Weezul writes: "RSA has recommended that developers desist from using the Dual_EC_DRBG random number generator — which happens to be the default in RSA's BSafe cryptographic toolkit." "Dual_EC_DRBG is the random number generator voted most likely to be backdoored by the NSA."
It frankly asinine to object to work around hacker ethics as "off topic" at such broad hacker conference. Is Appelbaum's 29c3 keynote "off topic" for asking hackers to work for the "good guys" rather than military, police, their contractors, facebook, etc.?
Yes, obviously harm reduction is a psychological hack that need not involve a computer, but this holds for "social engineering" as well. It's simply that hacking isn't nearly as specialized or inaccessible as say theoretical physics.
Worse, there is no shortage of terrible technology laws like the CFAA, DMCA, etc. that exist partially because early hackers failed to communicate an ethics that seemed coherent and reasoned to outsiders.
Weezul writes: Paramount's "Worldwide VP of Content Protection and Outreach" Al Perry has insinuated that Louis CK making $1 million in 12 days means he isn't monetizing. Al Perry asserted that "copyright law gives creators the right to monetize their creations, and that even if people like Louis C.K. decide not to do so, that’s a choice and not a requirement."
Weezul writes: In what Egyptian ex-pats are calling the Egyptian Bastille Day, protesters stormed the Egyptian state security services on Saturday 5 March, freeing victims of torture there, detaining security personnel, and have started publishing secret documents on facebook and twitter. An Egyptian Twitter poster wrote "I almost can't believe I'm witnessing this. We're inside the fortress of terror, our very own Mordor..."
Among the more amusing discoveries has been a room full of sex tapes, including Arab royals like Kuwait's Princess.
Weezul writes: The senior Egyptian army officers currently ruling Egypt as a military dictatorship ordered the wholesale slaughter of the thousands of protesters in Tahrir Square. Robert Fisk writes that "Mubarak ordered the Egyptian Third Army to crush the demonstrators in Tahrir Square with their tanks after flying F-16 fighter bombers at low level over the protesters [on 30 January]", but when tank commanders on the ground received the orders from senior military officers they instead called their own families for advice. "Fathers who had spent their lives serving the Egyptian army told their sons to disobey, that they must never kill their own people."
Weezul writes: If you post comments on slashdot using safari, your spelling best be impeccable, as left click simply won't pull up the Mac OS X contextual menu with spelling corrections. Why does this happen? Is there some css we may force upon slashdot that'll correct matters?