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Submission + - French terrorists used PS4 encryption, couldn't be monitored (latimes.com)

crankyspice writes: American law enforcement is blaming encrypted communications, specifically that found in Sony PlayStation 4 devices, for an inability to continue to monitor 'chatter' leading up to the attacks in Paris. Harbinger of arenewed push for an ability to provide decryption upon government demand?

Comment Re: America (Score 0) 399

I don't get the issue with TSA. They suck, yeah, but they're easily avoided, just fly yourself. I fly at least weekly and haven't had an interaction with TSA in at least 4 years. You can pick up a plane for about the price of a nice Honda (my low hours PA-28-140, STC upgraded to a 180 HP engine and (337'd) constant speed prop, was under $20K)...

Comment GoPro. (Score 1) 133

I use a battery eliminator with my GoPro Hero 3+ Black, together with an external (11500 mAh) battery pack. The combo will power the GoPro for far longer than the (maximum supported) 64GB microSD card has video capacity. Perfect for long cross-country flights that exceed the ~1.5-2 hours of internal battery capacity (the internal battery is 1150-1200 mAh, so the 11500 mAh external is good for about 18 hours of video recording; a 64GB microSD card can hold about 7 hours of video).

Comment Re:Let me be the first to say. (Score 5, Informative) 117

Looking at the pictures, he glided the aircraft to an open field and landed without the landing gear.

The PT-22 doesn't have retractable landing gear. They were there. They probably broke off in the crash. What he did is pretty much all you can do if you lose an engine at that phase of departure (all fixed wing aircraft departing KSMO on 21 turn to climb out over Penmar - a municipal, public 9-hole golf course - for noise abatement). Here's me departing that same runway over that same golf course, a little bit ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Fv0_gLG3C4 He was probably 2-300' AGL, not high enough to return to land on 3.

Comment Re:Lol... (Score 1) 296

I'm assuming this was a trolling attempt but I'll take the bait.

OSX is *NOT* rebranded FreeBSD. It's rebranded NeXTStep/OpenStep where they updated the userland w/ the FreeBSD userland to replace the ancient 4.2BSD underpinnings.

"The BSD portion of the OS X kernel is derived primarily from FreeBSD." https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Darwin/Conceptual/KernelProgramming/BSD/BSD.html

Comment Re:The usual disinformation (Score 1) 154

There are still thousands of crazy-sounding laws on the books all across the country - many in places like CA and NY which so many people consider "progressive".

In New York, it's still, to this day, illegal to break the sabbath. http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/LAWSSEAF.cgi?QUERYTYPE=LAWS+&QUERYDATA=@SLGBS0A2+&LIST=LAW+&BROWSER=BROWSER+&TOKEN=45235476+&TARGET=VIEW

Comment Re:Not in trouble for hacking... (Score 1) 43

That's the bummer about hacking, you can't brag. If you're black hat, you get caught, if you're white hat, the NDA hits you.

So, kids, hacking ain't cool. Even if you hack the worlds best secured fortress, it's like doing the once in a lifetime stunt that nobody will believe you did but you forgot to record it.


Comment Re:Still should be hands free (Score 2) 142

Except ironically that would require repealing laws in California since windshield mounts were made illegal many years ago.

Whatchotalkin' 'bout Willis?

Cal. Veh. Code 26708(b)(12): “A portable Global Positioning System (GPS) ... may be mounted in a seven-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed from the driver or in a five-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield nearest to the driver ...”

Comment Re:The key to success. (Score 2) 365

Do not ask a computer scientist to be an electrical engineer.

Except ... Wow. An early course in my computer science curriculum was:

201. Computer Logic Design I (3)
Prerequisite: MATH 113 or equivalent all with a grade of "C" or better.
Basic topics in combinational and sequential switching circuits with applications to the design of digital devices. Introduction to Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools. Laboratory projects with Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA).
(Lecture 2 hours, lab 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

(We used Verilog and a Xilinx FPGA board.) I'm surprised a reputable CS degree wouldn't require at least a basic course in digital logic; Cal State Long Beach is a great school, but it's certainly not a standards bearer...

Comment Re:Slashdot being a prime example of bad (Score 2) 382

So spoof your browser id string.

Oh. Let me guess. Apple and Safari won't let you do that.

Safari (desktop version) has a developer menu that lets the end user specify any HTTP_USER_AGENT string:


Apple (all iOS versions) will let browsers change their HTTP_USER_AGENT; here's the Mercury browser doing just that:


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