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Comment: Re:Torrents != pirating (Score 3, Informative) 117

by Johnny Fusion (#41691487) Attached to: "New Statesman" Pirates Its Own Magazine
If you read the article, the New Statesmen themselves refer to it as "pirated" (in quotes). While one could pay money for the Magazine, those who can read Mandarin can get it for free using pirating methods where the print version will most likely not see the light of day due to state censorship. They are using this technique as its well known "the internet routes around censorship"

Comment: Re:BOf in Java? (Score 2) 134

by Johnny Fusion (#35175396) Attached to: Google Brings Design-By-Contract To Java
If you took time to read TFA you may have come across this little tidbit.

"One of the oldest techniques in the attacker's virtual arsenal, buffer overflows remain a problem. In December, Microsoft identified 2.6 million possible attacks that could be waged using a stack-based buffer overflow in the JRE (Java Runtime Engine)".

Comment: Re:How long? It was several years ago. (Score 1) 406

by Johnny Fusion (#34895698) Attached to: New York Times Reports US and Israel Behind Stuxnet
Well a gentleman's agreement between corporations are lubricated with money. Between a government and a company? I assure you Uncle Sam would appeal to patriotism and expect one to lay back and take it while thinking of their country with nothing more to ease the experience. Probably even given threats as to what would happen if one did not cooperate.

Comment: How long will it be? (Score 3, Insightful) 406

by Johnny Fusion (#34894566) Attached to: New York Times Reports US and Israel Behind Stuxnet
Now albeit through anonymous sources that government powers are developing malware, how will it be either through legislation, treaty or "gentleman's agreement" that anti-virus software manufacturers will have to look the other way for certain payloads? Is this already happening? Certainly the Third Amendment tells us we don't have to use our homes to quarter soldiers, but will the government use its citizenry's hard drives and bandwidth to host a weapon?

Comment: Is it just me or? (Score 1) 280

by Johnny Fusion (#34783198) Attached to: New Cars Vulnerable To Wireless Theft
Does the line: "car security systems will begin have a real impact to every day use if a thief can simply walk up to your car and drive it away." seem to imply car thievery is a new thing? Thieves have been stealing cars since you had to hand crank the engine. Sure the techniques in 1911 were different from the techniques in 2011 but this is a a bit hysterical isn't it? Criminals are always getting better than security which leads to better security which leads to more cunning thieves, like any living system, it will continue to evolve.
Open Source

Linux 2.6.37 Released 135

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-and-improved dept.
diegocg writes "Version 2.6.37 of the Linux kernel has been released. This version includes SMP scalability improvements for Ext4 and XFS, the removal of the Big Kernel Lock, support for per-cgroup IO throttling, a networking block device based on top of the Ceph clustered filesystem, several Btrfs improvements, more efficient static probes, perf support to probe modules, LZO compression in the hibernation image, PPP over IPv4 support, several networking microoptimizations and many other small changes, improvements and new drivers for devices like the Brocade BNA 10GB ethernet, Topcliff PCH gigabit, Atheros CARL9170, Atheros AR6003 and RealTek RTL8712U. The fanotify API has also been enabled. See the full changelog for more details."
Role Playing (Games)

Why BioWare's Star Wars MMO May Already Be Too Late 328

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-find-your-lack-of-faith-disturbing dept.
Since the announcement of Star Wars: The Old Republic, many gamers have been hopeful that its high budget, respected development team and rich universe will be enough to provide a real challenge to the WoW juggernaut. An opinion piece at 1Up makes the case that BioWare's opportunity to do so may have already passed. Quoting: "While EA and BioWare Austin have the horsepower needed to at least draw even with World of Warcraft though, what we've seen so far has been worryingly conventional — even generic — given the millions being poured into development. Take the opening areas around Tython, which Mike Nelson describes in his most recent preview as being 'rudimentary,' owing to their somewhat generic, grind-driven quest design. Running around killing a set number of 'Flesh Raiders' in a relatively quiet village doesn't seem particularly epic, but that's the route BioWare Austin seems to be taking with the opening areas for the Jedi — what will surely be the most popular classes when The Old Republic is released. ... the real concern, though, is not so much in the quest design as in BioWare Austin's apparent willingness to play follow the leader. Whenever something becomes a big hit — be it a movie, game or book — there's always a mad scramble to replicate the formula; in World of Warcraft's case, that mad scramble has been going for six years now. "

+ - Virtual Animal Creators in Second Life file Suit->

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Johnny Fusion writes "Breedable pets in Second Life is serious business, Recently the maker of virtual rabbits, Ozimals Inc, issued a Cease and Desist Letter, followed by a DMCA take down notice against virtual Horse makers Amaretto Breedable Ranch asking Linden Labs to remove Amaretto's content from the Second Life Grid. Amaretto replied by filing suit in Federal Court claiming misuse of copyright, tortious interference, unfair competition and misrepresentation.

The complaint can be viewed online here..

For those that think this is not serious business, limited edition Amaretto Horses were recently auctioned raising over $64,000 USD, given to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer awareness and research."

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Comment: If we are reading... (Score 2, Insightful) 450

by Johnny Fusion (#34087384) Attached to: Fighting Ad Blockers With Captcha Ads
If we are reading scrolling text, would we then be paying attention to the ad's content? This seems less like a way for users to see advertising content and more an exercise in dickery. I am finding more and more content behind 30 second video ads. My current behavior is just go read something in another tab and come back to it after the ad is done. My prediction? Captcha ads will tank site readership. Seriously there is nothing I can think of on a chewing gum site that would require me to answer a pop quiz to view.

Comment: What I want to know is... (Score 5, Insightful) 368

by Johnny Fusion (#31596802) Attached to: Sergey Brin On Google and China
Why did Google initially agree to censor search results in the first place if this was their philosophy? I am certain they have made money in China, they would not have gone there for altruistic purposes of giving China good search results and web based email if there was not profit in it. Sure they have the philosophy "Don't Be Evil" but they got in bed with China to do business there. Only after the Aurora Exploit did they finally say enough is enough. Taking an anti-censorship stance only AFTER the Aurora attacks makes it seem retaliatory to me. They got a bruised eye from the neighborhood bully and then after playing along fine for quite some time decided they wanted to pick up their ball and go home. I would have been more impressed if Google uncensored their search results from the beginning instead of reacting to overt actions from China to their bottom line.

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