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T-Mobile To Pay $90M For Unauthorized Charges On Customers' Bills

by (1706743) Re:And where is my money?? (43 comments)

Yeah, it's unfortunate -- a few bucks probably doesn't matter to average Joe, so it's not worth persuing...but there are many millions of average Joes, which really makes it worthwhile for T-Mobile, etc.!

7 hours ago
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NASA Video Shows What It's Like To Reenter the Earth's Atmosphere

by (1706743) Re:Makes me want to play some KSP (48 comments)

GM and BMW have one fewer degree of freedom to worry about.

Staying within our atmosphere (or orbit!) is loads easier than leaving it. Of course, Boeing and Airbus do what they do with ridiculous safety, so I suppose it depends on your metric for impressiveness -- how you weight safety vs. mechanical/physical difficulty.

9 hours ago
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T-Mobile To Pay $90M For Unauthorized Charges On Customers' Bills

by (1706743) Re:And where is my money?? (43 comments)

From TFA:

The carrier must pay at least $67.5 million to fund a program to pay its customers back, plus $18 million to state governments participating in the settlement and a $4.5 million penalty paid to the U.S. Treasury. If consumers’ claims go higher, T-Mobile will have to pay them, with no upper limit. Consumers who believe they were wrongly charged will be able to apply for refunds at a website set up for the purpose. That site was not immediately available.

9 hours ago
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Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

by (1706743) Re:I blame Microsoft (141 comments)

Filesystems can be used in myriad ways. What if I want to cache a bunch of files, with the filename being some sort of hash? In this case, it would make sense for a79t5qr.png to be a different file than A79t5qR.png .

Personally, I prefer knowing that the filename I type is the filename the file gets. If I want to call something "finaldraft.txt" and "FINALdraft.txt," that should be up to me.

yesterday
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Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

by (1706743) Re:I blame Microsoft (141 comments)

An AC above somewhere (comment: "polish != Polish") had a great comment: there's a difference between the filesystem and the UI. If a UI (file manager, shell, etc.) wants to reference two different files in a different fashion, fine. But the filesystem "should give back exactly what was put into it (both in terms of files and data)."

yesterday
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Critical Git Security Vulnerability Announced

by (1706743) Re:I blame Microsoft (141 comments)

I think there is a bit of a difference, though -- email addresses and domain names are typed by hand by the "average" (read: GUI-only) user on a day-to-day basis. That filenames were case-insensitive probably made a lot more sense back when the average user had to type at a command line -- in which case yeah, it probably was a better UX to have case-insensitivity (at least, from a casual user's perspective). In today's world of GUIs, case sensitivity might not increase legibility -- but it doesn't decrease legibility either, and is (I think?) a POSIX violation.

Despite the fact that I think case-sensitivity is a Good Idea, I really like zsh's ability to tab-complete in a case-insensitive fashion :)

yesterday
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

by (1706743) Re:Stupid (389 comments)

Perhaps, but I would argue that SSL'ing websites isn't really the right tool. If you want *everything* encrypted (your IP address, your DNS queries, etc.), then I think a fundamentally different tactic is required.

My point about not needing certain sites SSL'd is that if I'm on my favorite webcomic's page, it really doesn't matter if you're sniffing encrypted or unencrypted packets -- you have gained essentially the same information, as the website and the specific content I'm viewing are more-or-less the same. This is of course not the case with richer dynamic content (email, wikipedia, etc.).

2 days ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

by (1706743) Re:Stupid (389 comments)

Yeah, I really don't care that a webcomic/news site/etc. is non-SSL.

That said, if a website has a password field, it might be a Good Idea to notify the user if it's non-SSL.

2 days ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

by (1706743) Re:These idiots remain idiotic (378 comments)

Who knows, maybe there would be a "bug" in the shadow system that "accidently" resolved every hostname to MPAA-affiliated sites every now and again, causing massive DDoS attacks once every few hours...

Even if there's no such bug, I'm sure Sony et al. would pick up some free -- if unwanted and obscene -- CNAME entries!

2 days ago
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

by (1706743) Re:A Crewed Version? (198 comments)

But the bragging rights could be pretty cool -- it sounds like at these altitudes it would be a breathable atmosphere. Would be very cool to be the first human beings to breathe another planet's atmosphere!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

2 days ago
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$35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size and I/O

by (1706743) Re:XBMC Finally? (140 comments)

Great, thanks for responding. I believe I tested various settings and found that this worked well for my setup, but perhaps my test environment was a little contrived (I think I just dd'd a few hundred megs). Will give 32768 a shot though!

about a week ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

by (1706743) Re:Too small to be of any benefit. (179 comments)

Perhaps some of it could be due to videos vs. static images. For a resolution (or angular pixel density if you prefer) with clearly visible jaggies on, say, text or line art, I might not notice anything if it's a good video. Of course, if you're watching the news or something then you might have static text anyway...

about a week ago
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$35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size and I/O

by (1706743) Re:XBMC Finally? (140 comments)

Likewise, I love mine, and it works great even on raw blu ray files. No passthrough on TrueHD is the only stumbling block, but hardly a big deal as those discs usually have AC3 or similar as well.

That said, how successful have you been with high bitrate (read: raw blu ray files) over NFS shares? I'm using mine (NFS with UDP), and dd claims I'm getting north of 9MB/s, which should be plenty for the ~50Mb/s of blu ray. However, it often stumbles over NFS. Local (USB disk) is generally fine, though. Any thoughts greatly appreciated...currently, I'm using:

mount -t nfs -o nfsvers=3,udp,ro,noatime,rsize=131072,nolock $SERVER:$SHARE $MOUNTPOINT

about two weeks ago
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$35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size and I/O

by (1706743) Re:XBMC Finally? (140 comments)

With a compatible A/V receiver, I am able to play raw blu-ray videos on my Raspberry Pi. With an audio format that's unsupported for passthrough (e.g., TrueHD), then it's unusable (luckily, there's usually another 5.1 channel in addition to TrueHD, albeit at lower quality). Streaming over the network can be problematic for certain high-bandwidth films, but a local disk works well for almost everything I've thrown at it. (Unsure why network is an issue -- with an NFS share I can get north of 9MB/s, which should be enough...more overhead somewhere, I guess...)

about two weeks ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

by (1706743) Re:I know this! (561 comments)

Did it also include a 3D init system? Something tells me I'd prefer that to systemd...

about a month ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

by (1706743) Re:Go back in time 5 years (581 comments)

My favorite was when I apt-get upgraded my (headless) machine, which would then refuse to boot. No SSH access, just an emergency shell (very annoying for a headless machine). The problem? I didn't have my external USB hard disk -- which had an /etc/fstab entry -- plugged in.

about 1 month ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

by (1706743) Re:Yay, units! (260 comments)

In fairness, there really aren't Good Units for dealing with this sort of thing. Yes, you can use "proper" energy units (J), but because we really don't use "metric time," a kJ/MJ/etc. isn't wonderful for everyday use (given that we're familiar with Watts).

If all you care about is running calculations and making them look pretty, then yeah...stick with SI. But if you want something to be intuitive, unfortunately, sometimes really stupid units make more sense.

about 3 months ago
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NASA's Greenhouse Gas Observatory Captures 'First Light'

by (1706743) Re:How is CO2 leading cause of warming? (143 comments)

We don't have a completely satisfactory theory of gravity (getting GR to play nice with quantum mechanics). Yet, we are very confident that the hypothesis that "things tend to fall" is correct.

Gravity is exceedingly complex, yet there are certain things which are evident from even a rudimentary theory of gravity -- namely, things tend to fall. CO2, likewise, has a complicated relationship to the climate -- but it is a known greenhouse gas, which has certain implications.

about 4 months ago
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Canadian ISP On Disclosing Subscriber Info: Come Back With a Warrant

by (1706743) Good for them (55 comments)

Unfortunate that respecting privacy to the extent the law permits is the exception, not the norm...

about 5 months ago

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DIY SMS controlled power outlets

by (1706743) by (1706743) writes  |  more than 4 years ago

by (1706743) (1706744) writes "Although proprietary solutions do exist, it's possible (and easy!) to control power outlets/lamps/etc. via SMS – with no special hardware and no subscription fees (I'm not affiliated with any proprietary solution — no Slashvertisement here). All you need is an SMS-capable cell phone, a Google Voice account, ssh access to a box with an email account, an old computer, some relays/TRIACs, and a little time to kill. Aside from the cell phone, and possibly your email server, there are no monthly costs. In addition to switching off lights and appliances, you can run arbitrary commands on your computer this way (yes, there may be a few security implications with that...). Here's a simple howto."
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