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posted by Dopefish on Tuesday February 18 2014, @05:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the move-along-nothing-to-see-here dept.

Lagg writes:

"We're in a climate where it's easy to accuse a company of spying on you by various means with a distinct possibility that you could be right, but sometimes a reality check is needed. A Reddit user recently posted a thread accusing Valve of writing code for VAC that iterates your DNS cache and sends the hashed entries to their server. The proof provided of this was a prettied disassembly (that was not easily reproducible due to how VAC loads symbols) that showed only that VAC was indeed iterating the DNS cache, which any knowledgeable programmer understands is not exactly an uncommon thing to do, as no socket code was to be seen. Today, Gabe Newell responded to these allegations by confirming that no they do not in fact snoop your cache entries.

There are probably a few things to learn from this, including not trusting a screenshot of code that looks complex without actually understanding what it's doing. A lack of any level-headed investigation is a bad idea and it's important to handle these situations before they snowball into a mob (as Redditors are bound to do)."

 
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  • (Score: 1) by Khyber on Tuesday February 18 2014, @10:51PM

    by Khyber (54) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @10:51PM (#1999) Journal

    I must disagree with that. Reddit does have its strong points, in the areas where knowledgeable people reside. Sadly, those points between them and us overlap very heavily, so we either have to get their attention or lose that rank with how we run this site.

    But, in reality, I don't see in a statistical sense some estimated 60,000 others coming over to us. We might get 1,000 if we're lucky.

    --
    Destroying Semiconductors With Style Since 2008, and scaring you ill-educated fools since 2013.
  • (Score: 1) by omoc on Wednesday February 19 2014, @06:06AM

    by omoc (39) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @06:06AM (#2175)

    What are you talking about? I was talking about serious news sites, *not* about Reddit. Reddit cannot run anything as legit as content is user submitted. Your comment does not make any sense whatsoever.