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A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

Lawrence_Bird Re:More hosts than that... (119 comments)

blocking cloudfront is going to be a problem as it is a CDN from Amazon.

2 hours ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Lawrence_Bird Lock n' Load (491 comments)

the classics are the best

yesterday
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

Lawrence_Bird Stick with stock android (275 comments)

on low end phones and you will have the fewest issues.

yesterday
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Lawrence_Bird Re:Why fly over a war zone? (750 comments)

er no, I am saying primary fault is with the airline. secondary "fault" are the combatants. If you, as a civilian, go into a known war zone and then are shot (intentionally or not) the primary blame is with you for going where you clearly should not be. That you perceived the area of the war zone you were traversing to be "safe" is immaterial. You went into a warzone, you take the risk of death.

I have heard some on the news say that the plane was rerouted because of "weather". Again, there were many other rerouting choices which would not include flying through this region but they all probably cost a few bucks more. And it is not like a tornado suddenly emerged, this was a large weather system and known prior to departure.

Sorry, this is an airline risk management fail first and foremost. Arguing that combatants (and probably poorly trained ones) should know the difference between an AN-26 and a commercial jet misses the point.

4 days ago
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The Hacking of NASDAQ

Lawrence_Bird Rogers is a serial liar (76 comments)

He has lied, willfully exaggerated and generally acted like a complete piece of shit countless times. Do not believe anything out of that man's mouth, ever.

4 days ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Lawrence_Bird Re:Why fly over a war zone? (750 comments)

Planes have already been shot down as part of the hostilities. To assume that because your commercial flight is flying higher than those it can't possibly be targeted is the height of stupidity. Likewise falling back on the 'well, Ukraine never closed their airpsace'. Just because a road is open does not make it wise to take it.

I'm sure flying over Ukraine is a cheaper route for the airlines. Until something bad happens and your bird drops. This is all about a failure of risk management. It is one thing if your final destination is in/near the hostilities. Then you make a decision if you are going to fly that route, well thats the only way to go and everyone knows whats what before you start. But to do a fly over when you can easily route around it (even within Urkraine) is stupid.

4 days ago
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US Marines Demonstrate Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector Prototype

Lawrence_Bird Re:Another boondoggle (90 comments)

Kuwait: bombing went on for a month prior to that. Grenada: Operations were already well underway before a small Marine amphibious landing

Few landings of Marines happen in contested zones and one of the only reaons they continue to try to build things like this is the ego of the Marine's who feel without the amphibious capability they are just Army. Rather than think of better ways of delivering equipment they just try to make a new spin on an old story.

4 days ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Lawrence_Bird Why fly over a war zone? (750 comments)

Is it really a good idea to continue flying your normal route when it now goes over a war zone? And one where planes and helis have already been downed? Its not like there aren't any number of safer alternatives.

4 days ago
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US Marines Demonstrate Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector Prototype

Lawrence_Bird Another boondoggle (90 comments)

And the last time Marines stormed a beach was? The last time US ground forces were put in the fight prior to aerial decimation of the opposition was?

5 days ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

Lawrence_Bird See whatever you want to see (551 comments)

Take the same chart from Forbes that goes back to 1900. Cut 1995- present and insert in the middle of the series. Do you still see a trend? Or do you just see a lot of noise around the median?

about a week ago
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Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek To Control the Internet

Lawrence_Bird Re:Standard for the Brits (117 comments)

Please read some histories of MI-6 and UK Prime/Foreign/Defense ministries. Pay particular attention to their actions in north Africa and the middle east on out to the subcontinent..

about a week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Lawrence_Bird Re:user error (706 comments)

Fail there too. Studies have shown that as miles per gallon go up, people drive more.

about a week ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

Lawrence_Bird Re:So what? they can be tapped to. (243 comments)

Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.

about a week ago
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Geographic Segregation By Education

Lawrence_Bird Re:Or maybe ... (230 comments)

You could say the same thing about reports (or lack thereof) of rural crime of all times. I spend a large part of the year in a fairly remote rural area. We have no police department. The only option is the state police who can take up to 45 mins to respond after 8pm. End result is a lot of shit goes unreported, not just because it seems pointless to do so, but also beause of potential retribution.

about a week ago
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Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek To Control the Internet

Lawrence_Bird Standard for the Brits (117 comments)

This is nothing new for the UK. The only thing new is that it is done electronically rather than by old fashioned methods (ie, bribes, cajoling, blackmail). Just about every fucked up situation in the world today can be traced back to root causes that are result of UK colonial policies and the use of "intelligence" agencies from the late 1800's thru the late 1960s (when they finally became a has been).

about a week ago
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Geographic Segregation By Education

Lawrence_Bird Re:Or maybe ... (230 comments)

Don't just look at "violent" crime rates. Look at property rates too. NYC is one of the lowest out there regardless of size. What source are you using? in 2012 per the UCR database, of agencies in populations > 100K NYC ranked # 97 in violent crime rate and #272 in property crime rates (both out of 287 reporting) For murders it is #131, Even robbery (as opposed to burglary) it is only ranked #74.

about two weeks ago
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Want To Ensure Your Personal Android Data Is Truly Wiped? Turn On Encryption

Lawrence_Bird take blank video (91 comments)

and use up all free space. repeat again. Assumes you are saving things to internal "sdcard" and not the external.

about two weeks ago
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Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

Lawrence_Bird Monitors? (129 comments)

So.. you mean I might live to see a 35" monitor with over 300 dpi? (ok, I'll settle for a doubling of the current 100dpi).

about two weeks ago
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Geographic Segregation By Education

Lawrence_Bird Re:Or maybe ... (230 comments)

You need to look at crime stats on a per 100K basis. NYC is lower than not just "big" cities but also small ones of the 100K variety.

about two weeks ago
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Geographic Segregation By Education

Lawrence_Bird NYC (230 comments)

less crime? OK. clearner air? compared to....? NYC is a big place - its not just Manhattan or the upper East (or West) side. In fact, you might make the argument in reverse when it comes to NYC, that lower "skilled" workers are clustering there and getting the benefits described.

about two weeks ago

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Plummeting BDP on High Speed Lines

Lawrence_Bird Lawrence_Bird writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "In trying to track down a tcp problem today I've stumbled upon what seems to be a nasty little issue — incredibly low ping times!

I have a 25Mbps line and in checking RTT to places I frequent, I found that the times are tanking. Not that long ago, a fast link was like 60ms with most around 90-120ms, twice that overseas. Now many are coming in the 45-80ms range. But quite a few others, like youtube (6ms) google (7.5ms), apple (15ms) cbs.com (20ms) slashdot (30ms) , are a lot shorter.

This presents a very difficult problem. How to best tune RWIN? The rule of thumb had been to make rwin just greater than your typical BDP and most information on the topic is written at a time when high speed lines were starting to appear but latency was still high (>100ms). But now we have a situation where yes, rated speeds are high, but latency has dived to next to nothing for major internet sites but may still be high(er) elsewhere creating not a 2 or 3 to 1 range of RTTs but instead as high as 25 or 30x!

To optimize for google would require setting it to under 24,000 bytes. In fact, any average ping time below 48ms will (I think) saturate if RWIN is over 65,535 (the point at which scaling would take over). Yet there are still a goodly number of places that are over 80ms (say stanford.edu) and of course europe and asia can be 200ms.

So I am curious what others are doing to tune RWIN to provide the necessary throughput on the longer latency runs against these now incredibly short pings"
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Ron Paul Raises More Than $3M Online in 18 hours

Lawrence_Bird Lawrence_Bird writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "Republican Presidential candidate has raised in excess of $3 million since midnight. Grassroots supporters organized a 'money bomb' campaign for 5 November — Guy Fawkes day (remember, remember the 5th of Novemeber). At about 5:50pm EST, the total passed the $3 mio mark and is on a pace for over $4 mio by midnight. The NY Times political blog has more details."
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Ron Paul More Cash On Hand Than McCain

Lawrence_Bird Lawrence_Bird writes  |  about 7 years ago

Lawrence_Bird (67278) writes "Longshot Republican presidential hopeful and internet phenom Ron Paul (TX-14) reported today his campaign has more cash on hand ($2.4M) than does John McCain ($2M) and only slightly less than Mitt Romney ($3M excluding his personal loans). Paul's spokesman noted(nytimes) that most of the donations were via the internet and that Paul is able to run a much more frugal campaign (he has only 11 staffers) because of his wide spread support via sites such as youtube and meetup. The campaign was also the first to provide an iPhone specific platform to allow access to campaign materials."

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