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+ - Replicant OS Developers Find Backdoor In Samsung Galaxy's Android->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Developers of the Free Software Foundation endorsed Replicant OS have uncovered a backdoor through Android on Samsung Galaxy devices and the Nexus S. The research indicates the proprietary Android versions have a blob handling communication with the modem using Samsung's IPC protocol and in turn there's a set of commands that allow the modem to do remote I/O operations on the phone's storage. Replicant's open-source version of Android does away with the Samsung library to fend off the potential backdoor issue."
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+ - Hackers take down Online Games and get Streamer's House Raided-> 1

Submitted by GnetworkGnome
GnetworkGnome (2654891) writes "Monday evening, 30 December 2013, hackers reporting from the Twitter account @DerpTrolling began following one of the most prolific video game streamers, PhantomL0rd, and started taking down Online video game servers on which he was playing. At its highest point, nearly 150,000 viewers watched the streamer, after League of Legends, DoTA2, and other games were interrupted. The hackers even posted the personal information of PhantomL0rd, then called the police to inform them that five hostages were being held at his residence. Police arrested the streamer as he emerged from his house for questioning.

Hours later, PhantomL0rd returned to an audience of nearly 100,000 viewers to explain what had happened. @DerpTrolling tweeted "@PhantomL0rd Glad you're back and okay." to the streamer upon news that he had been returned home. Nothing on the methods of the hackers has been confirmed, but massive DDOS attacks were believed to be their attack of choice against video game servers and more."

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Comment: Re:Kinda batshit of the NRA (Score 1) 531

by prehistoricman5 (#44770489) Attached to: NRA Joins ACLU Lawsuit Against NSA

If I transport you back in time and drop you in the middle of some cavemen and Ug decides he wants to kill you he will not hand you a club to defend yourself with first; he will simply bash your skull in. Rights are a societal concept. For example I believe that all people have the right to be treated equally. While many would agree with me, that "right" is in fact a relatively modern invention.

Also if the Constitution simply codified natural rights and the right to own a gun was an extension of the right to self defense then gun laws today would be much more strict. There are many legal firearms today that are obviously meant to serve a much more offensive purpose. The whole Bill of Rights was designed with one purpose in mind - to keep government tyranny in check.

As for your idea that guns are the best self-defense tool, read this: http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/160/10/929.full

Comment: Re:Kinda batshit of the NRA (Score 1) 531

by prehistoricman5 (#44769871) Attached to: NRA Joins ACLU Lawsuit Against NSA

I see gun ownership as a natural right, not a legal one.

When you say things like that I can see exactly why Bentham called natural rights "nonsense on stilts." Guns have not always existed and so therefore your argument is flawed right there. The right to gun ownership is conferred through the second amendment of the Constitution so therefore it is a legal right.

Comment: Re:Interesting comparissons (Score 1) 509

by prehistoricman5 (#43585105) Attached to: Cracked Game Released To Get Back At Pirates

And where did I attempt to make a moral argument about piracy? Piracy will always exist - morally correct or not. You can bitch and moan about it or you can attempt to do something about it. The percentage of pirates who would have bought a legit copy is meaningful because it lets you gauge how effective your anitpiracy method was. If your game flops and you want to blame it on piracy you better have some hard numbers to back yourself up with. It doesn't matter whether the pirates were in the right or wrong; if you make it easier to get a pirated copy, piracy rates will go up and it's your fault.

Comment: Re:Interesting comparissons (Score 1) 509

by prehistoricman5 (#43583603) Attached to: Cracked Game Released To Get Back At Pirates

And what % of the 3130 people that pirated it actually would have bought a legit copy? Had they not provided a "pirated" version for free on launch day would a pirated version even have existed? The game obviously has a niche market (game development sim - not something I would spend money on). There's too many confounding factors to say that piracy caused the game to tank and if anything they got hoisted by their petard.

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