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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

Chelloveck Who authenticates to whom? (337 comments)

What kind of numbnuts trusts a phone number given to them by the person being authenticated? "Here, call my accomplice-- er, I mean account rep, and he'll verify me." Yeah, pull the other one.

Unfortunately, even my credit card issuer can't get this right. They called me about some charges. "Now sir, to verify that I'm really talking to the account holder, what is your social security number?" Um, no. YOU called ME. You can reasonably assume that the phone number you have on file for me is valid. It's up to YOU to prove to ME that you're from my credit card company. "But sir, we ask this for your own security..." Eventually I got them to give me a ticket number so I could call the number printed on my card and get back to them. Turns out it actually was my issuer calling, not a scammer. Guys, you really should know better!


Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

Chelloveck Routing loop (144 comments)

Well, there's yer problem. Looks like you got yerself a routing loop there sending all IPv6 traffic back on itself. Fix that and your IPv6 levels will go back down to infrequent pings and the occasional guy who turns on IPv6 just to see if anyone else is using it yet.

4 days ago

How the Internet of Things Could Aid Disaster Response

Chelloveck What an utterly pointless article (60 comments)

What an utterly pointless article. IF we had an Internet-of-Things, and IF they all talked with each other directly instead of needing infrastructure, and IF emergency services were prioritized over regular traffic, and IF people were cool with having random devices they own connect to random devices other people own for the sole purpose of forwarding messages in a mesh network, THEN we could use the IoT as a spiffy disaster-resistant emergency network.

No shit? Is that all it takes? Sounds like someone trying desperately to figure out just why the hell anyone would want an Internet-connected toaster, anyway. Emergency services, yeah, that will sell it!

5 days ago

Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

Chelloveck Re:Don't buy cheap android (290 comments)

Two words: "Market Differentiation". I once worked for a company which made printers. One printer line had a low-end model and a high-end model. The hardware was identical except for two things: (1) The print head, which produced higher-quality output and was more durable in the high-end model; and (2) the color of the case. That's it. Otherwise they were identical. The marketing guys decided that the print quality alone wouldn't tempt people towards the high-end model, so they required us to hobble the software. The same software build was loaded into each model, but if it detected the cheap print head it inserted wait-states into memory access to force about a 30% decrease in formatting speed. Voila! Now the high-end product had enough benefit to justify the price difference!

tl;dr: Sometimes yes, companies will expend extra effort to intentionally make a crappier product, if it means that they'll sell more of an expensive higher-profit-margin product. And yes, it drives the engineers completely bananas.

about a week ago

Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Chelloveck Jake & Elwood, of course (701 comments)

"It's 100 miles to Chicago. We've got a full tank of gas, a half pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses."

"Hit it."

about two weeks ago

New Digital Currency Bases Value On Reputation

Chelloveck Performance Art (100 comments)

Anderson isn't aiming to supplant Bitcoin, or even challenge the money-exchange model that drives society. But he's hoping it will change the way people think about currency

Ah, so the whole thing's just a performance art piece, not a serious proposal. Good to know. Now we can just ignore him until he goes away.

about two weeks ago

Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

Chelloveck Re:So this means... (214 comments)

For me, price is also a factor. Watching it just while cooking alone or something, I don't want to pay $5 for something that is just not that good. Crappy stream quality also doesn't matter in that case.

There seems to be a trend of the studios to allow digital "purchase" of movies but disallow rental, even for older releases. I'm only going to watch most movies once. $5 is my sweet spot for watching a movie. I'll gladly pay $5 for the ability to stream it for 24 hours, on the same model as the video rental store. I won't pay $15 to "own" it, especially when "ownership" is simply an indefinite-term rental until such time as the streaming service goes out of business. I'd rather just go without than play that asinine game.

about two weeks ago

NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

Chelloveck Re:Snowden / Binney 2016 (231 comments)

Sorry, I only support candidates who can provide me with vector-based artwork.

about two weeks ago

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Chelloveck Shut up and take my money! (502 comments)

I can't wait to buy a shiny new Sound Blaster ZxR so I can get that noticeably superior audio. It'll be great for my collection of 128 Kbps MP3s!

about three weeks ago

The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

Chelloveck Re:Asimov already covered this... (285 comments)

A film based on a title by Isaac Asimov. See also: Nightfall

about three weeks ago

The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

Chelloveck Re:Lovelace? (285 comments)

That was my first thought, too. Took me a minute to realize there's another Lovelace that's probably more appropriate in this context...

about three weeks ago

Meet Carla Shroder's New Favorite GUI-Textmode Hybrid Shell, Xiki

Chelloveck Re:what if you could.... (176 comments)

I can't be the only one who was mentally replacing "what if you could...?" with "why would I want to...?" and coming up dry most of the time.

about a month ago

An Army Medal For Coding In Perl

Chelloveck A virtuous Perl programmer (192 comments)

Sounds like someone who embodies the Three Virtues of a programmer: Laziness, Impatience, and Hubris. Well done!

I'm always amazed at what non-programmers are impressed by. Code up some major application, and... Why doesn't it have this feature? Why does it have that workflow? What kind of colorblind dyslexic idiot designed this UI? But whip up a simple script to automate some repetitive, routine task and you're a genius!

about a month ago

Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

Chelloveck Re:Evolution isn't science (649 comments)

You asked for citations, he produced some. If you want an intellectually honest debate the burden is now on you to show why those citations are inaccurate. You're not allowed to simply assert "lies and more lies!" unless you want to grant him the same tactic to dismiss your arguments. Point to the creationist.

about a month ago

Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

Chelloveck Re:What about flat cards? (142 comments)

A lot of {regional} food isn't real {regional} food. It's {localized} {regional} food.

You can fill in {regional} with any non-local region. In the US you can say it for Mexican, Thai, Italian, German, Polish... In the northern US you can say it for Southern food, and so on. It's kind of a variant of the "no true Scotsman" argument. No true Chinese person would cook like they do at PF Changs, therefore PF Changs is not true Chinese.

about a month and a half ago

After Non-Profit Application Furor, IRS Says It's Lost 2 Years Of Lerner's Email

Chelloveck Re:Yawn (372 comments)

Because free speech. Which is just a convenient flag-waving way to say that the definition benefits the people who write the laws defining such matters. Politicians benefit from political think tanks being classified as charities, so... Free speech! It's the same reason that capital gains are taxed at a lower rate than other income. Oh, sure, on the surface of it there's some ideological veneer of doing it to promote market liquidity, job creation, and so forth, but in reality it's because the people writing the tax laws tend to be wealthy and directly benefit from the law being that way.

about a month and a half ago

New Evidence For Oceans of Water Deep In the Earth

Chelloveck In other news... (190 comments)

By this logic I shit diamonds! Hey, there's a lot of carbon bound up in human waste. Carbon is an (nay, the) ingredient in diamond, therefore New Evidence For Oceans of Diamonds Deep In The Sewer.

about a month and a half ago

Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

Chelloveck Re:Why? (309 comments)

Genuine question, here, since I've never done any web dev. Why not write libraries in an existing language that spit out HTML/Javascript/PHP/whatever? Why do we need a new language to do this?

On the server side it's already pretty easy to use whatever language you want. There's the CGI protocol that gives a well defined interface between the server and any arbitrary program running as its own process. Most servers also have a way to run code in written various languages directly without the overhead of spawning a new process to do it.

On the browser side you have Javascript and... Well, that's about it really, unless you want to rely on browser plugins. Some browsers on some platforms can handle other scripting languages, but they tend to be vendor-specific like VBScript. If you load a browser plugin you can do anything you want, but it's not going to be all that portable. And, as we've seen with Flash and Java, they can open up new and interesting security holes.

Javascript itself is kind of a mess. It's inconsistent and has a lot of pitfalls that can trip up the unwary. I don't think we need more languages necessarily, but we could certainly use one good language. Of course, you'll never get developers to agree on what that good language is, and by the time it makes its way through the standards committee it's going to look an awful lot like Javascript. The big problem with defining a new language is that it needs to be in all the browsers before it's useful to developers. Developers won't adopt a language that's not widely deployed in browsers, and browser vendors won't bother to implement a language unless there is a critical mass of developers for it. So at this point we're pretty much stuck with Javascript.

Microsoft actually had a good idea at one time, which was to define an interface between the browser and an arbitrary external scripting language. You could (and probably still can) write Perl or Python code and execute it within Internet Explorer just like Javascript or VBScript. Of course that required the user to install the particular language you wanted, and calling out to an arbitrary external language opened up a ton of security holes. It wasn't very useful for web-based scripting. It was pretty good if you wanted an easy way to add a GUI to a local script, though. I used it to write a few quick-and-dirty prototype apps in Perl with an HTML GUI about 10 years ago. In fact it was good enough that I had a hell of a time convincing our sales guys that it was not a finished product they could sell.

about a month and a half ago

When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

Chelloveck Not until the end of time_t! (305 comments)

It'll be when we're rebuilding civilization after Y2K38. Though personally, I'm rooting for Apophis to whack us in 2036, making the time_t rollover academic.

about a month and a half ago

House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

Chelloveck Re:Democrats voted (932 comments)

Correct. Allowing outsiders to inject themselves as spoilers into an internal race isn't fair. This is why party registration and closed primaries make sense. That's at least ore fair than doing the entire nomination via convention and forgoing primaries all together.

Agreed that outsiders as spoilers is no fair, and that closed primaries make sense. But I disagree that primaries (at least, publicly funded primaries) are better than private selection within the parties. As you said, it's an internal race. The party needs to pick the candidate that best represents them. If they want to do it in a secret smoke-filled room, let them.

Hey, if the parties want to organize and fund the primary elections on their own, great! More power to them! I'm just saying that public funds should not be allocated for something that's really the internal business of a private organization. And the big two parties should absolutely not have a government-supported primary mechanism available to them when other parties do not.

about a month and a half ago


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