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Netflix Denies There Was a Policy Change With VPNs

cloud.pt Re:Nothing about proxy though (67 comments)

This is exactly what I meant. They are allowing a fastlane with VPN's (which are usually paid), much like they don't want ISP's to force them to pay. But they will block proxies which are, unlike Guspaz said, usually free, and will only route part of the traffic. I think they are saving face with these comments: VPN's are usually associated with freedom rights and private internet usage in problematic countries, say China, while proxies are most commonly knwon for basic circumvention of commercial region locks, like most audio/video/digitally purchased content.

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

cloud.pt Re:Makes sense. (629 comments)

Despite being generic with "approximately zero", it's not exactly like that. There are some devices still in the making specifically targeting older builds of Android due to stability and their own lack of necessity for 4.3+ features. Sony's new walkman comes to mind

about two weeks ago
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Netflix Denies There Was a Policy Change With VPNs

cloud.pt Nothing about proxy though (67 comments)

Note that they didn't deny proxy blocking also reported in the ./ article. As it stands now, per their own exclusion, Netflix allows PAID fastlanes such as VPNs for users who already have to pay subscription AND Internet service, but they will not allow the much more convenient and free neutrality circumvention that proxies allow. This reeks of hipocrisy and/or a media stunt to shunt their own mistakes, and of a very nice deal to cash in with popular VPN services. Or at the very least not to fall on their worst grace.

about three weeks ago
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Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

cloud.pt The IT HR tabu... (552 comments)

"there is a huge variation in ability between competent programmers and exceptional ones, and while you can train people to be competent, you can't train them to be exceptional"

This two sentences are the most blunt truths an IT professional has to cope with. 10x programmers just render us regular 1x programmers pretty much useless. If I lived in the US, and I had been raised as right-winged patriot, I would trust the local 10x are enough and some local 1x deserve to occupy 10x positions and salary slots.

But even if that's not the US picture, you don't want companies full of 10x's - it's proven to be hard to manage and to hinder company growth in the long run. Many will be headhunted, and many will leave.

If a company needs to be constantly looking for 10x programmers, it should be big enough to look for them locally. Unless it doesn't want to be paying the salary they deserve. This way you can fool a "foreign 10x" with the "El Silliconado" promise. Add some free housing, fast lane green card and a not-so-above-average salary, topped with the "I work for (e.g.) Google" factor. And that's how you're set for some long-term consequences when they to go back and fund their own 1B companies in Mumbai/Warsaw/Moscow/Beijing/Seoul, and start siphoning the local 10x and the local industry profits.

about a month ago
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GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

cloud.pt Re:Good. Now spend unused resources on prevention (229 comments)

Oh and don't forget to thank GCHQ. Now that they disclosed they have reduced tapping into communications, they pretty much gave carte blanche to criminals. Just imagine: if they had disclosed illegal tapping before, they would have actually prevented a lot more crime than they actually detected with it secretively. Then again, they might be bluffing this time. In any case good job GCHQ...

about a month ago
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GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

cloud.pt Good. Now spend unused resources on prevention (229 comments)

So, (potentially) a quarter more class A narcotics entered the country due to (potentially) a quarter of the communications intercepted no longer being so. For one, I highly doubt those numbers translate to effective raise in class A narc. consumption or even availability. Let's not forget Snowden's actions also alerted the criminals, so they are EFFECTIVELY more aware, and thus LESS active since.

In any case, the number of drug addicts does not always increase with availability. Some studies actually indicate consumption is most influenced by other factors such as popularity/public opinion, novelty or ease of access (it's still socially difficult to contact dealers, thankfully). Some pioneer regions are proof availability is a deterrent for substance abuse, or induce more responsible use (Netherlands anyone?).

But even if I'm totally wrong, I'm personally happy with the trade off. I'll give in a few communications between criminals going undetected, for the assurance of private, universal communications any day.

Just spend the extra money on proven deterrents of narcotic use. Like prevention

about a month ago
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

cloud.pt The chicken or the egg (391 comments)

This is probably based on statistical models, based on our own civilization, that predict genuine AI will be achieved way before we can either communicate with extraterrestrial life, or travel to such life.

So, you see, this is just the same paradox again: however we came to be whatever we are now (usually called the homo sapiens), we have evolved in a synthetic way by itself, and our DNA is the catalyst that promoted our evolution. So, to believe the evolution of animal life, and the appearance of rationality in homo sapiens is but randomness, is the only way to admit we are not synthetic - highly improbable occurrence, unless we happen to be the very first sentient beings in the universe (a very egocentric thought to say the least, except if you take religion as proof). It is much more probable that we have been synthesized ourselves by an entity that hasn't presented itself to us (and is God in one way or another, but that's a philosophical matter).

tl:dr - we are most likely synthetic life forms too, so whoever we find we should not be distinguishing sentience categorization with them. There will be other (more important) divergences in the event of 3rd kind close encounters

about a month ago
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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

cloud.pt Re:Between the lines (182 comments)

A joke for a joke heh ^_^. In any case, I doubt there are any black hat (open) courses anywhere across the globe, and even white-hat cyber-security courses won't teach you 1% of what you need for such an attack. They do provide guidelines though.

What you need to succeed in such attacks is: open-minded, out of the box thinking; access to computers; and some very open access to the webs deepest corners. All of this has to be set up in line with the emancipation of IT abilities, which is usually around teenage-hood to its end around 20-24, or else there's no aptitude inception for it to become any useful. All of the above boxes do NOT tick for 99.99% of the NK population (that's like everyone but the top 10 NK government executives, including KJU).

So unless NK government started breeding hackers before Y2K (which most developed countries didn't, and underdeveloped countries were still thinking plutonium enrichment back then), and SHA-2 is no slouch, so this was certainly not a solo-NK attack. This has Beijing written all over.

about a month ago
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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

cloud.pt Between the lines (182 comments)

What should be seen from these blaming statements is one of two inevitable conclusions:

  • - either US is trying to set up North Korea's public opinion in order to excuse some new (military or cyber-) incursion to them, or...
  • - they are actually making honest statements, in which case China is surely helping these cyber-attacks. It should be obvious that North Korea doesn't have the IT background necessary for such attacks... Unless Kim Jong-Un took some hardcore CS crash-course back in his Switzerland days.

In any case, Korea is deepening its role of battleground in the economical and social proxy-war between China and the US. This is nothing more than a turn of that chess game, but this time I'm pretty sure I heard "check" from the "red" side...

about a month ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

cloud.pt Re: They brought it upon themselves (191 comments)

Yeap, i thought exactly the same. AEDE is probably asking the government to pretty much make the extortion for them: " hey government, Google there can just walk away, so please do something we can't, like fining or restricting their non-news related services if they don't buy our news. Because, well the law we lobbied for you to pass for us was not enough to force Google to give us profit we didn't deserve in the first place. And that were probably not gonna get because Google is paying for those fines rather than paying us for news, but we still want them to burn for giving us traffic..."

about a month and a half ago
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"Lax" Crossdomain Policy Puts Yahoo Mail At Risk

cloud.pt Est.1998 (50 comments)

This is why my Yahoo account is my "disposable account" creation SH*TBOX . Way back since 1998

about a month and a half ago
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Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

cloud.pt The real question is... (265 comments)

...do we get to see Jennifer Lawrence's "account balance"?

about 2 months ago
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It's Official: HTML5 Is a W3C Standard

cloud.pt Re:Well, that's cool I guess (125 comments)

Your'e not giving enough credit to the organization that enabled you to write comments that look this c o o l

about 3 months ago
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Alienware's Triangular Area-51 Re-Design With Tri-SLI GeForce GTX 980, Tested

cloud.pt Re:Odd thermal dynamics (138 comments)

Oh, nevermind, it actually makes sense because the top fans are supposed to heat the fluid circuit, which renders my point of air traveling throughout the case moot.

about 3 months ago
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Alienware's Triangular Area-51 Re-Design With Tri-SLI GeForce GTX 980, Tested

cloud.pt Re:Is this a post or an ad? (138 comments)

This is Slashsdot mate, not PhD Comics. Gaming is also geeky, and if you don't know and/or crave Alienware, I have good (bad) news for you... You need to get out of the lab more often :D

about 3 months ago
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Alienware's Triangular Area-51 Re-Design With Tri-SLI GeForce GTX 980, Tested

cloud.pt Odd thermal dynamics (138 comments)

Despite the hype they make about the unencumbered airflow front and back, I seriously have my doubts on a system that has a pump-in fan so close to a pump-out fan.

I mean, look at the top triangle tip.

In their defense, there are 2 extra fans below, but some fluid dynamics graph would be nice for prooving good thermals exist there.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

cloud.pt It's a paradox (265 comments)

I personally like the idea of learning algorithms, through Mark as Spam or Add to Contacts. But as a sysop in a somewhat busy, mid-scale company MX, I find 2 big user-preference deterrents to its use:

  • 1. wide email client preference, and thus flawed learning due to inconsistent behavior of Mark as Spam and Add to Contacts
  • 2. user-specific enforcing of spam-to-inbox - older peers, usually managers, just prefer to get everything and filter manually, as they are allergic to new paradigms such as webmail (which interact well with learning algorithms, e.g. roundcube), and just panic to the possibility of getting an important mail not getting to their Outlook Inbox

My most used technique involves configuring amavis (spamassassin, amavis, etc) just like OP does, but then, and since I use ISPConfig with a plethora of configurable per-user Spam policies, I just tell everyone responsible for creating mailboxes to arbitrate between them, ad hoc. It works somewhat well: every month or so I get an unhappy camper, and I just accept the fact it happens.

about 3 months ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

cloud.pt Re:814.000 signatures... (283 comments)

I can really see some sense in your un-numbered paragraphs, because that's politics 101.

Except maybe here:

What it won't accomplish is giving you more freedom

You can use whatever rhetoric you want. You can tell me there are endless loopholes that net neutrality sponsors can abuse. But unless the dictionary has changed, neutrality still relates to the disregard for censorship. Whoever says the contrary is, indeed, applying smokescreens to the concept.

Now, about your numbered topics: you keep talking money. I don't care about money. I know this is all about money and Netflix and yada yada. I DON'T CARE. As long as I'm not using my internet for something that is morally wrong, I am using my internet like it was (or at least should) meant to.

Some Definitions:
Morally Wrong - Pirating Copyrighted material; Getting illegal content such as child pornography; Hacking secure systems for illicit reasons.
Not Morally Wrong - Paying and downloading copyrighted content; downloading 08FU5C473D content (because you can't prove what it is); Hacking secure systems for proof of concept and recreational purposes.

Some opinions:
(1) It is the ISP's responsibility to get me the throughput I pay for without discrimination. If contracts allow discrimination the ISP is taking on someone else's responsability (read 3);
(2) It is the content provider's responsibility to have content in legal form and to protect it in an acceptable fashion;
(3) It is the governing regulatory bodies responsibility to scourge the content providers for bad content (and this includes bad content distribution form, such as, say, Netflix flooding the gates of the Internet to a point they are messing with a utility).

about 4 months ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

cloud.pt 814.000 signatures... (283 comments)

Are we really supposed to believe 814.000 Americans signed a petition to prevent them from using their internet as they see fit? Never mind the fact the triplicated the single signature purpose, this is flat out unbelievable.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

cloud.pt I sense bias here... (120 comments)

it seems that the Irish government would actually get the extra money and suffer little for its part in the scheme

So, if the government was the victim because some of its members decided to abuse power in order to get personal compensation (be it money or just public opinion), why would the government itself be penalized? It's true that the government is made by elected members of the people in a democracy, but these people did NOT represent the government's best interests with the deal, as the deal did not do justice to the government by breaking its law.

It might even have benefited the country overall, with new money getting in through other revenue from Apple keeping business there, but that is just a political illusion of benefit to the government - it is more of a treat to the elected political party, who managed to gain popularity to the eyes of the community by committing public taxes for it.

Deals like this can be done, as long as they are made under the guise of a solid investment and they do not break any trade policies without lawmakers consent, which does not appear to be the case.

about 3 months ago

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Electronic Cigarette WHO and co. Position 'Alarmist', say top UK Researchers

cloud.pt cloud.pt writes  |  about 5 months ago

cloud.pt (3412475) writes "Earlier this summer, the World Health Organization was quick to dismiss nicotine dispensing replacement e-cigs (or now more commonly referred as vaporizers by its users), after stating in May that their position was in the making about the subject by its Tobacco Free Initiative. Old Media has also been swift in discrediting e-cig usage, mostly focusing on the negative aspects which are yet to be proven. Now, BBC has gathered top UK academical research about the subject, which sees the WHO statements as "alarmist" and "misleading", biased for the cons and against the pros of using vaporizers over death-stick replacements. Investigators claim the organization might even be affecting public safety with the unpondered claims. Research also points out e-cig usage is saving 6.000 lives per year in the UK alone, and could prevent premature death for 60.000 if everybody made the switch today.

Imperial College London had also released[paywalled] a 5000 people study this year which found e-cig usage was a healthier practice than smoking, and was more effective than other conventional methods to quit."
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Radionomy buys Winamp from AOL, will "offer Winamp's ... just as it is today"

cloud.pt cloud.pt writes  |  1 year,13 days

cloud.pt (3412475) writes "Winamp's demise has apparently been halted through a 'cash and share' deal between AOL and Belgic-based Radionomy, for a reported value between $5 million and $10 million, $70 million short of Nullsoft's original purchase value back in 1999. The deal will also include Winamp's radio broadcasting services, Shoutcast. Radionomy focuses on the digital audio business and will now own the rights to about half of old fashioned stations online broadcasts, thanks to the Shoutcast part of the deal. Apparently "the intention is to continue to develop both products" and distribution will continue "just as it is today", meaning both ad-supported and payed Pro options can be expected at the least."

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