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Firefox 4, A Huge Pile of Bugs

jwietelmann Re:In the spirit of more "freedom" for their users (481 comments)

I am well aware that third party extensions for FF4 exist that add status bar function.

I haven't used FF4 myself, but I would be surprised if you couldn't just enable the status bar in about:config, no extensions needed.

more than 3 years ago

Mac App Store Apps Already Hacked

jwietelmann It's all relative (148 comments)

This headline is stellar by Slashdot standards. Count your blessings.

more than 3 years ago

Is Net Neutrality Really Needed?

jwietelmann Actually... (705 comments)

In a truly "free market", private companies would have to own the telephone poles on which they run their lines, and to own the telephone poles, they'd probably have to own the sidewalks. So then they'd snap up sidewalks in walled-off shapes that keep anyone else from putting up poles or running wires into their fiefdom.

Or the government would have to lease the right to run data lines on public property to anyone who asked. But then that government would have to set a price, which means the government is now in the internet business whether they like it or not.

I guess what I'm getting at is that a "free market" for broadband cannot and will never exist.

more than 3 years ago

Is Net Neutrality Really Needed?

jwietelmann Re:Why do they need to do traffic shaping? (705 comments)

Well, yes, I'm sure they would love that. I was just trying to illustrate the ludicrousness of claiming that ISPs need to do traffic shaping and QoS.

more than 3 years ago

Is Net Neutrality Really Needed?

jwietelmann Wireless (705 comments)

I think he's probably referring to his wireless internet plan, and you're thinking strictly in terms of wires.

more than 3 years ago

Is Net Neutrality Really Needed?

jwietelmann Um. (705 comments)

Neither, but I do trust one simple-to-understand-and-enforce rule ("you shall indiscriminately handle and deliver packets") to take it out of the hands of both.

If there were only a name for such a rule...

more than 3 years ago

Is Net Neutrality Really Needed?

jwietelmann Why do they need to do traffic shaping? (705 comments)

If they were willing to either A) deliver all of us the kind of bandwidth promised in their Unlimited*** plans, or B) charge by the megabyte instead of by the month, this should be moot. I paid for that bandwidth, and I'll use it as I see fit. If I need to prioritize my own traffic, I'll do so with my router. That way my streaming video doesn't interfere with my VOIP calls.

But they're not talking about that, are they? They don't want my streaming video to interfere with their other customers' VOIP calls... which would seem to suggest that they don't actually have the capacity to deliver their Unlimited****** (up to) 10Mbps** that they sold to everyone in my neighborhood.

We have this fundamental problem where these companies have oversold the bandwidth, and the only solution they're willing to consider is to invent rules that will give you less of what you paid for. Because any other solution would force them to abandon an already-misleading marketing gimmick.

more than 3 years ago

iPad Newspaper From News Corp Rumored in January

jwietelmann Of course (220 comments)

That has never stopped anyone from filling something with ads anyway.

more than 3 years ago

Passwords Are the Weakest Link In Online Security

jwietelmann I'm skeptical. (277 comments)

If you're using real, common words and phrases and just transcribing them to 1337, I'm pretty sure there are password cracking tools out there to account for that.

more than 3 years ago

Passwords Are the Weakest Link In Online Security

jwietelmann Personal info (277 comments)

You mean the Facebook info and pictures that I can get you to voluntarily give me by:

  1. Creating a fake Facebook account.
  2. Using a picture of an attractive female in your age range.
  3. Locating your friends.
  4. Carpet-bombing them with friend requests. (Surely someone will bite.)
  5. Sending you a friend request. (I'm a friend of a friend, so we've probably met, and you've just forgotten.)
  6. Reading everything about you.

It doesn't matter what your privacy settings are. I would bet money that you could get access to 99% of Facebook targets' info by following that pattern. Social networks are practically designed for social engineering hacks.

more than 3 years ago

Obama FCC Caves On Net Neutrality

jwietelmann It's the loopholes (853 comments)

My cable company doesn't have to specifically block competing entertainment services. All they have to do is throttle media streaming in general in the name of "traffic management."

more than 3 years ago

Firefox Extension Makes Social-Network ID Spoofing Trivial

jwietelmann Re:Use md5 (or something) over the wire (185 comments)

Hash = 1-way crypto

The only way to "un-md5" anything is to crack it. Also, I'm not sure you actually put any real thought into this.

Since it's best practice to store only password hashes (and not the passwords themselves) in your database (or whatever), your process is apparently:

  1. Client md5's the password, sends it to server
  2. Server "un-md5"s the password (let's say for argument's sake that this makes perfect sense)
  3. Server md5's the un-md5'd password
  4. Server checks hash against user's hash in the database

more than 3 years ago

Computer Defeats Human At Japanese Chess

jwietelmann Re:Nice headline (178 comments)

Yeah, I'm pretty sure a computer could beat me at shogi all day long, seeing as I have no idea how it's played.

more than 3 years ago

Economy Puts US Nuclear Reactors Back In Doubt

jwietelmann Re:Funny in summary (392 comments)

True deregulation means that there is no artificial barriers to entry. Without that "deregulation" is simply a bailout of a protected monopoly.

In which case "true deregulation" may be realistically achievable after you become monarch of the Principality of Aynrandland, but it will never happen in a republic, where competing ideologies and interests must negotiate with one another in order to pass legislation.

more than 3 years ago

Lawyer Is Big Winner In Webcamgate Settlement

jwietelmann Re:Irony (475 comments)

That's not really ironic, seeing as those taxpayers voted the idiots onto the school board. It seems pretty appropriate to me. If I hire an employee who does something stupid on behalf of the company, I have to suffer for it. Taxpayers have to suffer for their bad hires, too.

more than 3 years ago

Economy Puts US Nuclear Reactors Back In Doubt

jwietelmann Don't blame me. (392 comments)

I voted for Kodos.

more than 3 years ago

Grad Student Looking To Contribute To Open Source

jwietelmann Re:I could use your skills... (283 comments)

It deals heavily with prime factors of extremely long numbers.

[M]ath is not my strong suit.

I also seem to have some sort of mental block for languages other than VB

It sounds suspiciously like you're trying to break RSA using nothing but VB and naivete.

more than 3 years ago


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