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Comment: Re:Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes (Score 1) 253

by evilviper (#49829627) Attached to: Microsoft To Support SSH In Windows and Contribute To OpenSSH

I have no idea why no one bothered porting OpenSSH to Windows before, but it's about damn time!

Because SSH is:

...command-line oriented, and before Powershell, the Windows command-line was a complete steaming pile...

...extremely Unix oriented. Without a VT100+ emulator, SSH'ing into a Unix box is about as useful as a teletype. No exaggeration, only non-interactive commands work well. CMD/Powershell will go wonky when you try to run "links".

...not any more useful than Putty unless running on top of a good Unix environment (like Cygwin). Windows' pipes and sockets don't work like Unix pipes and sockets. There's no Windows-native rsync, cvs, svn, git, etc., that could be used together with a Windows SSH client.

Best way to make Windows tolerable is to install Cygwin, and run everything (including OpenSSH) under their rxvt terminal port.

Comment: Re:Just why is 10G ethernet still so expensive? (Score 1) 168

Nah, same reason why 100baseT was around so long; it was good enough.

gig-e is more than adequate for almost anything that involves a desktop computer, so there's nothing driving prices down. Eventually, it won't be, and prices will drop like a rock.

+ - 100kb of unusual code protecting nuclear, ATC and United Nations systems->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: For an ex-academic security company still in the seeding round, startup Abatis has a small but interesting roster of clients, including Lockheed Martin, the Swiss military, the United Nations and customers in the civil nuclear and air traffic control sectors. The company's product, a kernel driver compatible with Windows, Linux and Unix, weighs just 100kb with no dependencies, and achieves a 100% effectiveness rate against intruders by preventing unauthorised I/O activity. The CEO of Abatis claims "We can stop zero day malware — the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns,”. The software requires no use of signature files, white-listing, heuristics or sandboxing, with a separate report [http://www.abatis-hdf.com/downloads/AV%20Power%20Consumption%20Trial%20Executive%20Summary%20v1%200.pdf] from Lockheed Martin confirming very significant potential for energy savings — up to £125,000 p/a in a data centre with 10,000 servers.
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+ - Amazon: Build Us a Better Warehouse Robot->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster writes: Amazon relies quite a bit on human labor, most notably in its warehouses. The company wants to change that via machine learning and robotics, which is why earlier this year it invited 30 teams to a “Picking Contest.” In order to win the contest, a team needed to build a robot that can outpace other robots in detecting and identifying an object on a shelf, gripping said object without breaking it, and delivering it into a waiting receptacle. According to Engadget, Team RBO, composed of researchers from the Technical University of Berlin, won last month’s competition by a healthy margin. Their winning design combined a WAM arm (complete with a suction cup for lifting objects) and an XR4000 mobile base into a single unit capable of picking up 12 objects in 20 minutes—not exactly blinding speed, but enough to demonstrate significant promise. If Amazon’s contest demonstrated anything, it’s that it could be quite a long time before robots are capable of identifying and sorting through objects at speeds even remotely approaching human (and thus taking over those jobs). Chances seem good that Amazon will ask future teams to build machines that are even smarter and faster.
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Comment: Re:America next? (Score 1) 253

by circletimessquare (#49827659) Attached to: Professional Russian Trolling Exposed

the usa has much better free speech protections than russia

free speech leads to a populace that has a healthier critical eye than citizens in countries where few alternative narratives are allowed

russian government, by controlling media, is breeding flabby, uncritical russian minds

of course there are still critical russian minds. of course there are flabby propagandized americans. but on average, the usa does better than russia on this measure, because russian government's hostile attitude to alternative perspectives

+ - New SOHO Router Security Audit Uncovers Over 60 Flaws In 22 Models->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett writes: In yet another testament to the awful state of home router security, a group of security researchers uncovered more than 60 vulnerabilities in 22 router models from different vendors, most of which were distributed by ISPs to customers. The researchers performed the manual security review in preparation for their master’s thesis in IT security at Universidad Europea de Madrid in Spain. They published details about the vulnerabilities they found Sunday on the Full Disclosure security mailing list.
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+ - The Bizarre Process We Use for Approving Exemptions to the DMCA->

Submitted by harrymcc
harrymcc writes: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act imposes severe penalties on those who overcome copy-protection technologies. It allows for exemptions for a variety of purposes--but in a weird proviso, those exemptions must be re-approved by the Librarian of Congress every three years. Over at Fast Company, Glenn Fleishman takes a look at this broken system and why it's so bad for our rights as consumers.
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Comment: Re:America next? (Score 1) 253

by circletimessquare (#49825043) Attached to: Professional Russian Trolling Exposed

well said and absolutely correct

furthermore, it trains critical minds to be exposed to everything. in this world, there is only one guarantor of truth: you. and you only get a good mind that can smell out bullshit by being exposed to all the different bullshit

although, there are minds that would have been great, in less free countries, but those minds are weak and flabby: hopelessly cynical

it is just as dangerous to reject everything as it is to be naive and believe everything. and such once-great minds get that way by being in an environment they see is all lies, but offered nothing valid as an alternative, anywhere. so they become hopeless cynics

such minds in the west can find other sources, and find out the truth, before they become blind kneejerk cynics. by seeing all the different perspectives

all perspectives have an agenda, but by seeing many agendas and perspectives, the depiction of an event can be seen for what it is by comparing the differences. in a controlled environment, with only one perspective, you either are a hopelessly trusting moron, or a hopelessly distrusting cynic, both equally hobbling

only with a plethora of sources and choices is the critical mind trained and maintained

Comment: Re: America next? (Score 1) 253

by circletimessquare (#49824915) Attached to: Professional Russian Trolling Exposed

it's a continuum in all countries

1. the naive, who believe what the official channels say

2. the genuinely critical and intellectually honest

3. the hopelessly cynical. too much automatic distrust is not intelligent, it's actually a personality disorder hobbling in the same way naivete is, to automatically reject all info, even something that might be true

the point is, in the west, those who are genuinely critical have more information sources to peruse, and therefore are better able to find out the truth. in controlled environments, places where fear dominates, the critically minded have less chance to find the truth and, as you say, often wind of hopelessly jaded and cynical and don't believe anything

this is weakness, not strength

+ - Who's behind mysterious flights over US cities? FBI->

Submitted by kaizendojo
kaizendojo writes: The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned.

The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency flew above more than 30 cities in 11 states across the country, an AP review found.

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