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Tor Project Mulls How Feds Took Down Hidden Websites

Agripa Re:IPv6 as a help? (135 comments)

Automatic configuration normally uses the Ethernet MAC address to form the IP address but IPv6 also allows the address to be generated randomly.

2 days ago
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Tor Project Mulls How Feds Took Down Hidden Websites

Agripa Re:IPv6 as a help? (135 comments)

I will not bet that you are wrong but IPv6 requires allocations of /64 or larger for automatic configuration to work.

As far as security and privacy, the lack of NAT will help with encrypted connections and large endpoint address space allows randomization of IPs and prevents brute force searches.

2 days ago
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"Police Detector" Monitors Emergency Radio Transmissions

Agripa Re:Is it that hard to drive safely? (215 comments)

Isn't it easier to just drive carefully, refrain from exceeding the posted speed limit by more than 5-10mph depending on whether you're in town or on a highway, stay in the right lane, avoid tailgating, and use your turn signals?

Driving under, over, or at the speed limit is enough for reasonable suspicion that you are committing a crime.

about a month ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Agripa Re:May I suggest (334 comments)

Do anybody even make a modern bolt action rifle which duplicates the reliability of the forward locking interrupted thread used by the Lee-Enfield?

about a month ago
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WhatsApp's Next Version To Include VoIP Calls and Recording

Agripa Re:legality? (65 comments)

I'm pretty sure its illegal to record a phone call without the other parties approval in the United States

This depends on the state. Some require all parties to consent and some do not and you can always announce that you are recording and let the other parties decide whether to terminate the connection.

about a month ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

Agripa Re:Why..... (259 comments)

If they're not making any profit, why the hell are they doing business there?

It is not necessarily about making the most profit. It can also be about making the least loss. Another location could result in greater losses.

about a month ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

Agripa Re:Of course they're giving a 6-year transition (259 comments)

We already knew that. No other straight men on the planet wears skirts.

There is a difference between kilts and skirts; if the Irish men wore skirts, then they would not be going commando.

about a month ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

Agripa Re:Transition period? (259 comments)

The Ireland government isn't losing from this deal.

They will if these companies leave or other companies stay out because they get a better deal elsewhere.

about a month ago
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National Security Letter Issuance Likely Headed To Supreme Court

Agripa Re: DOJ Oaths (112 comments)

Luckily the actual targets one would go after are much softer and more unaware.

about a month ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

Agripa Re:Or crypto (179 comments)

Ubiquitous encryption would certainly hurt Google and anybody else mining information from plaintext as it is passing through their networks. It will hurt ubiquitous government surveillance even more but that is not going to stop them (the government) from taking advantage of plain text communications as long as it exist.

If they cannot control themselves then fuck all of them and encrypt everything. It is the only way to be sure.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

Agripa Re:Combine the 2 (279 comments)

I think you'll need to look for a decent main router/firewall pretty hard, I'm not sure about some of the newer home based ones, but I've heard many consumer routers, even ones rated for GBit internally, won't do GBit on the WAN port to the ISP.

This is a common problem. The switch ports are bridged to each other on layer 2 in hardware so they run at full speed. the WAN port is on the other side of the router which operates on layer 3 and routing requires a lot more processing power than switching or bridging on layer 2.

Early 100 MBit routers had the same restriction with their WAN port being slower than their LAN ports even though they all supported the same Ethernet speed.

about a month ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

Agripa Re:Better Data Shouldn't Be That Hard (403 comments)

Would this work the same way cell service providers map coverage zones based on cell phone bars which are inflated to make the phones look like they have better receivers?

about a month and a half ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

Agripa Re:whether metric or not, distance per volume rulz (403 comments)

Here's one easy solution to your problem - when the tank hits 1/3 full, stop at the next gas station. There are VERY VERY few places in the US where the direct route from A to Z is 100 miles long and doesn't pass a single gas station.

The places I want to go are NEVER on the direct route between A and B. Oregon sunstones are more than 70 miles from the nearest gas station, and the last 30 miles are gravel. That's 140 miles of poor gas milage with no chance for a fill up.

It is even worse if you do go the direct route if that route does not include interstates and major highways which is often the case and some major highways do not have fueling stations either for long distances. It does not take not having a gas station within a maximum linear distance. It just takes missing it because it was on an even more minor road.

You might for instance think it is difficult to find a south to north "direct" route from Los Angeles to San Fransisco which would be marginal in a car with a 250 mile range yet I managed to do it. It was scenic but worrying toward the end before I spotted a fueling station. This was before ubiquitous GPS mapping and cellular data service although cell coverage was marginal at best anyway along that route and probably is now.

about a month and a half ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

Agripa Re:metric you insensitive clod! (403 comments)

I think the real time MPG just comes from the manifold vacuum measurement.

about a month and a half ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

Agripa Re:metric you insensitive clod! (403 comments)

The integration of the reported instantaneous and average MPG values does not have the absolute accuracy that their precision implies. From what I remember, older cars which included an instantaneous MPG display derived it from manifold vacuum and that value was used to calculate remaining miles from the measured fuel remaining in the tank.

With that said, it probably *would* be more accurate to do that simply because the tank sensor simply has poor accuracy.

about a month and a half ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

Agripa Re:Insane (191 comments)

Federal agents can't be exempt from all state laws. For example, murder laws are at the state level, not the Federal. Are you saying the Feds can legally kill at will?

Yes, at least as far as state law is concerned.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

about a month and a half ago
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Fixing Steam's User Rating Charts

Agripa Re:Valve Time (93 comments)

The aggregate score in the style of "very positive" etc. can be useful in filtering out the genuinely terrible games, but outside of that, not so much. What's needed for decisionmaking is a lot of information, a search engine, and your own thinking. Steam provides descriptions, tags, and now reviews, and for me anyway it's been incredibly easy lately to figure out whether I want to buy a particular game, or at least investigate it closer elsewhere.

I usually at least check out games I see other people on my friends list playing regularly but checking them out includes watching some game-play videos and perusing their forums.

about a month and a half ago
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Fixing Steam's User Rating Charts

Agripa Re:Valve Time (93 comments)

I don't know about you, but when I see a AAA PC game also has a console version, I just stop right there and don't buy it, no matter what the ratings are.

I give them enough benefit of my doubt long enough to watch some gameplay videos. Then I do not buy them.

about a month and a half ago
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Fixing Steam's User Rating Charts

Agripa Re:Valve Time (93 comments)

But sooner or later, we'll end up with yet another monopoly that needs to be brought down a few pegs.

And when that day comes, you can tell us so. And you can have my pitchfork, feathers, and tar.

about a month and a half ago
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Fixing Steam's User Rating Charts

Agripa Re:Valve Time (93 comments)

It's like the TSA-equivalent of gaming. It sucks, but is unavoidable, and eventually you just get used to periodically having your genitals fondled "for the good of the community."

Except that it is unlike the other TSA-equivalents of gaming produced by EA (*), Microsoft, and others, it is actually not aggravating to use and is without significant restrictions. Valve earned their goodwill and continues to do so. EA and Microsoft squandered it.

And the Steam TSA-equivalent actually has some benefits like being able to reinstall at any time on any machine without a hassle although I guess there are some exceptions to that . . . from other developers.

(*) I have not bought a EA game since Archon. I think that highly of them.

about a month and a half ago

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