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Comment Re:Windows (Score 1) 358 358

Start contributing to GPLed open-source projects ;)

Working on GPL'ed source code can be a major problem. It can cause taint to the closed source software especially if the projects are similar. Companies that work on both, like say Intel, normally firewall employees from open source and closed source projects for this reason.

Comment Was this written in 2008? (Score 1) 270 270

"No longer are there different kernels for Windows 8, Windows Phone or Windows RT it's now all just One Windows. As goes the Windows kernel, so goes the entire company." Seriously what is he talking about? The kernels were already the same on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Xbox One, and Windows RT. This already has been happening for many years now. This is public knowledge that anyone could know if they just bothered to look. By the way, they announced at the //Build conference a few weeks ago that even the app model an WinRT APIs are going to be converged now between Windows, Phone, and Xbox so you can write one app for all of all platforms once.

Comment hyperbole? joke? (Score 2) 116 116

"Almost Awesome" I think that must have been meant as a joke. Constantly crashing and crap battery life on release software is probably the opposite of awesome...at least for me. Maybe he meant that it would have been completely awesome if it managed to electrocute him or kick him in the nuts some how.

Comment matlab (Score 3, Informative) 465 465

FORTAN used to be it back in the day, but now days Matlab is the stuff that many engineers use for scientific computing. Many of the math libraries are very good in Matlab and don't require you to be a computer scientist to make them run fast. I used to work with scientists in my old lab to port their Matlab code to run on HPC clusters porting them to FORTAN or C. Often the matlab libraries smoked the BLAS/Atlas packages that you find on Linux/UNIX machines for instance. The same would hold true for Octave since they just build on the standard GNU math pacakges like BLAS.

Comment uhhh not exactly (Score 1) 321 321

Is Windows done on ARM? Two words: Windows Phone. So obviously not. Windows on ARM will continue for the foreseeable future. Are Windows RT tablets dead? Well not yet. Who cares about running 7 year old productivity apps. That didn't seem to hamper iPad adoption not being able to run Mac apps. Once you have all of the consumption apps you need from the store, I think ARM RT or x86, it doesn't really matter.
Electronic Frontier Foundation

DOJ Often Used Cell Tower Impersonating Devices Without Explicit Warrants 146 146

Via the EFF comes news that, during a case involving the use of a Stingray device, the DOJ revealed that it was standard practice to use the devices without explicitly requesting permission in warrants. "When Rigmaiden filed a motion to suppress the Stingray evidence as a warrantless search in violation of the Fourth Amendment, the government responded that this order was a search warrant that authorized the government to use the Stingray. Together with the ACLU of Northern California and the ACLU, we filed an amicus brief in support of Rigmaiden, noting that this 'order' wasn't a search warrant because it was directed towards Verizon, made no mention of an IMSI catcher or Stingray and didn't authorize the government — rather than Verizon — to do anything. Plus to the extent it captured loads of information from other people not suspected of criminal activity it was a 'general warrant,' the precise evil the Fourth Amendment was designed to prevent. ... The emails make clear that U.S. Attorneys in the Northern California were using Stingrays but not informing magistrates of what exactly they were doing. And once the judges got wind of what was actually going on, they were none too pleased:"
Networking

Misconfigured Open DNS Resolvers Key To Massive DDoS Attacks 179 179

msm1267 writes with an excerpt From Threat Post: "While the big traffic numbers and the spat between Spamhaus and illicit webhost Cyberbunker are grabbing big headlines, the underlying and percolating issue at play here has to do with the open DNS resolvers being used to DDoS the spam-fighters from Switzerland. Open resolvers do not authenticate a packet-sender's IP address before a DNS reply is sent back. Therefore, an attacker that is able to spoof a victim's IP address can have a DNS request bombard the victim with a 100-to-1 ratio of traffic coming back to them versus what was requested. DNS amplification attacks such as these have been used lately by hacktivists, extortionists and blacklisted webhosts to great success." Running an open DNS resolver isn't itself always a problem, but it looks like people are enabling neither source address verification nor rate limiting.
Image

Designer Builds Coffin For Xbox's Suffering RROD 118 118

angry tapir writes "The Xbox 360 RROD coffin was created by Aussie designer Alexis Vanamois, and it does exactly what it says on the tin. It's the ultimate final resting place for 'bricked' Xbox 360 consoles that have suffered the Red Ring of Death; it even has a cavity for your controller!"

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