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Attackers Install DDoS Bots On Amazon Cloud

Imagix Stupid sensationalism (16 comments)

So why is Amazon being specifically mentioned here? What makes this specific to Amazon? Is Google Compute Engine somehow immune to this? Or Azure, or any other hosting provider? Or self-hosted? Better headline: "Servers compromised through known vulnerability, admins failed to update software to close vulnerability."

1 hour ago
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Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

Imagix Re:Whats the problem? (147 comments)

Because the people paying for ads to show on WABC7 in NY are expecting viewership in NY to be the ones consuming the ads. If the audience is now nationwide, then the value per eyeball goes way down since now a smaller percentage of the eyeballs matter. So actually both sides of the equation don't like it. The advertisers aren't advertising to the demographic they want, and since the demographic is now much wider, WABC7 can't charge as much per eyeball since many of them are useless to the advertiser.

about two weeks ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

Imagix Re:why? (346 comments)

Unfortunately your analogy is also flawed... the mail _was_ addressed to the recipient. GS "wrote" the wrong address on the envelope.

about three weeks ago
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Why Software Builds Fail

Imagix Re:Because I'm lazy (279 comments)

That one's quite useful. You've declared a variable and now whomever is reading the code now has the additional cognitive load to try to figure out why that variable exists.

about a month ago
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Why Software Builds Fail

Imagix Re:Because I'm lazy (279 comments)

Yep. Compile with -Wall -Werror. All warnings are now errors. If the compiler is warning you about something, it is likely that you're not telling the compiler a consistent message. "Do not try to outsmart the compiler, it will get its revenge." Rework the code so that it doesn't warn. Also, gcc has a compiler flag to tell the compiler that certain directories are "system" includes, and not to warn about stuff in them.

about a month ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

Imagix Re:Who owns them? (474 comments)

no more data cap

Why? The cable modem will be able to figure out what traffic is coming from the home vs. coming via the public wifi, and can count those separately. (And can do different speed shaping and prioritization).

subscriber cancels service

Same question. If the cable modem is plugged in, they just need to block the ethernet and "personal" SSID, leaving the "public" SSID operational.

about a month and a half ago
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OpenSSL To Undergo Security Audit, Gets Cash For 2 Developers

Imagix Re:Why bother? (132 comments)

Yet again, another person who can't distinguish between the technology and a particular application of that technology. What you're complaining about has nothing to do with the implementation of OpenSSL (which is what this article is about), but has to do with the application of OpenSSL. OpenSSL is doing it's job by verifying the presented certificates against the list of trusted certificate authorities that you have configured. The fact that you're trusting too many people isn't a problem with OpenSSL. (It is also not OpenSSL's concern as to how you obtained your list of trusted CAs, only that you have one.)

about 2 months ago
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5 Years Later, 'Do Not Track' System Ineffective

Imagix Re:Why would anyone want it? (254 comments)

Cookie tracking means you're getting spammed with ads you DO want, instead of the ads you don't want.

If only they weren't lying. I don't want _any_ of the ads.

about 2 months ago
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Google Using YouTube Threat As Leverage For Cheaper Streaming Rights

Imagix Re:a group representing independent musicians (197 comments)

Or, set an acceptable price to you. $1 per play (or whatever). No negotiation. Look at all of the time you just saved.

about 2 months ago
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Understanding an AI's Timescale

Imagix Sci-fi story (189 comments)

Read Dragon's Egg by Robert L. Forward. (and the sequel, Starquake) Part of the story involves humans interacting with an alien species that is a lot faster. The alien's lifespan is about 15 minutes...

about 2 months ago
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Do Embedded Systems Need a Time To Die?

Imagix Re:Better still (187 comments)

but why shouldn't I get to make that decision

Because your "reasoned" decision apparently doesn't take into account the threat you now represent to everybody else.

about 2 months ago
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London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

Imagix Re:Customers are not property. (417 comments)

Not really... the cabs are being artificially hamstrung by regulation that was put into place precisely because private people were doing bad things and thus government was lobbied/decided upon that regulation was required in order to protect public safety. So now there are a bunch of cabs which are following said regulations (likely at a pretty significant cost), and now this other organization is setting up a de facto cab company, but doesn't have to follow the regulation. Now... if the cab companies no longer had to follow the regulations and _still_ couldn't compete with Uber, then so be it. But as it is now you're comparing the performance of two race horses, but one of them has its legs tied together.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Imagix Re:Do you see the problem with this? (461 comments)

I made no comment on the validity of the case itself (and had also mentioned the 5 minute thing). What I'm pointing out is that this article is inaccurate in it's headline ("Stop and _Search_ Based On Anonymous 911 Tips"), and many of the comments are making the same leap. The facts of the case didn't link the anonymous tip to the search. The facts of the case linked the anonymous tip to the _stop_. It was evidence gathered during the stop that lead to the search. The dissenting opinions were around whether the police had sufficient cause to stop the person in the first place since without the stop, the police wouldn't have had the additional evidence to provide cause for a search. So, much of the outrage here is misdirected. It should all be directed at whether or not the police had sufficient cause to stop the car. What we should be seeing is arguments along the lines of: "The police received an anonymous tip. Based on that they located the car and observed its behaviour over 5 minutes." Followed by either "Having seeing no signs of impaired driving we stopped observing the car and went on our way", or "We then pulled the vehicle over in order to have a discussion with the driver that a concerned citizen had observed the car behaving erratically, was there something wrong?" (Which then leads to the discovery of the other evidence)

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Imagix Re:Do you see the problem with this? (461 comments)

You're missing a bunch of parts, and the headline of this article is similarly misguided (the original title is not). The 911 call did nothing regarding the _search_. What the 911 call did was focus the attention of the police on a vehicle that was allegedly driving dangerously. They then pulled over the vehicle that was allegedly driving dangerously under the suspicion that the driver was impaired (remember, driving impaired is illegal). During that interaction they discovered further indications that drugs were involved and based on _that_ evidence a search of the vehicle was conducted. Where the dispute comes from is whether the police had sufficient suspicion about the original "driving while impaired" problem (and thus sufficient cause to pull the vehicle over). They'd apparently followed the vehicle for "5 minutes" and didn't see any indication of poor driving. _That's_ where the dissenting court opinion comes from, not about the search. (I've made that 911 call myself. And in one case, I'd actually saw the vehicle that I was reporting clip someone else and tore the mirror off of their car. They'd pulled over, but I bet he was rather surprised as how fast a police cruiser arrived on the scene....)

about 3 months ago
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404-No-More Project Seeks To Rid the Web of '404 Not Found' Pages

Imagix Pretty thin on why (72 comments)

The proposal doesn't say a whole lot about why one would want to do it. So I can attach a date to a link. How does this guarantee that _those_ links won't die?

about 3 months ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Imagix Re:The question remains why this extension? (447 comments)

Not really. That means every application that wants to talk securely would have to add the noise, vs the library that they use adds the noise behind the scenes and the multitude of applications can concern themselves with what they need to do. And if the noise generation needed to be changed for some reason, then you only have to update the library and not the multitudes of applications (some of which may never be updated....).

about 4 months ago
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Study: People That Think Social Media Helps Their Work Are Probably Wrong

Imagix Re:Twitter (40 comments)

communicating with their product support folks via twitter. It literally saves hours waiting for email responses

Then the vendor is literally incompetent. There is _no_ reason why email should take hours to get a response.

about 4 months ago
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IRS: Bitcoin Is Property, Not Currency

Imagix Don't have to pay the tax (273 comments)

Yep, you don't have to pay capital gains on the appreciation of your property. Not the same thing as property tax. Property tax is dealing with the property's "current value". Since you are still holding the property, no capital gains (or losses) have occurred (yet).

about 4 months ago
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They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping

Imagix Re: Bad summary (206 comments)

Thus why the first thing I do in a new apartment is change the locks.

In certain jurisdictions this is illegal without a court order.

about 4 months ago

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