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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

dav1dc Absolutely Not. (382 comments)

Paying for Troll-free websites would only encourage the growth of underground bot-based black trolling markets to "encourage" people to pay for a more troll-free experience...

about a month ago

What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux?

dav1dc On the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) (322 comments)

I would happen to be waiting for the Subway one day when I noticed that the platform level information display was stuck in an infinite reboot loop (looked like a hardware failure)...

But I was pleased to see the DEBIAN splash screen on the display!! ^_^

about 7 months ago

Senator Bernie Sanders Asks NSA If Agency Is Spying On Congress

dav1dc Of course YES! (363 comments)

Based on what I've been reading, the dragnet collection system collects as much as it can - and then sorts it out later.

So I would argue that some Congressional conversations have been swept into the Big Brother, weather intentional or not.

about 9 months ago

LinkedIn's New Mobile App Called 'a Dream For Attackers'

dav1dc Re:Who cares. (122 comments)

You're right - they have "commodified" the reference, turning it into a "like" and a "+1" with seriously debased value.

Too bad the emphasis in social networks has been placed on creating quantity of content, and not content with quality and substance...

about a year ago

Apple Now the World's Most Valuable Brand, Knocks Off Coca-Cola

dav1dc Who wants to sell sugar water now?! (208 comments)

Or does that joke make more sense with s/Coca-Cola/Pepsi/g ?? ^_^

about a year ago

The Internet Society is Unhappy with U.S. Govt's Internet Spying Tactics

dav1dc Agreed, but the damage has already been done (107 comments)

I agree 100%: the greatest harm that could have possibly come about from this mess is not the truth that we have no privacy left, but the mistrust this generates in the spirit of keeping the Internet "Free" and "Open" as a world wide network of computers that enable the free exchange of information and ideas.

Things like the "The Great Firewall of China" will become more and more common - because this event completely validates the fears that these firewalls and countermeasures were designed to address.

Pretty soon getting your data in or out of a country is going to be even more encumbered that trying to clear airport security to get in and out of that country as a human being! :S

Unfortunately human nature & greed drive the need to control - I fear that all we can do now is prevent matters from getting any worse, but the damage has already been done IMHO...

about a year ago

Apple Launches iPhone Trade-In Program

dav1dc Re:What will they do with the ones they take in? (116 comments)

Don't you ever wonder where the replacement devices come from when you head into the store for AppleCare and they hand you a new [to you] device??


1 year,21 days
top's Slave and Helicopter-Powered Internet

dav1dc Re:Is this really helping people in 2nd or 3rd wor (64 comments)

I accept your rebuttal - but I'm still waiting for a citation that maps what you are describing to what is actually happen in the article.

1 year,26 days
top's Slave and Helicopter-Powered Internet

dav1dc Re:Is this really helping people in 2nd or 3rd wor (64 comments)

And all of your suggestions are great - but none of them actually appear in's manifesto.

Unless plans to send computers pre-configured for text-2-voice to third world countries - those illiterate children would once again be faced with the burden of reading instructions to figure out how to set that up. It's a simple chicken & egg problem.

To quote an Episode of Archer regarding philanthropies:

“Nourish A Child, Shoe A Child, Bespectacled a Child, One Laptop Per Child Soldierwhich unfortunately became one thousand laptops per warlord.”

1 year,29 days
top's Slave and Helicopter-Powered Internet

dav1dc Re:Is this really helping people in 2nd or 3rd wor (64 comments)

These people we're talking about might be 150 miles from the nearest library with a full set of encyclopedias; for that matter, they might not even know how to read.

So they can't read books at a library, but they can read printed text on the Internet - THAT REALLY IS AN AMAZING BENEFIT AFTER ALL!! ^_^

1 year,29 days
top's Slave and Helicopter-Powered Internet

dav1dc Is this really helping people in 2nd or 3rd worlds (64 comments)

The idea sounds noble, but I have to wonder if free internet access is really the "greatest good" that we could be doing for these people in 2nd or 3rd worlds??

Shore, the North Americas are tapped out in terms of new social media growth - we accept that fact.
So let's tap into a previously un-tapped world of extremely poor people in under privileged parts of the world - Genius!

But when these people likely don't have basics like clean drinking water and food - is a crippling social media addiction really going to benefit them so the FB stock price can rise a few cents??

1 year,30 days

Introducing the NSA-Proof Crypto-Font

dav1dc Why Not use this instead?? (259 comments)

Support your local open source project:

from their website:

"FuckTheNSA is a binary-to-text encoding and decoding tool. The encoded data is an ASCII-string, 8 times bigger than the source data, and consists purely of anti-NSA profanity. It encodes any 8-bit byte sequences."

Sooooo much funnier too.

about a year ago

Want to Keep Messages From the Feds? Use iMessage

dav1dc Reading the entire article helps (153 comments)

'Not designed to be government-proof'

Apple has disclosed little about how iMessage works, but a partial analysis sheds some light on the protocol. Matthew Green, a cryptographer and research professor at Johns Hopkins University, wrote last summer that because iMessage has "lots of moving parts," there are plenty of places where things could go wrong. Green said that Apple "may be able to substantially undercut the security of the protocol" -- by, perhaps, taking advantage of its position during the creation of the secure channel to copy a duplicate set of messages for law enforcement.

about a year and a half ago

Want to Keep Messages From the Feds? Use iMessage

dav1dc Re:Hmm... (153 comments)

I guess we'll just have to read the message over their shoulder while they're typing it on the public subway - HA, encryption deciphered! #OldSkewlSocialHack ^_^

about a year and a half ago

Samsung Also Making a Smartwatch

dav1dc Queue up the next round of pointless IP lawsuits! (196 comments)

If you thought the last round of pointless patent lawsuits was fun to watch... just wait, the best has yet to come surrounding the definition of a "time keeping device that is fastened to the wearer's wrist". ^_^

about a year and a half ago

Texas Declares War On Robots

dav1dc Slight edit required methinks (387 comments)

I suspect that "A person commits an offense..." would read better as "'A person or government commits an offense..."


about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Features Belong In a 'Smartwatch'?

dav1dc How about a SPY WATCH? (322 comments)

How about some James Bond-esc features, like a: laser cutter, knife, garrote wire, etc. ??


about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Is It So Hard To Make An Accurate Progress Bar?

dav1dc If I only had a crystal ball... (736 comments)

Unfortunately, one does not know the exact running time "a priori" - it varies widely with different hardware configurations, network congestion, hard drive speeds and is therefore often easier to measure than to predict.

The progress bar has always been a "best effort" guess as to the amount of time remaining, I think they have gotten a lot more accurate over the years - but perfection is a long way off I suspect.

about a year and a half ago

How To Sneak Into the Super Bowl With Social Engineering

dav1dc Re:hmmmm (164 comments)

Not necessarily. Sometimes social engineering takes advantage of people's assumptions. If you wear a printer servicing uniform and people assume that you're there to fix a printer, are you lying or deceiving them? I'd posit that their assumptions are incorrect and you're not deceiving them unless you're challenged and you start lying.

Bullshit, of course you're deceiving them. You cannot expect normal human beings to question all their assumptions 24/7. Every time you blinked you'd have to prove to yourself that the whole universe hadn't just been switched off and then instantaneously recreated itself.

True story, I once walked into an Apple store wearing a blue shirt.
As luck would have it - it looked pretty damn close to the blue shirts that all the "Geniuses" were wearing that day.
Once inside the store, I was bombarded by a constant stream of people asking me technical questions - which it just so happens that I'm good at answering! ^_^

I didn't deliberately choose to wear a blue shirt that day - it was just the luck of the draw.
Did I deceive anyone in this case??

Social engineering can take on many forms.

about a year and a half ago


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