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Comment Re:But but but (Score 1) 536

Hmm... wasn't aware of that.

That said, there's still the issue of source code being available to other governments. One would think that they would have noticed anything obvious.

Of course, if they've added something not so obvious, then Linux might not be safe either given SELinux is also attributed to them.

Comment Re:But but but (Score 1) 536

I think it was an attempt at a joke based on the rate at which exploits against the Windows platform are discovered.

That said, Microsoft does share the Windows source code with governments (Source, and yes, I consider that to be a bloody stupid move on MS's part). That being the case, any flaws the recipient governments have found but not reported back to Microsoft could be considered back doors - assuming that any exist.

Comment Re:Ok. (Score 1) 536

Without trying to sound whack-job conspiracy nut here, the obvious answer would be sleight of hand. If they used the alleged backdoors to poison hostile infrastructure, then their enemies would eventually link their problems to the platform and move on to something else - at which point the FBI would lose its advantage.

Alternatively, if they're using them (assuming they exist) for covert intelligence gathering, they'd still have to be careful not to play too bold a hand and give away the source of their information. That means taking care not to act on information gathered solely through a hole like this. The ideal method would be to find or create a pretext to take some seemingly unrelated action (e.g., raiding a company that their 'enemy' does business with looking for evidence of tax evasion or something) and then using what they find *there* as the basis for action.

If they're careful they could potentially keep on top of a target without ever showing their hand - but the moment they take direct action based on information obtained through an exploit, their targets' going to scratch their heads and start wondering how that happened. Eventually, they'll figure it out and the FBI lose their hole... so direct action is something to be avoided if they want to retain their advantage.

Basically, prioritising long-term advantages over short term gains.

Unrelated : Slashdot, can ye please be fixing ya text box in Chrome? It's the only one that seems to break with mouse input, and there *has* to be a reason for that. :(

Comment 42 Grams. (Score 2) 536

Because mass speculation is fun!

More seriously, some of the code obfuscation competitions out there show that code auditing alone may not be enough to track down every vulnerability - a single dedicated enough individual can probably slip something past that's too subtle to notice, especially if they're making a lot of 'good' commits at the same time.

Now realise that the article suggests that there may have been several people at this and the problem becomes evident.

Basically, over reliance on the 'many eyes' security model has always been futile.

Submission + - AT&T says no to linux (blogspot.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: AT&T are routinely and without any indication in their published terms and conditions refusing to allow non-windows users to set up their DSL modems. No to linux, no to MacOS, iOS, Android. Computer says no.

Comment Re:GOOGLE BIGGEST PIRATE OF THEM ALL !! (Score 1) 275

Numpty.

robots.txt is just a plain text file - all you do is create the file in notepad, save it, and upload it to your website like you would any photo or background image. There's no 'Bigwheels'... even a kid can do it, even on the free hosts.

And yes, it does compensate you, by sending traffic to your site (how did you think search worked, by magic?).

Seriously : user guide for dummies

Comment Re:no (Score 1) 275

If you stop using them they've no longer got any reason to cater to you though - as you're no longer a customer. They'd no longer have reason to avoid the stupid things as your 'vote' has already been cast.

Which means when they do cross the line, there's fewer people left that can make an effective boycott, and the impact is less visible.

In other words, choose your fights carefully. I for one believe the slippery slope argument to be dangerous when overused, and will save my vote for when it's actually needed.

Comment Still popular (Score 4, Insightful) 275

It won't even affect it - It's only autocomplete, not the search itself.

Basically all this means is that the freeloaders (I prefer not to use the term pirate) will need to type 'torrent' manually instead of having it pop up magically. Big deal... given the lengths some of them go to already an extra eight keystrokes (including the space) isn't going to dissuade them one bit.

Google can't magically stop people using the terms outright as it would affect a lot of other searches as well. For instance, someone searching for a water torrent stock photo... Google isn't doing anything to affect that.

AltaVista didn't even have autocomplete, IIRC, and they've not said anything about it changing search results at all.

Comment Re:Not ready as a gaming platform (Score 1) 520

Because your PC can use the 52 in the living room and the same sound system, but will normally look better if it's properly configured. The Xbox360 and PS3 are using 5 year old graphics technology, and a $100 GPU for a PC will outperform one nowadays. Given that a TV runs at a set resolution, this extra power can either be thrown sideways into PhysX objects, used for higher resolution textures, greater particle densities or stronger antialiasing.

For a good example, compare Mirrors Edge on the Xbox/Ps3 to the PC version (the mission Ropeburn is a good example as it uses all the games features) - even running on PS3 era technology (a Geforce 8800), the PC version generally looks better.

Of course, most people haven't cottoned on to this yet and don't have a gaming PC set up in their living room. Given the consoles are likely to have another 3-5 years before being succeeded, it wouldn't surprise me if this becomes more common. Especially given how similar these consoles already are to PC's - software updates, installs to hard drives, web access - it's only the interface that's really different.

Games For Windows was a flunk, but if they got games (including Steam/D2D) integrated properly with the Media Centre (pretty sure it's now part of 7 by default, haven't upgraded yet myself) there wouldn't be any reason to have a console anymore. All you'd do is set up a guest account on the PC that loads the media centre in fullscreen mode, with user switching enabled in case you decided to do some work on it.
Wireless joypads for the PC have been available for a long time, and a machine capable of beating a console in performance can be had for a similar price (remembering that if you're using your TV, you don't have to buy a monitor!).

Comment Re:It's down to the cost of one disk? (Score 1) 551

Cost of designing the machine to use such an SSD, yet keep it hidden from Joe Average (If he sees it, he'll break it somehow) without compromising system performance or stability, then manufacture and integrate this hardware solution into every single machine you build? The current system achieves more or less the same effect (most reinstalls are due to software issues - it's cheaper to tell the user to reinstall than actually spend time troubleshooting it), but with the visibility problems already solved. As a software solution, it's also going to be *much* cheaper than any hardware solution. More expensive is already too expensive.

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