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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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

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 three weeks ago

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 three weeks ago

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 three weeks ago

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 a month and a half ago

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 2 months ago

3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

eth1 Re:What? (393 comments)

This is just ULA being afraid they will lose their iron rice bowl.

Yes... The congressmen should be held accountable to taxpayers for allowing themselves to be bought by the existing bloated contractors.

about 2 months ago

NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

eth1 Re:Why would anyone go willingly to the stadium? (216 comments)

Human beings are social creatures, and enjoy experiencing interesting and entertaining events while in the company of others. For a sports event, sharing the thrill of possible victory or defeat with thousands of other fans around you is also about sharing in a certain camaraderie. Unless you're a fan yourself and already enjoy the game, or if you really hate crowds in general, it's probably hard to understand the appeal.

Which is why I know where the good sports bars are. They're easier to get to, free parking, the food is better, the beer is better, and on game days, they're usually packed with other fans. You have multiple large screens with the better TV viewpoint, too, and they have cable, in case the game isn't on broadcast TV (which is all I have at home).

about 2 months ago

Judge Rejects $324.5 Million Settlement For Tech Workers, Argues For More

eth1 Re:WTF? Jailtime! Boycott violates Anti-Trust (268 comments)

Settlement? What settlement? This is a prima facie Clayton Act Anti-Trust violation. Multiple felonies, with jailtime due. Amazingly, this appearently exists on paper, so everyone who negotiated or signed it should go to jail.

The Clayton Act makes organizing supplier boycotts a prohibited activity. And that's just what they have done -- organized a boycott not to hire an employee, times the collective number.

That this has not gone to a Federal Grand Jury appears more like corruption than anything else.

By that argument, everyone in a union belongs in jail, too.

about 3 months ago

The Problems With Drug Testing

eth1 Re:Er, that's a bit confusing (166 comments)

From Big Pharma's perspective, with the involuntary testing of prison inmates off the table in most Western countries, the homeless population presents a viable alternative who are statistically unlikely to pursue litigation.

From a humanitarian perspective, the quandary is "Do we want to allow the weakest among us to make decisions they are unqualified to properly weigh?"

I will leave the ethics to others, but ultimately, as future consumers of these tested pharmaceuticals, do we want to rely on results that are likely skewed because the test subjects were also taking heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine?

It's not the companies sponsoring the test that somehow try to pick this demographic. It's the people themselves. Most of the tests pay the panelists, but it's not all that much. For someone with a stable job, the small amount usually isn't worth the hassle (have to be at the test location during business hours several times a week sometimes, keeping logs, or whatever). Not to mention not worth the possible health risks. For homeless/unemployed/etc., that's their electric bill for this month. It's enough money to them that they routinely lie about health conditions, drug use, etc. on the consent forms.

Only way to fix it is to offer substantially more money to panelists.

(Source: girlfriend who works as a clinical test manager)

about 3 months ago

Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

eth1 1 or 1 million (274 comments)

It sounds like they're only doing this when the network is congested in a specific location. Like they're basically prioritizing slowing down the heavy users when things get busy, rather than everyone. I have a much harder time getting worked up about that, especially when they're waiting until people are out of contract and can easily switch carriers.

about 3 months ago

Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD

eth1 Re:Intel has worked with the NSA (91 comments)

Not to mention that even if you have "nothing to hide," what about when you piss the wrong person off, and suddenly there's child porn on your encrypted drive that obviously only you could ever have had access to.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Takes Down Domains

eth1 Re:Legal Precedent? (495 comments)

It sounds like every single individual like you needs to start filing small-claims cases against MS. Let them deal with several thousand of those, where the money imbalance won't matter so much.

about 4 months ago

Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients

eth1 Re:Time to Legislate Data Mining (162 comments)

I agree that what you describe makes "consent" useless, but you don't necessarily need to outlaw it.

Just require that:
- any commercial entity that stores information on individuals (with NO exceptions whatsoever) has to provide said individuals a full dump of the data once per some time period upon request, with no conditions or cost attached, along with a list of everyone they've given it to.
- the entity must correct any incorrect information, and can't distribute any information regarding an individual until the errors are corrected.

Not perfect, but it would be a start.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?

eth1 Re:Skip technology (208 comments)

Fed-ex the unlabeled passwords

USPS the un-passworded accounts list

Actually, if you're mailing passwords, send the FUTURE passwords. Then once you've verified that the copies have reached the recipients unmolested, change the passwords to what you sent.

about 4 months ago

NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

eth1 Re:Speculation... (455 comments)

Dealers serve a purpose. They need a reasonable profit.

If they serve a purpose, they deserve a reasonable profit. For the life of me, I cannot see what that purpose is. Perhaps you can enlighten us.

Overcharging for maintenance, and conveniently collecting large numbers of scummy sales droids into one location where they can normally be avoided.

about 4 months ago

Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

eth1 Re:Read the Article! (363 comments)

I think the best use might just be to eliminate range anxiety. Take your Tesla example - replace 100kg worth of Li-ion battery with 100kg of this new one. Now you have 4/5 the easily rechargeable range (which is still more than most people need on a daily basis), but, as long as the Al battery is stable long term, if you run down the Li-ion, or need to take a long trip, you can keep going. All without increasing the overall weight.

about 5 months ago

Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

eth1 Re:It true !!!! (711 comments)

Your anecdote doesn't really mean much. Apple has much better retention than other companies, ...

Apple calls it "retention," the rest of us call it "vendor lock-in."

about 5 months ago


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