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Microsoft Signs Android Patent Deal With HTC

BountyX Re:Android (174 comments)

Fear not, there is always maemo. I actually heard it was better than Android and is closer to debian. I think its LGPL too. Really we just need open handsets to start community porting. Maybe some n900 users can chime in?

more than 4 years ago
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Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

BountyX Re:Uh... contradictory? (1590 comments)

It is astounding that this law has ALREADY been abused. Thank for the informative link.

more than 4 years ago
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Terry Childs Found Guilty

BountyX Re:It should read 'stoopid people hath spoken' (982 comments)

Technically intelligence is quantified on a standard curve, so the amount of idiots should be the same as the amount of smart people. If you are smart (literally), you should come to terms with the fact that non-smart people will always outnumber you.

more than 4 years ago
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Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

BountyX Re:Uh... contradictory? (1590 comments)

I get it. Your an illegal immigrant.

more than 4 years ago
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Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

BountyX Re:Uh... contradictory? (1590 comments)

cat /dev/null, it will provide you with a very concise summary =)

more than 4 years ago
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Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

BountyX Re:Uh... contradictory? (1590 comments)

Actually, the United States does not have an official language although Arizona as a state does, so your usage of "country's official language" is incorrect. Suspicion requires belief that a person is commiting a crime. Being out of the ordinary does not constitute reasonable suspicion of immigration status, especially in the examples you cite. For your reasoning to be consistent, it would have to apply to all races. Would a white person at 3 am walking to Denny's be a suspect for illegal immigration? Probably not. Your "suspicions" imply racial profiling since the examples you cite are all within a citizen's rights and expressing those rights does not indicate a person's immigration status.

more than 4 years ago
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Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

BountyX Re:Uh... contradictory? (1590 comments)

While your point is valid...I think the bigger issue with enforcment is how it effects the citezenry. Warning (here comes a hypothetical): What if you are a citizen but speak accented english, or you prefer to speak another language. A cop suspects you are an immigrant and demands immigration papers. Does the cop detain you at that point? Do you need to carry papers to prove citizenship on demand? Does this lead to frequent detention? It just seems unreasonable and ambigous to enforce something like this without encroaching the rights of citizens.

more than 4 years ago
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Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

BountyX Re:What about the presumption of innocence? (1590 comments)

I think you are misunderstanding that presumption. You are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Anyone can accuse you of any crime at any time. Being temporarily detained or arrested until get a trial, is NOT a presumption of guilt. You have the presumption of innocence in court becuase it is the prosecuting party that assumes the burden of proof for their accusation.

more than 4 years ago
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Russian Hacker Selling 1.5M Facebook Accounts

BountyX Great PoE (193 comments)

I'm suprised they are not worth more since they represent a great point of entry for social attacks. Think Personalized spam (i.e. "Hey John, I think Laura wanted you to buy this for the concert you are attending next week"), targeted dictionaries, localized phising (i.e. location data deploys phising to compromised machines near you). Once you break a single friend in the "network" you gain additional information to everyone in that scope, so the return on entry is very promosing. An attacker can begin profiling ideal targets in the guise of friends. Ah, so many possibilties. Such a gold mine.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubisoft's DRM Cracked — For Real This Time

BountyX Re:There WILL be unbreakable DRM, heres how: (443 comments)

I had the same idea as OnLive a couple of years ago. My theory was based on the (reverse) evaluation of game code and how most games resided in small execution loops during gameplay. The biggest barrier to implementing my idea at the time was bandwidth and upgrade costs. The monthly subscription cost would have been too prohibitive and bandwidth requirements were unreasonable. I have no idea how these OnLive guys are going to handle frequent hardware updates since high-end games continue to push hardware. Maybe they are using NVidia's new server platform?

Also, I wouldn't call this an unbreakable DRM -- it's the same as renting a game. Issues with DRM come into play when you own the game, especially as it pertains to multiple machines.

more than 4 years ago
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The End of the 3.5-inch Floppy Continues

BountyX Coasters (472 comments)

Damn, now I have to use CD's as coasters. I find their reflective properties highly annoying.

more than 4 years ago
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Don't Talk To Aliens, Warns Stephen Hawking

BountyX Re:His Master's Voice (1015 comments)

If they mean no harm and are intelligent, they will know to keep a safe distance and attempt to make communications. If they show up randomly in a big ass ship -- its safe to say we are fucked. Even, if they mean no harm--our reaction, disease, and additional resource burdens are likley to be problems.

more than 4 years ago
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Seattle Hacker Catches Cops Who Hid Arrest Tapes

BountyX Re:One hell of a swing (597 comments)

It probably went down like this...
911: Please state your emergency
Passerby: I'VE JUST BEEN HIT IN THE FACE WITH A FOAM BALL.
911: Sir, calm down. We are sending our entire police force now.

more than 4 years ago
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Seattle Hacker Catches Cops Who Hid Arrest Tapes

BountyX Re:Nothing will change without transparency (597 comments)

Damn. With that kind of lack of oversight its difficult to view those officers as anything other than a danger.

more than 4 years ago
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Seattle Hacker Catches Cops Who Hid Arrest Tapes

BountyX Re:Suprise, surprise (597 comments)

Everyone thought Thomas Jefferson was a cook when he opposed Judicial Review. Who appoints supreme court Justices? The Executive branch. Sure, congress may give a candidate the final blessing, but let's be honest, senators get DoSed (lobbied) into picking a particular justice. Here's some more insight on why our Supreme Court system sucks

more than 4 years ago
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Seattle Hacker Catches Cops Who Hid Arrest Tapes

BountyX Re:Carefully parsed language (597 comments)

This very same situation happened to me. I was walking down the sidewalk listening to my iPod when a cop pulled up next to me and asked for identification. I asked the cop if he suspected me of a crime, or if I was being detained. He didn't answer, so I ignored him. He got out his car and demanded ID, I repeated if I was being detained or suspected of a crime, he told me my constitutional rights were bullshit and starting cussing at me. I just walked away. I guess the officer knew he was in the wrong becuase he didn't try to make an arrest.

more than 4 years ago
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Website Mass-Bans Users Who Mention AdBlock

BountyX Re:Do an Ars (660 comments)

I was about to post this same suggestion. Instead I will highlight why their reaction was unreasonable:

1. The banned members may have been a profitable source of ad-revenue.
2. The website has very limited control over how their content is recieved.
3. The information may have already been recieved prior to moderation.
4. The information is easily accessible from other sources.
5. The blowback creates negative PR and may have the opposite effect (increased awareness of ad block).

more than 4 years ago
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Please Do Not Change Your Password

BountyX Re:Bad argument (497 comments)

Passwords get dirty and using the same password over a long period of time may leave you vulnerable to new exploits. The goal of aging passwords is to allow updates in password policy to propagate amongst a user base. If your user base is accessing non-secure sources with that password, it is also important to expire that password in order to limit the opportunity of exploit. For example, if you connect to your gmail account (before it defaulted to ssl) with your password over a public network and somebody MTM's your password, but does not act on it before your password expires, they are out of luck. Without aging the password, that opportunity exists as long as the same password is in place. Considering you may access multiple non-secure sources over a longer period of time the situation begins to look worse. Also, passwords are often shared to improve productivity (like instant access to a resource). They are convenient because they are easy to share and since they are shared so often, they should be changed often to re-establish and update trusted resources. Think of credit card expiration dates. If they were shorter, how would that effect their value when stolen, sold, and exploited? Cards about to expire are really not ideal targets for exploit. It's similar to that. I think the real issue with aging passwords is that the policies are often too aggressive for their limited scope of use. Aging passwords by time is a bad method since that time period may be arbitrary. Passwords should age based on activity and usage, not time.

more than 4 years ago
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Please Do Not Change Your Password

BountyX Re:Please let me use the same password (497 comments)

Learn a memorization format if you are inconvenienced. For example, static salt + variable + static salt2. A password in this format may look like &*!,Mz_-hunter2))JZ5781 . In this case you memorize &*!,Mz_- as Salt 1 and ))JZ5781 as Salt 2. hunter2 is the variable. When your password expires, you just change the variable so a new password may look like &*!,Mz_-Variable2))JZ5781. I find explaining this to users relieves the discomfort of password changing. Some people even get creative by changing the order of salt and variables. Try it out.

more than 4 years ago

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UQ researchers break the law -- of physics

BountyX BountyX writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BountyX writes "Dr Tony Roberts and PhD student Christophe P. Haynes, from the School of Maths and Physics, showed the fractal-Einstein and Alexander-Orbach laws can fail in some instances, and have derived a new law to replace them. Dr Roberts said this new discovery had implications for predicting material properties; how disease spreads through society; mapping how wild animals forage for food; and improving the internet. "We demonstrated unequivocally that two 'exact' foundational laws of fractal science, which have been cited over 2000 times in the scientific literature, can fail for a class of fractals," he said. "These are the first definitive counter examples to these laws. "Given that our key equation solves a number of old and new problems, we believe we have discovered a 'missing' equation from fractal physics that will have important implications.""
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ISPs Join RIAA's Fight Against Piracy

BountyX BountyX writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BountyX writes "The Recording Industry Association of America's plan to recruit Internet service providers in its battle against illegal file sharing is now underway. AT&T and Cox both confirmed to PC World that they have begun cooperating with the RIAA in some form. Comcast did not say it was working with the RIAA, but did say it was forwarding messages on the behalf of the recording industry to customers. Still a mystery is to what extent ISPs are cooperating with the RIAA and what it takes to get booted from your ISP for illegally swapping copyright protected content online. The RIAA announced the shift in its strategy last December: Instead of targeting individual file sharers with lawsuits, as it had done in the past, the organization would work with ISPs to find suspected offenders and — after a series of warnings — potentially cut off their Internet access altogether."
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Police raid home of Wikileaks.de domain owner

BountyX BountyX writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BountyX writes "First and foremost, wikileaks.org is back up after downtime due to server load; however, the German government wants to keep the site down. According to their twitter page, police have raided the home of Wikileaks.de domain owner over internet censorship lists that were leaked two weeks ago. What the Australian government's secret ACMA internet censorship blacklist has anything to do with Germany is a mystery. This case is a prime example of multiple governments collobarating in support of censorship."
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Godaddy Site Certificate Invalid

BountyX BountyX writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BountyX writes "Just noticed that Godaddy's site certificate is not valid. I find it slightly amusing that a service selling SSL certs is having a problem with their own certificate. Then again, the plumber's house always has a leak...Be aware, for those accessing your account, the encryption on the login and the site authenticity may be temporarily compromised. I hope that the majority of /. steers clear of Godaddy, but for those who have to work with Godaddy for their clients or work, just a note of caution."
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Opera 10.0 alpha available

BountyX BountyX writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BountyX writes "Opera has been touting it's Acid 3 results for their upcoming browser and the proof is finally in the pudding. Opera 10.0 alpha version is available for download sporting the newest rendering engine (Presto 2.2) for the Opera browser. It provides significant improvements in speed, performance and security. Opera 10.0 boasts 30% faster performance, web fonts, svg, opacity through RGBA and HSLA, improved Dragonfly, and more. Although in alpha, it's been stable for me so far."
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Homeland Security's Space-Based Spying Goes Live

BountyX BountyX writes  |  about 6 years ago

BountyX writes "While America's attention has shifted to the economic meltdown and the presidential race between corporate favorites John McCain and Barack Obama, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) National Applications Office (NAO) "will proceed with the first phase of a controversial satellite-surveillance program, even though an independent review found the department hasn't yet ensured the program will comply with privacy laws." NAO will coordinate how domestic law enforcement and "disaster relief" agencies such as FEMA use satellite imagery intelligence (IMINT) generated by U.S. spy satellites. Based on available evidence, hard to come by since these programs are classified "above top secret," the technological power of these military assets are truly terrifying."
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Program brings Web's collective wisdom to patents

BountyX BountyX writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BountyX writes "Well, it seems like all that complaining online might pay off. The Patent office is trying to figure out a more efficient way to handle prior art search by tapping into the IT industry for help. The article suggests there are too many lawyers in the process and not enough inventors. I like the sound of this."
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