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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

fgouget Re:"Hard redirect" (376 comments)

I used the phrasing almost all specifically because it may be possible to bypass the controls using UDP.

If the block can be bypassed using UDP then the ISP made a 'big stupid error' as I mentioned. Their router should simply not forward any packet outside the local network until the customer provided his credentials. That covers IPv4 (TCP, UDP, ICMP, others), IPv6, and anything else, whether they support it or not. For ADSL it should be pretty easy to identify the customer's line and redirect anything coming from that line, leaving no possibility of escape. Customers who connect to their ISP through a shared medium, like cable or WiFi, there's an escape route which is to hack their hardware/software stack to impersonate another customer on that shared medium. But that's obviously illegal and furthermore there's no point for them to keep paying for Internet access in the first place.

2 days ago
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FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

fgouget Printer? Where? (133 comments)

They plan to take this technology to an entirely new level by creating a 3D Printer that is capable of, you guessed it, farming.

So it's not a printer in any sense of the word. Great start for that article. The rest really goes downhill from there. Shouldn't it have been published on the 1st of April?

2 days ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

fgouget Re:"Hard redirect" (376 comments)

Yes, it would work on almost all browsers and there likely would never be a patch that would get around it.

No, unless they made a big stupid error, it would work on every browser past, present and future; as well as every other application trying to use the Internet; and no patch can get around that. That's because you cannot access the Internet if your ISP does not want you to. You could however get a contract from another ISP, assuming Rightscorp did not put you on some sort of industry-wide blacklist.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Research Brings Kinect-Style Depth Perception to Ordinary Cameras

fgouget Hyperlapse (31 comments)

They should rename HyperLapse to SmoothLapse, StableLapse or CleanLapse.

about two weeks ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

fgouget Power usage seems unrelated to Xfinity (224 comments)

The blog post did not compare the power usage with the Xfinity hotspot enabled and disabled. So all we can say is that the new Comcast modem is crap and wastes power by the bucket, just like the old one apparently. So while the title and many comments here seem to imply the extra cost is all due to the Xfinity Hotspot functionality, that view is so far not supported in any way.

about two weeks ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

fgouget Re:Service in exchange for a free modem? (224 comments)

The GP post is more an indictment on the mob^w justice system that all too often seems to presume guilt before evidence beyond a reasonable doubt is required.

Sounded more like the rant of a paranoid tinfoil hat wearer. That or given that hotspots are not a newfangled invention he should have no problem finding dozens of small businesses or hotels that got raided because they offered internet access.

about two weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

fgouget Re:Huh? (406 comments)

Fully autonomous vehicles are scary for manufacturers because they potentially shift all liability to the manufacturer.

I think a simple solution is to turn the self-driving functionality a subscription-based service. Under that model the self-driving mode would require a network connection at the time you try to enable it and would check that you paid your montly subscription. Then you can use it for that month. The manufacturer would collect the subscriptions and use them to provide insurance in case of an accident. Then it's up to the manufacturer to set the subscriptions high enough or get the accident rate low enough for it to work out, like any insurance service.

Combined with some extra services like battery rental (for electric cars), this could even let car manufacturers shift to a business model close to the rasor+blade one (not saying that would be good for customers though).

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

fgouget Don't bring chargers ! (702 comments)

Devices that can't be turned on won't be permitted on flights, TSA said.

Don't bring chargers with you!
Clearly you won't be able to power on these devices if you're not allowed to plug them in. So under these new rules the TSA would clearly have to confiscate them. Furthermore you'd likely oppose their common sense move which would delay you going through security; increasing the risk that your phone's battery runs out, leading to it being confiscated too...

about a month and a half ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

fgouget Re:Good! (619 comments)

Well over 25% of gas tax funds go to side walks and bike trails and shit like that. How about we start with this.

Oh, that's bad. If they keep this up your neighborhood could get infested with pedestrians. And who will pay the pest control bills then? Really. It's like those government guys don't think at all!

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

fgouget Re:Liability (474 comments)

If you consider an IP address, a port number, a timestamp and an account number to be insanely detailed then I can't wait to see what you're going to say when you discover all the information Facebook, Google and others keep about you!

I should probably clarify this because it's not really that obvious.

The naive solution would be to assign a random public IP+port for each connection. That would require creating a new log entry for each connection a customer makes which would be a lot of volume indeed.

I think the solution is to instead give out leases to public IP+port combinations to the customer and associate those to his session. When establishing a new connection, check if there's an unused public IP+port in the session pool and if so extend and reuse it. If not, allocate a new IP address+port lease and add it to the session pool. With long enough leases and given that most users will only make a handful of concurrent connections (and it's a context where it's pretty ok to limit the number of concurrent connections anyway), that would limit the logging requirements to just a few entries per session per customer which is pretty tractable.

Note also that if I'm not mistaken a lot of mobile phone operators already use Carrier Grade NAT for 3G/4G and thus have already faced these issues. Yet they presumably found a solution otherwise everyone would know that the 'safe' place to pirate is from a smartphone.

about 2 months ago
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Smartphones To Monitor Schizophrenics

fgouget 1984 (99 comments)

Governments have realized that they can collect vast amounts of data about their citizens using smartphone apps that passively monitor the citizens as they go about their daily business. A prototype for opponents is planned to be tested out soon on Long Island. The Tia trial will look at behavior patterns (tracking movement, sleep, and conversations) and correlate them with data gathered from past opponents; researchers hope the data will reveal the "signature" of a citizen who is about fall off the one true path and therefore needs help.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

fgouget Re:Liability (474 comments)

Comcast will have to keep this data despite the fact that it not only won't make them money, but will cost them money since they will have to have people to search it for the legal requests.

There's a ton of things that cost Comcast money. They're all called the cost of doing business. Also note that Comcast already has to do this logging for any of their customer who does not have a fixed IP address and I have not heard that they're not doing that part of their job.

Plus, I can generate thousands of connections per second and Comcast will have to log them all.

You do that. Of course since Comcast does not have to log failed connection attempts you'll have to use your own credentials. This will most likely break some Comcast's terms of service and ensure you get their attention. They can then simply suspend your account, probably including your cable Internet access, and even sue you if you really irked them. Sounds like a great plan you have there!

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

fgouget Re:Liability (474 comments)

There's probably a separate entry for every single element of every single page you visit.

Of course not. All comcast needs to log are the authentication events of which there are under one per day per customer on average. Once logged in that IP is yours to use until it is handed to someone else in another authentication event (obviously there's no explicit disconnection).

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

fgouget Re:Liability (474 comments)

Unless each login is given a unique public IP (unlikely), they will be behind some form of NAT.

Yes, it's called Carrier Grade NAT and is what Free has been doing in France for years for its community WiFi.

To reliably point to a specific user, it would require a ridiculous amount of logging. I doubt that Comcast will do that.

If you consider an IP address, a port number, a timestamp and an account number to be insanely detailed then I can't wait to see what you're going to say when you discover all the information Facebook, Google and others keep about you!

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

fgouget Re:Liability (474 comments)

Even better, as now all the WiFi users appear to come from a single IP as far as the MPAA/RIAA is concerned,

Which totally protects the home owner where the cable box actually is.

which means the only way they can get more info is if Comcast keeps insanely detailed records about every one of these connections.

If you consider an IP address, a port number, a timestamp and an account number to be insanely detailed then I can't wait to see what you're going to say when you discover all the information Facebook, Google and others keep about you!

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

fgouget Re:Oh I get it... (474 comments)

You're right its totally reasonable to charge individuals for the right to access a network with specified bandwidth limitations and then set the router up to broadcast that connection to any fool walking down the street or other person in your apartment complex that now gets the benefit of your internet connection without paying anything for it.

This is not an open WiFi hotspot. Only other paying Comcast customers can use it. What you get in exchange is that you too can use any other Comcast WiFi connection. Free actually makes it a tip-for-tat thing: if you allow your FreeBox to act as a hotspot you can connect to the FreeWiFi hotspot of other customers. If you disable your hotspot you cannot use the other customers hotspots.

The my personal bandwidth and signal quality to the the network would have be totally distinct from the public portion of the router.

Easy to do by giving a lower priority to the HotSpot traffic. I know Free is doing it, I don't know if Comcast does.

If my signal quality, bandwidth, etc is totally unchanged and all this thing is doing is stealing some of my electricity... then I'm okay with that.

The change in electricity consumption is going to be so low I don't think you'd even be able to mesure it.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

fgouget Re:Monthly quota? (474 comments)

If they require a Comcast customer login, then it's not a public wi-fi hotspot at all.

They do require Comcast credentials. It is indeed not a public / open / free WiFi hotspot.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

fgouget Re:Nutz (474 comments)

Unless Comcast assigns a unique IP address to each wireless user (which I suspect they won't on IPV4) sorting out which, of possibly many, wireless users connected at the time of the download may require more tracking -- which I suspect Comcast will do.

Comcast most likely uses Carrier Grade NAT for the hotspot clients, just like Free has been doing in France for years for its community WiFi. That means hotspot users get a totally different IP address than the router 'owner' and that the NAT already tracks which customer is using a given IPv4 at any given time.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

fgouget Re:Oh I get it... (474 comments)

This is about making some congressman or senator happy.

So funny. ISPs abroad (Netherlands, France) have been doing this for years. But yes, Comcast couldn't possibly have recognised that as a truly good idea and decided to implement it. It has to be some conspiracy instead, no matter how nonsensical.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

fgouget Re:Liability (474 comments)

If that is the case does that mean I just have to change my mac address and connect to the public wifi rather than my normal ssid, and I can torrent everything I want and not worry about getting hit by a copyright infringement law suite.

To use the Comcast hotspot you have to provide your Comcast credentials on the gateway web page. So no, that won't work.

about 2 months ago

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