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Comment: Re:Dragging (Score 1) 292

by Astrorunner (#32891498) Attached to: The Mouse Vanishes

Gah. I just asked the same question -- i scanned the other replies but i missed yours. You'd almost have to make a single click identified as a mouse-down event until you click again. A regular single click would be then be a double click, and a double click a triple click. Thankfully there's no action (at least that I can think of) that would equate to a double-click drag -- double clicking but holding down on the second click.

Madness, I say, Madness!

Comment: Nice as long as you never drag and drop (Score 1) 292

by Astrorunner (#32891410) Attached to: The Mouse Vanishes

It can't figure out when you're single clicking versus dragging.

Obviously, with a mouse, the action is a down-then-up motion, where this is an up-then-down motion.

I suppose this could be addressed by making a single tap a drag motion until you bring your finger up a second time, but that doesn't quite seem natural.

Comment: Re:Theory and Reality (Score 1) 410

by Astrorunner (#31483944) Attached to: How To Guarantee Malware Detection

That's because all the memory is now swiss cheese full of random bytes. If the malware wants to hide itself, it has to swap itself out to disk, regardless of whether or not it can hide itself. He then proposes to identify that there is a threat by observing the performance of the hardware as it swaps itself out to secondary storage.

Comment: Re:At least one byte (Score 1) 410

by Astrorunner (#31483748) Attached to: How To Guarantee Malware Detection

Sorry, but I think you're missing the point. Apologies if I've misunderstood your point.

I have a root kit. I have kernel level access. I know when my memory is being scanned. When another process goes to poke around my memory, I intercept that request and return back zeroes or gibberish -- anything but my code.

I in effect become invisible to your scanner. Scanning operating memory isn't good enough.

Now, since they're writing out random data to memory, they're attempting to ferret out any bad code that might be lurking out there. They don't have to identify the specific bad code, but *suspicious* code, just code that bad code attempts to hide itself by righting out to disk as random data is written over it.

Comment: Re:At least one byte (Score 1) 410

by Astrorunner (#31483634) Attached to: How To Guarantee Malware Detection

Its taking a moment to digest what the author is saying. He really doesn't mean that he can detect *any* threat at any time, but rather, in the future he *can* detect them as new threats are discovered.

If a piece of malware allows itself to be swapped out, it can then (now, or in the future when its identified as a threat) be detected without worrying about it trying to hide itself.

Then, once its swapped everything out, it can start the hunt for malware that remains in memory.

The key here to the Hunt is the writing of random data... If you overwrite the memory with random data, the app has *no choice* but to write itself out to secondary storage to hide the random data. If the memory was zeroed out, it could simply return zero for every byte, but with random data, it has to remember each byte. Since its random, it can't really compress the data to hide itself solely in memory, but there guarantee should be that it will be able to find it eventually.

He talks a bit of hype, and there's some promise to that, but it sounds like he may not be able to find zero day threats that willingly allow themselves to be swapped out.

Comment: Re:That's a rip off (Score 1) 1259

by Astrorunner (#29799091) Attached to: Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

All depends on how old are your student loans. If your loan originated between Summer 1998 and 2006, you're at 3.28%. Its possible you may have an even lower rate... I'm at 2.48% on just about all of my loans.

From 2006-2008, its 6.8%.

2008-2009, 6.00%,

and 2009-2010, 5.6%.

Interest rates are going down, and I believe they're defined through 2012 or so.

As a side note, I'd pay *more* if I wanted to consolidate my loans. As far as I'm concerned, if you can avoid it, do NOT consolidate your loans. I'm not positive about this, but I expect that if I'm paying $500 a month on my student loans, my month minimum is not going to go down if I overpay it. For example, on my mortgage, my monthly payment won't go down if I pay more on the principle, it just shortens the length of my mortgage. The point here is that if I'm going to overpay, I want to pay off an individual loan, such that my monthly minimum goes down such that if I should find myself unemployed, I might have a chance of continuing to make the payments...

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