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Firefox 31 Released

jopsen Re:Spyware companies will love it (171 comments)

No disabling Canvas tracking and they even included Go to about:config and set "webgl.disabled" to true.

It's not perfect... But from what I can understand this will atleast mitigate the issue: http://cseweb.ucsd.edu/~hovav/...

Either way, this does indeed seems like a very hard problem. And disabling canvas might not be enough. See the article from before.

about a week ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

jopsen Re:This is just a repeat (282 comments)

Microsoft employees aren't good at anything but being Microsoft employees. They're just not qualified to do anything else.

That's funny... but I doubt it's true. Many MS employees provides support or work on projects for other companies... And they will surely be in demand, you're basically giving up highly qualified Microsoft experts.


While I personally, would like to avoid touching Microsoft services and products, let's just admit they are a giant, and other companies will continue to rely on Microsoft products. Just, think of the all the share-point plugins and what not...

about a week ago
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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

jopsen Re:From TFA (113 comments)

Hmm, that's interesting... I would think that if ICANN knowingly continues to conduct business with a partner known to employ fraud then ICANN is a co-conspirator to fraud.
Hence, it would be illegal for ICANN to honor its contract, forcing them to terminate it. Regardless, of what the contract states.

I mean, no judge in his right mind will convict ICANN of contract breach, if the other party is abusing the powers delegated to them for criminal activities.
At least that was my two cents (I'm just applying common sense here)...

about a week ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

jopsen Re:Protip: (667 comments)

The Ukrainian government isn't prohibiting access to the site. Ukrainian militants are.

Nobody, says the militants aren't at fault... Only that the US isn't much better in it's own.... And no, we don't have to get decades back to find examples of civilians more or less deliberately killed by the US in non-combat zones (well, unless you're delusional enough to declare the entire middle east for a combat zone).

That said, I think it would be reasonable for Ukraine to request UN peacekeeping forces to guard and investigate the accident.

about a week ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

jopsen Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

True, until civilians are targed... Although this was supposedly a mistake.
Anyways, there was absolute no reason to be using anti aircraft missile systems... it's not like the rebels have been bombed or anything. Which would be of doubtful legality... something about proportionality...

about a week ago
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"Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

jopsen Re:There's something touching about that comment (102 comments)

True... if only they could make computers that we're slow and stupid touch screens you can't type on...
Anyways, if you're late or there is some complication... Humans are nice...

about a week ago
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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

jopsen Re:For those that don't know: (113 comments)

It looks like a bill if you don't read the bit that says "THIS IS NOT A BILL"?

So everybody agrees that they are deliberately trying to trick you; by giving their offer the graphical appearance of a bill. IMO that's fraud.
It's certainly not honest business conduct.

Well buddy, if you're in the habit of just randomly throwing your money at anyone who shoves a bit of paper in your face

I am in the that habit... In most cases the bill is probably legitimate, and it's a lot of work for me to validate that everything is correct. Even more work and cost, if I decide to fight a bill. Often the cheapest way out is to pay.
You right that failure to pay a "fake" bill, like have no consequences, but failure to pay a legitimate bill on time, because I could validate it, will cost me late payment fee, etc...

about a week ago
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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

jopsen Re:From TFA (113 comments)

Brandon Gray’s resellers subjecting Registered Name Holders to false advertising, deceptive practices, or deceptive notices, pursuant to Section 3.12.7 of the RAA and Section 3 of Domain Name Registrants’ Rights of the Registrants’ Benefits and Responsibilities Specification (“RBRS”). >

Sure you can treat that as a contract breach, but it seems more like a criminal matter to me... Why do you even put that in the contract, it's needless to say that criminal conduct will not be tolerated.

about a week ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

jopsen Re:don't drive with nobody in it? (435 comments)

How about stop trying to place restrictions on things just because they could be abused. We're supposed to be 'the land of the free,' for fuck's sake. This is just embarrassing.

Indeed, this is embarrassing... America never fails to deliver on the crazy...

Seriously, if you're afraid of self-driving cars being used to deliver explosives... Then it takes a special kind of crazy to worry about self-driving cars, as opposed to be worried about ease of access to guns and explosives.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

jopsen The funny things is... (435 comments)

Putting an automated weapon system in one. Now you can drive by shoot and be miles away.

This requires two main components:
1) An automatic assault rifle, and
2) A self driving car.

Which one of the two, do you think Americans would prefer to regulate/restrict access to? :)
Lol, my money is on self-driving car regulation... Long live status quo!

Seriously, though... How crazy do you have to be to be more concerned about self-driving cars being useful for delivering explosives, as opposed to be worried about access to explosives in the first place... America never disappoints to deliver a laugh :)

about two weeks ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

jopsen Re:So what? they can be tapped to. (244 comments)

Only if they make sure everyone leaves their cell phones out the door.

Really, you think they are allowed to carry in cell phones? :)
That's like the number one thing not allowed... then followed by USB keys, cameras, etc...

about two weeks ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

jopsen Re:Snowden's copies? (231 comments)

Yeah, this smells like NSA trying to hide that Snowden did in fact try to bring up the issue through official channels, before he leaked documents to the public.

about two weeks ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

jopsen Re: Not really a surprise.... (219 comments)

That is the short term result a major economic crisis in the US would have. Yes, nobody wants that...
I dislike the US for many of the crimes your government is actively committing in the US and around the world. And I want the US to fix these issues, not go down some dark bottomless hole of political chaos.
Negotiations in a modern world is always about power... Too many nations are too powerful for this to be a viable option.

about three weeks ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

jopsen Re: Not really a surprise.... (219 comments)

It's not in Germanys interest to weaken the American economy... That would hurt them just as bad...

I'm pretty sure no European country even wants to indicate that they want to mess with the US economy... Not because they are scared of a US response. But because they don't want to weaken the world economy, upon which many European countries depend.

If Germany made thebUS dollar fall even more. That would hurt the European economy and weak EURO economies would need further bail outs...

This is an appropriate and proportional response... It's not enough, I agree, but it's pretty good start! A European country deporting US officials is a big thing.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

jopsen Re:Gee Catholic judges (1330 comments)

By the time the dust of WW2 had settled, the current system of employer-provided health insurance was firmly established. Leading us inevitably to today....

It sadness me that American politicians can't see that this inhibits competitions as employers use healthcare benefits to retain employees... It's very close to a lock-in, which hinders the powers of the free markets. Seriously, when you read ads for employers to provide healthcare, the ad is all about how the employer can retain his employees... Tsk tsk...

Compared to other countries, this is also a major blocker for start-ups, etc... Long term these things are going to keep the US behind.

about a month ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

jopsen Re:R's support lower H1B caps? (341 comments)

Exactly - there are plenty of workers here in America that can fill that void - employers are just reluctant to pay the proper price for it.

I'm an H1B worker here... and I get paid enough - just don't tell my manager :)
But a fact is that without H1B I would be working from Toronto, London or home somewhere else in Europe... For the same company, doing the same thing.


All you're going to change is the location of the worlds largest tech cluster... without immigration silicon valley is nothing.

about a month ago
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Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

jopsen Re:Competition Sucks (507 comments)

My non-expert opinion: Uber has a strong case that the drivers are independent contractors, not employees.

I don't dispute that this is the case under US law... My problem is with this practice of doing this... In the US the same happens to taxi drivers and pizza delivery drivers.
I find it distasteful to cut costs on people who have very little income. Sometimes these people makes below minimum wage. It seems to me like they are trying to exploit the little man. Because people do drive taxies, uber and deliver pizzas for a living, making them contractors is a distasteful way to cut money from people who make very little.

about a month and a half ago
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One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+

jopsen Re:Backup? (396 comments)

You need a file system which uses checksums on all data block so that it can detect a corrupted block after reading it, flag the file as corrupted so that you can restore it from a good backup.

When I decide to archive a lot of files I put them in a tarball and generate par2 files... That way a single bitflip or two will be okay :)

about a month and a half ago
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California Regulators Tell Ride-Shares No Airport Runs

jopsen Re:"Safety Requirements"? (314 comments)

I have only been in one CA cab, but the driver was very relaxed and not at all assholish. Could be we got lucky.

SF cab drivers aren't the worst IMO... But uber drivers are much better, not speeding up like crazy, etc...
The shared shuttle rides from SFO though is the most crazy thing I've every tried, constantly speeding like crazy and going hard on the breaks at every stop sign, as if every single stop sign as a surprise :)

about a month and a half ago
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Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

jopsen Re:Competition Sucks (507 comments)

If Uber were really offering legitimate competition, I would be more sympathetic. But they're partly undercutting existing taxis through ridiculous things like using drivers who lack commercial vehicle insurance, which is rather irresponsible.

True, and calling the drivers self-employed, which is also a lie that moves more liability to the drivers and in the US frees uber of having to pay benefits etc...
That said, I'm pretty sure uber requires drivers to be insured, also uber does have insurances that covers the passenger, etc. google it for details.

Another, big cost saving that uber does is letting people use their private vehicles, which does make sense from a cost cutting perspective. And enables drivers to offer better service. For example by keeping their car clean.

Note, cost cutting is not the only reason uber is nice. Ordering and paying through an app is really nice too. So is the rating system, which holds drivers accountable.

about a month and a half ago

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