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Comment Re: So basically ... the attack wins? (Score 1) 195

You don't implement BCP38 and any new DDoS prevention and mitigation standards, you become the first to be blocked upstream

The only ones who can do that are the large backhaul providers. Why would they annoy their customers by enforcing a policy that means they have to move less data? That would be a daft business move.

Comment Re:Not sure you have a lot of options? (Score 1) 192

Right to for the right job. A dedicated video player should be just that. It should not be a PC. You would be way way better off with some purpose built raspi image on that hardware. I would not even recommend using full linux distro for such a chore.

Your best bet would have been to spec out a smart TV that could play the videos without having to hang anything off the back. Sure those things have their own security issues but if put a few switch port ACLs on there to make sure it only talks to the file sever or DLNA server that has the videos on it, than the risk is low.

Comment Games and OSes (Score 2, Insightful) 107

Because people want to play video games...

Was does Windows have anything to do with couple of thousands games on Steam(*) that all run on any OS (Windows ; Mac OS X ; Linux) ?

Oh, yeah... "Triple-A games".
The kind of overrated content that rarely gets correct ports (Hi, Ryan Gordon, thank you for being the refreshing exception to this sad rule !), and is the most likely to b0rk your machine due to DRM (You know! Because "AAA" development costs a lot of money, and the "AAA" studios have to protect their revenue. By completely fucking the experience of their paying customer base).

If anything, today's DRM example is a big argument of why people should prefer the PirateBay version, and why I've personally downloaded cracks for any DRMed game that I've bought.

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(*) : I know that Steam also uses some forms of DRM, but we have yet to have a FA on /. titled "Steam's own DRM causes a massive backdoor on all computers"

Comment Re:How so? (Score 1) 210

You're confusing a diet strategy with physiological facts. Changing your diet can be effective because you feel full with fewer calories and because you can avoid rapid rises in blood glucose. Calorie counting often fails because hunger is a strong drive and people tend to cheat, so they take in more calories than they count (or should).

It's not about tricking your body into feeling full. You touched on it when you said glucose. It's about regulating your hormones. The most effective way to do that is through your diet! I know because I have been doing it for four years. Low-carb, high-fat (saturated), no grains (or grain products), or sugar, NO restrictions or even consideration of calories. I lost 15 lbs in the first month and it has stayed off. (I was only 170) No rigorous exercise plan. Joint pain - gone. Back pain - gone. I am not starving myself, I am not hungry. I am often in a mild state of ketosis, or can get there easily. Without 'punishing' myself. I can fast for 24 hours and feel great. I am telling you, calories are a red herring. They play a role, but if you focus on what is important, you can ignore them.

Stop putting things into quotes that I didn't actually say. I said that exercise "influences hormone levels". That is, the amount of calories you burn off with exercise is not that important; what is important is the improvements in mood and physiological changes it causes.

Exercise is great for you, and does influence hormone levels. But you can lose weight without it, it is not required. You can get healthy without it. Your diet is so much more important than exercise in losing weight and being healthy. I didn't mean that to be me quoting you, it was me quoting the phrase "burn off calories" because that phrase is misleading and very simplistic statement around a complex system. Moreover, it's not necessary! Because people think that you have to exercise heavily to burn burn burn away fat. You don't. The oft prescribed "diet and exercise" rarely works because exercising makes you hungry. (work up an appetite) So you eat more (usually carbs) and that gets stored as fat. It's a never-ending cycle, a battle. It doesn't have to be. All you have to do is retrain your body to not rely on carbs for energy. THEN it will use your fat as energy and you will lose it. It's how we came to be, it's in our genes. It's not starvation, it's not tricks. It's pure and simple science.

Comment Re:What's our take away on this supposed to be? (Score 1) 86

Even if they document the tests, if they can be gamed in a test representative of "normal usage", then the same gaming will kick in on actual "normal usage", and so the test will not have been gamed.

Normal usage will be viewing a different movie than the one they test with. If you can get viewers to only watch the test signal, over and over, then sure there is no variance between expected use and actual use. However, I did not buy my TV to watch a specific set of video clips in a specific sequence, repeatedly.

Comment Re:Even bad its good (Score 1) 86

Your sound bar would be only using max 20 to 30 Watts, Peak is a useless measure because it is a measure the power the sound bar can pump out for a moment, if you try to drive it hard continuously it will just crap it self and you will very soon find yourself pushing the volume down to a level it can actually handle.

The AC has it right. 180W is marketing. It will never take that from the socket.

Comment Re:Even bad its good (Score 1) 86

My supposedly "smart" Samsung TV detects when power saving activates on the attached device and puts up a bright white logo to inform me. The logo does not go away. At least it moves around, so the wear on the screen is somewhat even.

The only way to do power saving with modern TV's is to use ARC, and ARC support is just not very widespread yet.

Comment Re:No end... (Score 2) 86

But Power Companies, who rely on Energy Usage Tests to forecast demand and allow for it, do care.

You imply that power companies try to guess which items people buy, and how much they use them, and then use the Energy Usage Tests to figure out aggregate demand. This sounds highly improbable.

Comment Defaults (Score 1) 84

The first sentence talks about INCOGNITO messages and the second about NON-INCOGNITO ones.

Yup, you're missing something : default setting.

By default, on Allo, every conversation is non-incognito. You need to explicitely jumps some (albeit small) hoops to gain privacy by accessing the incognito mode (it works the same as the various "incognito tabs", "porn mode tabs", etc. that have appeared on browsers).
For everyone else, Google's AI will mine the shit out of everything you say - "to help make the AI better by better knowing you, and thus giving you more relevant answers and auto-suggestions" (i.e.: being to target the shit out of you with all the deluge of on-line ads you're exposed to everywhere)
(not to mentions NSA's wet dream: your Google-AI's answers/suggestions could accidentally incriminate you).

By default, the end-to-end encryption in Silence Circle, WhatsApp or the OTR plugin in Pidgin/Adium/Jisti, etc.
kick in as soon as possible, and displays warning if anything fishy is happening.
Privacy is the default behaviour.
The companies use whisper (or the OTR devs for the latter), are not in a position where they could access your data.

I hope you notice the subtle difference.

Comment Add Jitsi to the list (Score 1) 84

Adium/Pidgin with OTR....

Jitsi is another interesting clients.

- Supports XMPP/Jabber/Jingle and SIP (a little bit less options available than Pidgin)

- It also has support for OTR (so a Pidgin+OTR user can have a end-to-end encrypted chat with a Jitsi user, all this over a Jabber connection with Google Talk/Hangouts)

- It also has support for ZRTP (so Jitsi user and, e.g.: a Twinkle user, can have a end-to-end encrypted Voice-call, over some random SIP provider).

Comment Intel and Linux (Score 1) 467

It's not just intentional sabatoge that can cause a lack of support. Newly release chipsets or other hardware often doesn't have initial Linux support.

In early December 2015 I built myself a Desktop using the latest Skylake Chipset (released 5th Aug 2015) and all I had to do was select "Other OS" and I installed Fedora 23 KDE spin without any problems.

In fact, if you follow news sites like Phoronix, you'd notice that Intel spends quite some resources making sure that their chipsets have release-day support in the mainstream kernel.
That shouldn't be a surprise, given that Intel's chipsets are also very popular on server, and those most frequently run some Linux distro - CentOS probably.

I can understand if graphics drivers are not available for a new graphics card

(and, as a side note, since the release of the Polaris GPU, AMD is starting to manage release-day support for their graphic cards too).

Unfortunately switching back to the PC port dropped signal which required me to reset the PC.

That *really* sounds like a HDCP (the copy-protection on HDMI connections) problem. The PC's GPU failing to renegotiate the HDCP with the monitor upon being switched back.

Putting a HDCP stripper between your PC and monitor (and eventually PS4 and monitor) should definitely and radically solve the problem.

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