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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

cbiltcliffe Re:pro/con (441 comments)

You got that *half* right...

From the freaking summary:
"A provision to extend the controversial USA Patriot Act to 2017 was also appended by the House of Representatives."

Which also didn't pass, as it was part of the same bill. Hence, why it was a "pro" that the Patriot Act didn't get extended.

Duuh.

5 days ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

cbiltcliffe Re:Beware the T E R R O R I S T S !! (441 comments)

So basically, they're saying "the land of the free and the home of the brave" should sacrifice our fundamental liberties and allow the government to ignore the constitution to keep us safe. Why don't they just move to North Korea? It has everything they want.

We're all too damned terrified to be brave, so you need to make us non-free, so we can be safe11!!1!11!111eleventy!1!!!

Oh, say can you see
by the dawn's early light.
The terrified people
the government begging.

Oh, please keep us safe
from the big bad meanies
Who you keep on saying
they all want to kill us.

And the rocket's red glare
the bombs bursting in air
We've all never seen them
but you say ISIS has them.

etc.etc.etc.

about a week ago
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Ferguson No-Fly Zone Revealed As Anti-Media Tactic

cbiltcliffe Re:News For Nerds Please (265 comments)

It's in the HTML title of the front page, moron.

Which, at least if you're logged in, very quickly gets changed by (I assume) a bit of JavaScript to display the number of new stories, rather than the NFNSTM tagline; if you don't look quickly, or actually check the source manually, you'd never know it was there.
Incidentally, there's a lot of interesting stuff in the /. html source. Take a peek sometime.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8 and 8.1 Pass 15% Market Share, Windows XP Drops Below 20% Mark

cbiltcliffe Re:Windows 8.1 is better than Windows 7 (192 comments)

Well, that's great. Kanye West might be able to run faster than Taylor Swift, too, but he's still an asshole who publicly bitches/walks out/rushes the stage and grabs the mike/ruins their moment when somebody else wins a music award.

about two weeks ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

cbiltcliffe Re:First question for manmade climate change denie (695 comments)

1) Are you a climate scientist?

If No, then, "Ding, Ding, Ding, ERROR." So sorry, but thanks for playing.

If Yes, then examine minority opinion carefully against data and wisdom of scientific crowds. Probable result will most likely resemble the "No" answer.

So, I guess the medical establishment of a few hundred years ago must have been right when they all were saying to use leeches and bloodletting. After all, they were all saying it, so it must have been right, because they were all experts! And if it was right then, it must still be right now.
Off to the swamp with you!

about two weeks ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

cbiltcliffe Re:CO2 mining (695 comments)

Forests, contrary to popular belief, aren't the huge carbon sinks that they appear to be.
The reason for this is that trees eventually die, fall down, and rot, releasing all that carbon they sequestered back into the atmosphere. New growth forests, where all the trees are young enough that there isn't an equilibrium; sure, they pull carbon out of the atmosphere. But old growth, where trees are continually dying, and being replace by new trees? More or less carbon neutral.

Therefore, chopping those trees down for wood is the best thing to do if you're interested in removing carbon from the atmosphere on a long term basis, as long as new trees are planted to replace the chopped ones. Once I cut a tree to make a dining room table and chair set, that carbon isn't going anywhere, unless my house burns down.

Having said that, I'm among the "deniers" who think the IPCC is overstating the effects of human activity by several orders of magnitude.

about two weeks ago
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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

cbiltcliffe Re:Most severs shouldn't be vulnerable (245 comments)

For one it can't be hijacked as easily as these ISPs are doing.

...which they're *not* doing. This article is a farce written by someone who can't even configure his email client to use the correct port for submission. He's trying to use port 25 which is only for MX to MX communication and not for submission, he should be using 587 and if he did there would very likely be no problems.

Bell Sympatico in Canada uses port 25 for encrypted client to server connections Port 587 times out. Completely non-standard fuckery, I realize, but it's certainly possible that this guy's ISP does something similarly stupid.

about two weeks ago
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US Postal Service Suspends Telecommuting Following Massive Breach

cbiltcliffe Re:Upgrade Time (50 comments)

Server 2K3 also uses PPTP, which is known to be broken, and no fix is planned from MS, despite the fact that 2K3 is still supported til next year sometime.

about two weeks ago
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US Postal Service Suspends Telecommuting Following Massive Breach

cbiltcliffe Re:Why do VPN users have access to this much data? (50 comments)

Before looking at the technological failure point I would like to know why that much data is exposed to a vpn connection in such a way that it can be exploited.

Because idiot IT "consultants" generally view the firewall as the only important line of defence. I can't count the number of business I've gone into to clean up a mess, and found the perimeter firewall to be....well...mediocre, and the internal security to be absolutely non-existent. Basically, the assumption is that anything that's on the network is supposed to be there, so you don't set anything up to question it.
I've seen databases set up to allow root/sa access to anything, with no password. If I question the IT genius who set it up, the response is usually something like: "Well, that way everybody who needs it has access to it, and the firewall blocks any outside access, so it's secure."

about two weeks ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

cbiltcliffe Re:Simple fix. (269 comments)

It's a 2011 Ford.

That doesn't narrow things down a lot. Is it an entry level 2011 Fiesta? Or is it a loaded 2011 Mustang GT500? (I would have used the Ford GT as the high end, but they stopped making those in 2006.)

about 2 months ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

cbiltcliffe Re:Really, a single oint of failure? (223 comments)

. It takes about six hours to drive from the Aurora center to the Farmington center near Minneapolis, and that's not counting going home and packing for an extended stay.

Drive? Why would they drive that far? It's much quicker to fly.

Well, duuh. All the planes are grounded. How are they supposed to fly? ..... ...or was that a big wooosh?

about 2 months ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

cbiltcliffe Re:Big Goverment no backup (223 comments)

Is it though feasible to set up the the system so those controllers can go home, login to a VPN and have a nation wide system that they can load their area into and continue work?

And then when some Chinese hacker breaks in and redirects every plane in the country to Newark, you'll be bitching about the stupidity of connecting the air traffic control system to the Internet.

about 2 months ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

cbiltcliffe Re:Answer me this if you will... (249 comments)

For a start, Ubuntu is a high-memory distro, because it tries to be everything to everybody, simple to install and use, and as automated as possible.
Blow it away, install Debian 7 with lxde, and you'll run the entire thing in nicely in your 512MB with room to spare.

about 2 months ago
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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

cbiltcliffe Re:... and back again. (249 comments)

99% of Windows is exactly the same to the user for Windows 8 vs Windows XP. The only difference is, if you click the start button you get a screen of icons vs. a menu of icons.

Plus, that stupid "PC Settings" screen, with a bunch of toggle switches for options, instead of a real control panel....oh, wait...it DOES have an actual control panel, but the organization of it is completely different than XP, Vista, or 7. And what settings do you find in the Control Panel, and what ones are in PC Settings?
Then there's turning it off. Where the heck is the Shut Down option? Oh...it's over here at the opposite side of the screen, completely hidden by the desktop equivalent of "mystery meat navigation."
Then there's the whole hideousness of the UI itself, and its flat, Windows-2-esque window chrome. When the graphical elements of your quarter century old OS are more appealing than your latest and greatest, you know you've screwed the pooch. Royally.

about 2 months ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

cbiltcliffe Re:How does MS get away with it in the US? (421 comments)

That is the reality of wanting an alternative operating system, and is a choice of the people. If you want simplicity as an end user, windows is currently OS of choice, as its specifically built to install itself automatically with all the necessary drivers and settings by OEM.

Errr....you've never actually installed Windows, have you?

about 2 months ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

cbiltcliffe Re:Dubious. I'm not convinced this is a good thing (421 comments)

In all your examples, the part that you're suggesting should be left out is made by the same company that makes the rest of the item.

In the Microsoft/hardware manufacturer case, they're two different companies.
In the obligatory car analogy, rather than the paint removed, it would be more like every car manufacturer (except for some niche ones like TVR, Saleen, Koenigsegg, and Caterham, none of which you can afford) sold you a car, but required you to buy a Nokia cellphone along with it. You already have a perfectly functional Samsung cellphone and plan, but you can't buy a car without this extra Nokia phone and plan being forced on you.
The thing they're removing is the Nokia, not the paint on the car.

about 2 months ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

cbiltcliffe Re:Separate hardware from software (421 comments)

A law that forbids selling hardware and software together would increase innovation. Consumers would only be able to buy hardware and software separately. That way, hardware vendors are encouraged to document the hardware and software vendors will compete on quality. Installation procedures would become very easy very quickly due to market pressure.

Normal people don't like that though. Let's say that you try and sell product A to somebody that requires product B to function. This person has neither used nor ever had interest in A or B. Most people aren't interested in one or the other. Normal people want an A+B product where somebody else has worked out all of the compatibility problems.

The thing is, in this case, product A doesn't require product B to function. It can use product B, but it can also use product C, product D, product E, or product F. It only requires one of them, but when it's sold to you, even if you want to use it with product C, D, E, or F, you are required to buy product B.

about 2 months ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

cbiltcliffe Re:Apple? (421 comments)

Apple doesn't develop their own supporting chipsets, CPU or GPU hardware, or any other such thing. At most, there may be some proprietary "System Protection Chip" that isn't needed at all for the system to work.

In fact, Apple themselves have instructions on their website for how to install Windows on Mac hardware. I guess you need to catch up to what the world has known for a while.

about 2 months 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  |  about 4 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 5 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 11 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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