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Comment Get What You Pay For (Score 5, Insightful) 312

Imagine that, spend more on developing quality original content and consumers and producers will flock to you. Who would've thought... The legacy production houses had a huge leg up but never bothered, remaining content in their old, "good-enough-to-get-enough-eyeballs-for-advertisers" model. Looks like Blockbuster won't be the only giant getting taken down by Netflix.

Submission + - Message for AMD: Open PSP Will Improve Security, Hinder Intel

futuristicrabbit writes: AMD has faced calls from Edward Snowden, Libreboot and the Reddit community to release the source code to the AMD Secure Processor (PSP), a network-capable co-processor which some believe has the capacity to act as a backdoor. Opening the PSP would not only have security benefits, but would provide AMD with a competitive advantage against rival chipmaker Intel. Lisa Su, the CEO of AMD, is reportedly seriously considering the change, and the community is working hard to make sure she makes the right decision.

Comment Re:SHA256. (Score 1) 637

I like your idea, but since SHA256 outputs hex, how do you get around sites that require symbols or uppercase letters? (e.g. use 3 of the 4: lower case, upper case, numbers, symbols) And then, how do you exclude certain symbols that seem to be more problematic than others? i.e. "." & "!" are usually accepted symbols, while "^" or "|" may or may not be...

Comment Re:But.. that's exactly what they SAID it does. (Score 1) 227

I agree with your comment, but you're mistaken on two points:

1. If you're streaming to a TV via Chromecast, then you're already on WiFi and the throttle does not take effect (Miracast would be a different issue)
2. "Turn Binge On off for the whole account" - Binge On is enabled/disabled at the phone number level, not the account. I've turned mine off while leaving it on for my wife.

Besides those though, you're right, it'd be much better if we the consumers could be in control of when to enable this service, and for which streams.

Comment Re:What about bitrot (Score 1) 193

Firstly optical media doesn't suffer from bitrot to the same degree magnetic drives do. (There can still be damage/decay to the optical storage layer but it's much slower than magnetic disks.) Secondly, RAID doesn't protect against bitrot, that's the problem with it. Unaware filesystems have no idea the file has degraded (Ext3, HFS, NTFS, FAT32, exFat, etc.) The raid controller will then happily either A) happily copy the rotting data to the parity drive or, B) if it happens later, the array won't know which copy was the one affected by the bitrot. (No process touched the file so mod dates are worthless for comparison) The filesystem has to explicitly have file level checksumming built in (Btrfs, ZFS, etc.) That can then work across a raid array, but it's the FS, *not* the array providing the protection.

Comment Re:Is anyone surprised? (Score 1) 116

That's only true if you haven't disabled password authentication. If you've limited to public/private key authentication only, you get nothing.

Or more specifically you get: "Connection refused. Unable to connect to host" At that point, who cares what port number you're running on, unless someone's able to brute force your 4096-bit key, you're fine.

Comment Re:Encrypt (Score 2) 478

Every time an article like this comes up, the Slashdot masses are always there shouting, "Just encrypt everything!" But in reality, it's not that simple. Sure I could set up GNUPG for myself and close friends/family, but what about the hundreds of emails a month we receive from organizations we have no control over? Cell phone bill, electric bill, credential websites, offers from Amazon, emails from Craigslist/Ebay: there's no way for an individual to force encryption on all of those.

And that's the problem the solution may exist, but the infrastructure doesn't, rendering the solution near useless.

Comment Re:There is some value in theater (Score 1) 328

That may be true, but crimes can be broken into two categories: crimes of opportunity and crimes of intent. Security theater _may_ reduce crimes of opportunity, but if someone has the intent to 1) rob a bank, 2) blow up a plane, 3) murder someone, they will find a way. It becomes a game in which one side can play defense only while waiting for the offense to eventually score. Considering TSA was a direct response to 9/11 which was clearly a crime of intent, security theater _is_ worthless.

Comment Re:There was a pretty insightful comment (Score 2) 92

The difference is, religions typically believe their "creator was, and always has been". OP (I believe) realizes that humans evolved without a "divine touch" and is talking about a possible next step in evolution. Just because "nature" doesn't make it happen, doesn't make it any less significant. We are a product of nature and evolution after all.

Comment Re:Isn't salting to avoid similarities in hashes? (Score 1) 409

The salt also (helps) prevent the use of rainbow tables. Most organizations don't want to force their users to memorize 20+ character passwords. So they set the password limit to 8-16 characters. Normally, a rainbow table with computed values for 8 character passwords would work on _some_ users' passwords. Now add in the salt. If your salt is a 20 character string on its own, the attacker would need to have rainbow tables computed (for at least) 28 character passwords; a feat exponentially harder than 8. Or at least that's what my Sesame Street security has taught me.
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Activision Wants Consoles To Be Replaced By PCs 344

thsoundman writes with this excerpt from thegamersblog: "We live in a world where we have multiple platforms for gaming: PC, PS3, 360, Wii, etc. Each platform has varying amounts of power when it comes to playing games. Activision, one of the leading cross-platform publishers, wishes to move away from the 'walled gardens' set by Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. ... [Activision CEO Bobby] Kotick’s solution is to turn to the PC, where it can set its own model for pricing — not unlike what Blizzard has done with World of Warcraft and Kotick stated that Activision would 'very aggressively' support the likes of HP and Dell in any attempt at making an easy 'plug-and-play' PC that would hook up directly to the TV."

Comment Re:Not the best idea (Score 3, Informative) 572

In addition, what if this actually interferes with an emergency call?

Data and voice operate independently of one another. While 3G/EDGE service may be disrupted it won't affect end-users' abilities to make calls over GPRS. And while it may further reinforce AT&T's point that their end-users gobble "too much" bandwidth, the publicity that it could generate would be a nice way of sticking it to yet another corporation that enjoys selling "limited-unlimited".

Comment Re:Call me paranoid... (Score 2, Insightful) 257

It IS somehow special now.

While it's true anyone can walk by and see a house, thereby making the outside public, not all houses have the same expected "audience". For example, I live in Chicago. I have zero expectations of privacy on the outside of my unit, because I'm surrounded by 3 million other people.

However, if I move to a tiny town of 20,000 people, I expect the total number of "views" that my house gets will drop substantially. There's an expectation that on a given day, I might not have more than 5 people look at my home. With your home posted online, it becomes trivial for millions of people to see it almost instantly.

I think people concentrate too much on public vs. private, without taking into account the fact that privacy is not binary.

I'm not for censoring data on the web, but it certainly makes sense why some people are, I think justifiably, upset by this. The barrier to to home viewing has dropped from people driving over (for say a fair or special event) to simply clicking (because your house's address got published on Slashdot, Digg, Reddit, etc.).

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