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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

Rick Zeman Re:IPv6 routers (143 comments)

Can anyone recommend a SOHO-level router that properly supports IPv6? Right now I've got my desktop on a Teredo (okay, stop laughing) tunnel set up to a server I have colo'd which in turn has a real /64. It works pretty well, but it was a pain to set up and counts against my colo bandwidth, and of course adds a bit of latency. Router support for IPv6 may be moot since I don't even know for sure that AT&T has IPv6 rolled out here anyway.

My Cisco RV-320 supports IPv6 just fine on Comcast's network.

3 days ago
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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

Rick Zeman Re:Being a site for geeks... (143 comments)

Slashdot can't be far behind, right?

Only on Beta.

3 days ago
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EFF Releases Wireless Router Firmware For Open Access Points

Rick Zeman Re:liability? (56 comments)

So if you're sharing your wi-fi with the public at large and someone commits an "Internet Nasty" while connected via your router - who is criminally liable?

No kidding. I don't see the EFF offering to indemnify any users.

5 days ago
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Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

Rick Zeman Re:DON'T PANIC (98 comments)

The only secure Android phone is what is running Cyanogenmod.

Only if you personally are capable of security auditing every single line of source code. Otherwise, you'll be trusting someone or something...as virtually everyone else is doing.

about a week ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

Rick Zeman I'd bet.... (231 comments)

...Snowden would waive his right to privacy, but the NSA's answer would no doubt be the same.

about two weeks ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

Rick Zeman Mostly still CFLs (278 comments)

Didn't make economic sense to throw away good CFLs to get high-priced LCDs, unlike the move from incandescent to the CFLs.

about two weeks ago
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On 4th of July:

Rick Zeman Re:Missing Option: I HATE fireworks. (340 comments)

We are acutely conscious of bothering others, and we feel helpless about the whole thing.

But you know what's worse? Assholes who cannot stop complaining about crying babies. Guess what? It's how human beings are. You cried too. So did every human being who's ever lived.

You're apparently not too conscious because you're not helpless--you have the power to keep screaming baby out of the "restaurants...and airplanes." And more.

You're right babies are just being babies. But self-centered parents don't have to be.

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Executives Appear To Share Cozy Relationships With Regulators

Rick Zeman America.... (63 comments)

...the worst government money can buy.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

Rick Zeman Re:FREE app that doesn't exist MAY HAVE less featu (214 comments)

So a FREE app (#1) for a small subset of people will soon be replaced by another FREE app (#2) for a small subset of people and the author thinks that #2 will have less features than #`1 but of course it will only affect a small subset of people./p>

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Of course app #1 wasn't free....

about a month ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

Rick Zeman Re:Sheer insanity (214 comments)

You only have a 70GB library? Hell, I usually shoot 30 - 90GB each and every shoot I do. And I'm probably on the low end in my studio...

That's the working library size.

about a month ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

Rick Zeman Re:Check some Facts (214 comments)

Sorry, brain fart. 18MB images. And you apparently don't know what serious/professional photographers do. There's more to HDR than creating garish colors...

about a month ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

Rick Zeman Re:App and Cloud (214 comments)

If you are working with raw images you are no longer in the market Apple is interested in.

Apparently.

about a month ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

Rick Zeman Re:Check some Facts (214 comments)

Well, it's mostly opinion, but while this user thinks there are MANY reasons to be dismissive of Adobe and Lightroom, the fact that Lightroom is monolithic isn't one of them--that's a pro, not a con. If I shoot a 5 shot HDR that's 90GB of RAW files before the working TIFF is generated. I'm going to store and manipulate them by pulling and pushing every byte to the cloud? Who's the winner there? Apple with more people paying for iCloud storage? Comcast and the cell phone carriers with data overages?
This might be geared to a casual snapshotting, but the numbers don't add up to make it a substitute for a pro-level package. The serious/professional photographer is the loser here.

about a month ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

Rick Zeman Sheer insanity (214 comments)

"With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere"

I'm going to have my 70GB Aperture library in the cloud? I'm going to replicate a RAW workflow in the cloud? I've NEVER had a desire to access that on my iPhone, nor can I imagine anyone did. If one had the desire to export to iCloud they could; no one was forced to. There's got to be something else going on here that we're not privy to, but based on what I've heard they'd be better off selling the product to Nik/Google than letting it die (and trust me, that was hard to type).

about a month ago
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KeyStore Vulnerability Affects 86% of Android Devices

Rick Zeman Re:Serious? (71 comments)

Buy an iPhone then.

about a month ago
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KeyStore Vulnerability Affects 86% of Android Devices

Rick Zeman Re:Serious? (71 comments)

And good luck updating all the Android devices.

Especially sense most of them are abandoned shortly after release and can NEVER be upgraded.

If you'd added "by the carrier" that'd be more accurate.

about a month ago
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The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

Rick Zeman Re:"Secular decline" (254 comments)

"Secular decline" is sometimes used to describe a long-term trend of overall decline. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

I'd never heard that before. Thanks! I do wonder what the etymology of that is, though.

about a month ago
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The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

Rick Zeman "Secular decline" (254 comments)

As opposed to a holy increase as in "Holy shit, we're actually making money with these ads?"

Spectacular, perhaps?

about a month ago
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New Sensors Will Scoop Up "Big Data" On Chicago

Rick Zeman Re:Oh really? (64 comments)

But computer scientist Charlie Catlett said the planners have taken precautions to design their sensors to observe mobile devices and count contact with the signal rather than record the digital address of every device.

That may be how it is designed now, but without (actually enforced) laws about the data collected and the legal uses thereof, tracking phone addresses and individuals is only a firmware update away.

How will they actually count without some unique identifier to tell the signals apart?

about a month ago
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Over 300,000 Servers Remain Vulnerable To Heartbleed

Rick Zeman Re:As expected (74 comments)

For example systems on Ubuntu 13.04 didn't get the heartbleed fix because 13.04 is at end of support, necessitating to first upgrade to 13.10 before getting the fix. .

End of life'd after just a year. Just wow. That would really want me to put Ubuntu into a production environment. Not.

about a month ago

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Lawyer Sues Apple For His Own Porn Addiction

Rick Zeman Rick Zeman writes  |  1 year,15 days

Rick Zeman (15628) writes "Hot on the heels of an attorney suing Apple for a dollar because he couldn't be bothered to know if his device was High Definition-capable or not, comes the amusing tale of another attorney suing Apple because they didn't protect him from his porn addiction. The semi-literate 50 page complaint alleges that Apple is culpable "...for making devices that can display porn" and, containing one of the most amazing sentences to ever appear on the Internet claims that Apple is guilty of:
"UNFAIR COMPETITION AND INTERFERENCE OF THE MARITAL CONTRACT:
The Plaintiff became totally out of synch in his romantic relationship with his wife, which was a consequence of his use of his Apple product. The Plaintiff began desiring, younger more beautiful girls featured in porn videos than his wife, who was no longer 21. His failed marriage caused the Plaintiff to experience emotional distress to the point of hospitalization. The Plaintiff could no longer tell the difference between internet pornography and tangible intercourse due to the content he accessed through the Apple products, which failed to provide him with warnings of the dangers of online pornography whatsoever."
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US Postal Service Scanning Mail

Rick Zeman Rick Zeman writes  |  1 year,25 days

Rick Zeman (15628) writes "While the NSA's privacy violations are in the news, the New York Times reports on a lower tech version of the same concept performed by the US Postal Service. From the article: "Mr. Pickering was targeted by a longtime surveillance system called mail covers, but that is only a forerunner of a vastly more expansive effort, the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program, in which Postal Service computers photograph the exterior of every piece of paper mail that is processed in the United States — about 160 billion pieces last year. It is not known how long the government saves the images." and "For mail cover requests, law enforcement agencies simply submit a letter to the Postal Service, which can grant or deny a request without judicial review. Law enforcement officials say the Postal Service rarely denies a request. In other government surveillance program, such as wiretaps, a federal judge must sign off on the requests." In other words, the USPS is capturing the metadata off of every piece of mail mailed in the US...but with even less oversight than the FISA courts provide over the NSA."
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NSA's Role In Terror Cases Concealed From Defense Lawyers

Rick Zeman Rick Zeman writes  |  about a year ago

Rick Zeman (15628) writes ""Confidentiality is critical to national security." So wrote the Justice Department in concealing the NSA's role in two wiretap cases. However, now that the NSA is under the gun, it's apparently not, according to New York attorney Joshua Dratel: “National security is about keeping illegal conduct concealed from the American public until you’re forced to justify it because someone ratted you out" as the first he heard of the NSA's role in his client's case was "....when [FBI deputy director Sean] Joyce disclosed it on CSPAN to argue for the effectiveness of the NSA’s spying.
Dratel challenged the legality of the spying in 2011, and asked a federal judge to order the government to produce the wiretap application the FBI gave the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to justify the surveillance.
“Disclosure of the FISA applications to defense counsel – who possess the requisite security clearance – is also necessary to an accurate determination of the legality of the FISA surveillance, as otherwise the defense will be completely in the dark with respect to the basis for the FISA surveillance,” wrote Dratel.

The government fought the request in a remarkable 60-page reply, some of it redacted as classified in the public docket. The Justice Department argued that the defendants had no right to see any of the filings from the secret court, and instead the judge could review the filings alone in chambers. “Confidentiality is critical to national security,” the government wrote."
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State Photo-ID databases Mined By Police

Rick Zeman Rick Zeman writes  |  about a year ago

Rick Zeman (15628) writes "Showing once again that once a privacy door is opened every law enforcement agency will run through it, The Washington Post details how state drivers license photo databases are being mined by various LEOs in their states--and out. From the article: "[L]aw enforcement use of such facial searches is blurring the traditional boundaries between criminal and non-criminal databases, putting images of people never arrested in what amount to perpetual digital lineups. The most advanced systems allow police to run searches from laptop computers in their patrol cars and offer access to the FBI and other federal authorities.

Such open access has caused a backlash in some of the few states where there has been a public debate. As the databases grow larger and increasingly connected across jurisdictional boundaries, critics warn that authorities are developing what amounts to a national identification system — based on the distinct geography of each human face.""
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US Mining Data Directly from 9+ Silicon Valley Companies

Rick Zeman Rick Zeman writes  |  about a year ago

Rick Zeman (15628) writes "Hot on the heels of Verizon's massive data dump to NSA comes news of "PRISM" where The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time."
This program, established in 2007, includes major companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook...and more."
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Verizon Ordered To Provide All Customer Data to NSA

Rick Zeman Rick Zeman writes  |  about a year ago

Rick Zeman (15628) writes "According to Wired, an order by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court "...requires Verizon to give the NSA metadata on all calls within the U.S. and between the U.S. and foreign countries on an “ongoing, daily basis” for three months. Unlike orders in years past, there's not even the pretense that one of the parties needed to be in a foreign country. It is unknown (but likely) that other carriers are under the same order."
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Fragmentation Leads To Android Insecurities

Rick Zeman Rick Zeman writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Rick Zeman (15628) writes "The Washington Post writes about how vendor fragmentation leads to security vulnerabilities and other exploits. This situation is "...making the world’s most popular mobile operating system more vulnerable than its rivals to hackers, scam artists and a growing universe of malicious software" unlike Apple's iOS which they note has widely available updates several times a year. In light of many companies' Bring Your Own Device initiatives “You have potentially millions of Androids making their way into the work space, accessing confidential documents,” said Christopher Soghoian, a former Federal Trade Commission technology expert who now works for the American Civil Liberties Union. “It’s like a really dry forest, and it’s just waiting for a match.”"
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Chinese Hack New York Times

Rick Zeman Rick Zeman writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Rick Zeman (15628) writes "According to a headline article in the New York Times, they admit to being hacked by the Chinese, and covers the efforts of Mandiant to investigate, and then to eradicate their custom Advanced Persistent Threats (APT). This was alleged to be in reaction to an article which details the sleazy business dealings of the family of Wen Jiabao, China's newest Prime Minister.
China’s Ministry of National Defense said in denial, “Chinese laws prohibit any action including hacking that damages Internet security.” Do note that it says they don't prohibit hacking, and also note that a business being hacked doesn't "damage[s] Internet security.""
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"Immaterial goods turn out...equally immaterial income"

Rick Zeman Rick Zeman writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Rick Zeman (15628) writes "This quote, in an article in Pitchfork, says Damon Krukowski of Galaxie 500 and Damon & Naomi breaking down the income stream (puddle?) generated by both Pandora and Spotify. He observes, "As businesses, Pandora and Spotify are divorced from music. To me, it's a short logical step to observe that they are doing nothing for the business of music-- except undermining the simple cottage industry of pressing ideas onto vinyl, and selling them for more than they cost to manufacture." and that he has "...simply stopped looking to these business models to do anything for me financially as a musician." In addition, he posits that they purely exist to collect speculative capital to enrich their owners."
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Power And The Internet

Rick Zeman Rick Zeman writes  |  about 2 years ago

Rick Zeman (15628) writes "The New York Times has extensively surveyed and analyzed data center power usage and patterns.
At their behest, the consulting firm McKinsey & Company analyzed energy use by data centers and found that, on average they were using only 6 percent to 12 percent of the electricity powering their servers to perform computations. The rest was essentially used to keep servers idling and ready in case of a surge in activity that could slow or crash their operations. "Worldwide, the digital warehouses use about 30 billion watts of electricity, roughly equivalent to the output of 30 nuclear power plants." In other words, “A single data center can take more power than a medium-size town.” This is the price being paid to ensure everyone has instant access to every email they've ever received, or for their instant Facebook status update. Data Center providers are finding that they can't rack servers fast enough to provide for users' needs: “It is absolutely a race between our ability to create data and our ability to store and manage data,” Mr. Burton said.
A few companies say they are using extensively re-engineered software and cooling systems to decrease wasted power. Among them are Facebook and Google, which also have redesigned their hardware. Still, according to recent disclosures, Google’s data centers consume nearly 300 million watts and Facebook’s about 60 million watts.
Many of these solutions are readily available, but in a risk-averse industry, most companies have been reluctant to make wholesale change, according to industry experts."
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The Best Book Reviews That Money Can Buy

Rick Zeman Rick Zeman writes  |  about 2 years ago

Rick Zeman (15628) writes "Consumer reviews are powerful because, unlike old-style advertising and marketing, they offer the illusion of truth. They purport to be testimonials of real people, even though some are bought and sold just like everything else on the commercial Internet. Yet it is all but impossible to tell when reviews were written by the marketers or retailers (or by the authors themselves under pseudonyms), by customers (who might get a deal from a merchant for giving a good score) or by a hired third-party service. The New York Times tells of the rise and fall of one such hired third party service who had has been so successful planting paid fake reviews that he no longer trusts any online review. He should know. Because of him and his kind, it's estimated that one third of online reviews are fake."

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