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251  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: February 16, 2013, 06:43:32 AM
  • paracord line - dunno what to do with it Wink
Handy if you're in an emergency where you need to beat somebody up? smiley
252  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CyberGhost VPN Special Deal (worth a look) on: February 16, 2013, 06:40:21 AM
but still, adding in a VPN there is still a good idea. TOR also helps. But a VM is a must.
Adding a VPN is an OK idea, but in and by itself it brings you pretty much nada security.

Yep, if you're doing things that might get you in trouble, you need to be on a VM, on an open public (or hacked) WiFi, through TOR, and some distance from your home. If you add a VPN to the mix, be sure you go TOR->VPN and not VPN->TOR, and be sure you pay for the the VPN with bitcoin - otherwise it's jailtime.

OPSEC for hackers smiley
253  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Scientists Claim They’ve Built a Computer That Never Crashes on: February 15, 2013, 09:37:13 PM
Give it to my mum, for 2 will crash...I guarantee it.
In seriousness, this is the kind of thing that would be a big scientific breakthrough - securing against end-users. I am going to be very impressed when that happens.

But... mumblegrumble... unintelligiblemumblings... yes, and the quantum flux proves that our Schrödinger devices purrform as promised, the Heisenbox model is proving it's worth; the relativistic probability models are within safe parameters. We are all going to enjoy it down here.
254  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Scientists Claim They’ve Built a Computer That Never Crashes on: February 15, 2013, 07:34:26 PM
It would be nice though... Still, I'm sure that NVIDIA and ATI could manage to crash it. They have years of experience! tongue
To be fair, I don't recall seeing an nvidia driver *crash* (as in BSOD, not "things went flaky, screen flickered, and things were restored") since Vista, when Microsoft yanked big parts of the graphic driver stack back out from kernelmode to usermode. Used to be that way in the early NT days for über security, but most stuff was moved kernelmode in... NT4?... for performance reasons - CPUs were slow back then. Linux is finally catching up on (the right) split between kernel- and usermode, and OSX still has too much kernel (remember the Chrome-can-crash-OSX debacle last year? That was a mix of small bug in chrome, bigger bug in Intel video drivers, and ugly OSX architecture :-)).

Also, graphics drivers are insane these days, they're mini operating systems. Shader compilers, fragment schedulers and sundry.
255  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Scientists Claim They’ve Built a Computer That Never Crashes on: February 15, 2013, 04:35:38 PM
Sounds... convoluted. And one ting is "crashes", another your standard run-of-the-mill logic bugs - nothing can really do anything about those.

The executive overview doesn't really give much info, anyway. But it sounds like something that's going to be hard to make reach the speeds we're currently seeing - lots of duplicated units (that might be idle when not selected by the RNG, and thus wasting expensive silicon?), how is the data transfered back and forth, etc.

Even when it feels like your computer is running all your software at the same time, it is just pretending to do that, flicking its attention very quickly between each program," Bentley says.
...has Bentley been living under a rock for the last, dunno, 10 years? We've had multicore machines for quite a while. Sure, each core runs one step at a time, but cores do run in parallel :-)

Might be an interesting idea, but even in the newscientist story that gizmodo links to, there's not a lot of information. How is the system different from clock-synchronized failover systems that have also been around for quite a while (albeit in the pretty high-end of computing)?
256  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CyberGhost VPN Special Deal (worth a look) on: February 15, 2013, 04:25:32 PM
I also wonder how those "DNS" solutions work - either the content providers has some really, really bad location detection, or the "DNS" solution actually does proxy the video stream through the "DNS" provider - which means that the stream speed will be no better(*) than through a VPN service.

(*): there's some overhead to VPN, but given the routing is decent and there's bandwidth enough, it shouldn't make much of a difference compared to a non-VPN proxying service.
257  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CyberGhost VPN Special Deal (worth a look) on: February 15, 2013, 09:23:23 AM
I wonder what people use these VPN services for? About the only useful thing I can think of is subverting sites that try to geo-restrict you based on IP.

For anybody thinking they get any kind of "security" from it...  Roll Eyes
258  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Adobe Reader zero-day on: February 14, 2013, 10:31:33 PM
After Java and Flash, now PDF Reader is under attack
Those have been the three major ways for malware to enter Windows machines for a while smiley

A couple alternate (and lightweight!) PDF readers are Sumatra and Foxit Reader. Unless you specifically need Adobe's edition (some government forms and whatever might need it), switch to one of the alternatives - and at the very least, disable the browser plugin and download+open only the PDFs you really need.
259  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 14, 2013, 10:26:35 PM
Haha, app - wonderful cheesy
260  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 2013 Version: Browser Wars on: February 14, 2013, 06:02:37 PM
Hmm, I read those articles as saying that the only browsers they allow are things that use the deep Safari core, and not just any old browser like for example if MS wanted to stick IE on there, or Firefox.
Dunno if they only allow safari core, but disallowing access to JS JIT (even for alternate browsers that use the safari core, as far as I understand) make the point pretty moot.
261  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 2013 Version: Browser Wars on: February 14, 2013, 05:45:43 PM
A guy at Softpedia thinks that Apple's refusal to allow browsers in the App Store is behind this.
Apple does allow browsers (unless something has changed), but (as you mention later) they don't allow access to the JavaScript JIT'er. While they probably don't mind the added monopoly value, the prime reason cited is security - it's very likely that their JS JIT'er could be used to generate pretty much whatever native code you want, thus making it much easier to jailbreak the iOS devices.

Gotta love walled gardens, aye?
262  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Game Author Posts on The Pirate Bay on: February 14, 2013, 09:24:41 AM
The Pirate Bay is well-known for not removing torrents to any content, unless it’s criminally illegal in Sweden or contains malware or a virus. So with this in mind, try searching for Anodyne on the site. Actually, save yourself some time and don’t bother. The torrent, which was uploaded by a user called Frewyrn, has been deleted.
So, who deleted it? TPB admins or Frewyrn?
263  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Office 2013 Home/Business - non-transferable (1 PC p.person) - Caveat emptor. on: February 14, 2013, 09:22:45 AM
Humm, some people on Slashdot say that you can login to your office2013 (not *365!) account and de-auth for the current PC and auth for another - are they wrong?

Is there anything (intelligible) from Microsoft itself, or is all this based on people interpreting EULAs without actually trying the product? Does "non-transferable" really mean you can't move it to another PC, or that you cannot give the license to another person?

I wouldn't put it beyond MS to attempt something like this, especially considering they probably want to move people to their subscription based Office365... but the information on the licensing seems pretty muddy to me.
264  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 2013 Version: Browser Wars on: February 13, 2013, 07:08:06 PM
Self-interest in platforms is the real destroyer of the web. If companies/whoever actually built browsers for designers, programmers, and users, we'd have none of this silliness.
The problem is a mix of silly designers that want to use bleeding-edge experimental features in production websites, and a standards committee that works way too slowly... instead of trying to make The Next Big Standard, perhaps they ought to try incremental releases.
265  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 2013 Version: Browser Wars on: February 13, 2013, 06:59:48 PM
As a user I'm not sure it will make much difference to me. It's a long time since the engine was one of the reasons I chose Opera as my primary browser. What would make me unhappy would be a takeover by Facebook.
Without competition between Firefox and Chrome, what would Javascript performance be like today?
Without Firefox or Chrome, would we still be stuck with IE6?
A bunch of competing engines is a good thing.

If they adopt Chrome's rendering engine they become just one more "me-too" repackager trying to sell yet another pretty interface.
Spot on the sugar. Again: what is their Raison d'être going to be?
266  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best JAVA IDE on: February 13, 2013, 08:54:37 AM
That course looks interesting -- it looks like it's taught by the creator of Scala.
Yup, Martin Odersky himself doing the videos. Iirc he had some other people make the assignments (or help him come up with ideas), and there's a lot of work behind the automated testing/grading platform.

Was a pretty decent course - but it's way more focused on FP than on Scala, definitely not a "learn scala" course :-)
267  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 2013 Version: Browser Wars on: February 13, 2013, 08:51:27 AM
Hm, what is their Raison d'être going to be, then?

And what about their pretty huge datacenter investment that had the purpose of processing websites to serve in the special (binary html ish) format for their mobile browsers? Lost investment?

While I haven't been fond of Opera in the last many years, it's a bit sad that there's one less browser engine out there, one less team to help influence the html spec. One step closer to WebKit being the new iE6? smiley

Too bad if their old HTML engine is going to be discarded. Probably no chance of them open-sourcing it.
268  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best JAVA IDE on: February 12, 2013, 08:53:24 AM
A brief search seemed to indicate that Eclipse has more (and more up-to-date) plugins and tends to be supported earlier than IntelliJ (if the latter gets support at all).
How many plugins do you need - what kind of plugin quality do you need? smiley

Core-functionality-wise I got the impression that they aren't all that different from each other with more comments about IntelliJ being less confusing to use than Eclipse (may be it's just a matter of what one is used to...).
What I hear from the coworkers that praise IntelliJ is that it's "more powerful" - stuff like better refactoring support, and tooling for various frameworks (the latter probably mostly important if you work on larger/commercial projects). Also, (at the expense of somewhat slow startup time?) it's supposedly a fair bit faster than Eclipse at doing refactorings, project-wide searches (not just full-text search but semantic searches), et cetera.

On a non-Java note, I'm looking into Scala and noticed that IntelliJ has some kind of support and there's this plugin(?) for Eclipse: -- has any one had experience and opinions on the latter?
My general impression is that Scala tooling is still pretty rought around the edges in general. I took the Coursera Functional Programming Principles in Scala course, using Eclipse. It was a major PITA to get the right plugin versions set up - nightly vs. semistable channels, and different versions (for different versions of Scala) added to that mix. Also, I had some weird fluke-outs where Eclipse wouldn't recognize scala files, or would throw very weird errors, or where the Scala Worksheet would mess up and be wonky.

The Scala Worksheet is very cool though, it's like a REPL on steroids. Useful while learning, and beyond that too.

I see that the most recent version of IntelliJ has support for the Play 2 framework. The Eclipse support for Views was basically non-existing, at least as of a couple of months ago.
269  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best JAVA IDE on: February 11, 2013, 07:26:42 PM
So no IntelliJ users?

Looking for an excuse to try it smiley
Well, it's commercial software, so it's bound to be better than both Eclipse and NetBeans - isn't that excuse enough? ;P
270  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Website under attack ... help needed on: February 11, 2013, 07:23:13 PM
If it's not too massive amounts of data, be sure to grab a copy of the entire site (via FTP or similar) before you proceed. There's hacks out there that spit out different content to the "end-user" depending on various factors (this has been used to insert SEO-hack-crap only in case the "end-user" is a search engine bot - which means you would not see that if you check a hax0red site in your web browser).
271  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rapid Information Overlay Technology (Riot) - Tracks Users from SNSes on: February 11, 2013, 07:18:30 PM
Scrub that data!
272  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gummiboot restructured to allow Linux to work on SecureBoot systems on: February 11, 2013, 10:48:14 AM
40hz: wrt. the bricking, shouldn't you blame Samsung? Or blame the linux kernel driver developer? I can fry my BIOS/UEFI by flashing it with garbage, who should I blame for that? :-)
Right, there's more information on the bug, seems like it's a (Samsung) UEFI firmware bug - so no blame on the Linux kernel developers smiley
273  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Samsung UEFI/Bricking Bug Update - It's not just Linux on: February 11, 2013, 10:46:24 AM
Mentioned here as well, but not very prominently - and it deserves it's own topic anyway smiley

One has to wonder wtf Samsung have been smoking to get a firmware-bricking bug that (current guesses) seems to be caused by diagnostic logs that are within the official bounds.
274  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Batchfile can't recognize long file name...!!!! on: February 11, 2013, 10:44:39 AM
If you need to use quote marks, it's possible you may also need to add a widow "title", else Windows can get confused.
How quirky, never bumped into that.

Seems like the first quoted argument is taken as window title, even if preceded by any of the other options, and even if it's the full path to an executable. Quirky! (Also, only seems to take effect for console applications?)
275  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: It's official - Linux Foundation Secure Boot System Released on: February 10, 2013, 05:43:28 PM
So, you're saying we can make up our own key and plug it in?  It can't be that simple, this would have been over by now...
Well, it isn't that simple - for a couple of reasons.

1) there's no guarantee the all UEFIs will provide key management; for Win8 cert it's only a requirement that SecureBoot can be turned off. (Or, well, see the somewhat muddy quote below).
2) there's no guarantee certification for future Windows versions will require this flexibility... although dropping it would probably result in antitrust, even if MS tries to pull a "it's up to the OEMs".
3) UEFI tooling (the bootloaders as well as all the signing stuff) is still very early days - and there's buggy UEFI implementations out there (*cough* Samsung *cough*).

There's a bit more information in this post, including link to the Windows 8 certification requirements.

Quote from: Windows 8 System Requirements
page 121, section 17.a:
It shall be possible for a physically present user to use the Custom Mode firmware setup option to modify the contents of the Secure Boot signature databases and the PK. This may be implemented by simply providing the option to clear all Secure Boot databases (PK, KEK, db, dbx), which puts the system into setup mode.
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