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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

ThatsMyNick Re:Real router hardware is the next step. (427 comments)

If you torrent you do. You should plan to keep routers for 2 years. I am quite certain comcast will increase the speed or you might even get gigabit.

yesterday
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

ThatsMyNick Re:The subscription cancer spreads (71 comments)

Well, it is easier for me to pay them, than find other means. I would rather pay them. I do honestly think they are providing a good service. I can have VLC adblock their ads, but their premium service also has higher quality streams. (I am assuming we are still talking about di.fm/sky.fm)

2 days ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

ThatsMyNick Re:Slippery path (71 comments)

Thats how XM radio started, you pay a low price for ad free music, then after several years more and more channels started playing ads and prices went up.

Counter anecdote is di.fm/sky.fm. Prices have gone up, but not significantly. No ads after several years,

2 days ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

ThatsMyNick Re:The subscription cancer spreads (71 comments)

I would rather pay than listen to ads. I already pay a subscription to di.fm/sky.fm. I use them a lot and subscription gets me better quality and no ads. I would even get hulu plus if they were ad free.

2 days ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

ThatsMyNick Re:Service in exchange for a free modem? (224 comments)

What the hell? I have used this, the wifi access point identifies as XFINITY, you have to login using your comcast account, and the IP you end up using is an IP block dedicated to XFINITY (which clearly identifies in every possible way (rdns, whois) as an XFINITY IP). You dont even share the IP with the host (who gets the usual Comcast IP). There is no way the host would get busted for it. Please stop the FUD.

about two weeks ago
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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

ThatsMyNick Re:It's about time! (148 comments)

Similarly, putting out the modicum of effort to perform basic security like SSL is a signal that the website is reputable. I mean, if you can't be bothered to buy a $50 SSL certificate and install it, are you *really* trustworthy?

If you are relying on an SSL certificate to determine the trustworthiness of a site, you are doing it wrong. SSL certificates are cheap, and provide no additional trust worthiness to the site (unless they are an ecommerce site, which is a small part of the web). I would prefer sites that accept a username and password to use SSL, but I am okay with them not having it too. I would be a little bit worried about my password leaking when I am a public wifi. So those sites get a random password and a throw away email. I dont gauge the site's trustworthiness by this though (slashdot is a good example of this).

about two weeks ago
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Wikipedia Reports 50 Links From Google 'Forgotten', Issues Transparency Report

ThatsMyNick About to be deleted (81 comments)

The funny thing is, both en pages were about to be deleted for lack of notoriety. Now will the all the media coverage, they have suddenly become notable, and my bet is both articles will be retained. Streisand effect at it's finest.

about two weeks ago
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

ThatsMyNick Re:Bubbles (130 comments)

Social media helps keep you in a nice little bubble, where you're never exposed to information you might not like.

Same with slashdot, and most news sites. People find themselves in a bubble one way or other, unless they specifically go looking for other information

about two weeks ago
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Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

ThatsMyNick Re:So, which is it? (151 comments)

The pilot can use these data link communication channels to make his/her life easier.

CPDLC is a separate system, it does not depend on the satellite link. The one compromised is the satellite infotainment system. They are not connected. Fly-by-wire avionics are of course isolated (for regulatory reasons).

about two weeks ago
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Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

ThatsMyNick Re:So, which is it? (151 comments)

Yes, hundreds of people 'deserve' to die. It certainly not the person doing the attacks fault at all.
Idiot.

How does pwning the infotainment system lead to death. People might become bored to death, but I cant imagine anything else happening.

The crew can simply turn off the infotainment system, and go on with their work. There is a reason the infotainment system is not relied on, and attendants still use verbal instructions for everything (including the initial safety spiel)

about two weeks ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

ThatsMyNick Re:what the hell are you doing on your cellphone (274 comments)

do you HAVE to stream entire movies and music to it?

I dont have to, but I want to. Why do think I signed up for their unlimited plan. If I were only using 5GB a month, I would switch to republic wireless instead.

why not copy stuff to its storage and maybe save some wireless bandwidth?

Because I dont have the space, and I am instead paying for unlimited data.

about a month ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

ThatsMyNick Re:this story is missing information (928 comments)

How does making the passenger delete a tweet improve safety?

about a month ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

ThatsMyNick Re:5% 0%. (454 comments)

I never said what Palestine is doing understandable based on the cost argument.

I dont have a side in this war, I find both of them equally deplorable. However the economics of a tool used, and how the other side can react to a tool, can be discussed freely, without taking a side. My point was the iron shield which was specifically build to stop rockets from Palestinian territory. The flaw is it is too expensive compared to rocket is takes down. Building rocket or purchasing good rockets is not that expensive. A few weeks of bootcamp is all is required to train soldiers on rockets (with iran and saudi backing, it costs peanuts to train them, and get better rocket tech)

about a month ago
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The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

ThatsMyNick Re:i bet (190 comments)

Hundreds is a small number, I am sure there are hundreds willing and capable of doing this. Hundreds work for the DHS, probably not, but you only one of them working and having access in the DHS

about a month ago
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Black Hat Presentation On Tor Cancelled, Developers Working on Bug Fix

ThatsMyNick Re:OpenSSL (52 comments)

How many people think the openssl bug was maliciously inserted?

about a month ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

ThatsMyNick Re:5% 0%. (454 comments)

The problem is it is not sustainable. Each intercept missile cost $60,000, a rocket launched by hamas costs $800. Hamas can DDoS the hell of out Israel. All they need is decently trained soldiers and decent supply of rockets.

about 1 month ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

ThatsMyNick Electric card (710 comments)

Do they drive electric cars, and use more electricity as a result. Electricity use is a rather misleading metric.

about a month ago
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Tired of Playing Cyber Cop, Microsoft Looks For Partners In Crime Fighting

ThatsMyNick Re:No-ip isn't shady (113 comments)

hotmail has been known to send a lot of spam. I hope someone takes control of hotmail domain, since microsoft is unable to police it. (Note that it has recently been brought down, by someone should have taken control of their domain when it was a serious problem).

The point is a free service being abused is expected. It is not as if noip encouraged abuse and were paid by abusers.

about a month and a half ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

ThatsMyNick Re:It's already going on... (353 comments)

There will more consequences that you state here. Drive during peak hour traffic, you get a higher premium than the ones that leave early or dont drive in peak hour. Drive early morning, late night, higher premiums for you. "The device tracks your mileage, time of day drive, and number of hard brakes" - progressive snapshot.

Soon, the device will have gps which will give you a "higher discount". Drive through or around risker parts of the town, higher premiums for you.

The net effect is insurance companies dont even out risks, but just cherry pick the juicy customers, that are pretty much risk free. The rest either pay a very high insurance or go uninsured. Picking out juicy customers is not what insurance is supposed to be.

about a month and a half ago
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Gov't Censorship Pushing Users To More Private Messaging In China

ThatsMyNick Re:wait wait wait... (47 comments)

so let me get this straight... the country with arguably one of the best written histories over millennia, is no longer allowing history to be maintained?

Victors and the rulers still get to keep making and writing history. Peasants, dont.

about a month and a half ago

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