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1  Welcome to Fudzilla Forum / Discussion about Articles / XP passwords cracked in 5.3 seconds on: March 15, 2010, 12:42:13 PM
I don't really expect anyone at fudzilla to be a security expert, but on behalf of hackers worldwide:

XP 14 digit or less LM hashes are well known to be very weak. 5.3 seconds is a very believable time to crack one, using a rainbow table regardless of hard drive. If you have a decent SAN to run it on, I'm sure it's very fast there too.

Rainbow tables require many months of pre-computation, typically done on large clusters. You generate every hash from a set of characters (e.g. the set of all lower case letters) and chain them together. When you look one up, you compute to the end result, work out which it is in then start again from the start of that one until you find the correct hash for the password. This in itself is a time-memory tradeoff, as direct lookup tables would be huge. You optimise for hard drive speed and size vs cpu speed.

The reason the NVIDIA solution is still much, much faster than this (even though the article claims it is 500 times slower) is that it does not require months of pre-computation, or downloading and extracting a 50gb database, etc. It does it all there and then. 45 minutes (5.3 seconds * 500 - although I have actually seen this done in a matter of minutes, so I think they are not giving a fair comparison anyway) is much faster than months of computation or days/weeks of downloading an existing database. Particularly when you only want to do a few passwords at a time.

There are websites that you can just send the hash to and they queue you up and return a password result quite quickly anyway.
2  Welcome to Fudzilla Forum / Discussion about Articles / Solar powered phone - dead link on: September 28, 2009, 12:29:16 PM
In Cardboard, green solar powered phone the link is truncated.

it is
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/09/weird-solar-powered-phone-concept-ge

but should be
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/09/weird-solar-powered-phone-concept-gets-you-to-quit-upgrading-or-not.php
3  Welcome to Fudzilla Forum / Discussion about Articles / Re: OCZ CrossOver 8GB flash drive tested on: June 04, 2009, 02:30:57 PM
Thanks, that makes sense Smiley
4  Welcome to Fudzilla Forum / Discussion about Articles / Re: Linux to Geek. on: June 02, 2009, 09:38:37 PM
I think this applies to anyone who uses Ubuntu, since Ubuntu is based on the testing branch of Debian AFAIK. Still, most people have no problems upgrading.

I have to admit, I used Debian Lenny (testing) on my old laptop. Etch was just too far behind and a lot of hardware compatibility that new laptops need (e.g. wireless, suspend/hibernate, etc) was just completely missing. Lenny stable seems to be much more compatible with modern laptops than Etch stable was when it was released.
5  Welcome to Fudzilla Forum / Discussion about Articles / OCZ CrossOver 8GB flash drive tested on: June 02, 2009, 01:41:49 PM
http://www.fudzilla.com/content/view/13949/40/

The last graph in this article ("File copying") confused me.



What do the numbers like 13,59 and 0,37 mean? (there is nothing given) Is this time (e.g. 13 minutes 59 seconds) where lower would be better or is it MB/s (13.59 MB/s) as it was in earlier graphs or what?

Also, if "higher is better" then why is it "unable to cope with SLC based Patriot Xporter XT Plus", which scored much lower?  Huh
6  Welcome to Fudzilla Forum / Discussion about Articles / Re: Linux to Geek. on: June 02, 2009, 01:32:38 PM
Windows, Mac and Linux all have things that they are good at.

For example, Macs are for people who want a stylish, expensive (expense as a status symbol - like a Rolex watch or a Bentley) computer that is perfectly fine for web browsing and checking your emails. Celebrities fall into this category.

Linux (and other similar things like BSD) has many specialised uses. Things that it does really well. Because they are so specialised, they tend to be harder to set up and configure. Most email providers use something like postfix on Linux, for example. Linux is moving into desktop computing and is quite capable but only as capable as Mac.

Windows is more for mainstream every day desktop computing. It's a jack of all trades and a master of none (or at least of few - it masters games for example).



I run both Windows and Linux about evenly. I don't run Mac at all.


P.S. if your software breaks when you upgrade it, don't upgrade it Wink With new versions of Linux distributions, there is probably nothing extra that you actually need in the new version anyway. The same thing happens if you try to "upgrade" Windows XP to Windows Vista. If you want to do it smoothly, back up all your data and just install it fresh because operating system upgrades are always rubbish.

I have had no problems running Debian for years. I don't have any Sarge (3) boxes but my Etch (4) boxes were left as Etch and and when Debian 5 (Lenny) was released, I only installed it to my new laptop. The rest still run Etch and still work fine.
7  Welcome to Fudzilla Forum / Suggestion / Re: Typos, spelling and grammar on: December 19, 2008, 08:24:21 PM
Quote from: ghell
The quality of the content is something that you will never really be able to change much (at least not without hiring completely new staff and paying them a lot more, which would just ruin Fudzilla). You may not have all the facts and you have to make certain assumptions or interpretations sometimes and they may end up being wrong. For example, the recent NVIDIA 6 partner mistake. Because that will never change and all of your competitors face the same problems, you have to look for other areas to improve in.

As for not getting every story right, well, we've published 11k+ so far. We got very, very few of them wrong. Take into account that we're dealing with a fast moving industry, sometimes major changes happen overnight, sometimes we just get bad info which checks out with several sources, but is proven to be flawed days or weeks later. It happens to all news organizations, not just tech sites. Anyway, juries convict innocent people and give them the death penalty, doctors amputate the wrong limb from time to time, and we get a frequency or price slightly off once in a thousand stories.
This was what I was trying to say Smiley

Quote from: ghell
I've tried emailing in the past but when I use the form on the main site (linked to by clicking on an article author's name) I usually get ignored. Besides, I wanted some kind of way of discussing the suggestion with others and getting it out there, some kind of "forum" if you will, for suggestions.

Email info@fudzilla.com, or any of our authors directly. Better yet, contact me and I'll pass on your comment and fix any mistake you find, informing the author of it, so it wouldn't happen again. I'll send you my email, check your PM.

Thanks Smiley
8  Welcome to Fudzilla Forum / Discussion about Articles / Re: Possible Nvidia Geforce GTX 295 pixelized on: December 18, 2008, 05:40:39 PM
You posted abusive comments to both of my threads without any provocation from me whatsoever. All I have posted are replies to your abuse. "none of my comments are abusive" is just a complete lie, as pretty much all of them have been.

Really, I'm showing the same amount of respect, if not more than you are to me.

Like I said, if you don't have anything nice (I'd better make that word a bit more obvious this time as you completely missed it last time) to say then don't say anything at all.

Please note how I have not said anything rude or vulgar to anyone except you and frankly you deserve it.
9  Welcome to Fudzilla Forum / Discussion about Articles / Re: Possible Nvidia Geforce GTX 295 pixelized on: December 18, 2008, 03:04:56 PM
fwoot.postcount +1
fwoot.beinganarse = max

Are all 100+ of your posts offensive or is it just the ones I read? Why even join a forum if all you are going to do is insult other members? Do you have issues with your mummy? Are you too scared to confront her about them and so take out your anger and fears by lashing out at others in the community? Maybe you should just end all the misery and top yourself off. I hear that sticking a fork in a power socket is a good way to do it. Perhaps you could give it a try and get back to me on that.



Saying that the 295 will have DisplayPort and not HDMI is a big fact to get wrong. Many DisplayPort screen owners, such as myself, have been waiting for a decent card to get DisplayPort for a long time (there's a Gainward Golen Sample 4870 but that's it - the 9600GTs DisplayPort barely even works) and this might cause problems if anyone reads the article and then buys the card, expecting to hook it up to their DisplayPort screen. Likewise, those with HDMI screens may be put off by thinking that they have to use a DVI adapter.

It's a fundamental mistake that could cause problems for any reads that actually believe what they read and is easy to correct in either an update or edit to that article or by specifically saying what it does have in a subsequent article.
10  Welcome to Fudzilla Forum / Suggestion / Re: Typos, spelling and grammar on: December 18, 2008, 02:51:35 PM
Well, it sounds like this thread has made some kind of impact and things should continue to get better in the future, and that's all I was really hoping for Smiley

The Firefox spell checker isn't too bad I find (on Windows at least, Linux uses its own spell checkers) but most people either have it disabled or have it set to the wrong dictionary. I had it turned on throughout this thread because if I made a bunch of spelling mistakes in a thread about spelling mistakes, that would be a bit of a problem Wink

I don't know about the RSS not receiving the edits. As I added in a small edit to my previous post, RSS doesn't actually contain the content, just a link to the main site. The aggregator (a word that Firefox's spell checker doesn't seem to have) either just links your browser to the main article page or fetches the article itself by going to that URI via HTTP, which is why if you use RSS in something like Thunderbird then most of your time is spent scrolling down past all the rubbish at the top of the page for every single article like a giant fudzilla logo and a banner ad - if you use a laptop you probably won't be able to see any of the article without scrolling down at all. Thunderbird doesn't even cache the web page, just the RSS so as long as the link doesn't change for an edit and the main page does receive the edit, Thunderbird should see it.

I'm looking forward to the new design and RSS. Maybe even setting the HTTP response Content-Type header to "application/xhtml+xml" for browsers that support it (see HTTP request Accept header) so that the XHTML can actually be used rather than just being read in with an old HTML parser? Smiley

Quote from: Nele
The thing is, people tend to focus on the quality of language used, rather than the quality of content. I'm aware of this - when people run out of valid arguments, they have nothing left and they start bashing your grammar, spelling, then they go on to nationality, religion, race... You get the picture.
I'm not just struggling to think of bad things to say and so picking on your spelling and grammar. The quality of the content is something that you will never really be able to change much (at least not without hiring completely new staff and paying them a lot more, which would just ruin Fudzilla). You may not have all the facts and you have to make certain assumptions or interpretations sometimes and they may end up being wrong. For example, the recent NVIDIA 6 partner mistake. Because that will never change and all of your competitors face the same problems, you have to look for other areas to improve in.

I've tried emailing in the past but when I use the form on the main site (linked to by clicking on an article author's name) I usually get ignored. Besides, I wanted some kind of way of discussing the suggestion with others and getting it out there, some kind of "forum" if you will, for suggestions.

fwoot:
I came to the conclusion that your post count was very important to you when I noticed that not a single post of yours (that I've read) has added anything to the thread it's been posted in, only to your post count. In fact, none of them have been more than 2 lines long.
11  Welcome to Fudzilla Forum / Suggestion / Re: Typos, spelling and grammar on: December 17, 2008, 03:46:25 PM
Yet another completely useless post from fwoot I see. I suppose that's what you have to do if post counts are how you rate your life.


I agree with these points. Spell checkers often don't catch typos (for example, a recent typo "ever" rather than "every" when both are real words) and grammar checkers are not as common as spell checkers because the lexical analysis is much harder than just checking each word against a dictionary and suggesting alternatives based on the least number of differences. Grammar checkers also tend to give cryptic output messages that even native English speakers struggle with and I usually read as "rephrase this sentence until I stop complaining at you".

I was hoping that whoever edits the articles could simply run them through a quick spell checker too. However, even if the articles are not all edited, there must be some way to hook some spell checker (if nix, ispell, aspell, myspell are examples) up to the submission system and have it run automatically.

Perhaps the RSS isn't receiving the edits or is caching the unedited originals? I only check Fudzilla a few times a day rather than hammering on the RSS by keeping an RSS aggregator open so even if it is edited after 15 minutes, I should still be able to see the edit. Edit: RSS just links to the normal page so any problem with not receiving an up to date version of an article would be a problem in the normal page rather than the RSS. I actually get the "printer friendly" version from my filter because it is much easier to scrape.

For "paying the bare minimum" for proof readers, if the better English speaking authors aren't willing to proof read for the worse, I meant that you may be able to pay by man hours or on a per-article basis. Proof reading an article takes almost no time at all as the articles are usually just a few hundred words,. Most of the time would be spent waiting around for articles to be published and if you could get away with not paying someone to just sit around waiting, it would be a lot cheaper. If there is already someone in the office that speaks (or rather writes) good English, it could just be added to their job description with a slight pay rise rather than employing an entirely new person, which would avoid any minimum wage problems.

I'm only suggesting any of this because I would prefer that Fudzilla be a bit more of a credible source that I could cite without being ridiculed. I'm probably as sick of all the "bashing" as any of you and just want it to stop. You can't change things like assumptions that you make that later turn out to be wrong or misinterpreting those you interview (which is fine as long as you quote them, allowing the reader to also make their own interpretation) but this is a relatively easy thing to improve to increase credibility. Like Wikipedia, I'm not expecting that Fudzilla will ever be cited anywhere important because of the nature of the articles, leading to the two problems I just mentioned, but you should at least be able to quote articles on overclocking forums without being laughed at by teenagers Roll Eyes

Quote from: Nele
Austrian doesn't exist, they speak German, and we're Bosnian, not Slovakian
You have my apologies. I guessed Austrian because you have referred a few times to an Austrian (.at) price comparison site as "local" and I knew you were from around there somewhere Wink I wonder if that's as big an insult as calling me French, as it's around here somewhere - people tend to hate being labelled as a member of their neighbouring countries so sorry again. Smiley I should have got Bosnian from CJ's (.ba) email address on this forum.

By the way, I have acknowledged recent (in the last 6 months) improvements in both of the suggestion threads that I have posted to Wink
12  Welcome to Fudzilla Forum / Discussion about Articles / Re: Possible Nvidia Geforce GTX 295 pixelized on: December 17, 2008, 02:58:52 PM
fwoot, if you don't have anything nice to say... STFU Cheesy
13  Welcome to Fudzilla Forum / Discussion about Articles / Re: Possible Nvidia Geforce GTX 295 pixelized on: December 16, 2008, 09:00:08 PM
Exactly my point. The article claims it is DisplayPort (because the original VR-Zone article claims it is DisplayPort) while the picture shows that it's HDMI and you can see that from just a quick glance.
14  Welcome to Fudzilla Forum / Suggestion / Re: Typos, spelling and grammar on: December 16, 2008, 08:44:16 PM
This thread wasn't an attempt at bashing. I like Fudzilla, which is why I made this thread. It's a nice easy way to get the information I want quickly. I even wrote a web application that filters the normal RSS feed to my specifications which makes it even better*. This is a suggestion forum and I'm making a suggestion that should remove one of Fudzilla's biggest flaws and give it a lot more credibility. A spelling checker really isn't that hard to use.

The spelling has improved recently but probably because Fudo doesn't seem to be writing nearly as many articles as he used to.

I'm certainly not laughing at the English used in the articles and, realistically, writing articles in English isn't something that you're ever likely to be commended for. I'm glad that they are in English or I'd have to look elsewhere. If you wrote them in your own languages (Austrian? Slovak?) your target audience would be tiny by comparison and Fudzilla would never have grown as quickly as it has. I did say "I know that for several of the authors, English is not their first language" but English spell checkers are both free and instant (as a minimal solution) and I'm sure you can find one or two people around the world with good enough English to proof read articles before publication, which takes a matter of minutes.

What's the point in having a suggestion forum if you just brush off any suggestions that people make and then complain that the suggestion forum isn't full of thanks and appreciation?

Surely the articles don't go out live from your "cellpone"s without first going through some kind of editorial process? What about all of those cheeky "sub.ed" comments?

bugga:
I don't even know what your point is, let alone whether it is good or even valid. I'm not suggesting this improvement in order to turn Fudzilla into an English lesson, I'm suggesting it to significantly improve Fudzilla's credibility and make it less of a laughing stock. Perhaps then, people wouldn't "bash ... in other forums". Employing a massive internationalisation team is obviously infeasible and just plain silly but luckily it's not needed, as the only published language is currently English. Spell checking software costs nothing and proof readers could either be paid a bare minimum (proof reading approx. 20 small articles a day doesn't take long) or may possibly even volunteer. Maybe that's just the Linux talking. As long as the articles aren't significantly delayed any solution is fine.





* hint: another suggestion - (more) customisation in the RSS such as filtering out categories. For example, corporate takeovers and mergers are completely boring IMO and personally I don't care if organisations like Oracle and SAP will ever have little orglings so I filter out the "news" category. Others may only want to read the "mobiles" category.
15  Welcome to Fudzilla Forum / Discussion about Articles / Possible Nvidia Geforce GTX 295 pixelized on: December 15, 2008, 03:00:59 PM
http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10874&Itemid=34

I sent an email about this but got no reply.

The article says that the card has DisplayPort but the photograph clearly shows HDMI, not DisplayPort. I know the original VR-Zone article said DisplayPort too but this article was posted without even bothering to look at the image to check the original article's facts.

With more photos at http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10919&Itemid=34 there isn't even much need to discuss this. The article is obviously not quoting facts and this only serves to damage Fudzilla's reputation even further.
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