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Comment: Re:App's extremely portable... apk (Score 1) 370

by psyclone (#49076673) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video
What I mean is, can I just download your plain hosts file over the web? Instead of downloading your software and extracting it. Whether it's a giant 3M line file or 250k lines or smaller doesn't matter as long as it's decent. It seems like maintaining the hosts entries is the hard part!

Comment: Re:APK's happy as is, w/ this... apk (Score 1) 370

by psyclone (#49050715) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

Do you have an API to fetch the hosts file directly without using the windows software? I don't run any windows...

I'm thinking about taking your hosts file and running it through a script to create a dnsmasq or bind config so then I can run it as a local resolver for my home network (consisting of non-changeable devices like a Wii).

Comment: Re:Java is not written like other languages (Score 1) 411

by psyclone (#49032849) Attached to: Your Java Code Is Mostly Fluff, New Research Finds
IntelliJ IDEA is even better. I don't even look at import statements anymore or even think about what libraries I'm using.

If you copy/paste some code from another class, all the dependencies are added automatically to the new class.

Even adding a new library to a Maven project is trivial in IntelliJ. You just start typing the name in the pom and a list of libraries and versions pop up, defaulting to the most recent stable release.

Getter/Setter/Constructor/toString/equals/hashcode -- they're all auto-generated for you as needed.

It is annoying that all this "fluff" exists in the language, but a good IDE hides it; getters/setters are collapsed to a single line; import statements hidden by default, endless customization in how your code looks so you can ignore the fluff and focus on the important stuff.

Comment: Block using DNS at your router; no custom firmware (Score 1) 370

by psyclone (#49032753) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

Try FoolDNS or others on this page:

http://alternativeto.net/softw...

If only APK would spend his time developing a DNS service we could all use for free instead of client software. (Push the hosts file to the DNS resolver that ALL devices use.)

If the "smart TV" uses it's own DNS, simply block all outbound port 53 traffic other than your router itself.

Security

Georgia Institute of Technology Researchers Bridge the Airgap 86

Posted by timothy
from the always-type-in-gibberish dept.
An anonymous reader writes Hacked has a piece about Georgia Institute of Technology researchers keylogging from a distance using the electromagnetic radiation of CPUs. They can reportedly do this from up to 6 meters away. In this video, using two Ubuntu laptops, they demonstrate that keystrokes are easily interpreted with the software they have developed. In their white paper they talk about the need for more research in this area so that hardware and software manufacturers will be able to develop more secure devices. For now, Faraday cages don't seem as crazy as they used to, or do they?
Cellphones

Modular Smartphones Could Be Reused As Computer Clusters 82

Posted by samzenpus
from the build-your-own dept.
itwbennett writes The promise of modular smartphones like Google's Project Ara is that buyers will be able to upgrade components at will — and now Finnish company Circular Devices has come up with a use for discarded computing modules, which they're calling Puzzlecluster. Drawings of the Puzzlecluster architecture show a chassis with slots for the reused modules, which can then be interconnected with others to create the cluster. Just one unit could also be used as a desktop computer."
Security

U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks 100

Posted by Soulskill
from the many-points-of-failure dept.
itwbennett writes: Automated tank gauges (ATGs), which are used by gas stations in the U.S. to monitor their fuel tank levels can be manipulated over the Internet by malicious attackers, according to security firm Rapid7. "An attacker with access to the serial port interface of an ATG may be able to shut down the station by spoofing the reported fuel level, generating false alarms, and locking the monitoring service out of the system," said HD Moore, the chief research officer at Rapid7.
Businesses

Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing 314

Posted by timothy
from the what's-wrong-with-soldering-irons dept.
hij writes A number of news reports are coming out the Radio Shack is ready to file for bankruptcy. The stock price has tanked on Wall Street. There are conflicting reports that they are seeking more credit and they may be bought for their assets. (The Wall Street Journal has the story, but paywalled.)

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