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Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 477

I have several X-Fi cards at home. It would be nice to know what they sound like. Unfortunately I use Linux.

Phillip.

Heheh

One major difference between cards and onboard is cards get a lot more effort into the tools and drivers. That alone could make the difference in what people are perceiving without requiring any kind of hardware or circuit quality difference.

I just moved an SB X-FI card from my old gaming machine to my work and listen to music machine and it DID make a difference over onboard sound. I did it to take advantage of some tracks that use surround sound and noted a difference in even Youtube (which is strict stereo) music. The card was already paid for and there so I figured why not...

Had I not played the same track on Youtube only a short gap to install the card and basic drivers I probably would not have noticed the difference. Back in "the day" that sound card with "surround sound" headphones gave me tremendous advantage in some games as I could actually hear distinct sets of footfalls in relative spacial position in game. You can't do that with two low-quality channels coming out of the game.

Comment: Re:Maybe (Score 1) 74

by jafiwam (#47297131) Attached to: Over 300,000 Servers Remain Vulnerable To Heartbleed

So why are they using SSL in the first place?

Looking for the "lock symbol" is the one thing the masses have managed to learn about Internet security.

People (the inexperienced ones) cause customer service headaches when they can't / won't learn that this system doesn't need it. "Where is the lock?" "How come you don't have a lock?" "My grandson says the lock means you are secure." etc.

For $40 a year, a company can head off 40 tech support calls with the worst type of users (the ones that don't even understand enough to put the answers in context and need 15 minutes of explaining to understand the answer) by slapping an SSL cert on every server. Sometimes it's even people in the "IT department" that have this gap in knowledge.

The company I work for does exactly this. I even got kudos for suggesting a wildcard cert would be cheaper and easier than individual certs for all the hostnames. Now it's standard procedure to slap the the cert on everything public facing. And, there's only one renewal date to deal with as opposed to a trickle of them every other week all year.

Comment: Re:Here's an idea... (Score 1) 394

by jafiwam (#47256865) Attached to: Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

Alternately, you can just turn stuff off.

If you device doesn't have a real power switch, then connect it to something that does like a power strip.

A cable receiver is totally something that you can completely disconnect from the mains. So idle power is such a total non-problem. You just have to be interested enough to bother.

You must be one of the "I dropped cable years ago and my live is now tremendous!" guys.

Those DVR and cable boxes take 30 minutes to 90 minutes to download the show feeds and menus again. They are nigh-useless until that download has been competed.

Sure, you can flip channels, but you can't start a recording, can't see what's on until after the commercials end, can't flip ahead an hour and plan your watching, etc.

Turning the thing off is the equivalent of setting up your operating system of choice with a new profile every time you reboot.

Comment: Re:Oh, good (Score 1) 135

by jafiwam (#47256765) Attached to: Wikipedia Forcing Editors To Disclose If They're Paid

this is most probably so if editors who are caught doing stuff when being paid for it and not disclosing it can have all that they have done removed without the need to do a investigation if what they wrote is truth or not

They should also black-list the payers of this type of activity. A week or two for each infraction. There's one important aspect about Wikipedia and that is it isn't about marketing and selling shit. They have the rest of the entire Internet for that, so it shouldn't be tolerated.

Comment: Re:Just imagine "if" (Score 0, Flamebait) 347

by jafiwam (#47253249) Attached to: Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails

Amazing how you have made this into the GOP being slimy when the whole issue is due to the Democrat controlled IRS (during that time-period) losing all relevant emails from a large period of time. That is what is slimy here.

You forgot about the part where the IRS willingly cooperated with the democratic politicians to commit a crime, violate the constitution, and to use the tools of the state to wield what is essentially, personal political power.

Nothing is going to happen of course. It never does.

Comment: Re:An interesting caveat (Score 2) 216

The proper way to do it is use a camera that is hidden, so the order to cease recording never occurs. They are getting very good and very inexpensive now. A person could carry three or four and not really be noticed.

Though, it would be hard to argue that someone as a passenger in a vehicle pulled over had a choice about where and when they were when they filmed. The police after all, bring a car mounted camera, and sometimes a body mounted camera. THOSE recordings do not interfere with the traffic stop, how could a passenger interfere with a traffic stop?

Anyway, score one for the good guys. Too bad the department won't wise up and the idiot cop won't lose his job. This is just the VISIBLE abuse that pig has subjected onto the people. He's done it once and gotten caught that we know of, but one can be nigh certain this is a persistent pattern of behavior.

Comment: Re:Obama's police state? (Score 3, Insightful) 272

Just another "just following orders" excuse. As usual, it's utterly invalid.

There is not a more arrogant, self serving megalomaniac equal to that of a cop.

They do it, because they have the "authorahtah!" to do it.

It's the same thing that makes actors and sports stars think they have a more valid opinion on world events because... well they are who they are.

For a cop, it's "I can make you do X or I can destroy your life (or both!)" that gets to their heads

Comment: Re:If the feds can... (Score 1) 146

by jafiwam (#47163227) Attached to: Local Police Increasingly Rely On Secret Surveillance

And on that note, why should civilians need a warrant? We should just start following their lead and perform our own mass spying... Well, not really, because I know what kinds of things they do to mere peons with the CFAA.

Because individual citizens have no power. If the police decide what you did is illegal, then they'll persecute/prosecute you. Especially if you're spying on them (even videoing them in a public place) or a person or organization with power.

If you're a large corporation though, you have an army of lawyers and you can do whatever you want. Remember the case when Microsoft stole email form a journalist's hotmail account without a warrant? Their excuse was they could do it because they wouldn't have been able to get a warrant, both because that's law enforcement's role and because law enforcement wouldn't have been able to get a warrant anyway. That translates to, "we know what we're doing is totally illegal because the courts would never let us, but we're doing it anyway because nobody gives a shit about the judicial branch."

Despite being modded funny, the part about the judicial branch being obsolete was entirely serious.

Individuals do have power. They can practice jury nullification (look it up if you don't know what it is) in the jury box. They can try to get into office themselves. They can formulate logical and consistent opinions and then share them with others. They can obtain and practice with firearms so they are much harder targets for a government out of control. They can use the same to protect themselves from the free shit army the government has created to prey on the productive people, that conveniently makes the stupids want politicians to be "tough on crime." They can force the government to overcome encryption to spy on them, they can show up at town meetings and vent their anger (this works) and they can show up in the desert as an unorganized mob and dare the feds to do something (this also works).

The reason we are in this situation is precisely because of individuals like you didn't exercise the power they do have. Maybe it's not the same degree or type of power as "dem ebbil corporations derp derp!" but you still have power.

Comment: Re:Not a very thorough evaluation (Score 1) 490

by jafiwam (#47135079) Attached to: UK Ballistics Scientists: 3D-Printed Guns Are 'of No Use To Anyone'

First off, because most of us don't have milling machines. Second, because we can. Third, because most of the world doesn't have such things as legally unregulated uppers or trigger assemblies.

AR-15 lowers have been made out of wood. Oak works fine as the lower doesn't take most of the force, the upper does.

Sure they look goofy and are big in a bunch of places where metal would be small. A drill press and a block of good wood is all that is needed.

The 3D guys are after something that takes zero artisan skill rather than what all the other "low-tech" methods require.

PS, for you eurotrash in the audience, making an AR out of a block of wood is perfectly legal in most states in the US as long as the intent is to use / have it rather than sell it at the time it was made.

Comment: Re: Truecrypt not in archive.org??? (Score 1) 566

by jafiwam (#47118437) Attached to: TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

Does archive.org mention anything about the presence of a robots.txt file if a site is blocked that way? The messages appearing do not look like something about robots.txt. Does anyone know? If so, and it is not mentioning robots.txt, where are earlier snapshots?

Several years ago, robots.txt usage where the webmaster asked not to be archived, did not say anything about robots.txt on Archive.org. It just didn't have it.

Why not go look at what the robots.txt says and cross reference it with what Archive.org says you have to do?

Comment: Re: Fishy (Score 1) 566

by jafiwam (#47118167) Attached to: TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

If there's a backdoor I guess we'll discover this when it turns up in a court case.

It won't turn up in a court case.

They'll do "parallel construction" and rely on anonymous tipsters (that don't actually exist) to create a case based on what they can infer or dig up after digging through all the information. That stuff will be in the case, the fact that TC is compromised won't be mentioned or implied.

This seems to be like an ordinary web site defacement at this point. No information indicating it's not just that has been discovered. Yes, speculation abounds but so far it's just someone stirring up trouble with a web site.

+ - TrueCrypt site defaced by hackers; hosting potentially unsafe version.

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Today, if you visit truecrypt.org, you are greeted with the following message in big, red font: "WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues" The page then goes into details on how the TrueCrypt project was "terminated" and provides one final release: version 7.2. The page, however, is very amateurish and does not at all suggest [i]good[/i] security practices. If you downloaded a copy of this highly-suspect version, I suggest you remove it immediately and begin a malware scan. Now would be a good time to fire up Malwarebyte's Anti-malware, GMER, or ComboFix if you are running Windows. Arstechnica had the following to say:

The SourceForge page contained a new version of the program that was certified with the official TrueCrypt private signing key. That suggested the page warning TrueCrypt isn't safe wasn't a hoax posted by hackers who managed to gain unauthorized access. Or it suggests that the cryptographic key that certifies the authenticity of the app has been compromised. In either case, it's a good idea for TrueCrypt users to pay attention and realize that it may soon be necessary to move to a new crypto app. Ars will continue to cover this unfolding development as more information becomes available.

"

Comment: Re:Feral pig is excellent, but takes getting used (Score 1) 290

by jafiwam (#47091925) Attached to: Should We Eat Invasive Species?

Problem with feral pig is tape worm and other type of infections and contagions.

No. The problem is access to hunting lands. "Oh, you want to hunt on my private ranch? That'll be 2k!" There is very little public land in Texas to hunt on. Also, who in their right mind would would let a bunch of people hunt? (Not sure, we do it all the time up here in dah Nort, but not with pig hunting.)

So the issue becomes rancher pays a few professionals to get rid of pest pigs. Then turns around and lets one or two parties hunt. But overall, the pigs are left alone.

COULD we eat more of them? Sure, but it's cheaper and easier by far to plop down yet another pig farm.

Comment: Re:This makes sense (Score 1) 340

by jafiwam (#46947837) Attached to: Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17

The problem is the large chunk.

I'd have no problem paying say $25 for 5 channels I want above basic HD at 5 each. Right now, I gotta pay about $75 per month for about 8 premiums I watch plus a lot of shit. It also seems like over time, the premium channels have gotten less and less valuable. It used to be that turning on the TV, and surfing the premium channels would result in a choice between two or three things I wanted to watch. Now it's 60 channels of "why the hell did they even film that?" stuff.

The RATE at which the good channels are charged will go up. But. BIG DEAL the overall cost still goes down.

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