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Larry Page: Healthcare Data Mining Could Save 100,000 Lives a Year

doas777 Not lives, insurance company profits (186 comments)

In the end, this data will only be used to restrict care by algorithm, saving insurance company profits, at the expense of those lives which were statistically 'inconvenient'. Only with a single payer system could this achieve the ends Mr Page cites. My guess is far more than 100K lives will be lost in persuit of this new profit.

about 5 months ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

doas777 Re:This is NOT a net neutrality issue (337 comments)

Thats not really true. one of the principal of NN is protocol neutrality, and QOS based on assumptions about protocol usage is one of the major items a neutral network cannot allow.

For instance, Comcast and several other ISPs got warnings and fines from the FCC over bittorrent management policies that were downright discriminatory.

If we can't choose our own protocols, or develop new ones without buyin from the ISPs, then their management practices can have a chilling affect on consumer choice, protocol development, and will raise the barrier for entry to new services that implement their own protocols as they see fit.

about 6 months ago
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Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

doas777 WRONG (188 comments)

If this hadn't been publicly disclosed, it would have just gone into the 0-day libraries which Intelligence agencies around the globe have been amassing. We'd never learn we were vulnerable, and their ability to impersonate and eavsdrop would have increased beyond any reasonably-articulatable expectation.

Responsible disclosure to sufficient parties to address the issue would also expose it to potential attackers, and there will always be players with need-to-know who won't be identified for notification.

about 7 months ago
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Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

doas777 good. always hated it being default (161 comments)

It always just seemed like the first step toward them becoming a really crappy apple store.

Now if they just ditch unity and mir and their advertising in the dash, I can go back to using ubuntu.

about 8 months ago
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DVRs Used To Attack Synology Disk Stations and Mine Bitcoin

doas777 Synology vulnerability? (75 comments)

TFA has very little info on the supposed Synology management interface vulnerability.

I believe this article covers some some of the general info on the vulnerabilities: http://www.symantec.com/connec...

about 8 months ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

doas777 Re:actors across series (276 comments)

The farscape/SG crossovers always had the feel of "throwing a dog a bone" after the dog's show was canceled/completed, and I blame that entirely on SyFy. They were unashamedly trying to use the stars existing clout to gain mind-share.

One example I can think of in B5 is Bestor (Walter Koenig aka Chekov), but he stands on his own, as did McGuyver in SG1. Chriton and Erin did not hold up nearly so well in alternate roles. I'm primarily thinking of people who played small, one-time parts (so perhaps Katsulas was not so great an example). Patricia Tallman for instance played many background roles in Startrek, but either did not speak, or was an alien.

about 8 months ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

doas777 Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (276 comments)

True. I'm more concerned about the content dying forever as the formats change. All the VCRs I had stockpiled are long dead, and even the DVDs are starting to thin out. As far as I'm concerned, its worth preserving.

about 8 months ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

doas777 Re:Who? (276 comments)

watch or read some of his stuff. the stories are told quite compellingly.

about 8 months ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

doas777 actors across series (276 comments)

I've often noticed that if an actor played a speaking character in one scifi series, while looking mostly humanish, any other series they are in they have a pretty concealing costume. For Instance Mr Katsulas played a rather humanish Tomalok on Startrek, whereas his G'Kar had a pretty intense costume.

Is this done intentionally, or just coincidence?

about 8 months ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

doas777 Pleeeeeeeease? (276 comments)

Can we PLEEEEEASE have HD Bab5? if you crowd-fund it, we will pay.

about 8 months ago
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Scientists Demonstrate Virus That Spreads Across Wi-Fi Access Points

doas777 Re:Keyword; simulated (68 comments)

Good distinctions, but a point of clarification. Worms are self contained and target Systems (OSs, embedded devices of particular make, etc). They contain all the code necessary to spread from system to system using whatever media they are designed for. Viruses target applications with communciations capabilities. A spam virus for instance generally targets an email client for instance. the virus requires the vulnerable application to transmit itself from vulnerable system to vulnerable system however; that code is not contained in the virus. Viruses do not require human interaction as a rule (some do, some don't). Automatic application updates and hardened code on the few types of applications capable of supporting a virus, have largely made them extinct. Trojans DO require human intervention, but are the most flexible. Worms and Viruses are peer-to-peer only, whereas Trojans are client-server. For instance Drive By Download attacks from malicious web sites are now the infection-vector of choice these days, because it requires as little human interaction as possible. The malware described here, would be a worm, because it is spreading of its own accord, and does not target a specific communications application.

about 9 months ago
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PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History

doas777 resume 2005 levels (564 comments)

in 2004, most people didn't need a PC, and one unit would service 5 or more people. then there came facebook and services like it, and with it, PC sales soared. people only used them to consume content however, so for the most part, a general purpose PC was more machine than they needed.

Now that we have Smartphones, and tablets, and internet connected TVs, and all manner of other cheap devices for consumption, only the content creators need full PCs.

The desktop isn't going away, but the inflated market must shrink back to its previous levels before the sales numbers will stop falling.

about a year ago
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Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

doas777 PATRIOT/FISA Amendments acts moot "consent" (599 comments)

So how exactly is the customers consent/approval meaningful, if the data is collected anyway, and any yahoo at NSA/DHS can demand it on a massive scale without any warrent whatsoever?

about a year ago
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NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata

doas777 Re:How about warrants with probable cause? (509 comments)

Simple as pie, you wait for a crime to occure. No Law enforcement action, including the gathering of evidence can ever be allowed to occure before the crime.

about a year ago
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NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata

doas777 Re:How about warrants with probable cause? (509 comments)

No, they are claiming that they use statistical methods to attempt to exclude american citizens, but expect to collect their data anyway. additionally they implement policies that make american citizens fair game if there is any associational link to a foreign national with less than 3 degrees of seperation. this standard includes the vast majority of the american people. Programs XKeyScore and Nebulus (the program that notices when you say 'bomb' on the phone) can't establish the nationality of the parties even if they wanted to.

the biggest issue however, is that NSA analysts have been giving the data to domestic law enforcement agencies with no warrent, and that data is being introduced in non-terror prosecutions of american citizens, per the last batch of data that DNI released (declassified FISC findings).

When a power is used for specific elevated conditions for a period of time, law enforcement and the judicary become comfortable with it, and over time, the bar to use those elevated powers lowers. For instance, in London, after installing hundreds of CCTV cameras, which had no impact on serious crime, local town councils started using these terror-justified feeds to start prosecuting locals for not picking up after their dogs.

Allowing this program to continue, gaurentees that the liberties I knew as a child will be gone forever.

about a year ago
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NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata

doas777 Re:How about warrants with probable cause? (509 comments)

so you are saying that having a competitive advantage over other nations espionage programs is paramount to having your government acknowledge and protect your liberties?

about a year ago
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NSA Head Asks How To Spy Without Collecting Metadata

doas777 Freedom isn't free (509 comments)

The cost of freedom is that you must acknowledge that you must remain vulnerable to attack. Otherwise you destroy the freedom you are supposedly trying to protect.

In this case, that the job exists at all is the problem. That makes the solution simple and elegant. The only remaining issue, is accepting that everytime somthing bad happens, we are necessarilly limited in our ability prevent it.

The government cannot ever make me safe. all they can do is protect my liberties, and over the last 12 years they have been doing a piss-poor job of it.

about a year ago
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Internet Archive's San Francisco Home Badly Damaged By Fire

doas777 MPAA probably did it (104 comments)

they were likely worried that the archive had scraped ISOHunt the way ArchiveTeam did.

1 year,20 days
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More Evidence That Piracy Can Increase Sales

doas777 Re:Quality vs quantity (196 comments)

Quite true. additionally our economy can only support so many super-profitable acts. There could only be one Elvis, and at the time there were only a handful of popular/profitable musical groups. Now they try to manufacture a thousand Elvis's, but don't want to subdivide the pie. You can have one king, or you can have dozens of dukes, but you can't have both, and you certainly can't have thousands of different acts and still expect any of them to make decent money.

about a year ago

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