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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Arker Re:Barely credible (382 comments)

Russia is certainly a bit authoritarian, but they dont tolerate outright neo-nazis.

Whereas the Ukrainian putsch relies heavily on two overtly neo-nazi parties. Their members hold several cabinet posts including security and defense. Their names are Svoboda and Right Sector, you can look them up yourself.

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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Arker Barely credible (382 comments)

And frankly does not matter even if it were true.

If Chinese backed neo-nazis took over Mexico city and threw the country into a civil war, I wouldnt be surprised if we gave the loyalists a little discrete help here and there as well.

yesterday
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

Arker Re:Slippery Slope (164 comments)

"The choices are unelected leaders, elected leaders or no leaders. "

That's not actually an exhaustive list to start with, and even if it were it still conceals differences. Perhaps it does not matter so much exactly how the 'leaders' are chosen, but instead their competence, loyalty, and relationship with the law? Perhaps even more important than their personal properties are the properties of the office itself, as Lord Acton observed?

The kings were filthy thugs, but they never dreamed of being able to visit the sort of horror on their 'subjects' that modern states have visited on their supposed citizens, in e.g. Nazi Germany, the USSR, Turkey, and many other places over the last 200 years. They simply did not have that kind of power.

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Practical socialism

Arker Re:What's your point? (16 comments)

"By bulk are you referring to the number of people in the political system, or something else? "

The number of people whose livelihoods depend on taxation, if that is what you mean by 'in the political system,' would be one good proxy for bulk. Another would be the percentage of GDP spent by government, either directly or indirectly (through mandates for example.)

"If instead the argument is that government is trying to help too many people (ie the country is so large that government from a federal level is impossible and should be abandoned), I don't necessarily disagree."

That's a whole different barrel of worms, and not what I was saying at all. Power is the problem, power itself. It's essentially the same creature whether it is the local strongman and busybody or the national ones, except that the national level can obviously arrange for larger disasters. Devolving power from the national to the local level may be worthwhile, but it's not an end-all. Local tyrannies are still tyrannies.

A subsidiary problem is government trying to follow heart-wrenching but utterly inchoate missions like 'help people' btw. Government programs are easy to institute but damn near impossible to shut down, so if you have any interest at all in stopping it somewhere short of complete totalitarianism you really must come up with much more specific, well-defined, and suitable missions. Like 'provide a court and law enforcement system of last resort' or 'prevent Mexico from reclaiming her northwestern states' for example.

"I do think it is likely time to split our country up into 2 (or more) independent nations. Frankly I don't expect that our country will survive more than another 10-20 years without that happening anyways"

You know, when other countries have problems with different groups not seeing eye to eye on everything, one common remedy suggested by Merikans has been something called federalism. It allows the country to keep the benefits of union, while avoiding much of the squabbling, by keeping the central government relatively weak and small so that it doesnt matter so much which region controls it. Perhaps we should investigate that before splitting up?

I seem to recall some old white dudes named Jefferson and Madison and that whole generation even talked about it a bit. Nah, couldnt be. If they had, we would have a federal system here already, and we wouldnt be talking about breakup, right?

"Is regressive taxation not state action? "

Taxation *is* state action. It is the primordial state action, because it is the see of all other state actions which require funds.

"How about restrictions on health care for certain parts of the population?"

Restrictions on health care, like all restrictions on peaceful honest business, should be repealed.

yesterday
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Practical socialism

Arker Re:What's your point? (16 comments)

What that suggests to me is rather that the specific shape of the political system matters less than its bulk, which in turn suggests that any ideology that advocates state action (regardless of the high minded goal which that ideology expects it to serve) should be viewed very critically.

2 days ago
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Firefox 31 Released

Arker Re:What version would be this (171 comments)

They deliberately make this difficult to calculate, but by my reckoning the current version should probably be Firefox 7.6.

5 days ago
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Firefox 31 Released

Arker Misfeatures (171 comments)

"Malware blocking" = yet another bad signature/reputation based scanner. If I wanted one, I would have one installed - and Firefox versions without this misfeature would still use it to scan, so in what universe was this worth doing?

If you really want to do something about malware, disable javascript by default.

"Automatic handling of pdf and ogg files" - I have a pdf reader already. I dont need another one, and I dont need one 'integrated' in my browser, period.

"loaded with new features for developers." Pretty sure that means for advertisers.

5 days ago
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A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

Arker Re:So (194 comments)

"There are those who say you need to use RequestPolicy and Ghostery and AdBlock and NoScript (and some other stuff, like a cookie blocker) to catch everything...."

It's a sign of utter insanity among the browser maintainers.

All this crap should be guaranteed off by default, and require an extension to enable, rather than the reverse.

5 days ago
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A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

Arker Re:Yet another reason to turn off Ecmascript (194 comments)

Well if popups, popunders, auto-playing audio and video files and the like are what you call fun, you can keep it. For me, getting directly to the content I was looking for without navigating a maze of insulting crap is more conducive to fun.

5 days ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Arker Re:The point? (454 comments)

"So how much is your family worth?"

An emotionally resonant argument but not a rational one.

Cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes are the leading causes of death in Israel. Rockets fired by Hamas is waaaay down the list, and it would still be waaaay down the list without the interceptors.

Let's say you can spend a billion dollars to save one person from death by rocket, or the same billion to save 250,000 from cancer, but of course you cant do both, once the money is spent it is spent. Which is the wiser use of the money?

about a week ago
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A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

Arker Re:Yet another reason to turn off Ecmascript (194 comments)

Not really. The Amish reject technology across the board, whether useful or not. People that are on the internet are obviously not rejecting technology across the board - javascript-in-the-browser is a single, very problematic technology, which is responsible for the vast majority of computer infections.

So no, people that do not allow javascript are not much like the Amish of the internet. We are more like the 'people who know how to use condoms' of the internet.

about a week ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Arker Re:The point? (454 comments)

So it's designed to stop the threat that does not exist, and therefore should be excused for failures against the one that does? That makes little sense.

"And eve if it really was only 5% effective, I'd take 5% less ballistic missiles headed at my town thank you."

Irrational. When the damage done by the ineffective rockets is less than the cost to shoot them down, the money could clearly be better spent elsewhere.

That would be true even if the conflict were not one of choice, but is doubly so in the current situation.

about a week ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

Arker Re:As it should be (233 comments)

"Sacrificing upload to gain extra download makes perfect sense when the person at the end of the line does far more downloading than uploading"

Two false postulates concealed here.

First that upload and download can be totally separated. Common misunderstanding. The way the internet works, all traffic is bidirectional - even if you are coming as close as possible to 'pure downloading' you are still using your upstream for traffic management. So while a certain amount of asymetricality can be tolerated, as long as the usage cases are very narrowly limited, even with all those caveats it can still amount to fraud. At least, if you are paying for 100mbit download but given so little upload allowance that you could not use it, you would probably call it fraud (when and if you caught on.)

But that is relatively minor in comparison to the second, which is that the internet is designed and should be used as a peer to peer network. It is not a broadcast network, and it was not designed to replace TV or facilitate more intrusive advertising. Asymmetrical bandwidth caps are thus seen correctly as direct attacks on the Internet itself - attempts to limit customers, to prevent them from truly and fully joining the Internet, since the cable companies prefer to keep making their monopoly rents instead of having to compete for our dollars.

about a week ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

Arker Re:As it should be (233 comments)

"When you're talking DSL or Cable, it's a different ballgame, due to the frequencies in use."

Uh, no it's not.

The frequencies in use? What kind of BS is that?

The frequencies in use do not care which direction the traffic is going in. I suppose I just hallucinated having SDSL for years?

about a week ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

Arker As it should be (233 comments)

Asymmetrical connections were always BS.

Now if only they would roll out FIOS to the rest of the country like they have already been paid to do... ah well.

about a week ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

Arker Re:original title (290 comments)

Sad, what's happened to slashdot.

Back on topic, I'm truly amazed at what crap people will buy.

There is not a cellphone on the market that I would pay money for right now, yet people just keep buying this crap, and as long as they are selling why would anyone spend money to fix them?

about a week ago
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Critroni Crypto Ransomware Seen Using Tor for Command and Control

Arker Re:Angler PC malware? (122 comments)

"You are trying to say that users needing to type chmod +x ./latest_flash_player_youtube.sh , is sufficient protection to prevent end users from running things they shouldn't.... "

I did not actually say that, but it is probably true. Most users are either a) smart enough to realize they do not actually want to do this or b) not actually capable of pulling it off without help (hopefully, from someone who belongs in category a).)

However that is NOT what I was saying. The exploits we are discussing rely on Win32 executables, NOT SHell scripts. Even if the user manages to slide in between case a) and b) somehow, setting an executable bit on a win32 application will not magically make it work on *nix. You would need to also install WINE and do some intricate configuration magic with it before this would work.

"Ransomware is not prevalent in Linux, but again, it is absurdly naive to think that it couldn't"

Notice I explicitly agreed with you that it could be done.

"Again, end user education is key, regardless of OS. Implying to under-informed users that OSX is magically secure against cryptoware, is a recipe for disaster."

Yes and no. Certainly end-user education is key, regardless of OS. And certainly it's true that no OS is magically secure against malware. And I think it's correct to say that the OS does nothing to prevent it. But that's looking at it backwards.

What OSX, and *nix systems in general, should get credit for is not that they *do something to prevent infection* but that they do *less to facilitate infection*.

Of course, the same things that make Windows an extraordinarily easy target for malware also makes it an extraordinarily easy target for more legitimate programming as well.

And that, ultimately, is why it was designed that way. Developers, developers, developers! Windows is ultra-friendly to developers, it goes out of its way to make life easy for them, and guess what? A subset of those developers make malware. And the same things that makes Windows easy for one set of developers makes it easy for the other.

OSX actually deserves some kudos because it *does* make development a little harder here and there, for the benefit of the user. And while saying OSX is 'virus-immune' would be clear BS, saying that it's an effective way for a technically challenged computer user to dramatically reduce their risk of being infected is actually true.

Linux can be deployed to even better effect on the security front, of course, though I would not recommend it for the technically-challenged unless said user has a friend or family member to help with setup and ssh in occasionally to administer it.

about a week ago
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Critroni Crypto Ransomware Seen Using Tor for Command and Control

Arker Re:Angler PC malware? (122 comments)

"It is good to be proud of your operating system of choice, but it is smug to think that Linux/OSX/BSD/Solaris will do anything technical to protect from such an attack."

Well unless you have configured your *nix box to automatically privilege and run windows executables somehow, using a real OS is probably sufficient to stop this attack.

Is it conceivable that a very similar attack could be written specifically for your OS of choice and do the same job? Yes, it's conceivable, that's right. But it's not in evidence.

More generally, regardless of OS, this attack wont even trigger if your browser is configured sanely. The exploit kits and injectors all rely heavily on javascript. Make sure it is disabled and you have not only defeated this exploit before it even got started, along with all the others, but you have also taken a positive step towards making the web readable again!

about a week ago
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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

Arker Better things to do with these invoices (113 comments)

"I've also had the snail mailed fake invoices from them, which I can only suppose is an illegal use of the whois database. I guess their strategy is to land these on the desks of overworked administrators who are more likely than me to rubber stamp them and pass them along for payment. Me? I always put them in the shredder."

You are too kind.

At the very least you should return to sender.

But much better! Take it to your local postmaster general. Report it as mail fraud.

about a week ago

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Federal Court Rejects NDAA - Issues Injunction

Arker Arker writes  |  more than 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."

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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."

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