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Google Sues Mississippi Attorney General For Conspiring With Movie Industry

lucm Re:haha (80 comments)

this time it's to hide their own collusion, racketeering, bribery and likely other violations of federal law.

I wonder if the other inmates will appreciate her opinion that piracy is stealing when she's in the state pen

No, they will be too busy wondering how she ended up in the state pen for violation of federal law.

5 hours ago
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Staples: Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Customers' Cards

lucm Re:Would this solution stem these unending breache (92 comments)

It's not a case of a data center being hacked and data at rest being stolen. When the POS is compromised (which is how most of these incidents happen, it was the same with Target) it's more insidious. It's like having someone install a keylogger on your computer - it does not matter how your password is stored on the backend if the password can be obtained while you type it.

The issue is how casual some organizations are about their POS security. If they were to adopt a "need to know" approach as opposed to a "whatever is convenient" approach these incidents would not have the same impact.

yesterday
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Staples: Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Customers' Cards

lucm Re:One number to breach them all (92 comments)

Why can't I load up, say, a Mastercard app on my phone, login, tell it that the next time I swipe my credit card, make it generate a one-time number only good for $50?

Because that would be immensely tedious and annoying. Look at how the TSA has made the process of taking an airplane a fucking pain in the ass... Intrusive security is not an acceptable solution.

The problem is not the credit card transaction. The problem is how companies store information they don't need out of convenience and laziness.

yesterday
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

lucm Re:Short sighted (229 comments)

I heard the new version comes with Red5 bundled to let people use the new Flash control panel.

about a week ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

lucm Re:Short sighted (229 comments)

Indeed.

about a week ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

lucm Re:Short sighted (229 comments)

Last 3 patches since October have all been nuisance to sysadmins.

Ah yes, Windows "sysadmins"... Cream of the crop. Unless there isn't a GUI for it.

Is there a GUI for systemd?

about a week ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

lucm Re:Short sighted (229 comments)

THANK YOU! You just opened my eyes! I will immediately get rid of Windows and spend the next 4 weeks getting OpenBSD to somehow work on my laptop.

about a week ago
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Facebook Drops Bing Search Results

lucm Re:So totally awesome (33 comments)

I have a -wikipedia suffix in my search macro in FF. Works pretty well.

about a week ago
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Facebook Drops Bing Search Results

lucm Re:What took them so long? (33 comments)

That's not what Big Data means. Big Data is about finding patterns or trends in a large amount of possibly unstructured data. A simple search is a totally different scenario.

about a week ago
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Facebook Drops Bing Search Results

lucm Re:What took them so long? (33 comments)

the LIKE %abc% part makes it a bit difficult on the index, but overall, yeah, I totally agree with the general idea.

FB is not Google. They don't have to index the entire internet. All they have to do is let people search in the data they've entered in 3-4 different fields. How the fuck can they fail at this.

about a week ago
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Facebook Drops Bing Search Results

lucm the graph emperor has no clothes (33 comments)

One of the problems nowadays is that people put too much stock into fancy graph databases. They build apps on top of those because it's easier to persist data from a developer's point of view (no data model, no need for an ORM, no need to learn sql), but then things like search become almost impossible to do without complex and unreliable algorithms.

There's no magic. Searching requires a decent data model and a reliable indexing/partioning scheme. Young developers should stop jerking off with Big O notations and just apply common sense.

about a week ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

lucm Re:Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

To this day if I had a thousand dollars to spend on music, I'd spend it on performance tickets rather than upgrading my sound system.

The most amazing live experience is stuff like brass bands, such as Empire Brass. No recording can give justice to the physical impact of natural harmonics of perfectly tuned brass instruments. Amazing experience.

But his works for "listener" music, such as opera or jazz, but not for pop/rock concerts, where the sound quality is not there, the event is more about decibels and the social experience. Also instruments such as guitars tend to be tuned for intervals, not chords, and this minimizes the audio impact.

about a week ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

lucm Re:The best ever? (298 comments)

He was pretty good in Knight Rider and in The Karate Kid.

about a week ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

lucm Re:Why do I care what Harrison Ford thinks? (298 comments)

I am capable of judging the finished product without having to take the word of someone who has achieved fame by some method other than judging movie scripts?

But why would Harrison Ford exaggerate the quality of the script? Sure, he has a stake in the financial success of the film, but nobody in Hollywood is going to prostitute their integrity just for the sake of money, and an occasional Oscar. I think you can just take his word for it.

I wonder what integrity means for a famous movie actor. TV used to be a big no-no but now it's cool. Same with voice-over and video games. What's left that one should not do? Infomercials? Porn? GOP fundraisers?

about a week ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

lucm Re: What the hell is wrong with Millennials?! (465 comments)

No, Americans did not "take the burden of defeating the Axis powers". That part was done by the Soviet Union. As far as the glorious victory over Japan, achieved with the murder of hundreds of thousands of innocents (also known as the biggest war crime of History), then yes, it was 100% American.

The truth is that Americans of that generation (and many others) were far from being as great as Hollywood movies made you believe. They were like the dullard who hangs out with the cool kids and that puts himself in the center of every event when he writes his diary.

about a week ago

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