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Comment Reprogramming at the factory. (Score 1) 205 205

Okay, so, instead the blackhats break into the factory that is manufacturing the chips and modify the firmware that is being written to them. Now, every USB keyboard that the company manufactures looks to the computer as both a USB keyboard, and a USB network device.

I'm sure you remember those instances where malware was being pre-installed onto pre-formatted external drives, right?

Sure, there's a lot more to be done to turn that "Fake network device" into something that can trick the OS into treating it as a default gateway, as well as acting as a forwarding device so that modified packets can make it out the _real_ gateway, but... it only needs one weird combination of behaviours... somewhere... to be effective.

Comment It depends! (Score 1) 1086 1086

I just helped a friend out with a ton of javascript animation for his webcomic (blatant plug: http://www.prequeladventure.com/ ), creating a 3d, semi-interactive environment, all in JS/CSS, and I ended up using a ton of math for it. Simple offset calculations, trig, parabolic arcs, exponential decay, and so on. Ended up giving up some things that would have required finding cubic roots of bezier curves because my math wasn't good enough.

But apart from that, I haven't used any serious math in a long time.

So, it depends... I think the more you rely on interacting or emulating "the real world", the more important math is.

Comment Colobot (Score 1) 704 704

Hunt down an oldish game called Colobot. Windows only game. Its a typical "world exploration" game but with one very interesting addition.

You can either control the myriad of robots manually, OR... program in a very C++-like language and let them "have at it".

The game encourages code re-use, so once you've coded a particular operation, you're encouraged to re-use it for subsequent levels.

One of the most fun coding experiences I've ever had.

Comment Re:I've figured out the "exclusive difference"... (Score 1) 719 719

You missed the point.

You dont HAVE to wire the pairs up as EIA-568... you can wire them up any way you want to, as long as the differential signals go down the twisted pairs.

Of course, then you're not following a ratified standard. Maybe Denon did that... maybe they didn't, and the exploded diagram is just inaccurate.

Spain Outlaws P2P File-Sharing 432 432

Section_Ei8ht writes "Spanish Congress has made it a civil offense to download anything via p2p networks, and a criminal offense for ISP's to allow users to file-share, even if the use is fair. There is also to be a tax on all forms of blank media, including flash memory drives. I guess the move towards distributing films legally via BitTorrent is a no go in Spain." Here is our coverage of the tax portion of this law.

Windows Vista Delayed Again 539 539

Trenty writes "Ars Technica is reporting that Microsoft has delayed Windows Vista yet again. Jim Allchin told analysts that the OS would not ship in January of 2007, which is a 1-2 month delay. Oddly, even though they are citing the need for more time to tweak security, business editions will available to volume licensing customers before the close of the year."

Miyamoto on PS3, Industry 55 55

The Guardian Gamesblog has a talk up with Shigeru Miyamoto, where they get into his views on the PS3 delay, and the industry as a whole. From the article: "Any announcement about PS3 will affect Nintendo. But we don't see it as a competition between the two consoles, although the customers always do. It depends on what expectations people have of the PS3 and Revolution. Sony has taken a long time to create their machine but it is obvious that the direction we (Nintendo) are taking is different to the PS3."

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