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Comment: Re:Password Sync also please (Score 1) 383

by Zygfryd (#29992928) Attached to: Google Betas Chrome 4, Touts 30% Speed Boost

Actually, it's conceivable to allow secure storage of data remotely, in a way that prevents even the storage provider from accessing it.

You can't trust storage providers today to implement that kind of functionality, unless you analyze the source code of the scripts on the service's webpage every time it loads.

However the browsers could add functionality to enforce that. They could offer "protected" input forms, input from which is tagged. Every protected input form would be visually indicated and made it apparent what encryption key it's supposed to use. The browser then ensures that any data in DOM nodes and JS objects tagged as protected cannot be sent to the server.

To remove the protection tag from such data the scripts on the page need to pipe it through a builtin encryption function with the indicated key. The protection tag needs to be viral so that any data derived from protected data is also protected and any JS objects created after a branch based on protected data are also protected.

On the decryption side, a builtin decrypt function would produce data tagged as protected.

In short, make browsers ensure that input from indicated form elements is
* always encrypted before being sent to the server
* encrypted with the desired key

Naturally that doesn't fix the stupid user problem, but it'd make smart users happy.

Comment: Re:Life is complex (Score 1) 334

by Zygfryd (#29628497) Attached to: Legal Code In a Version Control System?

What could be simplified, for starters, is the presentation. I live in Poland, there has been a controversial bill passed recently and I wanted to look at its legislative process closer. Turns out it's nothing but pain, because you have to cross-reference multiple sources to get the full picture.
On the parliament's website I can get:
- Summaries of voting sessions, with each member's vote, but no reference to the topic of the vote.
- Texts of stuff being voted on, without references to relevant voting sessions.
- Full logs of parliamentary sessions, which reference neither the voting session numbers, nor the text numbers.
Moreover the texts given are only diffs against earlier established law, so to get the full picture you also need to find the current laws and manually apply changes.
So it's a ton of work to know who voted for what exactly.

In comparison, it's easier for me to check how things work in the Linux kernel. I may not understand the intricacies, locking disciplines, non-uniform memory management etc. but I can look at the complete source. Any programmer can read the data structure declarations, the general control flow and can get an idea how certain things work. You can grep it, you can check who wrote something. It certainly feels a lot more open.

It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Con Kolivas returns! Brain F**K Scheduler is out. 2

Submitted by
myvirtualid
myvirtualid writes "Con Kolivas has done what he swore never to do: returned to the Linux kernel and written a new — and, according to him — waaay better scheduler for the desktop environment. In fact, BFS appears to outperform existing schedulers right up until one hits a 16 CPU machine, at which point he guesses performance would degrade somewhat. According to Kolivas, BFS

was designed to be forward looking only, make the most of lower spec machines, and not scale to massive hardware. ie [sic] it is a desktop orientated scheduler, with extremely low latencies for excellent interactivity by design rather than "calculated", with rigid fairness, nice priority distribution and extreme scalability within normal load levels.

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Encryption

In UK, Two Convicted of Refusing To Decrypt Data 554

Posted by kdawson
from the no-pleading-the-fifth dept.
ACKyushu clues us to recent news out of the UK, where two people have been successfully prosecuted for refusing to provide authorities with their encryption keys, resulting in landmark convictions that may have carried jail sentences of up to five years. There is uncertainty in that the names of the people convicted were not released; and without those names, the Crown Prosecution Service said it was unable to track down details of the cases. "Failure to comply with a section 49 notice carries a sentence of up to two years jail plus fines. Failure to comply during a national security investigation carries up to five years jail. ... Of the 15 individuals served, 11 did not comply with the notices. Of the 11, seven were charged and two convicted. Sir Christopher [Rose, the government's Chief Surveillance Commissioner] did not report whether prosecutions failed or are pending against the five charged but not convicted in the period covered by his report."
Google

+ - Google acquiring On2->

Submitted by R.Mo_Robert
R.Mo_Robert (737913) writes "BetaNews is reporting that Google is acquiring On2, the video codec company and original developers of the VP3 codec from which Theora is derived. The article suggests that this may mean Google is backing Ogg Theora as the HTML5 video standard, but this is likely not the case--with Theora already being open-source and On2 having disclaimed all rights and patents, there is no reason Google should have needed to do this to push Theora.

You may recall from some time back that HTML5 no longer specifies which video codec(s) a browser should support due to there being, unfortunately, no suitable codec at this time. But Google (known for supporting H.264) practically owns Web video with YouTube in most people's minds, so their influence could really swing the future of HTML5 video either way. It remains to be seen whether Google's acquisition of On2 has any bearing on their plans for video on the Web."

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AMD

+ - AMD Launches 785G Chipset With DX10.1 IGP and UVD2->

Submitted by
bigwophh
bigwophh writes "AMD has delivered a series of solid and affordable mainstream chipsets with integrated graphics, over the past few years. Today the company announced the launch of the new 785G chipset, which is compatible with all existing socket AM3 processors, as well as legacy AM2+ products. A new addition to the 700 series chipset is DDR3 support, though the new family can also support low cost DDR2. Perhaps the biggest new feature offered by the 785G over its predecessors is a Radeon HD 4200 integrated graphics processor clocked at 500MHz. While the HD 4200 carries the same default clock as the older Radeon HD 3200 IGP, it offers higher performance, as well as HDMI 1.3 support, and enhancements to AMD's Unified Video Decoder (UVD) engine."
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Linux

+ - KDE 4.3 Released

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "KDE 4.3 is out. According to the KDE development team, this release focuses on stability, polish, and completeness. See the announcement for more details."

Comment: Re:Another lame filesystem review (Score 1) 102

by Zygfryd (#28530831) Attached to: EXT4, Btrfs, NILFS2 Performance Compared

and if I'm not mistaken its write speed should be fast on just about anything.

Until you fill up the drive and the garbage collector needs to kick in. From what I know, their garbage collector is currently very basic and unoptimized. It's probably going to take a while before we get the perfect filesystem for the old, cheap SSDs.

Comment: Re:So this implies... (Score 3, Informative) 390

by Zygfryd (#28506235) Attached to: Judge Thinks Linking To Copyrighted Material Should Be Illegal

If they keep this shit up the USA is gonna be left all alone as some "insanity island" while everyone else gets with the program and moves to the 21st century.

Except, you know, the same (or similar) corporate forces behind the intellectual property push in the US are hard at work in the EU and in international organizations such as WIPO and WTO.
ACTA is being worked on by the US, EU, Japan, Australia, NZ, Korea, Mexico, Canada and Germany, among others.

Comment: Re:Not a horrible idea... (Score 1) 324

by Zygfryd (#28503069) Attached to: Canada Considering Online Voting In Elections
I actually took the time before the EP election here in Poland to look for a candidate that I could feel represented by. The problem is that my candidate was from an unpopular party and that you only get one vote in our voting system.

Essentially that means that I had two choices:
  • vote for my favorite and lose my vote (when the party doesn't cross 5% the vote is discarded)
  • vote for some people I don't trust at all - so that my vote actually influenced the final results.

This is what disenchants me about our democracy. It doesn't really work. IMHO, we desperately need a single trasferable vote system to make voting worthwhile again. That way people could vote for their unpopular favorites and influence the outcome of the battle between the dominant parties with one vote. This can give fringe parties like the Pirate Party or the Greens a much better chance of getting in, diversifying the political landscape. And if this doesn't draw disenchanted voters to the booths, I'm not sure what will.

Space

Europe's Biggest Amateur Rocket Completes Test-Firing 153

Posted by timothy
from the in-space-no-one-can-file-a-noise-complaint dept.
Michael Eriksen writes "The Danish amateur rocket group Copenhagen Suborbitals has successfully test fired their rocket (article in Danish). It is a 90,000 kW monster delivering a total of 140,000 N. According to the group, this is by far the biggest amateur rocket ever fired in Europe. The final goal is a manned (!) low-orbital flight."
Image

Dead Parrot Sketch Is 1,600 Years Old 276 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the he-prefers-kipping-on-his-back dept.
laejoh writes "Monty Python's 'Dead Parrot sketch' — which featured John Cleese — is some 1,600 years old. A classic scholar has proved the point, by unearthing a Greek version of the world-famous piece. A comedy duo called Hierocles and Philagrius told the original version, only rather than a parrot they used a slave. It concerns a man who complains to his friend that he was sold a slave who dies in his service. His companion replies: 'When he was with me, he never did any such thing!' The joke was discovered in a collection of 265 jokes called Philogelos: The Laugh Addict, which dates from the fourth century AD. Hierocles had gone to meet his maker, and Philagrius had certainly ceased to be, long before John Cleese and Michael Palin reinvented the yarn in 1969."

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.

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