Amateur Video

I’m pretty strict when it comes to wireless security: I always have WPA enabled with a strong, hard to guess password, and I always make sure to use my wireless access points MAC address filter (so the only wireless enabled devices that I own can access my network). Of course, my security concerns don’t end just at encryption: if any of the information I’m transmitting is really sensitive, I make sure to use a wired connection.

Maybe I’m a bit paranoid about security, but at least I know that the white van sitting outside my house won’t be stealing my WiFi.

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3 thoughts on “Amateur Video”

  1. Did you turn off the SSID broadcast that says “Hello World!”? Lower the power of the transmitter to just enough rather than too much? Update to the latest firmware (of course you have)? According to George Ou, all but the last is a waste of time. I’ll admit I still do the first two, thinking it might stop the passing 12 year old kid from randomly finding my wireless connection, and thereby provoking his or her evil thoughts of an early retirement at 20. Do I think it would stop a pro or serious amateur cracker intent on stealing my precious data? No, no way. One important suggestion is to buy or upgrade your hardware with WPA as soon as possible and dump WEP. As you and I have already done.

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=454

    If you’re going to do online banking or taxes over the Internet, I was under the impression that it’s all encrypted anyway as long as you’re in a secure session (padlock, https, trusted site, etc.). Even if someone sniffing your wireless transmissions intercepted the encrypted data over the airwaves, they’d have to unencrypt the scrambled data to read and make sense of it. It’s not like it turns into plain text over wireless as opposed to a wired connection. Am I wrong?

  2. DRM has absolutely nothing to do with why video is only shown on one screen, even though vista does have lost of drm build into it (which has already been broken).

    Most video players write directly to the video memory on a computer (hardware acceleration) so that the video can be played at a faster speed, and leave a blank area on the frame buffer. In windows there are two different ways to have a second monitor connected, In order to view the video on both screen you must either tell windows to copy the video memory, as opposed to just sending the frame buffer to both screens. Also, if software rendering, as opposed to hardware rendering were used, the video would be written to the frame buffer, instead of the video memory. I do not know if this can be done in windows media player, but open source ones such as vlc or mplayer can. If the video is written to the frame buffer, instead of the video memory directly, the playback of th video will most likely be slower, or less fps.

    I am not on a windows computer right now, but you can tell windows to use the copy mode to display the video in the display properties -> advanced area

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