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Comment: Re:My preview of ReFS (Score 1) 459

by Barabul (#38736036) Attached to: Microsoft Announces ReFS, a New Filesystem For Windows 8

That would be hard. There is no difference between FAT and vFAT. The driver uses some impossible file attributes to hide the long names between the short names on a normal FAT system; if you can't see the long name, it's simply a software limitation, not a different filesystem format. LFN worked even on FAT-12 floppies.


+ - Scariest IPv6 attack scenarios->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg writes: Experts are reporting a rise in the number of attacks that take advantage of known vulnerabilities of IPv6, a next-generation addressing scheme that is being adopted across the Internet. Salient Federal Solutions, a Fairfax, Va., IT engineering firm, is reporting real-world incidents of IPv6 attacks based on the emerging protocol's tunneling capabilities, routing headers, DNS broadcasting and rogue routing announcements. The No. 1 attack that Salient Federal is seeing is the result of so much IPv6 traffic being tunneled across IPv4 networks, particularly using the Teredo mechanism that is built into both Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7. This vulnerability with IPv6-over-IPv4 tunneling has been known for at least five years, but it is still being exploited.
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+ - $25 PC alpha board successfully runs Linux

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Late last month it was reported that the $25 PC had gone into alpha production. That meant the spec of the board had been finalized by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and they wanted hardware to start testing. Now they have an alpha board to play with. That board is significantly larger than the final product will be, but as testament to just how small this thing is even scaled up, the alpha version is about the size of 3 credit cards--the final version will be credit-card sized. The board, complete with its 700MHz ARM11 processor, successfully ran Linux (version

+ - Alternatives to Gmail (web and IMAP, paid) 2

Submitted by TheGratefulNet
TheGratefulNet writes: I want to cut the cord with google and the first step is to find a good email/ISP provider. With all the snooping going on (by governments and the data center raids that happen in the US), I'd like to find an *offshore* (maybe Europe?) provider who emphasizes 'freedom' aspects, such as end to end security, data encryption on local disks, keeping absolute minimal logs/purging them frequently; as well as having a decent enough set of spam filters that they actively maintain. I *want* to pay for the sevice since I don't want ads or to have to spend time blocking stuff. I'd like to support a right-thinking ISP; are there any left, out there? Help me find a trusted offshore ISP that will likely be around and who does not do DPI and other evil things. Any recommendations for well-behaved ISPs out there?

+ - That Developer's Salary is Bigger than Mine!-> 2

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jammag writes: "Longtime developer Eric Spiegel remembers earlier in his career when he accidentally glimpsed all his fellow developers' salaries. To his shock, he realized he was almost the lowest paid coder at the company — though he wasn't the newest or youngest. As he confronted his manager (who had just praised him in a salary review) he realized some nitty gritty facts about programmer pay — including how he had failed to get the best pay package for himself."
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+ - Future of KDE Plasma - Plasma Quick->

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jrepin writes: "Aaron Seigo writes: "In Platform 4.6 and newer, Plasma supports writing components in QtQuick's QML. One tantalizing thing QML holds out is using an OpenGL accelerated scene graph for all rendering. Having seen this in action, the results are impressive. To put it mildly. Think "better performance on a mobile device than on the typical desktop running the QGraphicsView equivalent". To get to the point that Plasma can use this scene graph, however, we need to have everything in a given shell done in QML.""
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+ - Good Old Games: DRM drives gamers to piracy->

Submitted by arcticstoat
arcticstoat writes: Independent retro games retailer Good Old Games has spoken out about digital rights management, saying that it can actually drive gamers to piracy, rather than acting as a deterrent. In an interview, a spokesperson for Good Old Games said that the effectiveness of DRM as a piracy-deterrent was "None, or close to none."

"What I will say isn’t popular in the gaming industry," says Kukawski, 'but in my opinion DRM drives people to pirate games rather than prevent them from doing that. Would you rather spend $50 on a game that requires installing malware on your system, or to stay online all the time and crashes every time the connection goes down, or would you rather download a cracked version without all that hassle?"

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+ - Simple email encryption - not possible? 1

Submitted by bradley13
bradley13 writes: Like practically everyone on Slashdot, I often play "free consultant" for friends. The most recent inquiry: local law will soon require small companies that send accounting information electronically, to do so "securely". Many small businesses outsource their accounting; correspondingly, some accounting companies handle the accounts of dozens of small businesses. Lots of sensitive information is sent by email — which ought to be encrypted.

So my friend asked me — from the perspective of one of these accounting companies — how they can exchange encrypted email with their customers. The problem: businesses to small to handle their own accounts are certainly too small to have read IT — some cousin set up a couple of off-the-shelf computers. This means: the solution has to be (a) easy for a non-technical person to set up and (b) has to work with people who use Outlook, or Gmail, or whatever else their company happens to use.

By now, one might think that there would be point-and-click solutions to this sort of problem. But no — you need certificates, implementations are platform specific, set up requires IT expertise. About the best thing available seems to be PGP (but who wants to do business with Symantec? Anyway, when did they buy PGP — that is just sad).

Can easy-to-use, secure, cross-platform email encryption really still be an unsolved problem? What do other Slashdotters use?

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