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Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy

EvilSS Re:Transparency FTW! (97 comments)

And they say Russia is too secretive. This is the pinnacle of transparency!

It frightens me that this is both funny and insightful at the same time.

5 days ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

EvilSS Re:i'm glad to work for free (394 comments)

you either get rid of advertising and pay to watch each video....

Then people would just bitch about it being paywalled.

about two weeks ago
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Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

EvilSS Re:Lack of interest? Lack of availability, I'd say (125 comments)

I have to agree. I have the same tablet (minus the WWAN, WiFi only) and I love it. The apps (not the desktop applications, but the windows 8.1 store "apps") are lacking when compared to other tablets, but having a tablet that can also run any x86 Windows app and gets decent battery life rocks. The price was great and the baytrail atom processor keeps up with most light duty web/office work without issue. I was kind of shocked how well it works considering the price point for them.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

EvilSS Re:But scarcity! (390 comments)

Your ISP isn't Verizon by chance is it?

No, if he's getting a 404, there's a connection to the server. Would be hilarious if Verizon had something to do with it, but we can't pin that one on them.

It was a joke, but if we are going to take it seriously it is certainly not out of the realm of possibility for an ISP to redirect a specific URL to a different URL. Just get the 404 page from the site and redirect it there as it passes through the provider's network gear. Similar process to the one used by internet providers in countries that have mandatory blacklists for "pirate" sites.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

EvilSS Re:Only because they're stupid. (435 comments)

Everything. You said you would "... rather risk death than allow the TSA, the NSA surveillance, free speech zones, DUI checkpoints, constitution-free zones, the war on drugs, etc." yet I bet you dutifully obey each and every one of those.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

EvilSS Re:But scarcity! (390 comments)

It looks like the Level 3 post has been pulled. It goes to their 404 page which has a link to recent posts which lists the very post linked in the article.....and the recent post link ALSO takes you to a 404.

Strange, the link works fine for me. Your ISP isn't Verizon by chance is it?

about two weeks ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

EvilSS Re:Only because they're stupid. (435 comments)

I disagree, especially in the case of diverless cars that can move about without a driver. As much as we (legitimately) criticize the growing abusive and invasive nature of law enforcement, they do have a legitimate job to do in providing for the public safety.

Screw off. Unless the constitution explicitly grants the government the power to do so, then it doesn't have that power. Furthermore, we're supposed to be 'the land of the free and the home of the brave.' Such a country would not sacrifice fundamental liberties for safety. I'd rather risk death than allow the TSA, the NSA surveillance, free speech zones, DUI checkpoints, constitution-free zones, the war on drugs, etc. All of which is similarly enabled by cowards who think that safety is more important than freedom. And that's not even getting into the inherent vulnerabilities of allowing people to stop the car remotely. Are you insane?

We need to be able to know exactly how the car's software and hardware work, and we need to be able to modify it. Otherwise, it is inevitable that governments and companies will abuse it, all the while being applauded by people like you. An otherwise good idea... ruined.

Big words for someone who I bet pulls over their car if told to do so.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

EvilSS Re:Only because they're stupid. (435 comments)

There should not be a *signal* to do it. Backdoors are too easy, which will also make them easier to abuse. The bar should be high.

There are already microwave transmitters that can fry a car's control system at range (such as the one promoted by SAVELEC). This should be the preferred method. The police should be *so sure* that the driver is a criminal that they're willing to stake a lawsuit on physically destroying a car's control system. That should be the bar.

Let's stop giving the police ways to cut red tape and instead occasionally make the police do it the hard way. Then there's less capacity for easy abuse.

So your automated car is driving grandpa (who's napping in the back seat) over for dinner when a police officer notices it's dragging a limb that got blown up under it as it drove by. Your solution is that the officer, instead of turning on his red & blues and at the same time sending a signal to the car to pull over, fries your car's electronics (probably totaling it, which he would bear no financial responsibility for) and possibly cooking gramp's pacemaker.

Good plan.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

EvilSS Re:Only because they're stupid. (435 comments)

There should not be a kill switch in automated cars for law enforcement. That should not be the solution

I disagree, especially in the case of diverless cars that can move about without a driver. As much as we (legitimately) criticize the growing abusive and invasive nature of law enforcement, they do have a legitimate job to do in providing for the public safety. To that end they will need the ability to safely stop a diverless car. There will be legitimate situations where driverless vehicles need to be stopped by police. A protocol needs to be in place that allows the police to signal the vehicle to "pull over" and come to a stop.

Now, that's not to say there shouldn't be limitations to that power. The police should not be able to just shut down every car in a city, for example. There needs to be rules like an officer needs to be in proximity to the vehicle, and the shutdown needs to be targeted to a specific vehicle for a specific reason. This would be analogous to what we have today where we see flashing lights behind us and we pull over. Remote tracking and/or shutdown should not be allowed without the consent of the owner (if the car is stolen for instance) or in response to a legit, life threatening situation such as a kidnapping or hostage situation. And never if the vehicle is under manual control.

about two weeks ago
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Watch Dogs Graphics and Gameplay: PC Vs. Xbox One, With Surprising Results

EvilSS Re:Really bad game to use for this comparison. (210 comments)

There's a significant issue specific to Titanfall, where the mouse sensitivity is linked to your framerate. If you experience slowdown within the game, a movement of the hand that normally moves the crosshairs 15degrees, may only move it 10 degrees.

It's like trying to aim with someone else's hand on a second mouse fighting back against your crosshairs. That kind of unpredictable mouse sensitivity variation also hits at the most inopportune times since a framerate drop is often concurrent with increased activity in the game.

Most games, even if you drop from 60 fps to 30fps, a hand motion that moves the crosshairs 15 degrees, will still move the crosshairs the same 15 degrees.

Yea they have been patching the game trying to fix those timing issues ever since they unlocked the framerate. Turns out pretty much everything in the game was clocked to framerate after they did whatever it was they did to uncap it. When they unlocked it people found they could run faster, shoot faster, etc if they were running on 144hz monitors. Totally not surprised mouse is affected by it as well. I really love that game and I'm disappointed in how the game has been handled by Respawn. I get they had some outside legal issue that ate into their development time and budget, so I'm holding out hope that they learn from the mistakes of Titanfall and fix them in Titanfall 2.

about three weeks ago
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Watch Dogs Graphics and Gameplay: PC Vs. Xbox One, With Surprising Results

EvilSS Re:Really bad game to use for this comparison. (210 comments)

Maybe the PC version is actually the console version running within a custom virtual machine.

It's not but OK.

about three weeks ago
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Watch Dogs Graphics and Gameplay: PC Vs. Xbox One, With Surprising Results

EvilSS Re:Really bad game to use for this comparison. (210 comments)

I really hope this isn't the start of a really bad trend of porting over crap, shoving it out the door, and telling the PC community to just throw more hardware at it.

What do you mean by start... This has been happening for years.

Yea, but it really seems to be accelerating lately. I went for years on a 8800GT running most games without much issue. Granted, over the years I've had to dial back the settings as games got more resource hungry. Last year I picked up a 660Ti thinking it would last at least another few years. Already replaced it because it was already having trouble running games at high or ultra less than a year later (something that took a few years with the 8800).

about three weeks ago
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Watch Dogs Graphics and Gameplay: PC Vs. Xbox One, With Surprising Results

EvilSS Re:Really bad game to use for this comparison. (210 comments)

Whether I need it or not isn't the point. The fact that, with the hardware that I have, the game runs so poorly (I retested last night after I posted this and my framerates dip down into the 20's in some cases like driving on a motorcycle) shows how badly optimized the game is for the PC.

For comparison I can run The Grid 2, a graphics and physics intensive game, at 50-60 FPS at 4K* , but I can't get consistently above 50fps, and get drops into the 20's in Watch_Dogs running it at 1080p.

*on a Samsung U28D590D

about three weeks ago
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Watch Dogs Graphics and Gameplay: PC Vs. Xbox One, With Surprising Results

EvilSS Re:Recent allegations... (210 comments)

Going by what modders are pulling out of the game it does appear that it is true.

Those modders are praising the wonderful graphics they get with the enabled settings, while admitting that they get stuttering and frame rates below 30 fps. Doesn't sound like Ubisoft "handicapped" the graphics to me, so much as fixed the performance issues.

I've run the game with and without the mods and if anything it improved stuttering and barely impacted my frame rates. Other gamers are reporting the same experience.

about three weeks ago
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Watch Dogs Graphics and Gameplay: PC Vs. Xbox One, With Surprising Results

EvilSS Really bad game to use for this comparison. (210 comments)

This game is ridiculously resource intensive on the PC. I usually do a big upgrade on my PC every 5 or 6 years. I just upgraded to a factory overclocked 780ti, z97 mobo, SSD to hold games, 24 gigs of ram (I also run a lot of VMs during the day for work), and a 4790K CPU this past week. With all that this game still struggles to stay at or above 60FPS, dipping to the 40's at times. It is a terrible port.

Titanfall, while not quite so bad, is another game that seems to demand more than it should from the PC. I really hope this isn't the start of a really bad trend of porting over crap, shoving it out the door, and telling the PC community to just throw more hardware at it. My last system lasted 5 years before it really needed an upgrade. I expect the same from this one but I'm starting to think I'm not going to be so lucky.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Proposal To Limit Access To 5725-5850 MHz Band

EvilSS Re:So who is behind this? (112 comments)

They measure "wind" speed only if the wind happens to be carrying particulates (e.g., clouds, tornadoes). On a clear day, doppler radar will not show much, even with 50mph wind.

True, but no one is really worried about the clear days...

about a month ago
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In 2012, Facebook Altered Content To Tweak Readers' Emotions

EvilSS Re:consent (130 comments)

Does FB's TOS say that you might be randomly placed in a A/B test used for academic research purposes? .

Actually, it does.

about a month ago
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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

EvilSS Re:"Inciting" (208 comments)

Only because we believe "incentivize" is a verb, when "incentive" is a noun from the original verb, "incite".

We believe it's a verb because it is a verb. What do you believe it is, a suspension bridge? It's in the OED so I'm pretty much OK with it.

VERB
[WITH OBJECT]
Provide (someone) with an incentive for doing something:
this is likely to incentivize management to find savings

about a month ago
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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

EvilSS Re:subject (347 comments)

Maybe I'll feel dumb tomorrow, but I'm pretty sure physics blogs would be exploring right now if this were even remotely true.

also, this is just a blog post...

You've underestimated the speed of news on SlashDOT. It's much slower than the rest of the universe. Those events you mention should have already happened and you should feel stupid yesterday!

about a month ago
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New Sensors Will Scoop Up "Big Data" On Chicago

EvilSS Re:Oh really? (64 comments)

Unless the NSA is already involved and forcing them to keep quiet about it...

Why would the NSA bother with these when they pretty much own the telcos? They would just use the regular towers to track you. Now the Chicago PD, well that's a different story...

about a month ago

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