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Comment: Re:Malice? more like incompetence... (Score 5, Interesting) 495

by DarkHelmet433 (#47358019) Attached to: Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

I also suspect they've managed to botch the technical aspect of it as well.

Presumably the plan was to put their caching name servers in front of the real no-ip servers, and gather the mappings for the malware suspect sites and then blackhole them after getting what they want. The problem was that Microsoft's side appears to have melted down, thus taking everything down. They won't be getting logs, behavior analysis or anything, because its all a pile of wreckage in a crater. Meanwhile, all the "bad guys(TM)" have now had hours head start to delete their C&C node registrations while microsoft's servers are down. And now they've ticked off the no-ip folks, so I wouldn't expect them to be in a cooperative mood to try and help.

Bone headed all round. There's no other way to put it.

Comment: Malice? more like incompetence... (Score 5, Informative) 495

by DarkHelmet433 (#47357903) Attached to: Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

A quick skim of the motion for the court order gave me the "boilerplate" and "cut & paste" feeling. There is a lot of sloppy line blurring between actions and complaints directed at the Malware authors and the no-ip folks. Sometimes they refer to the "Malware Defendants" and other times the generic "Defendants" when they meant the former. Really sloppy legal work.

There are some real gems in there:

From section 7:
"There is good cause to believe that immediate and irreparable damage to this Court’s ability to grant effective final relief will result from the sale, transfer, or other disposition or concealment by Defendants of the Internet domains at issue"
Say what? How is that related anything? Its not like the TRO will actually prevent people from being able to hit 'delete' via the control panel. Given that everything's busted by their own doing, the bad guys got a huge head start.

From section 8:
"... and the interest of justice require that this Order be Granted without prior notice to Defendants ..."
Wow ...

The full motion text: http://www.noticeoflawsuit.com...

It seems to me that regardless of what good intentions that Microsoft may have had, they've really fouled up the execution. They'll be remembered more for taking out millions of legitimate users than the malware they *might* be able to take down.

Comment: TSA wants credit card number for Air travel.. (Score 1) 87

by DarkHelmet433 (#47243125) Attached to: Expedia To Accept Bitcoin

The TSA does a whole lot of pre-flight data mining on passenger lists. I recall some discussion a while back about how they included included things like the credit card numbers, billing addresses etc in the mix.

Paying with Bitcoin has the same problem as paying with straight-up cash - it sets of all sorts of red flags because there's no real way to see if you're "connected" to other "interesting" people or not. No data = guilty until proven innocent etc.

When you're on the clock for getting to your departing flight, you really don't want to be on the wrong side of the extra special friendly pat-downs reserved for special troublemakers.

People like Expedia won't be wanting to mess with this can of worms for now, so they'll keep their bitcoin experiments a nice safe distance from the US Federal Government universe.

Comment: Re:The scam unravels (Score 1) 92

by DarkHelmet433 (#46707787) Attached to: MtGox's "Transaction Malleability" Claim Dismissed By Researchers

Yes. This.

Most likely, they screwed up and lost their private keys. ie: Plain old incompetence.

The code that was leaked to pastebin made it look like they were storing these in something like instances on Amazon EC2. If it turned out they were storing it on ephemeral storage rather than EBS, I don't know if I'd laugh or cry. But it would be an explanation if it were true. Again tough, that would come back to incompetence.

Comment: Re:Irony not lost on me (Score 2) 191

by DarkHelmet433 (#45252757) Attached to: GCC 4.9 To See Significant Upgrades In 2014

No Apple is pushing CLANG for exactly the reason that they want to use BSD license in a take not give fashion...how hackable is it; Xcode(SDK) will only work on Mac OS X.

GPL didn't stop Xcode existing when it operated around gcc. Xcode will always be an OS X thing, it has nothing to do with the back end compiler license.

Yes, they get a lot of mileage out of tightly coupling Xcode with llvm - eg: they don't have to write the same level of context sensitive language support for editing when you can do constant incremental compiling and inspect the state of the compiler's trees.

BTW; Apple use LLVM for far more than just Xcode. They used it in the display subsystem to run-time optimize code to the actual machine's display configuration.

Being GPLv3 is a bonus for Apple, but it's about more than that. Competition is a good thing.

Comment: Mine is "NSA_PRISM" (Score 1) 458

by DarkHelmet433 (#44651617) Attached to: My SSID Is...

It had a captive "guest portal" thingy on its own vlan it with a NSA/DHS style logo and "PRISM Data collection and monitoring node" and no other comments. It was under an outside roof overhang with a high power Unifi UAP-LR. It has line of sight from the hillside to a lot of houses. Associating from a long way away seems to be problematic but you can hear the beacons.

I'm a bit worried that certain people won't find it particularly funny so I tend not to leave it operating for long.

My cell phone is called NSA_PRISM too so I can tether with it for a laugh.

Comment: Re:What's wrong with GCC? (Score 3, Interesting) 711

by DarkHelmet433 (#39987031) Attached to: FreeBSD 10 To Use Clang Compiler, Deprecate GCC

Well.. GPLv3 specifically. FreeBSD is stuck on GCC-4.2, the last GPLv2 gcc compiler. It's getting quite dated now. It's a switch from gcc-4.2.2+ hacks/patches to clang instead of a GPLv3'd gcc-4.6 or later.

"Stuck"? FreeBSD gets a foot in the door of companies where GPL (and GPLv3 in particular) is something they'd prefer not to deal with. Being able to use a modern GPL-free OS as a foundation of a product is a convenient option to have. And being GPLv3-free can be even more compelling.

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Journal: in which i am a noob all over again 17

Journal by CleverNickName

I haven't posted a journal here in almost three years, because I couldn't find the button to start a new entry. ...yeah, it turns out that it's at the bottom of the page.

So... hi, Slashdot. I used to be really active here, but now I mostly lurk and read. I've missed you.

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Quantum Physics For Everybody 145

Posted by kdawson
from the this-time-without-the-math dept.
fiziko writes in with a self-described "blatant self-promotion" of a worthwhile service for those wishing to go beyond Khan Academy physics: namely Bureau 42's Summer School. "As those who subscribe to the 'Sci-Fi News' slashbox may know, Bureau 42 has launched its first Summer School. This year we're doing a nine-part series (every Monday in July and August) taking readers from high school physics to graduate level physics, with no particular mathematical background required. Follow the link for part 1."

Comment: Re:Wash your hands! (Score 1) 374

by CleverNickName (#29392669) Attached to: Swine Flu Outbreak At PAX

This is good advice, and gives me an opportunity to speak to the community at large: some of us who go to cons and are in a position to shake tons of hands politely decline. It's not because we're being dicks, it's because we know it's a good way to substantially decrease our chances of catching and spreading any germs.

Comment: Oh, cruel irony (Score 2, Interesting) 374

by CleverNickName (#29392641) Attached to: Swine Flu Outbreak At PAX

I played the PAX Pandemic game, where the Enforcers handed out stickers to attendees that read [Carrier] [Infected] or [Immune] (There was also a [Patient Zero].

I got the [Immune] sticker, and by the time I got home on Monday, it was clear that I had the flu. I've had a fever between 100 and 104 all week that finally broke last night, but I'm going to the doctor today because I think whatever I had settled into my lungs. I'll tell him about the H1N1 outbreak and get tested if he wants to run the test, but at this point I think it's safe to assume that I was [Immune] to the Pig Plague, but definitely [Infected] with the damn PAX pox.

Even though it's been a week of misery, it was entirely worth it, and I don't regret going to PAX for a single second.

Comment: John Scalzi on why it won't work (Score 1) 370

by CleverNickName (#21961464) Attached to: Sony's Idea of DRM-Free Music
John Scalzi wrote a hilarious exchange on his blog the sums up perfectly why this idea is made of fail:

Sony BMG spokesperson: We're pleased to announce we are the final major music corporation to release electronic tracks without that pesky DRM! All you have to do is leave your house, go to a selected retail outlet, buy a special card there, go back to your house, scratch off the back of the card to find a code, go to our special MusicPass Web site, enter said code, and download one the 37 titles we have available, from Celine Dion to the Backstreet Boys!

Kid #1: Or, in the time it takes me to jump through all those hoops, I could just download all 37 of those albums off of Pirate Bay.

Kid #2: Or, I could just scratch off the back at the store, record the pin number, go home and download the album through a Tor connection, so you can't trace my IP number.

Kid #1: Also, what's with this first slate of artists? Celine Dion? Backstreet Boys? Kenny Chesney? Barry Manilow? Are you high?
There's much more, but I didn't want to jack his entire post.

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