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Comment Do it in a stadium with approved equipment? (Score 1) 65

I mean, if someone has the hardware & software in their own home, there's really no telling what they're going to do with it. Maybe they're just mod the Game:ref to say you're not cheating when you are. Or some other method of circumvention.

The only game competition that I would trust is one where they all played on identical equipment on a controlled network in an room ('arena' seems too lofty for 'place to play computer games'). If money was involved, (10's of thousands or more) I don't think it's unreasonable to request everyone show up in a common location.

Submission Samsung: WHAT is my SmartTV reporting? To whom? 14

NetAlien writes: Being curious about the recent Samsung SmartTV stories, I connected my SmartTV through an old-fashioned HUB (copies all traffic to every port; unlike a switch) to my router. This allowed me to capture all traffic to/from my TV through my laptop's ethernet port. A wireshark capture shows that remote sites are trying to access my TV until I turn it on, then after nearly 7400 packets, it settles down. Then changing channels over ~4.5 minutes results in ~10,000 more packets. The TV continues sending data for several more seconds after the set appears to be off. Multiple servers were contacted in these domains: amazonaws.com, akamaitechnologies.com, cloudfront.net, twitvid.com, pcloud.com, yahoo.com, aclwireless25.com and some by IP address. WHAT are you sharing Samsung???

Comment The One Cloud (Score 5, Interesting) 197

Three versions of Windows 8 for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven System Management Apps for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine Office Productivity Tools for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One XBox for the Dark Lord on his dark sharepoint site
In the Land of Redmond where the Shadows lie.
One Cloud to rule them all, One Cloud to find them,
One EULA to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Redmond where the Shadows lie.

Comment Re:University IT usually gets run by morons (Score 1) 582

Wait, how do you ban a public key? Search everyone's backpacks for rogue thumbdrives that may contain keys?

In the server's /etc/ssh/sshd_config:

PubkeyAuthentication yes
PubkeyAuthentication no

(and maybe the RSAAuthentication too, I'm too lazy to really look it up)

restart ssh

TA-DA! The Aristocrats!


Submission XOrg Screenlocking can be Circumvented with a Simp->

lunchlady55 writes: It appears that a new keyboard shortcut (Ctrl-Alt-Multiply) was introduced to add four new private XKB actions for debugging. However, it can be used to bring circumvent most screen locking programs (gnome-screensaver, kscreenlocker, slock, slimlock) without a password or exploit.
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Comment Re:Security FAIL (Score 2) 220

Key Words: "As a passenger"

You think they check EVERY meal cart as it's brought in by truck from some local food service contractor? What about the fuel tankers? What about the gift shop merch? As an EMPLOYEE it's probably really easy to sneak stuff in. You're part of the chain of trust, and as everyone knows, it's only as strong as the weakest link.

Machines have less problems. I'd like to be a machine. -- Andy Warhol