PayPal Freezes the Assets of Wikileaks.org
No wrong could possibly ever be done by the end user. It's always PayPal's fault. Ridiculous!
Half of the things that wikileaks does is borderline illegal. I'm not saying that the things they expose don't, but there might be better means of doing it. I have no idea if Wikileaks has broken the ToS but it's perfectly within PayPal's rights to freeze an account for fraud.
9 times out of 10, it's an automatic restriction put in place by various fraud rules. It happens and is also why PayPal doesn't lose their ass to fraud.
PayPal for the record of course wants to become a bank. But it's a long slow process to do so. Stop acting like PayPal is trying to skirt the law by not being a US bank. It's more of a hassle sometimes to not be and certainly costs more in the end.
Facebook Master Password Was "Chuck Norris"
Administrators of websites can access your accounts. Oh my word!
The Definitive Evisceration of The Phantom Menace *NSFW*
The inflection in the reviewer's voice is half the fun. Don't be a party-pooper until you give it a chance! Do you think sarcasm translates perfectly over text too? It's a satirical and humorous but has some serious (from a nerd's point of view) points.
You're missing out but to each, their own.
OpenSolaris Or FreeBSD?
I started my unix-life about 13 years ago with FreeBSD. It was the 2.x.x era. It was young but super stable and used by many Internet power houses like Yahoo. Long story short, I eventually migrated mainly to Linux on my personal servers. I've been using Gentoo for about 5 years now. Now, I want a file-system to store all my stuff on my home server that is superior to ext3.
This quest has brought me back full circle to FreeBSD 8. I've used ZFS professionally for many years now and is my preference. So my first thought was to use OpenSolaris. Unfortunately, I was saddened to see that my old but still perfectly working 3ware 8xxx SATA cards are unsupported in Solaris. That left me with FreeBSD which had 3ware support and happily stable ZFS support.
Moral of the story is that while OpenSolaris has expanded hardware support here and there, it's still woefully short of "anything you might have laying around" type of support which is essential for the home hobbyist. Interestingly, while I'm sure there have been many under-the-hood changes over the years, FreeBSD from a user's perspective is still near identical to how it was all those years ago. That is somewhat disappointing because the menu-interface should've been drastically improved years ago. Seriously, why would I want to hit "Cancel" to move to the next menu?
But it gets the job done.
PayPal Introduces Open API
You clearly haven't tried to manage fraud on more than 70 million active accounts. Anybody that's had a high school statistics class will tell you that some innocent people are going to get caught in the net. Of course, it's not perfect. It never will be. Neither is the Visa fraud system that denies charges that it deems to be "out of character" for your habits. But I don't see you bitching that Visa won't let you buy a lifetime subscription to your favorite monkeyporn site.
My point is that, PayPal gets a bad rap because of a small minority of people that have had a bad experience because they met the fraud models that were put in place to protect the other millions and millions of customers. Sorry to hear about the misfortune. Life goes on.
iPhone 3GS Finally Hacked
So the ONLY difference between the two scenarios you're positing is possibly the number of phones jailbreak-able before they fix their code. Give me a break.
There will be literally millions of phones produced with 3.0. It's not like they're scarce. Also, 3.1 won't available before September at best. Apple really isn't that quick with their releases.
You're betting heavily that Apple's 3.1 code will be perfect. History has shown that code is never perfect (especially on something so complex) so if it is, Apple will have reached a computing milestone.
Twitter "Twitpocalypse" Snags Mac, iPhone Apps
Nerds seem to have a good bit of hate towards Twitter. I've never really understood why. It could be because of the ridiculous names associated with it. Twitter, tweeting, twits, etc. But these are the same people that have no problem whatsoever using Google, Yelp and even WYSIWYG apps.
Names aside, perhaps its because the 'common' people use it and find it enjoyable. Ditch the air of superiority and embrace what communication is becoming. For better or for worse, it's here to stay like e-mail. That fad from 30 years ago that is still around today.
iPhone Users Angry Over AT&T Upgrade Policy
I'm not thrilled about not have a subsidy but I see the rationale. They don't want people dumping their suddenly displaced iP3G on eBay for $200, since people would lap that up without a contract because the current 3G phone is "good enough" for most people.
However, this move will hurt number of units moved, which in the end, I think Apple cares about more than the kickbacks they're getting from AT&T for contracts. This is probably just more AT&T dickery. There has been plenty of that today with the MMS and Tethering issues.
iPhone Users Angry Over AT&T Upgrade Policy
Hello, you obviously don't live here. There is ONE other national GSM carrier in the US besides AT&T, that is T-Mobile and their 3G network is weak at best (or at least is vastly less mature).
Nextly, that doesn't matter much if you want a subsidy from the sole official provider of the iPhone in the US.
Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing
I think he also ignores the fact that although music tastes vary widely from person to person, from my view the vast majority of independent label music is crap in most people's view. Does that mean it -is-? No, not necessarily. But mass-marketing is by definition, the taste of the masses or at least music that the masses will pay for.
Internet Archive Gets 4.5PB Data Center Upgrade
Because ZFS is a gross memory hog. :) These servers work out pretty good for cold storage, but putting lots of random I/O read stress on it and you'll be left wanting some 15k SCSI disks. Oh well, price vs. performance.
How To Keep a Web Site Local?
Very simple... Grab a free MaxMind GeoIP database from http://www.maxmind.com/ and integrate it into your sign-up process. Done!
Linked In Or Out?
That's the whole point of LinkedIn, it's supposed to be work-related and have nothing to do with your non-professional life. You could look at it like just another social network but it's not setup to be like that. You can't post a bunch of pictures of what you did this weekend and get people's inane comments on them.
When it comes to 'chummy co-workers', I'm going to go out on a limb and say a vast majority of companies probably prefer co-workers that get along and are comfortable with each other because it leads to effective communication. Sure, relationships can go sour and outside influences can mess with that but in many cases you see the people you work with more hours per day than your spouse. Most reasonable people can see that and put small issues aside that would otherwise taint a non-professional relationship.
What I'm trying to get at here is that friendly is better than hostile 100% of the time and these tools like LinkedIn that get us just a little bit closer to each other are a good thing when used properly. I'm venturing to guess there is a very tiny fraction of the time that this information available online can be used for bad intentions. But hey, so can a phonebook.
Massive EVE Online Alliance Disbanded
Sounds vaguely reminiscent of the double-crosses that would happen in TradeWars 2002. Granted, your BBS'ing community was much smaller, but I wager that TW2002 might be more fun still than EVE Online.
Go Text! It's Best!
CNN Uses P2P Video & Adds Terrible EULA
I hope you realize the upside to this. The p2p selection isn't random. The idea is that you'll hopefully be paired with people on your own local network so that everybody on your segment can watch it with minimal inbound bandwidth across your Internet link.
All the paranoia about this is expected from this crowd but when you realize that hey, the other 99% of the population on the Internet probably isn't as savvy, the big picture becomes a bit clearer.
The irony is the amount of people willing to use p2p for illegal uses and spew a big chunk of bandwidth out for that but unwilling to allow the same for a free, high quality legal video feed that costs real money (and a lot of it) to produce.
MS Silverlight To Stream Obama Inauguration Events
I have no idea what the hell this article is talking about. This will be the most covered event in history, because, well, it is history. There will be many, many, many live video streams covering it and just because one provider has decided to use Silverlight doesn't mean the whole Internet has to use just one feed.
CNN.com for example will be covering this using their same live flash player they've been using for a while. So let's not kid ourselves and pretend that MS has a monopoly on the Internet.
FCC Considering Free Internet For USA
The better to monitor you with! Would this be government operated? Yikes!
iPhones, FStream and the Death of Satellite Radio
The date of the FCC approval is in the first linked story. Sure, it was proposed a little over a year ago, but they were separate companies until recently and completely operationally separate until VERY recently (try two weeks).
Anyway, satellite radio will continue on, they'll just keep getting cash infusions from somewhere until they start making money.
There's a lot to be said for having 20something million customers. If you can't make a business work with well over a billion dollars a year in revenue, it's time to trash upper-management and bring in somebody new that can.
Japan To Get 1Gbps Home Fiber Connections
Let's give more bandwidth to ordinary people that run super-secure Operating Systems and will undoubtedly never get any malicious trojans.
Seriously, 1Gbps is so insanely overboard. Many service providers don't even need that much bandwidth. That much can only be used for bad things.
The amusing part about it, is that it will be capped at 30GB transfer a month probably. AWESOME! You can reach your cap for the month in a matter of hours.
Future Apple Product Transition? Let the speculation being!
Cringely is continuing to speculate about HD video. As exciting as I believe it would be, I don't think most people would be. I'm a little skeptical that the transition has anything to do with hardware at all. I'm more inclined to believe the reason margins will be lower is Snow Leopard.
We haven't heard anything about it for a while, but I think OS X will finally be making the official transition from Macs to PCs. I don't think this is the smartest move for Apple but it would certainly give it a jump on OS market share at the cost of cannibalizing hardware sales, but does Apple really care about Mac sales as much these days?
The iPhone is a bone-fide platform, selling millions. Macs, as of late, have received little attention. True, they still makes up for a huge portion of Apple's revenue, but could that portion easily be supplanted by shipping discs of OS X for PCs to a billion people? Maybe.
This is an old theory but I'm surprised it hasn't bounced back as of late with what could be construed as evidence mounting.
1) Snow Leopard will just focus on stability, security and be x86 only. Why purposely remove the support for the older platforms after only 3 years (of Intel Mac shipping)? That's a large base of installed users you're leaving out in the cold. Yes, it could be used to sell more Intel Macs, but if grandma is still using her PowerPC iMac, I highly doubt the selling points of Snow Leopard will make her go and buy a new one. To me, it could be simply to make room for the larger hardware support required to support Dells, Gateways and beige boxes.
2) Many Macs haven't received significant upgrades or even speed bumps in a while. The Mac mini in particular is the red-headed stepchild with rumors that the lowest cost Mac could be dropped entirely. For sure, you don't need a Mac mini when it'd be more expensive than the almost all of the low cost PCs that can now run OS X. This model would definitely be the first to get the ax.
3) The 'big product transition' or more precisely, "a future product transition that I can't discuss with you today." What have they really got left to transition? The fact that it says product transition and not component transition implies that it could be a major part of the product in question. We've already seen Macs transition architecture. The iPhone/iPod/AppleTV are closed platforms that don't have really anything to transition. I don't think there's much room left.
It is Apple now anyway, not Apple Computer. Focusing on more mobile, more media-centric platforms other than full-blown, monitor and keyboard computers is what they want long term. Better to have the commodity PC vendors do your dirty work for you. You can still influence hardware design by having a few Macs around. And you can still make a ton of money selling OS X to people with cheap PCs that probably wouldn't have bought an expensive Mac anyway.
What is The Matrix? There is no story!
*SPOILERS BELOW YOU WHINY SUCKER*
I have quite a few gripes with the movie itself but when people start harping on those gripes as if I missed something it kinda annoys me.
One of my gripes is obviously the pretty crap ending that graced Revolutions. Why was it crap? It answered nothing. How did Neo destroy Smith? Will the machines be destroyed? How did Neo stop the machines in the "Real World"? Will all of humanity know the truth? Why did it take Trinity so long to die? Why was Morpheus even there?
For everyone out there that says Revolutions didn't have the "usual Hollywood mindless happy ending" I say bullshit! It simply just didn't have the happy per se (unless you actually cared about that dirty hole-in-the-ground Zion). It was typical in the point that it was completely mindless. Use special effects in a huge battle sequence and destroy your enemy without any real sense that anything meaningful has happened. Mission accomplished!
The lack of an interesting, thought-provoking ending to bookend an idea that started so fresh and full of vigor is extremely disappointing.
Another major gripe of mine is, didn't we care about some of these characters at one point? What happened? Morpheus was reduced to a button-punching co-pilot. Neo just wanted to keep asking questions he should've figured out a long time ago. Trinity just wanted to fuck. And the rest of Zion... we never really cared about Zion in the first place. That orgy-loving, woodstockesque burrow.
Numerous characters were introduced in the sequels, none of them did very much. Most of them had one big scene that featured a whole paragraph of dialog and then *poof* they vanished. Only to be shot in cameos for the remainder of the trilogy. This is poor character development if you ask me.
On another note, people are whining about a "spoiler" on the front page, to that I say bullshit! The whole of the so-called spoiler was:
"I still haven't seen this film, so I'll refrain from passing judgment, but I'm ever so happy the matrix-within-a-matrix theories were unfounded."
How is that considered a spoiler? It tells you what the ending wasn't, not what it was. So stop crying at your earliest convience. Another point to that is, it's Saturday night. The movie came out on Wednesday. If you cared so much about it and were dying to know, you would've seen it by now. This is obviously just typical nitpicking as demonstrated so beautifully by the /. community.
Just had to get that off my chest. Much love.
The past two days has seen two stories about email blacklist services falling to DoS. Is this method of denying unwanted email bound to go the way of the DoDo? Well, if history teaches us much, yes.
The biggest targets of DoS has mostly been IRC services. Why? Well, because the people behind the packets easily feel wronged. They get their feelings hurt and what not and all of a sudden, the world owes them one. So to settle the score, they unleash, through illegitimate means, a fury of packets. IRC has gotten the brunt of this because well, when you're talking to someone in such and intimate and realtime manner as in IRC, it's easy to offend someone.
Moving back to the topic at hand, the blacklisted will always be offended. You are after all, by blacklisting somebody, telling them they did something wrong. Caught in the act. Guilty. I guess it was only a matter of time until somebody felt they weren't going to take it sitting down.
I don't feel this recent DoS situation is the work of spammers per se. Just a "wronged" net block admin seeking retribution.
Blacklisting's concept is arguably flawed anyway. Blacklisting entire /24's can take out alot of innocents and in some cases, they don't just stop at the /24. They can and sometimes do go much larger. The idea is to get the administrator of the larger block to put pressure on whomever is doing the spamming. But sometimes, no matter what you do, a spammer will get on your network and make you seem like you're not doing your job.
Obviously, in this situation, fast reaction is essential. However, it can quickly become too late. You're guilty! You let a spammer spam and a kitten will die. Getting off the blacklists is often a feat in itself and sometimes admins just choose to let it go and see if it will just go away.
It doesn't really work that way and customers begin to get angry that their email is not getting to where it has to go. That is when blacklists go bad. They're no longer a help but instead a hinderence. If the DoS'ing persists, blacklists will go away. Will spam much worse than it already is? I doubt it. But it will be one less target for angry people with packets.