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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

Gavrielkay Re:billing address checks? what checks? (172 comments)

Except Netflix is also bound by stupid rules and regulations. The entertainment industry is set up to milk every last penny they can, so I would assume that the contracts that Netflix has with Hollywood etc. don't allow them to offer all content to all regions even if Netflix wanted to. For Netflix' part, I'm sure the more subscribers they have, the more money they make and the better leverage they have in signing new content. I wouldn't think they'd go any further than absolutely necessary to prevent paying customers from accessing the service.

5 days ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

Gavrielkay Re:doesn't sound like Netflix is the problem (172 comments)

Unless their product isn't so much "bad" as hampered by local regulations that Netflix isn't subject to. Lots of things are cheaper/easier/better when the provider skirts all the regulations heaped on the industry. I'm all for protective regulations, but where entertainment is concerned almost all the rules are more about being sure pockets get lined than making sure customers are protected. In my mind, Netflix isn't doing anything wrong. The Australians who are cheating the system rather than working hard to fix it are more the problem, though I don't really blame them.

5 days ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

Gavrielkay Re:Idiots ... (172 comments)

It is similar to the problem that Uber is having with taxi services. The Australian providers and taxi services are subject to presumably expensive regulations. Due to this expense and other regulated limits on their services, they might be less attractive to users. However, it doesn't take much to understand why the people in those businesses stuck following the rules aren't happy when customers cheat and use unauthorized alternatives. The real answer is to investigate the regulations. Get rid of rules that only impair customer service and make sure the ones that protect customers/users are followed by everyone.

Netflix isn't cheating here. They have no reason to work hard to tell a VPN user from Australia from any other VPN user who just wants privacy. But the Australians who use Netflix rather than the local (hopefully) law abiding services are cheating. Quikflix is going after the wrong people.

5 days ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Gavrielkay Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

There does come a point when the resistance to the information goes beyond what is reasonable though. My personal opinion is that it doesn't even matter if the current warming trend is being caused by humans. The scary thing to me is the number of people who think that it can be safely ignored regardless. When growing regions and seasons change, when water availability changes, when coastal areas are flooded and tropical diseases migrate to previously temperate areas... well, there will be a lot of people wishing we'd put some money into mitigation plans.

The cause of global warming might matter somewhat to plans for things like carbon taxing and emission controls, but there is a separate larger issue of what to do to preserve our way of life even if it is caused by sun activity. No one will care whether it was man-made or cosmic rays when people in Wisconsin are dying of malaria.

about two weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Gavrielkay Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

No real scientist would ever say that you should accept something just because experts have reached a consensus. However, I would say that the consensus of the experts aught to weigh more heavily in people's minds than the rantings of the layperson.

about two weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Gavrielkay Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

Just to be pedantic, scientific theories are quite strong and rarely disproven wholesale. Hypotheses on the other hand come and go pretty easily. What's funny to me is that people accept all sorts of science that suffers from the exact same problems that you write about... difficulty in reproducing, complex results that the layperson can't understand... but only those sciences that imply we might have to change our way of life get scolded. I'm pretty sure testing out femto-second lasers requires specialized gear that most people couldn't construct in their garage, but no one cares because they aren't asked to give up their gas-guzzling supercar because of lasers.

about two weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Gavrielkay Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

You don't have to take the word of the consensus. What you should do however is not pretend that remaining ignorant of the science behind the consensus makes the science bad. Some things can be summarized for children and some things can't. Why should climate science - which is a complex blend of chemistry, physics and mathematics - be easily summarized? The studies are out there. Text books on climate and environmental science are out there. Do some leg work and figure it out.

about two weeks ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

Gavrielkay Re:Could have fooled me (221 comments)

Yeah, I've always thought this one was tricky. On the one hand you've got a man who never wanted to have a kid. On the other, a kid who'll still need taking care of. In a more socialized country where medical care and food for children would be more certain, I think it'd be easier to say the man should be able to get a court ruling during the pregnancy that he does not want to be involved at all. Giving up paternal rights and responsibilities legally and putting the decision on the woman whether to go through with the pregnancy or not should be an option... except in the U.S. with our health care and lack of a social net... do you really want to consign the child to a life of poor care?

Hard choices.

about three weeks ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

Gavrielkay Re:Could have fooled me (221 comments)

I agree to some extent. The problem is how easy it is to turn it into a he said/she said after the fact. The woman gets pregnant, asks if he'll help support the child. In a moment of weakness they decide to give it a go. Later he bails and claims he never wanted the kid. How do you tell that situation from the one where he said all along she'd better figure out how to do it without him because he wanted no part of it?

There is birth control that is plenty visible and controllable by the man. If he truly does not want a child and does not want to (or cannot) support one, then I'd suggest he bring a plentiful supply of condoms and spermicide to each and every liaison. Sure, it's not 100%, but it's better than hoping she's not lying when she says she's on the pill or whatever.

about three weeks ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

Gavrielkay Re:Could have fooled me (221 comments)

Having more social support should definitely help, but I was thinking of other issues as well. Such as the unmarried woman getting dirty looks from her co-workers when her pregnancy becomes obvious. Or mangers who won't hire the woman based on the assumption that she'll want lots of family leave to take care of a child. There are assumptions made about women/mothers that don't affect men - at least in the same way. I've heard stories about men getting promotions because they "have a family to support" as if the same weren't true of women. And in any case nothing trumps the fact that it is the woman's body. No law or man should be able to force her into or out of motherhood.

about three weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Gavrielkay Re:The diet is unimportant... (588 comments)

Exercise is necessary to remain healthy, however most people will not or cannot burn enough calories in exercise to make up for a "bad" diet. You have to control the diet first. Consider exercise its own separate and necessary part of being healthy.

about three weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Gavrielkay Re:Diet is very important. (588 comments)

All of this research we're seeing lately indicates that as far as the likelihood of any given calorie being stored in the body as fat, they are not all alike regardless of what you might think. They aren't all alike in your body and they might be even more different in someone else's body. There is more to it than the number on the label.

about three weeks ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Gavrielkay Re:The diet is unimportant... (588 comments)

It has been noted in weight loss circles for a while that losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise. Most people simply don't have the time or long term willpower to burn off lots of calories every day. You have to control your intake first to lose weight. Exercise for the extra calorie burn and for your overall health. There is no doubt that exercise is important for its own sake in keeping the cardiovascular system and the body in general as healthy as possible.

It is easy to point fingers at overweight people and think they are just lazy. The reality is that research is finding complexities in fat/protien/carb ratios, gut flora and insulin response are also important. You can feel holier-than-thou for resisting desert last night or jogging an extra mile, but you can't know how someone else would respond to the same diet and activity. There is simply more to it than "eat less, move more." Certainly "eat more, move less" isn't the answer, but most people will have to eat the right amount of the right foods in order to lose weight and be healthy. Exercise needs to be considered a necessary but separate topic.

about three weeks ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

Gavrielkay Re:Could have fooled me (221 comments)

I shouldn't respond to a troll... but how about ban abortion until men suffer the exact same social disgrace as women for having children out of wedlock. Or suffer the same career setbacks, the same physical burden, the same social expectation of putting all of your dreams aside to raise a kid. There is no male equivalent to carrying a developing child around inside you for 9 months and therefore I see no reason why the law should treat them the same.

If you are a man who absolutely does not want a child, then you'd best find a woman who agrees with you. And if you're a man who absolutely couldn't bear to have your child aborted, then again, you'd best find someone who agrees with you. Using the law to force a woman to carry your child around for 9 months is horrible, as is forcing her to abort because the man doesn't want it.

It's the woman's body and it should be between her and her doctor what happens to it.

about three weeks ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Gavrielkay Re:Eh, not exactly (528 comments)

Yeah, it's a tough problem that doesn't lend itself to easy multiple choice tests. Still, I think we could make better progress without idiot politicians like this one. I'm glad that I'm too old to have suffered through the "teaching to the test" era of school philosophy. I do worry about my young niece though.

about three weeks ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Gavrielkay Re:This is good! (528 comments)

Yes, not extinguishing their curiosity is vital. But so is helping them to understand the fundamentals of critical thinking so they'll know when they're getting BS as an answer when they ask "but why?"

about three weeks ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Gavrielkay Re:This is good! (528 comments)

Yes, kids need to know a bunch of facts. But prioritizing facts over methods of thought is wrong, I think. If anything they should go hand in hand... here's the fact and here's how you can deconstruct it to see why we say it's true. Sure, memorizing multiplication tables is a good shortcut for getting through your day, but it doesn't compare to understanding what multiplication IS. How is knowing a bunch of facts without knowing WHY they are facts going to help when the next "fact" is shared with them on facebook?

about three weeks ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Gavrielkay Re:What is the issue here? (528 comments)

The fuss is that teaching kids how to think will benefit them for life while teaching them a few facts that they could find out for themselves at any point where they need them won't. Can you really think that learning to think critically is less important than rote facts here? And the problem with the religious or political bit is that depending on the beholder, lots of things are religious or political. If we can't teach in schools anything that rubs someone the wrong way, then that leaves young minds wide open for someone else to come in later and fill in the gaps. It is my belief that this is the goal here. If schools aren't allowed to teach evolution because some people consider it a "religious or political" interpretation then students have no competing information to combat their churches and/or parents. If students haven't been taught the method of examining claims and the evidence behind them... well, now you've got a bunch of little sheep just ready to be filled with whatever "facts" you decide to pump into them.

about three weeks ago

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Home network security: DoS attack help?

Gavrielkay Gavrielkay writes  |  about a year ago

Gavrielkay (1819320) writes "We seem to have attracted the attention of some less than savory types in online gaming and now find our home network relentlessly DoSed. We bought a new router that doesn't fall over quite so easily, but it still overwhelms our poor little DSL connection and prevents us web browsing and watching Netflix occasionally. What's worse is that it seems to find us even if we change the MAC address and IP address of the router. Often the router logs IPs from Russia or Korea in these attacks (no packet logging, just a blanket "DoS attack from..." in the log. But more often lately I've noticed the IPs trace back to Microsoft or Amazon domains. Are they spoofing those IPs? Did they sign us up for something weird there? And how do they find us with a new MAC address and IP within minutes? We're looking for a way to hide from these idiots that doesn't involve going to the Feds, although that is what our ISP suggested. Piles of money for a commercial grade router is out of the question. We are running antivirus and anti-malware programs and haven't seen any evidence of hacked computers so far."

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