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Is the App Store Broken?

i kan reed Re:It's not a marketplace.. (144 comments)

This is actually a much better way of framing what I was coming here to say.

They're relying on the fact that big success stories are big to continue a narrative that encourages development targeting mobile platforms. It's every bit a bubble, where people see only the positive signs of the market in the news.

Now the reality is starting to set in(and it's not just App Store, Play Store has the same problems), and serious "investors"(developers investing time in money in app development), are pulling out. The next step of a bubble is the "pop" where everyone realizes there's not much of a market left, and flees.

8 hours ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

i kan reed Re:I don't assemble computers. (107 comments)

Sometimes you have to go really out of your way to fuck things up properly.

9 hours ago
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Black Hat Researchers Actively Trying To Deanonymize Tor Users

i kan reed Re:I'd like to believe weakness are temporary... (77 comments)

And the thing is, when you're the government of a country, you can bust down every door, pull the mac address, look at the routing table, and head to the next door to bust down. It goes even faster when every ISP is freely complicit(they are in the US, China, Russia, and anywhere else notably stompy).

10 hours ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

i kan reed Re:I don't assemble computers. (107 comments)

Well, darn it, it turns out that my graphics card wasn't supposed to be plugged into a wall socket.

10 hours ago
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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

i kan reed Re:Not deploying driverless cars kills people (154 comments)

Right, slow people.

Okay. It goes like this:
1. I acknowledged that my points didn't invalidate what they were trying to say
2. They purposefully drew a parallel to a failed technology. This comparison naturally suggests a sub-textual argument that the failure was due to the alluded reason. This wasn't the intended point(see #1) but it was nonetheless an argument by implication. Clarifying this distinction can help to identify a more appropriate parallel.
3. You really need to consider how dedicated you are to defending that notion, because it's a really inane point to lock into as important and beyond criticism. No argument by metaphor is going to be flawless, ever.

10 hours ago
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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

i kan reed Re:Alright! Go Senate bill (173 comments)

Oh, I forgive you for that. You're just a shitty human being and apparently inclined to never overcome that. Not everyone can be a decent person.

11 hours ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

i kan reed Re:I don't assemble computers. (107 comments)

Hooking components up to the wrong voltage(for example) has a tendency to go straight past "fixable" to "buy a new one".

12 hours ago
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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

i kan reed Re:Not deploying driverless cars kills people (154 comments)

This argument contains a number of problems, none of which completely invalidate what you're trying to say:

1. Concorde wasn't discontinued due to passenger safety risks. It was expensive to buy, expensive to fly, and expensive to maintain.
2. If a severe accident caused by an autonomous car happened today, right now, 2 or 3 even, it would still have a substantially better average safety to mile driven record against the average driver. Right now it's beating out good drivers and tying exceptional drivers.

12 hours ago
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Black Hat Researchers Actively Trying To Deanonymize Tor Users

i kan reed Re:Changes to the protocol? (77 comments)

I wonder how feasible it would be to modify tor, or maybe make a tor version 2 protocol so that the onion layers are determined packet by packet, instead of by the stream.

I think that might fall apart at the exit node, since expecting the server to receive response packets from 2 different IPs isn't TCP/IP compliant. You could certainly build sites that work with that expectation, but it would essentially require all layers to be designed to support TOR.

13 hours ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

i kan reed I don't assemble computers. (107 comments)

Every piece of expensive hardware I touch that isn't explicitly designed for human input has a tendency to get expensively destroyed in new and exciting ways.

13 hours ago
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Black Hat Researchers Actively Trying To Deanonymize Tor Users

i kan reed Re:Black Hats shoot themselves in the foot. (77 comments)

Tragedy of the commons. If you're the person who broke Tor, you're(temporarily) the king of blackhats. Who cares that it screws over all the other blackhats. They'd screw you over just as fast.

yesterday
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Black Hat Researchers Actively Trying To Deanonymize Tor Users

i kan reed I'd like to believe weakness are temporary... (77 comments)

But I have my doubts about about technological fixes to the jackboot/battering-ram/nightstick vulnerability.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

i kan reed Re:Apparently... (319 comments)

Or bandwidth. Or visitors. Or intern-connections. There's a lot of room for serious damage from a lack of security, and not all of it is data theft.

People using your server as a spambot is bad.
People infecting your sites visitors with malware is bad.
People jumping to a different, more secure system from your server is bad.

We tend to notice the data theft issues most these days, because a lot of companies keep a lot of sensitive data, so a Target credit card hijack is tremendously bad and newsworthy.

But that doesn't mean other classes of security risk don't exist.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

i kan reed Re:Every stupid idea is common (319 comments)

Also: how stupid am I to use 2 different spellings of whether in one post?
It's not like I was paying extra attention to the first one.

yesterday
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The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought

i kan reed Re:Sponsored by Mars Candies: (110 comments)

I always forget it's zero indexed.

Also, thanks to the reminder, I've decided that "zillion" most likely is equal to "thousand".

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

i kan reed Every stupid idea is common (319 comments)

Not just because plenty of things are run by stupid people, but also because otherwise smart people can have pretty damned important blind spots. And other IT people have been talked out of it by their clients just like you're letting happen.

Whether it's common or not has no bearing on whether it's a good idea.

The only question you need to ask them is weather they're willing to accept the quantified risks from having exposed systems.

yesterday
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The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought

i kan reed Re:Tax Something (110 comments)

You're right, please support HR-27-1337, placing a 200% tax on politicizing random science discussions.

yesterday
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The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought

i kan reed Sponsored by Mars Candies: (110 comments)

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Check out these before and after shots: you can't even see the dark matter anymore.

yesterday

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Would a boycott of dice.com help?

i kan reed i kan reed writes  |  about 6 months ago

Dice holdings gets most of its money through its main website, and the employees they can provide. Would it help convince them we're serious if we boycott this site next time we need a job?

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