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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

Aqualung812 Re:What about for iPhone? or Windows Phone? (364 comments)

I'm sure there are not. Apple really locks down what apps can do, and recording calls would be something they wouldn't allow.

Unless, of course, you're talking of a jailbroken version.

about a week ago
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Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

Aqualung812 Why do cats get to run free? (110 comments)

Only loosely on-topic, but why is it socially acceptable for many cat owners to simply let them have the run of the neighborhood?

As a dog owner, I have to keep my dogs strictly controlled, but neighbor's cats will shit all over the place and cause my dogs to go nuts as it flaunts across the front porch.

Is it just because OMG DOG ATTACKS?

about two weeks ago
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40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

Aqualung812 Re:So 60% positive ? (256 comments)

You're preaching to the converted on the shitty implementation of this list. I don't support or defend it.

I just don't like people drawing a conclusion from a statement that isn't consistent with it.

about two weeks ago
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40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

Aqualung812 Re:So 60% positive ? (256 comments)

You're misunderstand the point. This is simple logic.

A terrorist can have an affiliation with a group, or act independently.

So, a person can be in three states:
A: not a terrorist,
B: a terrorist without group affiliation
C: a terrorist with an affiliation.

The list contains 60% of the people in group C. 40% are either A or B. All of the ones that are B still fit the criteria for the watch list, so those are valid. There isn't enough info to tell us if the distribution is 60% C, 40% B, and 0% A (which would be perfect), or if there is some other mixture where people in group A are listed but shouldn't be, so we don't know how inaccurate the watch list is.

about two weeks ago
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Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

Aqualung812 Re:No they cant. (151 comments)

No, but it should be expected. A connection to the Internet is still consider untrusted.

about two weeks ago
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Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

Aqualung812 Re:No they cant. (151 comments)

Passenger data in the infotainment system? What makes you think there is anything sensitive in there?
I thought it was just shitty movies and games, along with a GPS map of where the plane is that is viewed only by passengers.

about two weeks ago
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China Confirms New Generation of ICBM

Aqualung812 Re:Angry Proliferation Game (224 comments)

Maybe I've seen too many movies, but I always was told there was a "DRILL" code book and a "LIVE" code book, so the operator would know.

about three weeks ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

Aqualung812 Re:It's almost sane(really) (502 comments)

So, the crux of the issue is what the EU laws apply to: Their citizens only, all people in their borders, or all people and objects in their borders.

Very interesting.

about three weeks ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

Aqualung812 Re:It's almost sane(really) (502 comments)

As EU law would NOT allow me to release that information...

Is that a true statement?
My understanding, which may be wrong, is that EU law would not compel you to release that information. However, if you chose to (because you wanted to be released from jail in the US), then the EU would not prevent you.

about three weeks ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

Aqualung812 Re:It's almost sane(really) (502 comments)

Your case is only true if Dutch law PREVENTED YOU from accessing your own system.

You own the computer, therefore your access of the system is legal.

You are in US custody, and can be compelled to provide items under court order.

You then legally access your own system remotely, then retrieve the items in question.

about three weeks ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

Aqualung812 Re:It's almost sane(really) (502 comments)

Ok, so we agree. I accept and agree that you could try to gain asylum in Amsterdam as soon as you walk off the plane.

Now, take your analogy to what TFA is actually talking about. You could SSH or RDP to your computer sitting in Amsterdam from a US government computer in the states, and hand it to them after logging in. As you said, the action (the command on the computer you are using) is wholly performed on US soil.

Agree?

about three weeks ago
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China Confirms New Generation of ICBM

Aqualung812 Angry Proliferation Game (224 comments)

You're missing one critical piece in this example: the red button doesn't destroy the planet, it sends a message to other humans outside the room to destroy the planet.

This is how I understand both the US and Russian system to function, but I don't know about the Chinese system. I would hope the designers of these systems realize that leaving this decision up to a politician alone is not the right answer, as the other systems have recognized.

about three weeks ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

Aqualung812 Re:It's almost sane(really) (502 comments)

Let's run with that analogy:

You're presently in the US, the house you own is in Amsterdam.

You'd be correct that the US can't force the Dutch to execute a search warrant.

That is completely irrelevant, though. You're in the US and perhaps in jail awaiting trial. You've been issued a valid order by a US court to permit US law enforcement into your home in Amsterdam. If you interfere, are you not obstructing US justice?

about three weeks ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

Aqualung812 Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (398 comments)

Perhaps you could just link to the article or a particularly insightful comment you made instead of making a post that adds nothing to the conversation.

Not all of us read every comment on /.

I'm very curious as to why Netflix would degrade their own service and why Comcast and Verizon wouldn't point to this smoking gun every time they're accused of throttling.

about three weeks ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

Aqualung812 Re:aaargh! pinheads in the IT. (234 comments)

But the corporate official VPN uses some strange protocol. Once the VPN is connected ALL the traffic from the local machine will go the corporate VPN host.

This isn't strange, it is considering SOP for most corporations to ban "split-tunneling", where only traffic to the corporate network are sent over VPN.
It also isn't a protocol, it is just a default route to send all traffic over the VPN.

The theory is that by allowing someone to have unfiltered access at the same time as they are connected to the internal corporate network, they are creating a security risk.

The reality is that the "crunchy outside, warm gooey inside" security model as been broken for some time, and modern security is to use a zero-trust network model.

TL;DR: It is quite common but agree it is quite stupid.

about a month ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Aqualung812 Re:And in totally unrelated news.... (383 comments)

The valuable and talented employees will not be laid off and they know it.

You're saying that they trust their management to make the right decision? Maybe, but if they are as bright as I hope, they would have a healthy lack of faith in their management based off Windows 8/Windows Phone 8.

about a month ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

Aqualung812 Re:And in totally unrelated news.... (383 comments)

That means, for over 6 months, Microsoft employees won't know for sure whether they will be laid off or kept.

Which means the most talented and valuable employees will find new jobs before there are layoffs, and Microsoft will end up keeping the ones that couldn't find a job elsewhere.

How does this make Microsoft better?

about a month ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Aqualung812 Re:You keep using that word... (710 comments)

I think so, but normally they don't draw less power, but just produce more light.

I suppose they could be considered slightly more efficient if you use less of them to cover a given area, or if you are only measuring lumens per watt.

Just looked it up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

Yes, halogens are slightly more efficient, on average, but the best tungsten incandescent is more efficient that the worst halogen.

about a month ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Aqualung812 Re:He does know what it means (710 comments)

Which is technically also called halogen because that describes the type of gas inside

Wait, I just listed noble gasses, and you corrected me that they're also called halogen, which is the group NEXT to the nobles. On what planet do you call those gasses halogens?

Had I listed fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine, and astatine, you'd be correct.

about a month ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Aqualung812 You keep using that word... (710 comments)

Halogen. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Halogen lights run VERY hot and bright, but do not offer any energy savings, as they are still incandescent (glowing resistor) lamps.

Do you perhaps mean fluorescent or compact-fluorescent lamps (CFL)? They are filled with low pressure mercury vapor and argon, xenon, neon, or krypton. They are about the same efficiency as LED, but are slow to come to full brightness as you describe.

Otherwise, great post. Completely agree on the advantages of LED. I've actually skipped the bulb-style and have started installing LED strips with a standalone 12vDC converter.

about a month ago

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Cisco.com down for hours - "Facility issues

Aqualung812 Aqualung812 writes  |  about 7 years ago

Aqualung812 (959532) writes "Cisco.com went down somewhere around 1300 EDT, still down. Story here. The only cisco.com site that appears to be up is their blog site. That site is claiming that is that "Cisco is experiencing some facility issues". Updates will be posted at that location."

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