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Comment: Re:Valve needs to use their clout (Score 1) 309

by mattventura (#49481155) Attached to: NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly
Yes, Valve, a company that makes a closed-source program to sell (mostly) closed-source games, would force someone else to open source their stuff. Valve doesn't need to push some open source nvidia driver, because anyone trying to sell steam machines would just install nvidia's proprietary driver and be done with it.

Comment: Re:This is fucking stupid. (Score 1) 278

It depends on the type of troll. If someone is just issuing personal attacks, then it's easy to ignore them. But if someone is spreading false information, then while someone more informed may be able to easily identify them as a troll, others might take it as truth. However, if someone who knows it is false wants to point out the fact that it is false, then they're feeding the troll.

Comment: Re:How about... (Score 3, Insightful) 267

by mattventura (#49349931) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess
Why would they go through the trouble of reverse enigneering your password system when there's thousands of other people who just use the same exact password everywhere? Unless someone is trying to specifically target you, it's usually sufficient to simply not be the low-hanging fruit. In case of these large password leaks, what they're probably doing is something like this:
1. Take every username (or email) and password combination
2. Through automated means, check if they are valid on other websites
3. Record the ones that worked and abuse/sell those as well.
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Steve Wozniak Now Afraid of AI Too, Just Like Elon Musk 294

Posted by timothy
from the I-can't-let-you-do-that-steve dept.
quax writes Steve Wozniak maintained for a long time that true AI is relegated to the realm of science fiction. But recent advances in quantum computing have him reconsidering his stance. Just like Elon Musk, he is now worried about what this development will mean for humanity. Will this kind of fear actually engender the dangers that these titans of industry fear? Will Steve Wozniak draw the same conclusion and invest in quantum comuting to keep an eye on the development? One of the bloggers in the field thinks that would be a logical step to take. If you can't beat'em, and the quantum AI is coming, you should at least try to steer the outcome. Woz actually seems more ambivalent than afraid, though: in the interview linked, he says "I hope [AI-enabling quantum computing] does come, and we should pursue it because it is about scientific exploring." "But in the end we just may have created the species that is above us."

Comment: Re:I can't find the commercial speech section (Score 1) 239

The whole "no commercial use" thing is beyond silly. What if I took some pictures with my drone, not intending to do anything commercial with them, and then later someone wanted to buy the rights to those photos? Am I retroactively breaking an FAA rule? There's far too much gray area, but that's beside the point entirely. The FAA should be regulating what can fly, where it can fly, and how it gets flown, not the reason for flying it.

Comment: Re:VM (Score 2) 73

by mattventura (#49245867) Attached to: New Crypto-Ransomware Encrypts Video Game Files
Looking at the Bromium report, it appears that it's checking for various drivers that Vm programs would typically install as part of their guest tools. It looks like if you were to install something as simple as the VMware mouse driver it would think you're in VMware. It also checks for Fiddler so you could simply install that.

Comment: Re:Just re-download it? (Score 2) 73

by mattventura (#49245845) Attached to: New Crypto-Ransomware Encrypts Video Game Files

Then again... only a fraction of the audience is really that invested in their save games. The truly valuable stuff (relatively speaking) is all tied to mmo accounts (and therefore not stored on your PC anyway).

Exactly, it would be far more profitable for them to simply steal any saved account credentials.

Comment: Re:Put everything needed in the capsule (Score 1) 169

by mattventura (#49227221) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Video Storage For Time Capsule?
I was going to suggest something like this, but maybe with an iPad or other simple tablet. But the issue becomes supplying power to it. I have no idea if USB will even be around when this time capsule is opened, so you'd possibly want to include a schematic showing how to power the device.

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