Beta

Slashdot: News for Nerds

×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

currently_awake Re:what the hell are you doing on your cellphone (217 comments)

5000 HD video channels, with a footprint of 1/3 the planet converted to a data channel (downlink only) works out to about 5,000 x 6 MB / 500,000,000 = 60 bytes per second. And that's why satellite internet sucks. With cell towers your individual bandwidth is a function of how many people are using that tower. If you aren't getting enough you add towers, simple as that. It just costs money and the cell companies find it's more profitable to throttle than upgrade their network. Throttling your internet/cellphone is free, so long as everyone does it to prevent competition.

13 hours ago
top

Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

currently_awake Re:Not in my back yard (217 comments)

The smaller the tower, the easier it is to hide it. The regulatory hurdles you must clear are proportional to the output power of the cell tower. So making them smaller and lower power means it's easier to install.

yesterday
top

Australian Government Moving Forward With Anti-Piracy Mandate For ISPs

currently_awake Re:VPN (116 comments)

The NSA spends a lot of time and money "Defending America" by spying on everyone. But if the Copyright cartels drive everyone to use VPN's and crypto it will directly undermine all that hard work and money spent. As a matter of national security, the government of the USA needs to block the copyright enforcers from this path.

yesterday
top

Australian Government Moving Forward With Anti-Piracy Mandate For ISPs

currently_awake Re:Australia Deserves it. (116 comments)

The second amendment is already gone. All they have to do is make a secret law banning guns, then they convict every gun owner of that, then take away your guns because you're all convicted criminals. The second doesn't apply to anyone convicted of crime, and the government can ban anything it likes.

yesterday
top

Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy

currently_awake Re:Soooo .. (95 comments)

For the people this is targeted at 100,000 dollars is a very large amount of money. Imagine the hacker computer rig you could build with that! And imagine the street cred in finding holes in TOR (and patching them).

2 days ago
top

Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy

currently_awake Re:Transparency FTW! (95 comments)

Given the pathetically low level of security at the NSA (Snowden was just a sub-contractor!) it's likely that everything they get is forwarded to the Russians, and given what we know of the NSA it's likely they have compromised TOR. So this probably is misdirection to fool the dissidents.

2 days ago
top

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

currently_awake Re: McCarthyism v2.0 (240 comments)

One of the problems with computer games is people camping the spawn sites. Or knowing that the body armour is in the watch tower over the east gate. Once you know the rules of the system you can "Game" the system to give yourself an unfair advantage. The same tactic works with computer based intelligence analysis. You can "game the system" to get any arbitrary result you want.

3 days ago
top

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

currently_awake Re:McCarthyism v2.0 (240 comments)

The USA is spending more time/effort/money to collect all that data, but doing a worse job. It's the American way.

3 days ago
top

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

currently_awake Re:McCarthyism v2.0 (240 comments)

Computers are terrific for gathering data, but very poor at analyzing it for useful intelligence. If you want your intelligence service to be effective you need: Filtering to sort out the useless from the "of interest", manpower to go through all that filtered data to analyze it and figure out what it means, and someone at the top of the chain to make the politicians listen to reason.

3 days ago
top

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

currently_awake Re:Death bell tolling for thee.... (321 comments)

Microsoft built their empire on using what they have to leverage into the next market. They can't do that if nobody wants what they are selling now, so they must have a working tablet/phone interface that people want. They tried Windows RT and it flopped because it couldn't leverage anything since it's not "Windows". Attempt 2 is making windows a tablet OS then all the desktop users will start to buy tablets with it. If Microsoft was smart they would make their own version of Android with a full Windows emulator under the hood (proprietary code, MS-Android only!). That would allow them to run all the legacy code, and all the Android code, and still be locked to Microsoft.

3 days ago
top

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

currently_awake Re:Best Wishes ! (321 comments)

A single underlying OS, a UI that adapts to the hardware, and proper sandboxing so a single mistake by the user won't turn their box into a zombie.

3 days ago
top

Activist Group Sues US Border Agency Over New, Vast Intelligence System

currently_awake Re:No Decent Solution (82 comments)

So long as there are ungoverned places in this world we will need borders to keep the lawless bad men from such places out. So long as governments need taxes to exist we will need borders to keep the money inside their reach. You don't believe in borders? Then you won't mind if I build a house in your front yard, since property borders are just holding humanity back. A national border is the limit of a government's power. The only way to eliminate borders is to eliminate government. And we can't eliminate government because most people don't want to deal with all those pesky details outside of their own lives, so they let others handle the details for them.

5 days ago
top

No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

currently_awake Re:laying off...but needs more H-1B's (277 comments)

If the Company isn't acting in the Nations best interest then the Nation has no need of the Company.

about a week ago
top

Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

currently_awake Re:lol (667 comments)

The Rebels meet the legal definition of soldiers. And many of them are ex Russian army so they likely had people with the training to use the anti-aircraft launcher without needing training from Russia. It's also possible that supporters in Russia (family and friends) could have sent the tanks and APC's, but not without the Russian government knowing about it. In political circles allowing others to move heavy weapons through your country to a war zone counts as military support.

about a week ago
top

Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

currently_awake Re:Propaganda (667 comments)

Russians clearly "like" the separatists in Ukraine, and there are clearly Russians with military training/experience pouring into the region to help with the fight- but if the Russian military was directly involved the war would have ended by now instead of Ukraine pushing them back.

about a week ago
top

Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

currently_awake Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

They have a defined country, wear military uniforms, and have a chain of command. That makes them soldiers just as clearly as Union soldiers in the American civil war were soldiers.

about a week ago
top

Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

currently_awake Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

There have been Ukrainian military aircraft overflying the Russian separatists. Even if all those flights are for is mapping rebel positions for attack, those aircraft are still a valid military target. I doubt the rebels have IFF systems (means to avoid shooting at civilian aircraft) and they probably expected civilian aircraft to avoid their airspace (a reasonable airliner would have avoided overflying them) so their accidental shooting down of a civilian airliner is perfectly reasonable. The Russians and the Ukrainians taking turns slandering each other on Wikipedia is just damage control, and expected.

about a week ago
top

Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

currently_awake Re:It's not about "the law" or enforcement. (229 comments)

Traffic cameras should only be used in high accident intersections, assuming your goal is safety.

about two weeks ago
top

Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

currently_awake Re:Violation Video? (229 comments)

There is no (proven) scientific correlation between speeding and accidents. There is a correlation between reckless driving and accidents. There are numerous peer reviewed scientific studies that prove raising speed limits (selectively) would reduce accidents.

about two weeks ago
top

Canadian ISP On Disclosing Subscriber Info: Come Back With a Warrant

currently_awake Re:Good for them (55 comments)

If the company publicly states that the data is private and only disclosed via warrant then that court ruling applies. If the ISP declares the data accessible to the police at will, then the client loses their expectation of privacy and the court ruling doesn't apply.

about two weeks ago

Submissions

currently_awake hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

currently_awake has no journal entries.

Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...