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Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks

khchung Re:Give up the source? Ain't gonna happen (123 comments)

China can ask for the source, but I don't see any US firm agreeing.

Sure, that automatically disqualifies them from selling to any China banks, which means all the money that would have gone to foreign software companies now go to local Chinese software companies, thus kickstarting their growth and eventually they will grow big enough to compete outside of China.

It would not surprise me if that was the real goal here.


Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

khchung Re:"Rogue"? (276 comments)

That's the first thing that came to my mind also.

Isn't Android being "open" supposedly one of its major strength? Now someone came and actually try to make use of it "openness" and they are now a "rogue" company?

2 days ago

The Paradoxes That Threaten To Tear Modern Cosmology Apart

khchung Since when did unknown == paradox?? (231 comments)

Perhaps the most dramatic of these paradoxes comes from the idea that the universe must be expanding. [...] yet nobody knows how this can occur.

Since when did "paradox" became a synonym for "unknown"?

Yeah, nobody knows how space expands, but how does that make it a "paradox"?

about two weeks ago

Do We Need Regular IT Security Fire Drills?

khchung Do you also do real life security drills? (124 comments)

Do your company also do real life security "fire drills," supported by executive management should be conducted regularly in organizations, in order to understand the appropriate course of action in advance of a physical security breach. This includes recovering evidence, identifying and resolving the root cause of the incident (not just the symptoms), and undertaking a forensic investigation?

No? Then perhaps you don't need to do IT security fire drills for the same reason.

about three weeks ago

RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

khchung Calling it fraud could stop identity theft (110 comments)

You know what could completely stop identity theft? Holding banks responsible for the loss when they were tricked by some thief pretending to their customers. You will see them tightening their authentication and fraud detection overnight.

You know why some countries don't have any identity theft at all? They held banks and companies responsible when they were defrauded, and won't let them pass the loss to their customers by claiming "identity theft".

about a month and a half ago

Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

khchung Re:AI + organisations will be the real problem (688 comments)

Now this might come as a surprise to some of the technokids out there - but some of us actually *like* driving and don't want a computer doing it for us.

Then, in the future you described, you may continue to do so in "driving parks" dedicated for human driving or some restricted area where human driving is specially allowed. I.e. much like what you have to do now to enjoy riding your horse around.

about a month and a half ago

US Treasury Dept: Banks Should Block Tor Nodes

khchung Re:Craigslist already does this... (84 comments)

I'm not sure why banks don't, but Craigslist already blocks almost all Tor nodes--despite its comparatively meager resources (vs. banks')...

Simply because the banks are not responsible for the losses?

The summary said "nearly $24 million in bank account takeovers by hackers", see? The banks simply pass the loss to their customers by calling it identity theft! Hey, you account has been taken over by hackers! Your loss.

In countries where the banks themselves are responsible for these losses (they called these, rightly, fraud against the bank), you see banks taking measures to stop these thefts. In the US, the banks simply don't care.

about 2 months ago

Dragon Age: Inquisition Reviewed and Benchmarked

khchung Re:Slashvertisment (91 comments)

I played it on a console, guess that's why I have basically no problem (only had once lost all sound effects during a massive fight) and didn't know about any of the DRM problems.

about 2 months ago

Dragon Age: Inquisition Reviewed and Benchmarked

khchung Re:Slashvertisment (91 comments)

Correct, I missed the "not" in the most important part of the post. *sigh*

about 2 months ago

Dragon Age: Inquisition Reviewed and Benchmarked

khchung Slashvertisment (91 comments)

It certainly reads like one.

I got the game and played it for some 30-40 hours now, certainly did see any "fundamentally different approach" in the gameplay so far, compared to, say Kingdoms of Amalur, or Farcry 3, or the Fallout series, etc.

Not the say the game isn't fun, but not really groundbreaking either.

about 2 months ago

Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

khchung Re:What do they spend the money on? (161 comments)

Stupid features and interface changes no one wants are landing in the code and bugs from real users go unresolved.

Because that's how large corporation lead by non-tech management works. Two developers, one said "I added a new feature X", the other said "I fixed Y number of bugs", guess which one got more bonus? Guess what would developers flock to do after that?

about 2 months ago

Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

khchung Re:Sounds like movie reviews (474 comments)

I don't understand why publishers are so interested in preorders.

Perhaps because of the huge logistics advantage and cost efficiency of fulfilling preorders compared to normal orders?

With preorders, you knew exactly how many boxes you need to make, and where to deliver them to, and exactly how much revenue you are going to get. That's basically pure profit.

Compared to guesstimating the how much you will sell through retail, and guesstimating how many to send to which retailer, and how many each one might sell, and worrying if the game would be a dud and the boxes would go to landfill, while also worrying if the game would be too big a hit and you can't make them fast enough... preorders is a logistics heaven!

So, if you were a game publisher, wouldn't you try to get people to preorder?

about 3 months ago

ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

khchung Re:Always RTFA (245 comments)

If you're relying on the MTA to keep your email communications secure, you're doing it wrong. If data is important enough to encrypt, encrypt it at the sender side first.

That's the point of using DMCA, it didn't require "doing it right". Even if ROT13 was used, DMCA still applies.

about 3 months ago

Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist

khchung Re:Have we discovered all there is to discover? (221 comments)

And just to pick a nit a bit:
"Unclassifiable" is pure nonsense.

This was written by a journalist. What could you expect?

about 3 months ago

The Problem With Positive Thinking

khchung Re:Interesting (158 comments)

Its always interesting to read articles that challenge the accepted wisdom

Accepted only by the wishful thinkers.

People who get stuff done, instead of just talking about it, knew all along that "positive thinking" is just junk believed by wishful thinkers who come along to take credit for the work.

about 3 months ago

Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

khchung Re:What is critical thinking? (553 comments)

+1 Insightful

If a company really wanted their workers to do X, then the company damn well better have the incentive in place to reward X being done.

But no, they don't want to spend a dime more, but just want more work out of their workers.

about 3 months ago

Experts Decry Randomized Ebola Treatment Trials As Unethical, Impractical

khchung Re:Yea, best form a comitee to consider all option (193 comments)

Seriously, starting to experiment with uncertain approaches in a time of crisis is about the most stupid thing that can be done.

But that is "doing something"! Haven't you heard of the First Rule of Bad Decision Making yet?

1. "We must do something!"
2. "Here is something."
3. "Let's do it!"

During a "crisis", doing nothing or doing things the same way you do normally (for whatever reason), is a mortal sin in the eyes of many PHB types.

about 4 months ago

Sharp Developing LCD Screens In Almost Any Shape

khchung MOD PARENT UP (60 comments)

I intended to post exactly this when I see the headline!

Too bad, seems no moderator got the Office reference.

about 4 months ago

Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

khchung Re:scientists gonna science (460 comments)

Rather than persuading, scientists may better serve citizens by discussing, teaching and sharing information to convey trustworthy intentions.'"

So, the study calls for presenters rather than scientists? It is difficult to find balance, but I'm inclined to think that scents should just do the science, and they'd better be well left alone. It's up to the (gasp!) media or to their institution's press department to sensibilise the public in general to the science being done and what it means.

Why do scientists need to "serve citizens"? Scientists aren't in the service industry, scientists' primary mission is to DO SCIENCE.

CITIZENS on the other hand, can better serve THEMSELVES if they bothered to understand more science.

Journalist can also "better serve citizens" by learning more science and do better science reporting, but of course, journalists better serve themselves by continuing to report junk science and stir up drama. Guess what journalists are doing?

about 4 months ago


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Port mapping in Planet VRT-311S router

khchung khchung writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I bought a Planet VRT-311S router a while ago, and it took me some time to get the port mapping configured properly to make Azureus working properly.

The port mapping setting is not intuitive, there is no "port mapping" option in the admin manual. The "Virtual Server" option only has a few applications listed with no button to add new services.

I am writing this down in case I need to do this again. If anyone know an easier way, please let me know. This only works for fixed IP PCs on the lan.

The way to do it is through the "Firewall Rules" option. But first, you have to add the ports to the Security--Services option. Open the Security dropdown and select the Services option, enter the name such as "BT", select Type as "TCP/UDP", enter 6881 in both Start Port and Finish Port, click "Add".

Then go to the "Firewall Rules", select "WAN=>LAN", click "Add". Give a name like "BT", Source IP is "Any", Dest IP as "Single address", enter the client PC's internal IP (e.g., Service is "BT (TCP/UDP:6881)", Action is "Forward" then click "Save".

Now, strangely, the "BT" service will appear in the "Virtual Servers" as "*BT", and correctly mapped to the designated PC.

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