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Comment They deserve what they get (Score 5, Insightful) 280

Every penny won by the artists in this lawsuit will be deserved. I hope the CRIA is found liable for every penny of the $60 billion and is put out of business once and for all.

I also hope similar infringements are found in the United States for both the RIAA and the MPAA. No company that treats their customers as poorly as these companies do deserves to be in business.

Time to cut out the middle man. The internet has opened huge new avenues for distribution; it's time the industry starts getting on board and the artists and content creators start getting more of what they are due.

Google

Submission + - Google DNS Launched (blogspot.com) 1

appleguru writes: Google has announced today that they are offering a free, public DNS service for everyone to use. It isn't ad based, doesn't use parked advertising for non-existant hostnames, and from my limited testing today seems to be pretty fast too! (Certainly faster than OpenDNS, which has historically been very fast for me, but has been lagging terribly the last few days). Their DNS servers can be reached at 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4.

Comment Re:How does this work? (Score 1) 570

For a typical operating system, it'd involve extracting the password hash from the target disk, and then running a program (like john) that takes text inputs (bruteforced or from a wordlist) and hashes them, and then compares the hashes and sees if they match. It is a bit more complicated than that (salts, etc), especially in a forensic environment where data integrity must be preserved, but that's the idea.

The methodology is similar for encrypted files/filesystems/etc, but it all relies on knowing how the authentication takes place so it can mimic it, quickly.

Comment Re:Free inflight wifi on all the major carriers (Score 1) 158

If you're on a flight with gogo wireless, there are a bunch of promo codes for free internet..

FREEINTERNET should work until the end of the year..
DELTATRYGOGO should work on Delta flights
AATRYGOGO should work on American Airlines flights

Gogo is also running a promotion where you can get a code to give out to people and the person with the most people that use their code gets a few free sessions or something like that.

2287321623nca was the code they gave me; should be good for free in flight wifi until January 7th, 2010

The key for all of these however, is to have them *before* you get on the plane. So if you haven't yet, put them down in your phone or something, just in case you end up on one with service!

I've been doing a lot of flying recently.. nothing better than free wifi on the plane!

Comment Re:"Apple Labeled" License Compliance (Score 1) 1012

I'm not saying you'd win, as obviously the intent is to prevent running the software on non-apple machines, but the language is sufficiently vague that you'd have a case. To me, and to the "average" person, "labelling" something involves putting a label on it. "Apple Labelled", to me, means something labeled as "Apple". Not *by* Apple, but *as* Apple. Indeed, only Apple or an authorized agent could label something "by Apple". But anyone can label something "as Apple". If I put the Apple sticker on my car is in fact, under any reasonable English definition, "Apple Labeled". This is the distinction that the changed wording avoids.

Comment "Apple Labeled" License Compliance (Score 1) 1012

Its hardly been tested in court, but it'd seem that my Dell Mini 9 with an apple sticker on the back qualifies as an "Apple Labeled Computer", especially since the apple sticker came from apple and shipped with my macbook pro.

This would satisfy the EULA agreement for OS X versions 10.5 and lower. They changed the wording in the 10.6 agreement to be "Apple Branded," which makes it a bit more difficult for a non-apple machine to qualify. That said, it all comes down to how you define "labeled" and "branded" ;-)

Comment Mac OS X? (Score 4, Interesting) 180

Admittedly, I have no idea if it works, nor do I have any idea how it decides to load balance between the connections.. But I ran across the feature the other day and it looked pretty cool.

In Mac OS X you can create a new "Aggregate" network device from any other devices and, in theory, do exactly what your describing. Again, I just ran across this the other day in Network Preferences and have no idea if/how it works, but it might be worth a shot (especially since it seems a lot easier to configure than a roll your own router with dd-wrt or tomato, though those likely offer more fine-tuned configuration).

Comment Re:Tethering on AT&T was a hack (Score 1) 684

Correct... which is not the way it should be. Apple is now signing the APN settings for tethering in the carrier bundles; without the signing key you can't modify the tethering settings. If they *must* pull some BS like this to appease the carriers, they should do it on a "whitelist" basis; IE *if* your carrier is AT&T (Just about the only carrier that gives a shit how their customers use the data they rightfully paid for... Ugh...), *then* you enforce the signed APN policy. Otherwise, the user can set whatever carrier settings they desire, based on what their carrier *actually supports*. Gee, what a novel idea! This whole "blacklisting" way of enforcing carrier tethering settings is moronic and the byproduct of AT&T being a bunch of greedy asshats at the detriment of... everyone else.

That said, the dev team will hopefully eventually release a workaround... IE, modify the software to ignore the signatures and work as it did before.

Comment Re:Am I missing something?? (Score 2, Informative) 120

Precomputed hashes are useless unless they are *sorted* then they become useful. If you have a sorted precomputed hash table for, say, all 10 character passwords and you have a hash then you can *instantly* locate the matching hash from your table and retrieve the password provided it is 10 or fewer characters. Brute forcing would take *much* longer, even on modern CPUS. With hard drive space as cheap as it is these days, huge presorted precomputed hash tables are very feasible.. this is largely the reason why salts are used, as they effectively increase the password length to the point where using a table is infeasible.

Education

Submission + - MIT Sues Frank Gehry Over Buggy $300M CS Building

theodp writes: "MIT has filed a negligence suit against world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, charging that flaws in his design of the $300 million Stata Center, one of the most celebrated works of architecture unveiled in years, caused leaks to spring, masonry to crack, mold to grow, and drainage to back up. The complex, which houses a Who's Who of Computing including Tim Berners-Lee and Richard Stallman, includes the William H. Gates Building."

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