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Thailand Jails Dissident For What People Thought He Would Have Said

Vekseid Re:King Bhumibol Adulyade (325 comments)

King Bhumibol Adulyade enjoys licking my toes.

Ha, ha! You got the short end of the deal. You should see what parts of me he licks.

With a username of 'drinkypoo', I'll pass on that offer, if you don't mind.

Or even if you do.

about a year and a half ago

Gmail Drops Support for Connecting To Pop3 Servers With Self -Signed Certs

Vekseid Since you need FCRDNS to send mail these days (299 comments)

That means you have to control at least one IP address.

It's also really hard to send e-mail without at least one domain of your own.

Reseller pricing of low-end certificates is about the same cost as a domain. From Namecheap and elsewhere.

That said, I didn't know about this, and forgot to set up SSL at one of my domains. I didn't much care, but my reaction to this is pretty much "Oh, so that's what Google is bitching about. Okay."

This is much ado about rather little.

about a year and a half ago

FBI Dad's Misadventures With Spyware Exposed School Principal's Child Porn

Vekseid Re:I'm still trying to wrap my brain around... (346 comments)

I think that's ascribing too much competence. What are the odds? Unless they're doing this en masse - in which case we can try to find evidence of it - then I'm more inclined to take the story at face value. Have certainly seen my share of incompetent tech shops.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best File System For Web Hosting?

Vekseid Re:ext4 unless there's a good reason not to. (210 comments)

By my benchmarks ext4 was about 25% faster than ext3 for my typical database loads, largely due to extents. This is on my twin RAID 1 10krpm drives.

I still use ext3 for my /boot partitions, but other than that there doesn't seem to be much reason to stick to ext3 at all.

about 2 years ago

Department of Homeland Security Wants Nerds For a New "Cyber Reserve'"

Vekseid Re:Please, just stop... (204 comments)

> Why would China want to teach the USA a lesson? The Chinese already own most US debt.

No, they do not. China and Hong Kong combined don't crack 10%.

> The only reason the US could be justifiably paranoid about what China can/can't do to them, is if the US intends to default on China, stop paying interest, and pre-emptively attack China to get out of the situation.

Treasuries do not work that way. China can take advantage of the Federal Reserve's Quantitative Easing program in which a branch of the government effectively buys back said treasuries, but in treasuries are nothing more than pieces of paper that can be redeemed at a future date for a certain value, and these are bought and sold on a market just like any other commodity.

about 2 years ago

Vast Bulk of BitCoins Are Hoarded, Not Used

Vekseid Re:Gridlocked with No Way to Prime the Pump (438 comments)

There is also the matter of users' hard drives basically being used as bitcoin hoarders' personal, no-cost banks. It's an ever-increasing externality as the size of the chain increases.

about 2 years ago

Vast Bulk of BitCoins Are Hoarded, Not Used

Vekseid Re:Gridlocked with No Way to Prime the Pump (438 comments)

> Could someone explain how they would escape that spiral? I'm not an economist so I don't know if there are other routes of which I'm unaware.

Start a rival chain, don't make it crazy deflationary, possibly patch up a few of Bitcoin's technical flaws.

Ironically it might spur even more Bitcoin transactions as people move to the new chain.

about 2 years ago

Alpha Centauri Has an Earth-Sized Planet

Vekseid Re:Dear /S/cientists (152 comments)

And that's just it - all stars involved are shedding mass in different directions, at varying rates. You might have instances where a single figure-eight of sorts gets performed, but that means there's been a capture and likely a subsequent ejection. But unless you actually want to engineer this somehow, and have a means of keeping it stable (planetary thrusters go!) - it won't be seen. If we ever find something like that the first assumption is going to be aliens having fun, and that's what Occom's razor is going to boil down to.

about 2 years ago

Alpha Centauri Has an Earth-Sized Planet

Vekseid Re:Dear /S/cientists (152 comments)

It'll get ejected - that configuration isn't stable.

For Alpha Centauri A and B, the 'stable zone' is out to roughly Jupiter's orbit from each star - plenty of room for both to have habitable worlds.

about 2 years ago

Hotmail No Longer Accepts Long Passwords, Shortens Them For You

Vekseid Re:not on ip6 (497 comments)

> If the server or isp supports ip6, the attacker just needs a home that can use 100000000000 IP addresses, and on ip6 is easy.

All with the same /64 or, if you're lucky, a /60 or /56 prefix.

For my own CMS, I do ratelimits on /56 and /24 subnets. I track the hostmask on ipv6 for things like logins, but that's largely just because it's there.It's about as useful and relevant to me as your connecting port. And don't expect a site owner to treat it as any more unique.

about 2 years ago

Rick Falkvinge On Child Porn and Freedom Of the Press

Vekseid Re:On a philosophical level its just bits (580 comments)

> And criminals *will* find a way to strip that information from their videos. Does that flag it as illegal? Sure. But it was already illegal to begin with.

Worse, it's another framing incident begging to happen. Find some other poor schmuck's key, sign incriminating images with it.

about 2 years ago

The Gates Foundation Engages Its Critics

Vekseid Re:As Steve Jobs might conclude (216 comments)

The evaluation, however, is science. It's being used to, presumably, measure something. If it's being done faultily, then it needs to be corrected.

about 2 years ago

Could Flying Cars Actually Be On Their Way?

Vekseid In the air? (381 comments)

I'd like to continue feeling safe on the ground, thankyouverymuch.

more than 2 years ago

What Happens To Google Employees When They Die?

Vekseid Re:Higher salaries would make more sense (170 comments)

This probably costs Google something like a few dollars per year per employee.

Insurance costs in general are cheaper for larger groups, on a per-person basis.

more than 2 years ago

Gmail Takes Largest Webmail Service Crown

Vekseid Re:Hotmail was great... (383 comments)

I routinely get 55x bounce messages from Hotmail on accounts with active users.

Better than Yahoo's 45x permabounces, but still annoying.

Gmail, GMX and AOL, on the other hand, are very pleasant to work with. I can even talk to humans at AOL.

more than 2 years ago

Gmail Takes Largest Webmail Service Crown

Vekseid I don't even use Spamhaus (383 comments)

Good set of postfix rules and a very mild tweaking of Spamassassin and I have nearly no spam reach my inbox.

smtpd_client_restrictions = permit_mynetworks,
                                                        check_client_access pcre:/etc/postfix/reject-domains,

smtpd_helo_restrictions = permit_mynetworks,
                                                    check_helo_access pcre:/etc/postfix/nomail-domains,
                                                    check_helo_access mysql:/etc/postfix/,

smtpd_sender_restrictions = permit_mynetworks,
                                                        check_sender_access pcre:/etc/postfix/nomail-domains,
                                                        check_sender_access mysql:/etc/postfix/,

smtpd_recipient_restrictions = permit_mynetworks,
                                                              check_recipient_access pcre:/etc/postfix/reject-users,

smtpd_data_restrictions = permit_mynetworks,

The reject-sender-mydomains and reject-helo-mydomains boot mail claiming to come from my users.

reject-domains boots mail from generic hostnames, e.g.: /[0-9]+\-+[0-9]+\-+[0-9]+\-+[0-9]+/ REJECT 554 Dynamic or Generic Hostname /[0-9]+\.[0-9]+\.[0-9]+\.[0-9]+\.[0-9a-z]+/ REJECT 554 Dynamic or Generic Hostname

and others as patterns emerge, should probably run through them again

nomail-domains contains a list of domains that I own that I know shouldn't be claiming to send mail. I doubt it's necessary, honestly.

reject-users just makes it deny that my wheel user exists.

The only custom rules I've added to Spamassassin was to catch hijacked accounts. Black/no subject, multiple recipients, containing a link.

Maybe one piece of spam makes it through a week, if that.

more than 2 years ago

Berkeley Law Releases Its First Web Privacy Census

Vekseid Re:HTML5 storage? (55 comments)

Use Cookie Monster, so some similar cookie disabling app. For most sites disabling cookies means disabling localStorage.

But cookies are dumb. 99% of the time I don't even want to be seeing what I store in localStorage, it's all user preference gloss, and certainly does not need to be sent between my server and your computer ten million times a day. But right now that's what we use cookies for.

Writing my own fully AJAX driven software, let me just say, adding 2kb to each and every single AJAX request is simply a non-starter. For my site, that will easily run 50 GB/day. Half my bandwidth just for cookies! No.

Storing the session in the URL has certainly been done (never seen a PHPSESSID link when you turn off cookies?) but it's an immense security issue on a community website. Someone steals your url, and they're you. No.

Stuff like Cookie Monster, Refcontrol, Noscript and Flash/extensionblock should simply be standard parts of the browser, with users educated how to use them properly.

more than 2 years ago

Majority of Americans Think Obama Is Better Suited To Handle an Alien Invasion

Vekseid How Obama would handle Galactus. (305 comments)

> The real question of course is how Obama would handle Galactus.

He'd come to the table with "You can only eat half the planet." And manage to walk away with Galactus agreeing to spare 10%.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Buying Skype for $8.5B

Vekseid Re:Grants Ballmer (605 comments)

Right. So now is not the time to complain - wait for the bad deed to actually occur before screaming about said bad deed.

I love the "You can sue after you've been harmed" mantra. Die of food poisoning? Just sue!

more than 3 years ago


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