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Comment: Nothing new (Score 1) 39

by SSpade (#46124723) Attached to: Proof-of-Concept Malware Captures Every Tap On Smartphones Or Tablets

This approach - recording an image around each click - has been used by malware that attacks the on-screen keyboards used by some online banking systems for several years. (They use the online keyboards as an attempt to avoid keyboard sniffers getting account numbers).

This does is it on (insecure) mobile OSes rather than desktop OSes, but seems to be otherwise identical.

Comment: You're thinking about the wrong issue. (Score 1) 582

by SSpade (#45561199) Attached to: The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?

If you think your current POTS line is circuit-switched, or will work if your local exchange is disconnected from the network, think again.

A bigger concern is that while POTS isn't as robust as, say, cellular or VoIP against some sorts of damage it *will* work during a prolonged power outage (as long as the generator at the local exchange stays fuelled). VoIP won't, at all, unless there's power at the subscribers home. Cellular even if you can keep your cellphone battery topped off somehow, I wouldn't bet on power to the cell towers being as robust as to a local POTS exchange.

Comment: Re:Routing Connections from Point A to Point B (Score 4, Informative) 199

I'm pretty sure that you don't really know where the physical hardware using the intermediate IP addresses shown in the traceroute actually was. Reverse DNS tends to show who owns it, *not* which country it's in. And geoip services are doing well if they can identify the right country in Europe, let alone anything more accurate than that.

Even if you did see routing like that, and it really did go to the cities you claim, it still wouldn't be that odd - when routing is optimized at all it's optimized for cost, rather than distance. For long-haul the two tend to go together, but for relatively short distances in the well-connected first world they don't.

Comment: Seems like a terrible design (Score 5, Insightful) 155

by SSpade (#44493481) Attached to: First Laptop With Full-Sized Solar Panels Will Run On Ubuntu

A separate set of solar panels could be used to power / charge things other than a laptop, and a set of solar panels connected by a cable would let you sit in the cool shade while using the laptop during the day, rather than having to sit out in the sun (where it's hot and you can't see the screen).

Assuming it's real, which I have some doubts about - a couple of square feet of solar panels provides enough power to drive four or five laptops?

Comment: EFF is a mixed bag (Score 1) 98

by SSpade (#44214657) Attached to: Inside the Electronic Frontier Foundation

The EFF want to ban your spam filters - they consider them to be "censorship", and unacceptable (unless there's never, ever a legitimate email accidentally blocked for any user - which isn't possibly, even theoretically).

http://w2.eff.org/spam/position_on_junk_email.php

(Old document, but still their current position).

Comment: Re:Computer Trespass (Score 1) 223

by SSpade (#43605605) Attached to: E-Sports League Stuffed Bitcoin Mining Code Inside Client Software

If they used fraud or deception to install malware to take control of peoples machines to, say, send spam, that'd be solidly criminal.

Sending spam probably costs the owner of the compromised machine much less than bitmining does (in additional energy costs, cooling costs and possibly accelerated degradation of the GPU, possibly leading to failure). I'm not seeing how the same standards don't apply.

Comment: Re:You and me both (Score 1) 965

by SSpade (#43184025) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

Can't argue with any of that.

But you don't have to choose just one of those. Virtualization is easy. Pick the best of each OS.

I have an OS X laptop, and I'm quite happy with the UI and most of the basic desktop apps (other than Safari, which is the poster child for "QA gone to shit").

But I do a lot of my work in an ubuntu instance that's running in vmware - it has a partially shared filesystem so I can work in ubuntu while editing the files I'm working on in an OS X native editor like sublime text if I want to. Or I can run emacs/X11 on ubuntu, displaying on the OS X desktop.

I even have a Windows instance, for those rare times when I really need to use Word or IE or Minesweeper.

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