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Exxon Charged With Illegally Dumping Waste In Pennsylvania

eksith Re:Yes, it happens (246 comments)

Then it's time to ruin the lives of those idiot managers. Say to the tune of 5-10 years of wearing an orange jumpsuit in lieu of an Armani jacket?

about 7 months ago
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Exxon Charged With Illegally Dumping Waste In Pennsylvania

eksith Can we have someone go to jail now, please? (246 comments)

I'm getting sick of these companies getting away with fines or other slaps on the wrist. I want to see at least some of these thugs in the upper tiers behind bars!

about 7 months ago
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Dolphin Memories Span At Least 20 Years

eksith If they had thumbs... (110 comments)

...we'd be in so much trouble. It seems like there's a never ending list of surprises from these creatures.

about 8 months ago
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13 Years After DeCSS Case, Congressional IT Endorses VLC

eksith Re:Fuck bluray (106 comments)

Agreed. And the sad thing is that the vast majority of videos coming out on Blu-ray are (in my view anyway) utter crap. Stunning explosions with no plot.

The future is download only anyway. Files with nefarious instructions can be removed with relative ease unlike hacking proprietary hardware.

about 9 months ago
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13 Years After DeCSS Case, Congressional IT Endorses VLC

eksith They ran out of chewing gum to plug the dam (106 comments)

Either that or there are now aware enough and truly computer literate people are emplyed in the IT department (at least in regard to media tech)

about 9 months ago
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Kenyans Will Soon Be Able To Send Bitcoin By Phone

eksith Nigeria won't be far behind (83 comments)

Cue the Bit419 emails.

But seriously, this is a step in the right direction. The allure of Bitcoin to me isn't even the privacy (which is debatable) it's that, by not having "central" anything, it truly democratizes access to currency. Forget the hoarders, the conversions and the "banks"; this is a means to transfer money that everyone should have access to.

about 9 months ago
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How Copyright Makes Books and Music Disappear

eksith Re:Infringer? (128 comments)

Those are not nearly as interactive, explorative or in any way as expansive as word of mouth + "screensaver". The advantage sites like YouTube have above all else is that it's content is by and large geared toward driving traffic to artists that they deem worthy. It's not an organic search when you see "you may also like" or something similar, whereas on YouTube, I'm sure, there are clicks taken into account as well as the keywords. Plus user feedback (although the majority of YT comments are seizure, tumor or other form of brain damage inducing) can take you places you wouldn't otherwise consider. It's a combination of word of mouth as well as organic search.

It's not as random as you think.

about 9 months ago
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How Copyright Makes Books and Music Disappear

eksith Re:Infringer? (128 comments)

My mistake

about 9 months ago
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How Copyright Makes Books and Music Disappear

eksith Re:Infringer? (128 comments)

But that's exactly how I've discovered so many artists (many of whom have been playing for years) that I enjoy to this day. Yes, it's just a stupid screensaver, for all intents and purposes, but it exposed me to something I can enjoy. I went out and searched for it. Bought the thing. Play it at home and at work. All thanks to a screensaver.

This really boils down to what exactly "holding" means in the digital age of intangible property. Music (and text, by and large) is as intangible as the emotions they illicit. So what does "holding" mean? And how does this death-grip affect future triggers of emotion?

about 9 months ago
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Happy 20th Birthday, FreeBSD

eksith Re:It just works (220 comments)

This is exactly the reason I was using it for such a long time. I've used it along with Linux and OpenBSD, while these days, I use the latter for my home server. FreeBSD was my first honest attempt at building a home server.

about 10 months ago
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Death of Trees Correlated With Human Cardiovascular & Respiratory Disease

eksith Well, what do you know (152 comments)

M. Knight Shyamalan was on to something.

But seriously, it's no wonder places like The Stanley Hotel are still popular. After Stanley went to the area to recover from TB (with all that repertory jazz) it turned out to be such a good spot, he opened a hotel. It couldn't have been just the crisp air. Maybe we should have neighborhood tree planting campaigns alongside the neighborhood watch.

about 10 months ago
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Disposable VPN: Tor Gateways With EC2 Free Tiers

eksith Re:Wouldn't it be more "accessible" (78 comments)

Ah, for anyone thinking I've lost my marbles talking about Jordan: Well, I briefly did, but found them again! I'm thinking more in the lines of this story, which is still applicable. I guess my brain decided to merge the two.

about a year ago
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Disposable VPN: Tor Gateways With EC2 Free Tiers

eksith Wouldn't it be more "accessible" (78 comments)

If there was more of ad-hoc mesh of peers connecting Jordan to neighbors? The "Internet" may be blocked, but that's still within. An "extranet" may be harder to block/filter etc... This still has to go through Jordan's tubes, which they, or any other country really, can cut at any point as well.

about a year ago
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BT Begins Customer Tests of Carrier Grade NAT

eksith Killing IPv4 (338 comments)

Is the only solution. This is a stopgap measure like carpooling and congestion charges that don't actually fix the original problem of a diminishing resource.

about a year ago
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LivingSocial Hacked: 50 Million Users Exposed

eksith Re:How do admins keep salts secure? (80 comments)

The salt is usually stored side by side with the salt + password hash. The salt is just a random bunch of data (of reasonable length; you can usually get away with 16 bits, but I've seen 48+ around) generated each time the user creates/changes the password. It need not be unique in the whole database, but the longer it is, the more computationally difficult it is to crack (also using an expensive hash scheme like bcrypt). I usually also encrypt the salt as well using an application specific password (this usually doesn't change between installations) and the username combined to create a "salt password" (this too is a hash). The important thing is that the password is never stored anywhere as-is.

about a year ago
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LivingSocial Hacked: 50 Million Users Exposed

eksith I wish more people plan for "when" instead of "if" (80 comments)

Sure, you can throw whatever current best practices are toward keeping your data secure, but let's at least have a plan B for when things really do go horribly wrong. Because if it can, it eventually will.

I don't like sticking to just one method for passwords because malicious hackers usually try the methods that are easiest to implement (whether one type of algorithm or a set number of iterations etc...) the difficulty in cracking is usually second and, let's be honest, changes day by day as GPUs, FPGAs and so on get faster and faster and can run in parallel. This is why you should try some combination of HMAC, bcrypt etc... (nothing too "new", too fast or DIY please)

The emails are unfortunate, since now these people are prime targets for phishing (unless they've seen this report, but even then, they might think "Oh, I should change my password! Let me click on this link that totally looks like it's from Living Social). Also of note, they should have done more to protect the birthdays most of all. That's what some people use for passwords still and I've seen it being thrown around in those "password reminder" questions. Some financial institutions even accept those in lieu of the mother's maiden name.

about a year ago
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Disney Announces "One Star Wars Movie Per Year" Plan

eksith Re:Maybe they shoot together and then split it up (342 comments)

I have a feeling the studio had more to do with this than Jackson though. Granted he had a lot of creative control, but I'm sure there's a lot to the movie making process we're not privy to. Plus the thing has to make money and that means cutting and slicing until Joe popcorn-vacuum is willing to sit down for more when each movie was already pretty long. It's also a very expensive production.

I think Tolkien's family wasn't too happy with the end result either. The complaints were along the same lines and I can't say I would have disagreed.

about a year ago
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Cause of LED Efficiency Droop Finally Revealed

eksith Looking forward to replacing a bulb... never (308 comments)

Well, at least after I replace them the first time.

Brain wandering time: If these are the kinds of lights we'll be putting in long duration spacecraft, it would make sense that they last at least a few decades, since it's cost prohibitive to bring supplies and, if we're talking about Mars, that's potentially a permanent installation (precluding "lunar module" style landers meant to take off later).

about a year ago
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Disney Announces "One Star Wars Movie Per Year" Plan

eksith Maybe they shoot together and then split it up (342 comments)

A bit like the LOTR series, maybe they're actually planning to continuously shoot one movie that then gets sliced to comfortable (relatively speaking) run times.

about a year ago

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Aaron's Army

eksith eksith writes  |  about a year ago

eksith writes "What reads like a war cry for the disenfranchised the following are a few excerpts of "Aaron's Army" by Carl Malamud

Do not think for a moment that Aaron's work on JSTOR was the random act of a lone hacker, some kind of crazy, spur-of-the-moment bulk download....

He was part of an army of citizens that rejects kings and generals and believes in rough consensus and running code...

We looked at and poked at the U.S. Copyright database for a long time, a system so old it was still running WAIS. The government had—believe it or not—asserted copyright on the copyright database. How you copyright a database that is specifically called out in the U.S. Constitution is beyond me, but we knew we were playing with fire by violating their terms of use, so we were careful.

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