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Comment vetting is and always was BS, then? (Score 2) 85

Due to their original design and the use of Objective C, yes.

Their screening process consists of scanning code for using "undocumented" system calls that are restricted for Apple's use only.
Obfuscate those system call strings and you have now bypassed the screening process (ala: XcodeGhost)
Too bad they can't stop it, until they move every app to Swift (now you know why they created a new language).
Even if they could crack every system call string alteration an app could do, the app could request the system call string from a server, and execute it on the fly and get around the scan.

There is probably more to the screening process, but I am doubting there is much more to it.

Comment Re:Kickstarter (Score 1) 47

If the statement "first successful collision attack" were true, then I would put money into that Kickstarter.

But, if you follow the links, you'll find that they only partially succeeded on the collision in just the compression section of SHA-1. There's a lot more work to be done to make this into an actual SHA-1 collision. Their estimate of a full collision by the end of the year is overly optimistic.

The Kickstarter would have some cash, that would be quickly drained without a full collision in sight. So, I'll have to pass on giving it any of my cash.

Comment Re:Mobile Ads (Score 1) 46

The Adblock Browser on IOS makes Slashdot readable on iPhones (and I assume Android).

They just released it last week. I stopped reading on mobile for the same reason. Now I can do it again.

Be sure to search for "Adblock Browser" in Apple's horrendous search for their app store.

Comment 2012 gaming rig (Score 1) 558

Main PC for the house. Office apps, Backup host for all other PCs, Skype, Music, Photo library, Video Editing, Gaming

Windows 7 x64
HP Pavilion Tower
2nd Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3930K six-core processor [3.2GHz, Shared 12MB Cache]
256GB Solid state drive
1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive
3GB AMD Radeon HD 7950 [Dual Bracket, DVI, HDMI, 2x mini-DP]
Liquid Cooling Solution
Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
Wireless-N LAN card (1x1)
15-in-1 memory card reader, 4 x USB 2.0 (front), 2 x USB 3.0 (top)
HP 2711x 27 inch Diagonal LED Monitor
HP HD-4110 Webcam
Bose Companion 2.0 Speakers
Razer Naga Mouse
Razer Black Widow Ultimate Keyboard
Logitech Mouse
Logitech Wireless Headset H800
Belkin Nostromo Speedpad n52

Submission + - The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper 1

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Joel Werner writes in Slate that when Citicorp Center was built in 1977 it was, at 59 stories, the seventh-tallest building in the world but no one figured out until after it was built that although the chief structural engineer, William LeMessurier, had properly accounted for perpendicular winds, the building was particularly vulnerable to quartering winds — in part due to cost-saving changes made to the original plan by the contractor. "According to LeMessurier, in 1978 an undergraduate architecture student contacted him with a bold claim about LeMessurier’s building: that Citicorp Center could blow over in the wind," writes Werner. "LeMessurier realized that a major storm could cause a blackout and render the tuned mass damper inoperable. Without the tuned mass damper, LeMessurier calculated that a storm powerful enough to take out the building hit New York every 16 years." In other words, for every year Citicorp Center was standing, there was about a 1-in-16 chance that it would collapse.

LeMessurier and his team worked with Citicorp to coordinate emergency repairs. With the help of the NYPD, they worked out an evacuation plan spanning a 10-block radius. They had 2,500 Red Cross volunteers on standby, and three different weather services employed 24/7 to keep an eye on potential windstorms. Work began immediately, and continued around the clock for three months. Welders worked all night and quit at daybreak, just as the building occupants returned to work. But all of this happened in secret, even as Hurricane Ella, the strongest hurricane on record in Canadian waters, was racing up the eastern seaboard. The hurricane became stationary for about 24 hours, and later turned to the northeast away from the coast. Hurricane Ella never made landfall. And so the public—including the building’s occupants—were never notified.

Until his death in 2007, LeMessurier talked about the summer of 1978 to his classes at Harvard. The tale, as he told it, is by turns painful, self-deprecating, and self-dramatizing--an engineer who did the right thing. But it also speaks to the larger question of how professional people should behave. "You have a social obligation," LeMessurier reminded his students. "In return for getting a license and being regarded with respect, you're supposed to be self-sacrificing and look beyond the interests of yourself and your client to society as a whole."

Comment Last night's spam email was probably the cause (Score 4, Informative) 96

A spam email that went to the Inbox stating that Yahoo! was going to close all inactive accounts if you did not click on this link and log in was probably how the attacker got the passwords. The link went to one of those off-shore URLs that we should all avoid.

Phishing is still alive and well.

And there are a lot of gullible people to phish for.

Comment Re:Wattage? (Score 1) 767

Don't hold your breath for LEDs, they are very expensive, produce poor color in comparison to incandescent, and last the same amount of time as incandescent.

If you use LEDs, you'll be paying 10x for your bulbs, and the energy savings don't cover that cost.

I've been stockpiling bulbs, I should be good for 5-8 years now. Maybe by then there will be something better than the current alternatives.

Comment Ugh, force me to use IE on my mail order meds site (Score 1) 369

I was blocking 3rd party cookies, until my (required, no alternative) mail order medication site stopped working due to an "upgrade" they made.

I had to turn off 3rd party cookie blocking to log in.

If 3rd party cookie blocking is enabled by default I hope there is a way to turn it off for the 1 site, or all sites if I need to.
Otherwise I will have to use the insecure IE for their site.

Comment Re:Insulin pumps can be taken off. (Score 1) 811


You can disconnect for bathing, swimming, etc.

If she was in the line and did not think ahead, it could have been handled like any other object we forget to remove from our pockets and go on the belt.

If she would have thought ahead, then she could have had the pump in her bag away from the millimeter waves, and avoided most of the questions.
She may have been pat down for the stent that is still in her for the pump to connect to, but that is minor compared to replacing a pump.

Yes, the TSA is a waste of time to the traveler, but as long as you keep in mind that you can't avoid the idiocy, you can work around it and get through the hoops with little to no trouble.

Comment Re:Muscle Car (Score 1) 599

I did the cost comparison between muscle car and the Volt, and if you got a Volt, with the $7500 rebate of 2011, and drove it on battery only (except when it forces you to use gas) you would have to drive it 16 years to recoup the cost difference of the Volt over the Camaro (V6 RS, Automatic).

A $45K car at the Chevy level of comfort? No thanks. Though I do have to say the Volt drove REALLY nice. Very impressive, and it does not have the Prius hesitation at stop signs. The Volt is a well thought out vehicle, having the gas backup is awesome. Better than the Leaf and it's once the charge is used you are stranded model.

I picked up a Buick Verano instead. Cheaper than the Volt or the Camaro, really comfortable and very quiet.

Comment Bluetooth Devices? (Score 1) 270

Will it have the same 40% extra cost for the Bluetooth name like the rare bluetooth mice do?

Can this Bluetooth Keyboard also hang for 10 seconds twice a day like my Microsoft Bluetooth mouse does?

Will the Keyboard last the 10 years or just the battery?

I miss my Logitech Bluetooth mouse, too bad the buttons didn't last more than 3 years....

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