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Fixing Verizon's Supercookie

MobyDisk Report this to the FCC (100 comments)

Make a complaint to the FCC about it. Complain about their DNS hijacking while you are at it. Opt-out is not neutral!

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

MobyDisk Re:Government Intervention (463 comments)

Unfortunately, the US does not have free market capitalism on broadband communications. In most areas it is either monopoly or duopoly, with local government regulating it. So it is really like having the worst of both systems and the best of neither.

2 days ago
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The Container Wars Are Heating Up

MobyDisk What are containers? (1 comments)

I can't tell if this story is interesting or not since I don't know what containers are. Maybe it is just an industry term I don't know, but I think it needs to be included in the submission.

2 days ago
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Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

MobyDisk Fixed in current versions (1 comments)

It was fixed a while ago:

...it was fixed on May 21, 2013...Unfortunately, it was not recognized as a security threat; as a result, most stable and long-term-support distributions were left exposed (and still are)

Another reason to stay current.

3 days ago
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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

MobyDisk Re:News for nerds. Stuff that matters. (396 comments)

Fair enough. I never bother to go there. But I'm heading to http://slashdot.org/recent now.
Hmmm... Hovers over color icon with tooltip "Filter firehose entries rated blue or better." What colors are better than blue? *facepalm* Well, I'll try it out.

3 days ago
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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

MobyDisk News for nerds. Stuff that matters. (396 comments)

News for nerds. Stuff that matters.

Bad example: Whining about how a snowstorm wasn't big enough.

Good example: A discussion about the mathematical modeling used to predict the snowstorms, and a historical graph comparing predictions to actuals. Oooh, how about graphing the delta between the two by color and overlay it onto a map so we can see where predictions are more or less accurate.

3 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

MobyDisk Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

The reason for that 'ridiculous' law was that a nosiy car could, in fact, scare a horse and cause it to bolt,

One needs the historical context to make sense of the law. At the time, many of those laws really were created just to stifle the car industry, not to protect citizens from horses. Another example: In some state, the law required the driver to get out of the car, honk a horn, then fire a gun, then do something else equally ridiculous, then they could drive the car.

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

MobyDisk Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

Perhaps we need to create a tailpipe that can clip-on to the back of a Prius, that spews actual hydrocarbons. :-)

about a week ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

MobyDisk Re:4th amendment requires specifics (382 comments)

I don't think the term "probable cause" means "can conduct a search without a warrant." Rather, "probable cause" is justification for a warrant to be issued. But I think people get confused on this point because the courts have made exceptions for motor vehicles and that gets mixed up with "probable cause."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

about a week ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

MobyDisk 4th amendment requires specifics (382 comments)

From the article:

...without providing any specific details as long as the target computer location has been hidden through a technical tool like Tor or a virtual private network. It would also allow nonspecific search warrants...

Text of the 4th amendment to the constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The article is light on details, but if it is accurate, this looks like a straightforward violation of the 4th amendment. The devil is always in the details though. The article may be an oversimplification.

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

MobyDisk Re:Which is kind of a shame (314 comments)

They started to go this route, then abandoned it. Last Christmas I was at Radio Shack and they sold Arduinos, Raspberry Pi, and 100-in-1 electronics kits. I asked for a gift card to Radio Shack, and I got one this Christmas. So I walked in the store to find none of those things were there any more. It was like someone decided they would appeal to the Makers then made a 100% backpedal on that. I hate to use the gift card to buy a $10 cable from them that costs $1 on NewEgg. Free is free, but it still hurts!

They do sell EL wire, and drivers. Unfortunately, the drivers they sell don't even power the length of EL wire they sell. And of course, the employees didn't even know what they do.

Nearby, we have a Micro Center which is what Radio Shack could have been and then some. They do sell all the things I listed, plus 3D printers, discrete computer parts, and general electronics. It's like Best Buy but more techie. I have never seen a Fry's but it might be like that.

about two weeks ago
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EnOcean Wireless Sensors Don't Need Batteries (Video)

MobyDisk Re:Wait (46 comments)

Not all energy harvesting products are scams.

about three weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

MobyDisk Re:selling your vote versus the secret ballot (480 comments)

In a stable country, open voting is better.

Hypothetically, let me grant you that point. But once the country is no longer stable, can we switch back to the other voting system?

Many institutions work really well if you assume things like honesty, stability, fairness, etc. But much of the U.S. is designed under the assumption that those things aren't there, in order to protect it from ever becoming so. This is because if those assumptions are violated, there isn't some kind of fallback where the people can change back to the old way. We can't ever say "okay, the police are abusing their power again. It's time to reinstate the 4th amendment."

Surveillance is probably the best example these days. If we assume the "watchers" are not targeting anyone other than terrorists, then we should simply allow them full access to everything. This is the intention behind the phrase "There is no reason to hide if you have done nothing wrong." But even in a hypothetically "stable" country, honest law-abiding citizens may fight to keep their privacy, so that if and when the "watchers" become evil, they won't get control.

Free speech and gun control are based on similar reasoning to the secret ballot. Perhaps, one day, once we have permanently eliminated racism, greed, and jealousy then we can switch to the "stable" system. In the mean time, let us err on the side of caution.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

MobyDisk Re:Free? (703 comments)

A lot of the high school classes are dumbed down enough that they really don't prepare students for college level courses.

Interesting. This must vary wildly based on the high school and the community college involved. I live in Maryland and found the opposite to be the case.

When I was in community college I was afraid that what you just described would happen to me, so I took Calculus 1 in community college even though I already had it in high school. I then realized that the high school course went further than the community college course and was more rigorous.

about three weeks ago
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Study: 15 Per Cent of Business Cloud Users Have Been Hacked

MobyDisk Re:no one cares about your data as much as you do (72 comments)

I am surprised people were naive to think "cloud" vendors could be trusted with their data.

You are assuming that the cloud vendors are at fault, but the article doesn't really pin the blame on anyone. Everyone's knee-jerk reaction is to blame the vendor, but who really is at fault here?

The article talks about business users sharing files inappropriately, like opening them up publicly or storing files like source code on the cloud which is often in violation of the policies. It says that 15% of business users' accounts have been compromised, but it doesn't say why or how. So we don't know if the cloud vendor was the one at fault, or if it was the users' fault. Looking at the top cloud apps they are listing, they are things like Google Drive, Facebook, and YouTube. So far I don't think there have been any major compromises to these apps, so that indicates that the problem is more likely on the users' side. I wonder if the real report says that.

about three weeks ago
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HTTP/2 - the IETF Is Phoning It In

MobyDisk This entire summary is a troll (161 comments)

This entire summary is devoid of content. It's just a long ranting insult with no valuable technical information at all. It could be talking about anything. This does not belong on Slashdot. With Slashdot these days I just want to downvote entire articles, or be able to edit the summary or something. HTTP 2.0 is probably a good topic to discuss, but not with a summary like this one.

Some will expect McDonald's new french fries to be a masterpiece, while others expect it to be a great example of design. Others will be cynical. There may be an assumption it is 'tastier.' Others will think it is 'greener.' Well the truth is yes, no ,yes, yes ,maybe, only sometimes, and definitely not.

Instead, how about something more like:

The IETF is preparing to ratify HTTP 2.0. This is the first significant update to the most widely-used protocol blah blah blah... However, the proposal is very polarizing because of ...

about three weeks ago
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Hands On With MakerBot's 3D-Printed Wood

MobyDisk Re:Laywood (72 comments)

Thanks, I'll look into that.

about three weeks ago
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Hands On With MakerBot's 3D-Printed Wood

MobyDisk Re:Laywood (72 comments)

Thank you for all that information! I meant to post in the Makerbot operators Google group and get their opinions, so it was nice to get a free head-start on that.

about three weeks ago

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Once again, Baltimore police arrest a person for recording them

MobyDisk MobyDisk writes  |  about a month and a half ago

MobyDisk (75490) writes "Yesterday, a woman was arrested for recording the police from her car while stopped in traffic. Ars Technica writes, "Stopped in traffic, she began filming the nearby arrest of a man...Police erased the 135-second recording from the woman's phone, but it was recovered from her cloud account according to the Circuit Court for Baltimore City lawsuit, which seeks $7 million."

Baltimore police lost a similar case against Anthony Graber in 2010 and another against Christopher Sharp in 2014. The is happening so often in Baltimore that in 2012, the US Department of Justice sent a letter to the police reminding them that they cannot stop recordings, and most certainly cannot delete them.

Local awareness of this issue is high since the the Mayor and the City Council support requiring police body cameras. The city council just passed a bill requiring them, but the mayor is delaying implementation until a task force determines how best to go about it. The country is also focused on police behavior in light of the recent cases in Ferguson and New York, the latter of which involved a citizen recording.

So the mayor, city council, police department policies, courts, and federal government are all telling police officers to stop doing this. Yet it continues to happen, and in a rather violent matter. What can people do to curb this problem?"

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MobyDisk MobyDisk writes  |  about 8 years ago

MobyDisk writes "Network Performance Daily retracted last week's interview with Professor Christopher Yoo from Vanderbilt University Law School on his opposition to Net-Neutrality policies. The new article is clearer, more subdued interview. The editor, Brian Boyko, says he never received Mr. Yoo's corrections to the article. From the apology: "The article had done him a disservice and resolved to repair any inaccuracy or anything that would be unfair to his words or image." Lost corrections, or a revision in response to criticism?

Last week's article now points to an series by Art Brodsky, Communications Director of Public Knowledge that is in support of Network Neutrality."

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