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Comment It's fairly simple to combat this. (Score 1) 80

The most effective means against distributed brute force attacks is blocking the number of attempted logins on a particular user-name per a time period. (Query rate limited by user-name, regardless of source.)

Additionally, requiring a 1 second time limit between login queries for the same user-name should combat this and other means of increasing query.

Comment Hopefully he will maintain it in sync (Score 5, Insightful) 688

Hopefully he will keep his branch in sync and offer back his contributions like other developers who have done the same thing.

Many developers felt that working on the main Linux kernel tree involved too much politics and in-fighting and chose to maintain their own dev branches for their patches. Any that keep their trees in sync have successfully continued to contribute, and left the politics for when their projects were ready for merging. Any that didn't keep in sync, well . . . at least we don't worry about those projects anymore.

Comment Re:Tempest in a tea pot (Score 2) 235

WebM codecs such as VP8 and VP9 are also supported on nearly every device., Google and the companies supporting ARM have put their full force behind the VPx codecs, and thus the WebM container format. Every Chrome and Firefox user can view it, and if you have device without browser support, you can download either a third party browser such as Firefox or the wikipedia app for most devices, and that will support it.

Support for WebM codecs is very widespread. As of companies backing VP8 and VP9, they include nVidia, AMD, Intel, Google, and the major manufacturers of ARM chipsets. Many of these companies are implementing hardware optimizations and hardware support for the VP8 and VP9 codecs.

Comment The best solution is to lock down Silverlight (Score 2, Insightful) 153

For plugins like silverlight that run code rather poorly sandboxed, you should lock them to a whitelist, so that only web sites you have preapproved can use them.

Additionally, you should only run them on an unpriviledged user. (Something many Windows users don't do with anything as a regular practice.)

These two measures won't eliminate your risk, but they will dramatically reduce it.

Comment Low persistance has upsides and downsides. (Score 5, Informative) 55

Low persistance displays are a tricky issue.

They obviously don't have the issues that high-persistance displays have of holding frames for too long. However, they have another annoying effect, commonly referred to as the strobe effect. This has to do with each pixel being lit for only a minute duty cycle on the display. This causes bad flicker at low refresh rates.

Early low persistance displays obviously were not very good on this issue. This is because the displays used very slow technologies such as oscolating mirrors.

By the details I've read on their blog, I'm pretty certain Valve has gotten down that they need a high refresh rate to get the VR to work right. They have identified strobe effect as a problem, and have identified that while the traditional 60Hz rate, while tolerable, is far from ideal for low persistance displays. They seem to believe they can push the refresh rate high enough to deal with strobe effect. I have confidence that they can.

Higher refresh rates also have other advantages for gaming as Internet router designs improve and ping times drop, the latency produced by interpolation becomes more substancial, and the best way to reduce it is to push more physical frames. If you are pushing more physical frames, there are clear advantages to pushing more visual frames to match.

Comment Re:Question (Score 1) 35

I don't have a complete list.

However, a lot of hardware has quite open specifications for making drivers, even if open source drivers aren't available yet.
(For instance all Radeon hardware has had complete developer's documentation released, but the Open Source drivers for the latest cards are far from complete.)

Comment Re:Hardware is useless without a HOST file... apk (Score 1) 35

I've always thought they should replace the single "hosts" file with a "hosts.d" directory.

This would reduce conflicts between programs that edit the file, and improve flexibility.

p.s. we don't need 2 paragraphs about why all your posts are currently downgraded. (A single one line is fine.) Furthermore, you don't need to make such a long argument on your main post either. More words just make it seem you like to hear yourself talk.

Comment Re:this is useless (Score 1) 92

Lets face the facts: That privacy culture is exactly why they are the target of these investigations.

I agree, it is unfair that Google is being held to such a higher standard. However, I also think with their privacy culture, they SHOULD be putting their money where their mouth is, like this, and hire a team of specialists to address privacy issues with their products.

The fact that other companies sweep their problems under the rug and that we instead complain about Google for the problems we admit, only propagates the problem of sweeping privacy issues under the rug.

Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously. -- Booth Tarkington