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Comment: Re: Innovation? (Score 2) 361

by Noishe (#45170443) Attached to: <em>Full Screen Mario</em>: Making the Case For Shorter Copyrights

In Canada, download vs upload is defined by the initiator of the data transaction. Offering pieces of data for download does not count as uploading, it counts as downloading, as the other party has to make the request from your computer. Think of it as push vs pull instead of download vs upload. As such, the torrent protocol just so happens to never ever upload anything at all, in Canada.

Comment: of course they are retrievable (Score 4, Insightful) 136

by Noishe (#44748209) Attached to: Software Developer Says Mega Master Keys Are Retrievable

Once you enter your password into a website, the website can do anything that you can do.... Duh

Yes, mega doesn't have your key stored on their servers.
Yes, at any point while you're logged in they can change this fact, or they can just log your password, or whatever.

Doesn't matter what the website is, you have to trust it to use it.

How is this news?

Comment: Re:css change? (Score 2) 167

by Noishe (#44470711) Attached to: New JavaScript-Based Timing Attack Steals All Browser Source Data

yeap. the issue is the browser code, which essentially boils down to:
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draw link with normal style
lookup link in visited database
if link exists in database
    then draw link with visited style
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The problem is that visited links get drawn twice, while non-visted links get drawn once. It doesn't matter if the links are styled the same or not, as the browser will still go through the motions, and take additional time in the visited case.

The browser doesn't care if the styles are both the same or not. If it did care, then it would have to do an additional comparison on every style that will change how the link is drawn, which would just be too slow.

Comment: Re:Makes Sense (Score 4, Insightful) 76

by Noishe (#43702899) Attached to: How an Aussie University Creates the World's Best Hackers

Just as my mod points expire...

You're absolutely correct that it's the teachers that matter and not the institution.

Mind you, the institution also has to have the right culture in place to first attract and then tolerate the actions of teachers like this. I would also extend your point, and say that the professors matter just as much at a large university as they do at a small one.

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McAfee CSO Issues Warning On the 'New Cold War' 77

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-thought-global-warming-fixed-that dept.
angry tapir writes "The Cold War between the USA and the USSR may have ended in 1991, but a new conflict involving the same enemies has emerged on the digital frontier, according to McAfee's US chief security officer. Brett Wahlin, a former North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) counter intelligence agent, told Computerworld Australia that the RSA token hack in March this year – where the token information was used to infiltrate US defense contractor Lockheed Martin – used the same espionage tactics he encountered while serving as an agent from 1987 to 1991 with the US army for NATO."
Communications

Twitter Sued By British Soccer Player 264

Posted by timothy
from the ooh-right-footballer dept.
norriefc writes "Here in the UK super injunctions are all the rage. These are injunctions that bar the press from even mentioning that the injunctions exist. Recently a Twitter account exposed several of these super injunctions and named several people involved and what their alleged indiscretions were. Now one 'famous' soccer player is trying to sue Twitter and the yet to be named tweeters for invasion of privacy, apparently in ignorance of the Streisand effect. I'm doubtful of an American company paying much attention to UK anti-free-speech laws"

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