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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

imunfair Re:Faulty assumption (413 comments)

We actually had an interesting candidate in my district that I felt gave insight into this issue. It was a young guy with no experience or thoughts on issues - basically he said that he was going to ask the people what they thought. He got 30% of the vote.

That leads me to believe that 50-60% of people are voting purely based on party. Sure there may have been some intentional votes, but his platform seems more appropriate for a third party aimed at freedom, etc - and third parties around here don't get more than 2-3% of the overall vote.

He was running as a Democrat, but I don't think that's relevant - I'd expect to see the same numbers if you ran him as a republican.

about three weeks ago

Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

imunfair Price Wars (364 comments)

Since Netflix already paid off Comcast I'd wager they're willing to do the same for Verizon. However, Verizon is probably trying to bleed them for more than they're willing to pay. In other words, this is just their way of negotiating the contract down to a "reasonable" amount. (as if they should even have to make payoffs to the cable companies in the first place)

about 6 months ago

Dump World's Nuclear Waste In Australia, Says Ex-PM Hawke

imunfair Smart Move (213 comments)

This is a smart move on Australia's part - they can let the world dump all the nuclear waste in their vast desert, and then when it's financially viable they can start reprocessing it for their own fuel (or to sell back to the people who dumped it). They also have a ton of coastline or open land where a special port or airport could be built to bring deliveries directly to the remote area, rather than passing it through normal channels - so NIMBY complaints shouldn't be a big issue.

about 7 months ago

Dump World's Nuclear Waste In Australia, Says Ex-PM Hawke

imunfair Re:remote doesn't equal secure (213 comments)

If I remember correctly the NIMBY complaints at Yucca mountain were from the towns along the route that the spent fuel would have to be transported through. It was stupid that they terminated it due to that pressure after so many studies showed it was the perfect location.

about 7 months ago

Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

imunfair Re:good (238 comments)

You really sound like an Apple sales person. It's weasley to claim that a novice user enabling knows they've given permission to Apple to reroute their messages. For the handful of people that I've dealt with on the issue they had no idea.

You're also making a lot of things out to be obvious that really aren't. If you switch phones without disabling iMessaging (because you didn't know it was on in the first place), other Apple users will continue sending your texts via that route. The non-obvious fix is to log into the Apple site and delete the phone from your account, after which it will take up to 24 hours to stop delivering texts via iMessage.

At that point it starts failing them for the senders - and allowing them to resend via SMS. However, instead of just always using SMS from the first failure it requires repeated manual resends before it remembers. There's a reason that phone salesmen I've talked to think it's an intentional tactic to lock people into Apple. It could just be a shortsighted design from people who think they're the best, but either way it needs to be fixed in a clear and logical way.

In other words, it sounds like you have a lot of theoretical knowledge on how iMessaging should work fantastically - without a grasp of how the convoluted design can go very wrong.

about 7 months ago

Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

imunfair Re:good (238 comments)

I've dealt with this issue for people at work, and it's enough of a pain that for business accounts you just pony up the extra cash for a new iPhone, rather than trying to explain to multiple clients why their text messages are failing.

I'm glad someone is suing Apple for it, because it's a terrible design to hijack SMS messages without explicit user permission - especially if you don't immediately switch back over to using normal SMS after a failed iMessage delivery. It should be automatic, or at very most one manual resend - but they require multiple failures to be manually resent before switching back.

I really don't understand why anyone would defend this behavior since transparently hijacking any type of data without permission is obviously a violation of user trust, and possibly a privacy issue as well.

about 7 months ago

Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

imunfair Re:IIRC (415 comments)

No it doesn't - the person sending you a text has to manually resend it as SMS.

I would expect it to remember the last successful option and use that, but it doesn't - it tries using iMessage again after it fails. Someone in another comment mentioned it may remember after "a few" failed attempts, but we never tried that many times - ended up just switching back to another Apple phone. This is the intended reaction in my opinion, I can't see any other reason why they would silently hijack your texts without permission.

about 7 months ago

Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

imunfair Re:Stop using Youtube (306 comments)

I deal with mostly video game content on YouTube, but the Content ID system is the same across the board. The publisher is either lying or incompetent, because they definitely can release claims on content, even if it's a match. YouTube even has one match type (I don't know why it isn't default) that just notifies the claimant of detected matches so they can manually screen for validity and claim them.

If you bother the publisher enough maybe a manager will tell some peon that knows what they're doing to fix it.

about 8 months ago

Nagios-Plugins Web Site Taken Over By Nagios

imunfair Not a registrar problem. (119 comments)

The summary made it sound like a domain registrar just transferred the name without their permission, but that totally is not the case according to the article:

In the past, the domain "nagios-plugins.org" pointed to a server maintained by us, the Nagios Plugins Development Team. The domain itself had been transferred to Nagios Enterprises a few years ago, but we had an agreement that the project would continue to be independently run by the actual plugin maintainers.

So really the company just decided they want control of the server now instead of pointing their domain to a third party. Nonstory.

about a year ago

What Would It Cost To Build a Windows Version of the Pricey New Mac Pro?

imunfair Re:Gather 'round children ... (804 comments)

I think the main question is whether a mac is necessary or not. Certain industries require it for software compatibility and if that's the case you don't really have a choice. If you do have a choice though then it's usually cheaper to spec out a Windows computer of equivalent power from a vendor like Dell or HP (and by cheaper I mean drastically). No IT person in a normal business is even going to consider actually building their own - even on a large scale companies like Dell are going to be cheaper since they offer nice bulk discounts.

about a year ago

Insight On FBI Hacking Ops

imunfair Re:Riiiight (137 comments)

Well, either they emailed him a trojan and are trying to make it sound fancy, or Yahoo was letting them run exploits on the mail site targeted at specific users. Probably the former, but the latter is technically possible and wouldn't surprise me considering all the companies that have bent over for the government surveillance machine so far.

1 year,10 days

Andy Rubin Is Heading a Secret Robotics Project At Google

imunfair Misleading summary (162 comments)

I feel like the editorial comment in the summary is woefully inaccurate. I remember reading an article (probably on Slashdot) a year or two ago about the Apple outsourcing - and someone in electronics manufacturing in the US was talking about how they could do it with robots for the same price as China. The speculation was that they decided to go with China instead because they can make design changes (tell workers to do things differently) in a matter of hours - robot assembly lines aren't quite as flexible.

You also have high level automation in places like the Amazon warehouses, so unless they're just talking about driving down costs I suspect it's far more innovative. Robotic delivery systems to go along with self-driving cars delivering your packages, stuff like that. "manufacturing and logistics markets" has a very broad meaning.

1 year,13 days

195K Bitcoin Transaction

imunfair Re:Ghost transactions (167 comments)

A while ago they were trying to get rid of one of the large denominations - I think it was the 500 euro note - because it was used mostly for money laundering. I'm not sure what ever happened though since they apparently still exist.

1 year,24 days

Meet the 'Assassination Market' Creator Who's Crowdfunding Murder With Bitcoins

imunfair Re:The problem is collecting the bounty (291 comments)

Actually by killing someone important you'd probably be more likely to live these days. They'd want to know if you were working alone, so you'd end up in some black site across the globe being tortured.

After that was over they might kill you, or more likely make a public example out of you.

about a year ago

Canonical Developer Warns About Banking With Linux Mint

imunfair He's just mad. (206 comments)

It's not surprising he'd try to bash Mint, considering they ate part of Ubuntu's marketshare when Ubuntu made stupid design decisions. That's what happens when you try to cram weird GUI changes down peoples throats in open source.

Don't move my Close, Minimize, and Maximize buttons to the left side by default unless you're going provide some spectacular improvements in return. I tried using it that way for a couple days and was still reflexively clicking on the empty right side to close the window. Eventually I found a config mod that fixed it, but then they went to the stupid Ubuntu mobile desktop and I couldn't be assed to work around it any longer so I switched.

It's worth mentioning that if you don't like Ubuntu repos, Mint also has a version based directly on Debian.

about a year ago

There Is a Fly In My Tweet: Tracking Food-Borne Illness the Crowd-Sourced Way

imunfair Fake Tweets? (16 comments)

So all you have to do is spoof some GPS info on a Tweet (super easy to do), and then later be "sick" and you can take down a restaurant across the country? Bonus points for doing this across multiple accounts and making it appear like the shop had a bad case of food poisoning.

It's interesting for tracking things like epidemics, but trying to use this to promote/tank business is going to turn into Yelp style shenannigans with the botnet spoofers making bundles of cash for rigging ratings.

about a year ago

Silicon Valley In 2013 Resembles Logan's Run In 2274

imunfair Re:29 years old (432 comments)

I'm not sure if you're a silly troll or just too young to realize that most people don't retire until 60-65. vThat makes 29 less than a quarter of the time someone will work if they went to college.

about a year and a half ago

Humble Bundle For Android 3 Released

imunfair PC too, with reviews (48 comments)

Remember, all these include PC games too. If you haven't played SpaceChem and BIT.TRIP BEAT this is well worth grabbing. If you want to see 2 minute reviews of any of the games I have a playlist over here with 4 out of the 5: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2CA23F2EE37011DC

Wouldn't mind trying Spirits, but I all but one of these already and didn't want to spend an extra $5 for that alone. Maybe if they add another bonus later to sweeten the pot a bit. Normally don't mind dropping a dollar or two each game, though I can't justify much more than that because I generally only play each for a couple hours. (Steam says I own 428 games)

more than 2 years ago

US State Department Hacks Al-Qaeda Websites In Yemen

imunfair Think of the Civilians! (245 comments)

Seems like a pretty hypocritical message, considering all the civilians we've killed over there. In a place where we shouldn't even have military.

more than 2 years ago

Self-Sculpting "Sand" Can Allow Spontaneous Formation of Tools

imunfair Re:Reminded me of SMAC... (124 comments)

Well, Sister Miriam was the religious zealot faction in Alpha Centauri, so it makes sense that she'd be strongly opposed to non-God created sentient life.

more than 2 years ago



Social movie reviewing

imunfair imunfair writes  |  more than 4 years ago

imunfair (877689) writes "Watching a lot of movies, and being a developer, I felt there wasn't a good option for succinct reviews of movies/tv/music/books, while still providing a good rating system. So, I created a site with friend associations pulled from Facebook/Myspace/Twitter, and a limit of 250 characters per review. This ensures you can scan through quickly, while giving you ratings based on what your friends think."
Link to Original Source

Spore EULA Enforceable?

imunfair imunfair writes  |  more than 5 years ago

imunfair writes "Designing games we often prototype using placeholder models, such as those created by the Spore creature creator. Normally those models must be replaced — but Spore models created by the user would seem to be the property of that user. However, their EULA claims items you create are their property — to protect EA since they reuse your creations in their game.

Can they legally stop you from using these models in your own game? Are there other instances of content creation tools successfully restricting use of the content users create?"

imunfair imunfair writes  |  about 8 years ago

imunfair writes "I've been playing around with AIM6/Triton, and managed to replicate their login sequence — it's extremely insecure and I would suggest avoiding it at all costs. Also of note, the AIM6 passwords are stored encoded in the registry under:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\America Online\AIM6\Passwords

Yes, that's right, I said the password is encoded/encrypted there is no hashing involved so it is possible to extract plaintext passwords from the registry! I'm still working on figuring out how it is encoded/encrypted, but I should say it is definitely a block encryption, working on 8 byte blocks. Possibly DES. The whole thing is prefaced with 8 bytes which are not part of the password, and the whole shebang is then base64 encoded and placed in your registry for anyone to grab and decrypt."

imunfair imunfair writes  |  more than 8 years ago

imunfair writes "October 5th I received a warning from LayeredTech (I had a dedicated server with them at the time) telling me that I needed to remove a website from my server. Of course I didn't happen to see this email in the one hour they gave me before they took the server offline.

I logged into their site and looked at the "support tickets" which revealed that "AOL Operations Security — Investigations & Countermeasures" had contacted Savvis (LayeredTech is hosted by them) to have the forum taken down as a "phishing site".

Even the tech realized it was not a phishing site (here is an excerpt from one of his responses): 'The content of the site is not a "traditional" phishing site as it is not deceiving the public as AOL. There are posts on the site bragging about being able to social engineer through AOL.'

So in other words it was a forum where 15 year olds were bragging about social engineering — and yet Savvis continued to insist the site must be shut down. At the point when I find out about the whole issue the server is down, and after pointing out that it doesn't violate any policies and is not illegal I am again told that my only recourse is to remove it if I want the server back online. Needing backups I eventually agree to take it down while switching to a new host (on principle I would never censor a forum in that way).

Now, after the tech closed the issue I put up an index notifying the forum members what had happened, and that we would be back after switching servers. I am currently in the middle of that process and received another ticket from them tonight, telling me they will terminate the server again if I do not remove this index page.

During the process I decided to google Savvis and AOL to see if there was any particular reason they were so keen on complying with a seemingly unreasonable request from AOL. It seems that Savvis acquired WAMNET back in 2003, and their contract was renewed (and probably still in effect currently since the relationship between WAMNET and AOL started back in 1997). I don't know if this means AOL data is the only thing Savvis censors arbitrarily, but if you care about your freedom of speech, or that of other people I highly suggest switching to a service not related to Savvis/LayeredTech in any way.

Extra details:
LayeredTech's Acceptable Use Policy
LayeredTech's Terms of Service
WAMNET/AOL relationship

Content of the original forum thread that AOL called "phishing":
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Support ticket transcript:
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The second index page that Savvis wasn't pleased with:
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Sorry I couldnt host all this myself — I expect they'll terminate the server in the next couple hours.
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