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Comment: The computer must be on. (Score 1) 1

by sbenson (#31670108) Attached to: Break TrueCrypt Dard Drive Encryption Quickly

Take the passwd from cache only if:

The computer is on and stays on.
The Volume is mounted.

Then it'll retrieve the cached passwords.
This sucks if you use the same pasword for more than one Vol.

Remember Kiddies, install a "Big Red Button" somewhere you can get to it in a hurry and don't leave your system with the truecrypt mounted,

Games

Can You Fight DRM With Patience? 309

Posted by Soulskill
from the napalm-works-better dept.
As modern DRM schemes get more annoying and invasive, the common wisdom is to vote with your wallet and avoid supporting developers and publishers who include such schemes with their games. Or, if you simply must play it, wait a while until outcry and complaints have caused the DRM restrictions to be loosened. But will any of that make game creators rethink their stance? An article at CNet argues that gamers are, in general, an impatient bunch, and that trait combined with the nature of the games industry means that progress fighting DRM will be slow or nonexistent. Quoting: "Increasingly so, the joke seems to be on the customers who end up buying this software when it first comes out. A simple look back at some controversial titles has shown us that after the initial sales come, the publisher later removes the vast majority of the DRM, leaving gamers to enjoy the software with fewer restrictions. ... Still, [waiting until later to purchase the game] isn't a good long-term solution. Early sales are often one of the big quantifiers in whether a studio will start working on a sequel, and if everyone were to wait to buy games once they hit the bargain price, publishers would simply stop making PC versions. There's also no promise that the really heavy bits of DRM will be stripped out at a later date, except for the fact that most publishers are unlikely to want to maintain the cost of running the activation, and/or online verification servers for older software."
Security

+ - AV Fails To Adjust To The Changing Threat Landscap->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A recent testing conducted by NSS Labs presented us with some deplorable results: of the seven antivirus products tested two weeks after the IE bug used for breaching Google was revealed, only McAfee stopped both the original attack AND a new variant. The results are even sadder when you know that AVG's solution hasn't managed to block even the original attack code. These results have once again put the spotlight on the assertion that can be heard here and there from various security experts: anti-virus products are patently inadequate, and even IDS and Web proxies that scan content are not enough to protect a network from advanced persistent threats."
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+ - NY to replace IT vendors with state workers->

Submitted by dcblogs
dcblogs (1096431) writes "New York state plans to replace as many as 500 IT contract workers with a new type of temporary state worker. The state estimates it can save $25,000 annually for each contracting position that is in-sourced. This is the result of a new law creating "term appointments," which strip away some hiring and firing rules that apply to permanent state workers. These term appointment workers are employed "at will." Term appointments can be up to five years and workers get state benefits. Proponents of this change said a state IT worker might earn an average of $55 an hour, including benefits, while the state pays its contractors an average of $128 an hour for workers in similar jobs."
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Comment: Another B.S. Cert. (Score 1) 1

by sbenson (#31444168) Attached to: New Federal IT Security Certification Program

That will give more fools something else to put on cards and at the bottom of emails.

Cissp, Fool++, MSwhatever, FITSP.

- How about we just go back to looking at resumes.
Could not begin to count how many people with a cert that I've worked with that knew f#$% all about security, or even computers.

School, programming, work experience, hack++

That's your cert.

Government

+ - Is this the future for medical records in the US?-> 2

Submitted by MisterE
MisterE (147118) writes "It seems that a big battle is brewing in the UK over placing patient's private medical records "on line".

...doctors have accused the Government of rushing the project through, meaning that patients have had their details uploaded to the database before they have had a chance to object.

For years we've been getting weekly reports of millions of private financial records being stolen or lost.
Now, we find out that "Chinese" hackers have circumvented security at thousands of companies with "undetectable" hacks.and taken highly confidential data.
Could our private medical records be far behind?"

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+ - IBM hails 'breakthrough' algorithm -- 9TB in 20min->

Submitted by joshuadugie
joshuadugie (1718208) writes "In an experiment IBM researchers used the fourth most powerful supercomputer in the world — a Blue Gene/P system at the Forschungszentrum Julich in Germany — to validate nine terabytes of data in less than 20 minutes, without compromising accuracy. Ordinarily, using the same system, this would take more than a day. Additionally, the process used just one percent of the energy that would typically be required."
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+ - Windows 7 memory usage critic outed as fraud->

Submitted by Fred Flowers
Fred Flowers (899566) writes "/.ers will remember a couple of stories in the past few days about Devil Mountain Software's finding that Windows 7 consumes too much memory. The original story quoted the company's CTO, Craig Barth on the issue. Now, InfoWorld editor in chief Eric Knorr has still more to add. From Knorr's blog at InfoWorld.com: 'On Friday, Feb. 19, we discovered that one of our contributors, Randall C. Kennedy, had been misrepresenting himself to other media organizations as Craig Barth, CTO of Devil Mountain Software (aka exo.performance.network), in interviews for a number of stories regarding Windows and other Microsoft software topics...There is no Craig Barth". Knorr's post goes on to say that Kennedy has been fired from his blogging gig at InfoWorld over this 'serious breach of trust', and that his blog will be removed. Is this a victory for the integrity of traditional media vs. bloggers or just another sad data point in the ongoing debate over the future of journalism?"
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Censorship

Australian AvP Ban Reversed 71

Posted by Soulskill
from the people-have-spoken dept.
Earlier this month, we discussed news that Sega's new Aliens vs. Predator video game had been refused classification in Australia, effectively banning it. After a scathing response from the developer saying they wouldn't censor the game, and later news that the classification scheme may be updated to include an R18+ rating, it now seems that the Classification Board has seen fit to give the game a green light after all. Sega's Darren Macbeth told Kotaku, "We are particularly proud that the game will be released in its original entirety, with no content altered or removed whatsoever. This is a big win for Australian gamers. We applaud the Classification Review Board on making a decision that clearly considers the context of the game, and is in line with the modern expectations of reasonable Australians."

Comment: Re:marketshare (Score 1) 343

by sbenson (#29860127) Attached to: Now Linux Can Get Viruses, Via Wine

"Linux doesn't have malware only because it's desktop share is next to nothing"

The quote above immediately allows me to discredit your entire post and file you away with the tag: "Knows not of which he speaks."
The market share babble is FUD. There are fundamental design differences in the operating systems.

If you don't know, learn. You really shouldn't spread FUD.

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