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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

anyaristow Re:Android IMSI-Catcher Detector (AIMSICD) (237 comments)

Looks like Apple has built in detection from IOS 5

So, the iPhone he says unhelpfully didn't tell him there was a rogue tower...was actually aware of the rogue tower, and therefore not compromised? That it would have warned him if he tried to communicate through it, and has therefore already, for years, been doing the same thing his secure phone does? You mean someone who is selling a secure phone is making up a use case for it?

You don't say.

about 3 months ago
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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

anyaristow Re:Somewhat on topic. (237 comments)

So, a magazine website would rather you visit their local version, to serve you better targeted ads, or local interest stories, or load leveling, or prices in local currency, or subscription services on the same continent, or maybe even to serve you better with faster access, and this is some American scheme to abuse you? Did it ever occur to you that an Australian company (or a German one, or...) wanting to create content unique to multiple continents might do the same thing? Or do you actually think URL redirection is a uniquely American thing, indicating a character flaw of an entire nation?

It's not *necessary* to use URL redirection to accomplish any of these things, but the dork who implemented it is no smarter than your average slashdotter, and just like how they create crappy interfaces, incomprehensible documentation (if any at all), code that is way more complex than it needs to be, or just simply can't solve the problem they were given, maybe...just maybe...they didn't anticipate your desire to not be given localized content, or that you'd take offense at their solution.

about 3 months ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

anyaristow Re:Grades vs IQ (391 comments)

If you are so smart perhaps you can explain why 98% of the internet has an IQ in the 150-170 range.

Because they take viral IQ quizzes meant to flatter, so you'll share them.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

anyaristow Re:memory management (637 comments)

On second thought, this sounds like a made-up story.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

anyaristow Re:memory management (637 comments)

Sounds like the prof is a frustrated dork who hangs out in Linux discussion forums, getting reinforcement for being an antisocial jerk.

about 4 months ago
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

anyaristow That's not how FB works (130 comments)

You might filter your news (in the conventional, informational sense) feed that way, but you filter your Facebook feed according to people you think are interesting. If you only interact with people who are like minded, and that's not unlikely, *you* are creating a filter bubble, not FB. But it's also not how people tend to use FB. You probably have some "friends" who post idiotic rants or divisive jokes, and if you ignore them you are training FB to not show them, but you might also hit "like" or comment on pictures of their kids or news of their vacation, telling FB that you are, in fact, interested in this person. The real trick for FB is to distinguish between the two.

The FB algorithm is a popularity-seeking thing. It's probably one unspoken reason geeks hate Facebook. Adding a bunch of "mundanes" to your friends list can be really humbling. Spoken from experience.

about 4 months ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

anyaristow Complexity as a virtue (372 comments)

That's because in the 90's programming got more difficult, and programmers *liked* it. No more soccer moms entering the field because they heard it was a way to earn a decent wage.

Complexity makes programmers feel they can do things most people can't. So, they seek complex solutions. If it's not complex, it must not be the intelligent way to do it, since a lesser person could do the simpler thing.

They have it backwards, of course. The ability to reduce the complexity of a task is actually a higher skill.

about 4 months ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

anyaristow too smart to go to college (225 comments)

This cultural indoctrination that you must have a degree must end. I've been programming for 30 years as a profession and I have never had a degree

And I've worked with enough people who were so smart at 18 years old that they decided they didn't need to go to college that I've decided the requirement of a degree has some merit.

Some of these people really are great at syntax and terminology, and a few of them are actually good at coding certain things, but mostly, they do things the hard way, they organize their projects around data when it is process that better defines what they're trying to accomplish, the write overly complex solutions to simple problems, they saddle their employer with unnecessary technology, and there are certain classes of problems that they simply can not solve at all. For one, why do they think it's funny that they don't know math, and that a solution involving guessing, approximation and unreasonable process limitation is an acceptable alternative to algebra?

In short, they suck at problem solving. That's not a surprise since the first adult problem they faced, they took a shortcut.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

anyaristow Second Life (636 comments)

Please provide a link to any mainstream working application for Mac OS X that uses Qt. I don't know of a single one because Qt's support for XCode is incredibly poor.

Second Life. They still make regular releases for the Mac (and Linux). It's open source, so you can grab a copy and see how they do it. Xcode not required.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

anyaristow Re:Whoosh (711 comments)

Watch starting at 45:00:

http://www.apple.com/apple-eve...

Clearly a joke.

Exactly. This was clearly a joke if you watch the keynote. And it landed pretty well too.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

anyaristow Re:It was a joke (711 comments)

I'll lend two more points of visibility to this. The humor may not be apparent in the transcript. Watch the video, starting at 45:00:

http://www.apple.com/apple-eve...

In case you didn't watch, they're missing some important punctuation there. It was tongue in cheek... targeted at the very Apple-friendly audience. Chill

about 6 months ago
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The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

anyaristow Not impossible doesn't mean inevitable (339 comments)

When physics allows us to do something, and we understand what it is we want to do, we have an excellent history of going ahead and doing [it]

*cough* fusion *cough*

Note that those projects are getting bigger and bigger. It may be that there aren't enough people or there isn't enough money to make a sentient AI. It may also be that there is something well short of it that will give us all the benefit we are willing to pay for.

There's a world of possible outcomes between physically impossible and inevitable. It isn't sure to happen just because it isn't impossible.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

anyaristow Only 110K people who have figured out how to... (188 comments)

...sign up.

I tried to sign up for the streaming service today. I pressed the prominent "free trial" button, read the terms of service and privacy policy, and filled out the web form, only to be told "username not reserved." WTF does that mean? Temporary trouble? Hit the sign up button again...username not reserved. Picked a different user name. "Email not reserved."

So, I read some of their support forum, where other people are asking, "wtf is username not reserved", and found you had to sign up through their mobile app before you can sign up for the free trial on their website.

I checked again and found no instructions to that effect.

Maybe there are only 110K people who have figured out how to sign up.

about 6 months ago
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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

anyaristow Re:Amazon does do those things (405 comments)

The authors decide how many services to buy.

I'm guessing, "tell me if it's crap and shouldn't be published" isn't something they're willing to pay for?

about 6 months ago
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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

anyaristow Amazon is the new consumer item search engine (405 comments)

Yeah a lot of people shop on Amazon, but they search with Google, BIng, and Yahoo.

For media content, and even commodity manufactured items like guitar pedals and toasters, I search at Amazon. It's the easiest way to get a description and picture of the item, and sometimes the reviews are even helpful.

When using a search engine, mostly what you get for media and consumer products is offers to sell it. That only adds a step in the search. Easier to just go to Amazon. Once I've found it there I can use my wishlists to remember it and camelcamelcamel to tell me if it goes on sale.

about 6 months ago
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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

anyaristow Re:Pretty stupid reasoning (405 comments)

And you think publishers do that?

That Ready Player One got published indicates that they don't. That people seem to like it indicate that consumers aren't very discerning, and that the role of gatekeeper publisher may be obsolete.

about 6 months ago
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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

anyaristow Re:Amazon does do those things (405 comments)

Amazon is responsible for createspace? Then they aren't doing those things very well. Createspace titles aren't exactly top tier offerings.

about 6 months ago
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eBay Compromised

anyaristow Correction: Password length NOT shown (193 comments)

I was wrong. They are always showing eight asterisks. It's not the length of your password unless your password is eight characters.

about 6 months ago
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eBay Compromised

anyaristow Password still not stored securely (193 comments)

The personal information screen shows me the length of my password, in asterisks. They wouldn't know how long my password is if they were storing it securely.

about 6 months ago
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Finally, Hi-Def Streaming Video of the ISS's View of Earth

anyaristow Holy crap, look at all those scripts (97 comments)

How can it be necessary to run scripts from so many sites? And if you allow the ones on extremetech to run, it runs even more third-party scripts. Short of serving up obvious malware, this is about as hostile and risky as a webpage gets.

about 7 months ago

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Customer Email Address Leaks

anyaristow anyaristow writes  |  more than 3 years ago

anyaristow (1448609) writes "Since the mid nineties I've used a unique email address for everyone I do business with and for every service or site I sign up with, so that if someone leaks my email address to spammers I know who did the leaking. Until this year I'd only had a few of these addresses compromised (including a national flower seller and a major music gear maker). This year I'm getting about one every other month, including a telecommunications giant and one of the three credit reporting agencies. There are no mailboxes or accounts associated with these email addresses; I receive all email to the domain. These addresses exist only as text I typed into a web form, and as header fields in received email. I'd consider a man-in-the-middle or someone gaining access to my mailbox as possible culprits except I haven't had communication with that credit agency in years, and I just yesterday started receiving spam to that address. That, and only a few of these addresses are compromised. Is anyone else seeing this, and can anyone think of a reason other other than lax security or the use of third-party email campaigns?"

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