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Submission + - ISIS Offers 24/7 Tech Support For Jihad

Galaga88 writes: NBC News reports that ISIS has staff who offer around-the-clock technical support to its members in areas including encryption technology. With a core group of individuals possessing upper-level degrees in IT, their helpdesk may even be better qualified than that of most tech companies.

Comment Is AMD Better Now? (Score 2) 110

It's been a long time (relatively speaking) since I've played the graphics card game. I remember that AMD's cards were technically solid, but often plagued with driver issues. Even now I'm reading about performance issues with Fallout 4 (which is probably Bethesda's fault because it's an unpatched Bethesda game.)

Has the situation improved? Am I holding onto old biases?

(Alas, for the heady days of my Voodoo2.)

Comment Details (Score 4, Funny) 102

You see, when you have ARM32 vs ARM64 you have to remember that 64 is at least twice as much as 32. So you're going to need to use larger instructions in your program or you're going to have a lot of empty space. Because your functions can go twice as far, you're going to need more data highways to get there without all the congestion. It's like moving from a crowded boulevard to an expressway.

When it comes to mobile apps, which is where you're going to be programming the ARM, these wider highways occupy valuable space on your mobile board, but it's worth it to reduce congestion by at least a half. Also, because you have larger bits, you can get more numbers in your apps without having to stress the fixed point unit. This means fonts take up less space and as such you can use more serifed typefaces.

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Comment Re:The enabling technology, itself, is ridiculous. (Score 4, Insightful) 94

Because I would have seen a prompt asking me to accept or decline a file. And I think it's safe to say that given the place I work and community in which I live, I have a better chance of having been killed in a traffic accident than somebody coming within AirDrop range and targeting me with an unpublished iOS vulnerability.

Plus I just updated to iOS 9 which in all likelihood would have wiped out any nefarious stuff that had been installed by this mystery attacker-ninja.

Comment Re:The enabling technology, itself, is ridiculous. (Score 4, Informative) 94

I think AirDrop defaults to contacts only, so that should mitigate most of the severity of this - thankfully.

I've actually enabled AirDrop receiving requests from anybody on my iPhone (which I'm about to change) and have never gotten anything via it, unsolicited or otherwise. In fact, I'm the only person I've ever seen use AirDrop, and I had to tell the other person how to turn it on in each case.

Comment Misleading and Hyperbolic Title/Comparison (Score 5, Interesting) 130

Fact[0]: The code for this exploit could fit within a tweet (which is to say: 140 characters.)

Fact[1]: Despite referring to tweets and Twitter, this exploit can't occur via Twitter. The attacker already has to have local access.

A lot of security exploits could fit within a tweet, but I've never seen that comparison before. It misleads people into thinking that you can pwn a Mac via Twitter.

Comment Re:I actually think the metric system is worse (Score 1) 830

I actually feel the opposite way - I'd like to see all other measurements move to metric (for ease of conversion between them) but temperature stay as is.

I just like having a scale where as cold as it gets outside is around 0 degrees, and as hot as it gets outside is around 100 degrees.

Comment Fears of abuse are overblown (Score 3, Insightful) 126

Let's be honest here, if somebody's going to go through the effort of buying the game, playing through it in under two hours, then requesting a refund, couldn't they have much more easily just torrented it? That cuts out the entire pay for it, request for refund, wait for refund step. If hey can complete your game in under two hours, it's probably an indie title with little or no DRM so finding a pirate copy isn't even hard.

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.