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Comment Re: No. (Score 1) 246

While I do agree that the company that leaked the data should be fined for every record that was stolen, hacking does have to have a punishment to curtail it. It is true that there is no perfect security, at some point there exists some hacker who given the time and will to crack your system, they will probably get in. Combine that with the fact that the cost to secure a system is exponentially higher then the tools it requires to crack the system and you run into the case that if hacking were legal none of our information would ever be safe again.

Comment Re: No. (Score 1) 246

However, the problem is there are also simple solutions to stop this sort of attack from being possible. For instance on the web page I run I have session variables that are checked on every page load, and if they do not match what I expect then they get thrown back to the log on screen. I also don't execute anything from the address bar outside of quotes and I strip any ' characters from the address bar to ensure that no-one can simply escape to their code. That said I am sure I have missed something, but I am a one man developer at a small company that handles mostly public information. There should be laws enforcing companies like AT&T to pick up their act when it comes to security, not to crush those who find the holes in said security. While I don't condone what he did, I also agree that he should not be spending 3 years in jail for it, at worst their should be a fine, but at the same time AT&T should also be fined for every record that was stolen in this method in the same way as the HIPAA laws call for.

Comment Re:Predictions? (Score 1) 183

They are not just used to test for success, for instance in my case I was tested in the 4th grade and came up with a 138. BUT they had not tested me just for that, they tested me because although I was excelling at math and science I could not write a compound sentence. So after the test showed I had the capacity to learn they pushed to keep me in the highest level of classes and also put me in special education in order to give me additional teaching in English. Now I am writing my dissertation for a PhD in Computer Science and I am grateful for the additional help. Without that testing they most likely would have dropped me into remedial English and I would have been lucky to get in to college with the essay I would have written never mind made it into graduate school.

Comment Re:Ah, the Planet Pluto (Score 3, Insightful) 138

First off, Pluto was originally called a planet back before all of the objects that are in the same orbit as Pluto were spotted, thus under the definition that a planet must clear its orbit fails. Second if kilobytes are so clear and unambiguous, why do hard drive manufacturers consider them 1000 bytes when all computer scientists and programmers consider them 1024?

Submission + - LogMeIn Removing Free Tier (

Shalaska writes: LogMeIn, a popular remote access software, is removing its free tier completely requiring premium subscriptions to access any computer. As a small business we purchased 2 paid subscriptions to connect to computers where we needed file sharing and printer sharing, but otherwise used free connections to connect to the 30 remote computers we need access to. From the announcement on January 21st users have 7 days to make the upgrade although the grace period does begin from the next time you log on.

Submission + - AMD Catalyst Driver To Enable Mantle, Fix Frame Pacing, Support HSA For Kaveri (

MojoKid writes: AMD has a new set of drivers coming in a couple of days that are poised to resolve a number of longstanding issues and enable a handful of new features as well, most notably support for Mantle. AMD's new Catalyst 14.1 beta driver is going to be the first publicly available driver from AMD that will support Mantle, AMD’s “close to the metal” API that will let developers wring additional performance from GCN-based GPUs. However, the new drivers will also add support for the HSA-related features introduced with the recently released Kaveri APU, and will reportedly fix the frame pacing issues associated with Radeon HD 7000 series CrossFire configurations. A patch for Battlefield 4 is due to arrive soon as well and AMD is claiming performance gains in excess of 40 percent in CPU limited scenarios but smaller gains in GPU-limited conditions, with average gains of 11 — 13 percent over all.

Submission + - AMD To release Mantle drivers today. Battlefield 4 patch released. (

Spottywot writes: While there were some reports flying around about further delays of the Battlefield 4 Mantle patch it has been delivered on time today by DICE. The necessary AMD Catalyst 14.1 beta drivers — to get Mantle optimisations to work — are yet to be released publically but are expected to be available later today.

Johan Andersson, one of the Technical Directors in the Frostbite team, said about the update: "Battlefield 4 on PC is already quite heavily optimized using DirectX 11 and DirectX 11.1, but with Mantle we are able to go even further: we’ve significantly reduced CPU cost in our rendering, efficiently parallelized it over multiple CPU cores and reduced overhead in many areas." Andersson added that the best performance gains are observed when a game is bottlenecked by the CPU "which can be quite common even on high-end machines".
DICE did a "couple of benchmarks" using Battlefield 4 on a variety of configurations. With an AMD A10-7850K 'Kaveri' APU Mantle provides a 14 per cent improvement, on a system with an AMD FX-8350 and Radeon 7970 Mantle provides a 25 per cent boost, while on an Intel Core i7-3970x Extreme system with 2x AMD Radeon R9 290x cards a huge 58 per cent performance increase was observed.

Comment Re:Recent studies (Score 5, Insightful) 118

Exactly, in most cases piracy is a indication of a service problem. It is amazing the number of times I have and have seen others have to pirate a game I already own, just because the DRM-copy fails to function as advertised due to draconian DRM restrictions. Furthermore the pirated copy doesn't require things such as disks in the CD drive which I would rather not have to look for. On the other hand all of the games I have gotten off of Steam, although using Steam's DRM system, I have not had to pirate because their system just works for me.

Whenever a pirated copy is better then the legal copy, there is something wrong with the legal copy.

Comment Re:that wasn't 'no rules' (Score 2) 127

Exactly, and apparently the students are being better monitored for the study, every time I was bullied in the past it was while no one was watching or around, and I almost never reported it. That said it is only a matter of time until some kid is seriously hurt (or killed) falling out of a tree (or similar activity) and regardless of the effects on bullying those rules will be right back in place.

Comment Re:Firewall (Score 0) 197

I believe the parent was thinking of the incoming FTP port not the outgoing port. This does show however the common problem that the average person does not understand how most of this technology works, and many of them believe that they have secured themselves with steps such as above when in reality all they have done is made themselves feel safer without any actual security in place.

Comment Re:Sourceforge download ads (Score 2, Informative) 197

The number of times I have accidently clicked on an ad Download button instead of the actual download button on sites I am not familiar with is astounding. I always have caught on quickly, stopped the incorrect download and then gone looking for the correct one, but as a Comp Sci PhD candidate and computer security practitioner, the fact that it can fool me even for a minute is astounding. Sites really should remove ads that confuse where you should be clicking to download what you came there for.

Comment Re:Please (Score 0) 197

Exactly, the hashes are the best way to tell the two apart and anyone downloading software from the internet should learn how to check them.

For reference you can find FileZilla's hashes at:

Or to get their yourself go to Download, then click on "Show additional download options" and it will be the last one in the list.

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