I was actually trying to do a cat analogy. Schödinger's cat actually, (re)tard or not.
FWIW, I am a long time Fedora user, but have never bothered with GNOME 2 or 3 or MATE, since I like KDE.
I am hoping for some more KDE love from the core Fedora team, although Rex Dieter is doing a great job.
Having Big Brother knowing whatever you watch on TV is a reality today already for those who have a fiber connection and use IPTV. With the Data Retention Directive that EU is pushing (although it is found to be in conflict with the constitution in eg. Germany), what you are watching (live TV or your recordings), and when you are watching it is likely to be stored "forever". This despite the fact that this kind of information is not part of the directive, but since the IPTV providers also provide you with the internet connection, it is likely they store the TV logs just the same way.
Welcome to 1984.
Blacklaw writes: Intel's Sandy Bridge line of processors is impressing the tech community with its power, but a sneaky little feature designed to appease Hollywood has some concerned about Intel's intentions: Intel Insider. If a major video streaming service, such as Lovefilm or the US-based Hulu, were to implement Intel Insider technology on their movie streams — as a way of convincing Hollywood to release films sooner and in high definition without worrying about piracy — it would mean that only those who use Intel's very latest Sandy Bridge CPUs would be able to stream movies. Not only would those using older Intel chips that don't support the technology be cut off from the service, but those on systems featuring CPUs from rival manufacturers such as AMD and low-power specialist VIA would also be excluded. Link to Original Source
An anonymous reader writes: During the "27th Chaos Communication Congress" (http://events.ccc.de/congress/2010) held in Berlin this last December, a document was presented that shows how to expose the security keys of HID's proprietary iClass physical access cards. By some reports, over 80% of US-based institutions have deployed iClass physical access cards and readers. Look around your building and see if your door card reader has the HID logo. This exposes hospitals, universities, sea-side ports, utility companies, airports, high-tech companies, etc throughout the US to potential physical access security breaches. Those intimate with physical security have advocated for other PROX and MIFARE technologies. The US Government has been defining new standards in physical access associated with successful US Government employee PIV ID Card (http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-116/SP800-116.pdf). Many Government contractors as well as some local state governments have deployed PIV-I ID Cards (http://www.va.gov/pivproject/faq.asp) that rely on updated physical access technology/security. Physical Security managers at these US Institutions should be aware of this new vulnerability and assess their new elevated risks. Link to Original Source
judhaz writes: I've used MythTV (http://www.mythtv.org/) for several years, with great success, even with HD content through DVB-C (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVB-C) and a digital capture card. Now, the housing cooperative has decided to move to fiber-optics and IPTV (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iptv). Great for fast Internet, but a huge drawback when it comes to TV as the stream is encrypted. And I cannot choose another cable company as I am not allowed to put up a dish or external antenna, and the other cable companies are no longer providing signals to us (I have asked them).
Obviously, I am pretty darn unhappy not being able to use my multimedia center any more. Although there is support for IPTV in MythTV, my provider is encrypting every single channel with some proprietary encryption, and probably pairing to the STB. The key must be inside the box, as there is no smart card involved. The box is a Motorola VIP1960, running Busybox (http://busybox.net/) which is GPL, but since I am only renting the box, I have not received any license text, and have no ssh/telnet access to the box.
That doesn't stop me from wanting to crack this encryption, and somehow provide decrypted IPTV to my MythTV box. Legally, I am at my full right to do this in my country (Norway, you may remember Jon Lech Johansen aka DVD-Jon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvd-jon)). But before I start fumble around with tcpdump and other tools I am not very familiar with, I thought I'd ask here at/., as I assume that either a) someone will convince me it is impossible, b) someone have already done something similar, and can provide some details, where to start etc. or c) a fruitful discussion will eventually crack the DRM encumbered IPTV! Link to Original Source
I mean - what are the basic "yum install *list of codecs*", "apt-get install *list of codecs*", "opkg install *list of codecs*", etc?
Seriously - this could be quite useful, even for a weekend trip down here at the surface...
(And yes, I do not live in the USA, not even Sweden. Damn, I'm a lucky boy.)