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FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

eth1 Re:What are the practical results of this? (427 comments)

ISPs can no longer use false advertisement to try and trick ill-informed consumers (ie. grandma) into paying for garbage.

3Mbit up? It's still garbage. Wake me up when they make it 25Mbit up & down.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

eth1 Re:Rent seeking (570 comments)

indicating Windows would be software that users subscribe to, rather than buy outright

No thanks. Just like with Adobe CS, it looks like it's time to buy up some licenses before they disappear. I have no interest in renting my software.

Renting software, especially non-essential software, is one thing, but renting the OS, without which the system won't even function, is more akin to renting ransom-ware. (good move M$, he said sarcastically)

It doesn't really make sense for MS to use a subscription model for the OS, even from their perspective. I would actually be perfectly willing to pay $20-30/yr, but the problem is, what happens when I stop paying, or some kind of problem occurs with the system? If it totally locks you out, you'd have people lining up with pitchforks and torches. If it just stops getting updates, you have a bunch of insecure Windows boxen, that would make MS look bad. You could potentially turn it into nagware, but you'd still have people just ignore it. Same with doing nothing - people would pay for the first year, then stop. So, you charge several years' worth of "subscription" up front, and then provide updates until the EOL date.

about two weeks ago
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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

eth1 Re:Cost? (426 comments)

Tesla would seemingly need the battery cost reductions from their "GigaFactory" to get the cost of their 200-mile electric car down to $35,000, and Chevy is going to sell a 200-mile EV for $30,000 without those cost reductions?

Something's gotta give to pull that off.

Well, no one said they were planning on making a profit selling it. Could be propped up by other sales, just to push competitors out. Or maybe to game the "fleet average" fuel economy numbers.

about three weeks ago
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In Daring Plan, Tomorrow SpaceX To Land a Rocket On Floating Platform

eth1 Re:Re usability (151 comments)

I'm sure that customers with astronomically expensive or critical payloads will always have the option to specify a "new" booster if they're willing to pay more.

On the other hand, if you need to launch a constellation of 20 satellites, it might be much cheaper to budget for 22-24 cheaper "used" launches than 20 more expensive but more reliable new ones.

about a month ago
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How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again

eth1 Re:Pullin' a Gates? (449 comments)

Your Linux gaming machine shouldn't be doing more than 3/4 cores of CPU and handing the heavy grunt work off to the GPU anyway. No need for a 64 core CPU for that one.

I beg to differ. Games that are trying to run hundreds/thousands of copies of a unit AI or pathfinding (Dwarf Fortress, RTSs, etc.), or are doing tons of physics (KSP, From the Depths, etc.) are what usually end up causing slide shows for me these days, not the graphics. More cores & threads, please. (Yes, I'm aware that a lot of times this due to the games not taking advantage of existing cores)

about a month ago
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How We'll Program 1000 Cores - and Get Linus Ranting, Again

eth1 Re:Pullin' a Gates? (449 comments)

Point of Linus was, taking a 6 core CPU, and replacing 2 cores with more cache and more transistors per core should make almost anything on Desktop run faster.

The real problem is that some desktop tasks really need one thread to run as fast as possible, and others (path finding for 200 drunken Dwarf Fortress denizens, for example) would benefit from having 100 somewhat slower cores. When you buy a desktop CPU, all the cores are the same, and you end up having to compromise between number of cores, single-thread speed, heat, etc.

Maybe it's time we started designing systems with two separate chips - one dual core chip optimized for running single tasks as fast as possible, and another with 10-50 simpler cores optimized for parallel tasks. I think we're halfway there already, what with GPUs being used that way to some extent, but standardizing it would actually allow non-custom applications to make use of it.

about a month ago
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Norse Security IDs 6, Including Ex-Employee, As Sony Hack Perpetrators

eth1 Re:Oh how great is this! (158 comments)

So you might be a 'suspect'. In the real word (as opposed the paranoid crazy version here) someone would politely sit down with you and discuss a few things. Then someone else might come over and discuss some more things.

If you're a 'suspect', and they want to talk to you, then at a minimum, you're forced to pay to retain counsel (unless you're stupid, and talk to them without one). So you're screwed no matter what at that point.

about a month ago
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UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

eth1 Re:Tree of liberty (360 comments)

And from Salman Rushdie:
“Nobody has the right to not be offended. That right doesn't exist in any declaration I have ever read.

If you are offended it is your problem, and frankly lots of things offend lots of people.

My favorite way to deal with people that claim a right to not be offended is to point out that I find them taking offense at whatever stupid thing they're on about very offensive, so by their own logic, they must stop being offended because they're violating my rights. :P

about a month ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

eth1 Re:Learning through repetition (515 comments)

Best solution? Encourage everyone to record every interaction with the police. This will systematically education the police on the rights of citizens.

Just like the 2nd Amendment public carry folks with a big old riffle slung over their shoulder on the sidewalk - it educated the police & public at the same time, and nobody gets hurt. (The the latter case, jimmes get russeled by some liberals, but, meh)

What we really need is a purpose-built "CopCorder" device. Has a camera and mic that records to local storage, and streams via 3/4G to mitigate confiscation. It would have a panic button that can be configured to lock it into recording mode for a time period, until the battery dies, or it's destroyed (so it's physically impossible to comply with any order to turn it off). The storage to local media means that if THEY destroy it, they've destroyed evidence, and you probably have a recording streamed of them doing it. If they confiscate it, you continue to get the streamed recording of whatever they subsequently do/say. Bonus if it can support a hidden external bluetooth or whatever external camera or mic, so if they take it and put it in their car or something, you may still get a recording.

about a month and a half ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

eth1 Re:Quit buying games on day one (474 comments)

For that matter, quit buying them the first month or two. Let someone else debug them and when the game is worth actually playing, get it. Heck by then 1/2 the time the game has dropped in price 10-25% anyway.

I have given up on buying games before the first major patch, for that matter the first few if I am really interested and the reviews are that bad.

Or quit buying AAA titles at all. There are enough good indie games around that I haven't even got around to looking at the big names for the last two years. Even the pre-alpha/alpha/beta versions seem to have fewer bugs (and they get fixed faster) than a major release of a AAA title.

Makes you wonder just what the budget split is in the big studios between bling/marketing/executive leeches and actual development.

about 3 months ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

eth1 Re:don't use biometrics (328 comments)

Yet another reason not to use biometrics to unlock devices.

Time for a feature like "Right index finger unlocks, left index finger wipes most things, then unlocks."

about 3 months ago
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Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

eth1 Re:Competition (265 comments)

CurrentC also tracks information about a user's purchase history for merchants. CurrentC users can select what information they want to share with retailers and can opt out of marketing communications, according to the MCX website.

And if you really trust a merchant created system to respect your wishes and not track you, you're hopelessly naive.

Yep... read that quote very carefully. "...can select what information they want to share with retailers..." They'll still hoard everything, they just won't (voluntarily) share it with retailers (but might with anyone else who's not a retailer?).

about 3 months ago
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What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?

eth1 Re:2013 is a typo, sorry 'bout that (320 comments)

I blame the lack of autopilot for these human fingers.

I blame the faulty autopilot that's running the Slashdot editors.

about 3 months ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

eth1 Re:No Carriers (149 comments)

I call bullshit without more evidence. From the article:

When it detects the STARTTLS command being sent from the client to the server, the mobile wireless provider modifies the command to âoeXXXXXXXX.â The server does not understand this command and therefore sends an error message to the client.

This smells like a transparent proxy for mail, in a similar manner is providers have been doing transparent proxying for a long time. This does not necessarily have anything to do with DPI and selectively modifying server's responses to client requests.

The whole article is written by folks who clearly have no idea about how the internet works.

Worse, TFA only gives ONE example, then goes on to say, "...monitoring the responses from the email server in issue."

This seems to imply that not all email servers have a problem. Given that the symptoms (*****-ing out the SMTP banner, and blocking STARTTLS) are the exact behavior of a default protocol inspection config on a Cisco ASA or PIX firewall, I'm guessing that it's a major overreaction to the way the firewall in front of the destination email server is configured, and nothing to do with the ISP at all.

about 4 months ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

eth1 Re:Cisco ASA (149 comments)

Google "250-XXXXXXXA asa cisco starttls" and you'll find this is almost certainly an ASA preventing TLS as configured on the device. Since it doesn't want TLS traffic, the config is to just mangle the packets. Well known effect, been around for years (5+). The FW admin needs to correctly deploy fixup, allow TLS or simply not inspect esmtp. Simple fix, documented in Cisco doc 118550, among many other places.

You beat me to it. That's the first thing that popped into my head, too. This (for some inexplicable reason known only to Cisco) is the *default* behavior of ASA and PIX firewalls, so really it probably just means that someone that didn't know what they were doing threw a firewall in the mix somewhere. It's an easy fix, but requires messing with policy-maps, which inexperienced admins often find confusing.

about 4 months ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

eth1 Re:Women in the drivers seat`? (482 comments)

They are already there (in the dating game). And they were always there.

Really? The stereotype that women have to wait for men to make the first move puts MEN in the driver's seat. We don't have to deal with constant unwanted advances - we only do the dating thing when *we* want to. If a woman subscribes to that convention, then she has to wait for men she's interested to approach her, while under the same convention, men can pick their target and go for it. How is that putting women in the driver's seat?

That's why I've never understood why some men whine about "always having to make the first move." It puts us in the driver's seat.

about 4 months ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

eth1 Re:Study is quite incomplete (261 comments)

And/or they've gotten wise enough to only really open up the throttle in places where they're relatively safe. I mean with a lifetime of fast driving under your belt there's really no excuse to still be getting caught.

Or can afford to take it to the track and do their fast driving there. I've done this a couple of times, and it's not cheap - $1k+ once you factor in entry fee, tire wear, gas, travel, hotel, insurance, etc.

Also, if you have a good sports car, you can have plenty of fun without ever exceeding the speed limit - corners are a lot more fun than just going fast in a straight line, especially if you do it right and get one with a manual transmission set up well for heel/toe.

about 3 months ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

eth1 Demographics (261 comments)

Cars don't get tickets, drivers do - but those drivers like the WRX,

This is the important bit. The cheaper "fun" cars are the ones that the younger, less responsible drivers can buy. I was extremely surprised when I bought a used Boxster S a few years ago (probably one of the best cars around for, umm, "enthusiastic" driving), and the liability insurance was LESS than for my 14 year old Camry.

To make things worse for the WRX, the STI version comes stock with a ridiculous wing on the trunk that just screams "stupid rice rocket driver."

about 4 months ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

eth1 Re:Apples and Oranges (buses are not cars) (491 comments)

I see a lot of cars driving around 80% empty. To and from work, I must admit that one of them is mine.

You wastrel... At least my Ferrari is only 50% empty!

about 5 months ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

eth1 Re:Salesmen (161 comments)

For me, having two phones makes sense only for two things:
- Keeping all the expense-related things clearly separated in regards with private/business usage.
- Having the ability to turn off business phone while off the clock and actually have some time off.

I find it's worth carrying two phones solely to avoid having to deal with Byzantine expense reporting systems once a month. :P

about 5 months ago

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