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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

kaiser423 Re:Is Ello the new BitCoin? Cell phone #s. (253 comments)

I just posted this on Ars, but at least to me a distributed social network is screaming at Microsoft to be implemented. Let me explain:

They don't have a social network; I don't know if they want one, but they probably wouldn't *mind* one. More than wanting a social network, they probably wouldn't mind dishing out a bit of trouble to Google/Facebook.

They're also looking to transition everyone from licenses to yearly subscriptions, which lots of people are resisting. Microsoft also now has a very large, mature cloud.

Microsoft should make it so that if you pay for a Windows service that you get a small, configurable slice of the cloud. Then make it super easy to add services, and enable some by default. Make a distributed social media platform, or partner with some like WithKnown and establish an industry-wide API. Then enable it by default on the user's cloud account. Boom instant secure federate social media that the user controls, and Microsoft just enabled it. If successful, they also just increased their subscription rates and dealt a decent blow to Facebook and Google.

They could also do the same with basic webpages, email (for those paranoid, host your own Outlook.com instance), photo uploads, etc. That could be the hook to get onto the services and keep that service active and the money flowing. Honestly, I hate yearly subscriptions, but if someone had something like that set up, easy to use and administer I'd pay for that service. Hell, I'd even pay Microsoft which is something I really don't like doing.

yesterday
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

kaiser423 Re:Tedious story already OBE (253 comments)

I do wish Diaspora had taken off though. That seemed quite good. Needed a bit of polish, but definitely promising. Never got the critical mass though.

Yea, I wish that Diaspora wasn't Diaspora. It honestly was a bunch of guys without any idea of how to build a good, secure, scalable application trying to build one. That really poisoned the well for federated social network's. I gotta give it to the guys for coming up with the idea and generating the hype, and open sourcing the protocol. I was excited and willing to help out. But what they release was such a streaming pile that everyone whom looked at the source to help out (including me) after initial release pretty much thought the same thing about nuking it from orbit and starting from scratch really set back the entire concept. I definitely did not want to be part of a project and put my spare time into a project that was perpetually going to be in the headlines for security issues. Not worth the headache.

yesterday
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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

kaiser423 Re:clinical trials. (110 comments)

Are we sure that they're planning a true 50/50 or standard clinical trial?

In situations like this, you usually see a study that tries to use a "time as a placebo group" mechanism. Essentially, you give the damn vaccine to everyone, and see how mortality rates compare against what was happening before the vaccine. Obviously this is a bit complicated by improved public health awareness, improved standards of care, improved procedures, etc. It definitely muddies the study up somewhat, but you can still get the information needed about effectiveness of different candidate vaccines while still doing the morally correct thing.

I'd be surprised if using a time-based placebo concept or something very similar wasn't their plan.

yesterday
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

kaiser423 Re: Hypocrisy (540 comments)

They don't have it relatively tame. I've been stalked online, had my computer RAT'd, had personal threats and personal addresses posted and I'm a guy. Wasn't a big deal because well, I'm a guy -- I was at college and generally hung around with lots of other bros and lived in a dorm. Basic tribe logic indicated that unless that internet loner brought 20+ people to the party, I was going to be ok. But I've seen lots worse for women, and now that I'm a father of two little kids you can be damned sure that if something similar happened today that I would be a bit freaked out. I have a lot more pain points now.

But generally, women always have some of that vulnerability, and there are more creeps out there targeted the women than the men. I also sometimes post with female usernames to get answers quicker in a forum. Typically by the time I have answers, I also have 10+ PM's on the forum. Half of them are just endearing, sad nerds that you just feel for. But invariably, there's a couple of outright creep a-holes. I usually report those to the forum administrators.

2 days ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

kaiser423 Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (324 comments)

You do realize that streaming video also includes online coursework, right? Like the exact type of thing that could improve your knowledge base, which leads to better jobs which leads to more money being made and more taxes being brought in? Streaming coursework is *huge* in a number of these countries, as it's one of the cheapest, most readily available ways to improve your lot in life.

2 days ago
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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

kaiser423 Re:Please explain the outrage?? (183 comments)

You fail to realize that this is a product, and some of the scope of the device is defined by what the users do with it, intended or not. I regularly add featuresets or support use cases that are outside of the scope of our device, but are reasonable alternative use cases or scopes. If I didn't do that, and was super rigid and only stuck to our initial plans of the scope, then there wouldn't be much growth or new opportunity in our product.

about a week ago
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After Negative User Response, ChromeOS To Re-Introduce Support For Ext{2,3,4}

kaiser423 Re:Just think (183 comments)

I already plug up my "regular-ass" USB storage decies into Android via a USB OTG cable. I routinely mount my external 1TB drive into both my Android phone and tablet.

Now I do agree that making apps support use of that space would be nice, but right now all the music, movie, etc apps seem to support it. So, it's nice to be able to transfer across without a computer in the middle.

about a week ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

kaiser423 Re:Mod parent up. (549 comments)

Exactly. There need to be better hooks. I'd love for KeePass or similar to be able to hook into Chrome securely or something like that.

about two weeks ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

kaiser423 Re:Oh great (549 comments)

Good god, Fidelity kills me. Their password constraints are just arbitrary and crap and totally non-standard. Just waiting for them to get hit, because the password space compared to the number of users is a better ratio than just about anywhere else I can think of.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung's Wi-Fi Upgrades Promise Speeds Up to 4.6Gbps

kaiser423 Re:Distance (92 comments)

My guess is that they use that to actually minimize reception distance.

Fun fact: 63GHz is the peak of absorption by the atmosphere. So, when the US was designing low-observable links that they didn't want eavesdropped on, they used that spectrum.

Something similar could be happening here -- it's for devices in the room, and one way to ensure that you don't get room to room interference would be to use a frequency around 60GHz. Well, that and because it's fairly worthless to most major telecoms it's basically an open band.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

kaiser423 Re: Or crypto (179 comments)

To be fair, part of the "breaking" is not being able to de-duplicate data. Very large portions of what gets stored in the cloud is redundant. You might well have over 10 million copies of one song on a cloud service. If they're all encrypted with different keys you can't de-dupe and your storage needs rise by 10 million. Ditto for some email lists that millions subscribe to. If you can't de-dupe that email then you have a problem! Personally, I couldn't care less, but there at least is a technical argument. I'm really just waiting on a good private cloud that I can host and regularly backup the binary blob to an external server for redundancy. Maybe if Comcast ever gets off their asses I could have enough upstream to feasibly do something like that. Or if the solution is there, maybe I just upgrade to business class...

about two weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

kaiser423 Re:What was automated? (236 comments)

If you have half a cart or more of groceries it can easily be faster than the self checkout. The self-checkouts usually have space for 1, maybe 2 bags and flip out if you remove bags. Not to mention you're bagging 5-6 bags yourself.

The checkout line usually has a bagger that can bag as fast as they can scan them. In self checkout, I can do the same, but once you start having to shuffle bags you lose the efficiency. So, I just make the call based upon how many groceries I have (and whether I have a kid or not in my arms).

about two weeks ago
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Why the FCC Will Probably Ignore the Public On Network Neutrality

kaiser423 Re:Changes require systematic, reliable evidence.. (336 comments)

Well, when we invested over $300 billion of our money to get these companies to build networks out and get people access to standard internet like everyone else had. Then after they take your money and get a bunch of new subscribers decide to change how that network we just subsidized building with huge piles of cash and free usage of public rights of way (which can be a larger cost than the $300 billion we outright gave them) in order to make them more money and do a *worse* job of delivering the product to end customers that we just subsidized their build out to, it seems like we might want to have a conversation about whether that's reasonable or not.

about three weeks ago
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Xen Cloud Fix Shows the Right Way To Patch Open-Source Flaws

kaiser423 Re:Maybe? (81 comments)

Exactly. Good passwords are obscure enough that they make really, really good security. That's kind of my point that obscurity makes a good layer of security and shouldn't just be dismissed by people who like to say "security through obscurity is no security at all", which was what the OP was referring to when he said 'Slashdot users pretty regularly complain about this with bumper sticker wisdom about "security through obscurity"'.

Of course, bad passwords, like "password" even with salts makes pretty poor security, as when someone goes to generate a rainbow table (generally if they have your hash they also got enough access to get the salt too), that will be one of the first generated.

about three weeks ago
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Xen Cloud Fix Shows the Right Way To Patch Open-Source Flaws

kaiser423 Re:Predisclosure should NOT be the normal practice (81 comments)

Furthermore, people inferred that there was probably a Xen vulnerability from Amazon's downtime, before the official announcement. So how, exactly, was that better than having the Xen project actually announce that fact, with or without details or a patch?

There was no inferring. Amazon made an oops in their announcement and said that it was due to a bug in Xen. If they hadn't named Xen, then people may have inferred Xen but not known. There are quite a few other parts of the stack that can require system reboots.

None of the other Xen hosts specified that it was a bug in Xen until the embargo was lifted, and Amazon has indicated that in the future they won't specify which part of the stack is making them do the reboot. AWS gives users notifications of reboots all the time for various reasons, so all that was out of the ordinary was that it was such a large reboot wave that they made an official announcement.

about three weeks ago
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Xen Cloud Fix Shows the Right Way To Patch Open-Source Flaws

kaiser423 Re:money talks (81 comments)

No money is required to be a member of the pre-disclosure list.

about three weeks ago
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Xen Cloud Fix Shows the Right Way To Patch Open-Source Flaws

kaiser423 Re:Maybe? (81 comments)

It seems all pretty reasonable to me. If known exploits are out there, or if the vulnerability is known then the fix gets published right away and there's no two-week embargo. But if it appears that no one else knows about this vulnerability, then the two-week wait seems to be a great policy. Give most people that can keep their mouths shut two weeks to get everything patched up and tested.

I get that a lot of people just chant the "security through obscurity" mantra, but obscurity really is a layer of security. It just shouldn't be your only defense. Hell, a password is a form of security through obscurity -- your salted password hash is just an obscured version of your password. So, as long as the obscurity is managed well, and in this case it appears to be, then we're good. Their document says that even small projects with no money can get on the pre-disclosure list.

about three weeks ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

kaiser423 Re:Is that really the point? (192 comments)

I forgot to mention that innate ability can basically jump the building competence step and start you right at, or in very short order, building confidence and mastery. Similarly with non-innate ability, it can hinder the steps. I have absolutely zero musical aptitude, but that doesn't mean that I can't create or curate a love of it and devote significant time to it, despite hating learning about it.

about three weeks ago
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New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

kaiser423 Re:Is that really the point? (192 comments)

I tend to think of the 10,000 hour rule and Gladwell's observations as this: Competence builds confidence which builds mastery and passion. The first couple thousand hours create the competence. You start to get the feeling that you're getting better than average about this and with confidence you start to reach out some, have some missteps, push your limits, and start to really refine and hone your skills which breeds more competence and mastery and then passion. People love things that they're really good at. Doing that tends to take quite a few thousand hours, with 10,000 being a pretty good round number to ascribe to the process. I've actually turned a couple of things that I absolutely loathed and avoided as a young adult into things that I'm passionate about now, solely because I decided to spend enough effort to get competent at it, and then it ballooned from there.

about three weeks ago

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Truly Remote Management

kaiser423 kaiser423 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kaiser423 (828989) writes "I'm looking to integrate some highly critical solutions into what would essentially be a remote, moving datacenter. No operators will be allowed at the site, and we may be able to have a high-speed INMARSAT data link. As a backup, we're planning to have multiple redundant low-speed Iridium data links.

We've been looking at remote in and out-of-band management solutions, and really have found a ton of products. However, the "low-bandwidth" solutions still exceed our potential Iridum bandwidth (~10kbps). Even if we have the INMARSAT link (192kbps sustained, higher burst), a number of these solutions would hit that limit. We're starting to look at going old-school with some terminal-style applications, but haven't found much of a market for it. PC Weasel looks kind of like it might work, but the demo doesn't work for Windows.

Essentially, we're looking to be able to power up/down and reboot some computers, and be able to start/stop some programs. We're willing to write the terminal interfaces necessary for our programs, and possibly do the remote desktop thing with some of our 3rd party programs. But what is out there that would give us this type of access, work robustly over a high-latency, low-bandwidth stream, and would be tolerant to intermittent network outages? Please hold the pick 2 of the 3 jokes, I know they're contradictory goals; I'm looking for a compromise here! These boxes would regrettably be nearly universally Windows boxes (with some VxWorks). It seems to be a market that died with 56k modems. Does anyone out there remember those days, and have any solutions that they preferred?"
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Is there OSS Voip Comm-Net Software?

kaiser423 kaiser423 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kaiser423 (828989) writes "I had been looking at replacing our mission communication infrastructure at my employer. Currently, we have a small panel that allows the operator to switch between talking on 6 pre-defined nets and listening to any combination. It's currently analog, noisy, and not reconfigurable. We've been bumping our heads against its limitations for some time now, and have been looking for a more dynamic, scalable system. I had suggested upgrading to a Voip system, like the Quintron Dices or the Orion Voip system. However, all of these systems are locked-down with no API! We would at least like to be able to programmatically interface with whatever solution we buy, and to roll our own hardware to run the systems where needed. Also, considering that this is mission-critical equipment, we would like to not be totally beholden to a vendor that could lock us in. I have been browsing the Asterisk and other forums, but no one in the OSS community seems to have the same need as me. I am open to rolling my own, but am totally new to the Voip world and am not sure where to start. Do any slashdotters have any suggestions?"

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