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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

gavron Re:No she did not win any lawsuit. (641 comments)

LOL. No, it's not sensible and it goes against dozens of years of legal precedent.
It will be overtuned.

Actors do not have rights to the final work unless they were contractually given it,
none of which ever are.

While in some eutopia it would be great if revenge porn could be stopped, that's
an outlier case.

Imagine if you went to Paris and took a video of yourself at the EIffel Tower, but
some random Parisian who happened to be in the background got your video taken
down. That's not eutopian -- that's distopian.
Best,

E

about two weeks ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

gavron No she did not win any lawsuit. (641 comments)

No. She didn't win a lawsuit. All she "won" was an unconstitutional prior restraint against Youtube (google)
forcing them to remove the segment of the movie she's in.

The actual Kozinski ruling suggests that actors HAVE a copyright in the final work despite decades
of copyright law to the contrary.

Google has appealed. This will be decided back the way it should be (that actors don't magically get
copyright laws).

The case -- in case you want to read the facts instead of making them up -- is Garcia v Google.

E

about two weeks ago
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Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban

gavron ( family guy shop teacher ) (205 comments)

Oh Nos!

This will surely help blackberry survive in the market!

Good job with those patents! Now nobody can have a working keyboard, not their
nonexistent client nor the iPhone people who could have used a Typo.

E

about three weeks ago
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More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

gavron What safety advocates? (367 comments)

The Slashdot summary says "safety advocates." The first link says "safety advocates" but doesn't specify who those are.

WHO IS LOBBYING FOR A CELLPHONE BAN ON THE ROADS?

Please advise. My bet is the [required mandatory] insurance lobby.

E

about three weeks ago
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Florida Judge Rules IP Address Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate

gavron Re:Ruling good. STORY WRONG. (158 comments)

I beg to differ.

Please provide a source cite to a statute that indicates the act of "downloading" (feel free to
massage as appropriate; I am not splitting hairs) is unlawful.

As for the lawyer cited, he isn't a very good lawyer: "Fighting a subpoena that attempts to reveal your identity is a waste of money because you will reveal your identity by fighting it."
Lawyers that give advice on the Internet are not creme de la creme. Lawyers that give incorrect advice less so.

E

about a month ago
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Florida Judge Rules IP Address Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate

gavron Ruling good. STORY WRONG. (158 comments)

The ruling is good. Let's enjoy that.

However, this is a HORRIBLE writeup. It suggests that "...IP-address evidence can't identify the person who actually downloaded the pirated file."

Under current US law:
1. There is no copyright infringement in downloading a file.
2. Files are. They just are. They are not "pirated files."
3. MAKING INFRINGING CONTENT AVAILABLE TO OTHERS is what is considered copyright infringement/distribution. THAT is why an IP address is important... if one SHARES and MAKES AVAILABLE A FILE. It takes a court to determine whether the actions constitute an actionable behavior.

I can't believe Torrentfreak got it wrong. At least they got the headline right. And this is a good ruling.
Hopefully fightcopyrighttrolls.com and dietrolldie.com won't make that mistake.

about a month ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

gavron Re:Let's NOT tell that to the families (461 comments)

No, it would not transmit more than the flight data recorders. Those things store everything.
If there's something they don't store, it's added so they do.

To maintain a bitstream of sufficient width and density to share what the FDRs do for an
entire flight is beyond our available satellite uplink capacity even if cost were no factor.
Which it is.

At the end of all this the expenditure would save zero lives. It would prevent zero crashes.
It would just make investigations go quicker.

E

about a month ago
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The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

gavron Dear families of passengers on Flight MH370: (461 comments)

It would be nice to know where the plane is and why. However, crashes happen so infrequently
that spending billions of dollars and not preventing a single one -- merely accelerating the speed
at which we get the "black box" data is not worth it.

Everyone involved including the airline industry has decided that it's not worth the expense
to spend $100,000 per airplane as well as untold costs to maintain that, and pass the costs
onto your relatives.

Tell that the the families of passengers on Flight MH370.

I just did.

E

about a month ago
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Mozilla Is Investigating Why Dell Is Charging To Install Firefox

gavron Re:No modpoints for you. (306 comments)

You'd have to go through a lot more effort than that, but it's certainly possible.

Fortunatley meta-mod eventually ferrets out the dicks no matter how much they hide.

E

about a month and a half ago
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Mozilla Is Investigating Why Dell Is Charging To Install Firefox

gavron No modpoints for you. (306 comments)

No. You have no modpoints on this thread, and your comment amounts to a threat asking
for prior restraint so EVEN IF YOU DID HAVE MOD POINTS they would be removed.

Fortunately you cannot affect this thread.

E

about a month and a half ago
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Indian Space Agency Prototypes Its First Crew Capsule

gavron Awesome... so long as they don't need Tech Support (48 comments)

"Hello, thank you for calling ISRO tek-nee-kull support, this is Jim, how may I help you?"

"Jim, this is the capsule! We are stuck here! Help!"

"Yes, this is Jim from tek-nee-kull support. I am happy to help you today. I will need to ask you some questions first. Is it okay if I ask you questions?"

"We're running out of oxygen! The lift-off failed! We can't open the door!"

"Yes, I understand you are running out of oxygen. Is it okay if I ask you questions?"

"Yes, ask, ask! We're dying here!!!"

"Yes, thank you for allowing me to ask you questions. I will be glad to provide you service today. First I need to ask, what is your name?" ...

about 2 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

gavron OOXML, "Android Tax", FAT Patents, astroturf lobby (742 comments)

There's no need to "remember" Microsoft's anticompetitive actions.
They're still engaging in the very same behavior.

I don't hate Microsoft's behavior because of my "pappy" or because
of some judicial order from 20 years ago. I despise their current
behavior.

Microsoft continues to be worth despising. Their astroturf lobbying
and their blogs about how misunderstood they are fool nobody.

E

about 2 months ago
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Sochi Drones Are Shooting the Olympics, Not Terrorists

gavron Bogus helicopter flight time numbers (108 comments)

"That compares with the cost of a few thousand dollars an hour to rent a helicopter with pilot"

Bell LongRanger with pilot $1300/hr
Bell JetRanger with pilot $980/hr
Robinson R44 with pilot $650/hr
Robinson R22 with pilot $300/hr

A few thousand an hour? PUHLEAZE.

E (a real live helicopter pilot)

about a month ago
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BSD Real-Time Operating System NuttX Makes Its 100th Release: NuttX 6.33

gavron slashdot mods fail - culture erosion (64 comments)

The culture of understanding operating system design and coding has eroded so much and slashdot mods are so random that there are none left who understand what real-time os programming is all about. That's why the parent is mod 0. Sadly this is just one of many topics that random slashdot mods know nothing about, and vote things down because they don't say PS-4 or Kinect or Supermodels or whatever. It's not the beginning of dumbing down slashdot and it's not the end, but it's definitely part of the process.

More bad news. Those of us who do understand these things will quit reading slashdot because as you mods with no training nor knowledge continue to eviscerate anyone who gives you a clue (because you don't know any better lacking any education on the topic) we'll quit reading. You'll like that, because the high fives and accolades we don't give you will be filled by those who do.

I'm not warning you. It's too late. I'm just sharing so later when you wonder "how did we get to be an inbred community of idiots when we asked for input from all quarters" you'll know... you didn't ask for input from all quarters. You randomly elevated those who randomly liked posts they understood. The knowledge of the edges will be lost here, and all you'll have is a like minded community of apes who love to argue Linux vs BSD without understanding anything.

Ehud

about 2 months ago
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Online, You're Being Watched At All Times; Act Accordingly.

gavron HOWTO protect yourself. (299 comments)

1. Either build your new system yourself from retail purchased parts, or acquire a used laptop locally. In other words, you go give money and get a machine, not have someone send it to you where it might be intercepted or modified. YOU pick the hardware seller randomly and then YOU take it home unintercepted.

2. This is the part that hurts. Lock your machine PHYSICALLY so nobody can mess with it without making it obvious. I recommend a BIOS-PASSWORD, and then epoxy the case so nobody can mess with the chips without you knowing about it.

3. Lock the operating system down so that nobody can enter single-user mode, or boot from alternate devices. I recommend whole-disk encryption, disabling single-user-mode or rescue mode, and eliminating the bootloader menu (I use GRUB, but the concept carries over).

4. Lock the privileged access so that nobody can execute privileged commands, load drivers, etc. unless IT'S REALLY YOU doing it NOT UNDER DURESS. That means have alternatives so if there's a gun or warrant to your head you can appear to be cooperative but the end result is less useful for the villain.

5. Once you have a configuration you like, consider it LOCKED, STATIC, FROZEN, and do not update operating system components, drivers, applications, etc. If you install new applications ensure you trust the source.

FINALLY, now that you have the hardware and software set, realize that you're still emitting lots of data whether screen, network, audio, etc. ENSURE that ALL your outside access is encrypted. If you're able to, route it through a VPN or TOR. You may think "Oh I don't need to encrypt everything... I'll just use the web normally for nonsensitive stuff." This is a fallacy. It both shows what you DON'T put out publicly (black box take shape the more you do public stuff but then don't do some stuff publicly) and it removes your ability to claim that encrypting is not purposefully deceptive, because --as you should-- you encrypt everything.

Also you've probably figured this out by now... but the COSTS to this security may include your destroying the device if it either fails to boot or appears to have been taken over or opened. It's a high cost in dollars, but it keeps your security absolute.

Ok, there's one more thing. Don't be a dipshit and enter in privileged passwords anywhere where someone is using a cellphone camera, Google Glass, or security cams are in play. It's not like "everyone" has those magic keep-zooming-forever-on-stored-video-because-resolution-is-unlimited cameras, but you don't know who does and who doesn't. If someone really wants your root or administrative password and they think you're gun/warrant proof, a few hidden spy cams are nothing in comparison.

Ehud

about 2 months ago
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These Are the Companies the FAA Has Sent notices To For Using Drones

gavron Re:It's NOT a drone! (136 comments)

Thanks, bud!

I'm a pilot. I passed the exam by knowing how things work, not making up shit.

Best regards :)

E

about 2 months ago
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These Are the Companies the FAA Has Sent notices To For Using Drones

gavron Re:It's NOT a drone! (136 comments)

Hi Rick. The Hexacopter has a lot of thrust (and with different sized rotors more thrust and less stamina)
but don't confuse "pounds of thrust" with "ability to lift weight other than itself."

The unladen hexacopter can lift less than a six-pack. Here's a google search with lots of cool info including
videos: http://tinyurl.com/lweb6bd

Remember that thrust (if it was perfectly vertical) would equal lift, and that the hexacopter itself has a weight
that reduces from the thrust. However ... with 6 small props it's not all lift, and the end result is that it can't
do the job.

cheers,

E

about 2 months ago
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These Are the Companies the FAA Has Sent notices To For Using Drones

gavron It's NOT a drone! (136 comments)

The hexacopter is great, but it's a radio-controlled device. You can do first-person-view (FPV) stuff with it but it's still 100% controlled by a human. That's not a drone.

WAIT, BEFORE YOU SAY "WHO CARES", RC helicopters up to 400ft are not regulated by the FAA. That means the FAA lacks authority to do so. The beer thing is a fun gag. HOAX if you prefer. The hexacopter can lift almost 4lbs, and a six-pack weighs 4.5lbs. It wasn't real. The GPS coordinates... also not real. It's a gag. A gimmick. An advertisement for some future product. Didn't happen.

The point of this is.
1. The FAA has no authority over RC stuff.
2. Drone/UAS means there's nobody controlling it. That's not the case here.
3. A six pack of beer is a great thing, but it's too heavy for even a hexacopter.

Ehud
helicopter pilot (the real kind, 1 R44, and about 7 electrical RC and 1 nitro methane RC :)

about 2 months ago
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The Math of Gamification

gavron Mathematizing the deck chairs on the Titanic... (36 comments)

Ever since FB stopped listing FS checkins, and the world stopped noticing who checks in where on FS,
it really means they can arrange their data any way they like.

Perhaps this is their method of convincing their investors they have some Imaginary Property or something.
I can't imagine another reason to pretend they have relevance. Like SnapChat, they're a temporary "service"
that has nothing but temporary eyeballs.

E

about 4 months ago

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MIT's report on Aaron Swartz is out - MIT claims neutrality

gavron gavron writes  |  about 9 months ago

gavron (1300111) writes "Mit has released their report on the Aaron Swartz incident. They also include an MD5 fingerprint. Sadly for MIT's great cryptography genius, having the signature on the same page as its reference and the same site as the file means nothing. More on MD5 hashes here. Noted crypto researched Bruce Schneier said MD5 had to go almost ten years ago."
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Nortel Patent Sale gets DoJ Review

gavron gavron writes  |  more than 2 years ago

gavron writes "The US Department of Justice will review the Nortel patent sale to the entity formed by Apple, Microsoft, and others.

This is the same sale that the Canadian authorities declined to review because the $4+BN deal was valued by them at less than $750M.

The patents were originally bid $900M by stalking-horse google. It is believed they are to be use against Android and open-source."

Link to Original Source
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ACLU sues DHS over unlawful searches and detention

gavron gavron writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gavron (1300111) writes "The ACLU has filed suit against DHS for TSA conducting illegal searches and detention. In the instant case it was a Ron Paul staffer with campaign dollars. The suit seeks to address TSA searching anything that has nothing to with increasing security on aircraft and instead doing unlawful 4th amendment violating searches (such as those of laptops, thumbdrives, etc.)

As TSA has more and more work to meet its mandate of only screening half the luggage... the suit suggests the best of use of its resources is to focus on its mandate, not harassing innocent travelers."
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SPRINT tracks its users movements, convo and data

gavron gavron writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gavron (1300111) writes "SPRINT has a series of commercials where they indicate clearly the contents of the phone and data conversations their customers are having. Here are quotes from one:

"Welcome to the Now network. Right now 379 couples are splitting up, 253 by phone, 42 by email, and 84 by text message. 13,000 people are streaming Pandora on a bus[so they're tracking user too?], 3700 people just found all their friends on Loot. 92 just realized they were in the exact same place. That's happening now..." Etc.

A common carrier has a duty not to snoop on its users' data without a warrant and even more so not to disclose the nature of the contents, even if in aggregate. I know SPRINT wants to pretend that they have a 4G network (whatever _that_ is) but the way to do it is not to disclose the nature of the use of their current network. This is a perfect example of a carrier using confidential data for marketing purposes (or lying and making it up — take your pick, this isn't a Lesley Smith Ethical Problem, it's simple ethics.)

E
P.S. A sample of such commercial is found on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlwBO36OeUQ&feature=PlayList&p=C6266A165E8490AE&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=44"
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UK government offical wants "ratings" for

gavron gavron writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ehud Gavron (1300111) writes "The UK's Culture Secretary wants all English-language websites to have a rating to "police the Internet" and "protect the children." The story at http://uk.reuters.com/article/UKNews1/idUKTRE4BQ0KN20081228 starts off:

"LONDON (Reuters) — The kind of ratings used for films could be applied to websites in a bid to better police the Internet and protect children from harmful and offensive material, Culture Secretary Andy Burnham has said.

Burnham told The Daily Telegraph newspaper, published on Saturday, that the government was planning to negotiate with the administration of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama to draw up new international rules for English language websites.

"The more we seek international solutions to this stuff — the UK and the U.S. working together — the more that an international norm will set an industry norm," the newspaper reports the Culture Secretary as saying in an interview.""
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Dell Mini 9 GPS "Hack" is a fraud

gavron gavron writes  |  more than 5 years ago

gavron (1300111) writes "There are plenty of stories on the net about hacking a Dell Mini 9 to have a built in GPS. All of the stories in http://tinyurl.com/3nw3gz reference the same original story at http://tinyurl.com/64doqq .

Having thought this was a great idea, two of us bought the same exact GPS USB dongle, and did the same exact mod to our Mini 9's. Both of our receivers were unable to pick up any satellites. When taken back outside the case and the USB connector put back on, on the outside of the case it works fine. The moral of the story is it does not work inside the Dell Mini 9, and the original story is a put-up job.

Before you read the methodology please note we did this with two different Dell Mini 9's and two different USB dongles (of the same type) with 100% repeatability of the steps below. I encourage any doubters to do the same.

Methodology:
1. Buy the same USB dongle (GT730F). (Done)
2. Hook it up on a USB port and see it work amazingly well. (It does).
3. Connect it as per the instructions in the MyDellMini article above. (Done)
4. Receive... receive... receive... (Narry a satellite to be found).

Troubleshoot:
1. Verify connection. USB has 4 pins. We know that it's responding so +5V and GND are right. That just leaves TX and RX. We know it enumerates on the USB so that validates it for us, but just for those of you who don't know USB handshakes... we're able to see it communicate with us (and tell us no satellites) so TX is good. We tell it to change its baud rate and it does. RX good. Just for good measure we do a bidirectional communication by doing a new ephemeris dump. All is good.
2. Verify that the top of the case has direct access to the sky.
3. Run gpsd -N -D 4 and look for anything strange. Um. It's not seeing any satellites.

Remove:
1. Unsoldered the wires, removed the device.
2. Re-attached the USB connector to the board (that was not fun — nice job ScottH!)
3. Connected it to an external USB port


Retest:
1. Satellites? (Green blinking light says yes have a fix)
2. Software? (Yes, both gpsd+xgps and SkyTraq's GPS Viewer.EXE+wine see birds all around)


False Positive:
A false positive would occur if we THOUGHT there was a problem but there really isn't. In this case it works outside, works inside but does not receive satellites, and works outside the case afterward. The only change is the physical location and USB bus (not relevant under Linux).

This is therefore NOT a false positive.

False Negative:
A false negative would occur if we thought there was NO problem, but there really was. In this case we think there's a problem, and we duplicated it, and we removed all other factors other than physical location and USB bus (again not relevant under Linux).

This is therefore NOT a false negative.

Conclusion
The original author must have a Dell Mini 9 made up of an incredibly different substance than the ones we have, as ours did not allow satellite signals through. Either that or his fu is stronger than any of ours. Don't even ask me how his "video" works.



Ehud"

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