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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 two weeks ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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.

about 4 months ago
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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.

about 4 months ago
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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.

about 5 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 4 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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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 9 months ago
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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)

about a year and a half ago
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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.

about 2 years ago
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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.

about 2 years ago
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Self-Sculpting "Sand" Can Allow Spontaneous Formation of Tools

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

Alpha Centauri was awesome, way better than the Civ series IMO. Wonder why he didn't go further with that one instead...

about 2 years ago
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TSA 'Warning' Media About Reporting On Body Scanner Failures?

imunfair Re:Easy fix? (465 comments)

That's purely an American problem.

In Italy last year I found the line moved at about the same speed as the scanner, and occasionally they would wave people with laptops over to a table to do a 30 second explosives swab. They also had a conveyor belt above the machine to return the empty bins, rather than having a TSA drone hand stack the refills.

At the Adelaide airport in Sydney I had to hustle to get my laptop out of the bag and the change out of my pockets fast enough to prevent holding up the line. They also don't bother with silly things like taking off your shoes - and Australia doesn't seem to have a liquid limit either - I accidentally sent a nearly full 1.5 litre bottle of water through in my backpack and they didn't even stop to inspect it.

Other countries have much saner and faster screening procedures, akin to what I remember it being like when I flew as a kid/teen in the early 90's.

more than 2 years ago
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Zynga Accused of Cloning Hit Indie iPhone Game Tiny Tower

imunfair Re:Sim Tower (245 comments)

From the description it is probably more like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoot_Tower - which is a SimTower sequel. You can apparently set what shops sell, etc - though I've never played it myself. I looked at buying it a while ago but couldn't find a decently priced digital copy.

more than 2 years ago
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Sweden Experiments With Public Twitter Takeover

imunfair Re:Typical Twitter (64 comments)

Agreed. Based on the summary it sounded like a cool idea, but there's a lot of random trivial crap on that feed too. If they were basically tweeting biographies with interesting pictures of daily life from these normal people it would have interested me, but I don't need to know this:

Went to bed with wet hair. Looking very funny at the moment after a night's sleep. Playing with the thought to keep it like that for today.

or

Had vague plans to go dancing lindyhop this evening, but somehow I ended up contemplating the encounters from today.

and that seems like most of the content on the feed.

more than 2 years ago
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NetApp, Lenovo Raise Prices, Citing Thailand Flooding Effects

imunfair Re:Contrast with consumer hard drive prices (96 comments)

Scratch that, they're back up to $145 on Amazon now. Either a flash sale or a glitch in the matrix. Still, $145 to $295 is a huge range for an identical product.

more than 2 years ago
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NetApp, Lenovo Raise Prices, Citing Thailand Flooding Effects

imunfair Re:Contrast with consumer hard drive prices (96 comments)

I was looking at WD1002FAEX 1TB drives on Amazon last night and they were $150, this morning i looked again and they were $100. I'm not sure what caused the massive discount - but now would be a good time to grab some if you actually need the storage. It's a reasonable price - they were selling for $90 a year ago.

There's a huge price disparity on these drives from different places - Newegg ($240), TigerDirect ($295), Buy.com still has them at $150 like Amazon did, and now Amazon is at $100. Seems silly that one product could be sold for that huge variation.

more than 2 years ago
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Picture Blocking Beer Cooler Keeps Your Face Out of Embarrassing Photos

imunfair Re:I want this for my car (200 comments)

Red light cameras also record video of a few seconds before and after the incident. So if someone is checking the video and theres some way to make out your license plate before the flash (maybe a streetlight or daytime?) - then you'd probably get a ticket for the infraction PLUS I'm sure trying to obscure your plate is ticketable.

more than 2 years ago

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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."
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Spore EULA Enforceable?

imunfair imunfair writes  |  more than 4 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?"
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imunfair imunfair writes  |  more than 7 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."
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imunfair imunfair writes  |  more than 7 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.



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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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