to sack prosecutor

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Re: what I find bizzare

This is a case where the conspiracy theorists have a good case. He was a first-time offender, but he had a political history likely to have upset those in power. One of his former stunts was to obtain a great number of court records, something officially available to the public anyway but in practice requiring a convoluted procedure for anyone other than a well-paid lawyer to get to in a reasonable time. It it quite plausible he was already known to the prosecution as a troublemaker with anti-government tendencies and a history of activism, and thus someone to go after with a bit more force than the average unremarkable first-time offender.

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Re: Copyright law needs fixing

True, but wrong law. While JSTOR *could* have sued him and his family unto poverty unto the seventh generation, they chose not to take this route. It was the government that decided to go after him, using a law criminalising computer fraud and hacking. No copyright law required.

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Zuck on that! Instagram loses HALF its hipsters in a month

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How many of those orphan works will actually be of value?

The orphan works situation applies only where the copyright holder cannot be easily identified. That means anything with your name on it is going to be safe. How many works of actual 'value' might be affected. All I can envision is lots of people doing google image searches for stock photos and clipart and grabbing the first image they see without an obvious name or attribution. Your family photo holidays might end up decorating some travel companies leaflet but, being honest, you weren't going to get any money for them anyway.

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Boffins develop microwave weed-zapper

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Re: micro brainwaves

I'm curious exactly how, as producing high-power microwaves requires quite exotic components. Either very high-power high-frequency transistors (Or tubes!) or a magnetron, which cannot function without hard vacuum in the cavity.

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Re: 2KW of power...

My Mad Science group have been considering hooking our multi-megawatt cap bank up to a magnetron. We're just waiting for warmer weather so we can move the equipment outside.

Other plans include a steam cannon. Flash-boiled water launching a projectile.

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Would need some regulatory work.

I'm sure a 2KW transmitter that isn't pointed into a closed metal food-box is illegal simply under spectrum regulations. That much power would jam every wifi network in quite an impressive radius.

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Bringing Iron Man to life: Exoskeletons, armour and jet packs

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Re: Of course

Avatar is a poor point to consider, as those suits weren't made for combat. The 'marines' weren't government, they were a private security force, equipped to fight off the very hostile animal life rather than wage war. Their suits were industrial in purpose, for servicing and loading mineing equipment. Their 'bomber' was an orbital transport shuttle with a couple of bundles of mineing explosive rigged to drop out the loading bay.

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Bob Dylan's new album is 'Copyright Extension Collection'

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Re: No problem, my record supplier PirateBay has them up already

Outside of amateur production, almost all music is created as a work for hire. Copyright belongs to the publisher, not the individual artist.

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Minicam movie pirate gets record-breaking five years in prison

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I'm going to steal from the MPAA too

I'm going to spend some of my money on some electronic components for an art project I'm making. A staff, stuffed full of batteries and tipped with a 500W light bulb.

I *could* spend that money on a DVD instead. But I'd rather have the staff.

By MPAA logic, that means I'm stealing money from them.

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Career change, and I suspect the NET act?

Once he's done five years, plus gained the criminal flag of unemployability in legitimate occupation, he should have the skills and connections to start on a life of real crime.

The article doesn't specify an exact law, but five years happens to be the maximum term specified in the NET act - and as the conviction was criminal, that was probably the law involved. That explains the tough sentence: That's the term for commercial, for pro-profit copyright infringement. Under the NET act though, the idea of commercial copyright infringement is broadened to also include supplying infringing works with the expectation of recieving other infringing works in return (which is common practice in the scene, there access to exclusive sites is made available only to those who can supply new releases quickly) and automatically makes it a criminal offence (Not merely civil) when the combined value of infringing works exceeeds $1000.

I'm susprised he got the maximum sentence, considering it was a guilty plea - judges usually go a little easier on those. I can only guess that the prosecution were under some pressure to push for the toughest sentence they could get.

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Christmas ruined for 2,100 sex offenders booted off online games

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If you wouldn't mind shutting down most of your higher mental functions and thinking like a congressman for a moment, it all becomes quite clear. It's simple, really: All games are for children, because that is the nature of computer games. Just like animation has to be for children.

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Boffins build elastic wires with liquid metal

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Spiraly wire?

Havn't telephone handsets been using coiled wire for decades to solve the same problem? Liquid metal wires might have a niche when you need to send high-current over a variable-length pathway within space contraints which prohibit the use of coiled or folded wire, but that is a very small niche. Could make a nifty distance-measuring device in robotics though.

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New York takes 2,100 pervs offline, gets gaming support

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Some laws are made to be broken.

In this case, in the most literal sense. Laws around sex offenders in the US are often made to be impossible to obey, in order to either force said offenders to move elsewhere (NIMBYism in action) or to provide an excuse to jail them. The best-known example of this is the colony of sex offenders formerly living under a bridge in Florida. A 'for the children' law in Miami prohibits sex offenders from living within 2500 feet of anywhere children may gather: Schools, daycare centers, homeless shelters(I don't know why), shopping malls, skating rinks, parks, even bus stops. So many that every square inch of Miami is within at least one of these exclusion zones, and so forcing sex offenders to either go underground or move to the shanty town illegally established under a bridge just outside city limits. The law wasn't made to be obeyed: It was made to be impossible to obey.

This sounds like a very similar approach. Just try registering every name you ever use on any service. Sooner or later, you're going to slip up - and if the authorities are in the habbit of following you around online and closing down all the accounts you open, it's going to be very tempting to 'forget' to report a few. Then back to jail you go, just as the writers of the law intended!

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Apple shifts iTunes to HTTPS, sidesteps China’s censors

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Re: Does this scale?

They probably don't need to. Apple has enough commercial importance that China wouldn't want to outright block iTunes if it can be helped, but by making their service a little harder to filter Apple can potentially negociate an arrangement where it agrees to 'abide by local laws and regulations' by self-censoring in exchange for some assistance from the government of China in another way. Perhaps by directing the ire of the censors over to the competitor, the Google play store.

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Microsoft releases first Windows OS in an original American language

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Just let it die already.

What practical use is speaking Cherokee in everyday life? It's about as worthwhile as leaning to speak Klingon. Stop trying to preserve it as a living language - just document everything for future academics to examine, and let the language die out.

Then stop being proud of where your many-times-great grandparent came from. It isn't important.

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