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Comment: Re:Wiped my Grub though. (Score 1) 200

by LordLimecat (#48930867) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

And that fits with the design experience MS goes for?

Hey, 3 questions during install.
  * Whats your name?
  * Whats the computer name?
  * We detected a 438-byte bootsector on your storage device with SHA-1 c12e41289e4a294e6bd182ea7eef8a0cf50e329e and MD5 6f33616ed73ca29926ef69670e1a9880. Would you like to overwrite this with the Windows 7 bootloader, or would you prefer to start up a hex editor so that you can locate the sectors where your bootloader configuration is and manually edit in an entry to load the BOOTMGR at sector 41290?

I look forward to this option being added in Windows 10. Its so much more reasonable than taking 2 minutes to reinstall the bootsector of your choice with a live CD!

Comment: Re:Incredible! (Score 1) 192

by LordLimecat (#48930827) Attached to: Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

You must speak very slowly, and with a Cupertino-approved accent.

Cant speak for IOS, but Android's voice recognition is fantastic even when in noisy environments like a car, over bluetooth, with radio on.

I had an affordable SSD in 1992 for my Psion Series 3a.

Ignoring the fact that the Psion Series 3a came out in 1993, the SSD in your Psion was ~10,000 times smaller than commonly available HDDs at the time, and would have been comparable to the flash in my TI-83. Performance wise it would have been generally worse than an equivalent HDD. Its a pretty dumb comparison all around; these days the difference in size between SSDs and HDDs is ~1/10, rather than 1/1000, and the SSDs outperform the HDDs in every single benchmark, sometimes by factors of 100 or more.

To process the bloat.

Not even sure what that means. Im sure the scientific research that goes on where I work does absolutely nothing with the cheaply available multicore CPUs; certainly the fact that a handful of nodes in our datacenter can consolidate hundreds of VMs during off-peak hours is worth something, though.

Im not sure if you're ignorant, cynical, or pining for some good old days that never really existed; but it kind of sounds like all 3.

Comment: Re:not the point (Score 1) 354

by LordLimecat (#48930775) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

To make the point, a guy even wrote a trivial app to do this (I forget his name). He was well slandered for daring to point out the insecurity that is Windows.

Gonna need a source on that. I've written joke apps that intercept keystrokes (making them do strange things to screw with people) and they will simply not work if you do not have admin rights. Intercepting anything keyboard or hooking anything requires elevation.

The short of it is, if someone can run arbitrary code in your session you are done.

Thats true as regards your personal data, but not as regards the system as a whole. If you're saying "any access to a system = root access", thats a pretty serious claim; I think the people running shared servers might take issue with that as would VMWare, Citrix, and Microsoft.

Comment: Re:Well (Score 1) 214

by LordLimecat (#48921589) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs

On their knowledge base and using their own dedicated vpn software they say in order of preference to try OpenVPN on TCP 443, UDP, and lastly L2TP.

L2TP has nothing to do with OpenVPN. its IPSec.

OpenVPN worked reliably with the exception that they detect the network and reset it occasionally (like every 2 hours, but auto-reconnection in the client takes care of that).

So, not reliably. Thats the point. And the problem is some programs like skype auto-reconnect when theyre disconnected, which will be unprotected if your VPN resets. They can clearly see that you're using a VPN (hence the resets) and they can clearly kill the connection if they want. The thing is that enforcement varies from area to area, and time to time. See what happens around the Tianenmen Square anniversary-- Im willing to bet you'll be unable to connect.

You found links claiming otherwise? Great. Thanks for sharing, the information may come in handy. But right now I can only offer you what I have been experiencing the past month.

The OpenVPN devs know its targetted, the Tor project guys know this, and so do a lot of VPN providers.

Its entirely possible your provider is using a form of obfuscated tunnel like Obfs3 or ScrambleSuite or another proprietary mod, like VyprVPN or ExpressVPN offer. Its technically not OpenVPN, but a modified form. Its also up in the air whether those modifications weaken the VPN as the providers often do not disclose the details of what they did to the client.

Comment: Re:Wiped my Grub though. (Score 1) 200

by LordLimecat (#48921465) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

Because you're installing an operating system, and Microsoft does not make a multi-OS bootloader.

More to the point, people installing an OS have an expectation that it will be virus free. How is Windows supposed to differentiate between a benign non-MS bootloader and a viral one?

Comment: Re:Encryption? (Score 1) 194

by LordLimecat (#48903457) Attached to: Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

Good luck "going and getting" something from a server location in Russia or China

1) Google is blocked in china.
2) Thats partly because of the massive police state and strong net censorship they have going on over there-- but I'm sure YOUR data would be safe over there
3) Google is probably the only company formerly doing business in China that wont give your data up to the CPC. As a consequence of that, see #1.

Comment: Re:Encryption? (Score 1) 194

by LordLimecat (#48903439) Attached to: Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

I think I'd be encrypting everything especially if it involved using a Google server.

Why especially? AFAIK Google is the only one of the big 3 webmail providers not currently bending over backwards for the Chinese Government. There was a warrant in this case; even the famed lavabit had to fold when given a warrant.

Its absurd to go after Google for following the terms of a court order; you'd do better to ask whether the order was justified, and if not ask why the courts issued it and who can be held accountable.

Comment: Re:Well (Score 1) 214

by LordLimecat (#48900233) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs

The GFW is many years beyond port-based blocking; they use DPI to identify protocols regardless of the port used. Im glad you have TCP 443 OpenVPN working; I have never been able to get that to work with client/server certs-- only static-key tunnels worked.

At the moment, my experience has been that IPSec/ is the next best contender because its more of a corporatish vpn protocol. Im really surprised that you hear people recommend OpenVPN-- I have NEVER heard anyone recommend that in China because of how heavily it is targetted. Even googling "OpenVPN China GFW" you get stuff like this:
Which VPN Protocols To Use?
  * OpenVPN: Strangely, this is the least reliable protocol/client to use — you’ll find most ports are currently blocked (connection reset). The main cause appears to be spoofed RST packets.
  * L2TP: This is a fast protocol for China and currently it works quite well

And theres no shortage. OpenVPN may work for a bit, but my understanding is that about 20 minutes into the connection the remote server gets probed a bit, and then the connection gets reset. I wouldnt use PPTP because of its known security issues; it wouldnt surprise me if they had that nut cracked.


A Call That Made History, 100 Years Ago Today 51

Posted by timothy
from the bet-he-was-slammed-for-texting-too dept.
alphadogg writes These days, making a call across the U.S. is so easy that people often don't even know they're talking coast to coast. But 100 years ago Sunday, it took a hackathon, a new technology and an international exposition to make it happen. The first commercial transcontinental phone line opened on Jan. 25, 1915, with a call from New York to the site of San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Alexander Graham Bell made the call to his assistant, Thomas Watson. Just 39 years earlier, Bell had talked to Watson on the first ever phone call, in Boston, just after Bell had patented the telephone.

They laughed at Einstein. They laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. -- Carl Sagan