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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

iamacat Of course you can protect yourself (313 comments)

Or at least your company can. Any network is vulnerable in the sense of someone wondering around campus and finding an an unlocked PC, but what you can do from there varies tremendously. Ideally, the company itself doesn't have employees' SSNs or banking information anywhere on it's network. Rather, this is handled by a payroll vendor that specializes in handling just that task securely and nothing else. Now you have a much smaller and constantly audited target to hit. Likewise, highly sensitive projects can be siloed in a way that most employees or intranet can not access them any easier than a random outsider.

2 hours ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

iamacat Re:This again? (391 comments)

Every web connection needs to be HTTPs, to keep random people from snooping on which URLs you visit. Problems only multiply with every cookie that discloses information or correlation between different requests.

You can install a custom root certificate on your client and have your proxy work as usual.

2 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

iamacat Re:Is that the real problem? Or does it disguise . (322 comments)

Like not enough drinking water for everyone? This not at all what is happening. It's unsustainable agriculture, excessive urban landscaping and lastly, perhaps a need to adjust some social norms. People didn't take daily showers through most of human history.

3 days ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

iamacat Re:Classic pricing problem (322 comments)

5. Distribute proceeds equally to every resident.

This is morally sound, as natural resources belong to everyone. It also turns what would otherwise be a disproportional burden on poor people into an opportunity. Now if you figure out how to be especially thrifty in regards to water use, you can end up with net positive income and use it to improve your life.

3 days ago
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Webcast Funerals Growing More Popular

iamacat Facebook funerals - they are coooming... (70 comments)

Soon - a special status column in your profile where you can enter living, deceased or 50 other statuses that Facebook reviewed with council of the undead. Then your friends can like the status change and view targeted advertisements for life-prolonging products.

4 days ago
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Telepresence Store Staffed Remotely Using Robots

iamacat Cool, walk the walk! (52 comments)

Wish more companies consistently bought into their own message. Cisco employees should be able to work from home from any place in the world, right??

4 days ago
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Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

iamacat Reminds me of my brother/sister in law (114 comments)

They have been going to get divorced and accusing each other of all kind of horrible things for the last decade, yet they are constantly on some romantic trip together. Can't these two decide if they love or hate each other already?

5 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

iamacat Re:Time for modern analog formats (433 comments)

What is the guarantee your digital format will be readable after 100 years? Analog photo will be at least viewable with a naked eye, even with pretty severe degradation. With some luck, a magnifying glass can be still as easily obtained in 22nd century as it was in 19th century. A lot of redundancy is precisely was is wanted here.

5 days ago
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Sir Richard Branson Quietly Shelves Virgin Submarine Plan

iamacat Good! (47 comments)

Space exploration is a pretty good challenge on it's own. He should focus and bring it to practical success and then consider having more grand plans.

5 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

iamacat Re:Time for modern analog formats (433 comments)

In the case I mentioned, hard, shatterproof and long lasting plastics with fine grain dyes which are likewise again resistant. For audio/video, analog variations of current magnetic hard drive and optical disk technologies sound interesting. For cool stuff, record high resolution holograms and let holodeck-style players evolve in time.

5 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

iamacat Re:Glass half empty (390 comments)

You are a fountain of optimism! 1. Leakage can never be minimized, 2. We will not come up with anything new by the time considerable shale reserves run out 3. Let's beat ourselves up because of a problem that can be completely solved in a decade or so if need be.

about a week ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

iamacat Time for modern analog formats (433 comments)

Maybe modern hi def digital audio formats exceed anything that can be practically extracted from vinyl. But, we could do things with equally modern analog technology that would blow digital out of the water. Imagine a physical family photo that you can hang on the wall, but also high resolution enough to make 100x magnified reprints with simple optical equipment. Now add a reasonable assurance that a photo will be still viewable after 100 years for your grand-grandchildren. Magnification may degrade, but whatever is left can be accessed with hardware made based on simple instructions. How do you like the chances of preserving and especially being able to read and display a JPEG over that timeframe?

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

iamacat Re:Glass half empty (390 comments)

Methane only stays in the atmosphere for 14 years, carbon dioxide lasts for thousands of years and we don't have practical ways to remove it quickly. How about concentrating on the big problem?

about a week ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

iamacat Glass half empty (390 comments)

Switching from oil and coal to natural gas is a positive step in reducing both carbon emissions and other pollutants. We should celebrate progress rather than grumbling that it doesn't solve humanity's problems forever and ever, because nothing ever will. If carbon tax is implemented, natural gas will be more economical than oil and eventually other technologies will be more economical than natural gas.

about a week ago
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Seagate Bulks Up With New 8 Terabyte 'Archive' Hard Drive

iamacat Re:Fill in the blank (219 comments)

Raw 4K video footage, easily.

about a week ago
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Apple Antitrust Case Finds New Consumer Plaintiff

iamacat Boring lawsuit (39 comments)

I have two affected devices and don't care. RealNetworks could have offered watermarked, DRM free MP3s like Amazon did eventually and indie labels offered in the day. What would be interesting is a lawsuit to let people load apps from any source on devices they own, regardless of monopoly status of the vendor. Android and Apple's own OSX are proof that this is not a death sentence to the company.

about a week ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

iamacat Opportunity (269 comments)

High capacity music/video players may be too small of a business for Apple, but a huge business for the right startup. A slightly larger device with a laptop hard drive can easily hit 1TB capacity. Even horse buggies are still a profitable business. This one will be big enough to support thousands of jobs for decades to come.

about a week ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

iamacat Before everyone is up in arms... (416 comments)

Read the fine article that explains that the gentleman specifically harassed a student who was using his lectures, through the e-learning platform provided by MIT. If part of platform is to be able to interact with the author of the content, this puts university in an awkward position and removal of materials seems reasonable.

about two weeks ago
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In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

iamacat As a secondary option, sure (207 comments)

I have given my cell phone with insurance card image to a police officer before. Those things are sent out twice a year, and we have two cars, so ensuring both end up in both wallets in a chore. If I don't produce the card, officer will be less charitable about other circumstances of the stop and I will need to go to courthouse in person to file proof of insurance. I would imagine one's problems would multiply if he/she also forgot the driver license.

Now, this would be an absolutely horrible thing as the only available option, for obvious technical and privacy reasons. And why police does not have a database to get any needed information, complete with photos of all authorized drivers, from license plate/VIN numbers is beyond me.

about two weeks ago

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LTE Hotspot as the only cellular service?

iamacat iamacat writes  |  about 2 months ago

iamacat (583406) writes "I am thinking of canceling my regular voice plan and using an LTE hotspot for all my voice and data needs. One big draw is ability to easily use multiple devices without expensive additional lines or constantly swapping SIMs. So I can have an ultra compact Android phone and an iPod touch and use one of them depending on which apps I fell like using. Or, if I anticipate needing more screen real estate, I can bring only a Nexus 7 or a laptop and still be able to make and receive VoIP calls. When I am home or at work, I would be within range of regular WiFi and not need to eat into the data plan or battery life of the hotspot.

Has anyone done something similar? Did the setup work well and which devices/VoIP services did you end up using? How about software for automatic WiFi handoffs between the hotspot and regular home/work networks?"
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ExtJS is trying to back down on LGPL

iamacat iamacat writes  |  more than 6 years ago

iamacat (583406) writes "For years, ExtJS was dual licensed under commercial license and LGPL. Now they decided to switch to GPL or commercial in an attempt to cash in on their popularity by pushing LGPL users into their commercial license. This is their right as code's owners. The catch? Jack Slocum of ExtJS is now claiming that their product was never licensed under LGPL and is threatening to sue people who redistribute old versions as such. That despite the previous license stating "Ext is also licensed under the terms of the Open Source LGPL 3.0 license". The author of a related project, gwt-ext, speaks out."
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iamacat iamacat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

iamacat writes "Jack Valenti died shortly after a stroke after leading MPAA for nearly four decades. His obituary describes him as "a showman, a gentleman, an orator and a passionate champion of this country, its movies and the enduring freedoms that made both so important to this world". Let's all mark the April 26 as a day to mourn passing of a great gentleman who lobbied so hard for our freedoms."

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