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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 6 months ago

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 6 months ago

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 9 months ago

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 9 months ago

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 10 months ago

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 ago

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 a year and a half ago

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

about a year and a half ago

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.

about 2 years ago

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.

about 2 years ago

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 4 years ago

$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.

about 5 years ago

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 4 years ago

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



FireballX301 FireballX301 writes  |  more than 6 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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