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Comment: Re:People still use that? (Score 3, Interesting) 61

by AmiMoJo (#49829773) Attached to: nmap Maintainer Warns He Doesn't Control nmap SourceForge Mirror

You know, it probably still shows up in a lot of searches.

Sounds like a problem with search engines. They should push sites carrying malware down the rankings, or off the list entirely. Has anyone reported Sourceforge to Google and other malware site list maintainers?

Comment: Re:Diversity (Score 0, Troll) 86

Balls. Grow some.


Stop complaining about your fear of being persecuted by the political correctness police or being accused of racism or whatever. Those are just excuses to keep people different to yourself out of the workplace, to protect your feelings and not fuel your paranoia.

Act like a grown up and stop making excuses. If you do have a problem with minorities then it's your problem, if not then stop worrying and deal with any bullshit as it comes. Don't use it as an excuse to keep others down.

Comment: Re:Diversity (Score 2, Insightful) 86

Slotting someone into a position ahead of a worthier candidate, simply because they're a certain race/gender, rather than because they're the best candidate is idiocy of the highest order.


I don't know how many times this has to be said, but that isn't what they are doing or what anyone is suggesting. The selection process is still done on merit alone, no question. All the effort goes into getting more people from under-represented groups up to the necessary standard and to actually apply for the jobs in the first place.

For example, if you look at a network liked LinkedIn you find that in workplaces that are mostly male the people working there are mostly connected to other males. So when a job comes up and people are asked to contact people they think might be suitable on LinkedIn, there is a natural bias towards more of the same. By making an effort to advertise the job to more women the organization can increase the number of women working for it, but ultimately the decision about who to employ is still based purely on merit alone.

Comment: Re:Adopts? (Score 1) 166

Intel was a major backer of USB (partly why it's so CPU intensive these days - it means Intel gets to sell more CPUs!)

USB 3 is handled mostly by the controller, which uses DMA to transfer the data in and out of main memory, so it's pretty light on the CPU. Thunderbolt is a little better, but only because it is basically a PCIe bus and thus a security nightmare. USB is a good compromise between performance and security.

USB C was something Apple gave the USB

Say what now? The design process had been started before Apple even announced Lightning, and they didn't share any technology. The USB-C connector is actually the opposite to the Lightning connector physically. Lightning has the connectors on the outside of a protruding jack, where as USB has the connectors on the inside. The USB design is superior - it's stronger, the metal shell of the socket guides everything in to prevent damage, it's self-cleaning and the contacts are protected from dust and grease from fingers. It follows previous USB designs that used the same principal.

Comment: Re:One port to rule them all... (Score 1) 166

I'm interested in what combinations you can have at the same time. The connector only has so many pins, and they can be used for alternative things like DisplayPorts and Thunderbolt, but at some point you run out. I doubt you will be able to charge your laptop and have DisplayPort and Thunderbolt going all at once.

Comment: Re:A Nuclear power plant on your legs (Score 1) 166

Correct. As standard you get 750mA at 5V from the port, a mere 3.5W. You can then negotiate for more. You can get up to 15W (3A) at 5V, or you can ask for a higher voltage and up to 100W. The host can refuse or offer less, and you can take it or leave it.

Comment: Re:2x or 4x the bandwidth is not enough (Score 1) 166

The screen isn't being driven by Thunderbolt though. It uses DisplayPort over the USB-C connector, which is a separate standard and available on non-Thunderbolt ports. In fact they only specified the older DisplayPort 1.2 standard, not even the latest 1.3 version.

It's actually a fairly misleading announcement. What they are really saying is that they have adopted USB 3.1 and the USB-C connector, and all the great stuff like DisplayPort and MHL that comes with it. On top of that they tacked their own Thunderbolt protocol with a speed boost, and so somehow get to claim credit for all the other stuff. I suppose, to be fair, Intel was one of the inventors of USB as well.

Comment: Re:One connector to rule them all. (Score 1) 166

For that matter, when you visit another company and want to give a presentation by connecting your laptop to their big TV or projector, would you trust it? The second you plug in that device is on your PCIe bus and could start data-raping your PC, and then install a nice remote access tool for good measure.

Thunderbolt is just a bad idea for laptops. Nice in theory, but a security disaster.

Comment: Re:One connector to rule them all. (Score 1) 166

It's only really Apple that is obsessed with being the thinnest. Others manage to make far more practical machines (lighter, better screen, and at least two USB ports):


I have a LaVie X, the 15" model. It's excellent.

Comment: Re:100% effectiveness against any unknown attacks (Score 3, Informative) 104

They actually admit that it's not really very effective:

"You wonâ(TM)t stop processes from running in memory, but you will stop processes writing to disk,â

Rogan admits that in server environments that may not reboot for months, or even years, HGFâ(TM)s write-prohibitions may not be so meaningful, since malign processes can do a lot of damage without writing to disk.

Even that is misleading, because if say an app has a vulnerability that allows arbitrary code execution in its process then that code will be able to write to all the places the app is allowed to write to. That can easily be enough to run numerous malware tasks, and in fact much malware runs on that basis because it doesn't require further exploits to get out of the app's process.

Comment: Re:too many to list (Score 2) 232

by AmiMoJo (#49828841) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Your Most Unusual Hardware Hack?

Years ago the local cable internet provider had a rather low cap (10GB/day) after which your connection would drop to some ridiculous speed. Fortunately their implementation was rather incompetent, tied to IP addresses rather than modems. If you just rebooted the modem to get a new IP address via DHCP it reset the cap for that day. Some people but their modems on timers designed to turn appliances on/off at set times, so that they got a new IP address every hour and avoided the cap.

They eventually figured that out and changed the system to use the modem's MAC address. That could be bypassed by changing the modem's MAC address to one used by another subscriber. You could gather valid addresses by simply watching the traffic on your local network segment. Some people had JTAG connectors permanently attached to their modems so they could cycle MAC addresses regularly.

Comment: Re:Commodore Hack (Score 1) 232

by AmiMoJo (#49828791) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Your Most Unusual Hardware Hack?

We had BBC Micros in school, and for our history lesson there was a programme that simulated investing during the great crash in 1928. The programme was written in BASIC so it was easy to go in and give myself a few trillion dollars to start with, but that screwed up the game (integer overflow probably) so I had to settle for a few billion.

Comment: Re:TV? Who cares about that? (Score 1) 137

by AmiMoJo (#49828753) Attached to: Cable Companies Hate Cord-Cutting, but It's Not Going Away (Video)

That's a shame for you. There has been some really good stuff on TV in the last decade. A lot of crap, sure, but a lot of good stuff too.

Of course, since you aren't aware of this good stuff it's no wonder you have no regrets. To provide a useful opinion you would need to now go and watch some of the content produced over the last decade and decide if you then would regret having missed it. As someone who has seen that stuff, I can say that my life definitely was enriched by some of those shows.

What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener.