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Amazon's Cloud Now 1% of Internet Traffic

FlashBIOS Re:Netflix? (71 comments)

Really? Are you sure?

Netflix used to serve movies using IPv6 according to our college's traffic logs (if fact, they were about the only IPv6 traffic out there at the time). They one day it stopped. Around that time, news sites starting reporting that Netflix now streams from Amazon. Amazon doesn't support IPv6.

more than 2 years ago
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Man Protests TSA With Nudity

FlashBIOS Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (434 comments)

Why are we in America so terrified of the human body?

One word: Christian Right

body hostility is an old christian tradition. Not really sure where it came from, probably as a counterpoint to the much more relaxed romans and then it just stuck.

Yet "body hostility" also exists in numerous other cultures, such as many of those in Asia, that weren't influenced by the Christian Right.

So, instead of repeating tired tropes about scapegoat groups, how about we place the blame where it really belongs: different people are different.

more than 2 years ago
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TSA Shuts Down Airport, Detains 11 After "Science Project" Found

FlashBIOS Re:Number of actual terrorists blocked by TSA (537 comments)

If the device was such that it would terrify (much more highly trained than the TSA goons) air crew, what the holy fuck was it doing on the plane in the first place, let alone in the cabin or outside of a container in cargo, with the power source disconnected?

Because robots, science fair projects, and all manner of things which this item actually qualifies as, are allowed on planes. If there was a disconnect between the TSA and the flight crew it was that the TSA apparently doesn't have a way to notify that a suspicious item was inspected yet found "legal."

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Network Backup Solution Out of the Box?

FlashBIOS Re:CrashPlan (251 comments)

Yeah. They are a smart company who has made some smart software. I really can't speak highly enough about them.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Network Backup Solution Out of the Box?

FlashBIOS Re:CrashPlan (251 comments)

Let me +1 CrashPlan too.

I've tried a fair number of similar products, but only CrashPlan had the feature set that made me happy. With it, I can have multiple backup sets and have them going to a NAS, a friend's machine, a headless Linux box in another state that I control, and CrashPlan's own servers. With a key that I control, and a price even a cheapskate like me enjoys paying.

It is really worth checking out.

more than 3 years ago
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The Wi-Fi Hacking Neighbor From Hell

FlashBIOS Re:Would MAC address filtering counter this proble (584 comments)

MAC address filtering is very loose security. MAC addresses arent private things, and aren't hidden when a computer is communicating. To build a list of MAC addresses that are allowed on the network (by simply seeing the machines that are on the network), and then change your machine's MAC to match is fairly trivial.

more than 3 years ago
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Skype Forcing Mac Users To Upgrade Client

FlashBIOS Re:I have no sympathy. (250 comments)

Not even remotely true. This is a third-party product using its own update mechanism. Apple has never been involved in the updating of Skype, nor is Microsoft involved when Skype is run on Windows.

People, and their ignorate hatred, truly amaze me.

more than 3 years ago
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How Windows 7 Knows About Your Internet Connection

FlashBIOS Re:Worse on Apple (434 comments)

I don't think you had all the things shut off that you think you did. For example, did you turn off Ping (Apple's social network wannabe, not anything ICMP related)?

http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/how-to-shut-off-ping-and-increase-battery-life-with-ios-4-3-20110321/

There's many of these first-party services, and countless third-party that could be involved. I won't pretend to like it (I don't at all, I too want my devices to fully sleep). But I also won't pretend that it is worse. Especially as a ping (ICMP this time) is unable to transmit anything remotely close to what Microsoft's HTTP method of checking network availability could.

more than 3 years ago
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How Windows 7 Knows About Your Internet Connection

FlashBIOS Re:Worse on Apple (434 comments)

But that isn't what's going on. Not even remotely. What he is describing is simply a device that automatically joins a network that you've already agreed to trust. Period. Full Stop. There's no, "trying to reach a specific Apple website, and being able to figure out if there's a portal that it needs to pass through". And as I and other's have already stated in this thread, there's easy ways to disable this automatic joining.

Further, iOS fully discloses this behavior in unmissable (save for the GP apparently) plain text in the WiFi preferences.

He's wrong. Flat out wrong. And so are all the mods that blindly modded him up to spread the ignorance.

more than 3 years ago
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How Windows 7 Knows About Your Internet Connection

FlashBIOS Re:Worse on Apple (434 comments)

I never said Mac OS X doesn't phone home. I was referring to the activity the misguided AC posted. Nothing is being transmitted to any central service in his "oh so evil" scenario. I don't know how you felt the need to bring Mac OS X into the discussion.

But, since you did bring up that OS, in today's networked world online dictionary's, network searches, widgets pulling data, and OS update checks are all expected functionality that users demand, expected behavior, and certainly not a big deal.

On the other hand, while Microsoft's behavior in TFA also isn't a big deal, it isn't expected.

more than 3 years ago
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How Windows 7 Knows About Your Internet Connection

FlashBIOS Re:Worse on Apple (434 comments)

How is that, "even worse?"

Its not phoning home to the mothership (Microsoft or Apple) unlike TFA. Nor can that be used to track your actions. You're simply connecting to discrete WiFi networks that you _already_ said you trust. Don't like it? Forget the network. And as far as the 3G connection goes, it is *gasp* a cell phone. That's how a *gasp* cell phone functions.

more than 3 years ago
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Fellow Hackers Blast Geohot For Sony Settlement

FlashBIOS Re:Get off your high horses (310 comments)

Geohot seems to think the things he would lose in a civil suit has value. You seem to think the things Geohot would lose in a civil suit do not. Regardless of your opinions, and mine, armchair quarterbacks like us don't have to live with the consequences.

more than 3 years ago
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House Votes To Overturn FCC On Net Neutrality

FlashBIOS Re:slightly off-topic, but (388 comments)

Once again, you are confusing capacity with consumption. Once you realize the difference between the two I have a gold star with your name on it.

more than 3 years ago
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House Votes To Overturn FCC On Net Neutrality

FlashBIOS Re:slightly off-topic, but (388 comments)

The bandwidth available to your neighborhood at any given time period is consumed.

No it isn't. What you are seeing as a slowdown is overselling. Overselling has nothing to do with usage caps and the mythical consumption. The pipes may be full but still nothing is consumed.

If everyone in your neighborhood was _under_ their cap and still got on at the same time, you'd have the same problem.
If everyone in your neighborhood was _over_ their cap and still got on at the same time, you'd have the same problem.

Also, (especially now days) not all types of Internet connections are subject to the whims of your neighbors. As the anti-UBB people are stating the ISPs are simply avoiding infrastructure improvements.

more than 3 years ago
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House Votes To Overturn FCC On Net Neutrality

FlashBIOS Re:slightly off-topic, but (388 comments)

this is a great video on why usage based billing is a scam.

I can't watch the video right now, but is it a scam due to a problem with a certain implementation of usage based billing or is it due to some insurmountable flaw in the basic concept?

The concept. The fine video states (correctly as far as I'm concerned) that as bits are not a manufactured physical product, nor are they ever consumed, you shouldn't be charged for usage (i.e. consumption).

It also goes on to state that 1) bandwidth gets cheeper the more people use it, 2) that if ISPs are having a problem because a few ruin it for the many they over sold, and 3) makes allegations that usage based billing is a result of ISPs wanting to charge for content (TV, voice, etc.) that the Internet allows for for free.

This topic can get easily tainted with other issues ("I pay for the electricity I use, and that's fair, why isn't this fair too?") and I feel the video does a nice job explaining the Anti-UBB position.

more than 3 years ago
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Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology

FlashBIOS Re:"CULT" is just hate speech (426 comments)

A dictionary is a responsive collection of definitions to the popular usage of the term. As english is "living" and evolves over times, there will be instances where the popular definition doesn't match the dictionary's.

I think it easy to say "cult" is one of those words as, I believe, the majority of people view that word with a negative slant.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Crawler Speaks Back

FlashBIOS Re:Pretty naive (317 comments)

An argument cannot be made successfully with anecdotal evidence. Even without knowing you, I know you know that.

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Crawler Speaks Back

FlashBIOS Re:Pretty naive (317 comments)

[...] where were they when Bush and the Republican congress took Clinton's balanced budget and ran up the biggest deficit in history? [...] Where was their cry to vote against incumbents when the Republican held the majority and were running up the debt?

So because they are late you're going to discount their argument? Doing the right thing in spite of it of it being timely is still better than not doing the right thing because you think you may have taken too long.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Build Roads To Control How Fast You Drive

FlashBIOS Re:We found a subtle way... (proof of the premise) (801 comments)

You sir and an idiot and need to be removed from the gene pool. I feel sorry for your children, they got short changed.

And what about your children? Having a father who's reading comprehension is so low, and temper is so high, that he'll excessively fly off the handle about something he's wrong about cannot be good for them.

Read the parent again. If you need your hand held to lead you to your mistake you're beyond hope.

more than 4 years ago
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Malware Delivered By Yahoo, Fox, Google Ads

FlashBIOS Re:The real defense line (319 comments)

Until that happens, check out Sandboxie. Sandboxie is a fantastic piece of software that I've been using for years on my browser (and more importantly at home, my wife's and son's). It is largely transparent, and regularly updated. And, it works with any software, not just the browser.

http://sandboxie.com/

more than 3 years ago

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