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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

Spritzer Re:Usenet (294 comments)

That's my method. 10 connections per server to 3 servers significantly geographically separated.

about a month and a half ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

Spritzer Battlestar... (470 comments)

came pretty close to getting it right. Among more mainstream SciFi space content, they got it as close to right as I've seen. Constant thruster usage, projectiles, no such thing as "up", silence outside of the vehicles.

about 2 months ago
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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

Spritzer Re:Uninsured? (171 comments)

More than 7 million people now have insurance paid for by taxpayers and rising insurance costs to all because of Socialism.

There. I fixed that for you.

about 3 months ago
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Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

Spritzer Re:Gun grabbers never give up (584 comments)

Not to fear. We'll ban the production of the scary 30 round caliber magazine clips. When they've all been used up we'll all be safe again. Then we can ban 10 mm caliber round printed magazine clips.

about 6 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

Spritzer Re:Camera gun (765 comments)

Let me sum the whole argument up. The 2nd amendment is often misinterpreted to mean that a militia is required for gun ownership. In fact, it is the opposite. Guns are required in order to have a militia. Put into simplified modern language, the amendment reads "Because we need a well regulated militia, we must ensure that the people have a right to carry weapons".

In other words, the militia is not a condition for gun ownership. Gun ownership is a condition for having a militia.

about 6 months ago
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CISPA 3.0: the Senate's New Bill As Bad As Ever

Spritzer Re:Sorry, Mr. Becket (132 comments)

I've never voted for Tax-me Shameless(RINO-GA), but thankfully, he's retiring. I guess this is one of his last acts of idiocy before we get to replace him.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

Spritzer Re:Yes they did. (572 comments)

Yes, mine does . When they implemented this, they openly informed everyone and held a Q&A session. Certificates were provided along with setup instructions for browsers. I don't have an issue with it for 3 reasons.

1) They were open about it from day 1.
2) They do not intercept and inspect connections with certain types of sites(banking, healthcare, etc.) and YES I have verified this.
3) They have obviously limited the ports being intercepted(kind of pointless) because I can establish HTTPS connections to servers using non-standard ports without the normally required certificate. This also means that I can tunnel all of my internet activity via SSH through my home server when I choose to.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Once Slashdot beta has been foisted on me, what site should I use?

Spritzer Looks Good (10 comments)

I like it. It's a lot like the technology section of Yahoo news.

about 10 months ago
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VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

Spritzer Re:Pathetic (683 comments)

There, fixed that for ya.

People like that will use any "argument" to justify what they are doing, no matter how illogical. They will not care whether they worked for what they have. The only goal is to pull everyone down to their level, because they know they are too lazy too succeed on their own.

about 10 months ago
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Free Software Foundation Announces 2013 Holiday Giving Guide

Spritzer Re:Really? (104 comments)

The non-techies in most families who actually use computers and smart phones are typically already accustomed to a particular OS/device. It's much easier to support their occasional need than to spend countless hours explaining how to make this new thing do what the old thing did. Now, if the FSF membership came with tech support for FSF supported items, I'd buy them one of those in a heartbeat.

about a year ago
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Free Software Foundation Announces 2013 Holiday Giving Guide

Spritzer Really? (104 comments)

After reading through the list it seems they want me to give my non-techie family a bunch of shit they'll never figure out or have no use for anyway. How cute

about a year ago
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NHTSA Tells Tesla To Stop Exaggerating Model S Safety Rating

Spritzer Re:(preparing to duck my head) (284 comments)

That is totally misleading. Hell, it's a lie!! Tesla just notified me that I can no longer drive my car. I've been told I will have the option to buy an extremely similar car for 5 times the price, though. Can you confirm?

1 year,5 days
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

Spritzer Prove It (1440 comments)

Just because someone is looking at their lap doesn't mean that they're texting. I would personally fight it in court. If the State wants to waste time and money getting phone and email records to prove out a $150 ticket, so be it. My guess is that they'll cave.

Also, some clarification for others:
1. Putting your car in Park at a red light does not constitute having your car "legally parked" as required by the law. O.C.G.A. 40-6-241.2
2. Technically, he's wrong about the GPS issue. The law exempts use of a GPS device and does not define what a GPS device is. Due to lack of a definition, one could argue in court that the phone IS a GPS device and was being used as such at the time of the supposed violation.

about a year ago
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Are Booth Babes Going Away? (Video)

Spritzer Re:Who cares? (334 comments)

Don't forget c) Feminists coming fresh out of college, thinking that they're the first person to ever bring the issue up.

See a

about a year ago
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Keyless Remote Entry For Cars May Have Been Cracked

Spritzer Re:Or attacking the source... (398 comments)

Unless the algorithms are flawed and exploitable

about a year and a half ago
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Iron In Egyptian Relics Came From Space

Spritzer Re:Wait for it... (119 comments)

I'm not saying ancient Egyptians were aliens, but...

about a year and a half ago
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NWS Announces Big Computer Upgrade

Spritzer You are all missing the REAL reason (161 comments)

The NWS doesn't need a faster supercomputer. The current one can pump out bad results based on a flawed set of algorithms at a perfectly useable rate. What the current computer can't do is act as an East Coast regional processing point for THIS.

about a year and a half ago
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NZBMatrix Closes Their Website

Spritzer Another 10 bucks wasted (144 comments)

How nice of them to accept premium payments up to the day they closed.

about 2 years ago

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Australia Issues National Broadband Satellite Contracts

Spritzer Spritzer writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spritzer (950539) writes "NBN Co, the Australian government-owned corporation tasked with developing a network to provide internet services to all Australians, has issued contracts for Long Term Satellite Service component of the project. They have selected ViaSat, Inc. to provide twenty 13.5m Ka-band satellite gateways, user terminals, and network management services.Space Systems/Loral has been selected to provide the 2 Ka-band satellites and associated TT&C ground stations. The Long Term Satellite Service is expected to provide retail service providers with initial peak speeds of 12 megabits per second download and 1 megabits per second upload* at the wholesale level for the same wholesale access price as similar fibre services.

ViaSat is the world leader in Ka-band satellite broadband networks including their own U.S. based Exede network. Space Systems/Loral built the ViaSat-1 satellite for that network.

Full disclosure: I am an employee of ViaSat's Antenna Systems division ."
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NZ Court Finds Megaupload Warrants Illegal

Spritzer Spritzer writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spritzer (950539) writes "Kim Dotcom has claimed a major victory in his legal battle regarding Megaupload. A New Zealand court has ruled that the warrants were too general and were therefore illegal.

On Thursday, High Court Judge Justice Helen Winkelmann found the warrants used in the seizure of property from Dotcom's mansion near Auckland were illegal and that moves by the FBI to copy data from Dotcom's computer and take it offshore were also unlawful.

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Newzbin Likely To Face Lawsuits

Spritzer Spritzer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Spritzer (950539) writes "The main page at Newzbin.com indicates that they are under legal pressure to cease and desist their usenet indexing activities.
From the site:
"Newzbin has recently received two serious complaints regarding the indexing we perform, and raising doubts as to its legality. It is likely that we will in the coming weeks be presented with a court case and have to defend our rights. We will be defending ourselves vigorously against both the complainants if necessary and we believe a court will agree with our view that linking to content on Usenet is indeed legal and our method of dealing with unlawful content is appropriate. We believe that, or we wouldn't still be here. We are not in a position to disclose the identities of these two complainants (though I'm sure you can guess one of them) but we will report more as we can."

I wondered how long this was going to take given the relentless pursuit of torrent trackers over the past few years."
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Amended Internet Tax Ban Will Not IncludeVoIP

Spritzer Spritzer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Spritzer (950539) writes "Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee approved an amendment to the Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1998 which would prevent the tax ban from expiring. However, the amendment will eliminate protection for VoIP services.

From the article:
"The amendment, offered by committee Chairman John Conyers Jr., a Michigan Democrat, would extend the ban on Internet access taxes until Nov. 1, 2011. ... The Conyers amendment would allow nine states with Internet access taxes to continue them. It would also narrow the definition of Internet access, excluding services such as VoIP from the tax ban.""
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Experimental HIVVaccine Is A Failure

Spritzer Spritzer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Spritzer (950539) writes "According to an AP report posted Saturday, drug maker Merck's experimental HIV vaccine has "failed to work in a large international test, leading the developer to halt the study."
"In a statement, the NIH said a data safety monitoring board, reviewing interim results, found the vaccine did not prevent HIV infection. Nor did it limit severity of the disease 'in those who become infected with HIV as a result of their own behaviors that exposed them to the virus' — another goal of the study.""
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Tracking Links on Secure Banking Websites?

Spritzer Spritzer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Spritzer (950539) writes "While waiting for the Wachovia website to load recently I noticed that content from Tribalfusion, Doubleclick and other web tracking/advertising firms was loaded. Using Adblock Plus I checked the list of blocked content and found that 9 items from similar sources were included on the page. After logging in, the majority of them are not loaded, but an item from Hitbox is loaded on every page while using the site. I can understand their usage (although I don't necessarily agree with it) of Hitbox for tracking usage of particular aspects of their online banking applications, but I can't understand why a reputable bank would use so many other tracking systems. I checked the websites of their 8 largest US competitors and only found one other that included this type of content.

While I understand that my actual banking information is not compromised by this it sure seems like a serious privacy issue to me. I have contacted Wachovia and received nothing but unrelated canned responses concerning website security and popup blockers. Has anyone else seen this type of thing on banking websites? What are your suggestions for approaching Wachovia with this issue?"
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Spritzer Spritzer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Spritzer (950539) writes "I work for a rather large corporation with multiple divisions around the world. Nearly all user computers in the company are Windows systems, and there is no plan to move to Linux in the future. However, a good many of our products are now designed to run on Linux systems for security and stability purposes. Obviously, the design/development teams are knowledgeable in the use of Linux operating systems.Unfortunately my field service teams are not, and their is no in-house training program. This has begun to affect our ability to provide efficient, quality service to customers when in the field.

What training services have you used in the past to get people trained in the basics of using? I'd prefer to stay away from online, self-paced courses and get my people some hands on training with an instructor."
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Spritzer Spritzer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Spritzer (950539) writes "It seems that Google's mail service has been opened up to everyone. An invitation is no longer required.

From the article:
Invitations will no longer be required to join the nearly 3-year-old "Gmail" service in the United States, Canada, Mexico and a swath of Asian and South American countries where the Mountain View-based company previously limited the number of users.

With those restrictions now lifted, Gmail will be open to all comers worldwide for the first time since Google unveiled the service on April Fool's Day in 2004.

Although it will no longer require invitations to sign up, Gmail is retaining its "beta," or test, status, signaling that Google still considers the service to be a work in progress."
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Spritzer Spritzer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Spritzer (950539) writes "It seems there have been enough incidents of broken wrist straps that Nintendo has announced they will investigate the problem.

From the Article:
"We are investigating," Iwata said of reports about the Wii's strap coming off as players swung around the controller, at times causing the remote to fly out of their hands.

Players use the Wii remote like a tennis racket, sword and other devices to play games.

"Some people are getting a lot more excited than we'd expected," Iwata said. "We need to better communicate to people how to deal with Wii as a new form of entertainment.""
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Spritzer Spritzer writes  |  about 8 years ago

Spritzer (950539) writes "Secunia is reporting a "highly critical" bug in OSX which could potentially allow privilege escalation and DoS.

From the advisory:
"LMH has reported a vulnerability in Mac OS X, which potentially can be exploited by malicious, local users to gain escalated privileges or by malicious people to compromise a vulnerable system.

The vulnerability is caused due to an error in com.apple.AppleDiskImageController when handling corrupted DMG image structures. This can be exploited to cause a memory corruption and may allow execution of arbitrary code in kernel-mode."
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Spritzer Spritzer writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Spritzer (950539) writes "According to the EFF the new Zune portable media player from Microsoft won't play files infected with the old Microsoft DRM. It seems that all of the "PlaysforSure" media that has been sold and is currently being sold will not play on the Zune. In addition, Microsoft has now advocated violating the DMCA in order to transfer files to the player. Microsoft Zune architect J Allard was quoted as saying there's "Lots of DVD ripping software out there that encodes to those formats, so the most popular formats out there, whether it's MPEG-4 or H.264, we'll support those." I guess the DMCA only applies when it suits their interest."

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