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Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

c0d3g33k Re:Article got it wrong (100 comments)

You lost me when you said "expert Steve Gibson". If by "expert" you mean "shameless selfpromoting security wannabe", then OK.

No. These are examples of shameless, self-promoting wannabes:

Steve Gibson at least provides genuinely useful information most of the time and from what I can see does a decent job of teaching non-technical folks to understand and implement good security practices. He's a little hard to take in large doses when I've seen him on This Week in Tech and his website hurts my eyes, but I wouldn't paint him with such a broad brush. He doesn't seem to be a charlatan as much as a well-meaning but occasionally bumbling 'little guy' trying to build a business in the technology/security realm.

5 days ago

Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

c0d3g33k Re:call them (353 comments)

Depends on age and life circumstances.

M-F is when you go to work then come home and drive the kids around to after school activities (which at high school age often run into the evening hours), then rush home, fix dinner, then try to watch something but you're too tired and it's too late to stay awake. On the nights where they don't have something scheduled, you can go out for dinner or some live entertainment if the kids are old enough to stay home alone.

F-S-S (Fridays straddle both categories because Saturday) is when you catch up on the household chores and then plant yourself on the sofa to work through the DVR and Netflix Disc queue because the last thing you want to do is get in the car and drive some more. And the kids don't have homework due the next day (F-S), so they can take the time to watch the Netflix disc with the family.

Anyone else with a different pattern from the three above (including mine)?

about two weeks ago

30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

c0d3g33k Re:On average, average is a crappy metric. (191 comments)

If you don't know, that isn't necessarily always the case. The average of 1, 1, 1, 2, 10 is 3. In that case, 80% are below average.

Well yeah, I do know. Because I went to school and stuff. Your pulled-out-of-your-posterior-to-make-some-sort-of-vague-point sample set is 5. The population of the U. S. is currently hovering around 316,165,718. The distribution you posit would suggest that 80% of the population ranks below earthworms. Any idiot knows a sufficiently large sample set is necessary to derive any meaning from the concept of average. Your suggestion is ridiculous. I wonder which side of the line you fall on? :-)

about a month ago

30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

c0d3g33k In other news ... (191 comments)

... 50 % of americans are below average. Oh noes!

about a month ago

Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

c0d3g33k Re:A cynical PR ploy (230 comments)

No, cynicism is what YOU are experiencing. This seems like a profoundly optimistic act on his part.

about 2 months ago

Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

c0d3g33k Real time streaming for everyone at once is broken (364 comments)

The elephant in the room: Requiring streaming for every customer simultaneously with no option for offline playback is a broken model with respect to how the internet works.

Granted, since any customer can arbitrarily choose any item in the Netflix library for viewing, the capability for streaming in real-time needs to work decently well. In practice, however, only the things in "My List" are likely to be viewed by a given customer, so downloading to a local cache would allow playback at optimal quality without needing ideal network performance.

It seems to me the intense desire on the part of Netflix and the "rights holders" for full control, maximum monetization and the deep rooted fear that someone might figure out how to make a copy is the real reason this is even a problem.

I would have no problem with a Netflix client that incorporated some sort of DVR-like functionality so that items of interest could be added to a local queue (sorry - queue is a deprecated term - My Local List). That would be wonderful for situations where the available network is sketchy (eg. hotel, coffeeshop) or not present (airplane, campsite, beach, etc). Rampant sharing could be minimized by allowing only one (or a few) devices to have the locally cached content, and requiring a network connection to download or release a particular item. Or if that's too complicated, just allow a limited number of authorized devices per account that can cache the same content.

I think enough customers would take advantage of this to alleviate the problems caused by real-time streaming and take a lot of power away from the intermediaries.

about 2 months ago

In First American TV Interview, Snowden Talks Accountability and Patriotism

c0d3g33k Re:How does one determine the difference... (389 comments)

Between serving the public's interest, and serving one's own interest at the expense of the public? This is intended as a serious question--I like Snowden's idea, but how would we determine the difference between someone who's alerting us to government malfeasance, versus someone who's ideologically bent on disrupting government regardless of whether there's malfeasance or malevolent intent involved?

Wrong question. If the bar is set so high that people like Snowden have to prove their intentions unambigously, beyond a reasonable doubt, in order to prove their credibility, then they are lost before they begin, because the system assures that's never possible. But that's not why it's the wrong question. It's wrong because information about the workings of a government should never be secret except in the most exceptional of circumstances. Revealing information that should never be secret in the first place should not pose the risk of "disrupting government" regardless of the intent involved. If "disrupting government" merely means "learning what we are doing so you can debate the issue and vote to stop us", then the problem is more fundamental than you think.

about 2 months ago

Organic Cat Litter May Have Caused Nuclear Waste Accident

c0d3g33k Re:I still cant log in! (174 comments)

This is /., not your bank. There is no army of Chinese hackers anxiously waiting for your password so they can assume your identity and become internet superstars. You didn't re-use an important password for /. did you? Just check the IP address for plausibility and accept the expired cert.

That's some astonishingly bad advice.

about 2 months ago

Goodbye, Ctrl-S

c0d3g33k Re:rubbish (521 comments)

*whoosh*. It was a joke.

about 2 months ago

Google Fiber: No Charge For Peering, No Fast Lanes

c0d3g33k Re:Then YOU have a problem (238 comments)

referred to 2 parties in an imaginary conversation

Then "we" still do not have a problem, because Google does not have a problem.

YOU have a problem. You can say that because it's clear. Do not fear clarity.

Noted. No need to shout. Thank you so much for setting me straight. Where can I sign up for your "Overcoming Fear of Clarity: Useful Techniques to Maximize Clarity When Using the English Language in Informal Settings" seminar? It sounds really interesting.

about 2 months ago

Google Fiber: No Charge For Peering, No Fast Lanes

c0d3g33k Re:Who is "we"? (238 comments)

If your noble stance hides the fact that you attach yourself to the fiber like a tick to suck value by monitoring my use of the service and selling that information to the highest bidder, then we have a problem.

Why do "we" have a problem?

In the context of the post it wasn't an all-inclusive term, but referred to 2 parties in an imaginary conversation, myself and Google. Often a prelude to talking things over and working something out.

about 2 months ago

Google Using YouTube Threat As Leverage For Cheaper Streaming Rights

c0d3g33k Re:Visibility of your videos (197 comments)

Not YouTube's problem, is it? Viewers find videos like they find anything else, by looking for them in the places where the videos are. My grocery store doesn't tell me where I can find related groceries not in the store. I go to several stores in the area and learn what each has that distinguishes them from the other. I go to the store that has the best produce/meat/seafood/organic/whatever when I want that thing. I don't consider Stop-n-Shop evil because I have to shop at other places depending on what I want.

about 2 months ago

Google Fiber: No Charge For Peering, No Fast Lanes

c0d3g33k We don't make money from peering or colocation (238 comments)

So what do you make money from if I become a Google Fiber customer? That's what I'm concerned about. If it's just the fair-market cost of the service I'm paying for, then that's fine. If your noble stance hides the fact that you attach yourself to the fiber like a tick to suck value by monitoring my use of the service and selling that information to the highest bidder, then we have a problem.

about 2 months ago

Google Using YouTube Threat As Leverage For Cheaper Streaming Rights

c0d3g33k Re:a group representing independent musicians (197 comments)

Not quite true. I'd shop at a dozen different mom-and-pop stores if it gave me the opportunity to purchase what I wanted at a price acceptable to me. As a bonus I get to know some new people. Amazon isn't preferable because they same me time and gas money but because they are universally less expensive than mom-and-pop and almost always have what I was looking for. Mom and pop need an Amazon-like entity more than I do, because they can't match what Amazon can do at scale.

about 2 months ago

Google Using YouTube Threat As Leverage For Cheaper Streaming Rights

c0d3g33k Re:Pish posh (197 comments)

I may be somewhat intelligent, but I'm biased so not the best judge. Thanks for noticing though. My family, friends and community members might assert otherwise, but I try my best. My greatest triumph was my teenaged daughter who recently declared that "You're pretty smart, dad". If you have or have had teenaged children, you'll know that such an unsolicited statement is as rare as winning the lottery and shockingly gratifying. And fleeting because you're destined to be a clueless dumbass a few minutes later. :-)

I question your premise that the existence of something that couples users to YouTube equates to a blanket condemnation of the service as evil and exploitative. The above-mentioned daughter has a YouTube account to which she posts videos, so you could declare she was "coupled" to the service, but she's not forced to use it and she can post the same videos anywhere else she wants without worrying about exclusivity restrictions. Anyone at all can view videos posted to YouTube without restriction or being coupled to YouTube. I don't deny that the ease of posting videos and the fact that the potential audience is unlimited and unrestricted might bring back repeat users regardless of the quality of the service (whatever that means), but you haven't made a case for why that is bad. Sounds like a desirable feature to me. And those features are available without the element of coercion that so many other services seem to deem obligatory.

So please elaborate what it is you want me to see, because I'm not seeing the evil you apparently think is the defining attribute of the service. YouTube brings back repeat users because of the quality of the service. There seems to be little else of a coercive nature that "forces" users to use the service, either as content providers or enjoyers of content. YouTube is as "take it or leave it" as the internet itself. View the videos or don't. Where is the evil?

about 2 months ago

Google Using YouTube Threat As Leverage For Cheaper Streaming Rights

c0d3g33k Re:Pish posh (197 comments)

Greetings Bob9113.

Please forgive me if I disregard all your academic arguments about economic philosophy that are based on one term I used ("free market") because that was the most concise term I could think of using the english language. There is no dogmatic and irrational belief in lassaiz faire at work here.

I'm not sure what features YouTube has that couple users to it, because I've never had a YouTube account, yet I can go to YouTube and watch absolutely anything (with the exception of a few vexing restrictions when using a mobile device). I'm not forced to use YouTube for anything, and plenty of videos I watch are provided by services other than YouTube. Lots of stuff is on YouTube, but I don't feel particularly coupled to it. In fact, I'd classify YouTube as the most uncoupled service on the internet because I am not forced to be a YouTube user in any way, yet I can watch any YouTube video I wish on just about any device I own.

More importantly, I can choose to NOT watch YouTube videos, and there is plenty of interesting information out there that does not use YouTube.

I'm not seeing the closed market you are describing, at least with respect to YouTube. I DO see a closed market with other services that require me to use that service exclusively to see something, but YouTube has been pretty egalitarian in my experience.

So what is your point exactly, and what service do you use that is more free than YouTube?

about 2 months ago

Google Using YouTube Threat As Leverage For Cheaper Streaming Rights

c0d3g33k Pish posh (197 comments)


Google spends time, effort and resource to create the infrastructure for a music streaming service that requires daily, constant effort to maintain, and so gets to define the terms.

Musicians spend a few hours/days/weeks/months/years creating songs, then look for ways to milk that brief period of productivity for a lifetime (and for their descendants or estates as well, because copyright).

What musicians don't do: create their own music streaming service built on their own terms and funded by them, asking for the fees they sincerly believe they deserve. And then test it in the free marketplace and discover what the true value of their work actually is. And adjust their model until they have come up with a viable and sustainable business. That's what musicians don't do.

Yet when someone else does all the work for them but actually wants to get something for THEIR effort that actually reflects the cost and effort involved, it's evil and exploitative.

Strong arming? Threat? De-listing? Bullshit. Use the music service someone else created for you, find another that suits you better, or create your own. That should be how things work in a free market.

I can't blame those who are actually doing the hard work for refusing to cater to the exaggerated sense of entitlement that pervades the culture of 'creatives'. For every artist that is sitting on their duff crying out about the unfairness of these services, there are probably a hundred hard working people that get up every single day to collect their tiny paycheck in order to make that service viable so the artists can reap the rich benefits they think they are due.

about 2 months ago

The Linux Foundation and edX Team Up for Intoduction to Linux Class

c0d3g33k Re:Um... (74 comments)

Indeed. You could probably find plenty of volunteers right on this site. In fact, I'll go first and point out that Linus never uses ALL CAPS to repeatedly berate someone. He wields his derision as a surgeon wields a scalpel, using proper english and punctuation and rarely if ever repeats himself.

Stupid git. :-)

about 2 months ago

Declining LG's New Ad-friendly Privacy Policy Removes Features From Smart TVs

c0d3g33k Re:Send it back.... (221 comments)

More importantly, does the fact that you declined the privacy policy mean that the services function without gathering your personal information or is it gathered regardless of your preference? In a way, the behavior of LG is more honest, since they have to spend money and resources to make the 'smart' services work. If you're not paying a subscription, you're paying with your valuable private information. I suspect that information is too valuable for other vendors like Samsung to ignore despite the pesky fact that you declined to accept the privacy policy. That's a revenue stream they just can't ignore, since there seems to be little consequence if they do, unless some government or lawyer decides to make something of it.

about 2 months ago



Glitch 2-D MMO released completely into the public domain

c0d3g33k c0d3g33k writes  |  about 8 months ago

c0d3g33k (102699) writes "Glitch, a collaborative, web-based, massively multiplayer game developed by Tiny Speck, Inc. ( has been released under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal License. I'm not at all familiar with this game, but it is rare that both source code *and* all game assets are released into the public domain, which makes this announcement noteworthy.

An excerpt from the announcement:

"The entire library of art assets from the game, has been made freely available, dedicated to the public domain. Code from the game client is included to help developers work with the assets. All of it can be downloaded and used by anyone, for any purpose. (But: use it for good.)""

Link to Original Source

Steve "CyanogenMod" Kondik contemplates "The Death of Root" on Android

c0d3g33k c0d3g33k writes  |  1 year,3 days

c0d3g33k (102699) writes "Prompted by the addition of new security features in Android 4.3 that limit the effectiveness of elevated privileges, Kondik wonders which uses really require full root. Most common activities that prompt owners to root their devices (backup/restore tools, firewall/DNS resolver management, kernel tuning), could be accomplished without exposing root, argues Kondik, by providing additional APIs and extensions to the user. This would improve security by limiting the exposure of the system to exploits.
Reasonable enough, on the face of it. The title of the post, however, suggests that Kondik believes that eventually all useful activities can be designed into the system so the "dangerous and insecure" abilities provided by root/administrator privileges aren't needed. This kind of top-down thinking seems a bit troubling because it leads to greater control of the system by the developer at the expense of the owner of the device. It's been said that the best tools are those that lend themselves to uses not anticipated by the creator. Reducing or eliminating the ability of the owner to use a device in ways that are unanticipated ultimately reduces its potential power and usefulness. Perhaps that's what is wanted to prevent an owner from using the device in ways that are inconvenient or contrary to an established business model."

Google Code deprecates Download Service for Project Hosting

c0d3g33k c0d3g33k writes  |  about a year ago

c0d3g33k (102699) writes "Google Project Hosting announced changes to the Download service on Wednesday, offering only "increasing misuse of the service and a desire to keep our community safe and secure" by way of explanation. Effective immediately, existing projects that offer no downloads and all new projects will no longer be able to create downloads. Existing projects which currently have downloads will lose the ability to create new downloads by January 2014, though existing downloads will remain available "for the foreseeable future". Google Drive is recommended as an alternative, but this will likely have to be done manually by project maintainers since the ability to create and manage downloads won't be part of the Project Hosting tools. This is a rather baffling move, since distributing project files via download is integral to FOSS culture."
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