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Comment: Help fund next blender open movie (Score 5, Informative) 306

by fxbar (#46673157) Attached to: Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation For only 224 USD you can be in the movies credits. Others have to work their ass off to get into a movies credits, so if your name is not too offending to anybody this is a done deal ;-) Of course there are also cheaper deals.

+ - Blender Institute needs 440,000 USD in 14 Days to produce next Open Movie

Submitted by fxbar
fxbar (2627205) writes "The Blender Institute (from the open source 3D modeling app blender) tries to bring together twelve indie studios from all over the world to create the next Open Movie. But only 14 days are left to get 440'000 USD.

The film is about Michel the sheep, who's longing to get an interesting life. It will be a funny, absurdist and adventurous love story, directed by Mathieu Auvray.

For only 224 USD you can be in the movies credits. Others have to work their ass off to get into a movies credits, so if your name is not too offending to anybody this is a done deal ;-)

Of course you can also just buy the movie or donate a little, see here:

(I would prefer if they would improve FBX import/export and game content creation in general, but now let them make their movie first.)"

+ - Blender Foundation's Sintel video taken down on Youtube for copyright violation-> 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "As if the automated take downs on Youtube weren't already bad enough, today fans of the popular open source 3D software Blender were greeted by a copyright take down notice for their third open movie, Sintel, despite it being released under a creative commons license: "This video contains content from Sony Pictures Movies & Shows, who has blocked it on copyright grounds." It is believed that the take down was a result of Sony Electronics adding Sintel to their official 4k demo pool."
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Comment: Qt could have been savior for Nokia and Microsoft (Score 1) 152

by fxbar (#40951921) Attached to: Digia To Acquire Qt From Nokia

The fun part is, that Qt could be the savior for Microsoft, because few developers want to create cool stuff for Windows 8/Phone. With Qt developers could develop for all platforms at once, so even Windows Phone would get the cool Apps.
The joke is in the Apps is a lot of money, with Qt Nokia may could have taken a good part of the cake if they would have thrown the resources at that (and mobile Linux). Developers are lazy, if you can write one App for all platforms with your framework, your framework wins. You control it, you win.

Comment: Nokia is ripped off like nobody before got ripped (Score 4, Interesting) 93

by fxbar (#40949475) Attached to: Nokia Feeds a Patent Troll

Was there any bidding process? I assume not. Just some very shady deal in the interest of Microsoft only (FEDs should check if there are contracts saying Vringo cannot sue Microsoft, that would kind of prove that Elop still only works for Microsoft).

  I think the Nokia shareholders are getting ripped off by CEO Elop and the board, I hope someone sues them soon, before it is too late. Nokia is ripped off like nobody before got ripped off. The following text shows how major decisions by Elop (ex Microsoft) are only in the interest of Microsoft and not at all in the interest of Nokia.

And all those saying Nokia was already dead when Elop came, you are shills or blind, read it too. E.g. start reading the first âoeREASONsâ in the link. They were still twice their competitors when Elop came, alone in China they could have as many customers as Apple has worldwide by a exclusive deal (bound to MeeGo). Distance to Apple was growing at that time. All systematically destroyed in the following months. I don't say they were super fine, but they were still a monster, the elephant in the room. No outside force could move it nearly as fast as Elop has. Now they are an empty shell.

If you have time, read this. It's very long but good (19 reasons why Elop should be fired, you can skip the intro to REASON 1 if you are lazy).

No way the CEO AND the board do not see the logic behind most of these 19 reasons. This is a scam, there must be a huge reward for most of them on some secret channel. Money? Girls? Power?

Anonymous please give us their Email and transform Elops and Balmer's phones into bugs that we can hear what they are talking in private. Jail them all.

Comment: Re:Hotmail Challenge (Score 2) 88

I think this once more shows how amateurish software is developed at microsoft**. So I would bet some money that there is a second 0-day flaw that is used which does not require to change the password of the user. I don't believe that this password was brute forced, because even microsoft should (now) be able to prevent brute forcing. Or are they not even able to achieve that? Because his account was new it means that many attempts to brute force would have been done in a short period of time, any reasonable system today prevents that...

**I have a little experience with microsoft because we had to support IE in a project. But how IE handles private keys on smart cards is not secure at all (all sessions stay active even card is removed, which was a absolute no-go in this project). Answer from microsoft after needing weeks (and much communication overhead) to confirm the flaw: it will not be fixed before IE 11.

+ - China plans national, unified CPU architecture->

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MrSeb writes "According to reports from various industry sources, the Chinese government has begun the process of picking a national computer chip instruction set architecture (ISA). This ISA would have to be used for any projects backed with government money — which, in a communist country such as China, is a fairly long list of public and private enterprises and institutions, including China Mobile, the largest wireless carrier in the world. The primary reason for this move is to lessen China’s reliance on western intellectual property. There are at least five existing ISAs on the table for consideration — MIPS, Alpha, ARM, Power, and the homegrown UPU — but the Chinese leadership has also mooted the idea of defining an entirely new architecture. What if China goes the DIY route and makes its own ISA or microarchitecture with silicon-level censorship and monitoring, or an always-open backdoor for the Chinese intelligence agencies?"
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Comment: there is a better article (Score 1) 2

by fxbar (#39818895) Attached to: Any Hotmail account could be hacked by just sending a specific string I do not understand why this article is not available under "recent". Sorry, I'm new here. I did a search before posting the article, but I did not find that article. Only now by clicking the "security" tag I found that one.

+ - Any Hotmail account could be hacked by just sending a specific string-> 2

Submitted by fxbar
fxbar (2627205) writes "Any hotmail account could be taken over by sending "+++)-" to the server. The problem is fixed now. Hackers sold accounts for 20$. Here more techinical detail:

The article speculates about rumors that "... there exists another critical vulnerability but it’s knowledge is limited to only the hackers who frequent the dark web."

Maybe this explains:"

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+ - Microsoft patches major Hotmail 0-day flaw after widespread exploitation->

Submitted by suraj.sun
suraj.sun (1348507) writes "Microsoft quietly fixed a flaw in Hotmail's password reset system that allowed anyone to reset the password of any Hotmail account last Friday. The company was notified of the flaw, by researchers at Vulnerability Lab, on April 20th and responded with a fix within hours—but not until after widespread attacks, with the bug apparently spreading "like wild fire" in the hacking community.

Hotmail's password reset system uses a token system to ensure that only the account holder can reset their password — a link with the token is sent to an account linked to the Hotmail account — and clicking the link lets the account owner reset their password. However, the validation of these tokens isn't handled properly by Hotmail, allowing attackers to reset passwords of any account.

Initially hackers were offering to crack accounts for $20 a throw. However, the technique became publicly known and started to spread rapidly with Web and YouTube tutorials showing the technique popping up across the Arabic-speaking Internet."

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