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Comment: Millions of conventional TVs vulnerable too (Score 1) 155

by sosume (#47189467) Attached to: Millions of Smart TVs Vulnerable To 'Red Button' Attack

"Researchers from Dickweed University's Network Security Lab discovered a flaw affecting nearly every TV on the planet. The flaw allows a radio-frequency attacker with a low budget to take control over tens of thousands of TVs in a single attack, forcing the TVs to turn on or off, or switch channels. The attack works by equipping a drone with a powerful universal remote, sending commands to all TVs in a broad range." It's even scarier like this!

Comment: Re:Drugs can be bad mmkay! (Score 4, Insightful) 164

by sosume (#47157847) Attached to: 'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

Shulgin's work had nothing to do with weed, addictive drugs or getting a body high.
He invented and classified an entire new spectrum of chemicals closely related to the brain's chemicals such as serotonine. He tried to synthesize every possible combination, moving the amino groups around, substituting existing compounds with allyl or methoxy groups, and experimented with all these chemicals on himself with precise procedures to ensure his safety. These chemicals have proven to be extremely powerful consciousness-altering drugs, active at just a few milligrams, producing profound mind-bending effects and providing an unparalleled insight in the inner workings of the mind and its chemical balance.
He has provided the public with detailed descriptions of these chemicals, both synthesis and their subjective effects. He never profited financially and risked his life and freedom many times just to chase this knowledge. (And have great sex, as he states in his books). Alexander Shulgin was a genius, and the way society is developing there will probably never be a man like him again.

+ - 'Godfather of Ecstasy' Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88->

Submitted by EwanPalmer
EwanPalmer (2536690) writes "Alexander "Sasha" Shulgin, the chemist, pharmacologist and author known for popularizing the drug MDMA as well as creating and synthesizing hundreds of psychoactive drugs, has died aged 88.

Shulgin was known for discovering, creating and personally testing hundreds of psychoactive chemicals and documenting the results, along with his wife, in his books and papers.

He is also known for introducing the positive aspects of MDMA to psychologists, which in term helped it become a popular recreational drug in the 1980s."

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Comment: Re:Cheaper beer (Score -1, Troll) 264

They will deeply regret this once a weird error on a critical system pops up in a few years time, and nobody is around to give support. Or when the laptops start failing. Or when they hire an incompetent admin from one of these small local companies. Linux is fine for running servers or machines with limited functionality (appliances). But for a full fledged desktop, Linux just doesn't cut it due to many reasons. WHy do you think MacOS restricts itself to a verry narrow hardware profile? Windows is the only complete system able to run userland on so many different configurations.

Comment: Re:About time! (Score 1) 306

by sosume (#46826157) Attached to: ARIN Is Down To the Last<nobr> <wbr></nobr>/8 of IPv4 Addresses

These addresses were allocated in the age before The Great IP Shortage. There were no signs that the internet would be used privately by regular people and many sysadmins were clueless as to how IP networking worked. NAT routers were incredibly expensive and the right way to go was to just buy an IP block, distribute it globally across branches and use the router to block traffic from other IP blocks. All major companies in the eighties bought IP blocks, see . Ofcourse many more companies have settled with 'just' a bunch of class B networks as 64k hosts is not enough if you're aiming to dominate global business. I can actually understand companies like Ford or US Postal to register an A class. Others such as Eli Lily or the UK Gov Dept of Pensions really don't need so many adresses. But now the internet has changed and there are barely enough addresses for all existing devices. So these blocks should be revoked and private networks should be private.
Perhaps a nice rule would be : if you want to have a single public IP adress you will need to be online with it for at least 1% of a month. Failure to do so will cause the address to be revoked after 3 months. And for B and A classes. If the networks do not route and cannot be accessed through their gateway, the block grant should be revoked and NAT or VPN should be used instead. This should give us a few more years until we come up with a radical replacement of the current internet. Not that IPv6 crap..

Our policy is, when in doubt, do the right thing. -- Roy L. Ash, ex-president, Litton Industries