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Comment: Re:Most sophisticated malware? (Score 3, Interesting) 131

Will this sophisticated malware work on anything other than Microsoft Windows

While I do not think you expected sincere answers to this question there is a reason to support the obligatory "of course not" answer. From the Kaspersky analysis ( https://securelist.com/blog/re... )

"The name Regin is apparently a reversed "In Reg", short for "In Registry", as the malware can store its modules in the registry. "

And since Linux has no registry...

- then again I would not ne surprised to learn that there is a variant of this tool runing on linux which just swaps in a different module to store its VFS at a place hard to detect on linux. Unused space behind the partitions or something...

So, no - no reason to feel safe. Your choice of OS may only protect you until they decide to actually aim at you.

Comment: Re:FBI Director James Comey may not care. (Score 1) 93

by daniel23 (#48431431) Attached to: WhatsApp To Offer End-to-End Encryption

Indeed.

And note the timing. This news (facebook, whisper systems) comes at the same time that EFF published the Let's Encrypt initative (EFF, Mozilla, Akamai, Cisco) .
I seem to remember there was an appeal to to make encryption the default coming from th3 w3c meeting a fortnight ago.
Is it a coincidence that this comes in time with an open letter by AOL, Apple, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter und Yahoo to the US senat to vote in favor of the USA Freedom Act (which it did not).

Apparently the big names feel the heat, it is bad for business when it is common knowledge globally that US companies are required by law to betray their customers' data.

And the way the US administration and politicos handled the topic after Edward Snowden showed us the proof of all the old suspicions did not help, it rather aggreviated the problem.

Nor did weasle worded dementi and press releases help. The global mistrust is massive and there is too much of critical expertise watching. And their attention just does not fade away. So the situation may have reached a point where some of the big players realize that feeding digital placebos is not enough to prevent further damage and they need reliable answers they can give their customers, You know, things that run less risk to be exposed by a presentation at Black Hat or CCC conferences some six months after introduction...

I'm not saying WhatsApp has reached this point and tries to do the right thing but I won't rule it out. It does look like a step in the right direction, raising the bar.
(I uninstalled WhatsApp after fb bought them and I use textsecure for my SMS on android)

Comment: Re:concentrate on what she needs (Score 3, Interesting) 552

by daniel23 (#47074961) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

Seems like the first comment with good advice I see. And don't rush things, the brain is a complex structure with some capabilities to restructure and repair. Time, company, physiotherapy, nervous activity controls movement but movement of the limgbs induces nervous activity too and may help to regain what seems lost.
Let her see and feel and maybe even feed her baby.

+ - NASA proposes "water world theory" for origin of life

Submitted by William Robinson
William Robinson (875390) writes "A new study from researchers at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has proposed the "water world" theory as the answer to our evolution, which describes how electrical energy naturally produced at the sea floor might have given rise to life. While the scientists had already proposed this hypothesis called "submarine alkaline hydrothermal emergence of life" the new report assembles decades of field, laboratory and theoretical research into a grand, unified picture."

Comment: Re:How can they be certain no one survived? (Score 1) 491

by daniel23 (#46569129) Attached to: How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

In the circumpolar sea, close to antarctica, high waves, awfull weather, 16 days after the last confirmed communication between aircraft and satellites. The passengers dressed for tropical conditions, preparing for moderate conditions.
Successfully watering a jet is a very rare event, the most famous was done in NY on the Hudson. No real waves and the first ship to reach them arrived 4 min. later.
The most critical part of it is with the engines below the wings even the slightest imbalance of the plane may drive the plane into chaotic movement.
Let's assume the pilot managed to avoid this and everything else worked as perfect as it did on the Hudson. But how could the passengers survive > 2 weeks without drinking water?

Comment: Re:What's the best distro for KDE? (Score 1) 68

by daniel23 (#44954669) Attached to: Frameworks 5: KDE Libraries Reworked Into Portable Qt Modules

SuSE used to have it as the default desktop and a far as I remember it run ok, but it has been a while for me since I left that distro after Novell bought them.
I tried it with Kubuntu (which was awfull), debian (which was frustrating, but mostly useable except KDEPim ) mint (which was better) and arch linux lately. KDE runs rather nice on arch, I don't feel like a 2nd class citizen any more like I did with the deb - based distros.

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