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Comment: Re:Unscientific. (Score 1, Interesting) 299

by _xeno_ (#48009683) Attached to: Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

They have a video. That's exactly what they do: they place the phone on two blocks of wood, and then have a machine apply a set amount of pounds of force to a bar placed across the middle of the phone.

About all their test tells you is that you shouldn't take Consumer Reports tests seriously if this is the kind of testing they're going to do. Especially because the people bending the phones weren't bending them straight in the middle, they were bending them right below the volume buttons. Which is also where their test phone's case actually breaks, even though the bend is down where they placed the bar.

Comment: Re:Question about how this works (Score 2) 236

by _xeno_ (#47999229) Attached to: First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

How does one automate such a scan?

Right now, I think they're just blindly hitting web servers with headers set to exploit the vulnerability and hoping they get lucky. So less of a "scan" and more of a "spray and pray" type deal.

I think some versions of Apache shipped with a cgi-bin that contained a shell script as an example, so that would be another thing to try hitting first.

Comment: Re:Question about how this works (Score 4, Insightful) 236

by _xeno_ (#47999017) Attached to: First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

I'm confused about how you can scan for vulnerable systems.

You and everyone else.

The attack surface is "anywhere you can influence the values of environment variables prior to bash being run." Where exactly is that? Well...

The easiest example of that are CGI scripts, where the web server will set environment variables to values that are taken directly from HTTP headers. If the CGI script is a bash script (why would you do that?) or ever happens to fork out to a bash script in any way (that's more understandable), it's vulnerable.

But that's just one example. Any place a remote value gets stuck straight into an environment variable and a bash script gets run is vulnerable. And people are almost certainly going to slowly find more and more places where that's the case.

If you just want to know if you're vulnerable, there are one-liners that will determine if you're still vulnerable, but since the first fix didn't, chances are, you very well could be.

Comment: Re:Warcraft Killed it? (Score 1) 154

by _xeno_ (#47987717) Attached to: Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

No, they have two million players, not two million subscribers. There's a very important difference there.

Remember that the game has a free trial now. Inflating that player count is very easy.

Weren't they suppose to be announcing active player numbers recently? Notice how that never happened? Gee, wonder why.

The idea that a failed MMO from 2010 could someone be a competitor in 2014 while requiring a subscription is just so laughable I don't even no where to start. And, yes, I've played 2.0. They removed everything interesting from their horrible launch and ripped off as much of World of Warcraft as they possibly could. It's still not worth playing and the lack of active subscriber numbers bears that out.

Wildstar is still in flux because they managed to scare a ton of their original player base away but they're now working hard on earning them back. Destiny has already entered that wonderful "wait until the next patch" period where it's flat-out not worth playing until updated. (And how I wish Destiny players would stop whining about that, but that's a different issue.)

I notice you didn't bother mentioning ArcheAge, which is the current "big MMO" that's drawing a ton of players away from other MMOs. It sounds like it's the MMO that people wanted TESO to be. Could be interesting or could flame out in a couple of months. We'll just have to wait and see.

Comment: Re:Just don't update it that way. (Score 5, Interesting) 203

by _xeno_ (#47987547) Attached to: Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

I'm not standing up for Apple... this was a stupid mistake. Didn't any of their beta-testers wear skinny jeans and keep it in the pocket? They should have realized the potential issue.

You know what, based on previous Apple stories, probably not.

Apparently Apple is so stupidly secretive about their new phones that when they beta test the new hardware, they require them to be in special "camouflage cases" to prevent outsiders from getting a sneak peak at the new phone.

So it's entirely possible that they literally never tested having the phone in a pants pocket the entire day without it also being in a rigid case that prevented the problem from happening.

Comment: Re:Higher standard anyone? (Score 2) 203

by _xeno_ (#47987161) Attached to: Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

Apparently this only affects iPhone 6/6 Plus phones.

I wonder what the chances are that they just accidentally forgot to include the drivers for the new TouchID sensor and the new cellular radios in those phones? Because that would be a truly hilarious QA mistake.

"What, we were supposed to try this on our flagship phone? Oops."

Comment: So iOS 8.0.1 blocks histers from their phones? (Score 5, Funny) 203

by _xeno_ (#47986975) Attached to: Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

Wait, so iOS 8.0.1 prevents hipsters from unlocking their phones and from making calls?

And Apple is calling that a bug and pulling the update over that?

This sounds like the best version of iOS Apple has ever created! Why would they want to stop people from upgrading? Get iOS 8.0.1 out to everyone as fast as possible!

Comment: Re:Thats not good. (Score 1) 103

by _xeno_ (#47975223) Attached to: Compromised To Serve Malware

It would be nice if the article mentioned what browsers/plugins were vulnerable, wouldn't it? (And does this cover or just the home page?) Although it wouldn't surprise me that they just don't know yet since jQuery is still investigating.

I'm pretty sure I'm up to date with everything, but...

Comment: Re:Aggression in practice, right? (Score 1) 474

by _xeno_ (#47975065) Attached to: US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

Wow you're dense.

I'm saying that what the US is doing in Syria is exactly equivalent to what Russia is doing in Ukraine.

Because, according to international law, it is.

The sanctions being imposed against Russia are for Russia taking literally the exact same actions the US is currently taking in Syria.

You can argue the relative morality all you want, but we're still, ultimately, invading a sovereign nation.

Comment: Re:They will never learn (Score 5, Informative) 103

by _xeno_ (#47974645) Attached to: Compromised To Serve Malware

According to the article, the library itself wasn't affected.

Plus most people don't use as a CDN. Instead jQuery recommends you use Google's CDN if you want to use a CDN for jQuery.

Of course, this is still bad - I visit fairly frequently to check the documentation. The article doesn't say what was required for the malware to run so I have no idea if I was vulnerable to it or not, but if it was dropped on all pages and not just the home page, I definitely could have been hit by it.

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