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Comment Not much practical use, yet. (Score 4, Interesting) 74

They've studied how much force it takes to tighten a very simple overhand knot with various numbers of turns and developed mathematical theory that is good at predictions. Whilst it's interesting, most knot use is probably more interested in the opposite case of how much force is necessary to untie a knot, or how much force a knotted rope can withstand, or which knot configurations are comparable in strength. That'll take a much bigger leap in research but this is a good start.

Submission + - After Windows 2003 support ends? (

kooky45 writes: On July 14th 2015 Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 2003. If your company is anything like mine then they're in a panic to update Windowns 2003 systems that have been ignored for years. But what will happen to Windows 2003 systems still in use after the cut-off date? Company Security warn us that the world will end, but they said the same thing when Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP and yet we survived. Did you experience an increase in successful attacks against XP shortly after its support ended, or expect to see one against Windows 2003 this time round?

Submission + - SourceForge MITM Projects ( 2

lister king of smeg writes: What happened?

SourceForge, once a trustworthy source code hosting site, started to place misleading ads (like fake download buttons) a few years ago. They are also bundling third-party adware/malware directly with their Windows installer.

Some project managers decided to leave SourceForge – partly because of this, partly just because there are better options today. SF staff hijacked some of these abandoned accounts, partly to bundle the crapware with their installers. It has become just another sleazy garbage site with downloads of fake antivirus programs and such.

How can I help?

If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.

As this story has been submitted several times in the past several days, by various submitter and is going around various other tech forums( , , ,) this submitter wonders has our shared "glorious Dice Corporate overloads" been shooting this story down?

Submission + - SourceForge assumes ownership of GIMP For Win, wraps installer in adware (

An anonymous reader writes: It appears that SourceForge is assuming control of all projects that appear "abandoned." In a blog update on their site, they responded saying in part "There has recently been some report that the GIMP-Win project on SourceForge has been hijacked; this project was actually abandoned over 18 months ago, and SourceForge has stepped-in to keep this project current. "

SourceForge is now offering "to establish a program to enable users and developers to help us remove misleading and confusing ads."

Submission + - European data protection warnings on home CCTV (

kooky45 writes: The UK's Information Commissioner is warning all British households with CCTV cameras that they could be breaking the Data Protection act if they are recording activity happening outside of their property, and they must register their use of cameras, warn neighbours and post notices about their coverage. This is in line with recent EU legal activity but it's likely to discourage wider adoption of domestic CCTV in Europe. And how does this affect webcams and dashcams which may also capture public activity?

Comment And treat the new market the same (Score 5, Insightful) 120

They say they'll operate like Google and Facebook, but they'll do the same as they've done with taxi regulations; ignore the rules. Don't be suprised if we hear about data protection regulations being flouted because Uber are "just a car sharing company, and not a marketting giant".

Comment Re:So easy to find (Score 3, Interesting) 132

And done the /8 now and another common ones are

commonName=UBNT/organizationName=Ubiquiti Networks Inc.

commonName=TS Series NAS/organizationName=QNAP Systems Inc.

commonName=Vigor Router/organizationName=DrayTek Corp. ITALIA SPA

commonName=localdomain/organizationName=Axentraserver Default Certificate 863B4AB

In fact, there are duplicate hashes appearing all over the place so it's an endemic problem.

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