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+ - uTorrent can steal your CPU cycles to mine Bitcoins->

Submitted by mlauzon
mlauzon writes: Engadget is reporting that the most recent version of uTorrent [3.4.2] is installing Epic Scale in the background to mine for Bitcoins and steal your computers CPU cycles, and BitTorrent Inc. reaps the rewards and you get nothing. It's bad enough that BitTorrent had to include ads in uTorrent, but this is icing on their cake. My suggestion is to jump ship and show BitTorrent Inc. that it can't do what it's doing and get away with it. Check out qBittorrent (http://www.qbittorrent.org/), a completely open source client licensed under GPLv2.
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Comment: Re:Microsoft's E-mail system is the same way (Score 1) 8 8

by mlauzon (#48950419) Attached to: Gmail is no longer acceptable - Slashdot, please opine on alternatives!
Everyone knows MS bought HoTMaiL! I've had my email address there since before MS bought the service, although I stopped using it when I was given a Gmail invite back in June of 2004. I don't have anything to hide, so I don't really care if Google scans my email to show me targeted ads.

Comment: Hardly the father...! (Score 1) 47 47

by mlauzon (#48572825) Attached to: Ralph H. Baer, a Father of Video Gaming, Dies At 92
Hardly the 'father of video games', seeing as how:

Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device (1947), Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. and Estle Ray Mann.

Chess (1947–1958), Alan Turing and Dietrich Prinz.

Bertie the Brain (1950), Dr. Josef Kates.

Nim (1951), Ferranti.

Strachey's Draughts Program (1951), Christopher Strachey.

OXO / Noughts and Crosses (1952), Alexander S. Douglas.

Tennis for Two (1958), William Higinbotham.

Mouse in the Maze, Tic-Tac-Toe (1959)

Spacewar! (1961), Martin Graetz, Steve Russell, and Wayne Wiitanen.

Odyssey (1966), Ralph H. Baer.

As you can see, Baer doesn't show up until the mid-60s, so he's not the father!

+ - VeraCrypt a Worthy TrueCrypt Alternative->

Submitted by mlauzon
mlauzon writes: The following is taken from the article "VeraCrypt a Worthy TrueCrypt Alternative" and interviews the creator of VeraCrypt, now to be honest, it's not an in-depth interview or review, but at least it's a start and shows where VeraCrypt is headed:

A fork of TrueCrypt's code, VeraCrypt strengthens the open source encryption software's transformation process and addresses other weaknesses.

If you're reluctant to continue using TrueCrypt now that the open source encryption project has been abandoned, and you don't want to wait for the CipherShed fork to mature, one alternative that's well worth investigating is VeraCrypt.

VeraCrypt is also a fork of the original TrueCrypt code, and it was launched in June 2013. IT security consultant Mounir Idrassi, who is based in France, runs the project and is its main contributor.

Idrassi's motivation for developing VeraCrypt stems back to 2012 when he was asked to integrate TrueCrypt with a client's product. Before doing this he carried out a security audit of the code and discovered some issues. "There were no big problems, no backdoors or anything like that. But there were some small things, so we decided to start VeraCrypt," he said.

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Comment: This is because.... (Score 4, Insightful) 140 140

'...time and time again, federal agencies like the FCC ignore what the public says it wants and side with the parties actually being regulated...' This is because the FCC -- just like the CRTC here in Canada -- are run by former employees of the companies, and will side with their former employer every time, as they'd rather help them than the public at large. It boils down to conflict of interest, but nothing is ever done about it.

The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination -- but the combination is locked up in the safe. -- Peter DeVries

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