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Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

cbiltcliffe Re:Looks ok to me (229 comments)

The order of society is far more important than a single insignificant persons life.

Without all those insignificant lives, society is nothing.

4 days ago
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Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

cbiltcliffe Re:Open sores software? No thanks! (132 comments)

Nope, we don't use unmaintained, unaudited, open sores garbage.

So I guess that means you use unauditable, backdoored, closed source garbage then, huh?

4 days ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

cbiltcliffe Re: it is the wrong way... (291 comments)

If CO2 isn't pollution, I challenge you to breathe a bag of it.

So, let's see what else is classified as "pollution" by this idiotic definition:

- 100% pure water? Check.
- 100% pure nitrogen? Check.
- Grandma's homemade apple pie? Check.
- the natural marble countertops in my kitchen? Check.

Wow. I guess just about every piece of matter in the entire universe is pollution, huh?

5 days ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

cbiltcliffe Re:it is the wrong way... (291 comments)

How do you recommend governments act to reduce carbon emissions?

Of the 186 billion or so tons of carbon that are dumped into the atmosphere on an annual basis from various sources, human activity - ALL human activity - is responsible for less than 10 billion of those.
Historically, we're at the tail end of an interglacial period, which happens every 100,000 years (and have for millions of years), give or take, and last between 15,000 and 20,000 years, on average. When this interglacial period ends, we're going to be dumped back into an ice age, just as has happened every single time the earth has had an interglacial period in the past. Reducing carbon emissions will do nothing to encourage or prevent this, as warming and cooling cycles have happened consistently for millions of years, despite CO2 ppm ranges from the current 380 or so, up to over 7000 in the Cambrian period. Late in the Ordovician Period was actually an ice age, even though atmospheric CO2 was over 4000 ppm. Anti-carbon global warming proponents typically state that 450-500 ppm is a "tipping point" after which there will be no way to stop a runaway greenhouse effect. If this was true, we wouldn't be here, and the earth would already be a second, uninhabitable Venus.
Right now, we're roughly 18,000 years into an interglacial that, historically, should last between 15,000 and 20,000 years. When the current trend of global warming started, 18,000 years ago, it was (obviously) well before industrial pollution, smokestacks, automotive exhaust, etc. Despite this, the average earth temperature climbed by approximately 9 degrees Celsius, and sea levels rose by 300 feet. The 1 or 2 degrees for the last century or so that we're panicking over right now isn't even close to the limit of natural temperature changes due to these cycles, so it's absolutely impossible to state that human activity is causing any temperature changes at all. The last 120 years of temperature changes aren't even statistical noise in the history of the earth. Incidentally, right now is not even the warmest global average temperature in recent history. During a period extending roughly from AD 1000 to 1300, there was a period called the "Medieval Warm Period" which was slightly warmer than it currently is today. This was followed by a "mini ice age" for about 650-700 years, which we are currently emerging from. The currently slight warming trend is almost guaranteed to be due to this, rather than atmospheric CO2. This Medieval Warm Period isn't the warmest recent period that we know of, though. From approximately 7500 years ago to 4000 years ago was a period known as the Holocene Maximum, which is the hottest period in human history.

Now, when the current interglacial ends - and it will - we'll be dumped into another ice age, as I've already stated. During the last ice age, the entire land mass of what is now Canada was completely covered in glaciers. These extended to large parts of the northern US. Similarly, large swathes of Russia and China were buried under ice, as well as England, Scandinavia, etc.
The amount of water tied up in glaciers during this period made the rest of the warmer part of the earth very dry and barren compared to today. Forested areas were very limited, and what wasn't forested was pretty much inhospitable. Today, thanks to natural global warming, the earth is a relative paradise, with plant and animal life in huge areas that were nothing but ice 20,000 years ago.
This is what we're headed back towards, within, at absolute most, 2000 years. With the severe reductions in arable farmland, there is absolutely no way that an ice age earth could support the 7 billion people currently living on this rock. We're concerned about a few thousand deaths and a fair amount of economic damage if sea levels rise a few feet, but completely ignoring the billions of starvation and disease deaths that will happen when the earth enters its next ice age. If it's true that increases in atmospheric CO2 will cause significant global warming (despite all the geological evidence to the contrary), then it might be the only thing that could prevent the next ice age. We should be dumping as much CO2 into the atmosphere as we can, to try to stave off this eventuality.

So, to answer your question of what governments should do to limit CO2 emissions:
Absolutely nothing.

about a week ago
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Android Leaks Location Data Via Wi-Fi

cbiltcliffe Re: Probe requests should be manual (112 comments)

GPS is completely passive (unless you use AGPS, but even then it doesn't leak a lot of information).

I know that.

You can use GPS without any network connection, and nobody will know.

This thread/discussion is about using GPS to figure out which network connection(s) to look for and connect to, so this statement, while true, is not even remotely applicable to the topic.

If you record and leak location information, that is not particular to GPS and can only be avoided by not using any location service at all.

Also true. However, most people have apps installed on their Android phone. Too many Android apps request fine location permission for no legitimate reason. I assume a lot of the free ones that display ads want location so they only display ads for brick and mortar businesses that are geographically relevant. Even for this, though, the coarse, network-based location service would be much more accurate than necessary.

See my response to your sibling post, as well.

about two weeks ago
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Android Leaks Location Data Via Wi-Fi

cbiltcliffe Re: Probe requests should be manual (112 comments)

The article is about eavesdropping on probe requests that a device sends. In my proposal, a device would first listen for signals from GPS satellites to narrow the list of hidden SSIDs before determining which probe requests to send. Could you explain how using a GPS receiver to narrow down these probe requests would be "potentially even more intrusive"?

Because way too many programs on Android request fine location permission. Yes, this is a problem with the programs themselves, but that's why I said "potentially." However, every time your phone turned on the GPS momentarily to determine location and therefore which probes to send, any or all of these programs, if installed, would be able to snag your exact location, and send it off to the developer on the next network connection.

about two weeks ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

cbiltcliffe Re:Cisco is an accomplice? (255 comments)

Does this make every link, switch, and router on the route an accomplice? Why not?

No. The vast majority of data that flows through a switch is not involved in a crime. Tor is explicitly designed to hide user's identity. It is widely understood to be the tool of choice for trafficking in illegal goods. Most people who are not committing crimes do not use it.

If Cisco started building switches with special features designed to evade the law, they would be an accomplice to crimes that used those features. They don't, and Tor does.

How does "hide the user's identity" == "evading the law"?

about three weeks ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

cbiltcliffe Re:Damn (255 comments)

Aussies..

Guten Tag, mate.

about three weeks ago
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Encryption Keys For Kim Dotcom's Data Can't Be Given To FBI, Court Rules

cbiltcliffe Re:What a crazy situation (149 comments)

Considering that #1 non-disease loss of life is due to car crashes (maybe it is guns in the US, but US is special in that regard) and significant portion of these involve speeding, they are not investing enough in speed traps. I would definitely welcome more speed traps. Speed kills, and clearly people cannot understand that basic fact.

So your solution to traffic accident deaths is to reduce the speed at which the accident occurs, thereby improving the chances of the people involved of surviving?
Wouldn't a better solution be to prevent the accident altogether? Since death can occur at speeds as low as 7-8 mph (a friend of mine was a cop, and saw it happen more than once - broken neck.), that means at best, reducing speeds will prevent some deaths, but not all. Not to mention the damage to vehicles that must be repaired, damage to the environment from leaking automotive fluids, etc.etc.

How about this: Get the complete morons who shouldn't be put behind the wheel of a golf cart off the road, and we'll have far fewer accidents, regardless of what the speed limit is.
I know, I know....study after study shows that accident rates increase when speed limits increase. Well, there's a very subtle, but massive selection bias in every single one of those studies. They only select people who've been in accidents. What they actually prove is that people who are likely to get into an accident are more likely to get into one at a higher speed. They don't include the guy who's been driving at 35 over the limit for a 40 mile trip to work and back for 40 years, and never been in an accident.

Have you seen those "<Country>'s Worst Driver" shows? Have you ever stopped to think that every incompetent, useless driver on every one of those shows has passed a driver's test? What is wrong with this picture? The problem isn't speed limits. It starts WAAAAY before we ever get there. The problem is, practically worldwide, we're letting complete incompetents behind the wheel of a car.

Here's another thing: Have an at fault accident in most jurisdictions, and you'll get fined. Have an accident that kills someone, and you'll probably still just get fined. Have another one 6 months later, and you'll get fined again. Barring your being drunk at the time, though, the chances of you losing your licence are slim to none.
However, if you fail to pay a $35 parking ticket, when you try to renew your licence, you won't be able to.
Road safety isn't important to the powers that be. They just want to make sure they get their money from you, that's all. Which is exactly the same thing as the GP claims, with law enforcement using speed traps as revenue generators.

about three weeks ago
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Android Leaks Location Data Via Wi-Fi

cbiltcliffe Re: Probe requests should be manual (112 comments)

So, your solution to leaking location data by WiFi is to automatically turn on the potentially even more intrusive GPS locator?

about three weeks ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

cbiltcliffe Re:The NSA also considers Slashdot (361 comments)

The NSA also considers Slashdot to be a terrorist organization.

You mean just beta? Or /. in general?

about three weeks ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

cbiltcliffe Re:Enjoy (361 comments)

The feds have been tagging talk radio listeners, gun enthusiasts and others as "extremists" in training material and other non-public documents for years now.

How's it feel?

The precedent is long set, but you didn't care when it started because you agreed with it at the time; "teabaggers herp derp."

Too late now, fuckers. Keep your head down.

I've never agreed with it. A gun enthusiast is no different from a racing enthusiast. A talk radio listener is no different from a /. visitor. An 'other' is no different from you or I. For the government to tag any of these as "extremists" or "needs closer monitoring" or anything else, is just wrong.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

cbiltcliffe Re:To a coward... (361 comments)

They say to a hammer, everything looks like a nail. To a frightened small-minded cop, everyone looks like a crook. To an agency charged with protecting a nation against people who keep secrets, everyone looks shifty, and like he has something to hide.

To the hanging judge, every man looks guilty, and to a coward, every man is a terrorist.

Their attitude reflects their mindset: they're a bunch of frightened, small-minded cowards

And this kind of insightful eloquence (from an AC, no less) is the reason I still come to /., despite Dice's best efforts at killing it.

about three weeks ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

cbiltcliffe Re:Why do they not exempt 5 eyes countries? (361 comments)

Also, most people would not be speeding anyway, because hey, would be rational creatures

This, of course, assumes that speed limits in North America are rational. There are some pretty strong arguments against this.....

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

cbiltcliffe Re:Sue them for all they're worth (495 comments)

Uh, no. Because Microsoft's security team didn't put the ex-parte petition together. Microsoft's legal team did. And Microsoft's legal team most definitely gives a big, massive shit about copyright infringement.

MS Legal may have used a lot of information from the security team for their reasoning, but to say it's got nothing to do with copyright infringement because the security team doesn't care about it is incredibly naive.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

cbiltcliffe Re:WTF? (495 comments)

MS should be glad CISPA hasn't been passed and come into effect. They are definitely, no question, making information "less available" with this action, which means Microsoft, and possibly even the court, would be classed as cyber threats.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

cbiltcliffe Re:Sue them for all they're worth (495 comments)

And:

No-IP domains are used 93 percent of the time for Bladabindi-Jenxcus infections, which are the most prevalent among the 245 different types of malware currently exploiting No-IP domains.

[Emphasis Mine]

So, Microsoft is alleging that No-IP is assisting (presumably knowingly) in the distribution of malware and that 93% of No-IP's domains are vehicles for malware distribution. Is this true?

I'm guessing that MS intentionally used vague wording for this, with the intent of misleading the judge, but without definitely being at fault for doing it. "No-IP domains are used 93 percent of the time" could mean either "93 percent of all No-IP domains are used for these infections," or it could mean "Out of all the domains used for these infections, 93% of them are No-IP domains." I'm willing to bet that the second is true, but the first is what MS wanted the judge to read into it, and of course, the 93% of malware No-IP domains could be only 0.01% of total No-IP domains.

I'm also willing to bet that MS wanted to do this because of the fact that various Windows KMS servers are set up on No-IP.com hosts, allowing unofficial activation of volume licenced versions of Windows without paying MS a cent.

If I'm right, I really hope the truth comes out in court, and Microsoft gets slapped, HARD, fined by the court, is required to issue a very loud public apology to No-IP, and give them a bundle of cash for damaging their business.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

cbiltcliffe Re:Sue them for all they're worth (495 comments)

I bet it's nothing to do with malware.
It's because there are instructions like this on Facebook, as well as other places.....

**Activate Windows 8 without using crack or patch***
1) Open your command prompt as administrator
2) Type exactly what you see below (Press enter after each line)
slmgr /upk
slmgr /ipk XXXXX-11111-XXXXX-11111-XXXXX
slmgr /skms lunar21.no-ip.org:80
slmgr.vbs -ato
3) Restart your system and enjoy your activated windows 8.
Note: This trick was tested on Windows 8 Professional Retail. Enjoy!!!

Once again, content providers and piracy take precedence over all other interests, business or otherwise.

about a month ago
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

cbiltcliffe Re:Weather is NOT climate (567 comments)

GP stated figures for the last 60 million years. Your graph covers less than 2.5% of that range, so it doesn't have anywhere near enough data to refute the GP's claim.

However, if you look at the graph of the last 65 million years, you'll see that we are, quite literally, the coldest we've been during that entire period.

about a month ago
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Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

cbiltcliffe Re: The cloud (387 comments)

See, the lions are generally not considered to be moral actors. Humans usually are.

You must know a different bunch of humans than I do.......

about a month ago

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Video games affect behaviour positively.

cbiltcliffe cbiltcliffe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cbiltcliffe (186293) writes "A study done at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah has determined that playing video games with a parent positively affects behaviour in girls age 11-16.

Boys apparently don't get the same effect, but girls "were less likely to suffer from depression/anxiety or aggressive behavior."

Even the authors of the study, however, couldn't help but taking one jab at games, stating that "co-playing (at least with girls) may be one way to stay involved with adolescent activities and to negate at least some of the negative effects of playing video games.""

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Hollywood movie studio MGM files for bankruptcy.

cbiltcliffe cbiltcliffe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cbiltcliffe (186293) writes "MGM Movie studios (distributor of the James Bond movies) filed for bankruptcy in Manhattan after rejecting a takeover bid.
According to the article, the pre-packaged bankruptcy plan will eliminate about $4 billion in MGM debt, and replace managers with those from Spyglass Entertainment....
MGM said it has enough cash on hand to fund “normal business operations” throughout its bankruptcy,..

My question is, will this be used by the MPAA to lobby for harsher copyright sentences, due to the "obvious connection between piracy and this bankruptcy", or will they admit that, as the article states, "the company was hobbled with debt" after a 2005 buyout?"
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Microsoft Plubin puts Firefox users at risk.

cbiltcliffe cbiltcliffe writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cbiltcliffe (186293) writes "The 'Windows Presentation Foundation' plugin that the .NET framework installs in Firefox is vulnerable to the same "browse-and-get-owned" situation that Internet Explorer is.

From the article:

"While the vulnerability is in an IE component, there is an attack vector for Firefox users as well," admitted Microsoft engineers in a post to the company's Security Research & Defense blog on Tuesday. "The reason is that .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installs a 'Windows Presentation Foundation' plug-in in Firefox."
According to annoyances.org: "This update adds to Firefox one of the most dangerous vulnerabilities present in all versions of Internet Explorer: the ability for Web sites to easily and quietly install software on your PC," said the hints and tips site. "Since this design flaw is one of the reasons [why] you may have originally chosen to abandon IE in favor of a safer browser like Firefox, you may wish to remove this extension with all due haste."

Although Microsoft states that the MS09-054 update also patches this vulnerable component, so be sure to apply it to any machine(s) you maintain."

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DMCA enforcement bots.

cbiltcliffe cbiltcliffe writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Somebody a few days back posted a comment about creating a program that plugged up the bots copyright holders are using to check filenames available on the internet. I took a small amount of time to write one, that's at least somewhat automatically extensible.

The program itself is mirrored on Yahoo Geocities, and the homepage is at http://cbservices.dyndns.org/Anti-DMCA/anti-dmca.html

As the homepage server in question is only on a home DSL connection, I've limited the number of connections possible at a time to 30 in my server config. I'll see how the /. effect takes hold, and bump this up a little if the server seems to be handling it ok...If you get a server busy error, try a little later, or just get it from Yahoo, and try the homepage after you've installed the program. Untar the archive from within your apache root directory, and everything will end up in the right spot. Read the readme file, install, and enjoy.

If somebody who gets there first wants to mirror the file and post another link to a fast server in the first message or two, that would be appreciated.

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