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+ - OpenBSD keyboard problems fixed by pms(4) and a forcible mouse port reset

Submitted by ConstantineM
ConstantineM (965345) writes "Theo de Raadt writes in on tech@ a fascinating story from the s2k15 hackathon in Brisbane about the reasons that the mice and keyboards were problematic on the new ThinkPad X1, specifically, having keyboard repeat and shutter during install, eventually being figured out to happen due to the large and extra sensitive touchpad. It all came down to the pms driver, or lack thereof, as it's missing only on the RAMDISK kernels used on the install media, and they were the only ones being visibly affected.

The solution is to forcibly reset the mouse port at attach., de Raadt proclaims. Some other keyboard issues, notably boot -c not working on some machines, were also determined to be caused by the mouse ports, too.

But the changes are risky, and require lots of testing prior to commit, due to the plethora of keyboard controller models, so, it didn't make the cut for the upcoming 5.7 release."

Comment: Don't you love NETGEAR support? (Score 1) 57

by ConstantineM (#49078249) Attached to: Flaw In Netgear Wi-Fi Routers Exposes Admin Password, WLAN Details

Don't you love the professionalism and issue escalation of the NETGEAR support team? Shows that we, the mere mortals, are not alone here at all!

If even the security research guy can't get them to stop sitting on their arses, what the mere mortals without such pressing issues are left to do when they encounter the various bugs here and there?

Comment: Re:When will Lactose make it to Nutrition Facts? (Score 1) 180

by ConstantineM (#49035773) Attached to: US Gov't To Withdraw Food Warnings About Dietary Cholesterol

But most people in the US are not. Worldwide is meaningless.

Where did you get such information? Even if less than 50% of people in the US are lactose intolerant, the number is unlikely to be that far away from 50%. Most people aren't even aware they're lactose intolerant.

Comment: Re:When will Lactose make it to Nutrition Facts? (Score 1) 180

by ConstantineM (#49035739) Attached to: US Gov't To Withdraw Food Warnings About Dietary Cholesterol

Above and beyond that, even the strictest of severe allergies can be tamed by - guess what - controlled exposure to the substance in question. Give a nut-allergy sufferer sufficiently small injections of nuts and build it up gradually and the allergy ...

The above is complete BS that has no proof whatsoever with science.

On the contrary, science tells us that these things work the other way around:


Ten to 15 percent of people are immune to poison ivy and will never have a rash. Repeated contact however will not give you immunity, in fact just the opposite, Pell explains. “The rashes get worse and worse as your immune system gets better and better at recognizing urushiol.”

Comment: When will Lactose make it to Nutrition Facts? (Score 3, Insightful) 180

by ConstantineM (#49026929) Attached to: US Gov't To Withdraw Food Warnings About Dietary Cholesterol

Most adults, worldwide, are lactose intolerant. http://skeptics.stackexchange....

Given the above, it's kind of amazing that Nutrition Facts still have no words about lactose content. Why?

Wouldn't it be nice to know how much lactose each food has?

+ - OpenSSH will feature key discovery and rotation for easier switching to Ed25519

Submitted by ConstantineM
ConstantineM (965345) writes "OpenSSH developer Damien Miller wrote tomorrow from Down Under about a new feature he implemented and committed for the next upcoming 6.8 release of OpenSSH — hostkeys@openssh.com — an OpenSSH extension to the SSH protocol for sshd to automatically send all of its public keys to the client, and for the client to automatically replace all keys of such server within ~/.ssh/known_hosts with the fresh copies as supplied (provided the server is trusted in the first place, of course). The protocol extension is simple enough, and is aimed to make it easier to switch over from DSA to the OpenSSL-free Ed25519 public keys. It is also designed in such a way as to support the concept of spare host keys being stored offline, which could then seamlessly replace main active keys should they ever become compromised."

+ - School Defied Google and US Government, Let Boys Program White House Xmas Trees

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "This holiday season, Google and the National Parks partnered to let girls program the White House Christmas tree lights. While the initiative earned kudos in Fast Company's 9 Giant Leaps For Women In Science and Technology In 2014, it also prompted an act of civil disobedience of sorts from St. Augustine of Canterbury School, which decided Google and the U.S. government wouldn't determine which of their kids would be allowed to participate in the coding event. "We decided to open it up to all our students, both boys and girls so that they could be a part of such an historic event, and have it be the kickoff to our Hour of Code week," explained Debra Knox, a technology teacher at St. Augustine."

+ - Chaos Computer Club Claims It Can Reproduce Fingerprints From People's Photos 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Chaos Computer Club, Europe’s largest association of hackers, claims it can reproduce your fingerprints from a couple of photos that show your fingers. At the 31st annual Chaos Computer Club convention in Hamburg, Germany, Jan Krissler, also known by his alias "Starbug," explained how he copied the thumbprint of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. Because these fingerprints can be used for biometric authentication, Starbug believes that after his talk, "politicians will presumably wear gloves when talking in public.""

+ - Adobe Flash Update Installs McAfee Security Scan Plus Crapware

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "If you get an update notification for Adobe Flash you will also be installing McAfee Security Scan Plus. This mornings update did open an Adobe webpage but did not give the option of unticking a box to prevent installation of McAfee crapware like previous updates have had. To uninstall — Start, McAfee Security Scan Plus, Uninstall, restart, cross your fingers nothing gets borked."

+ - Google Chrome Will Block All NPAPI Plugins By Default In January

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Google today provided an update on its plan to remove Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI) from Chrome, which the company says will improve the browser’s security, speed, and stability, as well as reduce complexity in the code base. In short, the latest timeline is as follows: Block all plugins by default in January 2015, disable support in April 2015, and remove support completely in September 2015. For context, Google first announced in September 2013 that it was planning to drop NPAPI. At the time, Google said anonymous Chrome usage data showed just six NPAPI plugins were used by more than 5 percent of users, and the company was hoping to remove support from Chrome “before the end of 2014, but the exact timing will depend on usage and user feedback.”"

+ - Poll Suggestion - Holiday Party

Submitted by P0ck3tR4wk3t
P0ck3tR4wk3t (865643) writes "My Employer's Holiday Party...

1) Isn't happening — Budget Cutbacks
2) Isn't happening — Never has
3) Wasn't planned properly — in super-tiny meeting room with crappy food
4) Is happening, +1 invite (spouses) no longer allowed
5) Is happening, +1 allowed
6) We are all skiing with Cowboy Neal in Aspen, you insensitive clod!"

Comment: anyone still runs their own mail servers? (Score 2) 265

by ConstantineM (#48132653) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

I was actually thinking of the opposite trend since a couple of years ago: even people fully capable of running their own mail servers are all using gmail these days; I think we're easily at the breaking point where noone really knows how to run a mail server anymore.

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle