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Comment Re: Oh boy, another infection vector (Score 1) 230

It's not a problem on linux because the community manages the software repository. If it is found that a package owner (someone who creates the .deb or .rpm packages from the source of the original project) is adding malicious code, the package will be removed rather quickly, package owner probably banned and who knows what else. I doubt Microsoft would allow that level of scrutiny in whatever repo system they setup for this.
Anybody else is welcome to chime in if I'm incorrect on this.

Comment Re:Definitely A Copyright Violation (Score 2) 201

Yes, when the original composers and artists of the songs themselves release an album your logic applies. If somebody else were to mix a bunch of 3rd party songs and try to sell them on a CD the "artistic decision" of the original artists and composers is absent.

Just to be the devils advocate here; would it be right for Spotify or its users to claim copyright over all their playlists? They're released publicly and required "artistic decision" to create.

Comment Re:What are we paying them for? (Score 1) 221

if you took a trillion dollars/yr out of the US economy tommorrow, life would suck.

It really depends on which funds you cut. If we cut out all the free food we're giving away to other countries, all the bail-out money to other countries, the weapons we're giving to other countries, etc. life in the US would probably be much nicer. If we (the US) stopped trying to rule/fix the world and focus on ourselves we could become more stable and eventually be in a position where we could graciously assist other countries if/when they asked for it.

Comment Re:You do realize that you're talking in fallacies (Score 1) 217

Prove what? Prove that they genetically modify seeds? Look at their website. Prove that they also produce pesticides and poisons? Look at their website. Prove that there are side effects? I haven't seen nor heard of any proof that there aren't. You do realize that using big words doesn't actually make you smart right?

Submission + - Intel's 12-Core Xeon With 30 MB Of L3: The New Mac Pro's CPU? (

wesbascas writes: Tom's Hardware just posted yet another set of leaked CPU benchmarks, this time from the 12-core Intel Xeon E5-2697 V2. The 22nm workstation chip boasts a whopping 30 MB of L3 cache and is rumored to be the SKU powering Apple's upcoming cylindrical Mac Pro.

While an early submission to Geekbench showed the 12-core Xeon achieving a score of under 24,000, or just 9% faster than the current Westmere-EP-based Mac Pro, that test was run using the 32-bit version of the benchmark on a pre-release build of OS X Mavericks. Meanwhile, Tom's achieved a more expected score of over 30,000 points using the 64-bit version of Geekbench in Windows — or about 25% more than the previously-leaked 32-bit/Mavericks result.

Moving on to other benchmarks, the Xeon E5-2697 bests the competition in all multi-threaded apps (sometimes punishingly), but loses out to chips with fewer cores and higher clock speeds in less-intensive, single-threaded workloads. Overall, Intel's Ivy Bridge-EP presents a solid upgrade to the company's current enterprise-grade offerings — provided you're running apps that can utilize all those cores. As for early reports of the new Mac Pro having absolutely no teeth: doubtful.

Submission + - Microsoft Starts Countdown on Eliminating MD5 ( 3

msm1267 writes: The clock is running on Windows administrators to sweep out MD5 implementations before a February 2014 patch from Microsoft slams the door shut on the broken, aged crypto algorithm.
Microsoft released a pair of advisories yesterday in addition to its regular Patch Tuesday security updates alerting users to the fact it would in six months restrict the use of digital certificates with MD5 hashes issued under roots in the Microsoft root certificate program. Admins should use the leeway to find any systems or applications relying on MD5 and determine whether the patch will break anything and otherwise impact their environments.
When the patch is pushed universally in February, MD5 hashes will no longer be accepted among Microsoft root certificates. The change applies only to certificates used for server authentication, code signing and time stamping, Microsoft said, adding that it would not block other uses of MD5, and that it would allow for signed binaries that were signed before March 2009. Customers need to determine, in the meantime, which services are still using MD5 crypto and switch to a stronger algorithm such as the SHA2 family.

Submission + - Datacenter Gives Internet to 70 Percent of Navajo Nation (

Nerval's Lobster writes: The Navajo Nation cut the ribbon August 13 on an $8 million data center that has been under debate and development since 2000, when then-President Bill Clinton expressed shock that a 13-year-old Navajo girl who just won a new laptop couldn’t connect to the Internet. At the time that girl won the laptop in a school contest, the Navajo Nation--a 27,425 square-mile region that covers portions of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico--had barely any IT infrastructure. The incident helped drive debate among leaders of the Navajo Nation, many of whom said they believed adding telecommunications and computing facilities were secondary to other concerns for the chronically poverty stricken region. The 50,000-square-foot facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico includes 25,000-sq.-ft. of datacenter and an equal space for computer training and business incubation, according to Nova Corp., an IT services company owned by Navajo Nation and formed in 2004 to execute an IT plan to create the “Digital Navajo Nation” (PDF). The drive to get it built also helped push development of a $46 million broadband project designed to cover about half of Navajo territory with 550 miles of fiber, 32 new cell towers and upgrades to another 27. It will eventually connect more than 30,000 households and 1,000 businesses.

Submission + - Changes in Earth's orbit were key to Antarctic warming that ended last ice age (

vinces99 writes: For more than a century scientists have known that Earth’s ice ages are caused by the wobbling of the planet’s orbit, which changes its orientation to the sun and affects the amount of sunlight reaching higher latitudes, particularly the polar regions. The Northern Hemisphere’s last ice age ended about 20,000 years ago, and most evidence has indicated that the ice age in the Southern Hemisphere ended about 2,000 years later, suggesting that the south was responding to warming in the north. But new research published online Aug. 14 in Nature shows that Antarctic warming began at least 2,000, and perhaps 4,000, years earlier than previously thought.

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