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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

Nkwe Re:Cardholder services (230 comments)

It should be illegal to spoof caller ID. It's fraud.

Fraud is already illegal. Perhaps we should enforce that.

2 days ago
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Wireless Keylogger Masquerades as USB Phone Charger

Nkwe Re:One more reason to use a wired keyboard (150 comments)

A device that broadcast over sufficiently large range random flood of mouse clicks would be a very effective DoS tool in a corporate settings.

Or a device that broadcast a very specific non-random set of keystrokes. For example you could send the keystrokes to open up a command window followed by the keystrokes to download and execute malware. You could even send the keystrokes to type in the source code and compile the malware or a malware bootstrap process.

about two weeks ago
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New Year's Resolution for 2015

Nkwe I make only one resolution (214 comments)

I make only one resolution each year - That is to make no more resolutions until next year.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Should We Do About the DDoS Problem?

Nkwe Re:Here's One Idea: (312 comments)

A special new "Add rule 'source,destination,timer'' packet is added, to be sent to a router. This causes the router to initiate a 3-way handshake with 'destination' to confirm that they requested the new rule, and if so, they add the rule to their table and set the expiration timer.

How would you prevent malicious use of the "do not send to the source/destination" packets?

about three weeks ago
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United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

Nkwe Re:Airlines need a new business model (349 comments)

While this is a nice list, are you prepared to to pay a lot more for every ticket in order to get the consistency that you want? Airline pricing is the way it is because it allows the airlines to make a mostly predictable profit under very thin margins. If the airlines are forced to adopt your list, they would still need to make a profit and would have to significantly increase ticket all prices to ensure their profit. This is because the current pricing model is vary dynamic (daily / hourly price changes) based on the expected number of passengers. You are suggesting the the pricing model no longer be dynamic. The airlines would not accept the risk of losing money and would have to increase the (proposed non-dynamic) prices.

about a month ago
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13,000 Passwords, Usernames Leaked For Major Commerce, Porn Sites

Nkwe Re: This is MY suggestion on how to start to fix t (149 comments)

And ya im pissed, i have had my debit card used 3 times in the last 2 years no don't tell me i should be using a CC i don't want to pay the extortion fees they charge not going to happen..

There are plenty of credit cards out there that have no annual fees. If you pay your bill on time and in full each month, you don't have to pay any interest or other kinds of fees. If you can't manage to remember to pay your bill on time, you can pre-pay your credit card. You might have other reasons to avoid the general advice of using credit cards over debit cards, but "extortion fees" isn't really a valid reason.

about a month ago
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At 40, a person is ...

Nkwe Re:Poll purpose (286 comments)

Am I being overly cynical and just imagining things?

No, you are just old.

about a month ago
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Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

Nkwe Re:whoosh! (150 comments)

The idea behind the "increase power" and "repeat as necessary" parts was that if you increase power *enough*, you'll end up with line-of-sight, even if you didn't have it to start with.

I am glad someone got the joke. I considered talking about two modes of operation ("line of sight mode" and "make line of sight mode") instead of error correction algorithms, but I thought the error correction thing was more subtle and humorous. I guess it was too subtle. I don't plan on quitting my day job.

about 2 months ago
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Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

Nkwe Re:cheaper perhaps (150 comments)

Lasers require line of sight, which is obviously a problem.

Not if you have the right error correction algorithm. If packet transmitted successfully, send next packet; otherwise increase power and try again. Repeat as necessary.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

Nkwe Open, but will it run? (525 comments)

In concept making the .NET framework open source sounds cool. But, does making it open source mean that I can make a change to the framework, recompile it, distribute the binary framework along with my dependent application, and expect that someone else can just install my version of the framework and be good? Or does it mean that if I want to distribute a modified framework, I have to go through some sort of code signing process in order to allow it to run on someone else's computer? What would this signing process look like? In addition the assembly loader in .NET makes certain assumptions about version numbers of assemblies. It will be interesting to see how it works when due to multiple development paths, core assembly version numbers are not necessarily sequential / increasing over time.

about 2 months ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

Nkwe Re:Dying is for sissies (187 comments)

I plan to be part of a virtual community with proper permissions settings

My recommendation: Read the CC&Rs very carefully.

about 2 months ago
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Gigabit Internet Connections Make Property Values Rise

Nkwe Re:One of the first things I checked (108 comments)

Security and safety of my children came first, of course. Can the home(s) I'm looking at be connected to high-speed internet service was near the top of the list though. I have access to Cox and FiOS up to 150Mb, which meets my needs for the immediate future. Gigabit would be nice to have though...

When I purchased my house, I wrote availability of high speed Internet into the contract. This was 10 years ago at a time when the phone company would not tell you in advance if a particular address has DSL service available; the only way to know for sure was to put in an install order. My real estate agent whined that I couldn't put that in an offer, but I said, "Yes, I can. It is a contract and I can put in anything I want." I put it into the contract, ordered the DSL service, and once the DSL was turned up (which it did), the deal was done. Fiber has since come to my area so life is even better now.

Point of all this is that in my case, high speed Internet had a huge impact on the property value to me. No Internet means the property value is zero in my mind. Sounds like I am not alone.

about 3 months ago
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Australian Gov't Tries To Force Telcos To Store User Metadata For 2 Years

Nkwe Make it clear to customers (58 comments)

I would suggest adding a fee to each bill that is clearly labeled "Government surveillance charge" to drive home the point and to remind customers of what is happening.

about 3 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Nkwe Re:So they got their reservation using deception? (1007 comments)

Or, are you saying that the crazy homeless guy on the street may in fact be making a valid point and we should give him equal time?

The crazy homeless guy on the street gets his "equal" time in proportion to his audience and the reception of his message from his audience. He has (and generally receives) the right to stand on the street corner and express his point (within reasonable civility constraints). While his point may or may not actually be valid, society in general has voted that it is not valid (because he is called crazy and is standing on the street corner and not in a lecture hall or in a more formal public venue.) The only real difference from an opinion expressed by a crazy on the street corner, a creationist at a university lecture, and published peer reviewed scientist is the size and caliber of the audience - in general "society's" opinion or "vote" on the message.

This discussion here on slashdot and the controversy on campus about this particular conference are part of the process of society reviewing the opinion of creation. While I personally don't believe in creation, at least not in the last ten thousand years / biblical sense, I am fine with civil discussion and debate of the topic on a university campus. That being said, it does need to be a civil discussion and there must be room for debate.

about 3 months ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

Nkwe Re:Randomized MAC for background scans ... (168 comments)

Of course, that doesn't work if you are using the phone to read Twitter while waiting in line, because seriously, what else are you expected to do while shuffling along?

Reading Slashdot?

about 3 months ago
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Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

Nkwe Re:What for? (79 comments)

I know my android device has a barometer, but I can't seem to figure out why. Sure it's kind of neat to be able to see the pressure graphed over time, but I don't think it's a big selling point on devices. Is it just a side effect of some other hardware that makes it easy to implement or something?

Accurate altitude detection? GPS altitude isn't that accurate (at least on cheap consumer level GPS receivers). I have a hand-held Garmin GPS targeted at hiking and it has a barometer built in for more accurate altitude. Perhaps phones are adding them for the same reason.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Develops Analog Keyboard For Wearables, Solves Small Display Dilemma

Nkwe 1984 Called (100 comments)

An update to the Casio AT-550?

about 3 months ago
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Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

Nkwe Re:Next steps (252 comments)

  • * No little plastic cows, because global warming.
  • * No jet airplanes, because they pollute so much.
  • * Nothing related to Japan, because whaling.
  • * No circus sets because poor animals.

I could go on, but I think you get the idea.

Good, but not for the reasons listed. I always thought Legos were better before all the "special" bricks and items. "Better" as in better for the imagination. Some of the sets these days are almost entirely custom pieces that are not useful for building things other than the picture on the box.

Get your special pieces off my lawn.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

Nkwe Re:SamKnows from the FCC (294 comments)

Thank you for mentioning that. I am a FIOS customer in the Washington, D.C. area. I regularly interact with remote machines at my employer in North Carolina. I have the Verizon FIOS 25/15 plan. During normal business hours, it works great. But starting in the late afternoon, usually around 5-6 pm every night, round trip times go to crap.

[...]

Have you experienced this kind of problem, and did it change after you installed your samknows box? Thanks...

I am in the Portland, Oregon area. When FIOS first came to the area it was put in by Verizon. Since then they have sold the assets to Frontier, who now runs my FIOS. My experience has been that I have always gotten full speed from my FIOS connection under both Verizon and Frontier and both before and after the SamKnows box was installed. I haven't seen a change in behavior. Note that I have had my FIOS service since 2007 and participated in SamKnows since 2010. The public NetFlix related complaints with Verizon FIOS are relatively recent, so I don't know if my continuing good performance is due to me now being on Frontier, the SamKnows box, or just good luck. I am also on a business FIOS connection (to get static IPs), so that may help as well. I have had excellent customer service with both Verizon and Frontier over the life of my FIOS connection.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

Nkwe Re:SamKnows from the FCC (294 comments)

https://www.samknows.com/

I'm doing this because I'd like to think it helps the FCC keep the ISPs honest.

It probably also helps to ensure that *your* connection gets priority...

I have one of the boxes as well and ensuring that my ISP is motivated to give me good service was part of the reason I put it in. I also think that it is a good idea to have a FCC based performance monitoring infrastructure out there. While I don't think the program is monitoring user's activity, I am a bit on the paranoid side, so I don't run all my traffic through the box (which is a supported configuration.)

As an aside, I am on FIOS and according to the FCC monitor box, I almost always get my advertised speed. My gut feeling with day to day operation of my connection is that the FCC box is giving me real numbers.

about 4 months ago

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Nkwe Nkwe writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Nkwe (604125) writes "In order to ease border crossings Washington State is introducing 'Enhanced' (with RFID) driver's licenses.

"They will look much like conventional driver's licenses, but will be loaded with proof of citizenship and other information that can be easily scanned at the border."
The requirement for a passport at all US borders is an issue local commerce between Washington State and Canada, and the new driver's license is less expensive then a passport, but what "other" costs will it create?"

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