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Fixing Verizon's Supercookie

KiloByte Re:On tracking (101 comments)

Use Request Policy instead of Ghostery -- it makes advertisers opt-in rather than opt-out. Besides killing any non-first-party tracking dead, it hardly leaves anything for Adblock to clean up.

yesterday
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China Cuts Off Some VPNs

KiloByte Re:Well (216 comments)

You're cherry-picking a single crime where NYC leads. In every other field, London wins handily. Compare: 1 vs 2.

I'd take a tiny chance to get murdered over not being able to walk in the middle of the city without being robbed or assaulted. Living in Poland, I have so far been robbed twice and assaulted 7 times (once with an injury), and murdered... still not even a single time. And by statistics, my chances to do so are really, really slim.

And these stats ignore the fact that murders happen predominantly between rival gangs, while robbery, assaults and rapes tend to target honest upstanding citizens.

about a week ago
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China Cuts Off Some VPNs

KiloByte Re:Defective by design. (216 comments)

I envision an SSL hack which connects to a valid SSL server but then turns into a VPN connection.

You mean, http[s] CONNECT? With openvpn as the payload (double encryption might be wasteful, but I'd keep it). You can then multihome over those connections with existing tools to your heart's content.

about a week ago
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China Cuts Off Some VPNs

KiloByte Re:Well (216 comments)

out of US because of danger posed by gun culture and gun laws

This "danger" keeps violent crime at less than 1/7 the level of UK, comparing New York to London (similar population, similar percentage of "bad" minorities, etc).

about a week ago
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Your Entire PC In a Mouse

KiloByte Re:Once upon a time (165 comments)

Does anyone actually use wireless mice? They used to be a fad a decade ago, but I can't remember the last time I've seen one.

Cons:

  • batteries are constantly out
  • too easy to displace
  • hard to manage orientation

Pros:

  • ???

about two weeks ago
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Your Entire PC In a Mouse

KiloByte Re:Now if I could just type... (165 comments)

Enjoy using a mouse with a bunch of cables attached to it. Not so ergonomic, you see...

As this mouse needs a display anyway, it'd be so much better to put the brains in something that doesn't move.

about two weeks ago
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To Avoid Detection, Terrorists Made Messages Seem Like Spam

KiloByte Re:Drone Strikes Against Spammers ? (110 comments)

Every spam message that goes past the filters takes several seconds out of someone's life -- and not just the "gross" part that includes sleep, commutes, bathing, etc but of the actual productive part of the day (around 1/3 of it). Averaging batch reading of mail at the start of a day vs full context switch, let's take 5s per piece of spam. Let's assume a 95% spam filter effectiveness rate. Now the hardest part -- how big a spam campaign run is? Let's assume 100M delivery attempts (I'm doing a Fermi estimate -- or rather, pure rectal extraction -- on this number).

This means, a single spammer who did just 10 spam campaign runs effectively murdered a person -- in a death of thousand cuts.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Belief That Some Fields Require "Brilliance" May Keep Women Out

KiloByte Re:No surprise (218 comments)

We think (and so define in IQ calibration) that mean intelligence is the same for men and women.

And it's that calibration that's problematic here. The brains of men and women are typically very different, making them excel at different types of tasks. The modern IQ calibration manipulates weights for these tasks to give both an average score of 100. The result is politically correct, but makes IQ an even more worthless measure than it was before gender-balance calibration was introduced.

The other problem lies in people assuming that the average for a gender tells you anything about a particular individual. If women are better/worse at task X, this doesn't mean a woman who applied for a position that requires X is better or worse than a man whom you can pick or not over that woman.

The result? Giving preferential treatment to either group is wrong, and will hurt not only the group you discriminate against, but your profits as well. No matter whether your task is a biology researcher, a lumberjack or a kindergarten teacher, the only valid method of choosing is being totally gender- (and race-, and so on)-blind. That woman who applied for that lumberjack job? She probably has a clue what she does, and thus deserves a try at the chainsaw. This kind of self-selection is not free of biases, but it makes comparing averages for men-vs-women (or blacks-vs-whites-vs-polka-dotted) pointless.

Yes, such selection of merits will make your team not represent the diversity ratios of the general population -- that's expected.

about two weeks ago
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NetHack Development Team Polls Community For Advice On Unicode

KiloByte Re:More importantly, (165 comments)

Don't you want to name your fruit U+1F4A9? (can't write this as a literal because Slashdot)

about three weeks ago
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NetHack Development Team Polls Community For Advice On Unicode

KiloByte Re:The answer is... (165 comments)

For storing a single character: UCS-4 (aka UTF-32), and that's without possible combining character decoration. For everything else, UTF-8 internally, no matter what the system locale is.

wchar_t is always damage, it shouldn't be used except in wrappers that do actual I/O: you need such wrappers as standard-compliant functions are buggy to the level of uselessness on Windows and you need SomeWindowsInventedFunctionW() for everything if you want Unicode.

And why UTF-8 not UCS-4 for strings? UTF-8 takes slightly longer code:
while (int l = utf8towc(&c, s))
{
        s += l;
        do_something(c);
}

vs UCS-4's simpler:
for (; *s; s++)
{
        do_something(*s);
}

but UCS-4 blows up most your strings by a factor of 4, and makes viewing stuff in a debugger really cumbersome.

My credentials: I'm the guy who added Unicode support to Dungeon Crawl.

about three weeks ago
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Rust Programming Language Reaches 1.0 Alpha

KiloByte Re:Self-defeating name (161 comments)

Or ,"go" the language. Utterly ungooglable, and conflicts with at least three other programming languages.

(It's a name that's good for humans but useless for other reasons.)

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

KiloByte Re:islam (1350 comments)

"lo tirsah", if you want to go there. The Wikipedia article I linked to has an in-depth explanation.

about three weeks ago
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Publications Divided On Self-Censorship After Terrorist Attack

KiloByte Re:Better Onion article (512 comments)

abortion results in a dead baby

I'm pretty certain abortion ensures that fetus will never develop into a baby.

about three weeks ago
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Tips For Securing Your Secure Shell

KiloByte Re:Well Then (148 comments)

Moving services like ssh to a higher, non-default port is not done for "security".

It won't protect you from in-depth attacks, but will save you from in-breadth ones.

Using a high port can protect even from non-thorough targetted attacks: nmap's default for example is to scan a selection of 1000 ports rather than full 64K.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

KiloByte Re:islam (1350 comments)

Seriously, you cannot kill as a Christian, because 1. you can't kill

Uhm, killing is not only condoned but even required (at the pain of death!) in a good number of cases. You're relying on a bad translation, the Hebrew text has "thou shalt not murder".

And Yahveh "himself" ordered genocides of multiple whole tribes.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

KiloByte Re:islam (1350 comments)

And in fact the criminals who murdered these 12 people are not followers of Islam though they claim to do it in the name of Islam.

Sorry, but have you read the Koran? Those criminals did exactly what ordered, with the relevant commandment repeated umpteen times. These murders were no less inspired by the word of Muhammed than, say, the murder of Asma bint Marwan.

You're probably mistaking the Koran for the Bible. The latter contains so many contradictions that you can't be a Christian without a steaming pile of doublethink and cherry-picking, which makes most of us think the Koran suffers from the same. It does not: rather than a series of books written over ~700 years, it's the product of careful editing by a small team of scribes overseen by one man. It bears nearly no contradictions, basically just permissibility of alcohol (16:67 vs 2:216), whether angels are the same as jinn, and some literary devices. And even those are governed by an "upgrade clause".

So, while a majority of people with islamic cultural roots are good people, that's not thanks to Koran but despite of it. They are sinners who fail to obey the scripture, while the murderers are true believers.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

KiloByte Re:In the name of Allah ! (1350 comments)

One religion in recent history has been responsible for the vast vast majority of religious inspired violence. Essentially two mainstream religions feature a scripture that preaches violence against its enemies, the Islamic and Jewish faiths. The latter does not have any prevailing interpretations advocating violence outside a small patch of land.

Holy war is an invention of Christians when they first gained power (albeit Judaism was at some points a precursor to a small degree). Beforehand, everyone was free to worship any gods he wanted, as long as he did not disrespect gods of others. What did Romans do when they prepared to war? They built temples to gods of their enemies, making sacrifices so the gods don't fear losing worship. It's only insulting gods that was forbidden, and in some societies like Rome the perpetrator usually was given a yet another chance, to make a sacrifice as an apology.

Forcing someone to abandon his gods was unheard of. Even other monotheist religions like Zoroastrians or Mithraists did not go that far. It's so-called Abrahamic religions who brought us this evil.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

KiloByte Re:islam (1350 comments)

"If it quacks like a duck"... Let's take a look at Communism: prophets, check. Scripture, check. Clergy, check. Portraits of "saints" everywhere, check. Proselytism, check. Future paradise, check (earthly). Religious hymns, check. Hate towards other religions, check. Prosecution of heretics, check. Rituals and ceremonies, check. Just compare 1st May processions to ones Catholics do on Corpus Christi.

Same with Adolf and Mao. Not that different from deification of Roman emperors...

Heck, a good part of modern religiology classifies Juche as a proper religion.

It doesn't matter that adherents claim it's not a religion. It's all about dogma.

about three weeks ago
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Anthropomorphism and Object Oriented Programming

KiloByte Re:Degenerate (303 comments)

Thou shalt not suffer a furry to live.

about a month ago

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Wikipedia to censor images

KiloByte KiloByte writes  |  more than 3 years ago

KiloByte (825081) writes "To appease "morality" watchdogs, Wikipedia is contemplating introducing a censorship feature, where images are marked as containing sexual references, nudity, "mass graves", and so on. At least in the initial implementation, it is supposed to be "opt-in". However, with such precedents as UK censoring artistic nudity, Turkey censoring references to the Armenian genocide or China to the Tianenmen massacre (note that any sensitive photos like the Tank Man are already absent!), I find it quite hard to believe this feature won't be mandatory for groups of readers — be it thanks to an oppressive government, their ISP or school."
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