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Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

MachDelta Re:Update from Synology-sec issue patched 12/2013 (150 comments)

[quote]Unlike a desktop OS, browser, or other software, the DiskStation does not normally remind you to do this. You have to check manually.[/quote]
It's trivially easy to set up a Synology NAS to email/sms/skype/etc you about both OS and package upgrades being available, at least on the versions of DSM I've used.

about two weeks ago
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Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops To Deceive Judges About Surveillance Tech

MachDelta Re:Clearly illegal? (251 comments)

Depends on who you ask. Their excuse here is that they're not wiretapping anything, they're just playing 'Marco Polo' with your phone while moving around so they can triangulate where you are so then they can get a warrant. Supposedly, they aren't listening to your calls (not that you'd have any way of verifying that or even challenging it in court) so it doesn't count as wiretapping. In reality, this is taking a page out of the NSA's playbook and trying to skirt the law on a technicality.

about 2 months ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

MachDelta Re:Well that seems just fine (377 comments)

There are definitely hybrids that could be considered chick-magenets. The McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder come to mind. The problem with them is that their price tags are of the "if you have to ask..." variety.

about 2 months ago
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Cockpit Revealed For Bloodhound Supersonic Car

MachDelta Re:not impressed (81 comments)

jet engines are for flying, any other use is stupid

I respectfully disagree. (1 minute video, worth a watch if you haven't seen it)

about 2 months ago
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The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

MachDelta Re:Note to myself: (373 comments)

Happened to my 92 Plymouth Laser. I was driving home from work, pulled into the left turn lane, pushed in the clutch and brake to stop for the light, and she just died. I thought it had stalled so I tried to restart but it wouldn't turn over. Timing belt had about half a dozen teeth stripped off it, so the pistons were wedged up against some of the exhaust valves. I hadn't put a lot of miles on that belt (short commute) but it hadn't been replaced in about 5 years and so I guess that was enough time to weaken it. Took a lot of hours to remove and reinstall the head, and having the valvetrain fixed wasn't cheap, but she lived for a few more years before I had to let her go.

Still miss that car though. She was buckets of fun to drive. Sometimes I daydream about finding an old 1G DSM to restore, but there just aren't that many kicking around these days. Oh well.

about 3 months ago
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Your Next Online Order Could Be Delivered To Your Car's Trunk

MachDelta Re:And when it doesn't fit (162 comments)

There really isn't. It's because special/delivery instructions aren't read by anyone sorting the packages, they're read by the drivers. And by that point, your box is already on a truck and in your neighbourhood. So they will almost always attempt delivery once because it helps keep the driver's delivery rate up.

Source: I worked for UPS (which stands for "Ur Package... Somewhere?") ~10yrs ago.

about 6 months ago
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EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

MachDelta Re:Relation to Debt Crisis? (196 comments)

...which is why those hardcore libertarians running Sweden are counted "among the countries with the least problems," right?

about 7 months ago
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Environmental Report Raises Pressure On Obama To Approve Keystone Pipeline

MachDelta Re:False premisis (301 comments)

Canada would have as much if not more problems getting oil export terminals set up in Vancouver BC or their east coast ports.

Oh don't worry, that fight has already been ongoing for almost a decade. We should find out this year weather or not it's being greenlit.

about 7 months ago
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Animal Drug Investigation Reveals Pet Medication Often Doesn't Work

MachDelta Re:Just bought a puppy (279 comments)

Another reason I'm wary of vets is how so many of them respond when they hear about raw feeding dogs.

Most vets make quite a lot of money pushing sponsored foods (Science Diet, etc), so they balk when you feed them anything else. Food is a good sized reoccurring expense for a pet, so why wouldn't a vet want to take a cut? The reality is, those specialty vet foods are generally worse than almost anything you can find at a dedicated pet food store (yet still above what you'll find at most supermarkets - that shit should just be labeled "Animal Cruelty in a Bag"), and almost certainly worse than raw diets.

about 7 months ago
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Canadian Health Scientists Resort To Sneaker Net After Funding Slashed

MachDelta Re: You get the best government you deserve (168 comments)

Most of which came from Alberta (North Texas).

2011 election, Tory seats won:
Ontario: 73
All four western provinces: 72
The land of Oil and Evil and Oil (aka Alberta): 27

Like Texas, everything is bigger in Alberta. Including, apparently, our votes.

about 7 months ago
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Building An Uncensorable Course Guide At Yale

MachDelta Correction (47 comments)

It's not a replacement website, it's actually just a Chrome extension that appears to helpfully mangle the official website.

about 7 months ago
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Creationism In Texas Public Schools

MachDelta Re:Biology workbook (770 comments)

Now the real question is, which is more like Canada, Minnesota or Maine?

Google can tell us!

"Poutine in Maine" -> 86 results
"Poutine in Minnesota" -> 78 results

Sorry Minnesota... Looks like Maine gets to be our 11th province!

about 7 months ago
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Sony Announces Game Streaming Service

MachDelta Re:Access games you purchased for free? (144 comments)

You're missing context. When the PS4 was first announced, one of the questions people had was "backwards compatibility?" to which Sony replied "Not natively, but just wait for our streaming service!" Thus, it was widely speculated that, to both fulfill a fan feature wish AND bootstrap a new service, Sony would support adding previously-purchased games to your streaming account.

about 7 months ago
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A Year With Google Glass

MachDelta Re: "Class Divide"? (292 comments)

Interesting that you used the term "intersection" - look up next time you're at a traffic intersection, and count the number of cameras pointed down at traffic. In a lot of first world nations, chances are pretty good you'll see red light cameras or cctv or both. We all know that it's essentially impossible to go about public places without being caught on some kind of camera these days, so it's interesting to see that placing the camera in an ugly enclosure on someone's face crosses some kind of perceived line. If anything, it tells us not that we dislike being recorded, but that we can't stand to be reminded of it.
If this technology has any kind of future, subtlety will be key.

about 8 months ago
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New Documentary Chronicles Road Tripping Scientists Promoting Reason

MachDelta Re:If they are SO REALLY CONCERN about religion .. (674 comments)

I think Dawkins would say the role of religion is not to exist. That he would say that theism works against our interests more than it helps, so he would say no Christians understand the proper role of religion.

I'm not sure he would go that far. Remember that Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist, and to him, there is always an explanation for why some feature or trait persists in a species. I think Dawkins would more likely qualify your statement with "now that we have science, we no longer need religion." I've read some of his books and there's a sense that you can justify the existence of religion as a socio-evolutionary trait of humans. Our early society demanded something, an idea both simple and powerful, to germinate around. Something that promoted beneficial traits, like a strong sense of community, and not to ask too many questions, all while "explaining" the natural world. This was religion's role. Something which would promote the survival of one tribe over another, so that the most devout tribe was likely one of the strongest. But, now that we have science, logic, and rational thought, we no longer need religion as the very core of our societies. The social nature of humans is both well established and self-sustaining (barring global catastrophe, of course), and I believe his opinion would be that we're long overdue to jettison the booster-rocket of religion, and rely solely on science and logic to be our main engines from here on out. Pardon the rocket metaphor.

That's my take on him, anyways.

about 8 months ago
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A Playstation 4 Teardown

MachDelta Re:PR crapapalooza (254 comments)

I've got it!

We spin the disc clockwise...
And then spin the console counter-clockwise!

Just think of the throughput! That laser will be moving across the disc so fast, Sony will have to build hardware that works with 0's and 1/2's instead of 0's and 1's!

about 9 months ago
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A Playstation 4 Teardown

MachDelta Re:Is anyone giving money to Sony? (254 comments)

Actually, older PS3's didn't require anything but the new drive. AFAIK It was only starting with the slim models that you had to buy the bracket too.

about 9 months ago
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Toyota's Killer Firmware

MachDelta Re:Technology is hard and dangerous (610 comments)

In a "serious accident", I'd wager my old Chrysler New Yorker against your crumple-zones any day of the week.

You'd lose that bet.
And likely only once.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtxd27jlZ_g

Not only would I experience far lower acceleration forces than you

No, you'd be experiencing far greater acceleration forces, as if no portion of the car gives way and soaks up kinetic energy, a greater portion of it will be transferred to anything not bolted securely to the frame (eg: you).

I won't end up crumpled in my car's own crumple zone.

The cabin is under no circumstances a crumple zone. Engine and trunk compartments make great crumple zones. The cabin should be a vehicle's Waterloo.

about 10 months ago

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