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Comment: In other words.. (Score 2) 834

by black3d (#48358027) Attached to: How To End Online Harassment

If you have a negative opinion about a person, which OP finds offensive, your opinion should be allowed to be voiced. Riiight..

By all means, physical threats should not be tolerated, but everything else is freedom of expression, even if we dislike it or find it in bad taste.

By the way, it's a little sexist to suggest that only women need to be worried about death threats and harrassment. I've received more than a few myself in my time. What - because I'm a guy I should just ignore it? It's not a problem? I think you'll find this is something which can be an issue for 100% of the population, not just your favorite gender. GG bigotry.

Comment: Re:Silly season much (Score 1) 131

by black3d (#47447015) Attached to: Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

The law. In fact, even if your first child dies, you're still not allowed a second child. Doesn't stop people doing it, but those couples who lose a child early on to a medical condition, or being run over by a drunk driver, etc, and try to follow the law, aren't allowed a second child.

Comment: Re:No, they're not (Score 1) 374

by black3d (#46343363) Attached to: Report: Space Elevators Are Feasible

>>You loons haven't even built an upper atmosphere elevator
Right, because an "upper atmosphere elevator" is completely infeasible. A space elevator would have to be taken into space in pieces, constructed there, and the cables rolled "down" to earth from an anchor point a hundred thousand miles out. The science behind it is perfectly sound - unfortunately we lack the material necessary for the "cables", at least in any manufacturable form.

But an "upper atmosphere elevator"? The science behind that is not sound. Besides making a pyramid with a base of 10,000 square miles, there's no way to stabilize a structure at that height without something anchoring it in place from the space end.. you'd need... a space elevator to do that. :p

Comment: Re:The trick has always been: WARRANTY. (Score 2) 444

by black3d (#46033829) Attached to: Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

I kinda have to disagree. You're quite correct in your analysis, except the whole bit about your terabyte-years being the cheapest which was the point if your post.

More accurate may be that your "terabyte-warranteed years" rate is the cheapest, but in terms of actual usage, many people may disagree with you. I haven't had a Seagate drive fail since 2001. I think the oldest I have in a system somewhere is 2004, but that's besides the point - that drive is priced out "terabyte-years" where years = 10. I have at least a dozen drives with 2-year warranties that are still running error-free after 5 years.

Therefore, I can't agree with your conclusion that paying 50% more for a longer warranty is worth any more at all. Most consumer drives simply don't fail very often anymore,


Analyst Calls Russian Teen Author of Target Malware 107

Posted by Soulskill
from the get-off-my-lawn dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes "A digital-activity data analytics firm called IntelCrawler, Inc. claims to have identified the author of the BlackPOS malware used in attacks against Target and Neiman Marcus, and spotted similar attacks that are still in progress against six other retailers. Andrey Komarov, CEO of the Los Angeles-based IntelCrawler, told Reuters Jan. 17 that his company had spotted the six ongoing attacks while analyzing Web traffic in search of the specific entry points and origin of the malware infection behind the Target data breach, which allowed hackers to steak magnetic card-strip data on 40 million debit- and credit cards and demographic data on 70 million additional customers. According to Komarov, BlackPOS was developed by a 17-year-old Russian who goes by the username Ree4 and lives in St. Petersburg. Ree4 probably did not participate in the attack on Target, but did sell the malware to the actual attackers, according to Komarov, who refused to identify the source of his information other than to say he had been monitoring forums on which he said Ree4 sells malware. In a series of chat clips Komarov said are exchanges between buyer and seller, Ree4 tells a potential customer that the price for the software is US$2,000 and that the malware grabs credit-card numbers from system memory as they're scanned, dumps them into a file called time.txt that is sent back to the controller. Ree4 also said the app works only on standalone point-of-sale terminals with a separate monitor that also runs Windows, but not on Verifone systems, which can be attached to PCs but secure credit-card data before it can be scraped by BlackPOS."
The Almighty Buck

95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP 346

Posted by samzenpus
from the if-it-aint-broke dept.
BUL2294 writes "95% of the world's ATM machines are still running Windows XP and banks are already purchasing extended support agreements from Microsoft. (some of the affected ATMs are running XP Embedded, which has a support lifecycle until January, 2016). 'Microsoft is selling custom tech support agreements that extend the life of Windows XP, although the cost can soar quickly—multiplying by a factor of five in the second year, says Korala. JPMorgan is buying a one-year extension and will start converting its machines to Windows 7 in July; about 3,000 of its 19,000 ATMs need enhancements before the process can begin...'"

Comment: Re:Gaming Edition, Business Edition (Score 1) 1009

by black3d (#45945245) Attached to: Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.


An operating system should be just that. If you want a version of Windows bundled with Office, great, but the OS should be exactly the same in both cases.

As for "useless services running in the background", while many might not be necessary, most users won't know which usage cases would require which services. You can open up a list of all services and decide which you don't want to start, already, but presenting users with this choice is pointless. If you're thinking "for the games, just remove all the ones that gamers don't need", then just stop. Gamers use a lot of services, even ones you'd never think games would use.

Do you know which services are used by all game DRMs out there? Which services are required by emulators? Which services are required by virtualisation? Which services are required for syncing all this with your 3D TV? Which services are required to handle the decryption of your blu-ray movies? Which services are used to handle the authentication of that? I could go on and on, but I'm working so must cut this short.

Thinking that a "gaming OS" would just be "OpenGL drivers and something to let you add hardware" is very short-sighted. Our modern systems are fairly complex as are our modern games. The tools used by developers require far more of the OS than you can imagine, and if you think Windows loads a bunch of useless services, then I suggest firing up SteamOSwhich *is* a dedicated gaming OS and look at just how many processes it requires.

Comment: Re:Nice maths (Score 1) 201

by black3d (#45840497) Attached to: Dual_EC_DRBG Backdoor: a Proof of Concept

No, not really - and as I was writing it I thought "I bet someone's gonna bring Moore's Law into this and then I'm going to have to explain". So I'll explain - the 50,000 years was a figure thrown out there. Really, as long at time taken > life expectancy, OP won't be able to find a result. The actual time to perform that many encryption cycles would be in the millions of years. If Moore's Law progresses over time that would certainly be brought down, but not within OPs lifetime. Then you've got to compare the data set. Nevermind that physically storing that many 32-bit strings would take more atoms than exist on our planet. The point was simply that OPs suggestion was ridiculous.

Real programmers don't write in BASIC. Actually, no programmers write in BASIC after reaching puberty.