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Google Reader Being Retired

BlueRaja Re:Petition (386 comments)

$500 a month if I want to be able to search my feeds? Are they fucking insane?

about a year ago
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Physicists Discover a Way Around Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle

BlueRaja Re:Schrodinger would be happy (153 comments)

For some reason it won't let me mod up this answer, but it's correct.

Schrodinger wasn't making a point about quantum theory, just the copenhagen interpretation. For some reason, even today this interpretation is so widespread that it's equated (even among many unaware grad students) with quantum theory itself, even though there are dozens of other equally-absurd interpretations out there.

about a year ago
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Is It Worth Investing In a High-Efficiency Power Supply?

BlueRaja Re:IMG Tag? (328 comments)

Oh yeah, and images can be/are used for tracking as well.

Plus, if we allowed images, I'm pretty sure 90% of it would end up being porn and cat pictures.

about a year and a half ago
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Is It Worth Investing In a High-Efficiency Power Supply?

BlueRaja Re:IMG Tag? (328 comments)

Not sure why this is moderated as "funny," since it's true - <img> tags can be/are used in XSS and CSRF attacks. In fact, SVG images can contain executable javascript. And let's not even mention the possibility of polyglots: http://www.thinkfu.com/blog/gifjavascript-polyglots

about a year and a half ago
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Atheist Blogger Sentenced To 3 Years in Prison For Insulting Islam

BlueRaja Re:Well, is it Illegal? (412 comments)

So your advice is, always be subservient?

It sounds to me like you're just rationalizing to convince yourself that this could never happen to you. Because bad things only happen to people who deserve it, right?

about a year and a half ago
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Four Cups of Coffee A Day Cuts Risk of Oral Cancer

BlueRaja Re:It's the antioxidants (151 comments)

"the risk for oral and pharyngeal cancer held steady for the participants who consumed tea on a regular basis."

Tea has more antioxidants than coffee, so it seems your theory is incorrect.

about a year and a half ago
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If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?

BlueRaja Re:tech is a fairly broad category (660 comments)

spoken like someone who has clearly never lived anywhere else...

about a year and a half ago
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New 25-GPU Monster Devours Strong Passwords In Minutes

BlueRaja Re:NTLM (330 comments)

I was about to post this same thing. I can break a 14-character LM password using OphCrack (which fits a rainbow table of all possible 7-character halves on a CD) in 6 minutes on my grandma's PC. And MD5 has become broken so badly (primarily by Wang, et al) that I can literally generate collisions on my calculator in a few seconds.

Did they try their GPU cluster against a **non-broken** hashing scheme?

about a year and a half ago
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Quantum Cryptography Conquers Noise Problem

BlueRaja But what attack does QC prevent? (79 comments)

I still don't understand the benefit of Quantum Cryptography - it only prevents eavesdropping on the wire, right? It doesn't prevent a man-in-the-middle (where someone would receive the signal, read it, and retransmit it along the wire)?

Assuming your machine is clean from infection, the big eavesdropping concerns today come from man-in-the-middle attacks: rerouted lan traffic (such as compromised clients running an ARP spoof), and intermediary nodes between endpoints (eg. your ISP, and the Internet backbone routers). The only thing QC prevents (actual, physical wiretapping), as I understand it, is not much of a concern anyways.

about a year and a half ago
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DOJ Says iPhone Is So Secure They Can't Crack It

BlueRaja Re:I don't believe it (454 comments)

I believe iOS has had forced full-disk encryption since iOS4

about 2 years ago
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Minecraft Creator's New Game Called 0x10c

BlueRaja Re:Not Java. Please not Java. (206 comments)

My OS class in college has us write the OS on top of a virtual MIPS PC written in Java. It ran just fine.

more than 2 years ago
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Bringing Auto-Graders To Student Essays

BlueRaja No way this could backfire whatsoever (227 comments)

...thus producing an entire country whose writing-skills were conditioned to game the auto-grader.

more than 2 years ago
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New SimCity To Require Constant Internet Connection

BlueRaja Re:Console games to follow (418 comments)

Can you imagine if the movie or publishing industry did this, so books and movies couldn't be rented/sold/checked out from a library? So why is the video game industry able to get away with this!?

more than 2 years ago
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Megaupload.com Shut Down, Founder Charged With Piracy

BlueRaja Re:Wait, what did megaupload do wrong? (1005 comments)

If they completely ignored takedown-requests, that's one thing. But otherwise I think they're going to have a hard time getting "deleting content that was not regularly downloaded, therefore pirates" to stick.

more than 2 years ago
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Megaupload.com Shut Down, Founder Charged With Piracy

BlueRaja Wait, what did megaupload do wrong? (1005 comments)

I thought there were laws protecting content distributers from being prosecuted, like why Google can't be held responsible if you email a confidential document, or if their webcrawler links to child porn; or why the phone company can't be held liable if you discuss a terrorist attack over the phone.

Megaupload isn't required to filter the content they share unless a takedown request is made; in fact, they *can't*, since a lot of it was zip-file password-encrypted.

What did megaupload actually do wrong here?

more than 2 years ago
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Teach Your Router New Tricks With DD-WRT

BlueRaja Re:Tomato (257 comments)

^ this. DD-WRT claims to have QoS, but it doesn't actually work, and never has - multiple independent tests have proved this. Tomato's QoS actually *does* something.

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix To Lose 1 Million Subscribers

BlueRaja Re:It makes a lot of sense (349 comments)

The real problem is that the managers don't understand what they have. Like Amazon, the real power of Netflix is its extensive user-reviews and recommendation engine - which Netflix has let go completely to shit.

Could you imagine seeing only reviews from users who agree with your taste? Being able to make movie recommendations to your friends and followers through Netflix? Being able to search for a movie by actor, writer, director, year, category, etc? Going over to a friend's house, and having Netflix recommend a movie it thinks you'll *both* like? How about having separate ratings/recommendations for every member of the family, so that Netflix stops recommending "Dora the Explorer" for you?

Yet, in 5+ years, they've done nothing to move towards any of that. They had a friends feature (which was *completely* inaccessible from their website - you had to google for the link) which they removed because "no one was using it." They took away user profiles, so you have no way to know which user-reviews to trust (the "top three reviews" are usually also the first three written, because of their poor review-sorting). The closest thing they had to a decent search was the "sortable list," which they also took away, without reason.

With the million-dollar Netflix recommendation contests, it was clear that Netflix *used* to know that the user experience is almost as important as what random TV shows they offer - it's not just about offering the right content, it's also about letting users who would enjoy that content *know* about it. Yet, somewhere along the way they lost that, replacing managers who understood with managers who think "removing useful features" is the same as "streamlining the website" (PROTIP: Make friends and user-profiles easier to find/more accessible, and people will use them!).

If Netflix doesn't shift gears and start listening to its customers, they're GOING to get replaced by someone who will listen.

more than 2 years ago
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Tetris May Reduce PTSD, But Pub Quiz Makes It Worse

BlueRaja Not just tetris... (65 comments)

I would guess any activity in which people zone out - such as playing Bejeweled, or cooking or driving a car - would reduce the PTSD

more than 3 years ago
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$2,000 Bounty For Open Source Xbox Kinect Drivers

BlueRaja Re:Kinect for Robotics (274 comments)

What Microsoft said was they are "confident that every unit of Kinect sold to gamers will generate profit." That doesn't mean they are making a profit on each unit.

more than 3 years ago

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