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Airbnb To Hand Over Data On 124 Hosts To New York Attorney General

grahamsz Re:NYC Resident Here (149 comments)

You could always exploit the review system of airbnb to force a change.

Whenever their guests are quiet you can flip the tables and go knock on their door at midnight. Tell them "[landlord's name] said you've have shit ready for me". Once they get a few reviews of "Strange people show up in the middle of the night maybe trying to buy drugs" it should in theory sort itself out :)

about a week ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

grahamsz Re:Much ado about nothing (742 comments)

There are plenty of subreddits that tolerate sexist and racist remarks and plenty that don't allow them. I'm not sure of the exact blend, but it seems like there's something for everyone

about two weeks ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

grahamsz Re:Much ado about nothing (742 comments)

I believe Reddit has the advantage that small groups run the individual subreddits and few people associate the garbage in a reddit like /theredpill with the site as a whole. Controversial topics are effectively discussed far away from the main page.

Drew (and to a lesser extent me, as primary admin of a fark off-shoot) is faced with a nearly impossible task of keeping a coherent standard of moderation across all topics. Someone who trolls political threads might be a positive contributor when discussing cars or beer - reddit's model facilitates that better.

The other problem is that the user base changes over time. Misogyny in paticular has probably driven away thousands of fark users, but adding the rule now is too little too late - those users are unlikely to return and the users that are left are (on average) going to be far more resistant to the new rule.

about two weeks ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

grahamsz Because narrowly defining (742 comments)

I think you've hit the nail on the head.

The other problem is that sites like fark (believe me, I know) generate a lot of clique-like behavior. Moderators can and will read a comment like "shut you you trollop" as misogyny when it comes from someone they don't like and consider it funny it other contexts.

I don't really know what the answer is but I'm pretty opposed to drawing rules that aren't clear and unambiguous.

about two weeks ago
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Selectable Ethics For Robotic Cars and the Possibility of a Robot Car Bomb

grahamsz Re:Insurance rates (239 comments)

More likely that your insurance company would enforce the settings on your car and require that you pay them extra if you'd like the car to value your life over other lives.

With fast networks it's even possible that the insurance companies could bid on outcomes as the accident was happening. Theoretically my insurer could throw my car into a ditch to avoid damage to a bmw coming the other way.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Hardware/Software-Based Security Token?

grahamsz Re:Smartphone (or feature phone) (113 comments)

I'm inclined to agree. People rarely forget their smartphones

I've been looking at DuoSecurity. Rather than SMS they send a push notification to your phone before clearing your login. No screwing around typing codes, just a "was that you logging in from 1.2.3.4?" popup on the phone that I can use to authorize the connection.

Anyone actually used them? Is it as good as their demos?

about a month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

grahamsz Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (398 comments)

When have consumer ISPs ever been equal peering partners? Most of them offer asynchronous service and actively discourage the running of servers and peer to peer applications. They've always received far more data than they've sent.

Presumably netflix have a boatload of available inbound bandwidth. Maybe they could set verizon users so they streamed all the data back to them. That'd make verizon happy with their untimely claim about traffic ratios

about a month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

grahamsz Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (398 comments)

But what Verizon aren't really saying is whether the bottleneck on that path is on their side or netflix' side.

I recognize that Neflix hold the power here, they have the popular service, they deliver most of the internet's traffic (in the US at least) and when they say "jump" my ISP should say "how high?". They are the primary reason a lot of us have broadband.

about a month ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

grahamsz Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

That annoys me too. I usually pay to check my bag specifically so I can feel entitled putting my camera/laptop bag in the overhead bin and getting a little more legroom for myself. Having to cram stuff at my feet because others are too cheap to check cases (or even gate check them when it's free) is frustrating.

about a month ago
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Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

grahamsz How might their cost structure / roll-out change? (147 comments)

My understanding is that the license would cost at most 1.064% of their gross revenues, and potentially less as there are preferential rates for cable companies with smaller revenue amounts (and I'm unclear if it's done on a per-market basis)

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

grahamsz Re: I want to see where this goes (364 comments)

Netflix could certainly roll out a p2p model like Spotify does. I'd be quite surprised if they haven't already developed a prototype just in case. I'm any event I doubt Verizon will really push the "balanced traffic ratio" argument because there are many ways it could end badly for them

about 3 months ago
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How MIT and Caltech's Coding Breakthrough Could Accelerate Mobile Network Speeds

grahamsz Re: Really? (129 comments)

Yeah that could have been more clear. I'm suggesting sending a constant stream of packets until the target asks you to stop. No need for windowing or flow control, but pretty computationally expensive

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

grahamsz Re: I want to see where this goes (364 comments)

Netflix almost certainly has done tests on actual residential connections where they control for poor Lan setup.

They can also probably reach a statistical conclusion just fine because those customers with bad wifi setups likely exist on well performing isps as well

about 3 months ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

grahamsz Re: I want to see where this goes (364 comments)

Surely Verizon can't expect balanced peering when they sell asymmetrical service to their customers. Suggesting they should get paid by Netflix because of the imbalance doesn't seem fair.

And really, if Netflix offered cloud backup service they could probably right a whole lot of that balance while causing even more headaches for isps

about 3 months ago
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After the Belfast Project Fiasco, Time For Another Look At Time Capsule Crypto?

grahamsz Is there something you could do with bitcoin (170 comments)

I can't wrap my head around exactly how, but it seems that the block chain is the closest thing we have to a cryptographic timestamp

about 3 months ago
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Justice Dept. Names ZeuS Trojan Author, Seizes Control of P2P "Gameover" Botnet

grahamsz Government Control (76 comments)

Since the government have control of all those computers now, would it be ethical for them to go in and actually install the patches to stop them being easily becoming victims next time around?

about 2 months ago
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How MIT and Caltech's Coding Breakthrough Could Accelerate Mobile Network Speeds

grahamsz A better explanation (129 comments)

The story linked to seems to have an awful explanation of what's going on. This makes a lot more sense:

http://www.codeontechnologies....

Reminds me a little of a random project I started back in college where I'd transmit a file in a bunch of packets where each contained the original file modulo a specified prime number. That way, if the file was split into 10,000 packets, then the transmitter could send out a constant stream of packets module different primes and as soon as the receiver got any 10,000 of them they could use the extended euclidean algorithm to reconstruct the original file.

I was hoping we'd someday be able to multicast udp over the net to multiple random locations and this would be a fast way to send files.

about 3 months ago
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US Nuclear Plants Expanding Long-Term Waste Storage Facilities

grahamsz Re:Elephant in the Room (187 comments)

Only over a very long timeline.

I almost thing the best solution would be to put something so radioactive right by the door that anyone who enters will be dead within a few days. That way there's much less chance of future archaeologists from pulling out fuel rods and stuff that will cause a slow death to many people.

about 3 months ago
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Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

grahamsz Re:Freedom of Speech? (328 comments)

You are clearly confusing a legal requirement with a good practice. It's absolutely a good idea to get a model release and I'm not trying to suggest otherwise. However it's mostly required for editorial and advertising photography because the potential lawsuit risks are so high (and typically people doing advertising have the dollars to be forced into big payouts).

Go read up on Arne Svenson - he shot artistic photos of his neighbors through their open windows. A lawsuit against him was dismissed last year and the judge said ”An artist may create and sell a work of art that resembles an individual without his or her written consent".

The Svenson case is even more egregious because it covers photographs taken without any consent (written or otherwise). I see why it's an obvious target but I don't think changing the rights of photographers and other artists is an appropriate response to this.

about 5 months ago
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Federal Bill Would Criminalize Revenge Porn Websites

grahamsz Re:Freedom of Speech? (328 comments)

Generally no. You can indeed take artistic pictures and hang them in a gallery, for sale, without a release.

It's certainly prudent to have a release and I wouldn't consider shooting someone without one, but you don't NEED one unless the image will be used for advertising or promotion.

about 5 months ago

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Accidental side project

grahamsz grahamsz writes  |  about 7 years ago

Since I haven't been as active on slashdot as I used to be, I thought i'd throw up a journal entry to explain that I'm still wasting time - just in a different way.

As a direct result of alcohol and the people I drink it with, I though it would be a good idea to set up banniNation as a place for my disaffected farker friends to congregate.

While I am proud that I can create a successful web community while i'm drunk, it also serves as a reminder that I've never succeeded at the same problem when sober.

Perhaps alcohol is key to technology projects.

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