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The Witcher 3 and Projekt Red's DRM-Free Stand

Arker Re:What kind? (71 comments)

"There's the Steam-type which let's be honest very few people complain about"

Bugger off with your kool-aid, mate. Just because a large number of you jack-asses drunk up and like to validate each others failure does not change facts. DRM is DRM and Steam is DRM and you either wear your masters collar or you do not.

At any rate, a new 'Witcher' game with no DRM? If true, I will happily buy it without any dickering. I will confess I am skeptical though. Too many of you idiots out there happy to buy DRM and try to pretend otherwise makes it very tempting for the publishers to simply lie and take your money, you know.

2 hours ago

F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

Arker Re:This creates a problem, and my proposed solutio (243 comments)

"If you have sold 3 Terabytes per second of data connections, you must have 1.25 Terabytes per second of bandwidth connected to the internet available on your public network."

No, you should have 3. WTF?

2 hours ago

F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

Arker Re: Well, what did we expect? (243 comments)

I disagree. It is a smoking gun. Incompetence rather than malice may be just barely credible, but incompetence at that level amounts to the same thing.

I can tell my employees to break stuff, or I can simply create an incentive structure that motivates them to break stuff and wait. There should be no legal difference between the two acts.

2 hours ago

F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

Arker Re:Just more bullshit (243 comments)

It didnt start with cable companies, but other than that you are right.

And it's not only in the provision of bandwidth where the big players have been determined from day one to kill the internet and build something they can control out of our corpse. It's also in your browser. They were perverting HTML before it was even standardized, and you see that today on every big website (and many small ones as well) - unconscionable bullshit sent out in place of an actual web page.

One tiny example - any blogger site that is flagged for adult content. You get an instant redirect to a non-web page, and unless your browser is configured to execute random executables whenever a remote server wants it to, you will see nothing but a blank page. I doubt many blogger users desire this breakage, but they are powerless, they are not customers, and neither am I. The customers are the advertisers, the lowest and most debased form of humanity.

I am not sure what the answer is. Rampant ignorance and stupidity among web users enables this, and I am afraid I have no solution to the problem. If it were only the willfully ignorant who suffer, that would be ok, but it's not. They destroy it for everyone.

3 hours ago

Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

Arker Re:THis is why I hide behind (233 comments)

"I've been running this setup for the last 4 years and have not had any problems with it at all."

When it works it's not a problem, obviously. But when something obscure breaks in new and interesting ways for no apparent reason - you'll probably find eliminating the double NAT fixes it.

"My daughter who is an avid gamer has no issues with latency either."

As long as your total latency is relatively low no one is likely to notice it of course. With a fast link and a slow router it might be as much as 10% of total, typically less than that, but that does not mean it's not there. Just one more stop among several but it's the one that can be eliminated and is not actually needed.

5 hours ago

The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

Arker Re:Vaccines (535 comments)

You are shifting the goalposts and you are not unique. When pressed, you fall back to a reasonable argument (the risks of vaccination are less than the risks of non-vaccination) but *only after* the initial blanket assertion of 'safety' was challenged.

This pattern will lead to people instinctively questioning your credibility, and frankly it should. Too many people think it's ok to lie as long as it's for a good reason - like convincing your stupid neighbor to do the smart thing when it could affect you both, am I right? No, it's really not ok. Convince her in the short term with a lie - in the long term she is less likely to listen to what you have to say at all.

TFA in the broader sense is fatally flawed as well. It purports to measure acceptance of science, but it measures instead acceptance of scientism, and the two are very different things despite the surface similarities. Scientific thinkers will 'fail' this test on several points, as they habitually doubt everything to begin with, and most especially e.g. cosmological theories developed on the basis of incredibly limited data which can be expected to be revised significantly many times over the next few millenia (if someone survives to do the revisions at least.)

What it's really measuring is whether or not people obediently recite the catechism of the state church, nothing more.

5 hours ago

Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Arker Re:Anybody know the plate# for each scotus? (407 comments)

"If you're walking around with a firearm you're almost certainly a <strike>paranoid idiot</strike> loyal and law-abiding US citizen. If the police weren't keeping an eye on you they <strike>wouldn't</strike> might be doing their job."

Fixed that for you.


Tech People Making $100k a Year On the Rise, Again

Arker Re:$100k today the equivalent of $80k in 2004 (191 comments)

"You would prefer a fixed money supply?"

Not a fixed supply per se, but one that cannot be routinely manipulated to siphon peoples savings into the pockets of the well-connected and already super wealthy would certainly be nice.

The bimetallic standard, for example, did not result in a fixed money supply. New gold and silver are still being mined, after all. But unlike paper money, the expansion was somewhat limited, it takes time, and effort (and money!) to mine precious metals. Supply and demand moderated the expansion as well - when expansion was more desirable the price of the precious metals rose, encouraging mining, and when it was less desirable the price came down, discouraging the same activities.

With fiat money we lost all of those safeguards. The only limitation on inflation is political, not physical or material. And the outcome of that is as predictable as it is tragic - the powerful gain massively (and are happy to send a tiny portion of their windfall out as 'campaign contributions' to those who enable it, of course) while the common people are each 'only' losing a few cents here, a few cents there, not enough to really motivate an effective pushback.

Which means financial collapse is in our future and approaching at a gallop.


Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

Arker Re:THis is why I hide behind (233 comments)

"a second router... My ISP provides the cable modem/router and I hang my own router/wi-fi hub off that..."

That's a really bad idea. Unless you have actually set that modem/router to bridge mode first, you'll be double-NAT'd and the best thing I can say about that is sometimes it works. Best case it's unnecessary latency, worst case it's a huge PITA to troubleshoot. And what do you gain? The compromised hardware is still there and all your packets still have to pass through it.


Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

Arker LibreSystemd? (344 comments)

After stripping out all of the unnecessary bloat, you would be left with BSDinit. There really is no need to go through all that trouble since BSDinit is already available. Stable, robust, sane, and works great on Unix or Linux.

2 days ago

Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

Arker Re:Generating your own electricity .. (450 comments)

" Well, actually, I use <ecode>, because <code> appears not to honor line breaks and <ecode> appears not to honor indentation, and, for code, the latter sucks less than the former."

Exactly the sort of Hobsons choice that you should NOT have to face, frankly. Text is text. It's absurd that 'designers' have so much trouble dealing with it.

Now that aside, notice you are talking about explicitly tagging your text, which I am not doing. I am only using the posting mode default setting, I rarely insert tags and when I do I switch posting modes.

"Neither of them appear to provide me with any advantages if I'm just posting text."

They are far from perfect but they do indeed suck a little less. I used to use the 'plain text' as my default but there are several cases where that mode will strip and/or add tags in a pseudo-random fashion and it pissed me off one time too many.

If I type in https://google.com/ I dont necessarily want that to converted into a link, for instance. Relatively minor.

If I type:

     a    b
x    4    5
y    3    2
z    1    8

Then I MUST use code or slashdot will simply destroy the entire paragraph. The amount of time I had to spend to make that short snippet of *text* display properly just now is significant and absurd. But if I were posting in any mode other than 'code' it would not have been an absurdly difficulty task to accomplish a simple and obvious result, it would have actually been IMPOSSIBLE.

ALSO I cannot even mention a tag (<tt> for example but there are many others) without switching to code. If I try to say "<tt> sucks" for instance I must do this with 'code' set - otherwise the tag does not appear, it is parsed and changes font for the rest of the post! Absurd.

Again, there should be no problem reading the text. If there is a problem reading the text, then local browser settings need to be corrected. While what slashdot is doing here is certainly not what I would call sane or recommend, it is in fact workable and that one stalker I have attracted is rather more insane for refusing to choose a readable <tt> font.

2 days ago

Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

Arker Re:This sure makes bugging easier . . . (233 comments)

Task manager?

Task freaking manager?

You have got to be kidding me. I use process explorer (when in windows) and I STILL know for a fact it does not show me everything. Taskman is a toy.

2 days ago

Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

Arker Re:Nice. Caught red-handed... (233 comments)

I have a slightly more ambitious suggestion. We should make a list of every device that uses this 'sercomm' module and make a point never to buy them again.

2 days ago

Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

Arker Re:Generating your own electricity .. (450 comments)

Actually I was not intending to make any point at all. I still have a recent journal entry up if you want to read it.

The TLDR is I chose the 'code' option after testing the available options and finding it sucks less. As an unintended side-effect of this my posts get wrapped in 'tt' tags which suggest a monospace font. I am fine with that suggestion, although it was not in intentional. If anyone finds this unreadable they only need to go to their browser settings and select a readable font for 'tt' text which they should have done already anyhow.

2 days ago

Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

Arker Re:Generating your own electricity .. (450 comments)

You know, about 35 years ago now, we invented something called the world wide web. This was an infrastructure which allows documents in a semantic markup language to be delivered all around the world on demand, and for the recipient of the document to see them in whatever form makes the most sense on their equipment.

It's still in use, and you are on it. If the form you are seeing on your screen is displeasing, you can simply change it. Really. A thing called browser settings. You should find out what browser you are using, and investigate the options. It will have a facility that allows you to ensure that all fonts displayed on your screen meet with your approval, all you have to do is use it.

2 days ago

Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

Arker Re:3D Printing - Anachy ? (207 comments)

Except it is nothing like that, at all, at all.

Chaos is the mother, not the daughter, of Order.

2 days ago

Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

Arker Re:just like homeopathy (330 comments)

And this diminishes the point about water containing sexual fluids how?

2 days ago

Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

Arker Re:Generating your own electricity .. (450 comments)

There are fixed costs as well as scaling costs involved. IF as appears to be implied here the utilities involved bill only for the latter - the actual electricity used, then generating your own electricity could expose the error in their billing system. Let's say you are generating as much as you use, and are billed only for usage with a net-metering system, so your bill is... $0.

Well, that would actually be unfair, if it's happening, because obviously they still have fixed costs involved in servicing you, laying and maintaining lines, etc and you really are not paying 'your fair share' in that case. Generally I thought utilities actually split these charges out separately, which avoids that problem entirely - fixed costs are reflected in fixed items on your bill, separate from usage.

If they are billing only for usage, then what they must actually be doing is figuring in a tiny little increase in their rates to cover the fixed costs in aggregate already - it is inconceivable that they simply are not billing for it in any way of course.

So now, they would like - not to start itemized billing for fixed costs (and ever so slightly reduce their rates in the process) - no. Much better to simply charge punitive rates to small generators that they would really rather not have to deal with in the first place, hmm?

2 days ago

Snowden to Critics: Questioning Putin Has Opened Conversation About Surveillance

Arker Re:Dumbass (168 comments)

"2014 Reporters Without Borders World free press index"

Where the US has fallen ignominiously to nearly 50, so the same argument could be used to criticize anyone that tries to start a conversation with Obama as well?

2 days ago



Federal Court Rejects NDAA - Issues Injunction

Arker Arker writes  |  about 2 years ago

Arker (91948) writes "A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction late Wednesday to block provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that would allow the military to indefinitely detain anyone it accuses of knowingly or unknowingly supporting terrorism.

The Obama administration had argued, inter alia, that the plaintiffs, including whistleblower and transparency advocate Daniel Ellsberg and Icelandic Member of Parliament Birgitta Jonsdottir lacked standing, but Judge Katherine Forrest didnt buy it.

Given recent statements from the administration, it seems safe to say this will be the start of a long court battle."

Link to Original Source

New Asus ships with malware included

Arker Arker writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Arker (91948) writes "Computer Sweden reports that Asus Japan is warning customers that the new Eee Box B202 contains a virus. How the virus got there, and how widespread the problem is, they are not saying.

Very little more in the article text, the malware is apparently found at d:\Recycled.exe and Asus Japan will not confirm whether or not affected units have been shipped outside Japan."

Link to Original Source



For my stalker (and any amused bystanders.)

Arker Arker writes  |  about two weeks ago

So, at some point, I really do not know exactly when but approximately two or three months back, I changed my default formatting on new posts here to 'code.'

Why did I do that? Because slashcode does not interpret 'plain text' as plain text, and I ran into that bug one too many times.

'Code' sucks less, so code it is.

Understand I tested all available posting options here and the only difference that I see between 'plain text' and 'code' is that 'code' behaves more like plain text. And that is all I am sending. Plain text.

Now, having posted like this for some time, just a few days ago I started noticing that I had attracted another special 'admirer'. Someone with mod points that has somehow developed enough of a fascination with me he will go back through my older posts and start passing out 'underrated's - I imagine most people reading this have had such a fan at one time or another and can sympathize.

Then my fan spoke up. In fact I think there might possibly even be two of them! (Sockpuppet routines in effect as well of course.) And he lets me know what he's mad about. And it's... the font of my posts?!?

Made no sense to me. I do not send any font information. I do not see any difference in fonts. Problem is on your end, doh.

Having gotten a little more information that initial evaluation has changed, but very little.

It appears that slashcode inserts a tag in posts when they are submitted as code. A tag which I would be happy to put on screen for you to see, except no matter what options I choose, slashcode is bloody broken and filters it out. Spell it out; less than, double tango, greater than.

Holy crap you people have time to break EVERYTHING to make an ugly beta but after 17 years you still cannot find the time to fix our text input!?!

That tag, like all font tags, is a presentation tag that never really belonged in html to begin with, but we will let that slide. It stands for 'teletype' and it does not specify a font, but suggests that a monospace font would be appropriate.

Well, as long as we are letting presentation slide, that's a damn fine tag. Nothing wrong with it at all. If your system has a bad choice set as the default for *LT-double-tango-GT* then don't bitch at me, go into your options and fix it!

After I started getting love letters over this, I started pulling up my posts in additional browsers out of curiousity. I normally use Firefox but I have a few others available for testing and odd-jobs. Some of them did show my posts in a different font from all the others, and you know what? In those browsers, my posts look better than those surrounding. Although actually the fonts just sucked all the way around, particularly in IE.

I spent 20 seconds correcting my settings and now everything looks great now no matter which browser I use.

So, in all seriousness, if you are one of the people stalking me because your browser settings suck... FIX YOUR SETTINGS.

And leave me be. Following me around posting off-topic flamebait about my supposed choice of font (when my actual choice of font does not affect you at all, your choice of font is at your command locally, and anyone that understands the internet at the crudest and most basic level could have told you that) serves no purpose and I am not going to continue to play into it.

Fix your browser. And quit whining.

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