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Comment Re:Visual Studio C++ equivalent? (Score 1) 121

I develop C++ applications mainly for Linux ... Is there a decent GUI for developing on Linux now?

I assume by "GUI" you mean IDE? I'd try NetBeans. It's mostly known for Java development, but has a decent C++ development module as well. It's perhaps five to ten years behind the state-of-the-art on Windows, but it's certainly quite usable. I'm using it to port my game engine at the moment, as well as an open-source cross-platform C++ library I maintain on GitHub.

Oh, and if you do check it out, make sure to grab it directly from netbeans.org, as the one in packages is often quite outdated. Current version should be 8.1, if I'm not mistaken.

Comment Re:We'll see how long this lasts... (Score 5, Funny) 85

Yeah, I can totally see that. I mean, obviously the whole bipartisan "unanimous vote" was just a sham, designed to dupe unsuspecting America into complacency until they can get Trump in office and then... (dun, dun, duuuuun!) reverse the law they just passed.

Pure evil. So damned diabolical. I'll bet Trump planned the entire thing. In fact, His Orangeness will probably just delete the law from history with an executive order, just to rub it in everyone's face that he's now gained absolute power over all life and space-time. Somebody needs to stop this maniac!

Comment Re:Great (Score 2) 96

Yes, flash is a piece of turd. But it is a WORKING piece of turd, and HTML5 won't change that.

Unfortunately, it's also a DANGEROUS turd. I understand that many sites will continue to require Flash in the near future. These will continue to work, just with an extra click. We're not talking about the complete elimination of Flash here. But it should be treated as the dangerous malware vector that it is, and only activate when someone really wants to activate it. I agree that functionality-wise, Flash has a lot going for it. But it's just not worth the price we paid (and continue to pay) security-wise.

Adobe had Flash, Microsoft had ActiveX, and Java had its plugin. All three were major security disasters, and we're still feeling the negative effects of all of them even today. I welcome anything that sweeps those technologies toward the dustbin of internet history.

Comment Re:The "cost of compliance" (Score 1) 82

Which makes the price rise slightly for goods produced in China relative to regions which don't have these laws. That's the important bit. Just like states in the US do with favorable tax rates and incentives, countries also compete for international businesses. Each new bit of overhead or regulatory friction is a disincentive for businesses.

Comment Re:So much for public charging locations (Score 1) 235

Fortunately, it's not designed as a passthough USB device, and it appears to be activated with a button. So, it seems sort of unlikely that it would be abused like that en masse, at least not without significant modification, which raises the bar quite a bit for malicious sorts.

I think a bigger danger is someone leaving the device lying around with a label printed "top secret" or "do not view", and letting natural human curiosity do the rest. That's still an expensive "prank" to play at $50 a pop, with no benefit to the users, so it seems unlikely to be widespread.

Comment Re:It's deeper than ethics (Score 1) 56

Ethically/morally/etc it's one thing.

AT&T spokesperson: Sorry... what? I'm not sure what you're saying here. Is there a legal document that perhaps defines those terms in an appendix somewhere? If possible, we'd also like them defined in the proper context of how they relate to maximizing corporate profit and alienating customers. I'm afraid our discussions can go no further unless we're all on the same page with some of this confusing terminology.

Comment Re:Sinkholing, WTF? (Score 1) 53

Not anymore, I believe that's part of the rule41 changes

Hmm, it seems I was wrong, but not for that reason. In recent years (like, within the last five years or so) they've actually used botnet command and control systems to try to fix or patch up user systems. I've linked a legal paper in a different post that described some of these events.

I'm wondering if part of the intention of Rule 41 was to clarify the legal standing of the botnet issue. Will have to do a bit more reading on that, as it somehow slipped by my radar.

Comment Re:Sinkholing, WTF? (Score 5, Informative) 53

Unfortunately, there's no convenient global IP-to-email or IP-to-person database, so it's not as easy as you may think to contact those affected. IPs are usually dynamically assigned to consumer users, meaning there's no simple one-to-one mapping. While it's certainly *possible* to track down a user by IP, it's by no means trivial to do so, or even possible in all cases. ISPs may be reluctant to hand out that information to law enforcement without a subpoena, and that's generally a good thing for our privacy.

Probably the most effective response to help individuals, now that the authorities have the command and control systems, is to instruct the malware to remotely disable itself and patch any known infection vector / vulnerability. This has been done on several occasions by the FBI and Microsoft in recent years, which has a dedicated anti cyber-crime lab that works with them on these sorts of cases. Of course, this is fraught with both technical and legal concerns, due to potential abuse or a slippery slope encroachment of privacy rights. And things are made more complicated because of the various international laws that may impact the ability of law enforcement to do this.

I certainly understand your skepticism regarding governments, law enforcement, and potential for abuse by overreach, but I really do think they're doing the right thing here. It's unfortunate that governments and law enforcement has undermined the public trust with their actions, such that we can't help but question their motivations, even when they're (I believe) legitimately stopping criminals like this.

Comment Re:Sinkholing, WTF? (Score 3, Informative) 53

There's little choice but to seize command-and-control domains in order to stop these widely distributed botnets. My guess is that this is simply done at the DNS level, which would be pretty simple since they're apparently cooperating with ICANN authorities, according to the press release. Also, it's ridiculous to expect authorities to track down half a million victims and help them clean up their computers. Besides, in the US at least, I believe it would actually be illegal to do anything to a user's system without their express consent.

So, sorry, I don't see this as some nefarious plot by world governments to take over the internet... that's probably a different department. This is exactly what law enforcement needs to be doing to combat these fucking botnets operators and ransomware distributors who are ruining things for the rest of us.

Comment Robot? (Score 1) 124

Bulk digital storage requires a robot? Is she perhaps talking about a device that can access stored digital tape media with a mechanical arm or something? Or is any high tech hardware these days just called a "robot" if people don't know what else to call it?

The article didn't provide any more details, which is a shame, since that sounds sort of interesting to see.

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