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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

fulldecent Negotiation (239 comments)

I'd didn't see anyone looking for negotiation as an accepted outcome of this process.

5 days ago

AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

fulldecent Re:You mean... (239 comments)

TCP allows for congestion control and windows. This is a two-way communication in which either side can slow down the connection.

Otherwise, accessing a website over 33.6k would have the server send data at the same 50mb/s like FIOS and bits spilling all over the floor.

5 days ago

Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

fulldecent Re:Uber Fresh? (139 comments)

So long as the bags are sealed in the pharmacy and the contents are not noted on the outside, it should be fine.

Famous last words

about a week ago

The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

fulldecent Anti neutral (131 comments)

It is good to see this topical announcement from Google today in which they are directly supporting application-specific unmetered internet:

"In an effort to reduce data costs, if you have an Airtel SIM card, you’ll get these software updates for free for the first six months. As part of this same Airtel offer, you’ll also be able to download up to 200MB per month worth of your favorite apps (that’s about 50 apps overall) from Google Play—all without counting toward your mobile data usage."

This is directly against the principles of network neutrality.

about a week ago

Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

fulldecent Re:I'm not surprised (89 comments)


Cliff hanger! How big is it?

(Mac users are used to the bloated CUPS version that includes all the graphics)

about a week ago

Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

fulldecent Non-solution (50 comments)

Google has found the solution for people that can't afford data plans, or expensive smartphones with too many cameras and big screens and contributing to e-waste:

Data plans, expensive smartphones with too many cameras and big screens contributing to e-waste! And tiered network access!

That's right, just like the aftermath of the financial crisis, Google has found another solution that is identical to the problem!


Of course the better solution is: eBay.

iPhone 2g is available for $50 shipped. Androids and shittier phones are cheaper.

Reduced e-waste, lower price, can still "connect with family through a live video chat", "use mapping apps to find the closest hospital" and "simply search the web".

about a week ago

Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

fulldecent Solution (418 comments)

The solution is not to cancel your Comcast service (assuming you live in the United States in many of the places with no legitimate competition).

The solution is to record your phone calls (when legal). For Android, my dad uses

Then post your calls online (instead of transcripts).

Lastly, and this is the important part: call your local utility regulation board.

Don't forget: you are not the customer, the utility regulation board is the customer, you are just the one paying.

about a week ago

Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

fulldecent Re:I never liked those state/city incentives (149 comments)

Please look closer. The reason why states are discounting their "prices" is because the prices are higher than the economic cost and value. There is zero economic cost to the state of a corporation generating income in a specific location. The solution is to eliminate corporate income taxes.

about two weeks ago

Chrome OS Can Now Run Android Apps With No Porting Required

fulldecent Worst runtime choice (131 comments)

And you know what would have been 1000x better? If that runtime ran iOS 8.

about two weeks ago

GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

fulldecent Re:more excited about V2V (185 comments)

3 miles ahead is already reported via GPS phone home to Google/online navigation.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

fulldecent CI (430 comments)

Now that server time has reduced in cost, you can add continuous integration to a project and make full documentation a requirement.

For example, here is a CI tool for KDE which tracks missing documentation at English Breakfast Network

about a month and a half ago

Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

fulldecent Re:Why isn't the U.S. doing things like this? (156 comments)

The correct solution(1):

Recover costs from wars in the middle east this millennium from taxes added to gas consumption, domestic or foreign, until repaid.

This would be a ~80 per gallon if spread over 10 years.

This is assuming we fought the war "for oil", whatever the hell that means.

about 2 months ago

Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

fulldecent Re:So... (401 comments)

The correct hard ball approach is: I am recording this call and forwarding to my local cable franchise authority.

This is the entity that your local franchise must go through to offer service in your area and they are the ones that set rules like the number of seconds you may be placed on hold until you get a human without them having to pay a fine.

about 2 months ago

Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

fulldecent Re:Brain ZAP! (284 comments)

But just imagine a current attack vector today:
  * Remotely infecting a personal computer -- Demonstrated, publicly available
  * Tethered infection of PC to mobile phone -- Demonstrated, publicly available
  * Bluetooth infection of common SOCs on pacemakers -- Not published
  * Pacemaker delivery of ill effects to user -- Demonstrated, details not public

As more consumer-friendly devices are produced that have a close connection to humans and are marketable, the number of attack vectors increases.

about 2 months ago

Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

fulldecent Filter -5 funny -5 insightful +5 informative (534 comments)

Does anyone remember the days when you might expect one of the comments here to provide an analysis of MA laws and find the line that makes their "corporations are exempt" argument void?

I know, right, and it was like: hey what are all you new people here doing with these 4-digit user IDs?

about 3 months ago
top, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

fulldecent The second test (561 comments)

After joining Mensa, you get invited to plenty of card games, speeches and nerd discussions. But you're still dealing with the general public.

Now, if there was a second test... where then only let in people that care about their appearance, maintain good eye contact, have a modicum of physical fitness, then I would definitely like to join that inner circle.

about 3 months ago

Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

fulldecent SlingBox (484 comments)

How is this different than SlingBox?

about 3 months ago



Ask Slashdot: Are there any responsible security disclosures that ended well?

fulldecent fulldecent writes  |  about 10 months ago

fulldecent (598482) writes "Technology online changes fast and large organizations often make poor implementations of this technology leading to security vulnerabilities. Some of the failures are egregious like websites that use a user ID in the URL to authenticate that user, and other take a little curiosity to find. Either way, they will be found. The people on Slashdot, I feel, are more likely to want to report this to the vendor and do these things for sport. Personally I take the smaller ones and mail a letter to the vendor and then post online in a few weeks. For bigger ones I wind up in high-pressure phone calls with "private public partnership" agencies, end up signing something unfavorable and the resolution still feels bad.

So, who out there is responsibly disclosing vulnerabilities? Are you getting public credit? Are you involved in (and getting paid for?) for a technical fix? Are you feeling good about the result? Do the rules still apply for state-protected industries like banks? And which lawyers provide advice to the finders, who are just normal people and don't have money and expertise dealing with lawyers?"

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NH Supreme Court hears case on anonymous sources

fulldecent fulldecent writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fulldecent (598482) writes "The New Hampshire Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit that calls into question the legal protections available to independent Web sites that cover news.

The case involves mortgage lender Implode-Explode, a Las Vegas-based site launched in 2007 that publishes stories about the meltdown of the mortgage industry. The court did not make a final decision on the case Wednesday, but one of its options could be to send the case back to the lower court for further review and litigation on specific points of law."

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Using comics to demonstrate protocol interactions

fulldecent fulldecent writes  |  about 6 years ago

fulldecent writes "It is important to make your articles are reachable to non-technical audiences. This article uses a comic to demonstrate a simple HTTP interaction and why the technical details are important. The underlying post talks about TD Ameritrade and how they are selling users' financial information to News Corp via a cross-site image fetch."
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Verizon trails SiteFinder 2

fulldecent fulldecent writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fulldecent writes "On June 11, 2007, Verizon Online will begin the trial of a new Advanced Web Search service designed to reduce the amount of dead-end, "no file exists" or similar error messages you see and to help you quickly find the destination web site you were seeking. If you type a nonexistent or unavailable URL (e.g., www.verizon.cmo), or enter a search term, into your browser address bar, Verizon may present you with an Advanced Web Search page containing suggested links based upon the query you entered. The Advanced Web Search page would be presented instead of your receiving an NXDOMAIN or similar error message. The Verizon Advanced Web Search page may impact applications that rely on an NXDOMAIN or similar error message and may override similar browser-based search results pages. If you would prefer not to receive Advanced Web Search pages from Verizon, you should follow the opt-out instructions that are available by clicking on the "About the Search Results Page" link on any Advanced Web Search page."
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