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Comment: Re:ok. i'll play. "my experience is... (Score 2) 39

by stoborrobots (#48871043) Attached to: Jim Blasko Explains 'Unbreakable Coin' (Video 2 of 2)

At the very least, large companies need to anticipate short-term stability, which is I think what the quote was getting at.

A small company, for which a day's takings in Bitcoin is only a fraction of the day's Bitcoin-to-local exchange volume can easily cash out immediately, and so has no need to have an expectation of long-term or short-term stability.

A large company typically cannot convert a large amount of Bitcoins to local currency instantaneously without destabilising the exchange rate, so they need to have an expectation of short-term (e.g. month-long) stability in order to manage the transaction volume against the local exchange markets.

Making (largish) loans in a currency implies expectation of decade-long stability.

Comment: Re:Which "those" are "these"? (Score 1) 79

by stoborrobots (#48870969) Attached to: Oracle Releases Massive Security Update

Also, for a tech site, this lack of comprehension is offensive:

may be remotely exploitable without authentication and can possibly be exploited over a network without the need for a username and password

The two halves of this sentence say exactly the same thing, but present it as two statements.

Comment: Re:No mention of crop factor WTF? (Score 4, Informative) 192

by stoborrobots (#48854579) Attached to: Samsung's Advanced Chips Give Its Cameras a Big Boost

Comment: Re:No admission of guilt (Score 3, Insightful) 106

He never admits that the NSA actually engineered the backdoor into the algorithm, he only states that he regrets supporting the algorithm after other people pointed out it was backdoored.

It's entirely possible that they did not engineer the backdoor - that might have come from the original creator.

It's further possible (although I would hope it's not the case) that they did not find the backdoor before it was publicly disclosed.

Either way, they should have stopped endorsing the algorithm as soon as they knew it was weak, whether that was at public disclosure or earlier.

That they continued to claim it was secure after it was publicly known to be weak is a complete failure on their part, and they are DEFINITELY culpable for that.

We BELIEVE that they probably put it there, in which case, they're even more culpable, but we don't know that for certain...

Comment: Re:Its a cost decision (Score 1) 840

On the one hand, I agree - I know lots of people our age who don't know how to change their oil or oil filter.

On the other hand, I know many people of all ages (from 16 through 70) who don't know how to do that.

At a guess, I'd average it at about 10% in any age group who could. I'm one of the few my age; my dad is one of the few his age. Only two of my uncles or aunts could; only a couple of my cousins. A few of my friends can, but that's only because I hung out with a bunch of motorheads when I was younger...

Comment: Re:What's the motive (Score 2) 121

by stoborrobots (#48734639) Attached to: Netflix Begins Blocking Users Who Bypass Region Locks

It's Foxtel and Yahoo!7/Ninemsn/Ten, (and the other similar players) who are the instigators here.

  • Foxtel buys the right to show Breaking Bad and Orange Is The New Black on Australian pay TV.
  • Some Australian consumers choose to watch those shows on Netflix.
  • Foxtel loses the ability to attract those consumers, so they complain to the studios that they are losing customers that they bought (the Aussie pay TV market) because of another customer of the studios (Netflix), and threaten not to buy any new shows from the studio.
  • Since the agreement between the studios and Netflix stipulated that they would only show those programs in certain regions (not including Australia), the studios complain to Netflix that they are costing the studios money, and threaten not to sell any new shows to Netflix.
  • Netflix is forced to take action against subscribers suspected of being Australian.

And there's something really terrible about that sequence of events, but I don't know how to make it any better...

Comment: Re:What's the new hole? (Score 1) 463

by stoborrobots (#48732239) Attached to: Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

I agree with most everything you said but:

Oh and of course I use a standard user account. I have that and an admin account which is occasionally annoying with UAC but this helps and puts in another layer of security as now the payload will need to bypass this.

This one is a furphy. The ransomware runs as a low-privilege process, and encrypts your data files - which are exactly the ones your standard user account has access to overwrite. Yes, your system is protected from overwriting critical system files, but this won't stop the ransomware.

Comment: Re: Should be interesting (Score 1) 164

by stoborrobots (#48687509) Attached to: NetworkManager 1.0 Released After Ten Years Development

Thanks for the tip! I figured it probably could, but the debian build of NM has PolKit as a hard dep, unfortunately. Haven't got around to looking at what it would take to build from source.

In the short term, WiCD is doing 95% of what I need, so I will stick with it.

I hope to be able to contribute something useful, so will either eventually contribute a polkit-averse NM build for debian, or add MBIM support for WiCD.

Comment: Re:Should be interesting (Score 2) 164

by stoborrobots (#48657971) Attached to: NetworkManager 1.0 Released After Ten Years Development

Ran Debian with NM and KDE for the last couple of years as well. Purged it recently in order to remove systemd (NM depends on PolKit which depends on pam-systemd for login session management), and replaced it with WICD.

WiCD is not quite as smooth as NM for usb modems, but for wifi and wired ethernet, it does the job.

Comment: Re:Read one, write other (Score 1) 567

by stoborrobots (#48578989) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

... sheer sales numbers tell the whole story. Desktop PC sales are pathetically low these days...

Actually, they only tell half the story. Approximately 0% of the regular PC users I know have acquired a new PC in the last 5 years - they bought a Core2Duo or i5 back in 2008 and it still does 100% of their home-based internet-using requirements. Yes, they sometimes use tablets or phones in addition, but that hasn't replaced their use of their PCs, just added to it...

Corporates, as you indicated, buy new PCs regularly, but home use (other than gaming) hasn't needed a new PC for many moons...

Those who claim the dead never return to life haven't ever been around here at quitting time.