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The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

AndyCanfield Think? Know? (492 comments)

I disagree with the headline here. The presumption is that the public merely thinks, but may be wrong, and scientists actually know facts.

Everyone listens to those whom they respect. Some are taught to respect firebrand preachers; some believe any idiot with a PhD. Some look for truth in Biblical quotes, but can't read; others believe in scientific method, but couldn't explain scientific method if you gave them a cheat sheet.

Example: Is the world flat or round? Well, people we respect say that it is round. But how many average citizens have a clue to the evidence?

2 days ago
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2014: The Year We Learned How Vulnerable Third-Party Code Libraries Are

AndyCanfield The Internet is insecure (255 comments)

2014 was the year we learned that the Internet is insecure. Not a library, not a router, not a hacker, the whole Internet is insecure. There are British security experts building it up, and Japanese security experts tearing it down. Putting nude pictures of yourself on any cloud site is just plain stupid. GIving your credit card number at any prompt is just asking for hacking. The NSA reads your e-mail, and if they didn't the KGB would. I can encrypt my e-mail, but very few people have keys, and what back doors are built in to my encryption software?

If I have to send someone a user name and password, I send the user name via e-mail and the password via SMS. It is unlikely that anyone has hacked both.

Face it: the Internet is not secure.

about a month ago
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Over 78% of All PHP Installs Are Insecure

AndyCanfield Re:Ubuntu is all I know (112 comments)

Thanks. Will do. But ,,,
I can use dpkg-query to see the names of the packages which are installed on our server. But how do I tell what component of the package archive that package comes from? What comes from "universe"; what comes from "mulltiverse"? The only thing I know of that tells me that is the Synaptic Package Manager, and of course we have no GUI on our servers.

Thanks.

about 1 month ago
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Over 78% of All PHP Installs Are Insecure

AndyCanfield Re:Ubuntu is all I know (112 comments)

Thank you very much. I have added your post to our site documantation.

about 1 month ago
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Over 78% of All PHP Installs Are Insecure

AndyCanfield Ubuntu is all I know (112 comments)

Our company runs our own servers; we run Ubuntu Linux. Our web sites are PHP. All I know is to run apt-get every Sunday and Ubuntu can update whatever it wants to. These are in-company web sites with login user names and passwords. No e-commerce involved; no public involved.

Am I a security export? Hell no. I've been programming for 45 years. My first language was FORTRAN; my first "personal computer" was a 360/20.. If it takes a security expert to code a program today than our industry is fundamentally flawed.

about a month ago
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About 40% of World Population Online, 90% of Offliners In Developing Countries

AndyCanfield How online? (45 comments)

I read this and immediatly thought of my family. We're in rural Thailand. I gave my son an Android tablet and I provide a wifi Internet connection: he watches cartoons all the time. My wife plays with the tablet sometimes. But neither of them have an e-mail address or any social networking presence. And, frankly, I see no reason why they should. When my wife wants to socially network, she steps outside and talks to the neighbors. When my son wants to network, he goes to school. No Facebook, no Google+, who cares?

Most of the world lives happily without the Internet.

about 2 months ago
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Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

AndyCanfield Human Body Cells? (165 comments)

I spent an hour trying to figure out what this posting meant. Wikipedia lists lots of meanings for "stringray" but none having anything to do with human body cells. And why would a policeman want to simulate the location of my human body cells? Stimulate, with a T, perhaps, painful like a stingray, but not smulate.

The missing keyword was "phone". I live in Thailand. They're not called "cell phones" over here, they're called "mobile phones". If anyone posts an article about (US cell) phones, I hope they throw in the word "phone" somewhere so that we over here can comprehend it.

Thanks.

about 2 months ago
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It's Time To Revive Hypercard

AndyCanfield WWW (299 comments)

In 1989 my colleague, Loranne Dayton, showed me Hypercard. On this Apple computer you had 'cards' (pages), and they could contain links to other pages on that same machine.

I was too stupd to realize the imprtance of what she was showing me. Extent the link with a computer name (from the Internet), and we would have had the World Wide Web, several years before it was invented by CERN. She was years ahead of me.

Did Hypercard die? You're using it's grandchildren, IIS and Apache and Firefox and Internet Explorer, to read this web page today. Hypercard on a global scale.

about 3 months ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

AndyCanfield Lawyers (385 comments)

I'll believe it the day that the chimpanzees show up in court and their lawyers are chimpanzees also. The practical definition of "human" is "anyone who can sue you."

about 4 months ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

AndyCanfield Server Workstation (282 comments)

I am responsible for several servers running Ubuntu Linux. My Lenovo Notebook runs Ubuntu Linux. For development, for testing, I want the same OS on my machine as we have on the servers. When I test code on my notebook and upload it to the server I want it to see the same environment. It makes no professional sense to me to develop code under Red Hat and then hope it runs under FreeBSD when a hundred people are watching it crash. I don't need optimization, I need reliability.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

AndyCanfield Status updates (137 comments)

I manage a hub server and a backup server. Every 60 seconds the backup server crontab (wget) fetches a 'web page' from the hub server which as a side effect records the callers IP address into a file. Even though the backup srever has a dynamic IP address I can always find it by going to the hub server and looking into that file.

I have a page I can go to on the hub server which checks the timestamp on the file BackupServer.ip. if it is suspiciously old then that web page turns red and tells me that things are cut off. If all is OK the background stays green. You can see it at http://gregor/ServerCheck.php. I check it every time I start my browser.

It would be trivial to support more than one call-in server. It would be easy to add more complex status information. From your notebook computer anywhere in the world you can go to that web page and see that all is OK, or, if it is not, what remove server has a problem.

about 5 months ago
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Empathy For Virtual Characters Studied With FMRI Brain Imaging

AndyCanfield Re:Good to lose (52 comments)

You are good; he is a monster. In order to devour him you must become a greater monster than he is. After you have consumed him, the world still has one monster in it (you), but it is a bigger monster than the one it had previously. And now, as a monster, you are hungry, and we must play the game all over again. Who will step forward to become a triple-sized monster to devour you?

Share everything you do with the NSA - they are monster killers.

about 6 months ago
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Empathy For Virtual Characters Studied With FMRI Brain Imaging

AndyCanfield Good to lose (52 comments)

The Thai government taught me, years ago, that sometimes it is better to lose than to win, because you do not want to become what you would have to be in order to win. In that case the choice was to let the militants go free or to slaughter them. The Thai government, wisely, let them go.

In amother case the Lao government invaded Thailand and occupied a refugee camp where the refugees from Laos were staging attacks into Laos. The camp was on the top of a hill. The Thai border police surrounded the bottom of the hill, and sat there until the Lao army went home. No war.

In this case the choice is to rescue a fellow human trapped in a burning building, or to ignore his pleas and let him burn. Would you want to be friends with someone who did that? IN THAT REALITY, the pleader is a real person and decent people will treat him as such. I would help save the guy, because I do not want to be the kind of person who could let him die.

about 6 months ago
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Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

AndyCanfield Cloudy, chance of rain (176 comments)

Dropbox is cloud. Cloud is a remote hard disk. My hard disk has nothing to do with privacy; anyone who can SSH into my computer can read my hard disk. Put that hard disk on the Internet, in "the cloud", and the same thing applies, anybody logged in to the Internet can read your dropbox. Hey, I thought that was the PURPOSE of Drop box, to share files. If you want privacy, burn a DVD and hand it to the guy.

For me, my notebook has a 1TB hard disk. I have a web site I control. Yeah, my web site is hostile to privacy; that's the whole purpose of a PUBLIC web site. I had a "Dropbox" and dropped it.

about 6 months ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

AndyCanfield Expanders (418 comments)

The ones that get me are where you go to an ordinary (text) web page, probably news, and there is a flash add on the right side that starts playing instantly, video and sound. OK, bad enough. But to trying to turn it off I move my mouse over it, and the D*** thing expands to half the screen, blocking what I went there to read. And it won't go back to being small!

It is for this reason that I do not have Flash installed on my new notebook computer. Adobe Flash should give the user more power. How about a global option that says "Don't run anything until I click on it." That would be decent. Even door-to-door salesmen are required to knock on your door; they can't use bullhorns from out on the sidewalk, which is what Flash is used for.

about 6 months ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

AndyCanfield Security Rankings (280 comments)

High security = online banking
Medium security = Linux logins
Low security = everything else, everywhere else

My low security password has no digits in it. If your web site insists on a digit, I just don't sign up for your web site. My security level is MY choice, not yours. Why should I memorize a special password just to get your daily news feed?

about 6 months ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

AndyCanfield Flip a coin (753 comments)

I lived in Laos for a while and was surprised that they have no coins there, only paper money. How do you flip a coin? You have to keep a foreign coin just for flipping. Then I came back (to Thailand) and thought it was weird that we have two kinds of currency - paper and metal. Why? Don't know.

As for all purchases being electronic, have you ever heard of Edward Snowden? Come on, be real! Currency is the last vestage of privacy! Buy a book for cash and no computer in the world knows that you own it. How will you use your credit card to give a beggar a dollar? Tip the lady at the massage parlor and your wife hits you with your bank book. "Officer, forget the speeding ticket; just take a hundred from my Visa card." A world without cash? Not in my world.

about 7 months ago
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The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

AndyCanfield Personhood (285 comments)

This whole Turing Test discussion is talking about the wrong issue. Nobody cares if a computer is 'intelligent' or not. What matters is whether it's a person or not. I just watched 'Terminator 2' again, and the Terminators were people. They had feelings, confusions. They learned from their environment. They did not shut down for an hour or a month at the flip of a switch. I don't care if a computer is "intelligent" or not; what matters is whether it is a person, with the right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness that we grant Russians and Klingons and Terminators.

How do you detect whether the Ukranian is human? Ask him if his wife is a good screw. If he answers "NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!", he's human. The Test is the universe to a machine, but it is only a temporary context to a human. Break out of the context and the machine is lost but the human reacts like a person.

about 7 months ago
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The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

AndyCanfield Re:Which Lovelace? (285 comments)

The Linda Lovelace test is when you make love to a lady and you can't tell if she's a human or a robot. I live in Thailand, and I have been involved in the Linda Lovelace test many times - including my ex-wive.

about 7 months ago
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The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

AndyCanfield Which Lovelace? (285 comments)

Ada Lovelace or Linda Lovelace? I volunteer for the Linda Lovelace test.

about 7 months ago

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Streamed U2 Concert not visible in Thailand

AndyCanfield AndyCanfield writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AndyCanfield writes "The streamed U2 concert in Los Angeles was not visible in Thailand.

If you ever have a global event, for God's sake give the time in GMT. People in Buchestan do not know what time zone "PT" is, but everyone knows their local clock relative to GMT.

If there are technical requirements, such as "Windows only", be sure to spell those out.

If possible, the video rectangle should read "If you can read this, your ISP is blocking our video traffic." People who can see the video will not see the message.

If possible, get one person in each country to monitor the broadcast and post the results to a separate status page, such as "FRANCE: OK" or "HONDURAS: CHOPPY" or "THAILAND: NOTHING".

Over all it is the confusion of "what the H*** is going on?" that is the worst. And it makes U2 look like a bunch of incompetant bumblers."

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