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Vulnerabilities Found (and Sought) In More Command-Line Tools

Bite The Pillow Re:Vulnerabilities Found (and Sought) In MS Window (59 comments)

What the hell is wrong with the title exactly? Shellshock made people realize that open source should be reviewed, especially in things that haven't changed much lately.

With that approach, they found a few problems, patched them, and continue to look for more. It's not well written, but that's expected.


6 hours ago

Vulnerabilities Found (and Sought) In More Command-Line Tools

Bite The Pillow Re:For all the idiots (59 comments)

If no one but bad guys looks for these vulnerabilities, it might as well be closed source. And given the vulnerabilities and how long they have been out there, they effectively are closed source.

And when closed source projects have vulnerabilities reported, they too get fixed, or they get disabled and people will move to a competitor. Sure there are counter examples in both arenas, but closed projects will tend to patch any exploits in the wild.

If your experience with closed source vulnerabilities is from 15 years ago, maybe you will disagree. But 15 year old experience is hardly a great argument.

Finally, there is no "more secure" because there is always the next vulnerability. Both are vulnerable, unless you rely on obscurity. You would do well to remember that one, and you might as well wait until someone makes the comment to get your panties in a bunch.

6 hours ago

HP Unveils Industrial 3D Printer 10X Faster, 50% Cheaper Than Current Systems

Bite The Pillow Re:Since this is an HP product, (102 comments)

It's insightful because retards.

The printer uses a proprietary multi-agent printing process that HP calls "Thermal Inkjet Arrays" that simultaneously apply multiple liquid agents to produce greater accuracy, resiliency and uniform part strength in all three axis directions.

Did you ever look at a 3D printer and say, this needs more nozzles?

Did you ever look at a 3D printer and say, if we had 4x nozzles we could print more accurately? And design some sort of interface to do so? And test it? And patent it?

Bullshit, because we would be reading about you.

Now, let's make fun of HP printer ink, because that seems about the speed of the mental giants here.


FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

Bite The Pillow Re:Make it right... (173 comments)

You ignorant dickhead, they didn't buy part of the company.

They purchased, on the secondary market, a voting share. What do they vote on? Mostly who makes up the Board. And the Board decides who is CEO.

Shareholders are not owners of the company. Not part owners. They vote.

And frequently, shareholders file a lawsuit against the CxO and/or Board of Directors for doing something like making materially false statements which overvalued the future of the stock, leading to major losses. How did it happen if shareholders are the ones in charge? And how is it a separate issue?

Also, do you have a 401(k)? You probably never voted, and don't have voting rights because your holdings are proxied to the fund manager, but you are a stockholder of ATT, almost guaranteed. Even if you don't care about retirement, are such people innocent or guilty?

The latest ATT dividend was $.46 per share. A small fine won't matter, but a big fine eats into profit, which eats into dividends. A one-time charge looks bad for people who buy stock, and people wanting to sell will have to either eat the loss or hold on to stock.

I think you are going to have to say how the shareholders are not innocent. Very specifically.

2 days ago

FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

Bite The Pillow Re:All based on a false-to-fact payment model (173 comments)

You are basing your plan on the idea that production cost should determine consumer cost.

Welcome to capitalism, where what people will pay determines the cost. Your $50 plan is what people value at $50. Your $120 plan is what people value at $120.

Some things sell at barely over cost, some at multiples of cost.

Do you hate capitalism? I'm sure you do, but you should have just posted "I hate capitalism" instead of a screed that sounds like you're not aware that ATT and Netflix are headquartered in a capitalist nation.

2 days ago

FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

Bite The Pillow Re:Meet somewhere in the middle (173 comments)

Is "unlimited" 4 trillion terabytes per day? Or is it more?

Or, will you accept that "unlimited" is not really unlimited?

If you have come this far without completely losing your shit because you're an idiot, then read this:

The FCC wrote a letter in July criticizing Verizon over a plan to throttle heavy users during periods of peak congestion. Verizon later backed down on that plan. The FCC said Tuesday that it was coordinating with the FTC on investigations into carriers slowing down unlimited data.

âoeWireless customers across the country are complaining that their supposedly âunlimitedâ(TM) data plans are not truly unlimited,

That kinda supports your argument, doesn't it?

...because they are being throttled and they have not received appropriate notice,â said Neil Grace, an FCC spokesman. âoeWe encourage customers to contact the FCC if they are being throttled by AT&T or other cellular providers.â

Oh wait, the FCC is okay with some throttling as long as someone gets "appropriate notice".

Now, what happens if someone on an unlimited plan is streaming terrible music and you, on a 1.5GB plan under your limit, want to post stupid things to slashdot? How does the provider decide who gets priority when the tubes are full? You paid for 1.5GB and you didn't get all 1.5GB. The unlimited person is going to sue for being limited.

In that case, won't it depend on what your contract says? If it doesn't, as you seem to object, then support your statement so that both sides get equal treatment. What's that you say? Neither side gets priority? Then one is not truly limited, and the other is not truly 1.5GB. Now what does the contract say?

2 days ago

Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

Bite The Pillow Re:Honestly, who gives a fuck? (602 comments)

It's not yet settled whether there is some sort of discrimination or bias either keeping women out, or pushing them out. Until that is settled, lots of people give a fuck for many different reasons. I'm not going to enumerate them, but I do expect you to at least consider the point.

In a rare statement of my actual opinion, I don't think there is anything to study. But that doesn't mean there is nothing to study, so I support the studying. I think you are tired of reading about it, so just don't read about it.

Here's the really big problem: Now that the cat's out of the bag, social websites are picking up the story late. What is this post actually about? NPR is wrong, and is sending the wrong message.

All of the people who rely solely on NPR for their news are misinformed. And you may run into these misinformed people in a day. Isn't it better to understand what they heard, what faulty conclusions were involved, and be able to speak to those points?

4 days ago

Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

Bite The Pillow Re:Makes no sense (602 comments)

Rational? I don't think you understand. It's harder to make a sarcastic point when you don't understand. You are right, that " the problem is not that simple."

Practical is the word that keeps coming up, and it fits much better than rational.

The trends, right there in one of the hundred or so links, show that enrollment goes up for women when the job market looks good, and down when it looks bad. Not grossly, but enough to satisfy numbers people. If it were just avoidance because of a possible job market, you would see a flatter line and not a trend.

If you were to study enrollment in one field vs. others for women, you would find that some fields are a fairly constant percentage, with trend lines that go down as more fields become available (99% homemaker becomes 20% teacher 20% nurse 60% homemaker, and on down through the years to art history and psychologist).

Another trend follows the potential for job security, with the numbers corrected for the first trend. A shortage of doctors or engineers or traditionally male jobs may push more women into that field. But not all women of course, and not all types of women.

The key seems to be that boys like to study how things work, and women like to use them for a purpose. Sometimes, girls use those things for the purpose of job security, or additional income, as opposed to just being a tool to assist in their chosen field.

The studies are very young, and there are a great number of variables to consider, so it's way too soon to paint this in any sort of black and white terms. Which makes it very easy to misunderstand without an awful lot more reading than has been offered here.

When something looks so obviously wrong, do you immediately assume that what you read makes no sense? Or is it more likely that you are missing something? What if it make enough sense that you could point out an obvious flaw? What if you thought about it for more than two seconds, or as many seconds as it takes to see that you might be the weak link in your argument?

4 days ago

US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

Bite The Pillow Re:Something wrong with those numbers (307 comments)

72% are not obesity related. Obviously your numbers are suspect.

"While cognitive and moral disqualifications have held steady, weight issues account for 18% of disqualifications, and the number is rising steadily, according to Batschelet."

If your back of a nonexistent napkin attempt is that far off, do you really conclude that the article is the wrong one?

4 days ago

US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

Bite The Pillow Re:Wrong solution (307 comments)

Because people who do not qualify cannot be ordered. You have to lower the criteria, and accept the previously unacceptable, before you can order then to undergo physical training until they are no longer obese.

Criminal history was mentioned as part of this. You can't basic train someone's arrest for hacking or weed out of the record. So there goes your plan. Try again.

4 days ago

CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

Bite The Pillow Re:Prison time (272 comments)

From the accounts I read anywhere other than the LAMEstream MSM media, most of the images seem to have been acquired indirectly, with no CFAA violation. They were acquired by threats or in trade.

Many of the images (which I will assert I viewed as censored examples on various celebrity news sites linked from new aggregators) were selfies, which were likely sent to someone, and not hacked from that phone. The rest were obviously posing for someone else. What is the likelihood that I would snap an intimate image of the woman I am seeing with her phone?

Seriously - look at the pictures - call it research or due diligence. Build a story of who took it and why. Then conclude with the story of how it got out of the "images" folder on the phone.

"the people who stole those celebrity pictures," in other words, may not have stolen anything. The difficulty is in separating the source of the photos from any intermediary who might use the collection for money or coercion. Search for "underground celebrity picture trading" for more.

And it would be quite a stretch to say this qualifies under the CFAA, unless the only thing you know about it is "unauthorized access". I can see an argument for routine evidence gathering, where the police may be able to look for incriminating evidence such as texts or pictures, and the officer never exceeded authorized access. Keep in mind that the user in that case does not determine what is excessive - the law does. It doesn't mean I agree with procedures, I'm just pointing out that CFAA is not the obvious conclusion in either case.

5 days ago

FCC Postpones Spectrum Auction Until 2016

Bite The Pillow Re:Bad news for OTA folks (31 comments)

Which side of your agreement are wired providers on?

Do you intend to subsidize the old folks in getting a wireless plan and converter to replace the DTV converter we just subsidized?

Come back when you have thought this through.

5 days ago

Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

Bite The Pillow Re:Yeah yeah (114 comments)

The police are wrong for trying.

They want every tool, no one can fault that. It is not up to them, it is up to the courts to tell them which tools are off limits. It is not up to "us". If you think otherwise, you do not understand how law in this land works. The things you mentioned are definitely off limits for police.

Us? If you mean "the people", then us are not elected. Us meaning the legislators? We don't legislate, we elect the legislators.

The courts deciding the law is a FUNDAMENTAL separation of powers. The police decide who and why to arrest. The state or national legislature decide what the laws are. The state or national courts decide if the laws, as enforced by the police, are constitutional. The courts decide if the laws, as passed, are constitutional.

What is up to "us"?

Consider Waco, TX. Would fighter jets have been off limits if other means had not succeeded? Nukes?

Put yourself on the offensive in the Red Scare, would mass surveillance be acceptable?

I don't mean your opinion, that is clear enough, and agreeable enough. The courts decide law, and unless you can convince a bunch of lawyers otherwise, that is the law of the land.

Have your forgotten your basic education?

about a week ago

China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

Bite The Pillow Re:Easy to fake... (109 comments)

I stand by my interpretation that once you type the domain, and verify a few certificates, you don't care.

You, specifically, are not "you", the collective.

Even an amateurish attack will be successful from time to time.

If a nation state tries to intercept the easy, hard, and next-to-impossible data, is it still amateurish? Defend.

about a week ago

Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Bite The Pillow Re:I care about performance? (108 comments)

How do I take any advantage of your comment? It is good advice in general, but if I am a consumer, how do I modify my purchasing?

about a week ago

Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

Bite The Pillow Re:I care about performance? (108 comments)

Could the people selling devices which people buy also give feedback? It is not mutually exclusive.

Or another way, I will not buy a device that does not give feedback. If I have my current device for as long as I live, I will not be disappointed more than I am. If I have the opportunity to buy a better device, I will not hesitate. A trade-off is not acceptable.

Slashdot wants to take me to my own profile, because JS is disabled, so I don't know who "we" represents, if you have otherwise specified.

I am a niche market - it takes me years to buy anything. But I do not think that my desire for near-instant feedback is misplaced or otherwise specific to me.

I considered clarifying that the UI responds.. eventually. But I thought that was clear.

Regardless, buying a device is not about a single feature.

about a week ago

Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Bite The Pillow Re:What is critical thinking? (553 comments)

In what way?

I hear similar accusations from people who don't understand how the basic economy works. I'm not necessarily disagreeing, but you are going to have to support your assertion.

Our political system has two parties, which conspire to exclude a third party. Any idiot can see that the religious, social, moral, religious, and fiscal conservatives can't live under the same banner happily. And the opposition can't live happily under the other banner.

How would critical thinking change this? We need a third and fourth party. If I vote third party, will this help? Support your assertion, because I don't see it.

The economic system is capitalism. Are you suggesting that the people with money would somehow abdicate that system even if 99% of the citizens agreed? Would 99% agree on this? What would replace it?

You sound awfully sure. Do you have the knowledge to back it up?

about a week ago

Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

Bite The Pillow Re:What is critical thinking? (553 comments)

I see your point, but you missed the point.

None of your teachers intended to challenge your fixed beliefs, that I believe. But the Republicans believe that things like Anthropomorphic Global Warming, evolution, and basic accepted science in general, "have the purpose of challenging the student's fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority".

All Republicans have to do is state a good faith belief that something challenges fixed beliefs, and now it goes against their platform. Did life evolve instead of being created? Violation.

Keep in mind that "mastery learning" is essentially repeating something until you give the "right" answers, where the right answers are determined by the curriculum. This is very effective in subjects like maths. In subjects like history, it can be used to beat values into the students, figuratively speaking. So they have a legitimate complaint, or at least half of one. That makes the complaint look legitimate to those who agree, and illegitimate to those who do not.

I admire its brilliance, in that it uses language to achieve a goal. Of course, that goal is political in nature, so it is by definition a misuse of language.

But, for those who use critical thinking skills, it is both clear and unconvincing.

about a week ago

The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Bite The Pillow Re:What about the big setting monster? (347 comments)

No. Walk through every control panel setting, followed by every administrator setting.

Some of the settings are in-place windows, some are rundll dialogs, some are MMC applets. Even the consistent dialogs are mostly inconsistent.

Ultimately everything is a registry setting, which means there should be one way of setting it. But, this is the retardation: Internet Settings is both how you control IE, and how you control the network.

Uncheck "check for publisher revocation" in the IE control panel, and suddenly BIDS is faster. It controls IE, and everything that uses the Internet Application hosted via COM, and shitloads of things that seem unrelated.

And there are plenty of these application specific, but system wide settings. Flash Player has a control panel, Java has a control panel. Do they belong in the system settings? Is there another way to get to their settings without finding a Flahs/Java something to launch? Should Sound be in the control panel, or only available by right-clicking the speaker icon?

Everything is a front end to the registry. Do they have to all have different interfaces to do the same thing?

And then there is group policy. Some settings are set via group policy, and they are different registry settings from a user setting it, with different precedence. Some settings merely disable the UI portions of the previous dialogs. And depending on the OS version, they behave differently and are in different places.

So even the registry isn't consistent, and it's basically a front end to itself in many ways.

We have a generic interface to regedit, and that's regedit. And made to look like the classic control panel means it looks like literally anything you can imagine.

about a week ago

China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

Bite The Pillow Re:Easy to fake... (109 comments)

I don't see a mistakenly created certificate. It looks like it is legitimately for

Which seems to be owned by microsoft and exists to redirect people who are not cautious about typing domains to the intended destination.

Taking over the DNS redirects and serving hotmail-looking content is a good way to catch a few people, if that's your game.

Or another way - if Microsoft is catching typos, why would a nation state be amateurish for doing the same thing?

about two weeks ago


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