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AT&T Lowers Data Access To Just $500/GB

Seth Kriticos Fascinating.. (339 comments)

I live in central Europe and my smart-phone has a pre-paid card with a 1GB data option enabled for 10 EUR (~14 USD) a month.

That's by far enough for e-mail chat and the occasional map. And I can get rid of it anytime I want (just don't have to extend it for the next month).

I'm always fascinated to hear the comparison from the new world.

more than 3 years ago
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MS Wants Laws To Block Products Made By Software Pirates

Seth Kriticos Call me sceptical (617 comments)

My best guess is, that this will trigger contracts that say: "supplier vows to abide by IP laws". The vendor that buys products from the supplier then just claims they didn't know about it (they really don't care). Then they testify (truthfully) that they did their due diligence and acted in good faith.

How do you want to sue someone when they act in good faith and have no knowings of what the supplier on the other half of the word is breaking the contract? Do you want to make supplier audits mandatory? Don't be ridiculous.

And if a law is passed that enables the suing of the companies when someone exposed the supplier, this opens a whole can of post factum liability worms.

The other thing is, that China is only vocal about IP laws, but the industry mostly depends on shallow enforcement. So I really doubt that it will be easy to expose suppliers if it has bad consequences for Chinese companies.

more than 3 years ago
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Texas Bill Outlaws Discrimination Against Creationists In Academia

Seth Kriticos Re:Hard to handle legal tender aspects (1251 comments)

You seem to miss the point. Avoiding run-away inflation is exactly the point of gold backed legal tender. They would have to exchange it for external affairs, but that would be their smallest problem.

The U.S. treasury and central bank would never allow this to happen + it's illegal.

more than 3 years ago
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Are You Sure SHA-1+Salt Is Enough For Passwords?

Seth Kriticos Re:Are MD and SHA easily reversible? (409 comments)

Shut up, for crying out loud. You work under the assumption that your system stays uncompromised.

In security you should work under the assumption that your hash files get compromised, konws the hashes, the salt and the algorithm.

That's why stuff like bcrypt was developed. It's addressing this situation by making brute force hash lookups unfeasable.

Please read a crypto 101 book before posting next time, this really hurts to read.

more than 3 years ago
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If You Think You Can Ignore IPv6, Think Again

Seth Kriticos Re:boring ipv6 articles (551 comments)

Well, that's only because we collectively managed to very efficiently stick the shit to the catapult and someone turned on the fan this week.

more than 3 years ago
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Hacker Steals $12 Million Worth of Zynga Poker Chips

Seth Kriticos Re:My sister stole 13 million worth of my monopoly (99 comments)

It's funny, most of the stuff you have in your pocket is not that much different. You bring it to a bank and it just becomes a bunch of numbers on your credit account backed by nothing. Banks and the goverment basically play the same game, with the difference that they get away with it.

more than 3 years ago
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Egyptians Turn To Tor To Organize Dissent Online

Seth Kriticos Re:I'm Confused (152 comments)

Well, if I'd plan a revolution, I'd set up a few mobile satellite up-links and an ad-hock WiFi network through the major cities, establishing communication and organization cells with instructions how to operate them (protocol).

But then again, a revolution is mostly a pretty messy, so they were probably preoccupied with other things, like wild rage and stuff.

more than 3 years ago
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New PS3 Firmware Contains Backdoor

Seth Kriticos Re:AGAIN, Sony? (491 comments)

Oh come on people, please don't label every possible action "theft".

Sony did not steal anything of you, instead they commited "FRAUD". They advertised the costumers features of their product, and removed them afterwards in fairly illegal ways, that's a breach of contract (assuming that most of that small print babling nobody reads is invalid) and as such fraud.

more than 3 years ago
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How Europe Will Lower Emissions — Self Driving Cars

Seth Kriticos Follow the truck? (317 comments)

Trucks are big, slow and smelly. The diagrams show that cars follow a lead truck close by. I really doubt this will be a success.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Slams Google Over HTML5 Video Decision

Seth Kriticos Re:If Google want to pull a Microsoft (453 comments)

Netflix only servers 300 million users max. (U.S. residents only). The Internet is actually much larger (global), so it would not make that much difference.

Google on the other hand does global business, so they can and probably will make a dent if they want to. And it seems they want.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Files Lawsuit Against PS3 Hacker GeoHot

Seth Kriticos Re:Bit late now, but... (508 comments)

I don't think Microsoft has to worry all that much about this. The PS3 is interesting because of the Cell broadband engine and as such, has a lot of potential. It's also quite reliable. The XBox 360 has very average hardware with high failure rates, and therefore has little attraction to be opened. The WII was broken long ago, as it only has marginal security measures.

more than 3 years ago
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A Real World HTML 5 Benchmark

Seth Kriticos Re:Interpreted languages ftw (163 comments)

Don't you worry, one of these days, someone will write a full 386 emulator in JavaScript bringing the full Web 2.0 fidelity to your lawn.

And if you have an especially powerful rig, you'll even be able to use the 'turbo' button.

more than 3 years ago
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Split Screen Co-op Is Dying

Seth Kriticos Re:They were obsoleted by a more convenient tech . (362 comments)

You forget that not everyone is a basement dweller. Split screen and LAN games are/were generally a nice social activity. Get a few friends, a few beers and make a fun evening in one place.

You can't really replicate that with on-line play and team speak.

Granted, those have their place too, and there are also the days you don't really want to have people around. Still, both have their advantages. Seeing that socializing in this form dies out just fastens our zombification as a society.

Not that complaining would help, so I don't. Just making an observation.

about 4 years ago
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Google Donates Windowbuilder, Codepro To Eclipse

Seth Kriticos Re:Does anybody still use Java? (150 comments)

Seems he was referring to the Tiobe community index at: http://www.tiobe.com/index.php/content/paperinfo/tpci/index.html

Yes, it's controversial and probably a bit off the real numbers, but real numbers are near impossible to get. How do you want to know what people use in their closed projects? Nobody ever publishes that data.

Now if you check out a different chart, the language distribution of Github projects, you'd get a totally different picture: http://www.tiobe.com/index.php/content/paperinfo/tpci/index.html , but it's also not very representative for the entire ecosystem.

about 4 years ago
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Intel's Sandy Bridge Processor Has a Kill Switch

Seth Kriticos Re:A global remote kill switch in our computers (399 comments)

Seems you happened to miss the trend, big data centers are built with cheep commodity hardware, and the workload is distributed by software.

I know Google is doing this, they manufacture a container with hundreds of these. They don't even bother to replace failing parts, only when a specific percentage of nodes goes down, the container is replaced. Basically zero maintenance.

Theoretically it would be possible to kill an entire data center, or a big chunk of it anyway, with the master codes for only a few production batch serial numbers.

I think this will really worry some folks.

about 4 years ago
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Intel's Sandy Bridge Processor Has a Kill Switch

Seth Kriticos Re:I think airplane autopilots are still on 386 20 (399 comments)

I think you are right about that, and the reason is, that the processors have to be very resilient against external influences, like the elevated radiation up at around 1km height (~4k feet).

I know they do special hardened chips for anything that goes to space, as the most important thing up there is reliability. I imagine it's similar for planes, though not that extreme.

Besides the simpler and more robust build for these chips, the probably also draw much less power than a modern workhorse processor, and that's pretty critical when the power goes out and you are flying on a little emergency battery.

There is also the tons of optimized code for these things. Developing airplane control software is not exactly like building a website, and it's expensive as hell (multiple reviews of every line, test cases ad infinitum, etc.). The current software works well on that architecture, so there is no inherent reason to quickly switch (unless the production lines run dry, of course).

about 4 years ago
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Google Seeking "Search Without Search"

Seth Kriticos Re:geo --crap (198 comments)

/. ate the > and < part, and everything that was between. So ps: "visit *favourte_website.com*

about 4 years ago

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Book review: Against Intellectual Property

Seth Kriticos Seth Kriticos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Seth Kriticos writes "The Mises institute has an article on the book by Michele Boldrin and David K. Levine with the title "Against Intellectual Property" (which you can download here) and a discussion of the general topic. The article presents an extended view on intellectual property monopoly and is a good reference base for the topic."
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