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Tor Network May Be Attacked, Says Project Leader

ArmoredDragon Re:would this unnamed group share its initials wit (48 comments)

I don't think the FBI would give a shit about Tor. If they want to find your identity bad enough, they'll do so via extralegal means, mainly because they can. See the ongoing silk road case, where the DOJ has yet to show how exactly they physically identified its owner and its server locations.

The only organizations powerful enough with enough motive to take out Tor would have to be either Russia or China. China especially because Tor is perhaps the biggest means of circumventing the GFW, and unlike the FBI, China doesn't have either physical influence or physical presence in any of Tor's geographical nerve centers. (And yes, in spite of the distributed nature of Tor, I did correctly use the word center.)

3 hours ago
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Scientists Discover That Exercise Changes Your DNA

ArmoredDragon Re:What does this mean...? (52 comments)

Furthermore, the summary headline saying that it changes your DNA is downright incorrect as no nucleotide sequences seem to be altered.

yesterday
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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

ArmoredDragon Re:Calling it fraud could stop identity theft (110 comments)

You know what could completely stop identity theft? Holding banks responsible for the loss when they were tricked by some thief pretending to their customers. You will see them tightening their authentication and fraud detection overnight.

This is how it already works in the USA. By law, customers can only be held liable for up to $50 for credit card fraud, and almost all banks just offer the courtesy of reducing the liability to zero (you have to be with an incredibly shitty one and/or have a VERY shitty credit rating for them to not do this.)

And if somebody steals your identity by taking out loans in your name, it's on the lender to prove that you were the one who actually took out the loan to begin with. It's inconvenient as hell granted because of all of the shit you have to go through to sort it out, but at the end of the day you don't have to pay anything to the banks if you're the victim, and the banks are the ones that lose.

Identity theft still happens anyways because whether the thief steals from you or the bank, they still make money out of the deal (unless they get caught.)

2 days ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

ArmoredDragon Re:So basically.. (295 comments)

Probably because a lot more people have contact with cars than they do with scalpels to begin with. I think you'd have a better case against ever being born to begin with as that is the leading cause of death by natural causes.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

ArmoredDragon Re:Please don't (279 comments)

^

I remember reading recently that law schools put out some 40,000 new lawyers per year, where there's only an economic demand of about 7,000 new ones per year.

3 days ago
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Small Bank In Kansas Creates the Bank Account of the Future

ArmoredDragon Re:That's good (156 comments)

I think what GP might be referring to is having a proxy configuration. If somebody wants their traffic to appear from an IP address in a specific geographic location, it isn't very hard. Most people who would be the types that are hacking a bank would probably already have a sizable botnet, and if they do, chances are they'll have one particular node residing either in or close enough to the desired subnet, and then they simply proxy through it.

4 days ago
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Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

ArmoredDragon Re:Quashed? (130 comments)

Unlike youtube though, pirate sites are usually rather well curated to weed out fakes. Naturally, Sony's plan here never would have worked anyways. For TV shows, usually people are using an automated episode snatcher of some kind (my personal favorite is sickrage) and have it configured to only download from users flagged as VIP, trusted, etc. Not doing this very often yields fakes, passworded archives, etc.

Nobody who posted only fake material would get that kind of a reputation.

People who download manually tend to look into the comments (even briefly) to find out information about quality, subtitles, etc. If there are immediate and/or abundant posts with messages like "fake" then they'll just move on.

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

ArmoredDragon Re:Don't worry guys... (874 comments)

You still have yet to ask why is it the job of law enforcement to offer the opportunity to engage in terrorism?

Because it's also their responsibility to be proactive in addition to being reactive, much the same as any other sting operation. What you're suggesting is tantamount to saying that law enforcement should never be allowed to place bait cars to catch car thieves. Much the same with bait cars, they never told the thief to go attempt to steal it, rather they simply placed the car there, hence providing the opportunity.

5 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

ArmoredDragon Re:Don't worry guys... (874 comments)

A false flag would be something completely made up. In this case there was actual mal-intent but nothing of the criminal sort.

5 days ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

ArmoredDragon Re:So basically.. (295 comments)

Yes, because driving a car should SOOOO require spending 8 years in training.

5 days ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

ArmoredDragon So basically.. (295 comments)

The taxi drivers are arguing that if they can't be the ONLY ones to drive people to their destination, then NOBODY can. And then they wonder why fewer people want to patronize them.

5 days ago
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Job Postings Offer Clues to Future of Google Fiber

ArmoredDragon Re:We need communism (38 comments)

Neither this article nor your comment have anything to do with capitalism. It's no wonder your post is scored -1 without any moderation at all. That and your ideology died in the late 80's.

Besides, in DEEP contrast to every communist's philosophy and predictions, every self-identified communist society that survives to this day has either partially or fully incorporated capitalist concepts into their economy. The ones that didn't saw a big drop in GDP followed by total collapse, and among those, the ones who survived the longest were the ones that closed their borders to prevent their citizens from escaping to a capitalist country, essentially resorting to slavery.

So in other words, REAL communism turns into slavery, and never a government free utopia.

For an early precursor of what was to come, read about the complete history of the Icarians in Nauvoo, IL (it was a short one, by the way, but matches what I described above.)

5 days ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

ArmoredDragon Re: What the hell is wrong with Millennials?! (465 comments)

The defeat of Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and Fascist Italy don't ring a bell? Ending the death camps and the Holocaust? Helping to rebuild Europe?

And, logically, establishing Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan and Fascist Italy, creating the death camps, committing the holocaust and destroying Europe.

No, that would have been the generation before them. As one other person mentioned, they were born between 1901 and 1924. Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, were all born prior to that (Hirohito was born in 1901 so it's debatable that he'd be part of the same generation, but he also inherited his reign.) I don't know what their moniker is, but if I were to coin it myself, I'd say it was the absolutism generation. (It also may be that many of them had a strong influence from Bernard Forster's interpretation of Nietzche's work. Hitler seemed to share a lot of opinions with Forster for example.)

I know there were some people during those years who were otherwise somewhat sympathetic with e.g. Hitler (such as Henry Ford) but again, I think it's safe to say that most of them were from the generation prior.

Now I don't want to comment on whether or not 1901 to 1924 was truly the greatest generation, but your statement about their generation being responsible for the rise of fascism would be incorrect.

about a week ago
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In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

ArmoredDragon Re:Uh huh (207 comments)

I heard something to the effect of Apple not wanting to allow third party apps to use it...ever.

about a week ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

ArmoredDragon Re:JPEG2000 replaced JPEG (377 comments)

Not everywhere and for everyone. A while back a lot of people used AVI files for their just about all of their video needs, and it did the job fine as pretty much all modern codecs work with it.

But in the third world people like to pirate a lot more, and contrary to popular belief, pirate release groups (collectively referred to as "the scene") love quality, and are rather OCD about making sure their releases are not only high quality, but the best quality they can be. Crap releases like divx and burned subtitles are actually re-released by non-scene individuals who think video is only good if it works in their playstation, and the only way for that to happen is if you make a lot of sacrifices. (Such types of people recently threw a fit when the scene got together and decided to no longer release formats in XVID, and instead release them all in x264 going forward, to which the scene said they didn't give a shit and that quality comes first.)

The MKV format was by and large born out of this desire for high quality, good releases, as it has very robust codec support, subtitle support, menu support, and a ton of other features not found in *any* other container format. And, I'd say a good 99.9% of its use is done exclusively by pirates (one feature that is notably is missing is DRM support.) Yet now Microsoft, king of MPAA panderers, even supports the MKV format in its products going forward (including Xbone and Windows 10) because piracy is so rampant that there's a huge demand for that format, even in the first world.

Now, back to the topic at hand: The third world loves high quality formats, and are often bandwidth limited. What makes you think they wouldn't cast aside JPEG just like they've already cast aside AVI? They've made it pretty clear that they don't really give a shit if your old crap ass xbox or playstation doesn't work with it. They want quality, damnit!

about two weeks ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

ArmoredDragon Re:Beloved by Builders and Developers (178 comments)

Is it worth it though? I can't imagine *anything* that could make LA any worse of a place to live in than it already is.

about two weeks ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

ArmoredDragon Re:cut off one head (251 comments)

Try btdigg.org

about two weeks ago
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Swedish Police Raid the Pirate Bay Again

ArmoredDragon Re:Free Enterprise (184 comments)

I view piracy as a form of civil disobedience protesting inflated prices. If digital content were reduced to 25% I'm pretty sure sales would more than quadruple.

That would be under the (rather silly) assumption that all digital content has a 1:1 price elasticity. I can't even begin to describe how stupid somebody would have to be to make that assumption.

about two weeks ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

ArmoredDragon Re:Really? (769 comments)

This what happens when you use the wrong personnel for the job. Army and Marines aren't effective Gendarme, we do not have a true Gendarme Corps.

When I was in the Army, I remember every MOS had a wartime duty. As far as I recall, the Army Band (literally, musicians as an MOS) had a wartime duty of exactly this. I haven't been in the army for about 13 years now, so I can't say if they still do it that way.

about two weeks ago

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