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Science Magazine "Sting Operation" Catches Predatory Journals In the Act

drDugan several valid pushbacks from this article (194 comments)

This article is being widely panned as lacking controls, published without any critical review, and driven by self-interest from a traditional publisher with the most to lose from Open Access taking off (as it is). Some have gone so far to assert it's an over-reach for how badly it was done, and will make Science as a journal look partisan.

For example, quick scan brought up these three scathing responses:

Mike Eisen (HHMI Berkeley Professor)

Peter Suber (Author of the book "Open Access", Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center)

Mike Taylor (programmer with Index Data and a research associate at the department of earth sciences, University of Bristol)

I'm sure this will heat up some much needed debate about poor quality journals and the failings of peer review, but with the lack of any controls at all, it says basically nothing about open access as a model for publishing.

about a year ago

US Army Unveils 'Revolutionary' $35,000 Rifle

drDugan *sigh* (782 comments)

I know it's trite, but violence really isn't the answer. It has dramatic effects, and short terms it gets one ahead, but more often then not it causes more violence and hate back on the initiator.

While in a dangerous world, with dangerous people all around, having a military is essential, we also need to be spending much more on making the world a safer place with diplomacy and solutions, not with better and bigger weapons and endless wars.

more than 4 years ago

Witcher 2 Torrents Could Net You a Fine

drDugan that's not how copyright law works (724 comments)

as much as people would like to believe they are entitled to a given business, they are not. making a business work and making money are hard.

breaking the law is a crime, and if one proves that another has broken the law, there are extremely stiff penalties, especially for breaking the laws around copyright.

the law does not entitle the owners of copyright to a fine. that's just threats, and threatening your customers and the consumers of your product is bad business.

more than 4 years ago

Europe Simulates Total Cyber War

drDugan Re:cyber - nonsense (80 comments)

touche (well, or *not* in the cyber version)

more than 4 years ago

Europe Simulates Total Cyber War

drDugan cyber - nonsense (80 comments)

the whole cyber- prefix is getting old and useless.

cyber-crime (it's crime)
cyber-war (it's war)
cyber-stalking (it's stalking)
cyber-bullying (it's bullying)

you get the picture.

more than 4 years ago

G2 Detects When Rooted and Reinstalls Stock OS

drDugan Re:It's not open source (406 comments)

I am in exactly this situation, and I'm NOT happy. I bought the G2 and the lockdowns are multiple and very annoying. I cannot delete any pre-loaded apps, including Amazon MP3, FaceBook, web2GO, and like 20 other branded apps, all sitting on there with the "uninstall" button grayed out. WTF? I was told point blank at time of sale: "This is stock Android 2.2". Totally not true.

I went back to the TMO store today to return it, only to find one rep at the store tell me flat out: just wait, and root it. This person said, "I can't wait until I can root mine. What we did is so annoying. They will figure it out, and it will be rooted." If not, I was told I have 30 days to send it back without penalty. If I can't control a computer I bought for $500, I most certainly will return it with a little fuck you to TMO going to everyone I know telling them of my experience. I got her card, and I'll be back in there on day 25 talking about rooting options or returns.

I hope TMO execs read this. I've been a loyal customer for 8 years.

more than 4 years ago

Internal Costs Per Gigabyte — What Do You Pay?

drDugan our service (420 comments)

shameless self promotion::: (you asked)

ClearBits offers unlimited bandwidth / distribution of up to 10GB for $45/year, $0.98/GB/month additional, and less for higher usage.


more than 4 years ago

2 In 3 Misunderstand Gas Mileage; Here's Why

drDugan Breaking! mlpm (1042 comments)

Breaking: In an astounding fit of partial international cooperation and scientific rationality, the US adopts a mostly metric measure of resource use: the milliliter per mile, or the mlpm

For example:
10MPG = 378 mlpm
20MPG = 189 mlpm
33MPG = 115 mlpm
50MPG = 76 mlpm
90MPG = 42 mlpm

The unit is linear, easy to understand, with numbers everyone can grasp (40-400 ish), and most important, it slowly creeps the US mind toward the metric system, one small step at a time! What a breakthrough! When the cars fly, we can try for using km, not miles.

Also, mlpm helps put the idea that gasoline is a great resource, to be used sparingly, by the milliliter, as opposed to "by the gallon" like 7eleven slurpies.

Sadly, in all seriousness, from TFA "Consumption instead of mileage? Nah. Dumb idea. Never work. [sigh]" Probably have to agree with this. Not because it's a dumb idea, but because Americans with the social and business systems in place have shown repeatedly that they will hold onto current ideas so strongly even in the face of overwhelming and obvious evidence showing them to be wrong. Only the real American idol will effect real change in the US system, the dollar.

more than 4 years ago

Botnets Using Ubiquity For Security

drDugan ISP accountability (95 comments)

It seems to me there is an accountability gap for ISPs. Those providing network connections are not held accountable for machines on their network. Yet another example of prices and business practices not matching the real costs of activities.

To me, I would think the real solution, long term, to fixing botnets is creating a tight loop with internal scanning, reporting, warnings, verification, and then turning off Internet connection to machines that are infected. ISPs will need to be "motivated" to take responsibility for actions taken on their network, and they will have to have fully automated systems that take infected machines offline.

It doesn't seem like this is a priority for ISPs yet. Its easier and cheaper to simply ignore the problem.

more than 4 years ago

10-Year Cell Phone / Cancer Study Is Inconclusive

drDugan what? (248 comments)

Science isn't inconclusive. There is statistically significant, or not. In this case, not.

Test another hypothesis or test again if data looks fishy.

more than 4 years ago

Judge Orders Gizmodo Search Warrant Unsealed

drDugan wow (526 comments)

After reading over the pdf, "Witness Katerine Martinson" seems like a complete and total douchbag / asshole.

Repeatedly calling police to tattle on her roommate, actively trying to "catch them" in the act of "removing evidence" (which wasn't evidence at the time)... taking pictures and sending them to the police! - all total BS behavior. Then letting police officers into their home to search their place, again trying actively to fuck over her roommate. Then providing license and vehicle information to the police about the roommates, so the police can hunt them down. With enemies like that living with you, you're totally screwed.

Then HIS OWN FATHER let the police into his home. Are these people totally and completely insane? Stupid? Brainwashed? I can't understand it.

Immediately after all that, the police office starts seizing his property.


more than 4 years ago

Position-Based Quantum Cryptography Proved Secure

drDugan nonlocal results and human weak links (45 comments)

The position based exchange, of individual qubits, as describing in TFA is for key exchange, leading to a one-time pad . The interesting thing is that once the one time pad is securely created and delivered, the locality is then longer restricted, the " can then be used to send a perfectly secure message" from TFA can then be anywhere.

But from a security point of view, this is nice, but a major part of security holes don't come from technology, they come from personnel and the ability to trick people. Unless you completely restrict the physical location of the people, information encrypted this "perfect" technology still falls prey to human foibles. As stated in TFA " theoretical security is not the same as practical security"

more than 4 years ago

FBI To Prosecute "Money Mules"

drDugan financial fraud? (215 comments)

So let's make sure we're all clear: The FBI, the federal US law enforcement, is cracking down on financial fraud. Great.

They are going after dumb people who set up a bank account to launder a couple thousand dollars?

But they're not going after institutional traders who now offer co-location services with enhanced market data feeds, fueling high frequency trading? They are not going after the banking cartels who manipulate the whole economy? They are not going after Paypal for (among numerous things) blatantly lying about international exchange rates? or on and on and on from examples of large, institutionalized financial fraud?

more than 4 years ago

Possible Breakthrough In Hydrogen Energy

drDugan which is better (326 comments)

Would it be better to find new and amazing ways to create energy from resources now, or would it be better for humanity to first learn to live within our means as oil runs out?

Humans have shown over and over that in large groups we use all the resources available, don't slow or restrain ourselves in time to save ourselves, and unless there are consistent, strict rules and provisioning in place, we exhaust available resources.

I think it would be better for the long term survival of the species if we ran out of cheap, easy energy sources for several generations, and we designed new culture based on long term sustainability instead of constant growth. If discover or invent an even cheaper, easier way to get energy out of water now, we'll have another "industrial revolution" type of growth, and come to an even worse dead-end when that runs out too.

more than 4 years ago

Mpeg 7 To Include Per-Frame Content Identification

drDugan modest proposal (273 comments)

I think we should mandate legislatively that all video created should use this technology from now on. TV shows, documentaries, big hit movies, home movies, birthday parties, independent films, security cameras, everything. This way, we can clearly establish ownership of video content in all cases. Anyone who has digital video not maked per frame with ownership should be prosecuted immediately.

Furthermore, we should mandate that all hardware created in the future, including TVs and cable boxes, computers and everything capable of reading video - all of it should only be able to play video with the new "who owns this frame" technology - otherwise, people might play video that doesn't belong to them.

And we should include vetting of licensing terms into the hardware system; so that only with the correct license can the hardware play back the video in question.

And we should impose fully automated reporting systems in hardware that detects and reports tampering to the local authorities. Open up that computer case and put in a non-approved, black market video driver: the machine sends and email to law enforcement. Connect a pirate cable box to your TV, and then your TV immediately stops working, and broadcasts a wireless signal that only law enforcement can detect.

I think this technology for copyright enforcement should be placed into prosthetics that sits inside the eyeballs of everyone who wants permission to view video. These prosthetic devices could similarly verify the authenticity of videos frame by frame, check for an approved license, and send out signals to law enforcement if pirated video is detected. Approved prosthetics should be compulsory to obtaining permission to view all videos.

Finally, we should up the penalties for copyright infringement, to instant death - basically we should have our eyeball prosthetics simply explode when unverified video is detected. /s

more than 4 years ago

RFID Checks Student Attendance in Arizona

drDugan closed mentality (554 comments)

This comes from a scarcity, closed-system mentality: log and track access. Mostly people who still think this way have not been shown better ways.

They could have done it open: used the resources to video record the classes, and broadcast them on campus (They did this at Stanford when I was there). Students, if they find value in being in the classroom would go, otherwise they could watch the recorded version. Benefits for the students are time shifting, taking breaks as needed, and 1.5x speed playback are obvious examples. For the university, recordings create tools for distance learning, and open education initiatives. For everyone, building a more open approach builds goodwill, and can be used for dramatic marketing and PR advantage.

The whole essence of education works better when the student originates the driving motivation to learn. Putting in place systems that force learning on someone (for example, tracking attendance) while may seem to improve results short term, actually reduce success long term for the person.

more than 4 years ago

US Says 4.3 Billion People Live With Bad IP Laws

drDugan Where is the evidence? (229 comments)

I have yet to see anyone present objective evidence that the existence of copyright, either in its current term/form the US/WIPO/ACTA is pushing, (or at all) helps the economy in the countries in question compared to other systems or models.

Obviously there are significant businesses that thrive now and could only exist with strong copyright protections. Entertainment, media creation, information aggregators and sellers - all require strong copyright to exist. Without these protections they would be hurt, somewhat, and some would go away.

There is incredible interest and energy in people to consume, remix, and to create, even with the existing, extremely long copyright term, and the vast majority of media under strict copyright protections. Would we see dramatic new businesses and opportunities arise if copyright were less stringent or not? Would these new markets and activities be better for economies than the loss of existing industries or not?

What evidence supports the belief that having these companies and these particular industries are what is best for a countries' economy, and for the people whose lives and livelihoods these laws effect? If copyright protections were opt-in for example, but the default were similar to a CC/BY for created content, what new industries would rise up and create value? Would they create more value than would be lost? I don't know of any evidence that can address that question. What if copyright protections were 14 years again, with the ability for owners to pay or re-apply for extensions? That would clear create value in new areas, but would it be better than the current system?

If anyone has pointers to evidence either way, I'd love to see it.

more than 3 years ago

Anyone Can Play Big Brother With BitTorrent

drDugan fear-mongerish (436 comments)

Saying you "can spy on what everyone is downloading on BitTorrent" and TFA stating "major privacy threat" are over-the-top and fear-mongering exaggerations.

A more accurate way to state this is: Using BitTorrent will make our IP address public regarding what content is downloaded and shared online from that IP address. When someone monitors the same content, then they can log your IP address. This is obvious from how the protocol works to anyone who looks into privacy questions seriously. Yes, there is less privacy with what you download with BitTorrent compared to a direct download, as other people also sharing the same content can see your IP address.

But remember, with every download method online someone else knows you have downloaded it, with direct downloads and with all the different peer-to-peer distribution options. If you go to Adobe and download the latest Photoshop demo, they know, they log your IP, and usually even ask for even more information about you.

The only a real privacy problem (a "major threat") is for people using BitTorrent for illegal redistribution of content; it is not a major problem for distribution of open licensed or public domain content, businesses or organizations using BitTorrent for distribution to lower costs, or to distribute free content for viral or marketing purposes.

(Disclaimer: our company, ClearBits, does exactly this, offers distribution as a service to others, and we use BitTorrent extensively)

more than 4 years ago

Twitter Grows Up, Adds "Promoted Tweets"

drDugan freemium (149 comments)

I would much rather see twitter remain ad free, and charge a fair monthly fee based on number of followers and following; they could charge dynamically: more for companies than individuals, and reduce fees if your tweets are retweeted beyond your local follower network.

Using a revenue model like this would allow Twitter to tweak user behaviors and increase the value of the discussion. It would reduce spam, encouraging insightful and fast information, and remove the incentive for zombie robot following collectives.

more than 4 years ago



BitTorrent and Khan Academy to distribute eduction

drDugan drDugan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

drDugan (219551) writes "BitTorrent, Inc. announced this morning they launched a partnership with Khan Academy to distribute open education videos.

They launched with more than 2,000 videos, covering high school and college level curriculum, across science, math, history, finance and test prep. All the videos are free to download and open licensed with Creative Commons."

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TSA, Airlines launch pre-travel permission system

drDugan drDugan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

drDugan (219551) writes "ABC news is reporting that the US Transportation Security Administration is rolling out new security guidelines called the 'Secure Flight Program'. When buying a ticket, travelers provide the full name, gender, and date of birth that matches the government-issued photo ID used at the time of travel. The collected data will be used to screen against state-run watch lists before travel begins, effectively creating a permission based system for US flights. The TSA press release asserts, "Secure Flight will make travel safer and easier for passengers." The goal is for the government agency to pre-approve travel for 100% of all domestic and international flights by the end of next year. EPIC also has details."
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LegalTorrents launches copyright compliant tracker

drDugan drDugan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

drDugan (219551) writes "Many legitimate media providers are using Bittorrent to distribute content, but the recent Pirate Bay legal verdict and closures left many content downloads unavailable. Along with the ongoing legal issues at Mininova and other sites, options have been scarce for legitimate Bittorrent tracking service. Once a torrent is created with a tracker URL, that tracker has to stay running for normal distribution to continue. LegalTorrents.com has quietly launched a solution with three open Bittorent trackers for its members, including a fully automated, community-based flagging system to blacklist and immediately remove copyright-infringing content. Users submit SHA1 hash values for content with infringing materials. Site members can include and track their own published materials regardless of flagging."
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95th percentile consumer billing

drDugan drDugan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

drDugan writes "Consumer broadband services are facing trouble, mostly because the business model of over selling capacity won't work with high-traffic streaming and sharing services going mainstream. Consumer broadband service has typically been a fixed price agreement for unmetered service, while some providers are now (controversially) moving to metered service with transfer limits. However, business bandwidth and co-location facilities typically use 95th percentile billing. It seems like an obvious step that consumer services, once effective metering is in place, could start offering burstable billing to consumers as well. This has the benefit of consumers paying fairly for the actual bandwidth load they use, in the same way the ISP companies pay to their upstream providers. Are there any consumer broadband services offering 95% billing? Unix/Linux and MacOSX systems offer a wide array of networking tools to throttle bandwidth, including the user-space trickle and system-wide traffic shaping with iptables; Windows has tools like Netlimiter. For the slashdot community, especially those of us who use a lot of bandwidth, would you prefer 95th percentile billing to bandwidth caps? Do you think trading off speed for costs would be too complicated for consumers to understand?"

Feds say fires downed WTC Building 7

drDugan drDugan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

drDugan writes "The AP is reporting that after a 3-year investigation, the World Trade Center Building 7 collapse was 'the first known instance of fire causing the total failure of a skyscraper', falling about seven hours after the twin towers fell. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a report, identifying why the building collapsed and recommending how to improve similar buildings. The full report is available here."
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Cool new projects: July 2008

drDugan drDugan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

drDugan (219551) writes "What is the coolest project that you are working on or that you have seen in the last few months? So much of what drives good design is knowing what is available. People creating on the edge — making new things don't want to know what someone has paid to market to them — we want to know what is being built at the leaves, in the 3-5 person teams with no marketing budget and working in their spare time building tools, software, hardware, new technologies, whatever. This is not for ideas, or for brainstorming, or finding people to help with your project — rather, what have you built? Here is the place to shill and self promote, to step up on that soapbox and post it here. [Please make this a monthly event on Slashdot]"

3 AM Gril Now Supporting Obama

drDugan drDugan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

drDugan writes "The Tacoma News Tribune and This is True are reporting that the slumbering girl in Clinton's "Who do you want answering the phone at 3 a.m.?" campaign ad is 17 now, plans to vote after she turns 18 (before the 2008 election), and lives in Washington State. Turns out that the girl, Casey Knowles, was filmed for stock footage 8 years ago, is a devoted Obama supporter and was a Democratic precinct captain at the Feb. 9 caucus. She said on CNN, "I think it would be wonderful if Barack Obama and I could get together and do a counter-ad"."
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drDugan drDugan writes  |  about 8 years ago

drDugan writes "I'd like to know how many people download copyrighted material, with the same criteria described in a recent phone survey and reported here. Have you "illegally downloaded a full-length movie at some point in the past"? Please respond non-AC with a simple Yes or No. Comments and justifications would also be helpful to bring more light to the current copyright discussion."

drDugan drDugan writes  |  about 8 years ago

drDugan (219551) writes "Peter Gutmann from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Auckland, (New Zealand) has written a scathing review of the costs incurred by users and the PC industry because of the Windows Vista Content Protection Specification. The piece focuses on disabled functionality, reduced playback quality, elimination of open source hardware support, and overall effects on reliability, cost, and resource consumption."


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