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Journal: SiliconDust DVR KickStarter to replace WMC

Journal by TeddyR

Now that Microsoft will no longer support Windows Media Center in Windows 10 it is great that SiliconDust, makers of the HDHomeRun TV tuner devices, has a Kickstarter campaign to develop a DVR software to replace WMC. This DVR can playback on Windows, Mac, Android and the recording engine can run on Windows, Mac, Linux and some NAS devices

Comment: Put back WMC (Score 1) 85

by TeddyR (#49049083) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Preview For Phones

Unfortunately with MS taking WMC out of WIndows 10 it is making it very difficult (ie: not possible) for many to upgrade to windows 10. This is almost as ill-thought of as the PS4 taking out DLNA or Vista UAC. I realize that the article is about the phone OS, but the path they are going with this makes it very difficult to "Trust" the MS eco-system... it would be like if Apple suddenly decided that it would no longer support AirPlay on its next OS release....

+ - Google/Samsung changes to SD card behaviour in KitKat (4.4.2) breaks apps.->

Submitted by TeddyR
TeddyR writes: With the widespread release of Androif 4.4.2 (kitkat) to many Samsung devices worldwide and specifically now with the US rollout by major providers in the US it seems that Samsung has decided to implement Googles latest API regulations for SD Card storage. This breaks MANY third party applications since only the Google/System/OEM/Carrier signed apps can now write to the external SD Card thus making MANY paid applications useless.

Confirmed affected: TMobile and Sprint Samsung Note 3 and potentially the Galaxy S4 and upcoming Galaxy S5. This change affects ALL Samsung KitKat 4.4.2 devices, including the Note 2, S3 once KitKat is released to those devices.

Time to call your carrier and lodge a complaint to ask that they request that this "feature" be returned to the original behavior.


Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:I was once filed an order to pay for a tape onc (Score 3, Interesting) 467

Yup... The blockbuster in Amarillo at the time insisted that I did not return the items. They were rude and tried to bill me full price for two DVDs. It was only when I insisted that they watch some security tapes from the night in question that clearly showed me returning the items did they stop harassing me. That was when Netflix was first starting in 1997..It was a no brainer to switch from Blockbuster to Netflix right then and there and I am still with Netflix... And people wonder why Blockbuster went out of business.... :-0

Comment: What about EMV (chip and PIN) cards in the US? (Score 2) 151

by TeddyR (#45931569) Attached to: Neiman Marcus and Other Retailers Breached, Credit Card Details Stolen

One reason that you may not hear of these breaches in places outside the US is that many use PIN and CHIP cards that make it MUCH more difficult to use or steal the credit card numbers.

Visa and MasterCard and Amex already use these outside the US... and they are supposed to be mandatory for the us in the next couple of years. Maybe the deployment should be expedited? For a standard that has been in wide use for over 15 years elsewhere, its about time that the US finally catches up....

+ - 720K Patient medical records compromised after laptop theft->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The medical records of more than 720,000 people have been compromised following the theft of two laptops from an office in Alhambra on Oct 12th (Southern California, Los Angeles County) from AHMC Healthcare Inc. AHMC Healthcare runs 6 medical centers and hospitals in Southern California. The laptops were not encrypted. The laptops contained data from patients treated at the following AHMC hospitals: Garfield Medical Center, Monterey Park Hospital, Greater El Monte Community Hospital, Whittier Hospital Medical Center, San Gabriel Valley Medical Center and Anaheim Regional Medical Center

Official Press release:

Report from ABC:

Report from CBS:

Link to Original Source

Comment: long memory (Score 1) 528

by TeddyR (#45021255) Attached to: California Outlaws 'Revenge Porn'

The problem is that the internet has a VERY long memory...not just "nudes", but other items as well. Once its out there.... there really is no way to get it back...

Just a one example.... Many people that used to post on USENET in their "younger" days are now finding that items that they had thought were LONG gone off the USENET "spool" are now coming back to haunt them. This is because when google first started its google groups service, one of the items that they had done was to purchase old backup tapes of USENET posts and indexed all of that into their engines. Google bought Deja-News and other usenet providers to gain access to the data. Suddenly stuff that normally would have been gone in 18months is now available to search/find.

The only way to post nowadays to assume that the information will be seen by the ONE person you may not want to see the info in 5-10-20 years.. So be careful what gets out there...Slashdot included.

Comment: .local issues (Score 1) 115

by TeddyR (#44304853) Attached to: Generic TLDs Threaten Name Collisions and Information Leakage

Old news. This has been an issue for YEARS.

Microsoft used to use and even advocate .local in many of its articles and educational documentation even after it became used by Multicast DNS / mDNS and other systems (

It was only recently that they stopped when the SSL registrars will no longer accept .local for certificates.

I have also seen several networks using .int for internal domains even though those were used for international organizations for a LONG time. Same as with .local and SSL is when these companies finally understand that the RFCs are there for a reason... .:-)

+ - Linode hacked, CCs and passwords leaked 6

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: On Friday Linode announced a precautionary password reset due to an attack despite claiming that they were not compromised. The attacker has claimed otherwise, claiming to have obtained card numbers and password hashes. Password hashes, source code fragments and directory listings have been released as proof. Linode has yet to comment on or deny these claims.

Emscripten and New Javascript Engine Bring Unreal Engine To Firefox 124

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the cycle-is-nearly-complete dept.
MojoKid writes "There's no doubt that gaming on the Web has improved dramatically in recent years, but Mozilla believes it has developed new technology that will deliver a big leap in what browser-based gaming can become. The company developed a highly-optimized version of Javascript that's designed to 'supercharge' a game's code to deliver near-native performance. And now that innovation has enabled Mozilla to bring Epic's Unreal Engine 3 to the browser. As a sort of proof of concept, Mozilla debuted this BananaBread game demo that was built using WebGL, Emscripten, and the new JavaScript version called 'asm.js.' Mozilla says that it's working with the likes of EA, Disney, and ZeptoLab to optimize games for the mobile Web, as well." Emscripten was previously used to port Doom to the browser.
Electronic Frontier Foundation

DOJ Often Used Cell Tower Impersonating Devices Without Explicit Warrants 146

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the bending-the-rules dept.
Via the EFF comes news that, during a case involving the use of a Stingray device, the DOJ revealed that it was standard practice to use the devices without explicitly requesting permission in warrants. "When Rigmaiden filed a motion to suppress the Stingray evidence as a warrantless search in violation of the Fourth Amendment, the government responded that this order was a search warrant that authorized the government to use the Stingray. Together with the ACLU of Northern California and the ACLU, we filed an amicus brief in support of Rigmaiden, noting that this 'order' wasn't a search warrant because it was directed towards Verizon, made no mention of an IMSI catcher or Stingray and didn't authorize the government — rather than Verizon — to do anything. Plus to the extent it captured loads of information from other people not suspected of criminal activity it was a 'general warrant,' the precise evil the Fourth Amendment was designed to prevent. ... The emails make clear that U.S. Attorneys in the Northern California were using Stingrays but not informing magistrates of what exactly they were doing. And once the judges got wind of what was actually going on, they were none too pleased:"

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