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National Science Foundation Awards $20 Million For Cloud Computing Experiments

WaffleMonster The term is Grid Computing (25 comments)

Cloud this cloud that... I'm sick of clouds.

If IAU gets to redefine popular language to align with scientific language having specific and unambiguous meaning why can't "Cloud" banner be wrestled out the clutches of marketeers?

Everything is networked running off some datacenter somewhere... saying "the cloud" is like saying "the thing" .. you might as well say nothing at all as this conveys about the same amount of useful information.

Please I implore you all to stop being a bunch of sissy care bears enough with "cloud". Let the meme die already.

8 hours ago

Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

WaffleMonster Kill switches are probably a bad idea (277 comments)

It isn't enough to simply look at the world as is. You must consider the world with universal deployment of kill switches and fully understand likely consequences as much as possible.

Stolen phones can be taken apart and sold for parts... Thieves doing this may well end up making more money than phone as a whole can be sold in an underground market.

If users have ability to opt-out then anyone taking phones by force could demand victim "opt out" putting owner in increased risk of harm v. lift 'n dash encounter lasting seconds. Further thieves could demand credentials to your online account linked to the phone and lock you out of it.

As they say "the road to hell is paved with good intentions"..

There are technical solutions that could work such as a "fused" opt-in where physical device can never be opted out after an opt-in without mainboard replacement or some kind of secondary duress password to covertly signal theft... yet it seems obvious nobody is going to implement fuses and secondary passwords.

The argument that calling the carrier/police is not enough seems to hinge exclusively on the notion of phones sold overseas out of reach of carriers...

This as far as I can see means anything that would actually work while not putting victim at increased risk is also by necessity as oppressive as hell. Users should NOT have the means to lock their devices themselves as it puts them at increased risk of harm and to be effective it must either work OOB of both normal cell network/IP Internet or implement a heartbeat/watchdog with a central server to continuously prove continued availability which is one massive single point of disaster.

The OOB signal could be some kind of special backhauled PDP anchored to US carrier? I don't know enough to even guess how it might be implemented or if it is even possible.

As most technical solutions to political and or social problem I'm drawing a blank imagining a scenario whereby kill switches make a positive contribution to the world.

If people really want to cut down on theft maybe they should use common sense when wielding expensive toys in public.... or ... ah... gulp... um... ... a... device vendors could always .... ...u... know... make them cost less.


$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

WaffleMonster Four easy steps 2 begin to fix broken system (227 comments)

1. Nationally require body cameras always rolling while on-duty. Knowing you won't get away with unprofessional behavior = priceless.

2. Total national outlaw of plea deals because coercion is morally indefensible. This is supposed to be the "land of the free" not North Korea.

3. Total ban on performance/incentive structures having effect of perverting justice. This includes linkages between career status/advancement and prosecution rates and officer ticketing/arrest quotas.

4. Total ban on mandatory minimum sentencing.

2 days ago

ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

WaffleMonster Re:Why do people use internal TLDs? (101 comments)

Having awarded contracts for TLD's they are try to minimise the impact on those labels that didn't make the black list or that they were unaware of.

Minimization arguments are useless when there was never any articulable benefit to begin with. Selfish can't be justified no matter how hard you try.

That all being said they are the legitimate party to decide what gets added to the root zone.

If they keep it up they won't be.

2 days ago

New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

WaffleMonster Why bother? (210 comments)

At the same price point you can get last few years model of a real full featured laptop on ebay or newegg with much faster processors, more RAM and ... ah... usable amounts of storage. 32GB?

2 days ago

ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

WaffleMonster Re:Why do people use internal TLDs? (101 comments)

They don't own you. However they are the authority for which names are added to the root zone.

They don't even own the root servers.

If ICANN continues to act in contravention of the best interests of the network there will eventually be consequences. Being an "authority" implies having obtained legitimacy. Acting recklessly and illegitimately for monetary gain undermines authority.

The RBDMS vendors that squatted on a TLD were not rational actors.

My example referenced reserved words rather than TLDs as an example of need for ALL sides to act rationally in potentially conflicted namespaces.

They knew or should have known that new TLDs could be added to the DNS at anytime.

Just because a namespace is conflicted does not automatically follow it must not be utilized due to unpredictable future in which ICANN is driven by self-interest rather than the greater interests of the Internet community.

ICANN knew or should have known from volumes of negative feedback it received this would happen yet they failed to act conservatively and did so for selfish reasons. Even if it can be argued separately operators acted irresponsibly it does not absolve ICANN of irresponsible behavior. Grownups don't get to simply ignore the world as it is because they claim to have the "authority" to do so.

If they wanted a reserved name they could have requested one or heaven forbid registered one.

Absolutely people have nothing better to do than waste huge sums of money registering TLDs further enriching ICANN whenever they create a TLD for limited use within their administrative domain.

This is like vendors that squatted on address space.

Dirty space is allocated responsibly by RIRs only after efforts to clean it or where scarcity induced pressure overrides the possibility of a more conservative policy. Toward the end operators ended up with crud from the bottom of the tank by design.

Up until exhaustion if you ended up with a dirty block you at least had the ability to "take it back".

3 days ago

ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

WaffleMonster Re:Why do people use internal TLDs? (101 comments)

Firstly ICANN didn't just assert ownership of the root. They inherited it along with the rest of the IANA.

ICANN does not own me or anyone else. They can't force anyone to participate in their global experiments.

And the administrators gambled that no one else would ever register that tld. Sorry they just lost that bet.

I don't think there is anything wrong with making rational assumptions about the future. I gamble on the expectation RDBMS vendors act rationally with regards to staking claim to any new reserved words or system vendors to refrain from exercising their right to make irrational changes to APIs that would break everyone's software.

In this case it is clear ICANN is NOT a rational actor. Thankfully it takes little effort to opt out of their little experiment.

3 days ago

ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

WaffleMonster How to avoid being effected (101 comments)

Step 1: Do not blindly delegate * to root servers or upstream DNS provider on systems you control.

Step 2: Tell ICANN to go fuck itself

3 days ago

The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

WaffleMonster Re:who the hell uses a 6500 as their ISP router? (247 comments)

Except if you have an AS and playing in BGP, there is a responsibility to maintain your equipment because it is a global network.

Being a global network everyone has responsibility including responsibility to refrain from unnecessarily advertising disaggregated routes.

FWIW, if everyone was IPV6, this problem would have been far worse. TCAM can hold twice as many v4 routes as v6, and the v6 by nature are more fragmented.

The only difference WRT entry count scarcity based disaggregation no longer occurs. There can be less if operators elect to act responsibly.

3 days ago

Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

WaffleMonster Re:Hey Apple, U got problems? I got solutions! (249 comments)

The success of Amazon online and Walmart offline suggests that regardless of what they say they want, people actually like to have a one stop shop where they can get everything - provided the prices are kept low.

I stopped dealing with Amazon after they started enforcing minimum purchases and intentionally having "free shipping" take over a week including multiple days of "sitting" on orders before shipping...can only assume to create artificial demand for "prime" subscriptions. What always happens when companies get too big. It's after-all their "fiduciary duty" to maximally leverage their market position.

Wal-Mart is hardly one-stop shopping. They have the same lowest-bidder crap as any other department store. Anything quality oriented or slightly niche they simply don't carry.

Of course it would be a bad thing if those stores were to become absolutely the only ones

The question is why are "bad things" not also applicable to mobile phone space?

but that's not what's happening with App Stores. The Apple App Store isn't the only app store, it's just the only one for iOS.

I assume *everyone* knows Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc have their own app stores.

Anyone who owns an iPhone does not have a choice where they can purchase software or install free software for the mobile computer they have purchased.

And people choose to enter into the iOS ecosystem, be they users or developers. They could choose to go for the more open model of Android, but they didn't.

I hear mobile app developers love having to port all of their shit to multiple platforms each with different programming languages, APIs and tool-chains. Few major iOS titles exist without an Android version.

Failure here is market allowing OS vendors to get away with not treating operating systems as a commodity which could only benefit developers and users alike. My own opinion too much value is bottled up in the walled gardens for this to be sustainable over long haul. AOL will repeat itself and the castle walls will crumble under their own weight.

For iOS users, the one stop curated store is seen as a feature, not a problem. And for iOS developers also.

I've heard this very same "feature" doublespeak levied against those complaining about non-user replaceable batteries.

When customers are faced with artificial restrictions yet elect to purchase anyway they are doing so because they either don't care, are willing to tolerate the restriction or see no other viable alternative. It is NOT because they are electing to EMBRACE artificial restrictions. Successfully pushing product with restrictions should never be confused with provision of additional value to the customer.

Are you an iOS user or developer?

Never, I refuse to support vendor controlled execution environments regardless of the vendor doing it. I believe it is morally indefensible and ultimately dangerous to society for any single vendor or trio of such vendors to wield this kind of power.

At least most Android devices can sideload APKs even if device is otherwise loaded with vendor crapware, google spy shit and locked down (no root or locked boot loader)

Trust me, it's not only a functioning market it's a difficult one. If your mobile app "doesn't provide much value", the sales will be tiny.

I trust my own eyes. All app stores are loaded with ubiquitous mounds of trash and feature customers unwilling to pay more than a couple dollars (cuz evrythng elz 1s ***FREE***) even for excellent ads and spyware says the long tail... This is a symptomatic of market failure of app store concept.

People generally are not inundated with listing of thousands of Cheezy B-movies now playing at the movie theatre... Gamers don't go to gamestop to be treated with walls upon walls of lame games for .25c. Some people do however cheerfully go to harbor freight to "press" (as in central pneumatic) their luck.

Having one single app store assume EVERYONE wants to be inundated with total shit with no market based filter. I think fart apps and assorted silliness is great for those few seeking that sort of thing. It is not so great when you have no other choice. The only way to fix this is a functioning market this means stores that specialize in shit and stores that specialize in grade A software. Those running each store need to be able to decide what their customers want and respond to customer demands.

3 days ago

Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

WaffleMonster Look and ye shall find (454 comments)

Attract trolls and then whine about it once they have answered your clarion call. Sounds like a plan.

about a week ago

Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

WaffleMonster Re:International Law Reform? (226 comments)

Really what it comes down to is that national laws are starting to conflict with people who have never stepped foot in the country. We as a planet are in need of international law reform with regards to copyright and the variety of internet "crimes".

No thanks.

about a week ago

Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

WaffleMonster Re:Two things.... (249 comments)

2. I disagree strongly. Apple's control over it's app market is one of the few things keeping it (mostly) safe. While not perfect, it's a far cry from the stygian hell that is the play store. 3/4s of what you find on the play store I would call malware outright

This is like saying improvements in Google search algorithms are responsible for reducing total garbage in search results while neglecting to understand Google's business model is actually funding production of the same garbage they claim to be fighting.

In the very same way structure of the market itself is generating crap. If you get rid of the app stores and allow a functioning market driven by *CONSUMER DEMAND* the garbage goes away on its own.

Regarding safety operating system enforced jailing of the execution environment while a very difficult problem is at least achievable. Validating general purpose apps to be harmless is well beyond current technical capability of humanity.

about a week ago

Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

WaffleMonster Re:Hey Apple, U got problems? I got solutions! (249 comments)

This doesn't solve the problems listed, it makes them worse. By having multiple stores you decrease each apps visibility, unless the developers do much more work to list their apps in every store. Taking time that would otherwise be devoted to developing more or better apps.

Let me ask you another question. In the real world here on earth do you think we would all be better off if all stores and malls were replaced by a single entity offering one global channel with one set of take it or leave it rules for buyers and sellers?

What makes the app environment different? Why is one channel for apps viewed as acceptable yet any talk of making a single entity like Amazon or Umbrella Corp the one only channel for purchase of physical goods viewed as lunacy of the highest order?

What really holds back app stores and the platform in general is placing the OS vendors, developers and carriers above the users and resulting market distortions caused by having control and extracting value across the whole channel.

In a world of multiple app stores distribution channels would naturally arise allowing interested venues to pick up apps which best serve their customers creating an environment where word of mouth and popular demand controls distribution rather than shady algorithms or the jackass with the spyware app who successfully suckered a few million people into downloading it.

Lots of app developers hate this because most of them by volume are in fact bottom feeders who seek to collect payment without doing much to provide value in return and an honest to god real functioning market would put an end to their bullshit.

about a week ago

Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

WaffleMonster Re:Two things.... (249 comments)

Of course, after the sideload, their phone gets compromised, and they then hit the lawyers and press and blame Apple for allowing them to step out of the walled garden.

Remind me again who's fault it is when an app is able to bypass operating system enforced jail and gains global access?

Seeing as OS vendors are never held liable for their security failures the scenario you paint is hard to take seriously.

about a week ago

Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

WaffleMonster Hey Apple, U got problems? I got solutions! (249 comments)

Allow and encourage third parties to run their own app stores. Make it easy for users to add competing app stores to their phones just like they can add "search providers" to their web browsers.

Support side loading applications without ANY limitations.

Provide options for filtering search results by app demands for permissions. These options should be long term set and forget knobs which do not require constant attention while searching the store.

Fragment the heck out of any rankings don't just have one global rank create tens of thousands of views able to be influenced by a smaller subset of overall user base. This lets word of mouth rather than momentum dominate global trends.

about a week ago

California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

WaffleMonster Waving inconvient laws (327 comments)

Damn talk about picking winners and losers. Our laws suck so we'll wave them just for you. California the state of kings and proud of it.

about a week ago

DEFCON's Latest Challenge: Hacking Altruism

WaffleMonster DEFCON has sold out (47 comments)

And no I don't mean out of badges or the venue is full.

If you want to do something Altruistic start by giving the grey hats and assorted 0-day hoarding outfits you work for the one finger salute.

Instead of continuing to make money working symptoms of security problems actually do something meaningful to address underlying cause especially if it means certain implosion of your industry.

From reception of Keith Alexander it became crystal clear my friends have grown up and too many have become hypnotized pay checks.

about a week ago

The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

WaffleMonster Re:who the hell uses a 6500 as their ISP router? (247 comments)

some of the 7600 routers (the older bricks) - I can also understand - but seriously - if you are a core internet provider, why the hell are you using a 6500 router for the BGP routing table of the internet? Put that thing in a dorm room and buy yourself an ASR 9000

Worth remembering the Internet is a global network and not all participants in the default free zone have the same buying power.

about a week ago


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