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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

TheMMaster Re:Fishy (566 comments)

Check out the link in my previous post, it has a fairly complete legal interpretation of the license by the Fedora lawyers.

about 3 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

TheMMaster Re:Fishy (566 comments)

The TC license actually has the following text in it :

    NOTHING IN THIS LICENSE SHALL IMPLY OR BE CONSTRUED AS A PROMISE,
    OBLIGATION, OR COVENANT NOT TO SUE FOR COPYRIGHT OR TRADEMARK
    INFRINGEMENT.

A license is a promise not to sue, if you follow the licensing conditions. The license literally says 'there is nothing you can do to potentally stop us from suing you'. This makes it non-free because nothing in the license allows you to do anything more than regular copyright would allow (which is nothing) without risk of being sued. It's not only not FLOSS, it's literally not distributable or usable without a risk being sued.

http://lists.freedesktop.org/a...

about 3 months ago
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Man Accused of Selling Golf Ball Finders As Bomb Detectors

TheMMaster Title not entirely accurate (131 comments)

The man was selling dousing rods which were labeled as golfball finders as bombdetectors.

They were equally successful at either task. They weren't golfball detectors any more than they were bomb detectors. The con was the dousing rod aspect of it, not the 'golf ball finder' stuff. The problem is people believing in magic, not a mislabeled golfbal detector.

about a year ago
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Six Months Without Adobe Flash, and I Feel Fine

TheMMaster Re:zero punctuation (393 comments)

I don't think it's quite that nefarious. You get the ability to download the movies basically, something that is ostensibly 'impossible' with the flash player. You also get higher resolutions and they take out all the ads. I don't consider it a bad deal for an copy-edited gaming magazine without ads for a year. :)

I did say that's why *I* pay for it, not that it's the only thing you get :)

about a year and a half ago
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Six Months Without Adobe Flash, and I Feel Fine

TheMMaster Re:zero punctuation (393 comments)

The escapist has html5 video support (webm and h.264) if you subscribe to their 'publisher's club' it's 20 dollars a year. I use that, for the single purpose of not having to deal with Flash.

about a year and a half ago
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Six Months Without Adobe Flash, and I Feel Fine

TheMMaster Re:Kids (393 comments)

They already have, you can enable an experimental webgl version of streetview that seems to work just fine for me.

I've been flash-less for the better part of 5 years now :) Never regret!

about a year and a half ago
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Hotmail & Yahoo Mail Using Secret Domain Blacklist

TheMMaster Re:Summary (345 comments)

that was a /29 not a /19 whoops

about a year and a half ago
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Hotmail & Yahoo Mail Using Secret Domain Blacklist

TheMMaster Re:Summary (345 comments)

My main issue is that there is no recourse. I did everything right, I had a /19 with all the correct WHOIS information, my server had nothing illegal on it or things that spamhaus doesn't like. (those two things aren't necessarily the same, that's the other thing that really annoys me)

And to pressure my ISP they decided to make it impossible for ME to use the server I paid for. I understand what they are trying to do, but the way they are doing it leaves a lot to be desired. If they actually cared about the damage they did they would have unblocked my /19 for at least a reasonable period of time for me to migrate. It's not like I got a warning or anything, I only found out I was shitlisted after people started to complain.

After that it took me several days to get everything moved over, DNS changed etc, and again: no recourse, no way of temporarily getting my service restored. The only thing I got was a warm fuck you from Spamhaus.

about a year and a half ago
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Hotmail & Yahoo Mail Using Secret Domain Blacklist

TheMMaster Re:Summary (345 comments)

According to TFA his list is opt-in only, so unless he's lying about that he doesn't appear to be a spammer.

I've had similar experiences with Spamhaus btw, they decided to nix my upstream provider and when I complained I was told that I should use another ISP because mine wasn't well liked.

I can assure you I have never sent a single spam email in my life.

This is the whole point of TFA though, there's no incentive for companies running mail services to ensure that legitimate mail gets delivered. It's simply cheaper to not bother with false positives at all because the cost of non-delivery is placed squarely on the shoulders of the sender.
This is why Spamhaus could easily force me to switch ISPs, it doesn't cost them anything to put my IP range on a shitlist, but it cost me money and effort to migrate my service.

about a year and a half ago
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FreeBSD Throws the Clang/LLVM Switch: Future Releases Use LLVM

TheMMaster Re:Not GPL, and suitable for JIT (360 comments)

Actually it is much simpler than that;

GPL is designed to protect users' interests
BSD is designed to protect developers' interests

about 2 years ago
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Adobe Releases New Openly Licensed Coding Font

TheMMaster Re:Call me a dinosaur... (136 comments)

Which is why the 'allow websites to choose their own fonts, instead of my selection above' checkbox is unchecked on my Firefox :)

Your typos were trivial to spot in Dejavu Sans Mono which, incidentally, is my favorite monospace font! :D

about 2 years ago
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Firefox, Opera Allow Phishing By Data URI Claims New Paper

TheMMaster Re:Chrome and IE (151 comments)

And we all know that that software is entirely static and won't ever get updated to support data uris before they are in widespread use.

Good catch sir!

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Blocks FSF Donation Website As a 'Gambling Site'

TheMMaster Re:Why is this news? (301 comments)

Yes! Don't let children near priests!

more than 2 years ago
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The Hobbit's Higher Frame Rate To Cost Theater Operators

TheMMaster Re:In other news (710 comments)

A director is free to add motion blur to his picture in post, if it's for 'artistic reasons' you can do whatever you want.

Just don't go and tell me that the blurryness in the fight scenes of 'the dark knight' where an artistic statement...

more than 2 years ago
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The Hobbit's Higher Frame Rate To Cost Theater Operators

TheMMaster Re:In other news (710 comments)

yes, no shitty 4 dollar 'picture processor' in a TV is ever going to really improve the picture. We're not talking about some trick to improve framerates here though. We're talking about a film that is actually shot at 48 frames per second, which as you point out look fantastic. I was not making the argument that higher fps == better viewing.

Anyone who values picture quality turns off their TV's 'frame enhancement' software anyway, right?

right? :)

more than 2 years ago
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The Hobbit's Higher Frame Rate To Cost Theater Operators

TheMMaster Re:In other news (710 comments)

That is a terrible misconception, it will be 'awful and distracting' only because you got used to films looking like films at 24fps and 'home video' having smoother motion. That's the thing though, 'home video' has had a quality advantage over 'cinema' in the smoothness department for a long time, it is sad that this increase in quality has become synonymous with poor films and videos. Maybe more ironic than sad.

All the other benefits of cinema will remain, higher picture quality, bigger screens, popcorn, but now with the added benefit of having natural looking motion. I don't see how that can possibly be a bad thing. I've been waiting for this 'breakthrough' for a LONG time, and I'm sure that most people will agree that it's an improvement.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Beef With Windows Phone?

TheMMaster Re:Remembering Maemo (1027 comments)

Use mine every day, couldn't be happier. Looking to upgrade to an n950 actually, if I can get one. N9 otherwise.

more than 2 years ago
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Muslim Medical Students Boycott Darwin Lectures

TheMMaster Re:I have problems with this (1319 comments)

That's not actually a big surprise is it? All these religious people preaching the love of their deity are all scared, really, really scared. That's the problem. They can't listen to other arguments and risk going to incarnation of a less pleasant afterlife, hell, or whatever other things they might believe in.

Religion is about instilling fear and shame in it's followers and this is just another example of what effects it has.

more than 2 years ago

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What next when Spamhaus SBLs your hosting provider

TheMMaster TheMMaster writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TheMMaster writes "I run a small server for some minor projects of mine, a mailserver for my family and several friends at a hosting provider. A couple of weeks ago my father started to complain that some of his mails were no longer being received. Upon further inspection it turned out that my entire ISP's IP range (the entire /19) was put in the Spamhaus Blocklist (SBL). After sending a request to de-list the IP range I control (a /29 in their /19), I got the following response: "Due to the hosting policies of the owner of this IP address block, our users do not wish to accept traffic from these IPs. We suggest you look for other arrangements as to your hosting."

The "Hosting policies" of my ISP do not appear to differ greatly from other ISPs, they name spamming as a breach of their TOS and do disconnect spammers. The only major difference I can see is that they do not give out personal information or kick (non spamming) clients off of the web without being legally forced to, which is a requirement in the EU country they are based in to qualify as a telco (and be not responsible for the content of their customers' websites) This stance towards net neutrality is why I chose them in the first place. Vote with your wallet, right?

According to the Spamhaus website The SBL's primary objective is to avoid 'false positives' while blocking as much spam as possible. To me blocking an entire ISP's netblock for, according to the listing, a grand total of three consecutive /29's that were originally reported (and likely from the same customer) and an entire /24 that's labeled entirely as "trademark fraud replicas" does not seem to me to be "avoiding false positives".

The end result is that without sending a single spam or hosting any malicious content, Spamhaus labels me a spammer and even 'cybercriminal' according to the SBL listing all because they apparently don't like my ISP . My questions being: Did any one of you ever find yourself between this particular rock and hard place? Did you manage to get the issue resolved without switching ISPs? And perhaps: Is it really Spamhaus' place to decide what ISP I use considering I'm a good netizen?"

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