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Comment Re:OpenBSD? (Score 1, Interesting) 65 65

This list should clarify things a bit.
While OpenBSD had ASLR it is lacking in many other ways.
That is the thing with security, it isn't the doors you locked that matters, it's that single one you didn't lock that is the problem.

Hmmm... While I agree with you on the general principle, here are a couple of things, off the top of my head:

1. False positives ("Vulnerable" tests in your example) do exist, you know. How are you sure that OpenBSD (or FreeBSD) is vulnerable in such and such case? Have you created an exploit specifically for the things being tested by paxtest? Maybe OpenBSD has other capabilities

2. False negatives are also a thing. Even if paxtest says: "such-and-such is OK", how do you know if a clever hacker won't be able to find a way around the ASLR protection?

Also important: paxtest dates back to 2004, and, as far as I know, has never been updated since (web site here). Not that this is a bad thing, but ASLR, and security, has changed a lot since then...

Comment Cashless adoption! AH! (Score 3, Informative) 294 294

Full Disclosure: yes, I live in Europe.

The largest cashless credit card payment system in France (Moneo) was just closed down very abruptly. Seems the whole ''cashless''/''contactless'' thing was just not profitable enough -- and not adopted enough -- to be continued.

Read all about it here:

In a place like Greece, for instance, it is well known that the vast majority of transactions are paid in cash, not using a credit card or anything.

I would take that kind of article with a large grain of salt on the side. Seems to me some bankers are declaring victory even before the war has started...

Submission + - What will happen in the Big One?->

Noryungi writes: The New Yorker published today a chilling account of what would happen in the case of a major earthquake (Magnitude 9 or higher) striking the Cascadia fault. Pretty much the whole West Coast of the USA and Canada is at risk, from Vancouver all the way down to Los Angeles and beyond. Most of the states and cities within this region are woefully under-prepared for something that may come tomorrow. Or the day after.
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Comment Re:Gag orders (Score 5, Insightful) 138 138

Gag orders and national security letters have no place in the Land of the Free.

This should be too obvious to even be worth saying.

Except, of course, you are no longer in the "Land of the Free". Took you a while to realize it, I am afraid.

As someone wiser than me said: "Freedom of the press is fine, as long as *you* have a printing press".

The correct thing to do, then, would be to leak schematics and software on the Internet, and let the chips fall were they may. PGP got "opened" exactly in the same way, I expect this project to do the same.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 80 80

Every laptop I've ever had died from hinge-strain breaking the hinges.

This just seems like the worst of bad ideas possible. And it hinges on the side? God, that's going to put tremendous strain on parts of the screen that were never designed to hold weight.

Even if it's not just a con, there's no way that's a practical product unless the original laptop is designed for that extra weight and strain.

Yup, I am with you on this one. I am a lot more interested in this option, but I haven't got the cash (or desk space at home) to try it right now.

Comment Re:For Mac owners with iPads, try one of these (Score 1) 80 80

I have tried Air Display, between a MacBook Air and a Nexus 7, and it works. Kind of.

Very very laggy display, since everything goes through wifi, Mac OS seems very confused about the resolution of the Nexus 7 (can't blame it) and strange skewing of the display are some of the problems I enconutered.

Past the novelty aspect of the software, I just gave up as the Nexus 7 display was simply too small to be usable. Air Display went into the trash on both devices, which is too bad, since it was a pretty good idea.

Submission + - Terrorist attack in south-eastern France. One reported dead.

Noryungi writes: Details are still sketchy, but there was a terrorist attack at a gaz plant near the major city of Lyon, France. Two people broke into the plant using a car to ram the entrance, collided with a small gaz tank that exploded. One person was found dead and beheaded near the plant, and banners and ISIS flags written in Arabic have also been recovered. At least one terrorist has been arrested. More details if you read French on Le Monde newspaper web site or at the Guardian web site

Comment Re:From TFA: (Score 5, Insightful) 213 213

Taubira doesn’t actually have the power to offer asylum herself, however. She said in the interview that such a decision would be up to the French president, prime minister and foreign minister. And Taubira just last week threatened to quit her job unless French President François Hollande implemented her juvenile justice reforms.

So, basically, "not going to happen".

Exactly. Also, Taubira (who used to be a person with integrity) completely caved-in when the absolute bastards running the how (President, Prime Minister, etc.) passed the most intrusive, anti-privacy, mass spying, "we will listen to everything you say and there is nothing yo ucan do about it" law France has ever seen.

She cannot be trusted, alas, and Snowden and Assange should consider all this hoopla about asylum as so much hot air from a discredited governement.

Comment Re:Makes perfect sense (Score 1) 80 80

What's the use in crying terrorism to pass these kinds of laws when you can just blame it on the US? Seems like an easy way to gather all the data you want if you ask me. Makes perfect sense

More like penis envy: the NSA does it, so we have to do it. Only worse.

And all in the name of terrorism, of course. And to lock up dangerous nazi pedophiles. Or something.

Brings to mind many skits by Bill Hicks. He would have had a field day with the kind of moronic behaviour we see so much of these days.

Comment Re:the world was supposed to end years ago (Score 1, Troll) 637 637

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you "alen (225700)", exhibit A in the chapter: "Our brains cannot process major threats to the survival of humanity". Oh, and: "The Koch Brothers Foundation spent ____ (ungodly number of billions) attacking the existence of global warming... and it worked!" chapter, too.

Oh, the irony.

This being said, I am not too worried about mankind: it will probably survive global warming. And the survivors may well learn their lessons the hard way.

(If you think global warming does not exist, or is not that bad, or... or... or... yadda, yadda, yadda, please don't bother answering me, mmmmkay?)

Submission + - Global warming pause no longer valid - US Scientiests-> 1 1

Taco Cowboy writes:

The whole Global Warming debate is as confusing as ever

Researchers from the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say that there was no 'pause' in Global Warming

Dr Thomas Karl of NOAA point out that the warming rate over the past 15 years is "virtually identical" to the last century and updated observations show temperatures did not plateau

The idea of a global warming "hiatus" arose from questions over why the trend of warming temperatures appeared to be stalling recently compared to the later part of the 20th Century

The new analysis corrects for ocean observations made using different methods as well as including new data on surface temperatures

However Dr Peter Stott of the Met Office Hadley Centre said the results "still show the warming trend over the past 15 years has been slower than previous 15 year periods" and "global temperatures have not increased smoothly"

"This means natural variability in the climate system or other external factors has still had an influence and it's important we continue research to fully understand all the processes at work," he said

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), global average temperatures have increased by around 0.05C per decade in the period between 1998 and 2012


This compares with an average of 0.12 per decade between 1951 and 2012

On the other hand, the new analysis suggests a figure of 0.116 per decade for 2000-2014, compared with 0.113 for 1950-1999

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In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder