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Laid Off From Job, Man Builds Tweeting Toilet

FireballX301 Job security and your title (115 comments)

I think if the words 'Evangelist', 'Maven', or 'Prophet' are anywhere in your job title, you probably don't actually have a job, you just have people giving you money at regular intervals.

about three weeks ago
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To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

FireballX301 Re:Noteworthy Omission (199 comments)

There is an IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) standard that many ad networks follow (as in, design the ad using this standard or we do not run your ad), but don't expect random russian or chinese advertisements to follow the standard.

about 4 months ago
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To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

FireballX301 Re:Insecure ads (199 comments)

Third party certification, mostly. There are a number of ad mediation networks (the middle-men who accept ads to distribute to end-sites, and sign contracts with both), and some of them are dirty, others are squeaky clean, because the clean ones will lose all of their high-end clients if they run a malware ad as well as get dropped from most of the high end sites. The only way to even try to fix this is a broadly distributed whitelist backed up by certs, but experience shows certifications are generally not even close to providing enough reassurance.

The person with the real answer to that problem is sitting on multiple millions of dollars. The stopgap (closed garden mobile environments) is unpleasant for everyone involved because of how crazy limited it is.

about 4 months ago
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To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

FireballX301 Re:Insecure ads (199 comments)

My firm actually specializes in ads that use javascript calls to webgl to render 3d content. But no, high end brands (i.e. not unscrupulous fly by night credit rating vendors or mugshot extortionists) like luxury cars or fashion control very carefully how their brands are placed in advertising, and everyone realizes by now that pop-unders and similar serve only to destroy brand value, not add to it.

about 4 months ago
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To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

FireballX301 Insecure ads (199 comments)

Unfortunately, I work in the ad industry, though my firm's clients are premium brands that specifically avoid the undesirable ad types (banners only, no pop unders or bullshit. Those types of ads actually hurt brand value more than anything else). That being said, by far the worst ads are the ones that have been compromised to deliver malware. That really blows the other options out of the water.

about 4 months ago
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The Ways Programming Is Hard

FireballX301 "there's not much to indicate difficulty" (278 comments)

Only complete idiots/tools think this way about any profession. Brick laying looks easy, but I wouldn't trust someone who's never picked up a trowel in their life before to put up a brick wall. Anyone 'outside the profession' should only be concerned that the code works, is maintainable, and is to spec, along with passing a security audit.

about 5 months ago
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Online Retailers Cruising Tor To Hunt For Fraudsters

FireballX301 Re:What's the problem? (188 comments)

Sure, in which case you would have to be an idiot to use a personal card. Load a throwaway debit card or buy and use BTC. Anonymizing services do not help if you declare your identity at the other end

about a year ago
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Online Retailers Cruising Tor To Hunt For Fraudsters

FireballX301 What's the problem? (188 comments)

If you use your card online, you're telling the retailer who you are and where you generally are, and having them do their homework is nothing but a good thing. Making people go through more verification steps if red flags are thrown is nothing but a good thing. If you use Tor and then buy something with a personal credit card or debit card, you're doing it wrong.

If you want to stay anonymous, load a pre-paid debit card and jump through the anti fraud hoops. Nobody said staying off the grid was going to be easy.

about a year ago
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SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests of Internet Rideshare Drivers

FireballX301 Re:How are they identified? (510 comments)

I'm sure they have cameras recording plates of people who enter and exit the airport, and they'll flag people for suspicious activity (going to the airport more than 2 or 3 times a day, for example) and ask them what they're doing. If they admit ridesharing it's off to the pen

about a year ago
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English Schools To Introduce Children To 3D Printers, Laser Cutters, Robotics

FireballX301 Won't work. (119 comments)

I was at a 'technology literate' middle school when Lego Mindstorms came out, and the school bought a few of them for the school computer club so people could 'program' and 'debug' the RCX robots. It was good fun, but all it taught to kids was a very rudimentary concept of program flow.

If you want to make kids tech literate, you deconstruct something they use in their every day lives, when they're old enough to be capable of it. A good example would be a high school course focusing on high level full-stack design - here's twitter, here's how their servers look like in a very simple way, here's their API, let's do a 2 month project to make a frontend. Or let's make our own mini twitter just for our class, here's a sql server and we can write the backend together over a month or so. That sort of thing would both engage kids and give them useful experience.

about a year ago
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AOC's 21:9 Format, 29" IPS Display Put To the Test At 2560x1080

FireballX301 Nope (217 comments)

Having two discrete monitors that you can easily lock windows to is what I want. I consider the dividing line between the monitors a good organizational assist.

That being said, I miss 5:4 and 4:3 monitors and want them back, because having to set up widescreens vertically defeats the point. two 4:3 monitors give me the horizontal area I want without consuming my entire desk, but it's difficult to find good ones at a reasonable price.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Inexpensive SOHO Crime Deterrence and Monitoring?

FireballX301 Don't bother. (272 comments)

Buy business insurance, do what the insurance adjuster wants you to do, and don't do anything more.

If you don't have or can't afford business insurance, then you should question whether your business is viable or not, especially if a poorly timed robbery can put you under.

about a year and a half ago
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Will EU Regulations Effectively Ban High-End Video Cards?

FireballX301 Just ship with a low-draw driver (303 comments)

Have the driver that ships with the card be designed to stay under the draw cap so the card is still in regulation, and the manufacturer can just offer the normal drivers on the site for people to download.

Naturally anyone who cares will install the real driver, so the law-breaking is on the part of the consumer, not AMD or Nvidia. Seems like a simple workaround as long as you can say 'it's the consumer breaking the law, not us'

about 2 years ago
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Unbreakable Crypto: Store a 30-character Password In Your Subconscious Mind

FireballX301 "Reliably better" (287 comments)

How many standard deviations above 'random guessing' are we talking about? Over how many trials? And 2 weeks is fine, but what about 6 months to a year?

I still prefer 80+ character passphrases lifted from song lyrics whenever possible. If you know the song well enough it's impossible to crack, and the search space is still large among people who know you like that particular song

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Experience Handling DDoS Attacks On a Mid-Tier Site?

FireballX301 Load balancing and an experienced sysadmin (197 comments)

The load balancer to take the brunt of the attack and distribute traffic to multiple mirrors, and the sysadmin to watch the attack and start blacklisting IP ranges. Your service provider should have some kind of service in place unless you got the cheapest of cheap hosting solutions.

With that being said, hiring a third party ddos mitigator is entirely a cost benefit analysis that should be done on your end. Can whoever's providing your hosting now provision some extra servers and some harried sysadmins to keep you floating? See if you can ask for additional service support from your current provider.

more than 2 years ago
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To me, lotteries represent ...

FireballX301 I pay my Math Tax all the time. (301 comments)

If I stop by a convenience store or gas station and happen to see a lottery booth, I'll usually pick up a $1 quick pick.

I fully understand that I have no chance of winning. I don't really care. A good portion of the cash goes towards the woefully underfunded public school system in my state, I consider it a fun idle activity to occasionally check winning numbers and to complain about never winning, and the $1 every so often is utterly inconsequential to me.

Some people have problems buying huge numbers of tickets, and that's a gambling problem, but it's absurd to seriously call it a math tax. Nobody buys tickets expecting to win.

more than 2 years ago
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Maingear Touts New Rig As "Planet's Greenest Gaming PC"

FireballX301 That's kind of a stretch. (136 comments)

Those parts are outdated for anyone who cares to be on the 'bleeding edge' in gaming, and anyone who doesn't can build their own version of that rig at about half the price (ignoring the form factor).

Given the probable lifetime energy savings of that $800 box over the $400 DIY job, plus the base environmental costs of building all those parts, you're essentially spending money to have someone else make you feel better.

more than 5 years ago
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$74k Judgment Against Craigslist Prankster

FireballX301 Just an ED troll (182 comments)

As a general rule, taking trolling into real life and then going 'LOL I TROLL U IRL' after you act like a jackass will get you hit by the real life equivalent of a ban.

There's a strange subculture that validates this kind of douchebaggery in the name of 'epic win', and I'm unsure if any of them are past the mental age of 15.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Unveils Windows 7 File-Sharing Beta

FireballX301 Clever, actually (230 comments)

All the benefits of ftp without the bandwidth cost of a fileserver. My question is whether there's a way to cap the amount of files that can be requested from you, in order to keep your monthly up limit from being clobbered.

more than 5 years ago
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Lawmakers Debate Patent Immunity For Banks

FireballX301 Or, instead of feeding the patent troll (382 comments)

They can cashier the USPTO Commissioner, appoint a new one, and order a comprehensive review.

A billion dollars. Talk about misuse of taxpayer funds.

more than 6 years ago

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FireballX301 FireballX301 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FireballX301 (766274) writes "The New York Times is running an article about the small word puzzles various sites use in order to defeat automated script registration while still letting humans through. It seems many people can't actually solve them anymore, so new alternatives (image recognition) are being created. This, of course, seems breakable as well — is there a feasible alternative to the captcha, or are we stuck jumping through more and more hoops to register at places?"
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