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Comment: Hashes not useful (Score 5, Informative) 87

by IamTheRealMike (#49157781) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Does One Verify Hard Drive Firmware?

Seagate is correct. Putting a hash on the website doesn't improve security at all because anyone who can change the download can also change the web page containing the hash.

  The fact that this practice is widespread in the Linux world originates from the usage of insecure FTP mirrors run by volunteer admins. There it's possible for a mirror to get hacked independently of the origin web page. A company like Seagate doesn't rely on volunteers at universities to distribute their binaries so the technique is pointless.

A tool to verify the firmware is poetically impossible to write. What code on the drive would provide the firmware in response to a tool query? Oh right ..... the firmware itself. To make it work you need an unflashable boot loader that acts as a root of trust and was designed to do this from the start. But such a thing is basically pointless unless you're trying to detect firmware reflashing malware and that's something that only cropped up as a threat very recently. So I doubt any hard disk has it.

BTW call a spade a spade. Equation Group == NSA TAO

Comment: Re:One Word ... (Score 1) 136

by SEE (#49157235) Attached to: As Big As Net Neutrality? FCC Kills State-Imposed Internet Monopolies

Given the 8-1 decision in Nixon v. Missouri Municipal League in 2004, it's essentially certain that this FCC action will be overturned by the courts. The FCC doesn't have a legal leg to stand on.

In that case, the Supreme Court ruled that federal law did not and could not preempt a Missouri state law that prohibited municipalities from providing Internet service. Of the eight-member majority in that case, five (Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Scalia, and Thomas) are still on the court.

Comment: And blocked in court in 3, 2, 1 . . . (Score 1) 136

by SEE (#49156927) Attached to: As Big As Net Neutrality? FCC Kills State-Imposed Internet Monopolies

As a constitutional matter, municipalities do not have any independent existence; they are organs of the state governments. Municipal governments only have whatever powers states choose to give them, and the federal government may not commandeer a state government. So if a state chooses to deny its municipalities the authority to sell Internet access (or sell it below a certain price), then no declaration from the FCC can give the municipality that power, nor require the state to give a municipality that power.

So, all this vote means is the FCC majority has decided to waste a bunch of taxpayer dollars losing a lawsuit.

Comment: Re:Soshill Justus (Score 0) 92

by squiggleslash (#49156323) Attached to: Twitter Adds "Report Dox" Option

but feel free to go back to Kotaku, which came out and actually BRAGGED about how corrupt they were

No, this never happened.

ignore the chat logs of GameJournoPro, where they literally got together to formulate a response when they got caught accepting both monetary and sexual favors

No. Two members of GJP did have a discussion about whether or not reporting on the harassment campaign against Zoe Quinn might be counter productive. GamerGate/Milo spun that as the drivel you just posted.

Bonus GG points for misusing the word "literally" in classic GG fashion BTW.

(which is why no less than 13 different websites all printed the EXACT SAME ARTICLE about how "gamers are dead" within an 18 minute span of each other)

No. This never happened. There was never a post claiming "gamers are dead". An article in Gamasutra was spun by those harassing Zoe Quinn as claiming that, but was actually about the market for games widening beyond the small set of violent insular males the industry has traditionally targeted. No article was posted in 13 different websites. Several articles expressing a similar point of view to the Gamasutra piece were posted within a 24 hour period, but the Gamasutra piece and the others were responses to current events, noteably the escalation of the attacks on Zoe Quinn, which had, before the articles had been published, been labeled "Gamergate" by prominent C-list right wing actor Adam Baldwin.

I'm not even going to bother continuing here. Every single statement made in the first few sentences of your piece is an outright lie, dating back to the false narrative posted by Gamergate supporters a month or so after Baldwin's coining of the term where, at Eron Gjoni's partial prompting, the phrase "Actually it's about ethics in gaming media" became GamerGate's defense.

We know GamerGate is about harassment. Other than a small number of women journalists, none have suffered harassment, not even the one supposedly at the center of the "Quinnspiracy". Meanwhile female gamedevs, and feminists posting critiques of the gaming industry, continue, today, to receive violent threats and other abuse. From you guys.

Stop whitewashing your repulsive movement, and grow up.

Comment: Re:Soshill Justus (Score 1) 92

by squiggleslash (#49156019) Attached to: Twitter Adds "Report Dox" Option

(Original post has disappeared apparently due to abusive moderation. If you don't like what I'm saying, respond. The fact is everything stated below is true. I know many don't like terms like "Hate group", but it's the only way to describe groups like it, Stormfront, and other extremists.)

Nah, he said what happened and suggested people who don't believe him look at the evidence pointing out what persuaded him. That's a fairly normal way of arguing.

Let's be honest here: Gamergate is a hate movement. A few minutes of Googling, watching Twitter feeds, and even spending some time in KIA - the "Clean face" of GamerGate designed to lure in useful idiots, forget 8chan where the actual organization is - shows that fairly conclusively. I've delved in. I've seen major GamerGate figures in the early days promoting stories like "How to rape a woman and get away with it" and "How to break a woman". I've seen major GamerGate figures harass a woman developer who'd had the audacity to fight back against earlier harassment taunting her because her dog just died.

That's why pretty much the entire mainstream media is calling GamerGate a hate group. They're not doing it because some female gamedev had sex with them. They're calling it a hate group because it is.

Comment: Re:Headline/summary discord (Score 2) 145

by squiggleslash (#49155275) Attached to: Hyperloop Testing Starts Next Year

You have to be a special kind of idiot to ignore the general success that HSR projects have had across the world. CAHSR isn't a perfect project, it's plagued by politics and would probably cost a fraction of the price if they didn't have to get buy in from 51% of the State.

But profitable? Why wouldn't it be? Acela Express, a relatively crappy HSR system that manages an average speed of 70mph gets half a billion dollars a year in revenues, an amount that's still increasing year-on-year. It has around 80% of the Air-Train market it serves.

There's no reason to believe that CAHSR, a faster "purer" system, wouldn't make more money than Acela Express. And the infrastructure doesn't have to be limited in use to just the four stops currently covered.

It's not perfect, but don't let perfect be the enemy of the good enough. I'd prefer a private project, but looking at the progress of the all-private All Aboard Florida in Florida, I'd say the problems with politics fucking everything up and virtually coercing good projects to do crappy things are going on there too. Texas's HSR is similarly being attacked by NIMBYs in those areas it passes through but doesn't serve. It'll be interesting to see how all three projects progress.

Comment: CGNAT (Score 1) 92

by tepples (#49154989) Attached to: Twitter Adds "Report Dox" Option

along with all other twitter handles that have posted from that IP

With all the carrier grade network address translation (CGNAT) going on in mobile networks and in developing countries' wired networks, I imagine that matching people by IPv4 address would need a team of humans to weed out all the false positives.

Comment: Re:Soshill Justus (Score 0, Troll) 92

by squiggleslash (#49154705) Attached to: Twitter Adds "Report Dox" Option

Nah, he said what happened and suggested people who don't believe him look at the evidence pointing out what persuaded him. That's a fairly normal way of arguing.

Let's be honest here: Gamergate is a hate movement. A few minutes of Googling, watching Twitter feeds, and even spending some time in KIA - the "Clean face" of GamerGate designed to lure in useful idiots, forget 8chan where the actual organization is - shows that fairly conclusively. I've delved in. I've seen major GamerGate figures in the early days promoting stories like "How to rape a woman and get away with it" and "How to break a woman". I've seen major GamerGate figures harass a woman developer who'd had the audacity to fight back against earlier harassment taunting her because her dog just died.

That's why pretty much the entire mainstream media is calling GamerGate a hate group. They're not doing it because some female gamedev had sex with them. They're calling it a hate group because it is.

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